LETTER: Greever-Rice brings expertise, common sense

Saturday, March 27, 2010 | 5:52 p.m. CDT

As a teacher and coach and resident of Columbia since 1973, I think Columbia needs a City Council person who is progressive, civic-minded and concerned about our community’s environment and education. Tracy Greever-Rice is the City Council candidate who best fits this description.

On a personal level, Tracy is a hard-working community member who tirelessly works on improving her neighborhood association. She manages our financial bookkeeping, has made our bylaws more common sense and effective and is a strong presence at meetings, events and celebrations. As a citizen of our larger community, Tracy serves as a manager at our groundbreaking True/False Film Festival, is active on city boards and commissions and has been mentored by Mizzou icon, Rex Campbell. In fact, Ms. Greever-Rice is not only a politically savvy leader in our community but also a scholar of community development who uses research and data in her decision making process. Assuredly, Tracy will protect our smart growth interests, fight the dangerous developers who wish to turn Columbia into a sprawling landscape of congested malls and will help grow our infrastructure in a targeted, thoughtful manner that will benefit all — not just the corporate elite.

As a teacher, I trust Ms. Greever-Rice to work on improving our educational infrastructure in a transparent way. Columbia, in this crucial time, needs a City Council member who knows the values and priorities of its residents. With your vote, Ms. Greever-Rice will bring her expertise and common sense to our City Council if she is elected on April 6.

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John Schultz March 28, 2010 | 8:55 p.m.

It seems a bit odd to me to have a letter endorsing a candidate as the featured story for the opinion section online. This is nothing against the candidate, I just thought it something the Missourian should not be doing.

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Glenn Rice March 29, 2010 | 8:44 a.m.

John, it does look odd, but if you look again at the opinions page, you'll see it's listed by date, and that there are other non-letter-type opinion pieces here and there. Evidently letters were the only opinion items yesterday -- i.e. no editorials, columns, etc. Take your pick from the four letters yesterday -- they are all endorsing either one or more candidates, or the Prop 1 malarkey.

If the Missourian should not put a letter at the top of the page, what should go there instead? Should they withhold all letters until they get a column (which could be equally endorsing of a single candidate) that can go at the top?

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