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It's unfortunate that the state forests and parks of the Berkshires are not fully on the county radar screen unless they are being threatened. They are part of what makes the county distinct and shouldn't be taken for granted.The construction of a … more
The cultural and economic importance of the arts to Berkshire County can be taken for granted by those who live in their midst. The honor paid to the Berkshires by the National Center for Arts Research is a reminder of the arts' considerable … more
Only four-plus months into 2017, school closings have been a recurrent issue in Berkshire County. Few issues are more painful and divisive to a community.To the north, the Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee has voted to close Cheshire … more
With House Republicans lining up for another shot at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act that could come as early as today, Republican Governor Charlie Baker has issued a warning about the impact of passage about Massachusetts. … more
Town meeting and election season is upon us in the Berkshires, a stretch of May that evokes images of grass-roots American democracy at its most red, white and blue. The reality only lives up to the image if residents participate.That has long been … more
Fond memories were shared Friday night by the St. Joseph Central High School community as the school's closing day comes ever closer. Unhappiness and disappointment predictably tempered those memories.The Springfield Diocese announced in October … more
The internet moves with a speed that lawmakers can't begin to match. The challenge in trying to regulate abuses or discourage potential abuses on social media is to craft laws so they don't compromise civil liberties or come down with too heavy a … more
When it comes to public education, Massachusetts is failing mathematics. The state is not paying its fair share of costs because of a funding formula that isn't accurate and hasn't been in some time. It must adjust its numbers.Tracy O'Connell … more
The battle against bigotry that Great Barrington native W.E.B. Du Bois, a founder of the NAACP, fought for decades is now being fought by NAACP President Cornell Williams Brooks. It's fitting then, that Mr. Brooks would speak Wednesday at Bard … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — By all accounts, Judith Clark is a remarkable human being.Now 67, she was incarcerated at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women in New York for the past 35 years. All kinds of good people have called for her … more
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