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PARIS — Munir al-Adam was 18-years-old when he was arrested in 2012 during protests in eastern Saudi Arabia. Partially blind and deaf since childhood, he was convicted this year of "attacks on police" and other crimes. If his appeal fails, he … more
PITTSFIELD — The Massachusetts budget process demonstrates economic progress does not always create revenue for the commonwealth. Total employment is eclipsing previous highs, unemployment rates are below four percent, and per capita state GDP … more
HONG KONG — Every year in this tiny corner of the world's largest and most populous nation there occurs an event that's all but impossible to imagine anywhere else in China — a commemoration of the June 4, 1989 massacre of pro-democracy … more
Drivers who speed on our 25 MPH road, endangering children.Skunks.People who don't clean up after their dogs.Drunks who throw beer cans out of their car windows onto people's property.Drunk drivers.Cable companies.Donald Trump and his group of … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — History lauds architects and designers; it recognizes industrious contractors and builders. But what about the deconstructionists? The tear-downers, the professional wreckers such as William E. Putnam of Pittsfield? … more
The Rev. Dr. James LumsdenPITTSFIELD — Today, by way of meditation and reflection, I sat with my wife in the warm Berkshire sun and prayerfully read The Berkshire Eagle. Karl Barth wrote that people of faith must read the paper every day in … more
PITTSFIELD — I cannot for the life of me figure out how a gigantic country like China can be so scared of a pipsqueak like North Korea, can be so scared that the giant trembles at the thought of making the loud-mouthed peanut annoyed. There … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — I got popped last week for driving after my registration expired.No complaints; the trooper got me fair and square. And, if I may give a shameless plug: RW Towing of Lee will cheerfully meet all your towing needs! As well as … more
PITTSFIELD — Saying goodbye is never easy. There is no rubric, no perfect preemptive plan for how to properly bid adieu.I can't help but wonder if there is any way I can express all the emotions I feel as I say goodbye to my home of four … more
WILLIAMSTOWN — In a nostalgic mood the other day, I drove into the former Spruces Mobile Home Park as I used to when I visited a dear friend who lived on Higgins Drive. Then on Aug. 29, 2011, Tropical Storm Irene sounded the death knell for … more
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