* Originally posted on Front Porch Forum
Suppose our local community wanted to cohere and to prosper?
What would we do?
I think our community would always come together to determine what the key ingredients of our healthy home place are and figure out how to protect and to celebrate them.
In Lincoln, our common wealth includes one of the best trout fisheries in the state.
Our common wealth includes a local government that is thoughtful, compassionate, and prudent.
Our common wealth includes a diversity of people.
Our common wealth includes businesses like the Lincoln Store, Atkins Auto, and Chuck Norton.
Our common wealth includes many different faiths and beliefs.
Our common wealth includes clean water, diverse wildlife, and healthy forests.
Our common wealth includes people like Jeremy Perfect and Michael Rainville who know how to do great and lasting things with their open minds and skilled hands.
Our common wealth includes an ability to invest in our place.
Our common wealth includes valuing neighborly, mutually-beneficial, acts of kindness.
A gem, a keystone, a fertile community ground, an essential place where our common wealth is imagined, honored, cultivated, and developed is the Lincoln Community School.
As Wendell Berry wrote, suppose we wanted to protect what we value as a community: "We would ask of any proposed change or innovation: What will this do to our community? How will this affect our common wealth?"
Closing the Lincoln Community School and re-purposing the building is a step in the wrong direction.
We can and we must take another approach.