Editorials
Our Opinion: Scandal fades, but corruption fight continues
The state Probation Department patronage scandal has ended with a court concluding that engaging in political patronage (rewarding supporters with office appointments, jobs or favors) is not illegal. That doesn't make it right, however, and the …
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Our Opinion: Move forward on Chapter 90 compromise
With a House-Senate conference committee having agreed on a Chapter 90 highway funding bill, we urge both legislative bodies to make quick final action a priority. May is approaching and Berkshire road crews need to put that money into use.The …
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Our Opinion: Towns draw lines on immigration overreach by feds
The federal crackdown on immigrants without sufficient regard to the impact on local communities and groups calls for a response. We're pleased to see South Berkshire towns and agencies become the latest Berkshire communities to do so.The Berkshire …
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Letters to the editor
Letter: We can't let Trump wreck our democracy

To the editor:Our intelligence agencies have unequivocally concluded that the Russians hacked the Democratic National Committee and distributed sensitive real and "fake" political information to influence the presidential election. It's impossible …

Letter: Hoyt has demonstrated dedication to Adams

To the editor:It remains a challenge, but still an important goal, to find thoughtful and talented citizens to run for and ultimately serve in public office these days. As a community in the Berkshires, with still very considerable upside potential …

Letter: Ignore Coulter, don't boost her career

To the editor:When will liberals learn not to play into the hands of conservatives? The breathlessly stupid intention of some "liberals" to engage in violent demonstrations when Ann Coulter speaks at UC Berkley shows just how clueless those people …

Letter: Infrastructure crisis felt in Berkshires

To the editor:The Eagle's April 4 article "Park Street Bridge, artery into Housatonic, closed indefinitely for safety" highlights a major problem that localities across the country are facing due to a failure to substantially invest in our nation's …

Letter: Clean energy means jobs, revenue, bragging rights

To the editor:Who doesn't love beating New York? ("In clean energy race, credit agency deems Bay State a better bet than New York," Eagle, April 18). It feels good even when pinstripes aren't involved.Moody's Investors Services delivered some …

Letter: NIMBYism wasn't issue, the environment was

To the editor:In reference to your editorial of April 19, the wind turbine project proposed by the town of Lenoxwas rejected for these reasons:1. A study showed the cost was too high, the return on investment was too low.2. The site was not in …

Letter: Election results matter, poll results do not

To the editor: This is in response to the April 11 letter by Lazlo Melchiori and his observation on poll results in this paper's "Two Cents Poll."Mr. Malchiori believes that the political leanings of the majority of readers who participate in the …

Letter: Forget manufacturing, go with Walmart

To the editor:How many more years have to pass, how much more money has to be wasted, before it becomes clear to everyone that manufacturing is not coming to Pittsfield? Nineteen years should be long enough to realize that the only sort of companies …

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John Seven: Where initiative meets opportunity, you find community advancement

NORTH ADAMS — Congratulations to the Eagle Street Initiative.Following my column last week, the group met its $25,000 goal for a Patronicity campaign that is going to go toward aesthetic improvements to Eagle Street in North Adams, and …

Barrett Young: Trump leading US deeper into quagmire

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Following President Trump's decision to strike Syria, the military-industrial complex emerged in full force to applaud the start of yet another military intervention in the Middle East. Fareed Zakaria, a prominent critic of …

Clarence Fanto | Early signs that Trump is having a negative effect on tourism

LENOX — Are international tourists less likely to visit the Berkshires — or anywhere else in the U.S. for that matter — because of words and proposed deeds by the Trump administration that seem unwelcoming or worse?The head of the …

Patricia M. Johnson: Dangerous attack on childhood immunizations

PITTSFIELD — The United States is now confronted with a public health crisis precipitated by the current assault on the necessity of childhood immunizations. A growing number of parents now hesitate or refuse to vaccinate their children.A …

Mitchell Chapman: Crowdfunding proves to be no panacea

PITTSFIELD — Since the establishment of crowdfunding sites such as GoFundMe, Kickstarter, and Patreon, individuals and teams on the internet have been able to subvert traditional means of publishing and distribution by cutting out the middle …

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