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Lemonade from a lemon
COLUMBIA, Mo 4/16/15 (Beat Byte) -- Like Columbia's version of the hit TV series Shark Tank , thirteen startup entrepreneurs pitched business ideas to five judges last Friday, in the so-called Ignition competition , a joint venture between Mizzou, host Columbia College, Missouri CORE , and a name that may surprise many area residents: REDI .
A.K.A. Regional Economic Development Inc., REDI is the city department/business lobby that championed Blight/EEZ , on what seemed a never-ending quest to lure big, out-of-state, old-line businesses like IBM and other manufacturers.
"We need good-paying manufacturing jobs," Mayor Bob McDavid kept saying. "We need the kind of jobs only large, existing firms can provide, and they won't come to Columbia without equally large taxpayer incentives ." Then...
"Thank you for being passionate!"
COLUMBIA, Mo 4/14/15 (Beat Byte) -- "Stay passionate!" Barbara Hoppe told a near standing room only crowd shortly before her final Council meeting April 6.
After nine years as Columbia's Sixth Ward City Councilwoman, Hoppe leaves behind an important legacy, including landmark civil liberties legislation that received national attention.
Handily winning three elections against well-funded opponents and deciding not to run for a fourth term, Mrs. Hoppe also departs one of the most popular Council members ever.
"She's in Darwin Hindman territory," one observer told this writer. Columbia's long-serving Mayor, Hindman had an uncanny knack for bridging political and social divides.
Hoppe attributed her success to pragmatism, vision, and support.
"I believe strongly we mu...
"Malcontents, dissidents, naysayers" and other worthless POS's
COLUMBIA, Mo 4/13/15 (Op Ed) -- "Malcontents"
Want to know what Columbia's powerful one percenters think of Mr. and Mrs. 99 Percenter?
Look no farther than Hank Waters' editorials about April's city-wide elections, in which the Columbia Daily Tribune chief did more "shooting down" than ever. He used the half-dozen names above and plenty of other insults to bash average folks trying to stay engaged with their government.
Mr. Waters remains the most vocal representative of Columbia's Town Bosses , the ol' boys club that gives local administrators and elected officials their marching orders . Knowing how and what they think is important. The Bosses h...
Hot air of the factual kind
By Ken Midkiff
COLUMBIA, Mo 4/10/15 (Op Ed) -- As U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY) famously said, "You are entitled to your own opinions, but not your own facts."
Moynihan's words seem not to deter US Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) , who has long denied global warming, aka "climate change". Calling it a "hoax", he threw a snowball on the Senate floor Feb. 26, as "proof" the Earth is not warming. It was unusually cold in Washington, D.C. he explained, and the East Coast had experienced an unusually snowy winter.
But while it was unseasonably cold in the Eastern US, it was unseasonably warm in the Western US. Senator Inhofe was using a minute percentage -- .95% -- of the world as "proof" warming is a mirage. The US land area (including Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto...
"It is our life."
By the Columbia Green Chamber of C...
A new way to "get out the vote"
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Whom do you trust with your dollars?
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A crash so bad it required a Congressional bailout...
Raders of the Lost Art
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Local artists get cheated; the school district get...
The hospital campaign's tangled web
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Financial master or financial disaster?