From Kansas City to the Boston Marathon tragedy

“When the marathon bombing happened, like every other American I felt fear,” writes Yusufi Vali, the executive director of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center. “I was scared for my wife, who was driving home from downtown Boston. Then that fear turned into anger. How dare someone do this to our city?”

Home from war, our soldiers continue to die

Mental health is the new battlefield for many returning soldiers. At Fort Hood, the actions of Army Spc. Ivan Lopez might well serve as the military’s Sandy Hook Elementary School. Let’s see if enough people listen. The Department of Veterans Affairs has estimated that 22 former members of the military commit suicide every day. Every day.

Kansas weekend theatrics can’t obscure state’s fiscal crisis

Even before a weekend of late nights and frayed nerves, Kansas lawmakers were in the throes of agony. They needed to find $129 million to correct unconstitutional school funding inequities. But thanks to a self-inflicted budget crisis with no end in sight, the road to $129 million was paved only with brutal choices.

Shameful Missouri State Fair stunt smears Obama

The taxpayer-supported Missouri State Fair got a ton of negative publicity Sunday following a shameful stunt that occurred Saturday night involving a clown wearing a mask of President Barack Obama. And on Sunday evening state fair officials properly apologized.