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31, 2001] And
so it is that another year has passed. I have always been amazed how
a bad day can seem to last forever, yet the year, like an early snow
on a warm fall day, can disappear from our lives so quickly.
as always with any year, we have had our moments. Logan County had
its share of good and bad, fair and biased. Like all Americans
throughout this land we have again fought for our individuality, all
the while hoping to be one with each other. For some of us the
ledger of life remained balanced, while others found good fortune
offsetting those among us who saw better moments, better years in
their life’s journeys.
a nation, we have seen the darkest days in our country enfold before
our eyes, yet have gained a sense of pride in our collective
humanity and compassion that we long ago forgot ourselves capable of
expressing. For just a moment in this country’s life, we realized
that beliefs and faith in our system and ourselves could bridge the
gaps of political parties, of regions and ethnicity.
a local level, we found that we could come together as a community
to try to save an institution that for 124 years was taken for
granted by so many of us.
with all years there were many stories that are now marked by the
scale we call 2001. Each day 33,000 new chapters were added to the
lives of those who have chosen to
call this community our home. For many of us the stories of 9-11 and
LDC took pre-eminence over all the other innumerable moments that
created our personal histories.
World Trade Center attack has to be the lead story in our community
this year, even to those of us who
were 1,500 miles away from the disaster. The effects, the concept
that foreign invaders could take away from us what we had honestly
earned and strived for, carried beyond
the borders of a city called New York.
the "Public Expression of Patriotism," perhaps 1,500
of us gathered on the courthouse square to tell ourselves as well as
the world that all the protections we have in this great country,
although often taken for granted, are not and have never been taken
lightly. With dollars and tears and prayers, this community said for
all who would listen that we are our brother’s keepers.
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the days that followed, the concern about whether it is appropriate
to burn an American flag was replaced with the issues of where can I
purchase one and what is the appropriate way to display Old Glory.
The difficult-to-sing "Star-Spangled Banner" was replaced
at events throughout the nation with "God Bless America,"
as those who wish to keep God and country separate stayed their lips
as we reassembled our country’s spirit. How many of us sang that
song these past few months as we never did before. How many of us
wiped the mistiness from our eyes as, gathered with others, we found
ourselves feeling special because we help make up the collective
plight of the Lincoln Developmental Center galvanized this community
like no other issue I can recall. Employees, ridiculed and assaulted
with lies and half-truths concerning their actions toward their
wards, looked to all of us for strength and support. That is what we
gave and continue to give. None of us went to purchase assault
rifles or formed militias. We didn’t attempt to commandeer an
airplane or blow up a building that houses our detractors. As
Americans we used the promises of the Constitution to express our
opinions. We used the freedoms of speech and assembly to give voice
to our words. We used the right to petition and addressed our
grievances through thousands of letters to those in power who needed
the gentle reminder that they are where they are only by our graces.
We learned that in a community that seems to be able to divide on
issues as seemingly obvious as whether gold has more worth than
manure, that we could in fact come together.
the year 2001, Logan County learned what Thomas Carlyle knew 150
years ago: "In the midst of my winter, I finally realized there
was in me an invincible summer." All of us have an invincible
summer. The year 2001 was necessary to make us realize that. How
unfortunate that this knowledge had to be purchased as it was.
(not for publication):
to Fak’s commentary:
peek back at one of LDN's reader submissions reveals a rather
prediction for the year 2001
2001 by Maxine Seggelke
29, 2001] On
Dec. 30, 2000, Lincoln Daily News printed this poem written and
submitted by Maxine Seggelke. Her poetic predictions were in
response to an invitation to readers for New Year thoughts.
cold this day
the month of December;
predict that this summer
tend to adapt
situations and weather;
predict that we'll make it
we all stick together.
all came through counting
chad and each dimple;
predict the coming year
be pretty simple.
gas may go up
the Market come down;
we'll weather it all —
through safe and soun'.
Americans, you know,
we are God's own creation;
predict we'll be proud
our country — OUR NATION!
new request to you the reader:
Reflect on the year past or your
hopes for the year ahead
29, 2001] What a year! We no
longer think much about the presidential election mess that promises
to stain the American electoral system for years to come. We
weren’t thinking about our favorite pastimes or much of anything
except family and country, and about how much we all need one
another, once Sept. 11 came to pass.
time has passed and significant events have marked the days of our
lives. We have had plenty of other good times and achievements as
well as struggles to be remembered from the past year. As the start
of a new calendar year, now is a good time to reflect on the year
2001 and project on the days to come in 2002.
If you would like to set forth your thoughts, raise a
challenge, or simply reflect on these 365 days past send your
thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org. LDN will publish select entries
with names (or without at your request.)
of the Year
bypassing of Osama bin Laden by Time magazine)
28, 2001] Congratulations
to Time Magazine for honoring New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on
its cover this week. Unquestionably, the mayor deserves the highest
praise for shouldering the greatest tragedy in the history of our
country and New York, New York with compassion, dedication and
crisis management skills that may never be eclipsed.
Time’s cover should say “Hero of the Year” rather than
“Person of the Year.” By its own definition, Time’s annual
“Person of the Year” is the person who most affected events for
the year, for better or worse. And, as ghastly as it is to
acknowledge it, the unquestionable person of the year by that
criterion is Osama bin Laden. It is clear that our society was
changed forever on Sept. 11, and that the agent of change was
the leader of Al Qaeda. He changed the way we look at airline
travel. He changed the way we look at our own level of
vulnerability. He masterminded an attack which will go down in
history for not only its death toll but its evil brilliance. It was
so effective that it surprised even him, as we learned in the video
recently released by the U.S. government.
previous people of the year have included Adolf Hitler and Iran’s
Ayatollah Khomeini, so there is precedent for bitter enemies of the
United States to be judged as the person who most affected events
few would argue that bin Laden is the individual who truly shaped
this past year, there are few who are taking Time magazine to task
for bypassing the native Saudi whose exact whereabouts are still
unknown -- as usual. Rarely, if ever, has American popular opinion
been as united. When President Bush said bin Laden was “wanted,
dead or alive,” the pacifists and human rights advocates who
normally would decry such a stance through press conferences and
photo ops were scarce. They knew that the nation could not stomach
any sort of mercy or favor being shown to bin Laden.
Magazine knew the same when it decided to bypass him. Its editors
and management correctly concluded that attempting to sell magazines
featuring the man who masterminded the murder of over 3,200 people
as its person of the year would be folly. They correctly judged that
our collective anger is so passionate, we don’t have the ability
or will to give bin Laden any sort of recognition other than that as
mass murderer and public enemy number one.
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everyone’s knee-jerk reaction to hearing that someone has been
named a person of the year is that he or she did something worthy of
honor. When Bill Clinton was named Time’s person of the year, even
in the wake of the Monica Lewinsky scandal and fallout, there was
enough public support remaining for Clinton that public reaction
wasn’t universally negative. Enough of Clinton’s policies were
the agents of positive change that Time could make a reasonable
argument that he was worthy.
correctly judged that that would not be the case this time, and also
correctly judged that it could not submit a murderer of thousands as
its person of the year without permanently damaging the
publication’s credibility in the eyes of a focused public. Had
Time’s editors tried to argue that bin Laden meets their criteria,
they would have been absolutely right, and they would have been the
target of scorn and derision from now until the end of time. They
made the right call.
Mitsoff, longtime daily newspaper editor and syndicated columnist]
selection in the 21st century
27, 2001] In
late October the Economic Development Council made public its
recommendation to locate a fully improved commerce park in Lincoln.
Their proposal has become the topic of mostly well-grounded, healthy
discussion. There is also some misguided and/or confusing dialogue
taking place. Both are part of the discussion and decision making
process. Eventually, one side will prevail.
an article in Area Development magazine Scott McAfee, community
affairs coordinator for Westerville, Ohio, points out that community
vision doesn't mean much if the community isn't willing to provide
the resources necessary to make it happen.
suggests that it is very shortsighted for government to say that
financial incentives alone should be enough help for developers and
potential business partners. He adds that if local government wants
developers to invest in the community, then local government has to
step to the plate and provide the infrastructure immediately, before
any development takes place.
is almost always the critical component in siting decisions.
Transportation routes have always attracted business. Are the routes
serving our site(s) in good condition? Are they adequate for future
education, municipal services, health care, recreational and
shopping opportunities, technology, government attitude and local
business climate are obviously important to businesses in varying
business's exposure to its current and potential customer base is a
direct result of location. What is the best location for the most
business types? After looking at the various locations in and around
Lincoln, using the best available information, listening to advice
from other communities who have actually done similar projects,
asking advice of site location consultants and paying attention to
which location actual prospects preferred, the EDC believes that the
north site, the one they are recommending, is the best site.
the site the only one for business? Of course not. Is it
the better site having taken into account all of the variables? The
EDC feels it is. Join in the conversation and discussion. Let me
know your opinions. After all, in many ways, we are talking about
the future of Lincoln and Logan County.
Distribution as an example
Most Logistic Friendly Cities" -Expansion
16 - Chicago
19 - St. Louis
23 - Indianapolis
30 - Quad Cities
notice where Lincoln and Logan County are in relation to these
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Properties Sold = 36
Selling Price: $ 69,247
Selling Price: $ 64,950
Market Value: $2,492,900
$ 7, 100 to $ 170,000
Source: Paula Kirby, Logan County Board of Realtors
NOTE: This representation is based in whole or in
part on data supplied by the Logan County Board of REALTORS or its
Multiple Listing Service. Neither the Board nor its MLS guarantees or is
any way responsible for its accuracy. Data maintained by the Board or its
MLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market.
of permits issued and estimated cost of construction, by
2000: 33 permits at $457,370
2001: 52 permits at $513,076
Les Last, City of Lincoln
2000: 7 permits at $135,910
2001: 9 permits at $451,000
2000: 0 permits at $ -0-
2001: 2 permits at $110,000
Phil Mahler, Logan County RPC
||One Year Ago
Smith, Economic Development Director]
is the em
space, a staff writer’s section with observations about life experiences in Logan County and
elsewhere. Enjoy your visit.
Excerpts from Decembers past
is a special time for letters — both the traditional letters
accompanying Christmas cards and the notes of thanks our parents
teach us to send after we open the gifts.
I recently came into
possession of a set of letters saved for me by an elderly aunt, so I
can share with you some selections from our December correspondence
over the years.
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Handwritten on lined
paper shortly before my 10th Christmas
From Route 1,
Dear Uncle Ed and Aunt
you very much for the story "The Other Wise Man." I like
it very much. ...
Dec. 10, we had the first snowfall of the season. ... Soon the snow
will be just right for making snowmen.
I fall down in the snow. Then snow gets in my boots. This does not
feel exactly pleasant but it’s a good thing to laugh about.
The name of our Christmas
service is "He Came." The words "He Came" are
repeated quite often in the service. The name of a song in the
service is "He Came." Also, in some of the children’s
parts every line starts with "He came."
= = = = = =
From one of the last
letters from Uncle Ed
think you are very wise to be taking typing for this is a skill
which you certainly will find useful when you get to college.
keep the letters coming. We like them handwritten or produced on the
typewriter and they are acceptable in English, Spanish, or German.
= = = = = =
Typed from Pomeroy,
Iowa, on New Year’s Eve
Dear Uncle Ed and Aunt
of the temperature reading this morning varied from 16° below to
20° below. At any rate it was cold. We made use of several of our
Christmas presents in an effort to keep warm while waiting for and
Many thanks to you for all
the Christmas gifts. The warm coat, the pretty pajamas, ... are all
appreciated. "Instant Insanity" [a game] has already given
us enjoyment as well as a little feeling of frustration. We were
glad to receive your telephone call on Christmas Day.
= = = = = =
on Christmas letterhead paper with a manager scene and lettering
that says, "For unto us a child is born"
San Jose, Ill.
started to make some cookies. The other day Mom was figuring out all
the kinds she used to make for the choir. Also, Dad bought a big bag
of nuts so we are all set. John and I were "appointed" to
get a tree.
is listening to Beethoven’s symphonies. He bought the set last
Christmas for us — for him! It is Beethoven’s birthday today so
I guess he’s in season. The Peanuts comic strip had some joke
about the Strauss waltzes that Beethoven wrote.
had a funeral to do today in Lincoln. Somebody from the nursing home
been interesting to read some of the Christmas letters we have been
I suppose John and Dad
will put the new carburetor on one of these days.
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the year ending tonight, Americans sent a three-legged machine 500
million miles to Mars and a peanut farmer to the White House."
[quoted from news report]
was a record -8 reading this morning. It was -6 when I got to
I’ll finish this by
wishing you a Happy New Year and saying "thank you" for
the Christmas gifts — savings account addition, top, Crunch ’n
Munch. Muchas gracias!
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special thank you to you for the lovely Christmas gifts. ...
a white Christmas, sunny but cold. The roads have been rather slick.
John has been entertaining
us with plenty of Christmas music on the piano and on his computer.
= = = = = =
you dug out from the snowstorm yet? Lincoln had seven inches and
Peoria somewhat less. Now it’s really cold, but that fresh, clean
air is invigorating...
you would enjoy an ad I hear on the radio in the morning. The
business advertises snowblowers and offers a trade-in on snow
shovels. The line I particularly like is, "Bring in your tired,
your poor, your wretched old shovel..."
wrote that he plans to come home Saturday unless it
"blizzards." We’re looking forward to having him here.
Now we just have to decide whether to assign him the washing,
ironing, cooking, cleaning, bulletin printing or telephone
answering! And here he just finished his finals and wants some
vacation! Oh, he could do gift wrapping too.
is a big day for Mom. ... She is to go down to physical therapy for
a walking lesson or something like that. [She was recuperating from
a fracture and came home from the hospital on Christmas Day.]
Fri. morning — It’s 2
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you are enjoying the Christmas season. You have added to our
enjoyment with greetings, gifts, phone call, etc.
seemed like we had so many gifts to open this year. … Mostly John
and Dad gave each other tools. Dad bought a hot air popcorn popper.
He labeled it "to the family, for Dad." We all ate some
now Mom and John are working on a huge crossword puzzle.
got quite a bit of Christmas sewing done. ... The robe turned out
very nice. It doesn't fit Dad though. I washed the pieces after I
cut them out and the material shrank. ... Well, maybe I can try
practicing the recorder [a gift from John to me]. He just played
"Three Blind Mice."
seemed strange to be driving through a thunderstorm on Christmas
Christmas Day (afternoon) I bicycled to New Holland [from San Jose]
and back and picked up my hymn numbers while I was there. It was
it’s back to work tomorrow.
Happy New Year.
= = = = = =
From a handwritten
We have a new supply of
"white stuff" on the ground here. Pretty. Supposed to be
colder tonight. I tried stringing a wire out to my car to check if
the heater for my engine block worked. It did! Might want to plug it
in awhile tomorrow.
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am I back at home in Lincoln after a pleasant Christmas week spent
enjoying the companionship of the rest of the family.
enjoyed your phone calls as well as your gifts under the tree.
morning John and I got down to business and ... divvied everything
up … finally flipping a coin to decide who would get which little
pitcher. ... Neither of us had a large serving bowl, so John took
the cut glass bowl with the fruit design in the bottom, and I have
the soup bowl and the ladle, as I didn’t have one of those either.
Maybe now I should have the "official" Grandma’s soup
recipe. We each have two chocolate pudding dishes. I have the item
with the pewter lid, and John has the vinegar cruet with the glass
stopper. Dad said the cruets were always out on the dining hall
tables when he went to St. Paul’s College. ...
I liked all your little
notes to explain what things were and what they meant to you. …
Thanks for giving us a tangible bit of family history.
= = = = = =
were happy to receive your phone call last night. It was one of the
pleasant traditions that we have come to anticipate….
never seen a captioned TV show until Christmas Day. The first
program we watched with everything hooked up was called "Newton’s
TV] box was about the size of the one my microwave came in, and I
wondered, "Another microwave??" John had the remote
control ... and other accessories ... in a number of separate
packages. It was interesting and, as I said, rather overwhelming.
"All this for me??"
Anyway, THANK YOU VERY
MUCH!! ... At the push of a button I can have company in my living
room and know what they’re saying besides.
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I opened my early package and set Rudolph up on the piano. I already
had a sprig of pine there, so he looks right at home amid the
evergreen, as you said.
says thank you for s ending him to his new home. He likes being
farther north. He thinks the cold and snow are just right. ...
says it is OK with him if you stay cozy inside sometimes when it is
extra cold outside, but he hopes you will enjoy looking out your
picture window at the snow ... and if you look closely at just the
right moment, you might even see him go by.
I think he is just
fantasizing, but reindeer are entitled to that now and then,
especially when it’s so close to Christmas.
= = = = = =
weekend brought us a couple of outstanding days — warm, sunny and
more like October than December. I didn’t even put a jacket on to
go outdoors in the afternoon.
got back from church, I had enough time for jogging before I left
for "The Nutcracker" in Springfield. ... I wore the
challis scarf you gave me and my red "Christmas dress."
balcony seat felt way up there at first, but the view was great...
They had some neat special effects, including a Christmas tree that
got bigger, radio-controlled mice (I’m guessing), lots of
floor-level smoke or fog to introduce the dream sequence. ... I also
thought it was cute when some mice got pulled off stage by their
supposed to see the orthodontist at 7:30 tomorrow morning, so I’d
better wind this up.
= = = = = =
despite the limitations of age, the aunt who saved the letters sent
a December note this year...
for pillow. Just what I needed.
excerpts compiled by Mary
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teacher announces her candidacy for regional superintendent of
Jean Anderson, candidate
31, 2001] My
name is Jean Anderson and I am announcing my intent to be a
Republican candidate for the office of Regional Superintendent of
Schools for Logan, Mason, and Menard counties.
am a graduate of Lincoln College and Sangamon State University (now
the University of Illinois, Springfield). I have a Master’s
Degree in Educational Administration and hold the Type 75
certificate, both requirements for the position of Regional
Superintendent. I am currently employed by Lincoln Elementary
District #27 Schools as the eighth grade Language Arts teacher at
The Lincoln Junior High School, a position I have held for the past
seventeen years. I also serve that school as its Discipline and
member of the First United Methodist Church of Lincoln, I was its
organist for over 22 years and currently serve on the Board of
Trustees. I am chair of the Communications and Bargaining committees
and treasurer of the Lincoln Elementary Education Organization, and
also belong to the Illinois Education Association, the National
Education Association, and the Lincoln Junior High School
daughter of Lincoln residents Paul E. and the late Helen Musa
Rankin, I have resided in Lincoln and Logan County for my entire
life. My husband of thirty-two years, Mike, is a Logan County
Highway Department employee. We are parents of Jonathan Anderson,
Director of Instrumental Studies at The Victoria College, Victoria,
Texas; and James Anderson, a kindergarten teacher at Mt. Pulaski
Grade School, Mt. Pulaski, Illinois. My sister, Susan Rohrer, and
her family also reside in Lincoln.
I am a political novice, I believe I would be an effective Regional
Superintendent. For one, I am a strong written and oral
communicator, due to many years of teaching and music performance. I
have a working knowledge of school law and the many issues educators
currently face. Having spent seventeen years in the classroom, I am
very much aware of the concerns felt by today's teachers. I have
received formal training in negotiations, employer/employee team
building, and conflict resolution, and have served as chief
negotiator for our district's bargaining team. Our last three
contracts have been settled amicably, without mediation or
work-stoppage. In addition, I am organized and work well both
independently and in group situations.
[to top of second column in
recertification is an important new issue in the education field. I
am currently serving as a member of my district's Local Professional
Development Committee, a group responsible for overseeing and
assessing the state-required recertification requirements of our
teaching staff. I received training for this position through the
Springfield Regional Office of Education. Part of my duties as
Regional Superintendent will be to provide local training for the
teachers of Logan, Mason, and Menard counties, and assist them in
the recertification process. I also plan to work with local school
districts that want to become Providers, a designation that allows
them to bring on-site training for their staff rather than sending
them to another location for training or paying an outside group for
facilitating the process.
elected, my intention is to continue in the professional and
dedicated manner of our current Regional Superintendent George
Janet. Not only has his leadership been outstanding, the fact that
he is a resident of this county has been a definite advantage for
all Logan County citizens, and he has represented the Republican
party well. I believe that it is advantageous for this tradition to
continue. Therefore, I feel that my party affiliation, my residency
in this county, my strong ties with area schools and school
personnel, and my knowledge and dedication to current issues make me
a strong contender for the position of Regional Superintendent.
estimates in Logan County
||Rural population -
||Urban population -
||Persons below poverty
level - 11.8 %
||Average marriages per
||Average deaths per
County high schools: 1960-2000
High School consolidated with New Holland
High School became part of Olympia School District
High School consolidated with Mount Pulaski
High School became Warrensburg-Latham
High School consolidated with Lincoln Community High School
Jose High School consolidated with Illini Central (Mason City)