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Ralph Waite: Patriarch of ‘The Waltons’

Posted on 02/14/2014 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyIn the early 1970s, Ralph Waite, who passed away on Feb. 13 at age 85 in Palm Desert, Calif., already had a solid acting career on Broadway when he was offered a role in a new series. It was to play the father in a rural family who made it through the travails of the Great Depression by sticking to their simple, homespun virtues. It didn’t sound that appealing to Waite, who was accustomed to more challenging, edgy stage roles. …

The Unwiring of America

Posted on 07/12/2013 by | In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyFour or five years ago, some time after I decided to bite the technological bullet and get fiber-optic broadband phone and Internet service at home, I gave up my “analog” — copper wire — telephone line. I almost immediately regretted my decision. During our first extended power outage — and where I live, we typically have several of them a year — we lost phone service. In the pre-digital days we could call others — starting with our electric company …

Green Acres Not the Place to Be Anymore

Posted on 06/13/2013 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsBy Hannah Dreier and Hope Yen of The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Rural America is losing population for the first time ever, largely because of waning interest among baby boomers in moving to far-flung locations for retirement and recreation, according to new census estimates. Long weighed down by dwindling populations in farming and coal communities and the movement of young people to cities, rural counties are being hit by sputtering growth in retirement and recreation areas, once residential hot …