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Americans have used the term "melting pot" to describe their nation since its birth at the end of the 18th century, and the concept of a pluralistic society defined by a set of beliefs in the rights of individuals undergirds our basic identity as a … more
When it comes to Berkshire County's rich arts and cultural scene,no one can argue that Jacob's Pillow Dance is one of its most critical and popular components. Thanks to institutions such as the Pillow, Tanglewood, the Clark Art Institute and Mass … more
One way or another, it is likely that paid family and medical leave is coming to Massachusetts. A ballot initiative is one possibility, and a law vetted by the Legislature is another. The latter option is preferable. There are currently three paid … more
Gailanne Cariddi served North Adams as a businesswoman, city councilor and state representative of the 1st Berkshire District, which also put eight other towns within her purview. Her accomplishments were accompanied by a quiet dignity that was her … more
Shootings in the United States are so common they make headlines and lead TV news stories only when there is something extraordinarily horrific or unique about them. The attack on congressional Republicans practicing for a baseball game Wednesday … more
A Berkshire County court case has exposed an ambiguity in the state's Operating Under the Influence (OUI) law that Governor Baker proposes closing through legislation. As there is no good argument in opposition, it is important that change become … more
Many Berkshire residents may remember when fireflies, or lightning bugs, were plentiful and lit up the night with their flashes. While they are still with us, their numbers have been much reduced. That's a loss, but if bees follow that path the loss … more
Medical marijuana facilities are a reality in Massachusetts and at some point in the near future recreational marijuana facilities will be as well. Most Berkshire residents support both according to referendum votes, but that support declines when … more
To the editor:What is the Day of Caring? Established to promote the spirit of volunteerism for United Ways across the country, it also increases awareness of local human service organizations and demonstrates how people working together for the … more
The adage about the inadvisability of fixing something that isn't broken applies to the Tri-Town Health Department's responsibilities in Pittsfield. It has done a stalwart job overseeing Pittsfield's tobacco regulations and there is no reason for … more
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