I am responding to the request made by The Courant to articulate why CT still remains a very desirable place to live. Our ancestors transplanted from Europe to America to live better lives. It was difficult and dangerous, but the desire to live in America far outweighed leaving their countries.
CT's history is rich and several state nicknames still survive. The Nutmeg State, The Land of Steady Habits and the Constitution State are three that still refer to Connecticut. Immigrants came and had opportunities that only the U.S. could provide.
Connecticut enjoys the typical New England seasons and although the weather changes frequently, each of the four seasons brings a special enjoyment. We have the beautiful rustic hills of Litchfield, the wonderful valley towns with major rivers providing many recreational opportunities. And of course the ocean, with the charm of its old villages such as Old Saybrook and Essex.
Mark Twain once remarked that Harford was the most beautiful city and his historic home still graces Farmington Avenue. I never want to leave this rich heritage. Lastly, it is the people -- neighbors, friends, family that make this state so precious. Thank you, Connecticut. I am proud to call you my state and as the motto says, we will sustain and thrive.
Patricia Karwoski, Farmington