Economic development stoked by taxpayer incentives is nothing new in the Kansas City area. But the economic development border war has had a significant downside: It has not created anything close to enough new employment to justify the public subsidies.
Chalk up one victory and one loss for Kansas City Hall. Positively, the city has a new program that could reduce sewage overflows into local waterways. But Kansas City officials should have done a better job communicating with residents about problems with trash and recycling collection in recent weeks.
A dramatic price increase for EpiPen has prompted a bipartisan outcry in the U.S. Senate for action to make the autoinjectors more affordable to individuals who need them to combat severe reactions to bee stings or peanuts.
A substantial and much-needed discussion is under way to reduce property tax breaks for development in Kansas City. That would free up money for schools and libraries. In addition, Mayor Sly James and other city officials should investigate ways to give extra help to projects on the East Side.
In the Monday Poll, readers said Michael Phelps was the most memorable swimmer at the Summer Games, while fears of Zika and crime seemed to be overblown. And NBC got credit for its solid coverage of the Rio Olympics.
The death of 10-year-old Caleb Schwab on Schlitterbahn’s Verrückt water slide has gained national attention. State government officials need to bolster regulations that will protect amusement park visitors in the future, especially given the fact that no federal rules govern this industry.
After a suicide bombing in Turkey, sources in Iraq and Syria claim there are several child terrorist recruitment camps in the region. ISIS has tried to turn some children into militants and suicide bombers using martyrdom propaganda in these camps.
American and Israeli diplomats in recent months have been negotiating a renewal of a 10-year military assistance package to Israel worth about $3.7 billion a year. But strings should be attached to the aid.
President Barack Obama should have told the full truth earlier this month: Yes, the United States owed Iran $400 million and, no, it wasn’t going to give the money to that country until it released some American prisoners.
In July, the temperature of the planet for the 15th consecutive month hit a record high with no end in sight. Human consumption of fossil fuels producing greenhouse gases is largely to blame. It creates a greater urgency for lawmakers to act to avert a global warming crisis.
The shifting relationship among the United States, Turkey and Russia could affect the future of those countries as well as that of the Middle East. The relationship between America and Turkey especially will be a major challenge for the next U.S. president.
Kansas City’s downtown like those in other metropolitan areas is experiencing a resurgence that has been long overdue. The new 2.2-mile streetcar, along with a lot more housing, has helped generate excitement among tourists, convention-goers and area residents.
It should not have been a surprise when a bomb exploded one September Sunday morning in 1963 at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., killing four girls — 14-year-olds Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley and Carole Robertson and 11-year- old Denise McNair — and injuring many more.
Julia H. Hill’s character and commitment to civil rights will be celebrated starting at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Centennial United Methodist Church, 1834 Woodland Ave. She was an architect of downtown department stores in Kansas City being integrated and African Americans being offered jobs in businesses that previously had been closed to them. Hill died Aug. 11 at age 93.
If the accused prisoners were not facing the possibility of their own execution (they don’t seem interested now in their own “martyrdom”), these years-old pre-trial maneuvers almost certainly could be shortened, and families who lost loved ones might see some kind of justice done in their lifetimes.
HUD Secretary Julián Castro is correct: Taking steps like the federal government and Google Fiber did on Wednesday should help low-income families in Kansas City get cheaper access to in-home Internet service.
Yael T. Abouhalkahabouhalkah@kcstar.com
HUD secretary discusses ways to bridge the digital divide