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BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Refill GB—a mission-based shop with a welcoming vibe (and zero plastic!)

Founded three years ago by Berkshire native Jamie McCormack, this charming Great Barrington retail space helps you make better choices for your health and the planet.

Peace on the left, justice on the right

I tell you all this because what’s new is old to me. And I have a slightly different perspective on the events following George Floyd’s murder.

John W. Conaway Jr., 81, of Great Barrington

He later worked for the former Bill’s Pharmacy for more than 20 years.

Five Writing (and Living) Lessons from Dr. King’s ‘Letter from a Birmingham Jail’

MLK wrote his letter in great discomfort, from jail, on the margins of a newspaper, then on scraps smuggled in here and there, until finally he was given a pad of paper.

News Brief: District Attorney Harrington joins ‘Visit A Prison Challenge’

The “Visit a Prison Challenge” encourages all state and federal policymakers to visit a prison or jail.

ORANGE ALERT: The (almost) daily outrage

The NWS Birmingham office had tweeted that Trump was full of crap and Hurricane Dorian was too far east for Alabama to be impacted.

AUDIOBOOKS: African-American authors

Here are four audiobooks written by African-American authors.

CONNECTIONS: Thinking ahead

In 1907, there were only 8,000 cars in the U.S., and only 144 miles of paved roads. The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

ESSAY: American Auschwitz

Chet Delaney of Egremont struggles to comprehend the horrors documented at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama.

REVIEW: ‘Team of Vipers’ spills secrets, exacts vengeance on fellow members of King’s Court

Is it possible the professed love of God that so many tout these days is akin to a one-way street? The Sessions’ kind of religiosity that permits wrenching immigrant children from the arms of their mothers and Cliff Sims’ ability to jump aboard the Trump Train as he ignores Mr. Trump’s pussy-grabbing sexual assaults, his repeated dalliances while his wife, Melania, was pregnant. Does God actually return the personal relationship favor? I’d like to think God deserves a higher class of devotees.

The police and the press

Obviously, beginning in 1960, the Supreme Court thought that freedom of the press was so important that, while someone might be hurt by the ruling, it was nonetheless worth it.

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Dopesick’ is a personal look at the opioid epidemic

“Dopesick” is about a drug that was sold as non-addictive, but is so incredibly addictive it is almost impossible to kick. It kills more Americans than the wars we are fighting.

Amplifications: Women’s rights are human rights

Women are still not protected by the Constitution. The Equal Rights Amendment has never passed.

Jan Pedersen, 93, of Stockbridge

After retiring, Jan continued his woodworking interests, served as a volunteer Stockbridge firefighter, volunteered as a videographer for local cable television and was a member of the Lion’s Club.

Mary Gendler: A life of peaceful protest

It was during an audience with the Dalai Lama the very next month that the Gendlers suggested the Tibetans might have more success if they learned new ways to struggle nonviolently.

America’s new policy toward immigrants: Kids in cages, families imprisoned

This time, thankfully, the free press that our president mocks day after day as fake gave us the chance to hear firsthand from these mothers and fathers and their children, to see for ourselves the cages the children were sent to and to hear their cries.

Phyllis Kiss, 83, of Lenox

Phyllis worked as a stenographer at General Electric for several years before eventually settling in Lenox and working at Doherty & Stuart PC accounting firm as an office manager prior to her retirement in 1997.
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