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Our Opinion: A teaching moment in Lenox school

The anguished response in Lenox to the use of a gender-insensitive word in a middle school play speaks well of the community. This incident can certainly be used as an educational moment, but we hope …

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Our Opinion: Separate track approach to exploring rail links Establishing passenger rail links between the Berkshires and both New York City and Boston would be of great potential to the county. The questions have been — where and how? The NYC track has …
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The shortcomings of the state foster care system are deep-rooted and difficult to address in large part because foster care is not on the public's radar. Massachusetts, a state that likes to pride … more
A year ago, an effort to introduce some "soft enforcement" practices to Pittsfield's free-for-all trash collection system caused a backlash among residents, prompting the city to back off. Now some … more
Outdoor recreation is a significant component of Berkshire County: The outdoors makes the region an enjoyable place to live and visit and it's an economic generator. Arguably, it takes a backseat to … more
There was a certain inevitability that Rep. Richard Neal's pursuit of President Donald Trump's tax returns would end up in court and that is where the House Ways and Means chairman is heading. A look … more
The vote at Monday night's annual town meeting in Great Barrington to rename Monument Valley Regional Middle School after native son W.E.B. Du Bois is a defining moment in the town's gradual embrace … more
The Conservation Land Tax Credit (CLTC) is a proven success in protecting land dedicated to farming, forestry, wildlife habitat and water quality across the Berkshires and Massachusetts. Ideally, the … more
An opportunity was missed in Lenox Thursday when a proposal to build an affordable housing project on town-owned land was defeated by town meeting voters. More affordable housing is needed to attract … more
Much ado was made about last week's meeting with President Trump, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi because it was polite and civil and no one stormed out in anger. … more
The Community Preservation Act, through its own success, has outgrown its parameters. The program, which enables communities around Massachusetts to raise funding for a variety of projects, needs a … more
Town officials in Clarksburg and Stamford, Vermont, have a challenge ahead of them as they draw up a road map to merge the two schools. Complexities aside, the effort is definitely worth making given … more

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