No pro sports is still no big deal for the Sprint Center Without a pro sports team weighing it down, Sprint Center remains one of the best investments Kansas Citians have made while helping to revive their downtown.
Overland Park project seeking $610 million in taxpayer money requires much more scrutiny Crucial questions must be answered before any decisions are made to approve a $610 million taxpayer subsidy for a mixed-use project on the site of Brookridge Golf and Fitness in south Overland Park. Council members and the city staff have the ability to protect taxpayers if an unwise investment is being proposed. State officials will be responsible for making sure Kansas tax dollars aren’t wasted on the project.
Proposed change in U.S. policy toward Cuba is momentous, meaningful and right Coinciding with prisoner swaps, and reportedly inspired in part by whispers from Pope Francis, President Obama’s intention to normalize relations with Cuba is sure to face stiff opposition in Congress. But it’s long overdue and will help make our part of the world better.
Michael Brooks made a wise decision to resign from the Kansas City Council Michael Brooks had lost the trust of his colleagues and many of his constituents. His move will help improve general public confidence in City Hall. Although Mayor Sly James said at a news conference he had “no real reaction” to the resignation, the mayor must be pleased that it will help end the controversies swirling around Brooks at City Hall.
The last-minute ‘cromnibus’ federal spending bill invites too much abuse Last week Congress rushed to pass the awkwardly named “cromnibus.” It was more than just a mashup of a continuing resolution and omnibus spending bill. Lawmakers — primarily Republicans — inserted inappropriate pet causes, pork and pandering to special interests.
Monday Poll results: A sharp divide on the CIA torture report On Monday we asked for your thoughts on aspects of the recent Senate committee report on the CIA and torture during the post 9/11 era. Here’s what you told us, based on more than 450 responses.
Missouri nearly worst among the states in failure to prevent smoking Missouri is spending only $70,778 on tobacco prevention efforts this year, one-tenth of 1 percent of the recommended amount by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state’s pathetic outlay is swamped by marketing from tobacco companies by a ratio of 4,642 to one.
Help feed hungry KC kids this year Tens of thousands of local kids go without enough food on weekends. The Star is partnering with Harvesters to raise money for the area's hungriest children. All money goes to Harvesters' BackSnack program, which provides low-income children weekend meals. Just $25 provides a child BackSnacks for a month; $250 provides BackSnacks for a year. Everyone who donates before Christmas Eve will be entered in a drawing for a football autographed by Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.
The Monday Poll: Evaluate the report on the CIA’s torture of suspected terrorists A U.S. Senate committee's report that detailed the CIA’s torture of suspected terrorists set off the predictable wrangling over what had happened and who was responsible and has raised a host of questions. The Monday Poll would like to gauge your feelings on some of these issues.
Help Harvesters fight childhood hunger in the Kansas City area The Kansas City Star is partnering with Harvesters-The Community Food Network for the fifth consecutive year to host a virtual food drive. All funds raised go to Harvesters’ BackSnack program, serving 19,500 students a week for 34 weeks in 404 elementary schools in 112 districts.
Under Gov. Sam Brownback, growing budget woes imperil Kansas’ future Gov. Sam Brownback last week listed ways he wants to slice $280 million from the current Kansas budget. But just two days later, Kansans learned that Brownback and the Legislature, starting in January, may have to slash a staggering $648 million from the new budget, which begins July 1.
Raise the federal gas tax, consider toll roads in Missouri and stop raiding Kansas’ highway fund Gasoline prices are plummeting across the nation. Missouri officials are studying the use of tolls on Interstate 70. And Kansas highway improvement funds are being drained to pay for other expenses. Suddenly, how much we pay to drive on streets and highways has become an important topic of discussion.
Rep. Kevin Yoder helps big banks undo taxpayer protection U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder of Overland Park played a regrettable role in the raucous government-funding exercise that finally passed in the House late Thursday night.
America has not learned enough since the Sandy Hook shootings The nation will observe the second anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut on Sunday with vigils and prayers. These are appropriate gestures of respect. But we have failed to honor the victims of that awful day with meaningful actions to reduce gun violence or help people who struggle with mental illness.
United Way learns a lot from its annual fundraising campaign A lot of lessons were learned from this year’s United Way of Greater Kansas City fundraising campaign. There was no monetary goal. The donations will help reduce poverty, improve literacy and boost career readiness and health among area residents.
Downtown’s good times roll on with the renovated Power & Light and Savoy buildings Downtown’s comeback is continuing in grand fashion with the planned renovations of two historic and high-profile buildings. It’s exciting to think that, in just a few years, hundreds of people likely will be living in the “new” Power & Light Building while many visitors stay in a restored Savoy Hotel.
Don’t name police station after Leon Jordan, but honor him in other ways Some Kansas City residents continue to push for naming the Police Department’s new East Patrol Division station after the late Leon Jordan. But the City Council should resist the urge to break with the tradition of not bestowing that honor on civic leaders, past or present.
Gov. Sam Brownback rolls out demoralizing stopgap measures to shore up the Kansas budget Unless Gov. Sam Brownback and the Legislature muster the political courage to reverse some of the reckless tax cuts, Kansas is looking at brutal budget-starving measures well into the future.
Public airing of a Senate committee’s disturbing smackdown of the CIA is chilling but necessary The evidence that damns the Central Intelligence Agency pops up everywhere in the much anticipated Senate Intelligence Committee report that blasted out of the nation’s Capitol on Tuesday.
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Noland Road bank robbed; suspect caught Updated at 6:00 PM A bank robbery occurred in Independence on Friday morning.The Federal Bureau of Investigation reported the robbery took place at Arvest Bank, 4340 S. Noland Road, around 11:15 a.m. The suspect used a handgun to carry out the robbery.
Could the 800-mph Hyperloop transit system become a reality? Posted at 6:00 PM SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk's grand idea for an 800-mph above-ground transit system is taking it's first steps to become a reality.
Clinton, Democrats can't find consensus on how to beat Jeb Bush Posted at 4:30 PM Hillary Clinton's circle wants to be quoted yawning at Jeb Bush, a sure sign of concern that he could beat her in 2016.
Colbert’s otherwise lame finale rescued by glee club of celebrities Updated at 3:24 PM Holiday TV Roundup: Your Guide to Movies, Specials and Marathons Posted at 4:05 PM The holidays are in full swing, which means there are plenty of parades, marathons, Christmas movies and New Year's Eve specials to check out over the next two weeks. Here's our handy list for what's planned as 2014 comes to an end. All times... NEXT 10 »
DEAR READER: The rules on anonymity are about answering key questions By Tom Warhover : Should an article discussing faculty fears of MU"s professor buyout program have been published with anonymous sources?Take the anonymity test to find out.
WHAT OTHERS SAY: Killing children is work of monsters and cowards by Boston Herald : What kind of monsters target children? The same kind who two years ago would target a Pakistani school girl named Malala Yousafzai, now a Nobel Prize laureate.
WHAT OTHERS SAY: Spending bill shows disdain of Congress for common sense by Kansas City Star : Because lawmakers again waited until the eve of a government shutdown to act, they had no time or inclination to write a thoughtful budget that reflected overarching policy goals.
GEORGE KENNEDY: A year of victories, setbacks for Ginny Chadwick by George Kennedy : Although Ginny Chadwick is threatened with a recall, her initiative to raise the age for purchase of tobacco products from 18 to 21 proved triumphant, and the councilwoman intends to keep pushing two more initiatives.
WHAT OTHERS SAY: Jeb Bush might be what GOP needs in 2016 by The Wall Street Journal : Neither of Bush"s two main political liabilities in the primaries — his support for immigration and Common Core education standards — is an insuperable barrier to the nomination.
WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri's Capitol in serious need of repairs by Jefferson City News Tribune : "We"ve got water infiltration that"s undermining the foundation of the building, and it’s going to cave in upon itself if something’s not done in the not-too-distant future," said Senate Floor Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin.
STEVE SPELLMAN: Brouhaha over Jesus Fish seems trivial, given world concerns by Steve Spellman : This year, we have our own local controversy, over an ichthus, or “Jesus fish,” on the Boone County courthouse square — and just in time for the holidays!
WHAT OTHERS SAY: Don't fight postal restructuring by Springfield News-Leader : The closures are part of a large scale restructuring for the Postal Service in an attempt to respond to a dramatic decline in stamped mail — more than 50 percent in the last 10 years.
WHAT OTHERS SAY: Enjoy windfall at the pump, and invest it wisely by St. Joseph News-Press : In Missouri we still spend a bigger share of our income on gas than others, but we’re benefiting tremendously — $15, $20 or more a tank — from this surge of relatively cheap gas driven by weak global demand for oil.
WHAT OTHERS SAY: Earlier deadline for final ballot language makes sense by Jefferson City News Tribune : The senator’s proposal would required ballot language to be finalized eight week prior to an election.
WHAT OTHERS SAY: Middle-class retirees deserve better from Congress by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : That politicians are willing to eviscerate labor law safeguards that have been in place since 1974 under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act is a sign of what little value they place on the futures of the hard-working men and women of Main Street.
DAVID ROSMAN: Even under the gun amendment, convicted felons should not own firearms by David Rosman : There are people who should not legally own weapons, and they would include convicted felons, regardless of the nature of the crime.
GENE ROBERTSON: The race issue is symptomatic of a bigger values problem by Gene Robertson : The current racial tensions in our country are a symptom of a wider spread of divisiveness in our ideological discourse.
GUEST COMMENTARY: Ways to stop mindless spending and giving by JILL RICHARDSON : When people find gifts that uniquely symbolize their friendship or their gratitude for one another, that’s touching. It’s what gift-giving should be.
WHAT OTHERS SAY: Ferguson Commission faces steep challenge but seems up to the task by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : Building trust with people on the ground so they will ultimately have respect for the Ferguson Commission’s recommendations involves letting the people vent.
WHAT OTHERS SAY: Two ways to improve roads in Missouri by The Kansas City Star : Here are two ways to make smart decisions to improve highways and streets: Increase the federal gasoline tax and study the use of tolls on selected Missouri highways.
GUEST COMMENTARY: Remember Sandy Hook with sensible gun laws by John Stoehr : As he checks items off his to-do list, President Obama should remember the 20 children shot to pieces in Newtown, Connecticut, on Dec. 14 two years ago.
WHAT OTHERS SAY: Online taxi companies need to follow the rules by Kansas City Star : Though ride-sharing services provide necessary transportation, companies must follow the rules to ensure riders are protected.
Peggy Peggy Kirkpatrick often said during her 22 years as executive director of The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri that she was blessed by outpourings of support for her organization, but the spirit ran in every direction. Those who...
Local gift Veterans United has enjoyed great financial success arranging mortgage financing for veterans. Columbia is fortunate the company hires and pays its core staff here at home. Often we local boosters settle for this kind of contribution from local entrepreneurs. “How...
Energy We love low gasoline prices resulting from surging crude oil production in North America, but low crude oil prices mess with the balance of international economies. States such as Russia, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Iran and others heavily dependent on oil...
CPS food Columbia school board member Paul Cushing said, “Are you kidding me? That's insanity,” when fellow board member Helen Wade told him federal rules require apples in school lunches to be individually wrapped to prevent contaminating other foods, requiring the attention...
MU and the SEC Tribune Sports Editor Joe Walljasper summed up the Tigers football team season aptly when he wrote our crushing defeat at the hands of the nation's No. 1 team was an underwhelming showing for an overachieving team.
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Credit ratings at risk Half of the people who have had unpaid medical debt reported to a collection agency owe less than $207, and the average amount owed is $579. These numbers do not justify the pain inflicted on so many people's credit ratings.
How much more can patrons take? The St. Joseph School District is testing the faith and resolve of every parent, taxpayer and business leader who looks to the district leadership for excellence and comes away disappointed.
Trains demand respect for safety The thousands of rail cars that move through our region usually do not receive much notice from residents, but here's a life-saving reminder: "See tracks? Think train.”
Retain combat as option Monday's ceremonial end to the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan is welcomed by many, but it must not mark the end to our nation's willingness to fight for freedom and America's interests.
Give the gift of reading The folks at our region's public libraries not only can help with term papers and direct you to the latest best-selling fiction, but also they can make us all better parents and grandparents.
Higher ed looks to its future Missouri's approach to higher education is about to get a reset. The degree to which it changes will depend on input gathered across the state, including here in Northwest Missouri.
Altec donation makes workers, city safer Thanks to the foresight and concern of a St. Joseph business, many thousands of people have a better chance of surviving should a tornado or other dangerous storm threaten the community.
Choose what to save A revitalized Landmark Commission can be a source of pride for St. Joseph residents if it does more to identify and promote preservation of important historical structures in the community.
Connect with season at Noyes The Noyes Home for Children has opened its doors to youngsters in need for 120 years. On Thursday, it will open its doors to a city and region for which it has become an enduring asset.
Our view: Make renovations a priority Posted: December 16, 2014 Missouri's state capitol is home to some of the most beautiful architecture design and artwork in the nation. Thousands visit that building every month for that very reason and the collections there have been the focus of a number of books.
Claire McCaskill: Honoring POW/MIA heroes Posted: December 16, 2014 As we prepare to close the books on another year, it's important to take stock of the freedom and security we too often take for granted, and pay tribute to the men and women who fight every day to make that possible.
Phill Brooks: Devious and disabling details Posted: December 15, 2014 In the weeks before the 2015 legislative session, two issues have emerged as dominantÂ —Â Ferguson and government ethics. Yet, I wonder whether conflicts over details will be fatal.
Herb Van Fleet: Torturing America's values Posted: December 14, 2014 Although I am loath to use “Senate” and “intelligence” in the same sentence, the Senate Intelligence Committee recently released its report on the use of torture after 9/11.
Joshua Hawley: Immigration order an alarming prospect Posted: December 14, 2014 President Barack Obama recently announced that he was dissatisfied with America's immigration laws — which, by the way, he only sometimes bothers to enforce — and so he has decided to change them. Himself. By executive order.Â
Marilyn Beasley: Smearing those who protect us Posted: December 13, 2014 By now most Americans are aware of the Senate intelligence report recently released by Sen. Diane Feinstein. The report dealt with interrogative measures taken by the CIA shortly after the attacks of 9/11.
Anson Burlingame: Judging our system of justice Posted: December 12, 2014 We all have biases of one sort or another. The solution is to be honest enough with yourself to recognize what your gut reactions might be and not allow them to establish a firm position on an issue.Â
Gene Lyons: No defense for Rolling Stone Posted: December 11, 2014 Â Like the best crime fiction, Rolling Stone's infamous article about a purported gang rape at the University of Virginia was vividly written. I'm embarrassed to say that it almost convinced me.
Geoff Caldwell: Feinstein report without context Posted: December 11, 2014 On Tuesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of theÂ Senate Intelligence Committee,Â took to the Senate floor to quote from her committee's report on CIA interrogation methods during the Bush years, saying in part that “detainees were subjected to the most aggressive techniques.” They were diapered, stripped naked, deprived of sleep, kept in darkness with loud noise and music, she said, and some only had a bucket for a bathroom.
Our view: Paying the toll Posted: December 10, 2014 In the “you had to see this coming” category, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Tuesday asked state highway officials to take a look at turning Interstate 70 into a toll road.
Other views: Finding common ground Posted: December 09, 2014 It was refreshing to see that Missouri's two U.S. senators are united in the issue of urging the U.S. Postal Service to delay the planned consolidation of up to 82 Postal Service mail processing centers, including two in Missouri.
Your Opinion: CIA report reflects political hypocrisy - Obama and the Democrats would have us believe that water boarding is horrible while sending a drone to kill the terrorist and his entire family (along with a few friends) is morally correct.
Your Opinion: Media engages in selective reporting - I was surprised to see three website stories with headlines about a 32-year old Bosnian man killed in St. Louis at 1:15 Sunday morning. This was not an ordinary gun related killing but a brutal killing with a hammer!
Our Opinion: Addressing ballot timing and variables News Tribune editorial - In an effort to stabilize one problematic variable, state Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee's Summit, has drafted legislation to create an earlier deadline for finalizing ballot language.
Perspective: Philadelphia and ethics in government - On Thursday, I had the privilege to argue a case in front of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. The case was about Internet privacy - in particular, the biggest Internet hacking and tracking scheme in history.
Perspective: Sharing authors' quotes on enrichment and growth - A number of authors have been speaking to me recently with gentle reminders of the importance of having an uplifting outlook and a constructive demeanor.
Congratulations to graduating Southeast students (12/19/14) Saturday will be a memorable day for 680 students and their families as Southeast Missouri State University celebrates winter commencement. The honors ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Show Me Center. Among those being honored will be a student who will graduate with academic distinction in the department major; one student who will be recognized with honors in associate degrees; 69 who will graduate cum laude; 57 graduating magna cum laude; 21 graduating summa cum laude; and 11 honors program students.. ...
Letter to the Editor Perspective on torture (12/19/14) After almost six years, Sen. Diane Feinstein and her Intelligence Committee released their partisan CIA Torture Report. Amazingly, they were so brilliant, they never needed to interview anyone employed by the CIA. In rewriting history, they have not only defamed the very institution and people who have kept us safe since 9/11, but they have never understood the true meaning of the word, torture...
Opinion Column Why were the experts ignored? (12/18/14) The release of the report on CIA interrogation methods by Senate Democrats has prompted accusations and denials of the use of torture against detainees. In searching for the truth, it helps to define torture and determine why the interrogation methods were used...
Letter to the Editor Albino buck taken humanely (12/18/14) Concerning the local white buck, he will be missed, but he was taken humanely, legally and used for a good cause. Mr. Kinnaman and his taxidermist are correct in stating an aging animal would be prone to more ills with winter coming on. Better he was harvested an used than have a stroke and die hardly and alone. Venison is healthy food, too...
Editorial Southeast Missouri historic churches ready for festive tour (12/18/14) Many of us enjoy the festive decoration this time of year. When the decorations are combined with a historic building, there is even more to appreciate. The 10th Annual Christmas Country Church Tour begins today and continues Friday with more than two dozen churches in Southeast Missouri...
Opinion Column Oil and the global economy: When down is up (12/17/14) Oil and the global economy: When down is up The rapid decline in crude oil prices -- more than 40 percent over the last few months -- and the corresponding drop in what customers pay for gasoline and other fuels is an unmitigated good for the overall U.S. economy...
Opinion Column The experts were wrong (12/17/14) Remember the Ebola crisis -- the greatest single health threat in the history of mankind? Remember the prediction of as many as 100 million deaths worldwide, far greater than the mere 35 million victims of AIDS? Remember the August prediction from the Center for Disease Control that there would be as many as 1.4 million cases of Ebola by the first of the new year?...
Letter to the Editor Concerned over torture techniques (12/17/14) I have followed the news surrounding the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report concerning the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and its enhanced interrogation techniques (EITs), which are more commonly called torture. As a citizen, a veteran and a person who loves this country, I am particularly concerned by the following:...
Editorial Public transportation increasingly important in county (12/17/14) Those who drive a vehicle to work, for pleasure or to run errands probably give minimal consideration to transportation other than the cost of purchasing a vehicle or when filling up at the gas station. For the most part, it's a cost we are willing to pay for the luxury of driving where we want, when we want...
Opinion Column Cape's year in review (12/16/14) This year has been a very productive one for the City of Cape Girardeau. I want to focus on the future during these comments but will highlight a few accomplishments of 2014. An initiative that will have a major effect on the future of Cape Girardeau is the agreement to extend the Hotel/Restaurant tax into the 2030s. ...
Opinion Column Supreme Court should interpret Obamacare as written (12/16/14) The U.S. Supreme Court recently announced that it would hear argument in what could be the most important challenge to Obamacare yet litigated in federal court. A ruling against the administration would effectively spell the end of Obamacare in 34 states. ...
Opinion Column Spending bill not perfect but reflects district priorities (12/16/14) Last week I made one of the most difficult votes of my career. I voted for a funding bill that makes major cuts that reflect our rural values and prepares the way for a fight with President Obama over his planned illegal amnesty order. I voted for this bill because it was the most conservative option in front of me. ...
Editorial Deadline this week for Toybox donations (12/16/14) The deadline to have your monetary or gift donations in for Toybox and Christmas for the Elderly is Thursday. Toybox is the annual drive sponsored by the Jaycees and Southeast Missourian to provide toys for children in the city of Cape Girardeau who otherwise would receive none or few on Christmas Day...
Speak Out Speak Out 12/15/14 (12/15/14) With the countless numbers of employees that the city of Cape Girardeau has, why can't' one of them stay after 5 o'clock to accept payments for services? These payments are ridiculously inflated because there is no competition and because we are forced to pay the city for them. At least you could make somebody available to accept that payment...
Editorial Several performances this month in Cape Girardeau (12/15/14) The River Campus at Southeast Missouri State University is the gift that keeps giving. On Thursday night, a touring group from Nebraska brought "A Christmas carol" to Cape Girardeau. Then on Saturday, the Southeast Missouri State University Percussion Ensemble presented two family holiday concerts...
Letter to the Editor America and its founding principles (12/14/14) Our forefathers' philosophy about self-governance spawned a great blessing to the world. Our founders did not invent the original form of American government in a vacuum. They were scholars of Greek and Roman history. They pondered writings of political thinkers such as Aristotle, Polybius and Cicero. ...
Ranking holiday music favorites The “Christmas creep” is working its way deeper into the calendar. It bled through Thanksgiving long ago, and we're at the point now where I wouldn't be surprised to see Santa Claus out trick-or-treating on...
Former Sedalia woman shot According to the 1910 U.S. Census, John L. Bellmer, his wife Katie, and daughters Mabel, 19, and Frances, 12, and sons Herbert, 9, and Earl, 5, lived in a house the family owned at 530 E. Fourth St. John's occupation is listed as “clerk in...
Trust Building is a Sedalia 'jewel' The most enduring image of the City of Sedalia can probably be found either going south or north on the downtown portion of Ohio Avenue. Even though Sedalia's classic district is finally starting to get over some tough times it has never stopped...
Farewell and thanks for the memories “Good night, and good luck.” — Edward R. MurrowDear Sedalia Democrat readers,As I have discussed with some of you one-on-one, Dec. 19 will be my last day with the Democrat.
Young delinquent arrested in Sedalia Today when young people break the law, some adults are quick to blame the influence of violent video games or heavy metal music. During the 1950s, some child psychologists said juvenile perpetrators had been unduly influenced by violent television...
Woman burned in kitchen stove fire Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, the main cause of death of women was complications of childbirth, including hemorrhage, eclampsia (high blood pressure), and post partum infection. The second leading cause of death of women was burns suffered...
Remaining grateful for another Thanksgiving Everybody knows that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday; this year, though, I discovered the reason Thanksgiving has remained at the top of my list has changed.
Parsing prices: Milk vs. Gasoline On my way home from work recently, I stopped at one of Sedalia's many convenience stores for some gas and a gallon of milk. After paying $2.54 per gallon for the gas and $4.97 for the milk, I paused. “This is backwards,” I thought.