Iraq Vets Group Supports Climate Change Legislation

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Support for a strong climate change bill, coupled with the argument that cutting America’s addiction to oil in half will help us increase our nation’s security and reduce the likelihood of a war against Iran, comes from a quarter that will surprise many: veterans of the war on Iraq. VoteVets, a [...]

Wreaths Across America

By Karen St. John An evergreen wreath, decorated with a single red ribbon, is carefully placed upon the grave of the fallen serviceman or woman who lay buried in the national cemetery.  It is a simple gesture, unbounded in its respect for the memory of the service to our country, and profound in its reverence [...]

Over the River and Through the Woods

By Karen St. John   “Tis the time of year for family get-togethers and such songs as Lydia Child’s, “Over the River and through the Woods;” or perhaps the reading of a beautiful and seasonally relevant poem as Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.”  But while you are passing through the woods [...]

Pennsylvania plan to help returning rural veterans

By Al Cross A new report from the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire reveals that veterans with service-related disabilities are more concentrated in the rural places and the South, the nation’s most rural region. “The concentration of disabled veterans in the South and rural America is largely because veterans represent a higher [...]

Eat Your Vegetables!

By Daphne Bishop Did you ever think that mom’s admonition to “Eat your vegetables!” would not only shape national policy, but forge culinary partnerships between children, farmers and chefs to revolutionize the way we eat? Sam Kass is the chef who cooks for the Obama family with an eye towards uniting healthier menus and the [...]

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 [...]

Boston Red Sox Hit the Home Run of a Lifetime: Healthcare for Veterans

By Karen St. John To the die-hard fans in Massachusetts and those of us scattered across the nation, good news about the Boston Red Sox is not a surprise.  In fact, it is downright expected when our team has so many players with awesome skills and fierce determination.  But even I, a steady Red Sox [...]

Ideas for fixing ‘brain drain’ of rural young people

By Al Cross Rural problems tend to take a back seat to urban problems that have higher visibility, but addressing rural needs could help much more than just rural America, Patrick J. Carr and Maria J. Kefalas report for The Chronicle of Higher Education. The two researchers found that in just over two decades, 700 [...]

Administration’s Rural Tour makes stops in Alaska

by Al Cross The word “unique” is not supposed to take modifiers of degree, but every stop on the Obama administration’s Rural Tour is arguably unique, and the latest one was probably the most unique — or, to be grammatically correct, the one that was most undoubtedly unique. It was in rural Alaska, off the [...]

To Listen or Lecture, That is the Question

by Debra Kozikowski The Obama administration’s” Rural Tour” is in full swing and rural advocates hope for more listening than lecturing when it comes to addressing the needs of America’s small towns and rural communities. In a piece titled Searching for Hamlet: To be or not to be for rural education, Marty Strange and Robin [...]