<![CDATA[Editorials | The Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com]]> http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/ en-us Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:42:09 CDT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:42:09 CDT Editorials 60 Missouri charter school bill does more harm than good in Jackson County http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article20219763.html#storylink=rss A bill moving through the General Assembly would permit charter schools to start up in most of Jackson County, potentially harming districts that already achieve impressive results. This wrongheaded idea should never have gotten as far as it has. House Bill 42 deserves a “no” vote from every legislator in the Jackson County delegation.

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Mon, 04 May 2015 18:06:53 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article20219763.html
Sam Brownback’s compromise is a defeat for renewable energy rules in Kansas http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article20218299.html#storylink=rss The renewable energy standards in Kansas were unfortunately weakened in a compromise unveiled Monday by Gov. Sam Brownback and wind power supporters. However, the state’s energy mandate is not being totally repealed, which is a small victory for forces that have fought Koch Industries and others seeking that destructive outcome.

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Mon, 04 May 2015 17:46:34 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article20218299.html
The Monday Poll: Baltimore, gay marriage and more http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article20052987.html#storylink=rss Hot topics abound this week. Protests and arrests of police officers in Baltimore; debates on gay marriage at the U.S. Supreme Court; and stories about Bishop Robert W. Finn and gas tax increases all are vying for the public’s attention. Put it all together, and we offer a Monday Poll potpourri.

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Fri, 01 May 2015 18:22:37 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article20052987.html
Pass Gov. Sam Brownback’s cigarette tax increase for a healthier Kansas http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article20053236.html#storylink=rss Hunting for cash to balance the struggling Kansas budget, Gov. Sam Brownback has proposed a $1.50-per-pack cigarette tax increase that’s opposed by many Republican legislators, tobacco companies and convenience store owners. But Brownback’s plan is reasonable. Higher tobacco taxes would have several benefits.

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Sun, 03 May 2015 10:00:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article20053236.html
Progress is possible as U.S. confronts crime, punishment http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article20047398.html#storylink=rss The good news is that reducing disparities and injustices in the criminal justice system has become a bipartisan effort. But a couple of conversations in Kansas City last week suggest the enormous amount of work that must be accomplished in pursuit of a more fair and equitable society.

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Sat, 02 May 2015 06:24:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article20047398.html
Capitol Watch: The sagas of Uber, budgets and bullying rivet the legislatures http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article20054217.html#storylink=rss State lawmakers still have to deal with budgets, roads and schools. But at least relief for honey bottlers is moving along in Missouri.

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Fri, 01 May 2015 18:34:26 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article20054217.html
Gov. Jay Nixon stands up for kids by vetoing bill that cuts welfare benefits http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article19948113.html#storylink=rss Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon stated the obvious on Thursday when he announced he had vetoed a punitive bill that limits welfare benefits. “We do not strengthen families by hurting children,” Nixon said. Unfortunately, members of the General Assembly failed to grasp that reality when they passed Senate Bill 24.

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Thu, 30 Apr 2015 13:47:14 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article19948113.html
New recycling effort will benefit the Kansas City area http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article19969647.html#storylink=rss Unfortunately, recycling rates remain far below 50 percent throughout the Kansas City area, a fact that has spurred a worthwhile effort to improve the situation. The Mid-America Regional Council is promoting the Recycle More campaign to try to divert 80 percent of waste from area landfills by 2023.

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Thu, 30 Apr 2015 17:22:50 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article19969647.html
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt grants a license to secrecy http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article19900083.html#storylink=rss With a preposterous opinion, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has created an opportunity for each and every Kansas state employee to operate behind a curtain of secrecy. It is OK to conduct public business on private e-mail accounts, the attorney general said. And the correspondence need not be subject to the Kansas Open Records Act.

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Wed, 29 Apr 2015 17:23:18 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article19900083.html
Milestone in reading: United Way effort gives books to 1,000 KC area preschoolers http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article19899600.html#storylink=rss Books and the act of reading are wonderful gifts. Because of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library more than 1,000 Kansas City area children have received these priceless presents.

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Wed, 29 Apr 2015 10:19:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article19899600.html
Baltimore’s experience is a cautionary tale for Kansas City http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article19831371.html#storylink=rss Count Kansas City fortunate — so far. Our city has been proactive for years in working to avoid the kind of turmoil that is roiling Baltimore after a 25-year-old black man, Freddie Gray, died in police custody.

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Tue, 28 Apr 2015 18:04:03 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article19831371.html
Monday Poll results: Respondents favor the death penalty in Boston Marathon bombing case http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article19833162.html#storylink=rss As the penalty phase of the Boston bombing trial continues, the Monday Poll asked for your opinion about the possible outcomes for defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Here are the results of the unscientific survey, based on more than 350 responses.

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Tue, 28 Apr 2015 18:21:56 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article19833162.html
Hatred and extremism on the home front need more attention http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article19760889.html#storylink=rss Law enforcement can’t stop Americans from harboring dangerous and reprehensible opinions. It can’t prevent those opinions from evolving into hatred. But it must do all it can to stop people from acting on that hatred.

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Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:02:57 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article19760889.html
More energy-efficient buildings could help renters in Kansas City http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article19760874.html#storylink=rss Eventually, as yet another mark of a forward-looking city, Mayor Sly James and the full council could have good reasons to pass an ordinance requiring owners of large buildings to tell the public how much energy their structures use.

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Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:02:52 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article19760874.html
The Monday Poll: What’s the right penalty in the Boston Marathon bombing case? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article19391982.html#storylink=rss The Monday Poll would like to know where you stand on punishing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who recently was convicted on 30 counts in the fatal bombing at the Boston Marathon in 2013 and the subsequent killing of a campus security officer.

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Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:40:09 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article19391982.html
Let cameras into the U.S. Supreme Court for the gay marriage case http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article19408218.html#storylink=rss On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the much anticipated case to decide if the Constitution grants same-sex couples the right to marry. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court clings to an outdated ban on cameras, which means Americans won’t be able to watch the hearing. So much for transparency and open democracy.

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Sun, 26 Apr 2015 10:00:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article19408218.html
In Kansas City area, jobs aren’t fleeing Missouri after Kansas tax cuts http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article19411242.html#storylink=rss Gov. Sam Brownback won’t like hearing this, but the Kansas side of the Kansas City metropolitan area has lost its historical advantage in employment growth since his tax cuts took effect a little more than two years ago.

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Sat, 25 Apr 2015 10:00:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article19411242.html
Capitol Watch: Making and dismantling laws and fixing a ‘stupid’ name http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article19424511.html#storylink=rss Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback desperately needs friends, and he could do worse than to court the legions of Uber drivers and passengers. But Brownback’s veto this week of a package of regulations put him on a collision course with the Legislature.

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Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:43:38 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article19424511.html
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to auditors: Follow the rules? Who, me? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article19259934.html#storylink=rss Based on the findings of a new audit, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon hasn’t even tried to clean up accounting problems in his office. His behavior helps explain why the Democratic governor is so at odds with his Republican legislature. He thinks he can do whatever he wants.

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Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:13:41 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article19259934.html
No errors, please, in serving ballpark food at Kauffman Stadium http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article19260165.html#storylink=rss When it comes to food safety at Kauffman Stadium, Royals fans should be able to assume that what they are eating has been correctly prepared and won’t leave them with something worse than a case of indigestion.

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Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:16:23 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article19260165.html
Monday Poll results: Readers offer their thoughts on the safety net http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article19173132.html#storylink=rss We asked for your opinion about efforts in Missouri and Kansas to tighten eligibility requirements for aid programs for those in need. Here are the results of the unscientific survey, based on more than 600 responses.

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Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:53:39 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article19173132.html
Bishop Finn finally pays the price for misusing power and placing church secrecy ahead of the safety of area children http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article19147494.html#storylink=rss Outright removal of Bishop Robert W. Finn by Pope Francis would have sent an unmistakable message. Still, it is rare for a bishop to step aside, and the reasons for Finn’s resignation should not be obscured. This is a man who held great power and used it to cover up a crime and protect a calcified inner circle. He needed to go. Others in the church should heed his fate.

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Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:24:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article19147494.html
Sly James’ dismayingly late tax payments enliven sleepy mayor’s race http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article19073295.html#storylink=rss Kansas Mayor Sly James should have paid his personal property taxes on time for the last three years. That’s a basic expectation for someone who gets a salary courtesy of tax dollars while also deciding how to spend $1.4 billion of them a year. But at least his failures have sparked interest in a so-far sleepy mayoral race.

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Mon, 20 Apr 2015 14:46:32 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article19073295.html
Jay Nixon must free man serving 80-year sentence for burglary http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article19079859.html#storylink=rss An 80-year sentence for a burglary conviction doesn’t even make a pretense at fairness. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon should commute Alvis J. Williams’ sentence to the 20 years he has already served. Enough is enough.

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Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:53:56 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article19079859.html
Americans need to see the details of the Trans-Pacific trade deal http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article18813207.html#storylink=rss The Obama administration is negotiating a huge international trade deal in secret. This is neither tea party fantasy nor conspiracy theory. It is the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Before the nation signs on, the public needs to see what is in it.

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Sun, 19 Apr 2015 10:00:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article18813207.html
Pass a small fuel tax to invest in Missouri’s roads and bridges http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article18799341.html#storylink=rss A big part of Stephen Miller’s job these days is trying to persuade the Missouri General Assembly to spend enough money to maintain and repair the state’s extensive system of crumbling roads and bridges. But Miller, the Kansas City-based chairman of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, is running into roadblocks erected by anti-tax state legislators.

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Sat, 18 Apr 2015 10:00:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article18799341.html
The Monday Poll: Are tougher welfare laws fair? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article18813087.html#storylink=rss Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed a law tightening requirements for welfare recipients last week, and the Missouri General Assembly sent its own version of limitations in a bill to Gov. Jay Nixon. We’d like to know what readers think about the packages.

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Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:34:06 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article18813087.html
Capitol Watch: Behind the Kansas welfare-to-work success story http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article18810930.html#storylink=rss In its quest to enact harsher restrictions on people seeking assistance, the Brownback administration has made good use this session of Kansas City, Kan., resident Valerie Cahill, who speaks eloquently of her own journey from public assistance to self-reliance. But Cahill’s experience probably isn’t typical of a welfare recipient getting into the workforce.

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Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:15:28 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article18810930.html
Area is rolling along toward becoming a more bicycle-friendly community http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article18714120.html#storylink=rss Overland Park has set a high bar that other cities should try to meet or exceed in expanding bicycle networks metrowide. The leaders of the progressive suburb this week approved an ambitious but achievable plan to add more than 260 miles of bike-friendly lanes over the next few decades.

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Thu, 16 Apr 2015 17:08:10 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article18714120.html
Better pay for low-wage workers would benefit everyone http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article18626067.html#storylink=rss Fast-food servers, custodians, hotel attendants and underpaid adjunct college professors all converged on midtown in what may have been the largest show of solidarity since organized calls for fair and livable wages began a couple of years ago. It’s time for policymakers to get on board. This is an issue that ought to inspire bipartisan support.

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Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:26:10 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article18626067.html