Investigations of police-involved shootings must be fair to victims – and cops

Jean Peters Baker needs to be closely involved in investigations of police-involved shootings, fatal or not.

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker

A police-involved fatal shooting of a suspect last week in Kansas City will be investigated by Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker and a use of force committee she established.

“I’m going to take that one myself,” she told me this week. That is exactly what needs to happen.

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Russ Jennings as House Speaker will help end Kansas’ nightmare, boost Johnson County

Russ Jennings is the best candidate to be the next Kansas House Speaker.

Russ Jennings is the best candidate to be the next Kansas House Speaker.

One of the most important events of the 2017 Kansas Legislature’s session — especially for Johnson County residents — actually will occur on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016.

That’s when House Republicans should place their secret votes in a large wooden ballot box on the chamber’s floor to select the highly qualified Russ Jennings of Lakin as their new Speaker of the House for the crucial session that begins in January.

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Think voters won’t support higher taxes in the Kansas City area? Think again

The Mid-Continent Public Library's website featured a bunch of happy children after voters approved a deserved tax increase Nov. 8 for the system.

The Mid-Continent Public Library’s website featured a bunch of happy people after voters approved a deserved tax increase for the system.

Many people claim Kansas City area voters are very picky when it comes to higher taxes. My response after watching voters go to the polls dozens of times since the late 1980s: Nah, not really.

Check out what happened last Tuesday regarding libraries on the Missouri side of the state line, a courthouse in Johnson County and children’s services in Jackson County. Voters’ decisions will have consequences for years to come.

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