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State Mottos — What they oughta be PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 September 2011 19:26

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By Ed Howard


Let’s take it easy.

Every state has a motto. Those mottos have been rewritten by various folks with something between humorous and jaundiced intent.

Have a look at just some of them:

Arizona: But it’s a dry heat.

Colorado: If you don’t ski, don’t bother.

Delaware: We like the chemicals in our water.

Florida: Ask about the grandkids.

Idaho: More than potatoes. Not really, but the spuds are good.

Illinois: Don’t pronounce the s.

Kansas: First of the rectangle states.

Kentucky: Five million people, fifteen last names.

Maine: Really cold, but real cheap lobster.

Maryland: If you can dream it, we can tax it.

Massachusetts: Our taxes are lower than Sweden’s – mostly.

Michigan: Your first line of defense from Canadians.

Minnesota: Ten thousand lakes – abundant mosquito repellent.

Mississippi: Visit us and feel better about your state.

Missouri: Your federal relief dollars at work.

Nebraska: Go Big Red state. New Hampshire: Leave us alone.

New Mexico: Lizards are lovable.

New York: You have the right to remain silent.

Oregon: Spotted Owl – it’s what for dinner.

Pennsylvania: Cook with coal. South Dakota: Closer than North Dakota.

Texas: Have it our way – or forget it!

West Virginia: One big happy family.

Washington, D.C. – Wanna’ be mayor?


ED HOWARD is the statehouse correspondent for the Nebraska Press Association.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 September 2011 19:27