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By Susan Pendergrass on Mar 07, 2018

If you google “What is the value of a high school diploma?” you get some pretty inspiring results: “Though it may seem like a cliché, the value of a high school diploma cannot be overstated.

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By Emily Stahly on Mar 06, 2018

A high-school diploma is supposed to mean something. A student who earns one should be ready to attend college or a trade school, or to start working right away. But a diploma’s value depends on the quality of the school that stands behind it.

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By Andrew B. Wilson on Mar 05, 2018

As president of the most powerful country in the world – and a man with the utmost confidence in his own judgment – would Donald J. Trump dare to tell the Sun, that fiery ball at the center of our solar system, “You’re fired”?

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By Patrick Tuohey on Feb 07, 2018

As Omahans consider spending hundreds of millions of dollars for a streetcar system, proponents point to Kansas City as an example of a successful system. But the claims about Kansas City’s success are grossly overstated, and voters reject the system almost every time they are given a chance.

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By Andrew B. Wilson on Jan 31, 2018

Conservatives have long argued that taxes matter. Sure, they matter, progressives have countered – if all you care about is making the rich richer and doing nothing to help working people.

Witness an incredible turn of events:

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By Susan Pendergrass on Jan 17, 2018

It is one of the most important decisions for parents to make—where to send their children to school. Some parents even pick up and move to the school district they desire, but of course this is impossible for many middle and low-income families.

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By Andrew B. Wilson on Jan 09, 2018

What’s wrong with you, Missouri lawmakers? Why so weak and feckless?

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By Patrick Tuohey on Jan 04, 2018

Kansas City wants to present itself as tech friendly and forward looking, yet too often city leaders stand in the way of innovation. The city stumbled with its effort to welcome ride sharing technology such as Uber and Lyft, but we have another opportunity with short-term rentals (STRs).

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By Emily Stahly on Nov 28, 2017

The Nirvana fallacy often gets in the way of policymaking when, as Voltaire described, we let the perfect become the enemy of the good. It is easy to fall into this trap when discussing education because we want every child to have a world-class education.

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By Andrew B. Wilson on Nov 23, 2017

Americans readily accept two opposing ideas about the first Thanksgiving – one bright and highly idealized, the other grey and somber, but closer to the truth. Jean Ferris captured the first idea in a painting completed in 1915, some three centuries after the actual event.

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