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I've had enough of the negative view of rural. 
Dear Becky,
(Hey, if your first name doesn't show up properly, you can fix it here
.)  

I had one of those "I've had enough" moments. And that made it crystal clear what I want to talk with you about. 
 
The trigger was another email lamenting the sad state of rural communities. I get quite a few emails from rural advocacy and action groups. They do great work on a variety of rural subjects, but going by their emails, it seems like they focus on the problems of rural, on our shortcomings. I understand that it's their job to see the negatives and address them. 
 
Whose job is it to share a positive view of rural? 
 
I've decided it's my job. Maybe it's your job, too. 
 
I know that we have a future. Despite all the urban bias* in the world, small towns have a future. Whether anyone else remembers it or not, rural people are necessary to the wider world. 
  • We're necessary for food and agriculture.
  • We're necessary for natural resources.
  • We're necessary for environmental conservation and recreation. 
 
Sounds like we're pretty necessary! 
 
So that's what we're going to talk about in this email, each week. A positive story from a small town, a project that is worth getting excited about, or a quote that has got me thinking. Or a video, like my talk on "Do small towns have a future?" 

The world just might as well get used to us. Because small towns are here to stay. 
 
Who's with me? Pass it on! 
 
Becky 
 
P.S.  If you're not with me, for whatever reason, just click unsubscribe. And have a great day. :) 

Thank you to Luther Snow for the phrase "urban bias." Luther is like me: he believes in a positive view of rural.

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