Editorials

Protest is how we talk to ourselves as a nation, but violence isn’t protest

By Gene Policinski
    Assembling to protest is our right under the First Amendment—it’s how we talk to each other as a nation.
    Sometimes politely. But often not. Occasionally at the top of our lungs. Frequently with brutally frank messages. And often in ways that spark counterprotests.
    Just as the nation’s founders intended—and it is still a good thing that we do.

Public opinion and costs support putting an end to the death penalty

By David Dozier
    A study in California revealed that the cost of capital punishment in the state has been over $4 billion since it was reinstated in 1978. Since California has executed 13 prisoners during that time, the cost per execution is more than $307 million. Other financial facts about the death penalty show capital cases in some states costing millions more than life imprisonment.
    So, more people are asking: Is it worth it?

You can help KC’s Negro Leagues Baseball Museum honor its great American legacy

By Missouri U.S. Senator Roy Blunt and U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver II
    On a mild Chicago afternoon on Oct. 20, 1924, the Kansas City Monarchs baseball team took the field against the Hilldale Daisies in the final game of the first Negro World Series. Tied at four games apiece, both sides pitched shutouts for seven innings, until Kansas City exploded for five runs in the eighth. One newspaper called the game “one of the best ever played in Chicago by any two teams.” Prize money for the winners amounted to just under $308 per person.

Newspapers create a powerful, lasting and permanent image

Fruit often ends up rotting in the crisper drawer. Well, that's the wrong place to put it. Out of sight, out of mind. The kids all know where the junk-food shelf is. Make the fruit that easy to get to. Put a big huge bowl of fruit on the counter. - Tyler Florence

By Reed Anfinson
    There is a reason L.L. Bean sends a catalog in the mail with a planned persistence. They recognize that if they stop sending magazines and just rely on emails or their website, you'll soon forget they are around.

Teach your children well

By Phill Brooks
    This column is inspired by a 1970 song by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young for parents to "teach your children well."
    I've been thinking about that song often as I've wondered how my relatives who were stuck at home during WW II dealt with restrictions similar to what we're encountering with COVID-19.

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