Category Archives: ethics

What Do We Do Now?

The election is over, but the horrific campaign exacerbated the divisions in our country. Rich vs. poor. Black vs. white. Male vs. female. White vs. Hispanic. Gay vs. straight. Fat vs. thin. Isolationist vs. globalization supporter. It’s up to sociologists … Continue reading

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Lies, Exaggeration, and Fishing

My father was an inveterate fisherman. He’d rather have been out on the water with a pole in his hand than anywhere else. When he returned home, he would always say, “You should have seen the one I hooked. But … Continue reading

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How Would You Handle an Angry Customer (Like Me)?

For nearly two decades, Tembua used AMExpress, an overnight delivery service, to run packets of certified documents to our clients in the Twin Cities. We bought the envelopes in advance, filled them, and dropped them in an AMExpress drop box. … Continue reading

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But I Saw It Online!

If you’re only looking to bolster your existing opinion, don’t read any further. Any tidbit you find that matches your own stance will do. However, if you’re looking for facts to form an opinion, I have several suggestions: Read publications … Continue reading

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Politically Correct Language: Courtesy or Weakness?

I’ve heard several politicians sneer recently that they were going to tell it like it is and not be concerned with politically correct language. Isn’t it funny how we come up with a label that spins an issue to suit … Continue reading

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Excellence, Football, Fran Tarkenton and Teamwork

Tackling bullying in the Miami Dolphins’ locker room some years ago, Fran Tarkenton, former Viking quarterback wrote: The common thread is that saying “win” doesn’t make it so. You win when you focus on excellence in every detail of what … Continue reading

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Pathology in Belgium

The explosions in Belgium are the work of charismatic, egotistical, morally-dead men. Continue reading

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Before you go to vote tomorrow…

Find a nonpartisan voters’ guide and read it. Smart Voter, a project of the League of Women Voters of California, is a good place to start.

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Unemployment and Immigration

Originally posted on the Tembua website on June 5, 2010. I was at the meat counter discussing steaks with the butcher. As I took my meat and turned to leave, a very nervous middle-aged woman approached the counter. It was … Continue reading

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You May Be Next in the Unemployment Line

Originally posted on the Tembua website on April 20, 2010. I saw him enter the room and, from his apparent age, judged him to be mid- to upper-level management. He carried himself with confidence that he could talk to the … Continue reading

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