New businesses add to downtown retail

A spate of new businesses is filling in empty downtown storefronts. Some business owners looking to target specific crowds — be they college students or connoisseurs of the creative — say downtown is the place to be.

Tiger Textbooks opened last week at Elm Street Plaza, 904 Elm St., in the space next to Cold Stone Creamery. The plaza, built early last year, has been mostly vacant since the first store opened early this year.

Ethics group: Blunt ad OK

JEFFERSON CITY — The state Ethics Commission has cleared Gov.-elect Matt Blunt of allegations that he used government money for political purposes by running pro-voting newspaper ads featuring his smiling face.

A Blunt spokesman, learning of the decision Monday, said: “That’s great! That’s excellent news!”

To the Editor

I just read your article “Pinkel’s fate should not mirror Onofrio’s.” Although I understand the trepidation in regard to firing Pinkel, I also think John Miller missed the point.

First, let me point out the obvious. Al Onofrio assumed the head coaching position at Missouri in 1970 and was later dismissed in 1977, amassing a career 38-41 record at Missouri. Although I was not a Missouri fan during that time, as I was too busy learning to walk, the article clearly cites inconsistency as the reason Onofrio was fired. It is nice to have solid recruiting and to win games against ranked opponents. However, the head football coach of any large-conference program is expected to have solid recruiting, and of course, to win games, which also means winning against ranked opponents. In that regard, Onofrio competently, not exceptionally, performed his duties. At the time, Missouri was accustomed to winning, and when the program showed a significant decline, the administration reacted and fired a competent coach. Furthermore, Onofrio’s overall record was not exceptional. After all things considered, it wasn’t much more impressive than mediocre.