At a Board of Police Commissioners meeting today, Kansas City Mayor Sly James and other members need to delve more deeply to find out how Chief Darryl Forté and his department are going to resolve the hot-button issue of officers wearing body cameras in the future.
A domestic violence incident involving Ray Rice, a star National Football League player, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell received plenty of public attention last week, deservedly so. We want to hear what you think: Should Rice ever be allowed to play again? Should Goodell be fired? Will you watch fewer NFL games because of the controversy?
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and other authorities seem to want the matter of Brandon Ellingson’s drowning to go away. It will not. Ellingson’s senseless death raises questions about whether Missouri’s waters are being patrolled in a safe and competent manner. Leaders of the General Assembly should call hearings to get answers and protect the public.
It has created thousands of jobs in the wind industry, provided new income to farmers and kept electricity prices in check for utility customers. Unfortunately, its few enemies are rich and influential in the strong-arm kind of way when it comes to lavishing campaign contributions on lawmakers.
Honoring the memory of Leon Jordan — a former police lieutenant and founder of the black political group Freedom Inc. — is a worthwhile cause. But naming the new East Patrol Division after him, as a new petition envisions, is problematic.
Nixon has done little to help elect Democrats to the legislature or cultivate relationships with lawmakers of either party, so some of his problems are of his own making. But without someone putting the brakes on a legislature shamelessly beholden to special interests, Missouri is in deep trouble.
The Greater Kansas City Hispanic Heritage Committee presented its 29th annual Fiesta Hispana Friday through Sunday at Barney Allis Plaza. The event featured local and national music groups and folk dancers.
Thirteen years after religious zealots murdered nearly 3,000 people in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, global terrorism not only endures but seems intractable. President Barack Obama in a speech Wednesday night pledged “a steady, relentless effort” to eradicate the Islamic State using air power and “support for partner forces on the ground.” That’s the correct approach.
The risks of living in today’s United States should not extend to eating meat purchased in supermarkets. Yet staff shortages and other problems in the nation’s meat inspection system are understandably causing alarm among food safety advocates.
National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote his own pink slip with his bungling of the Ray Rice sexual assault scandal. NFL owners should fire Goodell for how poorly he served their multibillion-dollar industry.
A few weeks ago, Kansas Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts was heavily favored to keep the seat in the GOP’s hands, Then things really got wild after Democrat Chad Taylor stunningly dropped out of the race. With about eight weeks until Election Day, who do you think will win?
The two-month dash to the Nov. 4 finish line in a pair of high-stakes, high-profile Kansas elections is underway. There’s nothing subtle about the races for governor or U.S. Senate. Voters will have ample opportunities to evaluate the substantial differences in the candidates’ qualifications and viewpoints.
Most of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s vetoes were imposed because of drafting errors or because the bills represented bad public policy. As the veto session draws near, vengeful lawmakers must keep in mind that looking out for the long-term good of Missouri is more important than scoring points against the governor.
An estimated 33 million Americans play fantasy football. Often there’s a wager at the start of the season. Players in Kansas, however, were shocked to learn recently that their wagers are illegal. That needs to be changed.
Who is Greg Orman and where does he stand on the issues? Kansans need to hear specific answers to those basic questions regarding a U.S. Senate race that’s suddenly and appropriately capturing national attention.
The investigation is an aggressive step by the Obama administration but one that’s needed after weeks of protests and violence since the Aug. 9 shooting death of unarmed, 18-year-old African American Michael Brown by white Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson.
It is also important to note that murders and violent crime in Kansas City are showing encouraging drops this year, as a unified effort by local and federal police and prosecutors appears to be gaining traction. But that will not console the families and friends of the innocent persons who were killed or assaulted on Tuesday, or calm the rattled nerves of a community. Along with his many other crimes, the South Kansas City gunman robbed a city of an essential sense of well being.
Plans to develop a new biotech research and office park in southeast Kansas City — combined with the even more ambitious Cerner Corp. project nearby — could turn into a big victory for the entire region. But does Oxford on the Blue deserve taxpayer subsidies?
Steven Sotloff was brave. As a journalist, he ventured into conflict zones and dark corners of the Middle East to tell the stories of people who often are too fearful to speak for themselves. His executioner is a coward. He hides his face and executes defenseless prisoners.
In August, individual income tax revenue in Kansas was $11.1 million below budget estimates for the month. That’s a sobering fact you won’t hear from Gov. Sam Brownback or his staff. Instead, they continue to promote the myth that the tax cuts will bring in more and more money — ignoring the reality that Kansas’ budget ended the last fiscal year $300 million below expectations.