Opinion Columns & Blogs

Opinion Columns & Blogs

Better late than never? Who says so?

If anyone in my family was to be late, they had better be incarcerated, dead or pregnant. Being late was not acceptable and improper for anyone in my limited world. So to make life challenging, I married into a family that didn’t agree with this rule of etiquette.

Opinion

Ask the candidates how they’ll turn promises into reality

Recent presidents and their aides have assumed that good politics and persuasive rhetoric could cover up flaws in managing the federal bureaucracy. They were wrong. The task for voters and journalists in the rest of the campaign is to press the candidates to explain how they plan to accomplish what they’ve promised.

Steve Rose

Union Station’s rough start turns into solid success story

Besides a ridiculous estimate of attendance, Science City was in the beginning a big disappointment. It was a flawed concept perpetrated by another so-called expert, who held a PhD from M.I.T. and had been No. 2 at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. He had all the credentials but he didn’t have a clue as to what kids would want to do in his ill-conceived “city.”

Syndicated Columnists

Today, Anne Frank is a Syrian girl

Consider the parallels of Jews trying to flee the Nazis three-fourths of a century ago, and Syrian refugees today. You heard the same arguments then as now: We can’t afford it, we should look after Americans first, we can’t accept everybody, they’ll take American jobs, they’re dangerous.

Syndicated Columnists

How conservative pundits helped break reality

We are witnessing the unraveling of the American mind. We have become a nation of junk history, junk science, junk fact, junk logic, junk thought, a nation where not knowing things is no longer a bar to high office and may even be an advantage. Conservatives have wrecked the idea of objective fact and are reaping the whirlwind with Donald Trump

Syndicated Columnists

Public service should be a vocation, not a career

I really do think most people entered public life with a sense of idealistic calling. But over the years, many get swallowed by the system. People with a vocation mindset have their eyes fixed on the long game; people who operate a career mindset, on the other hand, often put self-preservation above all. Nothing gets done because everybody’s doing the same old safe rigid thing.

Mary Sanchez

Why outcome of Kansas voter ID law case is crucial for our country’s future

It’s already hard enough to get voters to the polls. Kansas made it even harder with its voter ID law, which asks residents registering to vote for proof of citizenship beyond what is required by federal law. Now, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is in a federal appeals court to argue for keeping the law, and if he prevails, that could have frightening ramifications beyond Kansas.

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Yael T. Abouhalkah says Donald Trump could surprise a lot more people this fall

Donald Trump could hurt other GOP candidates at the ball this year. Or ... maybe not.
Yael T. Abouhalkah The Kansas City Star
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Yael T. Abouhalkah says Donald Trump could surprise a lot more people this fall

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Yael T. Abouhalkah has an order: Visit the Kansas City Zoo

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Yael Abouhalkah: Kansas kids are more important than reckless tax cuts

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