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We Can’t Turn Our Backs


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson ABC’s 20/20 last night broadcast “Children of the Mountains,” one of the most heartbreaking programs I’ve ever seen.  It’s the result of nearly two years in which Diane Sawyer followed four children in the Appalachians in Central Kentucky.  I went into the watching ready to be ticked off at seeing rural […]

Longing for a Dark Sky


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Photo by Babak A. Tafreshi— http://www.twanight.org Before I came to live in Western Massachusetts, I had never really seen the sky. I grew up in Philadelphia and moved as a young adult to Ipswich, Mass., a small town with a well-lit central shopping area and street lights even in the outer […]

Broadband Update — and more on the NYT article


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson All that’s keeping my tiny (pop. 750) town from hooking folks up to our broadband network is the weather: Until the weekend’s heat wave, we had a 2-3 foot snowpack, daytime temps in the single digits, and high winds on top of the hill (in New England, it’s considered a mountain) […]

Change Happens


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson This four-minute video left me speechless and with tears in my eyes.  I truly believe there’s no way this would ever have happened if Barack Obama had lost the election.

Rural Broadband in Stimulus Package Getting Trimmed


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson From today’s New York Times: A bipartisan group of senators worked furiously in backroom negotiations on Thursday to cut the cost of the more than $920 billion economic stimulus plan. Senate Democratic leaders said they would await the outcome of those talks before calling for a final vote on the measure, […]

A Breath of Fresh Air


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson I almost can’t believe I heard the President of the United States say, “I screwed up” on national television last night.  Yes, he could have said it more elegantly, but I’m not objecting to his choice of words.  This is the biggest change we’ve seen yet from the man we elected […]

The Perfect is the Enemy of the Good


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Oh, boy, does this ever frost my buns.  An article by David M. Herszenhorn in the New York Times asks, “Internet Money in Fiscal Plan: Wise or Waste?” Of course the New York newspaper would ask the question. In New York you have your choice of broadband options, not to mention […]

The Common Good Bank Project


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Last Thursday night I heard a presentation at the town library on the Common Good Bank project. (I’m supposed to put a little TM symbol after “Bank”, but don’t know how to, so please know that the name is trademarked by the organization working on the project.) It’s not easy to […]


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