Volume 40 Issue 32 • 08/06/20 – 08/12/20




In this issue Death toll rises to 135 people in Beirut explosion KCPS and NKCPS to start instruction after Labor Day Marshall, Adkins, Galloway among the primary winners in Kansas, Missouri

Paying tribute to Latina patriot




There are patriots who lose their lives while serving our country, and not only in wartime. A promising young Latina, Vanessa Guillen was just such a patriot. She died on Fort Hood on April 22. The beautiful 20-year-old U.S. Army specialist is being remembered this morning (July 30) in the Capitol by her family, their […]

Save the people’s post office




The 245-year-old U.S. Postal System (USPS) is the only mail service that delivers to every United States address. Last year, the self-financing independent federal agency delivered 143 billion pieces of mail to 160 million addresses, claims the USPS, which also boasts that “for much of rural America, we are often the only delivery option.” Now […]

Formalize DACA now




A dizzying and sometimes contradictory succession of court decisions and statements by President Trump and administration officials are discomfiting young immigrants, immigrant advocates and American industry. On June 18, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration’s attempt to revoke Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was “arbitrary and capricious.” The president responded in […]

Lucas, a leader for the times




It’s been 387 days since former City Councilman Quinton Lucas defeated his fellow Council member Jolie Justus in the race for mayor of Kansas City. Since then, a cataclysm has befallen the world and Kansas City with it, confronting the new mayor with issues unimagined in this lifetime, in addition to a still-escalating murder rate, […]

Celebrating Independence Day safely & safely




Saturday is Independence Day, traditionally celebrated with backyard barbecues, concerts, festivals, park or lakeside picnics, parades, public fireworks displays with live entertainment and street fairs. Some of those time-honored observances have fallen victim to the Covid-19 pandemic; others have survived, although altered. Al fresco dining will go on in backyards and public spaces large enough […]

Summer vacation, let’s go




Now that lockdown restrictions are easing, the need for a change of scenery is more acutely felt than ever, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still discourages even interstate travel. So as summer vacation season gets underway, we’re not packing the family car and heading for distant sites or hopping on a plane […]

Safely celebrating Father’s Day




We’re celebrating yet another holiday in the shadow of a global pandemic. Sunday is Father’s Day. Whether we’re separated from Dad this year by distance or by the coronavirus, or we’re thrown together in lockdown, the circumstances challenge us to be creative in unique and alternative ways. Start with personalized, meaningful well wishes. Instead of […]

Wearing a mask shows respect




The pandemic has dictated a potentially life-saving new sartorial accessory – masks covering the nose and mouth. According to the most recent studies by researchers around the world, “universal masking is one of the key non-pharmaceutical interventions for containing the spread of the pandemic.” Moreover, “physical distancing alone – without the use of masks – […]

Editorial:“With liberty and justice for all”




As a rule, state and local police officers take the Law Enforcement Oath of Honor at the beginning of their careers. The oaths usually reflect the version adopted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). It reads, “On my honor, I will never betray my badge, my integrity, my character or the public […]