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The mission of Lincoln Daily News is to tell the stories of Logan County in a contemporaneous manner, with lively writing and a predilection for simple truth fairly told. Lincoln Daily News seeks a relationship with the good people of Logan County that is honest, neighborly and never patronizing. Lincoln Daily News presents news within a full context that contributes to understanding. Lincoln Daily News is more interested in the marketplace of ideas than the competition of personalities. Without shrinking from the bold delivery of unvarnished fact, Lincoln Daily News operates from the premise that God's creatures deserve the presumption of right motive. Lincoln Daily News eschews malice and cynicism; it approaches every person with dignity and every subject with equanimity. In short, Lincoln Daily News informs, stimulates and entertains.


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LDC parents in Champaign want to keep facility open


To the editor:

As parents/guardians of residents at Lincoln Developmental Center, we are fighting to keep LDC open. Residents at LDC are developmentally disabled and have complicated medical/behavioral needs. These needs generally cannot be met in a community setting.

Recent newspaper/TV reports have characterized LDC as a place where incidents of neglect/abuse occur. What the reports don’t say is that similar incidents occur in community homes and other state-operated facilities in many cases more frequently than at Lincoln. We don’t condone negligence; but we realize when you are dealing with complicated behaviors, incidents will happen. Our own experiences with having our loved ones at Lincoln have been positive.

Residents of Champaign and neighboring communities/counties should be aware that LDC is the only state-operated developmental facility in east-central Illinois. No family knows when they will need the services of a state-operated developmental facility. Most of us visit our loved ones frequently and would have to drive great distances if Lincoln closes.

Most of the votes to close LDC came from Chicago-area senators. Our own Sen. Stan Weaver voted to keep LDC open.

Harriet and Bill Byers, Champaign

JoAnn and Jack Ribelin, Champaign


Thank you for Donley benefit


To the editor:

THANK YOU to all the businesses who helped with, donated to, or attended the benefit for Ryan Donley:

K of C, Guzzardo’s, IGA, Waterstreet Catering, LCHS cafeteria staff, MKS, Cookie’s Bakery, Franz Express, Hallmark, Treasure Chest, Jim and Nancy Ireland, Jimmy John’s, Eagle Country Market, NAPA, Blades, Kandy Korn -- Dan and Christa Stauder, AutoZone, Big R;

Images, Glenn Brunk Stationers, The Tannery, Cape Landing Salon, Brandt’s Arcade Café, Arcade Hair Creations -- Pam Mattson, Steak-N-Shake, SunSpot, Northgreens Golf Course, Time Out, Sports Plus, Mitchell-Newhouse, Family Video, Cracker Barrel, Abe’s Carmelcorn, Deb Theobald, Laraine Gardner, Weddings by Crystal;

The Feldman family, Shirley Curry, Doris Curry, Dena and Aaron Bergman, Ritchhart Family -- Shirley Awe, Linda Franz, Clark gas station, Jim Simmons, Matt and Teresa Young, Jerry Berglin,
J & S Auto, Lincoln Daily News

A special thanks to all the people who came and helped out with the benefit in any way; also to anyone whom we may have inadvertently forgotten.


Daphne Donley

Chris and Margie Donley

Barb and Tom Winegardner

(Jackie McCray and Shannon McCray)

[Related article: "When family and friends matter most," by Jan Youngquist]

The family of Ryan J. Donley would like to extend our deepest appreciation for your countless prayers and expressions of sympathy given to our family during our loss of Ryan. We have found much comfort in the countless cards, flowers, calls, visits, donations and gifts of the heart. Many of you we know personally, many we do not. It is wonderful to see so many caring people willing to help in any way that they can when you need it. When your whole life has been devastated, it is reassuring to see such human kindness in this day and age. It certainly gives you hope that tomorrow will be brighter. I don’t know how we would have made it through such a difficult time without all of you. You are our blessings from God.


Daphne Donley

Chris and Margie Donley

Barb and Tom Winegardner




Please send your letters by e-mail to ldneditor@lincolndailynews.com or by U.S. postal mail to:

Letters to the Editor
Lincoln Daily News
601 Keokuk St.
Lincoln, IL  62656

Letters must include the writer's name, telephone number, mailing address and/or e-mail address (we will not publish address or phone number information). Lincoln Daily News reserves the right to edit letters to reduce their size or to correct obvious errors. Lincoln Daily News reserves the right to reject any letter for any reason. Lincoln Daily News will publish as many acceptable letters as space allows. 



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