How Refreshing It Is…

Gordon Sondland, the local businessman turned diplomat, faces more pressure at home as questions mount over his involvement with President Trump’s appeals to Ukraine for help in investigating his political rival.

On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer called for a boycott of hotels owned or operated by Sondland’s Portland-based company, Provenance Hotels. And by Thursday, Oregon Public Broadcasting had reported that the popular local ice cream company Salt & Straw had severed its professional ties with Provenance, a chain of upscale hotels across the country, including six in Portland.

“After much consideration, we have made a decision to end our wholesale business with Provenance Hotels. We are very thoughtful with our relationships and, after seven years, have determined it is best to go in a different direction,” according to a statement released to The Oregonian/Oregon Live.

Sondland, the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, didn’t show up for a closed-door meeting on Tuesday morning as part of Democrats’ impeachment inquiry. His attorney said he was ordered not to attend by State Department officials.

Kudos are in order bigly for Salt & Straw for severing its relationship with Provenance Hotels. It is good to know some businesses operate with principles true to American values ad have the integrity to act accordingly.

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Integrity

As the nation witnesses the narcissism of Trump and his utter and complete inability to acknowledge reality, accept his own failures and learn by them, and his obsession with twisting truth to fit the world he has created for himself the word integrity keeps crossing my mine.

Integrity is a concept Trump apparently has little to no understanding of.

Integrity
is standing up
for what
you believe in.

It is treating everyone
equally and fairly,
acting independent
of others that do otherwise.

It is being
open and honest,
responsible for
all of your actions.

It is speaking out
when others
are treated poorly.

It is refusing
to participate
in actions
detrimental to others.

It is admitting
and apologising
for your errors,
when mistakes
are made.

It is respecting
your environment,
your fellow humans,
and your self.

Integrity
is not a characteristic,
it is
a way of life.

It is
what you do,
and what you say,
always.

It sets you
apart from others,
it defines
you as a person.

Treat others
as you would want
to be treated.

Be upstanding,
be forthright,
be conscious
of your actions.

Remember
to always
act
with integrity.

Gary Dodd