Sure, top officials for Southwest Airlines insist they need a big seat at the table when city officials make a multi-hundred-million-dollar decision about what to do with Kansas City International Airport. But don’t forget what happened when TWA had that same power 45 years ago.
Mark Funkhouser failed to be a good mayor for Kansas Citians, but he may have a dream job now. The wonkish Funkhouser — who was an excellent number-crunching city auditor for 20 years — has been named the new publisher of Governing magazine in Washington, D.C.
The latest news from Sprint paints a bright picture for CEO Dan Hesse, who recorded a whopping $49 million in total compensation in 2013. However, more signs of concern are emerging about the future of the Overland Park-based Sprint headquarters.
Kansas City’s promotional video is one of those feel-good media spots that includes some very good reasons people live here. Chalk that up as a success even if — as is likely — one of the eight competing cities beats us out for the 2016 GOP convention.
Kansas basketball coach Bill Self has often said hes proud of the streak of Big 12 championships his teams have won. And for good reason: Its a heck of an accomplishment. Then why did he act like a $5 million-a-year spoilsport Saturday evening after the Jayhawks clinched sole possession of their 10th straight conference title?
At its first meeting Friday, the Violence Free KC Committee made up mostly of public officials and representatives of community groups set the right tone. They said time and time again that they must collaborate better to attack Kansas Citys high rates of murder and violent crime.
Finally: Missouri has moved toward reducing the waste of taxpayer dollars in an economic development border war with Kansas. The Missouri Senate recently approved a measure would prevent the state from offering incentives to businesses in Johnson, Wyandotte, Douglas and Miami counties for merely hopping the state line to land in Jackson, Clay, Cass or Platte counties.
Lets face it: Kansas City cant win the right to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. Gosh, just look who were up against.
The Kansas City Councils public safety committees lack of zeal on murder issues prevents the members from giving the best possible advice to the full City Council about how to effectively spend taxpayer dollars for this high priority.
Kansas City firefighters need to see what actually happened the night of Dec. 1, when Donald Hubbard, an off-duty Kansas City police officer, fatally shot Anthony Bruno, an off-duty Kansas City firefighter. But it is also true that some people will always think the police overreact in these kinds of situations, so showing the video can put the agency in a bad light.
The forces of good recently defeated a homophobic religious freedoms bill in Kansas. Alas, now Missouri wants to get in the act. That would be a wrong and ugly turn for the worse in Missouri when it comes to equal treatment of all. State lawmakers should not even give this measure a hearing.
What happens when some state legislators actually act simple-minded and make the stereotypes about rubes from Kansas appear to be true?
Its only late February, but re-election for Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback in November isnt nearly as certain as it once appeared. A new Public Policy Polling report says Brownback now trails his Democratic challenger 42 percent to 40 percent. Can you say ... Gov. Paul Davis in 2015?
The Kansas Legislature just did something positive. And thats bad news for the University of Kansas basketball program. The House Education Budget Committee told KU officials they could not use state bonding authority to build a luxurious $17.5 million apartment complex that would have housed 32 basketball players.
While homicides have dropped precipitously in other cities that once competed for the moniker murder capital of America such as Washington, D.C., New York City and Chicago that hasnt happened in Kansas City to the same degree.
Once again Kansas Citys black mayor, black police chief and other black community leaders are confronted with the problem of how to handle rowdy black youth on weekend nights at the Country Club Plaza. Dont expect any easy solutions to this problem, but it deserves more attention.
Looking like lapdogs of the National Rifle Association, the Republican-run Missouri Senate meekly bowed to the groups wishes in reviving an unconstitutional gun bill Monday night. The measure seeks to nullify federal gun laws, and would allow Missouri law enforcement authorities to arrest and put in jail federal law enforcement officials.
When it comes to religious freedoms, the owners of JE Dunn Construction in Kansas City can be rather picky.
Hold those plans to build over-the-top, costly luxury apartments for University of Kansas basketball players. In a positive move, Kansas politicians rejected them. Even without the luxury apartments, KU would be able to woo the top high school players in the land and continue to be one of the top five programs in the country.
Congratulations to Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle. In what passes as a big political surprise, the Republican politician may help save the tattered reputation of the state after all by opposing a bill passed by the Kansas House that would allow discrimination against gay people.
Kansas City has thrived at times because lots of people got involved in making the right decisions. At other times, the city has faltered because having lots of people involved left no one in charge. Here is a look at some of those who tackle what they think are crucial priorities, not always successfully.
Kansas lawmakers are trying to appeal to the religious right with a bill aimed at making sure same-sex marriage stays in the closet. Missouri legislators are currying favor with the gun-toting crowd that haplessly wants to nullify federal laws.
The big, costly and complicated question of what to do with Kansas City International Airport has taken baby steps toward resolution in the last two days. The first of several public hearings was held Monday night, and on consultants gave the Airport Terminal Advisory Group the results of its comparison of KCI and 19 peer airports.
College basketball fans are out of control, and not just at Texas Tech. The fans are overzealous at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, the University of Missouri in Columbia, Kansas State University in Manhattan and basically most other schools that take basketball oh-so seriously.
In a publicity stunt, some Missouri Republicans are trying to impeach Gov. Jay Nixon. Its a laughable action that further embarrasses this state. Naturally, the issue has something to do with gay marriage, which sticks in the craw of far too many conservative Republicans in this state and across the nation.