<![CDATA[Steve Paul | The Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com]]> http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/ en-us Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:06:57 CDT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:06:57 CDT Steve Paul 60 My absurd, so-called life: A 40-year retrospective http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article28506082.html#storylink=rss The other day, I looked at the faces of this summer’s accomplished corps of newsroom interns at The Star and realized that despite their currently uncertain futures, the future of the news business — whatever form it takes — would be in pretty good shape.

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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 10:52:39 CDT

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Amid all that talk about 2016, Julian Castro demurs http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article27513016.html#storylink=rss He was having none of it. Julian Castro — the rising star among Democrats, the U.S. housing secretary and former San Antonio mayor — will now until whenever it happens have to face the question: Will he be on the 2016 ticket?

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Fri, 17 Jul 2015 14:43:47 CDT

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What they said: Soundbites from three Democratic contenders in Kansas City http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article27443272.html#storylink=rss Three Democratic candidates for president appeared Monday in Kansas City, connecting with generally agreeable audiences at the National Council of La Raza. On policy issues, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont covered similar ground with varying degrees of emphasis. Here are a few of their rhetorical flourishes.

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Thu, 16 Jul 2015 17:30:19 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article27443272.html
A tale of two design documents in Kansas City http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article26970676.html#storylink=rss The legacy of Kansas City’s parks and boulevard system is at stake. Developers want maximum exposure for their gas stations and suburban-style big-box stores. Planners and residents want the best that can be made, especially along the gracious and green contours of new boulevards and parkways, which serve to define Kansas City’s “city within a park” image.

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Fri, 10 Jul 2015 13:18:01 CDT

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If I had a hammock … well, just start a pile of books http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article26065552.html#storylink=rss Lots of summer reading awaits, including two new books, one about the past and one about the present, that resonate with current and compelling themes.

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Thu, 02 Jul 2015 14:22:53 CDT

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A good week ends surprisingly in song, and grace, for Obama http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article25604212.html#storylink=rss It was a good week for President Barack Obama, rising to a moment of grace.

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Fri, 26 Jun 2015 15:38:08 CDT

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Loose Park fountain hit with soap bomb http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article25425478.html#storylink=rss An overnight prank filled a Loose Park fountain with soap bubbles early Wednesday, creating a cloudlike spectacle and possible harm to nearby rose bushes.

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Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:01:36 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article25425478.html
Hillary Clinton, in a talk about race, hits a sour note http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article25418383.html#storylink=rss Do black lives matter or do all lives matter? That’s a question left hanging disturbingly in the air after Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential contender, spoke at a Florissant, Mo., church.

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Wed, 24 Jun 2015 13:39:57 CDT

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There’s more than one reason to block the Keystone XL pipeline http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article25001266.html#storylink=rss The Keystone XL pipeline is a political lightning rod, a symbol around which have gathered stark opposing views. It’s jobs versus environmental degradation. It’s energy independence versus climate-change alarms. It’s cool, clear water versus Koch.

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Fri, 19 Jun 2015 15:21:47 CDT

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March toward a higher minimum wage is reasonable and fair http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article23867923.html#storylink=rss Raising the minimum wage will not cure poverty, but it will help lift up thousands of working people and brand Kansas City as a place that values economic fairness.

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Fri, 12 Jun 2015 14:35:40 CDT

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Modernism struggles for respect in the Kansas City streetscape http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article23193543.html#storylink=rss Renovation and redevelopment are currently transforming two highly visible, late-modern buildings on or near the Country Club Plaza. Both projects raise questions about what makes a building “historic,” what’s worth preserving and whether such a thing as evolutionary modernism can also be acceptable as a sign of progress and/or societal change.

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Fri, 05 Jun 2015 12:38:24 CDT

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Progress and dangers lie ahead as a midtown ‘cultural district’ plan evolves and Nelson-Atkins considers its future http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article22633518.html#storylink=rss The effort to imagine a new “cultural district” in the midtown area radiating around the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has taken a few more steps toward clarity.

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Fri, 29 May 2015 16:14:09 CDT

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The mission stalls as ISIS rebounds in Iraq and Syria http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article21700098.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Fri, 22 May 2015 15:02:28 CDT

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Kemper Arena call for proposals encourages big vision but does not preclude demolition http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article21487443.html#storylink=rss Kansas City officials have issued the long awaited call for proposals to redevelop the underused Kemper Arena. Developers have until the end of the day Aug. 21 to submit viable proposals. Reading the small print, it’s clear that redevelopment proposals could include demolition of the vintage 1970s arena.

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Wed, 20 May 2015 13:55:09 CDT

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An age-old fascination may yet get us to Mars http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article21112533.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Fri, 15 May 2015 15:45:26 CDT

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Forty years later, McCaskill reflects on Missouri Legislature’s intern problem http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article20835306.html#storylink=rss In a forthcoming memoir, Sen. Claire McCaskill recalls her “unsettling initiation” in politics and her “most valuable learning experience outside the classroom” by serving as an intern at the Missouri legislature in 1974.

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Wed, 13 May 2015 12:31:45 CDT

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Some Mighty Mo is on the side of this hotel deal http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article20689047.html#storylink=rss Kansas City energetic momentum should help this downtown convention hotel deal come together.

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Mon, 11 May 2015 15:28:09 CDT

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Hooray for the Kansas City area arts scene, but then what? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article20545335.html#storylink=rss 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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Fri, 08 May 2015 17:33:52 CDT

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Crises and diplomacy define a State Department day http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article20045799.html#storylink=rss About two dozen journalists heard 10 U.S. State Department officials deliver updates on hot spots throughout the foreign policy agenda — Iran, the Islamic State, the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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Fri, 01 May 2015 17:12:39 CDT

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U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver enlists Kansas City to boost 18th and Vine plan http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article19414038.html#storylink=rss Rep. Emanuel Cleaver acknowledges there has been a leadership void and too much confusion about who controls what in the 18th and Vine district. He has re-engaged with the longtime revitalization project and is trying to fix the problem with the city’s help.

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Sat, 25 Apr 2015 05:00:00 CDT

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The Kansas City arts world can build a community with more people like Steve Metzler http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article18172697.html#storylink=rss Steve Metzler was a connector, a tidal force for the arts in Kansas City, an energetic catalyst for good times and making this a better place to live. He died on March 24, sending a shockwave through overlapping circles in the community, all the various places where Metzler directed his business sense and his brain power.

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Fri, 10 Apr 2015 13:35:53 CDT

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Finally, Kansas City’s riverfront development emerges http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article17320247.html#storylink=rss Will Kansas City ever truly embrace the waterfront where it was born? That was the subtext the other day for a talk here by Justin Garrett Moore, an urban planner from New York City and an adjunct professor at Columbia University,

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Fri, 03 Apr 2015 15:11:09 CDT

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A night in the high-style kitchen, taken with some grains of salt http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article17234375.html#storylink=rss Chef Debbie Gold, the French-trained, James Beard Award-winning stalwart of the Kansas City dining scene, had suggested I join her ad hoc team for an extraordinary culinary event at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Her mission was to prepare one of 10 dishes on a menu meant to impress one of the most famous and accomplished chefs in the world. Piece of cake, as it were.

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Thu, 02 Apr 2015 15:51:48 CDT

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On negotiations with Iran, McCaskill says best approach is wait and see and verify http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article17208137.html#storylink=rss Sen. Claire McCaskill wants verifiability in any deal with Iran over nuclear capability and economic sanctions.

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Thu, 02 Apr 2015 11:03:16 CDT Steve Paul

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Neighborhoods collaborate on reimagining Troost Avenue and rebuilding the urban core http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article16487825.html#storylink=rss A powerful sense of community rippled through a midtown art studio Thursday night. It didn’t take long to realize that an urban rebirth was well under way — and on Troost Avenue of all places.

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:33:44 CDT

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There’s more than one ‘why’ in Tom Schweich’s suicide http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article12825086.html#storylink=rss I still don’t understand what, to me, is an essential question. Why couldn’t Schweich stand up and confront the whisper-and-smear campaign that aimed to derail his candidacy for Missouri governor?

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Fri, 06 Mar 2015 11:34:52 CST

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Confronting the Islamic State, this gruesome scourge, requires a new solution http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article11359403.html#storylink=rss Some might think that the United States and our allies in the West and the Middle East have been drawn into a live-action, apocalyptic video game, given the Islamic State’s sophisticated penchant for social media and visual propaganda. But the horrors are all too real and the solution is extremely difficult.

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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:24:17 CST

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Broken hearts and timeless sounds at Folk Alliance’s musical world in Kansas City http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article11035358.html#storylink=rss Call it an obsession. Or a diversion from the everyday world, which lately seems to cry out desperately for diversion. But in 26 hours over four days at an industry gathering in Kansas City, I got a decent and overwhelming immersion into the ever-fractured world of music.

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Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:25:48 CST

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How a folk music conference brings Kansas City some juice http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article10038899.html#storylink=rss As the brilliant jazz pianist Thelonious Monk once told a young Bob Dylan, “We all play folk music.” Which is somewhat the message that Louis Meyers has conveyed since he scoured the country for a new Folk Alliance home base and landed in Kansas City.

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Fri, 13 Feb 2015 10:50:50 CST

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Details about arts district around Nelson-Atkins Museum emerge http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article9622427.html#storylink=rss A few good things emerged from the weekend workshop aimed at helping to craft coherent ideas for enhancing a large swath of midtown Kansas City surrounding the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

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Mon, 09 Feb 2015 14:39:50 CST

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