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Justice is an ideal that is often confused with retribution, which is a human need based not on reason, but emotion. Our society has entrusted the dispensation of justice to the court system, which … more
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
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