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NEW YORK — A number of fine writers have attempted to grasp the nature of the American experience.From De Tocqueville's classic 19th century study of American democracy, "Democracy in America," where he unerringly perceived Americans' wish to … more
WILLIAMSTOWN — We need bats, but they're not exactly on the top of most people's list of favorite animals. While charismatic species like whales and polar bears enjoy international attention, bats often fly under the radar.Even in the … more
Baby Boomers (and other folks) may recall Broyles Roller Skating Arena as a fun family activity or a great place for teenage dates.Broyles was open seven nights a week, but geared for children on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Where else could you … more
LEE — I used to cry on Mother's Day. Without fail. Every year. I longed for a homemade card, or a picture frame made from spray-painted macaroni. I wanted the cheesy carnation given to mothers at Sunday brunch. I ached for a little hand in … more
WASHINGTON — One in five children in the United States show signs of a mental health condition. In a class of 25 students, it's likely that five of them will deal with depression, anxiety, substance use disorders or other adverse childhood … more
PITTSFIELD — The city of Pittsfield banned Styrofoam on Oct. 13, 2015, the result of a multi-year effort that began with a petition I filed on Dec. 6, 2012. Pittsfield followed Great Barrington to become the second Berkshire community to ban … more
If you're a regular reader of The Berkshire Eagle, you're probably familiar with the positive progress Face the Facts: reduce teen pregnancy, has made in reducing the teen birth rate in Berkshire County.Significant declines in North Adams and … more
NORTH ADAMS — If you take Emmanuel Macron's defeat of Marine Le Pen as a rebuke of the current worldview in America — and many of us do — then his winning margin of 66 percent of the vote is positively embarrassing.A country that … more
LENOX — Here's an idea whose time has come, along with another whose time will never come.Believe it or not, there's growing momentum to eliminate Eastern Standard Time in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts — but only if all three … more
PITTSFIELD — Recent events at Fenway Park involving Orioles outfielder Adam Jones reminded me that, while Boston is one of the best places in which I ever lived, there are some real nasty racists living there. Jones, for those who don't follow … more
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