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Whose decline is more severe: Joe Biden’s or the news media’s?

The decisive problem right now isn't Joe Biden or the press; it is what is being done to the American people.

Evelyn Meyers, 87, of Great Barrington

She worked for many years as a bookkeeper, and then had her own business with her husband, Lester.

LEONARD QUART: Combatting New York City’s store vacancies

The solution to the problem of store vacancies is hard to achieve. In 2017 there were 200 empty storefronts on Broadway alone.

Alan Chartock: Dear Doctor…

OK, I might be grasping at straws, but the polls are all showing that the people of the state want the [Amazon] deal consummated and my bet is ... they might get it.

Regina Dudney, 71, of West Stockbridge, TV producer, founder of Farmers Market

She met Merrill Grant, a budding TV producer, and they formed a close working relationship that lasted more than 40 years, until his death in 2015. Their organization produced such hits as “Kate and Allie,” “That’s Incredible” and “Homicide: Life on the Street.”

BOOK REVIEW: ‘House of Trump, House of Putin,’ the plot to put a Russian operative in the White House

Unger makes several startling claims: Trump was but one of dozens of U.S. politicians and businesspeople targeted over more than 20 years who became indebted to Russia.

Citizen Simon: Author, journalist, OBE, sage of Sandisfield

“I wanted to create a sense of community in a town that has no downtown or sense of cohesion given that it’s spread out over 53 square miles. And I believe the paper has done that to a certain degree.” -- Simon Winchester, founding editor of The Sandisfield Times

Second-class citizens no longer: Berkshire second-home owners eye greater involvement, voting rights

Second-home owners have no voting rights in Massachusetts, so their influence in state and local affairs is necessarily limited. They certainly are permitted to attend town meetings and, in most towns, are allowed to speak at the discretion of the moderator.

CONNECTIONS: The second-home would-be local voter

In an increasing number of states, provisions are being made or considered for second-homeowners to vote locally.

LEONARD QUART: Midsummer New York

My encounter is the kind that you could easily have in the city if you ask the right questions, and have the patience to sit and listen closely to another person’s revelations.

LEONARD QUART: Bryant Park, an urban oasis

I often stopped there for a latte from one of its kiosks, or just sat there either reading the Times or observing people before class.

PS21 unveils new building and a new era for arts and culture in Chatham

Over the past decade, PS21 has built up a reputation in Columbia County and the larger upstate New York area as an ideal place for weekenders and locals alike to escape to on a Saturday night to absorb a bit of culture.

‘Below the radar and above the shops’: Great Barrington’s upstairs economy

"We all love living here and want to be able to work downtown, go downstairs and get coffee and go across the street and get food. I like to go next door to buy my clothing." -- Asa Hardcastle, whose Tonic 5 software development company is on the floor above Tom’s Toys on Main Street

Smoke Signals from the Swamp: Connecting the Kushner dots

“Officials in at least four countries have privately discussed ways they can manipulate Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, by taking advantage of his complex business arrangements, financial difficulties and lack of foreign policy experience." --- The Washington Post

‘Modern Loss’: Candid advice about dealing with grief

The co-founders of Modern Loss have taken the plunge and transitioned from an online community to a printed book, one that is wise and funny and seeks to change the dialogue around the messy experience of grief.

Smoke Signals from the Swamp: The Son-in-Law

With all the talk about the varied skills of Corey Lewandoski, Paul Manafort and Steve Bannon, who took turns steering the Trump campaign, many were surprised by the title of the Nov. 22, 2016, Forbes article: “How Jared Kushner Won Trump the White House.”

Edouard Vaval, 66, of Spencertown, N.Y.

He worked as a commercial cabinetmaker until 1995, when he joined the staff of the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, as woodworking instructor in the activities program.
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