While I was gone (mentally and physically) over the weekend, comments in a couple of my posts from last week took on a life of their own, and I'm feeling a need to respond to both.
First, a few readers have taken offense with my decision to call Musco a "good corporate citizen." Apparently Joe Crookham, the organization's president, is a heavy donor to Republicans.
Here's something that may come as news to some of my more partisan readers: You don't have to be a registered Democrat to be a good citizen.
The facts in this case are simple. Crookham and Musco are creating jobs without asking for a state subsidy in return. I don't care if Crookham is a Democrat, Republican, Independent, Green, Socialist, Libertarian or Pirate. His company is doing something laudable.
Second, I'm taking a beating (more or less as expected) for what I said about small-town life in this post. A lot of what I said is being distorted or taken out of context in the comments. Let's see if I can bullet point some thoughts on small towns, so if you're going to rip me on this, you can do so accurately:
- I lived for 18 years in small towns.
- I don't hate people who live in small towns.
- I don't think people who like living small towns are in any way inferior.
- I think small town residents are capable of making a difference, although sometimes finding an opportunity to do so can be more difficult.
- I, personally, don't miss small town life very often.
- I, personally, think getting out of Northern Wisconsin (where I could've spent the rest of my life working in radio for $7/hour) and into Des Moines (where I've found real opportunity) was one of the best moves I've made in my life.
- I, personally, can understand where someone is coming from when they decide to leave a small town for the big city.
There you go. Have at it.