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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.

Southwest Florida blues: Oranges, pizza, strip malls and other stuff

Baby, it’s cold outside! So I headed for the land of postcard sunsets, white-sand beaches, strip malls, leathery skin, and did I mention strip malls?

CONNECTIONS: A wireless tangle in Berkshires’ future

Some are moved to ask: Which would you like more – a tree and patch of grass or a refrigerator that talks to the grocery store? Evidently the big ugly is coming with precious little to prevent it.

CONNECTIONS: Alternating fortunes as Great Barrington electrifies

In 1798, Timothy Dwight, president of Yale College, described Great Barrington and its buildings as “decayed…barely decent…ruinous.” He blamed it on the residents who were not properly religious.

THEATRE REVIEW: ‘Camping With Henry and Tom,’ a prescient political ‘Trump’ (sic) l’oeil at Barrington Stage

Bigoted, mean-spirited men of business have always believed in their God-given right to rule the world they control. Seeing this play again, now, in this season of our political year, is a hysterically funny yet chilling experience.

CONNECTIONS: Power Shift, Part II

America stands on the precipice about to step into a new age just as America did at the beginning of the Gilded Age. What if anything can we learn from the last seismic change in the primary source of energy?

CONNECTIONS: Power shift, Part I

Each time the primary source of power changed, it changed our lives, our lifestyle, and our impact on the planet. So here we are again.

Connections: What goes around comes around

The earning capacity of many people makes it impossible for them to afford health care. Millions do not have protection against the economic effects of sickness.
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