Friday, April 24, 2020

Quick hits: Op-ed says USDA subsidizes jails at expense of rural health care; USPS collapse could hurt rural areas

Here's a roundup of stories with rural resonance; if you do or see similar work that should be shared on The Rural Blog, email us at

Rising rural frustration over pandemic shutdowns a symptom of a larger problem, says op-ed. Read more here.

Postal Service collapse could devastate seniors, small businesses and rural areas. Read more here.

Op-ed says the USDA subsidizes jails at the expense of rural health care. Read more here.

News media-bashing from Trump rallies is creeping into coronavirus briefings. Read more here.

Sewage sludge spreading leads to farm groundwater PFAS contamination in Vermont. Read more here.

Pandemic stress boosts popularity of "good news" outlets. Read more here.

Of possible interest to your own readers: the publisher of The Aspen Times has an excellent layman's description of a publisher's role in the newsroom. Read more here.

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