The Free Press, Mankato, MN

August 16, 2013

Worthington setting good example on diversity

---- — Since retiring in 1983 from teaching for 24 years in Worthington, the Worthington Daily Globe has kept me in touch with the events there.

One thing that has drawn my attention is the constant influx of immigrants to the city.

I decided there must be a large welcome sign over the city.

The July 8 edition contained a very heartwarming article by Bill Keitel that pointed out the advantages of having these new neighbors — to walk past houses and being able to say “good morning” in several languages, for example. Keitel gave the impression that he felt richer for having them in his town.

I called him and thanked him for sharing his experience and told him I had enclosed a copy of his article in a birthday card I sent to President Obama.

Other articles tell us how the town has made available classes and teachers for learning the English language and helping people adjust to a new culture and surroundings.

Many have been encouraged to start up new businesses and become self-supporting and to become active in community and church activities.

I think Worthington has found a good answer to what could be a difficult problem and is setting an example for all of us to follow.

How many books could be and are filled with stories of sacrifice, lives lost and those left behind in the effort to get here.

America is made up of immigrants of all races, colors, religions and cultures.

It has indeed become a great melting pot and in spite of all its failures and shortcomings, God continues to shower us with blessings.

Lila Anderson