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WILLIAMSTOWN — I never expected to meet an internationally acclaimed artist when I was just strolling in my neighborhood. But one day, a couple of feet away from me, Barbara Ernst Prey stepped out of a car. As an admirer of the American … more
BOSTON — Long before more than $40 million was spent last year making the cases for and against charter public school expansion, I was skeptical about using a statewide ballot initiative to decide the question. Ballot initiatives are best … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — Far be it for me to bemoan the passing of the good old days, but I guess I'm at that age now.I know the good old days are defined in different ways by different people, but I define them as back when people agreed on some … more
RICHMOND — If you ask a World War II veteran when he or she arrived in Europe, the answer is likely to be D-Day or D-Day plus a number. Time after time, my husband would say D-Day plus 90 and briefly describe landing at Cherbourg where a bunch … more
LENOX — "Calm fell. From Heaven distilled a clemency; There was peace on earth, and silence in the sky." So said Thomas Hardy, who I imagined was seated by my side. His poem, "And There Was Great Calm," was his hymn of thanksgiving recognizing … more
Williamstown — Henry David Thoreau will be 200 years old July 12, an occasion for statewide celebrations. I'm supposing that his 27th birthday — or the day after, given his appreciation of a home-cooked meal — was the occasion he … more
LENOX — Fair fight. Level playing field.Those catchphrases were heard repeatedly this past week when state lawmakers chose Berkshire County for a public hearing on the likelihood that the state and local communities will tax homeowners who … more
PITTSFIELD — During a 2012 talk about his biography of Thomas Jefferson, Jon Meacham, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, was asked what he considered Jefferson's major failing. Meacham said it was his giving up the political fight to end … more
By Carrie SaldoChallenge to candidates City Council and Pittsfield Public Schools Committee candidates have been challenged to provide their work for free.Craig C. Gaetani, who has taken out nomination papers for three elected positions, has … more
PITTSFIELD — The experts agree. Reading proficiently by the end of third grade is the most important predictor of a child's future success. Seventy four percent of children who struggle with reading in third grade will continue to face this … more
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