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 August 18, 2009/ 28 Menachem-Av 5769

Don't go postal

By Tom Purcell

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | President Obama couldn't have been more right: The post office is struggling, and for good reason.

While defending his government-funded health insurance option — which would, many argue, put private insurers out of business and pave the way to a single-payer system — he said private companies ought not fear the government.

He said it is the U.S. Postal Service, not FedEx and UPS, that is struggling.

You have to feel bad for the folks who run our postal system. The quasi-government operation is on track to lose $7 billion this year.

In the Internet era, you see, fewer people are mailing things. They're mailing even less during a deep recession.

But here's the real challenge our post office faces: Weighted down by regulations, mandates and bureaucratic inertia, it isn't much good at adjusting to changing market conditions.

Postmaster General John Potter is trying to change that. He said Congress needs to allow the post office to "think outside the mailbox" — to consider new activities that could generate new revenue.

The Australian postal system allows customers to renew their driver's licenses. The Italian post office allows customers to do their banking. Post offices in other countries allow customers to purchase insurance.

Our postal system has 36,000 locations across America — it generates massive foot traffic. Surely, it could generate lots of new dough by offering lots of additional services and products that consumers want.

But, since quasi-government organizations move at a snail's pace, if at all, that may take a while.

If you want an example of someone who really did think outside the mailbox, you'd have to go back to 1971.

A fellow named Fred Smith wanted to do something the post office wasn't able to do: deliver small packages fast.

He wrote a term paper on the subject as a college student. He later invested money he inherited — along with venture capital he was able to raise — to buy a used-aircraft company in Little Rock, Ark.

He began using the aircraft to provide overnight delivery services for envelopes and small packages shipped within the United States.

He ran into all kinds of challenges and obstacles. He and his team worked hard to resolve them. They pushed advances in computer technology to drive efficiency. Their creativity and innovation ultimately changed the world.

The company Smith founded is now known as FedEx. Needless to say, FedEx has become so innovative and efficient, we take for granted that the package we drop off today will arrive virtually anywhere in America by noon tomorrow.

To be sure, so reliable is FedEx, our postal system signed a contract with the company to deliver its own express packages all over America — something the post office could never do on its own.

Which brings us back to Obama's telling comment. It unwittingly shed light on what the health care debate is all about.

It is true that our health care system needs some reforming and our government has an important role in driving reform.

But do we really want "reforms" that will lead to a post office-style bureaucracy and the constant meddling of big-talking politicians?

In the era of Google and innovation and new efficiencies, do we really want a government-directed system that, by its very nature, will quell innovation and efficiency of every kind?

Or do we want reform that will move us more toward the energetic FedEx model?

Most agree that lawmakers must address the big challenges — there are creative ways to deal with portability, pre-existing conditions, the uninsured, etc. — but they must do so without inhibiting individual freedom.

Freedom is the only hope of unleashing the creativity and innovation that will drive the efficiencies our health care system so badly needs.

Is there anyone on the planet who thinks the government can manage one-seventh of the U.S. economy better than the private sector?

If you do, let me ask you this: If you needed to ship a precious personal item halfway across the world, whom would you entrust it to?

The post office or FedEx?

The health care debate is no more complicated than that.

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