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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Feb. 2, 2005 / 23 Shevat, 5765

Buy a bridge? This $200 Million one isn't for sale — it's being paid for by taxpayers and it leads almost nowhere

By John Stossel


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Don Young has a bridge he wants to sell you. It's not the Brooklyn Bridge, but it's taller. It's not the Golden Gate Bridge, but it's almost as long. It'll take you to the airport, if you happen to be flying out of Ketchikan, Alaska.

Not buying? Maybe you are: Don Young is a member of Congress.

Ketchikan, Alaska, is a little tourist town — a very little tourist town. Only 14,000 people live there, and it has just one main road. But years ago, Alaska persuaded Congress to build an airport on a nearby island. The airport has only six or eight flights a day and people get there by taking a boat ride. The ride takes just seven minutes, and people love it. One told ABC News, "When people come to Ketchikan, that little ferry ride is what they remember."

Another, who called the ferry system "just dandy," pointed out a feature that might endear it to all of us: "It doesn't cost $200 million."

Maybe I should say that's a feature that might endear it to all of us who don't represent Alaska in Congress, as Don Young, a Republican, does. Two hundred million dollars is the price tag on the bridge he wants to build to rescue people from that dandy ferry. Now, some of us are worried about our taxes being too high. Some of us are worried that the government may not be able to fund Medicare. Some of us are worried about softheaded politicians wasting our hard-earned money. In fact, some of us might even agree with the congressman who said to his colleagues, "If any of you think 1 percent can't be cut out of any part of our budget, you haven't been here that long, and most of you have been here that long."

That congressman was — you guessed it — Don Young. But he said that back when the Democrats were in charge. Today, Young is chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and in control of the big transportation bills. Now, he no longer sees pork-barrel spending as just a horrible waste of money. For Don Young, pork can be a wonderful waste of money.

"Don Young said he stuffed this bill like a turkey and he's proud of that," says Keith Ashdown of Taxpayers for Common Sense. Ashdown's organization awarded Young's bridge the Golden Fleece Award, a prize reserved for what TCS calls "wasteful, ironic or ridiculous" ways to use — or misuse — the money the government forces us to give it in taxes. "Don Young has turned into a tax-and-spend Republican," says Ashdown. "He wants you and me to pay for his bridges to nowhere."

Nowhere? Well, there is that airport, but beyond that, the island has no roads and is home mostly to trees.

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Rep. Young says the bridge is worth the price because it would create jobs in Alaska. But that's just politicians' folly because the $200 million would create more jobs if it were left with the people who made the money in the first place, instead of being taken from them by the government. And in any case, an economist who studied the matter for the state says that once the construction workers finished their work and went home, the bridge would probably create about 40 new jobs. Two hundred million dollars for 40 jobs is $5 million per job. I hope they're great jobs.

Young wouldn't talk to me about this. Maybe he's too busy bringing home even more money for Alaskans. His state is one of the least populated in America, but he has helped get it more pork dollars than any other state but one. Some of that pork, like the Ketchikan bridge, isn't even popular with the locals. Most of the people ABC News talked to in that little tourist town with the scenic ferry said they didn't want a bridge. They gave it descriptions like "a colossal waste of taxpayers' money," "a boondoggle" and "a rotten idea."

Don Young must think it's a good idea, though. It's so good he wants to improve on it. He's found another nearly empty piece of Alaska where there's room for a bridge, and he wants to spend your money to build one there, too. What's the improvement? This next bridge may cost a billion dollars.

Give Me a Break.

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