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Mary Sanchez

Mary Sanchez has spent years covering immigration, schools, and other volatile beats for The Kansas City Star. She is now an editorial columnist for the Star, where she continues to offer insightful commentary on immigration, culture, and politics.

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Safeguarding The Vote — From Every Threat — Is Critical To Democracy

The danger of cyber-attacks — or any tinkering with the American voting system — is a lot like terrorism. The mere threat of it, the fear of it, does the most damage.

October 16, 2016
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‘That Mexican Thing’ Coming To A Voting Booth Near You

Gov. Mike Pence, warn your buddy Donald Trump. You know “That Mexican Thing” you mentioned in the vice presidential debate — it’s coming for you.

October 13, 2016
A Wells Fargo branch is seen in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Illinois, February 10, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

Wells Fargo Schemes Prove The Value Of Vigorous Bank Regulation

Regulators slapped the fine on Wells Fargo through a settlement after discovering that employees created fake email addresses, fraudulently applied for credit cards and moved unwitting customer’s money to the new accounts. The misbehavior earned bonuses and let employees meet aggressive sales quotas.

September 17, 2016
(L to R) Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chano-cha, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, U.S President Barack Obama, Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, Philippines Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay, Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen, Indonesia's President Joko Widodo and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak pose for photo during ASEAN-U.S. Summit in Vientiane, Laos September 8, 2016. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Time To Honor — And Care For — Those Who Served Our Country In Laos

The secrets of war take decades for former soldiers to admit, if ever. Governments are equally adept at hiding such truths. President Obama’s historic stop in Laos was a brief exercise of stepping toward the light, accepting more responsibility for the devastation of the Vietnam War.

September 10, 2016
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S., August 31, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Trump’s Immigration Harangue Sells Out America’s Finest Ideals

If ever a candidate deserved “extreme vetting,” it’s Donald Trump. There are few policy proposals I can think of that are more un-American — a term that any defender of civil liberties must use advisedly — than the ones he made this week in a speech in Phoenix on immigration.

September 2, 2016
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S., August 25, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Minorities Not Buying Trump’s Bogus Kumbaya Chorus

Trump’s messaging style is blunt and simplistic. And he is clearly ignorant of what life is like outside the bubble of wealth he has floated in all of his 70 years. So it’s no surprise that his appeal to black voters would be both naive and offensive.

August 26, 2016
Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway (L) and Paul Manafort, staff of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, speak during a round table discussion on security at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., August 17, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Trump Hires A Woman To Clean Up His Mess

Kellyanne Conway has the hardest job in American politics today, perhaps an impossible one. She will attempt to temper Donald Trump. Which means reining in his penchant to retaliate for each perceived slight and to escalate any dispute.

August 19, 2016
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Low-Wage Workers Want Respect, Regular Shifts And Better Wages

At work, they keep their heads down, grappling with retaliatory managers who cut their hours for slight infractions like needing to pick up a sick child from school. They deal with customers who proposition them sexually, with coworkers who demean and belittle them.

August 12, 2016
A Dallas police sergeant wears a mourning band on his badge during a prayer vigil in a park following the multiple police shooting in Dallas. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Study Illuminates The Way Cops Die In The Line Of Duty

Slow down, buckle up and take special care around fighting family members. Sounds like wisdom a parent might bestow. But, in layman’s terms, those are the recommendations of a new study of law enforcement deaths while on duty. In short, police will be more likely to return home safely after their shifts if more of them wear seat belts, take more care when racing to high-priority calls, wear their issued body armor and remember that calls involving domestic disturbances are often the most dangerous.

August 5, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton delivers her nomination acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia

Hillary To Donald: Game On!

What will stick with many voters is the candidate Hillary Clinton showed herself to be—steeled and calm—the attributes that will make our country prevail against its many challenges. Indeed, Donald Trump’s antics make the reasons to shun Clinton appear petty.

July 30, 2016
Donald Trump stands in the Trump family box with his daughter Ivanka awaiting the arrival onstage of his son Eric at the conclusion of former rival candidate Senator Ted Cruz's address, during the third night at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 20, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Donald Trump’s Strongman Fantasy Is Deeply Un-American

The Republican Party’s choice for the next occupant of the White House intends to seize upon people’s fears and transform the nation into an isolationist country, inwardly focused and always on the lookout for scapegoats. Trump fancies himself as some sort of dictatorial leader at the helm.

July 22, 2016
Trump adversaries should organize if and when they protest at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Mary Sanchez argues.

Trump Adversaries: Don’t Riot. Organize!

The revolution might not be televised, but if the Republican National Convention in Cleveland goes pear-shaped, the cameras will be there to catch every moment. Unfortunately, not all the protesters will have the emotional maturity, much less the structure and discipline, to make their messages coherent or persuasive.

July 8, 2016
Hillary Clinton after being introduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren at a campaign rally in Cincinnati, Ohio. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk

Fear Of A Female Administration? We’ll See

Two women? Could voters possibly be progressive enough to support such an estrogen-heavy ticket? Some turned the question around: Who second-guesses a ticket with two men? Nobody, because we’ve been doing it that way for centuries. But sexism is a fact of American politics.

July 2, 2016
Dominique Hernandez holds up her fist painted in the colors of a rainbow, with a heart on her pulse, attends a vigil in memory of victims one day after a mass shooting at the Pulse gay night club in Orlando, in Los Angeles

Gay And Lesbian Activists Take On The Gun Lobby

In the aftermath of the outright slaughter of 49 LGBTQ people in Orlando, Fla., the pairing of gays and guns is beginning to take on a far different meaning. Gays and lesbians saw the murders at the Pulse nightclub as an attack on their community — one that was facilitated by easy access to guns by someone who clearly shouldn’t have had that right.

June 24, 2016
Hank Morgan reacts after hanging a banner for the Pulse gay nightclub shooting victims in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 16, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

After Orlando, More Genuine Policy Dialogue Is Needed

Omar Mateen may have committed the worst gun mass murder in U.S. history, but his terrorist act will change little in America. Occurring as it did six months before the presidential election, politics has gotten in the way of the reflection and deliberation that should be happening.

June 17, 2016
A protester holds up a sign in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington

Is Trump Taking The Pro-Life Movement For A Ride?

Consider the pro-life movement, one of the most fervent and dependable blocs of the Republican Party. Its activists are tentative about Trump, and with good reason.

June 10, 2016
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks to reporters in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, May 17, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks to reporters in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, May 17, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks to reporters in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, May 17, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Congress Must Act To Save Central States Pension Fund

Nearly a month has passed since the U.S. Treasury Department said “no” to a rescue plan to shore up the finances of the failing Central States Pension Fund, which covers some 400,000 participants.

June 4, 2016
An anti-Trump demonstrator protests outside the venue where Republican U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event in Anaheim, California U.S. May 25, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake

What Latinos Know About America And Trump Doesn’t

If you want to find someone willing to literally die to become an American, find a recent Latino immigrant. Talk to the Central Americans who risked their lives to cross through multiple countries, hoping to gain asylum in the U.S.

May 27, 2016
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The Scene Of America’s Discontent: Work And Life

The massive rise in discrimination lawsuits involving family responsibilities like child care, elder care, and maternity and paternity leave has been called “the biggest challenge employers never (saw) coming.” More fathers than mothers now report work/life conflict.

May 20, 2016
Donald Trump points to a supporter as he leaves a campaign event in an airplane hanger in Rome. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

What Doesn’t Donald Trump Want You To Know About His Wealth?

This is what Donald Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns says about America. We are a nation that can’t think straight about wealth and class. And Trump knows better than to puncture our delusions.

May 14, 2016
U.S. Senate Independent candidate Greg Orman, left, shakes hands with Sen. Pat Roberts following their debate at the KSN television studio Oct. 15, 2014 in Wichita, Kan. (Fernando Salazar/Wichita Eagle/MCT)

Is There A Way Out Of Our Nation’s Two-Party Stranglehold?

America is nearly gagging over its two probable choices for president. The upcoming general election feels like an indigestible dinner menu: Would you like boiled liver or the five-day-old pot pie? Can’t there be a third option?

May 7, 2016

Women Are Already Proving Their Worth In Combat

Rep. Hunter is banking on a strategy that’s been thrown into the path of women for generations. It’s the one that coos to women that they don’t really want to be treated equally, that they don’t really want to be afforded the same opportunities as men. He expects that women will shrink and run when actually confronted with the demands of combat.

April 30, 2016

Bravo To Tubman, But U.S. Women Still Not Getting The Full $20

According to a report released in April by the Joint Economic Committee (JEC), based on median annual earnings, a woman, working full time, year-round, will lose nearly $500,000 over a career, due to gender pay gaps.

April 22, 2016
An inmate's family member stands outside the Topo Chico prison as a prison officer stands guard on a watch tower in Monterrey, Mexico, February 11, 2016. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

Crime Bill From The ’90s Haunts Clintons Today

What was not adequately addressed in mid-’90s, and still hasn’t been, was the social pathology of drugs: the factors that cause people to turn to drugs, either as users or sellers, and the way that drugs make victims of entire communities.

April 16, 2016
U.S. Senator and former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio hugs his family after he announced that he is suspending his campaign at an event in Miami, Florida, March 15, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Decades On, Advocates Of ‘Family Values’ Still Miss The Point

You can’t make America great “again,” a la Donald Trump, if you are clueless to what work life really looked like for most of the 20th century.

April 8, 2016