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Our Opinion: Turning justified outrage into concrete action

The killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer and similar incidents of late have caused a sea change in America on the problem of institutional violence against Black Americans. It is …

Our Opinion: A notable but complicated career Possessing a bulldog's tenacity, Carmen C. Massimiano Jr. was accustomed to getting what he wanted — most significantly a new Berkshire House of Correction. Blunt and at times abrasive, friends …
Our Opinion: Reasonable funding for challenging school year Opening schools this fall will be a daunting task for school officials and faculty in the county and state. Having to do it short-handed because of budget cuts would make it even more formidable a …
Our Opinion: Weldon verdict must produce real change The finding of a retired judge that the claims of a former altar boy that the late Bishop Christopher J. Weldon sexually molested him were "unequivocally credible" is painful for many Catholics in …
Our Opinion: Daunting road ahead for Dems.' funding bills Rep. Richard Neal's characteristic optimism is refreshing, and that he can maintain it when it comes to the fate of two major funding bills in the Republican-controlled Senate is particularly …
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William C. Jones: COVID stats don't measure courage, compassion PITTSFIELD — When the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the United States in March from Washington State and began its deadly rampage in Massachusetts nursing homes, our local communities …
My fulfilling job as a 'contact tracer' STOCKBRIDGE — I feel honored to have worked as a Massachusetts contact tracer from early May through mid-June. I volunteered to be "laid off" because the project was overstaffed. This is good …
Mitchell Chapman: MCLA needs to do better PITTSFIELD — On May 25, a black man named George Floyd was killed by a white Minneapolis police officer on video, inciting nationwide protests and a national conversation on race. On June 4, …
Anne Horrigan Geary: Splish, splash DALTON — Long ago, Bobby Darin entertained us with the tune, "Splish, Splash," which opens with the lines, "Splish, splash, I was takin' a bath, long about a Saturday night." The new version in …
Clellie Lynch: Four sparrows of summer EAST CHATHAM, N.Y. — Though Danny and I are continuing to shelter at home, I still rejoice in wandering the road at sunrise observing the many changes in the natural world as we move from a …
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Ralph Gardner Jr.: Cookies for a pandemic GHENT, N.Y. — With the possible exception of toilet paper, nothing is moving faster off supermarket shelves than Oreo cookies and other junk foods, though I take strenuous exception to that …
Letters to the editor
Letter: Stop the hate, embrace friendship To the editor: For generations, if you are different you are hated. Before the new world, the king and queen would say you had to be of the same belief as them. Europeans who came to the new world …
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NEW YORK— I am writing this column knowing it will be just one more piece analyzing the country's and New York City's painful problem with policing. Dealing with the nature of the police I have … more
PITTSFIELD — The COVID-19 pandemic has been an ongoing nightmare for the nation but what if a zombie apocalypse hit us on top of the coronavirus? How would Massachusetts stand up to an assault … more
To the editor: The Massachusetts House and Senate are at it again. Through out the China virus crisis they have ignored the working people, small businesses, elderly and .veterans. They have made … more
To the editor: I have been living in this beautiful neighborhood for 13 years. I moved here to raise my daughter and start a new life. My search for the perfect house in a cozy friendly community … more
To the editor: Perhaps the most startling story that came across the news this week involves college students from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. These educated, young adults are hosting COVID parties. They … more
Last weekend, Princeton University announced it was dropping the name Woodrow Wilson from its school of international affairs and public policy and from one of its colleges. The president of the … more
To the editor: When calling friends on my iPhone, The topic turns to Donald J I scream and yell and then bemoan the fact that Faith has gone astray. I wonder how a God could … more
To the editor: My compliments for the grand article by Jack Lyons on the thoughtful dairy farming of the Aragi family. They are concerned about the environmental impact of their livelihood. … more
To the editor: I'm feeling lots of appreciation to our communities as so many take good care to keep our COVID numbers down, and to keep issues of Black Lives Matter front and center. There's … more
To the editor Every day this paper has letters bashing our president. I do not believe that all these people condone what is happening to our beloved country. Are they willing to destroy what our … more

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