Mary Sanchez

Candidate’s suicide holds up an unflattering mirror to our politics

The suicide death of Missouri auditor and gubernatorial candidate Tom Schweich shines a light on an ugly reality. A candidate could be undercut in some circles by the insinuation that he is not a Christian. In 2015, sad to say, there are still people in my home state and 49 other states who would not vote for a candidate because he or she is Jewish.

Mary Sanchez

Packing heat on campus: What could go wrong?

While much of America has finally begun to face the complexities of reducing the number of sexual assaults on college campuses through real action and honest conversations, this is what the gun lobby has been cooking up: the nonsense argument that sexual assaults of young women on college campuses can be stopped by arming coeds with guns.

Mary Sanchez

Sam Brownback, a desperate and failing governor, turns to homophobia

Kansans, perhaps more than citizens of any other state, know how discrimination targeted at homosexuals looks when it is flaunted on a national media platform. We faced it for years. The now deceased Rev. Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka paraded his hatred toward gay people around the globe. The state was ashamed that Phelps’ foolishness germinated in our soil.

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