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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
PITTSFIELD — "Presidents' Day' as the name for the federal and state holiday this month is a disservice to George Washington. He was the first person in America to have a federal holiday established by Congress in 1879, named for him in … more
PITTSFIELD — Growing up in Rhode Island, Washington's Birthday (aka Presidents' Weekend) was a time when we were told the story of George Washington's unique connection to the Jewish community.In 1790, following Washington's visit to Newport, … more
DALTON — When the kids were young we had a Sandra Boynton board book called "Opposites." It contained the usual pairs: big-little, up-down, quiet-loud. Grammarians refer to the pairs as antonyms, and I have always been a fan.Reflecting on my … more
WASHINGTON — In mid-January, after the appearance of some embarrassing material or another (it is hard to keep track), President-elect Trump tweeted: "Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to 'leak' into the public. … more
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