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  • Perhaps it's the vastness of the place.

    Or a population density that can be low, indeed very low, once you get out of the cities and suburban areas.

    Nonetheless, what remains far too often is an indifference to the heritage of the land.

    Such as witnessed here in Henry, Illinois. An old brick building, a printer's shop, that dates back to 1895.

    Young in European terms, but not so in American. Yet here it stands - barely. Windowless, with brick work and paint work crumbling and decaying.

    A property for sale.

    And who will buy? A preservation charity? One can hope. A governmental organization? Most unlikely. Much of America has failed to learn that its legacy, as represented in its land and its buildings, represents part of its soul. Let that go and with it goes a sense of place and a sense of roots. This is conservative thinking in its old form, not the absurd anti-government, everyone-for-him-or-herself, travesty that has supplanted it.

    I don't know what will happen to this building. But I know that if it demolished, another tie to history will be cut. And we will be the poorer for that.
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