UMKC student shines light on risk to gay community in Honduras

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.

See how far Sporting Kansas City has come

The MLS championship match between Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake will be at Sporting Park, despite this week’s 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.

Concealed-carry activists at KU need more education

The University of Kansas chapter of Young Americans for Liberty didn’t 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.

Who are we leaving behind in Afghanistan?

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 insurgent’s hit lists. Others have received death threats. Some have already been killed.

Red flags aplenty in charter school debacle

The questions swirling around Hope Academy’s 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.

Vatican surveying the world’s Catholics

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. He’s soliciting opinions on the very moral teachings that are driving Catholics from the church.

Medical examiner’s work shows that clinging to rules can lead to mistakes

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 Examiner’s 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.

Take a stand against neo-Nazis, but don’t play into their hands

The neo-Nazis‘ ideology is galling to WWII veteran Mike Katzman, as it should be to all Kansas Citians. He’s 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.

Imagine if Republicans actually cared about health care

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 don’t have a fully functional democracy, but there’s a good chance the Affordable Care Act will make health care in America better and fairer anyway.

Home is where the wealth is

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.

Blame game in Maryville sexual assault case misses the point

Many young girls’ first sexual experiences happen only because they drink enough liquor to participate. Sometimes they do so willingly. Sometimes it’s under duress or by outright violence. Daisy Coleman’s story ought to alarm us regardless of what might happen in court.

Is Facebook becoming a permissive parent?

Facebook is desperately trying to reposition its digital offerings to teenagers. It’s a marketing ploy that has the social media giant attempting to pass itself off a bit like an Internet version of a friend’s more lenient parent.

Fast-food purgatory ensnares too many

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.

America’s poor education achievement is a policy choice

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.

Get ready for Son of Citizens United

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 Court’s ruling in Buckley v. Valeo in 1976 and the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971.

Tragedy is awful, no matter where it occurs

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.

Ted Cruz’s bladder-busting blather can’t void Obamacare

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.”