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An alert reader sent me this link to the Guardian. It's a depressing read titled 'Financial despair, addiction and the rise of suicide in white America' and it focuses on Butte. The story notes Montana's first place finish for suicides in the U.S. There isn't a definitive answer in the article as to why this is happening. There is a long list including: socio-economic factors, easy access to guns, drug and alcohol abuse, isolation and health care issues. My takeaway is the future looks bleak for these folks. There's no job security. Wages aren't keeping up with costs. Health care