Editorials
Our Opinion: Familiar Berkshire cable fight to be fought once more
It's a timeless and tiresome story that repeats itself periodically, often when there is a change in corporate cable communications ownership. Berkshire County, though squarely within the borders of Massachusetts, must fight to maintain access to …
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Our Opinion: Marijuana law turf war can be avoided
Monday's first public hearing conducted by the Legislature's Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy was informative both in terms of what has been learned and what hasn't about the eventual roll-out of the state's recreational marijuana sales law. It's …
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Our Opinion: The right mix for Great Barrington
Great Barrington's funky, bustling downtown is the envy of many communities in the Berkshires and region. It suffered the loss of an iconic establishment last summer but may in the long run bounce back better than before.A catastrophic kitchen fire …
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Letters to the editor
Letter: White House receives a real Obamacare story

To the editor:I recently received an email from the White House that, in an unprofessional tone, asked me to describe my disaster story with "Obamacare." Even though I was disgusted with the tone of the email and wanted to delete it, I knew it was …

Letter: Thank you, Donna Brazile, for giving America Trump

To the editor:Donna Brazile, I would like to thank you for being a Democrat and getting Donald Trump elected. Had it not been for the corruption of Democratic National Committee members such as yourself and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz in successfully …

Letter: History won't treat Speaker Ryan kindly

To the editor:Both Paul Ryan and John C. Calhoun started out as the supposedly smartest men in Congress. Both initially espoused positions — Calhoun a staunch nationalist who rejected sectionalism; Ryan, a conservative genuinely concerned (or …

Letter: Threatened grant program of value to community

To the editor:Among the cuts proposed in President Trump's fiscal 2018 budget is the elimination of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program overseen by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Of this program, Gov. Charlie Baker …

Letter: Obama is to blame for divided nation

To the editor:Liberals claim President Donald J. Trump divided America. I say that is impossible. It was already divided. That's how President Trump got elected.Are we too terrified to speak the truth? President Obama divided our great country as it …

Letter: Town govt. continues to bleed taxpayers

To the editor:Since the crash of 2009 the private sector has struggled. In the world of contracting, bids have to be clearer, trimmed down and in many cases bare bones. The customers expect the best and should get the best for their money. meanwhile …

Letter: Lying psychopath can't rule for four years

To the editor:The new edition of Webster's dictionary is just out, and I could not help but notice that the latest definition of the word "truth" is "lie." Can you imagine a president of the United States lying over and over again to the American …

Letter: White House has no sense of decency

To the editor:I watched budget chief Mick Mulvaney's press conference with horror. What kind of a country are we when we straight-faced declare programs like Meals on Wheels are "inefficient and wasteful"?I've volunteered for Meals on Wheels and I …

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Our columnists
Phyllis McGuire | E-etiquette a conundrum, but it's worth it to stay in touch

WILLIAMSTOWN — I am confused by rules of email etiquette. One rule tells us to keep our emails brief. How is that possible if you need to introduce yourself before explaining your first important point? But do not panic if you break that rule …

Clellie Lynch: Across the hills, into cloud forest

East Chatham, N.Y. — After an early morning walk along the Jac beach in the company of pelicans, parrots and a dog walker or two, Danny and I pack up and await the next leg of the journey. Since this trip was arranged via the internet and …

David Tebaldi: Arts, humanities are needed more than ever

BOSTON — It is sadly ironic that at this moment when our society needs the humanities and the arts more than ever, our nation's two major cultural agencies, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts, are …

Mark Tully: At ceiling, Pittsfield confronts reality

PITTSFIELD — There is a common misconception that I hear often. People have the impression that since the city is close to the Prop 2.5 ceiling, the voters will be asked repeatedly to pass overrides in order to increase our tax levy. Some …

John Seven: Trump budget, ACA repeal threaten North Berkshire

NORTH ADAMS — There are many aspects of the Trump agenda that are too abstract to be grasped simply, but the recently released budget is etched in hard reality.It can be tough to see connections these violent economic slashes have with your …

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