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Local people working together can build a stronger community


Dear Editor:

I am currently the executive director of the Lincoln Area YMCA. I moved to this community in March of this year. Being a new resident in any town is always an interesting and informative position to be in. I have spent the last five months meeting new people and getting to know the agencies in this community. I am thrilled to see so many people who care so much about the kids and families in Lincoln. It is a joy to work with people who care.

I have, however, noticed a sense of territorialism among some agencies and others who seem to have given up trying to collaborate and have taken their business elsewhere. In a town of 15,000 there is really no room for a solo act and no reason to look anywhere but right here at home for expertise. This town is abundant with resources and talents! The Salvation Army, which does so much for families, is building transitional housing. The Park and Rec has beautiful parks and ball diamonds. Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital is upgrading their building and looking to open a fitness/therapy center. The newly formed Arts Council is looking to open an art appreciation studio. The YMCA is nationally known for its programming and health expertise. The list is endless of those making a difference here.

What a strong, wonderful collaboration it would be if we could all take our best talents and put them together to build strong kids, strong families and a strong community. Don’t take your business ideas and collaborations out of town. Let’s support one another and keep our money, resources and jobs in our hometown. I envision a long and fruitful relationship between the YMCA, the families of Lincoln and the existing agencies. A relationship that can only become stronger with time when we give each other the chance to do what we are good at.

Linda L. Marini

YMCA Executive Director

Casey’s store near Postville Courthouse would be good for Lincoln


To the editor:

Is Casey’s good for Lincoln? You bet it is. It takes nonproductive property, "bare ground," with very low taxable income, and turns it into $750,000 of taxable property. The city also should generate excellent taxable income from Casey’s $1,000,000 estimated annual sales.

Casey’s also has the ability to help reduce Lincoln’s very high gasoline prices. Casey’s is by far the largest player of any of the current gasoline marketers presently in Lincoln. Casey’s are known to be very fierce competitors. Wouldn’t it be nice to increase our property tax base and solve our local high gasoline prices at the same time? Casey’s can be a salvation for us, but we must first let them have a chance to do the job. Casey’s operate on the smallest gasoline profit margins of all marketers except Meijer’s and the Wal-Mart super centers, with gasoline. I expect Casey’s, if they are given the opportunity, to open up their Lincoln location at gasoline prices more in line with neighboring cities and towns. Then, once they secure their desired customer base, they will establish themselves as Lincoln’s new gasoline price leader at gas prices all of us expect and desire. They will accomplish this while maintaining a very clean store.

And about using that property to park buses on, why can’t they be parked around the block of the Postville Courthouse, since that area has very low vehicle traffic? I’m referring to Monroe Street, Madison Street and Sixth Street. How would I know? Because I only live three blocks from there. By the way, do you really expect to see busloads of people visiting the Postville Courthouse?

Changing the zoning from R-2 to C-2 would make for highest and best use of this property, similar to existing property in this same Fifth Street neighborhood. This zoning change would also clean up a much-needed area of the city, while providing financial rewards to Lincoln’s residents.

Lester C. Van Bibber III





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