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Formal Authority Is Not Moral Authority

Formal Authority Is Not Moral Authority By Leonard Zwelling Tom Friedman was a guest on Meet The Press on Sunday, October 22. He made a distinction between formal and moral authority. He made it simply. President Trump has formal authority, but has no moral authority. That is why he had to send out General John ...

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Rage Begets Wrath; Wrath Begets Depression

Rage Begets Wrath; Wrath Begets Depression By Leonard Zwelling I have been wondering why I seem so blue since Hurricane Harvey flooded Houston. We were lucky. Our house was one of those that did not incur damage. All cars were intact. Yes, I need a new roof, but it was getting about that time anyway. ...

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Jeff Flake-An American Hero

Jeff Flake-An American Hero By Leonard Zwelling At 2:30 PM on Tuesday, October 24, I learned that the junior senator from Arizona, Jeff Flake, would not be running for re-election in 2018. He was following the lead of Senator Bob Corker (R-TN). Both men had had enough of Capitol Hill. I understand. It only took ...

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The Leopard And The Furrier

The Leopard And The Furrier By Leonard Zwelling I had a friend. I haven’t seen or spoken with him for a while, but he made an indelible impression upon me earlier in my career. He had a favorite saying about observing their behavior. “The leopard doesn’t change his spots until he hears the furrier coming.” ...

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Pants On Fire

Pants On Fire By Leonard Zwelling It is no longer shocking to learn that the current President of the United States is a big, fat lying liar. His latest flap about what his predecessors did with regard to communicating with the families of fallen soldiers is only that. His latest. He has taken the combination ...

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Manhattan: Necessary, But Only In Small Bites

Manhattan: Necessary, But Only In Small Bites By Leonard Zwelling I was raised on the south shore of Long Island, the fish-shaped appendage that drapes east of Manhattan. It contains some real New York City (Brooklyn and Queens) and some OyLand as in Lawng Oyland (Nassau and Suffolk Counties). I lived in Nassau but frequented ...

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Awe, Sorrow, And Anger At National Monuments To Our Darkest Days

Awe, Sorrow, And Anger At National Monuments To Our Darkest Days By Leonard Zwelling Where were you when…? For the parents of the Baby Boomers, the Greatest Generation, it’s Pearl Harbor. For us Boomers, it is the Kennedy Assassination. For our kids and for us, too, it’s 9/11. Each of these crucial upheavals in normal ...

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Had MD Anderson Only Had A Corker

Had MD Anderson Only Had A Corker By Leonard Zwelling One of the most reasoned voices that I heard while serving on the staff of the US Senate was that of Senator Bob Corker (R-TN). Whenever I was in a meeting or hearing with the relatively new senator at the time (it was 2009 and ...

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Murphy’s Law And His Conflicted Interests

Murphy’s Law And His Conflicted Interests By Leonard Zwelling I have been advised often that I need to retitle the book I wrote about Congress “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up,” (the actual new title of the revised edition is “The Premature Birth Of ObamaCare,” available soon). Republican Representative Tim Murphy of western Pennsylvania, has ...

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The Key For MD Anderson May Not Be MD Anderson First

The Key For MD Anderson May Not Be MD Anderson First By Leonard Zwelling https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/27/opinion/globalization-trump-american-progress.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-right-region&region=opinion-c-col-right-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-right-region&_r=0 One of Tom Friedman’s recurring themes, is the need for interconnectedness and adaptability for success in the modern world. In this editorial he notes, as he has repeatedly, the effects of actual climate change, the climate change in business produced ...

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