The recent actions in Missouri are a good first bid to halt the border war, at least when it comes to state subsidies.
To call the events unfolding in and around Ukraine “fluid” would be to underestimate the swift hydraulics operating on at least two continents. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Crimea calculus is as dangerous as it is impenetrable and unpredictable.
Union Stations board just reported its fourth straight annual budget surplus. This is good news as the historic station approaches its 100th birthday this fall. But its not the end of the story. Three immediate challenges face the station.
The Hickman Mills School District received a rating of fair after a prolonged review by Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, raising the question of what would merit a judgment of poor. The litany of failings detailed in the review is extensive.
Mayor Sly James put the wheels in motion for this panel in December, when he told police and others at a City Hall meeting: “The way that I look at it is the same way that Joe Blow on the street does: ‘How many murders did we have this year? Oh, a hundred? Didn’t we have a hundred last year? Didn’t we have a hundred the year before?’
An analytical, apolitical, un-pork-barreled assessment of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagels budget proposal may find that its emphasis on reducing troop strength and boosting technological advantages makes much sense in the new world of war. But thats not the reception the $496 billion plan got last week.
Efforts to get help to more children with autism are moving slowly in the Kansas Legislature and are being heavily influenced by the insurance industry. There is still time for the state to model the positive experiences of other states and give as many children and families as possible the tools to lead fuller, more productive lives.
It remains to be seen whether Russian President Vladimir Putin will go all the way and engage Ukraines lesser military in battle. But the last few days in Ukraine have added to the disturbing image that whatever Putin wants, Putin gets.
The plan to expand the Burns & Mc-Donnell engineering firm and add space for more than 2,000 employees in the coming years is very positive news. So whats this going to cost the public? City officials will have to decide whats a reasonable amount of taxpayer money to invest in the engineering firms office project.
No matter how it is reported, Kansas Citys murder count is unacceptable. Its been a bane to the city and a horror for victims families for many years and it remains so. Changing the narrative is meaningless without a sharp drop in the numbers.
Missouris ethics laws are the most lax in the nation. They allow wealthy donors and lobbyists to hold great sway in the Capitol, while ordinary citizens find it difficult to make their voices heard. But instead the General Assembly seems most keen to act upon the rarely documented issue of voter fraud.
There’s actually much consensus on what some effects of climate change will be. Many are catastrophic, including more drought in America’s breadbasket and elsewhere in the world and more acidic oceans, leading to fish kills.
Better labeling on food, with honest appraisals of serving sizes and easier-to-read calorie counts, makes good sense.
Contrary to what its backers contend, a bill that sped through the Missouri Senate does almost nothing to protect consumers who resort to payday loans. Short-term lenders, on the other hand, would benefit considerably from its passage.
Is it possible that there’s enough appropriate property in the West Bottoms and enough financial heft and civic willpower to allow the American Royal to build a new home near its existing complex while saving Kemper Arena and putting it to a new use?
The four campuses of the University of Missouri system have raised a total of $40 million in private money for capital projects in hopes of getting the state to match the funds. Other public universities have also raised money. Legislators should acknowledge the crucial role of these schools in boosting the state’s economy and help with capital needs.
Given its $2 billion in assets, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation often is called on to lead the way in deciding which local education and entrepreneurial projects are financed. As much of those funds as possible should be used to attack problems faced by the Kansas City area.
An expanded system of trails would be a notable achievement for Jackson County, and it could be done in tandem with the commuter rail project if it gets rolling.
Two area students success in 66 rounds of spelling is a worthy testament to brain power in a world where it too often takes a back seat to brawn and to brazen acts of attention-getting.
President Bashar Assad’s chemical weapons may be neutralized, but the regime is happy to go about the business of slaughter with conventional weapons (clever ones, too, such as barrel bombs filled with shrapnel and hot oil).
The state is playing a callous and dangerous game by rushing executions. If Gov. Jay Nixon continues to refuse to declare a moratorium, the state must at least show respect for the judicial process.
In late 2013, Kansas City once again was barreling toward more than 100 murders in a year. Unfortunately, the four members of the City Councils Public Safety and Emergency Services Committee the politicians charged with overseeing crime issues seemed almost oblivious to the crisis.
The Missouri and Kansas legislatures are giving citizens plenty of reasons to be disgusted and angry. They waste time and taxpayer dollars taking direction from outside groups. They pass legislation that is destined to embroil their states in costly and unnecessary legal battles. Members too often seem more interested in causes than in public service.
This latest drama began last fall when Ukraine, on the verge of signing a trade pact with the European Union, was lured by the promise of $15 billion in loans back to the Kremlin’s orbit.
It’s disappointing that Aviation Director Mark VanLoh failed to provide the leadership that would have put this kind of cooperative agreement together several years ago. Instead, he jumped out front with his outspoken desire for a new terminal.
Sometimes a few young people out for a good time cause problems for others. Sometimes those problems are internal — within their own groups, that is — and fights need to be broken up. This is the eternal history of kids. But sometimes the problems are provocative and extend beyond their groups, prompting, when necessary, efforts on behalf of public safety.
Gov. Sam Brownback has set up a task force to study the connection between oil and gas exploration and increased seismic activity. If investigators do indeed confirm a strong link between salt-water disposal and earthquakes, a variety of solutions could follow.
State Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro has presented a solid plan to boost the chances for all Missouri students to attend a successful school. Her proposal fortunately sidesteps a disruptive push to make Kansas City the test market for an experimental model of public schools governance.
Mayor Sly James, a streetcar backer, last week announced a 31-person committee to examine the issue. It could be very valuable if members can make recommendations clearly laying out what the neighborhoods expect from a streetcar line.
J.E. Dunn Co. files a brief supporting Hobby Lobbys challenge to the Affordable Care Act, but its stand on religious freedom and contraceptives has the ring of hypocrisy and steps on the rights of women.