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Commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month

The 31st annual observance of Hispanic Heritage Month opens Sunday. The celebration of the histories, cultures and contributions of Americans with roots in Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Spain begins on Sep. 15. It’s the anniversary of independence for the Latin American countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Hispanic Heritage Month festivities close …

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Volume 39 Issue 36 • 09/05/19 – 09/11/19

In this Issue Latinas honored at Nuestra Latina Awards New rules on expedited removal take effect nationwide Suicide: How to spot its warning signs and prevent it

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New administration brings hope & optimism

Kansas City, Missouri, has a new mayor. Native son, Quinton Lucas was sworn in Aug. 1 as the city’s 55th mayor and one of the 11 youngest in Kansas City history. His life and background and his values, priorities and objectives inspire optimism. That was in full play in his inaugural address and enthusiastic approbation of the crowd filling the …

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Our working homeless & housing insecure

Monday marks the 125th anniversary of Labor Day as a national holiday. What began as a tribute to the contributions of American laborers has evolved into a celebration of all employed Americans. Much else has changed. The country has grown by six states and 2.7 million people. The average speed of travel via the three transportation modes: two-to-three miles per …

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Time to scrap & start over?

Some area homeowners in Missouri upset with their property tax assessments caught a break. On July 30, the Jackson County Board of Equalization granted them a temporary reprieve. For the second time, the Board extended the deadline to file a formal appeal; the new deadline is Sept. 3. Newly elected Third District Kansas City Councilman Brandon Ellington and several organizations, …

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Ending gun violence: it’s up to us

July and August in America ended on a violent note. A gunman at a community festival in California opened fire on July 28, killing three people, including a six-year-old boy, and injuring 12. During the very next weekend, separate gunmen shot and killed 22 women, men and kids as they shopped in an El Paso, Texas, Walmart on Aug. 3, …

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Editorial: Puerto Rico needs a leader now

Puerto Rico’s beleaguered Gov. Ricardo Rosselló is set to leave office tomorrow, nine days after he announced his resignation. Following weeks of mass protests throughout the Caribbean island country of 3.2 million, Rosselló capitulated to demands that he step down, effective Aug. 2. Immediate relief and elation among Puerto Ricans has been replaced by anxiety and uncertainty. As late as …

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Editorial: Time to narrow the field

Is there anyone outside political circles who can list and identify all the Democrats campaigning to become the presidential nominee in the 2020 race for the White House? Most of them will appear together on TV over two successive nights next week. Ten each of the presidential hopefuls will debate on July 30 and 31 in Detroit, Mich. Five candidates …

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Will lawmakers grant hero’s dying wish?

A little over two weeks before Luis Gustavo Alvarez passed away on June 29 in a Long Island, N.Y., hospice he traveled to Washington D.C. There, the dying former New York City detective passionately pleaded with a House subcommittee to extend health benefits for emergency personnel who responded to the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. Alvarez championed permanent reauthorization of …

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Editorial: Flawed process jeopardizes JaCo homeowners

This year’s controversial Jackson County (Missouri) property tax assessments have put home ownership in jeopardy for thousands of metro area residents, many claim. Folks in two neighborhoods, in particular – the Westside and Hyde Park — worry they’ll no longer be able to afford their homes. The repercussions have been “especially harsh on the Westside,” according to Gloria Ortiz Fisher, …

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