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Posted on 01.10.09
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  • Posted on 01.10.09


Henry J. “Hank” Waters, III, the publisher of the Columbia Daily Tribune, writes the sorts of editorials that give newspapers a good name. When you finish reading what he has written for the Tribune you have no doubt about his informed opinion on an issue — and you just may be willing to reconsider your own.

Two he penned this weekend caught my eye.

The first noted — correctly — that Sen. Claire McCaskill is acting in Washington exactly as she said she would. Promising to bring her skills as an auditor to Congress, our Claire has been an articulate and aggressive critic of inefficient federal government.

The second editorial praised the new Insurance Service Offices (ISO) rating of Columbia’s Fire Department, noting that the department’s improvement to Class 2 made it one of only seven of the state’s hundreds of fire departments with that good a rating, which would likely attract new commercial businesses to Columbia and lower local insurance rates. (The worse the rating, the higher the insurance.) Mr. Waters also pointed out that a good ISO rating is “a strong indicator by an outside analyst of the department’s quality . . . and also demonstrates the quality of the city’s water supply, communications facility and other factors.”

What I noticed, and decided to pass along to you, was his passing observation that the only Fire Department of the 1,784 departments in the state with the highest ISO rating of Class 1 is the City of St. Louis Fire Department.

If you pay an insurance bill in the City, that is a good thing.