Visiting the 9/11 memorial a long overdue, emotional journey

We all watched in horror that fateful morning as the towers crumbled in front of our eyes — towers that once stood as powerful symbols of the American workforce, prosperity and spirit. We all watched as countless lives were taken with each floor that collapsed upon the next.

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Our labors of love

For me, Labor Day always comes near the anniversary of when I formed my company, and is a yearly reminder (along with so many other daily reminders) of why I went into business for myself and what it means to form a company, be a part of the economy and take pride in not only holding up your own name, but the brand you’re building as a business.

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LSR-7 should avoid a jury trial at all cost on this suit

On the heels of a lawsuit filed earlier this year by Lee’s Summit R-7 School District director of technology Dr. Amy Gates, the district now finds itself as a defendant in yet another case, this time for race discrimation and violation of the Missouri Human Rights Act.

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LS Council losing a calm & measured voice as Faith announces he won't seek reelection

Craig Faith made a vote heard ‘round Lee’s Summit back in April when the council and community were battling over whether or not to approve a TIF and development plan for CityScape to build a multi-family complex at Second and Douglas streets in downtown Lee’s Summit.

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Our school ‘to-do’ list is excruciatingly long

We have a lot of work to do. There’s likely a checklist floating around the Stansberry Leadership Center right now that has a long, arduous list of items that we simply have to get done in our school district. While I can’t possibly imagine the entirety of this list, a few items are pretty obvious and need to be addressed immediately.

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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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