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Honoring our war dead

Hundreds of motorcyclists rode through Kansas City Monday as they have for the past 30 years the week before Memorial Day. The annual Run for the Wall event will come to a close at the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Sunday. The cross-country ride is meant, in part to honor the memory of all American veterans killed in …

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Morally bankrupt: immigration/deportation policy

Like his predecessors, President Trump is right to assert sovereignty over our national borders. We have the right of all other countries to control the entry of individuals desiring to reside here permanently or temporarily. With regard to the current global migration crisis, Trump’s also correct when he says that the U.S. and the rest of the industrialized world can’t …

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Celebrating a shared history

Saturday is the fifth of May, and there’s a lot going on. Louisville, Ky., is hosting the 144th Kentucky Derby, the famous one-and-a-quarter-mile-long race for three year-old Thoroughbred horses. In honor of Free Comic Book Day, celebrated annually on the first Saturday in May, participating specialty comic book stores across the country will hand out complimentary comic books. To commemorate …

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Citizenship irrelevant to purpose of census

Last month, the U.S. Department of Commerce set off a slow-rolling tidal wave for which it may be unprepared. On March 26, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced that for the first time in half a century, forms for the 2020 census will include a question about U.S. citizenship status. Already, at least 17 states, groups of individuals and up to …

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Federal lawmakers continue to disappoint

Last month, federal lawmakers in both parties failed the 689,800 DACA recipients, and immigrants, industries and institutions across the country are feeling the ripple effects. The Omnibus Spending Bill signed by President Trump and approved by Congress last month offered neither solution for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program nor any relief for current DACA recipients. The failure of …

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Help great childhoods happen

The child who lives with security and friendliness cultivates faith in herself and others and grows up believing that the world is a nice place. That was among the time-honored tenets of the well-known poem, “Children Learn What They Live,” by family counselor and writer, the late Dorothy Law Nolte. Her 14-line poem on raising children has become a psalm …

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JaCo prosecutor heeds victims’ voices

On the Missouri side of the metro, crime victims have a determined champion. Since taking office in 2011, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker has worked hard and inventively to help victims of crime and address the violence besieging neighborhoods. Over the past month, the dogged prosecutor revealed her latest smart new initiatives. Last week, she announced a brand new …

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Remembering Christ’s suffering & death

Last Sunday was Palm Sunday, opening Holy Week. The final week of Lent leading up to Easter is the holiest, most important on the Christian calendar, “the days in which we celebrate the completion of the mission for which our Lord, Jesus was sent into the world: His suffering, dying and rising from the dead for our eternal salvation,” wrote …

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Vanquishing affliction with grace & resolve

When Stephen Hawking was 21 years old, he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive neurodegenerative disease. It affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, which lose their ability to control muscle movement, which leads inevitably to paralysis and death. Hawking, a British University of Cambridge graduate student was given, at best, two years to …

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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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