COMINGS & GOINGS
Steven Dorf has been hired as the new
general manager (GM) at Three River
Telco (Lynch, Neb.), replacing the retiring
David Rose is the new GM at Miller Telephone Co. Inc. (Miller, Mo.), replacing
Andrew Vargas is the new Chief Executive
Officer (CEO)/GM at Mid Plains Rural
Telephone Cooperative (Tulia, Texas),
replacing the retiring La Tonda Stoudt.
Greg Andreas is the new GM at Sierra
Telephone Co. (Oakhurst, Calif.). Cindy
Huber continues to be the president.
Frank Boscarillo is the new general manager at Germantown Telephone Co. Inc.
(Germantown, N. Y.).
Shelly Franzenburg is the new GM at
Farmers Cooperative Telephone Co.
Erin Petersen is the new GM at Palo
Cooperative Telephone Association
Jill Fishbaugher is the new GM at Spring
Grove Communications (Spring Grove,
Jason Shelton is the new GM at Loretto
Telephone Co. Inc. (Loretto, Tenn.).
Short Attention Spans
May Not Be a Problem
Shortened attention spans represent another common
fear in our tech-addled age. How can we accomplish anything that requires extended concentration when we
seem to crave constant distraction?
Don’t worry. Although a Microsoft report from 2015
asserted that the average human attention span had dropped
to eight seconds from 12 seconds just two years earlier,
“human attention has always been fleeting,” wrote Ben
Healy. “A study conducted several years before the first
iPhone was unveiled found that workers spent an average
of just two minutes using a particular tool or document
before switching to another.” l Source: theatlantic.com
Vegetation Makes You Vivacious
Good news for those who live in rural towns with more green space than their
nearest metro areas: You may be healthier than city workers.
According to Tom Jacobs, a study in the Journal of the American Heart
Association shows that the natural world lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease
by reducing stress. Researchers recorded the amount of green space within six-tenths of a mile from 408 study participants, all of whom had been diagnosed
with cardiovascular disease or were considered at high risk of such disease, and
they found that people who live near green spaces had lower levels of adrenaline
and other stress-activated hormones. They also had higher levels of blood cells
that encourage cardiovascular health.
“The overall pattern held true regardless of age, race, the socioeconomic status of their neighborhood, and whether or not the subjects smoked cigarettes or
used statins,” Jacobs wrote. “So it’s not just a matter of wealthier people having
better access to greener neighborhoods. Vegetation appears to be an equal-opportunity health promoter.” l Source: psmag.com
Geographical Wage Gap Stops Shrinking
For decades, the gap between higher-income and lower-income wages in the
United States was closing. That’s no longer the case.
A report from the Brookings Institution’s Hamilton Project confirms what
many have reported anecdotally: After decades of Americans moving toward
higher wages and better jobs, people can no longer afford to move to areas
that are more well-off economically. At the same time, the tech boom has benefited mainly already prosperous counties and states.
“By and large, places have gotten stuck,” Jay Shambaugh told Axios.
But one region has seen conditions worsen. “States and counties in the
Midwest, which used to be the middle of the pack for household earnings, have
plummeted toward the bottom,” wrote Stef Kight. However, the Upper Great
Plains region, which includes North Dakota, is “experiencing a boom largely
due to the fracking industry.” l Source: axios.com