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Carole Owens

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A resident of Stockbridge, Carole Owens is the author of seven books, three newspaper columns, and numerous feature articles. As a local historian, Owens was named Scholar in Residence by the Massachusetts Council on the Humanities.

Articles by Carole Owens

CONNECTIONS: The counterfeit veto

Tuesday, 26 Mar 2019 - Untruth from the White House to the public is rife. Actually, it is more subtle than Twitter rants riddled with identifiable lies.

CONNECTIONS: The unspeakable climate

Tuesday, 5 Mar 2019 - It is interesting to contemplate that weather is blamed for the demise of the Vikings, the French Revolution and the bubonic plague. It is also interesting that the founding of this country, the creation of our Constitution, the Civil War, American industrialization and our Gilded Age all happened against a backdrop of extreme cold and global climate change.

CONNECTIONS: Tales of corruption, past and present

Tuesday, 19 Feb 2019 - Spiro Agnew countered that the investigation was a “witch hunt.” The investigators were “liberals and biased.” Loudly, Agnew argued that the allegations were false, politically motivated and a sitting vice president could not be indicted.

CONNECTIONS: Affairs of state, or state of affairs

Tuesday, 12 Feb 2019 - Were we simpler and purer then; were the scandals? Were we more sensitive to over-stepping and wrong-doing, less willing to overlook it and quicker to condemn? Perhaps, but explicit details rouse emotions then and now.

CONNECTIONS: Democracy at risk

Tuesday, 5 Feb 2019 - Voter suppression schemes target specific populations, generally nonwhites, and make it onerous or impossible to register, to get to the poll and cast a vote. Recent examples include the shenanigans in Georgia, North Carolina and North Dakota.

CONNECTIONS: Waiting for impeachment

Tuesday, 22 Jan 2019 - Might not public hearings commence so we as a nation can come together, experience the presentation of evidence, and agree on the necessity to bring a charge (impeachment) or the lack of justification for impeachment? Every report ends with the words “we must wait for Mueller.” Must we?

CONNECTIONS: The presidential power grab

Tuesday, 15 Jan 2019 - It appears that national emergencies were declared in time of war or when the emergency was clear to all, dire, and demanded immediate attention. The power grab was for a specific purpose and time-limited. 

CONNECTIONS: A question of treason

Tuesday, 8 Jan 2019 - Benedict Arnold is a name synonymous with treason. The facts seem clear; the motivation eludes us. Why did Arnold do it? Were his actions motivated by love, greed, hubris, or a rich mix of all three?

CONNECTIONS: A shortage of doctors

Tuesday, 1 Jan 2019 - In April 2018, the Association of American Medical Colleges reported increasing physician shortages in both primary and specialty care.

CONNECTIONS: ‘Tis the season for community, dignity

Tuesday, 25 Dec 2018 - At this time of year when we focus on gifts, visiting, punch bowls and groaning boards, let it be resolved that we remember the humanity of our neighbors – even the humanity of those who disagree with us on issues we hold dear.

CONNECTIONS: Christmas — as we know it — began in Stockbridge

Tuesday, 18 Dec 2018 - Christmas as we know it—the trees and wreaths, bells and caroling, gifts and good food—is a 19th-century invention. The authors, literally, of the modern celebration were a Stockbridge spinster and a German immigrant: Catharine Sedgwick and Charles Follen.

CONNECTIONS: Modern witch trials

Tuesday, 30 Oct 2018 - If you are under 50 and, during your life, rights were ever-expanding and you thought it would be ever so: Did you hear the door slam?

CONNECTIONS: The plots to subvert democracy

Tuesday, 23 Oct 2018 - It is harder to understand why American citizens would undermine elections. Yet, in American history, the movements to be inclusive have been balanced by the movements to remain exclusive.

CONNECTIONS: A tour of Berkshire abodes

Tuesday, 2 Oct 2018 - Berkshire County is particularly interesting as an architectural exhibit. Given New England practicality or parsimony or respect for our history, we didn’t always tear down and build new: We save our old houses.


Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 - Unresolved and never abandoned, it is the push-pull between the sides that make America what it is, make our politics what they have been.

CONNECTIONS: The tale of the honorable traitor

Tuesday, 28 Aug 2018 - Jackson appealed to Fellows to allow him out each day to work so he would not “waste time and lose money.” If he were allowed out each morning, he faithfully promised to return to jail each night.

CONNECTIONS: Tanglewood, a crucible for the best in humanity

Tuesday, 14 Aug 2018 - In this current contentious climate, there were 10,000 or more people gathered in peace and quiet demonstrating good manners and good grace. That was a snapshot of America as important and compelling as any “breaking news” about violence, corruption, or hate.

CONNECTIONS: Owning a Berkshire lib

Tuesday, 31 Jul 2018 - Paul Solovay pushes a bullhorn toward Senate candidate Shiva Ayyadurai outside the Great Barrington Town Hall during a July 22 speaking engagement at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts.