letter appeared in The
Berkshire Eagle in response to Alan Chartock's column
Publius" published February 12, 2000. It is reproduced here without
Questions for Chartock
To the Editor of THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE:-
I have a few questions for the egotistical Alan
Were the police only targeting Channel 13? If he watched Channel
22 news and Channel 10, he would have realized their cameramen photographed
the search activities from a great distance. This makes me think
their news people heeded the requests of the Great Barrington police.
Mr. Chartock asks why the police didn't allow drug tests? I do
not recall any public officials or other residents ever asking for these
tests. I wonder if Mr. Chartock has ever been tested at SUNY or the
WAMC radio station?
Why is Mr. Chartock so hard on the police force that he constantly belittles
them? He criticized three officers in the Ellerbee case several years
ago, even though he did not have a clue what happened.
How does a man know so much about Great Barrington affairs when he spends
the greatest part of his day in Albany?
Please, Mr. Chartock, refrain from your mealy-mouthed accusations unless
you can prove what you say is true. Furthermore, if Great Barrington is
so bad, why don't you move over to Albany. I doubt you would be missed
JOHN R. CIOLINA
Great Barrington, Feb. 16, 2000
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