To the editor of THE EAGLE:

I am running for Great Barrington Select Board because, like all taxpayers, I'd like to cut spending and have lower taxes without hurting the quality of services. Unfortunately, it's easier to say than to do.

Slogans like "The problem is big government" aren't going to help. We can cut costs (one way is by sharing services with neighboring towns), but easing the tax burden involves more complicated strategies. I am not offering simple answers because they don't exist. I do have specific suggestions to diversify the revenue base and help people with limited means at www.EDforGB.com.

What I can offer is my experience and judgment, my dedication to this town I love, and a commitment to continue to listen to voters and to explore every option and every suggestion to keep GB the best small town in America.

I started my 25-year business career as an executive for a chain of small clothing stores. I moved into the nonprofit sector, where I was the executive director at several organizations before becoming a fund-raising and management consultant. In that capacity, I have helped dozens of organizations raise money and deal with difficult personnel, growth and financial challenges, as well as get out of serious financial trouble.

I have been a volunteer at many community organizations including: HospiceCare, Construct, Berkshire South, Gould Farm, Friends of the Great Barrington Libraries, South Egremont School, all three Berkshire Hills Regional School District schools, Hevreh, CHP, and the Great Barrington Land Conservancy. I've served on several town committees and I am currently chair of the Library Board of Trustees.

I live within 200 feet of Main Street with my two daughters, both of whom attend the public schools. I can promise that I will keep a very close eye on the Main Street reconstruction, as well as school spending.

Please vote for me on Tuesday, May 13. It would be a great honor to serve our community.

ED ABRAHAMS

Great Barrington