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May 1, 2018
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Kansas City: Ripe For Change

Apr 30, 2018
When I was working in television in Wichita I got the opportunity to talk to NY Times columnist Joe Drape.  He was writing a book on Smith Center football and we somehow convinced him to drop by our newsroom to… more

Celebrating 20 Years of 40 Under Forty

Apr 10, 2018
Michelle and I were 38 that first year of the program in 1998, and nearly all of the candidates were within a year or two of our own age. I recall some discomfort serving on the selection committee reviewing candidates… more

Close Encounters of the Third-World Kind

Apr 10, 2018
A week or so ago, I had the kind of encounter one could have only in a nightmare or with our “KC Water,” the gussied up marketing brand of the Kansas City, Missouri, Water Services Department. Unless I have yet… more

Another Stroll Through Downtown and the Crossroads

Mar 15, 2018
I’m often amused to read national rankings of cities so out of whack with reality they boggle the mind of anyone who has ever lived in or visited those cities. Last month, for instance, a survey by named Manhattan,… more

How About An Energy Conversation for Grown-Ups?

Mar 15, 2018
In late February, the Environmental Protection Agency held a “listening session” at the U.S. Department of Agriculture complex in Kansas City. The subject? Repealing President Obama’s Clean Power Plan. Alas, for all the common sense heard that day, the EPA… more

Seeing More Than Just A City

Mar 13, 2018
Every day I drive the same roads, drive past the same buildings, probably make some of the same drivers laugh at me while I'm laughing at a podcast.  Every day on my drive home I see the billboard for the… more

An Ordinance, A Vote and a Complicated Ballot

Mar 13, 2018
Last night I was able to attend a meeting of the National Association of Women in Construction.  The Kansas City chapter has grown to close to 100 members making it the largest chapter in the country.  All of the women,… more

Of Standards and Service

Feb 21, 2018
The etiquette of formal introductions probably discourages trying to acquaint someone with 30 people all at once. Well, so much for formalities: I’d like to familiarize each of our readers with the honorees of our Icons of Education and Heroes… more

Is Your Local Public School Really ‘Excellent?’

Feb 21, 2018
Over the years, I have had the chance to speak to local Rotarians, Cosmopolitans, Legionnaires, Zenith Boosters, Knights of Columbus, Chambers of Commerce, Tea Parties, Sunflowers, Pachyderms, Lions, Tigers and Bears, Oh My!  Over the years, everywhere I have gone—from… more