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Big Brother is Alive and Well in Hickman, Nebraska

August 29th, 2008 | by Tom Harper |

This story might seem trivial compared to all the global and national events happening right now. But it’s a sick commentary on the way people treat each other; and how a power-crazed corrupt city government can bully its own citizens. It also shows that you don’t have to live in a big city to be surrounded by a bunch of sleazy self-absorbed assholes.

The small town of Hickman, Nebraska has suddenly started enforcing a 20-year-old law prohibiting all livestock within the “city” limits. (The town’s population is just over a thousand people.) But even twenty years ago when this law was passed, Harley Scott, now 76, owned a 12-year-old horse which he kept on his own property. His horse, named Peter Rabbit, is now 32 years old. And the Hickman city council is insisting that the horse has to go NOW.

After a local outcry, the city council took another vote on whether to amend this law, perhaps making an exemption for horses, or even just grandfathering in Harley Scott’s horse, since his horse predates the city’s no-livestock rule.

No dice. The city council voted to keep the no-livestock ordinance as is — no changes or exceptions. 76-year-old Harley Scott has to get rid of his 32-year-old horse immediately. Next.

As small as Hickman is, it’s starting to turn into a suburb of Lincoln, NE. Apparently some of the new Hickman residents are appalled that there’s an icky smelly animal out there grazing in a pasture. What were these douchebags expecting when they moved out from the city to a small town?

A local development group is apparently putting pressure on the city council to hurry up and run that damn horse out of town so they can bring in hordes of yuppies and become another faceless suburb ASAP.

Please sign this petition, which asks Mayor Jim Hrouda and city council of Hickman, NE not to make a 76-year-old man get rid of his horse. This same website also includes a brief rundown of the situation, and it lists several city phone numbers and e-mail addresses.

It also lists the phone number of the Hickman Area Economic Development Association (HAEDA), the group that’s been instigating this whole tragedy: 402-792-2212.

Here are some more links to this travesty. For a small town that nobody ever heard of, Hickman, NE is becoming pretty famous. Or infamous.

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  1. 2 Responses to “Big Brother is Alive and Well in Hickman, Nebraska”

  2. By Ken Grandlund on Aug 29, 2008 | Reply

    Hiving lived in Lincoln, NE for a year and a half, I can tell you that those “yuppies” are few and far betwen. Many Nebraskans either come from farms or still have family in rural areas with animals on the propertry- I doubt this is something being generated by the “regular” folks and instead by developers and carpetbaggers.

    sure, i’ll sign…

  3. By Tom Harper on Aug 29, 2008 | Reply

    Ken: Thanks for signing. I’ve driven through Nebraska a few times and I also found the people to be friendly, down to earth and not at all “yuppie.” But I guess developers (and the government officials that they wrap around their fingers) are the same everywhere.

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