<![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: Light Labor Day musings http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article34109373.html#storylink=rss After recent Monday polls on gun control, police shootings, immigration reform and the entertaining world of presidential politics, let’s keep things light today.

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Fri, 04 Sep 2015 18:00:29 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article34109373.html
The GOP’s unhelpful fixation on building new walls http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article34084794.html#storylink=rss Until recently, the silliest part of the GOP’s fixation with walls was Donald Trump’s insistence that he could get Mexico to pay for his proposed border wall. Then Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker upped the ante by endorsing the discussion of a wall along America’s other land border with Canada as a “legitimate issue.”

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Fri, 04 Sep 2015 15:12:13 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article34084794.html
Jackson County reassessment was smoother and more accurate http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article33821022.html#storylink=rss When Jackson County officials badly botched reassessment in 2013, more than 15,500 property owners came forward to request lower property values and tax bills. But this year’s smoother, more professional reassessment inspires confidence that the county is getting its act together in providing one of its most crucial public services.

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Thu, 03 Sep 2015 17:11:59 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article33821022.html
Missouri Republicans go on a hypocritical quest to deny scholarship funds to immigrant strivers http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article33593466.html#storylink=rss The Missouri General Assembly’s annual veto session often causes the GOP-controlled legislature to put its worst face forward. Lawmakers may take meanness to new heights this year with an effort to deny scholarship funds to young immigrants who have been granted lawful presence status in the United States but who aren’t citizens.

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Wed, 02 Sep 2015 17:16:48 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article33593466.html
Upgrade Kansas City fire stations to finally accommodate more female employees http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article33592425.html#storylink=rss Kansas City for too many years has failed to make long-planned improvements to fully accommodate female employees in about a quarter of its fire stations. As City Council member Teresa Loar properly implied this week while discussing the issue with colleagues, it’s time to get the job done.

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Wed, 02 Sep 2015 17:12:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article33592425.html
Convicted neo-Nazi murderer F. Glenn Miller Jr. should get life in prison http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article33248922.html#storylink=rss Life in prison without parole would be an appropriate sentence for F. Glenn Miller Jr. following his capital murder conviction for fatally shooting three persons last year in Overland Park. Life imprisonment would deny Miller the satisfaction of touting execution as a kind of martyrdom in his neo-Nazi killing spree.

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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:17:40 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article33248922.html
Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas flunks again with school claims http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article33248178.html#storylink=rss Gov. Sam Brownback repeatedly demonstrates that he either fails to understand the basic tenets of school financing or he is willing to deliberately mislead the citizens of Kansas. Either way, Brownback loses credibility with every false assertion.

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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:14:48 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article33248178.html
Monday Poll results: A heavy turnout on gun questions http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article33249918.html#storylink=rss In the wake of the killings of two Virginia newspeople while they were on the air, we asked for your thoughts on gun ownership and gun control. Turnout was heavy, and heavily divided. Here are the results of the unscientific survey.

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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:22:09 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article33249918.html
Downward drag of student transience: Timely KC ‘mobility summit’ to examine tough problem http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article32989560.html#storylink=rss Students need stability to do well in school. But hundreds of young people in and around Kansas City switch schools annually, or even multiple times in a school year.

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Mon, 31 Aug 2015 10:00:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article32989560.html
Obama’s timely Alaskan trip highlights real climate change woes http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article32989110.html#storylink=rss President Barack Obama’s trip this week to Alaska highlighs facts somewhat at odds with each other. Climate change is having negative effects on the environment. And the United States is still dependent on oil as a major contributor to its economy.

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Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:15:22 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article32989110.html
Birthright citizenship distracts us from the real issues http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article32709327.html#storylink=rss The focus on birthright citizenship overshadows the economic consequences of illegal immigration, including depressed wages and the failures of systems in place to screen out undocumented workers, not to mention all the other substantive issues drowned out by the noise.

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Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:00:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article32709327.html
The Monday Poll: Is it time for action on guns? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article32682675.html#storylink=rss The killings of two TV journalists while they were on the air has prompted yet another vociferous chapter in the long-running American debate over guns. We’d like you to weigh in on the topic.

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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:56:22 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article32682675.html
Move forward wisely with plans to improve KCI http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article32669265.html#storylink=rss Plans to pursue a badly needed upgrade to Kansas City International Airport — most likely construction of a single new terminal — are not yet on a glide path to success at City Hall. But with a bond election not contemplated until 2016 or 2017, City Hall still has time to craft a strong deal to build a better KCI.

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Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:00:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article32669265.html
Regional public transit is rolling smartly ahead http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article32675571.html#storylink=rss The dream of a regionally funded, seamlessly connected public transit system hasn’t come true yet for tens of thousands of people who use buses — and soon streetcars — in the Kansas City area. But major transit operators are taking positive steps toward a more effective way of moving passengers around, even across the state line.

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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:01:34 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article32675571.html
Take a tough look at guard abuse charges in the Jackson County jail http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article32564826.html#storylink=rss The recent physical abuse allegations levied against a handful of guards at the Jackson County jail deserve the just-announced thorough investigation by the FBI. Inhumane treatment by public employees of people locked behind bars cannot be tolerated.

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Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:41:46 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article32564826.html
New Kansas City charter school holds promise, but many questions remain http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article32564913.html#storylink=rss After heated discussion, the Kansas City school board voted 5 to 3 for the Kansas City Neighborhood Academy. The charter elementary school would be part of Kansas City’s Urban Neighborhood Initiative.

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Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:42:28 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article32564913.html
Appalling shootings on live TV should lead to stricter gun laws http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article32484186.html#storylink=rss On Wednesday, television reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward were shot to death during a live morning interview in Virginia. In a just world, the shootings would lead to passage of more responsible gun laws in America. The appalling reality is that they likely and sadly won’t.

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Wed, 26 Aug 2015 18:13:03 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article32484186.html
Keep healthy lunches on school menus http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article32486739.html#storylink=rss Obama administration officials and even the first lady have tried, but they can’t seem to get Congress to endorse fruits, vegetables, whole grains and other healthier food options for school cafeteria breakfasts and lunches for kids.

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Wed, 26 Aug 2015 18:30:58 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article32486739.html
Gov. Sam Brownback’s battle with educators damages Kansas schools again http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article32370465.html#storylink=rss With their continued negligent approach to K-12 education, Gov. Sam Brownback and Republican leaders stiffed Kansas kids again this week. Among the biggest losers were the Kansas City, Kan., Olathe and Bonner Springs school districts.

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Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:15:05 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article32370465.html
Monday Poll results: Survey shows strong support for police http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article32371194.html#storylink=rss This week, the Monday Poll took your pulse on issues related to police shootings. Here are the results of the unscientific survey, based on more than 800 responses.

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Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:18:42 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article32371194.html
Positive news on hunger in America: Fewer families struggle to buy food http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article32250135.html#storylink=rss The falling U.S. stock market has grabbed people’s attention. But a different sign of the economy’s resilience can be seen in the declining number of families struggling to buy food. A positive recent report reveals that fewer U.S. families say they are struggling to buy food.

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Mon, 24 Aug 2015 10:00:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article32250135.html
A better redevelopment plan needs to emerge for Metcalf South site http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article32259354.html#storylink=rss In a heartening move toward better suburban planning, a questionable $324 million proposal to redevelop the Metcalf South Shopping Center and the former Kmart center is now in limbo in Overland Park.

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Mon, 24 Aug 2015 17:07:14 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article32259354.html
Law enforcement group calls for big changes to cut down on police shootings http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article31841949.html#storylink=rss As tensions rise around the nation over police shootings and overly aggressive law enforcement tactics, a police research and policy group has issued a blunt and essential call for change.

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Sun, 23 Aug 2015 09:00:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article31841949.html
Swope Park shines brighter thanks to public and private support http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article31839846.html#storylink=rss Swope Park — the largest park in Kansas City at just over 1,800 acres — is enjoying a renaissance because significant public and private efforts successfully rebuilt cherished amenities (such as the zoo and Starlight Theatre) while new ones were added, including an off-leash dog park, community center, and miles of hiking and biking trails.

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Sat, 22 Aug 2015 10:09:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article31839846.html
The Monday Poll: What’s going on with police shootings? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article31833579.html#storylink=rss Questions about police shootings continue to dominate news headlines and draw citizens into the streets to protest what they see as abusive tactics. We’d like to get your thoughts on this subject.

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Fri, 21 Aug 2015 17:36:06 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article31833579.html
Don’t let ‘knuckleheads’ deter Kansas City from offering good summer youth programs http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article31796928.html#storylink=rss Mayor Sly James says he’s not going to let a few “knuckleheads” undo the good accomplished by Kansas City’s summer programs for young people. That’s the right attitude, though the city also needs to work on plans to avoid future problems with the activities.

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Fri, 21 Aug 2015 15:31:50 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article31796928.html
Kansas City has a stake in the future of St. Louis stadium http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article31792254.html#storylink=rss Frenzied efforts are under way to build a new $1 billion stadium in St. Louis as the beleaguered city tries to hang on to its professional football team. Kansas City area taxpayers are affected by what happens on the other side of the state.

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Fri, 21 Aug 2015 15:27:49 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article31792254.html
Give the Iran deal a chance to secure peace without war http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article31645106.html#storylink=rss A military strike against Iran might someday be necessary to halt that country’s development of a nuclear arsenal. First the United States and its allies must exhaust every reasonable, peaceful option, beginning with an agreement that would severely restrict the Iranian government’s ability to process weapons-grade uranium and plutonium.

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Thu, 20 Aug 2015 14:59:23 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article31645106.html
The troubling case of NaNette Chaney and the Kansas City VA Medical Center http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article31562864.html#storylink=rss The assertion of Kansas City VA Medical Center officials that a single clerk was responsible for serious scheduling delays seemed suspicious from the start. The claim has become even more dubious now that the targeted employee, NaNette Chaney, is appealing her dismissal and seeking reinstatement at the medical center.

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Wed, 19 Aug 2015 17:25:51 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article31562864.html
Pass a better red-light camera law in Kansas City http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article31562642.html#storylink=rss A new Missouri Supreme Court ruling offers a good road map for establishing a legal and effective red-light camera ordinance in Kansas City. The law should be set up to punish motorists who run stoplights, free up police officers for more important duties and, yes, even allow the city to collect a little extra revenue.

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Wed, 19 Aug 2015 17:24:28 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article31562642.html