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Until 16 years ago, when terrorists intent on mass murder cut through the clear, blue skies, September 11 was merely one of 365 fixed points on the calendar by which we reckoned our position in time and space. Especially this year, especially now, … more
If you could snap a chalk line from any point along Berkshire County's southern border with Connecticut and northern border with Vermont, from A to B — from, say, the verdant bottomlands of Sheffield to the hardpan of Clarksburg — you … more
With this summer's partisan, backroom dealings to repeal the Affordable Care Act come to naught, Congress this week returned to session and took its first small steps toward a more sensible approach to the nation's health care system with a … more
Probably the most striking aspect of President Trump's announcement Tuesday that he would roll back the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was that the action was so unnecessary. Eight hundred thousand young people, brought to this … more
Yesterday, President Trump made the long-awaited announcement that his administration would begin to wind down the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) — ending the protections enjoyed by undocumented immigrants who … more
Politicians flip-flop. It goes with the turf, like kissing babies and eating rubber chicken lunches. Flip-flops can be charitably characterized as a "change of heart," when the reasons are legitimate, but when they arise out of political expediency … more
Ordinarily, an individual's retirement isn't all that newsworthy unless that person is some kind of celebrity. The fact that Valerie Schwarz isn't universally famous for her work reflects more on what we as a society revere than on how well she did … more
The people of Massachusetts have spoken, the Legislature has legislated, and now it's up to the newly constituted Cannabis Control Commission to shape and regulate what was once no more than a pipe dream into a fully-fledged recreational marijuana … more
Congress returns from its summer recess following Labor Day, which surely fills most Americans with dread, especially as health care is once again back on the agenda. But there is at least a glimmer of hope that the partisan logjam on health care … more
When a catastrophe strikes — no matter where in this country — the first reflex on the part of many Americans is to ask, "What can I do to help?" Geographical and political differences fade into irrelevance as images of human suffering … more
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