“Generations of Muslim Americans have helped build our country. They’re the teachers who inspire our kids, and the nurses and doctors whom we trust with our health. They’re the champions we cheer for — from Muhammad Ali to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.”
The University of Missouri — its students returning a couple of weeks ago after a tumultuous semester — continues to be choke-slammed by every conceivable entity, from a band of activists to, very soon, the Missouri legislature. It faces threats of decreased alumni donations, decreased state funding, decreased enrollment. It’s Mike Middleton’s job to at least begin to fix the mess.
By international and historical standards, political violence is exceedingly rare in the United States. The last serious outburst was in 1968 with its bloody Democratic-convention riots. By that standard, 2016 is, as yet, tame. It may not remain so.
Henry Kissinger said, “The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.” Have our attempts to create a culture of personal freedom actually created a culture of personal confusion? Midwest Voices columnist Laura Herrick asks.
On the overall view of the Kansas economy and the budget, Nick Jordan and columnist Steve Rose sharply disagree. Even when they largely agree on the same set of facts, Jordan presents a picture that is pretty rosy, while Rose see things as very bleak.
It should be a national scandal that a woman dies of cervical cancer almost once every two hours. That about 70 percent of pregnancies to young, unmarried women are unplanned. That a woman dies every eight hours from domestic violence. We know how to address these problems, but we’re not working urgently enough.
The 30-year-old mom was attacked in February in the middle of the night by strangers who broke into her apartment. Her willingness to talk, to break social norms about sexual assault, is about more than achieving justice with criminal convictions. It’s about changing attitudes about rape and its victims.
If Hillary Clinton “were a man,” Trump said, “and she was the way she is, she would get virtually no votes.” Do not ask yourself how many votes Trump would get if he were a woman and he was the way he is.
Congressional debate over requiring women to register for the draft, or eliminating selective service altogether, will be discussed this year. Meanwhile, military leaders are integrating elite posts as women are completing the training necessary to compete for combat jobs previously closed to them.
Republicans long ago in this presidential election cycle uprooted the so-called 11th commandment that their beloved Ronald Reagan is credited with bestowing upon the party and tossed it in the political compost pile with other dead ideals.
Some Kansas lawmakers are shocked that their irresponsible and costly 2012 income tax cuts have decimated the state budget. However, as we’ll see, history shows that some of the main problems with the tax cuts were spelled out to GOP legislators and Gov. Sam Brownback four years ago.
Before the Civil War, Kansas was part of the Underground Railroad, where black slaves could escape to freedom. Now the federal government could be seen as 21st century conductors spiriting refugees into Kansas.