Opinion

Our Opinion: Don't let virus lower the census

It truly is a low blow that a pandemic would arrive at the same time that a 10-year U.S. Census is being conducted. That is the reality, however, and while Berkshire County residents are …

Our Opinion: Dining out is still an option The restaurant industry would rank high among the many businesses hurt by the novel coronavirus pandemic. Pittsfield, however, offers a little reason for optimism about their future while Northern …
Our Opinion: Berkshire culturals taking virus hit Spring was in the air Thursday, offering reminders of the summer to come. But the summer is uncertain for the cultural institutions that define the Berkshires and are a backbone for its …
Our Opinion: Part-time, full-time, in it together According to news reports, areas that, like the Berkshires, are home to many second-home owners are seeing an influx of part-time residents before the usual summer months. This is no surprise given …
Our Opinion: Baker has been up to challenge Our Republican governor, Charlie Baker, deserved the shout-out he received Monday from Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden for being one of several governors cited for providing a "lesson in …
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Ruth Bass: Jigsaw puzzling absorbs many hours for stay-at-homes One of the bones of contention in my family concerns jigsaw puzzles. Several close relatives insist that a puzzler must start with the outside edge. Their vehemence implies that some unknown amendment to the Constitution requires this, but they’ve provided no proof. I claim freedom of puzzling and never — well, almost never — start with the edge.
Christine Macbeth: Don't try to go it alone PITTSFIELD — Everyone is feeling the terrible strain of this unprecedented crisis. We're deeply worried about the most essential aspect of life — our health and the health of those we …
Anne Horrigan Geary: Surprised by joy DALTON — I first heard the term "surprised by joy" in the writings of author Louise Penny whose Inspector Gamache mystery series is so popular. She used the term to explain how she survived the …
Is this the 'Twilight Zone' yet? LENOX — If you're a fan of Rod Serling's classic "The Twilight Zone," the surreal times we're living through resemble a plotline even Serling and his writing team might not have imagined, …
Answering a daughter's question A couple of Saturdays ago, as she was about to embark on a road trip to start her new life in the Pacific Northwest — I know, the timing isn't great — my 26-year-old daughter asked …
Columnists
Mitchell Chapman: Coronavirus will shape politics for decades PITTSFIELD — In the 1950s, and '60s, school children had to practice duck-and-cover drills designed to protect from nuclear fallout, and fallout shelters were commonplace, even if such measures …
Don Morrison podcasts
Podcast | Don Morrison commentary: A journal of the plague years Here's something about a plague three centuries ago that offers some lessons, and hope, for our current epidemic. Don Morrison, who produces his eponymous Don Morrison Commentary, is an author, …
Podcast | Don Morrison commentary: Destruction of justice Don ruminates on the latest attack on the rule of law (be very afraid). Don Morrison, who produces his eponymous Don Morrison Commentary, is an author, lecturer, member of The Berkshire Eagle's …
Letters to the editor
Letter: The greatest threat To the editor: Why is this time different than any previous natural or man made disaster? Every previous catastrophe I can recall in this century, happened in a relatively small contained area. …
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To the editor: As a retired pediatrician living in this community for the last 30 years, I know how seriously we take our responsibilities for the well-being of our neighbors. Now, at this time of … more
To the editor: They say that crisis' brings out the best and worst in people and governments and now I know this is true. Unfortunately, I have seen the worst with the recent town notice that … more
To the editor: Question to all of the Republican senators except Mitt Romney: Are you still resting comfortably at night knowing that you had a chance to get rid of the most criminal, ignorant, … more
To the editor: It seems that the Stockbridge Select Board's advice for non-Berkshire residents to "stay out" of Stockbridge was a bit rash. Residents may not like the idea of "outsiders" being in … more
To the editor: Gov. Baker, please join other governors and tell outsiders from the "Hot Zones" to stay away and enforce follow-up! Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida has signed an executive order … more
To the editor: I am glad that both sides of our Legislature passed the stimulus relief package. They CAN work together for the good of the whole country when they want to. There is going to be … more
To the editor: As each state enforces its stay at home rules, millions of "families" are now being forced back together. Many couples have to actually look each other in the eyes after years of … more
To the editor: "May you live in interesting times" is an ancient Chinese curse. It seems most applicable these days as our country takes on the coronavirus from so many different angles. On the … more
To the editor: I am an ICU nurse at BMC. I admit I seethe a little seeing all the medical grade masks and gloves worn at the supermarket, but I am sympathetic. I'm frightened too, so I'll spare … more
To the editor: I would like to commend the Berkshire Visiting Nurse service. These wonderful people are caring and concerned for their patients. I had been in need of their services for quite a … more

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