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Our landscape is our most abundant natural resource, and preserving it is an American tradition. So is fostering the public’s access to and enjoyment of these most pristine parcels. That is the beauty of preserving open space and public land, even as it requires considerable investment and c…

As Tip O’Neill noted, all politics is local — and in our town offices and city halls, so is the maintenance of democracy itself. That’s not just a principle but a process and, for some, a profession. Regional leaders are sounding the alarm, though, that those folks who make up the vital infr…

When it comes to analyzing deadly and controversial interactions between police and civilians, zooming in on the truth should be prioritized by every department and available to every community. Pittsfield is learning this lesson the hard way as the community continues to be torn by the deat…

Twenty-two thousand souls. Since the turn of the millennium in Massachusetts, that staggering number represents the cost in human life stemming from fatal overdoses related to opioids alone. We can’t undo this needless suffering that has torn families and communities across the commonwealth,…

North Adams is certainly not the only Berkshire community with heated debates on whether to welcome marijuana cultivation business. The heat was turned up quite a bit here, though, with Mayor Jennifer Macksey’s decision to sue the city’s Planning Board over its conditional approval of a spec…

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The figure of John Eastman, a constitutional theorist, former law professor and legal adviser to Donald Trump, looms increasingly large in retrospectives on the events of Jan. 6, and for good reason: Out of all the characters who floated through the White House in the aftermath of the 2020 e…

It seems so long ago, back on Valentine’s Day of 1989, that Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against Salmon Rushdie for blasphemies against Muhammad in the novel “The Satanic Verses.” Rushdie’s logorrhea offended me less lethally by failing my trusty five-page test.

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