Republicans claim they can't trust the president to enforce laws that they might pass if they actually managed to do their jobs and take up immigration reform. Thats a ridiculous contention. This president is enforcing current immigration law to levels unheard of in other administrations, Republican or Democrat.
If all we are doing is drawing from not necessarily the smartest pool of talent for our colleges and universities but merely from the most privileged, we all will suffer. The country cant afford to needlessly screen out students who have great potential, but who havent been coached to achieve a high score on these critical tests.
Kansas pleaded that it didnt mean to condone discrimination against gay people. Legislators, even some of the folks who voted for the daffy religious freedom bill, decried it when faced with the national embarrassment the thing ignited. Can we get that in writing? How about by a vote through the Legislature?
The U.S. only stands to gain if Mexico can keep drug cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman locked up this time and run him through its courts to conviction. Our nations are deeply, deeply entwined compadres in commerce, whether the import or export is crops, cars, human labor or drugs.
News that Kansas City Bishop Emeritus Raymond J. Boland had returned to native Ireland for hospice care prompted a search for a letter from 1997. The idea of Bishop Boland returning to Ireland added a joyful layer to the otherwise sad news of his declining health. Because in that short note, he had shared a kinship with my fathers immigrant experience.
In a column from 1997, Mary Sanchez takes a look back at the country of her fathers birth.
The American Civil Liberties Unions legal director for Missouri categorized the use of a protection order to limit criticism of the government as the worst kind of censorship. The ACLU noted that other means of voicing views, say leafleting, enjoy protections grounded in case law. But the legal record is still cloudy when the Internet is the method.
Economists disagree about how employers will respond to a higher minimum wage. Proponents must admit that jobs might be lost, some businesses might go under and that many entering the low-wage workforce might face more difficulty finding a job. The question, though, is whether those adversities are offset by the benefits from higher wages for those at the bottom of the heap.
I see the arts as a key part of economic development to this city, Mayor Sly James said, laying out his administrations commitment to the arts. James emphasizes monetizing the arts, that city funding must return significant revenues in artistic and cultural tourism.
Jayhawkers, Kevin Willmotts film about basketball star Wilt Chamberlains days at the University of Kansas, is a local story with deeply significant undertones. Among its many storylines is how the actions of a few made all the difference in the lives of others.
The politicians who support this nonsense are blind to what discrimination looks like, feels like or how it historically has functioned in society. The constant cry rationalizing this bill and similar measures elsewhere is that it is religious conservatives not homosexuals who are apt to suffer from discrimination.
Thanks to a petition drive started by lifelong Catholic Jeff Weis, the Vatican and perhaps even Pope Francis himself may at long last hear the concerns of many Catholics about the way the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese, led by Bishop Robert Finn, handled reports of child sexual abuse by priests.
A study showed that for men, liquor consumption was entwined with how they viewed which women wanted sex and when they rationalized that “no” meant “convince me.” For women, it was a way to take on blame and disregard the man’s role.
Pay inequities can increase when women have children. That's were the work must begin in earnest, because company policies, prevailing attitudes about maternity and paternity leave, and the availability of childcare are factors that strongly influence the decisions families make about work.
Nearly one in three of the families examined in a Brandeis University study had a health event or a new disability from 1998 to 2012. How they fared through it, whether it debilitated them financially or was something they could weather, varied depending on not just income, but the benefits tied to their jobs.
Beginning Friday, more than 2,500 college students are expected to attend the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The MU system in the 1970s, appealed all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to keep gay and lesbian organizations off campus.
The blind eye we turn to techniques of execution is giving cover to disturbing changes with lethal injection. The drugs that have traditionally been used to create the deadly cocktail administered to the condemned are becoming harder to get. Major manufacturers are declining to supply them for executions, and that has led states to seek other options.
When politicians talk about our broken immigration system, this is part of what they mean. Children who are legal, a parent who isnt and now, a family separated.
The apparent shrugging off of university responsibility quickly became one of the most overlooked aspects of the complicated and troubling story of Sasha Menu Courey. What appears to have been lacking was a strong understanding of the universitys duty to protect all students from the possibility of a sexual predator operating within the campus community.
Yes, young people should be warned of alcohols ability to lower their decision-making skills. But for too long, this message primarily has been preached to women. Its a blame game, and one that too often protects a male attacker (who often also is drunk) by shaming the female victim.
Riccardo C. Lucas is known for his decades of anti-crime work, not his decade in prison. But he calls his memoir Programmed for Murder: SOS for good reason. The manuscript tells of living in the Wayne Minor projects.
Video conferencing has emerged as one way to circumvent the Federal Communications Commission. Last summer, the FCC began regulating the exorbitant rates some jails and prisons charged when an inmate telephoned family and friends collect.
In recent months, Republicans have compared food stamps, Obamacare, gun control and the national debt with the peculiar institution of human bondage that flourished in the South until 150 years ago. What those comparisons were supposed to signify is unclear. Still, every once in a while the slavery analogy seems to hit home. Consider the state of the state address delivered Wednesday by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.
Human trafficking is a fast-growing criminal industry, with $32 billion in profits annually. Law enforcement is often racing to keep up, as the Internet has shoved much activity underground. Yet it was nuns working with a Missouri business that originated one of the most proactive and sensible approaches.
Brooklyn Murff didnt die last September when she was shot in the head in a spray of bullets from a drive-by shooting. Shes not a homicide victim. But the whole family are victims now. The damage doesnt show up in spreadsheets and tallies. Its the invasive way trauma undercuts peoples lives after a violent crime.
It is instructive to note that even at this political low point, Gov. Chris Christie spent more time bemoaning how he was lied to than empathizing with the thousands of New Jersey and New York residents harmed by this petty plot. The bridge is a major artery connecting people to jobs and routing all sorts of commerce not to mention its role for life-saving ambulances that were delayed by the traffic gridlock.
Privacy rights have long kept secret the identities of the prison guards and medical staff that administer lethal doses of drugs in death sentences. Missouri insists that the companies providing death sentence drugs deserve equal protection.
Kansas City Public Schools hasnt been accused of unfairly singling out black and Latino students for discipline. But its not because the problem doesnt exist. And thats the opinion of school board President Airick Leonard West. Its because the districts demographics dont allow the contention.
Somehow, its doubtful that this pope, who has shunned so many of the ornate trappings of the Vatican, is shocked by the continuing backlash to his apostolic exhortation published in late November that contained sharp observations about capitalism, wealth and inequality. And its unlikely this will be the last well hear of how the popes missives are unnerving people who have become used to the protective screen of entitlement their wealth affords.
To partially offset Missouris offer of up to $1.7 billion in incentives to Boeing, Gov. Jay Nixon put on hold until March final approval of tax credits for projects intended to help homeless veterans in Kansas City and other neighborhood redevelopment plans. Kansas City Mayor Sly James and a range of other politicians cried foul.