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Education in a trying environment

On Thursday, March 16, the Trump administration released a preliminary budget plan for Fiscal 2018. This plan proposes huge increases in defense-related spending and corresponding cuts in domestic programs, including education.   According to The Washington Post, the adjacent chart indicates the budgetary impact across government agencies and the U.S. Department of Education.  Everyone in Berkshire […]

Special Olympics offer joy

Special Olympics offer joy

On Saturday, February 4, Ski Butternut hosted the Alpine Time Trials for the Special Olympics. This is the first time that Ski Butternut has hosted the event which usually takes place at Blandford Ski area. Lift tickets were donated by SkiButternut to each of the approximately 72 registered athletes and the event was organized by […]

Cancer cluster at Mt. Greylock

Cancer cluster at Mt. Greylock

In 2012, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health released a report addressing claims that two water wells used by Mt. Greylock Regional High School for drinking and for cooking were contaminated with perchlorate and had caused thyroid cancer in a number of students and staff. The amount of perchlorate found in the wells, 5.05 to […]

Did we make a mistake passing Question 3?

Did we make a mistake passing Question 3?

On Nov. 8th, we in Massachusetts voted on Question 3. The law, which passed by a very significant margin, prohibits breeding pigs, calves raised for veal, and egg-laying hens from being held in confined spaces. The law also applies to business owners who knowingly sell pork, veal, or eggs from animals held in this way, […]

Trump wins, but at what price?

Trump wins, but at what price?

Fact: On November 8, Hilary Clinton defeated Donald Trump in Berkshire County by a greater than 2:1 margin. Fact: Hilary Clinton defeated Donald Trump in the state of Massachusetts by 900,000 votes. Fact: Hilary Clinton defeated Donald Trump in all of New England and New York State by a wide margin. Fact: Hilary Clinton received […]

Election 2016 also features the lesser known quandary of Question 4

Election 2016 also features the lesser known quandary of Question 4

By all accounts, the November 8, election will be very—um—interesting, for lack of a better word. In addition to the Clinton versus Trump decision, Massachusetts voters will also be voting on Question 4 which brings to the forefront the legalization, regulation and taxation of marijuana. If voters say “yes” the proposed law would permit the […]

Returning strength to middle class is basic issue

Returning strength to middle class is basic issue

This is certainly an unusual year. We first had a nonexistent winter, followed by a dry hot summer. Zika virus has introduced itself to the world. A billionaire New Yorker is running for president. Oh, and another Clinton is running as well. The first female president doesn’t even seem like that big of a deal […]

Homeless issues in Great Barrington

Homeless issues in Great Barrington

While everyone may not know his name, David Magadini is a well known face in the Great Barrington community. Not only is he an almost famous character in Great Barrington, he is also an extremely recognizable one. This is because, his appearance is in sharp contrast to the fortunate tourists and “hipster” natives of town. […]

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