ok, stop laughing.
I ran the -R option with chmod on my /usr directory. No big deal in that everything works fine, except my 'system setting' options on the start menu. Basically the gui tools for adding user and group, printer, etc.
when i click on one of the tools i get 'insufficient rights'.
it seems as if the gui tools point to the /usr/sbin directory which has a link that points to /usr/share
and then each gui tool has its own folder in that directory, which I have access to since I ran:
chmod a=rwx -R /usr
of course i can still use the shell tools for adding users, groups, etc, but it'd be nice to have the gui tools back without having to login as root.
any suggestions would be nice.