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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently had a negative article on Racine. The article focused on the high poverty and the loss of many manufacturers over the years. There is no question we lost many manufacturing jobs from companies wanting to move to employ non-union workers. 

We still have many great companies such as SC Johnson, J.I. Case, Cree, Twin Disc, Modine, In-Sink-Erator and Andis. We also have very dedicated social service agencies to address the needs of the poor and I am proud to be a board member of the Hospitality Center which provides meals daily to the needy in Racine.

The article could have focused on many of the things we are proud of to call Racine our home. We have a wonderful zoo, which is very unique for communities our size. Racine is also home to architectural gems created by Frank Lloyd Wright. We enjoy a beach which hosts many festivals and events which includes Salmon-A-Rama, a nationally recognized fishing contest. Our Racine Symphony Orchestra puts on many concerts, a great source of entertainment for many Racine residents.

We will enjoy a new outdoor swimming pool that was provided by the generosity of Fisk Johnson. We are recognized for being Kringleville and have the highest Danish population outside of Greenland. Our Danish bakeries provide thousands of kringles to people all over the country. Yes I am proud to be a resident of Racine for the past 46 years.

Ed De Meulenaere

Mount Pleasant

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