<![CDATA[Midwest Voices News | KansasCity.com &]]> http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/ en-us Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:06:36 CDT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:06:36 CDT Midwest Voices 60 interactive-ops@herald-leader.com Valerie Sprout: Immigrants endure a long and difficult journey to America http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article60105431.html#storylink=rss Kansas City for many isn’t at all like the homelands that refugees left

Many had to flee their countries to escape being killed

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Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:00:00 CST

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Paul Scianna: Constructive, civil politics benefit the U.S. http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article58694208.html#storylink=rss Abraham Lincoln’s words 23 years before the Civil War offer a warning for today

Principled politics, not partisan bickering, can be healthy for the country

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Fri, 05 Feb 2016 09:00:00 CST

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Spencer Hardwick: Kansas City offers fun and opportunities for millennials http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article57344783.html#storylink=rss Leaving Kansas City for careers in big cities is less attractive

Westport, West Bottoms, Crossroads offer great entertainment options

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Fri, 29 Jan 2016 09:00:00 CST

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Diane Bigler: Music as art gives people peace and comfort http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article56123020.html#storylink=rss Music’s origins remain a mystery

People use music to lift their spirits

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Fri, 22 Jan 2016 09:00:00 CST

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Ron Marr: Thinking caps make sense of political noise http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article54967045.html#storylink=rss Political parties do arm-twisting

Many people are easily led by candidates’ TV advertisements

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Fri, 15 Jan 2016 17:30:26 CST

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Meet the Midwest Voices columnists for 2016 http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article53812420.html#storylink=rss Nine new (to us) writers and one returnee from 2015 will offer commentary, one each Saturday throughout the year

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Fri, 08 Jan 2016 18:33:00 CST

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Molly Fleming: Tamir Rice’s death exposes racism in the U.S. http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article53812600.html#storylink=rss White people need to be outraged over slaying

Action to dismantle bias must occur

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Fri, 08 Jan 2016 18:33:44 CST

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Liz Cook: U.S. weakness in Trump-like overconfidence http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article51495285.html#storylink=rss Social media holds part of the blame

People react quickly without forethought

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Fri, 25 Dec 2015 09:00:00 CST

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Ike Uri: Students raise safety issues on campuses http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article50520135.html#storylink=rss College student bodies are becoming more diverse

Students of color should feel safe on campuses

Millennials are unfairly labeled as coddled

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Fri, 18 Dec 2015 09:00:00 CST

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Steve Johnson: Holidays draw families closer to each other http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article49311290.html#storylink=rss Thanksgiving draws family to Plaza lights, feelings of holidays to come

Christmas is filled with music, films, feasts

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Fri, 11 Dec 2015 09:00:00 CST

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Brooke Palmer: Lose self-focus in helping a friend to heal http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article48008325.html#storylink=rss Learning to better care of self takes support of others

Changing habits is necessary to overcome addiction

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Fri, 04 Dec 2015 09:00:00 CST

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Roger C. Williams Jr.: Work is needed to bridge many cultural divides http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article46810330.html#storylink=rss “The Intern” offers lessons in how people in different generations can learn from each other

Fear must be overcome to bridge society’s many divides

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Thu, 26 Nov 2015 09:00:00 CST

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James Byrne: Lincoln set tradition of giving thanks http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article45678753.html#storylink=rss The Pilgrim thanksgiving tradition started in 1621

Thanksgiving Day maintains connection to creator

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Fri, 20 Nov 2015 09:00:00 CST

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Brian Noland: Freedom for all remains on a distant shore http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article44811432.html#storylink=rss People of color are left behind by the poverty

Taking up the white man’s burden

We are marching together, for $15, for a union, for black lives to matter

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Fri, 13 Nov 2015 18:12:31 CST

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Rodger Bowman: Royals parade is a great lead-in to the holiday season http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article43502457.html#storylink=rss Royals make winners of people in Kansas City

Excitement is building in the air

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Fri, 06 Nov 2015 09:00:00 CST

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Diane Bigler: The U.S. must better serve veterans http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article41987862.html#storylink=rss More than a million veterans have no health insurance

The VA is plagued by bureaucracy and leadership challenges

Veterans fight the nation’s wars but are underserved by this country

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Fri, 30 Oct 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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Glennie E. Burks: Suicide scars the people it leaves behind http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article41240187.html#storylink=rss The end of a love affair, the birth of a child, the first glance of your bride before she walks down the aisle are all things I have seen men cry over.

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Fri, 23 Oct 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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Liz Cook: Take shelter from gun violence in the U.S. http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article39482346.html#storylink=rss Lessons from Umpqua Community College shooting in Oregon

President Barack Obama notes America’s numbness

Don’t be a hero — instead, hide

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Fri, 16 Oct 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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Ike Uri: Wealth disparity in U.S. threatens the American dream http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article38358852.html#storylink=rss Neoliberal economic theory, which dominates current American policy, holds that the market, unencumbered by regulation, is the most efficient allocator of resources. This sort of policy today increasingly benefits the richest members of society.

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Fri, 09 Oct 2015 12:40:19 CDT

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Steve Johnson: Don’t judge the millennials until you know us http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article37409259.html#storylink=rss Millennials are extraordinarily diverse

Kansas City is a millennial town

In defense of selfies

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Fri, 02 Oct 2015 18:48:30 CDT

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Brooke Palmer: Muse screams from misadventure http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article36620757.html#storylink=rss Travel often yields great insights. With multiple trips scheduled back-to-back, I expected I would easily find inspiration for a worthy piece of writing to submit for my next Midwest Voices column.

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Fri, 25 Sep 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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Roger C. Williams Jr.: Kim Davis latest in trend of fighting Supreme Court http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article35730246.html#storylink=rss Several singers of note have crooned the lyric, “Everything must change. Nothing stays the same.” But, as some have observed, some expressions go into one ear and out the other without its meaning having the intended effect on the conduct of the listener.

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Fri, 18 Sep 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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James Byrne: Immigration goes beyond fences http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article34954737.html#storylink=rss Although not describing the ongoing immigration debate, Robert Frost seemed to frame the issue in his poem “The Mending Wall.”

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Fri, 11 Sep 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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Brian Noland: Kansas City must empower silent citizens http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article34088913.html#storylink=rss As Kansas City’s government transitions to the incoming City Council, citizen satisfaction stands at nearly an all-time high. But if this council wants to succeed in cultivating an equitable, effectual government, it must actively engage the quiet 89 percent — the majority of Kansas City residents who did not vote.

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Fri, 04 Sep 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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Rodger Bowman: Education still is the great equalizer http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article32664612.html#storylink=rss Education levels the playing field for anyone wanting to succeed in life. I’ve spent my entire life in education. Both private and public. Mostly public. Teaching, administrating, training and leading. I firmly believe in it. And the results it can produce.

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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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Diane Bigler: Attitudes are changing on marijuana http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article31812744.html#storylink=rss They have been called the Robin Hoods of marijuana. Six brothers who own one of the largest marijuana dispensaries in Colorado have developed strains of marijuana that are being used to treat ailments in children and adults such as seizures, cancer, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

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Fri, 21 Aug 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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Glennie E. Burks: Mentors deserve praise and thanks http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article31137905.html#storylink=rss Young adulthood, like adolescent years, is a vulnerable time for many men and women because insecurities come in so many forms. Before anyone accuses me of believing teenagers and young adults have the same issues, I am not. But the remedies for both are often the same prescription — someone to believe in them.

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Fri, 14 Aug 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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Liz Cook: An error is just a step to truth http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article30442038.html#storylink=rss The consequences of being wrong feel a lot different at 30 than 13. The social stakes are certainly higher, whether in the high-pressure performance culture of the workplace or the high-outrage shame spiral of online activism.

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Fri, 07 Aug 2015 16:57:19 CDT

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Ike Uri: Climate change is a moral concern http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article29695678.html#storylink=rss The U.S. is saturated with arguments over the existence and cause of global warming, though the science on the subject has long been settled. The time has come for rhetoric on climate change to become more ethically and socially grounded.

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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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Steve Johnson: Magna Carta helped shape U.S. laws http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article28619005.html#storylink=rss Magna Carta stands as a pillar of Britain’s unwritten constitution and our shared laws and culture. Magna Carta lies at the heart of our republic’s justice, equality, dignity, liberty, freedom, respect and other cherished values. Americans have discussed, fought and died for these values we all hold dear.

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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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