Editorials
Our Opinion: County must distance itself from policies that hurt tourism
President Trump's anti-immigration policies may trigger the law of unintended consequences by causing a slump in foreign tourism to the United States. Unintended, but certainly not unanticipated.The United States has been seen as a welcoming nation …
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Our Opinion: Hard to warm to an early spring
Last week, Berkshire residents could savor May weather in late February and at least temporarily set aside their jealousy of neighbors who are down in Fort Myers watching the Boston Red Sox loosen up for the season. It felt good, but not quite …
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Our Opinion: Science, so critical to Berkshires, is under attack
It is hard to grasp from this vantage point in the 21st century that it would be seen as necessary to hold a rally in support of science. But that is what scientists and supporters did last Sunday in Boston in response to the serious threat posed to …
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Letters to the editor
Letter: Ideal landing place for Trump, backers

To the editor:The newly discovered planetary system is 235 trillion miles away. Perfect!Send Trump/Pence, Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller, Sean Spicer, Kellyanne Conway and all other "so-called" top advisors, along with the swamp-filling Cabinet and …

Letter: Trump's worrisome signs

To the editor:Someone has to let them know. No one on TV has been able to explain why the president is acting so strange. I believe he is the early stages of dementia.He exhibits some symptoms. He doesn't trust anyone and thinks everyone is out to …

Letter: Lent is an ideal time for a meat-free diet

To the editor:March 1 marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period preceding Easter when many Christians abstain from animal foods in remembrance of Jesus' 40 days of fasting in the wilderness before launching his ministry.The call to refrain from …

Letter: Remembering town's Medal of Honor winner

To the editor:Great Barrington is known for many things but did you know we have a Medal of Honor winner buried at the Mahaiwe Cemetery across from the old fairground? Private Frederick N. Deland was an American soldier who fought in the American …

Letter: Lifestyle, landscape before almighty dollar

To the editor:What's next for Berkshire County, casinos? It's time to act to preserve the landscape and lifestyle of the Berkshires before it's too late. The developers of the former DeSisto School have one agenda, the almighty dollar, with no …

Letter: To Spencer, students mattered for life

To the editor:Many of us from the Southern Berkshires knew Jack Spencer as a wonderful educator. Mr. Spencer recently passed, and I wanted to share my sense of him in and beyond the classroom.He was a special person, a devoted husband and father as …

Letter: A blight on Stockbridge

To the editor:As a resident of Minnesota for five years who is a frequent visitor to the Berkshires because I fell in love with Stockbridge, this huge DeSisto development would be a blight on the wonderfulness that is Stockbridge. Don't allow that …

Letter: Pittsfield parking meters lack explanatory signs

To the editor:I have successfully negotiated parking meters in many different cities for a long time. However, the Pittsfield meter system baffles me. It's clear how to pay but it doesn't tell you when the meters are operating. Can you park free at …

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Our columnists
Donald Morrison: The occupied US

BECKET — In the Paris neighborhood where I once lived, there's a schoolhouse that bears a plaque. It says, essentially, that during the German occupation 75 years ago, French police raided the building and took away 165 Jewish children for …

John Seven: We already are reaping discord sown of propaganda

NORTH ADAMS — The Eagle article about a Trump tourism slump in the Berkshire seems speculative to me. We'll see how it looks on the other end of tourism season.What concerns me is the destruction already here, already poisonous. It's evident …

Ruth Bass: The media are the eyes and ears of the world for us

RICHMOND — Putting out a newspaper includes feeling the daily stress of meeting deadlines, riding the emotional highs of a heart-warming story, getting the satisfaction of unearthing and documenting crime or corruption and dealing with a story …

Patricia M. Johnston: Anorexia nervosa is a high risk disorder

PITTSFIELD — The National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) is recognizing the 30 million people afflicted with eating disorders by sponsoring the National Eating Disorder Week from Tuesday, Feb. 28 to March 4. NEDA's purpose in spearheading …

Carole Owens: Lenox, Berkshires owe much to great authors

Lenox was incorporated in 1767 and this year celebrates its 250th anniversary. It is an opportunity to retell town history, and Lenox Library is doing just that. Through the Distinguished Lecture Series organized by Jeremy Yudkin, Lenox history is …

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