Transit issues are front and center for Kansas City at the moment. In November, voters will decide the fate of a light rail plan. Do you think Clay Chastain's plan will be approved by voters? A judge is hearing the request to establish a Transportation Development District (TDD) in the area generally from Union Station through the Plaza to UMKC to extend the streetcar line. Any doubt the extension will ultimately come to fruition? Just as there were serious traffic problems during construction of the downtown streetcar system in the City Market area, there are now issues with parking. Downtown workers and nearby residents with multiple vehicles are taking advantage of the free parking, making it more difficult for paying patrons. Although the city is trying to find a remedy, shouldn't this problem have been anticipated?
In a recent editorial piece, the New York Times editorial board offers this appellation for Missouri: "The Shoot-Me State." The editorial is a reference to the state legislature's bill to expand gun rights, removing any state or local government impediment to concealed carry. No longer will residents have to receive a permit or undergo training to carry concealed. The concept is called "Constitutional Carry" by its backers. The new law (passed in an override of the governor's veto) also strengthens the so-called "Stand Your Ground" doctrine relating to self-defense. Is the Times being responsible or hyperbolic by taking this stand? Will there be an increase in gun crime? Do other states have this law or a reasonable facsimile? Were similar concerns expressed when concealed carry was passed? Have there been dire results? How has Mayor James reacted to the legislature's action? Are you more fearful now about being in Missouri?
The first presidential debate is next Monday. There will be two others. Historically, some debates, especially first ones, can play a key role in the outcome. Some prime examples have been the Kennedy-Nixon debates of 1960, Ford-Carter in '76 and Carter-Reagan in '80. No doubt, both candidates and their staffs are nervous about the country's first exposure to the two candidates side-by-side. If either makes a major gaffe or commits a major error (wrong fact, wrong event, etc.), can he or she recover later in the campaign? What will you watch for in the first debate? Will most viewers focus on substance or style...or neither? Lester Holt of NBC will moderate the first debate. How important will be the moderator be? Will the 90-minute debate pose a physical hardship for either or both? Will Hillary "bait" Donald? Will Trump refer to his opponent as "Crooked Hillary"?
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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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