Politico is reporting that US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack got pretty intense at a gathering of farm belt leaders, telling them that small town America needs a wake-up call.
“It’s time for us to have an adult conversation with folks...
May 01, 2007 — These are tough times for America's newspapers, which face growing competition from the internet and other electronic media. A new report issued yesterday found that circulation has declined yet again, down by more than three percent at some big-city papers. But in this age of blogs and 24/7 news, one part of the newspaper business seems to be thriving. Small newspapers that offer "hyper-local" content -- everything from baby pictures to neighborhood politics -- are managing to hold their audience. In some towns here in the North Country and around the country, mom-and-pop papers are actually expanding circulation. Brian Mann has our story. Go to full article
Feb 20, 2007 — Alistair McLeod is one of Canada's most prominent post-War writers. His novel No Great Mischief and his collections of short stories have captured the experience of Canada's far-flung small towns. McLeod will read from his work Monday evening at Middlebury College in Vermont and Tuesday at Paul Smiths College in the Adirondacks. McLeod spoke with Brian Mann. Go to full article