Mary Sanchez

Mary Sanchez

These young voters want to bring empathy back, because #WhatNow

“You may scream in the street, you may make a sign and march, but nothing will change if you allow your emotion to guide…” began a Facebook post by My Hoang Nguyen to kick off interest in a new group of Kansas City area millennials: WhatNow. The group will meet Tuesday at 5:30 at at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church.

Mary Sanchez

We have to make our foreign reconstruction efforts count

The Kabul Grand Hotel was intended to add to the rebuilding and stabilization of Afghanistan. But the abandoned structure is now more representative of the complicated process of development in war-torn portions of the world. Afghans, like the Syrians, are part of a human wave of grief spreading across Europe as their homelands offer little opportunity and continued danger.

Mary Sanchez

Will Trump feed ‘Dreamers’ to the wolves?

In Donald Trump’s first days in office, he’ll need to throw a tasty morsel to supporters, something to prove that he’s still their man. A likely target will be the immigrant children now flourishing as college students and part of the workforce under one of President Barack Obama’s executive actions, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Mary Sanchez

Campaign will end; our toxic politics will endure

People have compared the 2016 presidential campaign to a reality show — by which they mean an absurd, sham version of the real thing. Well, I’m sorry, America, but this is our reality. And none of it can be disinfected with lemon-scented niceties after the election, regardless of who wins.

Mary Sanchez

‘Patient Zero’ and other myths about HIV/AIDS

It’s easy to cast HIV and AIDS as a footnote of yesteryear, a horrific epidemic that raged and then was brought under control by antiretroviral drugs. And yet, the spread of AIDS in the United States remains a cautionary tale, not just about the injustice of demonizing victims but also about the consequences of public fear, misinformation, bias and government stalling. Americans died needlessly. They still are.

Mary Sanchez

Senseless violence in KC raises the question: How deep is the hurt?

Sometimes you just want to ask: What the hell is wrong with people? Because clearly, the people committing these random assaults in Kansas City have drifted far, far away from acceptable human behavior. Figuring out why, really understanding it as opposed to posturing assumptions, would require delving into a host of social issues, the personal backgrounds of the people involved.

Mary Sanchez

Newest Hickman Mills school board members are starting with controversy

Hickman Mills, in South Kansas City, is provisionally accredited. It is also soon to be the beneficiary of heightened cash flow and attention through the Cerner Corp.’s new $4.45 billion Innovation Campus. The last thing the district needs right now is an acrimonious board, swirling questions and community angst about who deserves a position on the school board.

Mary Sanchez

Teen writes about living at home with the crack addict her mother married

"I sat outside my home and listened to my sister scream for help," wrote Kayla Perez, 21, of Overland Park, who is the author of the first story in a new book, "Welcome to My Neighborhood." It is framed as a children's book, similar to Golden Books, but the stories are true, dire and grim. They're written by teenagers in the Youth Ambassador program, including Perez, who penned her story when she was 17 years old and living under the same roof as a crack addict her mother had married. The book, a pro bono project of the advertising and marketing company VML, will be introduced to Kansas City civic leaders at a dinner Tuesday. The Youth Ambassador program promotes youth development and addresses social and academic challenges for underserved teenagers.

Mary Sanchez

Reacting to sexual assault in high schools is a complicated matter

High school students face risks of sexual assault at rates similar to those attending college. Yet laws governing the ability of parents and students to learn about criminal incidents that happen within a district are not as strong as at public universities. It’s up to the district’s discretion, something that the Shawnee Mission School District has managed well in a recent incident.

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Teen writes about living at home with the crack addict her mother married

"I sat outside my home and listened to my sister scream for help," wrote Kayla Perez, 21, of Overland Park, who is the author of the first story in a new book, "Welcome to My Neighborhood." It is framed as a children's book, similar to Golden Books, but the stories are true, dire and grim. They're written by teenagers in the Youth Ambassador program, including Perez, who penned her story when she was 17 years old and living under the same roof as a crack addict her mother had married. The book, a pro bono project of the advertising and marketing company VML, will be introduced to Kansas City civic leaders at a dinner Tuesday. The Youth Ambassador program promotes youth development and addresses social and academic challenges for underserved teenagers.
Tammy Ljungblad The Kansas City Star
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