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Fiesta Hispana, enduring legacy

Ninfa Marie Garza, Jose R. Gonzalez and Rebecca “Becky” H. Jaramillo are “gone but not forgotten.” The beloved community leaders who passed away in 2012, 2003 and 2005, respectively, left a legacy that the Midwest has embraced unreservedly. Fiesta Hispana is enshrined as a treasured institution. The festival, scheduled this year for Sept. 14-16, inaugurates Hispanic Heritage Month. The annual …

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DACA temporary reprieve faintly encouraging

August ended last week with a temporary reprieve for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Seven states had joined a lawsuit filed by Texas to stop the DACA program and declare it illegal. On Aug. 31, Judge Andrew Hanen of the Federal District Court in Houston, Texas declined to issue an injunction terminating DACA. But he also gave …

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On Labor Day, a prosperous picture for some

Harley-Davidson Motorcycles began laying off employees earlier this month. The company had warned that it would close the Kansas City plant by 2019, cutting some 800 jobs. Those unemployed workers could soon be joined by communications personnel. If the Federal Communications Commission approves a proposed merger between Sprint and T-Mobile, it could result in the loss of more than 24,000 …

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Artes Mágicas, ¿Cúal es su pareja ideal?

Encontrar su media naranja no es fácil, la gente está tan obsesionada buscando a alguien que los ame, que no sabe esperar a la persona que le haría feliz. Y cuando escuchan palabras lindas o alguien que parece interesado creen que esa persona va en serio y la ama y se casarían con ellos, formarían una familia. Y ponen su …

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Election for political control

Republicans currently wield tremendous power. The party controls the executive and legislative branches of the federal government, 31 state legislatures and 33 state governorships. But the political sands could soon shift dramatically. On Nov. 6, Americans will elect 435 U.S. representatives and 35 U.S. senators. Furthermore, constituents in 36 states will elect governors, and voters in 46 states will elect …

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Duck boat victims shouldn’t have died

At 11:20 a.m. CDT on July 19, the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center in Springfield, Mo., issued a severe thunderstorm watch for southwest Missouri through 9 p.m. Included in the watch was Table Rock Lake. The announcement portended disaster for 17 people who were going about their day, unaware that it was their last. They came from Arkansas, Illinois, …

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Happy new year, a new school year = a fresh start

It’s time for new year’s resolutions. Not calendar year, another school year is about to begin. The way we approach setting measurable goals each Jan. 1 to improve our life, health or success can be applied to embarking on a new academic year. A new year, a fresh start. It’s the ideal time to re-evaluate past behavior and habits and …

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Editorial: EditEvery vote & every voter counts

Kansas’s Aug. 7 primary election will decide who appears on the November ballot for governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, state treasurer, commissioner of insurance, a state senator, all 125 state representatives, five state board of education members, all four U.S. representatives from Kansas and various judges. The deadline for registering to vote was July 17. Kansans who …

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Blame black-market employers in U.S.

On Jan. 10, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 21 workers in raids in 98 7-Elevent stores in 17 states. Since then, the federal agency has carried out raids in four more businesses in varied industries in three states, taking into custody another 389 undocumented immigrants. With a few exceptions for health and other reasons, the 410 immigrants arrested …

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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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