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‘THE VINCELETTE STATEMENT’: CANDIDATE ‘PUTS FINANCIAL CONCERNS TO REST’. WILL CRITICS BE SATISFIED? PLUS: GAZETTE PREVIEW — COUNCIL AND COLONIALS

BY DAN VALENTI

This Week in Jonathan Levine’s Pittsfield Gazette

Check out Jonathan Levine’s Pittsfield Gazette this week for the best and most complete coverage on the marathon City Council meeting last night (Tuesday, May 10). At the meeting, Melissa Mazzeo done whipped the boys on the issue of “acting appointments.” Kevin Sherman got in the Way Back Machine and proposed charter reform. And Uncle Gerry fell asleep, awake, eyes wide shut.

Also, The Planet writes about the upcoming Year Two for the Pittsfield Colonials. Find out what’s riding in the stands all year at Beloved Wahconah Park. Get the scoop on this last, best attempt to make professional baseball work in Pittsfield. As we know, The Gazette is the only newspaper in town right now.

Thoughts Over Lunch at Blantyre (Of Course … Not!)

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, May 11, 2011) — Now that the dust has settled in Lenox, we peer into the wake and see John McNinch and Dave Roche take their place on the five-member board. We see Kim Flynn bidding adieu.  Eric Vincelette is ready and willing to resume his place on the town’s finance committee.

For the Conspiracy Theorists on The Planet, we will say that all this is the result of our pulling strings in town or, as one put it, “messing in Lenox politics, where he doesn’t belong.”  To the vast majority  out there, who value reason, logic, and common sense as the key ingredients of reality — that is, the remainder of our vast readership — we say that this will be the result of a natural progression based on the noted good work Roche, McNinch, Flynn, and Vincelette have done for the town.

Conspiracy Theorists: Out of Thin Air, They Make Nothing and Call It Something

In the rational Dreaded Private Sector, they call what will happen in Lenox an advancement (soemthing Will be happening there soon). In Lenoxology, some will call it a Planet Conspiracy. We will take all of it with our paper (the Boston Herald, for the curious) as we lunch today at Blantyre (it’s called “humoring the feverish!”).

Yesterday on The Planet, Vincelette posted a long response to the charges that have been brought up against him by a tiny handful of people. We thought it was a compelling document, remarkable for its frankness and exemplary of this medium of exchange for allowing a failed candidate to  address matters that others don’t want to see put to rest.

The Planet says again that prior to the debate we moderated at the Lenox Library on Tuesday, May 3, we were not aware of the information that has since emerged on Vincelette’s finances. If we had been aware, we would have had it in our arsenal on Tuesday night — just as we had “ammo” against all four candidates, materiel we decided not to use because the audience pushed back when we hinted at “going there.”

Conspiracy Theorists have not given indication that they believe this, but that is their problem in its essence: being unable to separate truth from fiction and not having the sensitivity of appreciating fact over fever. We also pose this question to every critic of the electoral happenings in Lenox: Did you watch the debate? Answer in honesty.

Thus, The Planet Presents:

The Vincelette Statement

BY ERIC VINCELETTE

I thought this the appropriate medium and time to address some of the issues that have been discussed about me over the last few weeks as the campaign has now come to its end. I plan to make ONE statement, as clear, concise and complete as possible and be done with it. What the readers of this blog world do with it , is completely up to you, but if I may say, based on catching up with things on The Planet over the past few weeks, I’m sure most of it will be mean spirited and filled with partial truths, few facts, minus any humanity. But enough of my preaching, here goes.

‘My Relationship with Mr. Valenti’

* First, my relationship with Mr. Valenti. I met Dan through my father, over a cup of coffee, as more of a meet and greet, friendly get together. We found common interests, for example in sports, politics, and the like, and that led to subsequent casual meetings. One was a radio show about unfunded liabilities, the other gathering for the Pittsfield Colonials, where we were both invited by different people at Dan’s favorite roadside eatery, Blantyre. The total number of times we have sat down and spoken is about 5 or 6. Thats the extent of it folks. So if that constitutes that we took some solemn oath to be blood brothers forever to you, then so be it.

The Debate: ‘I Just Showed Up, As Did the Other Candidates’

* Second,the word on the street after our debate was that I, the newcomer, had somehow pulled the strings behind the scenes when it came to the debate. This again is completely untrue and inaccurate and gives me way too much credit. I am not a member of the Green Party. I ran as an independent. I did not have anything to do with who the Green Party chose as a moderator at all. They told me when and where and I showed up.

‘Valenti Refused to Meet with Me Prior to Debate’

* Third, I had no idea what to expect from Dan or the debate , just like the other candidates, when I showed up. Whatever due diligence Dan did, he did on his own, through his own sources, of which I am not privy. In fact, I actually tried to reach out to Dan about 5 days or so before the debate to make him aware of a potential issue of mine that had come out , that I thought he should be aware of as moderator, so he had the facts, AND HE REFUSED TO TAKE THE CALL OR COMMUNICATE BECAUSE HE WASN’T SPEAKING WITH THE OTHER CANDIDATES AND DIDN’T WANT ANY BIAS GOING INTO THE DEBATE.

‘My Financial Standing’

* Fourth, as far as my financial standing, again, if you have a problem with someone who is willing to work to no end to keep his house for his kids and put food on the table, then continue to take your childish pot shots, as you have been taking in blog world or if you are man enough,with a shred of integrity then personally reach out to me and I will be glad to take the time to address any of your concerns.

When I purchased my home in Lenox 7 years ago this month, I put 20% down, had an 800 credit score, plenty of savings , no extraneous debt outside of the mortgage, and our total household was making in excess of $100,000 per year. More than enough to pay our bills and save for the future. We did extensive renovation, including a “mother in law suite” (famous last words) and refinanced twice. We put everything back into our home, including our savings, the only home I have ever owned, to make it a family home.

At the time I was doing a mix of general contracting, some real estate sales, and had started to do some mortgages, fixed rate only, insurance and some mutual funds and retirement planning and making consistent money. January 1st 2007 we had a major medical issue affect our household, which not only affected the obvious things but also the family finances as well. That coupled with the dried up construction, real estate, and mortgage markets made it extremely tough to make money.

‘I Did Not Sit on my Butt All Day and Blog About It’

Now, I did not sit on my butt and blog all day about it. To the contrary, I worked side construction jobs, weekend nights at a restaurant, and evolved my advising practice into more strategic long term retirement planning, as you boomers are the only ones with any money, but of course, most of it was and still is on the sidelines. In fact, a record, $9 trillion or more sits dormant in money markets and CDs as people work through their fears of market volatility.

I did whatever I needed to do to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table. Again, in a bygone era, this was something that was commended. During this time I entered into troubled loan status with Bank of America. I applied 7 or more times for a modification with them only to be denied — until the last time, when I was granted a modification with them. I am currently in good standing on my way back to being whole. The legal notice in the paper was a ”Servicemembers Civil Relief Act” notice, which is served in troubled mortgages but doesn’t mention the good standing modification. In a HUGE bank like B of A, one hand doesn’t see what the other is doing. So there it is boys, in black and white for your derision, speculation, dart board material, OR your honest assessment of who Eric J. Vincelette is as a person.

‘This Puts the Issue to Rest’

I hope this puts this issue to rest for you. It does for me.

I also wanted to congratulate, David Roche and John McNinch for their victory in the election and thank Kim Flynn for her years of service to the town of Lenox. One thing I am proud of is how hard I worked, how many great people I met, and that I feel I drove the issues of unfunded liabilities, health insurance costs, etc.

I am only going to be getting more engaged in town going forward. I also think that the fact , whether its old guard, new guard, whatever it is, at least Lenox has a guard of people that care about its town, compared to so many others whose races go unopposed year after year.

Sincerely,
Eric J Vincelette

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WE THANK VINCELETTE FOR THIS POST. AND NOW, WE MOVE ON, BOATS WITH THE CURRENT, BORNE CEASELESSLY INTO THE “NOW.”
“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”
LOVE TO ALL.

50 Responses to “‘THE VINCELETTE STATEMENT’: CANDIDATE ‘PUTS FINANCIAL CONCERNS TO REST’. WILL CRITICS BE SATISFIED? PLUS: GAZETTE PREVIEW — COUNCIL AND COLONIALS”

  1. NFM
    May 11, 2011 at 8:06 am #

    Agreed. The Eric Vincelette issue is at rest. Now let’s never speak of it again.

    • GMHeller
      May 12, 2011 at 8:10 am #

      Mr. Valenti,
      It’s one thing to delete a comment and another to change entirely the content and context of the writer’s words.
      This is NOT what poster ‘NFM’ originally posted!
      What is it with you hypocritical Liberals that you think it’s okay to reign in free speech?
      Whose feelings are you trying to save, especially in a matter regarding a public official?
      Sure it’s your web site, but it is intellectually dishonest to edit comments the way in which you are doing.
      To ‘NFM’, please feel free to post your actual comment on Topix on the Vincelette thread.

      • danvalenti
        May 12, 2011 at 8:24 am #

        GLENN
        Skip the lecture, my good friend. As you say, “it’s your website.” Nuff Ced.
        We don’t know about “intellectually dishonest,” but we do know you repeatedly refused (and refuse) to answer a simple about your relationship, if any, with noted attorney Phil Heller, in whose employ was the defeated candidate (and Lenox select board chair) Kim Fylnn. That couldn’t have been the motive for your posts on that particular campaign, could it?

        • GMHeller
          May 12, 2011 at 8:34 am #

          Mr. Valenti,
          You are changing the subject.
          You edited a valid comment and changed it to reflect your point of view not that of the poster whose comment it was.
          It would have been more honest of you just to delete the whole thing or where the deletions were made to simply insert the words “Parts of this comment have been deleted.”
          The way you have done it is totally misleading and intellectually dishonest.

          In Re: Attorney Phil Heller.
          Do your own research.
          We know you have it in you to telephone attorney Phil Heller and research this colossal scoop and to report accurately exactly what attorney Heller says.

        • GMHeller
          May 12, 2011 at 8:50 am #

          Mr. Valenti,
          Dismissive as you appear to be about editing reader comments to reflect something a poster has plainly not said, the fact remains that this goes to the heart of your credibility as an editor and to your repeated claim that Planet Valenti is “the voice of the little guy.”
          Plainly, the only little guy whose voice Planet Valenti strives to be is yours.
          Your self-righteous rectitude in changing readers’ comments to reflect what you want said is just another form of Liberal revisionism (aka Stalinist revisionism), but I guess as a Green that’s the way you guys handle dissent.

          • danvalenti
            May 12, 2011 at 11:55 am #

            GLENN
            Nice try. I stand on my perceived credibility or lack thereof, knowing that to try to please your critics IS the assault on my credibility that I would understand. I allow my critics free reign and free speech. I will not let commentators cross the line with unsupported charges against others. Credibility? If you honestly believe I’m a Liberal and a Green, that tell me all I need to know about yours.

            Speaking of which, Is “Lenox Voter” posting accurately above? or Why don’t you just answer the question about your relationship with Phil Heller, given the fact that the incumbent chair up for re-election is his employee? Hmmm?

          • GMHeller
            May 12, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

            Mr. Valenti,
            You write:
            “I will not let commentators cross the line with unsupported charges against others.”

            Now that’s funny!
            When poster NFM puts forward his opinion that Eric Vincelette is not that great a financial planner, how is that unsupported, especially when it is Vincelette himself who is documented as mishandling his own finances to such a degree that it has landed him in court with his creditors and his creditors have prevailed?

          • danvalenti
            May 12, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

            GLENN
            You know and I know that the poster went over the line with respect to unsupported claims that as a consequence of EV’s financial management, people were ruined. That is not the case. In fact, EV has an excellent reputation in his field, among his colleagues. Believe, we checked it out. If, though, you were trying to bring his candidacy down while secretly supporting an incumbent who is a CLOSE FAMILY MEMBER without giving full disclosure, now that would be unethical and sneak. If, mind you. You will won’t admit to your relationship with Phil Heller,for some odd reason. We respect that, of course. You must have our reason.

          • danvalenti
            May 12, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

            GLENN
            You know and I know that the poster went over the line with respect to unsupported claims that as a consequence of EV’s financial management, people were ruined. That is not the case. In fact, EV has an excellent reputation in his field, among his colleagues. Believe, we checked it out. If, though, you were trying to bring his candidacy down while secretly supporting an incumbent who is a CLOSE FAMILY MEMBER without giving full disclosure, now that would be unethical and sneak. If, mind you. You will won’t admit to your relationship with Phil Heller,for some odd reason. We respect that, of course. You must have our reason.

          • GMHeller
            May 12, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

            Mr. Valente,
            In Re: Eric Vincelette’s abilities as a financial manager.
            Here again, you ignore the obvious.
            Mr. Vincelette’s fiscal mismanagement did indeed ruin one family’s finances — his own.
            The whole idea behind having an expert in these things is to avoid the fiscal pitfalls that indeed Mr. Vincelette, despite his so-called expertise, managed to suffer.
            Had Mr. Vincelette been working for a Fortune 500 company that had suffered similar losses and cash-flow inadequacies under his guidance, the shareholders would be calling for his head.

            In RE: the conspiracy-minded Dan Valenti:
            Why haven’t you contacted attorney Phil Heller or one of his law firm’s associates to get the firm’s response to your suspicions and allegations?

          • danvalenti
            May 12, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

            HELLO??? McFLY.
            Just answer the stinking question (to which we know the answer).
            Admit it: Did you have an “unholy” outside and vested interest in the select board race in Lenox?
            GET IT???? McFLY??!

    • NFM
      May 13, 2011 at 6:40 am #

      Wow. I can understand Valenti not allowing posts that point out negatives of his friend’s family, but Valenti actually changed the entire post!

      The post pointed out how Eric Vincelette was a bad financial manager, and Valenti changed the post completely.

      Wow. I guess journalistic ethics have been abandoned….

      • danvalenti
        May 13, 2011 at 11:20 am #

        In your case, NFM, yes, for that particular post.

  2. GMHeller
    May 11, 2011 at 9:06 am #

    @Eric Vincelette,
    A few questions, all of which result from your own decision to write an extensive commentary after Monday’s election (and also since you remain a public official having been ‘promoted’ to the chairmanship of the Lenox Finance Committee):

    You write above, “In fact, I actually tried to reach out to Dan about 5 days or so before the debate to make him aware of a potential issue of mine that had come out , that I thought he should be aware of as moderator, so he had the facts….”

    1. What specifically was the ‘potential issue’ to which you refer that you wanted Dan Valenti to know about?
    2. And if you were willing to share it with Mr. Valenti before the election, did you also share it with voters before the election, and if not, why not?
    3. Do you think Lenox voters should have been made aware prior to the election of the debtor information on file at MassLandRecords.com?
    4. How does someone financially ‘underwater’ have the time and energy necessary for the time and energy-consuming job of volunteer Selectman?
    Thank you in advance for your response to these questions.

  3. Lenox Voter
    May 11, 2011 at 9:27 am #

    I could barely contain my excitement to get back to the computer today after quite an eventful morning in Pittsfield. I had breakfast with an old friend from Pittsfield at a spot , known for the community pillars as its breakfast diners. All she could talk about was last nights City Council meeting and how Melissa Mazzeo is really standing out up there, driving the issues. Now I claim no knowledge of Pittsfield politics or any of the players as I’m sure you will be able to tell. The place was pretty busy and soon our discussion turned to Lenox politics and the recent race. I asked her about her thoughts and she shared them, and wouldn’t you know it Planet Valenti came up and as soon as we got on that subject even 2 folks of the 4 eating next to us chimed in about this website and its following. A few admitted to regularly reading it and weighed in on GM Heller, with comments that because I don’t know the validity of I would rather not say, other than they were less than complimentary, and they had the conspiracy that NFM, I didn’t know that stood for “Nicholas for Mayor” whatever that means, is Councilor at large Jonathan Troll or some other Good Ole boy in disguise. Now I don’t know Mr Troll or any of the GOB in Pittsfield but I found that extremely interesting and relevant. Then the subject turned to Eric Vincelette, as he is a Pittsfield boy, and I asked their opinion and wouldn’t you know it, not only did they speak highly of the family, who they knew intimately, in general, but 2 of them were actually his clients. One a long time business owner in town and the other a former teacher of his. So I had to ask about their accounts with Eric and the advice he had given them and how they were doing? And I wasn’t expecting the best, but to the contrary both expressed great satisfaction with the returns over the last 3 years as well as Eric’s staying in touch with them and “holding hands” when it was needed. So that seems to debunk the myth that someone can’t be a good advisor while at the same time have personal difficulites with his or her own fiscal house. Again, this is too good to be making up but after seeing todays post and subsequent comment I felt my duty to post it, and to let Mr Vincelette know that the issue is at rest for me as a Lenox voter after hearing from these folks this morning.
    As an aside, how many of you are actually Lenox voters, watched the debate and how many are just angry old men with nothing better to do?
    To Mr Noyes, I know you come from a good family and supported the same candidates as I but I have a friend that lives down the street from you and I heard from her that you didn’t take to kindly to Mr Vincelette running or something of the sort of some kind of small town dust up and it just didn’t sound right to me.. thats all young man, I have no other issues other than people should be treated with respect and decency and truthfulness always….Off to the garden until later for me

    • GMHeller
      May 11, 2011 at 9:36 am #

      Well written post.

    • GMHeller
      May 11, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

      @Lenox Voter,
      You write:
      “A few admitted to regularly reading it and weighed in on GM Heller, with comments that because I don’t know the validity of I would rather not say, other than they were less than complimentary…”
      Not to worry, everything said was most definitely true.

  4. GMHeller
    May 11, 2011 at 9:38 am #

    More Lenoxology: Eric Vincelette’s ‘Mea Culpa’:
    SEE:
    http://www.topix.net/forum/city/pittsfield-ma/TBC107G3K20VD3S0C#lastPost

  5. GMHeller
    May 11, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    Mr. Valenti,
    Why did you delete NFM’s comment responding to Lenox Voter above?
    NFM, please feel free to repost your comment on Topix onto the Vincelette thread.

    • danvalenti
      May 11, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

      The Planet does not have to give a rationale for any actions taken on this site. You know them’s the rules, Glenn. Also, One of our posters asked about your relationship, if any, with Attorney Phil Heller on Lenox, for whom former Lenox Select Board Chair Kim Flynn worked. Would you care to answer?

      • GMHeller
        May 11, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

        Mr. Valenti,
        As was told to the other posters who made this same inquiry, recommend you call the law offices of Lenoxologist Phil Heller and speak with him direct, then post here his exact response.

        • Dee
          May 11, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

          @GMHeller. What are YOU hiding? Why not just answer the question. Isn’t that the mantra you constantly repeat to other posters? Perhaps you should answer the question and until you do, refrain from any additional commentary.

        • Luxor Rex
          May 11, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

          Dodging the question!! Just what you call the others out on. Cmon just answer the planets question. OR are you chicken for some reason>

          • GMHeller
            May 11, 2011 at 10:34 pm #

            Listen Luxor Rex, you got a telephone, use it.
            Call over to the law offices mentioned above (it’s a local call) and ask lawyer Heller the questions you are posting here.
            You’ll get honest answers (attorney Heller is bound as an officer of the Court to tell the truth), and please post verbatim on PlanetValenti the responses you obtain.
            If you do this, the mysteries will all be solved and your questions answered.

      • NFM
        May 12, 2011 at 8:10 am #

        It’s cool. It’s understood that this is a blog and that free speech (& apparently facts) buckle under the weight of personal friendships.

        I am surprised Valenti hasn’t removed more posts speaking ill of his friend’s son.

        • danvalenti
          May 12, 2011 at 8:26 am #

          NFM
          I value free speech as much as anyone and more than most, and this site gives testimony to that. We will not allow unsupported statements to be made of the kind you did regarding the candidate in question.
          Truly, it’s nothing more, or less, than that.
          We welcome your views, even and especially the contrarian ones, but we won’t cross the line.
          Thank you and all for respecting that.

          • Allen
            May 12, 2011 at 8:03 pm #

            Now that we’ve discussed the dichotomy of being a prudent manager of other people’s money while being a poor manager of your own finances, perhaps we should re-examine the possibility of being an effective drug enforcement officer while using a Schedule III controlled substance?

          • GMHeller
            May 13, 2011 at 8:33 am #

            @Allen,
            Excellent point!
            Sort of like the cobbler whose own children go shoeless.

  6. John
    May 11, 2011 at 11:57 am #

    @G M… what is the deal with the photo of a man with a baseball cap next to each side post, doesn’t the beagle know that could be a woman posting. Just curious of your opinionon on this, if you have one.

    • GMHeller
      May 11, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

      @John,
      Please link to the photo to which you refer.
      Thanks.

  7. Jonathan Melle
    May 11, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

    When is Jimmy Ruberto going to take a plum job from Governor Deval Patrick? Hurry up already!

    • Bonnie
      May 11, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

      Yes hurry

  8. Consider the Source
    May 11, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    Uh oh….Been following things on this site for awile…thought this was a relevant post to add for your consideration as you read who hogs most of the time on this blog….

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    THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA VS GLENN HELLER

    Thursday, June 6, 1991

    BOSTON (AP)- Seven years after Glenn Martin Heller was found innocent of price gouging at his Beacon Hill gas station, the federal government has finally forced him to pay back the money it says he stole from his customers.

    On Tuesday, Heller, a former Monterey resident who now lives in Chevy Chase, Md., was fined almost $160,000 for selling gas at inflated prices from December 1976 to June 1979, U.S Attorney Wayne A. Budd said.

    The bearded, bespectacled man who wore dirty red tennis shoes, jeans and wire-rimmed glasses, became infamous in the Boston area in the late 1970’s when he was accused of selling gasoline at prices that exceeded the price ceilings set by the Department of Energy, Budd said. The charges arose at a time when a gasoline shortage had spread throughout the country.

    Even his supplier, the Gulf Oil Corp., went to court seeking to evict Heller for his alleged refusal to pay an increase in rent at his tiny Gulf station, then at the foot of Beacon Hill.
    Heller defended himself by saying he was one of the few stations open 24 hours a day. He also cited his $1,000-per-month rent as justification.

    The government didn’t buy Heller’s story, but it turned out to be years before a court would order him to pay retribution.

    Conviction overturned.

    Heller was first indicted for overcharges in a 1979 criminal case handled by the DOE. A 1980 conviction was overturned later that year and the case was remanded for a new trial. Peter Mullin, an assistant U.S district attorney, said yesterday.

    There were further proceedings in district court in 1982. The federal government appealed the case between 1982 and 1984, because of objections to certain proceedings in district court, Mullin said.

    Heller was found innocent of criminal charges in April 1984, in Boston in a trial before U.S District Court Judge Joseph Tauro.

    Finally, U.S District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock on Tuesday ordered Heller to pay $159,689.96 in fines for overcharges and civil penalties.

    Heller was ordered to pay $134,689.96 for overcharging customers and $25, 000 for violations of the Economic Stabilization Act of 1970 and the Emergency Petroleum Allocation Act of 1973.
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    The DOE also ordered him to pay an additional $54, 347. 98 for overcharging patrons, Budd said.

    Heller was not available for comment last night, a woman who answered his phone said.

    In recent years, before his move from the Berkshires, Heller took the role of local government watchdog, frequently objecting to what he saw as illegal or unwise actions by officials. His modus operandi included careful reading of various communities’ legal advertisements for bids for contracted services and projects. He frequently found what he considered legal error, and communities in some cases were forced to readvertise.

    He was involved in a number of controversies with officials in Monterey, Sheffield, Pittsfield and elsewhere. In Pittsfield he figured prominently in a 1986 conflict over the removal of crab apple trees form the city’s East Street median strip.

    • GMHeller
      May 11, 2011 at 10:48 pm #

      What amazing detective work on the part of ‘Consider the Source’.
      Who would have thought anyone would have been able to uncover that long-forgotten story.
      Kudos, ‘Consider the Source’, to your finely honed talent for truly decisive investigative journalism.
      No doubt you could give Dan Valenti and Conor Berry a few pointers, eh?
      This is so embarrassing to myself and to the members of my family; your revelation forces me to reconsider what until this moment was intended to be a surprise: my decision to run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by John Forbes Kerry (who served in Viet Nam).
      It looks like in one bold stroke you, ‘Consider the Source’, have destroyed what would no doubt have been a dynamic political career.
      Oh the humanities!

      • GMHeller
        May 11, 2011 at 11:23 pm #

        Oh, and P.S., ‘Consider the Source’, had my campaign for the U.S. Senate materialized, I would have been the Conservative Republican / Greens’ fusion candidate.
        Now look what you’ve done!
        Without me, the Greens are doomed in that Senate contest — and it’s your fault!
        No one — and I mean NO ONE — would ever have remembered that gasoline price circus 30 years ago — as though anyone bothers to think about gas prices nowadays.
        So when the Greens lose that Senate seat because of what you’ve done today, ‘Consider the Source’, you’ll know who to blame.

  9. Joe Blow
    May 11, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

    This is off topic but I was just talking with a life-long friend who works at the jail and was sickend by what he told me. He said the new sheriff is conducting an audit and has found money,cars and other things missing. Someones nephew was driving a brand new ford suv back and forth to school. I have had it with taxpayers getting the shaft from the g.o.b’s!!! How do they get away with all of this fraud? Dan please look into this audit and report the truth!

    • scott
      May 11, 2011 at 7:32 pm #

      Yeah baby now we’re talking I love juicy snacks over fillers (“fluff”) I feel more patriotic!

    • just saying
      May 11, 2011 at 7:56 pm #

      @ JOE B-

      Certainly we have only seen the surface of many, many more abuses that will rear their nasty heads.
      We had the same man in control for 30 years, power corrupts.
      I’m quite sure that Mr. Bowlers investigation will reveal more indiscretions that the Sheriff was in on.
      Don’t know Bowler, but anyone in public office that is looking out for citizen taxpayers is on the right side. I truly hope that Mr. Bowler continues his search for possible waste of our money.
      I didn’t vote for Mr. Bowler due to concerns of him being an “insider”, however, so far the man appears to have integrity. Here’s praying he doesn’t get destroyed by the GOB network.

    • GMHeller
      May 11, 2011 at 11:04 pm #

      Joe Blow,
      If what you write is true, then it has indeed been a wise move on the part of newly-elected Berkshire County Sheriiff Tom Bowler to conduct a top to bottom audit upon first entering his new office as sheriff.
      And if true about a bunch of valuable stuff missing, it begs the question just who is to be held accountable?
      Are the thieves the ones in possession of what for all intents and purposes is stolen state, county, and municipal property?
      Or is the culpable one the person who was in charge of the entire operation and who looked the other way as those thefts were occurring?
      Gee,and if true, what do you suppose State AG Martha Coakley and Berkshire County DA David Capeless will do?

      • Dusty
        May 12, 2011 at 1:45 am #

        Forgettaboutit!!

        I cannot remember the last time a GOB, or anyone related to one, has been convicted or punished for anything. It may have never happened. This tribe has blanket immunity so regardless what Bowler or anyone else digs up it will never get past the Capeless office.

  10. rick
    May 12, 2011 at 3:45 am #

    if more people who see waste and fraud in state and city gov. leak it out so we can end gobs non sense.if some one is driving a state car for personal use they should be held accountable and charged for the expense…. but we also need to get the names of these people and find there connections and fire the one thats allowing these things to go on…. about mazzeo, we need to get more people in that have her interest in the city….get rid of them all except her and sherman…. need to get the yes boys out…. mazzeo should be elected by the people to council prez….

  11. rick
    May 12, 2011 at 3:58 am #

    as for mlk street, i think north street is the most cental street for mr. king. and i think most would agree, name changing would only effect banks and buissneses, and some apt,people and would minimize all the res.folks on colombus ave. the elderly cant afford to incurr the expense, but if jimmy wants to fork over the cost more power to him…and i think that would be a nice gesture as he leaves office, and a nice going away present from him…

  12. Obie
    May 12, 2011 at 6:57 am #

    @dusty great phrase for how the GOB scumbags get away with crime and lots of it: “blanket immunity.” I remember tom bowler told valenti during the campaign as wrote about it that he would be doing a top-bttom audit at the Jail. Could it be true? If so and Bowler finds out stuff that joe blow is saying, what will he do with it? Who will be held responsible. Many of us will be watching sheriff Bowler what he des with this. Hes’ finding stuff, that’s for sure, now will he go public with it and be a hero of the people or will he protect the scum that have hel this area hostage for three decades with the worst of crime.

  13. Lenox Voter
    May 12, 2011 at 8:52 am #

    Ah hah, now I understand why Mr Heller was so interested in the Lenox election….Here is his qoute from Topix in relation to his relationship w/Lenox Atty. Glen Heller, employer of former Selectman, and losing incumbent, Kim Flynn….

    “Yes Glen is my brother. You can pick your friends not your relatives. “

    • GMHeller
      May 12, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

      @Lenox Voter,
      Bravo on your excellent job of digging and finding out facts.
      The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward ain’t got nothing on you!
      You are truly worthy of PlanetValenti’s Reporter of the Year award.
      So when you contacted Lenox attorney Phil Heller by telephone to verify it was actually him who was posting that comment on Topix, what were Phil Heller’s responses to your various questions?

  14. Lenox Voter
    May 12, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    @GM…
    Actually he didnt say much when i called because he wasnt in. In fact what I found out from my in town source was that he actually had serious surgery that day. About this I won’t joke, I wish him a speedy recovery.

    • GMHeller
      May 12, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

      @Lenox Voter,
      And of course, you were precluded from speaking with Phil Heller’s law partner to get the firm’s response to your suspicions and allegations

  15. GMHeller
    May 13, 2011 at 8:37 am #

    Mr. Valenti,
    Have you contacted Phil Heller’s law offices in Lenox to get the low down on the big scoop so you can alert your readers on the conspiratorial relationship between myself, Phil Heller and employees of Phil Heller’s law practice?

    • danvalenti
      May 13, 2011 at 11:17 am #

      No. We leave that to you to “break” on the site. You can add it to your scrapbook of clips.

      • GMHeller
        May 13, 2011 at 6:05 pm #

        Another Valenti cop-out.