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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 August 10, 2011 / 10 Menachem-Av, 5771

House pages run final errands

By Dale McFeatters




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The U.S. Congress is an institution steeped, for better or worse, mostly for the better, in tradition -- the elaborate courtesy the members show each other on the floor, the daily printed and bound copies of the preceding day's proceedings in the Congressional Record, the inkwells still kept freshly filled on the senators' desks.

A venerable House tradition -- technically older than the House itself since it dates to 1774 and the Continental Congress -- is ending this summer for the most utilitarian of reasons. The House pages are being disbanded because a myriad of electronic devices can transmit messages across the Capitol complex faster than a speeding teen-ager.

Visitors to the House gallery could see youngsters in blue jackets dispersed about the floor, alertly scanning the members for the slightest signal that their presence was needed. The pages at the foot of the speaker's rostrum looked almost like sprinters in their starting blocks.

Their duties were to deliver or pick up messages and reports, locate staffers, fetch snacks and soft drinks and, occasionally, it was said, deliver a cocktail to a member in need of a pick-me-up. Basically, they did whatever a House member needed and two members were censured in 1983 for requiring more than what was deemed appropriate.

There are about 70 pages chosen each year, high school juniors chosen by an arcane process of merit and influence. They get free room and board in a dorm not far from the Capitol, attend their own school in the morning and then work whatever irregular hours the House keeps that day.

As late as 2008, a study found that the pages were overworked ferrying materials around Capitol Hill's endless marble hallways. But House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi conclude that technology had left the pages "severely underutilized" and the program could no longer justify its $5 million annual cost.

Whatever the cost savings to government, the program was invaluable in the exposure it gave young people to politics and government. The senior member of Congress, Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., is a former page.

The Senate, which in any case is loath to seem to copy the House, is keeping its pages. But if someone invents an electronic inkwell, their days, too, are probably numbered.

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Previously:

08/09/11: U.S. treading water on job creation

08/08/11: Uncle Sam, the world's permanent guest

08/05/11: Most 9/11 victims not on federal death records

08/04/11: Russian PM calls U.S. a ‘parasite.’ He should be so lucky

08/03/11: Congress goes from one bind to another

08/02/11: D.B. Cooper may no longer be a mystery

08/01/11: Libya's latest weapon against NATO --- lawsuits

07/29/11: He'll always be known as Hot Wheels Handler

07/25/11: Recruiting children to save a dying town

07/22/11: Bachmann's admirable medical candor

07/12/11: Social Security's grave mistakes

07/08/11: Debt crisis need not be constitutional crisis

07/07/11: Startups entice new talent with kickball, treehouses

07/05/11: Stranded tourists get rare treat

06/30/11: The dollar Americans refuse to spend

06/27/11: The hangman doesn't cometh





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