Opinion

Our Opinion: Time has come for End of Life Options Act

Legislation offering the terminally ill the option of ending their lives on their terms is before state lawmakers — and not for the first time. But with COVID-19, which has claimed more than …

Our Opinion: Room for old, new in a changed society COVID-19 will bring about changes to our society, some temporary, some permanent. We hope that a respect for our health care and retail workers and the realization that preparation for the unlikely …
Our Opinion: Filling in the blanks on state reopening There is frustration in the Berkshires with Gov. Baker's state reopening plan, which while admirably cautious doesn't provide answers to many questions and isn't fine-tuned by region. With the first …
Our Opinion: Separating campaign fact from fiction The November elections, which will choose a president and determine control of the House and Senate, are of critical importance to say the least. Voters will need to be informed and there will be …
Our Opinion: Reopening plan lacks flexibility Going into Monday, Massachusetts and Connecticut were the last two states to at least partially reopen following lockdowns in reaction to the spread of COVID-19. Both announced reopening plans on …
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Leonard Quart | Letter From New York: The transformation of Andrew Cuomo NEW YORK — In Andrew Cuomo's first term as New York governor I wrote a column stating that "I have never been a fan of Andrew Cuomo's — finding him transparently ambitious and politically …
Anne Horrigan Geary: A tale of two kitties DALTON — "It was the best of times; it was the worst of times." Yes, Charles Dickens had that right, and it is definitely true in the dark days of COVID -19. The worst is easy to see. For the …
Charles B. Dew: 'Freedom' in the age of the coronavirus WILLIAMSTOWN — All Americans treasure the concept of freedom — our colonial forbearers' determination to achieve it gave birth to our country during the American Revolution. Not everyone …
Clarence Fanto: Arts and entertainment desolation in the Berkshires LENOX — The summer cultural landscape in the Berkshires already was barren before the Boston Symphony Orchestra's anticipated announcement on Friday that the Tanglewood season has been canceled …
Clellie Lynch: GGI Birdathon 2020 EAST CHATHAM, N.Y. — Spring comes and goes. During the beginning of May, no one could tell whether the dawning day would be warm and sunny or gray and chilly. Persephone even deigned to cover …
Columnists
Lauren R. Stevens: White House poses threat to clean water WILLIAMSTOWN — Earlier this month the New York Times published a list of 98 environmental rules that the Trump administration had or was attempting to reverse. They range from initiating a …
Don Morrison podcasts
Podcast | Don Morrison commentary: The museum of canned goods Here's a little podcast on what comes after our epidemic.
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, …
Letters to the editor
Letter: Physical distancing To the editor: This morning, listening to NEPR, I heard someone say that since we have been keeping in contact with family and friends through various media we are in social contact! When we must …
More Opinions
To the editor: Thank you, Berkshire Eagle for printing the story from May 20, 1947 about Crane School's teaching method. Parents are being teachers at home during this pandemic and they could use … more
To the editor: Like most of us I watch the news about level of risk from the coronavirus virus very carefully. I am 71 so I certainly meet one risk category (over 70) but I am otherwise in good … more
To the editor: I am 86-years-old and I never thought I would see the day when a major political party would try to suppress the people's right to vote in this country. The validity of mail-in … more
To the editor: I have learned, much to my dismay, of a 115-foot-tall cell tower being built in my neighborhood. I am listed on documents as an abutter; however, I did not receive any notifications … more
To the editor: As a resident of Pittsfield, I am very grateful to reside in a neighborhood where recycling is available and recycling receptacles are provided by my landlord. It is my opinion that … more
To the editor: We are now in the month of May and it looks like after a two month lockdown there is the potential for restrictions to be lifted gradually. As America as a whole begins to open up … more
To the editor: As Memorial Day approaches, I would like to encourage all our Berkshire County friends and neighbors to fly the American flag to show our patriotism and love for the USA. With so … more
To the editor: The government must not forget to support SNAP in the next relief package. A recent survey by Brookings Institute found among mothers with young children, nearly 20 percent says … more
To the editor: There is good news from COVID-19 for this Memorial Day. We won't be getting stuck in traffic jams. And, the meat shortage will keep us safe from our outdoor grills. Folks who … more
To the editor: I would like to share my concerns over the Pittsfield cell tower at 877 South Street. So many things are wrong about the tower. We need to remedy these breaches and put a better … more

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