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Potential future changes in South County public education

Thursday, 5 Dec 2019 - In a letter to the editor, Dennis Sears writes, "After deliberation, the group of eight town Regional School District Planning Committees and/or the two Regional School District Planning Committees meet and form a “Regional School District Planning Board,” which then organizes and moves down the formal path of investigation, analysis and planning, including meetings with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, etc., through the more detailed part of the process."

Community, town must engage in dialogue for healing cultural violence

Tuesday, 3 Dec 2019 - In a letter to the editor, BRIDGE members write, "Reflecting on, learning about, reckoning with and repairing this country's colonialist and genocidal legacy is hard, uncomfortable, invaluable work that we must engage in by following the leadership of those most deeply impacted."

Speak out against big money in politics

Tuesday, 12 Nov 2019 - In a letter to the editor, Andrew Bloom writes: "Currently, the Commission is holding town hall meetings across the Commonwealth to receive input from Massachusetts citizens regarding their thoughts, feelings, experiences and suggestions related to overturning the devastating 2010 Citizens United vs. FEC Supreme Court ruling, getting big money out of politics and un-corrupting the U.S. government."

Needed right now: Census workers

Tuesday, 29 Oct 2019 - In a letter to the editor, Rene Wood writes: "If we don’t have enough census workers, it’s likely everyone who needs to be counted in the 2020 Census won’t be. Each of us and our towns will lose out on our fair representation in Congress and at our Statehouse."

The facts about David Magadini

Monday, 21 Oct 2019 - I know that many feel sympathy for Mr. Magadini. So do I, but he is homeless by choice; he has a trust fund to pay his expenses and he owns a vacant house in Great Barrington.

Horse racing is cruel to animals

Sunday, 20 Oct 2019 - In her letter Marnie Meyers writes: “A return of horseracing to Great Barrington would bring gambling elements, snarled traffic, environmental damage, and the cruel use of horses back to that wonderful town.”

Keep Lake Mansfield Road open: Here’s how

Sunday, 20 Oct 2019 - In his letter Steve Farina writes: “Utilize a technology such as Technopost , or similar, to construct a boardwalk from the beach to the boat ramp along the edge of the lake.”

David Magadini explains his eviction

Thursday, 17 Oct 2019 - In his letter, David Magadini writes: “I was forcefully evicted from the house, refused re-entry, and all my stuff was confiscated.”

Horse racing raises ethical and environmental issues

Wednesday, 16 Oct 2019 - In a letter to the editor, Beryl Birch writes, "... the list of horse racing woes keeps growing and public interest in horse racing is waning, primarily due to the list of more and more horse deaths in tracks around the country..

Lake Mansfield needs help now

Tuesday, 15 Oct 2019 - In her letter Christine Ward writes: “As we anguish at the state of our planet and the tragedies of global climate change, surely we can act immediately to support the health of our local lake."

Community support for young readers

Friday, 11 Oct 2019 - In a letter to the editor, Michelle Raszl writes: "The Friends have gifted the library over 90 books and counting. I can’t catalogue them fast enough; my young students see them on my desk and want to check them out."

The case for regional school district tax reform

Wednesday, 9 Oct 2019 - In a letter to the editor, Chip Elitzer writes, "In the most egregious example, in the Southern Berkshire Regional School District, a taxpayer in Sheffield pays a rate that is almost seven times higher than a taxpayer in Alford who has identically assessed property."

Horse racing could have severe environmental impact

Tuesday, 8 Oct 2019 - In a letter to the editor, Bob Meyers writes, "According to the EPA, the types of animal waste pollutants discharged by Sterling Suffolk Racecourse threaten human health and the environment."

A week of disturbing events

Thursday, 3 Oct 2019 - In her letter, Ruth Heuberger writes: “Young people, especially intelligent ones, can generally be relied upon to sort out peer differences with little outside interference.”

Indigenous People deserve to be honored

Thursday, 26 Sep 2019 - In her letter Kate Burke writes: “In signing this proclamation (presented by the Du Bois Legacy Committee) not only did the Selectboard take a step toward social equity in our community but it also set in motion what can become a real honest healing.”

Horse racing will increase traffic congestion

Friday, 20 Sep 2019 - In a letter to the editor, Collin Lovas writes, "Additionally, it’s likely going to be a nightmare for shoppers attempting to enter jammed up Route 7 when horse racing events occur."

A public lament for the Berkshire Food Co-op

Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 - In a letter to the editor, Cynthia H. Felleisen writes, 'The Co-op's demise is evident in the generic, sterile, impersonal, unintegrated physical space; in the substrate tone and atmosphere; in the current autocratic policies.'

Make Great Barrington more bicycle-friendly

Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 - In a letter to the editor, Caroline Feather writes, 'More people would want to cycle for transport and not just recreation were they not afraid of being killed or maimed by motor vehicles.'