and the decline of urban America is mostly due to.....
anyway....I'm pretty sure the main thing killing rural America is that we need fewer and fewer people to make food, and I don't understand why this is supposed to be a bad thing. We make more food than ever and do it with fewer people, this is a good thing. City folks strange romanticism with "the family farm" is ignorant. Farming sucks, just like factory work. Yes, I understand those in the ivory towers think poor people love these gigs, and certainly some do....but the other 95% of us are smart enough to know hard and dangerous work when we see it. There are not enough jobs for every dumb person to have anymore, at least not with our current culture. Maybe if "full time" was 20 (or whatever, something well under 40) hours a week and there was a basic minimum income for everybody there would be plenty of jobs for all our dumbs that wanted to work, but that's not how it is. This problem is only going to get worse and needs to be addressed sooner than later. Trump going protectionist isn't going to help. It might temporarily give a few more people jobs, but it's going to make everything cost so much more that it won't matter at all.
I think some of you are missing the point of the article that the people in these small towns are in fact trying to take local responsibility and take control of their own destinies, and the big telecom companies and former Town of Swampscott Select Board member Charlie Baker aren't letting them.
sorry. That's bad, I disapprove. States should give cities and counties more leeway and freedom. On the other hand, states should let cities rot on the vine when the funk up too. You can't do one without the other. A private business and a state govt conspiring to restrict the liberty of a city is bad.