<![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 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 Rail yard pollution in Kansas City, Kan., requires a closer look by the EPA and BNSF http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article25924828.html#storylink=rss Many neighbors of the BNSF rail yard in Kansas City, Kan., have worked diligently to evaluate the air diesel exhaust pollution that wafts their way day after day, week after week. Now the situation deserves more detailed investigation by local air quality officials with the federal Environmental Protection Agency and more cooperation from BNSF.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:47:12 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article25924828.html
Keep valuable KCP&L program that compares energy use for homeowners http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article25924942.html#storylink=rss Not everyone likes the energy consumption comparisons that Kansas City Power & Light provides to some of its customers in Missouri. But it’s valuable information, and the company has good reasons to continue sending it out.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:48:28 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article25924942.html
Bridging the digital divide takes a community effort http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article25924594.html#storylink=rss Seventy percent of students in Kansas City Public Schools don’t have Internet access at home. Also, 80 percent of households in low-income, minority neighborhoods don’t own computers or have in-home Internet connections. In addition, close to 50 percent of the households in Kansas City, Kan., have no Internet connection.

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Chelsea Clinton’s appearance at UMKC was a pricey way to promote a good cause http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article25932856.html#storylink=rss Chelsea Clinton was paid $65,000 for a speech at the University of Missouri-Kansas City for the Starr Women’s Hall of Fame. That said, Clinton’s fee for the luncheon appearance was paid by private donors and supported a worthwhile cause not tied to politics.

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Nicole Nickens: In the new Missouri teacher licensing tests, results are misleading http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/as-i-see-it/article25923097.html#storylink=rss Nicole Nickens, a professor and department chair at the University of Central Missouri and an executive board member of the Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, writes: When a test produces a very high fail rate, a good educator doesn’t say, “My students are all stupid,” but rather, “I did not adequately help my students understand this content.”

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:36:51 CDT

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Monday Poll results: Assessing the Supreme Court’s landmark week http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article25923511.html#storylink=rss This week’s poll sought your opinions on the U.S. Supreme Court’s two major decisions of late last week — one upheld the Affordable Care Act, the other backed gay marriage coast to coast.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:39:06 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article25923511.html
Readers react to lecherous legislators, guns and Gov. Sam Brownback http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article25924156.html#storylink=rss June 30, 2015: Reading in The Star on June 28 about the working climate for women in the Missouri legislature, “The wolves of Jeff City,” makes me sick. The male legislators sound like members of a frat house that was put in charge of a big party.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:00:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article25924156.html
Gov. Sam Brownback and Missouri GOP should thank the U.S. Supreme Court http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article25851490.html#storylink=rss Let’s roll back the clock a bit and do a “what it.” What if last week’s big U.S. Supreme Court decisions, the ones on health care and same-sex marriage, had gone the other way? It would have set the stage for a debacle in blue and red.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:40:21 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article25851490.html
Dismal budget news just blocked out the sun in Gov. Sam Brownback’s Kansas http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article25871074.html#storylink=rss Sorry, Gov. Sam Brownback, but the sun just stopped shining in Kansas. Again. Officials announced Tuesday afternoon that state revenues fell $22.5 million short of expectations in June. That’s a hefty decline of 4.1 percent.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:09:31 CDT

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U.S. Supreme Court hands Kris Kobach a defeat on voting; delivers harsh opinion on execution protocol http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article25788484.html#storylink=rss The U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal Monday to hear an appeal by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach leaves the state with an unwieldy and confusing voter registration process. But it could be worse. A different decision by the justices could have opened the door for an even more restrictive registration.

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Mon, 29 Jun 2015 17:19:40 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article25788484.html
Sen. John McCain: Russia-Ukraine cease-fire is a fiction http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/syndicated-columnists/article25752538.html#storylink=rss Along the front lines in eastern Ukraine, separatist forces backed by Russia violate the cease-fire every day with heavy artillery barrages and tank attacks. Gunbattles are a daily routine, and communities at the front bear the brunt of constant sniper fire and nightly skirmishes.

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Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:34:03 CDT

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Leonard Pitts Jr.: Enlightenment on Confederate flag was long overdue http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/syndicated-columnists/article25749721.html#storylink=rss As we watch the fall of the Confederate battle flag, it is too early to say whether this will prove lasting. But the signs certainly point toward a seismic shift.

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Obama’s fuel-efficiency goals prove elusive, but reboot should help http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article25624945.html#storylink=rss When you set big goals, sometimes you set yourself up for big failure. President Barack Obama’s lofty plans to put more fuel-efficient vehicles on the roads crashed headlong into the realities of the marketplace. Even so, there is value in striving to attain a noble end, especially a difficult one.

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Sun, 28 Jun 2015 10:00:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article25624945.html
The Monday Poll: Weigh in on the U.S. Supreme Court’s big week http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article25623484.html#storylink=rss The last week was one for the history books, as the U.S. Supreme Court handed down momentous decisions. We’d like to get our readers’ take on some of the high-profile opinions.

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Fri, 26 Jun 2015 18:22:28 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article25623484.html
McClatchy cartoons for the week of June 28, 2015 http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorial-cartoons/article25932595.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:22:14 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorial-cartoons/article25932595.html Editorial: State lawmakers should hush up on county’s plan http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/joco-opinion/article25929931.html#storylink=rss What a difference a year has made in Johnson County when it comes to approving a responsible budget.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:51:15 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/joco-opinion/article25929931.html
Emily Parnell: As we honor Independence Day, the only acceptable attitude is gratitude http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/article25929244.html#storylink=rss Independence Day is a living, breathing holiday, and complacency has no place in our lives.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:43:08 CDT

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Trump feels free speech cost of Univision, NBC dropping broadcast of pageants http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article25834777.html#storylink=rss Never assume that free speech in the United States is free. Sometimes the consequences of what people say can be costly.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:13:41 CDT

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Fake complaints about Kauffman Stadium food hurt Royals, Aramark and taxpayers http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article25761808.html#storylink=rss The Kansas City Royals are attracting fans in record numbers to Kauffman Stadium this year — and some of those fans are finding plenty to complain about when it comes to eating there. However, it turns out some of the recent criticism was fake.

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Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:34:29 CDT

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Readers sound off on Middle East, Social Security, Kansas budget http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article25788094.html#storylink=rss June 29, 2015: One group that has so far successfully defended itself against the Islamic State is the Kurds. That might change because they are running out of weapons and ammunition.

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Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:00:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article25788094.html
Candidates for president will have to wrestle with heavy national and international concerns http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/lewis-diuguid/article25760044.html#storylink=rss The 2016 presidential race got a lot more complicated last week especially after the Supreme Court rulings making the Affordable Care Act practically indestructible and same sex marriage legal in all 50 states.

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Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:05:04 CDT

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Presentation of Star columns, especially in print, can be confusing http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/public-editor/article25608340.html#storylink=rss The Star publishes “beat columns,” which aren’t quite opinion pieces, but their presentation leaves something to be desired. These columns generally run on the first of the Local pages, and are labeled “commentary.” They aren’t exactly what The Star’s audience has come to expect with that label, though.

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Sun, 28 Jun 2015 11:19:00 CDT By DEREK DONOVAN

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Letter of the Week: ‘Twilight Zone’ reality http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article25624726.html#storylink=rss Jim Eschrich, 58, of Lenexa, a focus-group moderator for businesses and political campaigns, writes: "Both Caitlyn Jenner and Rachel Dolezal — while deserving of compassion — shouldn’t be celebrated or defended for what in 99.9 percent of human existence would be seen for what it is — delusional thinking and behavior."

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Sun, 28 Jun 2015 10:00:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article25624726.html
Jonah Goldberg: Liberals are playing a racial shell game http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/syndicated-columnists/article25620217.html#storylink=rss Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced this week that he’s running for president. In anticipation of his announcement, the Washington Post assigned two white writers to declare, in effect, that Jindal — the son of Indian immigrants — isn’t a real Indian. The Post promoted the story on Twitter with a quote from a college professor proclaiming, “There’s not much Indian left in Bobby Jindal.”

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Sat, 27 Jun 2015 09:28:00 CDT

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Steve Rose: Pluses and minuses of tax policy not so simple http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article25622380.html#storylink=rss Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback held a news conference and traveled the radio circuit to make this claim: The largest tax increase in Kansas’ history, which he had just signed, was not really a tax increase at all. It was, in fact, a tax cut when viewed in a bigger picture. I am trying very hard to make sense of what the governor is saying.

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Sat, 27 Jun 2015 10:14:00 CDT

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Readers sound off on fraud, government jobs, women in politics http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article25617877.html#storylink=rss June 27, 2015: For those ranting about putting more money into government programs like welfare, Social Security disability, Medicaid etc., how about changing course and looking around you at those in the programs and report the fraud you see. Surely you or you know someone who knows someone committing fraud in one of these programs.

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Sat, 27 Jun 2015 10:00:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article25617877.html
Johnson and Wyandotte counties must lead the way for a better Kansas http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article25624660.html#storylink=rss As dark as things look for cash-strapped Kansas right now, the situation is brighter in Johnson and Wyandotte counties. In fact, the future of the Sunflower State is riding — more than it ever has — on how much success those two counties will have in attracting residents and businesses.

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Sat, 27 Jun 2015 09:31:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article25624660.html
With marriage equality ruling, U.S. Supreme Court places America on the right side of history http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article25637428.html#storylink=rss Look around, Americans. Your nation just became bigger and better. In a giant stride forward for civil rights, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that gay men and lesbian women are equal under the Constitution and entitled to marriage and all of its benefits. What a day.

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