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George Kennedy

GEORGE KENNEDY: A year of victories, setbacks for Ginny Chadwick

Although Ginny Chadwick is threatened with a recall, her initiative to raise the age for purchase of tobacco products from 18 to 21 proved triumphant, and the councilwoman intends to keep pushing two more initiatives.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Ignoring basic principles puts journalists in peril

The writer of Rolling Stone magazine's University of Virginia sexual assault story failed to carry out — and her editors failed to insist on — some basic steps that ethics require.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Belated steps to enforce Title IX seem to be a good start

Although MU has pledged itself to "prompt investigations" and "timely action" regarding sexual harassment and assault, the university continues its search for a permanent Title IX coordinator.

 

GEORGE KENNEDY: Peggy Kirkpatrick's reach has extended far beyond the Food Bank

Longtime Food Bank members observed Kirkpatrick's legacy not with a retirement party but with, more appropriately, an appreciation party.

 

GEORGE KENNEDY: Violence task force seems dedicated to real change

In carrying out the proposed solutions to community violence, the mayor's task force’s commitment to continuity is key.

 

GEORGE KENNEDY: Anger and misinformation fueled Tuesday's election results

In Boone County and beyond, the results of Tuesday's election point to the growing mistrust between the community and its government.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Modest fee increase for development is no horror story

Colorful advertisements are misleading the public about development fee increase.

GEORGE KENNEDY: With Ginny Chadwick, a need to better communicate

Chadwick's votes against causes she supported in her election campaign have drawn the ire of her constituents.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Marijuana ordinances would take city in sensible but unpredictable direction

Further moves to decriminalize marijuana in the city could cause confusion because of contradiction with federal and state laws.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Sexual violence finally has attention of those with influence

Sen. Claire McCaskill said at a meeting in Columbia Tuesday morning that she thinks MU “has turned the corner.”

GEORGE KENNEDY: Good neighbors reflect on 175-year relationship

The awards ceremony on Monday included speeches from Mayor Bob McDavid, Presiding Commissioner Dan Atwill and Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin. But it was the master of ceremonies, Joe Mosley, who offered the unofficial story of Columbia and Boone County.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Taking stock of city matters, the good and the bad

Despite housing development fiascoes, the city's support of same-sex marriage is this week's silver lining.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Oak sapling symbolizes history, hope and tradition on MU campus

The dedication of a newly developed and planted tree, the Buck's Unlimited Oak, gives students and faculty alike a chance to take a breathe and look forward.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Early childhood education, job prospects could fight crime

Instead of investing in the police force, we should be putting our money toward long-term solutions.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Promising start to the school year, on several fronts

MU's enrollment is the highest ever, with the highest ability freshman class ever, and the Tiger's football season is off to a good start. However, a gray cloud still looms.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Buddy Packs fill hunger gap for kids, but not enough

More resources are needed to provide enough weekend meals for students who rely on free or reduced-price meals at school.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Events, years apart, act as reminder of racial strife, unrest

There is always a criminal element ready to use legitimate protest as an excuse to loot, burn and shoot.

GEORGE KENNEDY: City's ballot will leave taxpayers picking up the tab

An extra 30 cents won’t generate enough revenue to hire as many cops as needed to keep up with growth and permit more community policing. The compromise development fees will leave us taxpayers bearing 75 percent of the cost of new roads.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Election results point to this: We hate taxes and are conflicted by much else

Missouri is still a farm state, but we’re grappling with just what that means these days. We worry about protecting our privacy even as we give it up on social media. In Boone County, of course, we’re a little more progressive; but any tax increase is still going to be a hard sell.

 

GEORGE KENNEDY: Take a look at Plan B, which could help solve the city's problems

Petitions threaten to overturn City Council development actions, but downtown zoning and overflowing sewers are issues the public and the council should agree on.

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