LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Columbia needs independent, thoughtful leader

Monday, April 1, 2013 | 12:31 p.m. CDT

We are impressed with the volume of letters of support and enthusiasm for City Council candidates Ian Thomas and Karl Skala. The campaigns of these two hopeful City Council members share many common themes also reflected in the core beliefs and inspiring mayoral platform of Sid Sullivan, including implementing community vision, job creation, relationship building, promoting the local economy, embracing community input, sustainability, viable public and alternative transportation initiatives, research-based decision making, fiscal responsibility and transparency. It seems to us that these things are not some sort of liberal agenda, but the basic values and collaborative thinking that encompass the type of Columbia most of us desire to live in and routinely put down on paper via decades of city-wide visioning projects, such as the 2010 Charrette Report.