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It would be easy to echo the sentiments of the unreformed Ebenezer Scrooge and cry "Bah! Humbug!" when it comes to the state of the holiday spirit in 2016.A dispiriting presidential campaign further ripped apart a divided nation. A terror attack in … more
During the Christmas season, attention is drawn to the less fortunate, and while that is welcome, the difficulties they confront are year-long in nature. That applies to the homeless of Massachusetts and Berkshire County.This week brought the good … more
Preserving state tourism funding is a constant battle, one that should not have to be waged at all, let alone on a regular basis. For the Berkshires, this funding represents a booster shot directly into the economic base.Governor Charles Baker … more
Barring last minute obstacles, North Carolina's discriminatory law limiting gender rights will be repealed Wednesday. Republican legislators are going along grudgingly but earlier this month they took their pound of flesh out of the new Democratic … more
The assassination of Russia's ambassador to Turkey Monday adds another twist to the Byzantine complexity of the tragedy of Syria, where the only real certainty is that bloodshed will lead to further bloodshed.Andrey Karlov was gunned down by an … more
It says something about our times that a proposal to declare North Adams a "safe and inclusive community" — with specific ways to achieve that — will require more debate.Members of the City Council, who considered this resolution … more
Addicts may come for clean needles. But they often go on to receive treatment that cuts their dependency.That's the bottom line on syringe-exchange programs like the one about to roll out in North Adams and another under consideration in Pittsfield. … more
Developers hoping to transform the former DeSisto School property in Stockbridge aren't shy. They said this week they want full permission for a project that could bring as many as 209 housing units to the 320-acre property two miles south of … more
Determining the effectiveness of the state's correctional system and identifying weaknesses can't be done without the necessary data. The Massachusetts Sheriffs' Association must do better in this regard. State Auditor Suzanne Bump … more
In the wake of the November 8 elections, the Democratic Party is looking for an issue that will enable it to make the argument that it is truly the party of the American working class. The Republican Party may be poised to hand Democrats one. … more
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