To the Editor:

(Re.“All have a role in making Ripon more welcoming to new residents,” Sept. 8, 2022) Dear Tim, I’ve known you nearly my entire life, but it appears you suffered a bout of amnesia when recalling the developments that were built in Ripon during the said 1990 “dismal residential growth crises.”

You left out a significant portion of Ripon development that was started even before 1990. Add to this, five lots were sold from a parcel of land on Ripon’s east side in 1989 (Harvey Street) and construction began on homes in the area between 1989 and 1990.

In 1991, my mother, Judith A. Maguire, became the first Ripon woman to develop a subdivision from a parcel of 6 acres of our family farm land, adjacent to Harvey Street Sylvan Acres, as it was called, would be home to 13 Ripon families.

I don’t know about you, but I would say that’s a pretty significant housing development, don’t you think? I also know for a fact, Tim, that your late father, Mr. Doug Lyke, who was present during numerous Kiwanis and/or council/community meetings my mother would attend, was quite vocal about his pride in her accomplishments.

I think that in itself speaks volumes. I also think the 18 families in the subdivision and Harvey Street area developments would have much to say as well, about why they chose to live where they did.

You might want to do your homework the next time you write an article as informative as this, without having all the information.

— Erin R. Maguire

Hot Springs, Ark.

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