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It is impossible to look at the first Martin Luther King, Jr. Day since the November elections outside the context of the man who will be sworn in as president of the United States on Friday.Donald Trump exploited and inflamed America's racism … more
Hadil Marzouq and Helen Jones were two different people born 60 years apart in different parts of the world. Marzouq was a 21-year-old Bennington College student from Palestine, a junior studying conflict resolution; Jones was 81, a longtime … more
In his inaugural address, Gov. Phil Scott reminded us how he was elected as a Republican in a solidly blue state, striking a generally moderate tone that pledged common sense on important issues — but still leaving some nagging questions about … more
This week, congressional Republicans are supposed to begin — or at least begin to begin — the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But the reality of repeal votes with genuine consequences as opposed to years of … more
As the world waits to take the measure of a new American president, evidence has emerged that an earlier one put national interests behind his own while still a candidate, violating federal law years before the malfeasance that would force his … more
The past year has seen a rise in acts and expressions of racism, hatred and intolerance across the nation. A response is needed, and a powerful one was offered Saturday in Pittsfield.An estimated 1,300 people turned out for a march and rally … more
On Tuesday, President Barack Obama will deliver his farewell address following eight years in the White House. In his two terms there have been successes, disappointments and controversies both real and imaginary, but the bottom line is that he will … more
Under fire from all directions, House Republicans Tuesday abandoned their shameful effort to effectively destroy an independent ethics panel. While that is cause for celebration, the attempt speaks to the dangerous sense of entitlement some … more
While the worst of criminals are still occasionally given the death penalty, deaths are actually becoming increasingly less common. The argument for pursuing the death penalty is undermined as a result.Today in South Carolina, federal prosecutors … more
There's a song on the "Hamilton Mixtape" album — ask your kids or your grandchildren — quoting the opening of Thomas Paine's pamphlet "The American Crisis."Adults of a certain age who memorized Paine's searing rhetoric for a passing … more
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