, Salem, MA

May 13, 2013

Letter: Angie, Ali gave us something to celebrate

The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

I usually watch the marathon every year until the first male and first female runners reach the finish line. After that, it’s pretty much over as far as I’m concerned, but not over for those who are still running. Of course, we all know what happened this year.

I was stunned later when I turned on the TV and discovered what awful explosions occurred and the resulting loss of lives and horrible injuries. How could this happen in Boston at such an important and closely followed event? The people were stunned. Thankfully, there were those who reacted quickly to save lives of the injured.

It still boggles my mind. It was a very depressing April.

The only good thing that has happened during this spring in Massachusetts is the fact that two of our young women have been presented on TV and have given us something to be proud of. Ali Reisman, the wonderful gold-medal gymnast from Needham, has been on “Dancing With the Stars” and has made us all proud of her accomplishments.

The other, Beverly’s own Angie Miller, has been on the TV show “American Idol” and made it to the top three. She graduated from Beverly High School last year and decided to put off college for a year to compete as a singer. She has a beautiful singing voice and plays the piano when she sings. She was in Beverly last weekend, and the city gave her a parade from Beverly Square to the high school, where she put on a concert for the people of Beverly. There were hundreds of people lining the streets and moving to the high school for the outdoor concert. She was a class act.

Both of these young women have given us something positive and enjoyable this spring to at least cushion some of the horror of April. Thank you, Ali and Angie.

Joan Raynes Gilligan