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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

Free app encourages delayed commuters to stick it to politicians

By Jon Hilkevitch





'I'm Stuck' lets you fume constructively


JewishWorldReview.com |

CHICAGO — (MCT) The next time you are behind the wheel hopelessly stuck in a traffic jam, or on a broken-down train or on a bus or plane that's going nowhere fast, chances are your elected officials will not be in the same boat fuming along simpatico.

But if you think it would do any good to complain, or simply want to vent real-time as your blood boils about the crummy state of transportation, roads, bridges and other infrastructure in the U.S., there's a new way to do it — and without even knowing the names of your representatives in Congress or having to lick a stamp.

A new, free mobile app enables commuters and airline passengers who are delayed by travel headaches to dash off a quick email message to their elected officials demanding upgrades to the nation's crumbling and outmoded transportation networks.

The app, called I'm Stuck, is the creation of Building America's Future, a bipartisan coalition of former and current elected officials who advocate increased investment to modernize transportation and infrastructure in the U.S.

I'm Stuck gives users the option to select the specific mode of transportation that is giving them fits at the moment and include a personal message describing the problem.

Then, based on the registration information provided by the app user, the email is sent to the appropriate U.S. House member as well as the state's two U.S. senators.

If the user is traveling outside his or her home district and encounters delays, the app uses geo-location to identify the elected officials who represent the area and the email is sent to them.

Ed Rendell, the former Pennsylvania governor who co-chairs Building America's Future along with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, said the campaign is intended to build more solid public support for transportation improvements. Rendell said his hope is that a flood of I'm Stuck emails from around the country will provide elected officials with "a permission slip" to spend taxpayer dollars on updating roads, bridges, air-traffic control technology and other infrastructure.


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"Everyone in Washington, including tea party members and conservative Republicans, has said that they believe infrastructure spending is the most important thing we can do, after defense," Rendell told the Chicago Tribune. "But nobody is willing to pull the trigger and fund it.

"So we have to create enough pressure outside the Beltway to tell Congress, 'You have waited too long, we are losing global competitiveness and our quality of life suffers. Get your rear ends in gear and spend money on infrastructure,' " Rendell said.

The I'm Stuck app will run on Android and Apple devices. It is available for free download in the app stores and at bafuture.org.

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