Editorials
Our Opinion: Get anti-gay, -LGBTQ defense off the books It was fitting last Friday that Senator Edward Markey and Representative Joe Kennedy — two members of the congressional delegation from the state that first legalized same-sex marriage — …
Our Opinion: Clearing pathway to get to the polls Like any collection of mere mortals, the Massachusetts Legislature has its flaws. Nevertheless, our lawmakers have proved themselves capable of rising to the occasion and producing legislation that …
Our Opinion: Tax windfall welcome, but long-term plan is needed in state After several years of belt-tightening due to disappointing revenues, Massachusetts finds itself in the enviable position of figuring out what to do with an unexpected surplus to sweeten the closing …
Our Opinion: Shooting range saga makes case for advisory panel The controversy over the Pittsfield Police Department shooting range off Holmes Road came before the City Council Tuesday along with a proposed ordinance forming a new police advisory and review …
Our Opinion: School Committee addresses Columbus, the myth and the man As if the Pittsfield School Committee didn't already have enough on its cafeteria tray trying to provide a quality education to city students, a 567-year-old explorer refuses to exit quietly. At …
Letters to the editor
Letter: Mount a welcome oasis for visitors, locals alike To the editor:Given the chaotic and distressing state of world and national affairs, it is a pleasure to enter an oasis of calm and sit on the patio at The Mount, enjoy food and drink and jazz, and …
Letter: Drum and bugle show merited coverage To the editor:How disappointing that The Eagle could not be bothered to print one paragraph, or even a picture, of the Precision & Pageantry drum and bugle show on July 7. Being one of the great …
Letter: FDR made the case for Columbus Day To the editor:Because of The Berkshire Eagle's July 13 editorial ("School Committee addresses Columbus, the myth and the man"), I was curious as to why President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared …
Letter: Immigrants, children don't deserve sympathy To the editor:Perhaps Ms. Trainor is the one who doesn't "get it." ("Real issue eludes Funt," letter, June 28.) These people have committed crimes, and if Americans who are jailed are separated from …
Letter: Fox, Hannity are Trump's propaganda minions To the editor:Watching the Sean Hannity comedy hour just after 12 high level Russians were indicted for interfering with the 2016 presidential election. According to Hannity and Fox News, everything …
Our columnists
David Brooks: Quiet death of racial progress NEW YORK — Over the past few months, I've been trying to write a comforting column. The thesis was going to be that even though Donald Trump is doing his best to inflame racial division, we are …
Michael Gerson: Foreign policy by narcissism WASHINGTON — Defining a foreign policy theory that might merit the title of "doctrine" is difficult in the Trump administration, which is dismissive of reflection, consistency and precedent. …
Trump: Blame America first WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has turned the Republican Party into what Jeane J. Kirkpatrick once contemptuously branded the Democrats: "the blame America first crowd."Even by the …
Ruth Bass: Auto club membership tows you out of license-renewal mob RICHMOND — Sometimes you need a friend.Two showed up, one a longtime variety, the other brand new. Both, in the end, took the sting and the tedium out of driver's license renewal.For weeks, the …
George F. Will: Don't fix baseball, even if it's broken WASHINGTON — It is a prudential axiom: If it isn't broken, don't fix it. This reflects the awareness that things can always be made worse, and the law of unintended consequences, which is that …

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