Saturday, December 15, 2018

What the Death of a “Right-Wing Activist” Tells Us About Her Life

Theresa Emerson of Parkville, who died last month at 66, would never have shied from the designation "right-wing activist," no matter how relentlessly the media use the phrase to mock women like her. Among her...

Washington Post Imagines Kansas As A Right Wing Freak Show

One has to wonder sometimes if the editors at the Washington Post actually read what they are publishing, and if they do read it, do they understand how crude are the stereotypes in which...

Huh? Journalism Guru Blasts New Kansas Entrepreneurial Institute

One time Wichita Eagle editor W. Davis "Buzz" Merritt Jr. helped launch the movement that goes by the name of "public" or "civic" journalism. As author Doug Underwood describes the philosophy, "Journalists are encouraged...

Media, Organizers Overlook Power Struggle Threatening “Women’s March”

To protest the second anniversary of the inauguration of President Donald Trump, two area groups, Unity Southeast in Kansas City and Love Thy Neighbor-Kansas City, will host the "Women's March KC 2019." For all the...

Colyer Executive Order Grants 17,000 State Employees Paid Leave

According to the Associated Press, outgoing Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer signed an executive order granting paid parental leave to more than 17,000 government employees. As specified in the order, all state employees under the governor's jurisdiction...

How the Pilgrims Invented America

In his otherwise impressive 2007 book, Mayflower, Nathaniel Philbrick slights what is arguably the Pilgrims' most important and enduring contribution to America: their trial and error discovery of free enterprise. Plymouth Governor William Bradford documented...

Eagle Take on Women in Kansas Politics Makes Close to No Sense

One would hope that after helping elect a new female governor and a new congresswoman, who is Indian and lesbian to boot, contributors to the Wichita Eagle would shove the "victim" card back up...

Why UMKC Swiftly Suspended Prof Over “Slave Labor” Charge

Rarely does a state university move as swiftly as UMKC has in its prompt suspension of pharmacy chair Ashim Mitra charged with using students for "slave labor."  In an equally unlikely move, UMKC Chancellor Mauli Agrawal...

Payout to Dad Suggests Kansas DCF Can’t Keep Up With Family Breakdown

A $75,000 payout to a Kansas father raises a host of questions about the state's role in monitoring family breakdown. The payout asks even more fundamental questions about the state's relationship to the individual,...

The So, So Hollow Decision of the Star’s “Catholic” Editor to Quit the Church

How hollow was the decision of the Kansas City Star's self-anointed "Catholic" editor to quit the Catholic Church proudly and publicly? Let us count the ways. Melinda Henneberger nailed her thin gruel of a thesis...

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