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 […]

Editorial: Go Chiefs!

Kansas City’s celebrating this week. Even people uninterested in professional football are feeling hometown pride in the Chiefs victory on Sunday in the AFC championship game versus the Buffalo Bills. The reigning Super Bowl champions are now headed to their second consecutive Super Bowl. This year’s annual National Football League (NFL) championship game will be […]

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 […]