A dramatic comparison of federal land ownership in the West versus other regions.
The Atlantic magazine recently published a piece about the West entitledThe Graying of Rural America, which argues that, “As cities attract young people, rural America has become older, whiter, and less populated.”
The authors focus on Fossil, Oregon, the county seat of Wheeler County, which they describe as slowly dying. According to The Atlantic, the town began “bleeding jobs” after a lumber mill closed in 1978. Young people leave for educations and jobs in larger cities, and old people become trapped. They exist mostly on investment earnings or government checks like Social Security.Continue reading →
Later life is more and more a time of entrepreneurship, says the Atlantic. One reason is the good health enjoyed by many people who have been spared a hard life of physical labor. Other reasons, not mentioned in the Atlantic, may include a growing number of unemployed among people 50 years old and above, and a growing interest in providing help to younger family members who themselves may be unemployed. Times are tough. The examples in the Atlantic are persons who have had careers, who may be already retired, and who have the interest and energy to start something new. Later life is a good time to start a business.