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LDC:  Past, present and future


Dear Editor:

In recent weeks the Lincoln Developmental Center has come under attack from many sources, many groups calling for the closure of this facility. Though we have had some problems at our facility, I can honestly say that the vast majority of employees here are some of the best in their areas of expertise.

To put a blanket over the whole facility and calling it a dangerous place for individuals to reside is almost as ridiculous as believing that all those of Islam faith are responsible for the World Trade Center bombings.

Twenty-seven years ago I started a career working in state government here at the Lincoln Developmental Center. I have seen many improvements in the quality of life for our individuals. We no longer warehouse our individuals as is often reported in the papers. Rather the folks who reside at Lincoln live in a normal homelike atmosphere.

Our direct-care staff and support people are second to none and have done a very good job in spite of mandated overtime, staff shortages and all the unfair criticism directed at them. I believe these employees do a splendid job at performing their tasks, especially given the very limited financial resources at their disposal and the ever-changing rules and regulations that govern facilities like Lincoln.

These so-called CILA homes that we so often read about in the papers are nothing but private companies and /or individuals making a profit. I would bet there are some good employees who are employed in these facilities; however, many are understaffed, under-trained and experience a large turnover of staff due to very low wages and very few benefits. The bottom line, folks, is that these homes or living facilities are all about the bottom line. So you can see that these places are not the answer.

Lincoln Developmental Center, in my opinion, is still very much a needed entity, providing for and assisting our individuals in enjoying their lives to the fullest. I am proud to say I have been a part of system that reaches out to help those who are handicapped.

Thank you.

Bill Treakle


Writer agrees, LDC should stay open


To the editor:

I agree with your article. I grew up in Lincoln. And while I donít live there anymore, and Iím not totally aware of the problems at LDC, I believe that it needs to remain open!!

I have a second cousin who has lived there for years... Where would he (and MANY) others go? My grandfather, Robert Dowell, worked there for many years. He along with many others did what many of us wouldnít or canít do. And itís because of those caring individuals and the people that live there that it should stay open.

Michelle Durbin

[Commentary article by Mike Fak: "A place that most of us wish didnít exist -- LDC, an integral part of this community, an integral part of our humanity," posted Oct. 24]




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