Confusion and misinformation complicate important community conversations on infrastructure, and even the most basic facts on issues such as water treatment and electricity are elusive.
You hear opponents' criticism and you have to ask yourself, are these people stupid or just ignorant? Or, considering that they’re seeking membership in a legislative majority so conservative it no longer listens to Kit Bond, are they cynically mouthing words they don’t really believe?
The Missouri General Assembly did both too much where it didn't matter and not enough where it did.
New sewers headline a list of to-do's for the city if it is to continue its bright plans for downtown development.
First comes the parade, with the circus passing through town, clowns and all. Then comes the clean-up crew, scooping away the mess the elephants left behind.
Limits on downtown Columbia development could have at least modified plans that now seem thwarted either by infrastructure inadequacy or by public opinion. Everyone, including developers, would have been better served.
Matt Nappe, data and technology manager for state Democrats, presented a plausible but difficult-to-execute strategy for the state party to prevent Republicans from gaining a veto-proof edge in the General Assembly.
An unintended consequence of the Great TIF Debacle of 2014 was that it united several interests in concern for the future of Columbia. This might turn out to be the most positive result of the ordeal.
Monday's City Council meeting is certain to be contentious as both the council and the community remain divided over downtown Columbia's infrastructure needs.
The real questions that face the Columbia City Council and the community's residents and are whether we can guide growth and how we’ll pay for it.
As he ends his first month on the job, here’s a preliminary impression of our university’s new chancellor, R. Bowen Loftin.
Cuba is a land of contrasts, where the old accompanies the new. But when the "old" is former President Fidel Castro and his socialistic views and the "new" is President Raul Castro and his capitalistic spin, where will Cuba find the balance?
City Manager Mike Matthes is pushing, carefully but determinedly, creation of a huge TIF district to generate the funds that would allow growth to resume in the heart of Columbia. As any good politician would, he made a low-key pitch for his idea while appearing open to other approaches and moving to pre-empt the most obvious objections.
The task force decided, by consensus, to launch its work by bringing to the Sept. 11 meeting proposed research questions that will be organized and prioritized for attention.
The most important change to come from Monday's City Council meeting might be the reworking of the city bus routes to serve more of the city for more hours of the day.
When compared to the other four Missouri cities with more than 100,000 residents, it turns out that Columbia's crime rate last year was below St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield and tied with Independence.
During public hearings, physicians, patients insured and uninsured, hospital managers, disability advocates and at least one preacher variously pleaded, reasoned or argued that expanded Medicaid coverage would yield great benefits at reasonable cost.
The previous outsiders holding the job did not leave much of a legacy when they departed.
New report paints a dire picture of the state of the environment, so what should City Council's move be on natural gas vehicles?
Even in a community with a citizenry that’s often engaged, most people are too caught up in trying to make a living to spend much time or energy on something as abstract as a master plan.