Finally, the voters have had a chance to register their official views on the 2016 presidential campaign. The first- in-the-nation Iowa Caucuses are over and the results are in. What, if anything, do the results tell us about the rest of the campaign?
A study reported by the Kansas City Star shows that Kansas City comes in with the fifth quickest commute time for drivers in the 50 largest markets. The average metro commute takes 22.9 minutes. Commute time is also brief for those using public transportation---39.3 minutes which is fourth shortest in the U.S. Only about one percent of local workers use public transit for their commute. What should we conclude? Do people commute by car because they prefer it? Or is low public transportation usage caused by inadequate facilities? Does the short commute time by car diminish the need for light rail or other mass transit projects?
The future of Kemper Arena is now under study by the Kansas City Council. The Foutch Brothers from Kansas City and the Stevens Brothers from Wichita have both submitted proposals. Neither plan seems to feature agri-business activities, once a prime focus of the facility. One plan turns Kemper into a regional sports facility for individual and amateur athletic activities. The other would make Kemper a site for concerts, sports teams, and other events too small for Kemper. Do you think these plans bode well for Kemper's future?
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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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