<![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 Remembering Dutch Newman: How she guided Kansas City’s Democrats after a devastating loss http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article92239762.html#storylink=rss In October 2000, Missouri governor and U.S. Senate candidate Mel Carnahan died in a plane crash

The tragedy stunned KC’s Democratic movers and shakers

But Dutch Newman, the grande dame of Missouri Democratic politics, was there to help

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Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:34:29 CDT

An American in Spain: How the horrors of terrorism raised questions about our actions http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article91815007.html#storylink=rss A horrific run of terrorism-related news — shootings of U.S. police officers and murderous rampages — coincide with a vacation in Spain

U.S. gun laws draw persistent questions from other foreign travelers

People from many differing countries brace for more terrorist incidents, intent on denying fear’s power to upend how they live and travel

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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 19:15:19 CDT

Donald Trump’s strongman fantasy is deeply un-American http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article91338217.html#storylink=rss Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the conclusion of the RNC was his chance to strike a more unifying tone

He doubled down, twisting facts and skipping context to peak fears about terrorism, the economy, crime and the U.S. role in world affairs

Immigrants, both legal and illegal, were Trump’s favorite suggested scapegoats

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Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:34:03 CDT

Why some of today’s protesters, though rowdy, won’t really effect change http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article88938562.html#storylink=rss Major GOP leadership is declining to attend the Republican National Convention in Cleveland

Protest groups, including white supremacists, plan to attend in support of Donald Trump

The ACLU sued to ensure that free-speech rights will not be impeded by city plans

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Mon, 11 Jul 2016 15:47:58 CDT

Fear of a female administration? We’ll see http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article87209782.html#storylink=rss The prospect of a Hillary Clinton-Elizabeth Warren presidential ticket calls for an admittance of why sexism still is strong in American politics

Likability tends to still be important for voters when considering a female candidate, which is far less true for men

The 2016 general election is predicted to be the first time that a majority of vote-eligible women will be unmarried

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Fri, 01 Jul 2016 15:25:01 CDT

U.S. could use more friends like Faieq Zarif http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article86766282.html#storylink=rss He was an Afghan national who helped U.S. troops deploying from Fort Leavenworth

He was also a writer, a teacher and, since a chance meeting in Westport, a friend

He died of cancer this month at age 53

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Wed, 29 Jun 2016 18:37:05 CDT

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

#DisarmHate became the slogan, an acknowledgment that easy access to weaponry had turned anti-gay sentiment lethal

LGBTQ organizations come to the issue with experience in changing public opinion

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Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:55:59 CDT

Bishop offers Service of Lament to begin healing for victims http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article86137837.html#storylink=rss Bishop James V. Johnston Jr. apologized for decades of damage from the priest’s sex abuse scandal

Catholics gathered to offer prayer and petitions to help victims begin to heal

New committments by diocese seek to make protection of children a core value

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Sun, 26 Jun 2016 20:51:30 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