Secret Service Director Julia Pierson, who on Wednesay announced that she would step down, tried a day earlier to explain to Congress why problems persist at the agency charged with protecting the president. She wasn’t very convincing. No doubt Pierson tried her best to correct institutional problems, but she came up through the ranks, embedded in the culture that now fails. Sometimes it is hard to fix an organization from the inside.
We asked for your end-of-season thoughts on issues facing the Kansas City Royals. Here are the results, based on more than 240 responses received before Tuesday night’s Wild Card game against the Oakland A’s.
David Orel, the Kansas City, Kan., resident who sued for his right to vote for a Democrat in the U.S. Senate race in Kansas, skipped his day in court Monday. His absence caused a judge to complain that the case had devolved into “political theater.” Which is pretty much what it’s been all along.
Greg Orman is a refreshing and thoughtful candidate taking on incumbent U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts in Kansas. Voters are fortunate to be ringside for this campaign, which is getting national attention and offers sharp contrasts between the two men.
The recent 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks should have served as a reminder of something that hasn’t changed in all that time but needs to: the ability of the federal government’s three branches to re-establish themselves if another attack devastates them. The failure to fix this constitutes a reckless gamble on the future on the part of an irresponsible Congress.
Despite bullheaded opposition by climate change deniers — including far too many Republican members of Congress — the United States has made progress in recent years on this subject. Americans are becoming more concerned because of global warming’s effects on long-term weather patterns that are causing droughts in parts of the country and flooding in others.
The No. 1 issue in the state of Kansas remains the damage inflicted by Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts and the governor’s so-far unfulfilled promise of an economic rebound. But distractions are popping up fast and furiously, many of them with curiously bawdy overtones.
A developer has appropriately dropped its controversial plan to build a large wind power project near the wildlife refuge. The potentially devastating effects of the proposed wind farm’s large rotating blades on millions of migrating eagles, bats and other flying species trumped the need to construct it.
Holder got the Justice Department involved in two civil rights investigations in the shooting death of an unarmed 18-year-old African-American by a white Ferguson police officer. A St. Louis County grand jury also is hearing evidence in the Aug. 9 death of Michael Brown.
A new report clearly shows that the excessive tax cuts supported by Brownback were responsible for much of the state’s revenue shortfall from April through June. Blaming President Barack Obama was misleading and wrong.
Kansas City’s business community is promising a sustained campaign to prepare young children throughout the region to succeed in kindergarten. It’s the right focus, but one that brings a set of challenges.
On Monday night, after correctly resisting military involvement in Syria’s messy and fractured civil war for the last three years, President Barack Obama paved the way for U.S. aircraft to strike numerous targets in the fight against emerging and longstanding terrorist threats. Welcome back to war, American style.
Insurance companies, aided by state legislatures, must fight the greedy practice of “drive-by doctoring.” Insurers who pay hefty charges not previously agreed upon will end up passing those costs along to consumers in the form of higher premiums.
When it comes to the use of force by law enforcement officials, the best path is to avoid lawsuits, bad publicity and injuries to or deaths of innocent victims. When weapons are discharged, and people are injured or killed by police officers, communities need to know whether the use of force was justified.
The ISIS crisis has become a front-burner foreign policy obsession. President Barack Obama last week won initial backing from Congress for his plan to train and arm rebel forces that are fighting the Islamic State in Syria. But debates continued to rage. We want to hear your thoughts on some of these issues.
While draconian income tax cuts stand as the most controversial experiment of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration, its overhaul of the state’s Medicaid program is not far behind. KanCare was launched with bold promises, but its record is mixed.