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Broadband Update: From the Mountains of Thailand


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Photo: flickr / rabinal The chair of my tiny town’s broadband committee is in Thailand, on a vacation that has me turning a brighter shade of kale.  (If you don’t get the musical reference, ask an elder.) She sent us this dispatch: Today I was in a remote HmongTai village in […]

Health Insurance Watch: Good News, Bad News


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Over at the Blog For Rural America, Steph Larsen has a good news, bad news post about the public health insurance option currently under consideration in Congress. Here’s the good news: Inventing Controversy There’s nothing the media loves more than a good horse race. A little controversy – or a lot […]

Change Hell Care to Health Care: It’s Time


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by Debra Kozikowski From Lee Brandenburg at The Captive American: The U.S. healthcare system is a disgrace. We spend up to 14 percent of our Gross Domestic Product on medical care, yet 45 million Americans have no health insurance. That’s almost 7 percent of the national population. Maybe 7 percent doesn’t sound like much to […]

Getting at the Heart of Healthcare Reform


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by Debra Kozikowski According to a recent poll the one thing most Americans agree on is that health care reform is needed. And more than half of all Americans believe that a public option is a good way to make sure everyone gets the health care they need.   So that’s a good start, right?   […]

The House That Todd Built


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson It’s funny how things happen.  On October 14, 1962, I was fixing lunch for my three children, who were 1, 4, and 5, when the phone rang. Someone was doing a survey of radio listeners.  “Is your radio on now?” she asked.  It wasn’t.  We both hung up. I don’t know […]

In Congress, July 4, 1776


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The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and […]

Today in Congress


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by Debra Kozikowski Wondering what your US Senators and US Representatives have been up to lately? Here’s a nifty link to the Washington Post interactive database that makes it easy to explore how they voted, when they voted and what they voted on from 1991 to the present.

Healthcare in the Hinterlands


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By Matt L. Barron If you live out in the boondocks like me, you know the challenges involved in obtaining health care.  My doctor and dentist are located at a rural health center in Worthington, the next town over, which is one of two clinics serving the most rural part of Massachusetts. A new website […]

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, […]


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