I no longer think that Dubuque is a good place to raise a family. In fact, if you have a child with a disability, you may be better off elsewhere. It’s not bad, and better than what we would have had in New York City, but I’ve been looking around and there seem to be better places. Madison, WI is one place we’re looking at, and if it wasn’t for Walker, it would be close to perfect.
But the bloom is off the rose, and Dubuque, which once seemed a very grounded and open place, has turned to the usual bad habits of many cities. The politicians are inaccessible, the police are unethical, and the laws are now going from protecting citizens to generating money off of them. Schools get cut, but special pet projects do not. Small businesses suffer at the hands of larger ones. They found a way to get rid of undesirable “people from Chicago” (code word for black) legally. Discrimination is almost as rampant as apathy and ignorance. There are few people with strong convictions here, and it shows.
I want to fight for a community that fights with me, for me, alongside me. I’ll be the best thing that ever happened!
We still have to ride it out more than a year, since we do want our daughter to graduate from the local high school. It would be foolish to pull her out now. But if we can figure out how to make it work, we need to go to a good city, one that is family friendly.