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 Guatemalas people, culture and traditions. Often that doesnt happen.
If Edward Snowden had any credibility as a fugitive former National Security Agency contractor he lost it this week when he asked Russian President Vladimir Putin softball questions about whether the communist country conducts mass surveillance on its citizens as the United States does.
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.
The May-June issue of AAAs Midwest Traveler reports that national seat belt use is up to 87 percent now from 86 percent a year ago.
Bleak warnings about climate change and man-made pollution finally have brought about some good news. U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell 10 percent from 2005 to 2010, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
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.
Without action the temperature of the planet could rise as much as 4.8 degrees by 2100. Some solutions include improving energy efficiency, reducing smoke-stack and auto emissions, ending subsidies on fossil fuels and boosting green energy use.
The temptation now in this community will be to demonize the suspect as an extremist. But the killings should prompt people to ask how such brewing hatred could have been tolerated, whether there is a core group behind it, or worse, whether such terrible feelings are diffused, though rarely spoken, throughout the population.
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.
Expect the budget that the Republican-controlled House passed Thursday to be a midterm election issue. Is it a surprise to anyone that it includes more tax cuts for the rich and severe cuts in education, food stamps and transportation? Goodbye middle class. It was nice knowing you.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday proved herself to be just as good as former President George W. Bush at dodging shoes. Will that become a new political requirement to run for president? Hmmm?
A virus that kills piglets has entered Missouri and Kansas and could hurt backyard grilling, tailgating and barbecue restaurants in the Kansas City area.
The knife attack at a suburban Pittsburgh high school set off a storm among gun advocates, saying that anti-violence folks should try to ban kitchen knives because they can be used as weapons.
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.
The flaw in the Internets 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.
The newer Taco Bell TV commercials dinging McDonalds Restaurants are cute, but a question that needs to be asked is what parents would name their son Ronald McDonald, knowing the ridicule the kid would face in school over having the name of a clown?
Thirteen shootings have occurred within a month on Kansas City-area highways. Most have been in the south Kansas City area, but they have been in other locations as well. Motorists can help by dialing 911 to report any shootings or threats they might see.
The two top vote-getters in the presidential election in Afghanistan dont include Afghan President Hamid Karzais favored candidate.
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 todays narrow paths into opportunities and new ways to improve the country.
A financial funfest on Sunday to improve peoples 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.
No one knows what triggered Army Spc. Ivan Lopez to open fire on innocent people at Ford Hood this week. Such questions should prompt lawmakers in states, municipalities and Congress to toughen gun laws. Inaction only ensure that such tragedies will keep occurring.
Rape allegation at Southwest indicts Kansas City school districts ability to ensure students safety
School district officials have to improve security measures to ensure the safety of teachers and students. A second rape at Southwest Early College Campus in less than a year is unforgivable.
The Fort Hood shooting on Wednesday begins another cycle of shock and mourning for a nation too familiar with gun violence.
The thunderstorms that rolled into the Kansas City area should prevent grass fires from starting.