Maria Mayela Urizar, a native of Mexico who works at a local Panera Bread, was among those breaking a two-day fast this week, an effort calling for immigration reform. She has allies she doesnt suspect in the CEO Council, which supports immigration reform.
In the 12 months since that awful morning, virtually nothing substantial has been accomplished to address the nations gluttony for gun violence. Most Americans still do not accept gun deaths and accidents as a public health issue. Instead, weve gotten slicker about categorizing the ways guns are used in suicides, preventable accidents and the shootings that make up the evening news in most major cities.
Honduran political upheaval has given cover for homophobia so emboldened that more than 100 GLBT people have been murdered since 2010, according to reports. Some of the bodies were mutilated. And transgender people are often targeted for attack. Yet few of the cases have been prosecuted.
The MLS championship match between Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake will be at Sporting Park, despite this weeks foulup with ticket sales. But it would be an interesting test of how far Sporting KC has come to see what the team could do with 60,000 extra seats at Arrowhead Stadium.
Just in time for the holidays, your low-wage employer wants you to know it really cares. And would you mind tidying up the condiment stand on your way to the soup kitchen? Once again, McDonalds is showing its brilliance at employee relations.
If the Army wants to attract more women, open up the imagery, go outside of easy stereotypes. Dont argue to hold to one type. Thats about as backward as thinking that only one gender need apply.
The University of Kansas chapter of Young Americans for Liberty didnt use solid reasoning for much of its argument. Although in its defense, it should be noted that the students are hardly alone in swallowing the pitch that gun-free zones, like most schools, are lures for mass shooters.
Afghan interpreters have been body armor for our troops. They have been invaluable. But in choosing to work closely with our military, they made themselves an enemy of the Taliban. Some reportedly have been placed on insurgents hit lists. Others have received death threats. Some have already been killed.
For you, the taxpayer, Missouri will exhaust all avenues to kill those sentenced to the death penalty. They will do it even if that means jeopardizing medications that are commonly used by physicians.
The questions swirling around Hope Academys attendance rates raise a broader issue for charter schools. Accountability for problems is spread wider, and can seem more confusing, than it is within a public school district.
Pope Francis is indicating yet again that he wants to sit among and listen to his flock, in ways that are unprecedented for the papacy. Hes soliciting opinions on the very moral teachings that are driving Catholics from the church.
Self-justification, an unwillingness to be wrong or at the very least admit being unsure, appears to be at play in some of the decisions of the Jackson County Medical Examiners office. Chief Medical Examiner Mary Dudley says she limits usage of the finding undetermined, but this can also paint the office into a box when findings are inconclusive or at the very least more difficult.
The neo-Nazis ideology is galling to WWII veteran Mike Katzman, as it should be to all Kansas Citians. Hes astounded that there are people in younger generations who enjoy dressing up in Nazi uniforms, parading around giving Hitler salutes and preaching all sorts of nonsense about white supremacy.
In a functional democracy, Democrats and Republicans would work together to iron out the kinks and create a better health care system for America. We dont have a fully functional democracy, but theres a good chance the Affordable Care Act will make health care in America better and fairer anyway.
Johnson County is showing its true colors, accused one misinformed letter-writer in The Star last week, writing about local showings of 12 Years a Slave. X + Y = racism. Not so fast.
In many low-income areas, the problem is a lack of assets and wealth accumulation, but people often miss one answer right under their roof the value of homes that have been passed informally from family member to family member. Legal Aid is stepping in to help.
Immigration reform is not going to pass through the House in the next two months and is unlikely to get anywhere during this session. The Senates bipartisan immigration bill passed in June. However, it has already be labeled as toxic by tea party activists.
There are valid reasons to oppose the Jackson County half-cent sales tax to fund medical research. Dolly the sheep just isnt one of them. Concerns about cloning or stem cell research should not drive anyones no vote.
What we pray for daily is for someone to step up and do the right thing so that the street will not do the wrong thing, said the grandmother of an infant who was shot in late September in Kansas City.
Many young girls first sexual experiences happen only because they drink enough liquor to participate. Sometimes they do so willingly. Sometimes its under duress or by outright violence. Daisy Colemans story ought to alarm us regardless of what might happen in court.
Facebook is desperately trying to reposition its digital offerings to teenagers. Its a marketing ploy that has the social media giant attempting to pass itself off a bit like an Internet version of a friends more lenient parent.
Anyone who is tempted to assume that a GED holder is less worthy than a high school graduate ought to try the new practice test. The effort is humbling.
Fast food, especially when done full time, is demanding labor. The problem is many of these workers are stuck in the industry, not educated enough to get a better job and too busy working to make ends meet to earn a better education.
More than just painting an unflattering picture of the skill levels of American adults across several generations, the new report based on tests conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development also sounds familiar and troubling themes regarding economic divides and the impact education has on the functioning of a civil society.
The Hall of Famous Missourians, which set tempers aflame last year when talk radio host Rush Limbaugh was inducted, ought to be reserved for people whose life work and contributions can be fairly assessed in totality. And it is deplorable that so few women have been inducted.
At least 4,000 but possibly 5,000 vacant lots are junking up Kansas City. Thats hundreds of acres of property, enough for a small town or a giant park, but dont get too carried away with that idea.
McCutcheon v. FEC is a test of the Roberts court as much as it is of the validity of current laws surrounding spending limits and contributions in federal elections, many of which have been in place since the Supreme Courts ruling in Buckley v. Valeo in 1976 and the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971.
The abrupt way Friday nights prayer vigil for Brooklyn Murff nearly ended in more violence pretty much captures how Brooklyn got shot. A baby, seriously wounded in a drive-by, because of the adults around her.
Understandably, there is a certain numbness to violence that is ingrained day-by-day, incident-by-incident. But one thing is certain. For anything to change, a reaction to some incidents and a muddled or non-reaction to others, has to stop.
Here is what Ted Cruz did accomplish: His oratory tantrum highlighted critical divides within the GOP. In radio interviews after his marathon speech, Cruz said other Republicans were being beaten down and scared of this fight, referring to Obamacare. His tea party supporters called Sens. Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn turncoats.