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Jim Strahle: Weapons force difficult decisions for police officers

Jim Strahle, a civilian in the Kansas City Police Department’s media relations office until his retirement last year, writes: A comment quoted by followers of the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice was officers only gave him a two-second warning before firing their weapons. However, one obvious question comes to mind: How long does it take a person holding a pistol in his hand to point it at an officer?

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Robert Minor: Family aid is in a grave crisis with a lack of caseworkers in Missouri

Robert Minor of Kansas City, chair of the Kansas City Workers’ Rights Board of Missouri Jobs with Justice and emeritus professor of religious studies at the University of Kansas, writes: We call upon Missouri administrators and the General Assembly to reverse all staff cuts to the Family Support Division and take necessary steps to ensure that Missourians in need always have the ability to see a caseworker face to face to share their unique circumstances.

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Anne Foster: Ask where your donation for charity fundraising will go

Anne Foster, a Kansas City native who worked at an international nonprofit based in Kansas City and volunteered with many local nonprofits, writes: We donors are often frustrated to learn that half of our donation — or less — goes to the “cause” and the rest goes toward the organization’s advertising, fundraising or administration costs.

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