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REPORT FROM LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA: Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore

Our reporter at the Venice Biennale describes a breathtaking installation based on archangels in the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore.

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Deaths of Despair’ shines spotlight on the growing divide between the wealthy and the working poor

The authors were finished in October 2019, months before the manifest COVID-19 failures of the Trump administration. Obviously, we didn’t get it right.

Mountaintop estate with breathtaking 180-degree views!

Maureen Kirkby and Michael Harrigan of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Barnbrook offer a mountaintop estate with spectacular 180-degree views.

Verona Hammer, 91, of Brunswick, Maine, formerly of Great Barrington

She was employed in jewelry sales, appraising and grading diamonds and colored gemstones in Seattle, Washington; Billings, Montana; and Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

Alan Chartock: We have a right to die with dignity

It seems absurd that we will have to use our collective might to lobby the legislature and the governor to give us the right to die. I have seen polls on the issue where support for an individual’s right to die with dignity is overwhelming.

FilmColumbia: Brilliant ‘Wildlife’ abounds with metaphor

Some mention must be made of the awesome cinematography — the magnificent Montana vistas and the smoke coming off the mountains are stunningly captured by the great cinematographer Diego Garcia.

‘People Govern, Not Money’ initiative qualifies for 2018 ballot

Nineteen states and over 800 cities and towns have passed 28th Amendment resolutions with cross-partisan support. In Montana and Colorado, voters have approved 28th Amendment ballot initiatives by 75–25 percent.

News Briefs: Mass. Senate passes life sciences bond bill; Mass. has second lowest gun suicide rate

The bill extends the state’s life sciences tax incentive program for another 10 years, proposes millions of dollars in grants to community colleges and vocational schools to increase employment opportunities, and authorizes spending on initiatives to promote regional efforts to advance innovations in bio-manufacturing.

In a first for Alford, a woman is elected to the Select Board

“I feel really blessed to live here.” -- Horticulturalist Peggy Rae Hendon-Wilson, newly elected to the Alford Select Board

CONNECTIONS: Our pugilistic politics

Are we a country irreconcilably divided? Rather than one issue, we seem unable to discourse rationally about climate change, immigration, health care, taxes, Russian espionage, or the man in the White House.

Matthew Savery: The accidental conductor at Carnegie Hall

"It’s easy to think that if you don’t come from a big metropolitan area, you don’t have a shot. But I’ve conducted all over the world. You have to believe that it’s possible. Nothing comes easy. The true joy in life is to be at your best because you’ve worked hard to develop your craft. Then when you nail it, nothing is better than that.” -- Conductor Matthew Savery, who grew up in Lee, Massachusetts

Massachusetts needs Death with Dignity measure

Those who support death with dignity deem it to be a basic human right. Currently, there are five states in the United States where death with dignity is legal: Oregon, Washington, Montana, New Mexico and Vermont. Each state had come to this status in various ways: through ballot, legislative action, and judicial support.
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