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It is difficult to imagine human needs more basic than food, housing and heat. It is equally difficult to imagine how any developed first-world government in the 21st century, regardless of its … more
The Berkshire Mall, which arrived to such fanfare, is now a ghost of its former self. Just as a critical mass of stores is necessary for a mall's success, going below that critical mass creates a … more
It has happened in towns and villages across America; thanks to their history and the pride and good stewardship of their citizens, they develop a unique character that defines them for years, … more
When most people relive memories of their school experiences, meals generally do not play a starring role. Recollections of soup ladies in hair nets, mystery meat and nausea spring to mind — … more
In keeping with Massachusetts' well-earned reputation as an environmentally conscious state, the Sierra Club reports that 61 cities and towns in the Commonwealth — comprising approximately 30 … more
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
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
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