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Broadband’s a Start. But What’s For Rural America in Stimulus Plans?

President-elect Barack Obama said his economic stimulus plan would extend broadband to rural communities. He spoke Thursday at George Mason University.Photo: Obama-Biden Transition Project We know this much after President-elect Barack Obama made a speech Thursday on the economy: a forthcoming economic stimulus plan will contain money to increase internet broadband access in rural America. […]

Posted inEnergy

How Will Obama or McCain Power the Nation?

Barack Obama and John McCain (and this fellow in bed) have supported versions of “cap and trade” to control carbon emissionsImage: Nitrozac & Snaggyvia True Carbon Energy. Jobs. The environment. As Michael A. Livermore, Executive Director of NYU Law School’s Institute for Policy Integrity, has written, “The challenge for the next administration is to find […]

Posted inHealth

Rural Dental Care: The Younger, the Better

A student at Hampton Elementary School in Barbourville, KY, gets ready for a free exam through Kids First Dental, a mobile clinicPhoto: Stephen Crowley, for the New York Times Children in rural communities, particularly those who come from families with low incomes, are often victims of neglect who suffer tooth decay, oral abscesses and advanced […]

Posted inGrowth and DevelopmentImmigration

Immigrants in Nebraska Pay More in Taxes than They Receive in Services

In Nebraska’s meatpacking industry, immigrant workers hold 80% of the jobs. Here, meat processors work at the Farmland plant in Crete, Nebraska.Photo: Lincoln Journal Star Native born Nebraskans cost the state more in government services than immigrants do, according to a recent report completed by an economics professor at the University of Nebraska. Largely rural […]

Posted inBroadband and TechnologyEnvironmentRural Economy

Greene County, NC ~ Wireless and Way Ahead

Students grades 6-12 in Greene County, N.C., all received laptop computers in 2003, and college application rates have nearly tripledPhoto: Apple Could wireless internet service really improve a rural community? Greene County, North Carolina, a former stronghold of tobacco production one hour east of Raleigh, now has some compelling answers. The community showed high rates […]

Posted inEnvironmentGrowth and DevelopmentHealthPolitics and Government

Rural Ozone: Crops and Country Lungs

‘Gimme that countryside…’ Rural wannabe O.W. Douglas played by Eddie Albert “Fresh air!” shouted Oliver Wendell Douglas, the stuffed shirt who bullied his diamond-dripping wife to leave New York City for “farm living” in television’s Green Acres. As many rural residents can attest, Mr. Douglas should emigrate with caution. According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s […]

Posted inRural Voters

Rural Reps.: Are They Turning to Obama?

Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA) pressed the endorsement button Jan. 21, for Barack Obama (here, he’s lighting up a new technology center in Wise County with company and state officials).Photo: Gotricities Rep Rick Boucher (D-VA) endorsed Barack Obama on Monday. “I represent a rural district of 27 counties and cities in southwestern Virginia,” Boucher announced. “George […]