The origins of Father’s Day

Every third Sunday in June, Americans nationwide get together to celebrate the fathers and father figures in their lives.The holiday dates back to the beginning of the 20th century, a few years after Mother’s Day was first celebrated, when Sonora Smart Dodd, daughter of American Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, proposed a similar holiday […]

A guide to summer in the KC area

Covid-19 vaccinations campaigns continue across the nation. In the Kansas City area, vaccinations remain a priority for health departments.The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Wednesday (June 2) that 42.3% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said 41.8% of the population […]

Editorial: Honoring our law enforcement officers

2020 was the deadliest year for America’s law enforcement officers since 1974. According to a report released in January by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 295 local, state, federal, military and tribal law enforcement officers in the U.S. died in the line of duty last year.Their names have been etched into the face […]

Editorial: Shots for everyone most anytime

Most of us are now familiar with the term, herd immunity, but a year or so ago, the expression wasn’t a normal part of everyday speech. Now it is, and we’re aware that it’s a universal goal when it comes to stopping the spread of highly contagious Covid-19 and ending the pandemic. Herd immunity is […]

Editorial: Alone, scared & in danger

More than 24,000 unaccompanied migrant kids are in custody at our southern border, according to federal government data. Around 4,000 are being held by Customs and Border Protection; the rest are in the custody of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).The kids finding themselves among foreign-speaking strangers in an unfamiliar country range […]

Editorial/Opinión: Prisoners are getting stimulus checks

The nation’s state and federal prisoners and local jail inmates who meet eligibility requirements are among millions of Americans receiving stimulus payments. That includes death row inmates, career criminals and prisoners convicted of murder, rape, felony child abuse, aggravated assault, arson, kidnapping, drug trafficking, robbery, burglary and other heinous crimes.To be eligible, an inmate must […]

Editorial/Opinión: Managing immigration

Current conditions have led to the rise of lucrative new import contraband for smugglers.“Migrants have become a commodity,” a Mexican government official familiar with migration development told Reuters on March 10. Speaking anonymously, the official said that migrants are now as valuable as drugs for gangs.Organized crime began changing its modus operandi from the day […]

Editorial: Pandemic mustn’t cost students their future

Yet another casualty of the coronavirus pandemic is the future of many of our college-age students. The risks for adults without a college degree are well-known and well-documented. Nevertheless, college enrollment is down significantly since the pandemic started.Even “before Covid-19 took a toll on overall life expectancy, adult life expectancy had already declined among two-thirds […]

Attention small businesses: apply now!

Small business owners are getting a limited head start applying for the latest round of coronavirus relief. The priority period began last Wednesday and ends March 9 when the process opens to all businesses through March 31. It serves to level the playing field for smaller businesses that don’t typically have accountants and lawyers on […]

Editorial: Gearing up for uncommon emergencies

There’s a potentially lifesaving takeaway from this storm of misery besetting us locally and across the nation. Amid a deadly, year-long pandemic, we’re experiencing snow along with record-breaking, bitter cold temperatures causing a host of problems – rolling power outages, frozen pipes, low water pressure, carbon monoxide poisonings, slick outdoor surfaces, hazardous travel, motorists stranded […]