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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

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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

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review Sept. 14, 2005 / 10 Elul 5765

Fixing What's Broken

By Mort Zuckerman

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Americans watched in horror as a great city, New Orleans, descended into chaos. Victims without food, water, or shelter; weeping mothers; sick children; dead bodies rotting on the flooded streets; hoodlums shooting at rescue helicopters; old people and children left alone and unattended—all this in a nightmare scenario where the suffering was disproportionately borne by poor African-Americans.

This was an America that Americans were not used to seeing and do not want to see ever again. Government at all levels failed in its primary obligation to protect its citizens. The New York Daily News front-page headline captured it exquisitely: "Shame of a Nation."

What now?

1. Clean up New Orleans and the rest of the region.

2. Deal with the immediate survival needs of every single person displaced by Katrina: The $2,000 debit cards distributed last week restore at least a semblance of freedom and dignity.

3. The affected states, with the federal government in the lead, must adopt a plan spelling out options for the hundreds of thousands who can't go home and may not have a home for months, or even years—many, maybe never. Neighboring states and communities have been generous Samaritans. They cannot be expected to continue as hosts indefinitely.

4. Learn the lessons. Every state and every major city must have an emergency plan for action in the first crucial 72 hours. It should include evacuation and earmark enough National Guard soldiers to prevent the repetition of the breakdown of order we saw in New Orleans, as well as to organize buses, trains, and ships to rescue the immobile, unwilling, and distrustful.

5. The lines of command and communication between local and federal officials must be spelled out clearly. Local authorities simply cannot be expected to deal with disasters of this magnitude.

6. The administration must clean house. Its appointments to the Federal Emergency Management Agency turned it from a professional relief organization into a chummy political clubhouse. It was a reckless indulgence to pass over countless thousands of professionals and put the nation's disaster agencies into the hands of people who do not know how to run them.

Bush's first FEMA chief, Joe Allbaugh, who was his 2000 campaign manager, literally counseled states and cities to rely on "faith-based organizations" like the Salvation Army and the Mennonite Disaster Service as if the nation could be expected to handle massive disasters through volunteers, church groups, and individuals. His successor, Michael Brown, was his college roommate. Brown, who was forced out of his previous job overseeing horse shows, was removed from the Katrina cleanup efforts last week. But he and his deputy director and chief of staff, Patrick Rhode, an advance man for the Bush-Cheney campaign, remain at FEMA; the former deputy chief of staff, meanwhile, was a public-relations expert who worked for the Texas firm that produced media spots for the Bush-Cheney campaign. This is, purely and simply, an outrage.

7. Review what kind of "new" New Orleans can prudently be rebuilt, given how compromised it is by its location. No major American city has ever been entirely emptied of people while faced with a failing infrastructure and a severely limited level of economic activity, perhaps for years. The port facilities are critical for agriculture and oil and natural gas. They will have to be rebuilt to withstand Category 4 and 5 hurricanes. A qualified independent group should be appointed to plan and supervise the construction.

8. Reverse the irresponsible policy of allowing development on coastal dunes, barrier islands, and other vulnerable areas that cause the land to sink, submerging thousands of acres that act as a buffer to a massive storm surge.

9. Get serious about energy. There is a whole raft of measures that could reduce our vulnerability to energy-supply shocks. By regulation or incentives, press energy diversity, boost energy efficiency, increase domestic energy production, and improve the fuel economy of cars and trucks on a graduated basis to 40 miles per gallon. That could save some 6 million barrels of oil a year. An additional 2 million barrels might come from increasing domestic output. Both production and conservation policies must be pursued; they are twin blades in the scissors.

10. The White House must bring crisis management to the top of its agenda and not wait until it becomes a white-hot political issue. We should never be vulnerable to the notion that hell is truth seen too late.

It is all well and good to point the finger at state and local government failures, but the buck stops with the commander in chief. If the nation's response to a clearly anticipated threat like Hurricane Katrina was so abysmal, what will it be like if we are taken by surprise by a bioterrorist or nuclear attack?

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