Old Church in Massachusetts. Courtesy, Bill Colley.

About a year ago, I was sharing some pictures from here with friends.  “Who wouldn’t want to live in Idaho?” I wrote.

I suspect it’s because of some of the lengthy travel distances we make for medical care and the limited opportunities in counties where the federal government controls the land.

People I know from across the country love the photographs, but apparently Idaho gets no love at US News & World Report.

The People’s Republic of Taxachusetts is listed as the best state by the magazine.  In fact, a number of high tax states with limited liberties are near the top of the list.  At the bottom are some states plagued by border crime or the cultural lawlessness of New Orleans.  Idaho is at the bottom of the second third at #32. I suspect it’s because of some of the lengthy travel distances we make for medical care and the limited opportunities in counties where the federal government controls the land.  These are factors beyond our control.  I’d still prefer Idaho over Lowell, Holyoke and Springfield.