I moved last year to a Central Pennsylvania village sometimes called Clickety Clackville by the PA State Police. I found this out early in our residency when stopped for exceeding the lower speed limits than I was used to in Colorado. The officer was courteous and said he wanted to check to see if I had a death wish after watching my somewhat high speed high jinks. He looked at my recently acquired Pa. license and said, “I see you live in Clickety Clackville which might explain your problem. Passing horse and buggies has you out of practice for driving in the modern world.”
The sound of the horses hooves pulling my neighbors buggies is the origin of the police officer’s nickname. This sound of transportation in my new hometown harkens back to a day in our country when almost everyone got around the way my neighbors still do.
I’ve learned a lot in the last year from the buggy riders. The people in those buggies still value honesty, square dealing, family ties and community support as the center of every day at home, on the farm and with everyone in town
While the rest of our country is in turmoil over government health proposals my neighbors and their community have no health insurance from either the government or private companies. If someone has a serious medical problem the community gathers to raise the required funds to get the attention needed. This is done either locally or in some cases by getting a train ticket to Mexico. Research has been done to identify quality providers south of the border at reasonable cost levels.
My neighbors pay all required local and Federal taxes but take NO benefits from Social Security, unemployment compensation, welfare or any other government entitlement program. Nobody is hungry, homeless or unemployed. The key word here is NOBODY
What is the secret? I’m working to try and figure it out. I’m getting some answers but not quickly. My neighbors are too busy working to spend a lot of time answering my queries
Stay tuned I think my move to Central Pennsylvania will provide some interesting revelations.