BY DAN VALENTI
Angelo Makes a Sale
(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, May 2, 2011) — Hear ye, Hear ye, be advised, all present, that late last week, disgraced ex-CEO Angelo Stracuzzi sold his house on Stonehedge Road. His wife, Rosanne, is listed on the sale document as a co-seller or grantor. The purchasers are listed as Geoffrey L. Lambert and Frances A. Eagle (no relation to the Boring Broadsheet). The Stracuzzis received $350,000 for the sale, although there is no mention of how much of that, if any, Angelo will end up having in his piggy bank.
There is also no mention in the deed of the description of the house. One wonders if there’s a rumpus room particularly suitable to the entertainment needs of young boys. For those keeping score at home, look up deed #803864. It’s in the books.
SteroidsGate: Four More Views from PPD Sources
The Planet continues to hear from sources from within or associated with the Pittsfield Police Department on SteroidsGate. Four other sources, call them Moe, Larry, Curley, and Shemp (although we are not saying they are all male), have contacted us in the last few days.
We share some of their remarks.
“What kills me about you [The Planet] and Capt. [David] Granger is that you are both are in the same sort of business,” Moe says. “Getting information from informants is what it is all about in both police work and investigative journalism.
“[Granger] is highly disturbed by the fact that The Planet used informants (cops) to work your story. However, he sees no problem with law enforcement working informants to break a case. The cops use a two-pronged approach from cases [see link to Aguilar-Spinelli] to test the basis of knowledge and the veracity of the informants.
“It’s bothering Capt. Granger that he doesn’t know who is giving you the information, just like it disturbs a drug dealer when someone rats them out. You both use confidential informants to make your cases, don’t you? Seems Capt. Granger only wants it his way to me.
Here is the link to Aguilar-Spinelli: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aguilar%E2%80%9A%C3%84%C3%ACSpinelli_test
“One lquestion you could ask Chief Wynn: Why was Mike Grady promoted to nighttime detective, a $100,000 a year position? That position was eliminated by Chief [Anthony]Riello 8-10 years ago, and the department operated fine without the position. Why now, when the economy is in the tank and their talking cuts across the board?”
“[Capt. Granger’s] e-mail memo was one of the most stupid things I’ve seen come along,” Curley says. “Cops are a weird bunch, though. He can’t see the other side of an issue too well. You would think after his years of service he would sort of catch on or something.
“I was surprised at the few cops’ comments to me [about SteroidsGate]. Really surprised to hear one from a guy who will be retiring soon. He told me he doesn’t read the BB, your website, or even follow that stuff, but he stated that [officer David Kirchner [found guilty of criminality and conduct unbecoming and officer in an internal investigation headed by Capt. Granger] had back surgery about four years ago and took steroids to deal with the pain.
“This veteran cop thought the department treated Kirchner fairly for punishment [five-day unpaid suspension, busted to uniform], which was surprising to me. The other cop I asked about it was more of a supporter of Granger’s than I thought he would be, too.
“The over and under money in the department on Capt. Granger sitting down and talking to you would be pretty high odds in my bet for sure. You read his e-mail. These guys are not political. They are use to people falling in line with what they say. The other part of the puzzle that cracks me up is the difference between the staties and the PPD in meting out punishment. Well, hopefully this was helpful but keep up the good work you do.”
“[Officer]Marc Maddalena [union head] did have a union vote. The purpose of this vote was a “no confidence” vote on the chief. When nobody came forward, especially after Maddalena sang the chief’s praises, it was decided to make cards where people could put issues and let the chief address them. My husband said the last time they did this was on [then chief] Tony Riello, one member, Tom Barber, raised his hand and began to voice his opinion. As soon as he got done, Nicole Gainer walked out of the meeting to let Riello know who voted against him. The guys weren’t falling for the same trick twice.”
Boring Broadsheet Breaks Story: Gas Prices Up!
Anyone who saw the Boring Broadsheet’s story on $4-a-gallon gasoline must be wondering what the next big scoop the BB will have. Maybe: “Downtown Experiencing a Renaissance” or “Chamber of Commerce Sees Busy Tourist Season for Local Economy.” Not content with the usual “Dog Bites Man” of the BB, we have a commentary on gas prices submitted by an online contributor.
Tom Jacobs’ piece was first published yesterday by Yahoo. We present it here, to stimulate discussion. Jacobs blames President Obama’s policies. What do you think? Can one blame the President for $4-a-gallon gas, or is the argument shallow? Let’s hear.
OBAMA TO BLAME FOR HIGH GAS PRICES
BY TODD JACOBS
The oil industry is enjoying record profits as the price for a barrel of oil soars to more than $110. Chevron posted its profit numbers for the first quarter. The numbers were tough to stomach. Chevron reported earnings of $6.2 billion ($3.09 per share — diluted) for the first quarter 2011, compared with $4.6 billion ($2.27 per share — diluted) in the 2010 first quarter.
The Chevron press release set off a media blitz vilifying the big oil companies. How can these oil companies be making so much money while the American people are struggling to make ends meet and fill their gas tanks. Americans are making daily decisions on sacrifices they must make to put food on the table and pay their mortgage as the oil companies are making obscene profits.
Be careful where the blame is laid in this situation. The Obama administration has laid the groundwork for this situation and it is now their responsibility to correct it without getting its hands into private industry. The problem can be solved with a simple change in the administration’s policies.
If the Obama administration allows the oil companies to drill and relieve this pressure, prices will fall almost immediately on a barrel of oil. The speculators will flee oil in a second once we announce the United States will make it a priority to drill.
The administration is committed to alternative energy. I agree with its aggressive solar and wind energy policies, but it must not destroy the economy to make it a reality. It must allow the oil companies to spend their profits on drilling new wells and developing alternative energy at the same time.
We can solve this immediate issue with the economy by simply being flexible when it comes to our energy policy. Allowing new wells and existing wells to resume operations will send a sign to our enemies and our debt holders that we are committed to doing whatever it takes to correct our economy in the short run. In the long run we must not turn our back on solar and wind energy.
The next time you drive by a gas station and see the price of a gallon of unleaded gas more than $4 a gallon, focus on the root cause of the problem. The Obama administration’s refusal to allow oil exploration and bring the United States back to fore front as a leading producer of oil.
SO LONG FOR THE MOMENT, MY GOOD FRIENDS.
“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE!”
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