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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 Jan. 7, 2009 / 11 Teves 5769

My wishes for 2009

By Nat Hentoff


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | My first hope for 2009 is that President Barack Obama, with all the enormous responsibilities he has, will find an hour, just an hour, to look at developing pre-birth human beings during a sonogram, and then think again about his pledge to sign the Freedom of Choice Act, ardently supported by many Democrats in Congress. That law would abolish in many states such restrictions on abortion as state-funding, parent-involvement and informed-consent laws.


If this is his first experience with what a sonogram reveals, he may — as happened to a very pro-choice law professor I know — take a little more time to see more of those unmistakable lives. The law professor was startled to realize that one of the two human beings during an abortion has no choice.


Another wish concerns a decision by National Public Radio, whose news and investigative reports I find invaluable. For one of many examples, Nina Totenberg's deeply informed and lucid accounts of Supreme Court decisions excel those anywhere else in the media.


Yet NPR has chosen to end in March a program, "News Notes," that is the very definition of public radio in that its range of information on black culture, history, politics, news from Africa, and education and health issues are unavailable on commercial radio. And it is the only black-themed program on NPR.


I listen regularly five nights a week, nearly always learning something new about a subject I thought I knew a lot about. For example, I've written for years about black gospel music as a basic root of jazz, but one night on "News and Notes," I was riveted by a guest's strikingly illuminating account of the history and continuing influence of this spirit-lifting music that created Mahalia Jackson and Charles Mingus, among many other phenomena. At the very least, NPR should tell "News and Notes" listeners why it is interring so valuable a resource (which has been on since 2005). It can't cost that much to air these conversations that include dissents and updates.


My next hope for this year recalls Clarence Earl Gideon in his cell at Florida State Prison years ago, writing to the Supreme Court of the United States in pencil on prison stationery that he was too poor to hire a lawyer to defend him in a criminal case — and had been denied one by the courts.


Gideon cited the Sixth Amendment's guarantee of a fair trial that included "the Assistance of Counsel for his defense."


His note was delivered and the Supreme Court listened. On March 18, 1963, the High Court unanimously agreed with the penniless prisoner that the right to assistance of counsel is fundamental to a fair trial.


Writing the decision, Justice Hugo Black — whose Bill of Rights writings should be mandatory in our schools if they ever have civic classes again — said:


"Reason and reflection require us to recognize that in our system of criminal justice, any person hailed into court, who is too poor to hire a lawyer, cannot be assured a fair trial unless counsel is provided." After all, he added, the government hires lawyers to prosecute cases, so "lawyers in criminal courts are necessities, not luxuries."


Then, with a lawyer in a retrial, Gideon was found not guilty. But now in 2009, a prisoner unable to afford a lawyer may be out of luck — and possible freedom — in many states. As the January American Bar Association Journal reports: "Across the nation, state and local justice systems are feeling the effects of the economic crisis (and are) sent reeling."


In Georgia, for instance, "public defender services announced plans to lay off 16 attorneys, leaving 1,850 defendants without lawyers." Kentucky: "Ten percent of the state's public-advocate jobs were ordered cut." Michigan: "Though state law requires counties to protect the indigent, no state funds to do so are provided."


If a contemporary Clarence Earl Gideon were locked up in Missouri, the American Bar Association quotes The New York Times report that the state's public defender system "has not added staff members in eight years, while the annual number of cases has grown by 12,000, said J. Marty Robinson, the director of the state's public defenders. 'We're on the verge of collapse,' he said."


Surely President Obama, who taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago, and, as community organizer, is likely to have heard stores of ineffective or evanescent state-approved attorneys for the poor, should be expected now to call the nation's attention to reeling local and state justice systems.


If we can bail out investment firms, banks and auto manufacturers, this badly broken part, among others, of American justice requires some help.


And since many young people tune into YouTube, which Obama intends to use to address the nation — I hope he takes advantage of this chance to attract the attention of students by bringing the Constitution into their lives and telling them how and why we have the First and Fourth Amendments, the separation of powers, et al. They need to know what unites them, especially after the constitutional wreckage left behind by Bush and Cheney.


And as Congress reconsiders the No Child Left Behind Act, the president could show how school reform should also bring the Constitution back into the classroom. Its history is full of exciting, tumultuous and inspiring stories. Like that of Clarence Earl Gideon.

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Nat Hentoff is a nationally renowned authority on the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights and author of several books, including his current work, "The War on the Bill of Rights and the Gathering Resistance". Comment by clicking here.

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