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To the editor:
In response to Kelly McEvers'
article entitled "Dwindling Middle Class Has Repercussions For
Small Towns," I am saddened. Not just because of that description of
Lincoln, Ill., as a prime town for criminals, drug users and a place
to live if you prefer to be unemployed. These words were the
impression she left upon me and others close to me.
Before I go further, know that I am very clear as to Ms. McEvers'
intentions in her article abut the dwindling middle class.
I, too, grew up in Lincoln, went to the same grade school and
high school, and moved away, as did Ms. McEvers. My family was quite
familiar and even what I would term as close to the McEvers family.
I moved away in 1997, to later move back in 2009.
Hmmm... If she is talking about the same "depot" that I have
driven by umpteen times, it was no surprise to see it closed. The
depot has opened and closed multiple times since I was young(er).
Restaurants have come and gone in Lincoln as in other towns such as
the town from which I returned (Taylorville, Ill.).
I certainly had to both giggle and be remorse at her comment, "I
could not help but be struck by the question: What happened to
Seriously? I certainly don't deny that Lincoln's crime rate and
drug use has increased over the past several years or that
employment has become harder and harder to come by. Nowadays it
seems the norm rather than the exception, both in Lincoln and other
[to top of second column in this letter]
My "beef" with Ms. McEvers' article is that she pretends to be
surprised by Lincoln's so- called status. It's not as though anyone
blinked, and poof — Lincoln went from a desired community to
undesirable. My "beef" with her article is that she didn't mention
one single positive about our community or the exceptional
individuals who reside here, besides the position of a police chief.
Which I also found astounding. Why in heaven would anyone maintain
35 guns in their home, teach their very, very young children to
shoot, and then announce to the public that they are in his home?
Haven't the majority of us been brought up with the belief that
we should attempt to ignore the poor or bad behavior and applaud,
praise or reward the good behaviors? I am not proud of individuals
who choose to live in unbecoming and/or risky behaviors, but I am
very proud of those individuals who have chosen a positive direction
in life, whether it be in a job at McDonald's, teacher, student,
working single parent or a spouse who maintains a household while
the other spouse works. Why not mention the good that can be found
in Lincoln? Why not mention the expansions that have occurred in
Lincoln? If we can't be proud of ourselves, no one else will do it
for us, especially Ms. McEvers.
Julie (Moran) Denning
December 21, 2013]
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