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PITTSFIELD — When Hillary Clinton was robbed of a chance to be the first woman to hold the most prestigious position in the world — and I use the term "robbed" intentionally, since I was taught as a child that the most votes … more
FITCHBURG — Democracy depends on strong literacy, leading to informed citizen participation. Education is at the base of opportunity in the United States, resulting in better economic and health outcomes, improved quality of life, voter … more
DALTON — September is my favorite month, now. Because it no longer signals the end of summer vacation, but the beginning of autumn vacation.I am seriously smitten with September. Sitting under the pergola, with the sun slanting through the … more
STOCKBRIDGE — God bless Country Curtains. I can't recall when I first spoke those words, but I did so often and without irony.Country Curtains was that important to Stockbridge, the town in which I live. It is difficult, if not impossible, for … more
WASHINGTON, Mass.— The controversy over the Berkshire Museum's proposed sale of 40 important works of art continues to grow. At its heart are two Norman Rockwell paintings given to the museum by the artist. They are the linchpin of the … more
NEW YORK — Books about New York City come in all forms, are written from a variety of perspectives, and emphasize different aspects of the city's life.Roz Chast is a native Brooklynite turned suburban commuter who has been drawing cartoons for … more
This is the concluding part of a two-part column that began on WednesdayRICHMOND — My battle with the tick-borne disease, Anaplasmosis, is a warning for all of us here in the Berkshires. Unlike Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis often strikes with … more
EAST CHATHAM, N.Y. — In the early morning sun, the sugar maple's golden glow shines through the still green leaves of the surrounding forest. Sharp-leaved sumacs succumb to the cool nights turning their fronds darker and darker red. Fields and … more
As the summer is ending I reflect back to the days of my youth, when a fun activity was going to the drive-in theater.The Berkshires had at least six that I recall, with Briggs Open Air Theater in Dalton as the first. It opened in 1947, but was … more
This has been one of the busiest months for Fraud Watch. It began with reports of counterfeit products, moved to fraudulent disaster relief, and now focuses on one of the most extensive data breaches in American history.Late last week, Equifax, one … more
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