Apparently we're not pompus, deluded jerks after all. Maybe the rest of the country could take a note out of our book and try to be truly interested in the well being of our fellow men and women, rather than going through life with a contented disconnect. There's a pattern of thought around the country, where if you don't know a person personally, they don't matter as much and someone else will take care of them. Here, we truly care for others and genuinely care about what is going on with them. Once you leave the midwest, in my expericence that attitude disappears, and as these articles show, people are impressed when they come here to visit.