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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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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