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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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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

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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

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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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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 Feb. 24, 2005 / 15 Adar I, 5765

Common ground

By Victor Davis Hanson

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Democrats call for President Bush to use his conservative majorities to find common solutions to perennial problems that might find resonance with Americans tired of partisan bickering. There are plenty of places to start on a variety of different issues.

  • The Middle East. The isolationist Right has not wished to risk much for anything abroad, while the hard Left recently has been happy with any dictator that praised the "people" and professed anti-Americanism. Yet most Americans in between can conclude that Middle Eastern autocracy is the fuel that drives terrorism, and that the only strategy to prevent wider war later is to promote freedom over there now.

    The way not to have to intervene militarily in Iran and Syria is to censure both diplomatically, elevate their dissidents to the world stage, and cut off all commerce with these rogue regimes. Call the promotion of democracy a conservative desire for American security or a liberal move to promote the unrepresented. Either way it alone offers hope for a safe Middle East.

  • Energy. It makes little sense to drive a 7,000-pound SUV down to the local grocery store. True, eventually the market would curb such extravagance   —   when gas climbs to $5 a gallon. But in the meantime, too many billions of petrodollars are going to too many terrorists in the Middle East.

    If the conservationist Left wins mandated fuel economy, then it should at least relent on nuclear power that has evolved well beyond the scariness of the Three-Mile-Island era, and would encourage energy self-sufficiency without heating up the atmosphere.

    No one wants to drill in Alaska. Yet unlike the sloppy Russian rigs in Siberia that nevertheless send their fuel to environmentally conscious Europeans, Americans can tap some of their own oil in a safe fashion. So it makes no sense to import petroleum under dubious conditions abroad, but not to drill safely at home   —   as if wildlife in Siberia or Nigeria has less rights than bears in Anwar, as if terrorists do not get hold of American petrodollars to kill our own.

  • Education. The most critical but ignored issue in education is credentialing. One reason why teachers are so ill-prepared arises from the bizarre idea that after the baccalaureate degree they still must be certified to "teach"   —   even though M.A.'s and Ph.D's seem to do fine in junior college and university class rooms without such therapeutic coaching. Something is wrong when a Harvard doctorate in physics cannot be left on his own to teach his discipline in an American public high-school classroom.

    Public school instructors should have the option of obtaining either a post-baccalaureate teaching credential or a Master of Arts in their academic disciplines. The latter is the superior degree. It reflects real knowledge, and school districts would not have to wait long to see which of the two tracks proved the most beneficial in their classrooms.

    Conservatives would appreciate the emphasis on academic mastery rather than the gobbledly-gook of the education industry. Liberals that rail at administrative fat should welcome the chance of humanists to circumvent the establishment and bring their expertise directly to the student.

  • Immigration. Everyone realizes that a few million illegal immigrants are a problem, but perhaps as many as 15 million to 20 million become a tragedy. Deporting those who have resided in the United States for over 10 years is unworkable and wrong. Yet rolling amnesty would only legitimize and encourage further illegality.

    The ethnic Left and libertarian Right should concede to strict employer sanctions, real border enforcement, standardization of legal Mexican immigration in line with other countries, and an end to bilingual and ethnic separatism, all in exchange for the idea of one final   —   and only one   —   amnesty for those who have resided here illegally for a decade.

  • Subsidies. Federal payments to farms make no sense. A peach grower or strawberry producer gets nothing while cotton magnates earn thousands of dollars in federal funds at a time both of high commodity prices and record federal deficits. Conservatives who rail at welfare should recognize that if rewarding the lethargy of some of the poor could become counterproductive, then augmenting the income of well-off agribusinesses is ridiculous.

    One cannot call for free markets everywhere except on the South Forty. Congressional members of the Midwest should recognize that "saving the family farm" is the cover used by agribusiness to tap into the myth that we are still a nation of agrarians. We are not   —   but we all are very much awash in debt. Most who garner subsidies are rarely either families or farmers.

Instead of postfacto haggling over George Bush's reasons to depose Saddam or fretting whether Europe is angry, happy or neither, plenty of things could be done right now   —   quickly, without rancor and for the public good.

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Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist and military historian at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Comment by clicking here.

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