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THE OTHER SIDE: The king is not dead — not really

Well, in one fell swoop, the new conservative majority—it might be more accurate to call them the new MAGA majority—betrayed originalism and textualism.

Car Trip: Tracing early New England vernacular architecture in the Berkshires

Go out for a drive and learn about the earliest architectural styles in the Berkshires, and how they still resonate today.

Skyline: A magical estate!

Mary Jane White offers Skyline, a magical estate high on a ridge line with views guaranteed to take your breath away.

Food security starts here: The next generation of Berkshire dairy farmers

Two next-generation farmers help guarantee food security in the Berkshires.

Nick Diller weather summary: February 2020, warm and dry

For the second time this century no temperature has gone to zero or below.

CAPITAL IDEAS: Congress Just Overhauled Your Retirement

Although I don’t like it, the SECURE Act did get bipartisan support, passing in the House of Representatives in July with a 417-3 vote.

Great Barrington says it’s ‘ready’ for ice storm; downed trees and power outages expected

The winter storm warning, which means that significant ice accumulations are likely, takes effect at 5 p.m. today and extends until 7 a.m. Tuesday. Winds could gust to as high as 35 miles per hour.

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.

Great Barrington’s Laura Ingersoll Secord: Heroine or traitor?

At least a few residents of Great Barrington were aware of Laura Secord by the early 1900s. When the Ingersoll home was first moved and then torn down during the construction of the Mason Library, structural artifacts were removed and sent to Canada for a Laura Secord exhibit.

CONNECTIONS: Feme covert, feme sole

Mostly a wife was protected from having any rights at all. The wife’s opinions and desires were not considered — “the perfect marriage was one mind and two bodies.”

It’s Not That Simple: Can Annual Town Meeting be improved?

Town Moderator Michael Wise will organize a forum this fall to discuss the Annual Town Meeting format, to seek ideas and consider changes, or possibly to just leave it alone. Please stay tuned to the program for a date.

Long-time EPA Community Coordinator – veteran in Housatonic River cleanup – steps down

"At EPA there’s a big morale issue at the staff level. It’s awful. Some employees wouldn’t normally think of leaving, but after two years of this, they wonder what they should do. I was counseling people in their 30s to hunker down for the longer run. But how can the EPA people work for a President who lies every day?” -- Jim Murphy, former Community Involvement Coordinator for Environmental Protection Agency Region 1 that comprises New England

A matter of philanthropy – or vanity

Kids’ welfare ought to be our first, second, third and fourth philanthropic priorities and when the kids are all set with food, shelter, loving adults and good schools, then we may turn our attention to the adults, and then to the animals.

Welcome to Real Estate Friday!

Mary Jane White and Brandon White of Cohen+White Associates offer "a little piece of heaven" in West Stockbridge! Plus, a selection of properties greenery to assure us that spring will eventually come.

Holiday Hustle

The 19th-century New England village was a lively place, divided into 500 pieces.

CONNECTIONS: The unspeakable climate

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.

Overwatch: Confessions of an addict

Maybe you know what I’m talking about. Denial. It’s a very big deal. I told myself: it’s all about education, beginning with PBS and their nature shows and the science shows and then “Frontline” and the “PBS NewsHour.” Nothing wrong with learning, I told myself.
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