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Robert F. Jakubowicz: Nation's founders saw this day coming

PITTSFIELD — Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) at a Trump rally last week in Louisiana said: " President Trump has doubled the growth in the greatest economy in all of human history. And do you know …

By Liana Toscanini and Jim Klocke: During holiday season, remember to give to nonprofits PITTSFIELD — Charitable giving from individuals is the lifeblood of the nonprofit sector and critical to maintaining the social fabric of the Commonwealth. But during this year's holiday …
Anne Horrigan Geary: A month for giving thanks DALTON — November is the month when we turn our thoughts to two different groups of individuals who sacrificed much for a cause. Veterans left all they cherished to protect us all. Some never …
Donald MacGillis: Needed: a new name for 'flyover states' PITTSFIELD — Residents of the nation's interior often take unkindly to the term "flyover states" to characterize their part of the country. This is understandable since the phrase inevitably …
H. Patricia Hynes: Legacy, tragedy, of World War 1 GREENFIELD — Veterans Day, celebrated this past Monday, began as a commemoration of World War 1. WW 1 was the first industrial war. Poison gases, flamethrowers, aerial bombing, submarines, and …
Dr. Claudia M. Gold: Barnstorming for Buttigieg GREAT BARRINGTON — Just six months earlier, most of us had never heard of Pete Buttigieg. Following separate and unique paths, we each came to recognize the extraordinary gift he, together with …
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PALERMO, Sicily — On a spring day in 1992, a bomb exploded in under a highway outside this city, the capital of Sicily, killing an Italian judge named Giovanni Falcone. Two months later, … more
Once upon a midnight dreary, I was pondering my theory. On a very humble dish which has caused many to be snide. Avocado spread on toast, just carb with protein, yet it boasts. An eager condescending host of people happy to deride. What about the avocado … more
WILLIAMSTOWN — Armistice Day, celebrated 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month, marked the end of fighting for World War I in 1919. In 1954 Congress changed the name to honor veterans of … more
LENOX — It was a strange feeling, a sort of deja vu. Catching a ride home from the body shop, I felt a twinge of sadness at leaving the car off for bumper repair. It was, I realized, a small … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — The internet is an enormous asset to local history research. But sometimes there's no substitute for old-fashioned snail mail. I'm writing a new history of Notchview … more
STOCKBRIDGE — In first part of this two-part column ("A common, disturbing story," Nov. 6), time, place, severity of the crimes, and similarity of the victims, were different. What then did the … more
WESTPORT, Conn. — It's promising to be a banner year for the business of media, thanks to the elections 360 days away. It couldn't come at a better time, with retail advertising continuing to … more
NEW YORK — Whatever happened to the vaunted Israeli Labor Party that ruled Israel at its founding in 1948? During Israel's early years the country was ruled by its first prime minister, the … more
PITTSFIELD — PCTV again did a stellar job in partnering with various groups to provide debates for those running for political offices during the just-concluded city election campaign. Combined … more
No morn — no noon!... No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees, No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds — November!""No!"— Thomas HoodEAST CHATHAM, N.Y. — As this … more

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