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Response to NPR report

Lincoln: a great place to grow up and a great place to live

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To the editor:

A recent NPR news report discussing the Lincoln community has generated a lot of attention lately. The report was not very flattering: high unemployment and crime, loss of businesses, dwindling middle class, etc. Unfortunately, this sensationalized reporting failed to acknowledge that these issues are reflective of towns all across America. They are not unique to Lincoln, Ill.

The report also failed to acknowledge that Lincoln has a strong community of kind, decent and responsible people. Nor did the report mention that Lincoln has an exceptional educational system made up of dedicated professionals who tirelessly strive to elevate student learning and teach strong American citizenship and values to generations of children. The report also failed to mention that in Lincoln, people work very hard to improve their community in a variety of ways and through a variety of organizations.

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The report referenced drug use in Lincoln, but drug use crosses all boundaries and is found in the very smallest communities to the very largest communities across the United States. From a positive standpoint, our drug and law enforcement officers are doing a very good job to curb this trend in Lincoln, Ill.

If you look for negatives in a community, you will find them; if you look for positives, you will find them as well. As a Lincolnite who was raised here, chose to raise my family here and have grandchildren currently being raised here, I choose to focus on the positive aspects of our community and to rally with others to continue to make Lincoln a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Tina Workman

[Posted November 20, 2013]

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NPR article by Kelly McEvers: Dwindling Middle Class Has Repercussions For Small Towns

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