The Berkshire LifeStream - Guest Op-Ed
Berkshire Museum drama is a complete sell-out
STOCKBRIDGE With summer bearing down, the Berkshire theater scene is underway. But the drama that has been most closely followed is one that continues to play out at a non-theater venue; the
Jun 19 8:27PM BE Columnists

Francis Moriarty: An important vote in Malaysia
WILLIAMSTOWN Amid the blizzard of media coverage surrounding the Trump-Kim meeting, the confiscation and incarceration of immigrant children from their parents on the Mexican border, and the
Jun 19 8:24PM BE Columnists

Podcast | Don Morrison commentary: Foreign policy for dummies
Don Morrison searches for the goal of current U.S. foreign policy.
Jun 19 4:04PM BE Columnists

Robert F. Jakubowicz: No competition for world's biggest liar
PITTSFIELD The world's biggest liar competition is an annual event in Cumbria, England. Judging by the ingrained mendacity of President Donald Trump, I would rate him a clear odds-on favorite
Jun 18 7:15PM BE Columnists

Clarence Fanto: Teens shouldn't be afraid to roll up sleeves for summer work
LENOX Back in the day in my case, about 21,000 days ago mid-June meant school is out and a summer job is in, along with a modest paycheck good for some evenings at the local
Jun 16 4:15PM BE Columnists

Imari Paris Jeffries: A big Father's Day gift: Paid time with family
SOMERVILLE, Ma. As Father's Day approaches, it's important to reflect on the sometimes-overlooked contributions fathers and father figures make to their families - and to recognize how much
Jun 15 5:36PM BE Columnists

Bernard A. Drew | Our Berkshires: Zion's poetess was born in Becket
GREAT BARRINGTON Eliza Roxcy Snow's verses were several times set to music. "O My Father," for example, penned in 1845, still appears in the Latter Day Saints Hymnal. "How Great the Wisdom
Jun 15 5:27PM BE Columnists

Anne Horrigan Geary: When a bear comes knocking
DALTON As Ogden Nash famously said: "If called by a panther, don't anther." I'm not sure what he said about bears, but I'd really like to know.It all began as a rather boring Monday, as
Jun 15 5:21PM BE Columnists

Alan Chartock | I, Publius: This is one Nixon who offers hope during tough times
GREAT BARRINGTON Cynthia Nixon is the real thing. She dropped by my public radio office one afternoon and we had a lovely chat.I have to tell you, I really liked the woman, and "likability"
Jun 15 5:03PM BE Columnists

Chris Marcisz YIMBYism, state panaceas threaten Williamstown neighborhood
WILLIAMSTOWN I was surprised how I felt when town planners proposed to rezone my part of town earlier this year. Sure it would clear the way for big changes in my neighborhood and
Jun 14 6:00PM BE Columnists

Phyllis Mcguire: It's time to play ball - go SteepleCats!
Wearing royal blue, white and gray uniforms, they ran onto Joe Wolfe Field in North Adams last week for their first home game of this baseball season."Joe Wolfe Field is a great spot. You can enjoy
Jun 13 9:45PM BE Columnists

Carole Owens A ways to go, but a long way from Submit
STOCKBRIDGE Thinking about the movements #MeToo and Time's Up from an historical perspective may be interesting. It is like measuring the distance of a journey. Where did we start? How far
Jun 12 6:54PM BE Columnists

Ruth Bass: Holiday weekend trip makes for big add-on to the memory bank
RICHMOND Quite properly, Memorial Day weekend was laced with memories and, happily, created new ones. The goal was the oldest grandchild's college graduation in Lewiston, Maine a
Jun 10 8:33PM BE Columnists

Chan Lowe: Yes, we are exceptional
PITTSFIELD One of the curiosities of the American psyche that both vexes and amuses foreigners is our tenacity in believing that our country is exceptional among all other nations, as well as
Jun 8 9:30PM BE Columnists

Judy Waters: Camp Onota's links to Leonard Bernstein
FITCHBURG A Berkshire summer camp story representing a unique slice of music history was sparked on the shores of Pittsfield's Onota Lake. Legendary composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein,
Jun 8 9:24PM BE Columnists

Alan Chartock | I, Publius: As volunteer pool dwindles, let's find ways to compensate firefighters
GREAT BARRINGTON When we lived in Alford all those years ago, I was recruited into the Alford Fire Department.It was not an easy job. I am a perfect example of one of those New York college
Jun 8 6:24PM BE Columnists

Pat Hynes and Frances Crowe: Two roads diverge; JFK's less travelled
GREENFIELD Fifty-five years ago on June 10, President John F. Kennedy delivered a commencement address at American University that, in fewer than 30 minutes, turned traditional national
Jun 8 6:06PM BE Columnists

Leonard Quart | Letter From London: One more time to London, a familiar city addressing new issues
LONDON I have returned to London accompanied by my wife, exploring loved haunts that we spent much time wandering about in years past. We also visit with old friends, and there are instances
Jun 7 6:45PM BE Columnists

Baby Boomer Memories: Long gone are neighborhood gas stations
After World War II, families faced a life of prosperity, and a sure sign was the acquisition of a family automobile.Most new cars were still stick shift with a clutch and had a push-button starter,
Jun 6 10:21PM BE Columnists

Clellie Lynch: Blue devils under gray skies
And the Seven Nights and DaysOf march and fast, retreat and fight,Pinched our grimed faces to ghastly plight Does the elm wood Recall the haggard beards of blood? Malvern
Jun 6 5:30PM BE Columnists