When I look out across our wonderful city of Columbia, I'm not one of those who simply sees undeveloped land and un-privatized assets. When I look across Columbia, I see underdeveloped people and under-protected and under-funded public assets. We've all been disappointed when our candidate doesn't live up to our expectations once elected. In Columbia, as well as on the national stage, our elected officials seem to have our ear during the campaign, and then once in office seem to become beholden to other interests. I encourage everyone, regardless of who they vote for in this round of elections, to let the ballot box be the beginning of their conversation with elected officials. We're lucky here in Columbia that our representatives are accessible. I've found that to be true of Ian Thomas and that's why I'll be voting for him for Fourth Ward in the coming election. I'm also looking forward to continuing to keep his ear full of my concerns and perspective, many of which he has pledged to support. That's the message I'll be persistently inserting into Ian's phone, email in-box and ear, because those who want to privatize our local assets but socialize our problems, who want to see us pay retail for public services, and only make opportunities for fear, indebtedness and addiction available at wholesale, will certainly be making their "needs" known to him as well.
Pack Matthews is a Columbia resident.