LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thomas would be forward-thinker for city

Monday, March 25, 2013 | 5:06 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — I am writing in support of Dr. Ian Thomas' candidacy for Fourth Ward Columbia City Councilperson.  As a disclaimer, I do not live in the Fourth Ward, and, in fact, I live in Boone County.  However, I work and engage in numerous activities within the city limits of Columbia.  I moved to Columbia in 1977 to obtain a Ph.D. in exercise physiology from MU, which I accomplished in 1983.  I was involved in starting the Cardiovascular Rehab program at Boone Hospital Center in 1981 and managed it until January 2003.  Since 2003, I have operated a personal health consulting business and was involved in starting and operating a health promotion and disease prevention center called Optimus: The Center for Health.