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Why Hillary?

Why Hillary? By Leonard Zwelling          I readily admit to being extremely ambivalent about voting for President this year. I find both major candidates loaded with flaws and that the choice this year is among the worst ever. But, given that adults are supposed to vote and given that these two are the choices spit ...

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De-Bait And Switch: If It Was About Stamina, She Won

De-Bait And Switch: If It Was About Stamina, She Won By Leonard Zwelling        This morning, the airwaves are full of commentary about the debate last night between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. I actually thought there were two debates last night. Each was approximately 45 minutes in length.        In the first, the split ...

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False Balance: Comparing Two Points of View Does Not Make Them Equally Valid

False Balance: Comparing Two Points of View Does Not Make Them Equally Valid By Leonard Zwelling http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/11/public-editor/the-truth-about-false-balance.html          Liz Spayd, the author of this piece from Sunday’s  (9/11) NY Times is the Times’ Public Editor, a sort of ombudsman for the news gathering and reporting functions of the paper. In other words, she’s the in-house ...

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A Basket of Deplorables: Why Would Anyone Say Such A Thing Before The Debate?

A Basket of Deplorables: Why Would Anyone Say Such A Thing Before The Debate? By Leonard Zwelling          There is no doubt that Mr. Trump has brought out the worst in some Americans. He has mocked the disabled, bad-mouthed Mexicans and made it clear he has a religious litmus test for those wishing to enter ...

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A True Tipping Point: Events Are Helping Trump

A True Tipping Point: Events Are Helping Trump By Leonard Zwelling          In 1969, the third Super Bowl was played. The Green Bay Packers had won Super Bowls I and II before they had Roman numerals attached to them and it was generally assumed that despite the artificial elevation of the American Football League to ...

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The Big Picture: The Case For Poetic Naturalism vs. The Need For A Supreme Being

The Big Picture: The Case For Poetic Naturalism vs. The Need For A Supreme Being By Leonard Zwelling          The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning and the Universe Itself is a long and elaborate book, but worth the effort in every way.          Sean Carroll’s treatise on reality is a guide to ...

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How To Celebrate Seventy-Five Years: “The Search For More Money”

How To Celebrate Seventy-Five Years: “The Search For More Money” By Leonard Zwelling          Yes, I know this was a line from Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs, but could it be more aptly applied than to the latest announcement about the 75 Year Celebration of MD Anderson in a tent during the same week in which Donald ...

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The Expectations Gap: From 11/22 to 9/11

The Expectations Gap: From 11/22 to 9/11 By Leonard Zwelling          As we approach the final run to Election Day and as we remember 15 years ago, we might stop for a second a consider what is so troubling the American psyche that no matter what happens on November 8 we will likely have a ...

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Who Failed Whom?: Why Is The State Of Leadership In America So Dismal?

Who Failed Whom?: Why Is The State Of Leadership In America So Dismal? By Leonard Zwelling          I was asked recently how the American people are going to feel if they elect Donald Trump as the next President of the United States. The colleague who asked then supposed that the American public would then get ...

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