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STOCKBRIDGE — Chief of Police William J. Obanhein described an encounter to me that he had in the late 1950s with Robert Williams, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, who had asked Chief … more
Many view the Berkshires as a cultural playground, dotted with fine theater, museums, musical venues and farm to table restaurants, which punctuate a breathtaking landscape that offers a host of … more
MIAMI — I read the other day that intelligence services in the U.S., Russia, Britain, Germany and other countries have begun using typewriters instead of computers to draft sensitive reports. … more
RICHMOND — My mother-in-law — and countless others — would never have made it through Ellis Island if some of the proposed rules for immigrants had been in place in the early 20th … more
LENOX — Grass-roots democracy, as witnessed in our local city council and town meetings, is vital yet fragile — all too easily abused by "usual suspect" individuals and groups with axes … more
WILLIAMSTOWN — I was driving to visit family Christmas morning. It was snowing hard. I was climbing, slipping up lonely Route 8 in Searsburg, Vermont, the snow outstripping the last time a plow … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — Let's talk about judges and the law. One of my heroes has always been Judge Jerome Frank. He passed away long ago, but he believed that judges have tremendous power when it … more
PITTSFIELD — Chuck called me on that long-ago Super Bowl Sunday. "Hey Kev, why don't you come over for the big game? I've got tons of food and a new 60-inch Jumbotron projection TV that will … more
Nobody wakes up one morning and says: "Wow, I'm getting old". However, there are little hints during the days and weeks that point us to the inevitable conclusion that the clock is advancing, the … more
PITTSFIELDWhen you are eight years old and you believe you helped save someone's life, oftentimes a memory so vivid stays with you for a lifetime. Most childhood memories fade with time while others … more
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