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RICHMOND — Sometimes you need a friend.Two showed up, one a longtime variety, the other brand new. Both, in the end, took the sting and the tedium out of driver's license renewal.For weeks, the … more
WASHINGTON — It is a prudential axiom: If it isn't broken, don't fix it. This reflects the awareness that things can always be made worse, and the law of unintended consequences, which is that … more
BOSTON — It must be July of an election year on Beacon Hill. The telltale signs were all there.Backbiting whisper campaigns about who to blame for a two-week late budget? Check.A sudden burst … more
WASHINGTON — When it comes to President Trump, it's hard to pick his worst decision from the plethora he has provided.His most recent — to brazenly insult our NATO allies — surely … more
LENOX — It will take more than a pocketful of miracles to resolve the so-called Airbnb issue, which has been simultaneously challenging lawmakers at the Statehouse, in Boston, Salem and other … more
PITTSFIELD — "A judge must interpret the Constitution as written." Federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh made this statement in a speech, after President Donald Trump introduced him on … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — I went out at about 4:45 a.m. to retrieve the Sunday Berkshire Eagle from the green tube. The sun eyebrowed over Bung Hill. As I climbed the porch steps I saw movement behind … more
PITTSFIELD — A college history professor of mine once posed the age-old question: "What shapes history: individuals or events?" We focused upon the example of interwar Germany — the mob … more
NORTH ADAMS — I am a caregiver to my 85-year-old mother, who is suffering from dementia. She moved in with me on March 21 of this year.Parents who are dear friends, have said that taking care … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — OK, let's face it — the district attorney of Berkshire County may be the most powerful public official that we have. His or her decisions can be life-altering for … more
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