Mary Sanchez

The moral wisdom of President Obama’s executive action

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.

Mary Sanchez

The fire next time … may engulf Ferguson, Mo.

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.

Mary Sanchez

Tomas Young was a casualty of war and a voice of reason

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.

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