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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: Comprehensive police reform in New York

Of course, politicians, cynical lot that they are, know that things come in waves. The police union-types have long, long memories and will be unforgiving in the future.

Alan Chartock: I Publius — Sleepless in Great Barrington

Of course, you worry a lot. You worry that Donald Trump is president of the United States and that about 38 percent of the people, including almost all of the Republicans, support this lying liar.

CAPITAL IDEAS: Less bad, but still bad

The improvement from bad to less bad and the better-than-expected economic data does not mean that we’re out of the woods yet. Things still suck.

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.

Alan Chartock: The unbelievable president

The guy tells so many lies and acts in such counterproductive and moronic ways that the American people have largely lost faith in our political system.

Alan Chartock: School of scoundrels

Jared Kushner: Continuing the theme of familial conflict of interest, here is the spawn of a convicted criminal who is married to the daughter of the president of the United States.

Alan Chartock: The doctor is in

Just because you’d like it doesn’t mean it will happen. It will not. If it did, you would have to figure out how to placate those little states that make out like bandits because of the Electoral College and the undue influence that it gives to them.

Sheffield farmer challenges incumbent in race for board of selectmen

Kilmer said he had been out of the limelight until about three years ago when he began attending meetings and raising questions about issues that concerned him.

Alan Chartock: Upstate vs. downstate

There’s New York City and there’s upstate New York. From what I can figure, Yonkers is where upstate starts. This is just another example...

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.

Larceny and treason in the early Republic

Not long after that encounter with Burr, letters from Barnabas to Mary began to include details of the suspected attempt by Burr to cede the Louisiana Purchase and create a country over which he could rule.

Alan Chartock: Democracy in decline

I have no doubt that some judges will do just about anything to please Trump.

Alan Chartock: What to do about Bernie

I truly understand why so many Democrats favor Bernie. Their hatred of Donald Trump is so great that they are reaching for the strongest antidote they can find.

Warren is most capable presidential candidate

In a letter to the editor, Michael Wise writes: "Warren will not only unify the Democrats, but she will also appeal to independents and good-government traditional Republicans."

Alan Chartock: An honorable politician — and academic

Chris Gibson did not burn any bridges as he moved from the world of politics into academia. But unlike so many denizens of the congressional deep, his honor is intact.

Alan Chartock: Bloomberg can beat Trump

Bloomberg has assembled the best of the best to push his candidacy. He will do what he has to in order to win.
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