The way gun laws currently read in Missouri and Kansas, the right to own a gun too often supersedes a woman’s right to safety. Given the lengths that legislators have gone to expand gun rights, bills that would allow police to temporarily remove guns in extreme circumstances, like severe domestic violence, will face the obstacles of ignorance and patriarchal dismissal.
Women will be safer from sexual assault at the University of Virginia and on campuses nationwide when fewer men commit assaults. The answer isn’t to limit where and when women can go. It’s to demand appropriate behavior and enforce penalties for violations, including criminal charges if warranted.
The hyperfocus of a judge solely addressing such cases would help expedite them, possibly keeping the suspects jailed on high, cash-only bonds. It’s time for this to be seriously considered. It might go a long way to getting guns out of the hands of the people most likely to kill.
If the plaintiffs in a lawsuit that was recently filed against McDonald’s succeed, it portends much bigger woes for not only McDonald’s but other companies operating on the franchise model and employing large numbers of minimum wage workers.
Pursuing a civil rights case against Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown, was always going to be difficult. But learning lessons from it is within our grasp.
Delayed by local controversy six years ago, the National Council of La Raza conference coming to Kansas City is getting a welcome worthy of its significance. National attention looks more at the Latino population, a reflection of its growing clout.
Lost in all the partisanship bickering on immigration is this truth: The president’s executive actions are not, and never were meant to be, a permanent solution to the problems of immigration. They merely put a temporary hold on deporting certain undocumented immigrants; they are only temporary reprieves. Obama hasn’t granted anyone amnesty, much less U.S. citizenship. He cannot do so. Only Congress can.
The Kansas City Royals’ annual FanFest begins Friday at Bartle Hall in the Kansas City Convention Center. The two-day event includes appearances by the players, autograph sessions and interactive activities. Find hours, ticket information here.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is right to call for upgrades to military hardware. But getting public and congressional support would be easier if the Pentagon watched more closely the dollars sent its way.
My old friend the reverend and I huddled Monday evening, seated on the floor of the Star library. Surrounded by rows of filing cabinets, I read the yellowed articles. The Rev. Nelson “Fuzzy” Thompson, who died Sunday at age 70, devoted his life to justice and shared the lessons he learned along the way.
If we put Charlie Hebdo on a pedestal out of grief for the deaths of its artists and editors, we risk anointing it with a saintliness the paper itself seemed to mock. That’s a view that needs to be heard and understood — especially on these shores, where few understand the paper’s history and place in French society.
Someone held the reckless mindset that it was fine to blast bullets into the home where little JaQuail Mansaw was being cradled in his mother’s arms. It takes forethought to cause that kind of mayhem. That’s not the same as intelligence.
The war in Afghanistan should not be viewed in isolation. It was one front of many in an ongoing war with Islamist terrorism. Understanding that is crucial not only to the future stability of Afghanistan, but for U.S. national security as threats like al-Qaida continue to morph into new terrorist franchises such as the Islamic State and Boko Haram.
At St. Therese Little Flower Church in Kansas City, the Rev. Ernie Davis told a large crowd that it matters not whether the lost soul was an officer or a victim of crime or someone who died under circumstances that later raise questions about policing. Grief is the shared emotion of survivors.
Sony Pictures’ tribulations over the past few weeks are a warning of the precarious state of the nation’s cybersecurity. This is serious business, and it’s in the public interest to get it sorted out. For too long, however, we’ve taken an unserious attitude toward this threat, as was evident in the prurient interest the media and the public took in Sony Pictures’ dirty laundry.
We must acknowledge that the United States’ objective remains the same: to bring about in Cuba a transition to democracy that makes its people freer and more prosperous. What’s changing is the strategy. This is hard for many Cuban-Americans to accept, especially those in politics.
Rev. Norman Rotert founded Communities Creating Opportunity in Kansas City nearly 40 years ago. Rotert was adept at teaching that power is the result of relationships. Some people are fortunate to have the power, while others lacked it. It was a lesson Rotert honed as a young priest.
The $74 million East Patrol police campus currently under construction will probably bear the name of the late civil rights leader Leon Jordan. But something ugly stirred in many of the conversations about naming the new police campus after Jordan.
Rolling Stone offered up a snapshot of society’s attitudes toward sexual violence, but not in the way it had intended. The magazine’s harrowing account of gang rape and bureaucratic bumbling over that rape at the University of Virginia has imploded as inaccuracies and disregard for reporting standards emerged. Still, it might not matter so much after all.