This is a wonderfully written exposition of what has happened in rural America.
Holly Martins

Well said. I empathize deeply with everyone who feels left behind by the forces of technology, migration to cities (where the jobs are, increasingly — 100 years ago we were a largely agricultural country, still) and changes in trade, or forgotten by everyone else.

But the world is littered with the remnants of ghost towns. This is hitting people hard in rural America right now, and the pace is increasing every decade, but it’s not realistic that nothing ever changes. Ask anybody who left the dustbowl during the Great Depression.

Maybe retraining and relocation grants need to be part of this process. We have the ability to help people who don’t have hope or the resources to follow opportunities. Perhaps we should start. That’s far more realistic than Trump’s nebulous and disingenuous promises.