Earlier this month I was bewildered by a letter to the editor criticizing Smitty Pignatelli and Ben Downing for their support, with our tax dollars, of various not for profits in Berkshire County. I take a totally different view, and that is that they are serving our community when they can bring state dollars back to the county in support of various organizations. Whether it is the Mahaiwe, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Tanglewood or others, not only do these organizations add to the quality of life in our community but their patrons also visit our hotels, restaurants and other retail establishments which provide much needed jobs.
I have had the pleasure of working with Smitty on variety of issues and have found him to be a tireless advocate for all of Berkshire County. Please give him your vote on Nov. 6 because you never have to worry where Smitty stands. He stands with you!