May 20, 2013
Honor and integrity are important issues within the Rotary organization, but a local Rotary club decided it was time to involve the community in a discussion about the topics. The Hagerstown Rotary Club - Sunrise sponsored a presentation for the public Monday evening by a speaker who specializes in issues like ethics, honor and integrity. About 100 people came to the Academy Theater on East Washington Street to hear a speech by Evan H. Offstein, a former military intelligence officer who also is senior editor for the International Journal of Business Disciplines and author of the book “Stand Your Ground: Building Honorable Leaders the West Point Way.” Offstein talked about how so much has been written about effective leadership, but there has not been much success as a result.
May 19, 2013
Dedication to core values and commitment to excellence are two of the ideals highlighted in the National Association of Realtors' Code of Ethics. The code, which sets Realtors apart from other licensed real estate agents, marks its 100th anniversary this year. “As members of the National Association of Realtors, we subscribe to a strict code of ethics that governs how we do business,” Betty Hays, president of the Pen-Mar Regional Association of Realtors, said in a news release.
March 30, 2013
When Martin Geben steps onto the basketball floor, the fans will not see any razzle and dazzle. What one will see, however, is a young man who brings a lunch pail - also known as workmanlike effort - to the gym. Geben, a 6-foot-9 junior who hails from Vilnius, Lithuania, is the prize catch of St. Maria Goretti and, sometime soon, will be the same for a fortunate NCAA Division I college. Geben was instrumental in leading Goretti to a 21-13 record this season, the first time since 2004-05 that the Gaels exceeded 20 wins in a season.
November 25, 2012
Ethics is a neat little word. Do you know what it means? Simply said, “it's a system of moral principles;” those rules of conduct in respect to a particular class of human actions, or a particular group or culture. After attending several seminars and a class or two in college on the subject of “ethics,” I always thought it was just doing the right thing when no one was looking. As I watched news events unfold a few weeks ago, there was the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Gen. David Petraeus, in the headlines.
August 31, 2012
Brook Lane is sponsoring "Legal and Ethical Issues: Treating Children of Divorce: Custody and Visitation Challenges" seminar. The seminar will be held on two dates, Friday, Sept. 7, and Friday, Sept. 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at Brook Lane's main campus, 13218 Brook Lane Drive, Hagerstown. Custody and visitation decisions made by parents and the courts are critical to the well-being and effective treatment of children of separated and divorced parents. Mental health professionals are frequently called upon to participate in these decisions, which often present ethical challenges.
May 3, 2012
A legislative ethics committee has reprimanded state Sen.Robert J. Garagiolafor violating a financial disclosure statute by not declaring outside income for six years. However, the Maryland General Assembly's Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics noted that Garagiola, D-Montgomery, previously filed a conflict-of-interest form - calling that a “partially-mitigating element” - and decided a reprimand was enough. A letter from the committee's co-chairmen to Randa Fahmy Hudome of Potomac, Md., whose complaint triggered the review, said “further proceedings are not justified at this time because the violations have been cured, and, after consideration of all the circumstances, further proceedings would not serve the purposes of this subtitle.” Garagiola, the Senate majority leader, ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for Maryland's 6th Congressional District seat, losing to John Delaney in an April 3 primary.
March 29, 2012
State Sen. Robert J. Garagiola received a late campaign boost Thursday by winning the endorsement of Gov. Martin O'Malley in the race for Maryland's 6th Congressional District seat. Garagiola and John Delaney have sparred almost daily for the Democratic nomination, which will be decided in Tuesday's primary. They also have tried to outdo each other in endorsements, with Garagiola getting the backing of numerous labor unions, progressive groups and elected officials, and Delaney winning support from former President Bill Clinton, Maryland Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot and two newspaper editorial boards.
December 1, 2011
Berkeley County Assessor Patricia A. "Patsy" Kilmer resigned Wednesday, saying she unknowingly violated the state's Ethics Act through some of her personnel decisions including how she hired employees' children for summer work. Kilmer's resignation was accepted Thursday by the Berkeley County Council, which subsequently voted to advertise the position for two weeks with the goal of appointing a new assessor by the end of the year. Tamera "Tammy" Edgar, the county's commercial appraiser, was appointed to lead the assessor's office until the vacancy is filled.
November 2, 2011
Concerned that parent groups such as PTAs would need to file as lobbyists under proposed new ethics regulations, the Washington County Board of Education Tuesday asked its legal counsel to clarify the issue with the state attorney general. Board member Justin Hartings said it would be "crazy" for a PTA to have to register as a lobbyist. "If the PTA wants the principal to put a welcome mat in front of the school, right, that's advocating for a school official to take an act. It gets silly, and I don't want it to be silly.
September 20, 2011
No one spoke Tuesday afternoon during a public hearing on a new proposed ethics law being considered by the Washington County Board of Commissioners. The county is preparing to replace its five-page ethics ordinance with a longer, more detailed version suggested by the state. The change is needed because of state legislation passed in 2010 that changed the requirements for local ethics ordinances, Assistant County Attorney Kirk C. Downey has said. Downey's suggested ordinance is 17 pages long and includes more disclosure and filing requirements than the existing ordinance, he said previously.