<![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 The Monday Poll: GOP debate in the spotlight http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article29704423.html#storylink=rss It’s nearly time. The first debate in the crowded GOP presidential primary is Thursday in Cleveland, and controversy swirls around which of the 17 candidates will make it to the stage. Tell us what you think.

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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:55:56 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article29704423.html
Pedal faster to finish new bike lanes in Kansas City http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article29701780.html#storylink=rss Kansas City needs to move more aggressively to complete its plan to restripe Grand Boulevard. That would reduce the number of traffic lanes from four to three and add dedicated bike lanes on each side of the street. It’s also disappointing that City Hall has not made enough headway in completing the other parts of the BikeKC Downtown Loop and Neighborhood Connector.

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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:36:44 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article29701780.html
Thanks, Obama: Feds will help rescue Brownback’s shaky Kansas budget http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article29598400.html#storylink=rss Gov. Sam Brownback wasn’t in the Kansas Capitol on Thursday. Instead, he made budget director Shawn Sullivan reveal that the state will accept nearly $18 million in federal funds for a program that provides health care for children.

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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:43:10 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article29598400.html
National Museum of Toys and Miniatures in Kansas City is a joyfully renovated shrine to playthings http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article29544112.html#storylink=rss When visitors return to the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures on Saturday, they will discover what a difference a yearlong renovation and an $11 million capital campaign can make. With a bright and fresh new layout and a wholly transformed exhibit strategy, the museum, at 52nd and Oak streets, can now make a justifiable claim as an essential destination for locals and visitors alike.

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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:18:41 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article29544112.html
Preservationists will survey buildings of 1945-1975 to determine how modern is Kansas City http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article29472472.html#storylink=rss This spring the nonprofit Historic Kansas City Foundation placed the general category of modern architecture on its annual list of endangered places. And this week the foundation and Kansas City’s Historic Preservation Office launched an effort to wrap their arms around the city’s modern buildings.

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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:47:03 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article29472472.html
Minimum wage debate is a fight worth having in Kansas City http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article29474473.html#storylink=rss Evidence is mounting that the worthwhile battle to increase the minimum wage in Kansas City is going to be extremely messy. The stakes are high. The goal is to require businesses to more fairly reward employees in low-paying jobs.

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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:53:11 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article29474473.html
Beware the fishing expeditions against Planned Parenthood http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article29241769.html#storylink=rss Responses to a scandal involving the national Planned Parenthood organization are to be expected in states where politicians are anxious to burnish their anti-abortion credentials. But the hastily called investigations should not be allowed to morph into fishing expeditions or to violate patient privacy.

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:06:43 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article29241769.html
Ignore Gov. Sam Brownback’s wrong ‘facts’ on Kansas teacher pay http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article29232601.html#storylink=rss Kansas’ teachers do earn a bit more in salary and supplemental pay than Missouri’s. But the gap in compensation is far smaller than the one Gov. Sam Brownback displayed last week in an inaccurate chart.

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:41:11 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article29232601.html
Monday Poll results: Many show support for GMO labeling http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article29208574.html#storylink=rss This week’s survey followed U.S. House passage of a bill to prohibit states and localities from requiring labels on food products that contain genertically modified ingredients. Here are the results.

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:00:31 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article29208574.html
New Kansas City Council will need voters’ help in making crucial decisions http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article28874533.html#storylink=rss While Kansas City’s elected officials are eager to start deciding how to use the city’s $1.4 billion annual budget, they won’t be calling all the shots. Voters will have a huge say in determining whether the city can maintain the momentum it gained during Mayor Sly James’ first term in office.

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Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:35:22 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article28874533.html
The Monday Poll: Should there be a law mandating foods with GMOs be labeled? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article28652527.html#storylink=rss A bill backed by Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas, passed by the U.S. House last week, would prohibit states and localities from requiring labels on food products containing genetically modified ingredients. We want to hear your thoughts on the issues.

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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 17:15:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article28652527.html
Superintendent search in Kansas City should set a high bar http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article28688158.html#storylink=rss Residents have a right to expect a lot of the next superintendent for the long-beleaguered Kansas City school district. That showed last week when people shared their views with school officials.

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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 23:51:26 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article28688158.html
Johnson County should boost taxes for smart investments http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article28653493.html#storylink=rss The future of Kansas, to a degree, hangs in the balance as the state’s two largest counties go in distinctly different directions in spending public funds. Johnson County’s political leaders appear ready to increase taxes and invest in smart plans to provide better parks, libraries and transit service. But in Sedgwick County, officials want to trim taxes and cut many programs.

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Sat, 25 Jul 2015 09:00:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article28653493.html
Kansas must do more for teachers and schools http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article28659634.html#storylink=rss Gov. Sam Brownback and the Kansas Legislature should treat reports of a teacher exodus as a wake-up call. Kansans value public education. They want schools staffed by talented, enthusiastic professionals.

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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 18:10:14 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article28659634.html
Missouri Sen. Paul LeVota, damaged by interns’ revelations, had to resign http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article28636450.html#storylink=rss Paul LeVota’s resignation from the Missouri legislature should help his constituents in east Kansas City, Independence, Raytown and Sugar Creek get the representation they deserve, from a senator of better repute.

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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:15:32 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article28636450.html
Washington still doesn’t get cybersecurity and must improve its computer systems http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article28457908.html#storylink=rss The U.S. government should protect personal information about its employees and citizens as if it were gold. Sadly, cyberthieves are routinely carrying digital bullion out of federal computers these days. Fort Knox, this isn’t.

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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:53:37 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article28457908.html
Pick up the pace on the new Rock Island Trail http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article28459096.html#storylink=rss When it gets built, the Rock Island Trail rolling through the middle part of Missouri will be a great addition to the existing Katy Trail. But challenges must be overcome to complete the new amenity.

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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:55:53 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article28459096.html
Allegations against Sen. Paul LeVota bring more disgrace to Missouri government http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article28362922.html#storylink=rss More reason to be revolted by freewheeling and inappropriate activities in the Missouri Capitol has emerged in a report centered on a college intern’s complaints against Sen. Paul LeVota, a Democrat from Independence.

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Wed, 22 Jul 2015 18:14:12 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article28362922.html
Kris Kobach should help count the votes accurately in Kansas http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article28362433.html#storylink=rss Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach should work to help resolve how accurately some machines are recording votes in the state. His reluctance to strongly embrace openness and transparency makes him look too selective when it comes to concerns over voter fraud.

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Wed, 22 Jul 2015 18:07:51 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article28362433.html
Move ahead on an affordable and convenient new KCI terminal http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article28060753.html#storylink=rss Prospects for building a modern, convenient and affordable new terminal at Kansas City International Airport have brightened considerably. That’s a huge step forward in the long-lasting debate over what to do with an aging airport that gives many visitors — and many residents who travel — a poor image of our bustling, progressive community.

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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 18:32:35 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article28060753.html
Monday Poll results: When it’s hot, we like the AC more than the pool http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article28055767.html#storylink=rss It was hot last week when we created the Monday Poll. So hot we decided to create a poll about being hot. But by the time Monday rolled around it wasn’t so hot anymore, which perhaps affected the participation in and responses to our unscientific poll.

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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 17:41:28 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article28055767.html
Reject this detail of Kansas City’s new downtown hotel http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article27964573.html#storylink=rss An unassuming, understated detail in the proposal to build a taxpayer-supported, Kansas City convention hotel should be filed under the category of “unfortunate irritant” or perhaps “missed opportunity.”

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Mon, 20 Jul 2015 18:10:21 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article27964573.html
Develop smartly along Kansas City’s boulevards, parkways http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article27964237.html#storylink=rss Kansas City’s Parks and Recreation Department should not kowtow to the threats of developers. Rather, it ought to promote rules that will provide Northland residents with high quality parkways and boulevards many decades into the future.

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Mon, 20 Jul 2015 18:03:14 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article27964237.html
Lift the sequestration cap to save Army spending http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article27539074.html#storylink=rss As President Obama said when he proposed his most recent budget, the arbitrary cap imposed by sequestration “doesn't differentiate between smart government spending and dumb government spending.” In Missouri, one of the impacts is the Army’s plan to cut 774 positions from Fort Leonard Wood.

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Sun, 19 Jul 2015 09:00:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article27539074.html
New downtown hotel is a risk worth taking for a brighter Kansas City future http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article27538027.html#storylink=rss While the proposed $311 million downtown hotel comes with baggage, those issues should not be allowed to sink a deal that has more strengths than weaknesses. Mayor Sly James and the City Council have solid reasons next Thursday to move forward with this project.

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Sat, 18 Jul 2015 09:00:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article27538027.html
The Monday Poll: What are your hot takes on the heat wave? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article27542257.html#storylink=rss Another Kansas City heat wave always presents time for reflection. Take care of your family, your neighbors and your pets, then weigh in on these observations.

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Fri, 17 Jul 2015 13:20:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article27542257.html
Was the Chattanooga shooter a radicalized Muslim? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article27535831.html#storylink=rss It may take investigators some time to determine what motivated 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez to carry out a murderous attack on two military buildings Thursday in Chattanooga, Tenn. But acquiring that knowledge is crucial to the safety of Americans.

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Fri, 17 Jul 2015 17:36:45 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article27535831.html
Bipartisan bill marks promising work for medical research funding and cures http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article27535591.html#storylink=rss The 21st Century Cures Act marks a significant step forward and a bright spot for the current Congress. The Senate should follow the House’s bipartisan example and speedily get the bill to President Barack Obama’s desk.

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Fri, 17 Jul 2015 12:34:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article27535591.html
Don’t rush to approve proposed Westport entry fee http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article27452968.html#storylink=rss Some Westport officials want to charge $5 to people who enter the popular entertainment district late on weekend nights. But City Hall should not rubber-stamp this idea, mostly because we’re talking here about public streets.

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Thu, 16 Jul 2015 18:52:42 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article27452968.html
Missouri launches a mean-spirited, foolish attack on immigrant college students http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article27453283.html#storylink=rss Young people across Missouri are receiving a harsh lesson about their state’s mean-spirited General Assembly. It comes in the form of letters from public colleges and universities, notifying students that because of language slipped into a budget bill, they are no longer eligible for in-state tuition. For some, that means college costs have doubled or gone up even higher.

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Thu, 16 Jul 2015 18:56:12 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article27453283.html