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The opioid epidemic continues to rage in Massachusetts, even with greater attention devoted to the problem by government and health officials and increased public awareness. This is not an indication of failure, but testimony to the challenges posed … more
Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer's proposed fiscal 2018 operating budget essentially holds the line on spending in the financially strapped city. Or at least it appears to hold the line, as a variety of unknowns undermine any sense of certainty as the … more
President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey has created a firestorm in Washington, D.C., threatening to overwhelm governing bodies that should be focused on the many challenges facing the nation. Untangling the web of allegations … more
Berkshire residents can be forgiven for gazing wistfully at the front page photo in Tuesday's Eagle of the groundbreaking ceremony for General Electric's new corporate headquarters in Boston. Years after GE pulled up its deep roots in Pittsfield, it … more
Hate speech can lead to, and perhaps even incite, hate crimes, and both are on the increase in Western Massachusetts. The best way to counter hate speech is to speak loudly against it and drown it out.Deepika Shukla, an assistant U.S. attorney based … more
The city of Pittsfield wants to make it easier to compete for businesses by adopting a three-part strategy intended to streamline the recruiting, retaining and expansion process. Last week, Mayor Linda M. Tyer announced the first phase of that … more
It's unfortunate that the state forests and parks of the Berkshires are not fully on the county radar screen unless they are being threatened. They are part of what makes the county distinct and shouldn't be taken for granted.The construction of a … more
The cultural and economic importance of the arts to Berkshire County can be taken for granted by those who live in their midst. The honor paid to the Berkshires by the National Center for Arts Research is a reminder of the arts' considerable … more
Only four-plus months into 2017, school closings have been a recurrent issue in Berkshire County. Few issues are more painful and divisive to a community.To the north, the Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee has voted to close Cheshire … more
With House Republicans lining up for another shot at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act that could come as early as today, Republican Governor Charlie Baker has issued a warning about the impact of passage about Massachusetts. … more
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