“Teenagers are often portrayed in the media as wild, hopeless, dumb, doomed, uncontrollable and overall a disgrace to their elders,” writes Eleanor Nash, a homeschooled 15-year-old who attends Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley part time. “But this attitude is nothing new.”
The chief executive officer of Heart to Heart International writes that we have a short period of time to stop this virus before it puts the rest of the world at risk. At the same time, we have a responsibility to respond to an overwhelming humanitarian crisis where millions of people are suffering from lack of even the most fundamental medical care.
“I was relieved that Henry McCollum and Leon Brown, after waiting over 30 years, finally proved their innocence with the help of DNA evidence and were released from prison in North Carolina,” writes Darryl Burton, who was wrongfully convicted of murder in Missouri on the basis of perjured testimony and spent 24 years in prison before being exonerated and released.
“Our enemy does not think like we do,” writes Lawrence A. Levine, a veteran intelligence officer now living in Leavenworth. “But the psychological tendency of intelligence analysts to think they do, a phenomena known as ‘mirror imaging,’ can skew intelligence analysis and delay the process of arriving at insights into an enemy’s thought process.”
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon “has a long, dysfunctional history with many political leaders in St. Louis,” Chris Moreno, a political adviser who previously worked for Nixon and the Democratic Party, writes of the fallout from the deadly police shooting in Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis. “It seems they never learn that you can’t push him with political ultimatums and threats.”
“New data reinforce what many have described for years as a workload crisis in the Missouri State Public Defender System,” writes Jack Brady, the president of the Missouri Bar. “The study, a project of the Missouri State Public Defender System and the American Bar Association, is evidence of that.”
“Generationally responsible spending is just one of the issues that Common Sense Action cares about,” writes Nikki Hager, who grew up in Mission and co-founded the Common Sense Action chapter at the University of Tulsa. ”CSA is the first bipartisan advocacy organization for millennials, based on 39 college campuses in 20 states.”
Royals fans were invited to Kauffman Stadium on Monday for a chance to watch the Royals take batting practice, and to hear from Royals management and players, on the day before the team's first postseason appearance in 29 years.
“Seldom have the stakes been higher for the media as they moved in to cover the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Mo.,” writes Steven L. Youngblood, the director of the Center for Global Peace Journalism at Park University. “Responsible coverage could help inform and empower the community to react nonviolently, while irresponsible coverage could fuel the flames while demonizing Brown.”
“We understand the need for an independent investigation, and we hope that the independence and thoroughness of our investigation will bring some measure of calm to the tensions in Ferguson,” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder writes in an op-ed column he wrote for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
“Missouri municipalities need to revise food truck laws that protect the interests of brick-and-mortar restaurants at the expense of consumer choice,” writes Abigail J. Fallon, a University of Missouri student who recently interned at the Show-Me Institute, which promotes market solutions for Missouri public policy.
“American Royal officials have been briefing West Bottoms neighbors and businesses about their partnership with Sporting Club, which would operate indoor soccer and other athletic facilities in the building year-round,” writes Terry Dunn, the president and CEO of J.E. Dunn Construction Group Inc.
“President Lyndon Johnson signed the legislation that established Medicare and Medicaid 49 years ago in Independence,” writes Stephene Moore, the regional director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “Medicare today is in better shape than it was when President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act four years ago.”
“We have imposed so-called free trade and free markets on the region, breaking the back of small businesses and its rural economy,” writes Judy Ancel, the president of the Cross-Border Network. “The crisis at the border is in fact blowback from these policies, and the children are refugees.”
“As I heard from Victor, Mark, Valerie and Becky in Kansas City, there is more work to be done,“ President Barack Obama writes. “Folks across the country tell me that if Congress just had the same priorities that ordinary Americans did, we could help a lot more families right now.”
“A City Council decision to outsource ambulance billing was well researched and carefully considered. A referendum petition to stop the process was not,” writes Jan Marcason, the 4th District member of the Kansas City Council and chairwoman of the council’s Finance, Governance and Ethics Committee.
“This is an open letter to the Palestinian people. Do away with Hamas,” writes Matt Johnson, an editorial page intern at The Star. “Its leaders have nothing but savage contempt for the Israelis — as well as the Palestinians who want to live in peace with their neighbors.”
“There are so many bad things about Amendment 7,” writes Missouri Rep. John Lamping of Ladue. “Any one of them is reason enough alone to vote no. This would be the largest tax increase in Missouri’s history. This proposal would increase our state sales tax by 17.75 percent to nearly 5 percent on all taxable purchases.”
“I implore you, leaders of Hamas, let your people find peace and shelter from life’s storms,” writes Arthur Nemitoff, the senior rabbi of The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. “And all you have to do to solve the pain of your people? Just stop sending missiles into Israel. Let your people live.”
“The artificial cap on the number of funded graduate medical education positions limits final training opportunities for physicians and thus limits access to care,” writes Marc B. Hahn, president and chief executive officer of the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. “This compounds the current primary care physician shortage and has the potential to be the single greatest barrier to accessing quality health care.”
“Rand Paul cynically uses Ronald Reagan’s popularity as a political tool, even though his own policies and inclinations are vastly different,” writes Matt Johnson, an editorial page intern at The Star.
“It’s been 33 years since the skywalks fell at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kansas City on July 17, 1981. I ought to know, I was there with my wife and three relatives,” says Leonard Rose, of Johnson County, who told his story to Heather McMichael of the Skywalk Memorial Foundation.
“Once a year, have the former U. S. presidents meet and develop a joint statement of what our country should be planning for the next 50 years,” writes Richard “Dick” Muther of Kansas City. “This presentation would address what we as a country, and as a partner in the world, should be focusing on in the distant future.”