Editorials
Our Opinion: Avoid rush for internet gambling gold
Massachusetts, which tiptoed slowly into the casino gambling industry, could become one of the nation's pioneers in online gambling. It's too much, too soon, although the familiar "somebody else will do it anyway" argument is a hard one to refute.At …
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Our Opinion: The ongoing battle against opioid addiction
The opioid epidemic persists in Berkshire County and Massachusetts, although because of a lack of attention and concern. That it persists speaks to the difficulty of shaking an addiction that requires an equal and opposite response from society to …
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Our Opinion: An aggressive campaign against distracted driving
Cars are getting safer but driving is getting more dangerous in Massachusetts and across the nation. At the root of this outbreak of bad driving according to state and local officials are drivers who are distracted by their smartphones and other …
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Letters to the editor
Letter: Long-term planning lost on White House

To the editor:In Sunday's Eagle, I read with interest Steven Overly's article relating to jobs, which is another of our current administration's priorities. Having 15 years on Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, I don't believe that 50 to 100 years …

Letter: Contact elected officials on loss of Channel 22

To the editor:I was surprised to read that Charter (formerly Time Warner) is dropping Channel 22, WWLP, in Springfield, because of "duplication." It is not duplication because it provides Massachusetts news. We are becoming invisible as a county. …

Letter: Trump's budget proposals are doomed to failure

To the editor:As I carefully listened to President Trump's recent address to the joint session of Congress, I got very worried because he has a big spending plan without telling us how he is going to pay for them.For one thing, Trump wants to boost …

Letter: Little pride, less logic in Pittsfield

To the editor:I moved here about 12 years ago to be close to family, having lived in four states, I have noticed Pittsfield, even Berkshire County, is a place of no respect for one another and its business climate.This is the only place I have ever …

Letter: Orbiting space station continues to offer hope

To the editor:I've been watching the Space Station rise in the west and set in the east, every evening for several weeks. It's not visible anymore when it comes up because the sky is still light, but I can find in in the dark night sky when it's …

Letter: A major victory Friday: but we must win more

To the editor:Since four o'clock Friday afternoon I have watched commentators from Spectrum News to all the major networks and even Rep. Paul Ryan describe withdrawing the repeal of the Affordable Care Act as a defeat because the Republicans could …

Letter: Unclothed king

To the editor:Has the United States unintentionally elected its first emperor, King Trump a.k.a. King Tweet? I believe so, but I wonder when or how long it will take the King's most loyal subjects to see the naked truth and admit metaphorically that …

Letter: Spectrum continues rigged shell game

To the editor:Although I appreciate the efforts of State Rep. Pignatelli to retain an NBC affiliate with state connections, there are more basic problems with cable TV in this county. We face decreasing quality of service at ever increasing cost. …

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Our columnists
Carole Owens: Remarkable history of the hill

STOCKBRIDGE — A series of events found me at Cranwell waiting out the Nor'easter of 2017. The representatives of Miraval and the Cranwell staff could not have been nicer. They kept me safe and warm.

Michael Durand: Eversource is investing in an improved system

SPRINGFIELD — Having read The Berkshire Eagle's editorials and recent article regarding the Eversource distribution rate review, we're compelled to respond to what we feel has been the omission of significant information contained in the …

John Seven: Despite botched ACA repeal, health care remains in peril

NORTH ADAMS — Last week, 44,000 citizens of the Berkshires dodged a bullet as citizens of Massachusetts who faced losing their health insurance if the American Health Care Act was passed.This was a strange victory though — it meant the …

Ruth Bass: Blizzard blows, snow falls - time for seeds

RICHMOND — The storm-sized flashlights were out and scattered about for convenience, the large glass pitcher was full of water, the heat was turned up to make the house really warm, the slow cooker was bubbling, the small computer was …

Josie Verter: Protecting bees is in our interests

WILLIAMSTOWN — If you eat food, you rely on bees. One-third of the global food supply is pollinated by them. So, you might ask, why has President Trump delayed the Endangered Species Act protection for the disappearing Rusty Patched …

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