This, Too, Is What Democracy Looks Like

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Protest demonstrations are planned for April 11 to demand real structural change in the financial services industry.  “If it’s too big to fail, it’s too big to exist. Dismantle the power of the financial elite and make policies that keep a new crop from springing up, ” says a petition to [...]

Farming Gets Personal

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson What do you get when you cross a computer geek with a sack of flour?The Find the Farmer web site, that’s what. Find the Farmer is the inspiration of Josh Dorf, 39, a technology guy who apparently did well enough in the dot.com boom years that in 2003 he could buy [...]

Rural Election Watch: New York’s 20th District

By Sean Reagan Voters in New York’s 20th district – a sprawling, largely rural district encompassing all or part of ten counties – head to the polls on Tuesday to fill the House seat vacated by Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand. Gillibrand was appointed to Hillary Clinton’s former Senate seat by Gov. Paterson. The race pits Democrat Scott [...]

Adelstein Nominated to Head USDA’s Rural Utilities Service

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Jonathan S. Adelstein, a member of the Federal Communications Commission, will be President Obama’s nominee for Administrator of the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS), formerly the Rural Electrification Administration. The nomination requires approval by the Senate. Before he came to the FCC in 2002, Adelstein was a Senate staffer for 15 [...]

From Fine Art to Fine Food

by Daphne Bishop What began as one woman’s New Year’s resolution to feed her family locally and expand her design business has quickly grown into a multi-dimensional project that may well be replicated nationally. “Will Work for Food,” the new marketing campaign of Gates Studio, located in Wellesley, Massachusetts, is one solution to economic hard times [...]

Matching Funds for Stim Grants?

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The first thing you learn about Panton, Vermont on its website is its population:  People 700, Cows 2000 The town sits on the western shore of Lake Champlain.  Look to the east and you see Vermont’s Green Mountains.  Look to the west and it’s New York’s Adirondacks.  It sounds absolutely gorgeous. [...]

Journalism 2: Framing the Discussion

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson One of the things the radical right has excelled at is framing discussion of the issues that divide us in words of their choosing. One of the things the mass media have been terrible at is refusing to allow one side of these issues to frame the discussion. There are precious [...]

Michelle and Kids Dig In

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson First Lady Michelle Obama and 26 Washington DC schoolchildren broke ground Saturday for a kitchen garden on the south lawn of the White House. As many as 55 vegetables and herbs will be grown year-round for use in the White House.  Mrs. Obama hopes the project will enhance Americans’ understanding of [...]

Obama sends New Year’s greetings to Iran

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Today is Nowruz, Islam’s new year, occurring on the day of the spring equinox. President Obama recorded a message greeting the people and government of Iran and, by extension, the entire community of Islam, extending hopes for better relationships in the future and wishing them well in the new year. Touchingly, [...]

Fire Up the Rototiller!

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The White House South Lawn / Photo credit: airportmatt/flickr Score a great big win for Roger Doiron and the Eat the View Project of Kitchen Gardeners International. We wrote last autumn, before the election was decided, about Doiron’s drive to get a portion of the White House lawn turned into a [...]