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NEW YORK — Over the past few months, I've been trying to write a comforting column. The thesis was going to be that even though Donald Trump is doing his best to inflame racial division, we are … more
WASHINGTON — Defining a foreign policy theory that might merit the title of "doctrine" is difficult in the Trump administration, which is dismissive of reflection, consistency and precedent. … more
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has turned the Republican Party into what Jeane J. Kirkpatrick once contemptuously branded the Democrats: "the blame America first crowd."Even by the … more
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
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