Periodically, over the last 18 months, we have asked a question in this newsletter, a question that has both intrigued and perturbed – and probably more of the latter. We have asked, what would it look like if rural America truly mattered? If rural people and rural places were given the credit, and standing, that they deserve – not more, not less, but a just hearing and fair consideration – then what would it look like?
Public policies have, often as not, been the enemy of rural America. But policies are choices, choices made by people, choices that can be reversed by people of good will and common sense. What kind of policy choices would reverse the ominous trends that we see in rural America?