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Our declining Ninth District rural areas

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By Letter To The Editor

The rural areas of the Ninth District have been neglected for too long. Our Main Streets are lined with empty stores. Two hospitals have closed their doors. Families are leaving in droves to seek employment elsewhere. Teachers are underpaid, and several schools are in need of repairs. Our bridges and culverts are deemed to be the worst in Virginia. Broadband still isn’t available in many areas. Our power grid is outdated. And many of our communities are beginning to look like ghost towns.


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