Category: War in Afghanistan

Deplorable

By Mickey Friedman December 1, 2016 Those who weren’t listening are forced to hear; those who wouldn’t see to see. And surprise, surprise they are not happy. Blame the FBI. Or those racist, sexist, gay-bashing everybody-elses who are now everywhere.…

11/11

By Mickey Friedman November 18, 2016 I have three friends who served in Afghanistan and Iraq: Christa, John, and Rich. Rich, unbeknownst to many in our community, served multiple tours, risking his life continuously flying into combat zones to rescue…

Public Education

By Mickey Friedman December 13, 2014 My friend Matthew, a recent graduate of Monument Mountain, reminded me of Give-to-Give, a program that enabled students here to help students in impoverished Haiti. So when he felt a slight chill at school,…

Edward Passetto

Monday, May 27, 2013 By Mickey Friedman Edward Passetto came down from Pittsfield to The Best Small Town in America to find some peace, to end his pain. A Marine, at war in Afghanistan, he saved two civilian victims of…

Just Say No, Thanks

April 11, 2013 By Mickey Friedman Will loves Simon and Garfunkel and Simon without Garfunkel and Bob Dylan and Van Morrison. So when Will opens Fuel at seven, he tells Pandora to sing the 1960s. Which means early mornings at…

Treason

April 4, 2013 By Mickey Friedman My “Support The Troops / It’s Time To Come Home” sign has seen better days. I’ve taped and re-taped it; stapled and re-stapled it. This Saturday a big wind blew it and me several…

Making The World Safe For Whoopee

December 1, 2012 By Mickey Friedman Ignore the gossip-mongers: the mission remains critical. We’ve invested so much making Afghanistan safe for Hamid Karzai and his drug-running relatives, it would be a crying shame to cut and run. Just because our…

The Small Stuff

July 28, 2012 By Mickey Friedman I’m trying not to sweat the big stuff. Like the end of the world as we know it. I mean, if God wanted us to have arctic ice and antarctic penguins, he wouldn’t have…

Going, going, gone

June 7, 2012 By Mickey Friedman Things are different since Vladimir left. Now when I rant, mutter, or converse in more measured tones, there’s nobody listening. Vladimir responded in his own unique Quaker Parrot way and most of it went…

Stop Kony. Stop Us.

March 24, 2012 By Mickey Friedman If 80 million people had seen a short film I made about Joseph Kony, an African madman/dictator who kidnaps kids and makes them slaves and soldiers, sent me $30 bucks for a bracelet, then…

The War’s Not Over

Mickey Friedman January 7. 2012 Few Americans know about David Emanuel Hickman. The media jabbers about Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum and neglects David Emanuel Hickman. For all their rhetoric about standing tall and…

A Million Faces

By Mickey Friedman November 7, 2011 This Sunday morning, after an hour of serious shoveling, I was able to get my car to Fuel for my Sunday latte. My deepest sympathies to our Great Barrington pear trees which fell overnight,…