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JAPAN REELS, NICHOLS DEALS, MARCHETTI MULLS, HILL 78 DULLS, VINCELETTE RUN, BIG RED FUN

BY DAN VALENTI

Quake a Reminder for All of Us

DEVASTATION IN JAPAN

First, The Planet has to say a word about the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resultant tsunami that has devastated northern Japan. The scope of this tragedy cannot be comprehended, except by metaphor. In the early moments after such an event, it is impossible to get a clear picture. Words are not equal to the task, nor is film.

The most compelling analogy we found in our reading and viewing: the quake released an amount of energy that could power the entire needs of the United States for a month. In other words, if you took all that energy — from every light bulb, power plant, car, machine, etc. used in 30 days in all 50 states — and could expend it all in ten minutes, with the first 75% of it in the first minute, that’s what it would feel like.

‘Be Not Anxious for Your Life’

We shall leave it to the world media to cover this sobering story, leaving a final thought: “It’s over in a flash.” Whether the end comes in the next second via an earthquake or decades from now due to natural causes from old age, no one gets out of here alive. Hearses, as the pithy adage goes, do not come equipped with luggage racks. We must do our living here and now.

To lead a fulfilled life, one must also do one more thing: wake up to the moment.



Past and future are abstractions, the first that which was, the second that which will or might be. We have now, always now. “Now” is the reason not to wait, not to delay, not to fear, not to hesitate, not to worry what others are thinking, not to hold back. “Now” is the reason to risk, dare, investigate, enjoy, and otherwise be happy.

Is happiness possible in this veil of tears? We won’t tackle that thorn bush in a couple hundred words. The Planet will share our personal definition of happiness: to engage one’s talents fully along the lines of excellence.

God be with the people of Japan and any other people or creatures affected by this tragedy.

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NICHOLS: Beats Marchetti to the draw re: Planet Challenge

Nichols Wastes No Time: Urges Full Clean-up for PCBS and Removal of Hill 78

Yesterday, The Planet issued its challenge to the two declared candidates for mayor (keeping in mind that no one is officially running until certification by city hall; that won’t come until August). We challenged Ward 7 councilor Joe Nichols and councilor at large Peter Marchetti to state simply and clearly there positions on three issues:

1. Addressing the PCBs in the Housatonic River and in elsewhere in Pittsfield

2. Hill 78

3. $331 million unfunded liabilities

Nichols was the first to rise to the occasion. Here is Mr. Nichols’ response:

1.  I believe the PCBs should be removed from the river and everywhere else in Pittsfield at GE’s expense, not the taxpayers’ expense.



2.  Hill 78 should be moved by GE away from Pittsfield. Until it is, the school should be closed with the children moved to a safer location.  Why have they not moved the children already?  This is unforgivable.



3.  I will address the unfunded liability as mayor.  Unfunded pensions no longer exist for the private sector, and they should not exist at all as they are unsustainable.  We need to put a halt on them. [One solution is to] grandfather those who have them but stop taking on anymore so that the liability begins decreasing from that point forward.  Certain measures must be taken to begin from scratch with our public work force and the negotiations, which take place in a completely irresponsible manner.  What were they thinking?

We thank Nichols for his prompt reply. We await Marchetti’s response. A

s for Nichols’ message, The Planet urges him to define “certain measures” that “must be taken” regarding public employees. Can he be specific about what that means?

Would he also define what he means when he says “negotiations … take place in a completely irresponsible manner.” How so? Which ones? What would he do differently?

Remainder of Council Term Can be Boom or Bust for Nichols, Marchetti

The Planet welcomes Marchetti and Nichols into the race and hope they remain as candidates. Each is giving up incumbency and taking a large political risk. That is to be admired.

MARCHETTI: Lots of hidden ability

Marchetti possesses land-locked talent and up-to-now hidden ability. The Planet had hoped to see more from him from the get go. For whatever reason, Marchetti has been afraid to be his own man. Perhaps a mayoral bid is exactly what he needs to shed his straightjacket of blandness and pursue the office with fire and independence. Marchetti has a mix in the tool kit well-suited for the job: understands fiances, is sincere in his love of the city, and so forth.

The Planet advises him to get more “blue collar,” that is, start connecting more with average people by dropping the robotic support every time Jim Ruberto sneezes. The recent vote to expand the mayor’s office, costing taxpayers $15,000, was the wrong move. Only Marchetti knows what he feels deep in his heart on the issue, but The Planet suspects he knows as much.

Marchetti needs to show more than ever that he is not Ruberto Lite. It’s too soon to lose a race, certainly, but his comment to the Boring Broadsheet that his views match Ruberto’s was stepping in it big time. It was a HOmer Simpson, “Duh-oh!” That line is going to give opponents good bulletin-board material.



Perhaps the most important determinant for both Marchetti and Nichols in the upcoming campaign will be their time in front of the cameras at council meetings. If Marchetti can show more fire and independence and Nichols more substance and polish, each will use the time well.

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The Man from Mensa Will Be Running

On another campaign-related front, The Planet has learned from reliable sources that former Ward 4 city councilor Chuck Vincelette is seriously considering an at-large bid. The Man from Mensa hasn’t decided with certainty, but if The Planet were laying odds, we say that he’s in the race.

THE MAN FROM MENSA: Chuck Vincelete will make bid for at large seat

The Planet would love to see Vincelette back in the fray. We enjoyed our dealings with him, agree or disagree, mainly for two reasons: his intelligence and his reasonableness. We and The Man often engaged in debate, and he was always (a word we rarely use) amenable to positions backed by reason and logic. In other words, when we criticized, he didn’t react as too many muscle-headed Pittsfield pols do, by shrinking their underwear and interpreting it as a personal attack.

With Lee retiring and Marchetti seeking the corner office, the at-large field needs this type of elder statesman, who brings wisdom, counsel, a solid track record, and deep institutional knowledge to the table. He will be tough to beat.

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Nuciforo Opposed Hill 78 Six Years Ago

Regarding our discussions of the 5.5 acre, 45-feet-tall abomination that is Hill 78, one of our correspondents made a fair point. This Agent Orange Julius writes:

Dan

HILL 78: Don't let the blue skies fool you.

After reading the article in today’s Berkshire Eagle about PCBs and seeing the lack of leadership shown by our state and federal legislators, I was reminded that on Friday, Nov. 18, 2005, then State Senator Andrea Nuciforo Jr. called for Hill 78 to be cleared.

This led to an unfavorable “in brief” editorial from the Eagle and unfavorable reactions from the mayor and other political leaders. It looks like a interesting year in local politics.

Let the record show that Agent OJ is correct. Here is the Boring Broadsheet’s article. It was written by our good friend Jack Dew, now down south in law school, whose great talents made the BB much less boring and much more of a newspaper back then:

Sen. wants Hill 78 cleared /
Nuciforo troubled by PCB dump

By Jack Dew, Berkshire Eagle Staff
Berkshire Eagle

Friday, November 18, 2005

PITTSFIELD — State Sen. Andrea F. Nuciforo Jr. yesterday called for the removal of a toxic landfill that sits next to a city elementary school. He is the first elected official to seek the elimination of the controversial site.

Nuciforo said state and federal regulators should work with General Electric to remove the dump known as Hill 78, where PCB-tainted soil and debris from the dredged Housatonic River and the polluted GE plant are being consolidated.

The 5.6-acre landfill sits about 50 feet from Allendale Elementary School and has been met with growing concern from the school community and nearby residents.

“I don’t think it will be easy, and I’m sure that GE will resist,” said Nuciforo, D-Pittsfield, in a telephone interview. “But shame on us if we don’t take aggressive steps to remove a toxic mess that sits in a 38-foot mound, 50 feet from an elementary school. I think it is incumbent on us as elected officials and public officials to urge GE to do the right thing.”

Removing the dump, however, could mean reopening the hard-fought settlement that requires GE and EPA to share the costs of cleaning up contamination from Pittsfield and the river. The agreement was finalized in October 2000 as a consent decree, and the government has estimated the cleanup it outlines could cost as much as $700 million.

Dump part of negotiations

Hill 78 was included in the consent decree despite a protest from the Pittsfield City Council during the 1998 negotiations. When the final draft emerged with the dump still intact, the City Council and former Mayor Gerald S. Doyle Jr. approved it nonetheless.

According to state and federal records, GE had long used the spot as a dumping ground for waste from its transformer plant, including large metal drums of Pyranol, an oil that contains 60 percent PCBs. The consent decree allows that waste to remain and entitles GE to dump soil and other debris — but no liquids — that have PCB content of up to 50 parts per million. By comparison, the federal standard for a residential property is 2 parts per million.

While Hill 78 will eventually be capped, there is no liner underneath it to keep the pollution from seeping to the groundwater and migrating out of the dump. The EPA has said the air and water around it are carefully monitored, and that so far no pollution has moved off site.

Nuciforo said monitoring is not good enough.

“Materials that end up in landfills like Hill 78 tend to move over time. We may not see any migration of this material this year, and we won’t see any next year, but there is a strong likelihood that there will be some movement of this material over time. And that should concern everyone.”

GE doesn’t support removal

GE spokesman Peter O’Toole said GE would “absolutely not” support reopening the consent decree to remove Hill 78.

“There is just no evidence that the landfill is a threat to the school. All the study data is showing that there isn’t a problem,” O’Toole said.

David Deegan, an EPA spokesman, said the agency has not received any communication from Nuciforo but indicated it supports the consent decree as written: “Hill 78 was obviously addressed in the consent decree, which had a wide-ranging support at the time, and it is all designed to ensure protecting the health of the community. Beyond that, I don’t think we will want to weigh in until we actually see what the senator is requesting.”

Parents and teachers at Allendale have been calling on state or federal authorities to test the inside of the school for PCBs to determine whether the children are at risk.

Authorities had refused until this week, when the Department of Environmental Protection announced that the Department of Public Health would conduct the tests.

The DPH, however, has said it will first do an assessment and may or may not test for PCBs inside the school. Nuciforo yesterday sent a letter to the commissioners of both agencies, asking for thorough PCB tests to be done in the school and its school yard. The two agencies are essentially equals, both answering to the governor.

“We have to begin with proper information. DPH needs to do a test,” Nuciforo said.

Yesterday, a member of the Pittsfield Board of Health, Bobbi Orsi, said the DPH promised her it would test the school for PCBs. A call to DPH seeking confirmation was not returned in time for this report.


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Heap Big Magic Pothole Machine Perfect for 4th of July Parade

Finally, we add this note received at The Planet this morning courtesy of  Da General, one of our most reliable gumshoes. We give it a Golden Chuckle for “Laugh of the Week.” Da Gen writes:

Heap Big Red Magic Pothole Medicine Machine: "Costum much wampum"

“Just getting around to sending you a THANK YOU for including De Gen

in the fun on yesterday’s Planet in your coverage of the Big Red Magic

Pothole Machine.

“With a whole lot of luck and prayers from above, Big Red

will be here to carry the Grand Marshall down North St on July 4th.

Within two years this modern highway ‘miracle’ will be out rusting to its death, hidden from our forgiving eyes.

Da Gen, a long-time city dweller, speaks the truth from sad experience.

What are the odds, ladies and gentleman, that Da General is correct: Two years from now, what will the condition be of Big Red Magic Pothole Medicine Machine?. As “The Chief” has pointed out, it “costum heap big wampum,” $126,000 of your money, taxpayers.

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MANY OTHER DEADLINES ARE AWAITING ON THE PLANET, SO WE MOVE ANON. TOMORROW: THE PLANET’s TAKE ON A PITTSFIELD FLAG, WITH GUEST WRITER ZACH CUTLER, THAT AND MORE. LOVE TO ALL.

43 Responses to “JAPAN REELS, NICHOLS DEALS, MARCHETTI MULLS, HILL 78 DULLS, VINCELETTE RUN, BIG RED FUN”

  1. Disclosure
    March 11, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

    I have no opinion of Chuck Vincellette, but it seems that an ethical journalist would disclose a close personal relationship with any candidate they endorse (yes, that was an endorsement).

    • danvalenti
      March 11, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

      There is nothing to disclose in this case, Disclosure. You are looking for gremlins that don’t exist.

      • Disclosure
        March 12, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

        Then I apologize. Why is it then that Eric Vincellette, the waiter from Mazzeo’s gets free publicity when his wife opens a consignment shop? It’s not as if that’s news – that’s a favor to friends.

        Hmmmmm…..I guess gremlins do exist.

        • danvalenti
          March 12, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

          Apology accepted.

  2. danbeaut
    March 11, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

    Dan, I like Chuch Vincelete and would welcome him back to the City Council. He has a sense of humor also, remember at one of the council meetings, when he asked what PEDA was? The more one thinks about that, maybe he wasn’t far off by asking the question because PEDA really has done much period. Onto the magic pothole machine, If that thing doesn’t look ridiculous. It’ll end up as an ATM machine somewhere.

  3. Liz Arrington
    March 11, 2011 at 3:40 pm #

    Very fair comments on Mr Nichols and Mr Marchetti. Your intro on Japan was touching and heart tapping. Thank you. I find The Planet full of complexity a steamroller one second and compassionate the next. Fascinating.

  4. Joetaxpayer
    March 11, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

    As a resident of ward 4 Mr.Vjncelete you have my vote.I do remember when you were on the council and the way you were fiscally responsible.You are just what we need in these tough times.

  5. danbeaut
    March 11, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

    To all the puppets that voted expenditure on the MPM, you know nothing about this piece of junk, and can tell you it will not work. Barrett doesn’t even know anything about the company or the machine. Everything is rush, rush. The only councilor I trust is Melissa. Pete Bruno is an ok guy I guess, but he seems to be Barretts excuse if the machine fails, which it will. Show us a pothole it patches during the winter, before thaw, and show us the results. Are we first on board in Massachusetts with this piece of junk? then I hear Barrett said Chicopee had it for 12 years?? Barrett is a short termer, a month at a time I suppose? To tell you the truth I’m more concerened with the filthy streets and strewn garbage all over the place. And just because we have the money for capital purchases doesn’t mean buy junk with it.

    • danvalenti
      March 11, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

      Heap Big Red Magic Pothole Medicine Machine (HBMPMM) has not done well in the early reviews. As Da General said, “If Pittsfield bought it, it must be a piece of junk.”

  6. GMHeller
    March 11, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

    Silver Lake, Silver Lake, Silver Lake, Silver Lake ……..

  7. danbeaut
    March 11, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

    I heard stories as a kid, (that would be a couple years ago), that Silver Lake caught on fire. Any truth to this old timers?

  8. kickabuck
    March 11, 2011 at 5:15 pm #

    That would be true, many moons ago the Silver Lake did catch fire, as foolish as it may sound, but it did!

  9. Jim Gleason
    March 11, 2011 at 5:19 pm #

    Dan, if Marchetti hasn’t been his own man so far, what makes you or anyone think a run or election for mayor will change anything? He isn’t strong enough to make the hard decisions and hasn’t done so in his time as a councilor as was evidenced by his vote on the assistant mayor this week. As for the magic pothole machine, I saw one made by Ronco on AMC last night. That one was only 3 easy payments of @19.99, why is this one so much more?

    • danvalenti
      March 11, 2011 at 6:20 pm #

      JIM
      Marchetti has not been his own man. No one can say, though, what will happen in this campaign, despite his statement that he’s going to follow Ruberto’s agenda. Methinks if Pete could take that one back, he would in .0001 of a second.

      Yeah, I saw the Ronco model of Heap Big Magic Pothole Medicine Machine: “Act now, and we’ll throw in a second one for free. Operators are standing by.”

  10. GMHeller
    March 11, 2011 at 5:42 pm #

    Mr. Valenti;
    Mayoral candidate Joe Nichols says:
    “I believe the PCBs should be removed from the river and everywhere else in Pittsfield at GE’s expense, not the taxpayers’ expense.”

    Hey, that’s great, me too.
    That and three bucks gets one Starbuck’s coffee.

    Now let’s get serious: If Mr. Nichols is elected Mayor, what specific actions will he be pursuing upon taking office in order to follow through on his core beliefs?
    What specifically will he do regarding the present Consent Decree?
    More importantly, what is Mr. NIchols’ response going to be when G.E., as surely as the Sun rises, is going to respond with its lawyers that it will not under any circumstances renegotiate any of the major provisions of the Consent Decree, including those relating to Silver Lake and Hill 78.
    So what specifically will Mr. Nichols’ next move be if he is elected Mayor?
    And the same questions are herewith posed to Mr.Marchetti.

    • Joe Nichols
      March 11, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

      It goes like this GMHeller,

      You read the consent decree and find out what areas it does not cover. Then you pursue with a class action against GE for the residents of Pittsfield and another action on behalf of the municipality. You make sure that the amount of money you go after is more than a (drop in the bucket) and you fight hard for what is right. You don’t give up!! You fight some more and take it to the highest court until you win a victory for the people of Pittsfield.

      It really doesn’t take a very intelligent person to figure this out.

      Joe

      • NFM
        March 12, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

        “it really doesn’t take a very intelligent person to figure this out.”

        I guess you are the man for the job then!

        (just kidding, you’ve got my vote but you set yourself up for that)

      • Dave Martindale
        March 15, 2011 at 7:26 pm #

        Mr Nichols
        Force the State or anyone else for that matter to conduct a comprehensive health study of the persons living and working in this area.
        We sit on one of the largest deposits of contamination in the country but no one has ever conducted a study to determine to what degree this contamination has effected the people.
        Knowledge is power.
        The results of any such study would give power to those charged with making decisions affecting the future health and welfare of the people, to make the right choices. Choices that would be defensible even under the intense pressure that opponents are sure to bear.

  11. CAPTAIN P
    March 11, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    Follow the Rules:
    The Berkshire Eagle editorial writer trivialized an attempt at saving the taxpayers of Pittsfield over $10,000 per year by equating it to making a mountain out of a mole hill. It was additionally stated by the writer that the effort would be better spent on issues of far greater magnitude. What issues are of far greater magnitude to the citizens of Pittsfield than reducing the tax burden caused by patronage budget increases? Its no secret that this position is being created for an exiting city hall employee who’s longevity depends upon on the November mayoral election. To trivialize the efforts of Councilor Melissa Mazzeo, “the hardest working member of the city council,” is a disservice to an elected official that has taken the time to research an ordinance procedure that was clearly not administered in the correct manner. Even the city council president finally admitted that the council has not always followed proper procedure with regard to ordinance issues. The Feb. 22 vote should have been ruled null and void and the matter closed. Admitting procedure was not followed but continuing the process was exactly as Councilor Mazzeo stated when she said “We just walked all over one of our rules.” Its really sad that we don’t have more city councilors with enough independence to research an issue and make informed decisions rather that simply display a ‘herd mentality’. I only hope the voters of Pittsfield remember which councilors seeking reelection have served in their best interest and eliminate the ones that haven’t.

    • PCP
      March 12, 2011 at 5:20 am #

      If TB Eagle believes in what it writes, then let it put its money where its pen is. TB Eagle can buy the magic pothole machine and give it to Pittsfield. The TB Eagle can also pay the $15,000 plus benefits for Asst mayor job.

    • rick
      March 12, 2011 at 11:15 am #

      not only did she(mazzeo) fight to have someone of the 8 to addmit it was a new job, she coxed lee into admitting that they have been going against the rules for as long as hes been on the counsil. she tracked roberto to other commities that he needed to go thru for a new job!!!!! she argued a point, i dont think theres a law professor that wonldnt have gotten up and applauded her. i hope she takes it a step further, her frustration was i think most peoples, an outgoing mayor 8 years later filling a position he cant do without, becaus “it felt good at the time”. now u see this fools side that the people at city hall see every day. if we can get more like her in there i think we will be ok… but we need to get the yes boys out, there an embarrassment to the city.

  12. danbeaut
    March 11, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

    w

  13. GMHeller
    March 11, 2011 at 8:11 pm #

    Mr. Nichols,
    Thank you for your prompt reply.
    Suggest you take the time to read the Consent Decree along with its Appendices, Exhibits, and the United States’ July 2000 Motion to Enter the Consent Decree, its Exhibits and the ancillary stuff, and do it all now while you actually have the time available before all the heat and commotion of the election.
    This way you will be fully fluent and versed in the subject when pressed (and my guess is you will be pressed — certainly by opponents who may be G.E. shills and/or apologists).
    The Consent Decree itself is a long read at 409 pages and a bit dry, but well worth it for the background you will get in the whole matter.
    If you get hung up on any of the legalese, just ask.
    Here’s the USEPA site with links to all the relevant documents:
    http://www.epa.gov/ne/ge/cleanupagreement.html

  14. GEE Whiz
    March 11, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

    Big Red Magic Pothole Machine can be used to suck up all PCBs, toxins, mercury, garbage, and junk, including Silver Lake, and convert it into fairy dust. Isn’t that what the city council promised (except for MM, JN, and KS)? They know this because the mayor and John Barrett told them.

  15. Dusty
    March 12, 2011 at 4:35 am #

    I always liked Vincelette. I also had high respect for Arpante.

    and I don’t care if a candidate is gay, Mormon or even a legal resident. What I do care about is honesty and integrity and that has been sorely lacking since I have followed city politics starting during the Doyle administration debacle.

    I do not think most people in Pittsfield follow or even care about city politics and that is in large part the problem. Many do not even know they are being screwed so there is no incentive for them to get out and vote.

    And telling them to get educated on what certain candidates are all about comes with its own baggage because as we have seen in the last six years you just can’t believe a lot of what a candidate might tell you before an election or even afterward.

    I would also like to see a strong recall option so if a candidate was found to have mislead the voters during his campaign he could be yanked out post haste. I would have initiated the recall option on Ruberto in his first year but I would even start one right now and not wait for further damage done before November if it was available. It is really hard to believe he cares about this city at all.

  16. Dave Martindale
    March 12, 2011 at 6:38 am #

    Mr. Nichols
    Ground water was not addressed in the Consent Decree. The ground water under much of the central and east side of the city is contaminated. GE’s own contractors years ago sampled the ground water under Hill 78 and found PCB, Dioxin and solvent contamination. The fact is that Hill 78 is unlined. Hill 78 was once on the National Priority List to get cleaned up. One could argue convincingly that Hill 78 and the contamination in Silver Lake will forever contribute to ground water pollution and therefore MUST be cleaned up thoroughly.
    I suggest that ground water and it’s contamination contributors be the heart of any battle to reopening the Consent Decree.

    • GMHeller
      March 14, 2011 at 9:39 am #

      Mr. Martindale,
      Watch for continued population decline in Pittsfield as growing numbers of young Internet-savvy people (meaning with access to information), especially fertile babes and expectant moms, realize the danger of living anywhere near a chemical dump.
      There’s a reason for that bumper sticker: ‘Pittsfield is Carcinogenic’

  17. Dusty
    March 12, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    Dan I hope by placing this whole PCB thing on the back of the next potential mayor that it does not discourage people to run. It might make taking on the mayoral position seem like an impossible task considering the players involved. (GE and their law team and associated cohorts.) Or you may get only the usual suspects who will claim they will deal with it but actually have no intentions of doing so. Marchetti comes to mind along with all the other big shots who have been around for years and have not lifted a finger yet. Hate to lose a good candidate because he/she does not want to spend his/her next two years fighting GE and not having time to deal with the other big inherited mess.

    • Dave Martindale
      March 14, 2011 at 8:06 am #

      Unfortunately, sooner or later, someone is going to have to acknowledge that there is a problem and deal with it. Far too many present and past city administrators have side stepped this contamination issue for what ever the reason.

      We owe it to our selves, our children and future generations to deal with this issue properly.

      We have this one chance to do the right thing and thoroughly clean up this mess. To let GE walk away and leave things as they are is unforgivable.

      • danvalenti
        March 14, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

        Pittsfield is poisoned. Is this the dark “secret” behind the city’s failure in economic development?

  18. danbeaut
    March 12, 2011 at 9:07 am #

    Well, I will defer to The Planet’ on the naming of the Machine as the HBMPMM> WHERE THE RED FITS IN IS TRIVIAL. Anyway. When the (decree) was in motion, all we heard from the participants was do it or else, bla bla . At the time, Palookaville was strapped for cash, due to some numbers and oversight of the Doyle administration. Ten million dollars as the decree payoff in lieu of taxes was a big number to some, and was. Now that the fund is depleting and we are left with unknown contaminates in our ground, future environmental unknowns seem to be the logical discussion to go after more rehab and cash. How much of the (new mayors) time, will needed to be adddress the fundamental startup for more course of action against the Giants? Who will pay for it? What direction will the city be in for the economic and enviorment? While this is going on will we need another assistant to the assitant mayor? Will the HBMPMM work, will taxes increase, will nepotism continue at city hall, will the parking meter attendant get through his legal woes, will the iBerkshire team disband, will Police and Fire be reduced to population levels, will crime or school test scores soar, will we have a toter system, will Jaes become another restaurant, will the Colonial get another director, will all the restaurants change hands with different names, will grants for apartment complexes continue, will roads be swept on time, will we have a PEDA director other than a g o b that knows what to do, will the voters want all of Rubertos minions out who were appointed jobs, will the teachers revolt or take a cut in benefits. There are several hundred more trivial questions for the new mayor. Stop buffaloing the voters candidate with the proverbial raising of taxes for essential services, we are looking straight at the downfall of an economic tsunami if we don’t get our house in order. As the Deacon always says ”hold on to your wallets. Dan Valenti for Mayor!

  19. Richard
    March 12, 2011 at 9:48 am #

    Pete Marchetti
    While I admire him for all his community services he has been in favor of the ruberto administration far to offen.
    I agree with the planet that he needs to be more in touch with the working man which I have not seen so far,
    I would love to see Mr Vincelete come back.
    We shall see who is right about the pothole machine. I for one don’t think the holes will be any better repaired than they have in the past. I will be watching and if the potholes aren’t better repaired I will let them know about it. This machine costs a lot of money.

  20. rick
    March 12, 2011 at 11:54 am #

    dont u worry about the amount of time it will take to address the issue of pcbs, he has plenty of time with his new assistant on board. i would like roberto to do nothing untill the new mayor comes in, and then he could do something by just leaving.

  21. SALTY
    March 12, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

    I think Dan has done the community an enormous service. Its obvious the eagle would have let the pcb issue alone accept for publishing the 1berkshire Pr fluff, I want the next mayor to make this a priorty and I expect anyone running for the office to have a clear position on it. I will not vote for any candidate who doesn’t support removal of all poison from pittsfield.

  22. rick
    March 12, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    id like to know what the people who live in the alledale area where the hill is think of their ward councilor, and whether hes been on top of this issue since comming into office. is he keeping the allendale community up to speed on the issue. im sure hes been fighting from day one to get that hill out of the neighborhood. its a good thing we have people like that in our corner

  23. Voter for Marchetti
    March 12, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

    Dan Valenti wit hall due respect why dont you mind business iinstockbridge & stay out of pittsfield I will vote for Pete he is Pittsfield he cares about neighborhoods & saving money for the city he will do everything in his power to be the best mayor

    • Joetaxpayer
      March 14, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

      Name some of his money saving ideas,would love to hear them.Roberto rubber stamper.Will not get my vote

  24. rick
    March 13, 2011 at 4:41 am #

    vote for… dont get your panties all in a twist.. most people have an opinion in politics and the running of this town, thats the democratic way. freedom to voice your opinion. we need to be up on the issues that effect the city on a whole, and this site,wether he lives in stockbridge or not,educates the people on the issues,that i do not get from the eagle. you can vote for who ever you want, but educate youself on peters voting record first,and see if he is for the folks or special interest. an uneducated vote at the polls can keep this city stagnent instead of moving on with the financial mess we are in. i thought with his back ground in banking hed be a penny pincher. boy was i wrong.

  25. rick
    March 14, 2011 at 9:40 am #

    aah, i love the smell of an election year. i hope ” vote for: isnt petes base. if it is its not looking good for him. dan,look what u started..they want to tar and feather u before we even get going,and send u home……lol…. i think the people are awake and angered with the nonesense thats been going on with the local politics, they have awoken a sleeping giant. we will be paying close attention to their replies to your points. hopefully they will be answered soon. maybe the eagle will print them, after they edit them ofcourse.

    • danvalenti
      March 14, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

      This election cycle will be different from all others in city history: This time, the electorate will have The Planet on their side, getting in their faces and pressing for answers. This had better be the “no BS” campaign.

      • Dusty
        March 14, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

        You might have to press real hard for answers Dan. As I recall when you last had your radio show the GOB tribe members refused to, or were told not to, appear on your show.

        So we should be able to tell the GOB candidates by how hard they try to avoid you. The Ruberto administration has operated largely in the dark….and it makes me so sad that we send young men and woman to fight and die for our country and democracy….and then we get people like Ruberto, Lee and the rest of that crowd hijacking our rights for their own selfish gain. It is very un American and a blatant insult to those who have fought and died for this country.

        • danvalenti
          March 14, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

          DUSTY
          Fair point. Most did avoid going on with me, live and on the air: Lee, Stracuzzi Speranzo, Lothrop, etc. This election season, that would be one sure GOB Detector: “Who is Afraid to Mix It Up, 1-On-1, with Valenti”?To his credit, however, Mayor Ruberto never avoided going on with me. Even now, he returns my calls and answers my e-mails. Reilly, Hathaway, and Doyle all refused to go on my show or return calls. Jimmy never has. He’s been “stand-up” in that regard, as far as The Planet is concerned.

          • Dusty
            March 15, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

            Yes, I heard Ruberto a few times. He would do a one man filibuster in an effort to waste most of the hour so that he had less questions to answer. And the ones he did answer were with a bob and weave tactic that left me shaking my head. I never felt like I knew more after his appearance than I did before.

            He is P T Barnum reincarnated in my opinion.