Growing community needs evolving government

by J Scott Christianson, Columbia Daily Tribune Columnist

Darwin Hindman has launched his fifth campaign for mayor by proposing two important changes to the Columbia City Council: expanding the number of representatives on the council and providing compensation for council members. Both issues are controversial, but if anyone can persuade voters to consider and approve these ideas, Hindman can.

Compensating council members is probably the more contentious of the two issues. Many folks I know will complain about how they are…