Letter: Say No to Immigration, Yes to Making Pittsfield Great again

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To the Editor:

This past November election has taught us all many things. It has reminded us that the "long shot" should never be counted out and sometimes it ultimately prevails. Donald Trump is now our president, an upset to some and a relief to others.

I am of the latter. I am a huge Trump supporter. Why not build the wall and protect ourselves and to help pay for it, he can start by taking money away from sanctuary cities. I am for veterans before immigrants. Love him or hate him, he is making a nation think about issues we have all taken for granted.

Which leads me to the anger I felt when the city of Pittsfield claimed that they will welcome immigrants with open arms. While working with [state Sen. Adam] Hinds and [state Rep. Tricia] Farley-Bouvier, [Mayor] Linda Tyer says yes, we will give them all the support possible. Wait, pump the brakes, don't you think that should have been a community input discussion and not the great hierarchy of Western Massachusetts?

Did the elected officials forget that is what they are elected. They are supposed to represent one and all not just a minority of voters. You see the people who control the budget were asked if they can stay here. I am sure the city will get some sort of payout considering we are a "sanctuary city" aka refugee resettlement community. The question is how much? And will the taxpayer see it? I doubt it. We just keep getting asked to pay more and more.

What needs to happen is the "Mayor" should be protecting who is already here. The reason she got into office. This city is in dire straights. Financially we are a whisper away from the ever breaking threshold of economic failure. Plus there seems to be a spending problem going on even more so now within the last few years. Lets face it we need to make Pittsfield great again and the current administration isn't cutting it.

Getting the same type of people to run for office again won't fix the situation either. There has to be people that truly want change and who will vote for change regardless if the other members agree or not. We don't need more special interests, we need more strong minded opinionated people.

If a nonpolitician businessman can become president, than anything is possible. That includes improving the local government.

Tammy Ives
Pittsfield, Mass.

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Kathleen Theoharides, secretary of energy and environmental affairs, visits the site of culvert project in Pittsfield being funded through the state's climate readiness program.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides was in Pittsfield on Friday to review a state-funded culvert site and meet with local officials to discuss the state's climate readiness program. 
 
She joined Mayor Linda Tyer at the Churchill Street culvert, a site which recently received grant funding through the state's Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program. The city was awarded an $814,524 state grant in June for the Churchill Brook and West Street Culvert Replacement Project.
 
Through the MVP program, which begun in 2017, municipalities identify key climate-related hazards, vulnerabilities and strengths, develop adaptation actions, and prioritize next steps. The initiative which initially started as a $500,000 capital grant program has now increased to $12 million. Pittsfield is among the 71 percent of communities across the commonwealth now enrolled in the MVP program.
 
"The governor and the lieutenant governor have made resilient infrastructure a priority all across the state and I think it's really important to know that we have a really vested interest in Western Massachusetts communities as well as all across the state, not forgetting the Berkshires or Pioneer Valley," said Theoharides in a statement. "Our MVP program is really focused on these types of partnership investments and looking to design infrastructure for the challenges we're seeing today and moving forward as climate change increases."
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