Editorials
Editorial: New threat looms for organic stores
Imagine being able to tap on a your smartphone screen and have your groceries dropped by drone on your doorstep within the hour. This is the future of retail grocery sales, and it is now much closer than you might think, thanks to Amazon's …
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Our Opinion: Berkshire role in next initiative on life sciences
The life sciences initiative launched 10 years ago by Governor Deval Patrick that was instrumental in making Massachusetts a leader in that field is winding down, and Governor Charlie Baker is seeking to extend it, but with a shift in focus. Going …
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Our Opinion: MCC arts access initiative will expand horizons
Sometimes an idea makes so much sense, you have to wonder why it took so long to come up with it.The Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency that dispenses money and moral support for arts projects and programs throughout the commonwealth, is …
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Letters to the editor
Letter: Keep voter control of pot shops

To the editor:\I strongly urge everyone to contact Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli (413-637-0631; rep.smitty@mahouse.gov) and Sen. Adam Hinds (413-344-4561; adam.hinds@masenate.gov) telling them, as I did, to "advocate for keeping voter control of …

Letter: 9/11 an inside job

To the editor:\A June 21 Eagle cartoon depicted Alex Jones (radio host) spewing "obviously" false conjectures about current events. Two such conjectures: 1) The Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax; 2) 9/11 was an inside job. The latter, however, is not …

Letter: Where is compassion?

To the editor:\Where is compassion? Two columns on the op-ed page today (June 23) cry out that question. I am about to turn 82, so these stories happened a long time ago.\My grandmother was the widow of a glassblower in a small mill town in south …

Letter: Ballgame cheap politics

To the editor:\This is in regard to the annual congressional baseball game. The game is touted as a moment in time when rivals across the aisle come together and play a ballgame in the spirit of nonpartisanship. What nonsense. It's Republicans …

Letter: Cyber technology ruining the future

To the editor:\The world is headed for disaster with the increasing dependence on the cyber network.\Foreign hackers can access our electric grid and shut it down. They hacked our election last year and will do it again.\We will grow up in 30 years …

Letter: Great leaders vs. poor leaders

To the editor:\Power, as we all know, is sometimes corrupting. A casual walk through history certainly bears this out. But the legacy of great leaders is other great leaders. \Poor leaders don't wield their power to the benefit of all those they …

Letter: Monuments are bastions of history, good and bad

To the editor:I always appreciate Alan Chartock's commentary, but I wanted to express my disagreement with his view and that of his son that the dismantling/destroying of confederate statues is a positive thing because it helps to erase the travesty …

Letter: Medical care evolution sometimes disappoints

To the editor:My primary care physician is based in Stockbridge, and earlier this month I received a letter from his office informing me that he was going to be a "concierge" physician and I could either pay him $2,500 a year or find a new physician …

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John Seven: In North Adams, a coming together over culture and compassion

NORTH ADAMS — As I watched crowds making their way through town and to the Solid Sound Festival, I made note of how many families were among them, particularly the number of families with kids under 14.It's very possible that some of these …

Ruth Bass: Unhealthy health care bill looks like Robin Hood in reverse

RICHMOND — Imagine the uproar if Becket's residents arrived at town meeting and found medical marijuana dispensaries and broadband reception on the warrant with no prior warning and no public hearings. In Richmond, where zoning has been in …

Clarence Fanto | Senate health bill is worse than the House version

LENOX — Hard to believe, though maybe it shouldn't be: The Senate's attempt to ram through a health care bill hatched in total secrecy and unveiled only one week before a scheduled vote is even harsher than the miserable plan approved by the …

Carole Owens: Building upon our knowledge of Wharton

STOCKBRIDGE — In 2009 a bundle of letters written by Edith Wharton to her governess was discovered. In a certain community that was headline news. Why? It helps illuminate the past; it is one more piece in the puzzle, and one more clue to …

Charles Joffe-Halpern: Senate health care showdown is critical to state and nation

PITTSFIELD — This will be one of the most consequential weeks in the history of United States health policy, as President Trump hopes to have the Senate vote on its plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. The consequences of this repeal and …

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