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NEW YORK — In the mid-1890s, New York was seen as the "Metropolis of Cycledom," home to 250,000 bike-owning citizens, ten cycling journals, 55 cycling clubs in Manhattan alone, twenty-nine … more
WILLIAMSTOWN — The esteemed China scholar Perry Link once described the Chinese Communist Party as the "anaconda in the chandelier." The image of a constrictor draped menacingly above the … more
EAST CHATHAM, N.Y. — Would you ever come across a lawyer, a politician and an assemblyman in the same place? Definitely stake out a state house and there they'll be. But if you are out birding, … more
PITTSFIELD — America, according to the late distinguished political scientist and Williams College Professor James McGregor Burns, has a "horse and buggy," 18th century, fragmented system of … more
Most Pittsfield baby boomers will recall an interesting, 75-foot round brick building with a pointed roof that was located on Deming Street near Elm Street.Pittsfield residents always thought this … more
PITTSFIELD — In 2012, I filed a petition to do something somewhat novel — ban Styrofoam in the city of Pittsfield. Three years later, in 2015, I was finally able to see the fruit of that … more
STOCKBRIDGE — In any discussion of development, there are two givens:1.It is not going away. As long as there is land, there will be someone who wishes to develop it. 2.The core issue will … more
RICHMOND — It's hard to get a turnout for town meetings these days unless some really hot issue is on the agenda. Hot means something that will change zoning to put a junkyard next to a church, … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — Since high culture cannot be the top priority, he must share this space with a panel marked "High Voltage." Its attendant knobs, fuses and switches take up room that, one … more
LENOX — Anyone who thinks the latest proposal on immigration by the current occupant of the White House can become law is living in a fantasy world, unfortunately.Easily overlooked amid the … more
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