Brian Jarvis columns
Take a gander at our current debt: $12,027,341,155,152.20. Tallied up all those zeroes yet? That’s $12 trillion and change. We can blame Bush for creating the mess, or we can blame Obama for not cleaning it up. Or we can blame both.
The Columbia City Council's six-month moratorium on the opening of new payday lending outlets is a good start, but must be followed up by regulations that rein in the excesses of these businesses.
Columbians should be thankful for all Columbia has to offer.
The current social commentary of people like Beck, O'Reilly and Limbaugh is similar to the late '80s, early '90s hip-hop social commentary of Public Enemy, Brand Nubian and Queen Latifah.
Experts said the 2008 death of a high school football player was at least partly caused by a prescription amphetamine and an over-the-counter muscle builder. This should serve as a reminder that coaches need to keep track of what their players are taking, and that something can be legal without being safe.
In the nine months since my return to the Wi-Fi’d halls of higher education, it’s hard to pinpoint when that reality first intruded. Whatever the drawbacks of being surrounded by young people, they also make worthwhile companions.
When Walmart axed its seafood counter, it lost more than cheap imitation crab meat. It lost a customer.
Road trips have given rise to many memories, but their days might be numbered.
Before his fall, Smith was an icon for a new age in state politics.
A lot of conservatives are threatening that the Obama health care plan is one step away from socialism and draconian government oversight. But if the system in place hinders even those who are already insured, then maybe any other system deserves a shot.
As the popular local television program "Pepper & Friends" prepares to go off air, many are protesting its soon-to-be absence. Public access television, though, would seem to offer a solution to everyone's problems.
Brian Jarvis reflects on his personal experience with South Carolina's gubernatorial woes and his gratitude for Missouri's relatively low-key chief executive.
The Fourth of July might seem like one giant pyrotechnics display, but it symbolizes a lot more for American journalists.
Getting around Columbia by bus can sometimes take an hour or more. Other ideas are being proposed to revitalize the transit system, but until the city can improve the situation, many are likely to remain in their cars.
The recent "Fair Tax" rally at the Boone County Fairgrounds has left a lot of people considering the removal of income tax as a source of governmental funding. With the economy on the decline, and with income taxes as complicated as they are, maybe the plan is worth a shot.
A police review board would provide Columbia with a group of people whose diverse backgrounds would help marginalized residents find a voice.