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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
U.S. First District Representative Richard Neal is under attack from some Berkshire residents, and residents in rural towns east of the Berkshires, for his inaccessibility. The promise of a Berkshire town hall in the fall is only a start in … more
As U.S. Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos' most important constituency would seem to be students. There has been little indication that she sees it that way, however, and the latest evidence is her imposition of a delay on implementing an Obama-era … 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
Scott L. Kafker, Governor Baker's choice to fill a vacancy on the state Supreme Judicial Court, is an experienced and well-regarded judge who seems assured of confirmation. That doesn't however, ease the disappointment of the Berkshires and Western … more
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
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
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
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