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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 April 7, 2005 / 27 Adar II, 5765

Political intentions are clashing with military needs

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The political fuss over the Navy's plans to retire the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy illustrates how difficult Congress can make it to cut defense spending in ways least harmful to national security.

The Navy would prefer not to retire the Kennedy, which was launched in 1968 and had been scheduled to remain in service until 2018. But the Office of Management and Budget has ordered cuts, and the Navy brass has decided that retiring the Kennedy is the least painful way of complying.

If the Kennedy is retired, the Navy will have only 11 aircraft carriers in service, the first time in more than half a century there would be fewer than 12.

"Every single assessment by the Defense Department until last December showed the need for 12 carriers," said an aide to Sen. John Warner (R-Va), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

But a vast increase in the capabilities of carrier-based aviation indicate this is no longer true, said retired Marine Col. Robert Work, who analyzes naval issues for the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

In 1990, the maximum number of targets that could be engaged in a day by a carrier air wing was 162, Work said. Thanks to precision-guided weapons and an increase in the speed with which fighter-bombers can be refueled and rearmed, a carrier air wing today can strike 1,000 targets in 24 hours.

Work said he thought the number of aircraft carriers could be reduced to 10 without endangering the Navy's ability to perform its missions.

Peter Brookes, a commander in the Navy Reserve who analyzes national security issues for the Heritage Foundation, disagrees.

"Going down below 12 is problematic," Brookes said. "The first thing the president asks when there is a crisis is: 'Where are the carriers?'"

But Brookes said he had no idea where else the Navy could get the $1.2 billion it expects to save by retiring the Kennedy.

Sens. Bill Nelson (D-Fla) and George Allen (R-Va) have introduced a bill to require the Navy to maintain 12 carrier battle groups. Their bill has more to do with protecting local economies than with national security.

The Kennedy is based at Mayport, Florida. Its 2,900 sailors and their families pump an estimated $250 million into the local economy each year. If the Kennedy is retired, Florida politicians — including the president's brother, Gov. Jeb Bush — want one of the five carriers based in Norfolk, Va. transferred there. The Chief of Naval Operations, Adm, Vernon Clark, is sympathetic. He doesn't want all of his Atlantic carriers based in one port, lest there be another Pearl Harbor.

But there is a problem. The Kennedy is one of only two conventionally powered aircraft carriers left in the Navy. Mayport is not equipped to handle a nuclear carrier. It could cost north of $140 million to upgrade facilities.

If the Kennedy is retired, Virginia loses even if a Virginia carrier isn't transferred to Mayport to replace it. The Kennedy was put on the chopping block because it is the most expensive of our carriers to maintain, and because it is scheduled for a major overhaul later this year. The work would be done at the shipyard in Hampton Roads, Va.

The skyrocketing cost of shipbuilding is the chief source of the Navy's financial woes. The projected cost of the next aircraft carrier to enter service, the George H.W. Bush, is $5 billion. The carrier built before that, the Ronald Reagan, cost $400 million less. The next carrier to be built, the CVN-21, is estimated to cost $10.5 billion.

"We're caught on the horrible horns of a contradiction," said Harlan Ullman, a retired Navy captain who is now works for the Center for Naval Analyses. "Big decks are very valuable, but we have a horrendous budget problem." The solution, Ullman said, is to decommission the Kennedy and another carrier, but keep them maintained with skeleton crews so they could be recalled to duty in an emergency.

But politicians will resist this solution, he predicted.

"Congress is going to be on the side of maintaining ships (in active service) and the shipbuilding base, but we don't have the money to do that," Ullman said. "The huge debate is between what the Navy thinks it needs and how Congress represents its constituents."

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