Elitzer responds to School Committee’s deferral of his proposed revision of district agreement  

Friday, Mar 20 - In his letter to the Berkshire Hills School Committee, after the Committee declined to take action at this point on his proposed district funding formula, Chip Elitzer writes: "The fact that a $1,000 unit of property abutting the GB/Stockbridge line on the GB side is going to pay $9.87 next fiscal year, while a $1,000 unit on the other side of the line is going to pay $3.28 is – in my opinion – an embarrassment for the most liberal county in the most liberal state in the country."

Dear BHRSD School Committee: Amend now

Monday, Mar 16 - The support of the three towns for this amendment will assure us that spending time and money on revising the entire District Agreement would be worthwhile. So let's get it on the warrants now, build voter awareness of the issue, and see where we stand.

The dawning of the Berkshire Hills ‘District Spring’?

Tuesday, Mar 10 - In his letter to the editor, Housatonic resident Dave Long writes: "It is absolutely imperative that the School Committee demonstrate tangible progress in securing the health and well being of the district before town meeting season. While the process continues to open up, the Committee needs to formally establish the path to reform."

A modest proposal for funding Berkshire Hills public schools

Saturday, Mar 7 - In his letter to the editor and to the Berkshire Hills Regional School Committee, Chip Elitzer writes: "Let's also remember what public education is about. Do we tell a family with ten school-age children living in a modest home that they must pay higher taxes than a childless couple living on a grand estate? Of course not."

Vote yes March 2 to continue Smart Meter moratorium in Sheffield

Saturday, Feb 21 - In her letter to the editor, Nina Anderson writes: "Regarding your article about linking rising electric rates with the pipeline, I would question how the National Grid Worcester Smart Meter pilot program's price tag of $44 million is factored in. Could it be that our higher rates are filling their coffers to pay for this pilot? "

Berkshire Hills School District faces ‘existential crisis’  

Monday, Feb 16 - In his letter to the editor, Dave Long of Housatonic writes: "Make no mistake; we could potentially be facing a truly existential crisis. At this point, one bloody town meeting in Great Barrington could throw the entire district into a tailspin. Now is the time — before the warrant for town meeting is cast in stone — to try and head off a nasty escalation of political strife."

Special interest money endangering democracy

Monday, Feb 16 - In her letter to the editor, Lynn Posner of Sheffield writes: "Across the country a movement is growing in reaction to the billions of dollars being spent to influence our elections and in turn, have undo influence over the members of our government who receive these enormous amounts cash, often in untraceable super-pacs."

Letter: Elm Court upgrade will benefit Lenox

Friday, Feb 13 - In his Letter to the Editor supporting the expansion and renovation of Elm Court, Bob Romeo of Lenox writes: "Every Great Estates project served as a 'shot in the arm' to increasing property values, bringing needed improvements to roadways, sidewalks, water and sewer capacities and other utilities."

Elm Court resort and spa will benefit Berkshires

Tuesday, Jan 27 - In their letter to the editor, Martin and Wendy Kaplan write: "A beautifully maintained high end resort will add to the beauty and economic success of our region, far more than the empty mansion and land going to seed. Eventually, of course, if this proposal is rejected, then the estate will be sold to someone else, and the result may be far more problematic than the wonderful proposal now being considered."

Generosity Economy is a gift for all

Monday, Dec 29 - In her letter to the editor, Susan Bachelder of Egremont writes: "New England is blessed with great resources in culture, education and many working farms. We are also Yankees and the Generosity Economy is based on an old saying of my Aunt Julia – 'Use a little; Save a little; Pass a little on'. "

Electric rate hikes amount to blackmail on behalf of pipeline

Tuesday, Dec 9 - In her letter, Edge environmental correspondent Mary Douglas writes: "Kinder Morgan would realize a 10 to 14 percent annual return on its investment as a regulated monopoly for the life of the pipeline — 100 years or more ... However, there is plenty of time to put together alternatives, such as a mix of renewables, demand reduction, energy efficiency, market adjustments."

North Adams tree lighting a success

Tuesday, Dec 9 - In her letter, Roslyn Cummings, interim director of tourism and public events for North Adams, writes: "This is an event that many in North Adams look forward to each year. It brings out a sense of community during the holiday season which is comforting and joyous."