Kansas City Star columnist Yael Abouhalkah outlines ten areas the Kansas City Council discussed at a recent meeting regarding "vision, mission, and values." Yael asks readers to respond to each with either "agree" or "disagree" and send their answers to the Star for tabulation and publication. Each of the ten areas involves public expenditures and the column is designed to explore the public's spending priorities. Issues in the poll include the future of KCI, tax breaks, streetcar expansion and the Northland. To agree or disagree, that is the question.
The Kansas Board of Education has voted unanimously to ignore the Obama administration's order involving transgendered students and their use of school restrooms. The decision may cause a loss of nearly $500 million in federal aid. The board gave each Kansas school district the autonomy to decide the issue for itself. The board's action comes as Kansas faces increasing controversy over school funding. Is the board's decision courageous or dangerous?
The Kansas City Council is still indecisive on whether to spend $27 million to bolster the flagging 18th and Vine Jazz District. The Council is set to consider the measure again either this week or next. Is spending more money the answer to solving the district's problems? There is also discussion about the expenditure of millions to resurrect the Linwood Shopping Center. The decision involves the return of a grocery store to the area to eliminate a so-called "food desert." Is this a vital project for Kansas City's East Side?
Ruckus offers viewpoints on top stories from four different panelists each week. The Ruckettes, who are public newsmakers and officials, provide a diversity of opinion through debate and discussion on issues affecting the Kansas City metro. Moderator Mike Shanin leads this ensemble of conservatives and liberals who provide lively round table talks about issues that face our community today.
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Mike Shanin’s been hosting Ruckus since the program’s debut in 1995 and in recent years, has also served as Managing Editor. A veteran Kansas City radio broadcaster, Shanin has worked as a talk show host, political analyst, news anchor and in management. Since leaving radio in early 2012, he’s done freelance pubic speaking and commercial radio and television projects. A graduate of both Northwest Missouri State University and Park University, Shanin’s academic emphasis was on Political Science, Social Science, and Public Administration. He served in the U.S. Army as a Broadcast and Information Specialist between1968 and 1970, stationed initially at Ft. McPherson, GA., and later with the First Infantry Division in Vietnam. @MikeShanin
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