PITTSFIELD

From my position as an online editor, I can't help but assume everyone is consuming their news on the Internet. I've always known my parents and other baby boomers weren't exactly "tuned in" to what I do for a living. But I had no idea the drastic statistic until Monday morning.

According to an article in The New York Times via The Seattle Times (http://bit.ly/1eXnGcS), "roughly 20 percent of adults do not use the Internet at home, work, school or by mobile device, a figure essentially unchanged since President Obama took office in 2009 and initiated a $7 billion effort to expand access."

That number -- around 60 million -- is a bit staggering. The article explained how the older generations who don't know how to use a computer are almost immediately dismissed from a job prospect based upon this. People are being shut off from jobs, government services, health care and education due to "persistent digital inequality -- caused by the inability to afford Internet service, disinterest or a lack of computer literacy."

I know there are plenty of ways for people to access the Internet around the Berkshires. There are libraries, but they have only so many computers; there are classes to teach people how to navigate the Internet, but some of those can be costly; and there are free online tutorials, but how do you get those if you're lost in the first place?

A few times a week, especially with the new website rollout, I've fielded phone calls from readers asking how to find certain stories or sections on