TODAY'S QUESTION: What is your New Year's wish for Columbia?

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 | 10:27 a.m. CST

Maybe you've made a New Year's resolution for yourself for 2010. Hopefully, in previous years, you've managed to hold yourself to the goals you set and you're better for it.

Maybe the same idea can be applied to our community. While media outlets like to feature highlights and timelines of the "year in review" for sports or entertainment or politics in the United States, they don't do it as often with local news. And even when they do, it's more for fun or casual reflection than for improvement.

Significantly, Columbia residents will elect a new mayor in April to replace Darwin Hindman. Hindman, who has led the city since 1995, built his reputation on working to enhance Columbia's downtown and support the growth and use of parks and recreation areas in Boone County.

Outside of politics, Columbia's infrastructure is also changing. Delta will make a slight expansion to its passenger service from Columbia to Memphis in February 2010, and with an airline in place, the city hopes more people will use Columbia Regional Airport.

In the long term, Columbia will make preparations to add two new high schools. The first Catholic high school in Boone County had its target opening date of September 2010 pushed back, and even though a new public school won't be ready until 2013, much of the critical planning and early decisions will be made in the coming months.

Are there new festivals or events you'd like to see held in Columbia? Maybe you attend a smaller event that too few people know about. Or perhaps you'd like to see changes in your own neighborhood.

If you had a New Year's wish for Columbia and Boone County, what would it be?

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