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CONNECTIONS: Baldwin’s in West Stockbridge marches on

The Civil War had created pent-up demand for goods, and there was Baldwin’s. Folks all over the North and South were glad to see the war ending and new businesses starting up.

CONNECTIONS: Polarizer in chief

If everything is reduced to for and against, then it is reduced to choosing sides. And if that is how “news” is presented, why are we surprised that the country is “polarized”?

CONNECTIONS: The idea of America is in danger

If America is an idea...it would be in the interest of anyone who wanted to weaken America to weaken the public’s understanding of, and trust and belief in, that idea.

Life without Facebook: Deleting my account

I was able to calm down and temper my anxiety by acknowledging that social media is not reality. FB was not feeding my soul, and feeding my soul is what I need, especially in these times.

AMPLIFICATIONS: Freedom of the press in danger

I believe a lot of young people are ignorant as to what we could lose in this land of ours should the Trump conservatives roll back all the protections and programs which so many of us take for granted.

CONNECTIONS: Fake news, tool of the autocrat

We need to know what is real. The facts are the basis for good decisions. Our entire form of government ceases to work without real news.

ORANGE ALERT: The (almost) daily outrage

The president latches on to dubious numbers he saw on television.

CONNECTIONS: Waiting for impeachment

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: A brief history of fake news

From editors blatantly trying to sell papers by any means to columnists courting readers to publishers trying to shape national policy, the people believe the fake news as readily as they believe the truth.

CONNECTIONS: Handbook for dictators

Silencing the press may be difficult, but why bother? Just challenge everything reported as fake and untrue. The stations aren't silenced, but no one is listening.

ORANGE ALERT: The daily outrage

Check out the catalogue of falsehoods asserted by President Trump.

From bogeys to tweets: A rogues’ gallery of Trump’s team

Trump's team defended its use of the Jewish star, claiming that the star was... a "sheriff's badge." The alt-right got the message, and anti-Semites chuckled.

CONNECTIONS: Truth or consequences

Have we developed systems that protect lies? Have we confused unfiltered with accurate? Has truth become the victim of policy? If truth is holy, then who is protecting it and how?

‘Fake’ News: ‘Ye Merry Christmas in Ye Olden Time’

… Ye Holidays are just upon ye Towne and ye Boyes, of wh I counte mine owne selfe as I have beene payntinge ye Towne a gorgeous Crymson and have whooped it uppe...

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