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Rural America

On The Prairies Of Astoria?

Mark Shriver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Mark Shriver

From $600 hammers to ketchup labeled as a vegetable, horror stories about bureaucracy gone awry are why the American people often lose trust in their government.

Digital Divide: Only 60 Percent Of Rural Homes Use Broadband

The New York Times | KIM SEVERSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

COFFEEVILLE, Ala. — After a couple of days in this part of rural Alabama, it is hard to complain about a dropped iPhone call or a Cee Lo video that ...

Do Big Things for Our Kids and Our Future

Mark Shriver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Mark Shriver

The weight President Obama gave to education was about realignment. If acted upon, a re-imagined education system could spark a fundamental new direction for America's future.

Alan Simpson Doesn't Know What His Grandchildren Are Talking About

Hilary A. Doe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hilary A. Doe

By: Zachary Kolodin, Roosevelt Campus Network As President Obama's Fiscal Responsibility Commission releases its recommendations, we'll continue to h...

What's Marriage got to do with it? (VIDEO)

Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson

Until Proposition 8 and all the other laws that limit marriage to opposite-sex couples are repealed, LGBT people will not be full people in the eyes of the law or of society.

Father-Son Bank Bombing Exposes Anti-Government 'Underworld'

AP | JEFF BARNARD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

SALEM, Ore. — People who knew Bruce Turnidge and his son say they loved their guns, hated President Obama, and fantasized about starting a milit...

10 Most Common Startup Mistakes (PHOTOS)

Christopher Hytry Derrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Christopher Hytry Derrington

Starting and running a small business is hard, risky work. According to the SBA, approximately 550,000 new businesses were started in the United State...

Election Day: The 74 Million Americans Who Had No Voice

Mark Shriver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Shriver

We are a nation of 74 million kids. But because kids don't vote, don't host shows on Fox or MSNBC, don't run PACs or host fundraisers, their priorities simply aren't met in Washington, D.C. or the states.

Broadband Is Coming To Rural America -- And My Work Force Is About To Skyrocket

Christopher Hytry Derrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Christopher Hytry Derrington

You're entitled to "Life, Liberty, the Pursuit of Happiness, and Broadband Internet Access!" Or, given that the mid-term elections are upon us: "A ch...

My Entrepreneurial Passion: Bringing Jobs Back To Rural America

Christopher Hytry Derrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Christopher Hytry Derrington

Entrepreneurs thrive in an environment of high risk. Face it, failure rates are high. Half of new technology-oriented firms die within five years. Lau...

Rural Communities Face Teacher Shortage, Look To Grow Their Own

AP | ALAN SCHER ZAGIER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

BUFFALO, Mo. — Suzanne Feldman realizes she's an anomaly: a soon-to-be college graduate who wants to return to the languid rhythms of rural life...

The Trouble With Shirley: Race, Power and the Cow in the Room

C. Nicole Mason | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
C. Nicole Mason

In our efforts to move past race, we have run right smack into it. There is no doubt about it. Rather than moving us toward a post-racial society, it has made us hyper vigilant of how race and power intersect in American society.

Fundraising in Rural America

Teresa Huizar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Teresa Huizar

All too often, when we think of fundraising, we focus on efforts and resources that are only applicable to metropolitan settings. Foundations are likely to be located in cities and traditional fundraisers cater to an urban crowd.

Getting to Work in Small Town America

David D. Burstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
David D. Burstein

While Wilmington, Ohio may not be on a lot of New Yorkers lists of top tourist destinations, I had one of the most interesting and inspiring holiday weekends of my life.

Tales From the Census Trail: KT's Bit

KT Boyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
KT Boyle

I saw the recession's effects on small town America when I took the test to become a Census worker, and found myself in a room full of businessmen and soccer moms in suits, most over age 40.

Revitalize Rural America? First grow some backbone

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Holt Gimenez

With Annie Shattuck U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack recently declared a "silent" crisis in rural America. Silent? The American farmers testifying at th...

Rebuilding and Revitalizing America's Rural Communities

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sec. Tom Vilsack

There is more potential for economic growth in rural American than at any time in decades; we just need to embrace new strategies to help create a thriving rural economy.

Village Green: "I watched the growth - it's become 'Paradise Lost' for me"

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Today’s title comes from Jeff Holm, chair of the Board of Supervisors for Baldwin Township, Minnesota.  Baldwin is a rural community s...

Farmers Fighting for Their Health: Taking on Chemical Companies and Transitioning to Sustainable Agriculture

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

No farmer has succeeded in taking on Big Chem for their illnesses in the U.S. because it is especially difficult to get medical recognition for the disease-occupation correlation.

Message to President Obama: Why Trade Will Not Save Rural America

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

In Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack's op-ed this week in the Des Moines Register, he recognized that hunger could not be solved by raising product...

Ethanol Industry, Green Jobs Prove Key to Rural Renewal

Bob Dinneen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bob Dinneen

Heavily concentrated in rural America, ethanol industry jobs offer an economic lifeline for communities otherwise losing businesses, jobs and population

Addressing All the Components of Local Food

Steph Larsen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steph Larsen

I used to think there were four distinct pieces to a local food system -- production, processing, distribution, and retail. Now I realize there is a fifth -- community.

Rural Unemployment Soars During The Recession

Reuters | Nick Carey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

What's going on in Baraga [Michigan] and the rest of the Upper Peninsula [Michigan], or UP, mirrors the slow burn that the recession has made through ...

Advancing Modern Transportation Opportunities and Solutions for Rural Communities

Howard Learner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Learner

Rural transportation has traditionally meant cars and pickups, highways and Greyhound buses. While the intercity buses are fewer and farther between, however, that doesn't change people's needs to get from place to place.

The Privatization of Our Children

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Daniel Heimpel

The question must be floated: can we as a society be engaged in privatizing our children?