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RICHMOND — People perpetually ask why newspapers and television just bring the bad news. Why not print or televise some good news, they want to know. Well, for one thing, news gatherers are basically in the business of telling you about things … more
PITTSFIELD — The health care bill known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA), replacing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), is now heading toward the United States Senate. As the Congressional Budget Office report released last Wednesday … more
WILLIAMSTOWN — Confessions of an inveterate litter picker: I cannot pass by a bottle, can, piece of plastic or worse without a twitch, which usually results in my picking it up.That is why the day after the Great Williamstown Litter Cleanup, … more
LENOX — The combination of Donald Trump's open contempt for the news media and his own unrestrained hostility, even on the world political stage directed at leaders of NATO nations, gave us yet another week of disturbing developments at home … more
New digs A reconfigured approach to Pittsfield Public Schools' alternative education programs is moving forward. The School Committee approved a one-year lease for about 2,000 square feet of space at 53 Eagle St. The $36,810 price tag includes daily … more
PITTSFIELD — As Memorial Day draws near, I'm feeling the power of this time of remembrance. Most days, the news comes at me thick and fast. It seems like every hour brings a new political development or foreign incident. As a result, I find … more
PITTSFIELD — The first sign of spring is an early dusk fly-by of a V-formation of Canadian geese dissecting the evening sky in a southward arc. Fast forward to the next morning and at the far end of the meadow I see multiple dark shapes … more
DALTON — As kids we all sang about Old MacDonald and his farm, but that ditty was more about making animal noises and less about the farmer's work. What did Farmer Mac grow and where did his sell his produce? Back in the beforetime, when I was … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — Our son Jonas, a Great Barrington native, lives with his wonderful family in New Orleans. Jonas has become very active in New Orleans politics and has been a dedicated player in the "take them down" controversy. I find the … more
PITTSFIELD — I don't honestly know how many people think about war and loss on Memorial Day weekend, but I do. That's in large part because I've had the considerable privilege over the years to interview veterans of several wars for stories … more
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