Rural issues

Few people might have noticed it, but Network, a Catholic social justice lobby, conducted a series of rural roundtables in 2018 and 2019 to take the pulse of Americans living in the heartland.
The Editors February 21, 2020
Taking away access to minor-league baseball for many Americans is against our national interest and our longstanding culture.
Mary Gibbons January 23, 2020
Elizabeth Strout examines the human condition in a quiet setting where introspection cannot be escaped.
The site of Clemens Field baseball stadium in Hannibal, Mo., near the Mississippi River, on May 31.  (Jake Shane/Quincy Herald-Whig via AP)
Nathan Beacom June 17, 2019
This spring’s floods devastated farming and rural communities in the middle of the U.S. that were already struggling with economic and social decline, writes Nathan Beacom. But ”blue” America may find it difficult to sympathize.
A woman plays with her 1-year-old son at Our Lady's Inn maternity home in St. Louis. African-American women suffer rates of maternity-related mortality three times higher than white women. (CNS photo/Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review)
Kevin Clarke May 31, 2019
Income is perhaps the unifying indicator of health care in crisis across all the margins of America—a reliable predictor of poor health outcomes from inadequate treatment for common illnesses—leading to the final measure of all: substantially lower life expectancy.
According to the National Trust for Canada, close to 9,000 churches could be closed within the next decade, citing the fact that they are becoming “surplus to the needs of society.”