Just like any other small town America.
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Population just over 9,000.
Right in the heart of America.
Well, sort of like most small towns.
Except for this.
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Inmates account for 1/3 of our population.
But that's not the only reason we are a bit infamous.
Here is the real Erin
I am not sure she is the role model I want my kids learning about.
But...she has been a bit busy in our town lately.
We have had a cluster of brain tumors over the last several years.
So, Erin came to help investigate.
With her help; a tannery in a nearby town was found to be at blame
for selling contaminated fertilizer sludge to nearby farms.
It was believed this was causing the tumors due to the levels of
hexavalent chromium that is now in the soil.
Well, last night the federal government released it's findings.
They said the contaminant was, indeed, in the soil,
but not at high enough levels to cause any problems.
They also said that our town does not have an
excessive amount of brain tumors compared to other populations.
Of course, we need to find out whether they included the prison population in those findings, or not.
The government likes to use that population to it's advantage--including them when it's tax time,
but saying they aren't part of the actual population when it comes to things like stimulus packages.
So, here's where it leaves my husband and I.
Move, or not to move?
Many have chosen to move.
The town has homes upon homes upon homes for sale.
I am not the panicky type,
but I do have a baby.
On the other hand; the government says it's safe.
Do we believe them?
I'm sorry but I don't find the government a very believable source.
We have moved a lot in the last three years,
and it has hurt our family financially.
I don't even know how we'd go about moving yet again.
So, for now, we are here.
I'm kind of wishing we could move though.