George Kennedy

GEORGE KENNEDY: New vision for Columbia's future, but whose vision?

City planners and consultants have presented new imaginings for Columbia, but are citizens getting what they want?

GEORGE KENNEDY: What if the two sides worked together on EEZ?

The blight decree controversy has brought consternation to both sides, but it could result in uniting the poor with the powerful to better Columbia.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Westwood tree issue classic Columbia story

The activism exhibited in the situation involving the removal of gum drop trees along Westwood Avenue shows a need for a strongly preservationist tree policy in Columbia.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Public servants must figure out what is right about 'blight'

Columbia's public servants are not villains, but they must work to figure out what is best for the city and its citizens concerning blight and enhanced enterprise zones.

GEORGE KENNEDY: High turnout at Coulter event leaves worrisome implications

Ten times as many people attended Ann Coulter's talk as those who attended a local event to meet candidates for governor.

GEORGE KENNEDY: AARP should help shape future of Social Security, Medicare

The future of Social Security and Medicare was discussed at a session sponsored by AARP on Saturday at Ragtag Cinema in Columbia.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Sixth Ward council race turns ugly with Tillotson accusations

Bill Tillotson, who is running against incumbent Barbara Hoppe for the Sixth Ward council seat, accused her of hypocrisy, unfairness and abuse of power. Instead, Hoppe's actions were what an involved, proactive councilperson should do.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Columbia has a chance to save public schools

In an expanding community centered around education, Columbia public school students are in need of receiving a quality education. Fortunately, two measures on the April 3 ballot could help the city's school systems.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Tough choices for Missouri Republican caucus

Many Republican caucus-goers could have a tough time deciding whom to cast their vote for in two weeks due to the flawed and crowded pack of candidates vying for delegates.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Many questions still surround enhanced enterprise zones

Enhanced enterprise zones must include the census blocks that are lowest in income and highest in unemployment. Whether they’ll benefit is just one of many questions.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Blight designation raises concern

The dominant mood among citizens about the Enhanced Enterprise Zone is suspicion with an undertone of anger and broadly shared confusion.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Columbia community development plan under way

Columbia Imagined is a comprehensive plan "with goals, objectives and policies, maps and graphics that provide a common reference for citizens and decision makers on the desired future growth and development of the city."

GEORGE KENNEDY: GOP preventing Rep. Mary Still's tobacco tax, other proposals

Rep. Mary Still fights Republicans as she works to increase the state cigarette tax in an effort to compensate for education cuts, initiating Internet sales tax and limiting interest rates on paydayloans.

GEORGE KENNEDY: GOP candidates' positions on issues more important than horse race

Missouri citizens will place their vote for the Republican presidential candidate Tuesday during the primary election. The media should do a better job documenting each candidate's positions.

GEORGE KENNEDY: MU's budget nothing but bleak

MU's budget director previewed the university's budget to about 20 faculty members last week. While the university means a great deal to Columbia, its current budget presents a grim outlook.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Closing the gap between rhetoric and reality will be a challenge

When considering the state budget, the only thing the governor and legislators agree on is their inability to compromise.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Sales background is good foundation for UM presidency

Grumbles can already be heard from people who oppose Timothy Wolfe's lack of experience in education. But the role of president is no longer about academics; it's about money.

GEORGE KENNEDY: 10 standards that inform serious coverage of news

"The Elements of Journalism" establishes 10 key principles for the practice of journalism.  Both journalists and their readers should be aware of these principles. 

GEORGE KENNEDY: Let's turn the spotlight on well-intentioned bad ideas

The City Council works to promote the best interests of Columbia, but sometimes its policy ideas do the opposite.

GEORGE KENNEDY: In Regency matter, winners had more money, louder voices

The council's 5-2 decision to rezone the Regency mobile home park for student housing caused an outcry among park residents and advocates, many of whom referred to the rezoning as a lesson in money politics.