All that outrage, all that time pounding the pavement for signatures, for nothing.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
All that outrage, all that time pounding the pavement for signatures, for nothing.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, in Kansas City today, has a Midwest connection. How the Cuban-American wound up at Tarkio College could be titled: Yes, you, too, can graduate high school with a 2.1 grade point average, attend a financially doomed college, yet one day be considered as a vice presidential pick and command people to fork over $10,000 for a photo with you.
Is Mitt Romney the type of man who is respectful in a womans presence, but wholly different when he gets back with a huddle of guys? Like many politicians, he holds certain women in places of honor. No arguments there. But its not clear that he will have all womens interests in mind when it counts.
Watching videos of Malala Yousafzai speaking about her desire for education, its hard to know how much her motivation to stand up to the Taliban came from within and how much was prompted by her equally outspoken father, who operates a school for girls. But this is clear: She is a child raising herself far beyond her years to meet horrible realities.
The plan to demolish the shuttered St. Francis Xavier School and replace it with a five-story complex for Catholic college students has been an emotional ride for residents of the 49/63 Neighborhood Coalition. So until the city officially says the rezoning meeting for Nov. 6 is canceled, many opposed to the project arent taking the date off their calendars.
Midtowns Volker neighborhood has city planners, a developer, an architect and even a few doctors from the nearby University of Kansas Hospital in its sights. Residents are outraged that what they believed was a plan to restore an aging home has turned into a proposal for what detractors describe as a cheap motel.
Everybody can agree that the privacy of children needs to be protected when they use the Internet. The question is, whose responsibility is it? Regulators and Web-based companies dont agree how to do it, and their battle is being waged through the Federal Trade Commission.
In January, the metro area joined a nationwide network by chartering the Greater Kansas Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Board members of the organization have reached out to area districts, contacting administrators and counselors. Phone calls are not returned. Letters are never answered.
First they came for Wichita, then Overland Park and now, the Dot. Libertarians, that is, pressing for the Unified Government to align with the state law on openly carrying loaded firearms. Its legal in Kansas. Wyandottes ban doesnt square.
In October, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, a case challenging the sliver of consideration the university gives to race and ethnicity when deciding whom to admit. It is already being billed as the case that killed affirmative action.
To the Chiefs fans who popped open the trunk, hauled out a wheelchair, loaded it with beverages and went whistling on their way in Arrowheads parking lot: Your stunt was captured on video.
Overland Park is the latest city falling to a national push for guns carried openly in public places. The folks behind this fervently believe that more people with guns strapped to their sides makes a safer society. Statistics beg to differ.
The 2012 presidential race, perhaps more than any other in recent history, needs to be about why some people are doing far better than others in this country. Its not all about hard work and perseverance. Its about whether our political system is structured to spread opportunity or to preserve it for the few.
One day out from the deadline to drop his name from the Missouri ballot, Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, continues to push the fantasy that he is a friend to female voters. This is despite new (and old) evidence proving the contrary.
Congratulations, Kansas City. Digital divide is now a common reference. Kansas Citys first run at signing up people for Googles high-speed Internet has put the issue, and our efforts, in the national spotlight. Were the case study. Time to steel for the challenge the term defines.
I will venture to make a controversial prediction: The future of America looks like the people seated at the Democratic National Convention. Americas past or at least the gauzy idealization of it that some hold dear resembles the racial and ethnic makeup of the crowd gathered at the Republican National Convention.
For more than a year, a group of firemen, architects, landscapers and businessmen has worked with a 5,600-pound beam from the World Trade Center to create what should become one of the regions most respected memorials to the 9/11 attacks. On Tuesday, a ceremony will dedicate the first phase of the project.
The bench trial route that the Jackson County prosecutor took against Bishop Robert Finn was judicious, expedient and considerate to the families of the victims of the Rev. Shawn Ratigan. But this is not closure and most certainly not reconciliation.
Before he lit up the Internet with comments on rape, Todd Akin was slamming efforts that feed hungry children. His dismissive thoughts on school lunch programs were overshadowed by his far more appalling statement on “legitimate rape.”
Old Southern political bosses of the Jim Crow era would have winked with delight at the ingenious ploys of their latter-day successors in the art of voter suppression. Republican legislators in dozens of states have devised a number of schemes to deny the rights of hundreds of thousands of Americans to vote.
Redeemer Fellowship, an interdenominational church in midtown, purchased the the historic Katz Drug Store at Westport Road and Main Street at auction last year. Church leaders envision a monthly market in the old Katz building, a place to showcase local merchants and artists.
Google is poised to stumble into Kansas Citys racial past, entangled in the historic boundary between black and white that is Troost Avenue. Sept. 10 is the day of reckoning. Thats the day after Googles deadline for people to pre-register for its ultra-fast Internet service.
The elephants are now in full stampede away from U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, but only because his insane remarks about legitimate rape have been noticed. Bad move. Now as the GOP faithful gather in Tampa, Fla., the party will be forced to deal with the fact that its vice presidential candidate is one step away from Akin on abortion.
Sunday at the Guadalupe Center, several hundred people waited in line, hoping to qualify for a short-term fix to their illegal status being offered by the Obama administration. The scene was indicative of the reaction nationally. The heady response clearly demonstrates their desire to play by the rules.
Paul McCartney, a prominent vegan, narrates a video by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals that includes undercover footage from slaughterhouses. PETA wants to show the video at the Kansas State Fair, but fair officials have gone too far in trying to restrict the video's content.
Ladies, remember what your mothers told you about men who regard women as sex objects? Theyre no good. Keep that in mind when pondering the Republican Party platform this year and all those heated conversations about the war on women.
The media love to cover politics as a horse race, and part of that is slicing and dicing the electorate into constituencies. Lost in this blather is the fact that the middle class is Americas largest voting bloc. It can assert its will in this election. But first it needs to get wise.
Last week, U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin swiped at the federal program that feeds millions of hungry schoolchildren. On Sunday, he spoke dismissively about rape victims. Gaffes are one thing. All politicians verbally misstep. But these remarks showcase Akins ideology.
That cute little rainbow rabbit might hop on past without delivering the free, ultrafast Internet your neighborhood school, library or police station was hoping to score. So the civic-minded are becoming pitchmen for the bunny to take advantage of the freebies Google is dangling.
Sikhs murdered at their temple in Wisconsin. A Muslim mosque burned to the ground near Joplin. The nativist paranoia behind terrorism like this echoes through mainstream politics and culture, with right-wing media personalities and elected officials promoting the idea that Christians are somehow victims of religious discrimination.