The recent defeat of the streetcar expansion on Independence Avenue and Linwood Boulevard was a lost opportunity to help spur even more redevelopment on Kansas City’s East Side. However, it’s crucial to emphasize that many different positive projects already are underway in that part of the city.
In the last three years, Kansas City has paid out at least a whopping $6.2 million to end age, race or gender discrimination lawsuits by former city employees. The city needs to do a better job of laying off or firing its employees, or reorganizing agency functions at 12th and Oak streets.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is wise to use the Aug. 9 shooting death of a black teenager by a white Ferguson police officer as a reason to convene a two-day public workshop to seek solutions to the lack of racial and ethnic diversity in urban police departments.
The Star’s 2014 preview of fall entertainment in Kansas City focuses on intimacy in arts. From “Hamlet” by Kansas City Actors Theatre to Living Colour at Knuckleheads to small-budget films, there are a lot of choices.
The lack of top-notch transit in the metropolitan area has created low expectations among too many members of the public. They don’t expect to be able to quickly get from here to there, at a reasonable cost, on a comfortable bus, so why bother even trying. But much to their credit, local officials for months have worked on a more coordinated effort to improve public transportation.
Thrust into the national spotlight brightly focused on Ferguson, the Missouri governor has not provided effective or fully engaged leadership in a time of crisis for the state, especially for residents of the St. Louis area.
Blaming President Barack Obama for the revenge killing by the Islamic State jihadists only reveals the brutal, incomprehensible and cowardly nature of these rogue Muslims. What the world needs right now is not to put the burden of every irrational, violent act on the shoulders of the United States.
It raises questions about the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro in awarding a contract to CEE-Trust to review Kansas City Public Schools.
Respondents to our informal, unscientific survey on the fate of Kemper Arena gave conflicting results. They’re not so hot to save the building, but they seem to prefer a compromise position under which two competing proposals might both be allowed to occur.
The action “to help restore peace and order and to protect the citizens of Ferguson” followed Nixon on Saturday declaring a state of emergency in the St. Louis suburb and imposing a midnight to 5 a.m. curfew enforced by the Missouri Highway Patrol.
The American people deserve better. They deserve to know what despicable things their country did. They deserve to know the truth — not so they can punish perpetrators but to ensure that history remembers and can honestly judge whether it was all worth it.
It’s important that police learn from the remarkable turnaround engineered by Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson. Diversity matters. Relationships and listening matter. Police must treat people as citizens, not enemies.