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"Our community has gone ape-sh-- with unplanned development
By W. D. Tom
I have no doubt the intent of "Proposition EPIC" -- the August 5 Fairground/parks tax -- is to bailout previous misplays by, and line the pockets o f, our local Good-Ol’-Boy network . The fact that developer and Columbia business bigwig Tom Atkins bought 80 acres next to the Fairgrounds -- calling it a business deal -- suggests as much.
So does the EPIC float in the recent parade; and the 'Support EPIC' signs around town; and the glossy 'Vote EPIC' mailers; and all the on-air and newspaper publicity. The money being lavished on EPIC shows the powers-that-be really want to put the taxpayers on the hook for the Fairgrounds .
And why not? Paige Laurie's family -- the billionaire Columbia resident Wal-Mart heirs -- own virtually ...