So for Grand Island residents, "property values have plummeted and businesses have avoided the area as if it contained an island of lepers." That News editorial writer should be producing romance novels. Grand Island is alive and well. Not for one moment did I believe our land would be forfeited, nor was I "searching for a light at the end of the tunnel." Grand Island is one of the brightest spots in New York State, has the best water and the freshest air, and is truly a grand place to live.