Opinion

The opinions expressed in these publications are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or views of Rural Insights or its members.

Rural Forest Markers Act is a Bipartisan Win-Win for Rural Landowners and the Environment

Rural Insights contributor Tom Watkins shares his thoughts on the bipartisan “Rural Forest Markets Act” bill, which authorizes the USDA to offer loan or bond guarantees of up to $150 million to open emerging markets for carbon mitigation, among other things, to rural forest owners.

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Reimbursement Policies Put Financial Strain on Larger UP Hospitals

President and CEO of Chippewa County War Memorial Hospital David Jahn discusses some of the financial difficulties of being a Prospective Payment System hospital in the U.P., and what will be necessary in order for rural PPS hospitals to survive financially.

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The UP Should Embrace Winter in 2020 to Prevent the “Twindemic”

In our latest “Rural Voices” piece, Upper Peninsula expat Alex Wellman shares his thoughts on how the UP could help prevent the “twindemic” this winter by embracing outdoor activities.

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Thimbleberries: A Precious U.P. Treasure

In the first article of our “Rural Voices” column, Daniel Truckey shares an account of why thimbleberries are such a special treasure in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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Nearly Half of U.P. Households Struggle to Make Ends Meet

Upper Peninsula families–even those who are employed–are having a harder time making ends meet, according to the United Ways “ALICE” measurement system.

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Great Lakes Sports Commission Helps Sustain Important Economic Sector

Susie Fox and Kevin Korpi of the Great Lakes Sports Commission provide a great overview of the history of the commission, the role that state investment into sports and related infrastructure has played, and the economic importance of sports in Michigan.

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Survey shows UP teachers’ opinion mixed on return to school

Educational technology expert Pamela Spady shares the results and her thoughts on a UP-wide survey of K-12 teachers on their opinions for how to return to school for the 2020-21 school year.

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Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors: August 3, 2020

Primary day in Michigan, absentee ballots, NMU EAN update, news tips, and book suggestions. Read more in this week’s Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors.

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Air travel in Rural America met with more challenges than ever

Sawyer International Airport Manager Duane DuRay illustrates the current landscape of airports in the rural U.P., and the challenges faced by the airports, airlines, and communities.

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Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors: July 27, 2020

The UP’s first Marriott hotel, dark store tax reductions, who is Leon Black, and a veteran historical marker goes missing. Read more in this week’s Rural Whispers, Noise & Rumors.

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