Whenever the Berkshire Eagle pulls out the Second Coming type size to tell us about the latest economic miracle that will magically create carloads of jobs, you can be sure it’s a non-story. Thus, today’s page one screaming headline about the Pittsfield Airport. An honest coverage would report that the project has moved ahead a tad. That’s not what we read, however. We read, instead, about how this minor though suspiciously costly extension of the runways somehow will translate into an economic boon in the Berkshires of Gold Rush proportions. Eeeek, help us: another “economic engine” has been started.

The convincer that the story is little more than an exercise in attempted brainwashing comes with the photo showing a long line of Suits digging the earth like a bunch of Spade Cooleys. To bad they weren’t digging holes to climb into and disappear.

A reasonable person will agree that a municipality should have a safe, functional airport. That The Planet digs. What we don’t dig, though, is the Hard Sell that’s been attached to this project since day one. The Hard Sell indicates the story (hence the project) can sell itself and stand on its own. It has to be artificially pumped up with hot air.

That’s the same tactic used in the wasting of millions in taxpayer funds on EV Worldwide. Remember that Phantom Empire? Remember the “1,000 jobs” the Eagle trumpeted at the behest of the Pittsfield 100? EV Worldwide created two jobs: a con job and a hand job.Remember how “they” tried to force a government coup down your throat, Pittsfield, when the Suits came up with the Civic Authority? Both these examples have several things in common with the airport expansion project. The major similarity is that each of these projects has been used by the 100 Mob as a loyalty test. If you ask questions or, God forbid, express concern, or Heaven help us, object and oppose, you are branded as “negative.”

Again, it’s the Shoving It Down Our Throats that causes a sober and judicious person to smell something fishy with the airport project. And folks, there is reason to suspect something is fishy with this project. The Planet has recently come into new information, based on a hot tip, that would suggest trouble in paradise. Much has to be checked out for the story to be told, but here’s a clue: Follow the money. If all is on the up-and-up, great, then no one will object to probing questions. If it isn’t, though, watch the skunks scatter into their freshly dug holes.

6 Responses to ““SKY KING CALLING BASE, OVER””

  1. RANDY
    October 13, 2010 at 7:07 pm #

    Randy F
    Dan, I agree with your interpretation of the airport. The way the “Pittsfield 100” has to keep overhyping this tells me that someone wants awfully bad to see this go through. When you look at the money involved, it’s not hard to see, or imagine, pockets being lined., RANDY

  2. SS
    October 13, 2010 at 7:11 pm #

    Hmmmm…I work for a construction company locally. Valenti is more right than he probably realizes right now. My advice to hi is to do what he says here “follow the moneyh” because it leads to the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow the ordinary people don’t know about.

  3. ANGE
    October 14, 2010 at 8:07 am #

    Sky King? Valenti, you are flying without your oxygen mark. This project will be a boom to the local economy. You can deride “economic engine” but thats what this is. Congratulations to all the officials, from Mayor Ruberto to Sen. Downing, who made this happen. Valenti now has a “planet”: a universe that still can’t contain his ego.

  4. Jim Gleason
    October 14, 2010 at 10:47 am #

    They’ve tried to convince the public that 29,000 planes take off and land there every year in the past, now, according to the airport manager, there are 2,500 to 3,500 jets per year taking off and landing there. Which is it, or are we supposed to forget the initial figures given us by our “honorable” mayor? These people don’t have to have much wool to pull it over the eyes of this city council, save Joe Nichols and Melissa Mazzeo. What a lovely bunch of bobbleheads.

    October 14, 2010 at 11:12 am #

    Tom Stokes is a man of integrity. He has serious misgivings about this airport project, and I have been persuaded by what Mr. Stokes says. As for Mr. Valenti, I think he is right on this one.

  6. Dominique
    October 15, 2010 at 8:17 am #

    I agree with you Dan— your views, opinions & integrity always has captivated me. Thanks for sharing your knowledge & foresight.