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To the editor:
Last weekend Lincoln was hit with the worst tragedy
I can remember. Six young people were involved in a terrible
accident. I am very proud to call Lincoln my hometown, especially
after watching our young people and adults pull together to help
each other through this difficult time. I think everyone in our
community has been impacted by at least one of these kids at one
point or another, and it is truly a sad time for our community.
I can't help but wonder: What if...? I am a 2001 graduate, and
when I was in high school, we would occasionally sit along Woodlawn
in a lot, car wash, etc. Occasionally, we would even grill out on
Woodlawn, but sitting along Woodlawn was not looked at very highly,
and we were chased off by the police. What if these kids would be
allowed to sit on Woodlawn again? Give them a parking lot, with
garbage cans, where they can go after business hours. The police can
come through and check on them and make sure everything is OK. Maybe
these kids would have hung out in town at "The Lot" instead of
driving through the country Friday night.
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I know there will always be a few bad apples that do things, such
as litter and drink, but at least if these kids are sitting on
Woodlawn, they are not getting in trouble, going out into the
country where deer become a factor along with bad roads. The kids,
for the most part, are not doing anything illegal when they sit on
these lots. They hang out, listen to music, talk and maybe even play
catch. Not only that, it is easier to keep an eye on them and
protect our youths when they are sitting on a main road like that.
Lincoln has, unfortunately, had more than its share of bad luck.
We have lost so many promising youths lately. The Illinois
government has spent a great amount of money on a smoking ban, and
various groups in Lincoln have spent a great amount of money on
something like the "Covered Wagon." Why not try to put the money
into the future? Why not try to protect these kids? They are our
future. They should be going out and enjoying being kids, not
grieving the loss of their friends.
February 20, 2008]
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