LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Re-elect smart growth candidate Barbara Hoppe

Monday, February 27, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CST

As residents of Columbia's Sixth Ward, we are pleased to support Barbara Hoppe for re-election to the City Council.

Over the past three years it has been both a pleasure and a privilege to work with Barbara in our joint efforts to extend the bicycle trail system to the east side of town. In the course of this work we have seen many examples of Barbara's winning combination of broad thinking, creative vision and attention to detail.

It has not been easy to come up with a plan for an east-west connector that makes sense, is aesthetically pleasing, reflects sound engineering, is cost effective and maximizes neighborhood support. Through long, hard hours of walking, listening, thinking and talking to multiple constituencies, experts and impacted groups, Barbara, working with residents, has crafted a workable plan.

For those who are familiar with Barbara's other accomplishments, none of this will come as a surprise. Her leadership and initiative have brought many benefits to our community ever since she took the lead a decade ago and brought us the beautiful and multifunctional Stephens Lake Park.

Barbara presents herself as the smart growth candidate and, with her, this is more than just a phrase. She is deeply committed to bringing new jobs and new housing to Columbia, but she has also thought long and hard about how to accomplish these goals without endangering the environment, sacrificing our public amenities or grasping short-term opportunities whose benefits will not stay. In facing the challenges that lie ahead for our community, Barbara's experience, her passion, her dedication and hard work will benefit Columbia in general and the Sixth Ward in particular. We urge all our neighbors to vote on election day to send Barbara back to City Hall, so that she can finish the many jobs that she has so effectively begun.

Ted Koditschek and Sara Gable live in the Sixth Ward.

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Jimmy Bearfield February 27, 2012 | 11:09 a.m.

Smart growth = increased density, which too many residents reject due to unfounded fears about crime, traffic and lower property values. That's why instead we get sharrows, trails and endless head-scratching about why our bus system is a big, fat fail.

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Ray Shapiro February 27, 2012 | 12:23 p.m.

Smart Growth=United Nations Agenda 21:
(see pg 17 of the following:)
And here's where we're at now:
("Obama and the UN: Agenda 21 Revisited")

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Tim Dance February 28, 2012 | 8:47 p.m.

Appears that the rubes for the developers want you to think that subsidized sprawl that has stretcxhed our resources is the answer. We keep adding roads and services, but don't require developers to pay for the full impact of their development. So when you are wondering why that snow plow hasn't got to street in 3 days, just know that people like Jimmy advocated for a system of unplanned sprawl.

Sprawl = Tinfoil Hat Agenda number 666.5

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Jimmy Bearfield February 28, 2012 | 9:58 p.m.

"So when you are wondering why that snow plow hasn't got to street in 3 days, just know that people like Jimmy advocated for a system of unplanned sprawl."

Show me where I advocated unplanned sprawl. Just the opposite: I advocated density both here and at , and .

Holler if you need some more examples.

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Michael Williams February 28, 2012 | 11:00 p.m.

I have no other place to post this, but Jimmy said the word "snow", and that's close enough.

Yesterday, our weather forecasters said there would be two waves of rain today, one light and the later one very heavy. We got the light one and as early as 3 hours ago I could see NO evidence of the heavier line behind the first one.

And, now, here is is, magically forming in east Kansas entering western Missouri, headed right for us.

How in the hell did you guys do that?

I'm impressed.

And congratulations. You don't get enuf credit, and you've been getting better and better over the last several years. I'd love to see a 1/2 hour show on weather prediction from our locals, taking prior local forecasts and eventual outcomes (predicted or not, and why?) as examples.

Very impressive.

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