Lewis Diuguid

Lewis Diuguid

Homeownership still linked to the American dream

Some people aren’t as eager to jump into being saddled with a mortgage and all of the responsibility that accompanies owning a house, the Zumper survey found. It notes that 89.8 percent of renters intend to buy a home, however, only 71 percent of the respondents thought that homeownership was still tied to the American dream.

Lewis Diuguid

Store closings affect shopping habits

Macy’s last week announced it was closing 100 stores to better survive online shopping competition. Sears announced earlier this year that it was closing nearly 80 stores to try to make the retailer, established in 1893, profitable again. They were to include 68 Kmarts and 10 Sears store.

Lewis Diuguid

Cuts harm funding for mental health services

Mental health hospital beds offering long-term care have suffered reductions, and so have community mental health centers. Wyandot Inc. announced last week that revenue losses and Medicaid reimbursement cuts will result in seven full-time positions and 12 part-time positions being eliminated and 18 other job vacancies going unfilled.

Lewis Diuguid

Cuba has richness in arts to share with U.S.

A tall, haunting, sculpture of a woman draped from head to toe in a shadowy American flag-colored robe grabbed our attention at Fabrica de Arte Cubano. Only a dark emptiness existed where the woman’s face should have been. It made me think of Hillary Clinton — larger than life, wrapped in patriotic colors as the Democratic Party’s first woman nominated for president. But as a politician, we never see who she really is.

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Lewis Diuguid talks about his friendship with 'To Kill a Mockingbird' author Harper Lee

Kansas City Star Editorial Board member Lewis Diuguid talks about his correspondence with "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee, who died Feb. 19 in Monroeville, Ala., at age 89.
Rich Sugg rsugg@kcstar.com
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Lewis Diuguid talks about his friendship with 'To Kill a Mockingbird' author Harper Lee

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