It doesn't have to be like this — but until enough Tallapoosa County residents change their minds about the vaccine, we need masks in schools.
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.