The state and people of Illinois are wonderful.–; I was born in Granite City,–;May–;1934.–; I visit my home state as often as I can, and love reading The Pantagraph online first thing every morning.–;
I read many newspapers a day, in many states, and–; I am amazed at the wonderful outpouring of help that –;comes from the communities–; when in–;a time of need. Every state is unique, however, I am so partial to my home state!–; I have developed many friends through writing to them, and will continue as long as I can.–;–;
It is so uplifting when I read of the generosity and assistance that is immediate–;when a village or town is faced with an emergency.–;Danvers, for example, came together to help the family whose home burned Dec. 23, ("Danvers family safe after blaze," Page A1, Dec. 24. I just wanted to tell the people of Illinois how very proud I am–;to be a native of the compassionate and beautiful state of Illinois.
Carson City, Nev.