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NIMBY

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Things one learns while mowing lawn. A former Red Willow County deputy stopped by to tell me that the old Brown McDonald store, presently in renovation, is going to be the new jail!

"Yes and on Monday morning Paul Wood, Red Willow County attorney, will be at the Commissioners' meeting to protest. Not across the street from my office!" chortled the spreader of news. Loved it! Human nature in action.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

NIMBY or Nimby is an acronym for the phrase "not in my back yard." The term (or the derivative Nimbyism) is used pejoratively to describe opposition by residents to a proposal for a new developments close to them, development that are generally needed in the society. Opposing residents themselves are sometimes called Nimbies.

Projects likely to be opposed include but are not limited to tall buildings, chemical plants, industrial parks, military bases, wind turbines, desalination plants, landfills, incinerators, power plants, prisons, mobile telephone network masts, schools, kindergartens, nuclear waste dumps, landfill dump sites, youth hostels, wind farms, golf courses, sports stadiums, housing developments and especially transportation improvement schemes (e.g. new roads, passenger and freight railways, highways, airports, seaports).

NIMBY is also used more generally to describe people who advocate some proposal (for example, austerity measures including budget cuts, tax increases, downsizing), but oppose implementing it in a way that would require sacrifice on their part.

It is the American way and a real ongoing problem for those we elect to conduct local, state and federal government. It is one reason that yours truly was defeated in my bid for a third term as County Commissioner. In retrospect I'm convinced that eight years is the maximum a politician should serve in any public office.

Prior to my unelection there was a move afoot to zone the rural portions of Red Willow County. I was opposed as I saw, and continue to believe, zoning as an infringement of property rights. Zoning is also a great tool for the nimbies, economics and the greater good of society to be ignored.

For example drive the major roads in Nebraska and one sees very few hog confinement facilities. Yet from the perch of an airplane at altitude one can spot many of those factory farm units scattered throughout the state. Note though all are located a fair distance from towns and villages. Yet our rural areas produce huge amounts of corn.

Transportation is expensive. It only makes economic sense to feed that corn close to where it is grown, concentrate it into cattle and hogs then ship those animals to market, a much more efficient process.

Not too many years ago plans were made and land purchased to build a large dairy alongside Highway 6 & 34 a few miles west of a neighboring town. Oh the hue and cry, smells, dust and all manner of reasons why the public was opposed to the proposal. The dairy would have created a great market for Ag products that the area produces. The metric to explain the market was that the dairy planned to produce and ship three semi-loads of milk a day. For each semi-load of milk produced it would require five semi-loads of corn silage, hay and grain to be trucked to that dairy. The magnitude of that market could only have been a boon for the local farmers and to the community as a whole but no it was stillborn.

In my opinion the reason that the nimbies were against the project was because the labor force to operate the dairy would have brought an large influx of brown skinned men and families to the community. It would have made an impact on the local schools and "those people" might move in next door. Of course to admit such prejudice openly would not be politically correct and so the smell, dust and ruination of the local water supply was made the winning argument. The aginners won the day with no public mention of the wonders of "rich, vibrant, cultural diversity" a liberal mantra of today.

Last summer the Missouri River flooded in historical portions and many thousand acres of crops in the river plain were drowned for the season. Much of that farm ground was ruined permanently. An obvious answer to prevent future floods of such magnitude would be to construct many more large dams upstream on the Missouri. Can it happen? Sportsmen would be delighted. Those wanting to build and enjoy a cabin on the lakes would be pleased. Think of the construction jobs that would be created. But no, it will never happen again because too many environmental wacko's have enough political power to stop any such project. Unfortunately our politicians in office haven't the courage to oppose the strident voices of those organized nimbies.

Thank the Lord that visionaries led by Gazette Editor Harry Strunk, Don Thompson and a host of others were able to cause a system of flood control dams to be constructed, their goal to prevent a repeat of the terribly destructive Republican River flood of 1935. Flood control, irrigation and recreation transformed this area making it a great place to live.

Let us hope that our local County Board makes the right decision for a jail based on economics rather than politics.

That is the way I saw it.

Dick Trail


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