We are egalitarian. We can - and are expected to! - make eye-contact with people we pass on Main Street. I call the mayor and the president of the university by their first names, and the crews on the city trucks wave and call me by mine.
We have problems here, of course. It would help to have a drug store on Main Street and a variety store, successor to yesterday's five-and-ten, where we could walk to get shoe laces and Scotch tape, instead of getting the car out of the garage.
We need to do a better job of integrating city-bred university students with the descendants of the miners who made their education possible. And we need to make our citizenry proud of their heritage, not apologetic for the size of the town.
I don't know what Oprah's criteria are for naming America's best small cities. As far as I am concerned, Frostburg has been a place of happiness and opportunity for me. I think it is the best of small towns.
Betty VanNewkirk is the historian for the Frostburg Museum.