<![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 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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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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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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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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A jarring Guantánamo story demands U.S. justice and detainee should be freed http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article9430913.html#storylink=rss After more than 13 years in custody, Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s story is finally being heard. His new book, “Guantánamo Diary,” has justifiably become a cause celèbre, an instant classic of its kind — which is an honest and humble cry from prison for justice and humanity.

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Fri, 06 Feb 2015 14:48:15 CST

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In the 2016 campaign, is a senator from Missouri now waiting in the wings? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article8630564.html#storylink=rss A string of press releases prompts a question about Sen. Claire McCaskill’s political future: Is she channeling Harry Truman?

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Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:31:26 CST

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John Boehner and Benjamin Netanyahu’s ill-timed dance over Iran http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article8011953.html#storylink=rss House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before a joint session of Congress is not only a badly timed political sucker punch in this country. It has Israeli political observers concerned over the damage it is doing to U.S.-Israeli relations.

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Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:30:13 CST

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McCaskill steps up to top-ranking role on the Senate panel once known as Truman Committee http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article7955952.html#storylink=rss On Thursday, Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill stepped up to a new leadership role as the top ranking minority member of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. The panel, part of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, traces its history to then-Sen. Harry Truman in 1941.

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Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:47:16 CST

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No published offense justifies the murderous terrorist attack on French satirists http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article7003943.html#storylink=rss Charlie Hebdo didn’t skip a beat. The French satirical magazine, reeling from the slaughter of its editor and other staff members, appeared on schedule Wednesday in Paris bigger than ever and with all pens blazing.

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Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:12:45 CST

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In its last days at Nelson-Atkins, Plains Indians art show has vibrant stories to tell http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article5410011.html#storylink=rss Steve Paul: An abundance of stories animates the spectacular exhibit of Plains Indian art that’s wrapping up its four-month stay at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

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Sun, 04 Jan 2015 16:10:55 CST

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In race relations, the lurch goes on and on http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article5011719.html#storylink=rss Despite the disparate circumstances, all these recent fatal incidents involving African-Americans and police have tapped into a seemingly intractable strain of distrust. Generations upon generations of white people and black people — too many whites, too many blacks — hold little but low expectations when they face one another across the racial divide.

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Fri, 26 Dec 2014 14:15:40 CST

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President Obama’s new policy reversal must improve the lives of Cubans http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article4672500.html#storylink=rss We have heard our president and others say this week, “Todos somos Americanos” (“We are all Americans”). The effect of this welcome upheaval in the unproductive status quo should be to make that saying ring loud and true and to bring fairness and freedom to Cuban lives.

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Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:20:42 CST

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Dumb and dumbest: To its detriment, Sony ignored a cardinal practice of fiction http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article4580485.html#storylink=rss There’s an old standby disclaimer in the world of publishing fiction. It goes something like this: Any resemblance to real persons is purely coincidental. It’s meant to avoid lawsuits when the writer of a novel creates characters who may or may not have been inspired by real life or who otherwise could cause offense.

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Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:00:28 CST

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Dumb and dumbest: To its detriment, Sony ignored a cardinal practice of fiction http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article4582258.html#storylink=rss There’s an old standby disclaimer in the world of publishing fiction. It goes something like this: Any resemblance to real persons is purely coincidental. It’s meant to avoid lawsuits when the writer of a novel creates characters who may or may not have been inspired by real life or who otherwise could cause offense.

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Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:31:48 CST

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Kansas City revs up arts plan by picking a leader to coordinate and create http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article4453281.html#storylink=rss The city this week announced the hiring of a director of creative services, who is expected to serve as the point person to coordinate programs, facilitate relationships among organizations and communities, and spark inventive approaches to arts education and involvement across the area.

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Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:34:19 CST

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In a public forum, Kansas City Council candidates focus on the engine of the arts http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-paul/article4297608.html#storylink=rss Surrounded in the ArtsKC gallery by Danny Bartle’s bold and menacing portrait paintings, most of the City Council candidates paid respect to the idea that the arts were indeed important to the lives of Kansas Citians and the life of the city.

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Fri, 05 Dec 2014 14:53:00 CST

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