In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

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 June 3, 2013/ 25 Sivan 5773

Suicide of a newspaper

By Paul Greenberg

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | When a city, or a state, loses its daily newspaper, something of its soul is lost with it. It's as if ancient Athens had lost its agora, the forum at its center where scholars taught and great debates were held. Or if Jerusalem lost its Western Wall, its last standing connection with the ancient Temple where sacrifices were offered and prayers still fill the air.

So imagine New Orleans, another storied locale, without the newspaper William Faulkner and Sherwood Anderson read when they were habitués of the French Quarter back in the Roaring Twenties, and had their doings chronicled in the old Times-Picayune. (Recommended reading: "Dixie Bohemia" by John Shelton Reed, dean of Southern sociologists, aka the De Tocqueville of Dixie.)

Without its daily newspaper and ritual read, even the outward appearance of a place seems to change, along with its self-awareness. Its skyline, its gated courtyards and modest neighborhoods, its landmarks and unnoticed places, no longer seem to have the same reality. A daily newspaper, besides providing a chronicle of events, validates a community, testifying to its existence every day.

It was sad to watch the Des Moines Register draw back from its state's borders; it was like watching a whole state shrink. At least the Fort Worth Star-Telegram retained its authentic cow-town character after Amon Carter's heyday in the last century, when aeroplanes used to drop bundles of newsprint way out on the high plains or along the dusty arroyos of West Texas to demonstrate its statewide circulation.

And when the late great Arkansas Gazette gave up the ghost, not just a tradition but a living, vibrant organ was stilled. Competition, the midwife of quality, was lost when this state's Great Newspaper War ground to an end, and readers were the real losers. Just as the whole state was.

It's been painful, if at times comic, to watch the Times-Picayune commit slow, computer-assisted, over-managed suicide in New Orleans, tying itself into ever tighter knots. The Times-Pic may never have been one of the country's great newspapers, but it was surely one of the most colorful ones, as picturesque as its city. Now it's gone from printing only three days a week (some daily newspaper!) back to publishing daily, kind of. Because readers will have to go out and hunt up the printed version themselves. For an additional price.

Huh? If you can follow all that, you're doing better than I am. Worse than the confusion ("Honey, do we get a paper today or do I have to go down to Canal Street?") is that each of these disimprovements is ballyhooed as an improvement, as another Exciting Change For Our Readers!

When the Times-Pic announced it would no longer be a daily, its front-page headline trumpeted: "Newspaper to move focus to digital . . ." though it had to add a subhead as fair warning: "In fall, paper will cut weekly editions to three."

And now, as its best staffers leave and Baton Rouge's Advocate fills the vacuum in New Orleans, the Times-Pic has had to retreat from its retreat. It's decided to print a daily version after all, just not deliver it most days.

The absentee landlords at the distant, impersonal Newhouse chain seem to have realized they had to do something to stanch the flow of readership. And once again the Times-Pic's abused (and diminishing) readers have been assured that an Exciting Change is in the works, this one to reverse the last Exciting Change:

"Today, we are announcing a new and exciting addition to our print products. Beginning this summer, we will publish TPStreet focusing on breaking news, sports and entertainment. It will appear in a tabloid format, publishing on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. The new publication will cost 75 cents, the same as a current weekday copy of The Times-Picayune."

What? What's that mean, exactly? Errol Laborde, the refreshingly honest editor of myNewOrleans.com, explained what was going on:

"Imagine being served a nice sizzling sirloin steak and a baked potato, but then the waiter comes and takes away the steak. You sit there for a few minutes staring at the cooling potato and then the waiter returns and announces, 'I've got exciting news. We're increasing your meal to make it more bountiful. We have a burger for you, but it's over on the counter. You will have to go get it.' Then the waiter continues. 'This is just another way that we are enhancing our customer service. By the way, the price of the burger is the same as the steak.' Welcome to Newhouse's where the service is medium rare."

What's going on is the suicide in stages of a newspaper that was once as dependable a staple of life in New Orleans as baguettes and beignets. Instead, the customer is being served some tasteless simulacrum called, and only called, a daily newspaper. And this in New Orleans, where distinctive local tastes and loyalties were once supreme.

Now the Crescent City is to get a digitized, deracinated, desiccated substitute for a newspaper. Which may or may not be on your doorstep tomorrow morning or at a newsstand not near you. It's like being served Postum instead of a café au lait. Worst of all, this was no murder, it was suicide by incompetence. Call it death-by-management.

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