A balanced budget sounds like a good idea but for the dark times ahead packed in the "anti-stimulus" cloud rolling toward Columbia, we should spend smart now, even if it means deeper deficit.
Wednesday night's meeting dealt largely with whether the complaint filed by a California activist should be heard, since the complainant has no known connection to Columbia.
The Missouri Theatre has accrued at least $2.5 million in debt. One solution to this fiscal problem is a cooperation between the theatre and MU, but that seems unlikely.
Recent events with Ford, IBM and financial regulation have one common theme — passing the expense to you and me.
The downtown charrette meetings include some big ideas, but what's missing from the discussion is when and how we'll see these big ideas reach fruition.
We may never know whether our leaders were misled by winks and whispers or by wishful thinking.
While Sen. Claire McCaskill has shown she's willing to speak her mind and go against her own party at times, Gov. Jay Nixon would rather cut services and fill prisons than dare suggest any type of tax increase.
Whether or not you agree with the group's push to eliminate Tasers, you have to appreciate the efforts put forth by the People for a Taser-Free Columbia.
At Monday's City Council meeting about the IBM deal, issues including where exactly IBM's new hires will come from — the Columbia area or elsewhere — were addressed, but answers just brought more questions.
Economic incentive deals have a tendency to be good for business and bad for communities, but the IBM deal really is a win-win for all involved.
The General Assembly was not productive in addressing ethics reform or the budget crisis.
Columbia's new City Council met for the first time Monday bringing new life into how the council meetings are run.
After a meeting last week, it appears that the debate over the plans for West Broadway between Garth Avenue and West Boulevard is over. The new plan will make the road more efficient and attractive.
The winning theme for the victorious such as Bob McDavid, Daryl Dudley and Gary Kespohl was the same idea that Barack Obama won with: change.
The clout of cash in the City Council races is visible but there isn't any correlation that money translates into votes given past local election results, George Kennedy says.
With Republican leaders challenging the constitutionality of the health care bill, approving a bill to prohibit purchasing of insurance that covers abortion and refusing to reign in preditory lendors, ignorance in Congress is everywhere.
The front-runners in the mayoral race are Jerry Wade, Sid Sullivan and Bob McDavid. Take a look at what I think they each have to offer.
A journalist's job is to go to the places you don't want to go and pay attention to the mundane but important details. In that spirit, here is my report on the past couple of forums for Columbia School Board candidates.
The centrality of the city manager's seat during City Council meetings raises the issue of what the proper relationship between the manager and the council should really be.
The legislative responses to Missouri's urgent problems have been short-sighted, partisan and ideological