Ethics in Leadership

The Ethical Life

The Ethical Life is a series of reflections on the ways that ethical thinking influences our actions, emotions, and relationships. The column appears twice a month on the editorial page of the Sunday edition of the La Crosse Tribune 

"Leopold Knew Value of Land Preservation"
La Crosse Tribune, June 2, 2013

"Marriage Key for Healthy Families"
La Crosse Tribune, May 19, 2013

"Boy Scouts Should Welcome Gay Members"
La Crosse Tribune, May 5, 2013

"Survivor's Story Shows Us How to Repair the World"
La Crosse Tribune, April 21, 2013

"Empathy, Sincerity Go Further Than You Think"
La Crosse Tribune, April 7, 2013

"Education Alone Can't Impart Ethics"
La Crosse Tribune, March 24, 2013

"Empathy is Only Way to Truly Understand Others"
La Crosse Tribune, March 10, 2013

"Can We Put Price on Our Land's Value?"
La Crosse Tribune, February 24, 2013

"Past Has Clues for Today's Morality"
La Crosse Tribune, February 10, 2013

"As Technology Grows, Privacy Often Shrinks"
La Crosse Tribune, January 27, 2013

"Defining the Monsters in Us"
La Crosse Tribune, January 13, 2013

"Gun Owners Must Be Able to Sacrifice"
La Crosse Tribune, December 30, 2012

"Predicting the Future is Often Folly"
La Crosse Tribune, December 16, 2012

"Gratitude is Often the Forgotten Virtue"
La Crosse Tribune, December 2, 2012

"The Way We Treat Animals Says Much about Ourselves"
La Crosse Tribune, November 18, 2012

"Dogs Are Much Smarter Than We Might Think"
La Crosse Tribune, November 4, 2012

"Evaluating Our Top Teachers Isn't Easy"
La Crosse Tribune, October 21, 2012

"Common Pitfalls Often Lead to Poor Decisions"
La Crosse Tribune, October 7, 2012

"Natural World Leaves Lifetime of Memories"
La Crosse Tribune, September 23, 2012

"We Should Never Forget the Value of Craftsmanship"
La Crosse Tribune, September 9, 2012

"Sign Ordinance Helps City Reduce Its Clutter"
La Crosse Tribune, August 26, 2012

"Are Drones Making Us Complacent about War?"
La Crosse Tribune, August 12, 2012

"Leaders Possess Moral Authority"
La Crosse Tribune, July 29, 2012

"Compromise Only Real Solution"
La Crosse Tribune, July 15, 2012

"There's More to Life than Just Memories"
La Crosse Tribune, July 1, 2012

"We Lost the Art of Conversation"
La Crosse Tribune, June 17, 2012

"Schools Should Refuse to Tolerate Bullying"
La Crosse Tribune, June 3, 2012

"Evolution vs. Creation Debate has Wrong Focus"
La Crosse Tribune, May 20, 2012

"Fairy Tales Offer Lifelong Lessons"
La Crosse Tribune, May 6, 2012

"Time Outside is Good for the Soul"
La Crosse Tribune, April 22, 2012

 "Organ Donation is Miraculous Gift"
La Crosse Tribune, April 8, 2012

"Frac Sand Challenges Our Local Governments"
La Crosse Tribune, March 25, 2012

"Are Americans Becoming Lazier?"
La Crosse Tribune, March 11, 2012

"Society Depends on Social Capital"
La Crosse Tribune, February 26, 2012

 "Misplaced Anger is a Dangerous Emotion"
La Crosse Tribune, February 12, 2012

 "Are We Making Moral Progress?"
La Crosse Tribune, January 29, 2012

 "King's Messages Still Crucial Today"
La Crosse Tribune, January 15, 2012

"The Best Heroes are Found Close to Home"
La Crosse Tribune, January 1, 2012

 "Joy is Season's Best Gift of All"
La Crosse Tribune, December 18, 2011

 "Compassion Part of a Fulfilling Life"
La Crosse Tribune, December 4, 2011

 "Winning Isn't the Only Thing"
La Crosse Tribune, November 20, 2011

 "Worrying Often Makes Things Worse"
La Crosse Tribune, November 6, 2011

 "Citizenship Comes with Responsibility"
La Crosse Tribune, October 23, 2011

  "College Students Need to Feel Like They Belong"
La Crosse Tribune, October 9, 2011

"Mine Proposal Shows Need for Regulations"
La Crosse Tribune, September 25, 2011

"Our Diversity is Real Reason to Celebrate"
La Crosse Tribune, September 11, 2011

"Corrosive Speech is Responsible for Our Contentious Climate"
La Crosse Tribune, August 28, 2011

"Political Hyperbole Can Be Dangerous"
La Crosse Tribune, August 14, 2011

"Conservation Preserves Human Spirit, Too"
La Crosse Tribune, July 31, 2011

 "Our Life's Work Isn't Just Work
La Crosse Tribune, July 17, 2011

 "Words, Memories Tell the Stories of Our Lives"
La Crosse Tribune, July 10, 2011

 "Servant Leaders Put Responsibilities First"
La Crosse Tribune, June 19, 2011

 "Emotions Trump Facts in Debate over Concealed Carry"
La Crosse Tribune, June 5, 2011

"Graduation Speeches are Tough Assignment"
La Crosse Tribune, May 22, 2011

"Here's Why We Need a Day to Recognize Moms"
 La Crosse Tribune, May 8, 2011

"Go Ahead and Talk to Strangers"
La Crosse Tribune, April 24, 2011

 "Let's Make Our World a More Hopeful Place"
La Crosse Tribune, April 10, 2011

"Faith in Others Earned Only through Trust"
La Crosse Tribune, March 27, 2011

"Justice is Shown in How We Treat Others"
La Crosse Tribune, March 13, 2011

 "Free Markets Can Come with a Price"
La Crosse Tribune, February 27, 2011

 "Don't Be Afraid to Teach Courage"
La Crosse Tribune, February 13, 2011

"Being Wise Isn't As Easy As Being Smart"
La Crosse Tribune, January 30, 2011

  "We Can Learn A Lot from George Bailey"
La Crosse Tribune, January 16, 2011

"Roots of Character are Formed Early in Our Lives"
La Crosse Tribune, January 2, 2011

"The Moral Peril of Gift Giving"
La Crosse Tribune, December 19, 2010

"Religion One Place to Gain Ethical Wisdom"
La Crosse Tribune, December 5, 2010

"Our Freedom Comes with a Corresponding Duty"
La Crosse Tribune, November 21, 2010

"The Virtue of Democracy"
La Crosse Tribune, November 7, 2010

"Weilding Power Carries Responsibility"
La Crosse Tribune, October 24, 2010

"Hunting Leads to an Appreciation of Life, Nature"
La Crosse Tribune, October 10, 2010

"Wisdom Comes through Questions, Not Common Sense"
La Crosse Tribune, September 26, 2010

"What's Wrong with Cursing?"
La Crosse Tribune, September 12, 2010

"Why Capital Punishment is Unethical"
La Crosse Tribune, August 29, 2010

"Telling Other Cultures That They Are Wrong"
La Crosse Tribune, August 15, 2010

"Thinking Like a Mountain"
La Crosse Tribune, August 1, 2010

"We All Have Similar Values"
La Crosse Tribune, July 18, 2010

"Jane Austen, Plato . . . and Amy Dickinson"
La Crosse Tribune, June 27, 2010

"Revenge movies count on ethical reasoning"
La Crosse Tribune, June 6, 2010

"We often cling to minor differences"
La Crosse Tribune, May 16, 2010

"What goes around really does come around"
La Crosse Tribune, May 2, 2010

"Know yourself . . . more easily said than done"
La Crosse Tribune, April 18, 2010

"Forgiveness is a central part of the ethical life"
La Crosse Tribune, April 4, 2010

"Oops! I just imposed religion"
La Crosse Tribune, March 21, 2010

"Worries about moral degeneration aren't new"
La Crosse Tribune, March 7, 2010

"Happiness and the capacity for love"
La Crosse Tribune, February 21, 2010

“Ethics and happiness . . . there’s a solid connection”
La Crosse Tribune, January 31, 2010

“What is it that makes us happy?”
La Crosse Tribune, January 17, 2010

“The character of politicians”
La Crosse Tribune, December 6, 2009

“Knowing only the present poses problems”
La Crosse Tribune, November 29, 2009

“Remembering ethics when it counts”
La Crosse Tribune, November 8, 2009

“Understanding ethical reasoning”
La Crosse Tribune
, October 25, 2009