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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
To the editor:Patrick Kennedy's investment in children's mental health, as outlined in his May 10 op-ed page article, is heartening and encouraging. The proposed school-based interventions are critically important. However, he and co-author Linda … more
The value in preserving buildings and finding new uses for them seems obvious today but the philosophy that buildings should be knocked down once they had outlived their perceived usefulness was long in vogue, including in the Berkshires. Those who … more
Solar energy must become an increasingly large component of the Massachusetts energy picture and it has been satisfying to see Berkshire County play an important role in its growth over the past few years. An ambitious solar project at Pittsfield … more
The decision of Lee and Lenox to share a town administrator should pay short- and long-term dividends for the neighboring Berkshire communities and ideally establish a model for other municipalities. With so many towns sharing in common a need to … more
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
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