Editorials
Our Opinion: States have the right to their own gun laws

The news that the National Rifle Association plans to "go on offense" in pushing gun owner rights is surprising from an organization that has never not been on offense (Eagle, December 5.) The national organization's coming assault on state gun laws …

Our Opinion: Battle against hatred begins at home

The last presidential election exposed and inflamed a deep reservoir of anger in America. It often manifests itself in hatred toward minorities and those regarded as the "other." This is not solely an American phenomenon as France (see E.J. …

Our Opinion: Dakota pipeline isn't worth a tragedy

The escalating tension surrounding the North Dakota pipeline protest may come to a head on Monday, when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is threatening to begin making arrests. This would be the latest and worst misstep by all the government …

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Letters to the editor
Buckle up, it looks like a bumpy ride

To the editor: To both gloating Trump supporters and anguished Trump opponents, the following thoughts: Trump has made trillions of dollars in promises, all to be financed by growth generated by trickle-down tax cuts like the ones now …

Too light a sentence for horrific crime

To the editor: My letter today concerns the two-year sentence Wayne Ovitt Sr., 76, received after admitting to sexually assaulting a seven-year old girl. The father has called this event a "nightmare" and rightly so for the young victim and her …

Carter offices Obama bad advice on 'Palestine'

To the editor: In an op-ed article in the Nov 28 New York Times, former President Jimmy Carter gave some advice to outgoing President Obama. Essentially, Carter strongly suggested that the U.S.extend full diplomatic recognition to a state of …

Come together to discuss future of St. Joseph

To the editor: As one of the signers of the letters of appeal that were recently submitted to the Congregation for Catholic Education in Rome, I would like to strongly state that the battle wages on against the recent diocesan decision to close …

Paid parking will be bad for downtown

To the editor: The manufacturer of the proposed parking meters for North Street must have some incredible salespeople to have our administration even think of purchasing and installing them. The fears of business people are real. Let me …

Trump was right about rigging

To the editor: Donald Trump was right! The system is rigged. In his favor. It's called the Electoral College, where 2.2 million votes meant absolutely nothing. Keith Dapper, Dalton

No-hunt Sundays draw tourists, boost economy

To the editor: Outdoor enthusiasts are extremely happy that there is no hunting allowed in Massachusetts on Sundays. In fact, they stream in from the surrounding states - Connecticut, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire - because of this rule. …

Why bother to vote?

To the editor: I have been a registered voter for a good many years and this presidential election takes the cake. The debates were like watching a circus and the outcome was a disaster. You hear it at every presidential election: Get out and …

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Kristine Hazzard | Live United: Book Houses, `Humans' cap a year of touching lives

At a time when the challenges facing our nation feel overwhelming, we give thanks knowing the local investments we are making are having a positive impact on our neighbors. The time and money invested in Berkshire United Way improves the lives of …

Speak up, Western Mass., and define our agenda

PITTSFIELD - As the presidential campaign moved from summer to fall, it was clear the outcome would be negative regardless of who won. Across the political spectrum too many people felt alienated. Our national political process was broken, and …

Hong Kong offers Trump a chance to show his China policy

By Francis Moriarty HONG KONG - This is about the seven million people here who are not political refugees and don't want to be. They are nearly all Chinese but, unlike their Taiwan cousins, do not have a freely elected leader who can call an …

A radical assault on health care, education

PITTSFIELD - There is a lot of speculation about potential changes in America because of the presidential election. So far, there are two good clues for change provided by President-elect Donald Trump by his pick of two cabinet officers to head up …

John Seven: Toxic rhetoric underscores need to push back

For being winners of the presidential election, Trump voters sure are angry. I guess you're likely to get angrily defensive when your candidate has been beaten in the popular election by 2.5 million votes. You're going to want to pummel the …

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