To the editor:
On Tuesday, Feb. 22, the citizens of
Lincoln once again have an opportunity to cast their vote for mayor.
I look upon this year's election as a time to also show my
appreciation to Beth Davis for the four years of service she has
given to our city. She has been a true friend. The past four years
have been difficult years for all of us. We have witnessed many
changes in Lincoln. I am glad that we had a mayor during these years
who was able to lead and who stood up with pride for her city, our
city. Beth Davis has stood up and spoken out on behalf of Lincoln.
When the largest employer in
Lincoln, Lincoln Developmental Center, came under fire, she was the
first to come to its aid and commit herself and the city to helping
the employees and individuals who worked and lived there. I, as a
citizen of Lincoln and former union president at LDC, appreciated
very much the mayor standing by my side. Mayor Davis spoke out for
the character of Lincoln, which was being so strongly maligned. She
never swayed in her energy or efforts to represent Lincoln.
Her commitment to Lincoln has
continued throughout the years since the closure of LDC. As the
mayor she has played a vital role in assuring that the center's
employees and individuals will return. The plan to build new homes
for the developmentally disabled and to bring back at least 100
state jobs is on track, and construction should begin this year. I
cannot thank Beth Davis enough for her dedication, friendship and
her help. Without the mayor's help those state jobs would not be
returning to Lincoln.
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I am writing this letter in support
of Mayor Davis as a private citizen. A grateful, private citizen who
lives in a city that is rebounding and growing. There have been many
new businesses that have opened their doors in Lincoln during the
mayor's first term. The people living here are still proud of their
city. The city and the mayor have faced some difficult times, but
through Beth Davis' leadership we continue to hold our heads high.
I see good things in Lincoln's
future because of Mayor Davis. I know that the people who worked at
Lincoln Developmental Center are looking forward to its return. The
mayor has made this possible, and I urge everyone in Lincoln who
joined LDC in its struggle to now come out in force to support and
vote for Beth Davis on Tuesday. She is Lincoln's friend, and we need
her to continue in her duties as mayor. Let's stand by her like she
has stood by us.
(Posted Feb. 18, 2005)