Saturday, June 15, 2024

News and Ideas Worth Sharing

Mickey Friedman

A founding member of, and former filmmaker, Mickey Friedman is the author of “A Red Family,” published by the University of Illinois Press. He is almost finished with a novel, “Danger Times Two.” Addicted to iced lattes, he can often be found pretending to write at Fuel GB. And while under the influence of caffeine, he has been known to travel as far as Price Chopper to the north and Big Y to the south.

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THE OTHER SIDE: White MAGA v. Black Fani Willis

Fani Willis’ unwavering determination not to be bullied, her unwillingness to accept blame for her independence and attitudes about men and money upended the MAGA attorneys.

THE OTHER SIDE: Our alarming airborne PCBs

I want to talk about the failures of government to properly regulate the egregious choices polluters like Monsanto and GE have made as they chose profit over public health and the environment.

THE OTHER SIDE: Derbies, dough, and looking for joy

As the epidemic descended, I was searching for sports love.


Be careful out there.

THE OTHER SIDE: Who you gonna call?

So, when the trucks come rumbling through, who you gonna call? Not the Ghostbusters. As for calling Town Hall and members of your select board, can you really expect those who put you in this position in the first place to actively and effectively get you out of it?

THE OTHER SIDE: Who is the real vermin ‘poisoning’ our country?

One upon a time, politicians watched what they did and said in public, and often they paid a price for either bad behavior or slips of the tongue. But these are the days, my friends, where even monstrous behavior seems to matter not.

THE OTHER SIDE: Sue Monsanto, save Lee — a modest proposal (Part Three)

I have read too many words, written too many. For me, there is always the reality of a poisoned Rising Pond, but the enduring dream of a fishable, swimmable river.

THE OTHER SIDE: Sue Monsanto, save Lee — a modest proposal (Part Two)

Thanks to our share of Aroclor, we in Berkshire County have been victims of GE and Monsanto’s gross incompetence, remarkable negligence, and their unrelenting impulse to put profit before worker safety, and the public health and our environment.

THE OTHER SIDE: Sue Monsanto, save Lee — a modest proposal in three parts (Part One)

While recent events may preclude legal action against GE, that is not the case when it comes to pursuing claims against the Monsanto Company, the ultimate responsible party for the widespread PCB contamination in the Commonwealth.

THE OTHER SIDE: Suing to save Mother Earth

I realize now that I was extraordinarily lucky to see Glacier when there were actual glorious glaciers. So, to me, there is no battle that makes more sense than fighting as hard as possible to protect that special space.

THE OTHER SIDE: In the midst of this madness

So much about this cowardly new MAGA mad world view tests our sanity. It has been hard to recognize—and name—the descent into our own homegrown authoritarianism.

THE OTHER SIDE: Massachusetts’ massive PCB mistake

Some states fight, and some states surrender.


I was about to forego writing about COVID these last few days. But I recently realized that there are many ways to conduct and suffer from war.

THE OTHER SIDE: The Trump trial in Miami — Flippers v. Lemmings

From where I am sitting, Donald Trump’s luck is running out.

THE OTHER SIDE: Trump and Georgia On My Mind

A close look at the lyrics of Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell’s “Georgia On My Mind” reveals that nothing is as simple as it seems. And that might yet hold true for Donald J. Trump.

THE OTHER SIDE: Housatonic hypocrisy

“There is overwhelming documented evidence that the proposed toxic-waste site in Lee (Upland Disposal Facility) has long been known by the key players to be a poor choice for dumping PCB’s or any other ‘forever’ chemical.” — Lee Select Board Chair Bob Jones, September 11, 202

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