<![CDATA[Mary Sanchez | The Kansas City Star & 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 Chelsea Clinton’s appearance at UMKC was a pricey way to promote a good cause http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article25932856.html#storylink=rss Chelsea Clinton was paid $65,000 for a speech at the University of Missouri-Kansas City for the Starr Women’s Hall of Fame. That said, Clinton’s fee for the luncheon appearance was paid by private donors and supported a worthwhile cause not tied to politics.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:25:41 CDT

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The Supreme Court spared America a cataclysm http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article25543657.html#storylink=rss Universalizing and strengthening insurance coverage remains a vital priority. The National Center for Health Statistics reports that 36 million Americans — 11.5 percent of the population — remain uninsured.

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Thu, 25 Jun 2015 21:40:29 CDT

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Ditching Confederate artifacts is only a start in facing American racism http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article25539820.html#storylink=rss Purging the U.S. of memorials to slave owners, Klan leaders and Confederates isn’t the same as finding reconciliation for racism.

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Thu, 25 Jun 2015 20:46:38 CDT

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Presidential wannabes ought to embrace, not fear, Hispanic conference in Kansas City http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article25369885.html#storylink=rss The upcoming July conference of the National Council of La Raza is a platform for presidential candidates to make their case to Latino voters — but the candidates have to show up.

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Tue, 23 Jun 2015 19:06:34 CDT

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We have a name for this problem, and it is racism http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article24994066.html#storylink=rss Dylann Roof didn’t deal in polite code. He spoke bluntly to every black person in America: You and your kind do not belong here. You are not safe. You can be hunted down and slaughtered, even in the most sacred of places, the church. In a way, he also taunted America: “Go ahead, ignore the message that I just sent.”

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Fri, 19 Jun 2015 14:13:39 CDT

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Nelle Peters apartment story reminds us to save historic buildings earlier http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article24920410.html#storylink=rss Nelle E. Peters was ahead of her time, a woman working in the field of architecture in an era when few of her gender were accepted. Now the rush is on in Kansas City to save more of her iconic works —this time, three apartment buildings near the Country Club Plaza.

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Thu, 18 Jun 2015 18:16:55 CDT

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New procedures will bring order, and fairness, to municipal fines in Kansas City http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article24674371.html#storylink=rss Kansas City’s municipal court judges have long allowed people to make arrangements to pay their court fines. But the practice has been haphazardly applied, varying through the years from court to court. That changes Friday, when new standardized rules will be in place.

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Tue, 16 Jun 2015 18:50:05 CDT

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New Vatican tribunal will hold bishops responsible for curbing sex abuse http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article23809927.html#storylink=rss Rome cannot sanction the bishops who deserve the most scrutiny. Many of them — the ones who so callously ruled their dioceses in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s — are deceased. Likewise, many pedophile priests from those eras took the secret of their sins to the grave.

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Thu, 11 Jun 2015 19:01:26 CDT

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It’s time to take on predatory lenders http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article23814118.html#storylink=rss On Thursday, Mayor Sly James took to the podium at the Gem Theater and sharply called on voters to help change the predatory aspects of payday and other short-term loans. James emphasized that the current makeup of the Missouri legislature offers little chance for changing current rules on allowable interest rates.

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Thu, 11 Jun 2015 19:47:31 CDT

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Now that Kris Kobach can hunt for voter fraud in Kansas, will he actually find it? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article23617330.html#storylink=rss Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will soon commence a hunt for voter fraud. But true cases of fraud, not merely a technology flub or human error, are rare. Meaning, this could prove a costly and time-consuming effort for nothing.

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Tue, 09 Jun 2015 18:28:19 CDT

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How broken is our immigration system? We deport citizens http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article23147064.html#storylink=rss Andres Robles Gonzalez is not the only U.S. citizen who has been deported. Some advocates suspect that thousands of others have been deported in the last decade, including mentally and physically ill citizens.

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Thu, 04 Jun 2015 19:28:03 CDT

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Story of Sgt. Henry Johnson goes beyond the accomplishments of one man http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article23149887.html#storylink=rss The Johnson family’s efforts to honor Henry Johnson with the Medal of Honor raised awareness of many veterans, soldiers who didn’t receive the accolades that their bravery deserved, solely because of the prevailing racial attitudes of the times in which they lived.

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Thu, 04 Jun 2015 19:58:07 CDT

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Wyandotte County opens a refuge for children in crisis http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article22963644.html#storylink=rss Finally, some of the most neglected children in Wyandotte County — those who must be placed in protective custody — will have the type of home they deserve. Robert’s Place — a home in the best sense of the word — will open later this month.

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Tue, 02 Jun 2015 19:30:05 CDT

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Campaign finance law is America’s unfunny joke http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article22618167.html#storylink=rss As long as they do not officially declare their candidacy, politicians can raise loads of money for their super PACs without having to report the donations or stay within limits that keep individuals from contributing more than $2,700 in the primary season. That’s the law. This is how candidates skirt it.

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Fri, 29 May 2015 14:04:44 CDT

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Don’t be stunned when stun gun cases turn out badly http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article22615296.html#storylink=rss The death this week of a man who had been hit with a stun gun by Kansas City, Kan., police adds to a growing list of cases nationwide that have placed scrutiny on the weapon’s use by law enforcement.

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Fri, 29 May 2015 13:30:24 CDT

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Olathe speller epitomizes a four-letter word more of us need to focus on http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article22384953.html#storylink=rss Grit, the determination to stay focused on long-term goals, undaunted by setbacks, will be on display among this year’s contestants in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, including 13-year-old Vanya Shivashankar of Olathe. We could all benefit by taking a lesson from their examples.

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Tue, 26 May 2015 18:26:00 CDT

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Kansas City mother struggles, a year later, with the stateside death of her veteran son http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article22159725.html#storylink=rss Issac Shawn Sims was gunned down by Kansas City police a year ago when he emerged from a standoff toting a rifle. His mother’s grief has dominated the many long days since.

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Sun, 24 May 2015 19:24:38 CDT

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Don’t cry for Chris Christie, for he earned the attention http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article21717417.html#storylink=rss No evidence has surfaced that Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey knew of the plan to shut down lanes of traffic as political payback to a mayor who failed to support Christie’s campaign. This has been widely reported. Yet Christie is still fuming.

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Fri, 22 May 2015 16:43:36 CDT

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It’s time to fund a memorial for the Hyatt skywalk collapse in Kansas City http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article21605709.html#storylink=rss News that a new Hyatt hotel will be built in Kansas City’s downtown has underscored the unfinished work to commemorate a tragedy of the past, the 1981 skywalk collapse. Only about $60,000 remains to be raised.

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Thu, 21 May 2015 15:52:08 CDT

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Why bad decisions get made in government — for instance, Kansas http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article21410430.html#storylink=rss The whimsically titled book “Mistakes Were Made (but not by me)” details how humans sidestep logical thought processes, especially when convenient. It helps unravel political head-scratchers like the fiscal mess in the Sunflower State.

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Tue, 19 May 2015 16:50:27 CDT

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Jeb Bush learned nothing from the Iraq War debacle http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article21104181.html#storylink=rss Jeb Bush should have belted the question about invading Iraq out of the park. The fact that he didn’t, despite multiple attempts and the hindsight of what we know today, is dismaying indeed.

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Fri, 15 May 2015 14:25:48 CDT

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Sure, politicians cheat, but pay attention to what they accomplish in office http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article20886306.html#storylink=rss “It’s time to let adultery as a barometer of a candidate’s fitness for office go the way of tokin’ on a doobie in youth. Like trying marijuana, cheating is so widespread, so Republican and Democrat and male and female, that ranting about impropriety is often pointless.” I wrote that six years ago. It’s a practical conclusion. Don’t take it as a dismissal of the damage that extramarital affairs can cause families.

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Wed, 13 May 2015 19:41:26 CDT

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Missouri lawmakers think legal residency isn’t enough to treat immigrant students fairly http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article20790699.html#storylink=rss A bill by Missouri Republicans would ban even lawfully present immigrant students from A+, a popular college scholarship program.

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Tue, 12 May 2015 19:57:22 CDT

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Kansas City immigration courts, like those nationwide, endure staggering backlogs http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article20454426.html#storylink=rss For years, Kansas City’s immigration court has been served by two judges. One retired last fall and the other is expected to retire by early summer. Kansas City’s situation is a microcosm of what is happening nationally — packed dockets with too many immigration cases to be heard by too few judges.

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Thu, 07 May 2015 17:09:41 CDT

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Holding a contest of Muhammad cartoons practically provokes violence http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article20304330.html#storylink=rss There is no excuse for the violence against the Muhammad Art Exhibit that apparently was plotted by Nadir Soofi and Elton Simpson. And yet the actions of the organizers have to be scrutinized, too. They crossed the lines of decency, taunting a reaction from twisted mindsets that we know exist in America.

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Tue, 05 May 2015 19:02:31 CDT

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‘Trust me’ isn’t going to turn the Latino vote for Ted Cruz or the rest of the GOP http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article20041782.html#storylink=rss Sen. Ted Cruz believes, with some justification, that Latinos are fundamentally conservative. Like many immigrant groups, they tend to honor faith, tradition and family. But that doesn’t mean that candidates seeking Latino votes for the GOP presidential nomination won’t have to answer the tough questions about where they stand on significant issues. Like immigration.

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Fri, 01 May 2015 16:31:45 CDT

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Charges against cops in Baltimore reflect a respect for human life http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article20038830.html#storylink=rss The national conversation on police/community relations that began in earnest with Michael Brown’s death and wound through Eric Garner’s and so many others, may have found a more convincing victim with Freddie Gray. His death may persuade those who have failed to grasp this as the crux of the issue — two-way respect between police and the citizens they serve.

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Fri, 01 May 2015 16:04:02 CDT

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Audit of Kansas sexual predator program gives more reasons to worry about budget problems http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article19970094.html#storylink=rss Decisions like determining which prisoners need to be incarcerated beyond their initial sentences as violent sexual predators are tough enough. The massive budget shortfall in Kansas only adds another layer of concern to the costly program that attempts to treat the people, lest they reoffend and harm the innocent.

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Thu, 30 Apr 2015 17:26:26 CDT

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Baltimore riots just give the bigots ammunition to dismiss the problems facing young black men http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article19834890.html#storylink=rss Rioting in Baltimore confirms the biases of people prone to think the worst of young black men in America. Let’s hope they get help to channel their energy, and rage, to something more productive.

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Tue, 28 Apr 2015 18:48:48 CDT

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Can Pope Francis reconcile Catholics to the church hierarchy? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article19386807.html#storylink=rss Pope Francis’ visit later this year to the United States will offer an opportunity for the pontiff to speak more directly to still-suffering victims of the long-running sex abuse scandal.

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Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:43:41 CDT

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