Thought of the day

“We do not know what we want and yet we are responsible for what we are — that is the fact.” — JEAN-PAUL SARTRE, French philosopher (1905, died on this date in 1980)


The Greeting

Monday, April 15, 2019

Good morning, Berkshires! The peepers were out in force Sunday, which means our fair corner of the world has finally accepted that it is spring. This particular bunch of peepers that I heard — in the middle of a cow pasture — were loud, croaking their amorous intentions quite vigorously. I wish them luck.

In the news, The Eagle delivers you a twofer on vaping: in story A, we explain the crisis of youth vaping in the Berkshires; and in story B, we highlight how Great Barrington is looking at banning vape flavors that are designed to appeal to kids 17 and under.

Nick Noyes of Adams shares with us his affinity for green power; he recently increased his home-based energy production — enough to squash his power bills and then some — by using a new state program to get solar panels on his roof.

Ramblewild is hoping to be voted one of the top aerial adventure parks in the country as compiled in an online poll by USA Today.

A District Court judge tap danced on testimony from the county's only certified drug recognition expert, saying his opinion was not science-based. The case highlights the state's inability to effectively test for motor vehicle operators under the influence of drugs; meanwhile, The Eagle recently looked at the inadmissability of breathalyzer tests in drunken-driving cases. 

And, I would be remiss not to mention that your Berkshire Eagle was honored last week with the Commonwealth Award, a recognition of our service to the public from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.

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Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor



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The Snap

CAROLINE BONNIVIER SNYDER — THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE
A little boy visits with one of the cows as she gets a drink of water during the Baby Animals exhibit at Hancock Shaker Village on Sunday.

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