The Definition Of Integrity

Another chilly day came and went, and in spite of the sun’s warming rays having arrived this afternoon, that biting north wind made sure the its warmth wouldn’t be felt. At least the streets and sidewalks were melting, and fortunately, all those frozen footprints had finally melted off my from the front of my office.

I couldn’t believe how my morning when racing by with all the drop-ins, text messages and phone calls. Today certainly became the one where I had to go digging for five sales files from last year, just so I could supply copies of closing statements for sellers who needed them for their tax preparers. I couldn’t believe that many requests happened in one day. No matter how many times I tell buyers and sellers at closing, to keep their closing documents in a safe place for their following year’s tax preparers, I still get between eight and ten requests. Thank goodness I keep my sale files well organized.

When I opened my email this morning, I noticed a friend of mind from out of State, had sent me a link from the Des Moines Register which I’m attaching for you to read, and only because I believe it’s very important for the citizens of our State to know what our State legislature is up to.

Oh my goodness, after reading it, and then giving it another read, I was in shock our State Senate had voted to limit the fact-finding power of our State Auditor’s office which is headed by Rob Sand. All I can say is, if they limit his ability to investigate, our State will be heading towards being considered a dictatorship where all our various State entities will be solely in the hands and full control of our Governor.

The reason I am so very much upset by this proposed change in how our State Auditor can function, is because back a number of years ago when I worked in a bank, I was somewhat of a quasi-auditor, and if I didn’t have all a given files information freely supplied to me, it became a red flag, which triggered a demand from one of my superiors for that information to be given to me more sooner than later.

In my book, an independent auditor is the person who works diligently at keeping people honest, and especially in these times where businesses and government entities think it’s just OK to cook their books to create bogus write-offs, just so they can get additional funding, and believe you me, it’s happening all the more since the pandemic arrived. Unfortunately like most who’ve gone down those dark paths, once discovered, they’re quick to disavow any connection to past wrongdoings. Yup, that’s exactly what they’ve done, and will continue to do.

I’m attaching the following link to that article about Rob Sand, and please share it with any and all people you know who’re concerned over the erosion of our State government’s integrity. Iowa Auditor Rob Sand pushes back after Senate Republicans pass bill to limit his powers

After a short visit I had with my dear friend this morning regarding that article, I couldn’t help agreeing with her when insisting our Nation as a whole, has lost a great deal of integrity, and only because I see its erosion on a near daily basis. She even went on to say most don’t even know what the definition of integrity is, so I’m offering up the following tonight:

The Definition of Integrity

Integrity is the practice of being honest and showing a consistent and uncompromising adherence to strong moral and ethical principles and values. In ethics, integrity is regarded as the honesty and truthfulness or accuracy of one’s actions. Integrity can stand in opposition to hypocrisy, in that judging with the standards of integrity involves regarding internal consistency as a virtue, and suggests that parties holding within themselves apparently conflicting values should account for the discrepancy or alter their beliefs. The word integrity evolved from the Latin adjective integer, meaning whole or complete. In this context, integrity is the inner sense of “wholeness” deriving from qualities such as honesty and consistency of character.

So there you have a clear idea of what integrity is all about, and what most have forgotten, is that integrity in and of itself, is something that’s built upon from a very early age, and not something like the favorite hat you put on, just to make someone think highly of you. And if you didn’t notice, good character and integrity walk hand-in-hand, and as we all know, good character is also something that takes years to develop.

Over these past seven years, I’ve discovered that from bad things come good, and with that said, there’ve been a number of people who’ve come out into the light and shown me exactly how lacking their characters are of integrity, which brings me right back to what I’ve said many times, “Talk is cheap, and actions speak.”

Once again, please share the above link with everyone you know, and only because I believe it’s very important that our State Auditor continues to have the freedom of investigation he needs to make all those many government entities accountable for our hard-earned tax dollars.

Tonight’s One-liner is: In today’s politics, stupidity is not a handicap.

Joe Chodur

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