Nathan Beacom writes from Fremont, Neb. His writing has previously appeared in The Public Discourse and The Des Moines Register.
Anita's Tortilleria, a restaurant and gas station on the south side of Fremont, Neb., is one sign of the growing diversity in many American small towns. (Nathan Beacom)
Politics & Society Short Take
Nathan BeacomSeptember 18, 2020
As rural America becomes more diverse, it faces many of the problems associated with big cities, writes Nathan Beacom. The urban-rural divide in our politics does not reflect reality.
In the Ohio and Upper Mississippi river basins, 10 million metric tons of commercial fertilizer is applied each year, and much of it ends up in our waterways. (iStock/filmfoto)
Politics & Society Short Take
Nathan BeacomMay 28, 2020
In “Laudato Si’,” Pope Francis called drinkable water a human right. But as Nathan Beacom writes, our methods of farming and raising livestock are degrading our soil and polluting our waterways.
Politics & Society Short Take
Nathan BeacomOctober 23, 2019
The current opioid crisis has strong parallels to drug addiction in Victorian England, writes Nathan Beacom, and the struggles of the Catholic poet Francis Thompson.
The site of Clemens Field baseball stadium in Hannibal, Mo., near the Mississippi River, on May 31.  (Jake Shane/Quincy Herald-Whig via AP)
Politics & Society Short Take
Nathan BeacomJune 17, 2019
This spring’s floods devastated farming and rural communities in the middle of the U.S. that were already struggling with economic and social decline, writes Nathan Beacom. But ”blue” America may find it difficult to sympathize.
Politics & Society Short Take
Nathan BeacomJanuary 14, 2019
The latest five-year farm bill continues a pattern of subsidizing corporations while squeezing every last drop of use out of farm families and cropland.
The Indian Creek area of Bears Ears National Monument (iStock/Adventure_Photo)
Politics & Society Short Take
Nathan BeacomMay 04, 2018
Preserving wilderness areas is a way to preserve the idea of the sacred. But the Trump administration is seeking a huge reduction in protected land.
Politics & Society Short Take
Nathan BeacomApril 06, 2018
All those who eat are called to care about the plight of those whose work produced the eating.