We’ve all been here before…
Stuck next to some annoying know-it-all or coworker. Maybe a stranger sitting next to you at a bar or whatever. And no matter what the topic, they blather on about the way things should be, how everybody is supposed to think and how they should live their lives.
They’re always right, we’re wrong.
Life of the party types, right?
Look, nobody wants to be spoon fed somebody else’s opinion all the time – it’s boring.
But don’t try and tell that to the new editorial board at the Kansas City Star.
So in an era where we’re flooded with opinions masquerading as news, the gang that can’t quite shoot straight at 18th and Grand is doubling down on setting its waning readership straight on every topic imaginable.
“Public spaces, faith monuments don’t mix.”
Who doesn’t like being lectured about religious freedom?
BTW, according to the Star religious symbols on public grounds “are always unconstitutional.”
So they figured a fix.
Move all religious monuments to “religious property.”
Another headline: “Make Kansas City rental housing safer.”
Genius. Bout time someone thought of that one!
“Tragic death shows need for workplace safety rules.”
There’s a no brainer if ever I heard one.
And when it comes to piling on, nobody does it better that our newsies downtown.
“Remove our Confederate monument.”
Hey, who could argue with, “there’s a difference between remembering and revering.”
Assuming course that you buy into folks driving down Ward Parkway by that innocuous “Loyal Women of the Old South” monument and wrong-headedly paying homage to slavery in the Old South.
Besides, who needs that kinda PDA in this day and age?
Except people barely notice the “loyal women” statues or give them a second thought.
It’s a classic case of needless hand wringing by a handful of writers who don’t have anything better to do, other than maybe report some news.
Another genius headline: “In Kansas and Missouri government isn’t all bad.”
Good to know. Except it rings hollow given the Star editorial board’s daily micromanaging and second guessing of anybody in politics who doesn’t see eye-to-eye with them.
And after decades of zero oversight on the 18th and Vine Jazz District (and millions of questionably spent taxpayer dollars) it’s high time somebody at least mentioned that:
“Jazz museum officials must hustle to right their financial ship.”
Star editorial board to the rescue!
Another long overdue, unasked question: “Are Kansas students prepared for life?”
Ponder that if you dare.
And the new KCI airport promotional media campaigns should only be “factual, fair and focused on the future,” the Star insists.
“Voters won’t be fooled by flashy slogans and aging sports stars. They want the truth.”
Heck, the public’s been getting fooled by sports stars and flashy slogans since the dawn of advertising. That’s why dude’s like Steve Glorioso exist.
But hold it a sec.
Do my eyes deceive or did the editorial board just take a gutless cheap shot at legendary Royals star George Brett for being old and out of it? Looks like it to me.
Speaking of dissing the 64 year-old Brett…
Since when did the arbiters of political incorrectness at the newspaper deem it okay to demean senior citizens for expressing opinions?
The bottom line:
It’s a damn good thing that after laying off the lion’s share of its reporters and columnists, KC’s newspaper of record is able to afford a new team of six opinion makers for those of us who still can’t quite figure out how to think for ourselves or what to do next in our lives.
Sounds like a fun gig, too!
Otherwise how would we find out stuff like that it’s a good idea to allow guns in the party zone in Westport late on weekend nights?
Or how about this recent headline:
“We’ve never seen anything like Harvey before, but we will again”
Since when did stating the obvious justify handsome paychecks from a failing business?
All of which calls to mind the axiom, “Jack of all trades, master of none.”
The $64 million question:
Is a 25 year-old study suggesting older readers like editorials – more than sports -relevant?
And do readers actually believe that a handful of writers who mostly never had real jobs and who dabble in shoot-from-the-hip observations really know what they’re talking about?
Case in point, the Star’s Mary Sanchez editorial about not allowing Westport to privatize its streets on weekend nights in order to keep guns out.
“They blew it on the Westport call,” says Westport community leader Bill Nigro. “What makes her think she’s an expert on the security of our neighborhood when she told me afterwards that she hadn’t even been down here? And what makes a bunch of writers experts on everything in this city to begin with – are you kidding me?”
Nigro’s advice to Star editorial know-it-alls:
“Get out and do somebody else’s job sometime so you can really experience it. Or at least do your homework on it.”