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I am shocked by the April 13 shootings at the Jewish Community Center and am further saddened that they took place in our community. My condolences go to the families affected. Of additional note is the manner in which the local media reported the events as they unfolded, or rather the manner in which they didn’t report.
Regarding the resignation of Kathleen Sebelius as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, P-L-E-A-S-E don’t come back to the great state of Kansas.
We need a national effort by colleges to offer swift and effective help to the victims, and tough punishment for the criminals involved in the assaults.
The threat from al-Qaida in Yemen isn’t going away, nor should the resistance to it.
The recent highway shootings are among the grim reminders that Kansas City’s unacceptably high rates of violent crime and murder affect its reputation. It’s essential that leaders keep trying to reduce these rates. They are bad for businesses, bad for tourists and especially bad for residents.
Even though the suspect likely visited two Jewish facilities on Sunday allegedly hoping to kill people of the Jewish faith, that plot failed miserably. In the end, the suspect who senselessly took the lives of three people was another mad person with a gun.
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.
The rates of heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure and amputations resulting from complications from diabetes have dropped in the last 20 years, according to a new study.
Based on what I saw and heard at a Boston literary event last weekend, the state of American literature remains healthy and diverse. NoViolet Bulawayos novel We Need New Names burnishes the notion that American literature, like America itself, is a melting pot, enriched as it ever has been by the voices of immigrants.
No matter what happens in the midterm election this November, a larger political scenario looms for 2016. For the Democrats right now, the presumptive though not entirely certain presidential nominee is Hillary Clinton. But, according to demographics and polling, its all uphill for the GOP.
The Kansas Board of Regents appears to be digging in deeper when it comes to curbing freedom of speech on university campuses.
Peggy Battin, of all people, understands that life-and-death decisions are fraught with conflicts and ambiguity. Medical personnel give mixed signals. Loved ones dont want to let go. Even Battin, after all her studies and intellectual wrangles, did not want to say goodbye to her husband, Brooke, when he felt it was time to go.
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.
One of the most common reader objections comes when news coverage runs photos of accused criminals. Is picturing them the same thing as glorifying them? Even if Tuesday's front-page photo of F. Glenn Miller Jr. doesnt glorify him or the crimes of which hes accused, its putting a very provocative visual in readers faces.
Of course there are plenty of stories that qualify as news that nobody would want to keep in the dark, but its also true that many people want reporters and photographers to tell their stories in the interest of self promotion.
Last week Gov. Sam Brownback and the Kansas Legislature made historic strides in bringing more local control to Kansas school districts, particularly to Johnson County and, specifically to the Shawnee Mission School District. They also made great strides for higher education, which has been lost in all the publicity about K-12 funding.
Autonomy is sacrosanct, but so are checks and balances. With the Johnson County commissioners holding the Sheriff's Deparment's purse strings, taxpayers can be assured there will be every effort to get their moneys worth and to squeeze out unnecessary spending. As there should be.
The Republican Party needs internal debate and populist energy. The problem comes in viewing the events of 50 years ago as an example rather than a warning.
The fundamental division in American politics is between those who take their bearings from the individuals right to a capacious, indeed indefinite, realm of freedom and those whose fundamental value is the right of the majority to have its way in making rules about which specified liberties shall be respected.
Silas, our son, graduates high school next spring and is knee-deep in campus visits and SAT test prep. As he talks aloud about his own future, we hear his inner conflict: Do I pursue what I love? Im not even sure what that is, yet. Maybe I should just pick a career that will make me a lot of money.
Even before a single streetcar leaves the station, our city spenders have deemed the project a success. So much so that a $472 million expansion of the streetcar system in Kansas City is proposed for 7.6 more miles. Thats $62 million a mile.
The murders unexpectedly attacked this intrinsic prejudice against the other because it exposed our mutual vulnerability, Rabbi Mark H. Levin writes in an open letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. But we need you, Mr. Attorney General, to point us in the right direction, to instruct us that we cannot allow these innocent and righteous people to have died in vain and that we must now assume the responsibility to truly understand our neighbors.
While Kansas City-area residents mourn those murdered in the shootings at Jewish centers, and while we pray that the living shall seek justice, we should also learn from these terrible events, historian Leonard Zeskind writes.