Tuesday November 6, 2012

Election Day is here, and for Berkshire County residents, whether their favored candidates win or lose, the end of the relentless onslaught of childish negative ads from New York state congressional races that have crossed the border courtesy of Albany TV stations can be celebrated.

The Eagle endorses President Barack Obama for re-election. Confronted with a Wall Street-generated economic disaster compounded by failed Busheconomics, and with House Republicans offering only obstruction, the president's policies have the economy on the rebound. The president will continue to defend women's rights and civil rights and conduct a cautious foreign policy, using force only when necessary. Mitt Romney would return the nation to Bush-era economic policies that benefit the wealthy at the expense of the needy and the middle class. Flip-flops notwithstanding, he would continue the GOP assault on women and minorities, and adopt a pugnacious foreign policy.

For U.S. Senate from Massachusetts, The Eagle endorses Democrat Elizabeth Warren, who we believe will act in the tradition of progressive senators like John Kerry and the late Edward Kennedy. Republican Scott Brown has been a back-bencher who supports radical right policies that are out of touch with the voters of Massachusetts. In the 4th Berkshire District, The Eagle endorses incumbent William "Smitty" Pignatelli, an experienced and effective Democrat.

There are three binding questions on the state ballot. The Eagle encourages a No vote on Question 1, as car owners and independent mechanics will receive the desired access to proprietary repair information from car manufacturers within five years courtesy of a legislative compromise reached this summer.

The Eagle endorses a Yes vote on Question 2, as terminally ill people in pain or misery deserve the option of a dignified death that enables their families to avoid months or years of emotional and financial misery. There are safeguards within the law to prevent abuses.

The Eagle advocates a No vote on Question 3, legalizing the use of medical marijuana. While sick people have experienced an easing of their symptoms because of marijuana, unlike Question 2, the law is full of loopholes that could cause problems for communities.