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.
As the first female U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright found she could use her pins as conversation starters among men or to use the pins to make oblique statements about situations. Some pins are now on display at the Truman Museum.
Tens of thousands of local kids go without enough food on weekends. The Star is partnering with Harvesters to raise money for the area’s hungriest children. All money goes to Harvesters’ BackSnack program, which provides low-income children weekend meals. Just $25 provides a child BackSnacks for a month; $250 provides BackSnacks for a year. Everyone who donates before Christmas Eve will be entered in a drawing for a football autographed by Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.
The irony of President Obama’s plan of executive action — and the rolling freak-out it has engendered among Republicans — is that it doesn’t offer a path to citizenship for the millions of undocumented immigrants residing in this country. It doesn’t solve their status in limbo but merely alleviates the threat of deportation for about half of them, about 5 million people.
The Missouri attorney general has announced “sweeping changes” regarding from whom and when he will accept money. What’s stunning is that it took this long to impose common-sense ethics to an important office of state government.
Here’s an irony. The activist group hiding behind the moniker Anonymous is outing Ku Klux Klan members. Anonymous stepped in after one Klan group distributed leaflets threatening “lethal force” in retaliation to violence by protesters after the grand jury decision.
We keep making that same mistake. Watts in 1965. Los Angeles again in 1992, after the Rodney King acquittals. The similarities with Ferguson are striking. Ferguson is shorthand for the tense relations between police and poorer minority communities, for every perceived and real abuse of police force. That’s the danger. No one incident, with all of its complicating factors, should ever have to serve as a test case for years of pent up frustration, social problems that are grounded in poverty, race, government inaction, poor education and a myriad of other factors.
A former soldier in America’s drug wars makes a compelling case for legalizing marijuana for adults. It’s complicated. It’s a subject that challenges ingrained attitudes about addiction and crime. But the momentum is building.
Tomas Young, whose injuries in Iraq and opposition to the war there drew international attention, died early Monday. He was just 34 years old. The former Kansas Citian became an internationally recognized figure, a wounded veteran who pressed the issues that all Americans need to ponder about war.
To the unpaid, unsung heroes of Election Day, some due. Nelson R. Gabriel helped make sure a pair of women in Kansas City, Kan., got to cast their vote despite some communication problems. Teenagers from Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy called voters on the other side of the state line, encouraging them to vote and in one case reading a ballot to a blind man when a Braille ballot wasn’t available.