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FLORENCE, Ma. — Congressional lawmakers in Washington may have backed off their drive to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but they are certain to consider other harmful policy changes and funding cuts that could limit women's access to … more
LENOX — War is a peculiar world of bullets and shrapnel with an explosive nature meant to do damage. The combat soldier is the victim randomly selected to suffer harm that draws blood and the unseen wounds of the mind that have trouble … more
WINDSOR — We attended the concert by legendary vocalist Mavis Staples and her fabulous ensemble at the Hunter Center in Mass MoCA Saturday, March 25 before a full house. In fact, the place was electric. Every person in this upbeat crowd was … more
DALTON — According to the calendar, April is a spring month. The days should be filled with kite-flying breezes and drifts of golden daffodils upon the hill. A pretty picture to be sure, but rather unlike the reality of persistent piles of … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — Donald Trump has proven himself a persistent and opportunistic critic of the judiciary, particularly those judges who have put a crimp in his plans to "Make America Great Again." Trump even tweeted that Judge Gonzalo Curiel … more
PITTSFIELD — I never participated, or was a victim of, too many April Fools' Day pranks in my life. I have no idea why, except that my friends and I probably had too much respect for each other to do something like that to each other. But I do … more
NEW YORK — My once red-haired immigrant mother Luba died more than 25 years ago, but her imprint on me is as vivid as ever.I recall when I was a child, her wearing a dun-colored cloth coat over a comfortable house dress, and sturdily trekking … more
From my youngest days growing up in Pittsfield I could never remember anything positive about the 26-acre Silver Lake.The noxious odors from the nearby General Electric plant and the lake discouraged bike rides nearby. We were told that there were … more
PITTSFIELD — Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney's defense on Sunday's "Meet The Press" of Trump's proposed budget illustrated not only the changeling nature of this administration, but also its complete ignorance of history … more
BOSTON — Small businesses are the backbone of the Massachusetts economic engine. But many are under increasing economic pressure as they try to keep their doors open. Small businesses have two ways to stay in business: increase sales or lower … more
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