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The pain of racism is real and immediate: A young black woman looks toward the sky, tears leaving trails on her cheeks. As she chants, “We have nothing to lose but our chains,” she collapses into the arms of her friends. Jonathan Butler, a … more
Is Christmas celebration appropriate when we have troubles and sorrow? Is it possible? This is the most wonderful time of the year. The lights, the music, and hustle and bustle of shopping warm our hearts and brighten our spirits during this time … more
On April 22, 1970, more than 20 million Americans coast to coast participated in Earth Day celebrations. The organizers of Earth Day 1970 channeled the vibrant energy of that era into a movement, one that saw Americans take to the streets, parks and … more
It is so exciting to hear children’s first words. Did you know that how adults respond and build on early attempts at speech are two of the most important things to ensure children’s future success? Psychologists Betty Hart and Todd R. Risley … more
It is “spring time” in our cities and Mother Nature has called fish and fowl and birds and mammals to pair up and parent. And those wild creatures that have taken up residency in the dense urban environment of our cities face survival challenges … more
I have been “around” local government for more than 50 years, going back to my first job with the City of Pittsburg, Kansas, after receiving my business administration degree at Pittsburg State University. As with a lot of different professions … more
Upon introduction you told me Hyland Hills Rec District was one of the most innovative and creative districts in the country. What makes it that way? It’s the most graphic example of quasi-government at its best, because everything that we … more
Pinwheels, ribbons and proclamations are indicative of attention being drawn to the designation of April as Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month. Every day, somewhere, there is abuse or neglect taking place involving innocent children. … more
Four words that can be very difficult for a parent to hear: “Your child has autism.” Although nearly everyone has been touched by autism, many people don’t understand the disorder. What causes it? Is autism on the rise? Where can people go … more
Attention, all frantic people desperate for some good tax-return news: You have come to the right place. We are pleased to inform you that you get three extra days to file your return this year, thanks to something called Emancipation Day on the … more
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