Mary Sanchez

Mary Sanchez

Mary Sanchez: Ivanka Trump is a chip off the old huckster block

The American public is expected to buy into the notion that Ivanka Trump can and should play a constructive and indispensable role in her father’s administration and that it’s only natural and fitting that she settle into a West Wing office to help Daddy run the nation. Doing exactly what, we’re not supposed to ask.

Mary Sanchez

Mary Sanchez: GOP health care bill recycles tired moralizing of the poor

According to Reps. Roger Marshall and Jason Chaffetz, poor people buy iPhones instead of health insurance and refuse to take care of themselves. This is the narrative we’ve been hearing from Republicans — and a lot of Democrats, too — for years. They blame low-income people for their own troubles while failing to address low wages, educational gaps and a range of economic factors that aren’t easily explained by simplistic moralizing.

Mary Sanchez

Mary Sanchez: Progressives could learn a thing or two from the tea party

“Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda” offers guidance for opposing the agenda of Donald Trump. Marching alone isn’t enough. Constituents will be more effective if they focus their energies on Congress. Make your senator or representative aware that you are watching and listening, and that he or she will pay a price for acting or voting against your wishes.

Mary Sanchez

Mary Sanchez: When fear rules, constitutional rights get trampled

The last U.S. Supreme Court case heard before the inauguration of Donald Trump as president harkened back to a horrendous episode of overreach after the Sept. 11 attacks. More than 760 immigrant men, mostly Muslim, were rounded up and held for months in detention centers, often under cruel conditions. None was ever charged with links to terrorism. It’s a cautionary tale for the new administration.

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Teen writes about living at home with the crack addict her mother married

"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 Ljungblad The Kansas City Star
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