The Berkshire Edge On-Air – November 28, 2018

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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. Local spirit shoppes are in a pickle … and angry about it. The Great Barrington Selectboard has decided to issue new liquor licenses to new venues, such as the Co-op and Rubiner’s Cheese Shop. The current license holders showed up in en masse to protest — but to no avail.
2.  Meanwhile, while one segment of the population argues about alcohol availability, the school superintendents are issuing a warning that ‘vaping’ has become an epidemic among Berkshire high school — and middle school — students.
3. Last Sunday was the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Taking this critical need to heart, a local woman, Julie Bishop, is hoping to establish a transitional residence for women (and their children) who are victims of domestic violence.
4. And on the literary front, with some comic relief a local writer — and friend — Dan Klein continues his franchise of books with his new volume, ‘I think therefore I draw: Understanding Philosophy through Cartoons.’ It’s a witty, and quite insightful book. His previous volumes, one of which is titled ‘Plato and a Platypus walk into a bar: Understanding philosophy through jokes,’ have made the NY Times best seller list.
5. But back to more serious topics, we have a profile of the work that Construct Inc. conducts, providing shelter and homes for the homeless:
6.  And finally, the Anglophiling of South Berkshire:  MassDOT has proposed to construct a roundabout — replacing traffic lights — to manage traffic at the intersection of Routes 23 and 7 just south of the center of  Great Barrington. Not so fast, howled merchants and some drivers — next thing you know we’ll have to drive on the left side of the road. We thought we had rid ourselves of the Brits 229 years ago.

The Berkshire Edge On-Air – November 28, 2018
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