Lulu ‘n’ Hershey

Friday, Jan 23 - Welcome to The Edge's new feature, "Lulu 'n' Hershey," the creation of Robert Ayers of Old Chatham, N.Y. "Lulu 'n' Hershey" chronicles the the world soaked in absurdity as witnessed by two highly observant poodles, the young Lulu and her deceased mentor and guide, Hershey.

Connections: Is terrorism a contagion? What is the antidote?

Tuesday, Jan 20 - Could the model for fighting violence be the same as the model for fighting contagion? Can we identify areas where the conditions are ripe for disease/violence to break out? Can we track the spread of violence by tracing the contacts between people in the same way we trace the spread of infection? What makes some immune and others vulnerable?

Charlie, C’est Nous? Oui, in more ways than one

Saturday, Jan 17 - It’s not so comfortable to recognize the ways in which all of us are implicated in the murderous events unfolding before our shocked and horrified gaze. As always, it helps to follow the money. If we’re honest, we have to admit that the money trail leads straight from our cars’ gasoline tanks to the terrorists blowing up themselves and others in the name of Allah.

KALCHEIM: The French get patriotism right, but their political leaders don’t

Thursday, Jan 15 - The French seem to understand the true meaning of patriotism and nationalism rather more than we do. In times of crisis, we Americans tend to rally behind our political leaders in the name of American strength, America dominance, and America’s ability to exact revenge. The men and women marching in Paris seem less interested in the people who lead their state than in the political ideal that is the French Republic: Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité – it is still plastered on government buildings all over France.

Massachusetts needs Death with Dignity measure

Monday, Jan 12 - Those who support death with dignity deem it to be a basic human right. Currently, there are five states in the United States where death with dignity is legal: Oregon, Washington, Montana, New Mexico and Vermont. Each state had come to this status in various ways: through ballot, legislative action, and judicial support.

Generosity Economy is a gift for all

Monday, Dec 29 - In her letter to the editor, Susan Bachelder of Egremont writes: "New England is blessed with great resources in culture, education and many working farms. We are also Yankees and the Generosity Economy is based on an old saying of my Aunt Julia – 'Use a little; Save a little; Pass a little on'. "

Electric rate hikes amount to blackmail on behalf of pipeline

Tuesday, Dec 9 - In her letter, Edge environmental correspondent Mary Douglas writes: "Kinder Morgan would realize a 10 to 14 percent annual return on its investment as a regulated monopoly for the life of the pipeline — 100 years or more ... However, there is plenty of time to put together alternatives, such as a mix of renewables, demand reduction, energy efficiency, market adjustments."

North Adams tree lighting a success

Tuesday, Dec 9 - In her letter, Roslyn Cummings, interim director of tourism and public events for North Adams, writes: "This is an event that many in North Adams look forward to each year. It brings out a sense of community during the holiday season which is comforting and joyous."

Bob Gray: The last to know

Sunday, Nov 23 - The petition must be first-rate since its authors are prominent community members. My question [about the authors of the petition concerning the future of the Berkshire Hills Regional School District] is which of us gathered to anoint them to their prominence? I do know neither I nor anyone I know was consulted.

‘Unconscionable’ electric rate hike

Friday, Nov 21 - In his letter to the editor, John Grogan of Housatonic writes: "Notice the ridiculous 37 percent rate hike?!? We can't take that lying down."