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North Adams has a one in five chance of winning the Small Business Revolution's $500,000 prize, but the city's effort in pursuing the prize suggests that, win or lose, there is unity of purpose in making the city a better place.About 20 business … more
A sobering task force report reveals an early education system in Massachusetts that is "in crisis," according to House Speaker Robert DeLeo. A response from the speaker and the state's business community offers reason to believe that could … more
FITCHBURG — Like autumn trees reflected on a still Onota Lake, Native American culture is mirrored in Berkshire culture and landscape. Greylock, Pontoosuc, Housatonic, Wampenum, and Onota are just a very few of the names that echo this … more
The vote to silence Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, by Senate Republicans late Tuesday night was indefensible and hypocritical. And there will no silencing the senator.Senator Warren, an opponent of the nomination of Jeff … more
The Western Massachusetts broadband effort has traveled a long and winding road over the past seven years, and traversing the last mile has taken on the dimensions of World War I trench warfare in which gains are measured in yards. Completing the … more
The decision to end preference for city residents when filling positions on the Pittsfield Police Department is a practical one that carries with it a larger meaning. Pittsfield and other Berkshire communities face many of the same challenges and … more
That nursing home workers are underpaid given the nature of their difficult and important jobs is something Beacon Hill agreed upon last year in approving $35.5 million for these workers. Along with the funds, the legislation passed last June … more
The Berkshires' largest city needs an anchor hotel, and the Crowne Plaza has served that purpose for Pittsfield since 1970. That's its future is in doubt is a major concern.Santander Bank of Boston has initiated foreclosure proceedings on the $16.5 … more
No one's freedom is secure if the freedom of any one group is threatened, and Massachusetts is proudly stepping up on behalf of that principle. Elected officials, business leaders, academics and religious leaders have different specific concerns … more
Over the years, Pittsfield's annual budget process has too often degenerated into an "us vs. them" battle between the municipal and educational sides. In reality, both are in it together, especially when times are difficult — and they almost … more
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