A Rural Voters Bill of Rights and Responsibility

A Rural Voters Bill of Rights and Responsibility On this, Independence Day 2017, we hereby declare these rights and responsibilities for public consumption, comment and dissemination: The Constitution We respect and abide by the rules, liberties and protections granted in the U.S. Constitution of the United States in its entirety. We reject any attempt at […]

Rural Americans, Older Americans and Women Fear Secret Senate Health Insurance Bill is a Replay of House Bill and Hit Them the Hardest

Rural America took a real hard kick in the seat of the pants when the GOP House leadership went behind closed doors a couple of months ago to concoct a tax cut plan for the wealthiest Americans disguised as “health insurance reform.” Under that scheme millions of Americans would lose coverage altogether, most of us […]

Couldn’t Americans Learn From This?

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson It’s a pleasure to end the week with this inspiring post from the Egyptian English-language website Ahram Online. It’s reassuring to know that there are still large numbers of people unswayed by the efforts of some to make us live lives of fear and intolerance. Egypt’s Muslims attend Coptic Christmas mass, […]

Thoughts about Christmas

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Whether you see the Christmas story as Gospel truth or a sweet legend, I wish you a peaceful holiday. However you interpret the story of Jesus, I hope you feel the love in it and I hope you make that love yours to share with the people around you and with […]

Like a Knife Through the Heart

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson In one of those quirks of the calendar that sometimes seem meant to make us crazy, September 11, a day of contemplation and remembrance for most Americans and one of nasty political opportunism for some, this year is also the joyous Muslim holiday of Eid al-Feitr, celebrating the end of the […]

Obama sends New Year’s greetings to Iran

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Today is Nowruz, Islam’s new year, occurring on the day of the spring equinox. President Obama recorded a message greeting the people and government of Iran and, by extension, the entire community of Islam, extending hopes for better relationships in the future and wishing them well in the new year. Touchingly, […]