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NORTH ADAMS — One of the great booms in America over the last two decades has been Lyme disease. Since the turn of the century, cases have tripled thanks to the spread of it moving inland.Spend much time in conversation with your neighbors … more
RICHMOND — Bobolinks and bluebirds show the way. The yellow-capped bobolink, steady on a blade of grass, and the bluebird, brighter than a perfect June sky, were no longer commonplace in New England when one lost its hayfields and the other … more
H. Patricia HynesGREENFIELD — Every now and then I re-visit these lines of the Canadian poet and songwriter, Leonard Cohen:Ring the bells that cannot ringForget your perfect offeringThere is a crack in everythingThat's how the light gets in.In … more
LENOX — The 24/7 White House horror show reached new heights of horrification this past week as the environment took a beating, globally as well as here in our backyard.On Thursday, we learned that as part of an order by Environmental … more
PARIS — Munir al-Adam was 18-years-old when he was arrested in 2012 during protests in eastern Saudi Arabia. Partially blind and deaf since childhood, he was convicted this year of "attacks on police" and other crimes. If his appeal fails, he … more
PITTSFIELD — The Massachusetts budget process demonstrates economic progress does not always create revenue for the commonwealth. Total employment is eclipsing previous highs, unemployment rates are below four percent, and per capita state GDP … more
HONG KONG — Every year in this tiny corner of the world's largest and most populous nation there occurs an event that's all but impossible to imagine anywhere else in China — a commemoration of the June 4, 1989 massacre of pro-democracy … more
Drivers who speed on our 25 MPH road, endangering children.Skunks.People who don't clean up after their dogs.Drunks who throw beer cans out of their car windows onto people's property.Drunk drivers.Cable companies.Donald Trump and his group of … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — History lauds architects and designers; it recognizes industrious contractors and builders. But what about the deconstructionists? The tear-downers, the professional wreckers such as William E. Putnam of Pittsfield? … more
The Rev. Dr. James LumsdenPITTSFIELD — Today, by way of meditation and reflection, I sat with my wife in the warm Berkshire sun and prayerfully read The Berkshire Eagle. Karl Barth wrote that people of faith must read the paper every day in … more
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