My column is read by readers of both The Fairbury Journal-News and The Belleville Telescope, but Im going to go a little out-of-area and write about my hometown of Washington this week. The town isnt really important, though, because my column isnt about a place in particular; its about going home, which I hope everyone can relate to.
I grew up on a farm north of Washington and attended school in Washington. The Washington County Fair has always been my favorite event each year, and in college I surprised myself when I discovered how much I wanted to move back to Washington after college. I then had the opportunity to work in Washington for a couple years.
I guess I wouldnt typically think of Fairbury, Nebraska, our little corner of the world, as one of the most desirable places in the United States to live. Oh sure its my home. I choose to live here, I dont have to live here.
It is a great place to live, work and raise a family. If youre looking for a community to call home this is a pretty darned good place. But among the most sought out places? Not really. Unless that is youre looking for a place that is a virtual lock not to get wiped out by an earthquake.
Yep, thats right...southeast Nebraska. Fairbury, USA.
No one likes the idea of paying any more to Uncle Sam. Most of us pay enough in taxes as it is. But then again, most of us like to be able to drive on good, well kept and maintained roads in our community too.
City leaders have put out very preliminary feelers to the community in opening a dialogue that could increase the city sales tax by one half of one percent. The initiative, which must be approved by voters during a special election, would put the additional funds into care and maintenance of local roads.
Its a good plan that merits consideration.
Fairburys roads are in deplorable shape. The brick ones have held up the best; many of them are well over 100 years old. Our asphalt roads are the worst. Drive any length of time in and around Fairbury and you will see. Cracked roads. Roads that are full of potholes. Roads that are not safe to drive on, bike on or walk on.
The 2014 Nebraska Authors and Artists Symposium is bringing the The Old West to Fairbury, August 1-3. The registration deadline for the 2014 Nebraska Authors and Artists Symposium is July 25th. For schedules, program, and registration information, visit www.NebraskaAuthorsAndArtists.org or contact program coordinator, Jenna Epp, at 402-613-2064 or JEpp@Fairbury.com.