No lame-duck pay hikes for state officials

11/23/2014 01:11 PM EST
When it comes to public officials, not all pay raises are created equal. In Pittsfield, pay raises for department heads proposed by Mayor Daniel Bianchi, and proposals for a pay hike for the mayor and stipends for School Committee members, with Councilor Jonathan Lothrop largely carrying the ball, were approved recently after rancor-free debate and without a public furor. 
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Our Opinion: Taking stands wiser than avoiding them
11/22/2014 11:59 AM EST - The US Senate vote last week on the Keystone XL pipeline was all about Louisiana politics, not the environment. Full Story

Our Opinion: Cuts, hikes require realism from officials
11/21/2014 05:31 AM EST - Addressing potential spending cuts in Massachusetts or tax increases in Pittsfield requires something in common from elected officials — realism. Full Story

Devising rules to cut back on casino damage
11/19/2014 04:37 PM EST - With voters having defeated a referendum repealing the casino law, state officials are now obligated to keep the damage to a minimum. Full Story

Our Opinion: Mass MoCA project should secure future
11/19/2014 08:08 AM EST - The Mass in Mass MoCA stands for Massachusetts but it could as easily represent massive, as in ambition and the scale of the buildings housing the museum. Full Story

Our Opinion: Ebola hysteria shameful in light of courage
11/18/2014 06:34 AM EST - To America's credit, it has many selfless, well-trained medical professionals willing to travel to isolated corners of the globe to help the sick and suffering. Full Story

Our Opinion: Welcome vote on pipeline, and a plan for Lenox
11/16/2014 12:21 PM EST - It was encouraging to see the Pittsfield City Council come down strongly against the proposed Tennessee Gas pipeline last week. Full Story

Our Opinion: Baker's fight is within his own party
11/15/2014 02:16 PM EST - Governor-elect Charlie Baker is a couple of months away from taking office and his first major battle is taking shape — within his own party. Full Story

Our Opinion: Mayor's message - don't challenge party line
11/14/2014 03:44 PM EST - Pittsfield Mayor Daniel Bianchi stepped up to the microphone before Tuesday's City Council meeting to criticize councilors for being obstructionist and The Berkshire Eagle for being irresponsible. Full Story

Our opinion: Soft sentence, but ideally, message sent in O'Brien case
11/13/2014 11:13 PM EST - The judge in the trial of former state probation commissioner John J. O'Brien missed an opportunity Thursday to tell those considering gaming the system to benefit friends, family and political allies to think again. Full Story

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Joey Chestnut devours turkey to win eating contest

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) — Competitive eater Joey Chestnut has won a turkey-eating contest in Connecticut, setting a record by devouring an entire bird. Full Story
One Direction, Iggy Azalea shine at 2014 AMAs

One Direction won three honors at the American Music Awards, including artist of the year over powerhouse acts like Beyonce and Luke Bryan, while breakthrough newcomer Iggy Azalea beat out heavyweights Eminem and Drake in the rap categories. Full Story