<![CDATA[Mary Sanchez News | KansasCity.com &]]> http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/ en-us Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:06:29 CDT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:06:29 CDT Mary Sanchez 60 interactive-ops@herald-leader.com KC Fire Department report is step toward making necessary changes to firefighting culture http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article79928997.html#storylink=rss Firefighting takes courage, but bravery unchecked can risk significant losses

Recently released report by Kansas City Fire Department about two deaths shows change is needed

But changing firefighting culture will be a Herculean task

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Wed, 25 May 2016 18:27:51 CDT

Missouri another example of why gun laws and common sense rarely mix http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article79435417.html#storylink=rss Missouri legislators passed a law expanding the “castle doctrine” to include “stand your ground” provisions

If Gov. Jay Nixon vetoes, the legislature will likely override his veto

Rep. Stacey Newman will represent Missouri in White House meetings about common-sense gun reforms

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Mon, 23 May 2016 19:21:29 CDT

The scene of America’s discontent: work and life http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article78913492.html#storylink=rss Fathers are increasingly taking on the demands of caring for children and aging parents

The result: Men increasingly challenge the same workplace discrimination that women face

Demographics show virtually every employee will be a caregiver at some point in his or her career

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Fri, 20 May 2016 15:54:53 CDT

Mizzou has shown before it can successfully address protests, with shanties and all http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article78511382.html#storylink=rss In the mid-1980s, MU students protested with a makeshift shantytown

They wanted the school to divest millions in investments tied to the apartheid government of South Africa

Decisions were thoughtfully made after public hearings, economic studies and vibrant protests

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Wed, 18 May 2016 18:59:08 CDT

What doesn’t Donald Trump want you to know about his wealth? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article77435542.html#storylink=rss He refuses to release his tax returns until an audit is finished

Trump claims little would be learned from the details

The GOP front-runner proposes an overhaul of the tax code that would be most beneficial to the top 1 percent

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Fri, 13 May 2016 16:48:00 CDT

Is there a way out of our nation’s two-party stranglehold? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article76116222.html#storylink=rss A new book, “A Declaration of Independents,” argues the case for independent candidates

Author is Olathe businessman Greg Orman, who challenged Sen. Pat Roberts in 2014

Dissatisfaction with government and Congress is high among voters

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Fri, 06 May 2016 14:59:46 CDT

Don’t let privacy fears halt passage of federal Kelsey Smith legislation http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article75679282.html#storylink=rss Greg Smith is a Kansas state senator because of his daughter

Kelsey Smith was abducted and murdered in 2007

Now there’s federal legislation in the works to help others in dangerous circumstances

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Wed, 04 May 2016 18:24:08 CDT

Women are already proving their worth in combat http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article74654977.html#storylink=rss Rep. Duncan Hunter’s attempt to stir dissent over women’s roles in combat backfired

House Armed Services Committee passed Hunter’s amendment to register women for the draft

Secretary of defense lifted the ban on women in elite combat units last year

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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:33:53 CDT

Mother raped with daughter by her side tells her harrowing story http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article74723677.html#storylink=rss The 30-year-old was raped by strangers who broke into her Independence apartment

She has been public about the assault, posting on Facebook, gathering support from friends

Editor’s note: This story contains details of a rape

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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:58:02 CDT

KCK’s Alvin Sykes goes to Washington to secure future of Emmett Till unsolved crimes bill http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article73875117.html#storylink=rss Sykes’ work has opened up investigations into cold cases from civil rights era

He looked into the 1955 lynching of Emmett Till

“All of my victories have always started with a ‘No,’” Sykes said

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Mon, 25 Apr 2016 20:34:48 CDT

Bravo to Harriet Tubman, but U.S. women are still not getting the full $20 http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article73155107.html#storylink=rss Portraits of Tubman, Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth and other women are to be added to U.S. currency

The real disparities of commerce aren’t solved by symbolic nods to inclusion and diversity

Women still earn, on average, far less than men in comparable careers — losing nearly $500,000 over their careers

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Thu, 21 Apr 2016 15:55:33 CDT

Donald Trump finally gets it: To win, you need to know — and play by — the rules http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article72546197.html#storylink=rss The Republican frontrunner’s campaign strategist, Paul Manafort, was on ABC’s “This Week”

Manafort said a complaint will be filed about Missouri’s delegate process

Trump is realizing, maybe too late, that he should have known how the process works

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Mon, 18 Apr 2016 19:21:09 CDT

Why Bill Clinton’s 1990s crime bill got caught in the crosshairs of past and present http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article72075012.html#storylink=rss Bill Clinton and Black Lives Matter protesters bickered over 1994 crime law

A defensive Clinton attempted to defend the law he signed

Crack cocaine, gang violence and escalating murder rates preceded passage of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994

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Fri, 15 Apr 2016 14:56:25 CDT

Second Amendment isn't target of Jewish center shootings lawsuit against Wal-Mart http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article71463277.html#storylink=rss Both the Corporon and LaManno families have filed suit

They say F. Glenn Miller Jr. was able to get guns from a Wal-Mart because of a straw buyer

What Wal-Mart does on this issue can bolster gun safety

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Tue, 12 Apr 2016 19:10:49 CDT

‘Family values’ advocates forget that the heyday never really existed http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article70800002.html#storylink=rss A revised edition of “The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap” undercuts past and current myths

Exaggerated benefits about marriage and struggles of single mothers are at center of many political arguments

Public policy, when built off misperception and false ideas, is a sure way to waste government effort

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Fri, 08 Apr 2016 17:12:53 CDT

New KC superintendent knows how learning can be interrupted http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article69957612.html#storylink=rss Mark T. Bedell on Monday signed a three-year contract to lead the city’s public schools

At a news conference, he discussed “learned helplessness,” a state in which children feel they can’t succeed

It shows that Bedell understands how stress can harm a child’s ability to learn, Mary Sanchez writes

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Mon, 04 Apr 2016 20:47:32 CDT

Who can save the GOP from Donald Trump? Women http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article69457197.html#storylink=rss Trump earned his 73 percent negativity rating with female voters

Yet leaders among Republican women have failed to take him to task

What gives, ladies?

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Fri, 01 Apr 2016 13:42:46 CDT

Don’t fear transgender people, in bathrooms or elsewhere; understand them http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article69087887.html#storylink=rss Politicians nationwide riling people with attempts at legislating bathroom usage by people’s assigned sex at birth

Gender dysphoria is clinical term for people who feel they are born in the wrong body for their gender identity

March 31 is International Transgender Day of Visibility, which will be marked in KC

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Wed, 30 Mar 2016 17:29:49 CDT

‘Religious freedom’ laws are about freedom to discriminate http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article68276932.html#storylink=rss Missouri is among states pressing legislation to allow businesses claiming to serve the public

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last summer on gay marriage sparked the pushback

Some politicians are attempting to govern the bathroom options of transgender people

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Fri, 25 Mar 2016 14:15:56 CDT

Can Obama change Cuba? Depends on if he presses human rights http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article67434192.html#storylink=rss Cubans are leaving in greater numbers, worried normalized U.S. relations will end special immigration provisions

Obama’s visit is historic, but how effective will it be?

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Mon, 21 Mar 2016 19:25:37 CDT

A scary truth: When businesses see profit in prisoners with mental illnesses http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article66940237.html#storylink=rss Prison reform measures have helped lower rates of incarceration

Half of the nation’s prison population has mental health and substance abuse disorders

For-profit companies are maneuvering for contracts with cash-strapped states

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Fri, 18 Mar 2016 16:18:31 CDT

Obama will get nowhere with his Supreme Court nomination, and that’s embarrassing http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article66546932.html#storylink=rss President Obama asks U.S. Senate to be “fair” with Merrick Garland’s nomination

But Republican senators automatically threw up their blockade

What should be a shining moment for Garland and his public service is instead prey to ugly politics

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Wed, 16 Mar 2016 19:34:18 CDT

Trumping Donald Trump takes more than F-bombs, it takes votes http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article66073687.html#storylink=rss Kansas Citians loudly, aggressively protested Donald Trump’s visit at The Midland

Be grateful that no one was seriously injured; only four arrested

But anyone who truly wants to stop Trump’s candidacy needs to vote

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Mon, 14 Mar 2016 20:16:36 CDT

Restoring America: It’s Donald Trump’s vision vs. Hillary Clinton’s http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article65519827.html#storylink=rss Donald Trump appears to be the unfiltered reptilian brain of conservative populism

Ted Cruz plays the part of a conservative Moses

What is the race about for Hillary Clinton, besides restoring her and her husband to the White House?

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Fri, 11 Mar 2016 16:29:56 CST

Whose fault was it that the suspect in multiple slayings was loose in America? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article65105862.html#storylink=rss Pablo Serrano-Vitorino had been deported years ago

Now he is a suspect in five killings this week, including four in Kansas City, Kan.

Law enforcement had several chances to flag him, but missed each time

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Wed, 09 Mar 2016 19:54:24 CST

Law considers gun purchase for white supremacist F. Glenn Miller Jr. a victimless crime http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article64856902.html#storylink=rss F. Glenn Miller Jr. killed three people in Overland Park in 2014

John Mark Reidle pleaded guilty to buying one shotgun for Miller

Victims’ families were not notified of his sentencing because the law does not view them as victims

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Tue, 08 Mar 2016 18:48:40 CST

Erin Andrews’ stalker case proves women’s bodies are considered public property http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article64110032.html#storylink=rss Former ESPN sportscaster Erin Andrews’ civil trial played out in a Nashville courtroom this week

A stalker secretly recorded video of Andrews undressing in her hotel room and posted it online

The video went viral, drawing an estimated 17 million views

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Fri, 04 Mar 2016 17:33:46 CST

Beware, Donald Trump, Kris Kobach needs you more than you need him http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article63239487.html#storylink=rss Kris Kobach’s self-deportation theory helped sink Mitt Romney’s campaign

His advice also led to a costly debacle in Hazelton, Pa.

Kobach must see perks with being associated with Donald Trump

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Mon, 29 Feb 2016 19:11:25 CST

Fred Andrews leaves legacy of love for Kansas City in film about blues, barbecue http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article62826132.html#storylink=rss A new film on Kansas City blues and barbecue will be used to promote the city

Documentary is work of Fred Andrews, who died Feb. 24 at age 62

Mayor Sly James is the narrator

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Fri, 26 Feb 2016 21:21:17 CST

Why the gun lobby wants to arm children http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article62741097.html#storylink=rss Most “accidental” shootings by children are preventable

Missouri is among states to consider holding parents who are negligent with firearms and ammunition accountable

Prosecutors in Jackson County and St. Louis support a bill allowing them the discretion to file charges

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Fri, 26 Feb 2016 16:27:58 CST