<![CDATA[Yael T. Abouhalkah | The Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com]]> http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/ en-us Thu, 05 Jun 2014 17:51:52 CDT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Thu, 05 Jun 2014 17:51:52 CDT Yael T. Abouhalkah 60 What will Kansas City look like in 2025? Something like this http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article33509790.html#storylink=rss It’s the year 2025 and, wow, look at how Kansas City has changed for the better over the last decade. At least, that’s what the future could look like after being stoked by wise public and private investments, as well as with strong political and civic leadership.

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Wed, 02 Sep 2015 13:25:57 CDT

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New Kansas revenue figures reveal same old sorry story: Sam Brownback’s tax cuts aren’t working http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article33221319.html#storylink=rss The latest Kansas revenue figures released Tuesday afternoon did not deliver encouraging news. Gov. Sam Brownback’s much-hyped income tax increases are not leading to any surge in public revenues for the Sunflower State.

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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:25:41 CDT

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Here’s woeful new economic report Gov. Sam Brownback doesn’t want Kansans to see http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article32851836.html#storylink=rss A new report on the Kansas economy shows, in grim numbers, how far behind the Sunflower State has slipped when compared with six regional competitors and the rest of the United States. No wonder Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration is making it difficult to see the latest numbers.

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Mon, 31 Aug 2015 06:27:21 CDT

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Sure, tout Kansas City’s virtues — just don’t go overboard http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article32477406.html#storylink=rss Mayor Sly James, City Manager Troy Schulte and others this week wanted to tout some of Kansas City’s recent achievements. But keep things in perspective. Kansas City still must do a lot more to boost citizen satisfaction scores when it comes to providing public services and efficiently using tax revenues.

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Wed, 26 Aug 2015 17:25:16 CDT

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America’s foolish love affair with guns will survive brutal deaths of TV crew http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article32433609.html#storylink=rss The bitter truth is that Alison Parker and Adam Ward — the two WDBJ TV crew members shot and killed Wednesday morning in Virginia — died in vain. Sadly, their deaths will not change the fact that far too many Americans cling to their guns, despite the tremendous carnage they cause in this country.

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Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:53:46 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article32433609.html
Gov. Sam Brownback’s ‘enemies list’ so far: schools, gays, judges and the poor http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article32259018.html#storylink=rss An imperious and often contemptuous approach to governing has become part and parcel of Gov. Sam Brownback’s style in Topeka, especially since his re-election in November 2014. If Brownback had an old-fashioned enemies list, it would include schools, gays, judges and the poor.

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Mon, 24 Aug 2015 17:04:39 CDT

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Kansas jobs plummet in latest disaster for Sam Brownback’s tax-cut strategy http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article31716450.html#storylink=rss This has been a bad week for Gov. Sam Brownback and others who believe his massive income tax cuts are going to dramatically boost employment in the state. A new report Friday showed that Kansas had lost a whopping 4,300 jobs in July from a month earlier.

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Fri, 21 Aug 2015 09:31:35 CDT

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Johnson County’s hero lost a big battle but won the important war http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article31522166.html#storylink=rss Summed up, Ed Peterson lost the battle to become Johnson County Commission chairman. But he won the war over whether the affluent county was going to simply tread water or aggressively do more to provide high-quality basic services to residents.

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Wed, 19 Aug 2015 12:46:58 CDT

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Hypocritical Kansas GOP lawmakers tell public schools how to beg for more money http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article31561958.html#storylink=rss Give four leading GOP Kansas lawmakers this much: They’ve got a lot of gall trying to shame public schools that are asking for a little bit more in tax funds. After all, Kansas lawmakers refused to put in place any kind of evaluation of how “efficiently” businesses are using millions of dollars in income tax breaks they are getting, courtesy of Gov. Sam Brownback and Co.

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Wed, 19 Aug 2015 17:16:45 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article31561958.html
Missouri needs ban on lascivious male lawmakers, not a new dress code for interns http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article31394801.html#storylink=rss The news that some Missouri state legislators want a dress code for interns was widely mocked around the state on Tuesday. And for good reasons: The fact that some male legislators have taken advantage of young, female interns is a problem that will not be solved by a dress code.

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Tue, 18 Aug 2015 12:24:31 CDT

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Donald Trump to Kansas City-based H&R Block: ‘I want to put you out of business’ http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article31049580.html#storylink=rss In a TV interview this week, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump said the nation’s tax system is a complicated mess. True. But then he said this: “I want to put H&R Block out of business.” Uh, wait a minute.

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Thu, 13 Aug 2015 18:07:22 CDT

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Johnson County surges ahead by passing needed tax increase for better parks, libraries, transit http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article31003458.html#storylink=rss With calm but outstanding leadership by chairman Ed Eilert, the Johnson County Commission on Thursday morning approved a modest property tax increase to upgrade the county’s parks, libraries and transit system.

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Thu, 13 Aug 2015 12:06:04 CDT

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Renew the earnings tax in Kansas City? Not so fast http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article30914919.html#storylink=rss An election looms in early 2016 over the fate of the Kansas City earnings tax. Should voters renew the tax for another five years? Or should they phase it out over 10 years, as state law allows? City officials will answer with a resounding “yes” to keeping the tax. My verdict: Not so fast.

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Wed, 12 Aug 2015 13:44:00 CDT

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Why a downtown ballpark isn’t essential to Kansas City’s future http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article30012693.html#storylink=rss Some people who hope eventually to see at least a new baseball park in or near downtown Kansas City argue that it’s imperative to put an important sports asset in the urban core. But overall, almost two-thirds of the nation’s 50 largest cities don’t have downtown stadiums — including Kansas City.

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Wed, 05 Aug 2015 00:30:00 CDT

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Poll results: No third term for Mayor Sly James, and trouble for a new KCI terminal http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article29861986.html#storylink=rss The poll results are in: Mayor Sly James probably won’t get a chance to run for a third term — and a new City Council could have problems getting people to embrace a single-terminal Kansas City International Airport.

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Mon, 03 Aug 2015 12:41:04 CDT

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Poll: Do you trust Mayor Sly James and the new City Council? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article29739784.html#storylink=rss On Saturday, Mayor Sly James and the new City Council were sworn into office at an upbeat ceremony at the Gem Theater. Because we can’t time travel and see what James and the council actually accomplished, the next best thing is this poll.

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Sat, 01 Aug 2015 12:37:25 CDT

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Mayor Sly James says ‘yes’ to Jolie Justus, ‘no’ to Katheryn Shields http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article29618083.html#storylink=rss Mayor Sly James revealed his inner cabinet choices on Thursday, and the initial winners were Scott Wagner and Jolie Justus. Katheryn Shields, however, did not fare as well.

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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 22:43:02 CDT

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Johnson County must reject the Kansas GOP’s toxic dogma http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article29394565.html#storylink=rss In a stunningly positive move, the Johnson County Commission is on the verge of passing a budget that would be a 180-degree turnaround from the damaging turmoil pursued by the GOP in the Kansas Legislature. Johnson Countians should be saying a huge “thank you” to the five commissioners who are pursuing this action.

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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:54:28 CDT

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Gov. Sam Brownback can run but he can’t hide http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article29187202.html#storylink=rss Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s staff revealed Tuesday that he does not plan to be present Friday when state officials unveil how he plans to slice $50 million from the budget. The development is absurd but also predictable.

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:12:49 CDT

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Kansas City metropolitan area thumps St. Louis in new population growth http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article28605484.html#storylink=rss New population data from the U.S. Census Bureau show the two largest metropolitan regions in Missouri growing at far different paces. Good news, Kansas City boosters: We trump the St. Louis area when it comes to being an attractive place to live.

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Sat, 25 Jul 2015 17:22:00 CDT

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Oops: Sam Brownback uses wrong figures for Kansas teachers’ salaries, damages his credibility http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article28658095.html#storylink=rss In another blow to his credibility, Gov. Sam Brownback at a press conference on Friday used wrong information to make his case that Kansas teachers make far more money than teachers in Missouri.

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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 17:55:54 CDT

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Reckless gun-toting civilians should stay away from military recruiting centers http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article28409476.html#storylink=rss The armed civilians showing up this week at military recruiting centers around the country look like people irresponsibly acting out their fantasies. These gun nuts foolishly appear to be almost hoping to get involved in some kind of shootout with a terrorist.

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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 11:58:08 CDT

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Final grade for Kansas City Council veterans is a solid B http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article28351411.html#storylink=rss Cindy Circo, Melba Curls, Ed Ford, Russ Johnson, Jan Marcason and John Sharp are set to attend their final Kansas City Council meetings on Thursday. Bottom line question: How well did they serve the city’s residents?

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Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:54:30 CDT

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Woeful new jobs figures should embarrass Govs. Sam Brownback and Jay Nixon http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article28005712.html#storylink=rss Job growth has been plodding along in Kansas and Missouri for months. The new figures released Tuesday indicate both states have been among the worst in the nation over the entire last year.

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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 10:01:50 CDT

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Kansas jobs jumped in June, but Gov. Sam Brownback better not celebrate yet http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article27483376.html#storylink=rss Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback just got some encouraging news Friday: His state gained a solid 5,700 jobs in June. But the new state report revealed a few discouraging facts as well.

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Fri, 17 Jul 2015 09:47:18 CDT

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Questionable plan emerges to charge people to walk on Westport’s streets http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article27401818.html#storylink=rss Here’s a word of advice to Westport and Kansas City officials as they ponder whether to charge people who want to walk on streets at certain times in the popular entertainment district. Not so fast.

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Thu, 16 Jul 2015 11:49:18 CDT

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Streetcar line’s top priority is to spur redevelopment in downtown Kansas City http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article27326563.html#storylink=rss Earlier this week, I walked a five-block stretch of Main — from 20th Street north to Truman Road — to get a closer look at current and planned private-sector development along the new streetcar line. My conclusion: There’s much positive work underway but there also are plenty more opportunities for additional activity to occur.

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Wed, 15 Jul 2015 13:40:30 CDT

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Dent County moves to cancel homophobic flag-flying protest of gay marriage http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article27214267.html#storylink=rss After less than 24 hours of looking like dummies on the national stage, Dent County officials appear ready to make a sane decision. They reportedly will rescind a move they made to fly the U.S. flag at half mast outside the courthouse starting in late July to protest the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in favor of gay marriage

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Tue, 14 Jul 2015 11:35:56 CDT

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New population figures reveal Omaha is catching Kansas City plus other distressing facts http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article27165205.html#storylink=rss As new U.S. Census Bureau estimates make clear, Omaha in the next decade or even earlier could surge past Kansas City in population. And that’s just one of the unsettling facts I found in the Census figures released this month.

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Mon, 13 Jul 2015 16:49:18 CDT

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Warning: Things don’t always go as planned in Kansas City http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article26770528.html#storylink=rss Over the years, suggestions on creating a better quality of life in Kansas City have fallen into two general categories. Some proposals work out as hoped, maybe even better. Then there are the big ideas that get funded but fail to have the promised impact.

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Wed, 08 Jul 2015 14:57:04 CDT

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