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HONG KONG — The summit between President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping could be described as a triumph of style over substance but for the fact that, on the Asian side of the Pacific, style can be very much synonymous with … more
STOCKBRIDGE — Henry Burden was born in England in 1791. He earned an engineering degree from the University of Edinburgh., and at 27 years of age he emigrated.In America, he proved a brilliant and resourceful man. In 1835, Burden invented a … more
NORTH ADAMS — Good news becomes harder to find, and each bit of bad news has untold levels that deepen the bad. Like the bombing of Syria, conveniently timed to take the president's Russian scandal off the front pages and meticulously … more
RICHMOND — It's the season of disappearing and appearing. That 16 inches of snow, for instance, is deceptive: It seems to be hanging on, but it shrinks as the melt attacks from beneath. And then, one misty morning, brown lawns appear, showing … more
LENOX — Thinking of abandoning your landline phone to avoid the daily bombardment of telemarketers, scammers, imposters, flim-flam artists and downright criminals invading your privacy? You're not alone.In Massachusetts, nearly 4 out of 10 … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — I don't know who wrote the first Berkshire cookbook, but I know who created the greatest stir. Brothers Harry and Malcolm Douglas launched The Berkshire News as a Saturday morning paper in Great Barrington with a Democratic … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — Lester "The Lion" has passed at 82. Lester Shulklapper was the king of the lobbyists in Albany.He and I philosophically disagreed about pretty much everything but I loved the man dearly. He represented just about everyone … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — One of the big issues with depression is that when one struggles with this disease, every day, one has to decide how much of one's energy to allocate to that struggle and how much energy to allocate to just living one's … more
MIAMI — Years from now, historians will concur that the president's most catastrophic mistake was to anger my wife. I could have warned him. Normally, my wife is the soul of mildness and gentility. But when provoked well, let's just say that … more
Cambridge Mass. — As sheriffs of the commonwealth of Massachusetts, we have significant concerns regarding the potential for a drastic increase in addiction and people needing treatment for substance abuse once the recently passed law legalizing … more
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