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Massachusetts has traditionally been a union-friendly state. The Democratic Party, which dominates the Legislature, counts labor unions among its founding constituencies. Unions have always spent … more
The legislative haggling, horse-trading, compromising and tough choices that won Massachusetts the dubious distinction of being the last state to pass a budget are finally over. After a protracted … more
A mini-debate emerged on The Berkshire Eagle's letters page in recent days over whether or not Berkshire-based singer-songwriter James Taylor is obligated to weigh in on the political controversies … more
To the editor:Over the past year, I have joined a number of North Adams residents in an effort to restore schoolchildren's paintings of Berkshire County mill workers that were depicted on the cement … more
There are several reasons why people resent paying taxes: They feel the money, once paid, simply disappears into thin air; they believe their politicians waste it and they disagree with how it's … more
To the editor:The Berkshire Wind Power Cooperative plans to install two new additional turbines on Brodie Mountain. To me this new wind project is an illustration of the extreme lack of understanding … more
That Berkshire County dropped from first to second on the list of the country's most vibrant medium-size art communities is no cause for alarm — while they are in the same category, Santa Fe, … more
Even parked cars can be deadlyWe've heard it many times before, but the admonition bears repeating: Don't leave children or animals unattended in cars, especially on hot days; it can kill them. Last … more
Spectrum snubs cityMuch-maligned Spectrum is consistent in one way: it treats its customers and their representatives with the disdain that only a monopoly can muster. The cable behemoth waited until … more
The hard-fought Democratic primary for Berkshire County district attorney is history, and barring some surprise out of left field, in a few months Andrea Harrington will be sworn in as the county's … more
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