<![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 Human/sex trafficking is modern slavery http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article85853077.html#storylink=rss Groups are working to abolish this 21st-century form of bondage

47 million people worldwide are living in some form of slavery

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Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:42:17 CDT

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Quality schools include range of experience http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article84449002.html#storylink=rss Kansas City Public Schools was, in many ways, the most valuable

Diversity of classmates helps shape character for students’ future

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Fri, 17 Jun 2016 15:21:43 CDT

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Lessons from dad counted in algebra class http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article83065922.html#storylink=rss Tutoring in eighth-grade math helped anchor his daughter’s success

Through the great efforts of an exceptional teacher, anxiety was vanquished

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 15:31:29 CDT

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Tolerance goes with diversity of viewpoints http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article81677277.html#storylink=rss Same-sex marriage, transgender rest room issues bring out differing opinions among people

Guns, politics and which candidate for president we prefer also will cause disagreements

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Fri, 03 Jun 2016 17:17:21 CDT

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Hopes soar on effort against payday loans http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article80463202.html#storylink=rss Consumer Financial Protection Bureau hearing on Thursday in downtown Kansas City

Groups want federal watchdog agency to enact new rules against predatory loans

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Fri, 27 May 2016 19:01:31 CDT

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Downsizing lessons in move to Missouri http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article78918152.html#storylink=rss Going from Overland Park to Independence comes with exposure to new suburbs, knowledge

Higher taxes, insurance in Show-Me State; but address change provides relief from Gov. Sam Brownback

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Fri, 20 May 2016 15:00:00 CDT

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Thank people for service in U.S. military http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article77514287.html#storylink=rss Family has long history of serving in U.S. armed forces

Kindness and good deeds are greatly appreciated by service personnel

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Fri, 13 May 2016 15:00:00 CDT

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Seed library offers roots to gardening past http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article76190337.html#storylink=rss Seeds are available for flowers, vegetables and herbs at the Ruiz Branch of Kansas City Public Library

Last year, the seed library had about 700 checkouts

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Fri, 06 May 2016 15:00:00 CDT

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Choices add to confusion of life in America http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article74927207.html#storylink=rss Caitlyn Jenner applauded for courage to escape her personal prison

Rachel Dolezal gains notoriety going from white to black

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Sat, 30 Apr 2016 18:05:48 CDT

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Responsibilities accompany U.S. citizenship http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article73422207.html#storylink=rss There are many ways in which individuals can be citizens of the United States.

It’s not too late for those who are eligible to become a citizen in time to vote in November.

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Fri, 22 Apr 2016 17:39:02 CDT

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Alzheimer’s disease claims more people and families http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article72133592.html#storylink=rss Everyone with a brain is at risk for Alzheimer’s disease

There is no known cause or cure for the disease

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Fri, 15 Apr 2016 18:33:47 CDT

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Topics of race complicate conversations http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article70778552.html#storylink=rss Confusion, embarrassment often surround racial differences

Fear adds to concerns over people who are different

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Fri, 08 Apr 2016 10:00:00 CDT

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Charity’s waste impairs trust in nonprofits http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article69520077.html#storylink=rss Wounded Warrior Project creates bad image for nonprofits

The charity extravagantly spent donated dollars intended for veterans

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Fri, 01 Apr 2016 09:20:00 CDT

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Ron Marr: Comparing Donald Trump with Adolph Hitler is way off http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article68297257.html#storylink=rss News media and political pundits damage their credibility with such wild leaps

Such comparisons only benefit Donald Trump’s presidential campaign

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Fri, 25 Mar 2016 10:00:00 CDT

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Molly Fleming: Record-setting filibuster yields hope for state http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article66946547.html#storylink=rss Democrats in state Senate take stand against bill that would make sexual orientation discrimination OK

‘Religious freedom’ bill to go to voters as constitutional amendment

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Fri, 18 Mar 2016 10:00:00 CDT

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Lisa Hays: Creating a cohesive Kansas City community http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article65537362.html#storylink=rss Working together, people can overcome the divisions in the Kansas City area

Reliable, dependable public transportation remains an ongoing need

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Fri, 11 Mar 2016 09:00:00 CST

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Mike Pandzik: All doors to success don’t require college http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article64100752.html#storylink=rss Higher education is needed for people wanting to be doctors and lawyers

College often is used as a screening tool for job applications

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Fri, 04 Mar 2016 09:00:00 CST

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Kara M. Bollinger: West Side tries to maintain close-knit spirit http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article62760617.html#storylink=rss West Side is a classic Kansas City neighborhood

The community struggles to maintain its appealing character

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Fri, 26 Feb 2016 17:15:34 CST

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Laura Herrick: Individuals must confront gun ownership http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article61369087.html#storylink=rss Wife, mother, teacher, driver in every person make different assessments on whether to own a gun

Some carry guns for protection, although accidents can happen with firearms

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Fri, 19 Feb 2016 09:00:00 CST

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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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