One difficulty of hate-crime laws can be the high legal standards. Some call for proving not only that a murder had occurred, but at the same time that bias was the motivation. If reasonable doubt exists on either, the whole case could implode. Better to get the conviction and then offer the judge or jury the ability to upgrade the sentence if indeed the crime had been motivated by hate.
Returning veterans are invisible to many of us because in large part, they werent in our consciousness to begin with. One thousand members of the military are returning home each day to America. Only 100 are hired each day.
Hate crimes terrorize more than just the initial victims. The mere fact that two Jewish-affiliated places were the sites of violence provoked a rational fear in our Jewish community. Hate crimes by definition target more than just the most readily apparent victims. They have broad reach. That is their power. But it can be countered.
An anonymous texter is tormenting a teenage girl with taunts that she’s sexually easy, stupid and desperately chasing boys at her school, all through the usual crude terms that the simpleminded unleash on women.
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 militarys Sandy Hook Elementary School. Lets 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.
The Kansas City school boards vote to delay the sale of Westport High School stoked accusations that members who voted no did so out of a reluctance to see a charter school take over the space. The idea that charters are staking out too much turf in the district isnt new, but it doesnt hold the same clout it once did.
Going beyond the initial measurements, the study Measuring Sprawl 2014 also looks at how and where we live affect health, finances, peoples ability to climb the economic ladder and their overall quality of life. More compact, connected areas correlate with the positive gains.
If the federal government considers a person is mentally ill enough to receive financial benefits, why can’t it also decide that person is dangerous enough to be banned from buying a gun? Ask that question, and you tumble down a mineshaft.
In this Lenten season, we can take solace in the swift actions of the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese when police investigated two of its teachers for suspicious behavior. There was no shuffling of the accused to another school, no disbelieving the alleged child victim, and no hesitation to contact police.
With his ongoing work toward womens empowerment, Kansas City Mayor Sly James is stepping into a well-worn field of debate. Endless studies and initiatives have sought the same goal, too often only superficially. Its a difficult job to begin unraveling institutionalized discrimination.
The term street gun culture needs little explaining. Kansas City hears its repercussions amplified every night on the TV news. Worse, citizens of the urban core suffer its consequences daily. But could it be deflated if using a gun in a crime like robbery drew swift and consistent consequences?
We reporters hated being Fred Phelps' megaphone, but we knew that he (and, more importantly, his more civil and well-mannered fellow preachers) was forcing the body politic to consider a very important question: Which civil rights can be denied to people on the basis of sexual orientation?
It doesn’t matter whether the problems are at the zoo during free days, outside Cinemark theaters on the Country Club Plaza or anywhere else in town. The draw is free or cheap. Deal with what shows up.
House Republicans call their new effort the Enforce Act. It passed 233 to 181. Theyre calling the president out for using executive orders. But many of these same Republicans put the pen into his hand by refusing to negotiate reforms to current law.
Suburban sprawl has contributed to the decline of cities, and if left unabated it will continue to threaten metropolitan areas, affecting the livability of both urban and suburban neighborhoods. How to engage a more positive conversation around such a complicated and too-often divisive issue is a problem for cities nationwide.
Here is the belief: The federal government is unnecessarily intrusive into American life. Here is the disaster that idea can cause when taken to an extreme: The implosion of solid demographic data used to distribute $450 billion in federal funding annually.
If all we are doing is drawing from not necessarily the smartest pool of talent for our colleges and universities but merely from the most privileged, we all will suffer. The country cant afford to needlessly screen out students who have great potential, but who havent been coached to achieve a high score on these critical tests.
Republicans claim they can't trust the president to enforce laws that they might pass if they actually managed to do their jobs and take up immigration reform. Thats a ridiculous contention. This president is enforcing current immigration law to levels unheard of in other administrations, Republican or Democrat.
Kansas pleaded that it didnt mean to condone discrimination against gay people. Legislators, even some of the folks who voted for the daffy religious freedom bill, decried it when faced with the national embarrassment the thing ignited. Can we get that in writing? How about by a vote through the Legislature?
The U.S. only stands to gain if Mexico can keep drug cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman locked up this time and run him through its courts to conviction. Our nations are deeply, deeply entwined compadres in commerce, whether the import or export is crops, cars, human labor or drugs.
News that Kansas City Bishop Emeritus Raymond J. Boland had returned to native Ireland for hospice care prompted a search for a letter from 1997. The idea of Bishop Boland returning to Ireland added a joyful layer to the otherwise sad news of his declining health. Because in that short note, he had shared a kinship with my fathers immigrant experience.
In a column from 1997, Mary Sanchez takes a look back at the country of her fathers birth.
The American Civil Liberties Unions legal director for Missouri categorized the use of a protection order to limit criticism of the government as the worst kind of censorship. The ACLU noted that other means of voicing views, say leafleting, enjoy protections grounded in case law. But the legal record is still cloudy when the Internet is the method.
Economists disagree about how employers will respond to a higher minimum wage. Proponents must admit that jobs might be lost, some businesses might go under and that many entering the low-wage workforce might face more difficulty finding a job. The question, though, is whether those adversities are offset by the benefits from higher wages for those at the bottom of the heap.
I see the arts as a key part of economic development to this city, Mayor Sly James said, laying out his administrations commitment to the arts. James emphasizes monetizing the arts, that city funding must return significant revenues in artistic and cultural tourism.
Jayhawkers, Kevin Willmotts film about basketball star Wilt Chamberlains days at the University of Kansas, is a local story with deeply significant undertones. Among its many storylines is how the actions of a few made all the difference in the lives of others.
The politicians who support this nonsense are blind to what discrimination looks like, feels like or how it historically has functioned in society. The constant cry rationalizing this bill and similar measures elsewhere is that it is religious conservatives not homosexuals who are apt to suffer from discrimination.
Thanks to a petition drive started by lifelong Catholic Jeff Weis, the Vatican and perhaps even Pope Francis himself may at long last hear the concerns of many Catholics about the way the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese, led by Bishop Robert Finn, handled reports of child sexual abuse by priests.
A study showed that for men, liquor consumption was entwined with how they viewed which women wanted sex and when they rationalized that “no” meant “convince me.” For women, it was a way to take on blame and disregard the man’s role.
Pay inequities can increase when women have children. That's were the work must begin in earnest, because company policies, prevailing attitudes about maternity and paternity leave, and the availability of childcare are factors that strongly influence the decisions families make about work.