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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Restrictions on certain tattoos that went into effect in the spring have had to be relaxed. Maj. Gen. Allen W. Batschelet told The Star that the policy would have resulted in the loss of 2,500 enlistments a year.
Facing a tough road to re-election, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is fighting to brand himself as an education governor. “One of the myths is that you can’t cut taxes and invest in education,” he said at a campaign stop on Friday. Actually, the Brownback camp is spinning a myth.
Something had to change in Ferguson. We can only hope for the sake of that beleaguered community that Gov. Jay Nixon’s decision to put the Missouri Highway Patrol in charge of security will help to restore calm.
In recent weeks, Egypt has tried to become constructively involved in proposing peace plans to end the violence between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. But because Egypt’s own government is so tied up with internal problems, many of them of its own making, its peacemaking efforts seem weak and have been ineffectual.
The Kansas City Council is about to act on a measure that will finally ask voters to approve two tax increases that activist Clay Chastain had proposed to fund an ambitious transit system centered on light rail. Council members should do the right thing and approve ballot language specifying what the taxes are intended to pay for.
Reports of officers using tear gas and rubber bullets on citizens who were doing nothing more than trying to make their way home are extremely concerning. Police in Ferguson and north St. Louis County have a lot of hard work ahead to repair relations with citizens. They need to keep the peace and protect people’s property, but with the least show of force required.
Our unscientific survey asked for your opinions on two election issues that failed last week: the Missouri road and bridge repairs and the Kansas City streetcar expansion district. One takeaway: streetcar supporters have a lot of work to do to convince voters of their plans.
Michael Brown, 18, was unarmed when a police officer fatally shot him around noon on Saturday in Ferguson, a close-in suburb of St. Louis. Some witnesses said he had his hands in the air. His death demands a complete investigation, not only into what prompted the shooting but into the culture of the Ferguson Police Department and its relationship with its community.