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The restoration of passenger rail service between Pittsfield and New York City — dormant for over four decades — has become a transportation Holy Grail for Berkshire County over the past … more
Massachusetts, to its credit, is serious about reducing the carbon emissions that are fueling climate change. The new standards issued Friday by the administration of Governor Baker should help Massachusetts make strides in that ongoing effort.A … more
For the eighth time, a bill addressing a terminal patient's right to choose his or her time and manner of death is under consideration by the Massachusetts Legislature. Opposing sides in this … more
The Price Chopper supermarket in Lee closed its doors for the last time one week ago today in another case of a large chain operation ridding itself of an unwanted unit — which is the prerogative of any business. However, from the perspective … more
Ordinarily, an individual's retirement isn't all that newsworthy unless that person is some kind of celebrity. The fact that Valerie Schwarz isn't universally famous for her work reflects more on what we as a society revere than on how well she did … more
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
Two essential ingredients for fostering a thriving and durable local economy are diversity and a trained workforce prepared to fill all jobs that become available. The latter is what attracts … more
Massachusetts is better prepared to withstand Trump administration assaults on the environment and health care than many states because it has in recent years acted on its own to improve life for … more
If you could snap a chalk line from any point along Berkshire County's southern border with Connecticut and northern border with Vermont, from A to B — from, say, the verdant bottomlands of Sheffield to the hardpan of Clarksburg — you … more
On Tuesday at 7 a.m., registered nurses at Berkshire Medical Center (BMC) will begin a one-day strike that will then turn into a four-day lockout. Strike/lockouts elsewhere in Massachusetts this … more
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