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RICHMOND — My husband had this dreadful, orange plastic hat. Its great virtue was that neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet could penetrate its surface. Since he was the one who had resolved, while residing in a foxhole in Holland, that he would … more
Westport, Conn. - "It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury signifying nothing." Not for nothing does Shakespeare's lament from "Macbeth" (Act 5, Scene 5 for aspiring thespians) ring in my ears as I join millions of … more
LEE - How will we answer Question 2 next Tuesday? If we say "yes," then charter schools - specialized public schools free to innovate and educate unfettered by union rules and other typical district constraints - will be allowed … more
During this unprecedented presidential campaign, when the state of our union seems fractured and fragile, it is worth looking back to another complicated era. Nearly the entire world was embroiled in war, and a … more
LENOX — "Nobody expected 2017 to start this way," declared Sen. Elizabeth Warren in her Friday announcement that she intends to run for re-election next year. "This isn't the fight we were expecting to fight."The Massachusetts Democrat … more
NORTH ADAMS — Did you know that ostriches don't really stick their heads in the sand at times of danger?They don't. You know what does? Cartoon ostriches, ostriches that are caricatures of real ostriches that perpetuate … more
Lately I've been having a lot of acid reflux issues, leaving me sick to my stomach with a bitter taste in my mouth. And most Americans can empathize with that, after our grueling presidential campaign season. Heck, it's just nice to find something … more
NORTH ADAMS - Twice in 16 years, and for the fifth time since 1828, the winner of the popular vote for president has lost the election because their opponent received more electoral college votes. Amid the howls of ongoing protests against Donald … more
By John DicksonPittsfield — Recently, I received in the mail a notice from the city of Pittsfield that, as a member of the Pittsfield Historical Commission, I had to complete my annual review of conflict of interest rules and laws. Dropping … more
PITTSFIELD - I am compelled to speak out once again on the events in the news - militias gearing up for a show of force if Hillary wins the election - those same militias appearing at polls encouraged by or even part of the Republican campaign - … more
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