Al Germond is the host of the Columbia Business Times Sunday Morning Roundtable at 8:15 a.m. Sundays on KFRU. He can be reached at al@columbiabusinesstimes.com.

Articles Written By Al Germond

The Lone Voter

  Just when we thought the laudable efforts of a group of property owners to transform the sow’s ear of Business Loop 70 into the silk purse of a beautiful boulevard called The Loop through the creation of a Community Improvement District has come to a grinding halt, it has become a contentious matter inflated […]

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We Can Do Better

A season for traveling and seeing other places leaves us wondering how our own region stacks up to passersby. A recent visitor left us with some rather negative first-time impressions that we were able to correct only somewhat after a whirlwind tour across the verdant rolling hills of Boone County. It’s a fact that on […]

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Rewriting History

There will apparently be little satisfaction for some of us about the fate of Boone County’s Confederate Rock because it’s almost certain the peripatetic multi-ton stone will roll off the Courthouse lawn one of these days if it has not already been moved by the time you are reading this. Beware, and husband your history […]

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A Road to the ‘Metropolis of Medicine’

I think the last thing anyone thought Columbia would need is another hospital, and yet another facility is apparently on the way. Nueterra, the Leawood, Kansas, firm that bought Fulton’s 57-bed Callaway Community Hospital last December, by its own admission is “…disrupting the current model and unveiling new opportunities to raise quality standards, provide direct […]

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Historic…Or Nostalgic?

One begins to believe it’s envy or jealousy that brings out all the opposition to construction on whatever project happens to come along for which approval by various municipal bodies is required. So Park7’s second request for permission to build apartments on the city’s east side is defeated, picked apart by six city counselors who […]

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