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Op-Ed: Who will roam the Stop & Shop aisles?

As union workers celebrate the win over Stop & Shop, owned by Dutch multinational Ahold Delhaize, the face of organized labor appears very much alive. The corporation had wanted to cut staff costs, ostensibly to provide “better customer service.”  While citing that labor costs are having a “major impact” on the company’s ability to compete

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OPINION: Building Bridges

by Sheila Velázquez
About a week after 9/11, I flew from Montana to Boston, a trip that required, as all trips from Bozeman do, a stop at Salt Lake City. The flight from Bozeman was not filled, but the absence of passengers became more apparent in Salt Lake. I had a long time until my next

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What Would Rockwell Paint?

OPINION
by Sheila Velazquez
On January 6, 1941, in a message to Congress, President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “In the future days which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression–everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every

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Opinion: Who is The Other?

by Sheila Velazquez
If you are to believe what you see in the mainstream media, most of the residents of the United States are healthy, wealthy and wise.
They drive late-model cars, wear high-end labels, eat from plates artistically drizzled with colorful sauces and have help to perform all those nasty little jobs that get one’s hands

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Opinion: How Did Opioid Abuse Overtake The Berkshires? And What Is Next?

Impact of Opioid abuse went unnoticed for years in the Berkshires
by Ralph Brill Associates
I am not a Doctor, Medical Scientist or Medical Reporter.
However, it should be very clear to all by now, that The Berkshires is a hot bed of Drug Abuse. It not only has the Highest Elevation in the State (Mt. Greylock at

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Opinion—Smart Fabrics II, Our Second Chance, by Ralph Brill

Letter to the Editor:
On 19 February 1861, President Abraham Lincoln visited the Albany Iron Works in Troy, NY in regards to the secret MONITOR IRON CLAD PROJECT. Lincoln was impressed with Troy’s business leaders and asked if they might recommend Cotton and Woolen Mills that might supply thousands of Tents and Uniforms in short order

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