Mayor of Marionville, Mo., trips over vile speech

As a community stands up for civility, its ousted mayor, Dan Clevenger, an avowed friend of the accused shooter in the three fatal shootings outside Jewish-oriented facilities in Overland Park, has learned that speech, especially of the vile kind, has its consequences.

Changing the face of civic leadership in Kansas City

Kansas City Mayor Sly James is on the right track in trying to change the face of leadership via a Women’s Empowerment Initiative. Only one-third of current civic spots are held by women. That’s fixable. Yet only one-third of current city board and commission seats are held by women. That’s fixable.

Missouri’s tax strategy: Give to the rich and take from the poor

GOP-controlled legislatures rarely spend much time worrying about taxing ordinary citizens unduly for essential goods and services. That concern would be front and center in a public vote, however. To set the stage with a huge income tax break for the wealthy would be politically foolish and morally bankrupt.

Positive actions to celebrate Earth Day

GOP lawmakers should pull back on attempts to undermine the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency to carry out its mission — created by a Republican president — to shield the nation’s air, water and land from long-lasting damage. The EPA, if anything, needs a bigger stick to carry in enforcing strong federal laws.

Tipster power leads to shooting arrest

As Mayor Sly James said at the news conference announcing the arrest of Mohammed Whitaker in connection with the series of recent highway shootings, it takes some bravery to report suspicious behavior or step forward as a witness. But it’s far better for all of us than living in fear.

As a community, we must move beyond silence

There is much harder work to do in recognizing the real threat to society that exists in the shadows. As Rabbi Arthur Nemitoff remarked, there is great power at times in silence, but silence will not heal and “silence is no solution.”

As terror lurks, the heart prevails

Violent political extremism combined with naked hate becomes a potent kind of virus, the sort that disrupts the human brain in ways most civil people on this earth cannot even fathom.

Veto the stingy Kansas school funding bill

Sleep-deprived Kansas lawmakers left Topeka on Sunday night not certain what they had actually legislated. Only now is the impact of the massive education bill becoming clear. And the more that’s known, the worse it looks.

Help police stop the rash of area road shootings

The last thing motorists should have to worry about is bullets fired at them from another vehicle. A reported rash of shootings in and around Kansas City is creating anxiety here and unwelcome attention nationwide. Quickly catching whoever is responsible is the best prescription for relief.

Support the Westport school plan

Fortunately for the now vacant Westport High School and the community surrounding it, there are second chances. The Kansas City Public Schools board should reverse an earlier decision and sell the midtown building for a promising new development that would include a charter high school.

Kansas City Public Library earns a deserved honor

Like its fellow systems around the metro area and around the country, the Kansas City Public Library is undergoing a transformation in how it serves and reaches the public and how it will address and thrive in the future. A new national honor should tip off more residents to enjoy the library's offerings.

Kansas weekend theatrics can’t obscure state’s fiscal crisis

Even before a weekend of late nights and frayed nerves, Kansas lawmakers were in the throes of agony. They needed to find $129 million to correct unconstitutional school funding inequities. But thanks to a self-inflicted budget crisis with no end in sight, the road to $129 million was paved only with brutal choices.

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