That’s been demonstrated year after year since 2010, when The Star and Harvesters first partnered on the KC Challenge, a virtual food drive aimed at feeding the area’s hungriest children. In five years, you’ve donated nearly $1 million. As this year’s drive enters the final days, there’s still time to contribute.
Stephen Colbert and Rush Limbaugh, as different as their politics may be, share an essential insight: Liberals and conservatives laugh at different things because they understand the world differently. Our polarization is as much cultural as it is political.
With the country focused on sexual assault on college campuses, parents and students need to know how to find out how safe a school is before they decide to enroll. Asking the right questions can help.
Talk to young people these days, and they’ll tell you how they don’t feel connected to Washington or Topeka or Jefferson City. I once felt that way, too. But they are paying such a steep price. Politicians know who votes out there. That tends to mean spending money on programs that benefit the elderly more than the young.
Attorney General Chris Koster blames Citizens United for unlimited campaign donations. He’s wrong, and Missouri could do something about it. Because by not limiting campaign donations, it becomes easier to purchase politicians.
Tens of thousands of local kids go without enough food on weekends. The Star is partnering with Harvesters to raise money for the area’s hungriest children. All money goes to Harvesters’ BackSnack program, which provides low-income children weekend meals. Just $25 provides a child BackSnacks for a month; $250 provides BackSnacks for a year. Everyone who donates before Christmas Eve will be entered in a drawing for a football autographed by Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.
While the two starkly different proposals to amend the Missouri Constitution are separate, the possibility of confusion is high, particularly if both get enough signatures and end up on the 2016 ballot. That confusion could doom any movement to legalize pot in the state.
Missouri courts lately have pondered how a defendant’s behavior during a bank heist should determine how he is charged. But guidance abounds for greedy and weak-minded thieves as well. To wit: Be polite, keep your hands visible and lay off the gangster talk.
Politics is boring because candidates and parties are out of ideas, relying instead on recreating stale strategies from the past. It doesn’t have to be that. But it will take candidates willing to admit government shutdowns and routine scandal-mongering are aging relics, not legitimate tools for fixing anything.
Police and prosecutors criticize a “no snitching” approach from the public, but the silence may reflect a deep fear of authorities. Kansas City is not immune. Authorities repeatedly ask for community help to solve a violent crime — the recent shooting of a 6-year old is an example — then watch, with exasperation, as passers-by clam up.
The Kansas governor insisted this week that he didn’t know before the election that the state would confront a budget shortfall this year. He should have talked to Duane Goossen, who has been sounding the alarm for months about enormous budget deficits.
We don’t want to think too hard about what we buy. We purchase our miraculous phones, big-screen TVs and tablet computers the same way we buy almost everything else: as cheaply as possible. That’s how capitalism is supposed to work. But let’s think a moment about the full cost of the goods and services we buy.
Reps. Marvin Kleeb of Overland Park and Ron Ryckman Jr. of Olathe will lead powerful legislative committees. Rep. Melissa Rooker of Fairway was removed from the education committee, where she had vigorously questioned conservative policies.