Articles Written By Larry Schuster

Soapbox: Priorities for all April elections: jobs, crime, budgets

Several seats for public office are up for election this spring. From the Boone Hospital Board of Trustees to the Columbia School Board and the Columbia City Council, voters have the opportunity to voice their opinions at the ballot box. No other word best describes each race than priorities. What are the priorities? What are […]

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Soapbox: At year’s end, time to reflect, question and prioritize

Each fall grants us the opportunity to exhale a long sigh after a harried year, take stock of the past several months and look forward to the next year. From a business point of view, 2009 is a year many will be glad to see take its place in the history books. Commerce, tax revenues […]

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How good is the word of the City Council? The test comes Monday

Life has a knack for handing us our own comeuppance. A road construction project included in the last Capital Improvements Sales Tax extension, approved by voters, is in jeopardy when it comes up for a vote in the City Council on Monday, June 16. Since the inception of The Concorde Industrial Park along the parallel […]

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Speaking Out: What did the voters say? Messages underlie election results

Many times I have complimented Columbia/Boone County voters for their conscientious voting habits. Wow! The messages from voters in the April 8 elections seem absolutely clear. The ballot choices can be lumped into three categories: 1. Growth and development, which continue to occupy a dominant portion of the local conversation. 2. Open communication and public […]

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Make government-public interactions less adversarial

As residents interact with local government, they walk away from the experience either exasperated or satisfied. Unfortunately, middle ground is in short supply. Over the last several years much has improved. Take, for instance, the sign hoorah at the Murray Law Firm. Jim Paneck, chief building inspector in Protective Inspection, admitted to an error in […]

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