I am dividing my ethics round ups into sections, one for bloggers and one for newspaper columnists. I have four more sections developing, my favorite being a look at ethics writing in other parts of the world.
Lauren Bloom writing on her blog whether or not governments can be effective when they intervene in corporate disasters. Many had thought that industry was self regulating. I quote from the article – “Now we’re seeing what happens if companies fail to self-regulate and, in particular, fail to prepare for serious problems.”
Tony Pugh in a new article he wrote for McClatchy cites a new report that calls for reorganization at the Food and Drug Administration, a new emphasis on enforcement and a focus on detecting food problems before they get into distribution.
McClatchy was kind enough to include links to two other reports, The Long-Term Health Outcomes of Selected Foodborne Pathogens and Enhancing Food Safety: The Role of the Food and Drug Administration.
Don Blankenship of Massey Energy goes on the offensive stopping just short of claiming that the federally mandated fan system for clearing methane gas caused the accident in the coal mine where 29 miners died. (The comments to this article are not friendly and as of this time, he has not a single supporter.) This is a pdf file of the letter Blankenship sent to four governors.
Loren Steffy writing in the Houston Chronicle discusses the probably bankruptcy and end game for British Petroleum.
Jon Talton discusses the effect a massive increase in city fees for a skyway might have on a department store. It’s business ethics at its most basic level. Who should pay taxes? How much? How should the amount be calculated?
Keith Crowstowski writing for the Kansas City Star explains the corrosive effect of crony capitalism. This is some fine writing. I strongly recommend it.