Editorials
Our Opinion: Making progress on Pittsfield's workplace diversity
The quick reaction by City Hall and city leaders to criticism of Pittsfield's affirmative action policies attests to how seriously this issue is regarded. Pittsfield is playing catch-up after years of stagnation. Progress is likely to come in fits …
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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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Letters to the editor
Nurses don't have access to resources BMC claims

To the editor:This letter is in response to Eagle article of Feb. 28 regarding nurse staffing issues at Berkshire Medical Center. I am an RN and have worked the night shift at BMC for many years.Diane Kelly, BMC's chief operating officer, stated …

Letter: Demeaning private schools detracts from key debate

To the editor:Letter writer Lynne Roberson shares her thoughts March 20 in a demeaning, unproductive way ("Only public schools deserve public funds.") The controversy about using tax money to support a school of choice has merits and demerits, and …

Letter: A city without pity for elderly resident

To the editor:I have a friend in her 80s who has crippling arthritis in her hands and knees. She lives along and has no family. This recent big snowstorm was her problem. When only a little snow falls she can sweep or shovel her way to the street. …

Black: McCandless' strong stand on immigrant rights

To the editor:Good for Pittsfield Superintendent Jason McCandless! I was just on the Pittsfield Public Schools website and saw his letter to parents regarding the safety of students, including immigrant students.As he stated, federal law prohibits …

Letter: Scary puppet show

To the editor:The puppets of Edgar Bergen and Shari Lewis never frightened me or made me or my family fell unsafe. Steve Bannon and his hand puppet Donald scare me.Joe Fox,Pittsfield

Letter: Potential poll questions

To the editor:Do you believe that it is more important, as President Trump shows in his new budget, that building-up defense is more important that foreign aid, Meals on Wheels, the National Institutes of Health, the Coast Guard, clean water, clear …

Letter: Election prompts a step away from letters

To the editor:This will probably be the last letter I write to The Eagle. At 83 years of age I am in reasonably good health but this past year's election has left me with an empty feeling. I have always tried to be hopeful and encouraging to others …

Letter: Can't hack paper

To the editor:Are you concerned about the computer hacking during the 2016 presidential election? Whether it originate in Russia, North Korea or from unknown individuals, one sure way to stop it is to remove computers from the process. If we …

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Our columnists
Laurie Norton Moffatt: Save America's treasures: Preserve the endowments

STOCKBRIDGE — President Trump has proposed elimination of funding for arts, culture and public broadcasting, as well as for museums, libraries and archives. Let's look at one example of how shortsighted such an action would be.Norman Rockwell …

Bernard A. Drew: | Our Berkshires: The best question ever

GREAT BARRINGTON — Berkshire history questions fly my way, and while some challenge my ability to come up with a good answer, all show the wide curiosity about our rich heritage.In the past several months I have been asked:What's the history …

Tony Dobrowolski | Out of the Pages: Retail struggles affecting the local economy

PITTSFIELD — Major retail chains have been flirting with disaster for awhile now, but given the events of the last week or so, it looks like they're getting ready to topple like dominoes.

Alan Chartock | I, Publius: Team Trump's anti-intellectual bent saps arts, education

GREAT BARRINGTON — As you probably know, I run WAMC, a network of public radio stations that serve much of eastern New York and western New England.When the right wing Breitbart organization decided to publish a piece calling for the defunding …

Derek Gentile: Stereotyping Muslims wrongheaded on either side of the pond

PITTSFIELD — A couple years ago, (well, it was more like 20 years ago; I sometimes forget how old I am), I met a couple from England, Barry and Mary.No seriously, those were their names. I think his name was actually Barrett, but I called him …

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