The principles implicated by the murder trial of the Pennsylvania abortion doctor make the trial and the static nature of public opinion significant news items. The significance, however, has been lost in a debate focused on the media rather than the weightier issues the case necessarily entails.
This is the time of year when we are looking forward to graduations. I have heard many graduation speeches, only a few were good. I have given the topic some thought. As a retired senior citizen, if I were asked to speak this is what I would say.
Since hospitality has led to a tipping point in the public discourse on immigration reform, I wonder whether there might be other challenging social issues that could be addressed by making space for one another. Hospitality may be a key to working together for the common good.
Anyone who’s been in this Midwest neck of the woods has by now observed that spring is never one to show up early. Between the lateness of the kickoff, and winter constantly popping back for “just one quick little thing,” spring is generally good for more false starts than a kindergarten track meet.
Republicans and Democrats, both cut from the same cloth, like to spend money. I find little difference in them. Certainly each rewards favorite interest groups.
A re-segregation of schools hurts America. More should be done to bridge the gaps in information about others.
My hope is that the United States and the United Nations will take a fresh look at the Rwandan government and its possible involvement in the Congo before the whole world starts to relive 1994.
Sheryl Sandberg’s recent book, Lean In, has raised the discussion once again concerning women’s ability to rise in the work place and still have time to be mothers. The solution to the gender gap in the work place lies with women, Sandberg writes. “We hold ourselves back in ways both big and small, by lacking self-confidence, by not raising our hands, and by pulling back when we should be leaning in.”
Rarely are state legislatures handed an opportunity to materially impact the lives of their most marginalized citizens in a good way. Missouri is presented with such an unparalleled opportunity right now.
Would those tax cuts motivate me to hire? Absolutely not. The demand for my services didnt increase. My overhead just went down. Why would I need to hire?
We need Google Fiber to make it to market. We all have a stake. Google desperately wants its experiment to work, too, and the company is investing handsomely. More than being up to date, through bold visions and collaborations, Gigabit Kansas City can become a global leader.
Last Saturday was the commemoration of the first anniversary of the Lighthouse. Founded under the auspices of out lesbian country music singer Chely Wright, the center is a gathering place for LGBT Kansas Citians of all stripes on the gender and sexuality spectrum.
A final decision to eliminate wrestling from the Olympics would affect athletes worldwide, including the thousands of kids club, high school and college wrestlers from the Kansas City area.
Today we are so used to a government that is in debt that we hardly notice. We live in a culture where credit cards are maxed out, bankruptcy is common and foreclosures seem routine.
If the researchers are correct in saying diversity of thought contributes to innovative thinking, then Kansans should lower expectations that the current state government will find solutions to current issues.
Career politicians and lawyers dominate Washington suburbs. Where is the average guy who knows the cost of a gallon of milk and scrapes together pennies to fill his gas tank?
Better-educated women are opting out of motherhood. Rather than forgo marriage and children, some African American women may need to look beyond their own race for husbands.
I recently heard a mayor of a big city say that we need to have more anti-bullying programs in schools so our children can learn to be more inclusive. I laughed out loud. Who would we put in charge of these programs, adults?
A vibrant two-party system has always been the driving force behind Americas success. If theres one thing certain about all of us, its that we, the people dont always agree. The result has been a political back-and-forth that led to finding compromises best for the most number of Americans.
Check out our collection of sharp political and cultural jabs by Kansas City Star cartoonist Lee Judge. Also, his cartoon archives:July-December 2012 January-July 2012 June-December 2011