The U.S. Department of Education announced Tuesday as Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Steve Green was giving his annual state of the schools address that Lincoln Prep has earned a National Blue Ribbon Award.
U.S. strategy will not destroy the Islamic State. It’s more containment-plus: Expel the Islamic State from Iraq, contain it in Syria. Because you can’t win from the air. In Iraq, we have potential ground allies. In Syria, we don’t.
American history, properly understood, is a story about the summit we sometimes reach and the sewer we too often tread, about the work of resolving the tension between America’s dream and its reality. Such complexity tends to frighten and confuse small-minded people who think you can’t love your country and question it, too.
No matter what happens Tuesday night, an entire generation of families and fans — of parents and children and bar mates and water-cooler buddies — can once again or for the first time feel the glow of a season’s success and what it might foretell for the future.
Kansas City’s sports fans are getting ready tonight to celebrate the return of Monday Night Football to Arrowhead Stadium. But explosive news about former Chief linebacker Jovan Belcher also emerged Monday. It brought the kind of scrutiny Kansas City doesn’t desire — and also exposes the very ugly reality of life in the National Football League.
Wealth, along with its close companion, comfort, can warp your vision when it comes to assessing certain threats. Last month, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that climate change is “the biggest challenge of all that we face right now.” Meanwhile, TV show host Bill Maher dramatically pooh-poohed the idea that ISIS poses any kind of threat to the United States.
I once thought the only motivation that could possibly explain turning Kansas into an “experiment” — his word — was Sam Brownback’s desire to make a national name and, perhaps, catapult himself into either the presidency or, at the least, a top, influential post in Washington.
You think women are the only group that apologizes for wanting equality? It seems like it’s just women. Everybody else seems OK with as many rights as they can get. Some people want way more than their fair share.
Race is a material factor in the NFL’s domestic violence problems, no matter how reluctant some might be to steer the discussion in that direction. Not to acknowledge the disproportionate danger that domestic violence poses to the lives of black women is to show sexism and racial bias in one fell swoop. That’s what prompted the Black Women’s Roundtable to write a letter to Commissioner Roger Goodell.
At the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, President Obama challenged world leaders to join together “to reject the cancer of violent extremism.” I believe his speech will be remembered as one of the most important of his career.
Turkey’s self-interest is at stake, and people everywhere know it. Turkey depends heavily on international tourism. The Islamic State takeover of much of Syria and Iraq on Turkey’s southern border puts the country’s economic and peaceful well-being at risk.
What were Ferguson, Mo., Police Chief Tom Jackson’s public relations people thinking? Appearing on videotape like this is not how anyone gains support from an outraged African American family or black community over the shooting death of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer.
A wicked reality of sexual abuse is that it makes the victim into a poor witness. Survivors can end up badly damaged. Look for that fact to be exploited in Monday’s trial pitting the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph against former altar boy Jon David Couzens.
There is some evidence that younger evangelicals are more socially accepting of social “outgroups,” including gays and lesbians. A higher proportion of evangelical millennials (more than 40 percent) support gay marriage than do evangelicals overall. But there is no evidence this shift is changing political allegiances. White evangelicals remain reliably and monolithically Republican.
Never has an issue of The Best Times, Johnson County’s monthly magazine for seniors, been so eagerly awaited. It is the showcase of a flap between some Kansas legislators and members of the Johnson County Commission on Aging.
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