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As I prepare to leave Kansas City for a move out of state, I think sadly about leaving certain people and places behind. We have many venues to be proud of, without doubt, but one deserves to be brought to your readers’ attention.
Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Products have petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to relieve them from compliance with the Affordable Care Act, claiming that their religious beliefs are being violated.
If a 10-year-old boy must have a tube forced down his throat to keep him alive after he was shot sitting in a car at a Kansas City gas station, then some able-bodied adults can muster the fortitude to call the TIPS Hotline.
Instead of using the situation to begin a healthy conversation about free speech and social media in academia, the regents seized it as an opportunity to squelch freedom of expression at the six state universities.
Kansas City often cant compete with much of what Boston and other East Coast elites such as New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. can offer. But more optimistically, Kansas City can compete for new residents and jobs on issues that are extremely important to people in general and millennials specifically.
That sure was a lot of fun on Wednesday, as some Missouri Republicans revved up their inane bid to impeach Gov. Jay Nixon. It also was yet another waste of time by our taxpayer-supported lawmakers in Jefferson City.
The Republican-controlled Missouri legislature passed a $620 million tax cut bill that would devastate services in Missouri. Fortunately for Missourians, Gov. Jay Nixon is taking a different view. The bad legislation will decimate state finances, wiping away all taxes for people who earn more than $9,000 a year.
The Labor Department said the unemployment rate for 2013 college graduates people ages 20 to 29 with a four-year or advanced degree was 10.9 percent. That compares pretty well with 13.3 percent in 2012 and was the lowest it has been since 7.7 percent in 2007 before the start of the Great Recession.
No matter what happens in the midterm election this November, a larger political scenario looms for 2016. For the Democrats right now, the presumptive, though not entirely certain, presidential nominee is Hillary Clinton.
Based on what I saw and heard at a Boston literary event last weekend, the state of American literature remains healthy and diverse. NoViolet Bulawayos novel We Need New Names burnishes the notion that American literature, like America itself, is a melting pot, enriched as it ever has been by the voices of immigrants.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has signed the controversial (to put it mildly) education bill that attempts to correct funding inequities but also includes a serious threat to teachers job security and an opportunity for donors to write off most of the cost of sending certain students to private schools.
The Kansas Board of Regents appears to be digging in deeper on curbing freedom of speech on university campuses. This week, a work group of university faculty and other employees found that the board's policy on social media has had a chilling effect on open dialogue in academia. The regents then confirmed what had been feared on campuses: The work group was windowdressing.
Several months ago, owner Jimmy Frantze tasked a longtime friend with helping him rebuild not so much the literal space that is the work of the architects but what JJ’s had encompassed — what JJ’s meant to Frantze as an owner of nearly 30 years, to loyal staff as a place of employment, to regulars as a comfortable roosting spot, to connoisseurs for its world-class wine list and to Kansas City as an iconic, independent venue.
For years, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been the best membership recruitment the NRA could hope for: a walking, talking, Big Gulp-banning embodiment of government overreach. And look what hes done now, given the NRA yet another gift on the eve of their national convention.
A story over the weekend about a new program to combat sexual assault at Fort Riley took a look at an important subject. But at least one reader didnt think the tenor of the language matched the subject matter.
An emailer caught a bit of gobbledegook in the TV grid: NHL Hockey: Stanley Cup-slutspelet: Kvartsfinal 2:7. For some unfathomable reason, thats Swedish. Nothing wrong with such a listing in a Stockholm paper, but not in The Kansas City Star, please.
The murder spree that left three dead, as a man gone berserk thought he was mowing down Jews, has given Overland Park recognition for prejudice and violence, when that is the complete opposite of what Johnson County has stood for.
Last week Gov. Sam Brownback and the Kansas Legislature made historic strides in bringing more local control to Kansas school districts, particularly to Johnson County and, specifically to the Shawnee Mission School District. They also made great strides for higher education, which has been lost in all the publicity about K-12 funding.
Celebrating the Affordable Care Acts enrollment numbers, President Barack Obama, referring to Republicans, charged: They said nobody would sign up. Of course, no one said this. Obama, who aspired to tutor Washington about civility, is incapable of crediting opponents with other than base motives.
In many respects, America is back to the same giant concentrations of wealth and economic power that endangered democracy more than a century ago. Comcasts proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable for $45 billion is especially troublesome.
On my farm, genetically modified seeds have cut my use of insecticides and herbicides, saved fuel, saved labor and drastically reduced soil erosion. Those successes have been repeated all across the Corn Belt.
Silas, our son, graduates high school next spring and is knee-deep in campus visits and SAT test prep. As he talks aloud about his own future, we hear his inner conflict: Do I pursue what I love? Im not even sure what that is, yet. Maybe I should just pick a career that will make me a lot of money.
A recent Kansas State University study informs us that the Ogallala Aquifer is down 30 percent from original levels and that if pumping continues at current rates, 70 percent of the water will be gone in 50 years, writes Julene Bair, the author of The Ogallala Road: A Memoir of Love and Reckoning. She is speaking Thursday night at Unity Temple on the Plaza.
Make no mistake: This is a pre-emptive effort by Gov. Sam Brownback to sidestep future court orders to properly fund our schools, Paul Davis, a Democratic candidate for Kansas governor, writes of the recently enacted school financing law. Despite new funding included in this bill, the governor is quietly setting the stage for lower school funding in the future.