[Ok, I give it to you that NO has 4 times larger population, but the notion that in 120+K city is a tightly knit community is ludicrous. ]
You obviously are not from the midwest.
Yes, I'm not from the Midwest. However, it seems that you misunderstood my post.
I responded to a poster who was explaining away the difference between NOLA looting and Cedar Rapids orderly behavior on the grounds that New Orleans is a large city that is not tightly knit [like supposedly Cedar Rapids]. If Rapids was "a large city", its citizenry, as it appears for poster's reasoning to go, would loot all the same.
Notwithstanding the nonsense, I merely pointed out that calling Rapids with 120,000 people "tightly knit" is wacky.
You seem to take it - being not tightly knit - in a disparaging way. You did describe the bravery and compassion of people in the Midwest. Kudos to them! Especially considering that they DO NOT know each other personally.
posted on 06/23/2008 3:22:28 PM PDT
You are way off base and seem to be unable to understand that people in a town of 100,000 can be close knit. I lived in Sioux City and venture a guess that my family knew or knew of over 25% of the locals. My late B-I-L knew more than that as a contractor and Mason. You are really naive!
My dad passed in 1956 but I venture to say he knew 80% of the men in the area, and most of their families. We would go the Sioux City Soos baseball games and he would spend the entire game talking with friends. At Christmas time, he would receive dozens of bottles of booze from Christian and Jewish business friends. BTW, I don't think he ever made more than $4000 in his life. Hardly a business Icon, just a lowly truck salesman during and post WWII.
posted on 06/23/2008 5:42:44 PM PDT
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