Editorials
Our Opinion: A Berkshire icon restored to life
Mount Greylock, the state's highest mountain, is a Berkshire icon, and atop it sits another icon — the Veterans War Memorial Tower. Even when seen in miniature from a variety of angles in North and parts of Central Berkshire County it …
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Our Opinion: Explore ways to fill gap left in downtown Lee
The closing of the Lee Price Chopper is a loss to the community but not a surprise given changes in the business strategies of the large chains and online purchasing trends, Which doesn't mean that it hurts any less.The store opened as the Lee Super …
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Our Opinion: Many ramifications of a new pike exit
Once upon a time, a hilltown exit off the Massachusetts Turnpike was to lead to the fabled eastern bypass around Pittsfield. The bypass will remain a fable, but the question now concerns the merits of that exit as a way to benefit those isolated …
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Letters to the editor
Letter: Why not sell art by the yard?

To the editor:Recently there has been a lot of controversy in the news over the fact that the Berkshire Museum intends to sell part of its art collection to finance certain projects. There have been many opinions expressed, pro and con, but I am …

Letter: Berkshire Museum made difficult, wise decision

To the editor:Pittsfield, December 25, 2025.Merry Christmas, Berkshire County!The Berkshire Museum announced today it will close its doors on Jan. 1. Notice was sent to all employees yesterday, Christmas Eve, of their termination on Dec. 31.The …

Letter: Pittsfield doesn't need another huge blow

To the editor:I agree with those who have written in dismay and shock regarding the idea of the Berkshire Museum selling off its most prized works. Pittsfield has endured a lot of loss in recent years and should not have to take another huge blow to …

Letter: Consider museum art's other uses

To the editor:How can it be that the Berkshire Museum, which plans to devote itself to science and natural history, wants to sell off its great examples of American landscape painting? A splendid exhibition devoted to the study of the natural …

Letter: Durant Park needs promised maintenance

To the editor:I was pleased to see the front page coverage that Gather-In received in The Eagle on July 22. Now in its 44th year, the annual event does, indeed, celebrate diversity in a powerful and uplifting way. I grew up in Pittsfield decades ago …

Letter: Eagle cartoon was offensive to nurses

To the editor:As a professional registered nurse, I took great offense at the cartoon depiction of nursing that was published in The Eagle oped page on Sunday, July 23.Nurses are one of the most respected and trusted professions in the country. It …

Letter: Oppose Eversource rate increase

To the editor:In January of this year, Eversource filed a request for an electricity rate increase that would cost ratepayers in Western Massachusetts over $35.7 million. With strong leadership from the Berkshire legislative delegation and local …

Letter: Fears about marijuana can't be justified

To the editor:This is in response to Clarence Fanto's column of July 22. So far as cannabis being a gateway drug, here's a case study: I broke my spine in 2010. For years I was fed copious amounts of opiates by my doctors for the pain. When I …

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Derek Gentile: Berkshire Museum decision to sell art was not reached lightly

PITTSFIELD — The first museum I ever visited was the Berkshire Museum, when I was in junior high school. It was a class trip and, in fact, there were other classes from around the county, and for all I know, beyond the county. So my major …

Clellie Lynch: By any other name, it is a towhee

CHATHAM, N.Y. — As I lazily walk along the road in the warmth of the early morning, birds are calling, not so many now as August approaches. Chipping sparrows trill not too far from the empty nest; yellow warblers "greeet Ms. Beeecher," hidden …

Phyllis McGuire | View from the Village: Summer sports camps at Williams a world of fun, training

WILLIAMSTOWN — Williams College students scatter far and wide on summer break, but the campus is not a lonely place. The college rents out dormitories and other facilities, bringing people of various ages to the campus to attend cultural, …

Patricia M. Johnston: Berkshire residents should be tested for hepatitis C

PITTSFIELD — The World Health Organization has designated July 28, 2017 as World Hepatitis Day. They will use this day to set the stage for achieving the goal of eliminating hepatitis C by 2030 by raising awareness of this serious public …

Eric Rudd: Berkshire Museum art sell-off no solution

NORTH ADAMS — I enter the discussion about the Berkshire Museum with great sympathy as I continuously struggle to pay the annual deficit for my own Berkshire Art Museum in North Adams. While I have a 100-year plan, there are daily …

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