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The dizzying array of votes and backroom politicking involved in the effort of Senate Republicans to repeal and (perhaps someday maybe) replace the Affordable Care Act attracts all of the headlines, but there is a similar battle going on more … more
Summer jobs are important to teenagers because they could use the money, especially if college is looming, and they provide an opportunity to begin learning the ropes of the workplace. Employment can be hard to find, however, especially in the … more
Mount Greylock, the state's highest mountain, is a Berkshire icon, and atop it sits another icon — the Veterans War Memorial Tower. Even when seen in miniature from a variety of angles in North and parts of Central Berkshire County it … more
The closing of the Lee Price Chopper is a loss to the community but not a surprise given changes in the business strategies of the large chains and online purchasing trends, Which doesn't mean that it hurts any less.The store opened as the Lee Super … more
Once upon a time, a hilltown exit off the Massachusetts Turnpike was to lead to the fabled eastern bypass around Pittsfield. The bypass will remain a fable, but the question now concerns the merits of that exit as a way to benefit those isolated … more
The state Supreme Judicial Court's decision Monday curtailing overreach by federal immigration officers was the obvious one for the justices to make. That doesn't make it any less important in ways that could extend beyond Massachusetts.The SJC … more
The recent death of State Representative Gailanne Cariddi has obvious ramifications for her North Berkshire district but it impacts the Berkshires as a whole. If the county had lost the leadership of an important committee that Representative … more
Beacon Hill has crafted a solid, well-considered compromise bill on recreational marijuana sales in Massachusetts. What happens next will largely be up to local governments — and possibly a federal government that could throw a monkey wrench … more
With its signing last Monday by Gov. Charlie Baker, the $39.4 billion Massachusetts state budget for fiscal 2018 is now law (Eagle, July 20). As the budget now stands, Berkshire County's interests emerged from the sausage-making process both … more
While modern technology can be a boon when it comes to providing convenience and efficiency, it can also be a merciless destroyer of the established structures our culture holds dear. A case in point is the old-fashioned brick-and-mortar business, … more
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