Celebrating Missouri’s bicentennial

Communities across Missouri have already begun commemorating the bicentennial.A dedicated Website (https://missouri2021.org/) offers a calendar of events. The listings can be viewed by category, county or month.The State Historical Society put together a timeline of the territory that became the 24th U.S. state. It spans seven centuries from`1250 — when the Oneota Indians, early ancestors […]

Now, a 2nd catastrophic construction failure

On July 17, 2006, the Rev. Peter Jaramillo offered a Mass for Connie Alcala, Dolores Carmona, Delores Galvan and Linda Scurlock. The four young musicians had perished 25 years earlier at the posh Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Kansas City.In one of the nation’s deadliest structural disasters, two skywalks crowded with gaily animated people had […]

Learning from the Florida tragedy

On Tuesday, four more bodies were recovered from the Surfside, Fla., condo that collapsed two weeks ago. The grim discovery raised the confirmed death toll to 32. More than 100 of Champlain Towers South residents are still missing.It’s unknown exactly how many residents and visitors were in the 13-floor beachfront condominium when it fell, but […]

Independence Day: celebrating freedom safely

On Sunday, the U.S. marks its 245th birthday. Nationwide, Americans are planning to celebrate the Fourth of July with a vengeance, recalling that until recently, the pandemic prevented holiday congregating and travel. Now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has given the green light for those who are fully vaccinated to resume normal activities, […]

Hot cars kill

With the return of scorching summer temperatures, it’s time to revisit safety protocols for preventing hot car deaths and illness. It’s only June, but already four children across the nation have died from vehicular heatstroke.Clearly, while education is valuable, it isn’t enough, say safety experts. Despite decades-old public safety education and raising awareness about hot […]

Special enough to be a dad

The role of fathers has been evolutionary across cultures throughout millennia. But the benefits enjoyed by modern families and society from fatherhood’s contemporary province are valuable and more crucial than ever.Fathers’ affection and increased family involvement help promote children’s social and emotional development, suggests research across families from all ethnic backgrounds, reports the American Psychological […]

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 […]