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Our view: Challenge met -- with hope for Duluth

On the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's nation-transforming Gettysburg Address a week ago today, the News Tribune Opinion page urged readers to try their hand at being as impactful as our former president and with as few words. Of those who...

On the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's nation-transforming Gettysburg Address a week ago today, the News Tribune Opinion page urged readers to try their hand at being as impactful as our former president and with as few words. Of those who took up the challenge, Duluthian Gay Trachsel's submission stood out.

The past president of the League of Women Voters Duluth wrote:

"Hope is not a plan," a friend of mine once said to me. I agree, but hope is the foundation for a better future and the driver for action. If you live in Duluth, there are many reasons for hope.

We are surrounded by vibrancy: a lake that nourishes us with her waves of quiet stillness to thunderous pounding; woods that are majestic with trails for the old and the young; educational opportunities from four colleges; poetry, art and music almost every day of the week at numerous gathering places throughout the city; and broad medical services with outreach in the form of support groups.

We have many nonprofits that are working to give hope to those struggling. Hundreds of hours of volunteer time are logged weekly.

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We have youth in government at all levels, working and believing in our future. Positive energy is everywhere, from pop-up businesses to University for Seniors to passing a levy for the schools. Streets are getting better, and there is a long-range plan being developed for our infrastructure.

We are a destination city that has a multitude of experiences for tourists.

We may be small, but we have a huge heart that beats to a vision of "us" and not "I."

Investing in hope for Duluth is a wise choice. Let's do it together.

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