GOP tax cut bill to cripple Missouri

The Republican-controlled Missouri legislature passed a $620 million tax cut bill that would devastate services in Missouri. Fortunately for Missourians, Gov. Jay Nixon is taking a different view. The bad legislation will decimate state finances, wiping away all taxes for people who earn more than $9,000 a year.

College graduates’ job prospects improve somewhat

The Labor Department said the unemployment rate for 2013 college graduates — people ages 20 to 29 with a four-year or advanced degree — was 10.9 percent. That compares pretty well with 13.3 percent in 2012 and was the lowest it has been since 7.7 percent in 2007 before the start of the Great Recession.

Guatemala must create more jobs and end poverty

All the while my partner, Bette, and I toured Guatemala, we wondered how life could be better. Topping the list, all groups providing outside intervention should “endeavor to walk a tightrope” respecting Guatemala’s people, culture and traditions. Often that doesn’t happen.

Grieving is not enough to end gun violence in Kansas City

An ecumenical service for the three victims of an anti-Semitic shooting on Sunday in Overland Park filled the theater at the Jewish Community Center on Thursday morning. But prayer and grieving are not enough to end gun violence, which is affecting many parts and many people in the Kansas City area.

E-cigarettes need to be regulated

A new congressional report shows that this country has a crying need to regulate electronic cigarettes. Right now there are no age restrictions on e-cigarettes or uniform warning labels with cautions about the health effects of the devices.

A lonely, tough existence for blacks in Guatemala

Livingston was a must-see place in this nation bordering Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and Belize. Until Livingston, Bette and I were the only black people we saw in the country of 15.4 million. Livingston is where people who were part of the African diaspora live in Guatemala.

Republicans continue to feel left out on winning women voters

Republicans ahead of the midterm election need to have a closed-door meeting with their 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney and get him to share his “binders full of women.” The GOP continues to have difficulties getting women to back Republican candidates. Democrats hope to exploit that vulnerability.

New security scare for Internet users

The flaw in the Internet’s key security methods potentially exposes users’ banking information, Social Security data, passwords and stored files. No doubt problems with company and Internet security will continue to surface. The old-fashioned cash-and-carry adage of “buyer beware” seems to apply to Internet and credit card use, too.

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