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Part 2: Biden or Trump and the Nonprofit Sector NGOs, international nonprofits and social service agencies

The author makes an impassioned case for the nonprofit sector to recognize the dire outcome of another Trump term and to take action.

CONNECTIONS: Reluctant revolutionaries

Moreover, the 13 Colonies wanted to be free and independent from the Crown but also from one another. Each looked upon itself as sovereign -- that is, independent.

CONNECTIONS: Is two-party system at risk?

Like now, at the time of the birth of our nation, there were two parties: the Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans. Within three decades, one would disappear.

CONNECTIONS: Berkshire taverns were social hubs

Today we would not think of a tavern as part of the cultural life of a town, but in 18th-century Berkshire, it was.

CONNECTIONS: The real first Thanksgiving

It is well to remember that once we turned against and slaughtered people who welcomed us and helped us to survive.

CONNECTIONS: Affairs of state, or state of affairs

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.

Veterans protest statue to memorialize ‘communist’ W.E.B. Du Bois

Last month, the board of trustees of the town's libraries endorsed the idea of putting a statue of the scholar, civil rights leader and Great Barrington native in front of the Mason Library on Main Street in the center of town. The project can only move forward if sufficient funds are raised and the Historic District Commission and the selectboard approve.

CONNECTIONS: American tradition of perverting democracy

Sad but true: by our democratic process, we elected and continue to elect representatives who seek to pervert or suppress our democratic process.

CONNECTIONS: The president’s humorist

When Abraham Lincoln met with his cabinet, he read Josh Billings aloud. I wonder what Donald Trump reads aloud.

CONNECTIONS: Did alcohol shape American history?

If you think of our country as Christian and sober, it is probably because you are more familiar with our later history. Taverner Root in Lenox was hauled into court when his customers, well-lubricated, were found dancing on tables, singing and shouting.

POEMS: Notes toward Thanksgiving U.S.A., An Assay

On Thanksgiving, a poetic meditation by the Becket poet David Giannini.

An American welcome to the Tanglewood season: Opening night starring Renee Fleming

This was an auspicious start of the Tanglewood season, signaling, one may hope, the advent of a special musical welcoming and inclusiveness by Maestro Nelsons and his company.
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