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Published Tuesday, April 15, 2008 6:54 PM

Letters for April 16

Which direction?

The story about the College Station City Council candidates' fundraising (Eagle, April 13) makes it quite clear who is supporting these six candidates and demonstrates the sharp contrast in where their allegiances lie.

This information raises the question: Who should determine how our city develops, what it looks like, and ultimately what kind of city we are going to have?

The answer is clear. John Crompton, Dennis Maloney and Larry Stewart are candidates from three distinctly different backgrounds who may disagree on the details of some issues, but who share a vision for the city based on the enhancement of our quality of life. Whether the issue is transportation, infrastructure, commercial and residential development, parks, neighborhood integrity, rental registration, code enforcement or annexation they believe the taxpayers should have the strongest voice.

Neighborhoods are the backbone of the city, and the homeowners in those neighborhoods are, collectively, the largest financial stake-holders in the community. They deserve a strong voice in determining the city's future, and in the past several years this has not been the case. Crompton, Maloney and Stewart will give those of us who pay the bills that voice.

In contrast, Ron Gay and Chris Scotti have been strong advocates for unrestrained development, and they have been all too willing to let the taxpayers foot the bill for the infrastructure to support that development. Derek Dictson, as a developer, has a direct financial interest in maintaining the status quo. Every time a new development, either commercial or residential, is built, we the taxpayers get the bill. Crompton, Maloney and Stewart believe development should pay its own way.

This election gives us the opportunity to control the direction and complexion of growth, to determine what we want our community to look like, and to make this the kind of community we want it to be.

DOUG PHILLIPS

College Station

 





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