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The Independent Investor: Paid Family & Medical Leave Overdue
Paid family and medical leave are long-overdue in this country   What do the United States, Papua New Guinea and Oman have in common? Those are the only three countries in the world that do not legally obligate employers or taxpayers to pay for maternity leave.   Many American businesspeople will hide behind a
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Great Music and More at Tanglewood, Sevenars, Berkshire High Peaks Festival
As Tanglewood enters its third week, stellar performances will take center stage in Ozawa Hall and in the Koussevitsky Shed. Why go? To experience world-class instrumental soloists, the Boston Symphony and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra perform chamber and orchestral masterworks by iconic masters Schumann, Brahms, Ravel, Shostakovich,
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Studs Turkel Makes Music, Caroline Rose Switches Genres and More
A wonderful pops and dance week in the Berkshires is upon us. There is an original musical based on Studs Terkel's amazing oral history "Working," folk and pop acts at the highest level, Mark Morris at the Pillow, and twilight jazz on Edith Wharton's terrace. The pluses outweigh the minuses — the main minus being
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Estate Plans Can Help You Answer Questions About the Future
The word "estate" conjures images of great wealth, which may be one of the reasons so many people don't develop estate plans. After all, they're not rich, so why make the effort? In reality, though, if you have a family, you can probably benefit from estate planning, whatever your asset level. And you may well find that a
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Dalton Softball Tourney to Highlight Busy Weekend in Youth Sports
“Lazy days of summer”? Not for local youngsters on a variety of travel sports teams.   This weekend will be filled with tournament play on softball and baseball diamonds near and far.   One of the biggest local softball events of the year gets under way on Friday in Dalton, where 26 teams will compete in
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Completion of Lafayette Trail Celebrated in Hancock
Hancock officials celebrate the designation recognizing the role the town had in history. HANCOCK, Mass. — During the American Revolution, famed French general the Marquis de Lafayette played a significant role as an ally of the rebellious colonies.   So much so that President James Monroe invited him on a
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Dr. Radin Named Grand Marshal of 64th Annual Fall Foliage Parade
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Dr. Len Radin has been selected as grand marshal for the upcoming 64th annual Fall Foliage parade presented by 1Berkshire. The parade will be held in downtown North Adams on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 1 p.m. This year's parade theme is "The Wizard of Oz," both in celebration of the 80th anniversary of its
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Let's Reverse the Rural Physician Shortage
Across the nation, unequal access to health care raises urgent, pressing problems for individual and community health. For rural and underserved communities, the most urgent challenge for patients is our shrinking supply of primary care physicians. Data show that by 2030, the United States will face a primary care physician shortfall as
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Burke, Powell Take Gold to Highlight Strong Games for Berkshire Wrestlers
BOSTON -- Dylan Burke and Zabion Powell took home gold medals from the Bay State Games wrestling competition on Saturday at UMass-Boston.   Burke, wrestling at 195 pounds, showed his toughness finishing the tournament with a broken nose according to his high school coach, Taconic's Jeremy
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'Yesterday': All Over Again
Having experienced the progressive, enlightened and somewhat earth-shaking era of the 1960s, I figured we good citizens had given at the office, that we were forever vaccinated with Pepperland dust and therefore protected from the ignominious cloud currently darkening our horizons. We just can't go back to the Middle Ages. I'd look
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