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NEW YORK — In New York the subways yet again confront a crisis. It's different in kind from the disaster that passengers faced daily in the 1970s and '80s, when fear of crime dominated the lives of subway riders. Besieged by menacing … more
WESTPORT, Ct. — We've been mired in the high desert sands of Afghanistan for longer than our hot war in Vietnam, but even news junkies hardly hear a word about it. What a difference half a century makes. In Vietnam, 2,000 reporters roamed the … more
The Fourth of July holiday in the 1950s and 1960s was celebrated with family picnics, flags on our porch, attending Pittsfield's colorful parade, watching Firemen's Muster competitions in Wahconah Park, the Gillette Brothers carnival, cheering the … more
HONG KONG — This bustling Asian financial hub has just marked the 20th year since it stopped being a British colony and, at the stroke of midnight on July 1, 1997, suddenly turned into an administrative region under the communist government of … more
NORTH ADAMS — My favorite thing in the world is volition.I know that around the Fourth of July, it's popular for everyone to claim that they love freedom, but I proclaim my appreciation of freedom and volition all year long.Sure, some people … more
NORTH ADAMS — As the national leadership and its support become more toxic each day, as the office of the presidency itself feels less likely to survive the degradation that is being heaped upon it lately, things like the opening this past … more
RICHMOND — Years ago, we attached a small metal gadget to a fence post in front of our house and bought an American flag on a pole that fit into the gadget. The Vietnam War was raging and friends who had come from Boston to visit noticed the … more
LENOX — The common notion here in the Berkshires is that nearly all of us drive as soon as we can get our licenses, since navigating the county without wheels is nearly impossible. That's especially true for folks who live off the BRTA bus … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — Summer in the Berkshires is just unbelievable. There is nothing like this place.Tanglewood is without a doubt the finest music festival in the world — that's right, I said "the world." Jacob's Pillow is truly THE … more
By Carrie SaldoThe City Council rejected a request by resident Alexander Blumin to discuss all citizens petitions. Rule 27 gives the president authority to refer a petition to a committee or place it on file, in addition to discussing it before the … more
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