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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
WILLIAMSTOWN — Light a candle for Liu Xia. The widow is finally free. The Chinese poet, artist and photographer — whose only "crime" was to marry the wrong man — has been allowed to … more
NEW YORK — So Donald Trump went to a NATO summit, insulted our allies, then made the absurd demand not just that they increase military spending — which they should — but that they … more
DALTON — In a museum somewhere, there is a heavy, black, rotary-dial telephone, positioned carefully on the corner of a large wooden desk. School children stare in awe at the sight of the … more
NEW YORK — Often people are moved to tears by sadness, but occasionally people are moved to tears by goodness. That's what's happens to the audiences of "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" the new … more
BECKET — The storming of Paris' Bastille prison on July 14, 1789 by angry revolutionaries is not widely observed in the U.S. But this year Americans have reason to take note of the major French … more
WILLIAMSTOWN — The United States and China have just fired the first salvo in a trade skirmish — not yet a full-scale trade war — involving $34 billion worth of goods. The U.S. shot … more
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