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Jackson County reassessment was smoother and more accurate

When Jackson County officials badly botched reassessment in 2013, more than 15,500 property owners came forward to request lower property values and tax bills. But this year’s smoother, more professional reassessment inspires confidence that the county is getting its act together in providing one of its most crucial public services.

Barbara Shelly

For too many students, there’s no school to call home

Destructive student mobility is a symptom of other things, like poverty, a dearth of economic opportunity and a public education system that has been eroded by foolish experimentation and turmoil at the state level. Until those problems are eased, students and families will remain on the move.

Jackson County reassessment was smoother and more accurate

When Jackson County officials badly botched reassessment in 2013, more than 15,500 property owners came forward to request lower property values and tax bills. But this year’s smoother, more professional reassessment inspires confidence that the county is getting its act together in providing one of its most crucial public services.

For too many students, there’s no school to call home

Destructive student mobility is a symptom of other things, like poverty, a dearth of economic opportunity and a public education system that has been eroded by foolish experimentation and turmoil at the state level. Until those problems are eased, students and families will remain on the move.

A digital city emerges, but the path is unclear

As a wired city, Kansas City has been learning from places like Barcelona and Amsterdam. It has set baselines for other metro areas that are becoming wired for high-speed service. Yet it could easily fall behind. It’s not just speed that counts.

Jackson County reassessment was smoother and more accurate

When Jackson County officials badly botched reassessment in 2013, more than 15,500 property owners came forward to request lower property values and tax bills. But this year’s smoother, more professional reassessment inspires confidence that the county is getting its act together in providing one of its most crucial public services.

For too many students, there’s no school to call home

Destructive student mobility is a symptom of other things, like poverty, a dearth of economic opportunity and a public education system that has been eroded by foolish experimentation and turmoil at the state level. Until those problems are eased, students and families will remain on the move.

A digital city emerges, but the path is unclear

As a wired city, Kansas City has been learning from places like Barcelona and Amsterdam. It has set baselines for other metro areas that are becoming wired for high-speed service. Yet it could easily fall behind. It’s not just speed that counts.

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Readers react to the Keystone pipeline, the Iran nuclear agreement and immigration

Sept. 3, 2015: It has not been established how many and for how long the Keystone XL pipeline will provide jobs. But one thing is for sure. All the money and security deposits will not reverse the environmental damage caused by the Exxon Valdez, the BP tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico and many more oil spills here and in other countries.

A keyboard Nazi who became a killer

White supremacist F. Glenn Miller, Jr. slithered into the Kansas City area hunting Jewish victims, and took three innocent lives in 2014. His trial this week illuminated disconcerting parallels with viewpoints that are common, unchallenged and flatout offensive in America.

Readers react to the Keystone pipeline, the Iran nuclear agreement and immigration

Sept. 3, 2015: It has not been established how many and for how long the Keystone XL pipeline will provide jobs. But one thing is for sure. All the money and security deposits will not reverse the environmental damage caused by the Exxon Valdez, the BP tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico and many more oil spills here and in other countries.

A keyboard Nazi who became a killer

White supremacist F. Glenn Miller, Jr. slithered into the Kansas City area hunting Jewish victims, and took three innocent lives in 2014. His trial this week illuminated disconcerting parallels with viewpoints that are common, unchallenged and flatout offensive in America.

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Today's Circulars

Rodger Bowman: Education still is the great equalizer

Education levels the playing field for anyone wanting to succeed in life. I’ve spent my entire life in education. Both private and public. Mostly public. Teaching, administrating, training and leading. I firmly believe in it. And the results it can produce.

Allan Katz: The Iran debate is a fact-free zone

Allan Katz of Kansas City, who served as U.S. ambassador to Portugal from 2010 to 2103 and is the founder of the American Public Square, writes: A vigorous, fact-based debate on the Iran nuclear deal is needed — for the country and the world. The capacity for such debates is vitally important to the fiber of democracy, but we seem unable to achieve them today on any issue of great importance.

Let’s now praise Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback

A majority of Kansans re-elected Brownback after four years, so they must have liked what he was doing enough to send him back to Topeka. Those voices are rarely heard. In the spirit of fairness, I will attempt to air those favorable views.

Rodger Bowman: Education still is the great equalizer

Education levels the playing field for anyone wanting to succeed in life. I’ve spent my entire life in education. Both private and public. Mostly public. Teaching, administrating, training and leading. I firmly believe in it. And the results it can produce.

Allan Katz: The Iran debate is a fact-free zone

Allan Katz of Kansas City, who served as U.S. ambassador to Portugal from 2010 to 2103 and is the founder of the American Public Square, writes: A vigorous, fact-based debate on the Iran nuclear deal is needed — for the country and the world. The capacity for such debates is vitally important to the fiber of democracy, but we seem unable to achieve them today on any issue of great importance.

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