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Workers’ purchasing power plummeting

A friend’s granddaughter moved in with her this spring. The 23-year-old has been teaching since earning her degree a year ago. She needed to replace her 15 year-old automobile, but between forking over $1,000 a month for a studio apartment, not including utilities, and making payments on her student loan, Celia wasn’t able to make ends meet, let alone save …

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Do we want gunslingers in classrooms?

Federal, state, county and municipal law enforcement officers are trained to protect the public, public officials and public facilities and infrastructure; maintain order and keep the peace; enforce the law; investigate and prevent criminal activity; and operate correctional facilities. Their schooling – classroom instruction and field and range work — includes firearms training, which the courts have ordered to be …

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Remembering as we celebrate 37 years

Thirty-seven years ago this month, we produced the first issue of Dos Mundos newspaper with the help and support of our teenage children, Edward and Diana and a few close friends. It began humbly in the basement of our Overland Park home as a black-and-white biweekly broadsheet. We’re pleased and proud that Dos Mundos is still thriving as a family …

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Fathers as dads

A recent social media post by a New Hampshire man that went viral is making national news and stirring a worldwide conversation. “I’m getting pretty sick of having to change my daughter on a disgusting floor because the only changing table in the place is located in the women’s bathroom,” Chris Mau posted on Facebook on May 26. Alongside his …

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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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