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Whose decline is more severe: Joe Biden’s or the news media’s?

The decisive problem right now isn't Joe Biden or the press; it is what is being done to the American people.

Great Barrington prepares to celebrate its new cultural district

When the idea of a cultural council was first floated early this year, town officials emphasized that applying for the designation will cost the town nothing and that anyone whose property is included in a cultural district will face no additional limitations on the use of that property. 

News Briefs: School committee candidates forum; Hinds holiday card contest

School committee members must reside in the towns they represent, but are elected by the voters in all of the school district's three towns.

News Briefs: GB voter registration deadline; Knob Hill construction; Hinds named commission chair

Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, has announced that he has been appointed to co-chair the Special Commission on Improving Efficiencies in Student Transportation by Senate President Karen E. Spilka, D-Ashland.

At school committees forum lawmakers, school officials agree: Critical need to reform school funding, Chapter 70 aid

Massachusetts Association of School Committees executive director Glenn Koocher explained that the ability of a school district's population to fund local education determines how much state aid the district gets from the state.

At Pittsfield’s urging, Berkshire Hills challenges state school funding formula in strong terms

Officials say the foundation budget is adjusted and increased each year but mostly along the lines of inflation. But several expenses school districts are confronted with increase at a pace that greatly exceeds inflation: health insurance for current employees and retirees; special education, especially out-of-district placements; English language instruction for non-native speakers; preschool; data collection, including how students are counted; and transportation. 

Reformer Judith Knight running for Berkshire County District Attorney ‘to get real change’

A Lee resident, Knight has, since 2006, been in private practice in Great Barrington. About 80 percent of her practice has been in criminal defense, with most of the remainder of her practice in mediation.

News Briefs: GBPD responds to crash; GB absentee voting ballots; Citizens’ Legislative Seminar

Absentee voting ballots must be received at the Great Barrington Town Hall by 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31.

Legislators compromise on clean energy legislation; net metering cap for solar left unchanged

“I definitely share in the disappointment about the lack of net metering increases. I understand there are a lot of folks in the Berkshires and in my district who are vocal proponents of lifting and even eliminating the cap on metering credits." -- State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli

News Brief: Otis liquor license petition lands on Baker’s desk

H.4622 authorizes the town to grant a full liquor license to Papa’s Healthy Food and Fuel on Route 23 in East Otis.

EYES TO THE SKY: Mars peaks this week: Seek out Mars, now brighter than Jupiter

View Mars from nightfall to first light. It is particularly lovely as it sinks into the hills to the southwest.

News Briefs: Mass Pike bridge deck repairs; Municipal police training fund legislation heads to governor

This is the third time the Massachusetts Senate has attempted to create a dedicated funding stream for this critical public safety need during the 2017-2018 legislative session.

News Briefs: Amatul-Wadud in Sheffield; FY19 conference budget report approved; Mass. solar, wind power increase

Among the issues Amatul-Wadud is raising in her run for Congress are climate change; universal public education; and affordable, high-speed internet access for every resident of the 1st Congressional District.

News Briefs: Lake Mansfield boat ramp construction; Complete Streets funding awards; Mass. Senate passes environmental bond bill

A “Complete Street” is one that provides safe and accessible options for all travel modes and for all people, taking into account the ages and abilities of individuals.

Mass. Senate passes automatic voter registration

The legislation creates a framework in which eligible voters will be automatically registered to vote when receiving services from the Registry of Motor Vehicles, MassHealth and other participating state agencies.

News Briefs: Save the Art – Save the Museum to host July 14 rally; Mass. Senate committee discusses report findings for clean energy bill

In answer to the public outcry calling for transparency, the Berkshire Museum has made available on its website the forms filed with the appropriate federal and state agencies for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017.

News Brief: Mass. Senate passes legislation to protect youth from tobacco, nicotine addiction

The legislation will provide a uniform statewide set of rules that protect youth and simplify the interaction between state and local laws.

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