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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
Legislation on Beacon Hill effectively making Massachusetts a "sanctuary state" would protect local and state law enforcement officers from being dragged into federal immigration issues where they risk being compromised. However, the word … more
A bill calling for a statewide ban of Native American mascots in schools is a solution to a problem that doesn't exist in the state with the possible exception of one school.Passage would affect two Berkshire County high schools, the Taconic Braves … more
U.S. First District Representative Richard Neal is under attack from some Berkshire residents, and residents in rural towns east of the Berkshires, for his inaccessibility. The promise of a Berkshire town hall in the fall is only a start in … more
To the editor:I agree with the letter to the editor written by Susie Kaufman and Richard Brown on June 7 regarding Congressman Richard Neal being unresponsive.Last year I contacted Rep. Neal's offices in Pittsfield, Springfield, and Washington by … more
The progress made in recent years in gay rights can't disguise the reality that homophobia still exists. The continued practice of so-called "gay conversion therapy" testifies to this.A bill protecting minors from efforts to change their sexual … more
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