As I See It

As I See It

Police officers are brave public servants for the community

Earlier this month when hate and fear took the lives of two black men and five public servants, I called one of my wisest friends because I needed help. I needed help finding balance between a hunger for my friends in the African American community to feel safe and a hunger to sleep through the night, while my husband wears a badge increasingly viewed as a bull’s-eye in this country.

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After a deadly failed coup, Turkey’s future is still vague

More than 260 people died during the coup attempt in Turkey last weekend. There is still a lot of uncertainty about who led the coup and how it ultimately failed. There have been several coups in Turkish history. But the latest one was 36 years ago, and recently most people had come to believe that the era of coups was over in Turkey. Friday night, it seemed that those dark memories were back.

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Helping honeybees thrive again takes united effort

Honeybee numbers have been in consistent decline since the late 1980s. It was extremely difficult to find the cause of these declines, known as “colony collapse disorder,” because there was not only one factor. Among the changes that have caused honeybee losses are urban expansion, increased use of highly potent pesticides and loss of habitat.

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Our fears divide us in American conflicts

In the United States we are in the midst of an extremely severe civil conflict between two of the strongest mentalities in our culture. On one side we have the Main Street mentality and on the other the Liberal Arts/Social Science/Disadvantaged Coalition mentality.

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Kansas must fix school funding for kids’ sake

Kansas leaders claim they think education is an important public service. But as the Kansas Supreme Court recently pointed out, their actions demonstrate the falsity of their claims. The court ruled that the makeshift funding plan approved earlier this year was unconstitutional because it would not provide equal opportunities for students in wealthy and economically challenged districts.

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EPA pushing outdated, costly ethanol fuel

The summer driving season just kicked off with the lowest Memorial Day gas prices since 2005, and AAA says American drivers have saved more than $15 billion this year. It’s good to be the world’s leading oil and natural gas producer.

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Federal regulations will hurt payday loan operations in U.S.

This month the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau came to Kansas City and put on a show for the news media, announcing new federal regulations that will essentially eliminate the regulated, short-term lending industry, greatly limiting millions of consumers’ access to a range of credit products — and put me out of business.

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A journalist in love with freedom and his madonna

Books can change everybody’s lives. This statement might be pertinent for their authors, too. A novel, first published 73 years ago in Turkey, was not popular initially. But almost a decade ago, “Madonna in a Fur Coat” by Sabahattin Ali suddenly caught the public’s attention.

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Girl imagines what her dad would be like this Father’s Day

I don’t know who you are but I know you’re out there somewhere. I’ve always wondered whether your name was Daniel. I don’t know why. I just do. My whole life people have told me about how great their dads are, or what great memories they created with them, and I’ve always wondered. I’ve imagined memories we would make together if you were here.

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Restricting conceal, carry on guns makes cities like KC less safe

Tragedy follows anti-gun mayors. Their arguments against law-abiding citizens’ Second Amendment Rights recite an ideological mantra that if any law protecting law-abiding citizens’ constitutional rights is passed, then “their” cities will be awash in armed criminals and murdered victims — as if they aren’t already.

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Royals manager Ned Yost discusses Luke Hochevar's injury

Reliever Luke Hochevar was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday. He has shown signs of Thoracic outlet syndrome, a neurogenic condition that causes numbness in the fingers.
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Royals manager Ned Yost discusses Luke Hochevar's injury 0:52

Royals manager Ned Yost discusses Luke Hochevar's injury

Royals offense was quiet again in 3-2 loss to the Rangers 1:01

Royals offense was quiet again in 3-2 loss to the Rangers

Hillary Clinton formally accepts historic nomination for president 0:58

Hillary Clinton formally accepts historic nomination for president

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Lee's Summit police seeking vehicle break-in suspect