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The Rev. Ben Scott is right to be concerned over changes in Kansas school standards not doing enough to include the contributions of people of color to this country’s history.
The Kansas State Board of Education approved new history and social studies standards for public schools. They emphasize critical-thinking skills … Read More »
In less than 24 hours earlier this month violent incidents brought negative attention to three Kansas City institutions.
Despite the many naysayers out there, here’s what the problems didn’t do: Badly damage the futures of the Country Club Plaza, the Kansas City Zoo and the Power & Light District.
The … Read More »
As polarized as we are over health care and how to pay for it, I’m pretty sure we can agree that hospitals should not be rewarded financially for bungling surgeries.
But it happens, according to a study published Tuesday in The Journal of the American Medical Association.
Researchers studied … Read More »
Suddenly, Sprint Nextel is the belle of the ball, desired object of two rich suitors half a world apart — Dish Network’s Charles Ergen, the 37th richest man in America, and Softbank’s Masayoshi Son, the second-richest man in Japan.
“Both are good deals,” wireless industry analyst Bill Ho told The … Read More »
The week the nation passed the deadline for paying federal, state and local taxes is a moment when Americans are keenly focused on the costs of running our governments. The government takes our dollars each April, and we deliver, as required.
But as The Star’s Sunday investigation into our “taker … Read More »
There’s a disturbing trend these days. Call it a sign of the times, of the polarization of the country, or just the effect of anonymity and social media. Probably it’s something that’s been there all along, below the surface until technology gave it voice. But whatever it is, it is … Read More »
You know it’s spring and the weather has officially turned when the racks on downtown sidewalks bloom again with bicycles for people to rent.
A couple of hundred bicycles with locks and baskets became a downtown novelty last year for people when the weather turned warm. The racks stayed out … Read More »
Northeast Kansas City parks suffer a lot of nighttime abuse.
That includes drug deals, violence and prostitution, The Kansas City Star reports. The parks offer the cover of darkness to suspects and easy escape routes if police in patrol cars do catch on that something untoward is going on.
However, … Read More »
The deadly and despicable bombing attacks near the Boston Marathon’s finish line turned the crowd’s cries of joy into cries of terror in mere seconds.
Again, Americans now will place their trust in authorities to resolutely piece together who did it, why they did it and what can be done … Read More »
Kansas City’s revived downtown has more residents and nightlife than it’s had in decades. The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts continues to draw national plaudits. In two years, streetcars are expected to be rolling down Main Street.
Yet many supporters of downtown say it is still missing something: a … Read More »
The Republicans are starting to make the right kind of noise, but immigration reform remains no sure bet.
Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, was on the news talk show circuit over the weekend, espousing GOP support for a meaningful bipartisan deal. It would mean a path to citizenship for … Read More »
Everyone in the Kansas City area should be saddened over YouthFriends deciding to end its operation on May 31.
The nonprofit organization for 18 years connected thousands of adult volunteers with children in schools throughout the metropolitan area. The children benefited from having caring adults commit at least a day … Read More »
People in the House and Senate are patting themselves on the back for working out a bipartisan proposal to expand background checks for gun buyers.
But what lawmakers have worked out falls short of this country’s needs in holstering gun violence.
The measure that will be debated this week would … Read More »
Fifty years ago on Tuesday, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. penned his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” addressed to those who called civil rights protests “unwise and untimely.”
Just months later, on Aug. 28, King shook the foundation of America’s racial hatred and complacency with his “I Have A … Read More »
Kansas City’s previous three mayors all ran into the buzz-saw of rejection by Kansas City’s Police Department.
In the coming months we’ll find out whether current Mayor Sly James will be treated in the same dismissive way.
It took Emanuel Cleaver four years in the early 1990s to get police … Read More »
Natural gas utilities and other pipeline operators stress that customer safety is their top priority. But put a big asterisk on that statement: There’s a limit to how much they want to really spend on safety.
Natural gas experts agree that shut-off valves are valuable tools to have during a … Read More »
Nineteen years after the genocide in Rwanda I still find myself drawn to that beautiful and deeply troubled country in East Africa.
I understand that right now in the world there are 50 hot spots, at least, where civil unrest, wars, chaos and dictatorships are killing, raping and torturing. I … Read More »
Jeffrey Toobin, a legal affairs journalist and author of two books about the U.S. Supreme Court, thinks a Lawrence native has a shot at a future Supreme Court seat.
He’s eying Sri Srinivasan, candidate for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Srinivasan, 46, is currently deputy … Read More »
Former Kansas City Mayor Charles Wheeler last week faced the possibility of his home being sold on the courthouse steps for failure to pay $40,000 in taxes.
Then some big-hearted Kansas Citians stepped forward to try to help him out.
Wheeler’s mortgage company also sagely pulled back on the … Read More »
The YMCA came to Raytown with a powerful mission statement, a Christian label that sported a board of directors symbolizing the business leaders of Kansas City. They built trust, asked for donations, and our community committed almost $2 million.
Today, as the Richard C. Green YMCA center closes in Raytown, … Read More »
The president’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget is a concrete plan to create jobs and cut the deficit. We do not need to choose between these two priorities. The president’s balanced, compromise plan proves we can do both.
The guiding principle behind the president’s plan is reigniting America’s engine of economic … Read More »
Medicaid expansion in Missouri seems to have died with a whimper, at least for this year.
The $900 million that Gov. Jay Nixon’s administration anticipated receiving from Washington in return for increasing Medicaid eligibility to comply with the Affordable Care Act does not appear in the budget that the Senate … Read More »
This is the final installment in our Kansas fantasy veto session.
We would have liked to carry on longer, making a case, for instance, for a veto of a bill destined to politicize part of the state’s judicial selection process. But Gov. Sam Brownback outflanked us by already signing that … Read More »
Here is an update on the Charlie Wheeler situation, which appears to be far costlier than many in the public may think.
This quote is from the spokesman who passed along the earlier information about James B. Nutter Sr. suspending for now the sale of Wheeler’s house.
“As … Read More »
In a small but potentially important victory, the U.S. Senate Thursday beat back a cowardly effort by Republicans to ignore gun control legislation in the 2013 session.
Now it’s time for the Senate to move forward with this important job. The lawmakers in the coming weeks need to listen to … Read More »