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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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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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