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Teachers unions want it both ways

Based on their court filings and arguments, one cannot escape the lugubrious conclusion that teacher unions defend the indefensible: retention of incompetent teachers; that is, indifference to the best interests of the children.

Item: The Colorado Education Association last week lost a lawsuit in Denver District Court in which it argued that the Colorado legislature cannot change the supposed Constitutional right of a teacher not to be fired.

Now, check this item: The California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers lost a lawsuit this week in which they argued the opposite: “Circumventing the legislative process to strip teachers of their professional rights hurts our students and our schools.”

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Israel: The sky is not falling

The chief diplomatic correspondent for the Jerusalem Post, native Denverite Herb Keinon, spoke in Denver over the weekend, maintaining that the long perspective on Israel gives great room for optimism. Among his points: First: Israel’s population upon its declaration of independence in 1948 was 600,000 Jews. Today it is 6.2 million Jews (and 1.8 million Arabs). In 1948, Israel was outgunned and outarmed, assaulted by many Arab armies. Today Israel is the strongest military power in the regio...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 June 2014 12:56 )

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Don’t force Sterling to sell his team

Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, is a jerk. It is not necessary for this editorial column to establish that. He has already done so by himself. In this country, under the Constitution, a person is allowed to be a jerk, provided only that he does not break the law. Donald Sterling has not broken the law. What he has done is to express reprehensible opinions. In this country, under the Constitution, one is allowed to harbor and to express reprehensible opinions, especially ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 June 2014 12:58 )

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Happy Birthday, er, Shavuot

If Rosh Hashanah is dubbed “birthday of the world,” then Shavuot would be the birthday of the Jewish people. That’s major. Sometimes relegated to minor holiday status, it is anything but, ranking right up there with Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Passover and Sukkot. Shavuot marks the most pivotal point in the history of the Jewish people — the beginning. Even though Shavuot has agricultural connotations as the festival of the first harvest in the Holy Land, the true and original meaning ...

When honor is dishonorable

Farzana Parveen, 25, married and three-months pregnant, was savagely beaten to death on May 27 outside a court building in Lahore, Pakistan. Rejecting an arranged marriage to her cousin, Farzana married Mohammad Iqbal, her fiance of three years. Free will and love were her undoing — the reason why 20 members of her family, including her father, brothers and family-approved fiance smashed her head with bricks in full sight of a paralyzed urban public. The onlookers did not help Farzana. Perhaps...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 May 2014 11:39 )

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Shabbat Times

JTA News

The Jewish stars of ‘Star Trek’ shill for VW

Julie Wiener Could the twin appearance of Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner soften the hearts of Jews who refuse to buy German cars? ... [Link]

At U.N., Abbas attacks Israel, but Netanyahu’s mind elsewhere

Uriel Heilman Between Benjamin Netanyahu’s show and tell and Mahmoud Abbas’ genocide tirade, there was some drama at the U.N. General Assembly — but few real surprises. ... [Link]

Belgian far-right party to push for ritual slaughter ban

Cnaan Liphshiz Belgium’s far-right Vlaams Belang party said it will submit a bill proposing a blanket ban on ritual slaughter. ... [Link]

Yaalon: IDF took out 80 percent of Gaza rockets during offensive

Marcy Oster Israel destroyed some 80 percent of Palestinian rockets and mortars in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said. ... [Link]

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s 2014 U.N. General Assembly address

Uriel Heilman Read Benjamin Netanyahu’s Sept. 29, 2014 speech. ... [Link]

Petition calls on El Al to protect female passengers from haredi harassment

Marcy Oster Hundreds have signed an online petition calling on El Al Airlines to protect female passengers from being harassed by haredi Orthodox men. ... [Link]

Watch what happens when these non-Jews try Jewish food

Raffi Wineburg Let’s just say chopped liver, gefilte fish and noodle kugel are probably not going to enjoy bagel-like popularity anytime soon. ... [Link]

India, Israel may team in cyber-defense project

Julie Wiener Israel has invited India to participate in a joint effort on cyber defense. ... [Link]

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