Aim of technology should be new jobs

A few weeks ago I turned down the opportunity to learn how to use the Automated Postal Center that was installed recently at the post office. It’s probably a great technological wonder allowing folks to have 24-7 access to a full range of mailing services. I’m sure over the next few years it will save the government a lot of money by replacing postal clerks with machines. But frankly, until somebody comes up with some new technology to replace machines with people, some that create jobs instead of taking them away, I’m going to remain far from enthusiastic about our great advances.

Every time I have to fill up my gas tank I’m reminded of how we were all going to save money by pumping our own gas, checking our own oil and cleaning our own windshields and eliminating the jobs of service attendants. I never wanted to grow up to pump gas, but the thing I resent most is the fact that it is getting increasingly more difficult to find a station that offers full service. And I haven’t reached the point where I have to prove my worth as a woman by trying to perform tasks for which I’m ill-suited.

Two Wal-Mart proposals outlined

Developers who want to build a Wal-Mart at West Broadway and Fairview Road have asked city staff to review their plans and are warning that neighborhood residents can either accept a large store with accompanying amenities or a smaller store they say would be “an inferior result.”

On Wednesday morning, Van Matre and Harrison P.C., legal representatives for the Wal-Mart developers, submitted a packaged request for a concept review to the city’s Planning and Development Department. The package outlined details of two options for the proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter; both have met with serious opposition from neighbors.

Columbia businesses mull new alliance

Local, independent shops and cafés line downtown streets. But the owners of some of these independent businesses worry that the atmosphere created by Columbia’s local stores will be displaced by corporate chains. As a result, several Columbia shop owners hope to form an independent business alliance that would strive to improve business and advertising for local stores.

In the footsteps of Lewis and Clark

The same path William Clark followed to get a view of the Missouri and Osage rivers is now open to the public.

Clark’s Hill/Norton State Historic Site opened at the end of May. From the bottom of the hill to the top, there are 10 interpretive panels that explain historical and environmental aspects of the paths. At the end of the path you can see out over the rivers. You can also see a rock where Meriwether Lewis and Clark carved their initials.

Two tough rackets

St. Louis’ Dick Witte and Wesley Finke play badminton with fierce determination. They are one of the best doubles teams in the nation, and last year they won the Senior Olympics in Baton Rouge, La.

Witte and Finke played in the Senior State Games on Sunday at the MU Rec Center.

Ahead of the pack

It was a two-man sprint to the finish in the final race of the Columbia Cup.

Brad Huff won the men’s category 1/2/3 pro race Sunday on the course running through downtown Columbia and part of the MU campus. Stephen Rouff, from Team X Cycling in Kansas City, had the lead with a few laps left but finished just off Huff’s tail.

Mavs fall in extra innings

It was another heartbreaking loss for the Mid-Missouri Mavericks on Sunday, but they showed some fight in front of Bill Lee, the Frontier League Commissioner.

The Mavericks lost to the Rockford RiverHawks 5-4 in 11 innings at Taylor Stadium after tying the game twice. The RiverHawks swept the three-game series and improved to 23-13. The Mavericks dropped to 5-31.

GRO registers voters in low-income areas

Members of Grass Roots Organizing canvassed low-income neighborhoods Satuday asking residents if they were registered to vote.

GRO, whose membership is about 75 percent low-income, has organized several voter registration drives in historically low-income neighborhoods.