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.
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.
The Obama administration is negotiating a huge international trade deal in secret. This is neither tea party fantasy nor conspiracy theory. It is the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Before the nation signs on, the public needs to see what is in it.
Overland Park has set a high bar that other cities should try to meet or exceed in expanding bicycle networks metrowide. The leaders of the progressive suburb this week approved an ambitious but achievable plan to add more than 260 miles of bike-friendly lanes over the next few decades.
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.
The pledge of $2 million from the Stowers Foundation is a powerful incentive for Academie Lafayette and Kansas City Public Schools to resume talks over starting a new International Baccalaureate high school at the Southwest Early College Campus.
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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Once again, politicians in Jefferson City are trying to score political points by targeting the poor. Ignoring an optimistic revenue picture, the Missouri Senate last week passed a budget that singles out social services for dangerous and unnecessary cuts.
Americans concerned about protecting their personal information online — and that should be all of us — ought to know that Congress is trying to approve a new framework for invading everyone’s privacy. The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act’s intent is noble, but its execution is flawed.
On Monday, the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners is scheduled to receive a “body camera overview” from the command staff. Police Chief Darryl Forté has said his agency welcomes the use of the devices but wants to do that carefully and properly. Weigh in on our Monday Poll about the devices.
A Missouri legislative seat was designed to be part-time public service, and for some it is. But for too many legislators, elected office has evolved into the foundation of a long career on the public payroll.
Kansas City officials have taken a positive step by endorsing new scrutiny for the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund. It disburses nearly $2 million a year from the convention and tourism tax to a wide range of activities.
The early results from a logical effort to boost Kansas City’s voter turnout were not promising. It fell 35 percent on Tuesday when compared with how many voters showed up for a primary in February 2011.
In our heavy surveillance, no-privacy society, cellphone videos of police actions matter, and so does citizens’ sense of right vs. wrong. More people need to use that technology to ensure the accuracy of the scales of justice.
Give credit to Frank Smith and the Kansas Corporation Commission for trying to reduce earthquakes in the south-central part of Kansas. Smith was tired of the rumbling that had intensified in the last few years near his farmhouse outside Bluff City.
This must be the season for state legislators to be flaunting their power over low-income citizens. The latest stroke of dumbness by Missouri Rep. Rick Brattin is a bill that seeks to decree that people may not use food stamps to purchase cookies, chips, energy drinks, soft drinks, seafood or steak.
It wasn’t hard to engage in some home team enthusiasm on Monday as we devoted our weekly poll to the fate of the Royals. It’s interesting to note that collectively we’re not overly optimistic given your divided predictions over the team’s end-of-season status.
Here’s applause for Kansas City’s elected officials, who last week decided they won’t ask voters this June to approve a flawed and badly timed plan to quadruple stormwater taxes on homeowners and businesses.