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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

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April 4, 2014

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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

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Jewish World Review Sept. 14, 2005 / 10 Elul, 5765

Driving while economizing

By Debra J. Saunders

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | SAN FRANCISCO — I push the pedal to the metal as I challenge another journalist driving down Folsom Street to see who can make it back to the Sierra Club convention first. She's driving an SUV, a 2006 Mercury Mariner with a gasoline/electric hybrid engine. I'm in Ford Focus with a hydrogen fuel cell. There's no provocative "vroom, vroom" when I jam the accelerator at a standstill. I have to lower the windows to issue my dare.

I win.

"Awesome driving," says Sierra Club spokesman Eric Antebi from the backseat, as I pull into the staging area. He's already tickled at the odd convergence of Ford, Honda and Toyota at the Sierra Club's eco-convention. So he's happy to humor a Republican global-warming agnostic with a lead foot.

Detroit has joined Japan in recognizing a market for more fuel-efficient cars, as all automakers are looking now at putting hybrid engines in bigger cars.

Later, I drive the Mariner and find that what the folks at Ford say is true: The hybrid Mariner may cradle a four-cylinder engine, but, as the show-floor crew intoned, "with the performance of a six-cylinder." The Mariner hybrid boasts 33 miles per gallon in the city/29 mpg on the highway — a big boost from 22 city/26 highway stats for the all-gas version.

Finally, Ford and its divisions are looking to improve fuel economy.

Except now — talk about a bad timing — the Bush administration is poised to poison the well. It has proposed questionable changes in federal fuel-efficiency standards for SUVs and light trucks.

I should note, the Bushies have not proposed changes in CAFE (corporate average fuel economy) standards for sedans, which would remain at 27.5 mpg. Also, Bush already has raised standards for SUVs, light trucks and minivans — the 2005 standard is 21.2 mpg for light trucks; it will rise to 22.2 mpg in 2007.

Now, alas, the Bush administration is pushing for what it calls tougher standards for SUVs, with different standards based on size. The bigger the SUV, the more gas the Bushies will allow it to guzzle. Under this plan, the fuel-economy standard for the smallest SUV models would be 28.4 mpg by 2011, while the CAFE standard for the largest vehicles — like a Dodge Ram truck — would be 21.3 mpg in 2011. For now, Team Bush would exempt Hummers and other monster trucks that weigh more than 8,500 pounds, because they are so big they are considered commercial vehicles.

The enviros are suspicious — and rightly so — because the new rules would enable the Big Three to get around the new Bush standards simply by making bigger cars. Thus Dan Becker, the Sierra Club's global-warming czar, dismissed the new Bush plan as "allowing the auto companies to decide whether we save gas or not."

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., was one of five U.S. senators who responded by asking Bush to end the "SUV loophole" and make all vehicles meet the 27.5 mpg fleet average — rather than create a more elaborate SUV loophole. While Detroit complains about niggling federal regulations, closing the loophole would allow car manufacturers to decide how best to meet a universal standard. Selling more hybrid models might well be the ticket. The technology exists. The cost is reasonable and getting better.

One problem, one of the car guys tells me: The public has to want fuel-efficient cars. We are standing on Howard Street, watching SUVs dominate the streets of San Francisco. If consumers in this haven of the left choose to buy gas-guzzlers and refuse to exercise personal responsibility when they shop for wheels, they have little business blaming Bush for not being strong enough on the environment.

Bush should end the SUV loophole, if only to increase America's energy independence and air quality.

And Dubya should end the pricey program that he claims will innovate America out of a future energy pickle. Specifically, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, with federal spending about to go boom, Bush should pull the plug on his Freedom CAR — CAR stands for Cooperative Automotive Research — program, which is supposed to develop hydrogen fuel-cell cars after the taxpayers plunk down up to $2 billion on research.

I drove a hydrogen car Friday and had a fun ride. But with a price tag of $1 million to $2 million per fuel-cell car, it's pie-in-the-sky stuff. A Ford executive admitted it would be "a decade or two" before hydrogen fuel-cell cars are commercially viable.

Sorry, but one or two decades is what they always say. Why not? In a decade, there will be another president who can propose a different program.

Meanwhile, taxpayers shouldn't have to foot the bill for fuel savings that may or may not happen ever. As the Sierra Club's Antebi noted, hybrid "technology is on the shelf and it can be applied to almost any car." Now.

As gasoline pushes $3 per gallon, Bush would be doing Detroit a favor. He'd even be helping out gas-guzzlers. Then again, these days they need a break.

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