Our Opinion: Michelle Gillett's columns will be greatly missed

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The Eagle's opinion page Tuesday will be filled with columns and cartoons as usual, but there will be a hole there nonetheless.

The page would have contained the next bi-weekly column from Michelle Gillett, who died Thursday of cancer at the age of 68. Ms. Gillett was a teacher and an award-winning poet, and for more than 30 years, her columns graced The Eagle's opinion page every other Tuesday.

Newspapers come out every day in spite of internal losses, but those losses are still felt. The Eagle's Sunday op-ed page is not quite as lively without The Lively World contributions of the versatile Milton Bass, who died in October of 2014. Similarly, Ms. Gillett's contributions on social issues, politics, poetry, family and the joy of living in the Berkshires will be greatly missed.

Like Mr. Bass, Ms. Gillett was a trouper who wasn't going to let an illness get in the way of her column. She didn't miss a column while battling her illness in recent months.

Her last column on February 2 compared the issues confronting the women of "Downton" Abbey" to those confronting women this tumultuous election year. Ms. Gillett would have offered eloquent insights into this political campaign, as well as on many other subjects, and we'll miss not reading them.


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