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Berkshire County's small minority population is largely concentrated in bigger communities, and the many Berkshire towns are not among those communities. It is in towns like those where bias born of … more
Traditionally, local school districts are skeptical of micromanagement of curricula from Beacon Hill, as they should be. In the case of providing an adequate civics education for Massachusetts … more
Since Democrats won control of the House in Tuesday's midterm election, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal is poised to be chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means come January. The 16-term congressman … more
If youth sports is designed to produce well rounded young people who understand the meaning of fair play and good sportsmanship, then the behavior of some parents at local youth events is … more
On Election Day, one decision the voters of Berkshire County were spared (or denied, depending on one's point of view) was determining who would represent them in Congress. Democratic Rep. Richard … more
A shot across bow for DeLeoHouse Speaker Robert DeLeo persuaded membership to eliminate term limits for his office three years ago, which is unfortunate because unlike, for example, the governor, the … more
Strong statement on civil rightsBallot Question 3, an Election Day referendum that sought to repeal a 2016 state law guaranteeing the civil rights of LGBTQ residents, impacted only a small group of … more
The people have spoken: Berkshire County has a new district attorney. After a race characterized by unprecedented acrimony from opposing camps, District Attorney-elect Andrea Harrington is to be … more
Tuesday's defeat of Question 1, which would have determined strict nurse-to-patient staffing ratios in Massachusetts hospitals, should not be misinterpreted as an "anti-nurse" vote. Bay Staters … more
Finally, the money is beginning to flow from Beacon Hill to the strapped rural school districts of Massachusetts — the preponderance of which lie in the central and western part of the … more
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