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Sent: Wed Sep 15 Dear Editor: I read with dismay and disgust the September 14, 2011 Langley Times article: ‘New bridge name “rubbish”’. I just don’t understand how such a positive, genuine, and heart‐warming story in our community could be so badly poisoned. In early July 2011, Council received an email and video from the father of 2‐year old Cole telling the story of how Cole lives on the east side of 200th Street and regularly crosses the new pedestrian overpass to visit his little friend Cohen at Harmony’s house on the west side of 200th Street. Cole began calling the overpass the “Harmony Bridge” and his father wrote to Council to suggest this name. I thought it was a great name! Council originally built the bridge to make sure that children could safely cross 200th Street. The bridge is clearly being used for its intended purpose. By joining the west and east sides of Langley, it is also bringing harmony to Langley. Because little Cole suggested the name, I felt it was only fair that he be recognized too and that is why I put forward the motion to name the new 200th Street pedestrian overpass the “Cole Harmony Bridge”. Where is it written that we should only name things in this community after the famous, the connected or the politicians? Routley and Willoughby are vibrant with young and growing families. Why not honour them by taking the bridge naming suggestion of one of their children? We should always build cities for children making sure our cities are safe and easily navigable so children can grow up with security and safety. This is the basic premise of every conference on building sustainable and liveable cities for the future that I have ever attended. If we build cities for children, we build for all. Cole's story shows this. I can only assume that the bitter, negative comments cited in your article came about as a result of Mayor Rick Green’s slate election campaign sending out a broadcast email on Sunday asking his slate supporters to show up at Monday’s 7:00 pm Council meeting. A small group did show up including all of Rick Green’s ‘Vote Langley Now’ slate mates. The spiteful “parking lot” comments are indicative of why slick slates are bad for Langley. Slates create a US style “we/they” mentality that is truly divisive. It benefits no one and paralyzes positive progress. For the record, if this slate mudslinging is all we have to look forward to, then I encourage all Langley residents to only vote for true independents in November. I offer my sincere apologies to 2 year old Cole and his family because their wonderful, uplifting story has been so badly damaged by cheap, purely political gamesmanship. I thank Cole and his family for sending Council the “Harmony Bridge” name. I still think it is an absolutely perfect name for this new pedestrian overpass and I am proud to have done my job representing them by putting their suggested name forward in a motion to Council. Yours truly, Councillor Kim Richter