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Rural America

Rural America, Poverty, and Why the Farm Bill Matters

Tori Taylor | Posted 09.22.2013 | College
Tori Taylor

I grew up in rural North Carolina. I have seen the impact that America's farmers have on our economy and our culture. And as someone whose family has benefited from nutrition assistance in the past, I understand on a personal level the importance of the farm bill.

City Mouse vs. Country Mouse: Whose Carbon Footprint Is Bigger?

Peter Hanlon | Posted 09.17.2013 | Green
Peter Hanlon

City life can be stressful at times and expensive always, but at least you can take solace in having a small carbon footprint. Tiny apartments to heat and cool, no driving -- of course you're not using as many resources as your suburban and rural brethren! But a new study suggests that urbanites shouldn't be quite so smug.

Historic Demographic Change Revealed

AP | HOPE YEN and HANNAH DREIER | Posted 08.13.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON — Living in a rural Nevada town, Moe Royels recalls a more bustling time years ago when retirees poured in to enjoy the warm desert c...

The Mean-spirited and Empty Land of Giant Agriculture

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 08.04.2013 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

On May 26, 2013, a friend and I ventured into the alien world of the Imperial Valley of California where "farming" engulfs the Salton Sea. In the brig...

Eliot Nelson

The Most Democratic County In America | Eliot Nelson | Posted 09.26.2013 | Politics

SANDY HOOK, Ky. -- In 1988, the band Alabama scored a No. 1 country hit with "Song of the South," Bob McDill's tribute to life in rural Dixie. Twangy ...

Jason Linkins

Despite 'Buckwild's' Ignominious End, Reality Television May Not Be Done With Ridiculing Rural Americans | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.10.2013 | Entertainment

MTV's "Jersey Shore in Appalachia" reality series "Buckwild" had a very brief and very unhappy lifecycle. It launched amid censure from critics and la...

Rural America Tells Washington: Clean Energy Works for Us

Nicole Lederer | Posted 06.25.2013 | Green
Nicole Lederer

Farmers are stepping up, along with national security and business leaders, to voice their support for an American clean energy economy. Altogether, these advocates represent households in every congressional district in the country. Can our elected representatives afford not to listen?

Bust the Trust and the Bypass

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 06.19.2013 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

Farmers impart stories of having to sell their land and find other work because they can't compete in an unfair marketplace. Former neighborhood market owners explain how they've been pushed out of business by large national chains.

USDA StrikeForce: Expanding Partnerships and Opportunity in Rural Communities

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 05.26.2013 | Politics
Sec. Tom Vilsack

Unfortunately, 90 percent of America's persistent poverty counties are in rural America -- and we can't allow these areas to be left behind. This week, USDA is further expanding a program to partner with rural communities on projects they support to promote economic growth.

What I Tell My Students

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 05.15.2013 | World
Evaggelos Vallianatos

I have taught sporadically at several universities. My latest teaching is at Pitzer College that prides itself for its liberal and environmental value...

We Must Bridge the Rural Digital Divide in America

Diane Russell | Posted 05.18.2013 | Technology
Diane Russell

The policy question is not, "Is broadband working in America?" It clearly is. The real challenge is to make sure that the remaining Americans who are not on the fast lane of the Internet get on it as quickly as possible.

John Celock

Top Dem: Govs 'Scared To Death' | John Celock | Posted 02.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, the head of the Democratic Governors Association, steered clear of calling for a total assault weapons ban F...

AT&T's FCC Petition Should Be Denied: AT&T Should be Investigated

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 04.16.2013 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

We request that the FCC immediately start investigating AT&T's business practices as well as the company's failure to supply material and essential facts about their deployment of U-Verse.

Jason Linkins

'Buckwild' Is What Happens When People Stop Being Polite And Start Producing Poverty Voyeurism | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.10.2013 | Politics

"Buckwild," the West Virginia-centered MTV reality show that's been compared to both "Jersey Shore" and "Jackass," is set for its second airing tonigh...

What Are the Public Switched Telephone Networks, 'PSTN' and Why You Should Care?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 03.09.2013 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

It appears that you can fool most of the people most of the time. AT&T has proven that if you spend a boatload of money and repeat the same deceptive statements over and over, the public will believe anything you want them to.

Key Group Slammed As 'Less And Less Relevant'

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has some harsh words for rural America: It's "becoming less and less relevant," he says. A month afte...

Smartphones and Tablets -- Rural Shoppers Don't Leave Home Without Them

Diane Smith | Posted 01.30.2013 | Technology
Diane Smith

This explosion of e-commerce and online retail opens up opportunities for those of us living in rural America. We see it every day in my backyard. Retailers of all kinds of products are all accessing the global marketplace via the Internet.

Economic Security for Rural America: LightSquared Round Two

Diane Russell | Posted 01.29.2013 | Technology
Diane Russell

An essential building block to economic growth lies in expanding broadband access to rural America. Instead of pushing each other over the self-made cliff, why not build a bridge across the digital divide?

The Fiscal Cliff: Maintaining a Circle of Protection for Children, Hungry People and the Poor

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 01.21.2013 | Politics
Eva M. Clayton

If we spend less on school lunches and food stamps to make the numbers add up on an Excel spreadsheet, we will indeed pay much more with poor performance in school and chronic health issues later.

Forging Economic Opportunities in Rural America

Diane Smith | Posted 01.20.2013 | Technology
Diane Smith

Every election cycle, we hear about the divide between urban and rural voters. But what I see most often in my rural backyard is opportunity -- supported by new technologies that have begun to eradicate the distance penalty that used to limit economic success in rural America.

AT&T's $14 Billion Dollar 'Bribe' to Get Rid of Telecom Regulations Is a Multi-Layered Hoax

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 01.09.2013 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Kushnick's Law states: "A regulated company will always renege on promises to provide public benefits tomorrow in exchange for regulatory and financia...

One of the Dramatic Issues Not Being Discussed by the Presidential Candidates

Jeffrey P. Colin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jeffrey P. Colin

Hundreds of thousands of people live without power, safe water, or sanitation, as an ongoing reality. Unfortunately, no cries for immediate action arise.

Let's Expand Our Definition of Education After High School

Jeff Selingo | Posted 12.02.2012 | College
Jeff Selingo

After graduating from high school, he enrolled in Moberly Area Community College, a half-hour south of Macon. Two semesters later, the 28-year-old dropped out. His transcript was filled with A's, but he was bored in his classes.

The End of Cities: The Coming 'Great Rural Migration'

Stephen Estes | Posted 11.26.2012 | Los Angeles
Stephen Estes

If the benefits of living in a city are diminished because the Internet brings access to the world to you, then why deal with the high real estate prices, traffic, crime, pollution and difficulty of living alongside millions of other people?

Appalachia by Any Other Name

Ed Hooper | Posted 11.25.2012 | Politics
Ed Hooper

"Appalachia" is no longer the heritage-derived place name coined by European explorers or the designation famed author Washington Irving once suggested as a replacement for North America. The word now represents systemic failure and poverty in the national lexicon.