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As we approach the 150th anniversary of the birth in Great Barrington of W.E.B. Du Bois, it's encouraging to see the community fully embracing this towering intellectual, civil rights activist … more
The untimely death of state Representative Gailanne Cariddi in June necessitated a special election to fill her seat in the 1st Berkshire District. John Barrett III, who won a four-way Democratic … more
The restoration of passenger rail service between Pittsfield and New York City — dormant for over four decades — has become a transportation Holy Grail for Berkshire County over the past … more
For the eighth time, a bill addressing a terminal patient's right to choose his or her time and manner of death is under consideration by the Massachusetts Legislature. Opposing sides in this … more
Ordinarily, an individual's retirement isn't all that newsworthy unless that person is some kind of celebrity. The fact that Valerie Schwarz isn't universally famous for her work reflects more on what we as a society revere than on how well she did … more
The hospitality industry is yet another sector, like retail, where the internet has upended all the old conventions. Thanks to online booking services like Airbnb, HomeAway and VRBO, the most modest … more
Two essential ingredients for fostering a thriving and durable local economy are diversity and a trained workforce prepared to fill all jobs that become available. The latter is what attracts … more
Massachusetts is better prepared to withstand Trump administration assaults on the environment and health care than many states because it has in recent years acted on its own to improve life for … more
If you could snap a chalk line from any point along Berkshire County's southern border with Connecticut and northern border with Vermont, from A to B — from, say, the verdant bottomlands of Sheffield to the hardpan of Clarksburg — you … more
On Tuesday at 7 a.m., registered nurses at Berkshire Medical Center (BMC) will begin a one-day strike that will then turn into a four-day lockout. Strike/lockouts elsewhere in Massachusetts this … more
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