23 hours ago Hope of the rural community To the Editor: The annual Fourth of July parade is over. Vendors pull out. Visiting family and friends ebb away and return to their homes. The town goes back to normal -- being quiet. We hear the news that most of America’s rural communities are doomed to decline. We hear that rural life is fading away. We hear that rural older adults as well as younger ones are hit hard by opioid epidemic. When hope seems lost, where do we find hope in the rural community?