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Rural America

Don't Miss Opportunities To Bridge The Gap With Rural Voters

Rachel Lewis | Posted 12.09.2016 | Politics
Rachel Lewis

I wonder: Is the health care of retired mineworkers on the radar of climate change activists? What about Democratic party strategists?

2016 Election Explainer In 4 Words: The Urban-Rural Divide

Raza Rumi | Posted 12.09.2016 | Politics
Raza Rumi

Since the historic win of Donald Trump, the American media and pundits have been grappling to understand the election results and their inability to p...

A Time To Accept Multiple Truths

Mac Grambauer | Posted 11.21.2016 | Women
Mac Grambauer

Note: I had started working on a different piece about the aftermath of the election, and after seeing the discourse which followed November 8th, bega...


Graham Meriwether | Posted 11.18.2016 | Politics
Graham Meriwether

I've spent the better part of the past decade in rural America. I'm proud to know many farmers, many farm families, and humbled to have been a guest i...

Laura Ingalls Wilder Would've Voted For Trump

Kate Klise | Posted 11.15.2016 | Politics
Kate Klise

I voted for Hillary Clinton, but I have plenty of friends and neighbors in southern Missouri who voted for Donald Trump. Are they good people? Of course they are. But I'm trying to make sense of how it's possible we see the world so differently.

The 2016 Election: Views From A Red State

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 11.10.2016 | Politics
Mary Anne Mercer

It's hard to think clearly about how we in the progressive community can actively resist the potential disasters of a Trump presidency.

MLTC Solutions that Bring Managed Care Home (Even If It's '25 Miles Away on Top of a Giant Hill')

Hany Abdelaal, DO | Posted 11.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Hany Abdelaal, DO

In the rural upstate town of Canajoharie, New York (population 3,800), hard on the Eerie Canal, an elderly couple in their nineties lives deep in farm...

Letter to Hillary Clinton

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 10.06.2016 | Politics
Evaggelos Vallianatos

I plan to vote for you. I am confident you will be the next president of the United States. Your opponent, Donald Trump, is not fit to be president. He is wasting his time thinking he can bamboozle millions of Americans with gimmicks of playboy memories fuelled by hubris and deceit. He is proud for not paying taxes, a shameless and irresponsible habit.

Democrats and the Plight of Rural America

Brian Wagner | Posted 09.16.2016 | Politics
Brian Wagner

The American economy is back, baby! With a record 5.2 percent increase in median household income, the Census Bureau data is clear. Break out the bubb...

Notes From A Cyclist In The Middle Of Nowhere

Dick Simon | Posted 08.10.2016 | Impact
Dick Simon

"People don't lock their cars around here. But the bears learned how to push the lever on the front door of my house, so I keep that door locked." T...

Don't Forget About Rural America in 2016

Dan Glickman | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics
Dan Glickman

The 2016 campaign has been marred by division. Between gender, age, income, party affiliation, personality, you name it and it has been split apart. One big divide that continues to exist is the gap of knowledge and understanding between rural and urban communities. Rural communities and small towns deserve the attention of candidates for office and elected officials. Global trends show that cities are the preferred community of many millions of people, but there is also evidence that many Americans are moving back to smaller towns and rural areas. Let us not forget the important role rural communities and small town America plays in our economy, in our history, in our society and, importantly, in our politics.

How can we heal what ails RURAL America?

Suzanne Anarde | Posted 05.20.2016 | Impact
Suzanne Anarde

If you follow the news closely, it can seem like small-town America is in the throes of social and economic collapse.

Beyond Visibiltiy: The Call for Transgender Reproductive Justice

Tory Smith | Posted 04.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Tory Smith

Transgender individuals are in just as much need for reproductive health care as anyone else, not only because they -- like people of all genders and sexes -- want to become parents, but also because they are victimized by sexual assault at disproportional rates.

5 Ways to Leverage Community Colleges for Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development

Joe Kapp | Posted 02.03.2017 | Business
Joe Kapp

Withering economies are perhaps one of the most daunting issues facing many communities, particularly in small-town, rural America. The days of Ma-and-Pa shops opening on every corner have gone the way of record players and the elevator operators.

Making an Accomplice: Why "Making a Murderer's" Brendan Dassey Deserves a Re-Trial--Even if His Uncle Doesn't

Michael Shammas | Posted 01.07.2017 | Crime
Michael Shammas

Like his uncle, Brendan may be guilty. Unlike his uncle, his conviction rests entirely on the coerced confession of a frightened, mentally-challenged boy badgered by grown men wielding badges and guns and uniforms and loud, firm voices.

Picturing Rural Iowa: The Photographs of Pete Wettach

Aaron Lurth | Posted 01.07.2017 | Arts
Aaron Lurth

It's the summer of 1936. America is facing one of the most economically devastating periods in its history. A mere seven years earlier, the stock mark...

A Response to Arianna: Calling Trump a Racist Is Like Using Oxygen to Put Out Fire

Danielle Lee Tomson | Posted 12.09.2016 | Politics
Danielle Lee Tomson

The language to sway and woo needs to change and be redirected, lest you find yourself speaking to an echo chamber.

Housing for My Mother: A Young Woman's Quest to Help Shelter

Kathleen Kiley | Posted 10.13.2016 | New York
Kathleen Kiley

For Chavisa Woods, a New York City-based novelist, known for her distinct voice in capturing life in rural America, campaigning to get an affordable camper for her homeless mother before the onset of winter resembles a passage from one of her novels.

Tapping Untouched Talent in Rural America

Hung Vo | Posted 07.22.2016 | Green
Hung Vo

Trends in demographic data show that people have left rural America by large numbers since 1976 and, while fluctuations in the rural population vary by year, this historical pattern of population decline remains accurate.

The Importance of Rural America

Vince Gill | Posted 07.10.2016 | Impact
Vince Gill

As a performer, I constantly look for ways to give back to my family, friends and fans who live in rural America. They are the heartbeat of our country.

Catching the Dream of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe -- A Glimmer of Hope in a Native 'National Emergency'

Reiner Lomb | Posted 07.01.2016 | Fifty
Reiner Lomb

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe (UMUT) is one of three tribes that comprise the Ute Nation and one of 566 federally recognized tribes that are dealing with this national crisis. For more than 2,000 years, the people of the Ute Nation have lived in Colorado, Utah, and Northern Arizona.

Serving More Summer Meals in Rural and Tribal Areas

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 06.22.2016 | Impact
Sec. Tom Vilsack

According to Feeding America, 43 percent of counties are rural, but they make up nearly two-thirds of counties with high rates of child food insecurity. The consequences are significant.

Affirmative Action for Rural America?

Steven Conn | Posted 06.02.2016 | Politics
Steven Conn

At the center of Evenwel v. Abbott is a math problem: How do we calculate the size of legislative districts? The answer to that question depends on how we define the principle of "one person, one vote."

Groups Working to Make the World Wide Web Live Up to Its Name

Sarah Pike | Posted 05.15.2016 | Impact
Sarah Pike

Living in an urban American city and enjoying Internet access from all of my devices, and my own personal wireless network at home, it's easy to take for granted how rare that kind of accessibility is on a global scale.

Going Back to Indiana: With Two Cheers for Its Gun-Toting Gals!

Peter Schwartz | Posted 05.31.2015 | Politics
Peter Schwartz

If only this beautiful vision were true. Social research survey data from mainstream polling organizations tells us, over and over again, that women represent approximately 10 percent of the nation's gun-owning population.