Building a baseball ballpark in downtown Kansas City is a wonderfully provocative idea. But the project is not going to happen anytime soon given the facts that Kauffman Stadium was only recently remodeled and the Royals have a lease to play there 17 more years.
While supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline offer tantalizing promises of using the pipeline to create more jobs in America, detractors claim it would be an environmental nightmare. Meanwhile, an unexpectedly positive reality has been emerging for U.S. energy markets. The most significant change has occurred in the world of petroleum.
It shouldn’t have required embarrassing media coverage to do the right thing, but Koster’s new rules raise the needle on Missouri’s ethical barometer, even if he’s the only one so far who has to follow them.
How Michael Brooks leaves the council is not yet certain. He could resign, get defeated at the polls in 2015 or not run for re-election. However it happens, there are compelling reasons for Brooks to leave public office quickly.
Taxpayers spent far more than initially expected to extensively renovate the Police Department’s Headquarters in downtown Kansas City. So far, the results appear to be a building that will serve the public well and improve working conditions for the police.
As the Affordable Care Act begins its second year of enrollment in the insurance exchanges, the Monday Poll would like to know what you’re thinking about President Barack Obama’s health care law right now. Should it be scrapped? Could the new GOP-controlled Congress do better?
The Affordable Care Act has enabled about 20 million Americans to gain health insurance. It has established incentives that have improved patient outcomes and helped slow inflation in health care costs. But as enrollment gets started for the second year, President Barack Obama’s signature health care act remains under attack on multiple fronts.
President Barack Obama deserves great credit for brokering a breakthrough deal with China to slash future greenhouse gas emissions. Polls consistently show that a large majority of Americans want to make it possible for people to breathe cleaner air in the future — even if it means slapping stricter pollution controls on U.S. industries, such as coal-fired power plants in Kansas and Missouri.
Perhaps the American Royal Association should not have the final say on whether to demolish Kemper Arena, an underused but architecturally important, city-owned landmark. That was the implication of Kansas City Council members, who have asked for a request for proposals for envisioning a new life for Kemper.
An ugly, dark cloud just blotted out the sun that Gov. Sam Brownback so often cheerfully claims is shining in Kansas. Welcome to the world where reality trumps campaign metaphors. According to new estimates released Monday, state officials face the daunting challenge of having to slash the current and next year’s budget by more than $700 million.
Cerner Corp. — and taxpayers — are investing a lot of money in the company’s huge, ambitious expansion in south Kansas City. As the fast-growing health care information technology company builds out its $4.45 billion Trails Campus, City Hall in the years ahead must ensure that Cerner properly uses the $1.75 billion in public subsidies the project could enjoy.
It now seems clear that veterans have a true and capable champion on their side. Robert McDonald, who took the reins of the Department of Veterans Affairs in July, has already taken bold moves to overhaul how the agency operates and serves veterans.