Editorials
Our Opinion: Different paths to poor choices
Federal cabinet positions are really no place for amateurs and/or those whose special interests may be counter to the best interests of the country at large. The Donald Trump cabinet contains examples of both, and the effort of friendly Republican …
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Our Opinion: A president's vision awaits the details
In his Inauguration Address Friday, President Donald Trump painted a Dystopian picture of America as it is and contrasted it with the Reaganesque "City On A Hill" that it will become. The difference is in the details, and with Mr. Trump, whose …
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Editorial: Inauguration Day brings anxiety and a challenge
The peaceful transition of power, symbolized by the inauguration of Donald Trump as president, is one of the glories of American democracy. Today's ceremony is accompanied by palpable anxiety.The inauguration of any new president brings with it a …
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Letters to the editor
Letter: Park downtown and rediscover North St.

To the editor:I have been reading the articles and comments about the new parking meters in downtown and while there are some negatives, there are also some positive views.Being a business owner and a supporter of downtown shops as much as possible, …

Letter: Gas demand is growing and will continue to grow

To the editor:The letter submitted by Cambridge physician Jim Recht ("Natural gas advocate overlooks key facts," Jan. 17) creates the mis-impression that the Northeast Gas Association accepted the findings of a November 2015 study published by the …

Letter: Learn from history, and remain vigilant

To the editor:An unprecedented election? Perhaps here, but a glance back to European history tells us otherwise.I have recently begun reading Volker Ullrich's "Hitler: Ascent 1889-1939" (Knopf, 9/16). In his introduction, the author explains his …

Plenty of selling points on Walmart proposal

To the editor:There is a piece of property on the corner of Woodlawn Avenue and Tyler Street in Pittsfield that has been sitting vacant for years with no one showing any interest in developing it because of all the concrete foundations and PCBs and …

Letter: Eversource's monopolization

To the editor:I have to agree that Eversource has a monopoly. Why does it propose to raise rates right before we go into winter, knowing this is a struggle on people in the rural area that are total electric because you have no choice unless you …

Letter: Turn out for vote critical to Gr. Barr. education

To the editor:The Great Barrington Special Town Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 6 p.m., in the Monument Mountain auditorium, could very well prove to be the most momentous meeting since the one that approved the formation of the Berkshire Hills …

Letter: Eagle columnists preserve proud Berkshire history

To the editor:I'm a little late to be acknowledging this, but congratulations to Bernie Drew on his long tenure as Our Berkshires columnist for the Eagle — 500 columns!The Berkshires is my adopted home, having lived here for over a third of my …

Letter: Faith restored

To the editor:I would like to thank the Good Samaritan and the management at the Walmart in North Adams who found and returned to me a Kindle that I had left behind there. Recently, I found a large scrape and a dent on the left front fender of my …

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Nita Doss: Nana marched in '63, now it's my turn

"It was the fire in her eyes, the flash of her teeth, the swing in her waist and the joy in her feet." —Maya Angelou My Nana, JoAnne Fitz was a phenomenal woman. She told stories, laughed with me, but most of all, she taught me life's most …

Alan Chartock: Diabetes scare prompts quitting sugar, meat cold turkey

Diabetes is an American epidemic. Uncontrollable high sugar in the blood leaves the pancreas crippled and unable to keep up.In the old days, diabetes often led to blindness and amputations. There are, of course, two kinds of diabetes: Type 1, …

Anne Horrigan Geary: Savoring the blissful sounds of silence

DALTON — There is too much noise in this world — clanging, banging, pestering noise. In the morning, we have the grinding of gears and the revving of engines as vehicles start their morning runs to work and school. Soon, we hear the …

Derek Gentile: Journalism teaches us to keep a level head and an open mind

PITTSFIELD — "People now marvel at how it came to pass at how [he] was selected to be a representative of either party. The European powers will despise us because we have no better material out of which to make a president. His speeches have …

Jadesola James: How will you choose to exercise your moral compass?

Upon hearing that January 19th is National Resist Day, I found myself amused.Resisting is something that has always come rather easily to me. My mother used to call me a "difficult child," and all the babysitters of my youth would likely agree. …

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