PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, SATURDAY AUG. 28, 2011) — After taking preparations at the ranch for Irene, THE PLANET will watch with detachment what follows. We will not become “engaged” to this storm but simply act and react to whatever happens. Beyond that, we find it useless to waste energy worrying on problems that may or may not occur. If they do happen, then we shall address the situation, THEN and THERE. If they don’t happen, we’ve saved ourselves a bundle of angst.

No Tube, No Boob, and Ice Cubes

Our perspective may be a bit different, since we took out TV our behind the barn and gave it two in the hat on that glorious Sept. 1, 2008. Presently, the only time THE PLANET “enjoys” (quotes needed) the Idiot Box is when we are in hotels or restaurants. Even at that, during our last two hotel stays (within the past two weeks), we didn’t turn on the blasted box. We have also read little about Irene, saved for following the track at the National Weather Service. We’d rather laze in a chair in the lower 40, watching the animals, sipping iced tea cooled by cubes, and smoking a Padilla Habano, Torpedo, 6″ x 48 ring.

This means we haven’t had The Weather Channel to turn us into meteorological zombies, or metzoms. Metzoms panic at the sign of EVERY potential weather issue. Metzoms stock up on dried goods and canned good when they see on Doppler Radar three snowflakes hovering over Lake Michigan, tracking east. Having heard and seen THE SAME WEATHER REPORTS in an endless loop for a period of days, as is the case for Irene, metzoms turn their brain off and decide to WORRY.

Let them. We shall drink Irene as the fates ordain.


TFB: In the Proud Tradition of Larkin and Larded

Getting back to more amusing topics, we bring you these tidbits from Campaign ’11, state rep’s version.

Yesterday, “The Stooley” mentioned Tricia Farley-Bouvier’s website. The Stooley noted that when a debate occurred on Topix about the truthfulness of the content, the site was rapidly modified. To that, we can’t attest, but we can say that TFB’s home page has this statement:

My mission is threefold: 1)  To generate job growth by promoting workforce development and small business expansion, 2) to marshall [sic; correct usage calls for one “l”] the resources of the state to enhance the quality of education available in Pittsfield, and 3) to work collaboratively with my fellow legislators to develop a responsible state budget that preserves the social safety net for those most in need.

Ladies and gentleman, what does this say, beyond the vagueness and generalization? Reading this is like watching a film with the focus ring on the projector having spasms. The statement says she for jobs, education, and budgets. Wow! And who isn’t?

Another Deal Made in the Back Room at Remo’s

Such gruel isn’t even porridge or pabulum. In THE PLANET’s experience, this is the type of statement that the comfy front-runner makes, you know, the one who possibly knows something we don’t, such as “Relax, kid, the fix is in.”

Look again at those amorphous words. They say nothing, they look deemed inoffensive, and they are predicated upon the belief that TFB won’t be held accountable by the voters after she get in office.

Peter Larkin quit that same post of 3rd Berkshire rep in a secret deal to set up himself Fat in the dreaded private sector. The GOBs then met and gave the rep’s job the No Show The Larded Lout. That, too, was done in secret. When Da Boys wanted a stooge in the middle of the county courts, they decided Larded was their dupe. In another closed room (the back room at Del Gallos), the Lout was given the job, $110,000 + benefits + plus lifetime sinecure, heavy emphasis on “sin.”

Now they want us to believe that TFB’s candidacy wasn’t created in the same fashion. I can hear Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski, the average voter, at the Whopper and Big Mac: “Stop it, you’re killing me.”

Fool us once (Larkin), shame on you. Fool us twice (Larded), shame on us. Fool us three times (TFB), and We The People might as well take the pipe. On that occasion, I may go into Dan Bianchi’s racket and start selling gas to help people off themselves.


Miller’s Tale: State Rep Candidate is a Model of Integrity

Another candidate is doing it differently. His name is Mark Miller. He wasn’t annointed in the back rooms. He’s fought his way up with shirt sleeves rolled and ready to work for We the People.

Go to Mark Miller’s website if you want to see electronic dynamism, not in terms of aesthetics (who cares about such whistles and bells?) or fluff clouds (such as TFB’s “deeeeppppp” goals, but content that says something about the man, his stands, and his rationale.

Unlike Farley-Bouvier, Miller hasn’t ignored the embarrassing performance of his two predecessors, Larkin and Larded, who each abandoned the seat shortly after winning re-election to take fat new jobs that they had been secretly setting up for themselves by sucking up to the “right” people.


At, Miller says he “won’t treat the job as a stepping stone.”

He also effectively addresses the concern raised by some, including Mayor Jimmy Ruberto, that electing anyone other than a Democrat — especially someone from a Third Party — would be disastrous for the city of Pittfsfield.

This is what Miller writes:

“Some people are bound to ask, wouldn’t we be safer with another Democrat? After all, the Democrats control 90 percent of the seats in the Legislature. So let’s look at the facts. Pittsfield has higher unemployment, lower wages, and lower per-pupil spending than the statewide average.

“Unemployment, low wages, and under-investment in our kids’ education. That’s the price Pittsfield is paying for one-party politics and business-as-usual in the State House. It’s time for real change.

“It’s time for a state representative who can take care of his district without having to toe the party line. Somebody who can make honest and fair agreements with colleagues from the two major parties. Somebody who will push for the things we all care about — like Medicare for all (a.k.a. single-payer health insurance) and combating climate change — and bring home the bacon.

“That’s what I will do.”

Familiarity Breeds Respect

THE PLANET has known Miller for a lot of years, first as a colleague when he ran the old Berkshire Eagle, when it was a wonderful NEWSPAPER; second as a citizen activist; and third as a candidate for state rep. Trust me on this one, folks: If Miller says he will do something, you can rely on him working as hard as he can to live up to his word.

Miller is that unusual breed of politician. He actually speaks his mind, means what he says, and says what he means.

What has the Democratic stranglehold on state politics produced for this state? Since they have controlled Beacon Hill for decades, why hasn’t Massachusetts turned into Shangri-La?

The answer to this is that one-party rule automatically turns into monopolized corruption. The Fat Cats gets fatter, ethics get ignored, and the Grease forms an oily, slippery layer over the Commonwealth … or haven’t you heard about the indicted fates of the past three Speakers of the House.

THE PLANET is not a member of any political party nor will we ever be. We only know that too many of one party is bad. On that basis and that basis alone, when all other considerations are equal, we support Republicans and Third Parties as candidates for statewide office.

All things are NOT equal in the race for Third Berkshire rep. There is one candidate who stands — who towers — above all. That candidate’s name is Mark Miller.






  1. Albert Prince
    August 27, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    It interesting how the corrupt pattern keeps repeating itself in the pitts. Also no wonder the city is in the shape its in.

  2. rick
    August 27, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    democratic party has had a strangle hold on this city way to long, and all we have to do is see where we are today so why not miller, i think hed be a great advocate for us in boston.
    the two parties are to busy trying to discredit the other that they lost sight of whats going on . after larkin and speranzo im getting ready to vote for any party that doesnt start with a d. its time to start voting for the right person for the job not their party affiliation.

  3. Richard
    August 27, 2011 at 2:42 pm #


  4. Yaz Datchinan
    August 27, 2011 at 6:50 pm #

    New to this site. finally, a site that hits hard and hits back. I’ve got a strong interest in the 3rd Berkshire District rep’s race. Farley-Bouvier, I know for a fact, was part of the plot, similar to what Mr. Valenti outlines here. White is in the race as part of it, although I don’t think he knows it. He will take votes away from the others. The GOB, as they are called, fear Miller the most. For this voter, that’s settles it. I will vote for Miller, although “they” think I am in the bank for Tricia.

  5. Concern
    August 27, 2011 at 7:13 pm #

    The rains have started. Stay safe everyone!!!!!

  6. Ray Ovac
    August 27, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    Mark Miller says “Somebody who will push for the things we all care about — like Medicare for all (a.k.a. single-payer health insurance) and combating climate change — and bring home the bacon.”

    Pretty arrogant to assume “we all” want the fiasco which is ObamaCare and RomneyCare.
    As for climate change, if Miller can’t see that phony baloney for what it is then what’s to prevent him voting yes for tax increases based on other kinds of phony science?
    He may be a nice guy, but let’s be honest, it had to take a string of incredibly dumb business decisions to drive the BB into the hands of a bottom feeder like Dean Singleton and it was Miller and his brother who are to blame for bringing about the Eagle’s demise.

    • Scott Laugenour
      August 28, 2011 at 6:53 am #

      Hello Ray. Contrary to what you posted, neither Obama-care nor Romney-care is a version of Medicare For All. They’re not even steps towards it. Voters are right to reject these models when they are given real choices.

      I haven’t met many people on Medicare of any political stripe who wish for Medicare to be abolished. Whenever a question appears on the ballot to gauge support for Medicare For All it passes with over 70% of the vote. I have blogged quite a bit on this subject and in June gave testimony to the Joint Committee on Health Care Finance. (Clicking on my name at the top of this comment should take anyone to my blog page.)

      As long as voters affiliate with and vote for candidates from parties whose leadership take (lots of) financial support from interests profiting from the status quo, the health care reforms that are packaged and peddled to us will be financially unsustainable shams.

      The voters in the 3rd Berkshire District have an opportunity to send a message. Running as I did in the 4th Berkshire District last year, it was an honor for me to be on the same party slate as Mark Miller. We’ve been working hard to mobilizing new political power, debate and representation.

      Thanks Dan.

      • Maxwell Edison
        August 28, 2011 at 11:24 am #

        when did they change the name to Medicare For All?

  7. eric vincelette
    August 27, 2011 at 8:25 pm #


    I must beg to differ…

    “As for climate change, if Miller can’t see that phony baloney for what it is then what’s to prevent him voting yes for tax increases based on other kinds of phony science?”

    Phony science?? Every scientist in on a big conspiracy huh? This is after tornadoes, an earthquake and now a hurricane all in the Northeast in a matter of 2 months after it hasn’t happened in some cases 100 plus yrs…??? Boy, if that not a “changing climate” I’m not sure what is…

    • Joetaxpayer
      August 28, 2011 at 5:42 am #

      Agree with Ray climate change aka global warming is bull shit.Those scientist have been caught cooking the books.Severe weather has been going on before man.Know not every scientist is a conspiracist, many have backed Rays claim.The ones without a agenda.

  8. danvalenti
    August 27, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    Interesting line of attack.
    You can disagree with his positions on health care (like what’s been done prior to that have been the great panacea!) and climate change. As for the business decisions that led to the Berkshire Eagle coming into the hands of Singleton and morphing into the Boring Broadsheet, it’s not indicative of Mark’s legislative abilities. I’ll let Mark someday tell the full story of what happened there.
    Who, then, will you support? Farley-Bouvier, who, if all available evidence is true, is part of the latest set up. White, who, nice guy that he is, doesn’t realize he’s in it to help TFB. Scago? All of 25 and with virtually no experience except as a student?
    Who then. Who is your NEXT! THE PLANET has endorsed our choice. Time for yours. And the reasons why.

    • Ray Ovac
      August 31, 2011 at 1:44 am #

      DV, what’s stopping candidate Mark Miller from telling “the full story of what happened” at The Eagle right now? You say dumb business decisions running the BB are “not indicative of Mark’s legislative abilities”; well, that goes against common sense. If Mitt Romney had been known to run businesses into the ground, would anyone seriously claim he’d nonetheless make a great governor or president? Not likely! So why doesn’t Mark Miller tell that “full story of what happened” at the BB? After all, it’s been almost two decades since Miller and his brother drove that newspaper empire into bankruptcy. It’s certainly a long overdue story and given candidate Miller’s decision to seek public office, the fellow should now be forthcoming about his role in destroying what once was a thriving community-minded Berkshire institution.

  9. Jonathan Melle
    August 27, 2011 at 8:54 pm #

    Write-in Jonathan Melle for Pittsfield State Representative. I will tell all of the corrupt politicians where to go…to Hell!

  10. Shakes His Head
    August 27, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

    TFB is not only part of the set up, I’d bet Marchetti has promised her city position to someone else as a favor to Ruberto or for helping in this campaign. Ruberto is throwing his weight behind TFB and less so behind PM, which has to cause a little resentment. The same with Bissel now that Angelo took off. PM always gets votes though, and his supporters are convicted.

    If Pete White isn’t intentionally playing along, his political career is going to come to an abrupt end. PW’s ward has a lot of TFB signs up and none of his. I think you’d see him get a peach in the Marchetti administration should the Ruberto clone win.

    There are lots of cards in the house, but if one fails, the whole scenario collapses. Malumphy, Miller, and Nichols are more formidable than some people thought. the big question remains, is Nichols going to take enough votes from DB or PM to get past the primary?

    At least those are my outsider’s observations.

  11. Concern
    August 28, 2011 at 7:42 am #

    I would not vote for Miller period. He is a nut. Look at him and talk to him sometime. Wow is he out there!!!!!!

  12. Richard
    August 28, 2011 at 7:50 am #

    Christine A. Yon, Peter White neither of these two have had much to say until it got close to election time.

    • Dusty
      August 28, 2011 at 8:23 am #

      Is that a relative of Yons running for the school committee? We do not need another puppet.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:39 am #

    Feel sorry for those who read and swallow valenti’s sensationalism. [NOTE FROM THE WEBMASTER — A PORTION OF THIS MESSAGE HAS BEEN REDACTED. IT IS THE POLICY OF THIS WEBSITE TO DELETE INFORMATION THAT WE KNOW IF FACTUALLY NOT TRUE AND MALICIOUSLY STATED AS A FALSEHOOD. THE SENDER HAS BEEN NOTIFIED OF THIS POLICY. THE POST RESUMES HERE:] What a phony. Having known Tricia for a number of years, we can say without doubt that she’s the most qualified for the position of rep. Valenti’s hatchet job belongs in News of the World of The Enquirer.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:37 am #

    Most qualified (PB words) are you kidding me!!!!!!

  15. Berkshire Greens
    August 28, 2011 at 9:47 am #

    The mobilizing of Berkshire Greens has been brought about by voter registration drives and campaigns such as Mark Miller’s. We’ve grown to the point of achieving major party status in Massachusetts, which means that Mark Miller will appear on a Green-Rainbow Party primary ballot on September 20.

    Voters in the 3rd Berkshire District who, by August 31, have registered their party affiliation in either Green-Rainbow or in No Party/Unenrolled (Independent) can choose to show early support Mark Miller on Sep 20 by choosing the Green-Rainbow Party primary ballot and voting for Miller. Other voters whose party registration prevents them from taking the Green-Rainbow Party primary ballot can still express support for Miller by writing his name in on either the Republican or Democratic primary ballots.

    Let’s then elect Miller on the Oct 18 special election.

  16. Payroll Patriot
    August 28, 2011 at 12:24 pm #

    Paraphrasing both the President and the Governor, Ben Dover and kiss your ass goodbye in relation to Hurricane IRENE. But the Palookaville news FLASH has used the people’s news interpretation department to rephrase the releases, YOU MAY kiss my ass before you say “goodbye” in the next election. Go to the state’s web site; the info is for a 2 year old. The Governor stated today (NECN) that he came to westerm MASS so he could be close to where the problems are. What a JOKE! The governor is having a Hurricane party at his estate in Richmond. Just ask PB, he knows everyone’s schedule.

    PS: Reminder: the governor used questionable illegal labor and had no proper permit for the septic system for his estate. How symbolic.

  17. foxy Lady
    August 28, 2011 at 2:03 pm #

    DAn, thank you for putting PB in his- her-whatever place. We love you and waht you’re doing to keep at least one channel free from the gobs and those who control the news via the bb, radio, etc around here. You are the only source we trust.

  18. Jim Gleason
    August 28, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    Tricia is qualified for the job she was doing, mayor ruberto’s “secretary”, that’s all, nothing more. To hear and see people say she’s qualified to be state rep. is laughable at best and sickening at worst, especially when there is a truely qualified candidate, Pam Malumphy, running against her and the others.

    • Joetaxpayer
      August 28, 2011 at 2:49 pm #

      Jim must agree,Pam seems to be the best for the job.

    August 28, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

    I’m starting to move Pam’s way, TBF not for people, Scago who??, Miller thinks like Gore, White ok Marchetti, Ruberto what do you want me to do. Also does anyone know what White does for a living ????

  20. Mom in Pittsfield
    August 28, 2011 at 5:15 pm #

    Do you think Tricia Farley Bouvier will win? I hope not. She has really botched the school building needs committee….its membership has expired members all supporters of only one concept: a regional vocational high school on the Taconic site. Tricia has baled her kids out of Pittsfield, draining thousands of dollars from Pittsfield students to send her kids to Lenox on school choice funds. She appears to believe that Pittsfield students only deserve a vocational school and kids like hers deserve college prep of Lenox. Her arrogance that she knows what is best for Pittsfield while she sends her kids to Lenox Schools is maddening. I will vote for anyone but her!

  21. JahnDoh
    August 28, 2011 at 5:16 pm #

    I can translate TFB’s mission statement for all to understand:
    1) The businesses who support me will get free welfare in the form of tax breaks while hard working folk’s taxes will go up. Meanwhile, any business who supports my oponents can go to …..
    2) I will continue to overspend taxpayer’s money so that teachers will get even more money and benefits and school administation (and bus fleet) will grow larger and larger. Please be ready to dish out more taxes for this. BTW, the quality of education will not go up an iota – it’s all about pouring money into an already bloated system.
    3) Those who don’t want to work have no worries. The welfare and low income housing are good to go. Please welcome all the out of state welfare seekers as they pour into Pittsfield looking for freebies paid for by you, the taxpayer. And did I mention your taxes are going up again?

  22. Ron Kitterman
    August 28, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

    @ Concerned Mr. White is an employee of the Brien Center at the Hamlin house. He is in a management position, ( I’m not sure what the title is ) Personally, I find it hard to believe that he was put up to running to take votes away from TFB. He works hard working honest guy. If he doesn’t win the primary he should run on stickers in ward 2, in the preliminary.

  23. Concerned
    August 28, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    Thanks Ron I really never heard where he worked. I also don’t think he is running to take away any votes. I do believe he does what rub and pet wants.

  24. Shakes His Head
    August 29, 2011 at 4:28 am #

    PW is a fantastic ward 2 councilor. His ward will miss him.

    • Concern
      August 29, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

      What I seen and heard Peter White is a good ward councilor. Too bad he is trying to make a big leap so early in his political career.

  25. beezer
    August 29, 2011 at 5:01 am #

    I wouldn’t vote for White or Malumphy, ever.

    • Steve Wade
      August 29, 2011 at 6:57 am #

      Just wondering how many of the bloggers live in Pittsfield AND pay taxes?

  26. Albert Prince
    August 29, 2011 at 7:24 am #

    I believe that is Pete White is running to take votes away from others in the Dem primary but not that he knows this. I think he’s been set up to leave his Ward 2 post, and I agree with shh that Pete is a great ward councilor, and he is being used. He could get his ward position back as ron kitterman says, he could run a sticker campaign and win. I refuse to vote for Tricia because of how she got in this position and who she really represents, the GOB. I am voting for Pam Malumphy.

  27. Shakes His Head
    August 29, 2011 at 7:32 am #

    I’m not sure what Mass law is on ‘sticker campaigns’ as write ins. If someone could educate me I would appreciate it. If I were a clerk certifying a ballot, I would have a difficult time allowing those. Has anyone WON a sticker campaign? If there are losers, it was probably never really discussed. Are write-ins require to register?

  28. Mark Jester
    August 29, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

    Dear Shakes His Head

    Here is the link to info about running on a “Sticker Campaign”

    Mark Jester

    Yes I am running

    • danvalenti
      August 29, 2011 at 6:23 pm #

      Many thanks from THE PLANET, on behalf of our readers.

  29. RICK
    August 29, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    we have the g.o.p(GRAND OLD PARTY), parties etc. i wonder if the politicians in pittsfield could start their own party under the G.O.B.(GOOD OLD BOY) PARTY.

  30. Shakes His Head
    August 29, 2011 at 8:36 pm #

    Thanks Mark. Each state has different rules/precedents. I appreciate you taking the time to provide the information. Where I was an election official, we did not allow stickers.