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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. 11, 2007 / 28 Elul, 5767

Hate mail spawned by humor columns

By Celia Rivenbark

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Over the years, there have been a few unfortunate times when everyone didn't get the memo that I write a humor column.


Instead, the column is taken seriously, which can cause some very hard feelings and angry "and-your-little-dog-too," type reader responses.


My standard reply to the more vitriolic mail used to be "Dear Irritated Reader: I write a humor column in the same manner as the late Dave Barry's, except I get paid a lot less and I rarely write about boogers. Oh, and he's not really dead. I was just messin' wid ya."


I would never imply that these overreacting readers are humor-impaired; rather, I believe that they are stupid.


No! Kidding! What I meant to say was that they are, by and large, very earnest but misguided folks who probably believed Barry when he wrote that aliens lived in his undershorts.


"It must be so uncomfortable!" I imagine someone writing him. "Does he look like Alf? I like spaghetti!"


All this is to say that sometimes the most aggressive mail comes from the most innocent of columns. A few weeks ago, I wrote about Requip, the drug for restless leg syndrome (People, it is REAL, just as real as the alien living in Dave Barry's underpants! Kidding again!!) and how one of the drug's reported side effects is compulsive gambling.


How weird and funny is that?


Not very, according to the dozens of RLS sufferers who wrote to say it's a real disease. The only problem was, I never said it wasn't. So imagine my shock when more than a few wrote to say that it was their fervent hope that I get the disease myself, and soon. Whoa. I am shaking in my shoes!


"I hope you get Restless Leg Syndrome in spades!" wrote one outraged reader.


OK, but I sure hope it's a pair of kings cuz I'm splitting 'em and doubling down on this bad boy. Hit me!


I even heard from both people who actually live in Wyoming.


A writer in Upstate New York was disappointed in my "lack of journalistic ethics." Yeah, me too. Whatever that is.


"I can't believe that a responsible journalist would write such a demeaning editorial," wrote a Florida reader.


OK, so (A) I'm not a responsible journalist so quit calling me names; I write pee jokes, for heaven's sake; and (B) I can't write editorials because that would require me to actually learn about Important World Issues which would definitely eat into the time I have to do stuff that really matters, like watching "Scott Baio is 45 and Unmarried" on VH1.

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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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