This responds to the March 31 letter from sitting Sixth Ward councilwoman Barbara Hoppe. That letter repeated various misrepresentations that have been made in the blogs by supporters of Tracy Greever-Rice since the beginning of my campaign. I note that Ms. Hoppe is on record as having contributed $100 to Tracy's campaign.
It is clear that Ms. Hoppe did not do her homework before repeating these misstatements. Her statements are at odds with the contemporaneous comments of participants reported in the June 23, 2008, article in the Missourian titled “Striving for unity in Crosscreek.” They are also contradicted by the published ballot and report sent by the Shepard Boulevard Neighborhood Association representatives to the neighborhood before its vote. Not only did both of the involved neighborhood associations ratify the final agreement negotiated by the parties, that agreement was approved by both the Planning and Zoning Commission and the City Council. This was reported in a July 11, 2008, Tribune article titled “Crosscreek clears city hurdle.”
Voters can judge the appropriateness of a sitting councilperson attacking a candidate in another ward and disregarding the record to do so.
This election presents a clear choice. Voters can endorse a candidate associated with the politics of personal attack that dominate the blogosphere or choose among candidates who believe in more genuine and informed dialogue.
Sarah Read is a candidate for Fourth Ward City Council.