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LENOX — Grass-roots democracy, as witnessed in our local city council and town meetings, is vital yet fragile — all too easily abused by "usual suspect" individuals and groups with axes … more
WILLIAMSTOWN — I was driving to visit family Christmas morning. It was snowing hard. I was climbing, slipping up lonely Route 8 in Searsburg, Vermont, the snow outstripping the last time a plow … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — Let's talk about judges and the law. One of my heroes has always been Judge Jerome Frank. He passed away long ago, but he believed that judges have tremendous power when it … more
PITTSFIELD — Chuck called me on that long-ago Super Bowl Sunday. "Hey Kev, why don't you come over for the big game? I've got tons of food and a new 60-inch Jumbotron projection TV that will … more
Nobody wakes up one morning and says: "Wow, I'm getting old". However, there are little hints during the days and weeks that point us to the inevitable conclusion that the clock is advancing, the … more
PITTSFIELDWhen you are eight years old and you believe you helped save someone's life, oftentimes a memory so vivid stays with you for a lifetime. Most childhood memories fade with time while others … more
NEW YORK — In the mid-1890s, New York was seen as the "Metropolis of Cycledom," home to 250,000 bike-owning citizens, ten cycling journals, 55 cycling clubs in Manhattan alone, twenty-nine … more
WILLIAMSTOWN — The esteemed China scholar Perry Link once described the Chinese Communist Party as the "anaconda in the chandelier." The image of a constrictor draped menacingly above the … more
EAST CHATHAM, N.Y. — Would you ever come across a lawyer, a politician and an assemblyman in the same place? Definitely stake out a state house and there they'll be. But if you are out birding, … more
PITTSFIELD — America, according to the late distinguished political scientist and Williams College Professor James McGregor Burns, has a "horse and buggy," 18th century, fragmented system of … more
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