The murders unexpectedly attacked this intrinsic prejudice against the other because it exposed our mutual vulnerability, Rabbi Mark H. Levin writes in an open letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. But we need you, Mr. Attorney General, to point us in the right direction, to instruct us that we cannot allow these innocent and righteous people to have died in vain and that we must now assume the responsibility to truly understand our neighbors.
While Kansas City-area residents mourn those murdered in the shootings at Jewish centers, and while we pray that the living shall seek justice, we should also learn from these terrible events, historian Leonard Zeskind writes.
Because Missouri has not yet opted to expand Medicaid, the number of uninsured Missourians has stayed the same while hospitals receive less money to care for them, write business leaders Jim Heeter, Dan Mehan, Jim Anderson and Joe Reagan. So who picks up the tab? In short, we do.
When the marathon bombing happened, like every other American I felt fear, writes Yusufi Vali, the executive director of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center. I was scared for my wife, who was driving home from downtown Boston. Then that fear turned into anger. How dare someone do this to our city?
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These balkanized pension plans deter movement of educator talent to its best use, provide virtually no benefits for the typical new teacher recruited into a Kansas City public school and are absorbing a larger and larger share of school revenues, writes Michael Podgursky, an economics professor at the University of Missouri.
Its time for another school board election in Kansas City, writes Laura Lloyd. Once again, candidates are advocating for a much-diminished public school system, aiming to improve the district schools so they can regain accreditation. But are they willing to push for whatever it takes to restore Kansas City schools, even to the level of excellence of a quarter-century ago?
We agree that Kansas owes its public school students regardless of their communitys economy a high-quality education supported by fair and full funding, write Natasha and Les Miller of Fredonia, Kan. But our states educational promise extends to the approximately 6,000 full-time virtual public school students as well.
Harry Haskell writes: The U.S. Commission on Industrial Relations’ bipartisan consensus early last century testifies to a moment when Americans across the political spectrum recognized that workers had been denied their fair share of the wealth generated by the nation’s expanding economy.
Kansas House bill on federal health care funding puts seniors, Kansans with disabilities, veterans and children at risk
One of the most frivolous and dangerous legislative measures has been approved by the Kansas House of Representatives and is up for consideration by the Kansas Senate. The bill, HB 2553, does nothing at best, and at worst puts seniors, Kansans with disabilities, veterans and children at risk.
Karl Brooks writes: Because of this diversity of water resources, previous interpretations of waters of the U.S. resulted in uncertainty. Clarifying Clean Water Act protections will add certainty and clarity for farmers, developers and others.
President Barack Obama writes: Tell your senator to put people’s paychecks over partisan politics — and give America a raise.
Whitney E. Kerr Sr. writes: Brookside and Waldo are essential for the expansion of the streetcar system in Kansas City.
On the churchs central crisis the cover-up of clergy sex crimes, Pope Francis is moving backward, write Mike Hunter and David Clohessy, the leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. It stirs great sadness in us to come to this conclusion, but the facts speak for themselves.
So-called right to work is wrong for Missouri businesses and middle class families, writes Timothy P. Green of IBEW Local No. 1 and the St. Louis NECA. The best way to ensure economic security for Missouris working families is through quality jobs with family supporting wages and quality benefits.
We vow to work together to reduce gun violence in Kansas City, Police Chief Darryl Forté and Mayor Sly James write. But we need the help of the Missouri legislature to make a significant impact on the safety of our community.
Today, here in Kansas City, it truly is a new day, writes Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services and a former Kansas governor. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, there is choice and competition. In fact, you can now choose from 16 qualified health plans. Before the Affordable Care Act, many consumers had few if any real choices.
In a recent legislative proposal, linking money to other court issues can no longer be denied. It is glaring, writes Lawton R. Nuss, who has served on the Kansas Supreme Court since 2002 and as chief justice since 2010. Instead of pay raises, this time legislative money is being offered to keep all Kansas courts open after July 1 in direct exchange for some important judicial branch restructuring.
Obamacares Medicaid expansion will harm the Kansans its supposed to help, add billions of dollars to the states budget and force the state to cut valuable programs that serve our children, writes Steve Anderson, a former Kansas budget director and the senior adjunct fiscal policy fellow at the Kansas Policy Institute.
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.
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.