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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.

CAPITAL IDEAS: Hong Kong Phooey

Stop. Stop it. For the love of all that is holy, stop saying that there will be a V-shaped recovery coming out of this recession.

All lives matter

In her letter Susan Winston writes: “We need to stand against all racism -- direct and physical as happened to George Floyd or implied and purely “nasty” as perpetrated by our president.”

CAPITAL IDEAS: Dr. Feelgood

The performance of small caps is more closely tied to the U.S. economy than large caps are, so with all 50 states in some form of reopening, there is potentially more growth for those companies while simultaneously having a greater defensive posture as they would be more insulated from a COVID-19 outbreak in another country.

CAPITAL IDEAS: Dazed and confused

However, keep in mind the stock market does best when it goes from “bad” to “less bad.” We are certainly not out of the woods yet.

CORONAVIRUS, Part II: What is to be done?

We live in evolutionary competition with microbes—bacteria and viruses. There is no guarantee that we will be the survivors.

CAPITAL IDEAS: It doesn’t make sense

Don’t get me wrong: I’ve become more bullish over the last few weeks. But I am not going to lose sight of the risks.

Truth and COVID consequences

When it comes to COVID-19, there is a compelling need to see what might have gone wrong and how we can make the necessary changes in the present and the days to come - learning on the fly, then expeditiously and with expertise, making the most appropriate course corrections.

BOOK REVIEW: ‘A Very Stable Genius’ — not

In retrospect, humiliating Sessions seems petty compared to reassuring the American public that anyone can get a test whenever they need for a virus that can kill them, when, in fact, they can’t get a test because this very stable genius had already presided over the mass firing of the very people who know most about viruses, and had already cut the budgets of every agency we’d normally rely on to combat the disease.

CONNECTIONS: Listen to facts; don’t panic

The government made a hard situation harder. Even now as the cases and the consequences multiply, the federal government still may not be doing all it can.

Informal bunches of do-gooders: Good news in Berkshire County as of March 23, 2020

Berkshire County has been gearing up to support her more vulnerable citizens who have lost work, can’t leave their homes or are otherwise struggling with the vast new restrictions on everyday life.

The Coronavirus: How we got here

The ultimate test is a vaccine and a number have entered phase 1 trials, where they are tested for safety, dosage and the immune responses they provoke.

AMPLIFICATIONS: Listen up, kids

So children, stay home and wash your hands. Stop going to parties. Stop flying around the country. JUST STOP.

CONNECTIONS: Life in a time of coronavirus

As shelves empty and everything closes, there is a lot to think about.

Coronavirus dispatches: Letter from Washington state 

It’s just so scary, because of our age group, and because there is no plan, no testing, and the hospital might not take you.

CAPITAL IDEAS: Correction or bear market?

We humans like a narrative, a story we can relate to, because it helps us make sense of things, and that makes us feel more comfortable. The fact that the stock market was up about 19% over the previous four months, based on very little improving fundamentals, set us up for a tumble.

Local health officials on the coronavirus: Caution and common sense

"The likelihood of getting the flu virus — and dying from it — is far more likely than getting novel coronavirus at this time,” says Dr. Everett Lamm of Community Health Programs.
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