In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 March 23, 2007 / 23 Adar, 5767

An Ann Coulter is not what we need

By Kathryn Lopez

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The attention-grabbing vocabulary of Ann Coulter is not what conservatives want as a newsworthy talking point. Instead of shocking the public into listening with unfortunate comments, how about grabbing attention by celebrating the party's positives — like Jennifer Gratz. Instead of the stand-up-and-outrage-them message Coulter typically exudes, Gratz counsels: "I'd give the same advice my parents gave: Stand up for your beliefs. And I'd add that you really can do anything that you set your mind to."

That's the kind of mindset that helped Gratz pass Proposal 2, lauded by her peers at the Conservative Political Action Conference, where she received its Ronald Reagan Award. Gratz was executive director of the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, which amends the state's constitution to prohibit "state entities from discriminating or granting preferential treatment based on race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin." With 52 percent of the vote, its passing was no small victory. But Gratz's other contributions should not go unnoticed.

Before November, Gratz already had a place in the history books. She is the Gratz of the 2003 Supreme Court decision Gratz v. Bollinger, which struck down the university of Michigan's racial-preference program. Gratz had been rejected unfairly by the school despite a stellar academic record. Turns out it was reverse discrimination — thanks to the positive-sounding "affirmative action" policy in place there. The experience encouraged her to become a civil-rights leader.

But she does not have to give any specific advice to leaders in training: They just have to watch her. Gratz's leadership stands in dramatic contrast to the misleading and hyperbolic rhetoric of her opponents in Michigan. One of the ads, for instance, that dropped in the fall by the opposition declared:

"If you could have prevented 9-11 from ever happening...would you have?"

"If you could have prevented Katrina from ever happening...what would you have done?"

"On Nov. 7th there's a national disaster headed for Michigan...the elimination of affirmative action."

"And on Nov. 7th there's only one way to stop this disaster ... by voting No on Proposal 2."

But these cheap attacks haven't thwarted Gratz. And they haven't discouraged her colleagues' praise. Ward Connerly, veteran of these civil-rights fights and leader with Gratz in the Michigan effort, says of Gratz, "Jennifer Gratz is an extraordinary individual. She has an innate sense of fairness, enormous courage and a profound appreciation for individual liberty — all qualities of a true conservative and the definition of a good American. I often find myself inspired by her."

The MCRI win was no easy thing. Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness (and Michigander), in nominating Gratz for the award, wrote, "Along the way she was reviled by demonstrators and her integrity was probably questioned by a liberal judge, whose derisive words were used in the well-financed campaign against the MCRI. Jennifer and Ward prevailed in spite of the opposition of most Republican leaders, including gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos. I was completely impressed with Jennifer's natural skill, maturity, good judgment and courage under fire. No matter what was thrown at her, she never lost her poise and determination."

The conservative moment is grounded in ideas. We believe those ideas, as expressed and as acted upon, have consequences — because they do. Every politically interested college student knows Coulter; many have heard her on campus. They should know and hear Jennifer Gratz.

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