Thursday, June 20, 2024
Addiction: A Rural Reality

Editor Susan Crowell on the opioid crisis: "There needs to be a sense of urgency. We need to start responding as neighbors, as communities."

Testimony before a House or Senate committee is not always the most scintillating reading. I've always marveled how legislators can stay awake during the most boring of hearings.

A lot of information crosses our doorstep. Some we publish; some we pitch. Some we file for future reference, never sure what or when might make us dig into that folder.

Entrepreneur and author Seth Godin calls himself "an agent of change." His books on marketing are as thought-provoking as their titles are entertaining: Meatball Sundae: Is Your Marketing out of Sync? is his most recent effort.

When I opened the computer file that holds the farm calendar of events we print each week, I glanced at the little numbers that tell me how long the file is in column-inch terms.

What does it feel like to face foot-and-mouth disease? What does it feel like to have your farm quarantined? To have an entire geographic region closed to animal movement? To lose generations of livestock genetics in the blink of an eye? To receive little compensation for dumped milk or for meat? For all we know about farming here in the United States, we know little about the terror, the frustrations, of farming in the midst of a major animal disease outbreak.