Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and others are taking a libertarian perspective on the violence that has followed the Aug. 9 fatal police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb. The approach is likely to appeal to younger voters from across the political spectrum.
I have no idea about the truth of Michael Brown’s death. But I do know that no police officer goes to work wanting to shoot somebody that day. Some criminals do, though. And it seems to me that they should be the object of public rage and revulsion.
By most measures, the GOP incumbent in the U.S. Senate race enters the fall campaign as the favorite. He’ll have more money, everyone knows him, and he’s a Republican in a Republican state in a Republican year. Yet there are interesting warning signs.
The shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Mo., stirs up anger about cops and confrontations with young black men and about how such cases shouldn’t be boiled down to unhelpful shorthand.
This “motion picture review” of MGM’s “The Wizard of Oz” appeared Sunday, Aug. 20, 1939, in The Kansas City Star. The film played a one-week exclusive engagement starting Aug. 18 at Loew’s Midland theater, 1228 Main St.
“We have to go east and west,” Kansas City Mayor Sly James says. “There are too many things in this city that go north and south.” Divisions such as the ones that split Missouri and Kansas and divide the races the aren’t natural. they’re man-made. Voters can dissolve them if they want.
Forty years ago this week, the 37th president resigned in disgrace. Richard Nixon was a crook, yet until Watergate, he played the game almost to perfection. He got some things done, which is more than the folks in Washington today can say.
Kansas and Missouri colleges have partnered up to save students from losing credits that won’t transfer from community college to a four-year school. College officials say it is playing a major role in increasing the number of people completing a higher education.
President Barack Obama promises yet another speech on the economy this week in Kansas City. Voters sense speeches aren’t enough. For all the blather from Democrats and Republicans, the public knows politicians are locked in a 20th-century argument over 21st-century challenges.
With two weeks to go until the Aug. 4 primaries in Missouri and Kansas, the campaigns seem unusually listless this season. Sluggish campaigns lead to low turnout, and it’s going to be hard to awaken voters in the next two weeks.