From the Letters section, in response to recent cover stories on Madison's sprawling periphery: "Practically all the new development built in and around Madison in the last two decades or more has been auto-based. If not outright inhospitable to pedestrians, the residential and commercial development has been spaced so far away from each other that cars are necessary just to perform daily functions.... The mandatory car communities of the periphery and rural subdivisions make Dane County more energy dependent and less secure in the face of new energy shocks on the horizon.... The vanilla pudding style development happening on the periphery is not just bland. Ultimately, we cannot afford it - literally - environmentally or socially." Signed: David Cieslewicz, Dane County Supervisor, Fourth District.