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LTHM: Biggest Problem W/Outsiders

LoveToHateMe: My biggest problem with out-of-staters is those who come here and try to change Idaho to be more like their state of origin. Usually making statements starting with “I like Idaho, but it needs ________ (fill in the blank with some sort of mega-city aspect).” But that’s not really a prejudice against Californians, I dislike it when someone from any other state says that. If someone is going to move here and then complain because Idaho doesn’t have something his or her old state had, IMHO that person probably shouldn’t have moved. Idaho has a pleasant, laid-back way of life, and that person made the choice to come here for that life. I don’t want a lot of big city stuff. I like living in a comparatively rural area. I like being able to head 20 minutes out of town and be in a suitable spot for rustic camping. If I wanted to live in “the big city” I’d move to Seattle or Austin (both places I’ve considered, but just couldn’t to abandon Idaho).

Question: What's your biggest problem with people who move into the area?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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