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Why isnít Lincoln growing?


To the editor:

I was born and raised in Lincoln.  For a period of time, I moved away from the Lincoln area.  I decided to move back because it is a great place to live, work and raise a family.  This city has a great location, unique history and wonderful people.  However, for the life of me, I canít figure out why it isnít growing.  Why are we not attracting new populations or new businesses?  Why do young people want to move away from Lincoln as soon as they can?

Why is it that we discourage someone from improving the value and quality of property?  Why is it that we discourage those who want to invest in our community?  Why is it that we discourage additional services and conveniences?  Then why is it that we wonder why our city isnít growing???

To me the answer is pretty obvious.  In the last year, we have seen at least three economic development projects come before the approval of our local government.  The first was the auto parts store that would have improved an eyesore property along Lincolnís primary thoroughfare.  That was denied because a few people complained about increased traffic. 

The second development was Rod Whiteís the residential development on Lincolnís northeast side.  That project was lost at one point because our local government did not wish to participate in the investment into the community.  Fortunately, Mr. White did not give up and proceeded to gain approval.

The third development is the proposed Caseyís store on Fifth Street.  Again, here is an opportunity for someone to make an investment from which our community will reap the rewards for many years to come.  What do we do, we tell them weíd rather make a parking lot!!!  And we wonder why our city isnít growing?

Do we really want to preserve that corridor of Fifth Street??  The best way to get someone to visit a historic site is to improve the area surrounding it.

Has anyone asked Caseyís to see if they would be willing to work some extra parking into their plans?

Someone please explain this to me, because I do not understand why we continually reject investment in our community.  Our community isnít growing because our city officials wonít let it.

Dan Doolin

History of balloon flying corrected


To the editor:

"The balloonists come from all over Illinois and from many other states as well, mostly western states, Turner says. He remembers a number of balloons from New Mexico, where the popular sport started, as well as from Colorado, Missouri, Iowa and a few from Florida." [Excerpt from "New balloon fest chairman is an old hand"] 

Ballooning was started in 1783 in France, and the modern balloon system was developed by Raven Industries in the early 1960s. The first "modern" flight in a hot-air balloon was in South Dakota. Ed Yost was the pilot of that flight that lasted about 20 minutes.

Just a liíl correction for you.  :-)

Jason Harlow

Wake-up call for new business opportunity


To the editor:

I hope that my fellow commissioners were asleep at the switch last Thursday evening and not openly conspiring against a new business that wants to come to Lincoln.

This is the second business in a row to be denied a zoning change by the planning commission. What are we saying to businesses that want to locate here? "Iím sorry, we are going to become a tourist mecca and have no need for your property or sales tax revenues." "Iím sorry, you are a corporate entity, and I donít want you competing with my buddies." Businesses compete all the time. What does the average consumer gain from competition? Better service! Better products!

As for a parking lot and visitors center on that lot for the Postville Courthouse, ask Joe on the street about that one and see if he doesnít giggle.

I urge everyone to call their council member and tell them to reverse the vote by the planning commission. And then call another member of the council just to make sure!! Lincoln canít afford to let these opportunities slip by.


Mike Miller

Member of the planning commission



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