Jenni Simcoe of Overland Park writes that in the aftermath of the Jovan Belcher murder-suicide, many still dont understand that depression or other forms of mental illness are not something to be ashamed of. Its just like any other medical condition that requires treatment.
The best way to solve our long-term debt challenge is by creating an economy that has both the educated workers and new discoveries that lead to sustained growth, write Brady Deaton, chancellor of the University of Missouri and Bernadette Gray-Little, chancellor of the University of Kansas. Universities can help but not if our students and our researchers are hit with federal spending cuts that are preventable.
In early January, theres a good chance that the Kansas Legislature will consider a proposal to scrap the merit-selection system that has been used to select Kansas appellate judges since 1958, writes Steve Leben, a member of the Kansas Court of Appeals. Altering the way judges are selected is an important change, so its crucial to ask: Why do it?
Like the Jayhawk mascot and Rock Chalk chant, the Western Civilization program has been a hallmark of undergraduate life at the University of Kansas for generations, KU alumnus David S. Awbrey writes. But in the academic equivalent of vandalizing Allen Fieldhouse, the university plans to downgrade the great books course that exposes KU students to the central ideas of Western culture.
As a region, we are recognized among the best in the country at marketing the business case, writes Bob Marcusse, the president and CEO of the Kansas City Area Development Council. Kansas City has it all. In order to win today, we also have to make the best lifestyle case.
The caseload challenges faced by Missouris public defenders have been well-documented by a variety of organizations, writes Cat Kelly, the director of the Missouri State Public Defender System. Each of these found that our states public defender system has too many cases and too few lawyers.
Regardless of when or where they served, make no mistake that every veteran has sacrificed in cutting a path to the countrys future, Army Lt. Col. Zoltan Krompecher for Veterans Day. And so it is that we in uniform honor them to the very end.
One year after writing about the issue of homeless veterans, Bob Sommer, a former Midwest Voices columnist, provides an update. Weve received many dozens of notes from veterans sharing stories about their families and children. Weve heard from veterans of the Vietnam and Gulf War eras, as well as Iraq and Afghanistan.
Soon we will know who will be our nations leader for the next four years, writes the Rev. Thomas B. Curran, the president of Rockhurst University. The 12 presidential libraries can teach all of us six lessons in leadership.
Missouris current public defender system is broken. Its not broken because there is constitutional crisis created by too large a caseload for public defenders. No, the independent audit released earlier this month by the Missouri auditor shattered that myth.
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