Online, we were labeled as criminals — or worse. They posted our pictures, links to personal social media, even our home addresses. Our community of food runners, hosts, bussers, waiters, customers, artists we display, bands that performed, my godchildren, surrounding businesses and my mother all were harassed by self-proclaimed “investigators.”
Our choices should reflect our priorities. In a democracy, the political dynamic, like market pricing, can be seen as a “rubber meets the road” barometer of the value we set on a concept or ideal. Sometimes, though, the first casualty of political debate is intrinsic value. For instance, the debate about global warming is skewed in political discourse by discounting the intrinsic value of the very planet we inhabit. What’s worse, to the ideological extremists currently in power in the United States, there is no debate at all.
It’s no surprise my husband, Joe, got sick — we’ve known for more than a century that asbestos kills people. The bigger surprise is that the Missouri General Assembly would try to make it harder for veterans like Joe to receive compensation for their medical expenses and suffering.
A nine-member majority on the House K-12 Education Budget Committee has morphed HB 2410 — the major school funding proposal — amendment by amendment, into a reversion to the previous 1992 funding formula, which lacked any accountability and saw achievement gaps widen.
Can any rational person with any knowledge of U.S. foreign policy and the highly fraught nature of global politics describe Trump’s tweets as anything other than reckless, ill-advised and irresponsible, while increasing the chances of a war with North Korea?
We’re not likely to ever increase our taxes to the amount necessary to maintain the infrastructure we’ve built. The cost is unreasonable. Perhaps had we known 70 years ago the implications of maintaining the expansive development we have since built, we would have reconsidered.
Faith leaders, longtime residents and members of the Garden City Police Department — where I served for 19 years — held a rally to show solidarity with the Somali community. In a time when fear and rancor guide our discourse about immigration, it was a beautiful display.
While anti-Catholicism is a shameful element of our nation’s history, the fact that we have worked through the diverse tapestry of our civil society to solve problems is something of which we can be proud.
Since passage of the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010, there have been no airline accidents with passenger fatalities in the United States. The facts show that by improving training and qualification requirements, our nation has made flying safer.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has estimated the CPP would have cost $51 billion in annual GDP, along with 224,000 jobs each year. It would have also forced 25 percent of America’s coal generation capacity off the electric grid, enough to power 24 million homes.