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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Wellstone: "The future belongs..."

“The future will not belong to those who sit on the sidelines. The future will not belong to the cynics. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Senator Paul Wellstone

Paul Wellstone was a friend of mine. I was fortunate to have met him, worked with him and spent time with him. Paul Wellstone cared deeply about rural America, and more importantly, he cared deeply about rural Americans.

If Senator Wellstone were alive today, he would be challenging all of us to stand up, to prepare for the long battle ahead for the future of rural America. He would tell us that the next farm bill needs to be about more than farms. He would tell us that the next farm bill must create a future for all of rural America, for family farmers and ranchers; for the next generation of farmers and ranchers; for rural communities; rural mainstreets; rural small business owners; rural working families; and everyone who calls rural America home.

And he would be right once again.

I am writing to ask you to avoid waiting for our first 2007 appeal letter and help us save mailing costs by making an online contribution at – – just click on the Donate Now button and make your contribution, quickly, easily and securely.

$500, $250, $100, $50 – or whatever you can afford – it has never been more important to stand up for the future of rural America.

If we are to break the stranglehold that the some of the most powerful political and economic forces in America have over Congress, the farm bill and rural policy, then we must work together, and we must start now.

Donate Now – – for rural America, for your future…our children’s future.

Beginning farmers and ranchers, small business owners, rural entrepreneurs and rural communities – these are the people that we stood up for last year. We stood up to preserve what is best about rural America – family farming and ranching, yes, but also rural schools and the quality of life in rural communities.

For 33 years, the Center for Rural Affairs have stood steadfast in defense of rural America, not just when it was easy, not just when it was popular, but more importantly when it was difficult, unpopular, even controversial – and when powerful political and economic forces aligned against us, because that is what rural America needs most.

We will stand up for rural America again this year. But we cannot do it alone.

Donate Now – – by joining with thousands of other rural Americans, every gift – be it $500 or $25 – speaks louder than any of us could alone.

Rural America faces stern challenges. We need your support so that, together, we can rise to meet those challenges and continue the fight for rural people and places that you have been reading about in our newsletter and elsewhere.

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John Crabtree
Center for Rural Affairs

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