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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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Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

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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

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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

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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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

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Jewish World Review Sept. 13, 2005 / 9 Elul, 5765

Questions about Katrina

By Rich Lowry

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The Bush administration is excoriating what it calls "the blame game." If the alacrity with which Bush critics began their Katrina criticisms was unseemly, a vigorous "blame game" is still the only way to keep government failures from being conveniently ignored. But if Democrats and media get their way, recriminations will swing only one way — at President Bush and the feds.

Consider Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, who has informally been designated as Washington's spokeswoman for the victims of Katrina. She has called the federal response to the storm "incompetent and insulting." But asked on Fox News Sunday about the failure to evacuate the city prior to Katrina's landfall by state and local officials, Landrieu averred, "I am not going to level criticism at the local level," and suddenly insisted "now is not the time for finger-pointing." Landrieu's finger, in other words, can only point in one direction.

In the interest of balance, here are some questions that should be put to state and local officials:

There is a document called the "City of New Orleans Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan," which is a detailed strategy for a looming catastrophe like Katrina. City officials have now made it clear that they never had any intention of putting it fully into operation. So why did they write it in the first place?

The mayor wasted precious time prior to the storm having his lawyers investigate whether he had the authority to issue a mandatory evacuation, when the city's own plan says that he can. Did anyone even bother to read the plan?

The plan said about 100,000 people wouldn't make it out of the city. Didn't that fact weigh on city officials' minds in the years they had to prepare for a killer storm?

Why was a fleet of several hundred buses, which could have been used by an energetic and imaginative government to evacuate people prior to the storm, left in a parking lot to be flooded?

Evacuating hospitals and nursing homes should have been the first priority of the city. How could they just have been left to fend for themselves? More than 30 people died in the floodwaters in St. Rita's nursing home alone.

Why did the city fail to take advantage of what Amtrak says was its offer to take a couple hundred passengers on its last train out of New Orleans?

How difficult would it have been to stock food and water at the Superdome? Wouldn't that have been a sounder approach rather than tell people to "eat a full meal before arriving" and bring their own food and water?

Was it a good idea to try, in effect, to starve out the evacuees at the Superdome and the convention center? Local officials hammered the feds for not getting desperate evacuees at those spots food and water. But the Louisiana Department of Homeland Security explicitly prevented the Red Cross from delivering supplies on the theory that that would only encourage people to stay in New Orleans.

Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco didn't specifically request from the federal government what her state needed until the Thursday after the storm hit. Couldn't she have done that a little sooner?

The governor has control of the National Guard. Why didn't she send more troops immediately after the storm? According to Mayor Ray Nagin, in the initial days "we fought and held that city together with only 200 state National Guard."

What kind of city police force has as much as 20 percent of its personnel go AWOL when it is needed most?

If the governor wanted active-duty military patrolling in New Orleans during the chaos, why didn't she accept the federalization of the National Guard that Justice Department officials say would have been necessary to make it happen?

If funding for the levees protecting New Orleans was so inadequate, how could Louisiana Congressional representatives waste, as The Washington Post put it, "hundreds of millions of dollars" on "unrelated water projects"?

Let the recriminations begin.

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