Help Him to Help Us

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson By now Barack Obama has made enough decisions and enough appointments that there’s probably no supporter left on the land who agrees with everything he’s done. I certainly don’t. But I know beyond doubt that he’s on my side, and yours, and not on the side of those who see us […]

Urban, exurban, rural — where are you?

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Partly because I love maps and partly because I think you’ll enjoy finding your county on this one, I’m posting in as large a size as the software I use to write to you will let me a map from The Daily Yonder that shows which of three categories the U.S. Census […]

The Ballad of Barack O’Bama

Posted by Miryam Ehrlich Williamson, with a hat tip to Matt. Viewing time 5:00.  It’s a sing-along. .

Will Cap and Trade Harm Rural States?

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Some experts think President Obama’s cap and trade proposal will harm the economies of the nation’s most rural states. In the accompanying map, the heaviest producers of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main culprit in global warming, are colored dark blue. The lowest producers are light blue. As the map shows, rural […]

A Short Course in Journalism

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Journalism — which is supposed to involve accurate and perceptive reporting — is one of the keystones of a successful democracy. People who don’t know what’s really going on can’t make informed voting decisions, let alone tell their elected representatives how they want to be represented. I could make the argument […]

Drink Up: Rural Water Gets Boost in House

by Matt L. Barron Rural communities could be getting a larger share of funds for water and wastewater systems thanks to the efforts of two freshmen Democrats. Under an amendment by Rep. Betsy Markey of (CO-4) and Frank Kratovil (MD-1), states would be required to set aside 15 percent, rather than 10 percent of their […]

Dem Senators Reach Out to Rural America

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The White House may have its Office of Urban Affairs, but we rural folk have almost half the US Senate watching our backs.  Democratic Senators on Wednesday unveiled a new web site devoted to rural issues. Introducing the site, Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln, newly appointed Chair for Rural Outreach, said Our […]

Senate Dems are Listening

by Matt L. Barron When Democrats expanded their majority last year in the U.S. Senate they did so by winning in some very rural areas. Freshmen like Jeanne Shaheen (NH), Kay Hagan (NC) and Mark Begich (AK) each hail from states which are more than a third rural. And President Obama polled seven points better […]

The Secretary Meets The Cookie Monster

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Even those who govern can’t be serious all the time.  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack proved the point Tuesday, when he met Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster and joked about how much his 28-year-old son wanted the baked goods fanatic’s autograph. Actually, the event had a more serious purpose — kicking off a […]

For Every Fruit There Is A Season

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson As much as possible, in our house we eat fruit and vegetables only in season or grown locally and preserved (in our case, more often frozen than canned.) There are exceptions, of course.  For example, there is no such thing as canned or frozen salad greens, and we can’t bear to […]