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NORTH ADAMS — A couple years ago, I wrote a column about the surprise results of my DNA test, which revealed my ancestry was about a quarter Italian, which was unexpected.The reason for the surprise is that it indicated that I had a … more
RICHMOND — My grandmother's bookcase stood in what she called her front room, its contents behind glass doors that kids lifted with great care. Use of the books was unrestricted. Grandma figured if we could read the words, we could read the … more
WILLIAMSTOWN — There's a dark secret I learned about life in Russia last year, when I returned after being away for a few years. The reality behind the new Iron Curtain, in that land of Mordor that casts its dark webs of intrigue into our … more
PRINCETON, N.J. —. The Democratic Party has drastically deteriorated since Obama won in 2008. Democrats have gone from controlling 57 seats in the senate and 257 in the house to only 48 in the senate and 193 in the house. In 2008, the … more
LENOX — While constant attacks on the First Amendment have become the New Abnormal from the Trump administration and its cohorts, the recent explosive assault on free speech rights at Middlebury College in west-central Vermont is especially … more
Student Resource Center to Close Suspensions will be handled differently for Pittsfield Public School students starting next school year. The district will end its collaboration with the Berkshire County Sheriff's Office, which has run the Student Resource Center since 2002. more
I remember the first college lecture I attended. I do not remember the professor's name, but I remember what he said. "American politics is a rubber band, pull it too far to the left and it will snap back; pull it too far to the right and it will … more
LENOX — Let's do Donald Trump a favor. Let's bring him to Tanglewood.We'll sit him down in a comfortable chair on the lawn for a Sunday afternoon concert. It'll be one of those glorious Tanglewood sunshine days when music and nature blend. … more
Lenox — My years have seemingly evaporated with the speed of an eye blink. Suddenly, I am a soon-to-be 96-year-old geezer credentialed as an active participant in a cohort of nonagenarians dubbed "elderly, elderly" a dubbing concocted by … more
 By Bernard A. Drew GREAT BARRINGTON — Here's a proposition. Let's build a hotel. We'll acquire a piece of land on South Street at the corner of Reed in Pittsfield. It's a location convenient to the traveling public. More than 90 percent … more
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