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While politicians have been known to stretch sports analogies beyond the breaking point, Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer's naming of a new business development "quarterback" for the city (Eagle, January … more
In announcing the formation of a panel to find ways for the 12 parochial schools in Western Massachusetts, three of which are in Berkshire County, to survive and thrive (Eagle, January 24), Bishop … more
Most would agree that there is no better way to sully a pristine view than to plunk a 100-ft. cellphone tower in the middle of it. Carriers have done what they can to mitigate the visual pollution … more
For an example of how a well-intentioned state government initiative can go awry, one need look no further than Massachusetts' vaunted school choice program, instituted in 1991. As implemented, it … more
Assisted suicide, medical aid in dying, death with dignity— whatever you choose to call it, the idea of allowing terminally ill patients to decide the time and manner of their death is a … more
Making sure trash collection works smoothly and efficiently is one of those humdrum tasks, like road repair and streetlight maintenance, that taxpayers expect their elected civic leaders to handle … more
President Trump offered some good news to bring in the new year when he disbanded his panel investigating alleged voter fraud in the 2016 election. But while the dissolution of this star chamber … more
No amount of spin or application of alternate facts can alter the reality of 2017 from a national perspective. It was a grim, discouraging year, one in which the United States essentially surrendered … more
As Washington focuses its political consciousness on conversations about restoring the nation's infrastructure and building expensive walls to keep people out, lower-profile but no less pressing … more
Thirteen months ago, Massachusetts voters approved the legalization of recreational marijuana use. If Bay Staters assumed, however, that they could legally toke up the next day as an expression of … more
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