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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 May 21, 2010 / 8 Sivan 5770

Grim Milestones in War's Headstones

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | How is it that The New York Times reported that that the toll of U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan reached the "grim milestone" of 1,000 Tuesday, but my newspaper, The Chronicle, had not bothered to report the story?

This column began as an effort to redress what I considered to be an unconscionable omission. _Even before the Iraq War toll exceeded 1,000 deaths in September 2004, there was a media build-up to the milestone. The Chronicle brought together family members from Northern California whose loved ones were among the dead for front-page coverage.

Why not pay similar tribute to those fallen in Operation Enduring Freedom? Is the big difference that the casualty count can't be used against President George W. Bush?

As it turns out, news outlets had good reason not to report the 1,000 dead that The New York Times reported. _As of Wednesday morning, the Pentagon's official count for U.S. troops deaths in the Afghanistan region was 982 — 768 killed in action and 214 non-hostile deaths (that is, from car accidents or illnesses). The official Operation Enduring Freedom count also adds 78 deaths, including eight combat fatalities, outside the region and two Defense Department civilian deaths.

The New York Times methodology expanded its own count to include as Afghanistan-area deaths other fatalities, including five non-hostile deaths at Guantanamo Bay. Hence the gray lady's death-toll scoop.

On the upside, it's great The New York Times has the resources to write compelling stories about the men and women who face danger and endure deprivation in order to keep America safe.

On the downside, because The Times has reported its ahead-of-the-curve statistic, when the official figures catch up, it will be old news.

Take the shrinking newspapers, the considerable amount of money it takes to cover a war, the no-controversy/no-coverage mentality in cable-newsdom, along with the fact that the death toll hurts President Obama, and the sacrifices made by U.S. troops in the Afghanistan War will not garner the coverage they deserve.

I almost miss the anti-war protests of the Bush years. I didn't like the way activists used the bitter statistics to bolster their opposition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but at least the debate reminded Americans of the immense sacrifices made by the military.

Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, R-San Diego, is an Iraq vet who believes the public is paying less attention to "the fact that we still have service members out there every single day who are dying." As for "the numbers story," he said, "it has a tendency to diminish the significance of each one of the lives and the families and the friends."

Former Democratic Assemblyman and long-time Army Reserve Officer Tom Umberg sent me this note from Afghanistan: "I don't know what number Cpl. Nicholas D. Paradarodriguez was when he was killed here on Sunday. I do know that for his family, his friends and those serving with him here in Afghanistan, he will be a constant and searing reminder of the sacrifice being made by a very few for the benefit of the millions of Americans who cannot name a person serving in uniform or feel any pinch on their pocketbook as a result of this war."

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