The fine print always reveals what is going on.
Alabama Broadband Accessibility Fund makes it easier for internet providers to reach the rural areas that normally wouldn't be worth their while. For the 25.1% of Tallapoosa and 30.5% of Coosa County residents without a broadband internet subscription, this is a key first step — it's one thing to not be able to afford internet, it's another thing entirely to not have the option to purchase it.
For the past decade or so, "brain drain" — in which the young and educated flee their hometowns, taking their brains and economic potential with them — has been the dominating narrative for the rural south. The problem is a vicious cycle, as the more people leave, the fewer reasons there are for the next generation to stay.
On Monday, Alabama moved to its next phase of vaccine allocation, broadening eligibility to more than half of adults including, as workers in media, every member of this newsroom.
Sometimes we overestimate danger and sometimes we underestimate it. Last March, top infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci estimated the pandemic could kill 100,000 to 200,000 Americans, and the nation gasped. Last month, U.S. COVID-19 deaths surpassed half a million.
Last week, when Alexander City Schools went virtual due to another rise in COVID-19 cases, several parents shared their childcare concerns with The Outlook.