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Do They Tell People to Go Home Where You Are?

“Welcome to Maine… Now Go Home!”

This is the bumper sticker I saw in Jefferson, Maine today. I’d seen it before. Today I started to think, “How insular and parochial of Maine!” — but then I stopped mid-thought. It could be that such sentiments are part of the scene in every part of the country, just part of the natural variation of things.

Here’s where I turn to you: where you live, do you see stickers or signs telling people visiting the state to go home? Or is that expression really just a Maine thing?

5 comments to Do They Tell People to Go Home Where You Are?

  • J Clifford

    I have never seen any bumper sticker like that in my life. I find it ironic that this guy should choose to put that message on the bumper of his vehicle which, by definition, is hardly ever seen anywhere but away from the owner’s home. Why doesn’t he go home first, and stay there?

  • Bill

    Never seen anything like that here in North Carolina…which has, for years, had one of the higher growth rates in the country. Immigrants from out of state bring money and skills and a more cosmopolitan culture. Sure, they (might) also bring crowding and gentrification and pollution and demands on social services and natural resources, but that’s what government officials get paid to manage, and (except under the current McCrory administration) that’s what NC has been doing for decades now. Y’all come on down (Democrats and progressives especially!).

  • Tom

    Bill: (off topic but curious) did that coal ash spill affect your water? Up here we’re fightin’ fracking all the fracking time since it ruins millions of gallons of fresh water that can’t be cleaned up enough to drink. These operations aren’t near me but they do affect the rivers and water. The companies are trying to put a pipeline right through a town that’s about a 5 min. drive from me.

    • Bill

      Tom, we are well away from the watershed affected by Duke Energy’s coal ash disaster. The fallout from that event is not all negative; quite a bit has been coming to light in the press regarding Governor McCrory’s cozy relationship with Duke Energy and, specifically, how the administration purposefully emasculated the environmental protection department to make coal ash abandonment (I hesitate to call it “storage”) easier, cheaper, and safer (for Duke, anyway). Last year, opposition to the McCrory administration was strictly a progressive thing, but this year I sense that even reg’lar good ole boys are starting to ask “WTF?” The issue of drinkable water tends to bridge the usual political divides.

  • Mark

    You need to come to South Carolina where this sentiment is widespread. We like the tourists (it’s a real love/hate relationship), but we just don’t want them moving here. “Go back to Ohio” and “I don’t care how you did it up North” are both pretty common. Here in the Charleston area we’ve had a huge immigration in the last 20 years (I will admit that I was part of it). My “town”, Mount Pleasant, which lies across the harbor from Charleston has grown from less than 30,000 when I arrived in 1994 to over 70,000 today, mostly due to immigration from other parts of the country. The infrastructure just can’t keep up with the massive growth: roads, schools, and housing are inadequate for the increase in population. A lot of the original residents are chafing at all of the changes. Construction is booming.

    Like in NC (as Bill noted) the influx has also made the county more progressive. Charleston County is the most liberal in the state. We still have a Republican Representative in the US House, but Democrat challengers are coming closer every election to claiming the District.

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