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I WITNESS: Is the sky really falling?

Instead of running his mouth, which is his typical modus operandi, Donald Trump is golfing and enjoying the spectacle of the Democratic Party doing what it does best: freaking out and cannibalizing itself, with plenty of help from media pundits.

The Sandwich Board Man at the Corner of Bolsonaro and Fifth

and the heat underfoot is getting hotter, as if the street’s on fire, and nobody can put it out

Time is of the essence: A call for intergenerational innovation and justice

How will we, as a community of creative, thoughtful and diversely capable individuals, respond to the circumstances at hand? How will we invest in a greener, healthier, more equitable future?

Let’s keep the ban on single-use plastic water bottles

Most of our plastic waste gets packed into landfills, burned, or ends up in the environment as litter and in waterways and oceans.

The single-use plastic water bottle ban and GB on TAP: A progress report

These refill stations are extremely hygienic, as no skin or mouth contact is needed to refill your bottle. The units will be owned and maintained by the town.

ORANGE ALERT: The (almost) daily outrage

California has pledged to stick to the stricter standards, together with 13 other states that follow its lead.

Town Great Barrington voters sustain plastic water bottle ban, but reject purchase of controversial property

The move to repeal the water bottle ban was so controversial that the special town meeting attracted upwards of 100 more residents than had attended the Annual Town Meeting on May 7.

Bottled water vs. tap: Do the math – it’s a no-brainer…

In her letter to the editor, Marcia Arland writes: “Plastic is cheap to produce and convenient. But what is not figured into this equation is the overall cost to consumers, communities, the environment.”

U.S. Rep. Neal’s Democratic opponent styles herself a ‘problem solver’

Amatul-Wadud is running for Congress to address what she believes are some hard truths about the living conditions in the district that Rep. Neal and others won’t talk about.

Du Bois’ environmental legacy celebrated at River Walk, by his ‘golden river’

“His love of rivers and his dedication to environmental justice play a very small part, but can be a lens through which to understand his fuller achievements. There is no better place in the world to tell this part of the story, at the very spot where he was ‘born by a golden river.’ ” -- Rachel Fletcher, founder of River Walk

A student’s perspective on the plastic water bottle  debate

Almost everyone I know already brings a reusable water bottle to school (many in bright colors or covered in fun stickers), and I don’t foresee the ban changing our day-to-day life in any way. In fact, I don’t see this being a major detriment in any way to most citizens of Great Barrington.

POEMS: Grooming; Taps muted

Two poems about President Donald Trump: “Of him it can truly be said he is all bully and no pulpit.”

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Blue Future,’ toward a water-just world

Most of us take a glass of water or a good long shower for granted. I personally learned so much from this book that I now feel guilty to throw unused water down the drain.

The Self-Taught Gardener: Borne that way

Sometimes a plant in the wild has a form that appears to differentiate it from other members of its same species.

Climate change … the Trump administration response

"We’re not spending money on climate change anymore. We consider that to be a waste of your money." --- White House budget director Rick Mulvaney

We the People: News and Notes

“Since the election in November, it’s become obvious that we are at the beginning of a very difficult journey in our country.” --- Robin Zeamer
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