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If there was ever a town that could accurately be compared to Mayberry it's Tama/Toledo, Iowa, just add ridiculous amounts of methheads, a snobby, self-entitled population, and a majority of rude and dumb natives . What isn't wrong with this town would be a better question, like most small towns it's mostly filled with rich, snobby, we think we're better than you retirees, but the tragic part is this has rubbed off on the younger generations in a BIG way so they're just as snobby, rude, lazy, and self-entitled as their parents and grandparents are the only difference being is their still full of youth and vigor so they can and tend to be a huge problem. Another issue is the cost of living and amenities. Housing is outrageous and amenities follow suit because in the eyes of the town if you're not rich enough to live here fuck off. There are almost no sights to be seen, absolutely zero night life(unless you want to drive an hour or two away to Des Moines, Ames, Cedar Rapids or Iowa City), and jobs here are almost non existent. Granted you have Iowa Premium Beef which is a slave factory who mostly employees people from mainland Africa and quite literally treats them like slaves and Pioneer which deals with agriculture which actually isn't too terrible but other than those two places you have 3 fast food choices and 4 gas station choices and that's pretty much it. The cops in this town are about a fucking joke, go to Kwik Star between 2-4 in the morning and you'll see most of if not all of the police force just standing there talking, EVERYDAY! Last time I checked my that's not what my tax dollars pay for, and when they do finally decide to do their jobs do you think they do anything important like tackle the huge meth problem in this town or the amount of people drinking and driving here which by the way is staggering? The answer to that question is an unequivocal no, they'd rather arrest people for smoking marijuana or pull people over for missing license plate lights(which actually happened to me, twice) when you'll see cops patrolling regularly missing important lights like their FUCKING HEADLIGHTS! Now the last issue I'd like to tackle is one that is somehow wildly overlooked in this town but one that needs to be addressed if you ever intend on moving here, and that's the front row seats to the destruction of the native American culture. There is a settlement run by the Meskwaki nation most notably the casino. Now I will say what happened to the native Americans as a whole was a tragedy and undeniably a genocide but with that being said the natives here use that as an excuse for everything just like that one black person everbody knows that when you call them out on their bullshit they accuse you of being racist. Most of the natives I've encountred around here are rude, ignorant, dumb, drunks, or meth heads. This is where the culture destruction comes into play, if you're Meskwaki when you graduate high school or turn 21(more so the latter) you get a big lump sum of money(sometimes in the hundreds of thousands), and get about 3,000 grand a month till the day you die so as a result you get a whole lot of natives who are dumb because they dropped out of school(often at 16), are lazy because they've never worked a day in their lives(because why would you have to), and are exceptional drunks and junkies. Native Americans are historically know for their hard work, can do attitude, and their attachment to mother nature but because they have no reasons to do those things they simply don't and whether they know it or not it's destroying your culture. Mind you there are so that stick to their roots and will always remember what they come from but for the most part it's a front just to collect that easy money and basically never have to do anything with themselves as long as they live and the fucked up part is a lot of them have the nerve to act smug just because they get all of this money when they should be really counting their blessings because last time I checked native Americans are the only conquered people in history to get steadily paid off by their conquerors, you don't see the Spanish paying the Mexicans or South Americans for Cortez and his campaign of conquest, or the Poles and Russians paying the Ukrainians for their numerous campaigns of conquest so what gives? What makes them so special is my question, honestly nothing but yet they get paid and their culture continues to dissipate as a result. If I were them I'd be counting my blessings and trying to better myself because one day the money's gonna dry up and then what will they have? Nothing.Long story short if you're thinking of ever moving to Tama/Toledo just ask yourself one question, are you willing to put up with all of this pointless bullshit?
Jun 09, 2016
Source: The Tama, IA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).