Editorials
Our Opinion: Beer distribution reform still bound in red tape
"There's many a slip 'twixt the cup and the lip," as the old proverb goes. For craft brewers, including some in Berkshire County, the cup has been splattering all over the floor for quite a while thanks to Massachusetts' archaic alcohol laws. …
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Our Opinion: Answer hate speech through our own words and deeds
The violent events in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend shocked and revolted Americans all across the nation, not in the least due to the virulence of the hatred expressed by those who have been variously described as white nationalists, the …
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Our Opinion: Making the pot law work in the state
A brave new world; the Wild West; boldly going where no man has gone before — however one wants to characterize it, the implementation of Massachusetts' new pot law marks uncharted territory. Last November, Bay State voters passed a referendum …
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Letters to the editor
Letter: Display some realistic Civil War monuments

To the editor: I stand on the side of those who advocate publicly displaying monuments to the Civil War as a way to remind us of our history. I think where we part company is what we wish to remember about the war. The questions we have to ask are: …

Letter: Support the desired museum changes

To the editor:I am a single parent, part-time security guard, part-time college student, part-time novice in local politics, and a full-time philosopher and woman of action — so that we can as a society do better for us and our children. Which …

Letter: Trashing of museum is well underway

To the editor:I visited the Berkshire Museum on a free Friday. I kind of expected a lot of children, but never imagined the chaos and broken sound barriers I was to encounter there. The whooped-up youngsters spoke more to an amusement park …

Letter: Help Lee shine for Founders' Weekend

To the editor:On Sept. 15-17 Lee will again celebrate Founders' Weekend with a packed schedule of events that will attract thousands of residents and visitors. Wouldn't it make us all proud to have Lee shine for the whole weekend?To help, we're …

Letter: Museum board must find a better solution

To the editor:An open letter to the Berkshire Museum board:The Berkshire Museum is multiple museums (all laudable) with competing needs and goals. In following your announced course of action, you will be contributing to the homogenization, dumbing …

Letter: Museum sale only postpones inevitable

To the editor:I've been following the Berkshire Museum's pending art sale with some interest. I've often heard that the selling off of physical assets by an institution, organization, business or whatever, really is only putting off the inevitable. …

Letter: Museum risks losing support of community

To the editor:When other local museums have had financial problems they have applied for funding, grants and have asked the public for help. The Berkshire Museum has gone behind closed doors and decided to sell off much of its best artwork. The fact …

Letter: Explore other options to finance museum

To the editor:Twenty-some years ago I had the good fortune to work with Michael Govan, who was assistant to Thomas Krens at the time that the Williams College Museum of Art was undergoing a major expansion. Michael was a very bright young man and I …

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Carole Owens: Fulfilling our duty to people, history

STOCKBRIDGE — On July 15, 1797 St. Claire Pollock died. His home was on the cliffs overlooking the Hudson River and it is assumed he fell to his death, down the embankment, smashed on the rocks. He was five-years-old.We know about the incident …

Berkshire schools: Doing nothing is not an option

LENOX - In case you missed it: The Berkshire County Education Task Force, whose 30 dedicated, diligent members have been meeting monthly since two summers ago, came out last month with a startling cure for the financial struggles confronting most of …

Lauren R. Stevens: Don't be silenced by foes of environment

WILLIAMSTOWN — A Northern Berkshire Green Drinks group that gathered recently to discuss how the Trump administration was dicing and slicing the environment quickly turned to discussing progress at the state and local levels. In climate change …

Alan Chartock | I, Publius: Reining in heroin scourge may require legalization

The heroin-opioid epidemic keeps getting worse and worse. This is a governmental problem that has been devastating wide swaths of the country.I have been studying the issue of drug dependency since I was a fairly young man and if you doubt that, you …

Christopher Marcisz: Helsinki's ground-up model for reviving industrial spaces

HELSINKI — Raine Heikkinen got his start in arts management back in the 1990s by helping to organize raves around Helsinki. They were often in industrial spaces like warehouses, and often pulled off with formal permission. The point was to …

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