As a longtime chronicler of challenges facing the Kansas City area, I made mental notes about some of the lessons Japan could offer in improving the quality of life in this region and even this country of 314 million. Here are a few examples, while recognizing Japan is not close to being a perfect society and the United States is a great country (but too often hardly exceptional).
More members of the U.S. media covering the protests in Ferguson, Mo., are beginning to talk about how their presence is affecting - even perhaps escalating - the problems such as confrontations with law enforcement officers.
The new U.S. jobs reports for July released on Monday reveal that Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts are not producing lots of new employment in Kansas. But Missouri — which didn’t cut taxes — is another and more positive story.
Exactly 10 years ago today, women were the top county officeholders in Jackson, Johnson, Clay, Wyandotte and Platte counties. But come November, it’s likely women will hold none of the top offices in those five large counties.
In recent days I inadvertently got in the middle of a feud between liberal New York Times columnist Paul Krugman and Stephen Moore, chief economist for the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank in Washington, D.C. And it’s all because of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.
Heritage Foundation economist Stephen Moore used outdated and inaccurate job growth information in an opinion column he wrote about Kansas tax cuts and Gov. Sam Brownback in early July. The wrong data undermined one of Moore’s key arguments — that low-tax states have shown tremendous job gains and that high-tax states don’t grow as strongly.
The Kansas City metropolitan area was near rock bottom, at 21st of the 25 cities, in the total number of additional jobs over the last three years, from June 2011 to this June. It should be extremely sobering for everyone who wants this community to succeed and build on its considerable strengths.
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Sure, former Kansas GOP congresswoman Jan Meyers might have been confused when she was listed as endorsing Democrat Paul Davis for governor over Sam Brownback. Or, maybe Meyers is more cunning than some people think — including GOP officials who were criticizing her earlier this week.
Pore over the new jobs reports out this week and no really positive news emerges for Kansas and Gov. Sam Brownback, Missouri and Gov. Jay Nixon or for the economically struggling Kansas City metropolitan region.
Ken Shimanouchi, former Japanese ambassador to Spain and Brazil, is leading a delegation on a trip to Kansas City this week, helping draw America’s attention to what’s happening in his country. The trip is especially meaningful to many local residents, given the longstanding history of positive relations between Japan and the city. The Heart of America Japan-America Society helped organize the visit Wednesday and Thursday.
A close look at a report card on where the Kansas City Fire Department stands in 2014 provides good reasons for voters to wait until 2015 — or even 2016 — to decide whether they really should extend a quarter-cent sales tax for the agency.
The Missouri General Assembly has fallen hook, line and sinker for the gun industry’s profit-driven mantra that more weapons in the homes, schools and businesses of the state is a good thing. Gov. Jay Nixon is at least trying to derail that myth.
In a developing story Thursday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Fox News anchor Sean Hannity are armed and ready to protect America’s border with Mexico. Hannity tweeted out photos showing them with weapons and enough ammunition to shoot plenty of kids who dare to step across the border and cross into the United States.
The wait is finally (almost) over: Verrückt is scheduled to open to the public on Thursday. But first, members of the local and national media today are scheduled to get in rafts and go down the world’s tallest water slide at just shy of 169 feet. So will the reviews be brutal — or breathless?
Many KC area politicians, development lawyers, business executives and especially others have built their livelihood on contending that economic development is a war that has to be waged, with the spoils going to the victor — even though all this fighting has emptied large parts of the core, fueled costly sprawl, and drained hundreds of millions of tax dollars from schools, roads, parks and other public services.
Norfolk is gathering the wrong kind of national attention today because a float in the city’s July Fourth parade included an outhouse labeled “Obama Presidential Library,” with a dummy standing outside the door. But in a way, this shameful, racially tinged story about the city and President Barack Obama isn’t so surprising.
Overland Park is used to being the big dog in Overland Park and pretty much getting what it wants. It’s a fast-growing suburb with lots of well-paid residents. But Google Fiber taught the area’s No. 1 suburb a lesson.