Unless reason prevails, people on both sides of the state line soon could be packing hidden heat whether or not they have any idea how or when to use it. The Kansas Legislature on Wednesday passed a reckless bill that allows residents to carry concealed guns without permits or training. And a Missouri lawmaker is pushing a similar law.
A plan to quadruple stormwater charges on Kansas City homeowners and businesses is a tax increase that’s not yet ready for prime time. Summed up, the current plan at City Hall should not be rushed to voters.
The sticker shock of pension reform is hitting home for Kansas City employees and residents. The city expects to funnel $80 million into its pension systems in the coming fiscal year, which starts May 1. That’s $17 million more than just two years ago — or a nearly 30 percent leap in that time.
The Johnson County Community College and Kansas City, Kan., Community College have shown themselves to be adept at meeting the educational and workforce needs of their communities. It is important that voters looking at choices for the April 7 election select board of trustee candidates with strong credentials and forward-looking agendas to continue the progress of recent years.
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Beset by conflict-of-interest questions, Michael S. Kilgore resigned last April from the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners. Since then, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has failed to appoint a replacement to arguably the most crucial board in this area.
Kansas City voters can look forward to some highly competitive races for the in-district City Council seats. Because term limits are forcing out four council members, only two incumbents are eligible to return.
The Starbucks coffee shop chain made a lot of people jittery when chief executive officer Howard Schultz proposed that his ubiquitous locations become gathering places for discussions about race. Please weigh in on some thoughts surrounding this topic.
Nobody worried about the needs of disabled Kansans when Gov. Sam Brownback strong-armed the Legislature into approving the budget-busting tax cuts that favor certain types of businesses and wealthy taxpayers. To use the long waiting lists endured by that population as an excuse to deny an expansion of Medicaid eligibility to low-income workers is the zenith of hypocrisy.
Like most school districts, Kansas City, Kan., is sold on the value of early childhood education. It wants to get as many students as possible into its preschool classrooms. But in cash-starved Kansas, that’s increasingly a challenge.
During Sunshine Week, the annual reminder that open government is good government, Congress should shed some light on just who’s funding the nation’s presidential libraries. Theoretically, a president could take the oath of office on a crisp January afternoon and begin accepting crisp $1,000 bills for his (or her) presidential library before the band starts warming up for the evening’s first inaugural ball.
City funding for the American Jazz Museum would be cut 25 percent in the city budget proposed by Mayor Sly James and City Manager Troy Schulte, but the museum's leaders argue convincingly to let the local cultural asset proceed with a strategic plan.
The verdicts are in. And New Yorkers are now discovering what Kansas Citians have known for months. An extraordinary exhibit of Plains Indian art, which spent last fall at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, is a rousing success.
President Barack Obama has nearly two years left in office, but Republicans don’t think he counts. They said as much in a duplicitous, disrespectful letter to Iranian leaders that sought to undermine delicate international negotiations and the authority of the White House.
The gyroscope wobbled almost uncontrollably in the last week, causing the creators of this weekly poll to follow along and imagine a grab bag of questions touching on several topics, including the battles with the Missouri Republican Party, the scandals plaguing the Secret Service, rookie Sen. Tom Cotton’s letter to Iran and the possibility that the Big 12 Tournament might leave Kansas City.