<![CDATA[Lewis Diuguid | The Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com]]> http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/ en-us Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:06:21 CDT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:06:21 CDT Lewis Diuguid 60 At Paseo Academy, harsh realities work against students’ success http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article22366254.html#storylink=rss School is out for the summer at Paseo Academy. Many of Carol Charismas’ students improved greatly on academic tests. But she and her students have to contend with numerous problems of the inner city, including crime, poverty and family strife, in order to reach the oasis the classroom creates for learning to take place.

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Tue, 26 May 2015 15:36:58 CDT

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It is way past time for people to get smart about guns in America http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article21474093.html#storylink=rss Missouri appears to be one of the worst places in the nation for stupid tragedies involving guns.

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Wed, 20 May 2015 11:46:51 CDT

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Increasing minimum wage will increase competition for workers http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article21470655.html#storylink=rss Kansas City needs to join Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Calif., and Seattle in raising the minimum wage to $15 and not worry whether businesses will flee to the suburbs. Market forces will likely cause the exact opposite to happen.

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Wed, 20 May 2015 11:00:44 CDT

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Community vs. individual debate provides Paseo Academy students with life lessons http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article21402426.html#storylink=rss School ends Thursday for Carol Charismas’ seventh-grade English classes at Paseo Academy. But I will always remember the folk tale they covered that drove home important lessons.

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Tue, 19 May 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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Disrespectful T-shirt wisely pulled by retailer http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article21389553.html#storylink=rss People in marketing and advertising have long married music and historic events to products and services to better sell them to Americans.

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Tue, 19 May 2015 13:07:08 CDT

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Freedom Inc. survives, thrives despite new challenges long after its founders and officers have died http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article21387378.html#storylink=rss Over the years people have pronounced last rites over Freedom Inc., a black political organization in the Kansas City area.

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Tue, 19 May 2015 12:41:27 CDT

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3-year-old shoots 1-year-old sister in face, showing need for more gun safety for children, families http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article21293673.html#storylink=rss Gun rights groups don’t like to admit it, but the proliferation of guns and people carrying firearms increases the likelihood that accidents will happen.

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Mon, 18 May 2015 12:44:27 CDT

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Memorial Day is start of deadliest summer driving time for teens http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article21090171.html#storylink=rss The May-June issue of AAA Midwest Traveler magazine says the period between the holidays are the “100 deadliest days of the summer” and are especially dangerous for teen drivers. In 2013, June, July and August had higher teen crash deaths than other months during the year, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety,” the magazine reports.

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Fri, 15 May 2015 11:47:25 CDT

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Effort to make downtown parks more appealing should be enlarged http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article21080952.html#storylink=rss LiveKC, a privately funded group managed by Sporting Club, wants to create “The Backyard” in the park at the 12th and Wyandotte streets.

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Fri, 15 May 2015 10:25:58 CDT

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Revolving door of KC school superintendents turns yet again http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article21010230.html#storylink=rss contains illegal HTML markup:

On April 1 at a community celebration for Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Steve Green winning the 2015 Pearce Award as Missouri’s superintendent of the year, the Rev. Eric D. Williams emphatically said at the microphone at Central Middle School: “Don’t you go nowhere! We want you here.”

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Thu, 14 May 2015 14:26:27 CDT

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Continuing deaths of honeybees threaten crop production in U.S. http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article21003927.html#storylink=rss Beekeepers in the United States have reported that 42 percent of the honeybees they managed last year died, the Los Angeles Times reports. You can only imagine what’s happening to the hives that are in the wild.

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Thu, 14 May 2015 13:23:59 CDT

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Harriet Tubman on $20 bills? Conductor on Underground Railroad is people’s choice http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article20852343.html#storylink=rss It’s not surprising that Harriet Tubman won the most votes in an online survey to pick a woman to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. Most people still view her as an very popular, incredibly strong American.

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Wed, 13 May 2015 15:36:46 CDT

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Disruptive students at Paseo Academy make learning more difficult for others http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article20770416.html#storylink=rss Each class has its own personality, which either enhances or detracts from learning. Carol Charismas’ three seventh-grade English classes are no different. The most challenging one starts at 8:15 a.m.

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Tue, 12 May 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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Lincoln Prep ranked No. 1 among high schools in Missouri by U.S. News & World Report http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article20752341.html#storylink=rss U.S. News & World Report ranked Lincoln College Preparatory Academy the best high school in Missouri and the 67th best in the country. Park Hill High School in Kansas City, North, ranked sixth in the state and Staley High School in Kansas City ranked 10th in Missouri.

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Tue, 12 May 2015 12:56:33 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article20752341.html
Obama’s OK of Arctic oil drilling surprises environmental groups http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article20746296.html#storylink=rss Someone must have spliced some of Sarah Palin’s “drill, baby, drill,” DNA into President Barack Obama for his administration to willingly grant even conditional approval for Shell Gulf of Mexico to drill for oil off the Alaskan coast this summer.

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Tue, 12 May 2015 11:24:08 CDT

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George Zimmerman, who killed Trayvon Martin, nearly shot in new Florida incident http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article20744385.html#storylink=rss George Zimmerman continues to surface in incidents of conflict.

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Tue, 12 May 2015 10:47:16 CDT

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Great progress taking place on streetcar construction in Kansas City http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article20668413.html#storylink=rss A new report shows that 71 percent of the track, or 15,430 feet of 21,771 total feet is in place. The tires of cars dance around the track set in the new concrete pavement.

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Mon, 11 May 2015 11:19:47 CDT

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Michelle Obama exposes what her family has endured as the first blacks in the White House http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article20666529.html#storylink=rss First lady Michelle Obama told the graduating class at Tuskegee University in Alabama: “Over the years, folks have used plenty of interesting words to describe me. One said I exhibited ‘a little bit of uppity-ism.’ Another noted that I was one of my husband’s ‘cronies of color.’ Cable news once charmingly referred to me as ‘Obama’s Baby Mama.’”

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Personalize your Mother’s Day cards with fun facts http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article20558004.html#storylink=rss Anna Jarvis was the driving force behind Mother’s Day. It became a popular annual celebration near the turn of the last century. Jarvis got Congress in 1914 to set aside a day honoring mothers. It is the second Sunday in May.

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Fri, 08 May 2015 19:51:56 CDT

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U.S. steps up participation in Syrian civil war to combat the Islamic State http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article20497596.html#storylink=rss contains illegal HTML markup:

The U.S. is sending in elite military forces to train Syrians to help fight the Islamic State, the McClatchy Washington Bureau reports. It accelerates the U.S. participation from an air war only role, as President Barack Obama promised in battling the Islamic State in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere.

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Motorists taking more risks behind the wheel, AAA survey finds http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article20494452.html#storylink=rss Don’t expect other people on the road to drive as defensively as many motorists had assumed others were doing.

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Fri, 08 May 2015 09:56:59 CDT

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CO2 levels from fossil fuel consumption on Earth hit critically high level http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article20424195.html#storylink=rss The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that in March the global monthly average for carbon dioxide reached 400.83 parts per million making it the first month in modern records that the Earth topped 400 parts per million. That recording surpassed levels that hadn’t been present in about 2 million years.

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Thu, 07 May 2015 12:21:42 CDT

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Kansas City area tie to terrorist attack in Texas runs counter to Muslim groups’ efforts of peace http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article20362554.html#storylink=rss For more than 20 years, Muslim groups and individuals in the Kansas City area have spent countless hours and held community events trying to convince people that they love the United States, are peace-promotors and are not terrorists.

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Wed, 06 May 2015 15:08:09 CDT

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IKEA’s large solar array at Merriam store raises new possibilities for solar window units http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article20353104.html#storylink=rss Maybe IKEA as the world’s leading home furnishings retailer will be the place to go in the near future for home and business owners to buy cheap and effective solar window units for home use.

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Wed, 06 May 2015 12:35:33 CDT

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Students at Paseo Academy feel stressed about taking proficiency exams http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article20292699.html#storylink=rss Carol Charismas bought boxes of granola bars and other treats to ensure that hunger wouldn’t impede her seventh-graders’ performance on test day. Charismas invited me into her classroom this school year to chronicle the progress of teachers and students in Kansas City Public Schools in the push toward full accreditation in 2015.

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Tue, 05 May 2015 16:53:21 CDT

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Whittier Elementary students in Northeast Kansas City to participate in National Bike to School Day http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article20265045.html#storylink=rss School Superintendent Steve Green, U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver and City Hall representatives are expected to gather with parents, students and teachers at 7 a.m. Wednesday at Harmony Park at 10th Street and Bellefontaine Avenue to bike and walk a few blocks to the school at 1012 Bales Ave.

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Tue, 05 May 2015 11:57:31 CDT

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Pentagon peacetime military operation planned for July alarms some people in red states http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article20260818.html#storylink=rss Choosing Texas, Florida, Mississippi, New Mexico, Arizona, Louisiana and Utah, where thousands of special operation forces are to simulate war missions starting July 15 is kind of the domestic equivalent of having military exercises near North Korea. The plan was bound to provoke an aggressive response — at least verbally — and it apparently has.

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Tip for Brownback — fully fund public education http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article20186658.html#storylink=rss Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback picked up a tip from a Topeka waitress Saturday when he went to eat out at a barbecue restaurant.

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Mon, 04 May 2015 12:24:28 CDT

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Liberal gun laws could result in more accidental shootings http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article20181348.html#storylink=rss It’s sad to think about, but a 2-year-old shooting himself in the face last week in Arizona could become a more frequent occurrence as more liberal gun laws enable more firearms to be carried by more people, causing more accidental shootings.

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Mon, 04 May 2015 10:54:21 CDT

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Climate change expected to accelerate extinction of some species, new study says http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article20016105.html#storylink=rss A lot of people think the planet is as solid as a rock in its ability to withstand centuries of human abuse. But new reports keep showing how fragile Earth’s ecosystem has become because of our overconsumption of fossil fuels.

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Fri, 01 May 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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