Tag Archives: Appalachia

The subject of poverty finally makes its way into the presidential campaign

As I’ve mentioned before, I was born in Lexington, Kentucky, the day before Robert Kennedy arrived there to begin his tour of Appalachia. I don’t know that it explains why, over the course of my life, I’ve been so drawn to Kennedy, but it’s an odd coincidence, I think, and I find it hard to […]

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On wanting the ghost of RFK to visit Obama like Jacob Marley visited Scrooge

I was just lamenting to my friend Pete yesterday that we didn’t have any leaders today like Robert Kennedy. Apparently others are thinking along the same lines. The following clip comes from an opinion piece by former Senate staffer Brent Budowsky: …I believe there is now an economically unpatriotic wing of the GOP. They express […]

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Hillbilly Hot Tub

I don’t know that it qualifies as performance art, as I’ve tagged it here, but I just happened across this video shot by Metro Times editor Michael Jackman, and felt obligated to share it. The phrase, “hillbilly hot tub,” by the way, before people attack me for being insensitive to the plight of Appalachian Americans […]

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Welcome to Blandsilanti

Last night, the Ypsi City Council met to, among other things, determine a course of action relative to the proposed Ypsitucky bluegrass festival. As I’m sure most of you know, there’s been a little bit of a hubbub over the name, which was proposed by the Depot Town CDC. Some think, given that the word […]

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