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To the editor:Patrick Kennedy's investment in children's mental health, as outlined in his May 10 op-ed page article, is heartening and encouraging. The proposed school-based interventions are critically important. However, he and co-author Linda … more
The value in preserving buildings and finding new uses for them seems obvious today but the philosophy that buildings should be knocked down once they had outlived their perceived usefulness was long in vogue, including in the Berkshires. Those who … more
Solar energy must become an increasingly large component of the Massachusetts energy picture and it has been satisfying to see Berkshire County play an important role in its growth over the past few years. An ambitious solar project at Pittsfield … more
The decision of Lee and Lenox to share a town administrator should pay short- and long-term dividends for the neighboring Berkshire communities and ideally establish a model for other municipalities. With so many towns sharing in common a need to … more
The opioid epidemic continues to rage in Massachusetts, even with greater attention devoted to the problem by government and health officials and increased public awareness. This is not an indication of failure, but testimony to the challenges posed … more
Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer's proposed fiscal 2018 operating budget essentially holds the line on spending in the financially strapped city. Or at least it appears to hold the line, as a variety of unknowns undermine any sense of certainty as the … more
President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey has created a firestorm in Washington, D.C., threatening to overwhelm governing bodies that should be focused on the many challenges facing the nation. Untangling the web of allegations … more
Berkshire residents can be forgiven for gazing wistfully at the front page photo in Tuesday's Eagle of the groundbreaking ceremony for General Electric's new corporate headquarters in Boston. Years after GE pulled up its deep roots in Pittsfield, it … more
Hate speech can lead to, and perhaps even incite, hate crimes, and both are on the increase in Western Massachusetts. The best way to counter hate speech is to speak loudly against it and drown it out.Deepika Shukla, an assistant U.S. attorney based … more
The city of Pittsfield wants to make it easier to compete for businesses by adopting a three-part strategy intended to streamline the recruiting, retaining and expansion process. Last week, Mayor Linda M. Tyer announced the first phase of that … more
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