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Mitchell Chapman: MCLA needs to do better

PITTSFIELD — On May 25, a black man named George Floyd was killed by a white Minneapolis police officer on video, inciting nationwide protests and a national conversation on race. On June 4, …

Mitchell Chapman: Heritage, identity complex for foster kids PITTSFIELD — The question of heritage can be a complex one for current and former foster kids, especially as they grow up and wonder what the people who created them were like — a …
Ending police violence: Demanding both accountability and justice For the past month, the people of Berkshire County gathered in unprecedented numbers to protest the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and police violence against Black people across this …
David O'Brien: Catholic decline matters - so do our actions Catholicism matters, and so does its absence. In Western Massachusetts, Catholics helped make our shared history. Now shuttered parishes and empty schools leave neighborhoods a bit more impoverished. …
Dalton Delan | The Unspin Room: They say they want a revolution "You say you want a revolution." It was Lennon, not Lenin, who said that. He went on: "Well, you know, we all want to change the world." He had ironic detachment. He scorned the trappings of …
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STOCKBRIDGE — Agree or disagree with their politics, thank every Kennedy for never degrading civil discourse; for always enhancing political rhetoric; for doing the job to which they were … more
GHENT, N.Y. — With the possible exception of toilet paper, nothing is moving faster off supermarket shelves than Oreo cookies and other junk foods, though I take strenuous exception to that … more
WILLIAMSTOWN — Cancelling this summer's sessions due to COVID-19 is only the most recent in a string of indignities suffered by summer camps. By "summer camps," I mean the real kind, sleeping … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — John Alexis Mudd and his wife, Antoinette F. "Netty" Hearn Manney Mudd, purchased a home on Boardman Street in Sheffield in 1909, in anticipation of his retirement from the … more
NEW YORK— I am writing this column knowing it will be just one more piece analyzing the country's and New York City's painful problem with policing. Dealing with the nature of the police I have … more
PITTSFIELD — The COVID-19 pandemic has been an ongoing nightmare for the nation but what if a zombie apocalypse hit us on top of the coronavirus? How would Massachusetts stand up to an assault … more
Last weekend, Princeton University announced it was dropping the name Woodrow Wilson from its school of international affairs and public policy and from one of its colleges. The president of the … more
DALTON — Long ago, Bobby Darin entertained us with the tune, "Splish, Splash," which opens with the lines, "Splish, splash, I was takin' a bath, long about a Saturday night." The new version in … more
PITTSFIELD — The 4th of July has been celebrated for many years as a major, patriotic holiday to commemorate the historic event in 1776 of the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the … more
EAST CHATHAM, N.Y. — Though Danny and I are continuing to shelter at home, I still rejoice in wandering the road at sunrise observing the many changes in the natural world as we move from a … more

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