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Rural America

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.

Jitters Turn to Joy: Creating Pain-Free Memories at a High School Reunion

Linda K. Wertheimer | Posted 10.10.2012 | Home
Linda K. Wertheimer

I had not been back to a high school gathering in 25 years. I was not worried about how I looked or whether my resume was prestigious enough. I was worried that this whole thing might be a tad too awkward. Part of it was my fault.

When They Say You Have No Culture: Talking Applebee's, Passing, and Self-Acceptance With Memoirist Lacy M. Johnson

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 10.08.2012 | Home
Stacy Parker Le Melle

In winning fashion, Johnson's memoir refutes the supposition that her hometown's culture is equal to the sum of what a stranger can see through his windshield.

Culinary Carolina Continued: "Meat & Three," and So Much More

Elizabeth Boleman-Herring | Posted 09.11.2012 | Good News
Elizabeth Boleman-Herring

You "can't hardly find" barbeque in Upstate South Carolina if you're unlucky enough to be visiting the region mid-week. Upstate BBQ eateries are open ...

Facebook Pays Interns $75,000 -- Big Deal, So Do We

Christopher Hytry Derrington | Posted 09.01.2012 | Small Business
Christopher Hytry Derrington

Recently, the Facebook headlines were about the company paying interns, as well as some entry-level talent, $6,000 a month or about $75,000 per year. The news certainly caught our attention.

Time Travel: Richmond Little Red School

Fern Siegel | Posted 08.19.2012 | Travel
Fern Siegel

For children born in the iPhone age, a one-room school is inconceivable. For those who attended the Richmond Little Red School, it was a way of life i...

Warren Buffett's Son Fights Rural Hunger

AP | JOHN FLESHER | Posted 04.19.2012 | Business

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Farmer and philanthropist Howard G. Buffett, son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, wants to enlist fellow food producers...

The Future of Higher Education in Rural America

Dr. Stephen Schoonmaker | Posted 08.21.2012 | College
Dr. Stephen Schoonmaker

Despite these challenges don't start writing rural America's epitaph quite yet. New opportunities are emerging in a rural America primed by resurgences in rural higher education.

Help Alaska Native Kids Save Their School

AlaskaDispatch.com | Posted 08.03.2012 | Impact
AlaskaDispatch.com

A batch of soft-spoken kids from a remote Alaska village are in a race to raise money in hopes of visiting the U.S. Capitol, where they can bring attention to the plight of their school, which might soon close.

JOBS Act: The Winners And Losers

Christopher Hytry Derrington | Posted 05.26.2012 | Small Business
Christopher Hytry Derrington

This pending law is a game-changer for the biggest risk-takers in American Capitalism: the entrepreneurs who are creating jobs by starting and growing companies and the investors who provide them with the financial resources to do so. I'm one of the winners of this bill -- but that doesn't mean I'm not attuned to the losers.

What $25/Hr Wages Will Buy in Rural America

Christopher Hytry Derrington | Posted 05.01.2012 | Small Business
Christopher Hytry Derrington

Critics have accused onshore outsourcing firms like mine of paying rural employees "peanuts" and "slave wages" in order to compete with offshore outsourcing firms. They've said our team members' salaries "couldn't possibly be enough to live on." We disagree, so we decided to put our claims to the test.

How Do We Move Mountains?

Sabrina Stevens | Posted 08.15.2012 | Education
Sabrina Stevens

Here's hoping that 2012 will be the year when we stop abandoning schools and people as "failures" and begin reconnecting communities to build long-term educational, social and economic success.

A National Rural America Jobs Plan

Christopher Hytry Derrington | Posted 01.31.2012 | Small Business
Christopher Hytry Derrington

Global competitiveness through connectivity in underserved rural areas, supported by the U.S. government -- now that's an investment worth pursuing.

No Child Left Behind in Booneville, Kentucky

Mark Shriver | Posted 12.14.2011 | Education
Mark Shriver

One of the lessons we've learned from No Child Left Behind, like many other federal laws, is that it was disproportionately weighted toward the needs of suburban and urban kids and left far too many children in rural school districts, well, behind.

Are Rural People Meaner?

Christian Sandvig | Posted 11.20.2011 | Technology
Christian Sandvig

A normal Topix small-town discussion forum includes a purported attempt to out a gay man, accusations that so-and-so has AIDS, a diatribe against misc...

House Republican Look To Stop 105-Year-Old Law

AP | MATTHEW DALY | Posted 11.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Presidents from Theodore Roosevelt to George W. Bush have designated public land as national monuments, using a federal law to prot...

U.S. Injects More Money Into High-Speed Internet Plan

Posted 10.22.2011 | Technology

MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP/THE HUFFINGTON POST (RICHMOND, Va.) -- Telecommunications companies in 16 states will share more than $103 million in federal f...