Steve Paul

Steve Paul

The mission stalls as ISIS rebounds in Iraq and Syria

The hawks are circling and cackling. They question President Barack Obama’s strategy in the Middle East. But who really wants to see U.S. ground forces going back there in formidable numbers? As Obama and his spokesmen emphasize, the long-term strategy in this vexing conflict involves empowering Iraq and other allies in the region to take responsibility for the fight.

Steve Paul

An age-old fascination may yet get us to Mars

Mars, the Red Planet, retains a powerful pull on human desire. Our need to explore, to imagine and perhaps even to save us from ourselves underlies the lingering expectation that we will get there someday. This is no idle thought. Just recently, NASA added momentum to a program that will commandeer a nearby asteroid and serve as a prelude to a manned Mars mission.

Steve Paul

Hooray for the Kansas City area arts scene, but then what?

A new Regional Cultural Plan bubbles with expectations about the unifying power of the arts. Well, “bubbles” is kind of a generous word for a slick packet loaded with bureaucratic evaluations of how our creative community operates and how the area can generate more business, more residents and more well-being by embracing the arts.

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