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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. 7, 2012/ 22 Mar-Cheshvan, 5773

Before it's too late: Fix feeble FEMA, don't politicize it

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | When property damage, lost business, and the extra expenses of families who have to live in hotels are added up, Hurricane Sandy is expected to cost between $30 billion and $50 billion. That would make it the second most expensive storm in history, after Katrina, which cost $108 billion.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency coordinates U.S. disaster relief efforts with state and local governments, and private charities such as the Red Cross.

In Sandy's the immediate aftermath, politicians pronounced themselves well pleased with the government's response.

"The administration, the president, himself and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate have been outstanding with us so far," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said last Tuesday (10/30). "We have a great partnership with them."

"I've never in all my experience seen as much cooperation and acknowledgement of that cooperation from city, state and federal levels, so it's working like it's supposed to and I'm really proud of our team," said Vice President Joe Biden.

That opinion isn't shared in many hard hit communities.

Brooklyn businessman Harry Siegel was part of a group of volunteers took privately donated supplies to Staten Island Sunday.

"We had only two FEMA sightings over the day while driving over much of the island—a phone number for them written in marker on the back of an OEM trailer at Midland, and eight people wearing FEMA Corps light blue jackets huddled outside a Hess Express, seeming oblivious to or disinterested in the huge line of cars on the road beside them," he said.

As of late Wednesday night in his community in Westchester County — which was without power and water, and where about half the roads were blocked with fallen trees and downed power lines — "we had still not seen one single power truck, Red Cross vehicle, FEMA truck, military aid, or any other kind of assistance at all," said an emailer to the Weekly Standard.

FEMA isn't supposed to be a first responder. Most of the help it provides — loans to businesses to help them rebuild and housing assistance to families — is delivered well after the disaster.

FEMA is supposed to preposition supplies so they can be rushed to people in need.

*Since hurricanes foul water supplies, the most urgent need is for bottled water. FEMA had vast supplies of it in its warehouse in Atlanta, but virtually none at its "advanced staging location" at the Naval air station in Lakehurst, N.J. All that staved off disaster was a donation of half a million bottles from Nestle's America.

The first FEMA supplies didn't arrive in New York City until Thursday afternoon.

"No water in New York for five days?" former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani asked rhetorically. That can't happen, he said, "unless the FEMA director has his head up his you know what."

*Before Sandy struck, Administrator Fugate said FEMA had 400 industrial-size generators ready to supply power to critical facilities. As of Friday, only a handful were up and running.

*Sandy knocked out two refineries and a pipeline, triggering the massive gasoline shortage. FEMA dispatched 24 million gallons of fuel to New York and New Jersey, but distribution of it was botched.

Because gasoline flows in pipelines at only 3 to 8 miles per hour, the only way to get lots of it quickly from refineries along the Gulf Coast is by tanker. But the administration didn't waive the Jones Act (which requires oil be shipped in American flagged or crewed vessels) until Friday.

Politicians tend to lose interest in relief operations once the photo op is over. Shamefully, that's true this time for most in the "mainstream" media as well.

But it isn't the help that's announced that matters. It's the help that's actually provided. Mr. Giuliani — who won universal praise for how he handled relief operations in the wake of 9/11 — thinks FEMA's response to Sandy has been as poor as it was to Katrina.

Journalists played up the suffering of Katrina's victims because it was harmful to President Bush. Sandy's victims have largely been forgotten because publicizing their plight could reflect poorly on President Obama.

Disaster relief shouldn't be politicized. It's no more fair to hold President Obama personally responsible for FEMA's shortcomings this time than it was to hold President Bush responsible for FEMA's shortcomings after Katrina. What is important is that those shortcomings be fixed.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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