‘HELL’S ANGELS’ CASE: IT ISN’T PITTSFIELD ANYMORE. ‘THIS IS THE THIRD WORLD’ … plus … MARCHETTI THIRD MAN IN, DUCKING AND RUNNING, and NEW PHOTO BOOK OF CAROUSEL PROJECT IS A MUST ORDER
By DAN VALENTI
PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary
TRIPLE MURDER SHOCKS BUT CONFIRMS: ‘IT’s OVER’
(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY, SEPT. 12, 2011) — “This is the Third World.”
Thus a friend and Pittsfield resident described the murder of three men, the so-called Hell’s Angels case. THE PLANET will not comment on the details of the case, because …
… this being Pittsfield, the District Attorney, naturally, sees fit not to release pertinent details — little things like where were the bodies found? How were they killed? What is the evidence against the men in custody? How did you break the case? Did you receive a tip? Is the informant under police protection (apparently, neither the police nor the DA thought that the murdered would-be witness against Hell’s Angels’ sergeant-at-arms was in danger and in need of protection. Oops, mistake. Oh well, get killed and learn). Where were they killed? Are there places in Pittsfield that one should avoid? Is there ANYTHING you can tell the citizens of a town that’s resembling more and more a frontier outpost.
Heading One Way: Down
The larger story here is the sad decline of the city of Pittsfield. A friend of a friend, who has a supervisory position in the schools, has a job that requires him to drive to city schools during the daytime. Those of you who are spared this heart-wrenching scene may not be aware of how bad it is on the streets. All over the city, you see people without jobs. They’re in cars (probably without insurance), they’re on the streets, they’re in the downtown parks. You see the mentally ill and retarded, the single teen-age moms, their tattooed boyfriends. You see the customers of the drug trade. You see bums and the homeless. You might think you’re in a remake of a bad zombie movie — except this is real life.
This is Pittsfield, a once-sweet little city that kept its sidewalks clean, where citizens took pride in the community, where the downtown bustled from business, where there were jobs to support families, where moms and dads married and stayed that way, where there were playgrounds, community recourses, camps, where …
We let one of THE PLANET’s correspondents pick it up from here:
“I have been following our City since childhood and love the way it was post WW II when we grew up in it during the baby boomer years. We were all basically poor in bucks but boy were rich in a community with resources: 21 play grounds, all kinds of sports, YMCA, Boys Club, CYC, Girls Club, parades, camps, theaters, North St., lakes, things to do and fun inexpensive things. We could go anywhere on our bikes without being intimidated by Hells Angels. The worst besides GE duping us with PCBs was the politics, but we were too young to understand it. Now it is even worse from what I read in blogs and in between the lines in the Eagle.
MARCHETTI RESPONDS AS THIRD MAN IN
Mayoral candidate Peter Marchetti became the third man in. In a hockey fight, that gets you an all-expenses paid trip to the penalty box. This isn’t hockey. This is Pittsfield politics. No red lines, no blue lines, no goals — just a bunch of pandering, staying out of sight, non-campaigning, and apathy.
THE PLANET had invited the Big Three mayoral candidates for an informal sit-down and discussion. Joe Nichols, first in, accepted. Dan Bianchi, second, was non-committal. Peter Marchetti, third, had this to say:
I have 2 reservations regarding this forum – the first is that not all candidates are involved and the people cannot watch themselves and evaluate candidate responses. – the second is that I have no time this past week and none the week ahead. I will be out of town during the day and have evening commitments for the upcoming week.
You’d think this was Henry Kissinger trying to make peace between the Jews and the Arabs. As to Marchetti’s two objections:
(1) “Not all candidates are involved.” Yeah, right Pete. Like you give a hoot about having Donna Walto and Steve Fillio there. Bianchi mentioned this as well. You know and I know that you’re using this as an excuse. Of course, you want all five there. That gives you less time under the microscope with Dan Valenti. Come on, at least be honest. Tell the truth. Say that you don’t want to engage in any meaningful way during the primary campaign, especially against Nichols. Say that you fear Nichols. Say that your campaign has made a strategic move of not accepting such a matchup because Nichols may knock you out of November. Your No Show may be good political strategy (see “L” for “Larded Lout”) because such an ouster could happen, but it’s lousy for We The People.
(2) No time at all for two weeks? Not even for an activity that should be the prime focus of whatever time you do have? OK. That’s your answer. We don’t believe it, but we accept that.
Three questions: Will you, Peter Marchetti and Dan Bianchi, accept a forum where all five are invited? What is the next available day on your calendar — day or night, Peter Marchetti — that you can sit down in such a forum for an hour? Also, will you, Peter Marchetti, meet one-on-one with THE PLANET, with a video camera there?
Or maybe we’ll give you what you want. We’ll just say, “Why bother”? and let the city shift for itself.
PITTSFIELD BOOK a ‘BACK IN THE DAY’ GEM
THE PLANET brings to your attention a fund-raising project for the fabulous, hard-carved Berkshire Carousel. Berkshire Memories: A Baby Boomer Looks Back at Growing Up in Pittsfield, a 300-page hardcover book, features photos and stories about the city as it was.
All proceeds from the sale go to support the Berkshire Carousel Project. Readers can preview the book on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SgeR95Q7Uc&authuser=0. You can also visit berkshirecarousel.com. Books can be ordered at that site or by mail at a special pre-publication price of $32 plus $4 P&H. Massachusetts residents add $2.50 sales tax. Books will be mailed at the end of this month, when full price will be charged of $40.
Mail address is Berkshire Carousel, c/o Jim Shulman, 4050 Sunbury Rd., Galena, OH 43021. Checks payable to “Berkshire Carousel.”
WHAT, YOU THINK ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS THIS SUPERHERO STUFF? OTHER APPOINTMENTS BECKON< MY GOOD FRIENDS.
“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”
LOVE TO ALL