EDITORIAL: Malheur County aid shouldn’t die in legislative gridlock

Those who live in rural parts of the country such as Malheur County in many regards want what urban dwellers want. They just don’t feel they are getting a fair chance to get jobs, new roads and bridges and other features of community strength.

That’s the apparent message buried in a new poll done by the Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation. The survey makes interesting reading for clues about what’s happening in the country, and carries meaning relevant to Malheur County – and to legislators in Salem.

Much is made of the “urban-rural divide,” as if there are bright lines around the country splitting us into the haves and have nots. In some ways, the divide is nonsense. Everyone wants a good family life. Everyone wants a decent job. Everyone wants to live in safety in a home they own.

But there is no disputing . . .