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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

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

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 Oct. 27, 2006 / 5 Mar-Cheshvan, 5767

A little sewage, a lot of hope

By Wesley Pruden


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | NEW ORLEANS — A lot of voters in these parts are frustrated in this election season, big time. They can't find any of the incumbents they most want to see on the November 7 ballot.


"I wish I could get George W. Bush, Kathleen Blanco and Ray Nagin on the same ballot," says George LeBlanc, as he pauses at stripping moldy Sheetrock from the walls in a house on Canal Boulevard. "I'm a nonpartisan hater. I'd like to vote all three of them out and put them on a cleanup detail."


A year later, a lot has changed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the 500-year storm that leveled everything along a 50-mile stretch of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and broke through levees and seawalls to drown whole neighborhoods of New Orleans. The stench, a noxious brew of saltwater, corpses, dead animals, crude oil, garbage, trash, mold and other things best not to think about, has largely dissolved in the bracing air of brisk blue October days and semi-balmy nights. Many of the streets are clear now of ruined automobiles, enormous mounds of discarded refrigerators, stoves, television sets and assorted other traces of what was once serene domestic life.


Life as it used to be has returned in other ways. The hookers and petty thieves, who gave the city a brief reprieve when they departed for easier pickings elsewhere after the storm, are back, working the streets of the French Quarter and the adjoining Faubourg Marigny, crowded now with hundreds of contractors, tradesmen and migrant workers who have poured into the city for the reconstruction. Dozens of women from Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Detroit and Las Vegas have been arrested in a crackdown "to make the city attractive to conventions." There seems to be some confusion among the cops and the politicians about what traditionally makes "the good times roll" in New Orleans, but everyone appreciated the scarcity of street crime in the months when the street criminals took their talents to Texas and surrounding states. But now they're back as well, and certain precincts of the Big Easy are as mean, hard and difficult as ever.


The good humor peculiar to New Orleans is back, too. Orleanians are eager to tell visitors of the quirks and eccentricities of Katrina. One survivor on Walker Street, just off the lethal 17th Street Canal, tells how a carton of orange juice floated out of her refrigerator, up to the second floor and came to rest, waiting for her when she went into her house after 15 feet of floodwater receded, outside the door of the bedroom of her late husband, "just as I had taken it to him every morning." Another survivor returned to reclaim her week-old Mercury Marquis, which had been submerged for a month in the salty stew, and found a pew from a synagogue two blocks away, resting neatly atop the car. "I think it was telling me to get back to church, so I have."


Everyone has a FEMA story, all bad. So are the stories about the 10,000 infamous FEMA trailers marooned for weeks at an airport in Hope, Ark., waiting for a bureaucrat in Washington to clear them for delivery. Some have arrived now, and with them complaints that they leak, creak and fall apart. "I no longer believe in a place called Hope," says a young woman who has lived in one of them for four months. "If it rains during the night, I wake up on a soggy bed." Another homeowner salvaged only a coffee table from his house, but has furnished his Hope trailer with furniture that floated into his back yard.


The absence of hurricanes in the '06 season now winding down is widely taken as a happy providence, and Katrina has made environmentalists of many Orleanians. There's enthusiasm for rebuilding the wetlands between New Orleans and the Gulf which once provided a barrier where hurricanes lost a lot of their punch before reaching the city. One interesting idea is to pump millions of gallons of treated sewage from New Orleans and adjoining St. Bernard Parish into the eroded coastal marshes, which would transform scrub marsh and open water to the thick growth of cypress.


"It's not raw sewage," John Day, an ecologist at Louisiana State University, tells the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "It's treated, it's disinfected, and it's checked for toxins." All to the good, no doubt, but New Orleans is still toxic to politicians of both parties. And it's not the sewage.

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