R-7 forum soundbites didn’t reveal enough

I must learn to lower my expectations of public political forums just a bit. Taking nothing away from the event itself, many of the responses at last week’s Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce R-7 Board of Education forum left me shaking my head and asking, “where are the answers?”

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What is our community's current narrative; who's writing it?

It could be argued that, collectively, every citizen of a city helps to define it. Families that have been here for generations, certainly, have the historical background; residents that have called Lee’s Summit home for a decade, a year or even a month, too, have a stake in this narrative.

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Poeschl leaves LSFD with sense of accomplishment, relief

You’ll forgive Rick Poeschl if he has a bit of a relieved look about him these days. Retirement will do that to you. The 30-plus-year veteran of the Lee’s Summit Fire Department announced recently his final day as fire chief will be March 16.

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LS R-7 deserves this victory lap

The last eight weeks or more have proven a challenging time for the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District. And that doesn’t have a thing to do with the barrage of winter that has stolen a day or more every week since Christmas break.

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A missed opportunity to correct the narrative

I lost track of how many times KCUR Up to Date host Steve Kraske tried to steer his recent conversation with Lee’s Summit R-7 Superintendent Dennis Carpenter to race and race relations. Carpenter did what he could to refocus the discussion, but after 15-20 minutes or so, we unfortunately learned little if anything about recent boundary changes and...

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2019 resolutions, Lee’s Summit style

I don’t typically do resolutions each New Year. I can resolve to do better, work harder, sleep more, workout regularly, all of that. And, really, we can all set goals that are attainable, not outlandish, and strive to hit them during the course of the 12 months ahead of us.

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Thoughts on the man who gave 'em hell

I think it would have been quite a thing to sit and listen to Ferrell Shuck and Wilbur F. Storey sit and opine over a beer or two. Storey was the fiery editor and owner of such papers as the Free Press and the Times in Detroit and Chicago. He once famously exclaimed, “It is the newspaper’s duty to print and news and raise hell.” I cannot agree with that statement more wholeheartedly.

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Be kind to the boundary team

After a lengthy process (involving a citizen-led team we should profusely thank, more on that later), lots of headaches, heartaches, heartburn, public gnashing, near-fainting on social media and lots of discussions seeming to ominously foreshadow a mental health crisis if a kiddo is forced to attend a different school than the year before, we finally have our boundary changes.

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R7 Board should review its policies, and soon

Transparency. Communication. These have been the assurances coming from Lee’s Summit R-7 Superintendent Dr. Dennis Carpenter, administrators, Board of Education members and candidates for the board during the past three years as the district looks to move on from a series of public relations stumbles related to past decisions from the superintendent on down.

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Election another unpredictable affair

Silver lining here in Jackson County from last week’s election: at least we’re not Broward County, Florida. A whopping 67 percent of registered voters came out to weigh in on everything from Jefferson City representation to judges and pot to fixing potholes.

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Another fall soccer season comes to a close

Like most of Addy’s outdoor soccer seasons at Legacy Park, this one featured all the seasons in eight weeks. While bone-chilling winds are the norm at this park, we also had our fair share of high-noon sweating, drizzle and rain-outs and one — one — beautifully autumn-like day.

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