Letter: Integrity Matters in District Attorney Race

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To the Editor:

Elections can be filled with all sorts of strategies and antics, and some we have simply come to accept. Lawn sign theft, whispered rumors and the like are common in every election and are impossible for campaigns to control. Some races even get nasty as the Berkshire County district attorney has, ironically, given that this office is supposed to reflect the best of what we have in honor and justice.

The DA in office right now should be showing us an example of an honorable man and honorable campaign. I hear he is a nice guy as are most of us among our friends and family. However, the real test of character is how you behave when you are challenged and how far you will go when you are desperate.

Candidates cannot control everything their supporters say and do, and they cannot control letters to the editor in the paper. On the other hand, a candidate is responsible for something he or she circulates. A candidate must be held responsible for allowing and promoting information about his rival that is blatantly not true and hurtful.

On Monday, Oct. 22, a malicious and untruthful letter was printed about attorney Andrea Harrington in the letter to the editor section that attacked both her and her supporters. Unfortunately, there are no "election police" to make sure that false information is not circulated. The write-in candidate's campaign posted this on his Facebook page with no regard for its lack of accuracy. This is a man in the business of truth, of determining someone's guilt or innocence, and yet he irresponsibly and perhaps deliberately allows another person's reputation to be maligned and sentences an innocent person and her followers to damaged reputations. The election will be over soon, but these libelous words will not go away.

I can only hope that this backfires and that this outrageous behavior is not rewarded. I have faith that the voters will see this for what it is ... people making up stories as a desperate last act from a sore loser. Please vote for positive energy, attorney Andrea Harrington, the only candidate on the ballot, on Nov. 6 by filling in the oval next to her name.

Melissa O'Dell
Pittsfield, Mass.



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Pittsfield Officials Warn of Malfunctioning Light at North, Linden

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The traffic light at the intersection of Linden and North streets has been flashing yellow signals since Monday. 

And it will take the manufacturer of the traffic light to fix the issue.

"It doesn't happen often that we have to call the manufacturer," Commissioner of Public Services and Utilities Ricardo Morales said.

Morales is urging motorists to treat the flashing light as a stop sign — stop at the intersection and when it is safe to go, to proceed with caution.

The city has three steps of troubleshooting these types of issues. First there were attempts to fix the light before calling a called a contractor onto the site. The contractor was able to isolate some issues and rule out potential causes for the flashing, but ultimately could not get it fixed. Then the manufacturer was called.

"It's a bit unusual," Morales said. "[Contractors] are pretty well versed in what they do, so when that happened that's when we called the manufacturer and had them scheduled to come in and basically they fabricate that piece of equipment so they can do a deep dive into and fix the problem."

As of right now, Morales plans to have the manufacturer arrive on the scene Wednesday and, hopefully, have the light fixed within a few hours. For the duration of the repairs, there will be a police detail to direct traffic.

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