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STEROIDSGATE: HOW FAR REACHING IS THE PROBLEM IN PPD. SOME MEMBERS SPEAK OUT, plus, BERKSHIRE GREENS, NEW PAC, GRILLS LENOX SELECT BOARD CANDIDATES

BY DAN VALENTI

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, March 29, 2011) — Doesn’t SteroidsGate — the federal probe into the use of illegal steroids by police officers, including those in the Pittsfield Police Department — amount to one question? That question is: How extensive is the use of steroids in the PPD? By “use,” we mean buying, procuring, selling, using, and disposing of the muscle-making drug.

The answer is up for debate. It wasn’t that long ago that Pittsfield officials denied any problem and implied there was no such use. Now we know that at least one PPD member and a state trooper are involved in a probe by the US Postal Department investigators (using the mails to send and received illicit substances) and what appears to be the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The state police are in the midst of an internal probe (they have not named the accused trooper, who has been demoted). The Pittsfield Police conducted its own probe, led by Capt. David Granger. David Kirchner, the PPD officer, and the as-yet unnamed state trooper, are the only ones officially linked to the investigation thus far.

How Widespread is Steroid Use in the PPD?

There are indications, however, that the problem of steroids plagues the PPD much more extensively than one officer. Maybe so, maybe not. One problem that severely hampers an honest look into the situation is the Iron Blue Curtain that cops lower to block a view of wrongdoing by one of their own. It’s not just the PPD that does this, but virtually every unit made up of mostly men that deem themselves a “band of brothers.” It takes a Frank Serpico, a person with integrity and guts who knows what’s going on from the inside and comes forward on the record, to break it open.

Is there a Frank Serpico in the PPD? There are plenty who have thought about it, if only in a fantasy. That is so because there are lots of great cops working for the city of Pittsfield. The Planet sees a causal relationship: The better the cop, the more disgusted he or she is with SteroidsGate. Yeah, The Planet has been working our sources. Some of these good people are beginning to talk — cautiously, yes, but a journey of a thousand miles beings with baby steps.

What Goes On Using the Dime of the Taxpayers?

Is there a situation that has been hidden for years from taxpayers, residents, and ordinary citizens that would require the services of a Serpico? That’s the question. The Kirchner case has caused dissension  in the ranks and has become the trigger for the unleashing of what appears to be a lot of pent up frustration. Some within the department are beginning to speak — tentatively, under condition that no names be revealed, and with layers of deniability.

Used to be and still is in some communities that the local daily newspaper would champion this fight. Today, as we know, the Boring Broadsheet only got involved after this story broke online. The Planet has given Conor Berry credit for pursuing it, and Berry has done good work moving the story forward. His piece today reveals officially that the probe extends beyond Berkshire County.

Granger’s Probe: Five Days Quick

The confirmation that the probe extends beyond Berkshire County is a significant development locally, because it could assist any effort by the PPD to coverup what might be a much larger problem than one officer, identified in Granger’s report as officer David Kirchner. Be clear. We aren’t saying the PPD is engaged in a coverup. We are only repeating a claim made by some members of the department. The Planet doesn’t know, but we are at least willing to raise the question on behalf of many good cops.

Kirchner was a plainclothes officer assigned to the detective bureau to assist in drug cases. He was also a member of the Berkshire County Drug Task Force, a multidepartmental police squad. Following the probe, Kirchner was suspended for five days, demoted back to uniform, and assigned the midnight shift. The PPD has not said if the suspension was with or without pay, but in a new little bit of information to move the story, a PPD source told The Planet that the suspension was unpaid. We believe that information is credible and will claim it as fact.

In another piece of information, PPD sources tell The Planet Granger’s investigation into steroids within the PPD lasted only five days: “Why did Granger’s investigation last only five days,” one asked, “while most internal affairs investigations in the police department usually drag on for months, and that’s for simple cases”?

Like Probation, Like PPD

Consider the feds point of view. Compared to other higher profile locales, Pittsfield doesn’t look sexy in a prosecutor’s report. It’s the boonies and sticks. The Planet is not saying such a thing is happening with the federal steroids investigation, but sometimes the tendency is to concentrate on wrongdoing in the more “glamorous” locations. Didn’t we see that very thing happen in the Ware investigation into the “pay-for-play” Probation Department payola scandal? Berkshire County Superior Court was little more than an afterthought, despite rumors of problems that stemmed well beyond patronage. Who bothered to look in Berkshire County and how thoroughly?

If one goes by anecdotal information accumulated over the years, the PPD’s track record has been to keep scandal hidden. The Administration certainly has a vested interest in looking the other way at any hint of trouble, and without a credible, investigatory media in Berkshire County — a lapdog daily, PR Fluffy News in local radio? You kidding? — corruption remains buried. Unfortunately, for the community good, corruption also has a radioactive half life exceeding plutonium. It festers. It causes mutations. It seeps out in bad ways.

Hidden Victims

Let’s not forget the hidden victims in this case. They are the many excellent men and women citizens should be proud to have serving the city of Pittsfield within the PPD. They are honest people, they became cops for the public service part of it, and they are disgusted with much of what’s going within the department. They complain of lack of leadership. They say Chief Micheal Wynn is a figurehead, in over his head. Chief Wynn has not returned The Planet’s requests for comments.

The Planet has enjoyed a good relationship with Chief Wynn. We realize that this situation has put a lot of pressure on him. He has our confidence, and until proven otherwise, he should have the backing of the citizens.

The newly emboldened police sources also complain about how much “crud” is swept under the carpet. For example, and it’s a small one, sources shared this case from the just-concluded weekend:

“Over the weekend, an off-duty officer [THE PLANET HAS REDACTED THE NAME, WHICH THE SOURCES MENTION] was involved in a fight with a guy and was stabbed in the leg. They arrested the other guy, even though it looked like OFFICER REDACTED was under the influence and instigated it. Again, it was all hush-hush and brushed under the carpet. Happened on Mohawk Street.” The sources say an investigation is under way and predicts: “Again, they’ll whitewash it, and it won’t make the light of day.”

MEMO TO THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE: LOOK INTO THIS ONE. IF YOU NEED HELP, CONTACT THE PLANET.

Police sources have told The Planet of five or six other incidents “that have gone on at the department in the past few months that the Eagle never got ahold of.”  Again, The Planet received this information from several PPD sources who spoke under conditions of strict anonymity.

PPD sources have told The Planet they are “outraged by this behavior.” The Planet’s sources disputed what a source told Conor Berry in today’s paper, “that only two officers” are involved in SteroidsGate and that “No other officers are expected to be charged.”

They disagree. “This story is huge,” they claim. “It needs to be investigated and those all the way up the chain of command need to be investigated too.” They also warned, “Watch out. These people are dangerous. There’s nothing they wouldn’t do to protect their positions and reign of power.” One of the sources added, “I know that sounds a bit melodramatic, but it’s not. It’s the reality of the situation.”

The Planet thanks the sources for their cooperation. We stand for every good cop out there, for few have tougher jobs.

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Lenox Candidates Questioned on Issues

One of the exciting developments politically has been the growing interest in grassroots politics. Case in point: The Berkshire Greens, a newly formed political action committee based in Pittsfield. The BGs will be a factor in the Lenox town elections set for May, and, no doubt, in Campaign 2011 in Berkshire County. The Planet applauds their involvement. The BGs recently sent candidates for Lenox select board a questionnaire. Here’s what’s going on.

Contact persons for the BGs: Michael Kaplan, Chairperson; Judy Merritt 413-637-4668

E-mail addressberkshiregreens@gmail.com

Their press release:

All four candidates appearing on the May 9 ballot for Lenox Select Committee

were sent a questionnaire today [March 28] by a newly-formed political action

committee. Thirteen questions address a variety of issues that are facing

Lenox, such as wind energy, a fair tax system, the local economy, food

systems, PCB’s in the Housatonic River, health care, along with budget and

revenue issues.

Dr. Michael Kaplan, of Lenox, is the Chairman of Berkshire Greens Political

Action Committee, whose mission is to advance key values in public policy

by increasing the number of Green-Rainbow Party members and candidates in

Berkshire County and by refusing the influence of corporate/lobbyist money.

“Judy Merritt and a group of other Lenox voters got together, drafted the

questions, and requested Berkshire Greens PAC’s support,” Kaplan reports.

“We believe that Lenox voters of all political persuasions are interested in

knowing candidates’ answers to these questions. We will publish the results

after the April 20 candidates’ due date.”

A similar voter education initiative took place during the City of

Pittsfield’s preliminary elections in 2009. Since then, and especially since

the November 2010 elections, county-wide interest in the Green-Rainbow Party

has grown. “We welcome similar sponsorship requests from voters in other

towns and cities all over Berkshire County,” Kaplan continued.

One question simply asks the Lenox candidates, “Do you recycle?”

Another question asks the candidates how they responded to last fall’s

Municipal Services Survey, in which Lenox voters were given the option of

ranking which departments in the town budget should receive greater or fewer

cuts in the event of revenue shortfalls.

Berkshire Greens Political Action Committee will consider endorsing a

candidate who requests it and is either registered as a Green-Rainbow Party

voter or Unenrolled (independent).

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Here is related information on the new PAC:

BERKSHIRE GREENS POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE

50 RICHMOND AVE. / PITTSFIELD MA 01201

MICHAEL KAPLAN, CHAIRPERSON – WANDA J. BOEKE, TREASURER

BGs Platform: Ecological Wisdom, Social Justice, Grassroots Democracy, Non-Violence,

Decentralization, Gender Equality, Local Economies, Respect for Diversity,

Personal & Global Responsibility, and Future Sustainability.

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Here is the letter sent to Lenox select board candidates:

March 28, 2011

Dear Candidate for Lenox Select Committee:

Congratulations and thank you for the successful effort you have made to

place your name on the ballot for the May 9 Lenox election.

As further described in the [above] press release, Berkshire Greens

Political Action Committee has sponsored an effort undertaken by a group of

Lenox voters to educate fellow voters on the positions of you and your

fellow candidates. We kindly ask you to answer the following thirteen

questions by April 20, 2011, after which we will publicize the names of the

candidates who responded along with the particular answers.

Please let us know if you wish to be considered for an endorsement by

Berkshire Greens Political Action Committee. Candidates who are registered

in the Green-Rainbow Party or who are Unenrolled are eligible for

endorsement.

Thank you.

Michael Kaplan

Chair

Lenox Select Committee Candidate Questionnaire

1.  How did you respond to questions 2 and 3 of the Municipal Services

Survey that was widely circulated and publicized by the Lenox Select

Committee late last year regarding possible budget cuts and a possible

property tax override?  Please use the attached copy to re-record your

answers:

http://www.green-rainbow.org/sites/default/files/Lenox_Services_Survey_BG.pd

2.  In what circumstances will you support wind energy generation on the

ridge?

3.  What alternatives to automobile transportation do your support?

4.  What health care cost and/or quality solutions will you use your

influence as an elected official to encourage Beacon Hill to adopt?

5.  What is your position on the downtown Lenox Farmers Market?

6.  Most tax experts agree that property taxes are regressive.  What

proposals do you have to make the tax system in Lenox more fair?

7.  In what circumstances will you support continued town funding for a

Lenox Economic Development Action Plan?

8.  What will you suggest before the EPA when it holds an interactive

workshop with the public in Lenox on May 7 regarding the removal of PCB’s

and toxins in the Housatonic River?  What clean-up solution do you favor?

Will/Did you attend the workshops in Lenox on April 5, 6, and 7?

9.  Have you had an energy audit performed at your residence and/or place of

business?  What has caused your carbon footprint to be higher or lower than

it was at this time last year?

10.  Do you recycle?

11.  What benefits are there for a regional farm/food system?  How would you

start the process of implementing one?

12.  On what issues have you made public statements or testimony at town

meetings or public hearings in the last three years?  Was your testimony in

favor or in opposition to the issue being debated?  How will these positions

inform your public advocacy for Lenox?

13.  How did you vote on the 4 ballot questions last November?

1.  Repeal of Alcohol Sales Tax  ___YES  ___NO

2.  Repeal Certain Affordable Housing Provisions  ___YES  ___NO

3.  Sales Tax Reduction  ___YES  ___NO

4.  Medicare for All  ___YES  ___NO

PLEASE RETURN YOUR ANSWERS TO US BY APRIL 20, 2011.

BY E-MAIL (preferred) TO: BERKSHIREGREENS@GMAIL.COM

OR BY MAIL TO: Berkshire Greens PAC

c/o Judy Merritt

203 Housatonic St.

Lenox, MA 01240

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WE WILL LEAVE FOR GREENER PASTURES NEXT DOOR, AND WITH THAT, LOVE TO ALL.

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42 Responses to “STEROIDSGATE: HOW FAR REACHING IS THE PROBLEM IN PPD. SOME MEMBERS SPEAK OUT, plus, BERKSHIRE GREENS, NEW PAC, GRILLS LENOX SELECT BOARD CANDIDATES”

  1. rick
    March 29, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    dan, i didnt read that incident on mohawk st.in the bb, they must have been sleeping at that time, but isnt that conors beat?… wouldnt the hospital notify the police about a knife wound? it would have been all over the scanner. it seems the police department is running amok, they need to be reeled in…. nothing good happens on mohawk st, or wilson project area after dark. i know i live near that area, the cops get a good work out up there.

    • Still wondering
      March 29, 2011 at 10:46 am #

      These days, the cops use cell phones for the delicate stuff. And they seem to be on them constantly.

    • GMHeller
      March 29, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

      It is reported that using anabolic steroids can lead to extreme behavior including extreme violent behavior, what is often referred to as “roid rage”.
      It sounds like the Mayor should immediately order the acting police chief to have the officer, alleged to have received the knife wound, to be given a drug test for steroids.
      If the city police union balks, the Mayor, in the name of public safety, should go before TV cameras and reporters and publicly tear up the City’s collective bargaining contract with that union.
      That’s if Mayor James Ruberto had the stones to take on a city employee union.

      SEE:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anabolic_steroids#Aggression_and_hypomania

  2. Still wondering
    March 29, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    No wonder Jimmy R. is not running for re-election.

  3. GMHeller
    March 29, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

    Mr. Valenti,
    The old saying is that the fish rots from the head.
    Isn’t Mayor James Ruberto the city official ultimately responsible for management and efficient operation of the Pittsfield Police Department?

  4. Joetaxpayer
    March 29, 2011 at 4:08 pm #

    They must start random drug testing for all employees of the Police and Fire Depts. there is to much at stake.Public safety should be number one.If it is good enough for the state police should be good enough for our city.Most of us in the public work force are subject to it,cannot see why the union would try to block this unless they have something to hide.

  5. ambrose bearse
    March 29, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

    Dan
    a couple of weeks ago i asked why you weren’t letting us in on what was going on in stockbridge with the fire chief. you answered that the planet doesn’t cover town politics. What goes with Lenox?

    • danvalenti
      March 29, 2011 at 6:03 pm #

      @AB
      Simply put, Lenox is not Stockbridge.

      • reality check
        March 30, 2011 at 4:43 am #

        So I guess you don’t shit where you sleep?

  6. Robocop Steroidcop
    March 29, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    It’s interesting. the staties do random drug testing. The PPD union has successfully fought against that. Ask yourself: why did the union fight tooth and nail for that provision and why did the administration allow it?

  7. rick
    March 29, 2011 at 4:53 pm #

    very true, i remember the unions fighting to not have drug testing, i thought it was kind of weird to specificly not want the testing. every day we must have over 100 autos being driven on city time by who nows behind the wheel. i think it would be wise to have testing to protect the interest of pitts. theres people out there on the street driving on meds, that could knock a horse out.

  8. GMHeller
    March 29, 2011 at 11:27 pm #

    So far (Tuesday March 29) just ONE letter to The Eagle editor has been published so far concerning the federal steroids probe — and this after days of articles by Conor Berry.
    This is out of dozens of emails and letters flooding the Eagle’s offices (If not more, judging by the number of comments posted on The Eagle’s Disqus pages, on Topix (on a number of threads), and here on PlanetValenti).
    Thank you to the sensitive, caring Bill Everhart, The Eagle’s ever-vigilant editorial page editor, for a job well done keeping dreaded public opinion off the pages of the newspaper.
    Bravo, Mr. Everhart, Bravo!

    • Still wondering
      March 30, 2011 at 5:26 am #

      Bill has an agenda of presenting the far-left slant on every issue. And the Eagle wonders why the public hates the them.

  9. GMHeller
    March 29, 2011 at 11:56 pm #

    Here’s the count up through the end of Tuesday, March 29 after days of reportage.
    So far, just on Topix alone, there are 263 comments spread over 5 separate threads, all these threads deal with some aspect of the fed steroids probe or The Berkshire Eagle’s coverage of same.
    That number of comments does not include all those posted so far on The Berkshire Eagle’s own Disqus pages, nor the 291 comments (so far) here on PlanetValenti (although a few of the PV comments deal with non-probe related subjects reported on each day).
    It’s not an unreasonable assumption to expect that this outpouring of commentary correlates to at least a few dozen emails and letters pouring into the offices at the Clock Tower building.
    Or instead, should we actually believe that Letters page editor Bill Everhart got just one letter on this timely subject?

  10. GMHeller
    March 30, 2011 at 2:14 am #

    Okay Conor Berry, we all now know the tortured identity of the Mass. State Police trooper about whose name we have all been holding our collective breath.
    And now we also know this sacrificial lamb’s address in the Town of Washington as well as the address of the other sacrificial lamb, the Pittsfield Police Dept. officer who lives on New Lenox Road in Lenox.
    By the way, that PPD officer lives just about a mile away from your buddy Clarence Fanto’s all-time hero, aging folk-rocker James Vernon Taylor, of Austen Riggs fame.
    These two hopefully ex-druggies should have a lot in common in the event they bump into each other on New Lenox Road and decide to swap pill stories.
    Meanwhile, Conor, have you determined yet how widespread among Berkshire County’s fitness buffs anabolic steroids usage actually is?
    That would give us all some indication of just what is the true nature of the problem (especially now that the race for the names appears over0.
    Oh, I misspeak.
    What is the name of the ‘unidentified’ PPD employee to whom you made reference this past Saturday in your excellent report on PPD’s Internal Affairs report?
    You still have yet to answer questions posted above about this mystery individual.

    • Conor Berry
      March 30, 2011 at 4:27 am #

      I don’t know nothing, Glenn. I certainly don’t know if he’s a PPD “employee,” considering there’s nothing to identify him as such in the internal affairs report. This individual’s name is blackened out, but he/she is identified as the “subject” and “defendant” in a probe by a [name blackened out] investigatory body.

      When these two cops incur criminal charges — or IF they incur criminal charges — it’s reasonable to expect access to all documents pertaining to the case. If the federal investigatory body still has more work to do, I imagine documents will continue to be heavily redacted to uphold the “integrity” of the investigation. Their rationale, not mine.

      If this investigation involves federal charges, the likely venue for future arraignments is U.S. District Court in Boston. Again, we’ll have to wait and see. Again, if you want to share information, please share it in the venue of your choice. You know how to reach me.

      • reality check
        March 30, 2011 at 7:17 am #

        $10 says Heller knows where you live!

        • GMHeller
          March 30, 2011 at 1:06 pm #

          It’s a better bet that Heller can discover not only where ‘reality check’ lives, but also his/her IP address, Internet Service Provider, email address, name, home address, telephone listing, listing of properties owned in Massachusetts, mortgage agreements, liens, prior legal judgments, along with the name of the attorney who defends ‘reality check’ against allegations of libel and slander with malicious intent.

          • reality check
            March 30, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

            This goes to prove how #$%^& up Heller is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • GMHeller
            March 30, 2011 at 8:52 pm #

            Off-topic.

          • danvalenti
            March 31, 2011 at 7:10 am #

            We ask our good friend RC to watch his language. We won’t tolerate too much inappropriate gutter talk. There are plenty of other good words, or, as we’ve done with out edit, the old #$%^^& approach. Thanks.

      • GMHeller
        March 30, 2011 at 10:41 am #

        Mr. Valenti,
        Perhaps it’s time to make your Web site off limits to those who continually show that they make slanderous comments for malicious intent.
        Please take notice that poster ‘reality check’ continues to post libelous and slanderous remarks on YOUR web site.
        Please take action accordingly.

      • GMHeller
        March 30, 2011 at 11:08 am #

        Conor Barry, what you are now saying does not comport with what you actually wrote in Saturday’s report:
        You wrote:
        “Evidence used in the internal affairs report to discipline Kirchner was supplied by officials conducting the steroid probe. Some of those officials met with Granger on March 7 and March 8, turning over various investigatory materials, including supporting affidavits, written and audio statements and other evidence implicating Kirchner AND AN UNIDENTIFIED INDIVIDUAL in the illegal purchase of steroids.”

        Mr. Berry, since it would be highly unlikely that US Drug Enforcement Admin personnel would be turning over to the Pittsfield Police Dept. Internal Affairs unit the name of someone not under PPD jurisdiction, that leaves Mr. Unidentified Individual — well, unidentified.
        Further, it is not implied at least not in the way you have presented the IA report that the “[name deleted], the subject and defendant in the [name deleted] investigation,” is one and the same person listed — specified actually — separately as “unidentified individual” in PPD.
        If this was an error in your wording, in context, or in your reportage, then please let us know.
        Likewise, if there is indeed another individual, who should perhaps be referred to as user #3 (in addition to Mr. Kirchner and Mr. Gale) based on PPD IA’s report (and as indeed there appears to be from your wording — a person wholly separate from the “[name deleted], the subject and defendant in the [name deleted] investigation,”, then please let us all know that too.
        As it stands right now, based on your Saturday report, that “unidentified individual” would appear to be PPD’s #3 alleged steroid user.
        Looking forward to you clarifying this significant point.

  11. reality check
    March 30, 2011 at 4:59 am #

    Dan your blog has now become the GM Heller blog..You brag about your numbers but over half are from Heller!

  12. Still wondering
    March 30, 2011 at 5:29 am #

    I think we know who “reality” is. Same old stuff from a frightened GOB.

    • reality check
      March 30, 2011 at 7:18 am #

      Nope not even close.

      • GMHeller
        March 30, 2011 at 10:43 am #

        Then please identify yourself instead of posting slander and libel anonymously.

        • reality check
          March 30, 2011 at 11:22 am #

          Why I hear you like to sew?

          • reality check
            March 30, 2011 at 11:25 am #

            sue

          • GMHeller
            March 30, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

            Mr. Valenti, the poster calling him/herself ‘reality check’ seems to be begging for a confrontation in federal court because not only does he/she post slander and libel with malicious intent, but now he/she is encouraging people to sue him for his/her doing so.

            You might wish to consider blocking ‘reality check’ from posting further on your web site because of the very real risk of his/her embroiling PlanetValenti.com in discovery proceedings attached to any litigation that reality check is very plainly encouraging.

            Does ‘reality check’ share PlanetValenti’s long-range goals?

          • danvalenti
            March 31, 2011 at 7:22 am #

            GMH
            You know the answer to your question.
            This site does its best to maintain the balance between unrestricted free speech and ridiculousness.
            We have little patience for having to police this type of nonsense.
            There’s nothing I’ve seen that RC has posted that is actionable, especially given the nature of free comment in cyberspace, but that is not my concern. My concern is to keep ignorance, as much as possible, off this site. I shall contact RC and let him know.

  13. Ed
    March 30, 2011 at 6:50 am #

    The Berkshire Green PAC should take a concerted look at endorsing Joe Nichols for Pittsfield mayor. He is running as unenrolled. He is more of a concerned citizen than an experienced politician with the inherent party and political baggage. This allows him to be more open to equal communication and receptive to new ideas and suggestions. I believe he was the first councilor to respond in earnst to the 3 PCB questions and he is now studying the infamous concent decree. He also tends to be fiscally conservative and he seems to adhere to most of the platform that was cited.

  14. rick
    March 30, 2011 at 7:39 am #

    i would have liked to see joe stay on as councilor and help mazzeo keep the others honest to the people, but good for him to run for mayor, and fiscally coservative. at this point we need to stop the bleeding at city hall. we definitly need a penny pincher in the office ……taxes are killing people here!! and joes votes prove he can stop the bleeding.

  15. danbeaut
    March 30, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

    G M, what up dude. Obama said today that we shouldn’t have to depend on oil?

    • GMHeller
      March 30, 2011 at 5:00 pm #

      Sorry danbeaut, It’s obvious you misinterpreted what Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro said.
      Obama clearly stated that he should not have to depend on HOYLE,
      meaning he doesn’t need to follow menial Constitutional rules that apply to mortal presidents.
      It’s stunningly clear that too many Americans just don’t listen when Der Fuehrer — I mean, the leader — speaks.

  16. Bonnie
    March 30, 2011 at 7:49 pm #

    Glenn, don’t waste your time on reality check. It is probably one of the cops on steroids and hevis afraid you will get his name.

  17. T Truran
    April 2, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    The Green PAC can add other questions relevant to Lenox citizens for the Lenox selectmen candidates:

    Do you feel that the Town Manager’s vision of Lenox as a tourist trap is in the best interest of Lenox citizens?

    Has the Town overspent, catering to tourist oriented businesses, while ignoring town infrastructure needs, and general needs that benefit the Town as a whole?

    Has the Town Manager been effective in managing the Town’s finances, in light of current budget crises?

    Why has it taken the Town Manager nearly 20 years, to learn the Town pensions are under funded?

    Do you support the current town Manager? If so, why?

    Should the Town Manager position/salary be performance based based? And should he be held accountable, to the Town’s citizens, via recall votes of no confidence?

    • danvalenti
      April 2, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

      @TT
      Thanks for these additional questions. The Planet has offered its services to moderate a live, unscripted debate among the four candidates. If someone or some group in Lenox wants to host (provide venue, organize) I shall donate my services without charge. Any takers?

      • T Truran
        April 2, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

        Dan ,

        I will be happy to request, as a Lenox resident, that a town building be provided to host a debate. I would also be willing to help.

        Perhaps town hall, the community center, or the high school.

        It will be interesting to see if this is met by resistance, from various town officials.

        Best regards,

        Tony Truran

        88 Holmes rd.

        Lenox

  18. Theuglysister
    April 2, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

    Dan, Care to comment on this statement made by Kris Knutson on one of the steroids discussion on topix? :True, true. When I worked for B.C.H.C, I did steroids myself. There were approximately a dozen other officers doing the same thing. The source of the steroids was a member of the Berkshire County Drug Task Force. When that source got found out due to circumstances out of contol, that source was allowed to resign from the police department and he is apparently still dealing to his old buddies in the law enforcement circle. I worked with this source at the jail until he moved on to work for the Pittsfield Police. Yes, this individual was dealing while he worked at the jail and then as a police officer and he was even given a job at the Pittsfield Fire Department after his felonious activities were found out. I tried to tell Sheriff Tom Bowler about all this but don’t you know, they are friends. They worked closely together at the police department when Tom was still a detective. The sources name was and is Dave Sinopoli. And how about Roberto Mazzeo as his little lieutenent. I suspect there is a pedophile ring and it is protected by certain thug types in law enforcement. That’s why they get away with dealing drugs. They are protected by powerful people. And since the drug dealers are protected, you can be sure that they are willing to return the favor, even if that favor be illegal or immoral. So they all work together. If the feds are involved, they probably don’t know what to do due to the enormity and complexity of the situation. Collectively they have all gone past the point of no return and will not let go of the stranglehold they have on Berkshire County, no matter what! They are who they are and they feel entitled to be in “power”. And absolute power corrupts absolutely.

    • justicenow
      April 9, 2011 at 5:58 am #

      Why do you bring up pedophile? This is about steroids and cover up. Is there some sort of connection?

  19. Theuglysister
    April 2, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    Conor? You said you would not back off? Have they made you or will you look into Keis Knutson’s comments?