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Old 10-12-2010, 10:34 PM
 
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Default Why Would A Pilot Say This About Garden City?

Last year I was on a flight from Kansas City to Salina, and the flight continued on to Garden City. When we first boarded the 19 seater plane, the pilot asked who was going to Salina. I raised my hand along with 2/3 of the plane. Then he asked who was going to Garden City. When those passengers raised their hands, he said "You're crazy"

What would make him say that? I know Garden City is isolated, but is there something strange, wrong, or undesirable about the place. New York or LA it may not be, but there are plenty of places smaller with less.
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Old 10-13-2010, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Hays, Kansas
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I would say it is probably because of the sizable Hispanic Population that can be found in almost all of the south west Kansas Towns. Because of the meat packing plants in Garden City, Dodge City, and Liberal immigrants from all over the world have been calling the south west corner of Kansas their home for a number of years now. So it all comes down to how people profile the area do to lack of knowledge and rumors. I am not saying it is the most desirable place in the state but there defiantly is not anything wrong with the community. Most of the bad rumors that go around are started by the citizens of the small towns such as Cimmaron Scott City and Deerfield who have nothing better to talk about then how "horrible" their last trip into town was.
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Old 10-13-2010, 04:41 PM
 
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The guy was totally out of line and probably would be fired if his airline knew about it. It's not his job to offer opinions about any city.
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Old 10-13-2010, 04:51 PM
 
Location: BOY-see
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Are most of the Hispanic residents in GC US citizens/immigrants, or are most illegal aliens? An illegal alien can't be an immigrant. An immigrant has obeyed the law and followed the procedure to obtain legal residency and the right to work (privileges an illegal alien has stolen).
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Old 10-13-2010, 05:25 PM
 
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Are most of the Hispanic residents in GC US citizens/immigrants, or are most illegal aliens? An illegal alien can't be an immigrant. An immigrant has obeyed the law and followed the procedure to obtain legal residency and the right to work (privileges an illegal alien has stolen).
Why don't you ask Tyson Foods, Inc., Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation, and National Beef Packing Company.
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Old 10-13-2010, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Madison, WI
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This is why I generally buy locally grown foods. I can't stand how the mass commercialization of our food industry has kept complete control of our food supply in the hands of big ag companies. Support local farmers and spur on the slow food movement.
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Old 10-14-2010, 12:32 AM
 
Location: BOY-see
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Why don't you ask Tyson Foods, Inc., Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation, and National Beef Packing Company.
If I thought they would tell the truth, I perhaps might.
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Old 11-27-2010, 12:40 PM
 
Location: People's republic of California
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I still would never want to live in such an isolated place... I guess maybe if I was an escapee, who would would even look for me there...
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Old 11-27-2010, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Hays, Kansas
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Actually the problem with illegal immigrants has decreased over the last few years. When they work or send their kids to school or get in trouble with the law it has been getting easier to tell who is here legal and illegal. I am in no way saying that the problem is gone, in fact they just had a problem with Garden and Dodge not to long ago about a man who came back (now is in Jail) but there were multiple deportations and Tyson was either fined or they were told they were going to be fined if they didn't clean up their act. I'm not sure on the status of the Somalians as I think most of them are on some refuge relocation program. If you want to ask Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation, or National Beef Packing Company go to Dodge City or Liberal because neither of those companies are present in GC.

The isolation is a good and a bad thing. We are isolated enough that we can have our own economy, but too close to Dodge City and Liberal to not be effected by their populations and retail options. In addition its only around 4 hours to Pueblo, Wichita, or Amarillo, all of which are frequent and easy day trip locations.
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Old 12-13-2010, 11:11 PM
 
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I lived there when I was very little, and on any of our return trips, there were 2 very memorable qualities.
1) The smell--especially in summer in 100+ degree weather along with the cows makes for a very smelly time.
2) It does happen to be in Tornado Alley. I don't think I've lived anywhere else in KS with as many tornado warnings in 10 years as Garden City has had in a single season. But I don't recall any major damage ever really occurring, just really awesome footage on the news

It's also on the verge of the vast-nothingness that stretches from Western-Kansas through Eastern-Colorado, which can be a little maddening on long trips with kids in the car.
But I recall they had a very lovely zoo and we had very friendly neighbors! Can't really speak to the hispanic population, but I personally wouldn't worry about it?
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