A Shout-Out to Johnson County

May 15, 2020
OK, here is the most heartening sight I have seen in the last few months. On the trail leading south out of Leawood Park a pedestrian bridge crosses whichever politically incorrect stream—Tomahawk Creek? Indian Creek?—flows beneath it. On this particular… more

Fools Rush In

May 15, 2020
Being the youngest of four, I learned from the wisdom of my older brothers and sister. I laugh every time I hear “We’ll see.” Mom used that line often and my sibs reminded me early and often that it always… more

An Unprompted Tribute to the Publishers of Ingram’s

Apr 17, 2020
Early this month I received an email from an editor at Ingram’s under the server headline, “Ouch!” Given that the nation’s economic engine was heading rapidly from Hot Springs to Ice Station Zebra, I feared the worst.  I had been… more

Ingram’s Isn’t Us. It’s YOU.

Apr 17, 2020
Over the years, we’ve created a number of program themes, and we always try to refine these to develop not only purposeful and useful content, but also journalism that is timely and relevant. Often times, this is a challenge given… more

It’s Past Time for a Viral Reality Check

Mar 30, 2020
One of my favorite YouTube clips of all time is a grainy video of a town-hall meeting that took place in 1977 or thereabouts. Seated on a college campus stage by himself was the late, great Milton Friedman. Perhaps better… more

Light Rail in the Age of Coronavirus

Mar 30, 2020
Our Portlandia-types have long had all the answers: If only they could concentrate the population in densely packed areas and move people around on public transportation, they could save us all from some newly discovered blight or another. And then… more

We’re In It Together

Mar 30, 2020
I‘ve lived long enough to see an enormous number of interesting and occasionally unbelievable things but I have to admit, I’ve never seen anything like the coronavirus and its grip on mankind. Working on the front lines of media we… more

The Cost of Success

Feb 26, 2020
I was raised in a spirited family and as a Chiefs fan as long as I can remember. In a photo with siblings and cousins as small kids at Christmas, we were all wearing the same Chiefs sweatshirts. My Dad… more

So You Want to Be a Writer . . .

Feb 26, 2020
There’s a lot more to writing than, well, just writing. Especially in this media epoch. I often hear from people who want to be a writer or who have children that do. Having made my living as a writer for… more

Scenes From a Parade . . .

Feb 5, 2020
Random observations from a once-a-half-century event in Kansas City: It’s not yet 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday—four hours before the Chiefs Super Bowl parade celebration even begins well to the north in the River Market—but two miles south of Downtown, cars… more