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“These are people who grew up in a certain type of environment, and behave in a certain way. And not all of them have been very beneficial to us.”

That was among the comments at a recent Iowa City forum on poverty. Eastern Iowa’s Gazette has a detailed article today on viewpoints like that, and the Gazette’s opposing view.

Overcrowded housing, moochers, crime, gangs, drugs – they’re all discussed in the article.

The debate is nothing new for all our neighboring states. Linked here is a detailed article from three years ago in Indiana’s Journal & Courier about the the myth, as they see it, of problems caused by Chicagoans. It’s an old story in Wisconsin, too, where I’ve spent lots of time since I was young. “Flatlanders” is how some there refer even to temporary visitors from Illinois. We’re Loud, obnoxious, drive like maniacs and run over their dogs — that’s how I remember one Wisconsinite describing us.

Mark Glennon is founder and Executive Editor of Wirepoints. Opinions expressed are his own.

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