Commentary & Opinion

Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Paul Elisha: Freedom and Religion

Those prejudiced political power brokers, now trying to hang a liturgical lock on this nation’s spiritual inception, as a Christian entity, had best beware of history’s recurrent habit of self-correction…much like proof that appears to be surfacing, now. For starters, let’s not forget the Native American tribes who were here, when the Holy-Roller "conversionists" first set out to "civilize" the “savages” who helped them survive the rigors of this untamed land, they’d come to conquer.  The Amerinds’ own religion taught them to respect and preserve what nature had provided but their fortune-hunting Christian conquerors were determined to despoil. One hesitates to contradict historic errors that have (for some) become part wish-prejudiced and nationally accepted misstatements…but when facts surface, despite repetition to the contrary, truthful contradiction must intercede, like it or not.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Sean Philpott: Alzheimer's Disease: A Forgotten Epidemic

We hosted a conference on Alzheimer's disease at the College last week, inviting a distinguished group of physicians, researchers, caregivers, advocates and policymakers to discuss the ethical and legal challenges of diagnosing and treating those with the disease.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:43 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Herbert London: The Grinding

There is a relentless driving sound in America. It is a pneumatic drill pounding away at the nation’s moral anchors. The mediating structures that maintained equilibrium are the targets.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: The Threat of Self-Styled Armed Militias

Some of us remember having to sign loyalty oaths. In the language of the U.S. Supreme Court, one had to swear that he or she had not “advocate[d] the overthrow of government by force, violence, or any unlawful means.”

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Paul Elisha: A Favorite Poem For Vets

In 1920, some fourteen years before she spoke these words to members of the U.S. Congress, Edna St. Vincent Millay wrote them at the start of the second part of her prize winning poetic masterpiece, “A Few Figs From Thistles.”  She had come to Washington, D.C , to urge Congressional support for legislation to give women equal rights with men in all facets of learning, earning and political determination, which they still lacked.  It’s taken eighty years since, for that deprivation to be successfully addressed and signed into law by our current President, Barack Obama.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Blair Horner: A Top Education Priority

The nation’s success hinges on the skills and knowledge of its people.   Over the past century, the United States had advanced to the world’s leading nation – in terms of technology, finance, and in the broad accessibility to education.  But in order to maintain its advantages in entrepreneurship, technological prowess and civic engagement, the nation must continue to invest in its future generations. 

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Commentary & Opinion
12:29 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Karen Magee: Tax Cap Undermines Democratic Ideals

School budget voting is supposed to remind us of our nation’s democratic ideals.

You know: Community members vote each May on their local school budgets and determine which candidates are best suited to serve on local school boards. 

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

David Nightingale: Water

Obtaining water has always been of primary importance for animal life.

3000 years ago [700 BC]  King Sennacherib, of Assyria, had his slaves and soldiers and workers build the first known stone aqueduct. This conduit allowed water to flow freely over a very gentle slope for roughly 20 miles – from the headwaters of the river Gomel down to his palace in Nineveh, not far from Mosul in Iraq. Apparently, some pieces of this stone channel are still visible.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Audrey Kupferberg: Fading Gigolo

When I heard that John Turturro had written and directed a film—a film starring himself AND Woody Allen, no less—I was excited to see it.  Well, this week I saw it, and boy did my balloon burst. 

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Commentary & Opinion
12:51 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Rogovoy Report for May 16, 2014

It’s not even Memorial Day weekend yet, but in the breadth and depth and variety of cultural offerings in the greater Berkshire region, it’s beginning to offer hints that summer is not far away.

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