Editorials
Our Opinion: Clearing pathway to get to the polls 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 …
Our Opinion: Tax windfall welcome, but long-term plan is needed in state 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 …
Our Opinion: Shooting range saga makes case for advisory panel 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 …
Our Opinion: School Committee addresses Columbus, the myth and the man 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 …
Welcome clarification on state-fed. pot laws 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 …
Letters to the editor
Letter: City flower volunteers shouldn't be ticketed To the editor:Over the past couple of weeks, a wonderland of flowers has magically appeared throughout downtown Pittsfield and the outlying areas. The containers, filled with flowers, are North, East …
Letter: If Jahi were white, would she have died twice? To the editor:Jahi McMath recently died for the second time.Over four years ago, Jahi, an unusually shy African American 13-year-old girl, was pronounced brain dead following a tonsillectomy gone …
Letter: Give Mass. farmers more access to growth capital To the editor:Like most of rural America, rural communities in Massachusetts are in desperate need of better infrastructure, transportation, health care and education services — all of which …
Letter: This is no longer Dad's Republican Party To the editor:I think of my late Dad often, much more these days when I wonder what he would think of what has become of his beloved Republican Party. He was a loyal Republican and Evangelical back …
Letter: City shouldn't stop with Columbus name change To the editor:In a city that is plagued by declining population, loss of businesses, increasing taxes and no new jobs, I am glad to see that Pittsfield city government has been able to find time to …
Our columnists
Ruth Bass: Auto club membership tows you out of license-renewal mob RICHMOND — Sometimes you need a friend.Two showed up, one a longtime variety, the other brand new. Both, in the end, took the sting and the tedium out of driver's license renewal.For weeks, the …
George F. Will: Don't fix baseball, even if it's broken WASHINGTON — It is a prudential axiom: If it isn't broken, don't fix it. This reflects the awareness that things can always be made worse, and the law of unintended consequences, which is that …
Matt Murphy: Working hard, or hardly working? BOSTON — It must be July of an election year on Beacon Hill. The telltale signs were all there.Backbiting whisper campaigns about who to blame for a two-week late budget? Check.A sudden burst …
Kathleen Parker: Rescuing NATO from Donald Trump WASHINGTON — When it comes to President Trump, it's hard to pick his worst decision from the plethora he has provided.His most recent — to brazenly insult our NATO allies — surely …
Clarence Fanto: Still trying for long-term regulations about short-term rentals LENOX — It will take more than a pocketful of miracles to resolve the so-called Airbnb issue, which has been simultaneously challenging lawmakers at the Statehouse, in Boston, Salem and other …

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