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In a broadside against the president and the poisonous political climate, outgoing U.S. Senator Al Franken spent the better part of his 40-minute farewell speech on Thursday decrying the degradation … more
Lo, the long hoped-for resurrection of one of the great edifices of Pittsfield and the Berkshires shall come to pass. After lying dormant for the past nine years since its closing by the Roman … more
The political demographics of Massachusetts' 1st Congressional district, which includes the Berkshires, are such that the biennial elections are often a matter of choosing which Democrat the locals … more
The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was created in 1997 to ensure that children of parents who earned too much money to qualify for Medicaid but couldn't afford health insurance received … more
Most would agree that there is no better way to sully a pristine view than to plunk a 100-ft. cellphone tower in the middle of it. Carriers have done what they can to mitigate the visual pollution … more
Ever since the declining cost of technological advances such as Surround Sound, high definition, large format flat-screen TVs, DVDs and digital streaming made home theaters affordable for the average … more
To the editor:A number of years ago, we had the good fortune to be introduced to Muddy Brook Elementary School, when we volunteered to tutor as part of a project when the Jewish Women's Foundation … more
Since hardly a month goes by in which the Berkshires aren't mentioned in the national press — in a write-up in a glossy cooking, travel or lifestyle magazine or in The New York Times — … more
If we could somehow harness the negative energy of anti-immigrant groups, America could swear off fossil fuels forever. They never tire of ginning up antipathy for newcomers whose only crime is poor … more
Thirteen months ago, Massachusetts voters approved the legalization of recreational marijuana use. If Bay Staters assumed, however, that they could legally toke up the next day as an expression of … more
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