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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 July 27, 2012/ 8 Menachem-Av, 5772

Economic disillusionment marks young voters' views

By Dan K. Thomasson




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | My oldest granddaughters can vote for president for the first time --one as a 21-year-old who wasn't 18 in 2008 and the other who is 19. They belong to a group of young Americans who worry less these days about politics and more about their post-college futures -- futures filled with the need to pay off hefty student loans with fewer opportunities to do so.

That 18-to-24 age group four years ago found Barack Obama and his youthful energy and his promises enticing. But now the polls are showing that among this age group, the enthusiasm for Obama has waned substantially. The change is not necessarily because they don't like him, but because many of them don't believe any politician can be counted on to make changes they feel are necessary. Their political optimism has been severely curtailed by the pressures of recession and a sudden disillusionment about the so-called American dream.

It is a tough age under normal circumstances. But when given options of more college and more debt -- or a bartending job to go along with a baccalaureate degree if one is lucky -- that can produce a decided lack of faith in the political process. This doesn't mean that the president or for that matter the presumptive Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, will lose or benefit respectively from this malaise. It just indicates that neither of the candidates can expect much help from them. Youthful voters are expected to turn out in much fewer numbers than older Americans.

The surveys are showing that while Obama leads among the 24-to-29-year-olds overall, among white voters of that age group he is trailing substantially. That was a segment with a higher voting record than usual, and one that supported him overwhelmingly. But the so called "youth vote" has never been a stable commodity. While young men and women talk a good game, they stay away from the voting booths in droves, particularly when there is no issue that raises their ire as it did during the Vietnam era.

"I don't know who I will vote for, Grandpa," Claire said. "I'm not sure anything interests me much more than getting through my last year and finding a job and no politician has the answer to that." Claire is a rising senior at James Madison University and has let it be known far and wide that she is tired of school. At times I have felt that her main interest recently has been reaching an age where she could have a beer without looking over her shoulder. But that is not unusual for newly minted "adults." Fortunately her parents have seen to it she won't be saddled with debt.

Nicole, a fierce scholastic competitor, on the other hand, knows exactly where she is headed after William and Mary in two years or so -- graduate school, probably abroad. Her views of the political situation don't differ much from her cousin's but she obviously is less concerned about the job situation, hoping that by the time she is finished the market will have changed. She, like most of her contemporaries, finds politics tainted by promises not kept and is turned off by the growing incivility.

Experts believe that Romney has an opportunity with the18-to-24 age group, because it is not connected to the 2008 campaign.

Political scientists at Harvard reportedly have found a more conservative trend among this group. Even a small vein of support would be important if Republicans can mine it. To accomplish that, Romney's campaign, experts agree, needs to begin a concerted effort on college campuses.

Obama is already making that effort. The president's programs include reaching out to high school teenagers and, according to The New York Times, staging young folks' rallies in swing states. The president's political aides are optimistic, at least publicly, about where this will lead, contending that young people as they did in 2008 ultimately will energize the Obama campaign.

Most veteran political observers are unconvinced. They contend that the economic ravages of the last four years have left too many of them pessimistic about politics generally and for good reason.

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07/20/12: Will Postal Service follow Pony Express route?

07/13/12: Paterno's statue should be covered up

07/10/12: 8.2 jobless rate endangers Obama's job

07/03/12: It's still the economy, stupid

06/19/12: Mitt Romney's chances look better

06/08/12: Pakistan not an ally worthy of the name

06/05/12: Americans have a right to be bloated

06/01/12: Quota system would dilute school's quality

05/27/12: Even now, Memorial Day means summer camp

05/18/12: Is there a public right to know too much?

05/09/12: American exceptionalism --- exceptional generosity

05/04/12: The Edwards trial is a sorry affair

05/02/12: Common sense needs to be taught . . . to school administrators

04/30/12: We must deal with college student debt rate

04/10/12: At least Ryan has a deficit-cutting plan

04/05/12: Celebrate one-year rent-a-teams?

03/12/12: A kinder, gentler day when fists settled disputes

03/05/12: Do conservatives want a victory or a statement?

02/27/12: Hillary vs. Jeb?

02/17/12: Why wait for the until GOP nominating convention?

02/17/12: Prez is not a god, just a cause of O.G. D.: Obama Governmental Dysfunction

02/13/12: Minor tardiness doesn't warrant court action

02/08/12: College rankings aren't always reliable

02/01/12: Millionaire Fans Watching Millionaire Players

01/30/12: Kiriakou case may plug leaks, stifle democracy

01/09/12: Feds need to find if Brit hackers targeted 9/11 families

12/23/11: NIH flu-strain decision endangers us all

12/09/11: U.S. Postal Service may be beyond saving

11/30/11: Do-gooder gets deserved earful

11/24/11: Lawmakers should pledge to think on their own

11/22/11: Iowa: Vital to GOP now, irrelevant later

11/16/11: Pentagon's ‘senior mentor’ service takes hit

11/14/11: With Congress, expect more intransigence

11/08/11: Paterno's illustrious career faces tarnished end

10/31/11: The FBI is burned by its Boston informants

10/18//11: President Inexperienced again picked style and enthusiasm over caution. He must pay

10/10/11: Prosecutors routinely abuse plea bargaining

10/04/11: In Christie,shades of William Howard Taft

09/27/11: One word for Obama's prospects --- ‘bleak’

09/26/11: Obama quickly running out of time

09/23/11: Big-time college football is now all about the money

09/22/11: A trip to the dentist cleans out your wallet

09/06/11: College rankings a useless exercise

08/31/11: Thankful a mother isn't alive to see this hungry mess

08/30/11: ‘Supercommittee’ should meet in secret

08/22/11: Is college still worth it? Some majors are

08/15/11: Pray for miracle from debt committee

08/09/11: S&P mixes credit ratings with politics

08/08/11: Politics again takes precedence over common sense

08/04/11: In modern society, a distinct pattern of senselessness

07/29/11: A debt solution: Throw the rascals out, all of them

07/21/11: Campaign finance reform --- you're kidding, right!?

07/08/11: Casey Anthony jury did its job

07/05/11: Nailing a prominent figure or institution should come at a heavy risk — and an even greater price if proven a hoax





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