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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
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
November 20, 2013]
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NPR article by Kelly McEvers:
Dwindling Middle Class Has Repercussions For Small Towns