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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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Mr. President, what about DACA recipients?

In a May 16 address at the White House, President Trump announced plans to “modernize our immigration system for a stronger America.” His legislative proposal “establishes a new immigration system that protects American wages, promotes American values, and attracts the best and brightest from all around the world.” America has a history of welcoming newcomers, the president claimed, noting that …

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Memorial Day 2019: historic milestones

May 27 is Memorial Day. This year’s observance honoring members of the American military who have died in service to our country coincides with milestone anniversaries of world-changing historical events. In May 1944, the American Fifth Army began the drive to capture Rome from German forces, which they did on June 5. It was the first Axis capital to fall …

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A crime against humanity

Every year, Pope Francis, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church delegates a person or group to compose special meditations to be read during the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday. This year, the pontiff chose Sister Eugenia Bonetti, a missionary nun who advocates for victims of human trafficking. In her meditations, she exhorted society to think of children …

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Magnificent serendipity: Mother’s Day & graduation

Two important events – dovetailed. America’s 2019 Mother’s Day observance coincides with my daughter’s youngest daughter’s graduation from high school. The coincidence of the commencement two days after Mother’s Day is especially fitting. My granddaughter has grown into a poised, accomplished young woman, influenced, in part, by her mother, grandmothers and other maternal-like nurturing supportive women as well as her …

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Remembering Henry Bloch

Kansas City lost a visionary, a courageous and generous native son last Tuesday. Henry Wollman Bloch passed away April 23 at age 96. He was co-founder of H&R Block Inc., a decorated combat veteran, co-founder of the Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation and lifelong supporter of area institutions, such as the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. On Monday, the museum …

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My organs, my gift, my choice

New federal regulations changing how donated livers are distributed take effect April 30. Revised rules adopted by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) in December eliminate geographical boundaries in determining which patients on the waiting list get the organs. Donated organs will now move up to 500 nautical miles (575.4 regular miles) away from the donor hospital. It’s intended …

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Great gift of Easter: hope

Sunday is Easter. On Monday, the second day of Holy Week, the world watched stunned, disbelieving as flames ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral in the heart of Paris, France. And around the world, people mourned … Christians and non-Christians, believers and non-believers. “When I saw the images of Notre Dame burning, I felt that the soul of France was burning. It …

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