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WILLIAMSTOWN — I am confused by rules of email etiquette. One rule tells us to keep our emails brief. How is that possible if you need to introduce yourself before explaining your first important point? But do not panic if you break that rule … more
East Chatham, N.Y. — After an early morning walk along the Jac beach in the company of pelicans, parrots and a dog walker or two, Danny and I pack up and await the next leg of the journey. Since this trip was arranged via the internet and … more
BOSTON — It is sadly ironic that at this moment when our society needs the humanities and the arts more than ever, our nation's two major cultural agencies, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts, are … more
PITTSFIELD — There is a common misconception that I hear often. People have the impression that since the city is close to the Prop 2.5 ceiling, the voters will be asked repeatedly to pass overrides in order to increase our tax levy. Some … more
NORTH ADAMS — There are many aspects of the Trump agenda that are too abstract to be grasped simply, but the recently released budget is etched in hard reality.It can be tough to see connections these violent economic slashes have with your … more
RICHMOND — Say I'm a perennial peacenik. The military budget is an overwhelming chunk of what Washington spends every year, and I want out of that. My taxes will drop so precipitously that I'll land in the tax-paying percentage area of General … more
Williamstown — "The climate battle is lost." "Trump is president and the world will fry." "No point in fighting any more; we might just as well relax and enjoy what's left for our generation at least." It has been unnerving to watch the … more
WESTPORT, Conn. — 1967, mid-November in Manhattan, temperature near freezing. At 49 East 52nd St., on the sixth floor of a building originally used for guests of the Vanderbilts, producer John Simon and neophyte performer Leonard Cohen clash … more
Bangkok — It would have been a challenge for any American traveler, and it certainly was for Joe Wheaton and me. Seated on tiny stools in a Burmese tea shop on a sweltering Saturday afternoon recently, two local democracy advocates — one … more
LENOX — Of course, President Trump's proposed budget is a disaster. Whether it's dead on arrival on Capitol Hill remains to be seen. Assume the worst, prepare for it, and hope that enlightened Republicans will join Democrats in rejecting this … more
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