The Berkshire Edge On-Air – August 15

The Berkshire Edge LLC is a locally owned, regional publication. Our goal is to provide – regularly and in depth – content that truly reflects the life, interests and aspirations of this unusually rich and vibrant community.

Guided by respected journalistic standards, the principle of fairness, the quest for truth, a commitment to social, economic and environmental justice, and an abiding admiration for the independent spirit of the Berkshires, The Berkshire Edge offers in-depth local news reports and features, perspectives on the arts, wide-ranging commentary, and a comprehensive calendar of events – all written, illustrated, and, in some cases performed, with wit, intelligence, insight and humor.

This week we talk about:


1. State Department of Environmental Protection slaps the privately held Housatonic Water Works with an administrative order requiring repair of chlorination system… and this after numerous complaints from customers about discolored water:
2. Last weekend at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, 23 immigrants from 16 countries became U.S. citizens… in a ceremony conducted by First Justice of the Berkshire County Juvenile Court Joan McMenemy with those wonderful Rockwell paintings of the Four Freedoms behind her. We are a country of immigrants, let us not forget.
3.  A local trio under the rubric of Imprint Films is creating family documentaries as lasting legacies. One of their first clients is Mark Hyman, the nationally know wellness physician…
4. We had a report of how students who survived the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre in Parkland, Florida, visited the surviving families of that other school massacre, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The aunt of Cameron Kasky, on the the Parkland students and a prime organizer of the March for our Lives campaign, lives locally in the Berkshires.
5. And while we’re on the subject of gun violence, and the threat to democracy it poses, we should mention a concert tonight at Tanglewood by Russian born pianist Igor Levit and the JACK Quartet that will tackle music related to disgust with despots, megalomaniacs and tyrants… not mentioning any names, past or present:
6.  And by the way, our columnist Carole Owens points out how humanizing the Tanglewood experience is, with thousands sitting on the lawn — people of all religions and ethnic and racial backgrounds, enjoying music and the beautiful grounds together. What a picture of humanity that contrasts with the version being hawked by our president of fear of people of color, different languages, different faiths. Just saying.
7. And just to continue this theme, we have the latest installment of our observer Dook Snyder’s ‘Smoke Signals from the Swamp,’ in which he — we presume it’s a he — examines the Russian spy and femme fatale, Maria Butina, who seems to have entranced officials at the NRA and some Trump administration dupes.


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