To the Editor:

The fourth grade at Aviston Elementary, located in southern Illinois, is learning about the United States and the different environments, climates, resources, and highlights found in each region. The kids int he class think it would be fun to receive postcards, souvenirs, resources, or any information about our great country from each of the 50 states.

We hope that people who read this letter will be interested in mailing our class items pertaining to their state.

Our address: 4th Grade @ Aviston Elementary, 350 South Hull Street, Aviston, Illinois 62216.

A sincere “Thank You” to anyone who is able to contribute. We appreciate the excitement you will add to our learning experience.


To the Editor:

Dear Assessor Underwood:

This is in response to your inquire about the sale of a property in McGill I owned. To fully understand this transaction you need to understand that: The property had a FOR SALE sign on it for over four years.

There was a substantial amount of contents inside the building that went with it. I would estimate the value of this at $10,000. The sale price was $29,500 with me extending a five year loan.

When it takes four years to find a party to buy the property is most probable over priced. This is largely confirmed when the buyer is not from White Pine County.

This is not unusual. The McGill gas station, McGill Club bar, and the local grocery have each been for sale for a half decade or more with no buyer. Each by separate owners. Says a lot about the lack of fair government in McGill.

There is a large derelict structure within three feet of the building you inquired about. McGill is lawless regarding derelict structures. The county government itself is the owner of multiple derelict structures within the town site. Some of these adjoin the grade school. I brought this to the attention of the State Fire Marshal over 10 years ago.They sent staff over to look at the structures. Since it is the county government doing it the State Fire Marshal turned their heads and declined to enforce the law.

The roof long ago failed on the derelict structure next to this property. At some unknown date the roof of the structure will cave in. It is a fire trap. But then there are lots of fire traps in McGill which is mainly a wooden town. But then there is no real concern for the white trash that lives in McGill as they are not even close to Ely’s inbred elite population. Lack of care and concern for McGill’s children’s safety at school or the population is fully illustrated by the counties deeds.

I have closed my business in McGill. The property taxes I have paid on my McGill properties are gossly out of alignment with their real market values. I have been ripped off for over $100,000 when compared to the string of former Kennecott properties on the other side of First Street running both from parcel number 004-074-03. These are white elephant properties.

I hope this helps you understand the reality of your county. But then you fully understand already. Ely sucks in $5,000 to $10,000 a year from each of McGill’s citizens. That is $5,000,000 to $10,000 per year. Lots and lots of taking and no giving.


Lionel Hastings

Olalla, WA