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.

A better future is the goal for children in Guatemala

What stands out in a visit to Guatemala are the hardworking, gracious people who endured a 36-year civil war claiming more than 200,000 lives and displacing even more before it ended in 1996. With more education, fewer children to raise and more time, Guatemalans will widen today’s narrow paths into opportunities and new ways to improve the country.

Event on Sunday at Sporting Park should build financial literacy

A financial funfest on Sunday to improve people’s money management skills should occur every day in the Kansas City area. Ensuring that more families can better manage their financial resources will help build up the financial health of the community and keep more residents from depending on high-interest payday loan joints.

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