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GREAT BARRINGTON — Berkshire history questions fly my way, and while some challenge my ability to come up with a good answer, all show the wide curiosity about our rich heritage.In the past several months I have been asked:What's the history … more
PITTSFIELD — Major retail chains have been flirting with disaster for awhile now, but given the events of the last week or so, it looks like they're getting ready to topple like dominoes. more
GREAT BARRINGTON — As you probably know, I run WAMC, a network of public radio stations that serve much of eastern New York and western New England.When the right wing Breitbart organization decided to publish a piece calling for the defunding … more
PITTSFIELD — A couple years ago, (well, it was more like 20 years ago; I sometimes forget how old I am), I met a couple from England, Barry and Mary.No seriously, those were their names. I think his name was actually Barrett, but I called him … more
PITTSFIELD — After 76 years of political battle with Republicans from the time that Franklin Roosevelt's Federal Emergency Relief Administration declared health care as a fundamental human right, congressional Democrats under the leadership of … more
WILLIAMSTOWN — I am confused by rules of email etiquette. One rule tells us to keep our emails brief. How is that possible if you need to introduce yourself before explaining your first important point? But do not panic if you break that rule … more
East Chatham, N.Y. — After an early morning walk along the Jac beach in the company of pelicans, parrots and a dog walker or two, Danny and I pack up and await the next leg of the journey. Since this trip was arranged via the internet and … more
BOSTON — It is sadly ironic that at this moment when our society needs the humanities and the arts more than ever, our nation's two major cultural agencies, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts, are … more
PITTSFIELD — There is a common misconception that I hear often. People have the impression that since the city is close to the Prop 2.5 ceiling, the voters will be asked repeatedly to pass overrides in order to increase our tax levy. Some … more
NORTH ADAMS — There are many aspects of the Trump agenda that are too abstract to be grasped simply, but the recently released budget is etched in hard reality.It can be tough to see connections these violent economic slashes have with your … more
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