<![CDATA[Opinion | The Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com]]> http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/ en-us Wed, 21 Jan 2015 22:58:03 CST http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Wed, 21 Jan 2015 22:58:03 CST Opinion 60 Lee Judge cartoons: January-June 2015 http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorial-cartoons/lee-judge/article5293890.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Thu, 01 Jan 2015 12:45:17 CST http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorial-cartoons/lee-judge/article5293890.html The Monday Poll: What should the minimum wage be in Kansas City? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article21735360.html#storylink=rss The Kansas City Council has decided to spend the next two months talking about whether it will approve a higher minimum wage. We want your opinion on the issue.

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Fri, 22 May 2015 18:40:59 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article21735360.html
Get a local solution on a higher minimum wage http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article21731430.html#storylink=rss The marathon debate this week over whether to raise the minimum wage in Kansas City pretty much produced the best possible result for all sides. Now two topics deserve the most focus as this issue plays out over the next two months.

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Fri, 22 May 2015 18:13:59 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article21731430.html
Don’t cry for Chris Christie, for he earned the attention http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article21717417.html#storylink=rss No evidence has surfaced that Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey knew of the plan to shut down lanes of traffic as political payback to a mayor who failed to support Christie’s campaign. This has been widely reported. Yet Christie is still fuming.

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Fri, 22 May 2015 16:43:36 CDT

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Jobs plummet in Kansas at worst possible time for Gov. Sam Brownback amid budget crisis http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article21670374.html#storylink=rss The new jobs report released Friday contained all-around horrible news for Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, the Legislature and Kansans themselves.

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Fri, 22 May 2015 09:32:51 CDT

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Readers share views on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Michelle Obama and immigration http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article21731436.html#storylink=rss May 22, 2015: If the Trans-Pacific Partnership passes, we will need to change our Pledge of Allegiance to better reflect the new circumstances.

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Fri, 22 May 2015 18:14:02 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article21731436.html
The mission stalls as ISIS rebounds in Iraq and Syria http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article21700098.html#storylink=rss The hawks are circling and cackling. They question President Barack Obama’s strategy in the Middle East. But who really wants to see U.S. ground forces going back there in formidable numbers? As Obama and his spokesmen emphasize, the long-term strategy in this vexing conflict involves empowering Iraq and other allies in the region to take responsibility for the fight.

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Fri, 22 May 2015 15:02:28 CDT

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Ike Uri: Refugee crises and racial upheaval speak to an empathy deficit http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article21726423.html#storylink=rss Although many countries continue to remove racial barriers and develop in regard to equality and opportunity, the modern world continues to display alarming prejudices.

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Fri, 22 May 2015 17:38:22 CDT

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Merchant Marine veterans seek their place in history http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article21619380.html#storylink=rss Even this year, when the nation marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, it is too easy for forget the Merchant Marines and the role they played in that global war.

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Thu, 21 May 2015 17:11:43 CDT

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Students at Corinthian Colleges deserve debt relief, but what about the others? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article21624945.html#storylink=rss The implications of the Corinthian Colleges bankruptcy case are enormous. We could be witnessing the start of giant consequences for the failure of Congress and federal and state administrations to properly crack down on the predatory for-profit college industry.

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Thu, 21 May 2015 17:54:00 CDT

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Long Kansas legislative session is threatening courts, bioscience recruiting and local governments http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/article21504450.html#storylink=rss Legislators could revoke the disastrous income tax cuts that created the budget problem and go home. But they won’t. And while Kansas taxpayers foot the $43,000-a-day bill for a legislative session in overtime, lawmakers spend idle time conjuring up more destructive ideas.

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Wed, 20 May 2015 16:33:39 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/article21504450.html
Michael Gerson: As Hillary Clinton skates past scandals, standards fall http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/syndicated-columnists/article21629067.html#storylink=rss In the five weeks since Hillary Clinton announced her presidential candidacy, she has had a normal politician’s lifetime quota of scandals. Democrats face a political question: Does she really have the political skills to pull this off?

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Thu, 21 May 2015 18:30:29 CDT

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Dear Charles and David Koch: Help! Signed, Gov. Sam Brownback http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article21316011.html#storylink=rss Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s use of his own email account to communicate with private and public leaders is not good government. But just maybe the bumbling governor we’re used to seeing is kicking butt and taking names in those secret emails. Take a look.

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Mon, 18 May 2015 16:22:20 CDT

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Trudy Rubin: Using Iraq as a political cudgel in campaigning can boomerang http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/syndicated-columnists/article21506100.html#storylink=rss President Obama has erred on Iraq, but the origins of ISIS go back to before he took office and stem from mistakes made at the beginning of the war — for instance, when George W. Bush’s emissary, Paul Bremer, announced he was dissolving the Iraqi army.

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Wed, 20 May 2015 16:45:42 CDT

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Readers share views on Kansas government, political scandals and dressing up at Kauffman Stadium http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article21625128.html#storylink=rss May 21, 2015: Isn’t it more reckless to give the education industrial complex ever-increasing funds without any expectation of improved academic results for our students? It is reckless to demand more money from taxpayers when those taxpayers have no choice which schools their children attend or the liberal bias and curriculum that our children must endure?

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Thu, 21 May 2015 17:55:59 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article21625128.html
Kathleen Parker: ‘Swaddled Generation’ misses out on free speech on campus http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/syndicated-columnists/article21506355.html#storylink=rss It seems that mostly conservative sites and writers are concerned with the increasingly draconian suppression of free speech on college campuses. But then it is mostly conservative writers and speakers who are treated as if they’re bringing the Ebola virus rather than contrarian ideas to the sensitive ears of what we may as well name the “Swaddled Generation.”

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Wed, 20 May 2015 16:48:43 CDT

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A better and bigger Kansas City Zoo required time, money and persuasion http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article21627081.html#storylink=rss The zoo has become a constantly evolving, top-flight attraction that area residents can take great pride in supporting. Friday the facility officially opens its Orangutan Canopy.

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Thu, 21 May 2015 18:12:29 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article21627081.html
It’s time to fund a memorial for the Hyatt skywalk collapse in Kansas City http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article21605709.html#storylink=rss News that a new Hyatt hotel will be built in Kansas City’s downtown has underscored the unfinished work to commemorate a tragedy of the past, the 1981 skywalk collapse. Only about $60,000 remains to be raised.

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Thu, 21 May 2015 15:52:08 CDT

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Pembroke/Shawnee Mission East lacrosse photo page layout looks like bias to this reader http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article21608814.html#storylink=rss It isn’t only words that can give the impression of bias. A reader points out a page design she finds problematic.

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Thu, 21 May 2015 16:14:03 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article21608814.html
Readers share views on ‘right to work,’ the Missouri texting scandal and a boost in the minimum wage http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article21512499.html#storylink=rss May 20, 2015: Is paying fair-share fees like union dues a violation of First Amendment rights? If so, what about association dues and federal, state and local taxes? Why should I pay for any service that benefits me?

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Wed, 20 May 2015 17:26:44 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article21512499.html
Kemper Arena call for proposals encourages big vision but does not preclude demolition http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article21487443.html#storylink=rss Kansas City officials have issued the long awaited call for proposals to redevelop the underused Kemper Arena. Developers have until the end of the day Aug. 21 to submit viable proposals. Reading the small print, it’s clear that redevelopment proposals could include demolition of the vintage 1970s arena.

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Wed, 20 May 2015 13:55:09 CDT

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It is way past time for people to get smart about guns in America http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article21474093.html#storylink=rss Missouri appears to be one of the worst places in the nation for stupid tragedies involving guns.

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Wed, 20 May 2015 11:46:51 CDT

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Increasing minimum wage will increase competition for workers http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article21470655.html#storylink=rss Kansas City needs to join Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Calif., and Seattle in raising the minimum wage to $15 and not worry whether businesses will flee to the suburbs. Market forces will likely cause the exact opposite to happen.

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Wed, 20 May 2015 11:00:44 CDT

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Dangerous ideas popping up in bogged-down Kansas session http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article21415764.html#storylink=rss It’s dangerous letting Kansas lawmakers hang around Topeka this long. While some lawmakers are preoccupied with the slow-drip process of putting together a tax plan to balance the budget, others are using their time to propose more bad ideas.

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Tue, 19 May 2015 17:27:44 CDT

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Community vs. individual debate provides Paseo Academy students with life lessons http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article21402426.html#storylink=rss School ends Thursday for Carol Charismas’ seventh-grade English classes at Paseo Academy. But I will always remember the folk tale they covered that drove home important lessons.

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Tue, 19 May 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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Readers share views on Kansas City schools, the NRA and the Missouri texting scandal http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article21414888.html#storylink=rss May 19, 2015: I am shocked to hear that the superintendent for Kansas City Public Schools is moving on. What will happen next in Kansas City? A petition drive by Clay Chastain? As Yogi Berra once famously said, “It’s deja vu all over again.”

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Tue, 19 May 2015 10:00:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article21414888.html
Kansas City should pass a responsible plan to boost the minimum wage http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article21416589.html#storylink=rss Kansas City Council members are gearing up to hold one of their most contentious meetings in recent memory. The outcomes could affect thousands of local workers, large and small employers, and many building owners for years to come.

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Tue, 19 May 2015 17:32:54 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article21416589.html
Why bad decisions get made in government — for instance, Kansas http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article21410430.html#storylink=rss The whimsically titled book “Mistakes Were Made (but not by me)” details how humans sidestep logical thought processes, especially when convenient. It helps unravel political head-scratchers like the fiscal mess in the Sunflower State.

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Tue, 19 May 2015 16:50:27 CDT

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Editorial: Cable barriers best way to save lives on K-10 http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/joco-opinion/article21411231.html#storylink=rss Properly so, Johnson County’s elected officials are pressing state officials to take action that would protect lives along Kansas 10, which connects the county to Lawrence.

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Tue, 19 May 2015 16:56:23 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/joco-opinion/article21411231.html
Monday Poll results: A slow voting season is reflected in the numbers http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article21401865.html#storylink=rss Perhaps we should not be surprised that turnout was rather light for this week’s poll, which asked for your views on forthcoming Kansas City elections. The June 23 City Council campaigns appear to have gotten little attention, and respondents were fairly evenly divided on the topics we raised.

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Tue, 19 May 2015 15:27:43 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article21401865.html