Mary Sanchez

The ill effects of politics on health care

With the November midterm elections approaching, health care is one issue that voters ought to weigh heavily. Is your choice for office trying to make political points for his or her ideology, or are they really looking out for the health care of you and your loved ones?

Mary Sanchez

Independence stun gun case shows the need for more statistics on police behavior

Every police use of force case should be tracked and analyzed so we can answer the critical questions that arise after incidents such as the one Sunday in Independence, in which an officer used a stun gun on a 17-year-old who went into cardiac arrest: Is use of force on the increase, and is it being appropriately used by police?

Mary Sanchez

Kansas City killings tempt vengeance

This week in Kansas City horrifies like few others in recent memory. People are understandably discussing the most extreme form of justice for the senselessly cruel crimes that Brandon Howell is accused of — now and in the past. What kind of a person would kill an 88-year-old woman, her 63-year-old son and a 69-year-old neighbor by shooting them, possibly after he had already severely beaten another elderly neighborhood couple?

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