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.
The Missouri attorney general has announced “sweeping changes” regarding from whom and when he will accept money. What’s stunning is that it took this long to impose common-sense ethics to an important office of state government.
Here’s an irony. The activist group hiding behind the moniker Anonymous is outing Ku Klux Klan members. Anonymous stepped in after one Klan group distributed leaflets threatening “lethal force” in retaliation to violence by protesters after the grand jury decision.
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.
A former soldier in America’s drug wars makes a compelling case for legalizing marijuana for adults. It’s complicated. It’s a subject that challenges ingrained attitudes about addiction and crime. But the momentum is building.
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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To the unpaid, unsung heroes of Election Day, some due. Nelson R. Gabriel helped make sure a pair of women in Kansas City, Kan., got to cast their vote despite some communication problems. Teenagers from Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy called voters on the other side of the state line, encouraging them to vote and in one case reading a ballot to a blind man when a Braille ballot wasn’t available.
The last thing the nation needs is a hodgepodge of differing rules on how to monitor people who may have been exposed to Ebola, with mandatory quarantines in some states but not in others. Worse still are rules dictated by a governor who wants to look tough, or is afraid of being pilloried as being weak with elections days away.
The question many are asking — no doubt including the FBI — is how this odyssey began, how these teens, two sisters and a friend from their Denver area high school, were recruited to venture across the world to join the “caliphate” established in Syria and Iraq by the jihadist armed group known as the Islamic State.
"Young black males in recent years were at a far greater risk of being shot dead by police than their white counterparts -- 21 times greater," states a new study of federal data by ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative journalism outfit.
The Vatican’s signal of openness toward gay people offers solace. But what Colleen Simon really needs is a good job. In May, Simon was fired from running the food pantry at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. A story in The Star had mentioned her same-sex marriage.
All day Sunday, people streamed into the hospital room of Lynda Callon, the force behind the West Side CAN Center. Callon died Sunday at University of Kansas Hospital. Hers was a horribly fast death to cancer that was diagnosed in late September. She was unrelenting in ensuring that CAN — Community Action Network — would succeed. And it did, receiving national acclaim.
Janet Delana realized her frantic efforts to help her mentally ill child were in vain when her daughter texted her: “Dad is dead.” Whenever a mentally ill person kills with a gun — be it in these lesser known cases or in higher-profile mass shootings — the question naturally arises: Why can’t more be done to keep weapons out their hands? A tangle of interests works against stronger restrictions.
Race is a material factor in the NFL’s domestic violence problems, no matter how reluctant some might be to steer the discussion in that direction. Not to acknowledge the disproportionate danger that domestic violence poses to the lives of black women is to show sexism and racial bias in one fell swoop. That’s what prompted the Black Women’s Roundtable to write a letter to Commissioner Roger Goodell.