LETTER: Greever-Rice has the credentials Columbia needs

Friday, March 26, 2010 | 3:21 p.m. CDT

Tracy Greever-Rice believes that economic development, infrastructure, public safety and transparent government are important for the City of Columbia.

Note it is "transparent government" she believes is important for good government, which I want to point out that Columbia did not have under Ray Beck and has not always had under Bill Watkins. Tracy is being criticized by some in town because she asked the Tribune IT person to erase only some of her Tribune blogs, as she wanted to protect her children during her campaign for the Fourth Ward City Council seat from the vicious smears that the Tribune blogs allow. Read the blogs under Karl Skala's recent profile to see how the Tribune believes that to get readers, it is best to let people say anything they want, even if they are lies and extremely ugly. Not all of her blogs were erased. (Please note: all of her blogs were anonymous and never had her last name.) Tracy did learn, after some of her blogs were erased, that the Tribune had been searching for her past blogs. Many readers of the Tribune and those who have canceled their subscriptions know that the Tribune manipulates facts and twists stories to Hank Water's whims and politics. Many feel that Tracy was wise to do what she did. The problem of being a candidate in the U.S. today is the ugliness of the campaign season.

Tracy is the only person running for the Fourth Ward council seat that has supported development and growth in Columbia. As a member of the Board of Adjustments, she voted to recommend council approval on many development projects, all the while putting forth hard questions and insisting on quality development which add value to neighboring properties rather than hurt them. She also has volunteered to help neighborhoods; ask anyone living in the Historic Sunset Lane Neighborhood about the volunteer work she did to help them with zoning problems they were having. Tracy insists on assessing the potential return on investment of public dollars. Sitting on the council, she will know the entire cost of development projects and make sure all bear the cost and enjoy the benefit of that public investment equally, not just a chosen few who will make a lot of money from the project. She will also work to protect long-term sustainability of Columbia's environmental and economic resources.

Tracy's credentials, professional and volunteer work (she has never been paid for anything she did for the city) are posted on her Web site: Her professional career has been in the field of economic development. Always knowledgeable, professional, involved and socially conscious, when she takes on work professionally or as a community member, Tracy works to fully understand the issues, be up to date on all aspects of what she is working on, and be informed on important community issues. Her work on Columbia's boards, commissions and committees has always followed the best practices, and works to help cities grow responsibly so they can best meet the needs of Columbia's residents. Her skills, insight and experience in public policy will bring accountability, thoughtful planning and development, and the best management practices to government. It is important that Tracy be seated on the City Council. She is long-sighted, has the needed experience and vision, and will work to grow Columbia with start-up businesses by Columbia residents, and will search for and work to attract existing businesses to relocate to Columbia. Important decisions must be made. Columbia must undertake a period of sustained growth for its future so all living in Columbia can have a quality of life and the city can continue to thrive and grow. Tracy is able to meet the challenges and demands and move Columbia forward for the future. Vote for her. You will not regret it and will not go wrong.

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