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In 2016, the Massachusetts Legislature passed a law that would force the state to diversify its energy sources. It was a sensible, visionary move from the point of view of environmental stewardship … more
In announcing the formation of a panel to find ways for the 12 parochial schools in Western Massachusetts, three of which are in Berkshire County, to survive and thrive (Eagle, January 24), Bishop … more
Berkshire County artist Norman Rockwell's "Freedom of Speech," which depicts a working-class individual standing to say his piece at a local town meeting in Vermont to the approval of his neighbors, … more
Governor Charlie Baker's announcement on Tuesday that he had created an 18-member panel to look into Massachusetts' transportation needs for the next two decades was timely in several ways. Bearing … more
The U.S. is one developed country that has yet to acknowledge health care as a human right to be provided to its citizens by the government. Most Americans receive health care insurance through their … more
The arcane world of international trade policy might seem light-years removed from the Berkshires, but moves like President Trump's levying of a 30-percent import tariff on solar panels will have a … more
You would think that the #MeToo movement and the whole topic of sexual harassment had suddenly popped up out of nowhere to develop into one of the most powerful animating forces in our current … more
For an example of how a well-intentioned state government initiative can go awry, one need look no further than Massachusetts' vaunted school choice program, instituted in 1991. As implemented, it … more
For the wealthier, more densely populated counties comprising the Greater Boston area, there is an upside to all the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life — the availability of basic services … more
It was one year ago today that Donald Trump was inaugurated as president — and what a long, dispiriting year it has been. Given what Americans knew of the real estate developer/TV star, and … more
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