To change things now would be a step backward to the days when partisan politics led to exploitation and mismanagement of Missouris precious forest, fish and wildlife resources, Anita Gorman and James Nutter Sr. write of a bill that would allow Missouris politicians to set and control hunting and fishing seasons and limits.
The Kansas Border Challenge Advisory Committee writes: Achieving a solution that contributes to the overall economic growth of the Kansas City region and that uses taxpayer dollars effectively will require considerable work and attention to detail, along with a true commitment to the concept of a level playing field, if a real solution is to be found.
Higher education is the path to success for our young people, and investing in higher education has and will continue to serve our state well as we endeavor to create more jobs in Missouri, writes Tim Wolfe, the president of the University of Missouri System. I encourage you to join me in raising your voice in support of higher education and the benefits it provides to individuals, communities and our state.
On behalf of the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, Teresa Hensley, Jean Peters Baker, Lynn M. Stoppy, Daniel L. White and Eric Zahnd endorse a proposed revision to Missouris Criminal Code, saying it would modernize antiquated statutes, harmonize many duplicate provisions and gives prosecutors an important new tool in the form of a fifth felony class.
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Kansas City Councilman John Sharp responds to a Star editorial, saying that lambasting the City Council Public Safety and Emergency Services Committee for not appearing to care about the citys high murder rates and not spending more time grilling police commanders about plans to reduce them reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of the role of City Council committees.
Municipal courts are commonly viewed as traffic courts, handing out fines for traffic and other minor violations as a way of encouraging compliance with the law. While this is true of all municipal courts in general, the Kansas City Municipal Court has evolved into a role that is far more complex, writes Presiding Judge Joseph Locascio.
In The Stars Feb. 14 editorial, the last sentence reads, The public would be well-served by ending these wasteful taxpayer subsidies. writes Chris Wally, who heads a real estate consulting firm. Thats a great sound bite that ignores the harm the proposed border-war truce will bring to area growth.
Translational research deserves to be a priority for growth in our region, writes Douglas A. Girod, the executive vice chancellor of the University of Kansas Medical Center. It benefits our population and our economy. As the metro area considers the future of biomedical research, KU will continue to work across all borders in its efforts to improve human health.
Ive been so busy lately that I havent had the opportunity to join those Kansas City children in their box camp, shivering in the cold and learning what its like to have nothing and neither has Congress, Ben Proffer of Kansas City writes. I guess thats something we have in common.
We believe that if Kansas City empowers its educators and parents, drives resources to the school level, provides all children with the benefits of pre-kindergarten and holds schools accountable, then the city could create unprecedented opportunity for future generations, writes Ethan Gray, the founder and CEO of CEE-Trust. After all, thats the promise of a great education system.
Theres great benefit in bringing together a diverse group of Kansas City leaders who understand that the long-term future of Kansas City is a regional one, not purely local, writes Jim Heeter, Jim Heeter, the president and CEO of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.
The Obama administration has rightly called the P5+1 interim nuclear deal a diplomatic breakthrough one that revived a seemingly irrevocable channel of communication and put the United States on the right course with Iran, writes University of Kansas journalism student Matt Johnson. There was finally a crack in the stern, defiant Iranian countenance and a glint of optimism.
There are two main reasons for the upturn in income inequality under President Barack Obama, Daniel C. Willingham writes. The first of which Obama cannot control, but the second which has plagued his presidency since day one could be improved if he would drop his liberal dogma and be the post-partisan president he promised voters in 2008.
I believe KanCare is a viable model worthy of expansion regardless of how you feel about the ACA, and I believe Kansas should get the full benefits of federal funds, writes Ken Bacon, the CEO of Shawnee Mission Medical Center. Most importantly, I want people without health insurance to have access to care so they can improve and manage their health, which will lower costs. Ultimately, that benefits society and our state.
The recent report from CEE-Trust proposing dramatic reform of Kansas City Public Schools overlooks context and overstates charter successes elsewhere, writes Bruce Baker, a professor in the Department of Education Theory Policy and Administration at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
A period drama set in England a century ago, Downton Abbey follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and its large staff of servants, writes Jim Haas of Olathe. Its sound historical fiction, and an entertaining dose of history is always appropriate for children. Whats not to like? Plenty.
The real issue in this case is whether corporations can have a conscience and whether corporate owners can run their businesses in accord with their convictions, Joshua Hawley, one of Hobby Lobbys attorneys, writes of the arts-and-crafts store chains objections to including contraceptives in their employee health plans, as mandated by the Affordable Care Act.
Decades of efforts by the district and community groups have had little or no impact on student academic achievement and have cheated students, writes Bill Eddy, the chairman of Do the Right Thing for Kids, a watchdog organization. It is time to try something new instead of protecting vested interests by playing it safe and tweaking a dysfunctional system. Our students deserve better.
We will explore all of the ideas generated for improving struggling districts, writes Chris L. Nicastro, Missouris education commissioner. Its time to move the conversation back to where it belongs focusing not on adults, but on whats best for the children of Missouri. We urge you to join the conversation.
Im not asking for a lot, Id just like to be in a classroom showing kids how freaking awesome literature is, or how much power they have through student journalism, writes unemployed teacher Vanessa Waters of Parkville. But at this point, all my future holds is applying for unemployment and binge-watching The Walking Dead.
With a new year, of course, comes a chance to make changes, Hampton Stevens writes. That means it's also time to make a list of New Years resolutions that you have absolutely no intention of keeping. Like these.
As we wish our friends and family a happy, healthy New Year, these words have renewed meaning in 2014, writes Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of Health and Human Services. Today is a new day in health care for millions of families and individuals throughout Kansas and the nation.
Unfortunately, last summer a deeply divided Missouri Supreme Court eviscerated the successful tort reform law, writes Lancer Gates, the president-elect of the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Medical Society. If no remedy is forthcoming, we will certainly have to relive that perilous time. Fortunately, the Missouri legislature has made it a priority to fix the problem.
Although there are still health care battles to wage in Kansas and across the country, for-profit care providers are now on notice that there is a growing voice of opposition that wont tolerate unbridled profiteering at the expense of quality caregiving, writes Finn Bullers, a policy adviser for the Greater Kansas City Spinal Cord Injury Association.