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Integrity on this Day in History, June 8 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011 3:29:07 PM
By Matt Kennedy
Research & Grants Specialist
“There can be no friendship without confidence, and no confidence without integrity.” – Samuel Johnson
On this day in:
1790 – The first loan for the U.S. was repaid. The Temporary Loan of 1789 was negotiated and secured on September 18, 1789 by Alexander Hamilton.
            Alexander Hamilton exercised integrity by paying back this loan in full. It is difficult for others to see you as a person of integrity if you are in constant debt.
            The dollar is losing value over the long-term by nearly every measurement. Perhaps the rest of the world would once again consider the U.S. a country of integrity if we paid down the $14.3 trillion national debt. It is hard for individuals to exercise spending restraint with things like credit card debt and large mortgages when their government doesn’t exactly set the best example with its own budget.
1953 – The U.S. Supreme Court outlawed segregated restaurants in Washington, DC.
            The Supreme Court showed integrity by outlawing segregation in DC’s restaurants. Racism in all its forms is wrong. There can never be a person of integrity that harbors racist beliefs or practices in any way, shape or form. The Supreme Court should be praised for ruling in the appropriate way at a time when such action was much less popular.
1998 – Honda agreed to pay $17.1 million for disconnecting anti-pollution devices in 1.6 million cars.
            Honda served the consequence of not acting with integrity. If Honda intentionally disconnected the anti-pollution devices then they knew their action was wrong, but they did it anyway in order to increase their profit margin. Honda may have increased their profit margin in the short-term but they paid the price in the long-term in terms of large fines. In addition to breaking the rules, Honda harmed our environment, so in effect they cheated their customers, their government and the planet.
paxUnited hopes you act with integrity in this summer and that people of great integrity impact your life.
Integrity is just one of the character traits highlighted in paxUnited’s® Extraordinary People Living Character, which is the character development component of Peers Making Peace©. This program gives students the opportunity to utilize these positive character traits to improve their campus environment through service. The ten main aspects of positive character Extraordinary People Living Character aims at improving are: the ability to care, courage, citizenship, diligence, fairness, honesty, integrity, respect, responsibility, and trustworthiness.
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