Our Opinion: Decorum at the HRC

07/24/2014 07:16 AM EDT
Pittsfield's reactivated Human Rights Commission will certainly face difficult challenges, but the challenges it faced in only its third meeting Tuesday night were unnecessary and counterproductive. 
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Our Opinion: Atty. Rota braves lair of the Council
07/23/2014 07:02 AM EDT - Today, William Rota becomes the second attorney endorsed by the Berkshire legal community to go before the Governor's Council in Boston in an attempt to become an associate justice at Southern Berkshire District Court (Eagle, July 22. Full Story

Our Opinion: 'Putin The Great'
07/22/2014 11:04 AM EDT - As if the shooting down of a passenger plane carrying 298 people wasn't monstrous enough, the bodies of those who fell from the sky with Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 were left lying in the heat for days as Ukrainian rebels engaged in what can only be assumed to be a cover-up of their blunder. Full Story

Our Opinion: Price of patronage
07/20/2014 12:11 AM EDT - The trial in Boston of former Probation Commissioner John J. O’Brien on allegations that he traded jobs for legislative favors poked along largely unnoticed until it exploded into view last week with the judicial ruling that prosecutors could argue that House Speaker Robert DeLeo participated in Mr. Full Story

Our Opinion: Gutting the gun bill
07/19/2014 12:11 AM EDT - A fine gun violence reform bill passed by the House was gutted Thursday by the state Senate, testimony to the influence of gun pressure groups in a state whose lawmakers should be impervious to that pressure. Full Story

Our Opinion: Crisis on the border
07/18/2014 12:11 AM EDT - Governor Deval Patrick, in response to President Obama’s request that Massachusetts provide shelter to some of the unaccompanied children flooding across our southern border from Central America, said he doesn’t believe that as a commonwealth "we can turn away and turn our backs to children who are coming from desperate situations. Full Story

Our Opinion: Fracking on shaky ground
07/17/2014 12:11 AM EDT - The growing opposition in the Berkshires to the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline project has drawn attention to the process of hydraulic fracturing, which is used to reach much of the natural gas that would be transported across Massachusetts through that pipeline. Full Story

Our Opinion: James MacGregor Burns
07/16/2014 12:11 AM EDT - James MacGregor Burns was a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian whose explorations of leadership, specifically presidential leadership, resonate today. Full Story

Our Opinion: Post Office can’t win
07/15/2014 12:11 AM EDT - The service cutbacks coming for seven rural Berkshire County post offices is certainly preferable to shutting the facilities entirely (Eagle, July 14. Full Story

Our Opinion: A promising ACA report
07/14/2014 12:11 AM EDT - The Commonwealth Fund, an independent research agency that tracks health issues, has issued its report on the Affordable Care Act for the months after the end of the first enrollment period and the results are encouraging in terms of who it is reaching and how they are being helped. Full Story

Rotting food prompts German gas leak scare

BERLIN (AP) — Emergency officials called to check out a suspected gas leak in Germany found a culprit they didn't expect: a fridge full of rotting food. Full Story
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Woody Allen back in spotlight, promoting new film

Throughout his long career, Woody Allen has been fascinated by magic, a theme he's explored frequently onscreen: playing a magician in "Scoop," sending Owen Wilson on time travel in "Midnight in Paris," or pulling Jeff Daniels out of a movie screen in "The Purple Rose of Cairo. Full Story
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Bill Murray shows up at ice cream party

'Lost in Translation’ actor was the guest of honor at an ice cream truck near area he was shooting a movie.