Insurance companies, aided by state legislatures, must fight the greedy practice of “drive-by doctoring.” Insurers who pay hefty charges not previously agreed upon will end up passing those costs along to consumers in the form of higher premiums.
When it comes to the use of force by law enforcement officials, the best path is to avoid lawsuits, bad publicity and injuries to or deaths of innocent victims. When weapons are discharged, and people are injured or killed by police officers, communities need to know whether the use of force was justified.
The ISIS crisis has become a front-burner foreign policy obsession. President Barack Obama last week won initial backing from Congress for his plan to train and arm rebel forces that are fighting the Islamic State in Syria. But debates continued to rage. We want to hear your thoughts on some of these issues.
While draconian income tax cuts stand as the most controversial experiment of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration, its overhaul of the state’s Medicaid program is not far behind. KanCare was launched with bold promises, but its record is mixed.
Updated Sept. 23: This man is wanted on a Kansas City Police Department warrant for first degree murder and a Missouri parole violation warrant for murder. If you have information about any of these fugitives, call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (816-474-8477), go to KCCrimeStoppers.com, or text TIP452 plus message and send to 274637. All calls are anonymous.
Thanks to a sensible Kansas Supreme Court decision Thursday, the eyes of the nation over the next seven weeks will be on the state’s U.S. Senate election. It pits Republican incumbent Pat Roberts in the race of his life against independent Greg Orman.
To its chagrin, Kansas City has become a hotbed for abusive online payday loan operations. Payday for at least some of these lenders may be coming to an end, however. A number of federal agencies are cracking down on unscrupulous practices. And none too soon.
Kansas lawmakers spent a good deal of their last session demanding “freedom” from the federal government when it comes to health care. Too bad their concerns don’t extend to freedom of speech and a free press. A delegation of 10 legislators visited the Johnson County Commission on Aging in an attempt to bully commission members into abandoning plans to publish an article expressing concerns about legislation.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.