Editorial: Voters face extra challenges

Registration deadlines for the August 2 primary elections in Missouri and Kansas are about a month away, July 6 and July 12, respectively, and this year, voters face a steep learning curve. State legislative and congressional district boundaries are redrawn with the U.S. Census, conducted every ten years. As a result of 2020 Census numbers, […]

Editorial: National Mental Health Awareness Month

Suicides outnumbered homicides 2 ½:1 in 2019, reported the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It was the tenth leading cause of death overall and second leading cause among 10-to-24-year-olds.Clearly, more education and outreach are needed — a current focal point. May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. Special events nationwide are raising awareness about […]

Editorial: Indifferent toward our architectural heritage?

The new single-terminal Kansas City International Airport is set to open next year. The $1.5 billion airport will replace the three-terminal facility built in 1972 for $250 million, characterized by Southwest Airlines president, Mike Van de Ven as “one of the best airports ever built”.Also opened in 1972: The Truman Sports Complex. Its twin stadiums […]

Editorial: Killing time: fiction v. reality

Identifying the problem of escalating violence in our K-12 schools is easy – we’re daily confronted with fresh evidence. Incidents make headlines on the nightly news. Anecdotal reports circulate on social media. And officials tracking occurrences of physical violence on school campuses regularly report telling statistical data.Last week, the historic Northeast Kansas City community was […]

Editorial: The sacred synthesizing power of April

The month of April 2022 has a powerful spiritual quality that celebrates life and hope and plants humble ambitions to peacefully transcend human differences. Muslims worldwide began Ramadan, the holiest month on the Islamic calendar on April 2. Sikhs everywhere will commemorate Vaisakhi today (April 14) with public events affirming the tenets of their faith: […]

Editorial: Sovereignty & peace for Ukraine

Seven weeks ago today, Russia invaded Ukraine. Despite deploying some 200,000 heavily armed troops and mercenaries, Russia has destroyed cities and civilians, but the world’s largest country has failed so far to take the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv and overthrow the government of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. And as of Monday, Ukrainian forces were reclaiming […]

Editorial: New downtown home for Royals?

The Kansas City Royals open their 2022 season next Thursday. They’ll face off against the Cleveland Guardians at Kauffman Stadium – the Royals’ home ballpark since 1973. How many more home openers will we see at “The K?”The team’s lease doesn’t expire until 2031, but rumblings about moving are crystalizing. Last week, team owner John […]

Editorial: Voting in mid-term elections

With spring break in the rearview mirror, families are shifting attention to summer vacation. With spring officially here as of last Sunday, such chores as spring lawncare, garden-related activities and seasonal cleaning are pressing. Americans at the moment are preoccupied with steadily climbing consumer costs. A key inflation measure last month rose to a level […]

Editorial: “Naturalize 2 Million by 2022”

There’s a lot a stake in the mid-term elections Nov. 8. All 435 U.S. House seats and 35 of 100 U.S. Senate seats are up for grabs. Kansas and 35 other states will elect a governor. Open seats in other state executive offices, state legislatures, boards of education and regents, state supreme and appellate courts […]

Editorial: Savoring the benefits of spring cleaning

The weather may suggest it’s still winter, but the calendar warns of winter’s wane, and signs of the new season abound. We’re days away from the spring equinox; early morning birdsong is back; leaves budding herald the end of winter dormancy; the sweet, earthy smell of the outdoors signals nature’s reawakening; and, the days are […]