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Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

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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

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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

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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

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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 Sept. 15, 2005 / 11 Elul, 5765

Brown may have been wrong man for the job but it's not reflection on the rest

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Sometimes a bum gets a bum rap.

The hapless Michael Brown has resigned as director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a move which reinforced the view of his many critics that the federal response to Katrina was unconscionably slow.

In a column last week, I described the relief operation after Katrina as "the most monumental and successful disaster relief operation in history."

Everything I have seen in the week subsequent reinforces that view.

Last week I noted how 32,000 people had been rescued; that shelter, food and medical care had been provided to 180,000 displaced persons; that the Corps of Engineers had repaired the breach in the most important levee protecting New Orleans.

Since then, electric power has been restored in most of Mississippi; and in New Orleans, the seaport has reopened, the airport has reopened, and oil is again being pumped from platforms in the Gulf.

Some — chiefly those irate because I did not call for George Bush's head on a platter — assume I was praising FEMA in general, and Brown in particular.

This is not so.

I have few tears to shed for Brown, who was not qualified to have the job in the first place. President Bush is rightly taken to task for having appointed him.

If I were handing out interim grades, there would be As for the Coast Guard; the Army Corps of Engineers; the military; the Red Cross, the Salvation Army and the other private charitable groups that actually provide the help; the mayor of Houston, the governor of Texas and the people of that great state, and the American people, who have donated more than $700 million to help out their distressed neighbors.

I'd give FEMA an incomplete, because we just don't know enough yet about the extent to which FEMA coordination aided, or impeded, or was irrelevant to the activities of the organizations mentioned above.

FEMA's role in disaster relief largely has been misrepresented in the media. FEMA has Urban Search and Rescue Teams and Disaster Assistance Medical Teams, many of which were pre-deployed to the region and went into action within hours of the hurricane abating.

But FEMA's primary role is to coordinate the activities of the local, state and federal agencies and private charitable groups who provide the relief supplies and the bulk of the manpower.

There have been reports of FEMA bureaucrats impeding the provision of aid to distressed communities. A thorough investigation should be made of these complaints.

But pending that investigation, we should bear in mind that the tempers and time horizons of people in distressed areas are short; that they are in a poor position to see a larger picture (needs may be greater and more urgent elsewhere); and that some complainers have powerful reasons for directing anger away from themselves.

FEMA has been lambasted most for the plight of people who sought shelter in the Louisiana Superdome. But this was a local, not a federal, failure.

There would have been fewer people to care for in the superdome had the city utilized its municipal and school buses to evacuate people who had no cars, as its emergency management plan called for.

I have no objection to the use of the Superdome as a place of refuge, but it is hard to understand why no provision was made for food or water, or adequate security, or for porta-potties.

Officials of both the Red Cross and the Salvation Army said they tried to bring food and water to the Superdome, but were turned away by Louisiana authorities. This has received little attention from the news media, perhaps because it would be hard to pin the blame for the decision on President Bush.

I've been critical of the coverage of Katrina, and I'm going to close with criticism of one journalist in particular.


There were three errors of fact in my column last week.

I said the 17th street levee breached in the wee hours Tuesday, which was what was being reported at the time I wrote the column. In fact, the breach occurred mid-morning Monday.

I took the figure 2,000 for the buses available to Mayor Nagin from a column written by another journalist without checking it myself. The actual figure is closer to 600.

Finally, I knew Andrew struck in 1992, but inexplicably wrote 2002. I regret the errors.

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