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By nature, I am not a suspicious or skeptical individual, want to trust people at their word and be agreeable to reasonable requests. I also tend to comply with requests made of me by individuals I perceive as knowledgeable or persons of authority.I … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — I have to admit, I didn't think the texting-while-driving controversy was a big deal, until I was almost killed because of it about six months ago. I'm not being dramatic. I narrowly missed hitting a tractor-trailer on Route … more
NEW YORK — I have been a film critic and editor of one of the most critically incisive, uncompromising and enduring film magazines in America, Cineaste, for over 40 years. I also taught a wide variety of film courses at a branch of CUNY and at … more
BECKET - The 20th century Chicago writer Nelson Algren is remembered for his novels "A Walk on the Wild Side" and "The Man with the Golden Arm," both of which were made into movies. Algren is perhaps better known for this advice: "Never play cards … more
In the 1950s, families in the Berkshires bought their first television sets. Back then TVs were only black and white and either large consoles connected to an antenna on the roof or a portable model with indoor "rabbit ear" antennas.Cable TV and … more
PITTSFIELD — Politicians began gaming the electoral system with partisan gerrymandering before the ink was dry on the day the Constitution was ratified on June 21, 1788.Some historians claim that Patrick Henry, a political foe of James … more
CANAAN, N.Y. — Last Saturday, June 17, my wife and I attended the "Women's March to Ban the Bomb" in New York City. Alas, only hundreds of people participated. I suspect the organizers had planned on several thousand, at the least. First we … more
HONG KONG — When I heard that a half-dozen people had been shot during practice for the Republicans vs. Democrats baseball game, I quickly confirmed the story, then posted a statement on my Facebook page: "Time to ratchet down the rhetoric on … more
NORTH ADAMS — Of all the nationwide controversies for a Berkshires organization to become embroiled in, Shakespeare & Company being dragged into the new anti-Shakespeare movement is an absurd one.It reveals how outsider idiocy can descend … more
RICHMOND — If you're tired of politics, accusations, scandal and gunfire, you may want to think about agricultural illiteracy, the subject of an inside pages story in The Berkshire Eagle last week. It's not really upbeat, since it indicates … more
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