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By Rex Sinquefield on Oct 27, 2016

The “recovery” of the last seven years remains the worst in postwar American history. Average gross domestic product (GDP) growth since the bottom of the recession in 2009 was barely above 2.1% per year. The average since 1949 is well above 4% per year during the previous 10 expansions.

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By Patrick Ishmael on Oct 26, 2016

On Tuesday, the American Royal Association announced that it would be moving from its longtime home in Kansas City, Missouri's West Bottoms, to Kansas City, Kansas.

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By Michael Q. McShane on Oct 25, 2016

The English language offers several beautiful idioms to describe someone unwelcome at a social gathering. The most common, “a skunk at a garden party,” paints the image quite nicely.

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By Andrew B. Wilson on Oct 19, 2016

I had a friend – a newspaper editor and publisher – who mangled many words, sometimes inventing new ones in the process.

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By Patrick Tuohey on Oct 12, 2016

The Kansas City Star recently reported that Urban Summit activists have turned in petition signatures requiring a citywide vote for an additional sales tax to support development on the east side of to

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By James V. Shuls on Oct 10, 2016

Vicarious embarrassment—it’s the feeling you get when you watch someone else in an awkward situation. It’s the best description of how I feel when I hear my colleagues at the University of Missouri-St. Louis explain why faculty members should unionize. Squirming, stomach churning . . .

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By Michael Q. McShane on Sep 30, 2016

Like most observers of American society and politics, I am trying to make sense of our current political moment.

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By Patrick Tuohey on Sep 06, 2016

Recently, Kansas City, Missouri’s mayor, Sly James, wrote in The Hill that America needed a new agenda for cities. No argument here.

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By Andrew B. Wilson on Aug 31, 2016

Everyone knows the expression “stubborn as a mule.” More than a tired cliché, however, that is a doltish misperception, foisted upon us by the least adept of mule-handlers. In the words of a real expert, it is “a classic example of man ascribing stupidity to the beast instead of to himself.”

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By James V. Shuls on Aug 17, 2016

I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t like recess. As a former elementary school teacher myself, I can tell you that recess is a special time.

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