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The Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services is a government-funded agency that provides public defenders for indigent clients. In total, it comprises roughly 500 staff attorneys and 3,000 … more
On Wednesday, Jan. 24, the town of Adams and Berkshire County were one twitch away from the kind of racial turmoil that engulfed Jefferson, Missouri, four years ago. On that day, police responded to … more
In Tuesday's State of the Union, the president subtly reinforced the dehumanization of immigrants by offering a "deal" wherein the future of "Dreamers," as those brought to this country illegally as … more
While politicians have been known to stretch sports analogies beyond the breaking point, Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer's naming of a new business development "quarterback" for the city (Eagle, January … more
The Environmental Appeals Board came up with something to make all parties unhappy last week in its assessment of the Environmental Protection Agency's order to General Electric for the Rest of River … more
In 2016, the Massachusetts Legislature passed a law that would force the state to diversify its energy sources. It was a sensible, visionary move from the point of view of environmental stewardship … more
In announcing the formation of a panel to find ways for the 12 parochial schools in Western Massachusetts, three of which are in Berkshire County, to survive and thrive (Eagle, January 24), Bishop … more
Berkshire County artist Norman Rockwell's "Freedom of Speech," which depicts a working-class individual standing to say his piece at a local town meeting in Vermont to the approval of his neighbors, … more
Governor Charlie Baker's announcement on Tuesday that he had created an 18-member panel to look into Massachusetts' transportation needs for the next two decades was timely in several ways. Bearing … more
The U.S. is one developed country that has yet to acknowledge health care as a human right to be provided to its citizens by the government. Most Americans receive health care insurance through their … more
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