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Massachusetts' first place finish in U.S. News & World Report's ranking of the 50 states gives the state something to crow about — and gives the magazine some publicity in the state as well. Beyond the feel-good aspect of the rankings, … more
A Berkshire subject for discussion off and on — more off than on the last couple of years — is the need for dramatically better passenger rail service. There is general agreement that this would benefit the county economically but there … more
President Trump's anti-immigration policies may trigger the law of unintended consequences by causing a slump in foreign tourism to the United States. Unintended, but certainly not unanticipated.The United States has been seen as a welcoming nation … more
Last week, Berkshire residents could savor May weather in late February and at least temporarily set aside their jealousy of neighbors who are down in Fort Myers watching the Boston Red Sox loosen up for the season. It felt good, but not quite … more
It is hard to grasp from this vantage point in the 21st century that it would be seen as necessary to hold a rally in support of science. But that is what scientists and supporters did last Sunday in Boston in response to the serious threat posed to … more
The Law of Unintended Consequences can emerge to trip up even the most carefully considered of actions — and President Trump's deportation program isn't a carefully considered action. In Massachusetts, one consequence could be the undermining … more
Massachusetts was ahead of the curve in moving to protect the rights and civil liberties of transgender students. The Trump administration is seeking to undermine those rights at the federal level, but the White House's assertion that state laws … more
More than three years since Massachusetts voters approved a referendum allowing the use of medical marijuana, Berkshire County is finally getting its first dispensary. This should provide first-hand answers to concerns about the clinics raised in … more
The Boston Symphony Orchestra's investment in its Tanglewood campus is significant for its size and cost, but the most important aspect may be that the multi-use complex will be used year-round. A long-time summer presence, Tanglewood will be … more
About 23 days after Pittsfield Police Officer Martin Streit resorted to the use of deadly force to stop a suspect, allegedly racing toward officers in his vehicle, investigators cleared him of potential criminal charges. While we have no grounds on … more
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