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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 July 30, 2013/ 23 Menachem-Av, 5773

Voting Frights

By Lenore Skenazy



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Can you think of anything more dangerous than having hundreds — maybe even thousands — of full-blooded strangers barging into the buildings where our precious children learn?

Well, how about all those strangers not barging in, not even being allowed across the threshold, thanks to new, completely hysteria-driven restrictions on voting in the schools?

More and more schools and districts are saying no to the age-old American tradition of hosting elections in the school gym. It's a "risk" they say they cannot take.

Except that, as far as I can tell, it never has posed any risk at all — and still doesn't.

An article in the Iowa City Press-Citizen details how Election Day already has changed in Iowa. Only 7 percent of voting is still done in public schools. "The pressure to move polling places out of schools intensified following the December school shooting in Newtown, Conn.," writes the reporter, Emily Schettler. Yet — what is the connection? One terrible thing happens in one place and suddenly all voters in all schools are regarded as potential terrorists? Should schools outlaw basketball games, too?


The article adds that although there haven't been any serious problems in Iowa during elections, "officials pushing the moves say they want to avoid future issues."

Which, in case you haven't noticed, is an argument you could use to outlaw absolutely anything. "Though there haven't been any problems with kids impaling themselves on pencils, we want to avoid..." "So far, no children have violently collided during square dance instruction, but we hope to avoid..."

Here's an idea: Why don't officials try to avoid going crazy worrying, "What if an exceedingly unlikely event that never happened in this context not only happens again but happens in exactly this context?"

Already one county has had to spend $8,000 for polling space because the schools — free and paid for by our taxes — were no longer available. So now the county is missing out on a nice chunk of change that could have been used for, I don't know, buying copies of the Constitution? And the school kids there don't even get to see their parents, neighbors or other local adults exercising the inalienable right that makes America such a beacon of fear.

Er, freedom.

Look, there's safety, and then there's sanity. Ideally, the two go hand in hand. But when it comes to kids and schools, it feels as if they aren't even allowed in the same building.

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