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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 Nov. 3, 2006 / 12 Mar-Cheshvan , 5767

Don't tell me your dog ate your voter registration card

By Lori Borgman

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I can hardly wait until Election Day. Once Tuesday passes, the mailbox will be four pounds lighter each day and invective from the radio commercials will be muted. Television stations can go back to all the feminine hygiene commercials.

So some of you don't share my enthusiasm? If you don't want to vote, you're not the only one thinking about riding it out. The Census Bureau did an analysis of reasons people don't vote, and yours is probably in here somewhere.

"Too busy, conflicting schedule" was the top reason. Sure, you might have to leave the house earlier, cut away on your lunch hour, or stand in line after work, and for what? Just to perpetuate the greatest democratic republic in the history of the world? Like that's reason enough to miss a "Seinfeld" rerun.

Who wants to wake up early? I can appreciate the fact that you need your sleep. Those bags under your eyes aren't pretty. Ben Franklin said there will be plenty of time to sleep in the grave, but who can believe a guy in a powdered wig?

The next most cited reason was, "Not interested, felt vote would not make a difference." There's a lot of truth to that one — your vote will not make a difference if you never cast it.

The next group listed "illness or disability (own or family's)" as a reason for not voting. Some said they didn't vote because they were out of town or away from home.

Others simply forgot to vote. I guess they didn't have any campaign signs clogging front yards in their neighborhood. Others cited transportation problems.

Then there was the "lines too long" excuse. Sometimes the lines are long. I find it helpful to pretend I'm at Wal-Mart — that the cashier just flipped on the flashing light, ripped the cash drawer out of the register and is now filing her nails waiting for the manager (who is on lunch break).

The last reason cited for not voting was "don't know." I'd tell that group a story about the murder of voting rights activists and state troopers firing on peaceful people crossing a bridge in Selma, Alabama — all for unrestricted voting rights — but I'm half afraid they'd say, "don't care."

And then there's the too-cool-to-vote contingency.

So what if none of the candidates totally represent your views? Nobody totally represents my views either. Actually, I'm the only one who completely represents my views, but fortunately I have the good sense not to run for office. A trade-off could be finding a candidate who sort of represents your views. Like horseshoes, being close can count toward a win.

There are a lot of special interest groups hoping you don't vote on Election Day. Count the terrorists among them.

My question to those of you who won't bother to vote is this: Do you not have a single antagonistic bone in your entire apathetic body?

Candidates have spent thousands of dollars stuffing your mailbox, bombarding the airwaves, distorting their opponents' views and annoying you with automated phone calls. So get out there and vote for the other guy!

I look at it this way: If you forgo the right to vote, you forgo the right to gripe.

Do you honestly think you can keep quiet for the next two years?

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