Banning Booze at Douglass
Columbia, Missouri NBC-affiliate KOMU published a report in early 2013 on ways to reduce violence at a local park frequented primarily by the city’s black population. The local hangout in question, Douglass Park, is located near the city’s housing projects.
There were a number of people at the time of the report, including members of the Columbia City Council, suggesting that the best way to address the alleged violence at Douglass Park is to ban the imbibing of alcohol.
We at The Liberty Edifier, along with other notable liberty groups in town — Keep Columbia Free, in particular — strenuously disagreed with those advocating prohibition. Christopher White, one of our writers, and the Treasurer of Keep Columbia Free at the time of the rigmarole, spoke to KOMU about why banning alcohol consumption at Douglass Park is a bad idea.
See video below. Also read the report from KOMU.
College Republicans, You are Denied
The Liberty Edifier found itself embroiled in a national story this time involving the College Republicans, the Secret Service, and President Obama late in the summer of 2013.
Our chief contributor Christopher White, writing for The College Fix at the time, penned a piece in July of that year reporting that a group of Missouri College Republicans were denied entrance to a President Obama speech.
Making matters worse, the president’s security detail allegedly told the CRs that they were being denied entrance because they were a deemed a security threat.
Everyone from the president of the Missouri College Republicans, A.J. Feather, down to the state’s CR Treasurer Courtney Scott gained national media attention from places such as The Drudge Report and Fox News.
Watch the Fox News reporting on the article:
We made media appearances as well, garnering guest spots on the Sean Hannity Radio Show and on The Steve Malzberg Show.
Tax! Tax! Tax! You’re Taxing Us to Death!
We made another round of media waves in 2014 when we came out in fierce opposition to a ballot proposal in that year’s election that would ratchet up Columbia, Mo property taxes to increase police and firefighter funding.
The proposal, had it been passed (it failed), would have raised enough money to pay for 40 more police officers and 15 more firefighters. The proposal was pegged to cost a $175,000 homeowner an extra $96 a year in property taxes for 5 years — a tidy sum of change for a middle class family.
Our stance was that police officers were logging too much overtime. We suggested cutting down on the amount of overtime officers were receiving, and reallocate officer beats. Do that, we said, and you could save a lot of money and avoid heaping another property tax increase on the backs of the citizens.
Here is Christopher White talking to ConnectMidMissouri, a CBS affiliate in Columbia.