Hats off to political standouts

December 9, 2009 by J Scott Christianson, Columbia Daily Tribune Columnist It’s award season again, and there are a number of awards to hand out for the best and worst our political system had to offer in 2009. Worst biblical role model for modern-day politicians: King David. South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford and Colorado Sen. […]

‘Going Rogue’ alternatives abound

December 8, 2009 by J Scott Christianson, Columbia Daily Tribune Columnist No doubt Sarah Palin’s best-selling biography, “Going Rogue,” is going to be under a lot of trees this Christmas (hint, hint, Santa). But in case your favorite political junkie has already gone rogue, here are some other suggestions for those folks on your list […]

We can’t afford sky-high manned mission to Mars

November 3, 2009 by J Scott Christianson, Columbia Daily Tribune Columnist When I was a teenager, one of my few acts of organization was a scrapbook containing every news clipping I could find on the space shuttle and NASA’s space program. To me, the development of the space shuttle was the next step toward a […]

Downtown cameras pose little threat

September 1, 2009 by J Scott Christianson, Columbia Daily Tribune Columnist At the July 20 Columbia City Council meeting, Adam and Karen Taylor requested that council members reconsider a proposal to install city-owned video surveillance cameras in the downtown area, a measure that had been previously voted down by council members largely because it was […]

Nixon should veto repeal of helmet law

June 2, 2009 by J Scott Christianson, Columbia Daily Tribune Columnist Senate Bill 202 is awaiting signature on Gov. Jay Nixon’s desk. Introduced by our local senator, Kurt Schaefer, the original intent of the bill was to prevent insurance companies from assigning blame to motorcycle riders involved in an accident simply because they were riding […]

New world order is hard to handle

April 21, 2009 by J Scott Christianson, Columbia Daily Tribune Columnist Do you ever feel like the entire world has changed its rules of operation and someone just forgot to inform you? Last week I went to the drive-through of a local fast-food restaurant for a large regular coffee on my way to run errands. […]

‘Elected officials’ aren’t always elected

March 24, 2009 by J Scott Christianson, Columbia Daily Tribune Columnist When we go to the polls to cast our votes, we like to think we have the opportunity to cast a ballot for each office that is being filled in that election. However, that’s not always the case. As it stands, there are hundreds […]

Newsrooms’ demise hurts democracy

March 10, 2009 by J Scott Christianson, Columbia Daily Tribune Columnist A couple of weeks ago, one of Denver’s two daily newspapers, the Rocky Mountain News, folded after nearly 150 years of continuous operation. It was done in by a convergence of several forces: the Internet, media consolidation and the current recession. At the Rocky […]

Facebook reshapes social fabric

February 10, 2009 by J Scott Christianson, Columbia Daily Tribune Columnist When J.C.R. Licklider was working to develop ARPANET, one of the first large computer networks, he coined the term “virtual community” to describe his vision of how computer communications could link people together. In a virtual community, community members might be geographically separated but […]

Initiative could make elections more fair

January 20, 2009 by J Scott Christianson, Columbia Daily Tribune Columnist In the lead-up to today’s presidential inauguration, the media outlets are once again filled with pundits explaining how Barack Obama won the election. A brilliant strategy, tireless volunteers, a once-in-a-generation leader – all angles are being pushed and prodded. One speedy fellow – Chuck […]