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The Killing of Small Town America

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One of the great small cities in Mid America is mercilessly left to wither and die, -but all stops are pulled out for one more billion dollar life support injection to feed the endless addiction of the oil guzzling car culture. Don't kid yourself that Billions for Clunkers will make one whit of difference in the actual scheme of life. Addicts only grab for the feel good moment, all reality and responsibility is simply ignored.

What we are killing in Crawfordsville and Cedar Rapids are actually what America needs to survive on the long haul. We need sustainable cities and self-sufficient towns where Iowans walk or bike to work, to recreate and shop locally to provide all necessities of life -while your old Clunker or shiny new Prius both sit in the drive.

What killed Crawfordsville will eventually kill America. If we do not change our mindless, consumptive, climate changing ways, it will eventually kill us.

The lack of intelligence displayed in Washington is a frightening sight to behold. Our blue and brown suited Senators debate cap and trade for years as we throw billions at the oil guzzling monster in our midst. We place a single finger in one end of the dike, while a raging flood spills around the broken down dam.

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