The battered city of Ferguson, Mo., suffered more insult and injury as looters and arsonists took to the streets following an announcement that a grand jury would not indict the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9. Bad decisions have taken center stage from the start of the Ferguson upheaval, and they continued this week.
We asked for your opinions on President Barack Obama’s announcement last week that he would take executive action to delay deportation of as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants. Here are the results of the unscientific survey.
A grand jury’s decision not to indict the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown may be explainable within the confines of Missouri law. But Monday’s announcement that officer Darren Wilson will face no criminal charges does not make the Aug. 9 death of the black teenager any more acceptable. There had to have been a better possible outcome than Brown’s body sprawled on Canfield Drive for four hours while crowds gathered and anger mounted.
Saying he couldn’t wait for a gridlocked Congress, President Barack Obama last week took executive action on U.S. immigration policies. The Monday Poll would like to know what you’re thinking about Obama’s executive actions on immigration and other aspects of this issue.
No matter what Megan Brennan does as the nation’s first woman postmaster general, she is bound to make a lot of people unhappy. Brennan, who will take over as the agency continues to bleed red ink, will have to be a political wizard to get needed legislation passed, stop the financial losses and put the Postal Service back on firm footing.
Kansans got some upbeat news late last week: The number of jobs added to the state’s economy surged in October. Gov. Sam Brownback, who was re-elected on Nov. 4 to another four-year term, has long promised that income tax cuts he approved would attract lots of new employees.
Building a baseball ballpark in downtown Kansas City is a wonderfully provocative idea. But the project is not going to happen anytime soon given the facts that Kauffman Stadium was only recently remodeled and the Royals have a lease to play there 17 more years.
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While supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline offer tantalizing promises of using the pipeline to create more jobs in America, detractors claim it would be an environmental nightmare. Meanwhile, an unexpectedly positive reality has been emerging for U.S. energy markets. The most significant change has occurred in the world of petroleum.
It shouldn’t have required embarrassing media coverage to do the right thing, but Koster’s new rules raise the needle on Missouri’s ethical barometer, even if he’s the only one so far who has to follow them.
How Michael Brooks leaves the council is not yet certain. He could resign, get defeated at the polls in 2015 or not run for re-election. However it happens, there are compelling reasons for Brooks to leave public office quickly.
Taxpayers spent far more than initially expected to extensively renovate the Police Department’s Headquarters in downtown Kansas City. So far, the results appear to be a building that will serve the public well and improve working conditions for the police.
As the Affordable Care Act begins its second year of enrollment in the insurance exchanges, the Monday Poll would like to know what you’re thinking about President Barack Obama’s health care law right now. Should it be scrapped? Could the new GOP-controlled Congress do better?
The Affordable Care Act has enabled about 20 million Americans to gain health insurance. It has established incentives that have improved patient outcomes and helped slow inflation in health care costs. But as enrollment gets started for the second year, President Barack Obama’s signature health care act remains under attack on multiple fronts.
President Barack Obama deserves great credit for brokering a breakthrough deal with China to slash future greenhouse gas emissions. Polls consistently show that a large majority of Americans want to make it possible for people to breathe cleaner air in the future — even if it means slapping stricter pollution controls on U.S. industries, such as coal-fired power plants in Kansas and Missouri.
Perhaps the American Royal Association should not have the final say on whether to demolish Kemper Arena, an underused but architecturally important, city-owned landmark. That was the implication of Kansas City Council members, who have asked for a request for proposals for envisioning a new life for Kemper.