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The quick reaction by City Hall and city leaders to criticism of Pittsfield's affirmative action policies attests to how seriously this issue is regarded. Pittsfield is playing catch-up after years of stagnation. Progress is likely to come in fits … more
It's a timeless and tiresome story that repeats itself periodically, often when there is a change in corporate cable communications ownership. Berkshire County, though squarely within the borders of Massachusetts, must fight to maintain access to … more
Monday's first public hearing conducted by the Legislature's Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy was informative both in terms of what has been learned and what hasn't about the eventual roll-out of the state's recreational marijuana sales law. It's … more
Great Barrington's funky, bustling downtown is the envy of many communities in the Berkshires and region. It suffered the loss of an iconic establishment last summer but may in the long run bounce back better than before.A catastrophic kitchen fire … more
National politics tends to suck the air out of the room, and never more so than these days. That doesn't make local politics any less important. In fact, with changes coming out of Washington, D.C. sure to reverberate down to the local level, … more
It probably didn't take J.C. Penney executives long to put their Berkshire Mall store on last week's closing list. As Penney and its rivals struggle to be relevant in the age of online shopping, particularly fashion sales by Amazon, they've been … more
It's the weekend, so many members of Congress are back in their districts. We hope they have the courage to pull off those sunglasses and speak with constituents about the many ways the House and Senate are poised to take our nation backward. It is … more
Democracies can't function in the dark, from the local to the state to the national levels. Assuring that democracy flourishes is the joint responsibility of the press, the public and government.Since 2005, Sunshine Week (March 12-18), the creation … more
Inch by inch, the last mile of high-speed internet connections for Berkshire communities moves toward completion. Disappointingly, however, with the demise of a countywide or even regional approach this process continues to be less than … more
There is a certain economic inevitability to the shared services movement among Berkshire communities, but a check from the state should help move the process along. Grant money released last week to Berkshire towns, school districts and … more
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