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On LDC: We need our political leaders to step forward to maintain choices for the developmentally disabled


Dear Editor:

Over the last few months newspapers have run several news stories, editorials and letters concerning Lincoln Developmental Center and other large state-operated facilities for the developmentally disabled. Locally, concerns were if LDC was going to remain open and if it was safe for the individuals living there. Many of the editorials and letters were comparing the large state facilities with community-based living centers.

Iíve worked at LDC for over 30 years; I also have a family member living in a community group home. During those years Iíve seen the good and bad of both types of living centers.

Unfortunately we cannot provide a perfect living environment for people that are developmentally disabled. Instead of one trying to destroy the other and accusing each other of all types of terrible atrocities, they should work together. The state of Illinois and more specifically the Department of Human Services must provide funding adequate for both: state facilities and community living centers.

The disabled citizens living in Illinois need and deserve the best care possible. Everyone is not the same; we have people who live in community facilities and have a very good quality of life, and the same can be said for the state facilities. The truth is we need both types of living centers. They each provide different services with the same goal. The Department of Human Services must stop encouraging the competition for funds for the developmentally disabled.

Our political leaders must step forward and start doing the things they were elected to do and ensure that people who are developmentally disabled have choices ó choices on the best living facilities, choices on quality medical treatment, and choices on learning and earning a wage.

Dan Underwood

Team of the week


Dear Editor,

What a shame that your Mr. Mayfield failed to recognize a 7th Grade Basketball team as "the team of the week" for the current week since the 7th Grade County Tournament was held at Zion this week. Since you passed up the opportunity, we would like to recognize West Lincoln-Broadwell's Coach Brett Farmer, Assistant Coach Eric Riechert, and their 7th Grade Team, this year's 7th Grade County Champions. Their record of 19 wins and no losses is the result of their hard work, dedication, and teamwork. Coach Farmer sets a fine example for these young men, both on and off the court. We wish to congratulate him, Coach Riechert, and the team on an exciting season, thus far! Keep up the great work! You definitely earn our vote for "Team of the Week"!

Dennis & Marilyn Willmert


Editor's note:

First, congratulations West Lincoln-Broadwell seventh-grade boys basketball team on your win making you county champs!

Second, we invite all Logan County coaches to send their school and recreational sports game stats and other information. We all want to know how you are doing.

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