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 May 5, 2014 / 5 Iyar, 5774

Vet Agency waging war on them

By Jack Kelly

JewishWorldReview.com | At least 40 veterans on a secret waiting list at the Veterans Administration hospital in Phoenix have died while waiting months — in some cases a year or more — for appointments, a whistleblower told CNN.

The secret waiting list was a scheme by managers to get around the VA rule that patients should see a doctor within 30 days of making an appointment, CNN was told by Sam Foote, a doctor who recently retired after practicing for 24 years at the Phoenix hospital.

When vets asked for appointments, their requests weren’t entered in the official computer system, he said. Their data were kept instead on a secret list. Only when an appointment with a physician could be scheduled within 14 days was it entered into the official system.

This gave “the appearance they were improving greatly the waiting times, when in fact they were not,” Dr. Foote said.

If a vet died while waiting for an appointment, his or her name was deleted from the secret list. There was no official record he or she had ever asked for treatment.

Before airing the story April 24, CNN obtained emails indicating senior managers knew of and approved the practice. Other “high level officials” corroborated Dr. Foote’s account, CNN said.

The director of the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System received a $169,900 salary plus a $9,345 bonus last year.

At least 19 vets at other VA hospitals have died because of delays in simple medical screenings such as colonoscopies or endoscopies, CNN reported in January.

Nor is Phoenix the only VA hospital where there has been a systematic effort to conceal long wait times.

Officials at the Greater Los Angeles Medical Center began in 2009 to destroy records of requests for medical exams that were more than a year old, charged Oliver Mitchell, a former patient services assistant. The Daily Caller obtained a recording of a November 2008 meeting that confirms Mr. Mitchell’s charge.

Systemwide, more than 1.5 million backlogged orders for medical treatment or tests have been canceled, the Washington Examiner reported Thursday.

Claims for service-connected disabilities should be processed within 125 days, according to VA guidelines. The average wait time has stretched to 273 days, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America said in August. Yet two-thirds of claims processors received performance bonuses in 2011, a year in which the backlog of claims ballooned by 155 percent.

There were nearly three times as many claims processors in 2012 as in 1997, noted Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee. Each field worker processed, on average, 135 claims in 1997, he said. In 2012, just 73 claims per field worker were processed.

During that time the backlog increased more than 600 percent — and the VA executive in charge of processing disability benefits received nearly $60,000 in “performance” bonuses.

Doctors who provided poor treatment — including one whose license to practice medicine had expired and another who failed to reach 12 of 13 performance goals — were awarded millions of dollars in bonuses, the Government Accountability Office said in a report last July.

A senior financial manager resigned after a colleague who was riding in the government vehicle he was driving while drunk was killed in an accident. A few months later, the VA rehired him at a six-figure salary.

“They don’t want to seem to hold anyone accountable for doing anything wrong,” Rep. Miller said at a hearing in April. “The VA needs to quit being afraid of disciplining people and firing them.”

The VA’s leaders are trying harder to cover up than to clean up massive negligence and corruption. The House Veterans Affairs Committee has counted 30 instances just this year in which journalists seeking information have been stonewalled.

After the ABC affiliate in Raleigh, N.C., discovered in January a privacy breach on the VA website, reporters asked the VA how serious the breach was and what was being done to correct it. They’re still waiting for answers.

When reporters for the ABC affiliate in Denver asked about inadequate parking at the VA Medical Center there, the public information officer hung up the phone. “The VA’s . . . really thumbing their nose at us, but also thumbing their nose at Congress,” said CNN’s Drew Griffin.


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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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