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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 Sept. 19, 2006 / 26 Elul, 5766

IRS wants us to like it so much that it smacks of desperation

By Celia Rivenbark

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The Internal Revenue Service is trying to be more user-friendly. It wants us to like it so much that it smacks of desperation.


It's like the awkward teen that yearns to sit at the cool table in the lunchroom but knows she never will because she doesn't have enough money or isn't smart enough or doesn't really think that the band Yes is all that and a bucket of chicken.


Sorry. Having a little flashback to 1974 there.


Last week, I needed some tax forms so I sought out the brand new IRS headquarters in my town. I walked into a cavernous space, freshly carpeted and smelling of new paint and just- opened office supplies. It was, honestly, a vision, right on down to the several HUNDRED padded chairs that had been arranged in rigid long lines that would do an obsessive-compulsive proud.


I have to say I was impressed. Also puzzled. Because there wasn't a single soul in this enormous room, just a row of walled cubicles as far as the eye could see.


"Hello!'' I called, my voice echoing back to me. Cool. I did it again. Finally, a voice came from behind one of the far cubicles.


"Please take a number.'' OK, for some reason this struck me as hilarious. I mean there was NO ONE within 10 miles of this room. But this is the IRS, and it can't help its nerdy self. Instead of just saying "C'mon back,'' I gotta take a number. And sit. And wait.


About two minutes into this process, with only the sound of a far-away vacuum cleaner to keep me company, I got the silly giggles and laughed so hard that my palms sweated all over my number: 100, by the way.


Finally, after a few more minutes I heard the disembodied voice call out stiffly, "Number 100.'' I said to the empty room: "I think that's me!''


I walked way down to greet "the voice,'' which turned out to belong to a very nice and helpful woman. She told me that I needed Form 1040-ES, which would contain coupons.


"That's great!'' I said, instantly warming to the government. "For like Arby's or Domino's or something?'' She looked perplexed at No. 100.


"That's very funny,'' she said without a trace of a smile. "They're coupons to accompany your tax payment.''


"Oh,'' I said, irrationally disappointed that there would be no cents off on Buffalo wings.


She then handed me a customer satisfaction survey, but all the admonitions to fill in the bubbles exactly and precisely and to LEAVE NO STRAY MARKS were too scary.


Face it, IRS. Until you learn to loosen up a little, you're never gonna sit at the cool table.

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Celia Rivenbark is an award-winning news reporter and freelance columnist for The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Comment by clicking here.


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Girls' pajama parties a little different now
When Bubbas and hoes are extra welcome
Ageless icons can't escape their ages
Gifts to kids' teachers make competitive moms antsy

Kid bumper stickers sure not ‘terrific’

© 2006, The Sun News (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) Distributed by Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services

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