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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 June 24, 2013 / 16 Tamuz, 5773

Let's Have More Wrist Slap Punishments

By Danny Tyree





http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I'm being facetious when I say that this country needs more wrist-slap punishments, but things have gone to the other extreme far too long.

Pay attention to the news and you'll be surprised at how many firings and forced resignations (in business and government) come about as the knee-jerk reaction to some minor, isolated infraction.

Employees find themselves in a "half a strike and you're out" situation. The accused may have truth on his side, but if you stand on one leg, lean toward Ontario and squint real hard, you can just make out some horrible offense, as in the case of the New York City Spanish teacher allegedly fired for using the word "negro" (black).

In 1999 David Howard, a top aide to Washington, D.C.'s mayor, was forced to resign because he used the word "niggardly" to describe a budget. This was in spite of the fact that niggardly has absolutely nothing to do with "the N-word."

Don't assume that it's all left-leaning, politically correct types who demand the public humiliation of those who run afoul of them. I remember that in 1987 Donald Wildmon of the National Federation for Decency was breathing fire and demanding that newspapers nationwide ban the "Bloom County" comic strip forever because a one-shot religious character had a name that in Yiddish (!) meant excrement.

The "object so sublime" in Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta "The Mikado" was to "let the punishment fit the crime." Too many authority figures have decided that the nuclear option is the only possible response to a perceived offense. Lazy or cowardly leaders buckle under the slightest pressure and retroactively insert "sacrificial lamb" into the employee's job description.

Where is the logic or balance? Employees who habitually, willfully engage in boorish behavior receive no more punishment than those who have a fleeting error in judgment. And bosses think that in the case of making a SNAP JUDGMENT about someone's impulsive behavior, two wrongs somehow make a right.

Heavy-handed punishments are counterproductive to the image and mission of a company or government office. If a manager "can't be bothered" to put things into context or work out an alternative solution (public apology, two-week suspension, etc.), how is the public to feel that the manager will have the time to read constituent letters, scrutinize advertising claims or ensure quality control? And how can the remaining employees stand tall and proud if they're walking on eggshells?

By and large, this great nation was not built by people who took the easy way out. But now we seek quick, one-size-fits-all answers.

Perhaps the concern is "What will this employee do next if we DON'T lower the boom on him?" Yes, I suppose that wearing a Confederate belt buckle or crucifix is the "gateway drug" to selling company secrets, siphoning funds into a private offshore account and murdering millions.

The overreaction is partly understandable. People have been burned by ol' boy networks handling problems "internally" and sweeping reports of sexual harassment or child molestation under the rug with a wink and a nudge. But we've gone overboard in the other direction.

Bosses, show some backbone. And voters/customers, stand up for principle; but use common sense. Count to 10 before painting bosses into a corner with unreasonable demands.

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Controversial author Harlan Ellison once described the work of Mr. Tyree as "wonkily extrapolative" and said his mind "works like a demented cuckoo clock." Tyree generated a particular buzz on the Internet with his column spoofing real-life Christian nudist camps. A lifelong small-town southerner, he graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in Mass Communications.



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