Giving Credit Where Credit is Due in Virginia

There is a lot at stake in the Virginia governor’s race on Nov. 7, beginning with maintaining the state’s robust economy built under Democratic stewardship in Richmond. Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam has played a big part in Virginia’s vibrant economy and has strongly made known his commitment making sure Virginia’s economy remains vibrant and continues to gather […]

The Crisis is Now

By Daphne Bishop The people at RuralVotes work for progress. We strive to create a better future for our communities and are actively engaged in the world around us. We write about seemingly intractable problems and highlight people who are finding innovative solutions. Sometimes, we discover that our words and our efforts join a larger […]

Is This Why They Call It Frankenfood?

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Heading out to a meeting I knew would start way later than announced, I grabbed the March 30 issue of the New Yorker to keep my mind occupied and my prefrontal cortex from getting angry while I waited. [Note: The reference to the site of anger in the brain is an […]

72 Hours

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. —Albert Einstein Al Gore, in an op-ed piece in the February 28 New York Times, gives us a briefing on climate change. If this doesn’t brace you for the phone calls I’ll ask you […]

EPA says Senate bill on climate change would help farmers more than initial studies showed

By Al Cross New Environmental Protection Agency analysis shows higher and more widespread income potential for agriculture from climate-change legislation. Farmers could receive $1.2 billion of initial income benefits from the Senate bill and potentially $18 billion over time, Ken Anderson of Brownfield reports. The analysis, conducted by researchers from the Nicholas Institute for Environmental […]

Vilsack continues sales pitch for cap-and-trade as administration’s ‘Rural Tour’ nears an end

By Al Cross   At the next-to-last scheduled forum on the Obama administration’s Rural Tour, no one mentioned the cap-and-trade bill aimed at limiting climate change — until Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who is making all the tour’s stops, brought it up in a briefing with reporters after a community forum at the Scottsbluff National […]

Americans Losing Touch With Nature

by Al Cross Will baby boomers “constitute the last generation of Americans to share an intimate, familial attachment to the land and water,” as suggested by Richard Louv in his book Last Child in the Woods? Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times ponders that question after a hike with his daughter, cut short by […]

Burning Biomass in Greenfield: How Green Is Green?

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Photo: popinjaykev / flickr A Cambridge, Massachusetts company wants to build a 47-megawatt biomass-fired power electric generating plant in the Western Massachusetts city of Greenfield. The head of the company says it could bring hundreds of jobs to this job-hungry area during the construction and operation of the plant. In this […]

Interesting Times

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Wikipedia, the online user-created encyclopedia, says it ain’t necessarily so, but it makes a good lead to this essay, so I’ll say it anyway: An old Chinese curse says, “May you live in interesting times.” So sure was I that the attribution to the Chinese was accurate, that I went to […]

Saving More Than Money

by Bob Massie   As Barack Obama prepares to tackle the vast problems ahead for America, he has consistently made two bold proposals. First, he intends to make an immense investment in infrastructure – roads, bridges, railways — to jump-start jobs. Second, he plans to boost clean green technologies to make up for the squandered […]