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To Listen or Lecture, That is the Question


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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 […]

Rural Afterschool Programs: Is Help on the Way?


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By Erik Peterson Back to school season is just around the corner, and with it the worry of the afterschool hours.  In communities nationwide, 14.3 million children head out the school door each afternoon, to spend the afterschool hours alone and unsupervised.  The effect?  Parents worry, and with good reason – juvenile crime soars from […]

President Announces Rural Tour


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THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 30, 2009 President Obama Announces Rural Tour with Cabinet Secretaries and Administration Officials WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, President Obama announced the launch of his Administration’s Rural Tour. This summer, over the course of the next few weeks and months, top Administration officials, […]

Vilsack’s USDA: Every Day — Every Way


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by Matt L. Barron IN Farm Bureau President Don Villwock (left), RuralVotes Board Member Melina “Mel” Fox (third from left) confer with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack at the rural community forum in Danville, IN U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s Rural Tour touched down in Indiana two days ago, holding his sixth rural community forum […]

Of Thee I Sing …


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        by Debra Kozikowski Wreath laying, flag waving, parades, backyard barbeques and on every cable movie channel it’s a war movie marathon. I watched one yesterday afternoon, set during World War II with a scene of soldiers in foxholes under a snowy sky. Some were trying to sleep, some were chatting, others complaining, and all but one unaware of the name […]

Caldera Resigns White House Post


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Louis Caldera, the director of the White House Military Office who scared New Yorkers witless last month, has resigned. In a report ordered by President Obama Caldera said he does not remember a conversation in which he was told of a planned a photo shoot intended to show Air Force One […]

ir·ra·tio·nal: lacking usual or normal mental clarity or coherence


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by Debra Kozikowski There are certain events in history about which people who have lived through them have precise recall. They remember exactly how they felt, where they were and what they were doing when it happened.  For me, the day President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated was the first such moment of my lifetime … I was 9 […]

Echoes of Politics and Thanksgivings Past


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By Deb Kozikowski I recently attended a lecture by Doris Kearns Goodwin, a historian and author of Team of Rivals, where she related an interesting story about President-elect Barack Obama. Before his election, Obama called Goodwin to ask what insight she had extracted from the many diaries and letters she’d reviewed while researching Abraham Lincoln’s […]

A Bone to Pick with U.S. Representative Robin Hayes


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By Karen St. John I admit it.  When it comes to issues I consider important in this election, I tend to nag people a little bit.   Okay, okay…it’s more like I stay on an issue like a dog on a bone.  And, boy, do I have a bone to chew with Congressman Robin Hayes of […]

Now You See It, Now You Don’t


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By Karen St. John “Ensuring that our veterans receive the first-rate benefits they have earned and deserve remains one of my top priorities.”  — New Hampshire Senator John E. Sununu This sentiment from Senator Sununu’s 2007 Veterans’ Day speech gives every indication that the senator respects and understands the needs of our noble military veterans. […]


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