Editorials
Our Opinion: Stand up for state transgender laws
Massachusetts was ahead of the curve in moving to protect the rights and civil liberties of transgender students. The Trump administration is seeking to undermine those rights at the federal level, but the White House's assertion that state laws …
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Our Opinion: Answers will be coming on medical marijuana
More than three years since Massachusetts voters approved a referendum allowing the use of medical marijuana, Berkshire County is finally getting its first dispensary. This should provide first-hand answers to concerns about the clinics raised in …
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Our Opinion: An investment in Tanglewood and the Berkshires
The Boston Symphony Orchestra's investment in its Tanglewood campus is significant for its size and cost, but the most important aspect may be that the multi-use complex will be used year-round. A long-time summer presence, Tanglewood will be …
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Letters to the editor
Letter: Immigration policy is an abuse of power

To the editor:On Feb. 21, the Department of Homeland Security, led by Secretary John Kelly, released detailed reports outlining the official immigration policy of President Trump. Specifically, the reports outline the administration's policy …

A legendary teacher, an extraordinary man

To the editor:I met Jack Spencer at Williams High School in Stockbridge when I was 13-years-old. He was my world history teacher that year, and I took courses with him during all four years of high school. He was a wonderful teacher, one who …

Letter: MDS offers legislation to help underserved

To the editor:Rep. Pignatelli should be applauded for his efforts to improve the health of residents in Western Massachusetts. To that end, the Massachusetts Dental Society has sponsored legislation for a mid-level professional to help improve oral …

Letter: Don't complain, work with Gr. Barr. airport

To the editor:There seems to be some disinformation and suspicions among the neighbors of the Great Barrington airport. I am not the one to dispel these issues. The ones the neighbors should be discussing their concerns with are the guys at the …

Letter: Trump: Get some sleep

To the editor:The current occupant of the White House probably missed the recent Time magazine article about sleep.It reports a 70-year-old must get about 7 to 7 1/2 hours of shuteye every night. Clearly, he is not.Sleep, the article says, "can have …

Letter: Resist, but not at Trump's low level

To the editor:After a long four-plus weeks, we are seeing the same man whose behavior was questioned as a candidate. Yes, Donald, you are the president. As of today, 38 percent of the country approves of your performance.For the 56 percent of the …

Letter: Resist corporate takeover of government

To the editor:What we are witnessing right now is our country being taken over by corporate interests. A full-on corporate coup.It's not like this is news. This process has been at work for decades, with corporate influence of our government …

Letter: DeSisto developers push alternate reality

To the editor:In a smoothly orchestrated, professional public relations rollout, to which neighbors and others have received printed invitations to witness, the owners of the DeSisto property have dropped the discredited DeSisto name and assumed the …

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Our columnists
Derek Gentile: Unexpected insight into what it means to lose one's vision

PITTSFIELD — I noticed an odd thing when I began to lose my sight over the past few years. And that is that you don't really know you're losing your sight. It just gets harder and harder to see. That sounds pretty simplistic — and in a …

Daniel Klein: Gee, Officer Krupke, we're very upset

"He's crazy!""He's certifiable!"The meme du jour is that our current president is a nut case. He has serious, quantifiable, mental and emotional problems. Even the experts have joined the chorus. In a letter to the editors of the New York Times, …

Clellie Lynch: Kiskadees, quetzals, and toucanets, too

East Chatham, N.Y. — After a one-stop flight to San Jose, Costa Rica, Danny and I arrive in the dark of night, taken by our driver through the winding, dimly-lit streets of the city to the Hotel Bougainvillea. The next morning we arise with …

Phyllis McGuire | View from the Village: Would diverse housing options change Williamstown?

WILLIAMSTOWN — I applaud the Williamstown Planning Board for seeking input from the community about a proposal to change zoning that would allow diverse options in housing — particularly the addition of multi-family dwellings and rental …

Donald Morrison: Russian election meddling? It's everywhere

BECKET —We're getting so used to non-stop melodrama in the White House that we can barely digest the latest controversy before the next one takes its place. But one recent brouhaha might be worth mulling over a while longer: the resignation of …

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