I tell you all this because what’s new is old to me. And I have a slightly different perspective on the events following George Floyd’s murder.
Alan Chartock: Our insane gun culture
The point is that the gun does terrible things but is also representative of the inequality that exists in America.
“It’s not just opinions flying around the room”: The Berkshire Conversation Project considers gun violence
One local group of about a dozen people has started a conversation about guns by learning how not to interrupt each other.
POEM: Skipping with a rope in Pa
Soft whispers and the cure of moonlight/ Fade into what might have been/ A waking dream foretold perhaps/ Amongst popcorn and a silent movie
Who we are: Profile of a Berkshire non-voter
I am a white male. Things aren’t gonna change for me. I’m worried about everyone else … I’m not going to vote in November, because I’m not educated enough. I don’t pay attention that well. I don’t think my vote would be too valid.
CONNECTIONS: Bow Ties snarl; Big Tents fold
In a land far, far away, the two political parties skulked around the capital city calling each other names, playing dirty tricks, refraining from governing the nation in the name of party survival, and lying to the public about it.
In My Back Yard
In my backyard, undiscriminating addiction is gutting our children,
BCD joins national student walkout calling for strict gun controls, safer schools
Thousands of students nationwide are protesting the epidemic of school shootings. Gun violence in schools and the slaughter of school children has become a weekly affair. So far in 2018 there have been 20 school shootings, an average of 1.25 per week.
Bits & Bytes: Simon’s Rock students join walkout; Shakespeare’s birthday celebration; ‘The City Dark’ at Bushnell-Sage Library; GBHS annual meeting; Greenagers scholarship
Greenagers will offer a $2,000 scholarship to a graduating senior or young person under the age of 25 pursuing secondary education or work experience in the sustainable agriculture field.
‘The Children’s March’ film screening to support National School Walkout
‘The Children’s March’ shows a critical moment in history when children had a significant impact on the Civil Rights movement.
Springfield attorney challenges U.S. Rep. Neal from the left, points to ‘open secrets’ about his donors
There is a reason Amatul-Wadud cares so much about people. It’s because, as a lawyer specializing in probate, families, custody and visitation rights, “I get to see people in their most intimate spaces.”
For the Students (and All) Who March Against Gun Violence
A deadly silence has been living too long
in the corridors of power.
LEONARD QUART: Marching with the young
My political anger towards those who hold power remains intact. But today on an NYC March I began to feel something has changed.
Ruminations of an Angry Knitter
Gunshot is now the third leading cause of death in American children.
Keep guns out of the hands of the unstable
In her letter to the editor Cathy Kogan writes: “Let us come together to honor all victims of gun violence in our country and their loved ones, and say ENOUGH!”
Arming teachers: South County educators slam Trump proposal
“I think the best way to ensure safety is around building relationships and making sure kids are known and connected to multiple adults.” –Peter Dillon, Berkshire Hille Regional School District superintendent
BOB GRAY: Children’s Crusade
Following the latest school shooting atrocity in Parkland, Florida, another Children’s Crusade is rising: a largely youth-bred movement meant to persuade legislators to take some meaningful action to stem the needless deaths of our country’s children in schools.
It didn’t take long for me to realize that the young adults of Parkland were cutting through the layers of despair I had built up all these years. They were telling their truth with passion and conviction.
News Brief: State Senate votes to ban bump stocks, trigger cranks
‘There is no legitimate purpose for the use, sale, and possession of these devices or than to cause as much damage as possible.’ Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst.
POEM: Mickey Mouse is weeping
A poem inspired by the slaughter of 49 people in at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
Lulu ‘n’ Hershey
Lulu ‘n’ Hershey, bereft at losing their friend Jared, a victim during a shootout in a convenience store, are left speechless by the justifications that Republican candidates for President give for widespread gun ownership.
Lulu ‘n’ Hershey
Lulu and Hershey are outraged at the tragedy that has befallen Jared, a favorite employee at their coffeehouse Cafe Perspectivo.
Amid national crisis Housatonic gun shop thrives as gun sales soar statewide
“It’s easy to sit back and look at a disaster and say, take the guns away. We do have strict gun laws and we still have a problem.”
— State Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox
Lulu ‘n’ Hershey
Advent window by Advent window, Dog News Network correspondents Lulu and Hershey are celebrating the spirit of peace and good will during the holiday season — or trying to. Given circumstances, it’s not easy.
POEM: A Map of Sorts
A poem, upon hearing of the slaughter at Inland ….. in San Bernardino, California, December 2, 2015