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Narrow victory suggests vote a good idea
COLUMBIA, Mo 8/24/15 (Reprint)
Roll carts have won a narrow victory over trash bags in a
US Green Chamber of Commerce, Missouri Chapter
poll up since May 18.
The 90-day poll surveyed 362 respondents . Forty seven percent (171 responses) supported roll carts. Forty two percent (153) supported Columbia's current trash bag system. Another 10% (38 responses) supported some combination of roll carts and trash bags, which could include an elective system, i.e. trash customers decide which system they want to use.
The results are logical. Roll carts set up an early lead in the poll , designed to screen out duplicate answers via IP address. At one point, the Columbia Daily Tribune displayed an online poll showing similar results.
Petitioners are seeking a ...
The divine right of kings (and queens)
COLUMBIA, Mo 8/21/15 (Op Ed) -- The Boone County Commission's recent decisions to move Confederate Rock and the Ichthus-bearing Desert Storm memorial off county property raises an important question: Why does the name " Roger B. Wilson " remain on the county government building?
Complete with a bronze bust of the lifelong Missouri politician , the Roger B. Wilson Boone County Government Center violates a common-sense principle -- never name something for a living person .
If they're not dead, they can still disgrace whatever bears their name . Recent local examples include an endowed Mizzou economics department chair named for failed Enron CEO Ken Lay; and Paige Laurie Arena, the Mizzou sports center named for the Wal-Mart heiress caught in a college cheating scandal....
Yes, Virginia: There are good cops
COLUMBIA, Mo 8/20/15 (Op Ed) -- From #BlackLivesMatter to Columbia's own Darren Wilson Day , American cops are under public relations assault like never before.
No question: there are bad cops.
But as a Columbia resident for 18 years, 12 years as a property manager in the central city, I've had lots of positive experiences with the Columbia Police Department (CPD) -- so many, in fact, that twice I named them one of the top ten things City Hall does best for the Columbia Business Times.
My wife and I also nominated now-retired CPD officer Tim Thomason for the Ed Robb Public Service Award, which he won . And Zim Schwartze -- one of my favorite veteran CPD officers -- was a classy trooper from beat cop to captain.
I'm a white guy and so it's hard to compare my expe...
Big bucks for a powerful branch of county government
COLUMBIA, Mo 8/18/15 (Beat Byte) -- A government agency prominent in downtown Columbia development took thousands of dollars from the developers of a controversial student apartment in the center of town.
Boone County Family Resources (BCFR), which assists persons with developmental disabilities, received $5,000 from the Opus Group last December .
The second-largest recipient of Boone County property tax dollars after public schools, BCFR made over $13 million from taxes, Medicaid, and other mostly-public sources in 2014. Its leaders have a vote in many important public projects, including the downtown TIF district that failed last year ; and a $100 million tax incentive for Kraft Foods .
Agency land is also exempt from zoning requirements , givin...
"Insensitive and divisive"
COLUMBIA, Mo 8/10/15 (Be...
"Spinning misinformation and half truths"
You CAN fight City Hall
COLUMBIA, Mo 8/6/15 (Beat B...
Job Point congratulates a model first student
Quarter billion dollar figure does not include ret...
A simplistic view of a complex institution
By Ken M...
A new kind of "angel"
COLUMBIA, Mo 7/23/15 (Reprint...