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Why Newspapers Matter Especially If You Vote And You Should Vote

Why Newspapers Matter Especially If You Vote And You Should Vote By Leonard Zwelling          It is said that you can marry more money in a minute than you can make in a lifetime. Well, you can also buy more influence with an attorney general over a weekend than you can through lobbying an entire ...

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BORED AND A VISITOR

Bored and A Visitor By Leonard Zwelling          October 29 was the annual Board of Visitors (BoV) dinner at the Four Seasons downtown. As most of you know, the BoV is essentially a club with honorific membership that putatively oversees and advises the leadership of MD Anderson, but is, in reality, the boosters club. You ...

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C-SPAN As Comedy Central; The Sunday Times Describes Hell on Earth

C-SPAN As Comedy Central; The Sunday Times Describes Hell on Earth By Leonard Zwelling          Watching the hearing called by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Friday morning, October 24 was funnier than Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert combined. The members grilled a group of government and health professionals about the Ebola ...

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During Retirement, You Eat Dessert First

During Retirement, You Eat Dessert First By Leonard Zwelling Moonstruck (1987) Rose: I just want you to know no matter what you do, you’re gonna die, just like everybody else. Cosmo Castorini: Thank you, Rose.       This is one of my favorite quotes from the film that I believe has the best screenplay ever written. ...

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Monica, Hilary and Me: Will The Chickens Come Home To Roost?

Monica, Hilary and Me: Will The Chickens Come Home To Roost? By Leonard Zwelling          If there was ever a person I thought I would not see on the public stage again, it was Monica Lewinsky. But there she was this week in Philadelphia discussing her new cause celeb, cyber-bullying. She claims to be “patient ...

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If You’re A Doctor, It Sucks To Be You

If You’re A Doctor, It Sucks To Be You By Leonard Zwelling          I was chatting with a close physician friend recently. We were trading war stories (whining, really, after all we are academics) about the down-grading of our profession from that of a noble calling to that of being the guy or gal behind ...

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Managing Health Care, Managing Doctors; These Two Things Do Not Go Together But They Should

Managing Health Care, Managing Doctors; These Two Things Do Not Go Together But They Should By Leonard Zwelling          President Obama has just appointed an Ebola Czar, Ron Klain.  Mr. Klain is a highly respected government manager with good relationships in the executive branch and on Capitol Hill.  This would seem to make sense.  But, ...

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Big Money, Small Money and Really Small Money, But Not Blood Money

Big Money, Small Money and Really Small Money, But Not Blood Money By Leonard Zwelling          On August 26, Stripes, a group of convenience stores headquartered in Corpus Christi, launched a campaign to raise funds for the MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital during September, Childhood Cancer Awareness month. This money came from small donations of ...

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Texas Contagion: The Spread of ISIS, Ebola and Indifference

Texas Contagion: The Spread of ISIS, Ebola and Indifference By Leonard Zwelling          There are three threats to the citizens of Texas. Texans share susceptibility to these threats with the rest of America, but in Texas, two of these threats have taken particularly nasty turns.          ISIS is the contagious threat that looms for all ...

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If (When?) Ebola Comes to MD Anderson

If (When?) Ebola Comes to MD Anderson By Leonard Zwelling        At this point it is reasonable to conclude that the United States is not entirely ready to handle an outbreak of a deadly disease like Ebola. And the current cases in Dallas and possibly beyond were not even from a terrorist attack with weaponized ...

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