Progress or Regression

Posted Saturday, August 18, 2007, at 2:01 PM
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  • -- Posted by amystrauch on Sat, Aug 18, 2007, at 2:11 PM
  • I understand what you're saying. I think the greatest problem small towns like ours have is a lack of optimism that we CAN grow. For example, many times I have said, "There is no reason our community college can't be a four year school," and many times the reaction to that statement is laughter and a response of "That will never happen." Why can't it?

    On the other hand, the cost of living in bigger cities is much higher than ours, at least in the housing market. So while we make less money here, a mortgage costs less, and it's not like we can blow wads of cash at the mall or concert and theater tickets. I have friends in Omaha who have tried to get business loans there, and many doors are shut in there faces as well. When it comes to home loans and start up business loans, most banks base their decisions on the same debt to income ratios, and the likelihood of getting a loan is about the same whether you're in a big city or a small town. You have to do the math and have a good business plan. So while there is room for optimism and growth here, we still have to show some financial responsibility, creativity, and hard work to make it happen.

    -- Posted by saveryhinze on Sat, Aug 18, 2007, at 8:43 PM
  • Amy - you have a lot of good points. I think a lot of McCookites feel frustration when they see their counter-parts in other areas of the state or nation making a lot more money than they do. You do have to factor in housing, transportation, etc though to get a real idea of who's making more. We like to think we have a better "quality of life" in McCook than in Omaha or Denver. I know that McCook is a better place to raise kids. I think the real thing McCookite's are lacking is vision and risk-takers. Many of the businesses owners in McCook are not interested in taking any risk to expand. It is becoming more and more difficult to shop at home because there is no selection. I think we all know what the problems are -- but none of us have a solution, or we're not willing to make the sacrifices that that solution may require.

    -- Posted by mccook mom on Mon, Aug 20, 2007, at 6:54 PM
  • I was just watching Modern Marvels on the History Channel. They said the average truck stop pulls in $7.8 million a year. And we have a truck stop in the works. How cool is that?

    Most people who move here only complain about the property taxes. The cost of food, gas are pretty much equal to the rest of the nation. I agree, our houses would cost 1-1.5 x as much elsewhere in the nation and there isn't as much risk walking around after dark or letting your kids play in the yard.

    -- Posted by amystrauch on Mon, Aug 20, 2007, at 7:24 PM
  • Gee, Amy, you have had your own stroke of genius when you mentioned a regional veterinary medical center. I think there is a tremendous need in our community for that!

    -- Posted by Cavalier Mom on Tue, Aug 21, 2007, at 1:04 PM
  • Cavalier Mom

    Glad you agree. My Doc's are all for it but the haven't got the $$$ to buy the other guy out and build a building large enough to handle the traffic. He needs to be convinced it's worth the effort. P.S. He needs get well wishes. He had to go see his own MD and have emergency surgery sun pm.

    -- Posted by amystrauch on Thu, Aug 23, 2007, at 8:03 AM
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