<![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 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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‘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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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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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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Details of sexual assault case offer a chilling realization http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article19303779.html#storylink=rss For people who think of rapists as strangers attacking a woman they don’t know, a Kansas City case involving alcohol and an attack — along with horrifying video evidence — should give pause.

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Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:00:00 CDT

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After the resignation of Bishop Finn, the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese needs a humble leader http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article19181085.html#storylink=rss The resignation of Bishop Robert Finn opens the door to reconciliation for the local diocese, for the victims of sex abuse, for the many good priests and for the patient parishioners who never wavered in their faith.

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Tue, 21 Apr 2015 18:26:39 CDT

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By falsifying test scores, educators robbed their students http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article18767874.html#storylink=rss Atlanta isn’t alone among public school districts that have been accused of questionable gains in student achievement in recent years. The scandals are raising questions about the pressure being put on schools over standardized testing.

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Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:46:40 CDT

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Gender pay equity bill could make employers smarter about what they pay women http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article18726486.html#storylink=rss Women are used to incremental gains for their gender, sometimes painstakingly glacial. But efforts to establish best-practice guidelines for addressing gender pay equity are slowly gathering support in Missouri through the legislature.

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Thu, 16 Apr 2015 19:52:38 CDT

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Overland Park bike plan puts smarts into city planning http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article18534452.html#storylink=rss Smart cities can invest in making their residents healthier and more active through small changes. Overland Park took a step in that direction this week by approving a plan for adding cycling lanes to some thoroughfares in the city.

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Tue, 14 Apr 2015 17:58:34 CDT

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In the Boston Marathon bombing trial, justice has been done http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article18184145.html#storylink=rss The conviction of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should put to rest politically tinged arguments over whether or not civilian courts should handle terrorism cases.

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Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:09:35 CDT

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KC anti-violence campaign aims to plug hole by looking at parolees http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article17988143.html#storylink=rss The Kansas City No Violence Alliance, or KC NoVa, hopes to head off violent crime by meeting with criminals before they’re released from prison, offering them support to change their ways. It should help.

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Thu, 09 Apr 2015 17:36:46 CDT

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Fight against capital punishment finds porn publisher Larry Flynt on the right side http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article17797859.html#storylink=rss Missourians opposed to the death penalty just gained a legal ally, Hustler magazine founder Larry Flynt. America’s most famous publisher of porn is fighting for a basic right of all Missourians: the right to know what the government is doing on your behalf with your tax dollars.

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Tue, 07 Apr 2015 19:24:11 CDT

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McDonald’s raise is much less than meets the eye http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article17319986.html#storylink=rss A wage bump for some McDonald’s workers only underscores that the problem of stagnant wages, for low-wage workers and those further up the pay scale, goes far beyond McDonald’s.

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Fri, 03 Apr 2015 15:09:05 CDT

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Benefits show that food is much more than a meal http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article17240186.html#storylink=rss Food as nourishment for the mind, body and spirit is a recurring theme of late at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, this week through famed Spanish chef Ferran Adriá and later this month through the Latin-themed fundraiser Comida.

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Thu, 02 Apr 2015 16:46:03 CDT

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Woe to the one who raises the issue of racism in the Kansas Legislature http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article17053673.html#storylink=rss Rep. Valdenia Winn of Wyandotte County has been a professor of history for 42 years. Now she faces censure by her fellow legislators after her strongly worded testimony in March on a bill that would negatively affect immigrant children.

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Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:53:44 CDT

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At a time when our military is crucial, fewer of us serve http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article16482299.html#storylink=rss Few Americans, less than one percent, are actively enrolled in the military, a result of cutbacks in recruitment and other factors. That’s far lower than in previous generations, and yet our role globally is not diminishing.

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:48:14 CDT

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Technology, customer demand will solve the Uber dilemma http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article16430141.html#storylink=rss The biggest hurdle between the shared economy and City Hall isn’t one of fees and regulation, it’s attitudes about who and what constitutes a business.

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Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:36:55 CDT

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