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They refused to be silenced

Women’s History Month is officially 30 years old in the United States. On March 12, 1987, Congress passed a joint resolution – Public Law 100-9 – designating March as Women’s History Month. It’s a modern invention inspired by International Women’s Day, first celebrated on March 8, 1911 in just four countries, Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland to honor the achievements …

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A way forward for DACA

Federal lawmakers left Washington, D.C., last Thursday for a 10-day recess without extending or making permanent the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, set to expire March 5. It means the future is uncertain for some 690,000 young people currently protected from deportation. Congress has known for over five months that the program for undocumented immigrants brought to the …

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Editorial: Dead children

Nine-year-old Dominic Young Jr. skated and played video games for the last time Saturday afternoon, Jan. 20. Hours later, he was dead — not from a terminal disease or deadly traffic accident, but at the hands of ruthless, reckless strangers. The Grandview third grader was fatally shot on his way home from a day of fun with his brother. They …

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Editorial: Pass a stand-alone spending bill

The federal government’s open again. Unlike two weekends ago, visitors can once again tour the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence or the National Archives-Kansas City. When Congress failed to approve a stopgap spending measure on Jan. 19, the federal government officially shut down at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 20. Three days later, the House and Senate …

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Legal cannabis isn’t risk-free

On Jan. 19, 18 days after it became legal to sell recreational cannabis in California, stores in Los Angeles started selling recreational marijuana to anyone over the age of 21 with an ID. As has been expected, much has been debated about the legalization of recreational cannabis in California – how far stores should be away from schools, who should …

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New year, new goals, new triumphs

Now that the gifts have all been delivered and opened, our attention naturally shifts to New Year’s celebrations and our ever-present, persistent desire for self-improvement. Nearly half of us make New Year’s resolutions, studies suggest. But despite the strength of our intentions, willpower, like muscle, has biological limitations. It’s one of several reasons why fewer than 10 percent of us …

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Safely, in the holiday spirit

Sumptuously festooned Christmas trees bedeck homes, businesses and public spaces. Buildings everywhere are illuminated and bejeweled. Kitchens give off mouthwatering fragrances. Ubiquitous carols tempt listeners to accompany the festive melodies. Menorahs have been lighted daily, starting on the evening of Dec. 12 and ending on Dec. 20 in residences celebrating the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. Households that observe Kwanzaa are …

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Meting out justice equally

Are U.S. citizens being detained unlawfully for deportation by federal immigration authorities, denied their constitutional rights and mistreated by local law enforcement? On Nov. 29, The Los Angeles Times published results of analysis at Syracuse University of ICE records. “Since 2002, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has wrongly identified at least 2,840 United States citizens as possibly eligible for deportation, and …

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Editorial :Sexual predation in the workplace

Rosanna Arquette. Jessica Barth. Juanita Broaddrick. Hilarie Burton. Andrea Constand. Leigh Corfman. Kate Davenport. Alice Glass. Tamara Green. Anita Hill. Juliet Huddy. Angelina Jolie. Monica Lewinski. Bernadette Lopez. Gwyneth Paltrow. Aly Raisman. Anthony Rapp. Alicia Sample. Audrey Wauchope. Faith Winter. Julia Wolov. These women survived sexual aggression by rich or powerful men or men in positions of supervisory or disciplinary …

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Complacency & sanctimony hazardous to veterans

Veterans Day is the modern iteration of Armistice Day, instituted in November 1919 to commemorate the end of World War I a year earlier and reflect on “the heroism of those who died in the country’s service.” In 1938, Congress enshrined Nov. 11 as a federal holiday “to honor veterans of World War I.” Then, President Eisenhower and the 83rd …

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