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Your Opinion: Step out of the '50s and into the future

Your Opinion: Step out of the '50s and into the future

February 3rd, 2012 by Stan Ochsner, Jefferson City in News

Dear Editor:

I have lived in Jefferson City since 1957 and therefore feel somewhat qualified to comment on the Transformation proposal voters will soon decide.

Jefferson City has lived, and there are many who want it to continue to live, in the 1950s. Every time there has been talk about the city doing anything which would be innovative, novel, or exciting it is met with criticism and ridicule.

We have just had a big community discussion via the media about young people leaving Jefferson City.

Can you tell me why young people would want to live here? Can you tell me what has changed in the past 50 years to make the city more attractive to young people? Can you tell me what opportunities have been created to entice young people to choose Jefferson City as their home?

The truth is that little has changed.

Having not been involved in this process in any way, I still see this as a chance for Jefferson City to take a step forward and to begin to bridge the gap between the capital city and other towns, some significantly smaller, which have developed the amenities that make communities attractive, vibrant, enjoyable places to live, work, and raise a family.

It is finally time for Jefferson City to do something progressive and, while I can't say that I an enamored with everything on the Transformation list, overall I see it as a great start in revitalizing our city.