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I just wanted to say--and I know Loring will object, but I think its the right thing to do---we need to rename the Shelter after Loring Henderson. I know a lot of people worked very hard, including Shirley Martin-Smith, Hilda Enoch, John Tacha, and all those on the committees, but the driving force, unrelenting, quietly determined, ever compassionate, the person with grace and mercy in his soul, who, in his 70's saw this project through, was Loring Henderson. He is an amazing man, and I hope that others will agree. I see names on buildings everywhere in Lawrence with dedication plaques to honor those who played a part in erecting the structures. Well, I think Loring deserves that and more. So, over his humble objections, I think its time we, as a community, say thank you, at least in part, by putting his name on a place that will give hope to those who have so little. The name will tell generations that this citizen of Lawrence made a difference; helped us all make a difference. The Loring Henderson Community Shelter sounds GREAT to me.
Thank you Loring, for all the goodness you spread, and the ripples that continue.
And thank you LJW, for acknowledging this.
by Marcia Epstein
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