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Sometimes an idea makes so much sense, you have to wonder why it took so long to come up with it.The Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency that dispenses money and moral support for arts projects and programs throughout the commonwealth, is … more
The Dalton Police Department deserves praise for taking the initiative in acquiring the overdose-reversing drug naloxone for use by its officers. This is something all small-town police departments in the state should do, and the state could do more … more
Movie screens the last few years have offered films and documentaries about the African-American experience in numbers and quality that may be unprecedented. Beyond their own value as an art form, they introduce writers and political figures who are … more
The city of North Adams has had remarkably stable leadership over the past 34 years. Change will be coming next year, however, following Mayor Richard Alcombright's announcement on Thursday that he will not seek a fifth term this fall.This November … more
The life sciences initiative launched 10 years ago by Governor Deval Patrick that was instrumental in making Massachusetts a leader in that field is winding down, and Governor Charlie Baker is seeking to extend it, but with a shift in focus. Going … 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
There was never going to be a happy ending to the dilemma facing the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District and an ending may not have been reached. But faced with a painful decision, the Adams-Cheshire School Committee did its duty.On Monday … more
Town meeting and election season is upon us in the Berkshires, a stretch of May that evokes images of grass-roots American democracy at its most red, white and blue. The reality only lives up to the image if residents participate.That has long been … 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
PITTSFIELD — If Judge Neil Gorsuch was auditioning for a role as a small-town judge in the town of Mayberry on the 1960s sitcom "The Andy Griffith Show," he would have been a shoo-in with his folksy performance at the Senate hearing for … more
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