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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
There is little of greater importance to a community than its history. Besides reminding its inhabitants of significant events in their past, a familiarity with history provides context for a … more
It was fitting last Friday that Senator Edward Markey and Representative Joe Kennedy — two members of the congressional delegation from the state that first legalized same-sex marriage — … more
Like any collection of mere mortals, the Massachusetts Legislature has its flaws. Nevertheless, our lawmakers have proved themselves capable of rising to the occasion and producing legislation that … more
After several years of belt-tightening due to disappointing revenues, Massachusetts finds itself in the enviable position of figuring out what to do with an unexpected surplus to sweeten the closing … more
The controversy over the Pittsfield Police Department shooting range off Holmes Road came before the City Council Tuesday along with a proposed ordinance forming a new police advisory and review … more
As if the Pittsfield School Committee didn't already have enough on its cafeteria tray trying to provide a quality education to city students, a 567-year-old explorer refuses to exit quietly. At … more
Upon his appointment last January, Andrew Lelling, the U.S. attorney for Massachusetts, threw a scare into the Bay State's nascent pot industry when he officially refused to rule out federal … more
Bay State residents treat their legislators well. Each one of them pulls down an average of approximately $64,000 per year, which can be augmented by up to $35,000 for those in leadership positions. … more
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
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