Bruce Introduction to Special Issue By Thomas A. Bruce As our absorption with television's depiction of the events in the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, and the Persian Gulf seems to be abating, many of us feel a pressing need to get back to the business at hand, the challenges of our own society. The four old perils are with us still-poverty, disease, ignorance, and oppression-now playing out in one form, now in another. Large cities and small villages that seem to gain a little headway over one or another of these find, all too often, that they must return to the starting point because of another setback. As one looks in particular at life in rural America-in all its myriad forms-the problems seem large indeed. Serenity and rustic peacefulness are remote ideals, good for postcards and remembrances, but not much else. Employment and income are down in most places. Feelings of oppression take a hundred forms: racism, sexism, ageism, taxation, burdensome gov ernmental regulations, environmental flux and pollution, foreign trade practices, being rural itself. The deterioration of rural schools and of educational achievements are a continuing concern. Health status is tied inextricably to these other problems people face. Much
The Journal of Rural Health – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 1991
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