Berkshire Eagle reader contest: What's your State of the Union?

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The 2019 State of the Union address has become a political football while Democrats and Republicans continue their squabbles about the partial government shutdown, border security and plain old politics. To Americans of all political stripes, all this gridlock is incredibly frustrating. For those affected by the shutdown, it's been a time of crisis.

And since the State of the Union has been punted in recent weeks — it's on, it's off, "I'm coming," "No, you're not" -- we're turning to you: You write the State of the Union.

So, get to your computers and start typing. Here are some starter questions that might help kick off your State of the Union: How would you answer the sentence that begins, "My fellow Americans, the state of our union is ____"? What is your take on how the country is doing? In what direction should the country be headed? What are your ideas to improve the lives of all Americans? How should we get beyond partisan politics and head in the direction of compromise and progress?

Email your State of the Union address to SOTU@berkshireeagle.com by midnight, Wednesday, Jan. 30. The length of actual State of the Union addresses far exceeds our space to print them, so please keep yours to 600 words or less.

If we receive enough to make for a friendly scrimmage, we'll publish three addresses — one of each (as determined by the faultless officialdom of The Eagle's Editorial Board) that best fits the following categories of Most Bipartisan, Most Persuasive and Most Fun to Read — in the Sunday, Feb. 3, edition of The Eagle. (That's Super Bowl Sunday, if you've caught on to this announcement's political-football theme.) The winners here will receive our county's (maybe even the nation's) enduring gratitude, the glorious fame that goes with being published in The Eagle, and a really nice, light-up ballpoint pen emblazoned with The Berkshire Eagle logo and a quote about freedom of the press as stated by a famous American.

We'll publish the rest (the ones that are fit for publication) online at BerkshireEagle.com on Feb. 3. And then we'll tweet the link of all your State of the Union addresses to President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and members of the House and Senate for them to read — we hope!

In your emails, do include your name, the town you live in, and your telephone number. The number won't be published, but we will use it to verify your identity and to reach you if we have questions.

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