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Registered: ‎02-11-2013

rural folks should read this

Yes this is by CNN.....I know just saying that just drives some nuts, but they do have a journalism staff, unlike rush,

 

This "article" deals with a small rural town in Kentucky, most likely having a lot in common with many of us.  It is a poor

area, much like many of us where we are at.  This area also voted 81% for Trump.  Some of that shine has worn off.

Many think that perhaps they have been left behind by all the promises.

 

But to me, there was a paragraph which is something that I have been try to bring to light here, and seem of no interest.

The elimination or sharp cut back in programs that help rural communities.

 

The proposed budget does away with or eliminates programs that help us in rural America.  Programs that help fix

build, replace needed items in small towns, such as water and sewer systems, rural water districts, and electric

cooperatives.  When money is needed to repair, upgrade, etc, much was done via a grant or a loan, and higher

rates we pay.  In many many instances, these improvements or just fixes would not be possible, the cost

for us in our rates would just be impossible.

 

Another program is that for rural aviation.  Many small airports receive grants to make improvements.  Yes the

local air applicator benefits, but also the small rural hospital does, when a patient must be air lifted out via

fixed wing.  In some instances the helicopter cant go due to weather conditions, when a fixed wing can.

Also in some communities, fixed wing is a better answer, due to the limited fuel and distance a helicopter

can travel.

Also at some of the regional airports, have a single carrier that flys to a regional hub.  There is a program that

helps support this.  This program helps the local community and the area community.  In some instances you must

drive at least, at least, 100 miles to have any air service.  While the local carriers are not as cheap, and you will

not see them listed in "priceline" or "orbits", when doing a lot of traveling, getting closer to home and not

having to drive is a plus.  In addition it helps the local economy by bring people, and also provides a

quicker shipping system, for some urgent shipments, from industry to medical.

 

Talking of transportation, many rural areas, like their metro counterparts, have a "general public transportation"

system.  Many of our rural population utilize this critical service.  In many instances they would not be able to

live in their homes in small towns.  It allows them access to medical care (doctors office, pharmacy, physical therapy),

and also able to do grocery shopping.  In some instances it gets workers from their home to their jobs.

Perhaps we should ask.....is it cheaper to put these seniors in the nursing home and pay for it, at $4000

per month.....or keep the transportation system going, which they also pay to keep going, by fares and most

get money from the county, and they via the taxes on their homes.

 

Speaking of seniors.......the funds for meals on wheels and congregate meals would also be cut.  I don't think I need

to explain the importance and need for this program.

 

Healthcare is important to all of us......not only are we yelling about insurance, but, what if there is nowhere to go ??

programs that help rural hospitals and critical access clinics, will see programs cut.....then what ?

 

One in particular are small cancer centers.....look at your area.....look how far your local cancer canter is,

perhaps a treatment unit at a small hospital.....then look how far you are from a big one.  The unit that is part

of your small hospital would be in danger......and did you just read where the rural hospital itself will be

seeing cuts ?

 

then we just see today, the odds of you getting internet service, or better service is now cut back by the action of

the FCC today.

 

And I guess here is the question......we are cutting all these programs, that will HURT RURAL AMERICA...but

where does the money go ???  we are not paying down the debt......but rather spending EVEN MORE.....

The prosed budget has one of the biggest deficits of recent history.

We want to build super roads......walls........more military toys......and god only knows what.