The following Perspective is an expression of opinion by the Editorial Board at WIS and presented by General Manager Donita Todd.
The devil is always in the details, and without a solid strategic plan, even the best ideas will fail. Columbia has long been plagued by the problem of a large homeless population, but city government has never seemed proactive or even willing to support ideas to address it. Runyan's plan seems crafted to address the concerns of economic development in the city and the thorny issues our homeless people present to that business growth. Instead of attempting to thrust this sketchy plan on the City of Columbia and Richland County, why doesn't the council throw its assistance behind the Transitions Center, Oliver Gospel Mission and other established services that could use the financial and moral support?