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Withholding Money, Sending Muscle Instead

BORTAC Training in El Paso; public domain image.

Editor’s Note: This piece is in response to a call from the editors of DigBoston in their editorial of a couple weeks ago, “Editorial: Resist Ice & Border Patrol Immigration Raids,” for news publications to stand up to the growing elements of fascism both in the White House and in Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. We encourage our readers to read that excellent editorial penned by Jason Pramas, and to look at Dig Boston’s and our piece as a journalistic front line in the fight to preserve democracy.…

ANALYSIS: A matrix of deception and the rearmament of America

An unarmed Trident II D5 missile is launched from the Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Maryland (SSBN 738) during a missile test off the coast of Fla., August. 31, 2016; public domain photo by photo by John Kowalski, courtesy U.S. Navy.

Far from incoherent belligerence, Trump's military messaging is a long-range deception that seeks to mask a rapid U.S. arms build-up.

Reader wrestles with question: “Should ‘The Squad’ just shut up?”

A few months ago, a good friend whose political wisdom I respect, stated she just wished “the Squad” (the progressive Democratic congresswomen of color elected in 2018) would shut up.  She asked whether their vocal challenges to the conventional Democratic Party leaders and larger political system undermines the need for a unified Democratic Party’s plan to defeat Donald Trump. Their outspoken-ness, the argument my friend made, was it provides the Trump’s campaign strong talking points about the “radical” Democratic Party.

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Letter to the Editor:
North Adams resident questions Rep. Neal’s opposition to free tax filing.

Editor’s Note: This letter was sent to the Greylock Glass after months of waiting for a response from the Berkshire Eagle. The author sent it to us on the eve of a visit by Richard Neal’s challenger, Alex Morse, to a local issues political group. He thought our readers might be interested.

April 9th, 2019

Letter To the Editor:

I joined many residents of Rep. Richard Neal’s district in applauding his actions requesting release of President Trump’s tax returns.  After all, all presidents previously had released their taxes, there is no law restricting release due to any IRS audit.  So…

Racism, slurs, and White liberal silence

There is no conceivable way that white supremacy could have achieved the strength that it has, without otherwise decent people turning a blind eye to the subtle discrimination happening in their communities in both personal and systemic ways.

LETTER: Public Forum July 30: Is artificial turf right for Mt Greylock?

The Mt Greylock School Committee will host a public forum on Tuesday, July 30, at 6pm in the MGRS cafeteria, to hear comments on the proposed artificial turf field for the high school, and we urge community members to attend. The Phase II Capital Gift Subcommittee—so named because its role is to determine how to improve the school’s outdoor sports facilities using a portion of Williams College’s $5 million gift—has proposed an artificial turf field and already prepared an RFP for bids.…

LETTER: Reader urges votes for Birch’s “measured approach”

To Wiliamstown’s Voters

Dante Birch deserves to be elected to the Williamstown Planning Board. He is not only well informed about the proposals the Board has been debating, but he is also committed to listening carefully to townspeople and to gauging the possible implications of every planning proposal.

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LETTER: Reader says Birch “well-suited” to role on Planning Board

To the Editor:

I have been involved in Williamstown government for many years, but until today I have not publicly endorsed any candidate for elected town office. I am breaking my habit now to endorse Dante Birch for the Williamstown Planning Board because he possesses the personal qualities that are essential to the success and credibility of town boards.

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