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Where does the time go? It seems like just yesterday we were returning from our holiday break, and here we are with our last column before our traditional summer hiatus. I've hardly had a chance to assemble my notes from last year's "what I did on my summer vacation." Nevertheless, summer 2016 is here. And do I love summer. So yes, this is it, my last column until September 9th, when we return after a well-deserved rest. Writing this column is both harder than you may think and at the same time unbelievably rewarding. Last week's column alone generated an avalanche of responses, both positive and negative, that I'm still working my way through.
But writing this column, which we started three years ago, is really one of the few ways many of you get to know me. As Marcum has grown, we have added both team members and clients, many of whom I don't get a chance to know personally and the vast majority of whom don't know me. This is one of the ways I attempt to connect with you and give you a glimpse into what's going on at Marcum, how I personally feel about significant current events and an occasional look into what's going on in the Weiner household. And the feedback for the most part has been gratifyingly favorable, although there's the occasional controversial topic (last week, for example) that really brings out some strong contrary positions and admonishments for mixing business and personal views. But we're all entitled to our opinions, and I welcome the feedback.
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Today is the funeral of Muhammad Ali. The sad news of his death from Parkinson's disease last Friday touched nearly everyone.
The three-time World Heavyweight Champion was the self-proclaimed Greatest of All Time. But maybe that boast just made him prophetic, because in a lot of ways, he turned out to be right. He was a great professional athlete, as well as a great Olympian (Rome 1960). He was a great activist, sacrificing his career and potentially his liberty, rather than fight in the Vietnam War, which he denounced. He was a great performer in the ring and a great humorist (just ask Billy Crystal). As he aged and his illness took over his body and mind, he was a great example of how not to give up. By any of these measures, Ali was a great American. But of all the things he was, Ali will probably be best remembered as a great man of principle. And in the world we live in today, that is truly an accomplishment to be proud of. May he rest in peace.
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Pretty much everyone was horrified when Harambe the gorilla was shot by the Cincinnati Zoo's Dangerous Animal Response Team last Saturday, in order to protect the life of the 3-year-old boy who somehow got into his enclosure. I am an animal supporter myself and, in fact, I'm a board member of the Nassau County SPCA, but more importantly as the father of 5, yes 5, I was really upset by this incident on multiple levels, just like everyone else.
As a parent, there is absolutely nothing I wouldn't do to ensure my children's safety, or the safety of anyone's child, for that matter. No matter how or why that child managed to get himself into such a precarious and potentially life threatening situation, I can only imagine the anguish of his parents and the incredible stress on the zookeeper who had to make that call. I, for one, am not going to second-guess whether he made the right decision.