What’s happening at the U.S.-Mexico border is not a new phenomenon. Not by a long shot. Records of Ellis Island are filled with the stories of young children who arrived on our shores without parents. Those children were just as desperate as the Central American children today.
More than $1 billion in trade is exchanged between the U.S. and Mexico daily. Massive amounts of goods and materials traverse north and south by truck and rail. When we talk about border crossing, this is what we should keep our eye on.
The former teacher liked what she heard from Jackson County Judge Bryan Round on Wednesday. He seemed to understand. To grasp why she and about a dozen others attended the hearing to determine if a breach-of-contract ruling ordering the diocese to pay a $1.1 million will stand. It’s for the children.
It took time, but we American drivers grudgingly accepted wearing seat belts as mandatory, and now we value everything from high-tech air bag protection to gizmos that warn us of unseen dangers as we back up our cars. It’s past time for a similar attitude shift about gun safety.
For more than a year, Kansas City Southern has deflected allegations that it is complicit in the violence that happens to the Central American migrants who often ride atop freight trains, trying to reach the U.S. Gangs often target the people for robbery, rape and extortion. The company points out that it doesn’t have lines in the southernmost portions of Mexico where migrants cross from Guatemala.
Most of the Central American children who have shown up at the border will not qualify for asylum in the U.S. And many will not meet current qualifications to legally unite with family here. A test of America’s virtue will be that they are cared for and how their cases are managed, as well as how closely they are tracked so they don’t swell the ranks of America’s undocumented immigrants.
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The Bright Futures Fund, led by managing director Jeremy Lillig, is expanding to allow more families to keep their children in Kansas City parochial schools through the 12th grade. That’s considered critical if families are ever to break the cycle of poverty.
The law says guns and ammunition manufactured and owned in the state are exempt from federal firearms laws. It’s the old state’s sovereignty idea. The same argument the antebellum South tried to keep their slaves. It arose again when states fought the desegregation of public schools.
For centuries, group after group of foreigners has arrived and has been cussed at and blamed for all sorts of social ills. Time after time, natives have fulminated that they will never learn English, will never assimilate, will never be loyal. And yet the immigrants do.
Too many students still get suckered into institutions where they rack up massive debt without being able to land a job. Somehow, the Department of Education needs to do a better job at raising the “buyer beware” signs.
A judge, a family and a neighborhood still mourn a month after Staff Sgt. Issac Sims was shot to death in a standoff with Kansas City police. The Memorial Day weekend shooting followed repeated efforts to get the 26-year-old Sims treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder at the Kansas City VA Medical Center less than 2 miles away.
The convicted proof of what led to the latest scandal for the Kansas City diocese languishes in prison today: Shawn Ratigan, sentenced to 50 years for child pornography. The details of Ratigan’s guilt, the horrendous way the diocese stalled instead of immediately reporting him to authorities, is at play now in an order to pay $1.1 million in a breach-of-contract suit.
If only this scenario could happen more often throughout all portions of the city. People readily called police, supplied pertinent information, officers acted quickly and the rest fell in place. Too often, people don’t call, don’t tell what they know.
Consider something as humdrum and seemingly innocuous as crowd scenes. They’re overwhelmingly populated by male characters. Even in animated films, those kid-friendly box office hits that one might assume are held to a higher standard of inclusiveness, female characters are few and far between. In group scenes of family films, only 17 percent of the characters are female.
It’s an odd day when racist websites and a U.S. senator are pitching the same issue. That’s the surreal world Sen. Jerry Moran entered by raising questions about a nearly 30-year-old plea bargain agreement with Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., the racist anti-Semite better known as F. Glenn Miller Jr. charged with the April murders of a doctor and his grandson at Overland Park’s Jewish Community Center and a mother of three at Village Shalom.
What’s good for women’s empowerment within city government ought to be spread to the county. Sherwood Smith, a candidate for the 1st District at-large seat of the Jackson County Legislature, says he’s got a plan.
Years ago, our NFL franchise made the decision to stop offending the dignity of those native people, past, present and future. The Kansas City Chiefs chose to quit using cartoonish depictions of native people. The team's management dropped the pretense that it was "honoring" cultures it knew little about with hokey mascots, skits and "Indian" themed paraphernalia.
Sixteen states have passed laws modernizing registration with the intention of increasing eligible voters’ access. That’s fewer than the number of states going in the opposite direction, but a strong indicator of pushback nonetheless.
In an opinion piece on the Washington Post’s website, Daniel R. Wildcat, a professor at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, asserts that true justice for Native Americans would mean rectifying the relationship with the land and all that it means to native people. Instead, we tend to simplify native people while ignoring the massive poverty and alcoholism on reservations, along with the deep wounds Wildcat addresses.
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