In this issue

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

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 April 23, 2014 / 23 Nissan, 5774

Liberate the West

By Betsy McCaughey

JewishWorldReview.com | Senators and governors from nine western states held a first-ever summit on Friday, April 18, in Salt Lake City, to win more control over the vast swaths of federal land within their borders. The summit had been planned before the standoff between the federal Bureau of Land Management and Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy a week earlier focused national attention on the plight of the federally occupied West.

Rural residents there are being stripped of their livelihoods by federal agencies, which take orders from Washington, D.C., and don't understand their ways of life.

Their discontent also boiled over at a local Moapa Valley Town board meeting in Nevada on April 9. "This is a hell of a lot bigger than Cliven Bundy," said Charlie Childers, standing in front of a sign that read, "We are dedicated to maintain a rural lifestyle." Childers warns that the federal agents attacking Bundy "are setting a precedent" and will drive ranchers out of one area after another.

It's possible. The federal government owns 81 percent of the land in Nevada and controls nearly half the land in the western states. Control is the issue. Residents depend on those lands, not just for fishing and hunting, but also for their livelihoods. That's hard for easterners to imagine. In Connecticut and New York, the federal government owns less than one percent of the land.

During the 1990s, the federal government hiked grazing fees and imposed new restrictions on rangelands that made cattle ranching next to impossible. Many ranchers pulled up stakes. Bundy, who raises cattle about 80 miles north of Las Vegas, held on but stopped paying grazing fees. He also refused to vacate lands the federal government declared off-limits to ranchers in order protect an endangered species of desert turtle.

Rural residents see the Bureau of Land Management making ranchers extinct in order to protect fragile species from extinction at the behest of the Sierra Club and other powerful interest groups.

It's happened before. In the 1990s, federal agencies drove lumbering out of vast areas of the Pacific Northwest in hopes of saving the northern spotted owl. Another species of owl moved in to replace the fragile one, as often happens in nature, but by then, the damage to local communities dependent on logging was done. Thousands of forestry workers lost their jobs and timber mills were shuttered.

It's politically incorrect to question how much is spent saving an owl, but Washington, D.C., questions spending money on grandma's hip replacement.

Childers captured the cruelty of letting Washington bureaucrats decide which of G0D's creatures deserve protection. When the BLM agents seized Bundy's cattle, it was calving time. They left behind day-old and week-old doggie calves, Childers explains. The agents "didn't even bother to pair them up," he adds. "Their moms aren't with them anymore."

With no one to feed them, "Imagine what is happening to those doggie calves," Childers went on. "They give a darn about these turtles and give a damn about these mustangs. Did God not create the cow?"

Congress needs to step in and provide local residents of the West with the same degree of economic self-determination and freedom that Americans in the rest of the nation enjoy. Seven western states recently enacted laws calling for control over public lands. This is a vain effort, because states lack the legal authority to do this and have been rebuffed by the U.S. Supreme Court in the past. Only Congress can act.

About 20 percent of the federal lands in the West are important national parks, recreation resources or assets of the Defense Department that should remain under federal control. But Congress should liberate the rest of the land.

That means turn it over to the states. Much of this land contains gas and oil reserves that will be developed far faster once they are out from under federal control, providing jobs at a local level and energy independence to the nation.

Most importantly, Westerners should not be treated like residents of an occupied territory, pushed around and disrespected by the big landowner in Washington, D.C.

Betsy McCaughey is a former lieutenant governor of New York and the author of "Beating Obamacare." She reads the law so you don't have to.

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