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We are entering the election season.  This is an off year, and in off years voters tend to stay home. Local races generate little media coverage. Parties sneak in candidates that avoid the spotlight. They expect to get elected by the party regulars, who don’t ask questions...

Those demonizing Vladimir Putin in Western media presume that if Putin were to disappear tomorrow, then everything would be better for the world. That premise may or may not be true. I can’t recall anyone suggesting that Putin’s replacement might be a more terrifying figure,...

From time to time, we get proxy statements in the mail. For those who are not accustomed to this form of literary entertainment, we here offer a much abbreviated  sample of what  corporate lawyers in league with government regulators turn out by the containership load.  

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  While a temporary ceasefire in Ukraine offers a chance for peace, there is, in fact, little chance, because a serious violation might snowball. The rebels of Luhansk province (where 89 percent of the population in a referendum voted for independence) and Donetsk (94 percent) still demand...

 From time to time, we get proxy statements in the mail. For those who are not accustomed to this form of literary entertainment, we here offer a much abbreviated...

Tchaikovsky’s string sextet in D, Op. 70, nicknamed “Souvenir of Florence,” was his last chamber composition (1890); it remains a favorite standard because of its intense rococo intricacy as well...

Music Mountain’s penultimate classical concert for the season, featuring the Dover Quartet (originating from Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute), delivered a satisfying afternoon concert on September 7. They opened (a bit more timidly in the opening flourish than desired) with...

Dear Editor,

 Your August 27, 2014 “...

 With quick tempo the first movement of Op. 18#1 in F major offers Mozartian pastiche that attempts to go beyond Mozart, yet merely appears as homage; in the second half of the second movement Beethoven...