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NEW YORK — The weather has suddenly changed - temperatures in the chill 40s and 35 mile an hour howling winds, hopefully not a portent of an approaching dismal ice and snow-ridden winter. It seems like the right moment to write about something … more
PITTSFIELD — Pearl Harbor was the 9/11 of our fathers and grandfathers. The parallels are startling. In both instances, a failure of our intelligence agencies to pass along vital information preceded the attack. In both … more
LENOX - The tour buses would creep up the lumpy macadam, forcing other traffic to detour around at the edge of the narrow country road. On the curve at the crest of the hill, just before our house, the buses would stop.The view was a photograph … more
Windsor — We had occasion to visit the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York recently and this distinctive museum has much to recommend it. I found all the exhibits meditative, enlightening, and representative of early America, which … more
It's panic time. Christmas and Hanukkah are here and the frenzy of holiday shopping, checklists and bills is mounting. It's a time of good cheer, smiling faces, and good will to all. Sorry folks, but it's also time for the Grinch! The … more
As a youngster I was always fascinated by exotic or jungle animals and among my favorites were monkeys. Although monkeys were not native to North America, I recall a few in the Pittsfield area in the 1950s. The closest zoo to the … more
PITTSFIELD For our president-elect, history starts now. Except for a slogan referring to some vague, bygone time of American greatness, Trump's understanding of history appears to be limited only to what has personally happened to him, as … more
FITCHBURG — Democracy, rooted in free expression, often finds power in the written word. Influential authors and thinkers are an important part of Massachusetts and Berkshire heritage. Frederick Douglass, a freed slave who wrote eloquently of … more
At a time when the challenges facing our nation feel overwhelming, we give thanks knowing the local investments we are making are having a positive impact on our neighbors. The time and money invested in Berkshire United Way improves the lives of … more
For being winners of the presidential election, Trump voters sure are angry. I guess you're likely to get angrily defensive when your candidate has been beaten in the popular election by 2.5 million votes. You're going to want to pummel the … more
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