GOP lawmakers should pull back on attempts to undermine the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency to carry out its mission — created by a Republican president — to shield the nation’s air, water and land from long-lasting damage. The EPA, if anything, needs a bigger stick to carry in enforcing strong federal laws.
As Mayor Sly James said at the news conference announcing the arrest of Mohammed Whitaker in connection with the series of recent highway shootings, it takes some bravery to report suspicious behavior or step forward as a witness. But its far better for all of us than living in fear.
There is much harder work to do in recognizing the real threat to society that exists in the shadows. As Rabbi Arthur Nemitoff remarked, there is great power at times in silence, but silence will not heal and “silence is no solution.”
Someone needs to tell lawmakers in Missouri and Kansas that their job is to promote the welfare of their state and its citizens, not to level every playing field that a lobbyist or contributor claims is tilted.
We need a national effort by colleges to offer swift and effective help to the victims, and tough punishment for the criminals involved in the assaults.
The threat from al-Qaida in Yemen isn’t going away, nor should the resistance to it.
Republicans in the General Assembly are mounting a two-pronged effort to make voting more difficult for certain citizens, who are most likely to be elderly, low-income, students or minorities.
Plans for upgrading Kansas City International Airport will remain up in the air even after a citizens task force releases its final report in a few weeks. That’s not a bad outcome.
Last week, a questionable police chase led to the death of an innocent young girl, making her the second person in two months to die in such incidents in Kansas City, Kan. The Police Department needs to place more restrictions on its chase policy to better protect the public.
Violent political extremism combined with naked hate becomes a potent kind of virus, the sort that disrupts the human brain in ways most civil people on this earth cannot even fathom.
In Boston, organizers hope this year’s marathon will shine a spotlight on how far the city and its residents have come in their recovery. It is a story of hope, the kind that is essential to remember when dark times visit.
No family or community should have to endure this sorrow. Yet we as a nation seem paralyzed on how to deal with it.
Charles G. Koch and his brother, David, are subject to “almost daily” barrages of “character assassination.” What kind of treatment is that, Koch wonders, for people who are devoted to improving the lives of citizens?
Her role in getting the Affordable Care Act up and running was never easy, and it would become excruciating. But Sebelius, who resigned her post on Friday, contributed a great deal toward creating a better health care system for America.
Sleep-deprived Kansas lawmakers left Topeka on Sunday night not certain what they had actually legislated. Only now is the impact of the massive education bill becoming clear. And the more that’s known, the worse it looks.
Even more impressive was the female turnout — an unprecedented 35 percent of all voters were women, 300 women ran in provincial elections and three women ran for vice president.
The last thing motorists should have to worry about is bullets fired at them from another vehicle. A reported rash of shootings in and around Kansas City is creating anxiety here and unwelcome attention nationwide. Quickly catching whoever is responsible is the best prescription for relief.
Well-intentioned citizens who run for their local school boards shouldnt be blindsided by false and anonymous smear campaigns. But thats what happened to three candidates in the Hickman Mills School District and one in the Kansas City Public Schools.
Fortunately for the now vacant Westport High School and the community surrounding it, there are second chances. The Kansas City Public Schools board should reverse an earlier decision and sell the midtown building for a promising new development that would include a charter high school.
Like its fellow systems around the metro area and around the country, the Kansas City Public Library is undergoing a transformation in how it serves and reaches the public and how it will address and thrive in the future. A new national honor should tip off more residents to enjoy the library's offerings.
Voters in Missouri today will decide whether to approve water and school bonds, as well as select school board members and a new mayor for Independence. Here are The Stars recommendations in selected races.
Right-to-work laws are divisive and unnecessary. If Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones and his out-of-state allies insist on a vote this week, lawmakers should make it a “no.”
Even before a weekend of late nights and frayed nerves, Kansas lawmakers were in the throes of agony. They needed to find $129 million to correct unconstitutional school funding inequities. But thanks to a self-inflicted budget crisis with no end in sight, the road to $129 million was paved only with brutal choices.
The top issues Tuesday include whether to issue water revenue bonds in Kansas City, how to change the city charter, whether to approve levy increases for Northland school districts and who will take on the crucial tasks of leading several school boards.
The Missouri and Kansas legislatures both enhanced their pro-gun credentials this week, at the expense of local governments and common sense. Decisions like these should be made by local officials who know whats best for their communities.
The Obama administration should listen to its top military advisers. We should end this arduous, complicated war with great caution.
It would provide housing for new residents and new proof that solid plans can emerge for renovating Kansas City’s older buildings — even after a wait of 20-plus years.
The Star’s recommendations for the Liberty School District board and the Metropolitan Community College’s board of trustees.
American voters deserve better disclosure — Congress can address that — and some semblance of confidence that the political system is not hopelessly broken or controlled solely by those with the most money.
As part of The Star’s continuing focus on Kansas City’s murder rate, here is a recap of the six homicides in March. All involved guns; all the victims were men. Police have announced arrests in one case.