Want/Need

By Mickey Friedman December 3, 2015 “Want” and “need” often get confused. Webster defines “want” as “to desire or wish for (something)” and “to need (something)” or “to be without (something needed.)” But for me there is an important difference,…

The Dark Side

By Mickey Friedman December 16, 2015 Probably the worst thing about The Trumpster’s reality TV posturing is that he has turned all things upside down, fiction into fact. Telling lies, big and little. Moving from an amusing bluster to a…

Time is a River, Housatonic

By Mickey Friedman November 17, 2015 Not surprisingly, after all this time, politics prevailed. And the Environmental Protection Agency will allow General Electric to leave great quantities of PCB contamination in our Housatonic river system. Even though with every additional…

One Man’s Save, Another’s Bye-Bye

By Mickey Friedman October 30, 2015 Eileen Mooney’s NEWSletter, the remarkable compendium of all things Great Barrington, has a comprehensive report on the planned demolition of the Searles School and the construction of the Mahidas’ 95-room hotel. This project, on…

From Can to Pan

By Mickey Friedman October 17, 2015 Over a bowl of Campbell’s Chunky Mushroom, Chef Bertram deMincemeat shared his plans and daring menu with local movers and shakers at NewBar&Grill@YeOldeFirehouse, the innovative retro-eatery due to open at 20 Castle Street next…

Pinocchio 18, America 0

By Mickey Friedman October 7, 2015 Webster defines “devolution” as retrograde evolution: degeneration. Deterioration, decline, and downfall. In the 1960s, when hope and illusion twisted themselves together, people used to chant “the revolution will be televised.” All these years lately,…

It’s the Economy

By Mickey Friedman September 30, 2015 I’m not an economist. And never played one on TV. And most of the time I have no idea what they’re saying. But there’s been a lot of talk recently in Great Barrington about…

#WE2BGB

By Mickey Friedman August 27, 2015 The tweedysphere has been blowing up with hashtag wetoocanbeGB. Or as the kids tweed, #WE2BGB. You can’t go anywhere in Berkshire County without hearing about it. People gathering in clumps in Lenox and Lee,…

The Best Facts Money Can Buy

By Bill Shein August 13, 2015 “As soon as we discovered that we didn’t have not only Coca-Cola but other funding sources on the website, we put it on there. Does that make us totally corrupt in everything we do?”…