Let’s get vaccinating

On Monday, the Kansas Health Department reported 5,180 new coronavirus cases since Friday (Jan. 8); Missouri saw 1,659 new cases from Saturday to Sunday. The KC metro added 1,296 new cases on Saturday alone. Nationwide, there were more than 1.7 million new cases last week. And now, the new more contagious strain of the coronavirus […]

Editorial: Dead because they were homeless

America’s Covid-19 death toll and the number of deaths resulting from America’s gun violence epidemic are real-life drama that hijacked headlines and attention last year. Both contributed to making 2020 the deadliest year in U.S. history.As of Monday, the coronavirus had claimed 350,000-plus lives, and from January through December, 2020, gun violence deaths topped 41,000. […]

Fine weather draws us outside

Over the past week, the mood of our yard has transitioned from Halloween to Christmas. Ours isn’t the only property lively with the activity of replacing one holiday’s decorations with another. In fact, the Christmas decorating and decorations are happily inescapable; it’s the smart thing to do, say scientists and meteorologists. Not only is it […]

Be informed and vote

This year, 2020, has been and continues to be historic. The coronavirus pandemic has dictated how we live since late February. Thousands of K-12 students didn’t return to school after spring break, converting instead to remote learning. There were no spring proms, and the only graduation ceremonies, most of which were delayed, were virtual or […]

The right mayor at the right time

Kansas City, Mo., just reached a couple grim milestones. A fatal shooting on the East Side Monday afternoon marked the 153rd homicide in 2020, tying the city’s record high set back in 1993. Also on Monday, the bistate metro area reported a record number of new coronavirus cases for the third consecutive week. The KCMO […]

Hurricanes, wildfires, plus pandemic: double whammy

Last weekend, many of the 11 million Texans, Louisianans, Mississippians and Floridians in the path of Hurricane Delta (downgraded to a tropical storm) were forced to make a real life “Sophie’s Choice.” Menaced by life-threatening conditions, they had to hurriedly choose between two deadly options: stay and face the storm or flee to a designated […]

Eliminating technology gap for students

Some K-12 students are thriving since classes resumed. Other students aren’t; in fact educators and sociologists warn that we’re failing a worrying number of students. At the start of the 2020-2021 school year, there are necessarily new models in place from entirely remote instruction to hybrid combinations of in-person and online learning to fully in-person […]

Masking to prevent Covid-19 spread

On the night of Sept. 16, a promising young Latina lost her life to gunfire on Kansas City’s Westside. Daisy Martinez, 19, was among hundreds of people lining Southwest Boulevard to watch car stunts. Video footage of the event is ubiquitous on the Internet. A suspect, Diego Calderon-Guzman is in custody facing charges. He’s being […]

Season of civic spirit

As Hispanic citizens of this great country, it’s a privilege and incumbent upon us right now to channel our positive energies into assertive civic participation. This season presents unique opportunities. The 2020 Census deadline is fast approaching, and there’s a worrying shortage of poll workers for this year’s election cycle. It’s vital to each of […]

Hispanic Heritage Month 2020

Tuesday marked the start of Hispanic Heritage Month. Observances look very different this year. Like other special occasions and holidays since March, the nation’s 30-day celebration of the histories, cultures and contributions of those with ties to Latin American countries has adapted to the pandemic. And the hybrid programming is ambitiously full-throated, nationwide and widely […]