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WIS GM: Apologies aren't enough. Hold people accountable for mistakes

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The following Perspective is an expression of opinion by the Editorial Board at WIS, and presented by General Manager Donita Todd:

I recently listened to a discussion about corporate and governmental accountability featuring a professor of business history from Harvard.  Professor Nancy Koehn suggested that we are living in a world in which we have forgotten that there are things that are wrong and things that are right, but when mistakes are made it is socially beneficial to hold someone accountable to make it better.

It seems that as a society we have stopped demanding that folks who make mistakes own up to them.  How can a crack-smoking mayor refuse to step down after lying to his citizens?  How does someone not get fired over the healthcare.gov web site debacle?   Think of the bankers who plunged us into financial crisis and the failure of our congress to compromise.  Whether it's elected officials, celebrities, corporate leaders, athletes, or even our personal relationships, we seem all too ready to accept apology without any consequence. 

As citizens, consumers, and human beings, we must demand better.  We simply cannot allow the  standards of right and wrong that make up the very fiber of our lives to be leveraged for political, financial or popular gain.  Without real accountability, society will crumble.

That's my Perspective.  Let me hear from you. Write to Perspective at P.O. Box 367, Columbia, SC 29202, or send an email.

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