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A government program that encourages a student to reach beyond a community college associate's degree to acquire a four-year bachelor's degree would seem to be a no-brainer, but it took until the spring of 2016 for such an idea to reach fruition. … more
Change can be intimidating; when people are happy with they way things are, their first reaction to the idea of altering the status quo is to resist it, regardless of whether the change might result in a benefit. Why fix something if it ain't … more
A city can mount the best public relations campaign money can buy, touting its arts scene, nightlife, sophisticated culture, its conduciveness as a place to raise a family — but in the end, one of the pillars its reputation rests upon is the … more
Leadership in the effort to reduce carbon emissions that cause health problems and fuel global warming won't be coming from Washington, D.C., for the foreseeable future. Leadership will have to come from the states, and nine Northeastern states, … more
Massachusetts residents have good reason to strut in the wake of news that the Bay State's workforce is the first-ever in the nation to contain a majority of bachelor's degree holders. The report from the non-profit Massachusetts Budget and Policy … more
It's a problem that a lot of towns its size would like to have; it could be called "the gridlock of success." The picturesque community of Stockbridge sits astride Routes 7 and 102, and as such acts as a gateway for tourists from the New York City … more
For many dog owners, no experience is more exhilarating than romping with one's furry friend in a wide open space — preferably one with an aquatic feature, like a river, lake or the seashore.And most dog owners are responsible, understanding … more
It's one of the laws of human conflict. When a locality sends members of its citizenry off to defend the country, some of those sons and daughters make the ultimate sacrifice in a far-off land, never to return to their hometown and family. A … more
"There's many a slip 'twixt the cup and the lip," as the old proverb goes. For craft brewers, including some in Berkshire County, the cup has been splattering all over the floor for quite a while thanks to Massachusetts' archaic alcohol laws. … more
The violent events in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend shocked and revolted Americans all across the nation, not in the least due to the virulence of the hatred expressed by those who have been variously described as white nationalists, the … more
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