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Suicide Rate Is Higher for Rural Youth

Rural Americans tend to think of their communities as safer than metropolitan or urban neighborhoods, according to the June 2007 Rural Tracker poll. That’s one reason this quote about the rate of suicide among rural young people caught our attention: “Rural suicide rates by firearms among kids surpass the rate of violence from homicide in […]

Posted inArts and Culture

Imus: Soon to be on RFD-TV

Don Imus has the big hat, now he has an RFD address ““ RFD-TV, that is. The radio show host who left MSNBC after making disparaging remarks about the Rutgers women’s basketball team, will start a show on RFD-TV December 3. We always thought Imus’ show was pretty urban, despite the cattle ranch accoutrements. There […]

Posted inAgriculture, Politics and Government

Homeland Security & 6-Legged Illegals

Mediterranean fruit flypierces an applePhoto: USDA It’s enough to sting any farmer’s heart with terror. Ceratitis capitata, the Mediterranean fruit fly, has reappeared in California. In September thirteen Medflies were trapped in a peach tree in the farming community of Dixon between San Francisco and Sacramento. Dixon (Solano County) lies north in the Central Valley, […]

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Wal-Mart Responds to its Critics

Some 100,000 more Wal-Mart employees have health insurance today than three years ago. That’s not by accident, according to a report in the New York Times. Two years ago, Wal-Mart was a punching bag for unions and Democrats interested in running for president. Two states passed laws that forced the rural retailer to provide health […]