A friend brought the following article to my attention recently:
Forget Article IV of the Constitution! Isn't it about time we stop pretending that all states are created equal?
It's an excerpt from a book entitled "ME the People" by Kevin Bleyer. I wouldn't want to use this blog as a way to give Mr. Bleyer any publicity for such an undeserving project, but as long as you do NOT rush out to buy his book, I haven't done any harm to this great state or any of the others he denigrates by bringing this to your attention.
To minimize the risk of an accusation of copyright infringement by overzealous lawyers over at Salon, I'll just give you a few brief quotes - and encourage you to read the original article for yourself.
"There are more Americans in prison than in Nebraska... What's the difference?"
"Nebraska... feels like a punishment for a crime."
"It's also a lifesucking leech on our body politic."
Alan Wilkinson is a Brit (you can follow him on twitter at @SandhillsBrit), who has made fifteen road trips across Nebraska since 1991, logging more than 40,000 miles (some of them on bicycle). Most recently he spent six months in a cabin on the Niobrara River. He has taken the TIME to get to know our great state and her people.
Thanks for stopping by. The coffee is always on.