To its chagrin, Kansas City has become a hotbed for abusive online payday loan operations. Payday for at least some of these lenders may be coming to an end, however. A number of federal agencies are cracking down on unscrupulous practices. And none too soon.
A new exhibit, “Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky,” opens to the public Friday at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Expect it to astound and enlighten thousands of visitors over the next three and a half months. Go see it.
Kansas lawmakers spent a good deal of their last session demanding “freedom” from the federal government when it comes to health care. Too bad their concerns don’t extend to freedom of speech and a free press. A delegation of 10 legislators visited the Johnson County Commission on Aging in an attempt to bully commission members into abandoning plans to publish an article expressing concerns about legislation.
At a Board of Police Commissioners meeting today, Kansas City Mayor Sly James and other members need to delve more deeply to find out how Chief Darryl Forté and his department are going to resolve the hot-button issue of officers wearing body cameras in the future.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and other authorities seem to want the matter of Brandon Ellingson’s drowning to go away. It will not. Ellingson’s senseless death raises questions about whether Missouri’s waters are being patrolled in a safe and competent manner. Leaders of the General Assembly should call hearings to get answers and protect the public.
A domestic violence incident involving Ray Rice, a star National Football League player, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell received plenty of public attention last week, deservedly so. We want to hear what you think: Should Rice ever be allowed to play again? Should Goodell be fired? Will you watch fewer NFL games because of the controversy?
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It has created thousands of jobs in the wind industry, provided new income to farmers and kept electricity prices in check for utility customers. Unfortunately, its few enemies are rich and influential in the strong-arm kind of way when it comes to lavishing campaign contributions on lawmakers.
Honoring the memory of Leon Jordan — a former police lieutenant and founder of the black political group Freedom Inc. — is a worthwhile cause. But naming the new East Patrol Division after him, as a new petition envisions, is problematic.
Nixon has done little to help elect Democrats to the legislature or cultivate relationships with lawmakers of either party, so some of his problems are of his own making. But without someone putting the brakes on a legislature shamelessly beholden to special interests, Missouri is in deep trouble.
Thirteen years after religious zealots murdered nearly 3,000 people in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, global terrorism not only endures but seems intractable. President Barack Obama in a speech Wednesday night pledged “a steady, relentless effort” to eradicate the Islamic State using air power and “support for partner forces on the ground.” That’s the correct approach.
The risks of living in today’s United States should not extend to eating meat purchased in supermarkets. Yet staff shortages and other problems in the nation’s meat inspection system are understandably causing alarm among food safety advocates.
National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote his own pink slip with his bungling of the Ray Rice sexual assault scandal. NFL owners should fire Goodell for how poorly he served their multibillion-dollar industry.
A few weeks ago, Kansas Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts was heavily favored to keep the seat in the GOP’s hands, Then things really got wild after Democrat Chad Taylor stunningly dropped out of the race. With about eight weeks until Election Day, who do you think will win?
The two-month dash to the Nov. 4 finish line in a pair of high-stakes, high-profile Kansas elections is underway. There’s nothing subtle about the races for governor or U.S. Senate. Voters will have ample opportunities to evaluate the substantial differences in the candidates’ qualifications and viewpoints.
Most of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s vetoes were imposed because of drafting errors or because the bills represented bad public policy. As the veto session draws near, vengeful lawmakers must keep in mind that looking out for the long-term good of Missouri is more important than scoring points against the governor.
An estimated 33 million Americans play fantasy football. Often there’s a wager at the start of the season. Players in Kansas, however, were shocked to learn recently that their wagers are illegal. That needs to be changed.
Who is Greg Orman and where does he stand on the issues? Kansans need to hear specific answers to those basic questions regarding a U.S. Senate race that’s suddenly and appropriately capturing national attention.
The investigation is an aggressive step by the Obama administration but one that’s needed after weeks of protests and violence since the Aug. 9 shooting death of unarmed, 18-year-old African American Michael Brown by white Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson.