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On Remembrance

Happy Thanksgiving, Joe & his dad, and a group photo

On Remembrance – This past week has been one of remembrance. On November 6, I unexpectedly lost my beloved dad, Joe Campolo, Sr., at age 73. He played an integral role in both my personal and professional lives, having also served as the long-time Controller of CMM since its founding, known affectionately around the office as “Mr. C.” On behalf of my mother, my grandmother, my sisters, and myself, thank you for the outpouring of support we have received. It

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Her Majesty of the Law

Joe Campolo, Her Majesty of the Law, Halloween group photo

Her Majesty of the Law.  It is rare, particularly in today’s world, to find a person who possesses and uses their superior intellect to achieve world-renowned fame, and then readily and unceremoniously gives it all up for love.  Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is one of these very special people.

A Supreme Failure

Group of people, Supreme Court, Board retreat

A Supreme Failure – The confirmation process of now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and the claim of sexual misconduct against him by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, forced the American people to face a real and terrible dilemma, as the parties involved were two very accomplished, credible people telling totally different stories, with neither of them being able to offer any corroborating or exculpatory evidence. This created a heart-wrenching scenario; if she was innocently mistaken about his identity then Justice Kavanaugh has been subjected to

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Naked and Afraid

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Naked and Afraid – Like many, I took some time off around the Labor Day holiday to recharge. For me, that entails being a couch potato and finding the most mindless stuff possible to binge-watch. This time around, the remote landed on Naked and Afraid, a reality show on the Discovery Channel where a man and a woman (who don’t know each other) agree to be dropped off together in a remote part of the world, totally naked, and try

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Reflecting on Labor Day

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On Celebrating Labor – Labor Day seems to be the most misunderstood of our national holidays, and thus never seems to get the respect it deserves. To me, Labor Day was always just a long weekend marking the unofficial end of summer, a day I celebrated with family and friends in our backyards, drinking sangria and lamenting about how fast another summer had flown by. But a closer look at the origins of Labor Day, and the people who have

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On Integrity, Transparency, and Freedom of Expression

Google logo, CMM BBQ pic, United Veterans Beacon House pic

In the 1930s, IBM began working with the Nazi regime, selling them punch-card equipment and technology used to catalog information about people. As the war progressed and the technology was enhanced, the relationship between IBM and the Nazis remained intact, and eventually every concentration camp used these punch cards to identify and track the millions of people shipped into those camps. It was the most advanced technology of its kind at the time, and it is widely believed that without

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The “N” Word

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On the “N” Word – Admittedly, when I first heard the Papa John’s story surrounding its founder’s use of the “n” word, I thought the company had overreacted. He didn’t use the word to refer directly to any person or group, but instead used it on a strategy call with his marketing company about how Papa John’s could distance itself from racist groups, stating that “Colonel Sanders called blacks [the “n” word] and never faced any backlash.” He did not

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On Abortion

Series of 3 images of Joe Campolo with Brian Curtin and Frank Morgigno, United States Supreme Court Building, and CMM Live behind-the-scenes camera.

On Abortion – The recent nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to become a Justice of the United States Supreme Court has brought the issue of abortion front and center once again. In an incredibly divisive world, abortion is probably the most divisive issue, as it strikes a visceral chord with folks on both sides. As a lawyer, I decided to take a close look at how the law surrounding abortion has developed and share my observations with all of you. A

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Q2 Roundup of Your Most Compelling Comments

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Q2 Roundup – Summer’s here, which means Q2 is just about wrapping up. With no shortage of current events to blog about, I’ve received many passionate responses to my blog posts these past few months – many of which gave me an interesting new perspective. I really enjoy hearing from readers – thank you for sharing your thoughts. I’ll be back to blogging in July – and until then, here are some of the most thought-provoking and personal comments I received.

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Howard Stern, the Riddle

On Howard Stern – Over the last few weeks I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time wrestling with my relationship with Howard Stern. I don’t have any personal connection to him, but I’ve been a listener over the years as I find him to be a great interviewer. And so, like many others, I check out his channel while driving to see who he has on. If it’s someone interesting, I listen; if it’s one of his antics, I typically move along. Over

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