The Berkshire LifeStream - Editorials
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
Jul 13 9:39PM BE Editorial

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
Jul 13 8:09PM BE Editorial

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
Jul 12 9:21PM BE Editorial

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
Jul 11 9:09PM BE Editorial

Our Opinion: Legislature's inexcusable July bottleneck of laws
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.
Jul 10 8:45PM BE Editorial

Our Opinion: SJC, lawmakers aside, onus is on citizens
One of the laments of good-government advocates is the United States' abysmally low voter turnout, particularly when ranked against that of other democracies. Some Western European nations boast
Jul 3 8:21PM BE Editorial

Our Opinion: We can't be silent when our leaders are inhumane
Western Massachusetts lies over 2,000 miles from the U.S.-Mexican border, but that did not diminish the passion of the hundreds of conscience-stricken protestors who demonstrated against the Trump
Jul 2 7:57PM BE Editorial

Our Opinion: Assessing local impact of Ocasio-Cortez upset
Of New York City, Frank Sinatra sang, "If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere," and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made it big there Tuesday in New York's 14 congressional district primary. But
Jun 29 8:57PM BE Editorial

Our Opinion: Covering the news in troubled times
Thursday's massacre of five journalists in the Annapolis Capital Gazette newsroom was most likely committed by a person with a specific grievance against that newspaper. Nevertheless, the tragedy has
Jun 29 7:42PM BE Editorial

Our Opinion: Making good schools better for a broader range of students
Massachusetts residents may complain about the quality of their public schools but the reality is that they are considered the best in the nation. The latter appraisal is the product of numbers
Jun 27 9:54PM BE Editorial