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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
DALTON — Before the days of meteorological precision, Mother Nature always had a few surprises up her sleeve— especially in the spring. Back then, it was possible to go to sleep with the pavement bare and dry, and wake up with a foot of … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — I love Wray Gunn and I love Great Barrington for their spirit of diversity and decency.As we all know, the Clinton AME Zion Church has fallen on hard times. When the time came to use it or lose it, Gunn, assisted by a myriad … more
PITTSFIELD — I have a more pragmatic response to winter storms these days than I did, say, 30 years ago. Then, I used to hitchhike all over New England, weather be, ah, darned. I remember hitching home a few days after the famed Blizzard of … more
PITTSFIELD — Forty years ago, with hopes of becoming a thatcher, I moved to Ireland with my new wife Belita. I had conceived the notion after my grandmother's farmhouse — thatched for two centuries — had to be shingled with slate, … more
PITTSFIELD — Growing up in an Irish family, St. Patrick's Day was always a cause for celebration and the wearing of the green.At St. Joseph's School, the good sisters led us in the singing of Irish songs and told tales of Irish saints, while … more
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