<![CDATA[News Columns & Blogs | The Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com]]> http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/ en-us Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:58:27 CDT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:58:27 CDT News Columns & Blogs 60 Dave Helling: Video is a powerful storyteller but doesn’t always tell the whole story http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article29854000.html#storylink=rss We’re entering a video age, but we must be careful. Video images can be easily manipulated. Videos have beginnings and ends, unlike reality. Video distortions are rarely a problem in news because reporters and photographers still try very hard to match their work with the facts. When a video producer has a point of view, though, motive is an important thing to consider.

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Mon, 03 Aug 2015 11:07:40 CDT

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Joe Robertson: History tumbles down with 115-year-old school, but all may not be lost http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article29821153.html#storylink=rss Pieces of the ornate archways have been preserved in the demolition of Kansas City’s Thacher Elementary School, allowing for reconstruction of a historic archway and some consolation to frustrated preservationists.

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Sun, 02 Aug 2015 18:59:20 CDT

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Steve Kraske: As politicians run wild, who’s up and who’s down? http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article29646934.html#storylink=rss Donald Trump, Jeb Bush and President Barack Obama are climbing the charts in terms of political performance, but lots of others (where have you gone, Rand Paul?) are down, baby, down.

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Dave Helling: Charitable groups are edging closer to the political arena http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/article29407249.html#storylink=rss The government provides a tax break for charitable donations because charities do good things and they need money. It comes at a cost, however. The federal government will forgo about $250 billion in revenue over the next five years to provide the deduction.

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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:34:00 CDT

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Dave Helling: Vacancies in Missouri legislature leave voters without a voice http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article28844713.html#storylink=rss Seats in the Missouri General Assembly once held by Sen. Paul LeVota, Rep. Noel Torpey and Rep. John Diehl are vacant, and there’s evidence that for partisan reasons Gov. Jay Nixon has not called special elections to fill them. This means some voters could be unrepresented in Jefferson City until January 2017.

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Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:41:43 CDT

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Mará Rose Williams: For many grads, optimism runs into reality in job market http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article29024194.html#storylink=rss Because they’re entering an improved job market, today’s college graduates might be a little too confident that they’ll land the perfect job in their field and bring home big bucks.

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Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:39:50 CDT

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Steve Kraske: Don’t hold your breath over big changes for women in Jefferson City http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article28619443.html#storylink=rss The anti-woman culture in the Missouri Capitol dates back decades, and changing it means altering deeply entrenched practices and mores.

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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 15:34:52 CDT

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Dave Helling: Hotel plan and library show that taxpayers weigh the costs and benefits of public projects all the time http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article28341046.html#storylink=rss It’s ironic that Crosby Kemper III is against the public-private hotel deal. There are reasons to oppose the agreement — it disguises the full cost of the public’s investment, it may drive some caterers out of business, it may require additional subsidies — but the head of a public library is in a pretty poor position to point those reasons out.

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Wed, 22 Jul 2015 15:28:47 CDT

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Dave Helling: New downtown Kansas City hotel won’t fail — but won’t succeed either http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article27966619.html#storylink=rss Expanding a city’s convention business is tough, and other cities are building hotels and civic centers, too. The unwinnable race for conventioneers probably means Kansas City will have to adjust its public financing for a new convention hotel — and voters might be OK with that.

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Mon, 20 Jul 2015 18:27:35 CDT

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Alan Bavley: Mental health ‘disaster’ stirs dark memories for ex-Osawatomie patient http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article27870814.html#storylink=rss Because of her bad experience at Osawatomie State Hospital in the 1960s, Sharon Jacobs became part of a patients’ rights movement that brought improved care to the Kansas mental health system. Now, the Overland Park woman says the system is in shambles, no better than it was when she was committed.

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Sun, 19 Jul 2015 15:57:01 CDT

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Steve Kraske: Missouri’s Peter Kinder fights past eccentricities and controversy http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article27440965.html#storylink=rss Missouri’s three-term lieutenant governor still ranks as a formidable candidate for governor despite quirks and issues that would have sunk other politicians.

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Fri, 17 Jul 2015 09:00:00 CDT

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Dave Helling: Crowded primaries are a decidedly mixed blessing in Missouri and the rest of the U.S. http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article27337222.html#storylink=rss The GOP field for the 2016 Missouri governor’s race is crowded, as is the Republican presidential race. That shows the party’s strength, but it suggests a big hurdle in the fall.

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Wed, 15 Jul 2015 15:27:50 CDT

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Dave Helling: Republicans hurt themselves by skipping Kansas City and La Raza http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article27171706.html#storylink=rss A Republican candidate might have gotten a boost by going to the National Council of La Raza this week — and standing out from the crowd. It was a political opportunity lost.

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Mon, 13 Jul 2015 17:58:07 CDT

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Mará Rose Williams: Teaching safe relationships a proposed addition to sex education classes http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article27091429.html#storylink=rss Sex education would include safe relationship teaching if McCaskill’s proposed amendment is included in the reauthorizied Education reform Act.

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Sun, 12 Jul 2015 17:13:09 CDT

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Steve Kraske: Donald Trump and crowded GOP field for Missouri governor make life good for Democrats http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article26990959.html#storylink=rss Presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s statements about immigrants and what’s sure to be a contentious Republican gubernatorial primary have Missouri Democrats buoyant about 2016.

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Fri, 10 Jul 2015 16:12:46 CDT

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Dave Helling: Policy choices are equations, not just numbers http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article26826535.html#storylink=rss The country’s political class typically sees issues as either/or affairs. But the reality is closer to an equation: To get something, you have to give up something. The task, always, is balancing costs with outcomes.

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Wed, 08 Jul 2015 18:54:27 CDT

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How satisfied are you with the makeup of the first GOP debate? http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article29995938.html#storylink=rss Here’s a guess that most folks will be just fine with how the Republican field was split between the prime-time debate and the late-afternoon affair

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Tue, 04 Aug 2015 19:25:33 CDT

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TheChat: Pat Roberts sees no upside in proposed new climate plan http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article29884744.html#storylink=rss And...a KU professor suggests that gleaning great insights in the first GOP presidential debate on Thursday is highly unlikely

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Mon, 03 Aug 2015 23:01:00 CDT

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Milton Wolf says he’s been cleared by Kansas Board of Healing Arts http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article29859994.html#storylink=rss The 2014 Republican Senate candidate who may run again says the board has filed no charges against him a year after news of the investigation broke

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Mon, 03 Aug 2015 12:21:27 CDT

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Special election to replace Paul LeVota in Missouri Senate unlikely this year http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article29869015.html#storylink=rss Paul LeVota announced he would resign from the Missouri Senate effective Aug. 23 following allegations he sexually harassed legislative interns. Waiting to officially vacate his seat might mean his district will go without a senator until well into 2016 — and maybe longer.

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Mon, 03 Aug 2015 13:56:46 CDT

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TheChat: Sen. Jerry Moran predicts that the Iranian nuclear deal will eventually go into effect http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article29736121.html#storylink=rss And....Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill admits that women senators sometimes “torment” the men

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Sun, 02 Aug 2015 20:41:00 CDT

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A call for telephone progress that has a ring of convenience http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article29666773.html#storylink=rss A wall-mounted wooden telephone with a crank on the side would seem, on reflection, to have been a rather primitive system. But I’m not sure that’s the case. Yes, telephone service has gotten digitized and much more automated. But more convenient? That’s an open question.

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Sat, 01 Aug 2015 09:00:00 CDT

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Sly James adds to mayor’s authority in proposing new, expanded committee structure http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article29661157.html#storylink=rss New committee chairs, named Thursday, can’t assume their jobs until the full council approves Sly James’ restructuring of the standing committee blueprint. It will take seven votes to do so.

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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 13:40:04 CDT

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TheChat: Emanuel Cleaver was dazzled by Barack Obama’s reception in Africa http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article29559781.html#storylink=rss And...Missouri GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Dixon talks about his once-upon-a-time sexual identity

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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:31:00 CDT

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Names begin to surface to succeed Missouri state Sen. Paul LeVota http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article29568679.html#storylink=rss Here they come: Democrats are beginning to jockey for the outgoing state senator’s Independence seat

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TheChat: Kansas Democratic leader dresses down Gov. Sam Brownback http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article29312164.html#storylink=rss And...in Missouri, gubernatorial candidate Catherine Hanaway calls for stiffer penalties for selling baby organs

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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:07:00 CDT

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TheChat: Rep. Sam Graves frets about the closing of rural hospitals http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article29092681.html#storylink=rss And...Sen. Claire McCaskill frets about Jon Stewart going off the air

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 22:12:00 CDT

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NOT the way to launch a campaign for Missouri governor http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article29255569.html#storylink=rss News media discloses that Republican Bob Dixon was once gay. Now married with kids, he opposes same-sex marriage

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 20:38:21 CDT

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Gov. Jay Nixon sets special elections for two KC-area state House seats http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article29177098.html#storylink=rss But the call does not include a special election for outgoing state Sen. Paul LeVota’s seat in Independence

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:55:36 CDT

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TheChat: Milton Wolf pounds Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts, but will he run again? http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article28797520.html#storylink=rss And...a Missouri political scientist isn’t convinced that the GOP race for governor has a frontrunner

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Mon, 27 Jul 2015 21:54:00 CDT

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