The two men in their mid-20s who admitted to breaking into a storage building at the Berkshire County Softball Complex in April, stealing boxes of softballs and then driving through a gate, were suffering from boredom, along with a "heavy dose of stupidity" said the attorney for one of the men with admirable frankness in Central Berkshire District Court Tuesday. There may be no cure for the latter but there is for the former.

Berkshire Community College offers courses that are not only an inexpensive cure for boredom but can lead to a degree and an opportunity for a fulfilling career. The two men were sentenced to perform community service, a worthy act that the bored can take part in without waiting for a judge to insist upon it. There are any number of organizations in the county that need volunteer help. Rather than break into the softball complex, why not walk into it and help coach a softball team, or perhaps a youth baseball team? Staying busy means there is no time for boredom.

Life is short. Why waste it being bored?