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A word on ride-share safety awareness

Ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft are largely welcome modern amenities whose popularity is on the rise for a host of reasons. According to the Pew Research Center, the number of Americans who have used ride-sharing services has more than doubled since 2015 from 15 percent to 36 percent in 2018. The reasonable pricing and speedy convenience of ride-hailing …

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Three more casualties: it’s not just politics

In an eight-day period last month, the death toll rose from two unrelated mass shootings miles and years apart. The three casualties were the latest victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting last year and the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in 2012. Sydney Aiello, who survived the Feb. 14, 2018 mass shooting at her Parkland, Fla., high …

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A critical election in Kansas City

Next Tuesday, Kansas City voters will signal a new direction for the city and Kansas City Public Schools. April 2 is Primary Election Day. Residents will cast their ballots to replace the term-limited mayor, councilmembers who are term-limited or running for mayor and school board members, and decide whether to approve a 3/8-cent sales tax to fund PreK-education. Eleven candidates …

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Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence

It’s March, the month dedicated to examining women’s contributions and accomplishments. Each year, the National Women’s History Alliance selects a theme for National Women’s History Month to guide our reflections on women’s contributions and expand our knowledge of parts of American history traditionally overlooked. This year’s theme is “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence.” It honors women who have …

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Measles vaccine: lifesaving prevention

The latest outbreaks of measles worldwide have now spread to Missouri. State officials announced March 11 that the Jefferson County Health Department in eastern Missouri is caring for a patient with measles and is working to identify others who could be at risk. Nationwide, at least 228 cases have been identified in 12 states this year, the Centers for Disease …

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Hispanic representation in TV ads

Last month, a well-known area advocate wrote a standout “Letter to the Editor” on the condemnable absence of Latinos in television advertising. In his powerful missive published Feb. 18, Ascension Hernandez urged readers to “take action for change.” It’s a consequential and timely issue. For years, people of conscience have advocated for elected bodies to look more like the constituents …

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Persecuting children at our border

Unaccompanied migrant children and minors separated from their parents by U.S. officials at the border present a host of complex problems that defy rigid, one-size-fits-all solutions. It’s a crisis that seemingly intensifies and escalates almost daily. On Tuesday, shocking news broke that 4,556 children reported being sexually assaulted while in the care of the U.S. Health and Human Services’ Office …

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Pre-K education builds sound foundation

In late January, Missouri received a $6.5 million early childhood education grant, and Gov. Parsons proposed extra funding for early childhood development efforts statewide. Across the state line in Kansas, Gov. Laura Kelly created an advisory group to study how to improve education in Kansas, and proposed boosting education spending in the state by more than $90 million. A priority …

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Valentine’s Day & loving our neighbors

The polar vortex brought us colder-than-usual temperatures recently. The frigid weather creates problems, especially for seniors, people with underlying medical conditions and the very young even if they aren’t venturing out. In spite of staying indoors, the folks in these groups are still at risk. It can be tougher for them to regulate their body temperature, making them more susceptible …

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Foreign aid & Central American migration

More than 8,000 migrants from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras are in Mexico now waiting for the opportunity to apply for asylum in the United States. They sought to escape the crushing poverty, violence and political and economic instability pervasive at home. President Trump berated the trio of Central American countries for not preventing the exodus. He threatened to reduce …

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