<![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 Capitol Watch: Behind the Kansas welfare-to-work success story http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article18810930.html#storylink=rss In its quest to enact harsher restrictions on people seeking assistance, the Brownback administration has made good use this session of Kansas City, Kan., resident Valerie Cahill, who speaks eloquently of her own journey from public assistance to self-reliance. But Cahill’s experience probably isn’t typical of a welfare recipient getting into the workforce.

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Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:15:28 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article18810930.html
The Monday Poll: Are tougher welfare laws fair? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article18813087.html#storylink=rss Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed a law tightening requirements for welfare recipients last week, and the Missouri General Assembly sent its own version of limitations in a bill to Gov. Jay Nixon. We’d like to know what readers think about the packages.

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Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:34:06 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article18813087.html
Should journalists name police officers involved in fatalities? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article18783486.html#storylink=rss Law enforcement officials have a much tougher, more dangerous job than most of us. When police are involved in fatalities, does news coverage naming the officers put them in undue peril?

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Americans need to see the details of the Trans-Pacific trade deal http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article18813207.html#storylink=rss The Obama administration is negotiating a huge international trade deal in secret. This is neither tea party fantasy nor conspiracy theory. It is the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Before the nation signs on, the public needs to see what is in it.

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Readers share views on hope, politics and 401(k)s http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article18813960.html#storylink=rss April 17, 2015: One year after the fatal shootings at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom, the community again came together to say hatred, bigotry and evil will not be tolerated.

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Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:00:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article18813960.html
New Kansas jobs report wipes the smile off Gov. Sam Brownback’s face http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article18751845.html#storylink=rss The latest jobs report for Kansas released Friday just wiped the smile off Gov. Sam Brownback’s face, as employment fell by 2,400 in March. Overall, the state now has gained just 1,900 jobs in 2015.

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Sly James’ embarrassing late-tax problems get even worse http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article18720510.html#storylink=rss The tax-related problems of Kansas City Mayor Sly James are worse than initially reported. He’s failed to pay his personal property taxes on time for the last three years. That’s embarrassing.

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By falsifying test scores, educators robbed their students http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article18767874.html#storylink=rss Atlanta isn’t alone among public school districts that have been accused of questionable gains in student achievement in recent years. The scandals are raising questions about the pressure being put on schools over standardized testing.

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Area is rolling along toward becoming a more bicycle-friendly community http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article18714120.html#storylink=rss Overland Park has set a high bar that other cities should try to meet or exceed in expanding bicycle networks metrowide. The leaders of the progressive suburb this week approved an ambitious but achievable plan to add more than 260 miles of bike-friendly lanes over the next few decades.

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Thu, 16 Apr 2015 17:08:10 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article18714120.html
Brian Noland: Low-wage workers seek the true value of their labor — higher pay http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/midwest-voices/article18791502.html#storylink=rss The movement for a $15-per-hour minimum wage is not about a handout for teenagers. According to The Washington Post, the average fast-food worker is 35 years old, a third of all fast-food workers are over 40 and only 12 percent are 20 years old or younger.

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Gov. Sam Brownback’s new welfare law underscores the folly of demanding self-reliance at $7.25 an hour http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article18704610.html#storylink=rss Any politician who advocates “self-reliance” for the poor should be joining the march for a livable wage and reliable hours. See you at the next rally, Gov. Sam Brownback?

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Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:49:29 CDT

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Mayor Sly James can be hotheaded, which can be good or bad http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article18624132.html#storylink=rss Mayor Sly James appears ready to rumble with anyone who crosses him, which can be a pretty entertaining sight for Kansas Citians. Being in a bit of a bad mood seems to be more common than ever for James, though, and that’s not always a good look for the city’s top politician.

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Mac Margolis: Latin America turns the page without its literary rebel http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/syndicated-columnists/article18626805.html#storylink=rss Eduardo Galeano, one of Latin America’s most fiery authors, died Monday at 74, after a long bout with lung cancer. The Uruguyan writer, who did with prose what Ernesto “Che” Guevara did with a bandoleer and inspired rebels around the globe, had already seen the world turn.

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Michael Gerson: On Iran nuclear deal, President Obama is desperately seeking a legacy http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/syndicated-columnists/article18711801.html#storylink=rss Who proposed that the State Department issue an interpretive fact sheet before the deal was sealed? The Iranian negotiators were bound to feel ambushed. Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, had work to do in selling an agreement at home.

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Readers share views on ‘concern trolling,’ Gov. Sam Brownback and Uber http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article18711537.html#storylink=rss April 16, 2015: I learned a new term: “concern trolling.” Concern trolling is performed by individuals or companies to get free advertising.

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Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:00:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article18711537.html
Drowsy drivers create more problems on roads than previously thought http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article18765996.html#storylink=rss The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that more than one in five fatal crashes involve driver fatigue.

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Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:15:12 CDT

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Gender pay equity bill could make employers smarter about what they pay women http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article18726486.html#storylink=rss Women are used to incremental gains for their gender, sometimes painstakingly glacial. But efforts to establish best-practice guidelines for addressing gender pay equity are slowly gathering support in Missouri through the legislature.

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Climate change being measured in property damage, loss of life and costs in billions of dollars http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article18690846.html#storylink=rss contains illegal HTML markup:

As we jet toward Earth Day on April 22, the American Academy of Actuaries has released a report on climate change titled “Essential Elements” on the frequency and severity of weather related events, and the information isn’t pretty.

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Happy days of air travel hardly joyful http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article18682968.html#storylink=rss More flights are late, causing people to miss vital connections to get to destinations. On-time flight arrivals fell from 78.4 percent in 2013 to 76.2 percent in 2014, according to two university researchers’ annual report.

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Jeff Roe’s lips are moving but is he telling the truth? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article18656616.html#storylink=rss contains illegal HTML markup:

Finally coming out of hiding, political consultant Jeff Roe now says he paid for the radio ad that attacked Republican Tom Schweich days before the Missouri auditor committed suicide. Roe also claims Catherine Hanaway — the GOP gubernatorial candidate he favored over Schweich — knew nothing about the ad. But a form filed Wednesday with the Missouri Ethics Commission reveals a few interesting tidbits.

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Wed, 15 Apr 2015 07:00:00 CDT

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Better pay for low-wage workers would benefit everyone http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article18626067.html#storylink=rss Fast-food servers, custodians, hotel attendants and underpaid adjunct college professors all converged on midtown in what may have been the largest show of solidarity since organized calls for fair and livable wages began a couple of years ago. It’s time for policymakers to get on board. This is an issue that ought to inspire bipartisan support.

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Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:26:10 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article18626067.html
Tom Schweich’s suicidal thoughts, rough politics and a loaded gun http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article18541805.html#storylink=rss The proper question is not why an emotionally volatile man like Tom Schweich was running for governor of Missouri. Intense, driven people often accomplish the most. A more useful question is why Schweich kept guns in his home. Police confiscated two after his death.

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Tue, 14 Apr 2015 19:25:10 CDT

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Readers share views on police work, election reform and union support http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article18626820.html#storylink=rss April 15, 2015: We were instructed at the police academy that the weapon on your hip was there to protect the police officer or any person being threatened by someone with ill intent. When a person is fleeing and doesn’t have the ability to harm others, the officer does not have the right to use deadly force.

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Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:37:01 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article18626820.html
Stowers Foundation incentive should restart talks between Academie Lafayette, Kansas City Public Schools http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article18626868.html#storylink=rss The pledge of $2 million from the Stowers Foundation is a powerful incentive for Academie Lafayette and Kansas City Public Schools to resume talks over starting a new International Baccalaureate high school at the Southwest Early College Campus.

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Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:38:07 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article18626868.html
Kathleen Parker: Facing the not-so-fierce urgency of the presidential campaign http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/syndicated-columnists/article18626490.html#storylink=rss The juxtaposition of yesterday and tomorrow was vividly on display in the presidential race as Hillary Clinton and Sen. Marco Rubio announced their candidacies this week. Once Americans regained their equilibrium from this staggering news, they must have noticed the stark contrast between the two.

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Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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Low-wage workers annually cost taxpayers $153 billion in public assistance, a new report says http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article18610185.html#storylink=rss The report said 56 percent of all state and federal spending on public assistance programs goes to working families. That includes Medicaid/Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF), food stamps and earned income tax credit.

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Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:42:03 CDT

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Mayor Sly James offers weak excuse for his late tax payment http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article18596814.html#storylink=rss It’s true: Many people fail to pay their personal or house property taxes on time in Jackson County. This is also true: One of those persons should not have been Mayor Sly James.

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Catherine Hanaway takes the reins of foolish no-new-taxes posse http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article18543266.html#storylink=rss Catherine Hanaway trots out the same anti-government nonsense that elected officials — paid with tax dollars, naturally — use every time the possibility of higher taxes comes up.

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A great welcome back for the Nichols memorial, Kansas City’s most famous of fountains http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article18525128.html#storylink=rss Sunshine, civic leaders and school musical groups greeted the return of the J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain, Kansas City’s most iconic public place of water-spouted art. The beautifully restored bronze grouping of heroic figures on horseback and dolphin-riding children had spent recent months with conservators, and the city’s Parks and Recreation Department chose the annual Fountain Day to celebrate the preservation and turn the water back on.

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Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:29:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article18525128.html