“What’s Driving Food Prices?”

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson A team of agricultural economists on the faculty at Purdue University have thrown a bucket of cold water on the cat fight that passes for discussion of the reason food prices have increased so greatly in the past year. The reason is more complicated than can be blamed on any one […]

The Berlin Speech

By Tracy Russo Yesterday, Barack Obama spoke to an enormous crowd in Berlin. It was incredible to watch really, and as I flipped on my television I wondered what kind of audience he would draw in Europe. I knew from my own post-campaign detox trip that the other side of the pond has been anxiously […]

Who’s Reading The Big Sort and Why?

By Al Cross When he was elected president in 1976, Jimmy Carter got 50.1 percent of the vote, and the race was competitive in most places. Little more than a fourth of Americans lived in “landslide counties,” in which Carter or Gerald Ford got 60 percent or more of the vote. By 2004, when John […]

Keep It Local

By Sean Reagan The American Farmland Trust is beefing up its “Keep It Local” campaign. As fuel prices escalate and the cost of food follows suit, there’s nothing like knowing the men and women who grow your tomatoes and raise your beef. The AFT is going on three decades of working with farmers, ranchers, political […]

Lilacs, Snow, and the Al Gore Challenge

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Pillows are beginning to smell of mildew. Spiders suddenly have the nerve to come inside and build new webs, having abandoned the ones they started beneath the overhangs that (mostly) keep the rain away from the casement windows. Inside the house, the outside cats are sending surly looks in my direction; […]

The Right Wing In Overalls

By Sean Reagan Presidential contenders spoke by telephone to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Council of Presidents meeting earlier this week. Even though the AFB doesn’t endorse candidates, the organization and its state affiliates have long been friendlier with GOP candidates than with Democrats. Early indications – mostly in campaign donations – show that trend […]

Your Tax Dollars at War

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson My town is one of the smallest in Massachusetts, with a population of just over 750 people. The National Priorities Project says we will pay $1.8 million of the funds Congress has already appropriated for the war on Iraq. Coincidentally, that’s the amount of this year’s municipal budget, voted at a […]

Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Saves Us All

J. MarcusLast week, while everybody was fighting over Obama’s coverage and McCain’s senior moments, we missed out on a groundbreaking solution that will save the world. It’s an idea so powerful, so compelling, that it will be compared to the human achievement of agriculture. It will make those smarmy jerks who hand out Nobel prizes […]

Willard, We Hardly Knew Ye

By Matt L. Barron Rumors are mounting that Sen. McCain will tap former Massachusetts Gov. Willard “Mitt” Romney as his running mate as soon as Wednesday of this week. Rural Americans can learn what we in rural Massachusetts found out between 2002 and 2006: Mitt Happens. Torrential rains pelted New England during mid-October 2005 and […]

Rural Election Watch: New Mexico Senate

DEMOCRAT TOM UDALL TAKES A BIG EARLY LEAD By Sean Reagan Democratic Congressman Tom Udall is taking on Republican Steve Pearce, who narrowly defeated Heather Wilson in their hard-fought primary, in the race to replace retiring Republican Senator Pete Domenici who has held the seat since 1973. Udall has politics in the blood. He’s got […]