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Kansas City is leading the charge to bridge the digital divide

Ever since Google Fiber arrived on the scene in Kansas City in 2011, we’ve witnessed a shrinking digital divide and improved future prospects. Google Fiber, along with partners like Connecting for Good, are working to keep improving online access and digital literacy by dramatically lowering the financial barrier to entry. They have also invested in local nonprofits and organizations through the Kansas City Digital Inclusion Fund and the Digital Fellowship Program.

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Kobach keeps Kansas in the news — but not in a good way

The end of 2016 brought Kansas headlines in droves, thanks to Secretary of State Kris Kobach vying for a spot in President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet. The rest of the country should take a page out of Kansans’ books and be wary of whatever Kobach’s future role in the administration will be.

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Civil War-era Missouri teaches us about fighting guerrilla wars

During the Civil War, Union Gen. Thomas Ewing issued an order forcibly evacuated Southern-sympathizing civilians in four Missouri counties (Jackson, Cass, Vernon and part of Bates) known for providing pro-Confederate bushwhackers with food, supplies, munitions and intelligence. Guerrilla activity in those areas diminished, but that order shouldn’t be taken as a guide for how to deal with modern guerrilla wars.

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Presenting the eight days of Hanukkah

Hanukkah, our favorite family holiday, isn’t always convenient for the family. There have been many years when we postponed our celebration until winter break when our kids could make the trek home. This year, thanks to Jewish holiday drift, the calendar is cooperating: Hanukkah began on Christmas Eve.

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Photo IDs open many doors, but getting one can be onerous

At Reconciliation Services in Kansas City, we have seen firsthand the hardship imposed on the poor, the disabled and the elderly in trying to obtain an ID. It may only cost around $25 for an ID, but the cost and the lack of understanding of the process puts that ID just out of reach for so many in our city. It’s not as easy as you think.

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The push for better health in Missouri starts at the local level

The state of Missouri has fallen behind on a number of health issues, but local governments are leading the push toward better health for their residents. For example, Kansas City and Independence have joined Jackson County in establishing a regional prescription drug monitoring program, and many cities in the area have enacted Tobacco 21 policies.

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Seasonal hiring provides boost to employers and workers alike

The service sector’s holiday hiring season offers people from all walks of life with opportunities to work and strengthen skills, such as customer service, team building and organization. The holidays are also a valuable chance for senior employees to gain management skills as they onboard and train new hires.

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Why Social Security cuts won’t help decrease the debt

Social Security has a large structural imbalance in its financing mechanisms, and the U.S. government faces a major challenge with financial debt. While it is tempting to conflate these concerns, these are really two separate problems — both of which deserve attention, just not in the same sentence.

Videos

One-minute scouting report of Super Bowl LI

A quick look at the Super Bowl 51 matchup between the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots.
Pete Grathoff The Kansas City Star
One-minute scouting report of Super Bowl LI 1:08

One-minute scouting report of Super Bowl LI

Five memorable moments in the career of Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura 0:56

Five memorable moments in the career of Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura

Emotional Royals players speak at Yordano Ventura vigil 2:24

Emotional Royals players speak at Yordano Ventura vigil

Yordano Ventura through the years 6:01

Yordano Ventura through the years