A recent trip to my parents hometown challenged assumptions about those living in rural America. Im beginning to think that some urban dwellers have erred in how they view life in small towns. Im finding increased contentment in staying put and decreased interest in a supersized life.
A thankful heart enriches not just each of us individually, but also that framework in which we live and work. It blesses everyone around us. To make giving thanks a lifetime ritual in your home, I could suggest several small habits which would cement the essence of this wonderful holiday into your everyday lives.
Wednesday marked the 15th annual observance of the Transgender Day of Remembrance, the 10th for me. Started by Gwendolyn Ann Smith in reaction to the 1998 murder of Rita Hester, the day is set aside to memorialize transgender people killed by violence over the past year.
By handing over $10,000 she had found among some donated books, Lakeisha Williams, an employee of Goodwill Industries in California, may not gain a financial benefit from turning in the money, but, did doing good make her feel better?
I would like more moderates in our society, our government and in our collective souls. I am not asking anyone to stop having opinions, but I am asking to stop screaming our opinions at each other, that we try to move toward a common good. Lets find a way to co-operate and to temper our national rage.
On Tuesday, the Liberty School District will act as a canary in a coal mine and do what other area districts will be required to do in the next few years ask voters to make an investment in their community and fill the gap by approving a modest increase in their tax levy.
A young girl and her family have been chased out of a small town, their lives turned upside down and the girl herself thrust into the international spotlight because once again we are reminded that when sexual assault goes to court it is generally the victim that is really on trial.
Kansas City needs a new face that celebrates healthy lifestyles, reduced ecological footprint and far more community interaction. The older population, those in poverty, immigrants, and younger generations, both singles and families demand it. The future of Kansas City depends on it.
I call for The Single Person Relocation Statute, a bistate initiative requiring all singles over age 21 within 30 miles to relocate downtown. We must continue to live there until we meet someone, at which time we can plod our way back to the suburbs if we want.
It seems that Hollywood's penchant for endless reboots and remakes has spread its way to Washington, D.C. And so, in what may be the least-wanted remake since the Vince Vaughn version of Psycho, a 1995 flop, Government Shutdown has once again landed on an unwilling audience.
One thing revealed in the ongoing investigation into the Internal Revenue Services targeting of conservative and libertarian political organizations is that the agency since at least January 2012 singled out for scrutiny groups whose declared purpose involved educating on the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
The word went out today that The Scout has been taken down. Not the statue, mind that still stands in Penn Valley Park. No, this was the billboard, the one A. Bitterman put up near 19th and Baltimore, showing the artist atop a scaffolding, aiming a gun at the Kansas City icon.
We do not have to make alcohol illegal as the country tried in the 1920s but we could use a strong public relations campaign warning of the dangers. We could also increase taxes on alcohol as some states have done for cigarettes. The elephant in the living room is drinking, when are we going to deal with it?
According to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, as of Sept. 13 there have been 14,105 organ transplants from 6,961 donors so far in 2013. The statistics for 2008 include my brother. In future years he may show up again in the annual stats, this time as a donor.
In our family, tiny tots learn social graces, lisping, thank you for a glass of milk and, please for something they desire. They learn to respect the word no and slowly cultivate delayed gratification. Beyond these basics lie a whole raft of character traits, which can be formally taught and inculcated into little hearts.
Roger C. Williams Jr. writes: If the fact that 87 percent of those stopped-and-frisked were minority does not raise concerns, then please consider that New York Police Departments own records revealed that nearly nine out of 10 of the New Yorkers who were stopped-and-frisked were totally innocent (89 percent).
G.D. Granger writes: Fall is when Kansas City and our surrounding communities come bursting alive with the arts. I feel proud to be a part of a great city and the surrounding communities where the performing arts are alive, well, growing and enriching all our lives with music, dance, live theater for the young, the old and everyone in between.
Melvina Johnson Young writes: Ironically, two tragic stories have gained national notice because of the Trayvon Martin case and a follow-up fallacy from the right that white victims of crime dont get equal notice in media even though empirical evidence and objective reality says the opposite is true.
Melvina Johnson Young writes: Like any racial, ethnic or religious minority Ive prayed the Minority News-Watchers Prayer. You know that one? You hear an awful story and naturally feel some human compassion. But before you even know the full details youre already praying, Please God dont let the perp be black (Mexican, Muslim, or Scary Minority of the Day).
Kelly Luck writes: What we have here is what you might call your basic public relations problem: a small, misunderstood segment of the populace wakes up one morning to find one of the most notorious figures in the news of the day is claiming to be one of them. This is not a way to start your morning, let me tell you.