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Restoring Pittsfield's rail connection to New York City and improving Pittsfield's rail link to Boston are ideas that have been simmering on back burners for years if not decades. The former concept may be heating up once again while a proposal out … more
The Pittsfield budget process has begun, and has been the case for some time, the task is to stretch two little money over too many obligations. That task becomes more challenging with each passing year.Mayor Linda Tyer on Monday presented her … more
The purchase by Berkshire Bank's holding company of Commerce Bankshares of Worcester will further solidify the financial base of the county's largest bank. The shift of its corporate headquarters to Boston should make it a larger player in the state … more
There is a need in Massachusetts to provide dental care for those who are underserved, and there are two competing pieces of legislation on Beacon Hill designed to address this need. All parties to these bills have good intentions and it would be … more
Massachusetts' anti-hazing law goes back to 1985 and an incident that resulted in the death of a football player at American International College in Springfield. It was a pioneering law that schools should emphasize to students following hazing … more
Kinder-Morgan is, as a spokesman said, "obligated" to restore the roads in Sandisfield and adjacent towns its subsidiary is pummeling while building its pipeline project in Otis State Forest. The state must make sure this obligation is met in … more
The Affordable Care Act is the law. The U.S. House has passed a repeal-and-replace bill that has met with considerable skepticism in the U.S. Senate, which plans to develop its own measure. While the ACA continues to provide health care coverage to … more
Governor Charlie Baker deserves praise for speaking up in favor of the Paris climate agreement and urging the Trump administration to continue to abide by it. The White House can't kill the agreement but the withdrawal of the U.S. from it would … more
The demands for higher education funding in the state when dollars are tight has prompted a discussion on Beacon Hill about ending financial assistance to the wealthiest private colleges. This is admittedly tempting, but it doesn't get at the real … more
The many benefits of regional school districts can't be fulfilled if the communities within them take an every-town-for-itself attitude. Stockbridge has given a considerable boost to the Berkshire Hills Regional School District and set an admirable … more
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