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Plan B could help improve KC ambulance billing

The protracted battle over who controls ambulance billing in Kansas City is far from over. That’s good news for taxpayers, who stand to benefit if a company called Intermedix can help the city bring in more revenue to cover the costs of rides for patients.

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Lawrence revs up a public art project

If the germinal phase of the “Ninth Street Corridor Project” is any indication, ArtPlace America’s recent $500,000 grant to the Lawrence Arts Center was money well spent. A spirit of originality, democracy and respect has permeated every step of the process.

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The Monday poll: Should the minimum wage be raised?

The president has asked Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour from its current paltry level of $7.25, though chances of that happening appear slim to none. On this Labor Day weekend, we want to hear what you think about proposals to raise the minimum wage.

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Leonard Pitts Jr.: An Uzi, a 9-year-old and American exceptionalism

We speak often and with pride of America’s exceptionalism — by which we mean our rights, our freedoms, our values. And they are, make no mistake, among the finest in the world. But there are days when the bullets fly and the blood flows and no one can give you a good reason why this had to happen, and it occurs to you that we are also exceptional in the sheer, stubborn stupidity of which we are all too often capable. Last week brought another such day. A man was killed by a 9-year-old wielding a submachine gun.

On Labor Day, a call to raise up part-time workers

Welcome to the “just in time” work world. It is swiftly making life more difficult for part-time workers who already struggle to provide for their families and to find a toehold in the post-recession economy.

Quit whining about Brownback’s appointment of conservative Supreme Court justice

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback last week appointed his former legal counsel — appeals court judge Caleb Stegall — to the state Supreme Court. That set off rounds of complaining from liberals and Democratic politicians. My reaction to the criticism: Stop whining. The more constructive advice: Get busy and make a change in the governor’s office if you’re so upset.

On Labor Day, a call to raise up part-time workers

Welcome to the “just in time” work world. It is swiftly making life more difficult for part-time workers who already struggle to provide for their families and to find a toehold in the post-recession economy.

Quit whining about Brownback’s appointment of conservative Supreme Court justice

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback last week appointed his former legal counsel — appeals court judge Caleb Stegall — to the state Supreme Court. That set off rounds of complaining from liberals and Democratic politicians. My reaction to the criticism: Stop whining. The more constructive advice: Get busy and make a change in the governor’s office if you’re so upset.

Homicides and disrespect fed the fury of Ferguson

Young black men in certain ZIP codes all over the United States are at high risk of death by homicide. Larger communities don’t care enough, or do enough, to stop the killing. Now a shooting by a police officer has added to the carnage.

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Fred Kaplan: Don’t bomb the Islamic State in Syria

First, there are no ground forces inside Syria that can both repel ISIS and serve as palatable American allies. Second, the Obama administration and the neighboring countries appear to have no strategy of what an intervention in Syria might look like or of what Syrian politics should look like in its aftermath.

Anita Hill’s saga on sexual harassment, unfortunately, continues to resonate

These days, Anita Hill’s audiences are overwhelmingly female and over 40. Most “millennials,” even otherwise informed ones, draw a blank on her name. And if they do know of her, some are dismissive. She’s that lady who complained about workplace comments that pale in comparison to the seemingly unending barrage of bad behavior seen today in politics.

Fred Kaplan: Don’t bomb the Islamic State in Syria

First, there are no ground forces inside Syria that can both repel ISIS and serve as palatable American allies. Second, the Obama administration and the neighboring countries appear to have no strategy of what an intervention in Syria might look like or of what Syrian politics should look like in its aftermath.

Anita Hill’s saga on sexual harassment, unfortunately, continues to resonate

These days, Anita Hill’s audiences are overwhelmingly female and over 40. Most “millennials,” even otherwise informed ones, draw a blank on her name. And if they do know of her, some are dismissive. She’s that lady who complained about workplace comments that pale in comparison to the seemingly unending barrage of bad behavior seen today in politics.

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Ferguson shows that real life is not a story

No recent event illustrates the need for factual information more clearly than the death of Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. As of this writing, we still know precious little about what really happened.

Nikki Hager: Millennials need to speak up and vote

“Generationally responsible spending is just one of the issues that Common Sense Action cares about,” writes Nikki Hager, who grew up in Mission and co-founded the Common Sense Action chapter at the University of Tulsa. ”CSA is the first bipartisan advocacy organization for millennials, based on 39 college campuses in 20 states.”

Ferguson shows that real life is not a story

No recent event illustrates the need for factual information more clearly than the death of Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. As of this writing, we still know precious little about what really happened.

Nikki Hager: Millennials need to speak up and vote

“Generationally responsible spending is just one of the issues that Common Sense Action cares about,” writes Nikki Hager, who grew up in Mission and co-founded the Common Sense Action chapter at the University of Tulsa. ”CSA is the first bipartisan advocacy organization for millennials, based on 39 college campuses in 20 states.”

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