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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Columbia residents should be thankful for Hoppe

Thursday, March 15, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

Columbia residents should be grateful to have such a hardworking, thoughtful and conscientious person to serve on the City Council as Barbara Hoppe. She is just the kind of advocate Columbia needs as we grow. Many cities in the country have suffered as a result of growth without foresight. Barbara has been a careful advocate of neighborhoods and individual rights while at the same time realizing that healthy businesses are at the heart of our success.

I have been fortunate to play a small part in the development of the North Village area in downtown Columbia. This area of the city has undergone a transformation in the past five years, and the support of Ms. Hoppe and the City Council has been crucial. New businesses and new building projects have developed as a result, and more are on the way.

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Editor's note: The Missourian strives to publish differing views and welcomes letters to the editor. Letters should be about 400 words and must be signed. The deadline for submitting letters related to the April 3 election is March 29 to be published in the April 1 edition. Letters should be submitted to opinion editor Elizabeth Conner by email at connerek@missouri.edu, by mail at 221 S. Eighth St. Columbia, MO 65211 or by fax at 882-5702.



City planners across the country know that development of the arts can play an important part in revitalizing urban areas, as well as defining the personality of a town. In addition, businesses that are looking for cities to build or expand in look at the character of the area they are considering. In order to attract business and competent employees, they look at what the area has to offer potential employees. How many parks and recreation areas are there? What is there for people to do and see in their spare time? How safe are the neighborhoods? How good are the schools? Ms. Hoppe realizes this is true development and acts accordingly.

This is also the test of leadership in communities that seek a strong business atmosphere. They do all the things that businesses in the end thrive upon. Ms. Hoppe’s council voting record shows she has been a strong advocate for Columbia and business development by fighting for intelligent oversight as we grow, by strengthening the fight on crime, by fighting for parks and for helping in the development of downtown by supporting the North Village Arts District.

I strongly urge you to vote for Barbara so that we can continue to have such excellent representation on the City Council.

Chris Teeter is a Columbia resident.


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mike mentor March 15, 2012 | 3:31 p.m.

Is there a school project going on or something where everyone is forced to write a letter to the editor supporting Barbara?

Or is the Missourian running some kind of contest where you get a free cruise if your support letter for Barbara is best?

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Elizabeth Conner Stephens March 15, 2012 | 6:04 p.m.

Mike,

We have noticed the trend and are eager for ideas for balancing out the views represented.

With letters, we are limited by what we receive and thus far, letters in support of Barbara Hoppe are all we have received.

Look for a column from Tom Warhover on Friday that addresses this issue.

Thanks,

Elizabeth Conner
Opinion editor

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Michael Williams March 15, 2012 | 6:32 p.m.

MikeMentor: I'm still laughing at your "class project" concept. But if the "free cruise" contest is real, I'm already planning my own support letter....it'll be a real doozy, I guarantee that. I plan on using 25 cent words instead of my normal nickel and dime stuff.

I forget....does the Missourian have a "paid political announcement" policy within a certain date of an election?

Hoppe's organization is certainly organized. But I've read so many of them, I just scroll now.

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Joy Mayer March 15, 2012 | 9:17 p.m.

@Michael, the last day we'll publish letters in support of candidates is April 1, but I honestly have no idea if there's a similar policy in the advertising department. Those decisions are made independently of the newsroom.

I'll check tomorrow and get back to you.

Joy Mayer,
Columbia Missourian

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Mike Martin March 15, 2012 | 9:39 p.m.

By way of election history, Barb Hoppe's supporters started the trend of writing mass letters to the editor six years ago, when she was running against a well-funded opponent from the development community, Valerie Barnes.

Back then, the Trib ran them for free up until a certain date, at which time they charged. Don't know what the policy is today, nor do I know the policy at the Missourian.

In any event, it's been a successful, low-cost PR strategy ever since.

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mike mentor March 16, 2012 | 9:50 a.m.

@Elizabeth and Joy
I should have added a wink or something to let you all know it was just a little gentle ribbing ;-)
Thanks for the responses!

@Michael
I read the first one and was actually impressed at the lack of hyperbole, but now I am catching on.

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Joy Mayer March 16, 2012 | 10:18 a.m.

@Mike Martin, if you're asking whether the Missourian charges for letters to the editor after a certain date, the answer is no. We don't ever charge to publish editorial content: letters, obituaries — even readers' own stories (see the "From Readers" tab at the top, where we publish family-written obituaries, photos from nature walks, community brags about fund-raisers, etc.).

@Mike Mentor — darn, those winks are hard to pick up on online!

Joy Mayer,
Columbia Missourian

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Joy Mayer March 16, 2012 | 12:51 p.m.

@Michael, the answer I got from Jack Swartz, our advertising manager, is that there is no cutoff day for political ads. They run up to, and on, election day.

Joy Mayer,
Columbia Missourian

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