<![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 Gay and lesbian activists take on the gun lobby http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article85859117.html#storylink=rss The outright slaughter of LGBTQ people in Orlando, Fla quickly had activists organizing around a new cause; gun violence

#Disarm Hate became the slogan, an acknowledgement that easy access to weaponry that turned anti-gay sentiment lethal

LGBTQ organizations come to the issue with steep experience how to change public opinion

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Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:55:59 CDT

New bishop, new healing after Kansas City diocese’s sex abuse scandal http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article85731582.html#storylink=rss Bishop James V. Johnston Jr. will make a public apology Sunday at a Service of Lament

The diocese sees the service as a new beginning in rebuilding trust

While the church’s many skeptics have great cause for their trepidation, reconciliation requires optimism

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Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:08:31 CDT

Harry W. Colmery, architect of the GI Bill, is honored with a new park in Topeka http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article85315077.html#storylink=rss Colmery envisioned a way to help veterans restart their lives

The GI Bill has been reauthorized multiple times, continuing Colmery’s legacy

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Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:10:13 CDT

After Orlando, more genuine policy dialogue is needed http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article84379872.html#storylink=rss Congress focused on the Orlando shooter having been investigated, then dropped from a terrorism watch list

But using the list to ban or at least stall suspected terrorists from buying guns is complicated

Questions about the list’s accuracy remain — just one fault line that could derail any substantial changes

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Fri, 17 Jun 2016 11:34:40 CDT

Kansas’ voter ID mess: The problem with fixing something that isn’t broken http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article84035902.html#storylink=rss Kansas election officials have been court-ordered to add thousands of eligible voters onto rolls

The process of moving people from suspended status to active may not be easily accomplished

Election officials in the state’s 105 counties are beginning the work

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Wed, 15 Jun 2016 18:31:14 CDT

Read Kansas City police officer’s poem on being a Mexican-American cop http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article83906817.html#storylink=rss KC police officer Octavio “Chato” Villalobos wrote a poem titled “Brown Eyes in Blues”

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera read Villalobos’ poem in May

Villalobos and Herrera will be interviewed at noon today on KKFI’s Artspeak show

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Wed, 15 Jun 2016 11:09:46 CDT

Orlando nightclub massacre provides another painful, telling test for America http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article83364532.html#storylink=rss Will nation’s response be timid after Orlando shooting of LGBT Americans?

Will it be easier to quickly move on because it targeted people so often demonized?

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Sun, 12 Jun 2016 19:20:27 CDT

Is Donald Trump taking the anti-abortion movement for a ride? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article83071827.html#storylink=rss Donald Trump has proclaimed himself pro-choice and pro-life and seems confused about the terms

Students for Life, religious leaders and other anti-abortion advocates will meet with Trump this month

The next president could control the future of Roe v. Wade with appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 15:51:39 CDT

Leawood Methodist pastor’s honest thoughts on homosexuality and the church are refreshing http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article82650807.html#storylink=rss Edgerton (Kan.) United Methodist Church pastor Cynthia Meyer came out to her congregation in January

She faces a possible trial over the matter in August

The Rev. Adam Hamilton, senior pastor of Church of the Resurrection, published three insightful blog essays on the conflict

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Wed, 08 Jun 2016 19:59:18 CDT

Stanford sexual assault case, like so many others, could have easily gone unnoticed http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article82177142.html#storylink=rss Brock Turner, a former Stanford freshman, was convicted of three felonies

The victim has since released an impact statement that has gone viral

The details, however uncomfortable, deserve airing

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Mon, 06 Jun 2016 21:04:03 CDT

Congress must act to save the Central States Pension Fund http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article81650892.html#storylink=rss Underfunded pension plans will bring financial despair for many seniors

A looming example is the Central States Pension Fund, upon which many Teamsters will or do depend

Treasury officials denied a rescue plan for Central States

The proposal would have slashed the pensions of many retirees but might have kept the plan solvent longer

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Thu, 02 Jun 2016 20:13:00 CDT

Why KC event to help legal immigrants become citizens is important for November election http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article81232387.html#storylink=rss Two three-hour sessions on attaining citizenship will be held June 4 at the Tony Aguirre Community Center

More than 10 immigration attorneys will be available free to assist people with the necessary documents

People should first call 816-474-9868 for prescreening

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Wed, 01 Jun 2016 18:19:19 CDT

What Latinos know about America but Donald Trump doesn’t http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article80363832.html#storylink=rss Property-damaging protesters aren’t helpful in countering Trump’s insipid anti-immigrant taunts

Americans who gullibly buy into Trump’s versions of Latinos reflect our nation’s general lack of knowledge about immigration

Nationwide, more Latinos are naturalizing and registering to vote so they can fight Trump’s ideals at the ballot box

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Fri, 27 May 2016 14:38:24 CDT

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

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

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

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