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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 21, 2012/ 28 Shevat, 5772

What a 'concept' for U.S. automakers

By Tom Purcell




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | What's billed as America's biggest car show is wrapping in Chicago today. Boy, American concept cars sure aren't what they used to be.

USA Today reports that "in a more cynical age of downsized dreams and tight development budgets, the wild concept car -- auto show eye candy -- is becoming rarer."

I'm an American. I love cars. I love how the automobile has been an American success story.

In the early 1900s, Henry Ford perfected the assembly line, which made the automobile affordable. By 1950, America was producing two-thirds of the world's cars. And up until the early 1970s, America was producing magical cars.

I speak of the '69 Chevelle SS, with its 396-cubic-inch engine, four-barrel carburetor and 375 heart-stopping horses under the hood -- the first car I ever drove and one I will never forget.

The early '70s also gave us the Plymouth Duster, one of the most reliable vehicles ever mass-produced. A 1972 Duster was my first car, which I bought in 1984, fresh out of college, from my Uncle Jimmy for $400. He'd bought it -- wrecked -- for $75 in 1981, fixed it up and driven it 40,000 miles without so much as a tune-up.

I drove the Duster without issue for six months before trading it in for a brand-new 1984 Pontiac Sunbird -- a product of a period when American automakers were having serious quality issues. It had squeaky bushings, stalled in damp weather and had a faulty sensor on the clutch that prevented the engine from starting.

Still, I went American again -- with a 1987 Pontiac Firebird that was a pretty good car, though the T-tops leaked, the alternator stopped at 20,000 miles and the transmission began slipping at 60,000 miles.

And I went American again five years later -- with a 1991 Ford Thunderbird. Its powerful V-8 made it fast, but it had lousy suspension, brakes that overheated and a transmission that started acting up at 20,000 miles.

After that, I finally abandoned American cars. I bought my first Japanese car -- a 1994 Mazda 6 that I drove without incident for four years.

I traded that in for a top-of-the-line 1998 Mazda 6 that was a dud. Did that have something to do with American automaker Ford buying a controlling interest in Mazda a few years prior?

Whatever the case, I moved to a 2001 Nissan Maxima in 2004. When it was 8 years old, there was a minor incident with the fuel injectors, but the car was otherwise grief-free.

Last year, I purchased a brand-new Nissan Maxima -- only the second new car I've ever purchased. It's fast, sleek and stylish -- the nicest car I've ever owned. And it has been perfect since day one.

Aside from a super-clean 1992 Chevy S-10 pickup I own -- it's been sitting in my dad's garage for 12 years now -- and a super-clean 2000 Jeep Wrangler 4x4 I purchased so I can make it up some monstrous hills to my house in the winter, I have not bought an American car for a long time.

Sure, American cars' quality has improved, but too late for me: I'm a Nissan guy now.

Besides, it agitates me that GM and Chrysler made so many bad business decisions that they needed the federal government to bail them out.

It agitates me that they lack the funds to unleash the creativity of their designers to produce unbelievable concept cars to influence future designs.

Hey, I'm an American, and I love cars.

I'd love to see American automakers earn back a reputation for making the world's finest and coolest cars.

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