Let’s don’t put off preventative checkups

My late brother, Guillermo Rodriguez and the recently deceased award-winning actor, Chadwick Boseman share a sad fate: Both lost long battles with colon cancer and died young. Guillermo was barely 50, Chadwick was 43. His death on Aug. 28 offers a stark reminder of the urgency of continuing to get regular health checkups and screenings […]

He embodied human kindness & dignity

A longtime dogged area activist and gentle social justice champion, Florentino “Tino” Camacho Jr. died Aug. 11, 2020, a little over a month shy of his 73rd birthday. Tino was kindhearted, compassionate, helpful and generous with people in need and advocated wholeheartedly for survivors of injustice, intolerance, fraud or injury. He was a kind gentleman […]

Not a traditional back-to-school

Like everything else this year, anticipated annual events such as starting a new school year is unprecedented. The all-consuming crisis wrought by the pandemic has everyone navigating uncharted territory. Now, the focus is on education. Parents, public health and school district officials, teachers, school employees – all recognize the urgency of charting the correct course […]

In tribute: Trini Lopez

Baby Boomers worldwide are mourning the Aug. 11 death of Trini Lopez – yet another coronavirus casualty. Lopez was 83. A documentary, My Name is Lopez by P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes is in postproduction with an expected 2021 release. The filmmakers had just completed shooting when Lopez died. The biopic includes “great archival […]

An obligation to migrant children

Since the pandemic broke out in the United States, thousands of migrant children have been sent back to their home countries, sometimes bypassing legal protocols. Citing the risk that they could be carrying Covid-19 into the country, the Trump administration has deported thousands of children, even after testing negative for the virus, according to court […]

Volume 40 Issue 32 • 08/06/20 – 08/12/20

In this issue Death toll rises to 135 people in Beirut explosion KCPS and NKCPS to start instruction after Labor Day Marshall, Adkins, Galloway among the primary winners in Kansas, Missouri

Paying tribute to Latina patriot

There are patriots who lose their lives while serving our country, and not only in wartime. A promising young Latina, Vanessa Guillen was just such a patriot. She died on Fort Hood on April 22. The beautiful 20-year-old U.S. Army specialist is being remembered this morning (July 30) in the Capitol by her family, their […]

Save the people’s post office

The 245-year-old U.S. Postal System (USPS) is the only mail service that delivers to every United States address. Last year, the self-financing independent federal agency delivered 143 billion pieces of mail to 160 million addresses, claims the USPS, which also boasts that “for much of rural America, we are often the only delivery option.” Now […]

Formalize DACA now

A dizzying and sometimes contradictory succession of court decisions and statements by President Trump and administration officials are discomfiting young immigrants, immigrant advocates and American industry. On June 18, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration’s attempt to revoke Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was “arbitrary and capricious.” The president responded in […]

Lucas, a leader for the times

It’s been 387 days since former City Councilman Quinton Lucas defeated his fellow Council member Jolie Justus in the race for mayor of Kansas City. Since then, a cataclysm has befallen the world and Kansas City with it, confronting the new mayor with issues unimagined in this lifetime, in addition to a still-escalating murder rate, […]