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Rural Blog: Coronavirus spreading through South’s high-risk populations; reopening makes it worse

The coronavirus pandemic “is becoming a silent disaster” in the rural South because of health-care and health inequalities and more, even as some governors push to reopen businesses, Ann Cafer and Meagan Rosenhal report for The Daily Yonder. “As University of Mississippi sociologists who work with rural communities on a range of resilience issues, especially health, we are concerned...

Dustin Pugel: Kentuckians need more from the economy, so stop blaming the safety net, get to work

As decision-makers go after the very assistance that hundreds of thousands of low-income Kentuckians use to help make ends meet, the harm to families and communities deepens. Erecting barriers to participation in food assistance, Medicaid and other programs ignores what is really holding back Kentuckians: there are not enough quality jobs in the state, especially in rural communities. A prime example...

Rural Blog: Two rural communities — one in Mass., one in Ky. — try to bridge the political divide

The political divide in America may seem insurmountable, but two rural communities — one liberal and one conservative — are trying to bridge that gap with an ongoing outreach project to better understand one another. Hands Across the Hills was launched by 18 liberal residents of Leverett, Massachusetts, just after the 2016 election; they reached out to residents of Whitesburg, Kentucky,...

Commentary: Don’t let gun-slinging fanatics come to your town and redefine our rural communities

By Gina Knudson Special to KyForward When outsider militants come to town, the press follows, looking for news of aggression and anger in places that are generally tranquil. Let’s tell the real stories of rural America, instead of letting the Bundys of the world tell them for us. The armed, so-called protestors occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in southeast Oregon have indicated...