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The Berkshire Flyer, upon which so many have pinned hopes of an economic shot in the arm for the county, isn't yet ready to leave the station — but the concept is building a head of steam. Last … more
DALTON — I can't call it spring cleaning — it's too cold for that. In spring cleaning, you throw open all the windows and air your bed linens on the clothes line. Maybe I can do those … more
It's raw and chilly, there is still snow on the ground — but it's also baseball season. That means spring, and the joys of the Berkshire summer, can't be far behind.The Boston Red Sox have … more
A neighborhood is a living organism with constituent parts — its people, its residential streets, its common areas, its schools, its houses of worship and its commercial district. All depend on … more
When it comes to historic battleground sites, Berkshire County doesn't possess the cachet of other Massachusetts locales like Concord and Lexington. Nevertheless, the Berkshires are entitled to their … more
It's a life-long effort to become and remain a member of the "informed electorate" envisioned by the Founding Fathers. Besides having to seek out credible sources of information, the responsible … more
With Congress and the president creating trillion-dollar budget deficits, $100,000 seems like hardly enough to clean the carpets in the U.S. Capitol. However, when that relatively paltry sum appears … more
Massachusetts is finally moving toward bringing some order to the Wild West atmosphere that currently characterizes the state's short-term rental market. Websites like Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway have … more
A recent report finding that about 12 percent of Massachusetts' state troopers made more than $200,000 last year strongly indicated that something was amiss, and an internal audit of Troop E exposed … more
The House has adopted new rules to address sexual harassment that should be adopted by the Senate as well and strictly enforced. An argumentative, and for the House unusually open, debate last … more
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