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After the earthly remains of John and Celeste Kordana are laid to rest today, their families and their community will be left to deal with their grief and loss, but one issue they will not have to face, at least, is the meaninglessness of it all. … more
Until 16 years ago, when terrorists intent on mass murder cut through the clear, blue skies, September 11 was merely one of 365 fixed points on the calendar by which we reckoned our position in time and space. Especially this year, especially now, … more
The problems of low wages, disappearing jobs and a growing wealth gap in Berkshire County aren't new and they defy easy resolution. The causes are many, and are in large part linked to national trends. It's a distraction from finding those solutions … more
Congressional summer recess is a time for senators and representatives to embark on taxpayer-financed fact-finding missions to places like London, Paris and Rome — and failing that, to return home to take the temperature of their … more
The Pittsfield Police Department Friday night put out a Facebook post seeking help in finding the killer of 22-year-old Asiyanna Jones that in its eloquence gets to the heart of a neighborhood's and … more
Leadership in the effort to reduce carbon emissions that cause health problems and fuel global warming won't be coming from Washington, D.C., for the foreseeable future. Leadership will have to come from the states, and nine Northeastern states, … more
It's one of the laws of human conflict. When a locality sends members of its citizenry off to defend the country, some of those sons and daughters make the ultimate sacrifice in a far-off land, never to return to their hometown and family. A … more
The scrapping of a plan to settle Middle East refugees in Pittsfield and Berkshire County is terrible news for refugees and bad news for the city and county, which would have been enriched by their … more
While the statistics on suicide in Berkshire County are discouraging, the response in the Berkshires is encouraging. Help for those suffering considering suicide is available, and the willingness of … more
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
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