What our illustrious leaders call "progress" I see as regress. My "old Lakeland" is slowly disappearing under mortar and brick.

Drive around downtown Lakeland and check out all the construction underway.

My grandchildren and great-grandchildren will never have the wonderful memory of how it used to be when we could walk around downtown Lakeland on a Sunday morning — the only sound being chirping from the canopy of lovely aged oaks — sad to say.

"My" Lakeland will be no more — as the prologue to that wonderful old movie "Gone with the Wind" says — it will be found only in books.

Nita J. Wyrick, Lakeland