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The closing of the Lee Price Chopper is a loss to the community but not a surprise given changes in the business strategies of the large chains and online purchasing trends, Which doesn't mean that it hurts any less.The store opened as the Lee Super … more
Once upon a time, a hilltown exit off the Massachusetts Turnpike was to lead to the fabled eastern bypass around Pittsfield. The bypass will remain a fable, but the question now concerns the merits of that exit as a way to benefit those isolated … more
The state Supreme Judicial Court's decision Monday curtailing overreach by federal immigration officers was the obvious one for the justices to make. That doesn't make it any less important in ways that could extend beyond Massachusetts.The SJC … more
The recent death of State Representative Gailanne Cariddi has obvious ramifications for her North Berkshire district but it impacts the Berkshires as a whole. If the county had lost the leadership of an important committee that Representative … more
Beacon Hill has crafted a solid, well-considered compromise bill on recreational marijuana sales in Massachusetts. What happens next will largely be up to local governments — and possibly a federal government that could throw a monkey wrench … more
With its signing last Monday by Gov. Charlie Baker, the $39.4 billion Massachusetts state budget for fiscal 2018 is now law (Eagle, July 20). As the budget now stands, Berkshire County's interests emerged from the sausage-making process both … more
While modern technology can be a boon when it comes to providing convenience and efficiency, it can also be a merciless destroyer of the established structures our culture holds dear. A case in point is the old-fashioned brick-and-mortar business, … more
The Berkshire County Education Task Force will come forward with an ambitious proposal to revamp public education in the Berkshires — with the caveat that no one should react with alarm to the scope of the proposal. We hope no one does. The … more
Berkshire County is a region possessing special charms to all who live and visit here, among them being captivating scenery and an arts scene second to none. Less apparent to part-time sojourners, however, is the fact that there are really two faces … more
Bob Nason not only served Lee as its town administrator for 19 years he was instrumental in ushering in a new approach to leadership for both Lee and Lenox. In the process, the towns established a template for other Berkshire communities.The packed … more
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