With a commitment to innovate and update, Girl Scouts have long held their own against the Boy Scouts. For that and many more reasons, there won’t be a mass exodus from Girl Scouting now that the Boy Scouts are welcoming girls as members.
So three high school students have the pluck to believe they can be the next governor of Kansas. We’ve seen worse. Moreover, their enthusiasm is something to applaud and encourage. Because the nation needs better qualified candidates than we often are offered now, and a more attuned voting public.
“Lindy Lou Juror Number 2” is a documentary that asks viewers one question: If you were seated on a capital murder trial, tasked with deciding if a person lived or died, would you be prepared to make the decision?
The 90 minutes that Betsy DeVos spent at Kansas City Academy Friday was carefully stage-managed and generally free of controversy. But the students, who disagree with the controversial secretary of education on a range of issues, presented DeVos with a booklet voicing their views.
George Harrison’s A-file is basically a history of the former Beatle’s interactions with U.S. immigration. It covers more than 20 years and now appears online along with the files of other notable foreigners who have come before the agency.
In 1969, a Kansas-raised Republican working in the Nixon White House laid the groundwork for what would become affirmative action policies. The most recent controversy, stirred by the Trump administration’s Justice Department, offers a new opportunity to weigh the merits of Arthur Fletcher’s vision.
Kansas City played a significant role in the battle to protect the rights of gays and lesbians. A planned documentary called “The Ordinance Project” will chronicle the little-known story of local efforts in the 1990s to pass civil-rights protections based on sexual orientation and HIV-status.
This week, President Donald Trump blasted out a series of early morning tweets announcing that transgender people will be banned from military service. This, like so much else this president does, was not well thought out.
World War II veteran Arla Harrell is believed to be the only Missourian still living after being forced to participate in mustard gas experiments as a young enlisted man. Sen. Claire McCaskill is working to gain Harrell and other veterans benefits for their government-imposed suffering.
Unfortunately, it’s still too difficult for many to understand that it is possible to pledge allegiance to the United States and also have an identity connected with the land of one’s ancestors. So the news that the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization for Latinos has changed its name from National Council of La Raza to UnidosUS shouldn’t shock.
Hobby Lobby’s owners carefully crafted an image of Christian virtue and goodness. So how does looter of antiquities fit in? A civil settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice requires Hobby Lobby to relinquish a trove of more than 5,500 artifacts believed to have been looted from Iraq as the country fell into disarray.
Donald Trump came to power as the man who would punish undocumented immigrants and punish those who refused to punish those immigrants. And now the House of Representatives has joined him in this pointless crusade.
Bill Cosby has announced a series of town hall meetings to educate men on avoiding accusations of sexual assault. But as he gears up to preen before the public, he better get ready to hear a verdict from the court of public opinion. He’s not going to like it.
"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 LjungbladThe Kansas City Star
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