The drinking water calamity in Flint, Mich., has drifted off the radar screen for many people. But the Flint mess — a massive failure of responsible government — is far from being permanently fixed. And its lessons go well beyond Michigan.
Three suicide bombers killed dozens of people on Tuesday at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, and Turkish authorities claimed it was the work of the Islamic State, or ISIS. Following the Brussels airport bombings in March, this week’s horrific attack was yet another reminder to people around the globe of who bears the brunt of the never-ending battle against terrorism: innocent victims.
The United Kingdom’s chaotic decision to leave the European Union so far is looking like a huge step toward making the kingdom weaker, not greater. And in America, the shock waves hit the stock market and the world of politics. Brexit is also important for the United States because of the trade, currency and politics.
The Monday Poll took a week off from all that heavy political stuff and asked readers to take on an even “hotter” subject: How do they handle Kansas City’s summers? Some clear favorites emerged when it came to summertime activities. However, the 240 or so poll respondents were evenly split on whether they love this region’s hottest times of the year.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Monday, striking down key parts of a Texas abortion law, could fortunately kill restrictions imposed in other states like Missouri and Kansas that unconstitutionally limit women’s right to an abortion.
Here’s how many Missouri lawmakers need to be persuaded to do the right thing on guns: just a handful of members of the House or the Senate. Gov. Jay Nixon should be front and center in trying to convince legislators — including some in his own Democratic Party — to uphold his brave veto Monday of a dangerous firearms measure.
We’ll admit it. After weeks of asking about Brownback, Trump, Clinton and Sanders, the Monday Poll is a little tired of politics. So for this week let’s move on to something a little lighter. We’d like to get your feedback on the following statements about Kansas City’s glorious summer months.
The Islamic State group also known as ISIS has become part of the 2016 presidential election campaign of fear in the United States. But not everyone understands the group’s background or what it’s doing in the Middle East.
Over a span of less than 24 hours, Kansas public schools and the nearly 500,000 children they serve went from being losers to winners in Topeka. The story of how that happened involved plenty of behind-the-scenes negotiations. Here’s a little bit of how a good bill eventually passed and who made it possible.
Inaction by a perpetually polarized Congress once again has left the courts to iron out a major consumer issue. Fortunately, a court decision on net neutrality this month is a win for consumers. Net neutrality aims to prevent that by putting everyone on equal footing. Data would be data. Customers pay to access whatever they like. Yet to hear the critics speak, any government oversight or regulation is bad news.
Some of the most important battles to oust extremist Republican lawmakers in Kansas will be fought over the next five weeks in Johnson County. That fact became more evident than ever on Friday when four ex-Kansas governors released an extraordinary, bipartisan letter that blasted Gov. Sam Brownback’s policies as “destructive” and “dangerous.”
The United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union is a disheartening victory for isolationists, nationalists and populist conservatives around the world. Britons’ decision will have a huge effect on the global economy and world politics. This week was not a great one for freedom. Instead, it was an example of how chaotic the world of politics has become.
As Kansans saw again this week, the toxic mix of a clueless Gov. Sam Brownback and defiant extremist Republican lawmakers is dangerous to the state’s future. The Aug. 2 primaries to oust some of the GOP legislators can’t come soon enough.
The time for bellyaching is over in Kansas. Now it’s time for the Legislature to solve the latest school funding crisis. Most Kansans expect lawmakers to find a way to follow a Kansas Supreme Court ruling that called on them to constitutionally support K-12 education, or risk forcing a school closure by July 1.
On Wednesday, House Republican leaders shamefully made sure cameras in the House and microphones were turned off during the sudden sit-in to try to prevent Americans from seeing what was going on there. Enter the modern world of social media: Resourceful representatives began using Periscope to livestream what was happening in the chamber. Next up: Pass good gun control bills.
The budget crisis in Topeka is affecting the services that Johnson County government can provide its citizens. This is happening because Gov. Sam Brownback and the GOP-controlled Legislature slashed income taxes four years ago. Voila: About $650 million a year in revenue vanished.
Armed with $48 million in private funds, supporters of the University of Missouri-Kansas City will need to aggressively lobby for matching public funds to build the new Downtown Campus for the Arts. Kansas City’s civic and public officials have to be part of the team that tries to persuade the Missouri legislature in 2017 to help build the campus just south of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
The gun control debate on Monday went as expected. The U.S. Senate did zilch to try to prevent future bloodshed in America, caused by people who shouldn't have firearms. The National Rifle Association is partly to blame. So is the profit-loving-at-all-costs gun industry. But the biggest problems remains pandering politicians who won’t approve needed restrictions on Second Amendment “rights.”
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