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Our Opinion: Kunin's return visit should be interesting

Immigrant. Governor of Vermont. International ambassador. Madeleine Kunin has forged a remarkable path, one that took her through Pittsfield.A 1952 graduate of Pittsfield High School, Ms. Kunin left …

Our Opinion: A major opportunity for education funding

While it was disappointing that the proposed major school funding finance overhaul fell short of completion in the last legislative session, the good news was that the pieces were all essentially in …

Our Opinion: EMA has potential for BIC and Pittsfield

The introduction of Electro Magnetic Applications (EMA) into Pittsfield has the potential to contribute significantly to the city's efforts to boost its high-tech profile. How much potential remains …

Our Opinion: Mall's revival a daunting task

The report conducted by the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission did a comprehensive job of exploring the relative merits of five possible new uses for the Berkshire Mall, if and when it is freed …

Our Opinion: Domestic violence issue brought home

The community can be thankful that a standoff last week in Pittsfield, between a distraught city man and police, ended without further incident ("Police: Threats preceded standoff," Eagle, Sept. …

Our Opinion: RunAground's happy return to Bowl

The Josh Billings RunAground is a stalwart Berkshire tradition, and in its 43rd running on Sunday the event regained a key component of that tradition that had been lost for a year: The Stockbridge …

Our Opinion: Come to the polls today in Pittsfield

Preliminary elections in Pittsfield and elsewhere traditionally have a low voter turnout, which is unfortunate, as they set the stage for the general election to come. They are of …

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Our Opinion: EEE outbreak merits measured concern Eastern equine encephalitis, commonly known as EEE, is a mosquito-borne virus which can be deadly. It has re-emerged in the state, which puts the Berkshires on alert.A Tuesday article in the Boston …
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What to make of an album titled "Norman (Expletive) Rockwell"? If you're a member of the Rockwell family or the head of Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge you see the title track of singer Lana … more
The debate over downtown parking in Pittsfield did not begin with the invention of the automobile, even though it may seem that way. The next step in this long-running saga may be a comprehensive … more
The war in Afghanistan began Oct. 7, 2001, less than one month after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 on New York City and elsewhere in the United States whose anniversary we mark today.America's … more
While opioid-related deaths have declined in Massachusetts, they increased in Berkshire County from 28 in 2017 to 40 last year. As state Rep. Liz Malia said at a Beacon Hill hearing on Wednesday, … more
Most Democrats would ruefully acknowledge that their party has a reputation for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Often it is because of the party's inclination to shoot itself in the foot. … more
As many as 10 initiative petitions — with questions ranging from immigration to car engines — could crowd Massachusetts' election ballot in November 2020, assuring expensive pro and con … more
Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier believes her quest to assure that every state resident has access to a driver's license regardless of immigration status will succeed this session in large part because of … more
After a stumbling start in July that appeared to reflect lingering suspicions among South Berkshire towns, the movement toward a merger between the Berkshire Hills Regional School District and the … more
Pittsfield has a gun violence problem.Last Sunday's fatal shooting of Stephanie Olivieri, 32, of Yonkers, N.Y., while she was sitting in a car on Columbus Avenue, was at least the fifth shooting … more
In Massachusetts, including the Berkshires, few celebrities have more star power than current or retired stars of our champion professional sports teams. Think Tom Brady, David Ortiz, Mookie Betts … more

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