A two-pronged attack on bullies at school and in the home is a combination that may save some of the devastating pain wrought by bullies, particularly cyber-bullies.
With all-district representation, a reform recently recommended by the The Charter Review Commission, Kansas City runs the risk of becoming a Tower of Babel, without a cohesive single voice for major citywide issues. Kansas City needs a blend. The city needs district voices, and it needs all-city voices.
President Barack Obama and the nation deserve a new slate of leaders to take over Health and Human Services, and thus the implementation of Obamacare, several parts of which have already been postponed a year.
Whatever the motive of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixons border war speech, in which he called for a moratorium within the region on offering generous tax incentives for businesses to move across the state line. it apparently backfired in Kansas, where work is going on quietly, behind the scenes.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie clearly is elevating the issue of reforming the teacher tenure system to become a key part of a presidential platform. And he can claim, rightfully, he accomplished it with bipartisan help. If Christie makes it to the Republican debates, you can be sure the issue will be front and center.
The urgency of finding new niches for Kansas City in this competitive world cannot be overestimated. In many ways, this area is being left behind. And our lack of solid job growth proves the point.
A plan as radical as Obamacare is bound to make winners and losers. According to our insurance broker, the small business I co-own with 18 employees will become one of the big losers. It is doubtful we can become winners.
Whether KanCare can truly continue to provide adequate services and slash expenses at the same time remains to be seen. In the meantime, we hope Finn Bullers lives a long life with whatever care is reasonably required.
Rex Sinquefield, the ultra-rich Missouri gadfly who single-handedly imposes his will on his states politics , claims the Kansas economy has been stimulated since income taxes were slashed and certain corporations received huge tax cuts. The Kansas economy is tracking most of the rest of the nation. There has been no discernible jolt upward.
Professor David Guth got the University of Kansas into this mess with his controversial anti-NRA tweet after the Navy Yard shooting in Washington, D.C. Guth should try to be rational enough, this time, to say what is appropriate and get the university out of this mess.
The End of the Suburbs is a catchy book title, but at least in Johnson County, sprawl is very much on the drawing board for the foreseeable future. After 2025, with a dearth of children, things may change dramatically. But for now, those who know our market best are betting on continued growth.
Republicans are going through the classic stages of grief over the passage of Obamacare. It occurred back in 2010, but to them, it feels like yesterday. It is as if someone dear to them has died. In this case, what died in their view is the finest medical system on the planet, along with the loss of personal freedoms.
Joe Biden should hang it up when his term as vice president expires, but he probably will do that only if Hillary Clinton decides to run for president in 2016. Clinton has her own flaws, to be sure, but I would far rather be led by her than by a dangerous Joe Biden any day.
How do you think an out-of-state executive will view Kansas when it is discovered that the state has one of the worst records in school funding, both K-12 and at the university level, in the nation since 2008?
Jackson County supporters dont need to look far to see how a medical research tax can benefit the community. The extra sales tax in Johnson County has proved to be a powerhouse of research, education and economic development.
The stakes are high because this nation must follow through when we have drawn a line in the sand and because we must stop the use of chemical weapons. Pray that the congressman from the Kansas 3rd District will be courageous, demonstrate his best judgment and follow his own instincts.
For a Democrat to be elected governor of Kansas in these times seems almost impossible, given that every elected statewide position is held by a Republican, and both chambers of the Legislature are very Republican.
The hatchet approach to cost savings is better than what we had before: no cuts at all, just a forever-growing government. Conservatives who truly believe in the magic of innovation under pressure should believe in that.
The ingredients for change are all there: Missouri now has the authority to merge districts, superintendents of neighboring districts would likely be lined up to support such a move, and history tells us we have a real possibility of making a profound difference in the lives of children.
The Postal Service now has the worst of all worlds. Taxpayers pay nothing to support the day-to-day activities, but Congress gets to control it. Congress needs to stop being hypocritical and myopic. Americas Postal Service should be first-class and remain so until the last American stops using it.
Dismantling the Kansas City school district and merging it with nearby districts is the right thing to do for the students and for the community at large. With a bold move, Kansas City schools disappear, and with them goes a horrible reputation that plagues the city.
Community leaders are embarrassed by our airport because it lacks the glitz of other airports. It doesnt give you a sense of modernity, of large masses of people, and it leaves you with the impression this is a small, not-so-up-to-date Kansas City. But what a price to pay, to give up all that convenience for an image.
Many of us are in favor of securing the U.S. border as airtight as possible, before major immigration reforms are implemented. But once the border is secured, we need to deal with the 11 million people living in nowhere land. A reasonable solution to an untenable situation is permanent residency.
It may be another generation before the vast majority of Americans accepts same-sex marriage. But the day will come. And many people will wonder why their parents and grandparents were so against same-sex marriage, when it will become simply a matter of fact.
Those of us who cherish schools as the states highest priority should not live under any delusions. Many legislators believe school funding is either adequate now, or many have expressed the view that schools should be cut back in funding.