They have been tremendous failures as leaders in the Kansas Legislature. So it’s no surprise that House Speaker Ray Merrick and Senate President Susan Wagle want to discriminate against transgender Kansans when it comes to the simple task of going to the bathroom.
Two Kansas City firefighters died last year as they tried to protect a pumper truck. That’s one of the chilling facts established in a valuable Kansas City Fire Department report released Tuesday. Its purpose “is to lessen the likelihood” of future deaths among firefighting crews. But for that to happen, firefighters and their commanders have to take seriously the conclusions reached and the recommendations made.
Getting back to a quiet, noncontroversial normal may take the entire summer in the Lee’s Summit School District after Superintendent David McGehee was placed on paid administrative leave and Terri Harmon stepped down as the board’s president.
Kansas City’s streetcar line is a two-week success story. More passengers than predicted have piled into the sleek vehicles since they began rolling along downtown streets on May 6. Here comes the $200-million-plus question: Should the system be expanded?
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback took several steps on Wednesday to balance the state’s budget, partly by cutting $97 million from various agencies. Were those the right decisions? What are their consequences?
Rev. Adam Hamilton — founding pastor of the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, the largest United Methodist Church in the U.S. — has been working in a quiet but determined way to move the church toward a more open stance on human sexuality issues. But he has been unable to get the majority of Methodists to follow his lead.
Bernie Sanders is on the verge of becoming Donald Trump’s best ally in 2016. Sanders is not close to being on track to collect enough delegates to win the Democratic nomination for president. Hillary Clinton is.
Senate Republicans should be kicking themselves for taking such a hard line on filling the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia. That position is a lot less attractive, with Donald Trump the presumptive Republican presidential nominee and Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side.
The reckless budget cuts announced Wednesday by Gov. Sam Brownback show, once again, that voters need to send different lawmakers to Topeka later this year. The destructive Brownback needs to be marginalized to save the state from going further into the abyss.
A competent Kansas secretary of state would quickly obey a federal judge’s order to make sure 18,000 people get registered to vote in all 2016 elections. Unfortunately, Kris Kobach is a bumbling, mean-spirited officeholder who has no intention of properly doing his job.
A wide range of Kansas Citians wants to reform economic redevelopment rules and make it tougher to pass out tax breaks to private businesses. They have good reasons to be concerned, but the path forward is full of obstacles.
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