<![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 Give Kansas City voters good reasons to show up for the June 23 election http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article21738153.html#storylink=rss Unless Mayor Sly James and Kansas City Council members can attract many more voters to the ballot box, total turnout in the June 23 general election could be extremely low. That would not be positive for the city’s future, especially for what it could mean for the initiative petition process.

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Sat, 23 May 2015 10:00:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article21738153.html
Get a local solution on a higher minimum wage http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article21731430.html#storylink=rss The marathon debate this week over whether to raise the minimum wage in Kansas City pretty much produced the best possible result for all sides. Now two topics deserve the most focus as this issue plays out over the next two months.

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Fri, 22 May 2015 18:13:59 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article21731430.html
A better and bigger Kansas City Zoo required time, money and persuasion http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article21627081.html#storylink=rss The zoo has become a constantly evolving, top-flight attraction that area residents can take great pride in supporting. Friday the facility officially opens its Orangutan Canopy.

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Thu, 21 May 2015 18:12:29 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article21627081.html
Long Kansas legislative session is threatening courts, bioscience recruiting and local governments http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/article21504450.html#storylink=rss Legislators could revoke the disastrous income tax cuts that created the budget problem and go home. But they won’t. And while Kansas taxpayers foot the $43,000-a-day bill for a legislative session in overtime, lawmakers spend idle time conjuring up more destructive ideas.

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Wed, 20 May 2015 16:33:39 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/article21504450.html
Kansas City should pass a responsible plan to boost the minimum wage http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article21416589.html#storylink=rss Kansas City Council members are gearing up to hold one of their most contentious meetings in recent memory. The outcomes could affect thousands of local workers, large and small employers, and many building owners for years to come.

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Tue, 19 May 2015 17:32:54 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article21416589.html
Monday Poll results: A slow voting season is reflected in the numbers http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article21401865.html#storylink=rss Perhaps we should not be surprised that turnout was rather light for this week’s poll, which asked for your views on forthcoming Kansas City elections. The June 23 City Council campaigns appear to have gotten little attention, and respondents were fairly evenly divided on the topics we raised.

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Tue, 19 May 2015 15:27:43 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article21401865.html
Obama offers reasonable plan to reform police access to military-style gear http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article21319806.html#storylink=rss President Barack Obama has announced needed reforms on how police departments keep the peace in U.S. towns and cities in a post-Ferguson, Mo., world. The U.S. government will stop providing to law enforcement agencies some of the more controversial military-style gear, which includes grenade launchers and certain types of heavily armored vehicles.

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Mon, 18 May 2015 16:54:53 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article21319806.html
Sam Brownback and others in Kansas rush to disown ATM rule http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article21316689.html#storylink=rss That sound you hear in Kansas is the footsteps of politicians running away from a new state requirement that limits welfare recipients to no more than $25 a day in withdrawals from ATM machines.

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Mon, 18 May 2015 16:26:48 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article21316689.html
Congress needs to choose freedom over a flawed Patriot Act http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article21133824.html#storylink=rss Americans learned over the past couple of years that the federal government has been snooping into their lives. Now they will learn if Congress has the courage to restore privacy protections by amending the Patriot Act before renewing it.

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Sun, 17 May 2015 10:00:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article21133824.html
$82 million verdict sends a powerful message to debt collectors http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article21152331.html#storylink=rss Whatever its outcome on appeal, the verdict should cause debt collection agencies to cease with abusive tactics and do a better job of identifying their targets.

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Fri, 15 May 2015 23:13:08 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article21152331.html
The Monday Poll: Turn your attention to Kansas City elections http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article21132228.html#storylink=rss Kansas City’s 2015 political races are getting scant public attention, largely because Mayor Sly James likely will coast to re-election in a contest that often attracts the most interest. But let’s put at least a small spotlight on the City Council elections of June 23.

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Fri, 15 May 2015 19:24:35 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article21132228.html
Kansas City’s costly water bills sock customers while upgrading services http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article21132651.html#storylink=rss The money to pay for improved water and sewer services in Kansas City has to come from somewhere. The city’s extremely high monthly bills are affecting the pocketbooks of more than 650,000 local residents, including those served by the utility in Johnson County.

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Sat, 16 May 2015 10:00:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article21132651.html
Capitol Watch: As the Missouri legislature stumbles to an end, Kansas is still in agony http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article21137955.html#storylink=rss Todd Richardson, the new speaker of the Missouri House, got it right. “I don’t think the last five months have put the legislature and this public institution in a particularly good light,” he said moments after his peers selected him to replace John Diehl.

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Fri, 15 May 2015 20:15:07 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article21137955.html
Jackson County must provide better and fair property reassessments this year http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article21036687.html#storylink=rss Jackson County officials badly bungled reassessment in 2013 but have pledged to provide more accurate values for hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses this year. The clock is now ticking on that promise: Notices began going out this week.

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Thu, 14 May 2015 17:47:08 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article21036687.html
Move past the vacuum in the Missouri legislature after John Diehl’s resignation as House speaker http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article21024348.html#storylink=rss Missouri House Speaker John Diehl did the right thing by resigning his office and his legislative seat. Now leaders of both parties must set aside their wounded feelings for a few remaining hours and work for the good of the state.

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Thu, 14 May 2015 16:14:42 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article21024348.html
Full accreditation and stability must be the goals of KC superintendent Steve Green’s successor http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article20849136.html#storylink=rss Maintaining continuity and stability with the fewest disruptions possible for students and teachers must take priority as Kansas City Public Schools begins searching for a new superintendent.

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Wed, 13 May 2015 15:06:24 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article20849136.html
The Monday Poll: What should the minimum wage be in Kansas City? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article21735360.html#storylink=rss The Kansas City Council has decided to spend the next two months talking about whether it will approve a higher minimum wage. We want your opinion on the issue.

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Fri, 22 May 2015 18:40:59 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article21735360.html
The Missouri legislature experiences its most disgraceful week http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article20859213.html#storylink=rss Any doubts that the Missouri General Assembly’s priorities are seriously off kilter have been dispelled in this final week of the legislative session. The House speaker became embroiled in a texting scandal, and lawmakers passed polarizing measures and ignored citizens.

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Wed, 13 May 2015 16:27:56 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article20859213.html
Kansas business tax exemption hasn’t reaped results http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article20783814.html#storylink=rss A budget-balancing package in Kansas is still far away, but lawmakers took a step in the right direction this week by putting the business tax exemption in play.

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Tue, 12 May 2015 18:23:41 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article20783814.html
Monday poll results: Many respondents express a passion for labor http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article20773434.html#storylink=rss As the Missouri General Assembly entered new debates this week over “right to work” legislation, we asked for your opinion. One side of the issue appears to have tapped into a peak intensity and mustered a vigorous participation in the poll. Here are the results, based on more than 3,200 responses.

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Tue, 12 May 2015 16:38:11 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article20773434.html
KU hospital tower underway http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article20724639.html#storylink=rss A lot of work is underway in Kansas City, Kan., adding to the growth in midtown. Ground has been broken and fundraising efforts are well underway for a $275 million expansion project at the hospital.

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Mon, 11 May 2015 23:09:45 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article20724639.html
The Monday Poll: Should Missouri have a right-to-work law? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article20621226.html#storylink=rss The Missouri Senate is expected to debate a controversial right-to-work bill this week. The Monday Poll would like to know where you stand on this contentious debate involving union representation.

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Sun, 10 May 2015 08:43:15 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article20621226.html
Cowardly political bullying in Independence deserves a prompt investigation http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article20559057.html#storylink=rss Scott Roberson decided a year ago that the next step in a long record of community service would be a seat on the Independence City Council. He ran for office and won. For that, he has been subjected to a cowardly harassment campaign.

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Sat, 09 May 2015 10:00:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article20559057.html
Plan for new hotel in downtown Kansas City looks promising http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article20556897.html#storylink=rss Kansas City’s fast-reviving downtown is closer to notching a huge victory with the scheduled announcement on Monday that a new 800-room Hyatt hotel could open in 2018. The proposal has two major points in its favor based on what’s known about it now.

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Fri, 08 May 2015 19:01:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article20556897.html
Capitol Watch: Missouri should forget about ‘right to work’ and Kansas should get down to work http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article20555766.html#storylink=rss A very controversial bill intended to cripple unions in Missouri by making dues paying optional could be debated in the Senate as early as Monday. The “right to work” bill is being pushed by out-of-state interests and is bad for Missouri.

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Fri, 08 May 2015 19:26:21 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article20555766.html
Infuriating lawsuits hurt Kansas City taxpayers and damage public services http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article20460522.html#storylink=rss What has happened in the past two years — as Kansas City has paid out $8.5 million to resolve lawsuits brought by current and former city employees — has been an infuriating use of public funds. These actions have drained the city of money that could have been better used to provide services to taxpayers.

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Thu, 07 May 2015 18:09:24 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article20460522.html
New grocery store marks progress, but more projects are needed to revive the East Side http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article20363004.html#storylink=rss Building a new, full-service grocery store in the heart of Kansas City’s East Side will raise the positive possibility of more redevelopment in nearby struggling neighborhoods. It’s part of the huge challenge facing Mayor Sly James, other city officials and lots of concerned citizens. They need to seize opportunities to attract new residents, housing, jobs and businesses to the urban core.

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Wed, 06 May 2015 15:09:36 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article20363004.html
Robust revenues in Missouri are a contrast to dire times in Kansas http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article20378220.html#storylink=rss Call it a cautionary tale of two states’ finances. In one, tax revenues are flowing in stronger than in previous years. In the other state, a questionable “experiment” is underway and income tax revenues have plummeted. In this case, Missouri gets the nod over Kansas.

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Wed, 06 May 2015 17:32:56 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article20378220.html
Relocating World Series of Barbecue adds flexibility to Kemper Arena redevelopment plan http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article20291721.html#storylink=rss The announcement that the American Royal barbecue event will take place at the Truman Sports Complex this fall makes much sense and could very well be a win-win-win for almost everyone.

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Tue, 05 May 2015 16:43:51 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article20291721.html
Monday Poll results: Thoughts on Baltimore, Bishop Finn and more http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article20292645.html#storylink=rss This week’s Monday Poll sought reader feedback on four disparate issues: Freddie Gray’s death in Baltimore, the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling, Bishop Finn and the Missouri General Assembly’s vote on a small gasoline tax increase. Opinions turned out to be as wide-ranging as the topics.

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Tue, 05 May 2015 16:52:39 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article20292645.html