For some leaders, the sudden focus on mental health looked like a dodge to avoid a serious discussion of meaningful gun safety measures. But no matter. The nation and most states must do more to help people with serious psychiatric problems.
Keeping the status quo at Kansas City International Airport isn’t a viable option. The mayor’s task force needs to recommend the best ways to make KCI more attractive to airlines so more flights will come in and leave this region. And voters eventually should get to say whether they like any final plan.
An agreement recently ratified by the Kansas City Council and Jackson County Legislature properly formalizes the city’s promise to continue using $2 million annually for stadium upkeep during the current 25-year leases with both the Chiefs and Royals, ending in early 2031.
Bringing 900 General Services Administration employees to the Two Pershing Square office building next to Union Station, just months before the streetcar is expected to begin operating in 2015, is a solid and needed step to pump renewed life into downtown Kansas City.
To mangle the old song lyric: A handshake is just a handshake. But President Barack Obamas polite gesture to Cuban President Raul Castro upset the Cuban-American political community, which is not yet ready to learn Nelson Mandelas lesson of forgiveness, and the Fox News bloodhounds, who question Obamas motives at every sniff.
The challenge now is to build consensus for a plan to overcome the district’s long history of failure. Unfortunately, emails showing questionable behind-the-scenes maneuvering by Missouri Board of Education and Commissioner Chris Nicastro and others will make that much harder.
Sporting Kansas City has it all right now: enthusiastic hometown owners, a coach dedicated to winning, and a beautiful modern soccer stadium built partly with taxpayer funds. Oh, and the MLS championship, too.
The best crime prevention programs are jobs, good schools, and strong families and communities. Kansas City should be working full-tilt on those efforts. But dangerous individuals are in our midst right now, and leaders here appear to be well along on a smart strategy to deal with them.
As Kansas City nears endorsement of a resolution to champion the city’s role in the arts, the harder step is still ahead: Figuring out how to fund the vision.
The lesson in the tragic Arrowhead Stadium death is clear: Don’t try to handle a strange or threatening situation on your own. Don’t make hasty judgments and don’t take the law into your own hands.
A raise in the minimum wage — widely supported by most Americans — would be a great place to begin.
Here is a sample of the late South African president’s inspiring quotes from speeches, writings and other sources.
At once fierce and humble, wise and bold, Mandela ranks among the towering figures of world history. He is mourned at the end of a long life, in part because of the void he leaves behind.
At Fort Leavenworth’s advanced study program, future leaders contemplate and debate the future of the armed forces. Americans need to be part of the dialogue about our vision as a nation, the role of the military and how we relate to the world.
The Congressional Budget Office projects that all farm bill programs will amount to more than $900 billion over 10 years. Nutrition programs account for nearly 80 percent of the total. Yes, that’s real money. But it also addresses real need for the nation’s poor.
Far too many students leave college with little but an unfinished transcript. Kansas’ new reverse-transfer initiative will allow some of those people to obtain an associate degree — and perhaps the motivation for more.
Boeing’s scouting expedition reveals a company with boundless demands and limited loyalties. Today’s lucky suitor could easily turn out to be tomorrow’s jilted castoff.
President Barack Obama and his administration must put an end to excessive reliance on closed meetings. National security matters may legitimately dictate privacy, but many other gatherings recently closed are public business and should be available to independent press photographers.
An extensive, 13-year makeover has breathed new life into the Kansas Capitol, once referred to as the Sunflower State’s most iconic building. This bold initiative cost nearly $332 million. That is pricey, but for Kansans who take pride in their beloved state Capitol, it is worth the outlay.
Steve Paul, who joins The Stars Editorial Board as a writer and columnist, has worked on the sports, business and metro desks before joining the features department in 1985. Since then, he has served as book critic, senior writer and arts editor, with stints as a special assignment writer and projects editor as well as a recent run as a restaurant critic on the side.
The Missouri secretary of state’s new elections integrity unit should offer citizens a look at some of the things can go wrong — or not — in the runup to elections and at the polls. It has the potential to become a valuable resource for elections officials, poll workers and citizens.
Expanding Kansas City’s streetcar system is going to take lots of money, and no one knows exactly where it will come from yet. But the most important step for now is to properly research where the next tracks should go.
Remember, in the land of leftovers, nothing is beyond redemption.
We’re all in favor of more people walking on sidewalks and biking along downtown streets. But one or even a few more drive-throughs are not going to harm the rebirth of downtown Kansas City.
As families finish Thanksgiving purchases, keep in mind those in our community who are without a meal. By coming together, Kansas City residents can help make sure no one is left hungry this season.
The recent death of a Shawnee Mission West High School student in a crossover crash on Interstate 435 should increase the potential for installing cable median barriers along parts of that highway in Kansas. Safety experts should push to install the barriers in that area if its a cost-effective way to save lives and prevent injuries to motorists.
Citizens of Kansas City — and the integrity of the Police Department — were well served by a process that began the day after the incident when a supervisor reviewed film of the arrest taken by a police cruiser dashboard camera.
Airlines, do not bite on the proposed new “freedom” to allow cellphone banter inflight. Please. For the flying public’s sanity.
Costly pensions have caused financial headaches for many cities and led to cuts in public services. The latest reforms should help protect Kansas Citians from facing that dilemma.
At meetings Monday and Tuesday, the City Council should approve a fix to the citys red-light camera laws. The changes in a proposed new ordinance would adhere to a court ruling and would allow ticketing to resume.