To the editor of THE EAGLE:
"A Bridge Over Troubled Waters" may be just what our city needs. To deny the youth, the future of this city, the opportunity to sing with their hearts and pride [the Simon and Garfunkel song] that they practiced and were looking forward to singing at the swearing-in ceremony for our city officials this week is a faux pas on the part of the Bianchi administration for which there is no excuse.
These young women and men deserve the respect of our city’s officials. To deny them this important experience and opportunity, for some maybe once in a lifetime, shows a lack of leadership at City Hall. I am not pointing a finger but the "buck stops here." These kids, our kids, deserve an apology. Music is a conduit which unites all cultures, crosses over racial divides and brings peace and harmony to the world.
To the students in the Taconic High School chorus let me be the first citizen of Pittsfield to say "I am sorry for what happened to you."
DONNA M. WALTO