The June 4 issue of the Gazette ran an article on the town's housing project. In the article, one town official was quoted as saying "Trailer Folk," aka as "Trailer Trash."
I find this term insulting and bigoted. I am NOT a second-class citizen as implied.
I believe the term "Trailer Folk" or "Trailer Trash" came into use during "The Great Depression" as prideful people traveled across the country looking for work and not sitting around polishing their fat behinds while holding out their hands.
Next came the term "campers," which has evolved into "recreational vehicles" which can cost tens of thousands of dollars, and if you get a motor coach, they can cost in the millions of dollars.
As for the term "mobile home," there is nothing mobile about them. They require a special truck to tow them and permits are required. It costs thousands of dollars to move them. They are now called manufactured homes because they are built in large buildings under strict government standards and are superior in many ways to stick-built homes. I choose to live in one, as it is more affordable than the bloated prices of homes in McCook. Also, they are more environmentally friendly because they are better insulated and can be heated or cooled more economically.
It is obvious the town council and the developers do not want me in McCook, Nebraska, so I don't feel obligated to spend my money here, as the Chamber of Commerce urges us to do. I go to North Platte and / or Kearney at least once a month, so shopping is not a problem.
I have never been treated so disrespectfully and discriminated against as in the one-horse town.
One of the Outcasts,