As Its Population Soars to 40, Rum Isle Glimpses a Future in the Mist

With four new families recently arriving, the remote and rainy island in the Hebrides is experiencing its version of a population surge, although residents new and old concede living here isn’t easy.

#hebrides-islands-great-britain, #islands, #population, #rum-isle-hebrides-islands-scotland, #rural-areas, #scotland

In 2021, We Were There: The Year’s 14 Most Popular Dispatches

Not even a pandemic, wars or autocrats could prevent our correspondents from seeking out secrets and surprises to share with readers. They sent dispatches from 40 countries on six continents.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #art, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #freedom-of-the-press, #immigration-and-emigration, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #photography, #politics-and-government, #rural-areas, #travel-and-vacations

India’s Modi Brings Tap Water to Millions as Supplies Shrink

The ambitious project to meet a dire need shows Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s strengths and helps explain his popularity despite a weakened economy.

#conservation-of-resources, #drought, #india, #levees-and-dams, #madhya-pradesh-india, #modi-narendra, #politics-and-government, #rural-areas, #shortages, #water, #water-pollution, #wells

Supreme Court Seems Wary of Ban on State Aid to Religious Schools

The case, concerning a tuition program in Maine, seemed likely to extend a winning streak at the court for parents seeking public funds for religious education.

#christians-and-christianity, #constitution-us, #discrimination, #education-k-12, #freedom-of-religion, #maine, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #rural-areas, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

Governor Steve Bullock Warns: Democrats Face Trouble in Rural America

It’s time to ditch the grand ideological narratives and talk to voters about their real needs.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #midterm-elections-2022, #montana, #rural-areas, #united-states-politics-and-government

Extreme Poverty Has Been Sharply Cut. What Has Changed?

The U.N. pledged to cut by half the proportion of people living in the worst conditions around the world.

#china, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #internal-open-access, #poverty, #rural-areas, #united-nations

Let’s End the Covid Blame Games

Finger pointing is pointless, divisive and dumb. 

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #deaths-fatalities, #democratic-party, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #rural-areas, #vaccination-and-immunization

Nebraska Family Struggles to Keep the Family Farm Amid High Property Taxes

In Nebraska, a 151-year-old family farm struggles to survive.

#agriculture-and-farming, #content-type-personal-profile, #nebraska, #population, #property-taxes, #rural-areas

Can Democrats Win in Rural America?

Readers discuss a news story analyzing the Virginia governor’s race and a column by David Brooks. Also: The censure of Rep. Paul Gosar; Covid strategies.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #gosar-paul-1958, #griffin-kathy, #ocasio-cortez-alexandria, #rural-areas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

In Canada’s Atlantic, Urbanites Find Welcome and Blowback

As housing prices soar in big cities, the country’s eastern provinces are experiencing a surge in migration. Newcomers are being welcomed, but some locals are wary.

#canada, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #newfoundland-canada, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #rural-areas

How Likely Is a Democratic Comeback Next Year?

The fundamentals for the 2022 midterms are usually not in the favor of the party in the White House.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #ciattarelli-jack-m, #democratic-party, #elections-governors, #elections-house-of-representatives, #house-of-representatives, #loudoun-county-va, #mcauliffe-terry, #midterm-elections-2022, #new-jersey, #ocean-county-nj, #republican-party, #rural-areas, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virginia, #youngkin-glenn-a

Election Results in Virginia Prove Things Can Get Worse for Democrats

Republicans ran up the margins in rural Virginia counties, the latest sign that Democrats, as one lawmaker put it, “continue to tank in small-town America.”

#democratic-party, #elections-governors, #mcauliffe-terry, #republican-party, #rural-areas, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virginia, #voting-and-voters, #whites, #youngkin-glenn-a

Some Residents Taking Fighting Wildfires Into Their Own Hands

As wildfire seasons worsen, a growing number of rural residents are buying and outfitting fire rigs and other equipment to protect their property and themselves.

#california, #oregon, #rangeland-fire-protection-associations, #rural-areas, #trinity-county-calif, #washington-state, #wildfires

The Unvaccinated May Not Be Who You Think

Science can find a cure for our diseases, but not for our societal ills.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #income-inequality, #rumors-and-misinformation, #rural-areas, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

This Pristine Beach Is One of Japan’s Last. Soon It Will Be Filled With Concrete.

In rural Japan, the unstoppable forces of nature meet the immovable determination of the construction state. Can this village survive?

#coast-erosion, #japan, #oceans-and-seas, #rural-areas, #typhoons, #world-heritage-sites

The Future Farmers of France Are Tech Savvy, and Want Weekends Off

An unconventional school wants to attract a new crowd to French agriculture, and help farms earn a profit.

#42-paris-france-school, #agriculture-and-farming, #crop-controls-and-subsidies, #entrepreneurship, #france, #hectar, #neofarm, #niel-xavier, #robots-and-robotics, #rural-areas, #start-ups, #youth

Five Years After Peace Deal, Colombia Is Running Out of Time, Experts Say

A treaty with rebels in 2016 called for the end of a decades-long war. But that is not the same as achieving peace, and the window for doing so may be closing.

#coca-plant, #cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #duque-ivan, #income-inequality, #land-use-policies, #peace-process, #revolutionary-armed-forces-of-colombia, #rural-areas, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Have We Failed Suburban Schools?

Our focus on the problems with inner-city education has left us with big blind spots.

#education-k-12, #internal-sub-only, #rural-areas, #segregation-and-desegregation, #suburbs, #teachers-and-school-employees

Biden Administration Seeks to Expand Telehealth in Rural America

New funding will allow more medical appointments to take place via video in rural communities, where some of the nation’s oldest and sickest patients live.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-and-human-services-department, #health-resources-and-services-administration, #rural-areas, #telemedicine, #united-states-politics-and-government, #university-of-mississippi

In Rural Afghanistan, War Remnants Everywhere, but no Shooting or Checkpoints

Since the Taliban takeover, much of Afghanistan’s countryside has seen a big drop in violence after 20 years of fighting. “It has been a long time now since a bullet hit our homes.”

#afghan-national-army, #afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #police, #rural-areas, #taliban

Disabled People Struggle to Evacuate From Wildfires

In Northern California, a region troubled by fire, many people with disabilities live in rural areas that lack the resources to support them during disasters.

#american-red-cross, #butte-county-calif, #direct-relief-charity, #disasters-and-emergencies, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #fires-and-firefighters, #intellectual-disabilities, #paradise-calif, #plumas-county-calif, #rescues, #rural-areas, #san-jose-calif, #wildfires

‘It’s a Godsend’: 9-Cent Taxi Rides in Rural South Korea

One county’s plan to help older, carless citizens stuck in remote villages proved wildly popular and has been copied across South Korea, revolutionizing public transportation in the countryside.

#elderly, #rural-areas, #south-korea, #taxicabs-and-taxicab-drivers

The Tragedy of America’s Rural Schools

Outdated textbooks, not enough teachers, no ventilation – for millions of kids like Harvey Ellington, the public-education system has failed them their whole lives.

#2021-education-issue, #education, #education-k-12, #grading-of-students, #mississippi, #rural-areas, #segregation-and-desegregation

When the New Covid Surge Struck, Mississippi Was Uniquely Unprepared

Poverty and politics have left the state with fewer doctors and nurses than it needs and hospitals on the brink of shutdown.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #labor-and-jobs, #medicaid, #mississippi, #politics-and-government, #reeves-tate-1974, #rural-areas, #shortages, #states-us

A Doctor’s Tour de France, One ‘Medical Desert’ at a Time

Newly graduated from medical school, Martial Jardel set off on a five-month road trip to help out in areas of France suffering from a shortage of physicians.

#brittany-france, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #france, #jardel-martial, #normandy-france, #road-trips, #rural-areas

Dolly Parton Tried to Get Tennessee Vaccinated. But It’s Not Enough.

I just don’t get it.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fiscus-michelle, #parton-dolly, #rumors-and-misinformation, #rural-areas, #state-legislatures, #tennessee, #vaccination-and-immunization

One Village Quelled the Virus. The Next Was Overrun. It’s a Bad Sign for India.

The uneven response to India’s catastrophic second wave, coupled with widespread vaccine hesitancy, indicates that the coronavirus is here to stay.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #india, #modi-narendra, #rumors-and-misinformation, #rural-areas, #vaccination-and-immunization

High Hopes for Johnson & Johnson’s Covid Vaccine Have Fizzled in the U.S.

Production problems and a brief pause on its use kept the one-dose vaccine from becoming the game changer that health officials across the country believed it would be.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #emergent-biosolutions-inc, #factories-and-manufacturing, #gorsky-alex, #johnsonjohnson, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #rural-areas, #shutdowns-institutional, #states-us, #vaccination-and-immunization

A Fading Coal County Bets on Schools, but There’s One Big Hitch

Hard hit by the decline of mining, a rural area in West Virginia is trying to attract teachers in a comeback effort. What’s lacking are jobs for the graduates.

#american-federation-of-teachers, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #education-k-12, #labor-and-jobs, #mcdowell-county-w-va, #population, #rural-areas, #teachers-and-school-employees

Despite Ample Shots and Incentives, Vaccine Rates Lag Far Behind in the South

Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi have the lowest vaccination rates in the country, increasing the risk of virus surges there.

#black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #johnsonjohnson, #rural-areas, #talladega-superspeedway, #vaccination-and-immunization

A Rural-Urban Broadband Divide, but Not the One You Think Of

Many more people in cities lack broadband access than in rural areas, but lawmakers are primarily focused on extending high-speed access to remote areas.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #computers-and-the-internet, #federal-communications-commission, #fiber-optics, #local-government, #poverty, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #rural-areas, #rural-utilities-service, #telephones-and-telecommunications, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #urban-areas, #welfare-us

Democrat or Republican, You Probably Love the Post Office

A new bipartisan bill could help fix the U.S. Postal Service.

#american-postal-workers-union, #dejoy-louis, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #rural-areas, #united-states-politics-and-government

The State of California’s ‘State of Jefferson’

Wednesday: In California’s rural far northern counties, furor for the recall has taken hold alongside the region’s fascination with secession.

#california, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rural-areas, #united-states-politics-and-government

Why Is Covid Killing So Many Pregnant Women in India?

The authorities’ decision to block pregnant women from getting the Covid-19 vaccine is having devastating consequences.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #india, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #rural-areas, #vaccination-and-immunization, #women-and-girls

How US Activists Are Trying to Halt the Killing of Kangaroos in Australia

A bill in Congress aims to ban all kangaroo products from Australia, setting up a clash between two very different kinds of people on opposite ends of the earth.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #australia, #indigenous-australians, #international-trade-and-world-market, #kangaroos, #meat, #pacelle-wayne, #people-for-the-ethical-treatment-of-animals, #politics-and-government, #rural-areas, #shoes-and-boots

U.S. Activists Try to Halt an Australian Way of Life: Killing Kangaroos

A bill in Congress aims to ban all kangaroo products from Australia, setting up a clash between two very different kinds of people on opposite ends of the earth.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #australia, #indigenous-australians, #international-trade-and-world-market, #kangaroos, #meat, #pacelle-wayne, #people-for-the-ethical-treatment-of-animals, #politics-and-government, #rural-areas, #shoes-and-boots

Their Own Private Idaho: Five Oregon Counties Back a Plan to Secede

In nonbinding elections, parts of eastern Oregon said they wanted to join Idaho. The conservative region has long felt alienated from the liberal politics of Oregon’s population centers.

#idaho, #oregon, #rural-areas, #secession-and-independence-movements, #states-us

India’s Doctors and Medical Workers Face Danger and Trauma

More than 1,000 doctors, and an untold number of medical personnel, have died after coronavirus infections. Many suffer an emotional toll as they make tough decisions about who gets treated.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #hospitals, #india, #medicine-and-health, #nursing-and-nurses, #rural-areas, #shortages, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Rural Areas Are Looking for Workers. They Need Broadband to Get Them.

Rural communities have long complained about their lack of internet access. The pandemic and President Biden’s infrastructure plan are giving them hope for a solution.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #computers-and-the-internet, #factories-and-manufacturing, #infrastructure-public-works, #iowa, #labor-and-jobs, #rural-areas, #united-states-economy, #weiler-inc

Rural Tennessee’s Vaccine Hesitators

White Republican evangelical Christians remain disproportionately mistrustful about coronavirus inoculations. Here’s what that looks like in one community.

#appalachian-region, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #hoffman-jan, #rural-areas, #tennessee, #vaccination-and-immunization

Biden Shifts Vaccination Strategy in Drive to Reopen by July 4

President Biden, facing a slowing rate of vaccinations and a hope for near normalcy by Independence Day, said the government would shift from mass vaccination sites to local settings.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #drugstores, #rural-areas, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Roosevelt Transformed America. Biden Could, Too.

My hometown in Oregon shows what the federal government can do — and also what happens when it stops trying.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-care, #colleges-and-universities, #education-k-12, #labor-and-jobs, #new-deal-1930s, #roosevelt-franklin-delano, #rural-areas, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries

Faith, Freedom, Fear: Rural America’s Covid Vaccine Skeptics

Resistance is widespread in white, Republican communities like this one in Appalachia. But it’s far more complicated than just a partisan divide.

#appalachian-region, #christians-and-christianity, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #rural-areas, #tennessee, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

Vaccine Fan Fiction, Boom Time for America’s Forests and Political Apathy in N.Y.C.: The Week in Narrated Articles

Five articles from around The Times, narrated just for you.

#ambulances, #elections-mayors, #forests-and-forestry, #moskin-julia, #rural-areas, #sexual-harassment, #vaccination-and-immunization, #watkins-allison-ali, #wetzel-blaine-chef, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Rural Ambulance Crews Have Run Out of Money and Volunteers

Strained by pandemic-era budget cuts, stress and a lack of revenue, at least 10 ambulance companies in Wyoming are in danger of shuttering — some imminently.

#ambulances, #american-medical-response-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergency-medical-treatment, #rural-areas, #volunteers-and-community-service, #wyoming

Nation Faces ‘Hand-to-Hand Combat’ to Get Reluctant Americans Vaccinated

Half of American adults have received at least one shot of the coronavirus vaccine. Now comes the hard part: persuading the other half to get it.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #motivation-and-incentive-programs, #rural-areas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

The US Facing Persuading Reluctant Americans to Get Covid-19 Vaccine

Half of American adults have received at least one shot of the coronavirus vaccine. Now comes the hard part: persuading the other half to get it.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #motivation-and-incentive-programs, #rural-areas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Pause in Vaccinations Leads to Canceled Appointments Across States

Health departments scrambled to postpone vaccine clinics and rebook patients after the one-dose offering from Johnson & Johnson was sidelined.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-and-drug-administration, #johnsonjohnson, #moderna-inc, #pfizer-inc, #rural-areas, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Vaccine Slots Go Unused in Mississippi and Other States

The good news: There are more shots available. The challenge is getting people to take them.

#black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #indianola-miss, #mississippi, #reeves-tate-1974, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #rural-areas, #states-us, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #whites

Biden Plan Spurs Fight Over What ‘Infrastructure’ Really Means

Republicans say the White House is tucking liberal social programs into legislation that should be focused on roads and bridges. Administration officials say their approach invests in the future.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bridges-and-tunnels, #federal-budget-us, #home-health-care, #infrastructure-public-works, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #organized-labor, #republican-party, #roads-and-traffic, #rural-areas, #states-us, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #white-house-council-of-economic-advisers