Capitol Watch: Behind the Kansas welfare-to-work success story

In its quest to enact harsher restrictions on people seeking assistance, the Brownback administration has made good use this session of Kansas City, Kan., resident Valerie Cahill, who speaks eloquently of her own journey from public assistance to self-reliance. But Cahill’s experience probably isn’t typical of a welfare recipient getting into the workforce.


The Monday Poll: Are tougher welfare laws fair?

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed a law tightening requirements for welfare recipients last week, and the Missouri General Assembly sent its own version of limitations in a bill to Gov. Jay Nixon. We’d like to know what readers think about the packages.


Better pay for low-wage workers would benefit everyone

Fast-food servers, custodians, hotel attendants and underpaid adjunct college professors all converged on midtown in what may have been the largest show of solidarity since organized calls for fair and livable wages began a couple of years ago. It’s time for policymakers to get on board. This is an issue that ought to inspire bipartisan support.


A great welcome back for the Nichols memorial, Kansas City’s most famous of fountains

Sunshine, civic leaders and school musical groups greeted the return of the J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain, Kansas City’s most iconic public place of water-spouted art. The beautifully restored bronze grouping of heroic figures on horseback and dolphin-riding children had spent recent months with conservators, and the city’s Parks and Recreation Department chose the annual Fountain Day to celebrate the preservation and turn the water back on.

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