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PITTSFIELD — I noticed an odd thing when I began to lose my sight over the past few years. And that is that you don't really know you're losing your sight. It just gets harder and harder to see. That sounds pretty simplistic — and in a … more
"He's crazy!""He's certifiable!"The meme du jour is that our current president is a nut case. He has serious, quantifiable, mental and emotional problems. Even the experts have joined the chorus. In a letter to the editors of the New York Times, … more
East Chatham, N.Y. — After a one-stop flight to San Jose, Costa Rica, Danny and I arrive in the dark of night, taken by our driver through the winding, dimly-lit streets of the city to the Hotel Bougainvillea. The next morning we arise with … more
WILLIAMSTOWN — I applaud the Williamstown Planning Board for seeking input from the community about a proposal to change zoning that would allow diverse options in housing — particularly the addition of multi-family dwellings and rental … more
BECKET —We're getting so used to non-stop melodrama in the White House that we can barely digest the latest controversy before the next one takes its place. But one recent brouhaha might be worth mulling over a while longer: the resignation of … more
NORTH ADAMS — I applaud the unanimous decision by the North Adams City Council on the resolution declaring North Adams a safe and inclusive community and condemning hate toward "race, ethnicity, religion, sexual and gender identity, national … more
RICHMOND — At the North Amherst School, we'd cadge sheets of cardboard from the janitor and use them like sleds on the hill beside the playground. We screamed with joy as we plunged to the bottom of what looked like a big slope to our small … more
WILLIAMSTOWN — Recent movements to boycott Uber and Starbucks by customers upset by the political actions of their corporate leadership reinforce the democratic nature of the marketplace. The free market is inherently more democratic than … more
Williamstown — Arriving can be joyful. Failure to depart is a bummer. Under routine circumstances and others, you get to know your airports — even their three-letter abbreviations. Washington's DCA, for example, is so busy they can't get … more
LENOX — If all the hotel and resort projects under construction, in development or in legal limbo in Lenox and Stockbridge are completed over the next several years, about 500 rooms will be added to the already formidable total of 1,012 in the … more
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