Home
In this issue
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 17, 2011 / 17 Menachem-Av, 5771

Like us, Lady Liberty in disrepair, but still strong

By Ann McFeatters




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Somehow it seems a perfect symbol for the summer of our discontent: Lady Liberty needs a $27 million face lift.

In our family, it was a rite of passage. The youngest child at age six or so was taken to the Statue of Liberty to climb, to admire, to learn what the promise of freedom meant to millions. In each child's scrapbook there is a beaming-in-triumph photo.

But the statue, given to us by France and long a beacon of hope to those sailing to America, is in a state of disrepair. Just after her 125th birthday party on Oct. 28, she will be closed once again to the public for a year for refurbishing by her guardian, the National Park Service.

From the Missouri tornadoes to the West Coast fires to the terrible drought and heat to the sickening stock market gyrations to the fading hopes of millions for decent jobs to the debt ceiling debate to the angst over President Obama's leadership style to the jockeying among GOP hopefuls, this summer has been a bummer. Actually, this whole century is not going that well.

London is burning. France is broke. Italy is broke. Greece is broke. We're broke. People are openly debating whether the United States has lost its mojo for good. Who can blame us for feeling demoralized?

It's time to remember what we have.

Yes, we have divided government that is stuck in the mud over what to do about our economy, but people on both sides are passionate because they love this country. Somehow we got through the Civil War, when a breakup of the union seemed at times to be inevitable. We'll get through this.

Unlike Syrians, who are being killed on the streets by their government, we have the freedom to say what we think, to demonstrate in public, to pray as we wish, to vote, even to elect total dunces.

Unlike the Somali people, we are not starving. We can move from state to state without being herded into refugee camps. Unlike the Chinese, we are free to have as many children as we can afford or not have any. American gays and lesbians may live openly without being jailed.

Unlike England, where the class you are born into or your accent may determine your whole life no matter what, the poorest Americans can become wealthy and the wealthiest may lose everything.

Even though it seems we're stuck in the doldrums on research and development, scientists say research is moving so exponentially fast that this century's progress will be equivalent to 20,000 years or one thousand times greater than the 20th century.

Even as we fear the rise of China's economy, our economy is almost three times larger. Even though our home prices have fallen, home ownership is still a dream the majority of our families will realize. Even though college tuition costs a fortune, our higher education system is by far the best in the world. The important thing is to keep educating our children and pushing the standards higher.

After the Soviets launched Sputnik, we went into a national funk thinking we had lost the space race. Now we know enough about space travel to take a breather and reassess what we do next. We now know there is water on Mars!

We're more environmentally conscious than we've ever been. We're creating new types of jobs, especially in new vehicle technology. True, corporations are sitting on $2.5 trillion in cash instead of investing it. But we're in one of those strange periods in history where seismic shifts are starting to occur. Companies will invest again. Jobs will come back, but they will be different.

This is a dreadful summer in a bad year in a dreary decade. But confidence will return. And Lady Liberty, safer and more secure than ever, will be there for us to look up to and admire from near and far.

Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in in the media and Washington consider "must-reading". Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.

Comment by clicking here.




© 2011, SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS SERVICE

Columnists

Toons

Lifestyles