I applaud Target for volunteering to raise its minimum wage to a livable wage. (Sept. 26, 4A, “Target to raise minimum hourly wage to $15 in 2020”) With increasing corporate profits, Target officials obviously saw they could afford to pay their employees a fair and honest wage.
Higher salaries also mean happier employees who are more loyal and work harder. In many cases, this translates to higher profits for the company.
It is a win-win for the employer and employee. I just wish Target could do it sooner.
Let’s hope this starts a domino effect and other companies follow suit, because for the next three-plus years, the federal minimum wage will undoubtedly continue at the poverty level.
The Star’s editorial blasting proposed upgrades to the football stadium at KU demonstrates a misunderstanding of the importance of college sports to a university’s overall mission. (Sept. 26, 10A, “With $350 million plan, KU enters football arms race that it can’t win”)
People donate more to academics when athletic teams bring pride to the university, and athletic success brings higher quality applicants to the institution. The upgrades are expensive because the stadium has been ignored for so long.
The Big 12 Conference remains on shaky ground. When it finally folds, which it likely will, Kansas needs to be in position to be invited into another power conference. Otherwise, the university will see overall donations drop significantly.
With the worst football stadium and program in the country, landing in a power conference would be next to impossible.
These upgrades are to be privately funded. The university has raised well more than $1 billion in recent years for non-athletic causes. Those areas have not been ignored.
Why does The Star feel the need to attack a football program that’s simply trying to gain respectability?
Thank you to Timothy Finn for his timely, well-thought-out concert reviews, complete with set list at the end.
I attend a lot of concerts, and I always look for his review of the show within 24 hours. I post my pictures in social media and always include Finn’s review in the comment section for everyone to click on.
I do research before every concert on the artists and where they have toured just previous to Kansas City so I can figure out the set list and read a review from that city. It amazes me that most cities do not have entertainment reviews in their newspapers. It’s so disappointing.
So thank you, Timothy Finn and The Star, for keeping his reviews alive.
As a St. Teresa’s Academy alumna — and as a human being — I find the school’s response to the racist, sickening behavior of its students shameful and outrageous. President Nan Bone used the term “hateful symbol” instead of what it was: a swastika. Softening the language is simply cowardly. Let’s call it what it is.
Also cowardly is the “punishment” given to these girls: a one-day, in-school suspension. What could that possibly have taught them? I wonder what the punishment would have been for girls whose parents aren’t wealthy donors to the school.
These girls should be expelled, no question. Now more than ever, we need compassion, empathy and community-building in our world — values I learned during my time at St. Teresa’s.
Is this really the example the school wants to set for its students, and for the community? That it gives a slap on the wrist for racist and hateful behavior?
What an absolute disgrace.
Nowhere in the coverage about St. Teresa’s has been mention of parental responsibility.
It appears this party took place in someone’s basement. Where were the parents during this party time? Did the parents or owners of this house provide the space, and did they provide the alcohol? Were they investigated for buying/serving to teenagers? Were any adults arrested for providing these beverages?
A school has a student for maybe 30-35 hours a week, and the parents or guardians are responsible for the remaining. So why is the school being chastised for something that happened off campus and outside of school hours? Why are parents not taken to task for their responsibilities that were lacking in this situation?
Where is the outcry?
Paul S. Smith