Editorials
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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Our Opinion: SJC instructs ICE to respect boundaries
The state Supreme Judicial Court's decision Monday curtailing overreach by federal immigration officers was the obvious one for the justices to make. That doesn't make it any less important in ways that could extend beyond Massachusetts.The SJC …
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Our Opinion: A key position stays in county with Pignatelli
The recent death of State Representative Gailanne Cariddi has obvious ramifications for her North Berkshire district but it impacts the Berkshires as a whole. If the county had lost the leadership of an important committee that Representative …
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Letters to the editor
Letter: Totalitarianism CAN happen here

To the editor:John Seven's column on Tuesday, July 18, "Where will you stand when history is written?," brings down the hammer on "it can't happen here" thinking. It makes abundantly clear that this country's slide into a police state is, for too …

Letter: Berkshire Museum has violated public trust

To the editor:I applaud Laurie Norton Moffat for stepping forward in her opposition to the planned deaccession of 40 works of art by the Berkshire Museum (Eagle, July20), and I second every point she makes.I have no idea what proportion of the …

Letter: New owners enhancing historic Model Farm

To the editor:If Sue Barnes had done a little research prior to writing her letter of July 18, she would have discovered that the gate she finds offensive at the rear of Model Farm was in fact installed by Crane & Co. well over a year prior to …

Letter: Stockbridge selectmen punted on DeSisto

To the editor:Two selectmen in Stockbridge have abdicated their responsibility to independently determine facts, assess them and make their own decisions regarding an issue. Rather, they are so spooked about the legality of not following the town …

Letter: Museum's crown jewels glitter in many ways

To the editor:In 1991, my first task as trustee of the newly formed Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio was to conclude the sale of Suzy Frelinghuysen's 1946 collage "Carmen" to the Berkshire Museum. Curator Debra Balkan had carefully negotiated …

Letter: Gravesite flower theft immoral, disrespectful

To the editor:I made my Sunday visit to Bellevue Cemetery July 23 to water the two pots of flowers on my mother's grave. They had been there on the previous Wednesday, but to my dismay, I found that they were gone. Someone had decided that they …

Letter: Walking and bike trails may make your day

To the editor:As a moderate hiker and rail trail bike participant, I've been enjoying for years the many nature and scenic offerings Adams has. This has not only allowed me a more pleasant means of exercise, but also serves as my stress reduction …

Letter: Factor in the beauty between Pike exits

To the editor:I like people, but I care deeply about the few wild places remaining. I want to trust that people will be stewards, but find they too often see the world as belonging to them, serving their needs and satisfying their whims.In truth, we …

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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 …

Seth Brown | The Pun Also Rises: We all envy Batman, but real superheroes run for office

Riddle me this: What has every man imagined himself being, but no man actually is?I think we all want to be Batman. I used to think it was only me who secretly wanted to be Batman, until 20 years ago when a friend gave a public reading of an essay …

Ruth Bass: For Alaskans, most Americans are just a clump of the Lower 48

RICHMOND — We now call it the Upper One. That's because we spent 12 days getting introduced to Alaska, and nobody there wanted to know that we were from Massachusetts and Connecticut. They lumped us into one category: the Lower 48. We may …

Lauren R. Stevens: There are many good reasons to bike in Berkshires

WILLIAMSTOWN — Berkshire County is good road biking country and a good jumping off place for adjacent biking in Connecticut, New York, Vermont and the Connecticut Valley. The county is key, as well, for long distance north-south bikeway …

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