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Rachel Kanz: Why I won't risk your kids — a teacher's letter to parents

Every day, when I step into my classroom, I do so knowing that you are trusting me with your child — as I entrust my own children to my colleagues teaching high school.

Lauren R. Stevens: NEPA is worth conserving Lauren R. Stevens The National Environmental Policy Act requires all federal agencies to go through a formal permitting process for major projects, like roads, bridges, mines, power plants, …
Clellie Lynch: Moth days of August As soon as there's a glimmer of light twinkling through the trees, I take to the road, best when the temperature is in the 50s as I'm clad in long pants and shirt with protective socks covering my …
Bernard Drew | Our Berkshires: The Frissells of Peru made their marks Augustus Caesar Frissell (1806-1851) and his wife, Laura Mack Emmons Frissell (1810-1898), raised a family of achievers in Partridgefield (aka Peru). His father William Frissell's family was one of …
Leonard Quart | Letter from New York: Two good documentaries exploring human rights The Human Rights Watch Film Festival has been held annually since 1991 in more than 20 countries. The festival previews human rights films and videos in commercial and archival theaters and on public …
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PITTSFIELD — I recently saw a person on television without a face mask being interviewed by a reporter on a crowded street corner in the midst of other unmasked persons. He was asked why he was … more
RICHMOND — If you are over the age of 7 and believe a fairy will purchase the used tooth under your pillow, then perhaps you also believe that glaciers are not melting, the ocean isn't warming, … more
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In recent months our lives have been consumed by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has stressed our nation's health care system to the brink. The tragic police-involved deaths of Black Americans have … more
"Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional." This coffee mug aphorism is attributed to Walt Disney, the same way pretty much anything funny and truish is laid at the pen of Samuel Clemens, … more
Thirty-five years ago, I exchanged a series of letters with Billy Neal Moore, my death row pen pal when I was preparing for confirmation. The progressive parish of my adolescence had a robust social … more
PITTSFIELD — In the past month, I've thought a lot about Paul A. London's July 8 column "Founders' insights predicted progressives' hard-line tact," and why it bothered me. London's piece came … more
"I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United … more
It was a couple of days after I had taken an SAT preparation test in the winter of 2009 when the school guidance counselor who supervised the exam approached me in a hallway of Sheffield's Mount … more
RICHMOND — We may not willingly adopt a term that implies we are a bunch of cows or sheep, but herd immunity has become one of the most desirable things on the planet, and we're the herd. If we … more

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