<![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: July-December 2015 http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorial-cartoons/lee-judge/article25926961.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:10:02 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorial-cartoons/lee-judge/article25926961.html Questions remain about Ryan Stokes’ chaotic last night http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article29603233.html#storylink=rss Things had turned a bit chaotic outside the Power & Light District when a camera on a Kansas City police car recorded 24-year-old Ryan Stokes running across Grand Boulevard. He was one of a group of young people moving away from a spot where an officer had deployed pepper spray to break up an altercation. Within two minutes, Stokes would be fatally wounded by a police officer.

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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:14:35 CDT

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Thanks, President Obama: Feds will help rescue Gov. Sam Brownback’s shaky budget http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article29598400.html#storylink=rss Gov. Sam Brownback wasn’t in the Kansas Capitol on Thursday. Instead, he made budget director Shawn Sullivan reveal that the state will accept nearly $18 million in federal funds for a program that provides health care for children.

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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:43:10 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article29598400.html
National Museum of Toys and Miniatures in Kansas City is a joyfully renovated shrine to playthings http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article29544112.html#storylink=rss When visitors return to the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures on Saturday, they will discover what a difference a yearlong renovation and an $11 million capital campaign can make. With a bright and fresh new layout and a wholly transformed exhibit strategy, the museum, at 52nd and Oak streets, can now make a justifiable claim as an essential destination for locals and visitors alike.

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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:18:41 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article29544112.html
UMKC officers and Kansas City police work together for a safer campus http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article29604496.html#storylink=rss Don’t let the tragic events in Cincinnati cloud your judgment of campus police officers. In Kansas City, we have the best of both worlds because the Kansas City Police Department works with University of Missouri-Kansas City campus officers to keep students and the community safe.

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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:23:21 CDT

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Minimum wage debate is a fight worth having in Kansas City http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article29474473.html#storylink=rss Evidence is mounting that the worthwhile battle to increase the minimum wage in Kansas City is going to be extremely messy. The stakes are high. The goal is to require businesses to more fairly reward employees in low-paying jobs.

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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:53:11 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article29474473.html
Thomas Friedman: Will the Iran deal end the Mideast’s time warp? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/syndicated-columnists/article29588155.html#storylink=rss The U.S.-Iran nuclear deal marks a big change. But because it will lead to an end to economic sanctions on Iran, it could turbocharge 1979 as easily as end it.

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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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Preservationists will survey buildings of 1945-1975 to determine how modern is Kansas City http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article29472472.html#storylink=rss This spring the nonprofit Historic Kansas City Foundation placed the general category of modern architecture on its annual list of endangered places. And this week the foundation and Kansas City’s Historic Preservation Office launched an effort to wrap their arms around the city’s modern buildings.

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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:47:03 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article29472472.html
Johnson County must reject the Kansas GOP’s toxic dogma http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article29394565.html#storylink=rss In a stunningly positive move, the Johnson County Commission is on the verge of passing a budget that would be a 180-degree turnaround from the damaging turmoil pursued by the GOP in the Kansas Legislature. Johnson Countians should be saying a huge “thank you” to the five commissioners who are pursuing this action.

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Readers react to women’s health, Obamacare and mental health in Kansas http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article29590243.html#storylink=rss July 30, 2015: The 2016 funding proposal from a House appropriations subcommittee is set to ax Title X, the nation’s program for funding family planning.

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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:00:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article29590243.html
Kathleen Parker: President Obama offers truth out of Africa as GOP fools rush in — again and again and again http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/syndicated-columnists/article29422309.html#storylink=rss It is good to be President Barack Obama these days. In the midst of a visit to Africa, including Kenya, where Republican front-runner Donald Trump has insisted Obama was born, the president seems to have been liberated by events and circumstances to speak his true mind.

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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:31:55 CDT

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Rekha Basu: For women, sports are a ticket to freedom http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/syndicated-columnists/article29421133.html#storylink=rss Sports are usually described in terms of their artistry and technique, the ticket sales they generate and the cultlike status of their top scorers. But for young women denied basic freedoms of movement, dress and self-determination, sports can also be a ticket to freedom and a form of political resistance.

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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:25:10 CDT

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Readers react to driving while using a cellphone, college education and guns http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article29473579.html#storylink=rss July 29, 2015: Driving while using a cellphone is worse than driving drunk and should be treated as such by law. Every day I see someone on the thumb machine crossing over into another lane close to me or another car.

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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:00:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article29473579.html
Beware the fishing expeditions against Planned Parenthood http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article29241769.html#storylink=rss Responses to a scandal involving the national Planned Parenthood organization are to be expected in states where politicians are anxious to burnish their anti-abortion credentials. But the hastily called investigations should not be allowed to morph into fishing expeditions or to violate patient privacy.

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:06:43 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article29241769.html
Ignore Gov. Sam Brownback’s wrong ‘facts’ on Kansas teacher pay http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article29232601.html#storylink=rss Kansas’ teachers do earn a bit more in salary and supplemental pay than Missouri’s. But the gap in compensation is far smaller than the one Gov. Sam Brownback displayed last week in an inaccurate chart.

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:41:11 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article29232601.html
Stop the insanity: Missouri must help, not hurt, immigrant college students http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article29245153.html#storylink=rss Was the recent change to the preamble of the higher education appropriations bill legal? The Missouri attorney general needs to determine that now before good, qualified college students are priced out of Missouri’s higher education.

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:39:49 CDT

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KC should be picked for HUD grant to revitalize part of Northeast community http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article29536957.html#storylink=rss Let’s hope Kansas City is picked for a federal neighborhood transformation grant to improve a long-neglected part of town.

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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:01:19 CDT

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Homeownership in U.S. slips to 1967 level, census data show http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article29362477.html#storylink=rss The declining homeownership rate in the United States indicates that the housing market hasn’t fully recovered from the Great Recession, and neither have young potential home buyers.

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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:34:17 CDT

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Petition underway to rollback KC minimum wage increase http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article29348695.html#storylink=rss The group of restaurant and business owners out to overturn Kansas City’s new minimum wage law is likely counting on paycheck envy in its hopes to collect enough signatures for a referendum election.

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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:05:40 CDT

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McClatchy cartoons for the week of July 27, 2015 http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/article29105257.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:50:23 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/article29105257.html Readers react to the Confederate flag, the transportation bill and Donald Trump http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article29236138.html#storylink=rss July 28, 2015: The discussion over the Confederate flag has generated an attempt to claim that the Civil War was not fought over slavery but over states’ rights and economic issues. Anyone believing this should read the Confederate constitution.

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:00:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article29236138.html
Monday Poll results: Many show support for GMO labeling http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article29208574.html#storylink=rss This week’s survey followed U.S. House passage of a bill to prohibit states and localities from requiring labels on food products that contain genertically modified ingredients. Here are the results.

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:00:31 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article29208574.html
John G. Carney: How do we prepare for the realities of dying? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/as-i-see-it/article29208832.html#storylink=rss John G. Carney, president and CEO of the Center for Practical Bioethics in Kansas City, writes: 75 percent of Americans claim that preparing a living will and appointing a health care proxy are critically important. Yet fewer than one-third of us do anything to make it happen.

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:02:33 CDT

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David Brooks: Gratitude helps make our meritocracy work http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/syndicated-columnists/article29212498.html#storylink=rss We live in a capitalist meritocracy that encourages individualism and utilitarianism, ambition and pride. But this society would fall apart if not for another economy, one in which gifts surpass expectations, in which insufficiency is acknowledged and dependence celebrated. Gratitude is the ability to see and appreciate this other almost magical economy.

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:13:30 CDT

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Cuba is poised for change with new diplomatic ties http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article29209243.html#storylink=rss Our first glimpse of Cuba’s future occurred at the airport in Tampa, Fla. The checked bags and packages of Cubans returning to Havana included large flat-screen TVs, electronics, appliances and shrink-wrapped large luggage loaded with consumer items that they couldn’t get in their country.

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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Editorial: Speakers favor tax increase in Johnson County http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/joco-opinion/article29218465.html#storylink=rss A parade of speakers showed up Monday night to urge the Johnson County Commission to seize the first opportunity in a decade to approve a tax increase for improved parks, libraries and transit. The points were well made, and the commission at its final budget meeting in August has sufficient reasons to endorse the higher property tax.

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:20:34 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/joco-opinion/article29218465.html
Gov. Sam Brownback can run but he can’t hide http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article29187202.html#storylink=rss Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s staff revealed Tuesday that he does not plan to be present Friday when state officials unveil how he plans to slice $50 million from the budget. The development is absurd but also predictable.

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:12:49 CDT

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Commemorative events marking anniversary of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Mo., must be peaceful http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article29110735.html#storylink=rss Organizers of events marking the first anniversary of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Mo., must stress to everyone involved that the demonstration must be peaceful.

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:11:13 CDT

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New Kansas City Council will need voters’ help in making crucial decisions http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article28874533.html#storylink=rss While Kansas City’s elected officials are eager to start deciding how to use the city’s $1.4 billion annual budget, they won’t be calling all the shots. Voters will have a huge say in determining whether the city can maintain the momentum it gained during Mayor Sly James’ first term in office.

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Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:35:22 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article28874533.html
Readers sound off on Obamacare, politics, TWA museum http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article28902643.html#storylink=rss July 28, 2015: Republican candidates ran against Social Security and Medicare for many years. They deplored these “socialist programs,” and vowed to repeal them, if they were elected.

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