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PITTSFIELD — "If you control the language you control the argument." This quote comes courtesy of Big Brother, George Orwell's fictional embodiment of The State in his dystopic political sci-fi … more
LENOX — Did you know that the most recent Massachusetts data revealed that 47 percent of our children, almost half of all minors across the state, had not seen a dentist in the past year? Did … more
PITTSFIELD — In recent years, we have found it increasingly difficult to have effective civil and political conversations with people who have profoundly different worldviews from our own. Many … more
GREENFIELD — "8 Candidates, 8 Visions for 1st Franklin Seat," announced the April 17 lead story of my county newspaper in Western Massachusetts. Most, if not all, of the basic needs for human … more
PITTSFIELD — Americans are proud of touting America as a role model and a beacon of hope for free elections, individual freedom, equality, justice, the rule of law and the pursuit of happiness … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — Of course, I am just a Ph.D. in political science but I do like to think of myself as a guy who gives advice to the politically lovelorn. The letters below are representative … more
You pick up the phone and hear: "Congratulations, you are eligible for consolidation of your credit card debt at a fantastic low interest rate," or "This is the IRS calling to notify you that there … more
I do. I know: it's a protected class, "nation of origin." So I don't really mean it, okay? I like Justin Trudeau. Margaret was okay too. But what I really loved was my BlackBerry. I could text with … more
NEW YORK — The New York City pushcart saga began in 1886, when the first carts appeared on the Lower East Side's Hester Street, and touched off a trend that has endured. At the turn of the last … more
One of my favorite North Adams memories is about a store that has been gone for 20 years, but well known to baby boomers. My mother's Lenhoff family came from Latvia in the early 1890s and settled in … more
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