There certainly are those who choose to gossip about their neighbors, however I find that the exception not the rule.
I believe this is a community that truly cares for its children, and elderly. There is relatively no crime, except for the meth heads. They prey on each other.. The police force are all professional nice folks that appear to be very caring and fair minded.
I know that there are certainly much more difficult towns than Columbia City Indiana.
During this economic crisis in our country there are certainly those that lost jobs, however, new companies coming to our area offered employment with better pay and benefits withing 6 months.