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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Barbara Hoppe stays away from attack ads

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

I would like to commend Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe for taking the high road in this election and not doing sophomoric, sleazy attack ads that turn off voters, particularly in local elections.

I attended our annual Shepard Boulevard Neighborhood Association meeting soon after the attack ads by Bill Tillotson’s campaign began. Since Shepard is a neighborhood in the Sixth Ward, both candidates were invited to speak at our meeting, and the discussion was cordial, but lively, regarding the recent negative ad by Barbara’s opponent.

Mr. Tillotson left before any neighborhood business was discussed. Barbara, however, stayed until the end of the meeting, attentive and helpful, just like she is present at all our neighborhood meetings, picnics and occasionally on morning walks with children and parents to Shepard Elementary School.

You will hardly find a better councilperson than Barbara, who listens and is responsive to constituents. My family is most fortunate to be living in the ward Barbara Hoppe represents, and I encourage voters to take the high road and vote for Ms. Hoppe.

Beth Pike Cunningham is a Columbia resident.


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Paul Wallace March 27, 2012 | 8:00 p.m.

VOTE POSITIVE NOT NEGATIVE IN THE 6TH WARD
When in doubt—or under-qualified—viciously attack the incumbent! Barbara Hoppe’s opponent in the 6th Ward City Council race may or may not have a Superpac. Yet, those are his tactics against the highly ethnical, intelligent, experienced Hoppe who has constructively pursued successful economic development, environmental concerns such as our world class Stephens Park and avoids the negativism that her opponent would bring to the Council. Robin Remington and Paul Wallace, 6th Ward.

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Joy Mayer March 28, 2012 | 8:18 a.m.

The above comment was taken down not because of objectionable content but because the poster didn't use a complete first and last name. He has been invited to repost with a full name.

Interest is so high in this Sixth Ward race that I thought readers might be curious about why we deleted part of the conversation.

Joy Mayer,
Columbia Missourian

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robert link March 28, 2012 | 11:45 a.m.

The writer of this letter was indeed among the audience and all were asked not to engage in direct dialouge with the candidates, just ask questions. The writer of this letter engaged Mr Tillotson with a very passionate, dare I say heated, attack with her opinion of the campaigne ads. Civil discourse was resumed after several persons spoke out of turn following her outburst. After the candidates presentations were through and other business was being conducted the writer again engaged Mr Tillotson at the back of the room in a loud manner and had to be addressed to leave the room to a quieter area. While the writer has her opinion about the candidates she was most definately "attacking" Mr Tillotson so fair play may not be present in both camps.

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Joy Mayer March 28, 2012 | 2:01 p.m.

Mr. Wallace's full name has been added, and his comment has been restored.

Joy Mayer
Columbia Missourian

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Daniel Jordan Jordan March 28, 2012 | 5:39 p.m.

Outburst? Bah. A thoughtfully expressed concern at most.

I was there, too. The question was addressed to both candidates as provided by the ground rules. Mr. Tillotson's response to the author of the letter was that if she had an issue with his ad, "that's your problem."

Ms. Hoppe promised never to run such an ad.

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