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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.

Alan Chartock: I Publius

One of the most interesting concepts that has been advanced holds that, sooner or later, newspapers will adopt the public radio model and offer memberships in the paper.

CONNECTIONS: Searching for the American Centinel

It is remarkable that anyone thought they could start a newspaper with little hope for advertising revenue and less hope for reliable delivery. And yet, on Oct. 23, 1787, the first issue of the first newspaper in Berkshire County, the American Centinel, appeared.

CONNECTIONS: Lies, damned lies, and the facts

Today, dangerously, we argue fact as if it were one of multiple opinions. It saps our national strength and hampers our ability to problem-solve.

Note from the editors: Comments – and how to manage them

The majority of the comments are thoughtful, well-written and advance the discussion of the issues at hand. But some are mean-spirited and irrelevant to the topic.

Berkshire Eagle parent company, Digital First, cuts New England staff

“What’s happening at The Eagle is partly an indicator of what’s happening to local journalism nationally and partly the result of the ownership structure it’s caught in right now. Digital First is in the financial engineering business, not the journalism and civic engagement business." -- Bill Densmore, lecturer at the Reynolds Institute of Journalism at the University of Missouri and co-founder of the Williamstown Advocate

The ‘News,’ then as now

It took 200 years for American media and public relations to discover the power of hypocrisy: simultaneously lying and denying it.
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