There are more than 38,000 federal employees in Kansas City, yet the Trump administration has failed to appoint any permanent administrators or directors for any regional office in the city. That needs to change.
The Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday approved plans from three of the six universities it governs to prohibit the concealed carry of guns in stadiums and arenas during athletic events with 5,000 people or more. Now, sports fans will endure an assortment of security hassles resulting from gun laws that ignore common sense.
The issue of whether the president pro tem of the Missouri Senate engaged in “pay to play” practices in the Statehouse lingers. The U.S. attorney’s office should take a hard look at this ethics morass. And if Ron Richard wanted to do the right thing, he’d step down for the remaining weeks of the 2017 session.
There are no easy fixes to reduce violent crime in Kansas City. As a citizens’ task force made clear Thursday, the city must approach violence as a public health issue and implement broad, preventative measures.
Despite pledges to rein in salaries and expenses, the Boilermakers union has returned to over-the-top spending and an under-the-table lack of accountability. Union officers are not only frittering away the dues and the trust of their members on expensive meals and hotel stays. They are taking advantage of taxpayers, too.
Worried parents are asking unsettling questions after a job-hopping North Kansas City middle school teacher was charged with sexually assaulting a Smithville teen. Must school districts wait for a conviction to get a read on a problem teacher?
Tuesday’s announcement that St. Francis Hospital in Topeka could close within a couple of weeks should compel lawmakers to take another shot at overriding Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto of Medicaid expansion.
The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a major case on religious freedom from Missouri. It’s time to finally remove the part of the state constitution that prohibits “indirect” aid to churches. If the court doesn’t decide such prohibitions are unconstitutional, Missouri voters should fix this mistake on their own.
An expensive lawsuit and some soul-searching by Jackson County officials will likely be required to uncover the truth about the circumstances surrounding ReGina Thurman’s death at the detention center in January. This horrific, possibly preventable death has all the markings of a poorly functioning system colliding with bad judgment.
A violent act of hatred claimed Jim LaManno’s wife and Mindy Corporon’s father and son when a white supremacist drove to Overland Park in 2014 with the intention of murdering Jews. But since their deaths, this grieving mother and husband have created SevenDays, a week that asks Kansas Citians to reach out with kindness, love and understanding.
The presidential learning curve has been steeper for Donald Trump, a businessman with no previous experience in either politics or policy. It’s a relief now to see him taking at least some of what he has learned so far seriously and openly shifting course. We hope it’s just the beginning.
Needing proof for his false claims of massive voter fraud, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach continues to search for cases of voting irregularities. He has prosecuted eight people in nearly two years of hunting.
Rare is the person who files a formal complaint about sexual harassment in the workplace. This doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. So the much-publicized sexual harassment allegations against Fox News host Bill O’Reilly are just a high-profile example of a problem many businesses have failed to address.