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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

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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

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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

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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

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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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 June 1, 2007 / 15 Sivan, 5767

Children are destroying the world

By Lori Borgman

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A British environmentalist group has declared that children are bad for the planet.

The paraphernalia that accompanies babies from the hospital ought to have been their first clue. It's a wonder babies aren't declared bio-hazards from the get-go.

You have disposable diapers for those messy eruptions on the bottom half and soft washcloths for volcanic explosions on the top half.

You have the blue bulb suction gizmo for secretions clogging the nasal passages, anti-bacterial creams for diaper rash, cotton buds for ear wax and no-tears shampoo for flakes on the scalp.

Once babies become mobile their haz-mat factor increases even more. They are carriers for dirt, germs, bacteria, slime, pet dander and assorted insects. They pocket assorted refuse like bird feathers, rocks, acorns, old candy wrappers and snake skins.

To top it off, they often smell. The kids, not the refuse. Sweat pollution.

The Optimum Population Trust says the greatest way to help the future of the planet is to have one less child.

It is true, children do consume the planet's resources. They use their share of electricity, water, fossil fuels - and, yes, a lot of them have developed the nasty habit of breathing air. Kids. What can you do?

The environmentalist group says that having two, instead of three children, (couples should produce no more than two) will make a much greater impact on the planet than switching off lights.

Someone may have switched off lights on the environmentalists.

Kids may consume, they may even generate dust storms and small whirlwinds, but they are also producers. And part of what they will produce is our future.

Fifty years ago, 16 workers paid into Social Security for every retiree who drew benefits. Today, there are three workers per beneficiary and over the next few decades that number will fall to two workers per beneficiary.

Fewer babies? In developed nations, we're already there. A fertility rate of 2.1 is considered a birth rate able to replace the current population. The British fertility rate is below replacement levels at 1.7 and the European Union average hovers around 1.5. In the United States, our fertility rate has fallen below the replacement rate as well.

Philip Longman, a demographer that studies fertility rates has some interesting findings. He says that today, the average woman in the world bears half as many children as did her counterpart in 1972.

He also notes that progressive cities tend to have smaller families than conservative cities. In Seattle, there are nearly 45% more dogs than children. In Salt Lake City, there are only 19% more dogs than kids.

Who would have thought the dogs would one day outnumber the kids?

Longman also points out that people who attend church regularly are far more likely to have three or more children than people who seldom attend church.

Today's children, whether they come from large or small families, homes where the dogs outnumber the kids or the kids outnumber the dogs, will become the workers that fuel our economy and support a rapidly aging population.

My mother hung a cross stitch in her kitchen that succinctly articulates what so many of the demographers stop short of saying: "Be kind to your children, they choose your nursing home."

Children are not bad for the planet, they are the future of the planet.

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