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The heroin-opioid epidemic keeps getting worse and worse. This is a governmental problem that has been devastating wide swaths of the country.I have been studying the issue of drug dependency since I was a fairly young man and if you doubt that, you … more
HELSINKI — Raine Heikkinen got his start in arts management back in the 1990s by helping to organize raves around Helsinki. They were often in industrial spaces like warehouses, and often pulled off with formal permission. The point was to … more
There is nothing more troubling to the Board of Trustees and staff of the Berkshire Museum than to upset others in our beloved Berkshires, a community that we all care deeply about. Your shock, sadness and anger are understandable, as is your … more
PITTSFIELD — White supremacy is a racist myth. The existence of statues to honor leaders of the Confederacy pays homage to the treasonous insurrection to preserve slavery that almost destroyed the United States of America and spawned racism in … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — My cousin Kenny Palmer was among a number of relatives on both sides of my family who fought in World War II. Unfortunately, he is, to my knowledge, the only one who didn't come back to Adams at the war's conclusion. I've … more
PITTSFIELD — Creating a place where people want to live, work, and visit requires, first and foremost, a sense of safety and security. Every aspect of community life depends upon public safety initiatives that stabilize neighborhoods and … more
NEW YORK — Some optimism about Detroit's future has emerged, at least in news stories and magazine pieces. There is a new hockey arena, a trolley, and a manufactured beach, an active art scene, trendy restaurants and housing under construction … more
I remember when Zayre first opened in Pittsfield back in 1959. I had never been in such a big store with so much merchandise on display on one floor. It was probably Pittsfield's first real "big box" store. What also really impressed me was what I … more
PITTSFIELD — As a member of the Pittsfield School Committee for the past four years and as a retired teacher, I have witnessed the dynamic and strategic learning that takes place in all 12 of the schools that comprise Pittsfield Public … more
SHEFFIELD — Sitting at a restaurant overlooking a Newport harbor recently, sipping an Arnold Palmer and waiting for my lobster salad to arrive, I turned to my lunch companion, an experienced tech VC turned 'impact investor" from Connecticut's … more
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