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On Rome

by Seth Rogovoy   ROME FELT LIKE DISNEYLAND, or at least what I imagine it must feel like to be in Disneyland, never having been. More precisely, perhaps, Rome felt like one of those places my parents took me to when I was a child: Frontier Town in upstate New York, or Colonial Williamsburg in…

On ‘populism’ vs. ‘fascism’

“The use of the term populist is only one more way to cultivate the denial that the ghost of fascism is haunting our societies again and to deny the fact that liberal democracies have turned into their opposite: mass democracies deprived of the spirit of democracy.” – Rob Riemen, “To Fight Against This Age: On…

BCC Moves Forward with Artificial Turf Field Despite Health Risks 

by Seth Rogovoy PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Eagle reports that proponents of an artificial turf field at Berkshire Community College say the project, after clearing all regulatory hurdles last year, will finally break ground in May. It will be the first publicly available turf field in Berkshire County, and will be made largely of…

My 2017 Reading List

by Seth Rogovoy Herein follows an annotated list of the books I read in 2017. Not a Top 10 list, not limited to books published this past year, not even a list of recommended books (although it should be clear in most cases which books I do recommend). I’ve put an asterisk (or two) before…

Don’t Mock Jared Kushner for Identifying as a Woman

JARED KUSHNER was the subject of much mockery in the media yesterday, due to the discovery that he checked the box that says “female“ on her voter registration form. I say if Kushner wants to identify as a woman, then all power to her, and we should respect her wishes.            

When Will Hudson Take a Bite Out of Crime?

ONCE AGAIN HUDSON POLICE CHIEF L. Edward Moore stood before a group of citizens and asked for patience as police continue their investigation into seven shootings in the city over the past four months, including one where a man was killed in August. Moore’s appeal came at a monthly meeting of the Police Committee of the Hudson Common…

Proposed Berkshire Innovation Center Lacks Raison d’Etre

THE CITY OF PITTSFIELD has earmarked $1 million from the GE Economic Development Fund to jump start the stalled construction of the proposed Berkshire Innovation Center (BIC), according to iBerkshires. The 10-year-old project, which is purportedly going to be something between a business incubator and a research and development center, is proposed as a 20,000 square-foot facility at the…