<![CDATA[As I See It | The Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com]]> http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/as-i-see-it/ en-us Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:08:11 CDT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:08:11 CDT As I See It 60 Bob Berkebile and Joanne Collins: Benchmarking the energy use of Kansas City buildings makes sense http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/as-i-see-it/article19165446.html#storylink=rss Bob Berkebile, a principal of BNIM Architects and co-chair of Kansas City’s Environmental Management Commission, and Joanne Collins, a former City Council member and chair of the city’s Climate Protection Steering Committee, write: The Kansas City region has an opportunity to create local jobs, help protect our health and save money. How? By enacting a benchmarking ordinance that would measure energy usage of large buildings and report the findings.

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Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:45:31 CDT

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Andrew Barnes: Don’t squander opportunity at Metcalf South http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/as-i-see-it/article18525362.html#storylink=rss Andrew Barnes, who grew up in Overland Park and now practices architecture in Dallas, writes: Metcalf South is a site wrapped in history and nostalgia. But what is currently standing at 95th Street and Metcalf Avenue is a failed development rooted in planning and retail trends of the mid-1900s. To thrive, the “Central Square” plans must offer something more than what is currently proposed.

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Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:31:17 CDT

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Naomi Beeman: Adjunct college teachers deserve a living wage http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/as-i-see-it/article18213206.html#storylink=rss Naomi Beeman, who teaches at Park University and the Kansas City Art Institute, writes: Family and friends who know that I have spent much of my adult life earning a B.A. and Ph.D. from two top-ranked universities are surprised to learn that my youngest sibling — who holds a GED, works in retail in Topeka and changes jobs frequently — earns more per year than I do teaching a full load of college classes at multiple institutions in Kansas City.

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Sun, 12 Apr 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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Tom Petrizzo: Missouri lawmakers have a double standard on the health of roads and people http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/as-i-see-it/article17743646.html#storylink=rss Tom Petrizzo, CEO of Tri-County Mental Health Services, writes: At a recent legislator forum in the Northland, the topic that consumed the most time and discussion was roads and a proposed increase in the gas tax. In the Missouri legislature, state tax revenue for roads is a greater priority than health care coverage for the poor citizens of Missouri.

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Tue, 07 Apr 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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Jean Peters Baker: Public safety threat involving Missouri firearms must be fixed http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/as-i-see-it/article17140508.html#storylink=rss Jean Peters Baker, the Jackson County prosecutor, writes: About this time last year, I joined law enforcement officials around the state to warn the Missouri General Assembly that it was about to approve language with potentially deadly consequences. The legislature didn’t listen then, and now it’s poised to make things worse.

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Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:08:22 CDT

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Mindy Corporon: How to heal and make a ripple by reaching out http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/as-i-see-it/article17036540.html#storylink=rss Mindy Corporon, whose father and son were killed outside the Jewish Community Center on April 13, 2014, writes: Can seven days of love and other focused activities really make a ripple to change the world? We think so. We must take a stand with the idea that it is better to “love your neighbor as yourself.”

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Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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Joelouis Mattox: We all must work together to overcome racism http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/as-i-see-it/article16845521.html#storylink=rss March is National Woman’s History Month. Joelouis Mattox, a former member of the Missouri Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission On Civil Rights, dedicates this column to Lucile H. Bluford, who encountered state-sponsored racism in 1939 when she was denied admission to the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

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Sun, 29 Mar 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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Andrew Johnson: No one wins in school talk failure http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/as-i-see-it/article16213946.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 17:52:57 CDT

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Mayor Sly James: Do what it takes to keep the entrepreneurial spirit growing in Kansas City http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/as-i-see-it/article15117338.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 16:39:17 CDT

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Matt Condon: The Startup Act is being held up in Congress, delaying job growth and economic development http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/as-i-see-it/article14088962.html#storylink=rss Matt Condon of Fairway, champion of the Greater Kansas City Chamber’s Big 5 Entrepreneurship Initiative, writes: The Startup Act is about economic development. It would immediately initiate growth in new businesses and support our country’s incredibly important small business sector, which generates over a million new jobs each year, accounting for most of the nation’s annual job creation.

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Fri, 13 Mar 2015 21:44:07 CDT

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Jacob W. Kipp: Is this a new Cold War or far worse? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/as-i-see-it/article13217336.html#storylink=rss Jacob W. Kipp, who retired from federal service in 2009 and is an adjunct professor at the University of Kansas in Russian, East European and Eurasian studies, writes: Dead Russians and dead Americans will not guarantee a de-escalation of the conflict in Ukraine. Instead, both sides are very likely going to be trapped in a dialectic of escalation.

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Tue, 10 Mar 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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Don Schoening: My granddaughters found balance in China http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/as-i-see-it/article12315005.html#storylink=rss Don Schoening, a retired federal executive and now a substitute teacher in the Olathe School District who lives in Lenexa, writes: Our daughter feels more comfortable being a free-range mother in Shanghai, with 23 million residents, than in Southern California. The girls are taking Mandarin in school and can give directions to taxicab drivers.

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Tue, 03 Mar 2015 09:00:00 CST

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Jack Danforth’s eulogy for Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich: He fought for the high ground http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/as-i-see-it/article12307403.html#storylink=rss Former U.S. Sen. Jack Danforth, in eulogizing Missouri Treasurer Tom Schweich said that the campaign that led to the death of Schweich was the low point of politics, and now it’s time to turn this around. So let’s make Tom’s death a turning point here in our state.

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Lawton R. Nuss: In selecting Kansas justices, the current merit system works best http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/as-i-see-it/article11352905.html#storylink=rss Lawton R. Nuss, who has served on the Kansas Supreme Court since 2002 and as chief justice since 2010, writes: Perhaps those admirers of the Lone Star State who want to turn Kansas’ 57-year-old merit selection system into Texas-style elections should carefully consider the opinion of the former chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court.

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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:37:54 CST

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Mike Burke: Create the smart Interstate 70 of the future http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/as-i-see-it/article11091512.html#storylink=rss Mike Burke, a Kansas City attorney who co-chaired the Mayors Bistate Innovation Team and serves on the board of KC Digital Drive, writes: Picture the year 2027. You must be in St. Louis for an afternoon meeting. You hop into your car, all electric, punch in the address of the destination in St. Louis and hit the “Travel” button. For the next four hours or so you can relax knowing that you do not have to worry about driving.

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Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:13:24 CST By MIKE BURKE

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Caroline Meek: A high value for arts in education depends on fully funding schools http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/as-i-see-it/article10541087.html#storylink=rss Caroline Meek, a student at Sumner Academy for the Arts and Science in Kansas City, Kan., writes: America values a good education. This value, however, appears to have become trivialized in our state of Kansas.

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Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:43:50 CST

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Jon Copaken: As people and businesses shift back to the heart of Kansas City, downtown’s time is now http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/as-i-see-it/article10158044.html#storylink=rss Jon Copaken, principal at Copaken Brooks and newly named chairman of the Downtown Council, writes: Companies seeking to tap a broader talent pool and get into the flow of innovation are looking back to downtown. The leaders and influencers who deny that the move to downtown is real — and is even in their best interest — need to ask themselves why the innovative, entrepreneurial companies see it, understand it and are doing it.

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Sun, 15 Feb 2015 09:00:00 CST

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Aaron Deacon: Kansas City has a big role to play in the debate over Internet access and net neutrality http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/as-i-see-it/article9680756.html#storylink=rss Aaron Deacon, managing director of KC Digital Drive, a local nonprofit seeking tech solutions for a better city, writes: The Internet may be open, but it certainly isn’t free. Amid all the lessons learned in Kansas City’s tech boom of the last few years, this one may be the most important.

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Tue, 10 Feb 2015 13:18:41 CST By AARON DEACON

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Maurice A. Watson: President Obama made a top-notch pick of Loretta Lynch for attorney general http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/as-i-see-it/article9141191.html#storylink=rss The U.S. attorney general job is an important one. The “general” leads the U.S. Department of Justice, enforces rights established by the Constitution and statutes of the United States, prosecutes violations of federal law, protects our nation from violence and terrorism, and ensures the president and all federal agencies follow the law.

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Tue, 03 Feb 2015 17:07:16 CST

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Elliott Clark: Beware the debt trap of payday loan firms http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/as-i-see-it/article8835869.html#storylink=rss Elliott Clark of Kansas City, a husband, father, Christian, Marine Corps veteran and volunteer with Communities Creating Opportunity, writes: The good news is that the federal government, specifically the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is working on a new set of rules that, if done right, could curb the worst abuses of payday lenders.

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Sun, 01 Feb 2015 09:00:00 CST

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The Rev. Rafael Garcia: There is hope for our link to Cuba http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/as-i-see-it/article8360205.html#storylink=rss The Rev. Rafael Garcia, a native of Cuba and the pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Kansas City, writes: Change is needed and probably inevitable, especially after soon-to-be 56 years of Castro family dictatorship, but the question is how can this realistically happen?

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Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:16:00 CST

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Donna Ziegenhorn: Huge misperception of Islam requires more understanding http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/as-i-see-it/article7769340.html#storylink=rss Donna Ziegenhorn, author of “The Hindu and the Cowboy,” a play inspired by stories from Kansas Citians of numerous faith and cultural traditions, writes: We face a long walk in understanding Islam. But it’s a walk that’s needed for a 21st century in which the positive, humanistic threads of all our world’s religious (and nonreligious) traditions can be known and valued.

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Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:00:00 CST

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Thomas E. Perez: Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is the other Labor Day http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/as-i-see-it/article7058795.html#storylink=rss Thomas E. Perez, the U.S. secretary of labor, writes: As we mark Martin Luther King’s 86th birthday, it is my hope that Americans will remember a less celebrated element of his dream — a belief in the importance of unions, labor rights and robust worker voice.

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Sun, 18 Jan 2015 09:00:00 CST

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Judith Rodin: Preparation can prevent extreme weather disruptions from becoming disasters http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/as-i-see-it/article6262080.html#storylink=rss In the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s destructive path, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and The Rockefeller Foundation found a silver lining. We asked the question: What if we focused on planning and preparing as much as we do on disaster reaction and response?

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Tue, 13 Jan 2015 11:47:38 CST By Judith Rodin

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Rep. Louis Ruiz: Latino voters in Kansas and elsewhere need a wake-up call http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/as-i-see-it/article6338478.html#storylink=rss Democratic Rep. Louis Ruiz of Kansas City, Kan., who has been serving in the Kansas House since 2005, writes: The Latino/Hispanic electorate has been referred to as a “sleeping giant.” This last November, the giant opened an eye, took another sleeping pill, rolled over and fell back asleep. What do we do and where do we go now?

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Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:44:38 CST By LOUIS RUIZ

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Robert Stewart: Arkansas poet and editor Miller Williams left a lasting legacy in KC and beyond http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/as-i-see-it/article5493621.html#storylink=rss Robert Stewart, the editor of New Letters, the literary magazine published at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and the director of the Midwest Poets Series at Rockhurst University, writes that Williams, the poet, teacher and editor who died Jamn. 1 in Fayetteville, Ark., also looms large in the literary life of Kansas City.

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Tue, 06 Jan 2015 11:37:48 CST By ROBERT STEWART

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Rep. Kevin Yoder: Scrapping costly banking regulation is a way to invest in America http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/as-i-see-it/article5360631.html#storylink=rss U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder of Kansas writes: We know Washington regulations don’t create jobs. If we truly want to expand the earning power of American workers, we must encourage investment to grow our economy. That starts with protecting us from the central planners in Washington who continue to stifle lending.

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Sun, 04 Jan 2015 09:00:00 CST

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Dwayne Crompton: Collaboration is critical for early childhood development http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/as-i-see-it/article5193441.html#storylink=rss Dwayne Crompton, board chairman of the Kansas City Freedom Schools Initiative, writes: No task, in my opinion, could be more important than preparing toddlers to learn. All Kansas Citians should step up and join the effort to expand and enhance early childhood education.

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Tue, 30 Dec 2014 17:11:10 CST

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Nancy Zurbuchen: Gender gap in the technology industry needs closing http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/as-i-see-it/article5018079.html#storylink=rss Nancy Zurbuchen, co-founder of the Kansas City Council of Women Business Owners and president of Motional Multimedia, writes: Females need to see successful role models at all levels of the tech industry and the pipeline that feeds into it.

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Sun, 28 Dec 2014 09:00:00 CST

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Jim White: The Rev. Norman Rotert was a man who battled for justice http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/as-i-see-it/article4888617.html#storylink=rss Jim White, who has long been involved in housing and community issues in Kansas City, writes: The Rev. Norman Rotert lived his life as a warrior for justice. Beginning with his 1965 trip to Selma, Ala., to walk with the Rev. Martin Luther King seeking voting rights and the end of Jim Crow racism, Father Rotert, who died Dec. 17, never backed away from a just fight or a difficult assignment.

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