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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Barbara Hoppe's activity and concern for the community is invaluable

Monday, March 19, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:06 a.m. CDT, Monday, March 19, 2012

Barbara Hoppe’s active help to the residents of the Sixth Ward, as well as her concern for the well-being of the entire city, is invaluable and very much appreciated as she serves on the Columbia City Council as our representative.

Her open-door policy through phone and media, ability to bring people together to reach positive results (as seen in the Crosscreek development situation), willingness to arrange and attend ward meetings, neighborhood meetings, commission and committee meetings and  the way she responds personally to individual concerns are but a few of the characteristics that make her the ideal representative for the city and the Sixth Ward.

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Editor's note: The Missourian strives to publish differing views and welcomes letters to the editor. Read Executive Editor Tom Warhover's column on the Missourian's approach to election letters.

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.



One major issue she addressed was the problem of student housing south of Stadium Boulevard and how to get the students from the apartments to campus without creating massive traffic problems. She recommended the city start the Black and Gold bus routes, which could serve heavily populated student areas.This has been very successful in increasing ridership.

Her interest in Columbia’s growth as a healthy, livable and enriching community is well-recorded and well-known. Look how much Stephens Park is used and how wonderfully it is being developed.

One way she personally supports local industry is by spending campaign funds locally. Her political material is printed locally rather than farmed and researched out to Iowa City, Iowa. She encourages entrepreneurs as well as industrial development.

There could not be a better person to serve the citizens of the Sixth Ward as a council representative than Barbara Hoppe. Her hard work for the city and its citizens, her visibility and accessibility to all of us, make her an ideal councilperson. Please see that she is reelected to the city council this April.

Mariel Stephenson is a Columbia resident.


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