While many of our urban areas are thriving, it’s important for our state and federal officials to understand that rural communities are continuing to fall further behind. As child advocate for Douglas C.A.R.E.S., I have seen how financial instability in Douglas County has led to heartbreaking increases of child abuse and neglect. As Oregon’s congressional delegation considers reforming federal forest policies as a way to help our rural communities, it’s important that they focus on permanent and comprehensive solutions that rebuild our safety net over the long term, while combatting the high levels of poverty that have devastated our families …
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