The Smithsonian Magazine just posted the "Best Small Towns in America" list and they ripped us off.  Before I rant, here are some of the towns that Fox News reported are on the Smithsonian list along with Great Barrington, Massachusetts and Taos, New Mexico: (NOTE:  offending towns are in red)

Also on the list are Red Bank, N.J.; Mill Valley, Calif.; Gig Harbor, Wash.; Durango, Colo.; Butler, Pa.; Marfa, Texas; Naples, Fla.; Staunton, Va.; Brattleboro, Vt.; Princeton, N.J.; Brunswick, Maine; Siloam Springs, Ark.; Menomonie, Wis.; Key West, Fla.; Laguna Beach, Calif.; Ashland, Ore.; Beckley City, W.Va., and Oxford, Miss.

I'd like to know how did towns from New Jersey make the list yet Quincy and/or Hannibal couldn't make the cut?!?  Seriously?  New Jersey?  Just ask the people on the Hindenburg how great New Jersey is (watch out for the power lines).

New Jersey is also home to the Uncle Floyd show.  That alone should disqualify New Jersey from any "best towns" list.

Just ask the people on the Hindenburg how great New Jersey is (watch out for the power lines).

I can accept some of the towns near the ocean and in the mountains. In fact, I absolutely adore Durango, Colorado! If you haven't ridden the Durango to Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad there, you really should!

Next time you're driving down by the mighty Mississippi in downtown Hannibal or admiring the huge, beautiful trees along Main Street in the historic part of Quincy...just remember there's some stuck-up dude at the Smithsonian that thinks New Jersey is better than this.