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Stay inspired and involved for the election in November

I pray that all of us can get — and stay — inspired and involved. November is a heartbeat away.

SHEELA CLARY: How to undo things in Italian

I have been studying Italian since 1990, but I keep getting delighted anew. Right now, a source of fresh delights is one of the Italian versions of the English “un.”

I WITNESS: When in doubt, blame your wife

When most people violate the norms of their workplace, they are fired. When Supreme Court justices and federal legislators violate the norms of their workplace, they blame their wives and remain in place.

PETER MOST: Unwelcome to Hancock

Although the world has a dreadful history of rejecting others, their ideas, and customs, it is nonetheless disappointing that our slice of Eden is not immune from such distrust.

LEONARD QUART: Reflecting on the private and the public

The public world still interests me, as I watch MSNBC and critically obsess about all things Trumpian, including the Manhattan trial, filled with B-movie characters like Michael Cohen, David Pecker, and the indomitable Stormy Daniels.

PCB pollution does not just affect our beloved river: It affects you, too

PCB pollution, if left unchecked, will cause adverse and irreversible effects on the health of Berkshire County residents. We deserve to live freely in a county with access to clean water—and peace of mind that a situation similar to this will never happen again.

CONNECTIONS: In America, truth has never gotten in the way of politics

Fomenting fear to drive policy is a political technique older than our country. It has never lost favor with the power hungry and never varied.

Sheffield recycles

I applaud everyone who is part of Sheffield’s collective commitment to recycling and reuse. In doing so, money is saved, jobs are supported, and our solid-waste footprint is hopefully reduced as smart environmental choices are made daily.

Great Barrington’s decision to outsource lifeguards at Lake Mansfeld to a questionable Georgia-based company is concerning

BSRCC has been a cornerstone of our community, ensuring quality and safety at Lake Mansfield for nearly two decades. It’s disheartening to see our town prioritize cost-savings over community loyalty, support for the local workforce, and quality service.

Let’s keep Stockbridge politics civil and truthful

Vote your conscience for your preferred candidates.

Trump’s trial clearly reveals the character of both Trump and the Republican Party

The Republican Party has become a shameless cult engaged in undermining our constitutional principles.

I WITNESS: The first annual ‘Profile in Hypocrisy’ award

The courageous understand the risk they take by telling the truth; cowards and hypocrites demonstrate a commitment to deception, even when the deception is both obvious and detrimental to everyone around them.

MITCH GURFIELD: Hail to the students

"We Will Not STOP. We Will Not REST." — A student protestor’s sign in Chicago, May 5, 2024

Divestment of university endowment investments that support illegal Israeli government practices? Not a financial problem, according to Professor Charlie Eaton

The mainstream news media and Columbia University President Shafik have been blowing smoke on the question of divestment.

PETER MOST: Great Barrington Town Meeting — the good, the bad, and the ugly

Five percent of eligible town voters (253 residents) observed unequal portions of the good, the bad, and the ugly. Let’s consider each in turn.

Berkshire Elections 2024: Letters to the editor

Readers of The Berkshire Edge write in on local Berkshire County elections.

CONNECTIONS: Are progress and change always good?

Is all change good? Is the point of progress to improve sales or improve life? The trouble with misinformation is not just that it proliferates lies, but that it obscures the truth.