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It is difficult to imagine human needs more basic than food, housing and heat. It is equally difficult to imagine how any developed first-world government in the 21st century, regardless of its … more
Today marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of Norman Rockwell's "Four Freedoms," specifically the first in a quartet of works based on the January 6, 1941 State of the Union address to … more
If only the machinery of lawmaking could move as swiftly as a bullet train connecting one end of the Commonwealth to the other. After years of waiting and a torrent of talking, the idea of a … more
The decision of Moody's Investors Services to list the outlook of Berkshire Health Systems as "negative" instead of "stable" is worrisome, even though the impact is not immediate. It makes it even … more
Parents and their school-aged children in the United States of America lingered over their goodbyes on Thursday morning. Hugs lasted longer.Hand squeezes went on a few seconds more.And many a parent … more
Over the past several years, opioid addiction has grown into one of the great scourges in American history. Many have died from overdoses; for others, misuse of the painkillers has destroyed the … more
The internet-enabled short-term rental market was a phenomenon no one could have predicted a few short years ago, but it has rapidly become a fact of life in the tourist-friendly Berkshires. As is … more
Teaching is an art, and teaching a child produces the same kind of magical, unique product that a sculptor produces when they apply their own creativity to rough clay or stone. It isn't an exact, … more
School regionalization efforts in Berkshire County have been inexorably gaining momentum because of the growing realization that there is no other option. Economic and demographic realities on the … more
As Great Barrington celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of W.E.B. Du Bois, it is apparent that a town that was slow to embrace the remarkable legacy of its native son has now done so. That … more
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