First two in the council swimming pool

Randy Rhoads taught us long ago that jumping into the city race early can’t hurt your chances. When the then-District 2 Lee’s Summit Councilman fired the first shot in August of 2009 for the 2010 mayoral race against longtime Mayor Karen Messerli, it marked perhaps the earliest we received such an announcement for a city race.

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Does Lion’s Den demolition portend progress on outdoor space?

From residents to council members to business owners in downtown, there are a lot of people in the dark about just what exactly is happening with the $600,000 Downtown Lee’s Summit Performance Space project that was placed on the April 2013 ballot and passed overwhelmingly by the voters.

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‘Tis the season for softball

In the course of a game, I’m encouraging her to charge and scoop up the ball, throw to first, catch it, hustle, keep her elbow up a bit, bend her knees, back up the third baseman and choose her pitches wisely. Then, I wonder why she doesn’t let the ball rolling down the first base line go foul. Yep, that’s when the voice pops in my head: “John, you idiot, she’s only 8.”

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Ugly e-mails, Sheriff’s Tweets, superintendent protection

When you factor in threatening behavior, law enforcement and the politicization of our district issues, we collectively must say — or rather shout — “enough!”

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The fighting has been in public, why not let us in on the plans to make up?

The teachers, the community, the entire Kansas City metro area sat and waited all day June 4 for word from the Stansberry Leadership Center. All. Day.

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A little district housecleaning as we head into summer

As the barrage of unsavory press continues to unravel in our school district, it’s probably time we tie up a few loose ends as we head into the summer break.

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Board meeting debacle a hard, unnecessary lesson

The single agenda item for the May 22 Lee’s Summit R-7 Board of Education Work Session was simple and innocuous enough: “Board discussion on equity plan and moving forward.”

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Keeping the faith council will make the right decision

Now isn't the time to go backward on development. And now certainly isn't the time to tell Metro and regional developers that we may not be open for business. Interestingly — and unfairly, probably — this decision could land on just one City Council member. We'll get to that.

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What does Carpenter's 1-year extension with the LS R-7 District tell us?

For the past two weeks, a contract extending Dr. Dennis Carpenter’s tenure as Lee’s Summit R-7 Superintendent has been bouncing around between himself and the board of education. What was passed by a 5-2 vote March 14 wasn’t official until the district released details of Carpenter’s contract extension just this past week.

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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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