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Ending gun violence: it’s up to us

July and August in America ended on a violent note. A gunman at a community festival in California opened fire on July 28, killing three people, including a six-year-old boy, and injuring 12. During the very next weekend, separate gunmen shot and killed 22 women, men and kids as they shopped in an El Paso, Texas, Walmart on Aug. 3, …

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Editorial: Puerto Rico needs a leader now

Puerto Rico’s beleaguered Gov. Ricardo Rosselló is set to leave office tomorrow, nine days after he announced his resignation. Following weeks of mass protests throughout the Caribbean island country of 3.2 million, Rosselló capitulated to demands that he step down, effective Aug. 2. Immediate relief and elation among Puerto Ricans has been replaced by anxiety and uncertainty. As late as …

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Editorial: Time to narrow the field

Is there anyone outside political circles who can list and identify all the Democrats campaigning to become the presidential nominee in the 2020 race for the White House? Most of them will appear together on TV over two successive nights next week. Ten each of the presidential hopefuls will debate on July 30 and 31 in Detroit, Mich. Five candidates …

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Will lawmakers grant hero’s dying wish?

A little over two weeks before Luis Gustavo Alvarez passed away on June 29 in a Long Island, N.Y., hospice he traveled to Washington D.C. There, the dying former New York City detective passionately pleaded with a House subcommittee to extend health benefits for emergency personnel who responded to the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. Alvarez championed permanent reauthorization of …

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Editorial: Flawed process jeopardizes JaCo homeowners

This year’s controversial Jackson County (Missouri) property tax assessments have put home ownership in jeopardy for thousands of metro area residents, many claim. Folks in two neighborhoods, in particular – the Westside and Hyde Park — worry they’ll no longer be able to afford their homes. The repercussions have been “especially harsh on the Westside,” according to Gloria Ortiz Fisher, …

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Contemplate this Independence Day

Across the country today and in other places where Americans reside, celebrations for freedom and independence are taking place this week. The Fourth of July is a special holiday; for many, the most special. On this date 243 years ago, delegates from the 13 colonies in what’s now the U.S. formally approved the Declaration of Independence. No longer would they …

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Reading, free ticket to fun

We’ve read it before, and we’re reading it again: Avoiding Summer Slide. That and similar headlines appear every May and June. Summer slide, known also as summer learning loss or summer brain drain refers to the loss of skills that can occur in youngsters during the summer months away from school. According to the National Summer Learning Association, (https://www.summerlearning.org/) students, …

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Editorial: Glimmer of hope for Dreamers

Earlier this month, Congress approved legislation that would offer “permanence and stability” to an estimated 2.5 million undocumented young immigrants residing in the United States. In a 237-187 vote on June 4 largely along party lines, representatives passed the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (H.R. 6). The bill would protect “Dreamers,” foreign nationals who entered the country before …

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Editorial 06.13.19 : In honor of dads

Thirty-six years ago, actor Michael Keaton lampooned an ex-engineer sentenced by unemployment to the alien and uncomfortable role of stay-at-home dad with three little kids. The actual discomfiting experience of comedy writer John Hughes while babysitting his own kids inspired the 1983 film, “Mr. Mom”. Audiences today probably wouldn’t be as amused. In 2019, the situation seems outlandish and the …

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Editorial: Guadalupe Centers’ 100 years of service

The Kansas City Public Library is presenting “Kansas City’s Guadalupe Centers: A Century of Serving the Latino Community.” The yearlong exhibition opened May 19 at the Central Library downtown and runs through May 31, 2020. Daisy Hernandez and Paul Tosh designed the exhibit illustrating the center’s history and role in “creating and sustaining a vibrant Latino community.” Hernandez is a …

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