High stakes test
Gen. Kim Rak Gyom, head of North Korea’s rocket command, said his country was about to take military action near the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam. He said North Korea would finalize a plan by mid-August involving midrange missiles hitting waters 19-25 miles from the island.
This is the country’s attempt to show the world its mid- and long-range strike ability.
What a perfect opportunity to test our Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile system. If we shoot their missiles out of the air, it would make North Korea’s threats nothing but a lot of hot air.
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But if we miss …
When there were adults in the White House, the North Korea issue was handled as best it could be. Now we have a spoiled kid running North Korea and an immature, insecure person in the White House.
This leads to school yard mentality and “I dare you to cross this line” talk.
In the school yard, an adult can step in and break up the stupid antics. But will we have an adult step in and break up these two before it’s too late?
Congratulations and thanks to The Star for now running commentary by David Von Drehle. He is the best.
I’m a single mom with a beautiful baby girl named Claire. She means everything to me. Claire is smart, healthy and learning. But it could have been different.
After her birth, I was faced with a breakup with her dad, homelessness and depression. I’m lucky to have participated in Parents as Teachers, a program offered by my school district that visits young, vulnerable moms at home.
Through the program, I received a maternal depression screening and was immediately connected to vital counseling that helped me get back on my feet. It also helps me understand more about my child’s learning and development and provides developmental and health screenings.
It’s now two years later, and I’m happy to report that I’m doing great. I have a wonderful job, and my little Claire is doing well in school. I’m lucky to have access to Parents as Teachers.
The program at Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools is partially funded by the federal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program, which is set to expire Sept. 30. I hope U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts can help reauthorize it when the Senate returns from August recess.
Kansas City , Kan.
Nearly 1 in 6 Kansans lives in hunger because of lack of access to healthy, affordable food — an issue Star reporter Scott Canon touched on this week in his article, “Towns fight to stay viable by saving grocery stores.” (Aug. 7, 1A) Canon noted, “Two out of every five Kansas counties include a food desert, an area at least 10 miles from the nearest grocery.”
Living in the nation’s breadbasket, we can often forget how prevalent hunger and the lack of access to healthy food in our communities can be. However, hunger and food insecurity affect Kansans every day.
I recently introduced the Healthy Food Access for All Americans Act to encourage food providers to establish grocery stores, farmers markets and food banks in communities where people lack access to nutritious, affordable food.
This bipartisan bill would help get healthy food on more Kansas families’ tables.
As co-chair of the Senate Hunger Caucus and as a member of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, I’ve advocated to help Kansans and Americans have better access to food. This bill is an important step forward in reducing hunger in Kansas and nationwide.
U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran
As Americans, we are born to disagree. It is a right and a privilege granted by our Constitution. Rational Americans agree to disagree and will discuss that disagreement rather than remain silent or demonize the other side.
We are at a crucial time in our republic when our elected officials choose to eliminate criticism of their actions. Our colleges and universities are shutting down discussion of disagreements and opposite opinions, rather than teaching students to explore the educational process.
Our president, Congress and other elected officials should right the ship and the art of listening to the opposition.
We don’t have to agree. We just have to afford the other point of view to be voiced.