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Posted inRural Economy

What’s Rural?

What’s Rural? There’s no good answer to the question, “What’s rural?” —not even here at The Daily Yonder . We all think we know a rural place when we see it. But nobody has a definition of rural America that makes sense across all 50 states and more than 3100 counties. So when we report […]

Posted inRural Voters

Rural Votes are Crucial to Presidential Campaigns — Money Not So Much

Votes of rural Americans decided the last two presidential elections and will be crucial in the upcoming contest. But thus far city-dwellers and donors, not country ones, are paying the cost of the 2008 campaigns. A Daily Yonder analysis of recent campaign contributions finds that while 26 percent of the nation’s population lives in rural […]

Posted inRural Voters

Questions for Sen. McCain about Rural Communities and the Iraq War

Sen. John McCain campaigns at the Rendezvous Restaurant, Muscatine, IA Photo: Millhollin/Flickr Douglas Burns of Carroll, Iowa, recently watched as his closest friend returned to Iraq as a member of the Army Reserves. Burns has three friends serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. So do many others in Carroll, an agricultural and service-industries town of 10,000. […]

Posted inHealth

How Kirksville, Missouri, Kicked Meth

In 2001, Missouri took the national title from California ““ lunging to first place in methamphetamine lab seizures. To the chagrin of the state’s police, mental health workers, judges, and foster care officials, Missouri has stayed number one ever since. While the rural Midwest is notorious for meth problems today , illegal methamphetamines were first […]

Posted inImmigration

Nopalitos in the Catskills – Immigration in Sullivan County, NY

In one of Monticello, N.Y.’s Latino groceries, AcatlanPhotos: Julie Ardery Between late May and early September each year, the population of Sullivan County, NY, (est. 76,000) triples. The streets of sleepy Woodbourne bustle with Hasidic visitors in long whiskers and black hats. Bungalow colonies fill up with families, and harness track fans pack the “racino” […]