Hillary, Billary and Chillary

By Mickey Friedman April 28, 2016 Hillary, Billary, & Chillary. With offices in Little Rock, Chappaqua, and Panama City. And for you tweeters: hashtag ExperienceMatters. I know you Bernouts are resentful. But “corrupt” is just your mean-spirited way of re-defining…

For Landon, Alesia, and Hazel

By Mickey Friedman April 10, 2016 My friends Landon, Alesia, and Hazel live a short walk from GE’s planned PCB-dump off Van Deusenville Road in Housatonic, Massachusetts. Depending on how much or little work GE is forced to do in…

Rise Up for Rising

March 26, 2016 By Mickey Friedman Like many stories, the story about the Lenox or Lee or Housatonic PCB Dump begins and ends with money. The money Monsanto made selling PCBs to GE and Westinghouse. The massive amounts of money…

Embrace the Geese

March 8, 2016 By Mickey Friedman Before the geese, Great Barrington didn’t need public relations. When I got here in seventy-two, there were fewer antiques and more junk. Joneses, a treasure trove of used everything. Bars not bistros. Railroad Street…

Money, Honey: The Sixty-Two

By Mickey Friedman March 23, 2016 Have you ever heard or read something that blew your mind? Short-circuited it. Even though I’ve been writing about money recently, the other day I read something that just plain astounded me. Oxfam reports…

Money Honey Two

By Mickey Friedman February 13, 2016 When it comes to money, honey, two is better than one. Clyde McPhatter sang “before I say I love you so I want: Money, honey … Money, honey, if you want to get along…

Let the Voting Begin

By Bill Shein February 5, 2016 Our brief, abbreviated, far-too-short presidential campaign (sarcasm heavy) has finally entered the brief, abbreviated, far-too-short (sarcasm heavier) phase where voters have their say. Where the oft-repeated, cringe-worthy claims that “the only poll that matters…

Money Honey

January 28, 2016 By Mickey Friedman Clyde McPhatter and The Drifters sang: “Well, I’ve learned my lesson and now I know/ The sun may shine and the winds may blow/ The women may come and the women may go/ But…

Help Mel Help

By Mickey Friedman January 18, 2016 Those of us who live in the Western end of the Commonwealth have long felt we’ve gotten the short end of the stick. The Boston Globe’s analysis of the 2014 Census data shows that…

Terror is Terror is Terror

By Mickey Friedman December 27, 2015 It is almost always the innocent who suffer. Whatever the cause, those who inflict terror invariably target the innocent. Those who shop in Baghdad, take the train in Spain, listen to music in Paris.…