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    Our Opinion: Israeli policy in Gaza

    08/29/2014 12:11 AM EDT
    In a half-page ad in last Saturday’s New York Times, more than 350 Holocaust survivors and their descendants harshly criticized Israel for its actions in Gaza, specifically the "massacre of Palestinians in Gaza and the ongoing occupation and colonization of historic Palestine. 
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    Our Opinion: Job hunting in new era
    08/28/2014 12:11 AM EDT - The opening of a new worker assistance center in North Adams on Wednesday will be of considerable value to a city rocked by the closing of its hospital five months ago, and if it ends up staying open beyond a year, all the better. Full Story

    Our Opinion: Taking on youth violence in Pittsfield
    08/27/2014 07:29 AM EDT - Youth and gang-related violence is a community problem requiring a community solution, so the large turnout Monday night for a forum on the issue at Morningside Community School in Pittsfield was encouraging. Full Story

    Our Opinion: Keep up with cleanup
    08/26/2014 06:45 AM EDT - The "Rest of River" cleanup process for the Housatonic River has dragged on for years and will drag on for years more, but it will happen and it is wise to be out front in anticipating possible problems as some local officials are doing. Full Story

    Our Opinion: No ransom to terrorists
    08/25/2014 07:47 AM EDT - The brutal murder of journalist James Foley in Syria by Islamic extremists has triggered an understandable debate over whether or not the United States should pay ransom for the release of Americans captured and held by terrorists. Full Story

    Our Opinion: Militarizing the police
    08/24/2014 12:11 AM EDT - Follow Route 8 as it winds south of the Berkshires and head west on Route 6 in Connecticut and you’ll come across the community of Watertown, population 22,500, and the proud owner of a MRAP (Mine-Reistant Ambush Protected) vehicle, one of the mammoth trucks used to protect troops from roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan. Full Story

    Our Opinion: Behind the IRS closure
    08/23/2014 12:11 AM EDT - That Berkshire residents seeking assistance from the Internal Revenue Service will have to travel to a neighboring state beginning Tuesday is certainly a slap in the face for the county, but while the decision is a poor one, the IRS is not solely to blame. Full Story

    Our Opinion: Wrong use of robocalls by state department
    08/22/2014 12:11 AM EDT - Massachusetts is bringing out the heavy artillery -- automatic telephone messages known as "robocalls" -- to collect overpayments of unemployment benefits to state residents. Full Story

    Our Opinion: Death of a journalist
    08/21/2014 12:12 AM EDT - The execution of American journalist James Foley by Islamic terrorists resonates with journalists everywhere, and certainly at The Berkshire Eagle, where Daniel Pearl worked before moving on to the Wall Street Journal and a similar fate. Full Story

    Our Opinion: Lone Star state politics
    08/20/2014 12:12 AM EDT - The irony of Texas governor and erstwhile Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry complaining that he is the victim of a political prosecution in his indictment on felony charges of abuse of power is undoubtedly lost on him. Full Story

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    Chris Brown due back in DC court for plea hearing

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Singer Chris Brown is scheduled to appear in a District of Columbia court for what would be a third attempt at a plea deal to resolve an assault case that dates to October 2013. Full Story