PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY, NOV. 7, 2011) — The day of reckoning, Election Day, looms over Pittsfield like a Leviathan cut down to size by the fractions of a Lilliputian campaign. Before THE PLANET gives our endorsements, we share this news we broke yesterday on Facebook.

We have a copy of “The Slate.”

A few days ago, we reported the  suspected existence of a “Slate” voter card, meant to give lazy or undecided voters “direction” on how to vote. When we triangulate information from various sources with a high degree of reliability and the information tallies from each, we usually know the information is good. We suspected that such a card existed. Granted, it’s not illegal, but when a card like this is cheaply printed anonymously, paid for in secret, and distributed as if it was hooch during Prohibition, you can be sure the intentions aren’t good.

The intentions are to steer the election in a certain direction, so that it might be hijacked on a side way. The Vested Interests and their apologists stimulated our interest by insisting such a card didn’t exist.

On the assumption there  was such a card, THE PLANET worked to track it downdown. Lo and behold:

PLANET UNCOVERS SLATE CARD — Here it is, the names the GOBs want you to put in office.

The card is printed on cheap stock, meant to be a throwaway. Be on the lookout for these on Election Day, and especially be suspicious of anyone handing them out.

Investigating further, we have reason to believe these were printed at the Boring Broadsheet, though we can all but guarantee that nowhere will this show up as a bill on a campaign expenditure sheet.

The”unity card” or slate touts Sherman, Clairmont, Caccamo,and Cotton. These are the name first revealed by THE PLANET when we told you about the card’s existence.

In and of itself, it’s not a big deal, but given the way the anti-Bianchi gang hotly denied its existence made it big, for it shows them as disingenuous.

If you recall, we had many doubters and GOB apologists who accused us of inventing a campaign issue or looking to drive ratings through the floating of a “conspiracy theory.” We remained steadfast in our intelligence and sure of ourselves. The palm card proves that we had the story correct. There IS a GOB at-large slate, and this is it.

Clairmont is a CPA who served in a fiduciary role for Mayor Ruberto’s campaign.

Caccamo received a $40,000 a year school job having something to do with MCAS scores (we thought teachers and layers of administration were capable handling that task without adding another school job at taxpayers’ expense). Speculation is that this is Caccamo’s reward for carrying out certain tasks from his masters. He denies it.

Sherman is a steady and steadying hand well liked by most all. Should he and Jonathan Lothrop win re-election, look for the two to jockey for council president. Sherman, in short, is a known quantity.

Cotton, a refugee of the hear-no-evil, see-no-evil, speak-no-evil school board, can be counted on to vote one way: The way they tell him.


BB’s Endorsement of Marchetti: A Split Decision?

Speaking of endorsements, we heard it told twice from newsroom sources at the BB that Marchetti’s endorsement came against the arguments of managing editor Kevin Moran and editorial page editor Bill Everhardt. Our source claim that Moran and Everhardt, Moran especially, wanted to endorse Bianchi. Executive editor Tim Farkas overruled and, taking his orders from above, let it be known: “We’re going for the short-end money on Marchetti.”

This would make sense. Everhardt, Moran, and Farkas were on the editorial panel that interviewed Bianchi last week. Bianchi told THE PLANET he felt he got a fair hearing, overall, but wasn’t sure about Farkas. We were, though. One newsroom source says it was a set-up. Bianchi could have come in to the meeting announcing a cure for the heartbreak of psoriasis and it wouldn’t have mattered. Fortunately, the BB’s reputation has sunk so low that their endorsement of Marchetti all but drive the final nail into the coffin.

Who can trust the BB? Yesterday, for example, in Sunday’s page one story on the wrap up of the mayoral campaign, copies of the paper were delivered with Alf Barbalunga ad stickers — each planted squarely over Bianchi’s mug. Also, Dick Lindsey‘s story made reference to Bianchi’s wife, listing her as “Linda Bianchi.”

His wife’s name is Theresa Bianchi, the former Theresa Harrison. According to sources, Linda Bianchi was a controversial school principal in Ward 4. How can this be anything other than an honest mistake? How could a reporter make that type of egregious error then have it get through the copy desk. Question: Did Lindsey have the correct name only to have it later changed by someone else?


What is the GOB? It’s a What made up of  the Whos

The GOB refers largely to the political element in the city of Pittsfield that hands out favors to special interests (in both public and private sectors). Payouts come in many forms, not the least of which is cash. For example, projects are farmed out to sainted vendors, who have paid the proper political tribute. Vendors, contractors, and business people who don’t show the proper political loyalty somehow lose their licenses, face numerous obstacles for expansion, and NEVER win the contracts, even when they are the lowest bidder.

How does the GOB operate? With their own set of rules. They don’t expect to follow the rules that Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski obey, forthey are above the law. Literally.

Here’s a small example provided by THE STOOLEY, who attended the recent appearance of congressional candidate (and Democrat) Elizabeth Warren at the ITAM.

THE STOOLEY reports:

Wow five hundred enthusiastic democrats coming to see Elizabeth Warren.  How could this in anyway be negative for local democrats? I was there and I am not a democrat.

As I was leaving the Itam on Thursday night at 8:00PM the silver lining began to form a cloud around the previous hour. When I got to the door I asked the two policemen who were standing at the door if they were on overtime or were they being compensated by the Warren campaign. One of the officers replied that they were there on a different matter altogether. He said that they were concerned that the cars from the five hundred attendees which were parked on all the streets around the Itam posed a threat to public safety as a fire truck or other emergency vehicles would be able to have access to the parked car narrowed streets. I replied that they were indeed right and it would be difficult to even land a helicopter there.

As I made my way to my car I concluded that a neighborhood resident must have called the police department or the fire department with concerns for the safety of the area.

I began wondering if this call was made when it was made. The neighborhood was already packed with cars when I arrived at 6:50 PM. So the call probably came in around 7:00 PM and a patrol would have been dispatched.

If the police were concerned that a legitimate threat to public safety exited why did they allow cars to remain parked until the conclusion of the meeting at 8:00PM?

Did the officers talk with the patrol supervisor? Did the patrol supervisor make or receive any phone calls from any elected official telling him to let the meeting go?

Did any of the high holy democrats at the meeting (and they were all there) influence the actions or inactions of the police department?

What is the safe legal capacity of the upstairs room of the Itam? Is  500 legal?

If a fire truck couldn’t reach neighborhood homes or the Itam was the safety of neighborhood residents threatened? Was the safety of the 500 people inside the Itam Threatened?

THE STOOLEY’s rhetorical questions answered themselves: All the Dem big shots were there, and so, magically, the overflow was deemed not to be a public safety hazard. If it was anybody else, particularly a person or group without the proper papal dispensations, though, and down comes the boom.


THE PLANET’S ENDORSEMENTS: Bianchi … Morandi … Ferrin … Vincellete … Lothrop … Sherman, Mazzeo, Scapin, Nichols.

And now for our endorsements. First, let THE PLANET say that on Tuesday, there will be 12,992 voters on Tuesday. In the race for mayor, where we have already endorsed Dan Bianchi, we shall see a double-digit win for Dan’l.

Dan Bianchi 7,245… Peter Marchetti 5,747. Thus reads THE PLANET’s crystal ball.

Bianchi has run a smart, engaged, issues-oriented campaign with an attitude and tone that can best be described as “mayoral.”  Marchetti has run a scared, tone-deaf, defensive with an attitude that can best be described as shrill.

Let’s put this sartorially. If Marchetti is a green shirt and a flowered tie, Bianchi is a crisp, white Oxford and a blue-and-red striped rep. Marchetti is a madras sport jacket. Bianchi is a classic blue blazer. Marchetti is a pair of saddle shoes. Bianchi is a set of black Bass loafers.

Say hello to Dan Bianchi, Pittsfield’s next mayor.

The Rest of the Races

Ward 1: Chris Yon, unopposed. Fair-minded and still learning.

Ward 2: Kevin Morandi over Peter White. White’s sticker campaign comes off as sloppy second.

Ward 3: Jeff Ferrin over Paul Capitanio. Ferrin has earned his shot at leadership as the hardest working man in Campaign 2011.

Ward 4 Ozias “Chuck” Vincelette over Chris Connell. The Man from Mensa has the smarts.

Ward 5: Jonathan Lothrop over Joe Breault. Lothrop is a good kind of policy wonk. The city is better off getting him back.

Ward 6: John Krol, unopposed. Good values, can analyze issues, will offer counterpoint.

Ward 7: Tony Simonelli,  unopposed. THE PLANET robbed Tony of HR when he was a 3rd-yr. Babe Ruth player for GEAA and I was a rookie lf for Union Federal. One of Deming’s Greatest Moments.

At-Large: Kevin Sherman, Melissa Mazzeo, Rick Scapin, Joe Nichols: Sherman will battle Lothrop for council president; Mazzeo has proven an aggressive, able citywide representative; Scapin has blue-collar appeal; Nichols will pursue the popular and, especially, the unpopular but necessary.

School Committee: Terry Kinnas and pick five. No one has exceeded Terry Kinnas in taking the role of citizen-governor seriously. He has attended more school committee meetings than some committee members.





  1. Baby Baby
    November 7, 2011 at 10:02 am #


    Will you please use the brain that god gave you. Anyone wanting to have the label GOBs attached to them would be a fool. Do you really think that these four individuals allowed their names to be attached to this?

    Look at it. It is poorly worded, constructed and printed.

    This was designed by someone whose name is not on the list. It is being distributed to discredit these individuals.

    Are you so blind that you cannot see this.

    • Steve Wade
      November 7, 2011 at 10:17 am #

      Baby Baby I couldn’t agree more.. I am appalled that Mr. Valenti would call Mr. Cotton a yes Man for the Boss. Does anyone else think it sounds a bit racist?

      • danvalenti
        November 7, 2011 at 12:43 pm #

        You know you’re inventing fiction here. Anyone who looks at my comments on Cotton will see so.

        • Steve Wade
          November 7, 2011 at 5:31 pm #

          Dan you say Mr. Cotton will only vote like he is told. Maybe you didn’t mean to be racist but it still sounds like it.

          • Steve Wade
            November 7, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

            Dan Mr. Cotton is a man of color and you say he will vote like he is told to. Sounds like racism to me . Yes sir Is be Voting how you want me to master.

          • danvalenti
            November 7, 2011 at 8:17 pm #

            Who’s the racist, Steve?

      • levitan
        November 7, 2011 at 1:39 pm #

        No, Steve it is not racist. Look up the word – racism means you believe limits are inherently defined by race.

        • danvalenti
          November 7, 2011 at 8:28 pm #

          Don’t bother. Steve is fixated on this. Reason and rationality will not work.

      • Joe Pinhead
        November 8, 2011 at 9:03 am #

        Just wondering should we view Mr. Cotton differently than the other candidates? Should we not look at his past voting record? If not, why not? How should we qualify or vote for or against Mr. Cotton? As you pointed out he is a man of color in your mind is it his skin color that determines how we should or shouldn’t vote? Is there an * next to the votes he’s taken with a note informing us of his skin color? Are you saying that people of color are unable to withstand public scrutiny in regards to action(s )taken on behalf of the public?
        Steve might I suggest that you rethink your use of the word racist and take a long hard look at yourself first. Please don’t make the charge of racism for fair and equal treatment.

    • Jayson Balir
      November 7, 2011 at 11:33 am #

      Baby Baby,

      I will go one further. The existence of this card was fabricated and then printed from this blog’s author in order to create a story (even if it isn’t an interesting one, I suppose it’s better than nothing).

      • danvalenti
        November 7, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

        Hate to pin-prick the cartoon balloon you’re floating here, but the card is real. Who authored the card is not known, but we can assure you, on highest authority, a tweren’t THE PLANET.

        • Joe Pinhead
          November 7, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

          Now that they have been exposed they float all sorts of stories on how they were set up to push a blog site etc. Next election cycle it will be that they created a job in the printing sector, but due to negitivity that newly created job had to be eliminated.

    • Mrs. FL
      November 7, 2011 at 12:26 pm #

      Well I’m wondering if they would even ask in the first place, and I don’t think they would. Especially if this was printed by the bb.

  2. Hilly Billy 2 in Ward 4
    November 7, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    Would love to see a list of GOBs compiled here on Planet Valenti…

    • Still wondering
      November 7, 2011 at 10:57 am #

      Dan has done this in the past.

      • danvalenti
        November 7, 2011 at 12:40 pm #

        Indeed we have. Good memory, SW.

  3. Baby Baby
    November 7, 2011 at 10:29 am #

    Dan writes “The Vested Interests and their apologists stimulated our interest by insisting such a card didn’t exist.” Indicating the candidates knew of and approved its circulation.

    Then he writes “Investigating further, we have reason to believe these were printed at the Boring Broadsheet”. He believes that the 4 candidates and the Berkshire Eagle all got together and came up with this idea.

    Then he writes “The card is printed on cheap stock, meant to be a throwaway” implying that the Berkshire Eagle wanted to promote this slate and do so in a cheap manner, and the canidates agreed to this.

    I think this was created by someone no on the list to discredit these 4 candidates.

    • danvalenti
      November 7, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

      Possibly it was created by someone to discredit the four listed. It appears, though, that the printing was done at the BB, which — as someone suggested — would imply that the card was done in earnest and to actually promote the four. The facts aren’t clear. The existence of the card is.

  4. tito
    November 7, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    we’re the good ole boys, da da da da da!

  5. Hilly Billy 2 in Ward 4
    November 7, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    @ baby Baby….I don’t think any of the candidates not on the card would circulate it in order to discredit the ones on it. First, because this “card” will not be in most people’s hands but a smaller amount of people get their hands on it and it will not get mainstream media coverage thereby having a negative impact on those listed, therefore , getting this card out would be counterproductive to the ones not listing, as they would lose potential votes. Second, that’s just not the politics of those not listed. Third, I don’t think those on the card would approve of their name being on the card either, it just doesn’t look right…

    @SW…I don’t think Dan’s comment , “a refugee of the hear-no-evil, see-no-evil, speak-no-evil school board, can be counted on to vote one way: The way they tell him.” sounds anything like your “Mr. Cotton a yes Man for the Boss.” Does anyone else think it sounds a bit racist
    It’s not racist but rather speaks generally to the School Committee’s ‘ most of them anyway, tendancy to just rubber stamp things and a newcomer to the Council’s potential to be more influenced by others arguments. The racist slant is a creation of yours, so I respectfully must disagree with you.
    @ still wondering, could you or anyone else copy and paste that GOB list?

  6. Joe Blow
    November 7, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    Dan,are you still gonna print the SCHOOL BUILDING NEEDS COMMISSION DOCUMENT?

    • danvalenti
      November 7, 2011 at 12:40 pm #

      Yes, JB. Waiting until after the election. Most likely it will be Wed. or Thursday of this week.

  7. Hilly Billy 2 in Ward 4
    November 7, 2011 at 11:20 am #

    Any endorsements for school committee?

    • danvalenti
      November 7, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

      Good nudge. We simply forgot. We endorse Terry Kinnas and we will post this later.

      • ambrose
        November 7, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

        you and terry are cut from the same cloth – neither doing anything, but always being an expert on everything –

        • danvalenti
          November 7, 2011 at 8:27 pm #

          Well, I’d like you to tell the people employed at Planet Media Books, the students I teach at BCC, the readers of the massive amount of my writing that gets published each year, the clients for whom I advise on communications, plus the listeners of my broadcasts and speeches, the audiences at my lectures and book signings, that I’m doing nothing! They’d be surprised to hear.

  8. levitan
    November 7, 2011 at 11:31 am #


    Good call on the Barbalunga stickers. Could you imagine The Boston Globe using a sticker ad to blanket cover the face of a contender in any election?

    • danvalenti
      November 7, 2011 at 12:38 pm #

      Yes, it was so blatant that one might think: “No, they wouldn’t be THAT obvious, would they”?

    • Baby Baby
      November 7, 2011 at 12:56 pm #

      1/2 the papers had the stickers over Marchetti’s face. I saw it on both of them.

      To have it over either’s face was a mistake of the BB.

  9. deb S
    November 7, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    Rick Scapin is Jerry Doyles brother inlaw. Sorry not agreeing with Dan on his choice of Rick.

      November 7, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

      yes Deb thats true but rumor is they don’t get along. Since stadium issue Doyle for Scapin against, remember that battle between them, wasn’t pretty

  10. beezer
    November 7, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

    I don’t think Mr. Sturgeon is a liar.

  11. beezer
    November 7, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

    …concerning having the mayor on his radio program and promoting his candidate, just bad timing.

  12. Hilly Billy 2 in Ward 4
    November 7, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    I missed Sturgeon this am…who was on this morning at 10am beezer, Mayor Ruberto??? And what was the coment about Mr Bill being a liar? Did he say that the mayor being on THE DAY BEFORE AN ELECTION PROMOTING HIS CANDIDATE, was just a coincidence? If he did, then not only is he a liar, but A BIG FAT MAN liar….

  13. Gracie
    November 7, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

    Dan: A few questions for you regarding your endorsement of Jeff Ferrin for Ward 3. Obviously, I am a supporter of Paul Capitanio but I respect the views and opinions of anyone who gets involved in local politics. The questions I have are as follows:

    A.) What are your thoughts / views on the numerous reprimands that Mr. Ferrin received during his short career with the City of Pittsfield? Mr. Ferrin himself states that he worked for the Pittsfield DPW for five years, going out with a disability in 2010. From 2006 – 2009, Mr. Ferrin received somewhere in the realm of 14 or 15 written reprimands, verbal reprimands and suspensions. To me, that seems like a lot of discipline in the course of three or so years. Furthermore, two of those infractions were fairly serious in nature with one involving Mr. Ferrin making racial remarks over a city radio. Shortly after those two two incidents, Mr. Ferrin retired on a tax-payer funded disability. Is this really the type of guy that we want to represent the ward and the City of Pittsfield? Also, (if elected) how is someone of his character going to be able to work with city officials (including those at the DPW) in order to accomplish improvements within Ward 3 and the city?

    B.) While I don’t always agree with every one of your views and opinions, I enjoy reading The Planet because of its transparency, openness, and tenacity in digging up the truth. With that being said, why haven’t any of these issues with Mr. Ferrin been made public within your blog? The decisions and details of these incidents are readily available by doing a simple search of “Jeff Ferrin” in Google or However, as far as I can tell, you have never made any mention of Ferrin’s questionable track record while working for the City of Pittsfield. This seems to be just the type of pertinent info the Planet usually digs up and provides to its readers.

    I welcome your responses and appreciate your coverage thus far of an exciting election season. Keep up the good work.

    • danvalenti
      November 7, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

      Now THIS is the type of critique that I now only welcome, but encourage and respect. I love the way it asks fair questions and advances the discussion. Sp let me respond to (a) and (b).
      (A) Last year, I had a meeting with Jeff Ferrin to discuss various topics, including the OT scandal he helped uncover in the Water Department. At that time, I had a chance to ask Jeff about this. His answers, along with my own investigation into the document trail, satisfied me at the time. In light of that, I didn’t see the relevance. Obviously, Paul Capitanio didn’t think it relevant as well, since he did not mention it formally in the campaign.
      (B) See above. We agreed with Paul. They weren’t relevant. What’s relevant is what Jeff has done in the past two years to reinvent himself as a private citizen who’s taking his role in government seriously. Again, Gracie, thank you for your intelligence.

    • Steve Wade
      November 7, 2011 at 2:03 pm #

      Gracie Thanks for the info on Mr. Ferrin. I went to the site and was amazed at what Mr. Ferrin had done in his short career with the city. No way do we need this type on the city council. I hope more people will do their homework before they vote against Mr. Capitanio.

      • Steve Wade
        November 7, 2011 at 5:35 pm #

        Do We think Mr Ferrin has a agenda with the DPW if elected?

        • Jeff Ferrin
          November 7, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

          Mr. Wade

          I encourage you to take me up on the offer that I have made to anyone who wishes to see my “WHOLE” record to learn the truth. My guess is that you do not have the guts to take me up on that offer because you will be affraid of having to admit you were wrong about me. So if you want to get to know me win or lose then I encourage you to educate yourself about the person and not just the few things you have read. Win or lose I am not going away and will continue to be as active as I have been.

          As for an agenda with the DPW! That agenda is no different than any other department agenda I have. Total transparency and accoutability to the tax payers. That is my agenda Mr. Wade Again instead of just assuming call me and or meet me for coffe and I would be happy to educate you.

          Jeff Ferrin

    • Jeff Ferrin
      November 7, 2011 at 5:49 pm #


      I am curious if you were the one who lives on Ontario Street and sent out the 11 page document to my supporters eluding to all this?

      Now I have no problem with whom you support. What I do have a problem with is that I have made public all that you have referred to and more. I welcome you to come to my home and look at my “ENTIRE FILE”. You only have part of what you have read from civil service. Understanding and knowing both sides of every issue is very important to prevent such a one sided observation.

      I invite you to call and discuss the issues with me. 464-7930

      Like I said from day one Gracie, I have nothing to hide.

      Like Dan said Paul did not make an issue of it. WHY? Because he knows the truth and knows I can back it up.

      If you wish to reach out to me and learn the whole story then I look forward to hearing from you Gracie. If not then I ask tha you please refrain from submitting only part of the story

      • Jeff Ferrin
        November 7, 2011 at 5:57 pm #

        Jeff Ferrin

        • Kelly
          November 7, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

          why did Dan remove my question about Jeff Ferrin being on disability? It’s fair enough. Those are my tax dollars Dan Valenti, and you’re goddamn right I want to know if Jeff is one of these moochers. No wonder he has time to campaign all day.

  14. Hilly Billy 2 in Ward 4
    November 7, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

    I bet “Stickergate” hurts Peter M and possibly even Alf B more than it does Dan B….Alf should ask for his $$ back for being involved in this nonsense

  15. Hilly Billy 2 in Ward 4
    November 7, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

    @ Dan…” It appears, though, that the printing was done at the BB”, can you provide the details behind this statement? Thanks

  16. Payroll Patriot
    November 7, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    The Pittsfield Gazette reported that Mr. Cotton and Mr. Conant did not file their campaign finance reports. The Gazette’s web site has candidates in their own words, you might want to read them. Funny, the” secret slate” turns out to be who BB endorsed.

  17. Jim Gleason
    November 7, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

    Dan, I agree with all of your endorsements but Lothrop. He’s a company man through and through, voting with the 9 in the 9-2 almost every time. Joe Breault in 5!!.

    • danvalenti
      November 7, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

      Thanks, Jim. I respect that.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm #

    Gracie: I can not vote in that ward but if I could I would go right to that site and Paul would get my vote. Thanks Gracie, to bad this wasn’t bought out before today

    • Steve Wade
      November 7, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

      If Marchetti had this kind of work record Dan would be all over it! I heard Mr. Ferrin was like this when he worked in Lee also.

    • Jeff Ferrin
      November 7, 2011 at 5:57 pm #


      None of what Gracie posted is a surprise
      I brought it all out two years ago when I ran for mayor. I brought it all out to be sure it was out there at the begining of this race. I offer you the same information access as I did Gracie and anyone else wishes to see it. Even if you can’t vote in my ward.

      Jeff Ferrin

      • Steve Wade
        November 7, 2011 at 6:51 pm #

        Jeff what was your work record for the town of Lee? Any problems there?

      • Kelly
        November 7, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

        Do we have to seek it out? why don’t you put it on a website so people can read it without having to meet with you. I understand you can be very intimidating. My friend felt pressured to take a lawn sign when you wouldn’t take no for answer. She thought you were very pushy. I could imagine you being vindictive once elected.

        • danvalenti
          November 7, 2011 at 8:12 pm #

          You can imagine, but that would be irrational — to apply imagination to reality in this way. I did exactly what Jeff has offered you. I met with him. I got the entire picture, including some highly unethical postings made by a city supervisor. Here’s the point that you and the others who are doing hatchet work against Mr. Ferrin refuse to note: Paul Capitanio had ample opportunity during the campaign to go there, and he didn’t. Why? Because he knows that dog won’t hunt. Fact is, Jeff has outworked, out-everything’d not on Paul but every other council candidate in this election. Jeff Ferrin will make a fine ward 3 councilor.

        November 7, 2011 at 10:15 pm #

        Well I guess if I was a voter in that ward I would have paid more attention. Anyways the best in the election tomorrow.

    • danvalenti
      November 7, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

      I know you to be a fair-minded, well-informed citizen, but you missed Jeff’s earlier disclosures during this campaign. He has answered all the questions satisfactorily, to the extend that Paul C did not think it was a campaign issue.

  19. kevin
    November 7, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

    Then Steve why if it matters doesn’t Paul c bring it up as The Planet asked, we can only assume its irrelevant, then.

    • Steve Wade
      November 7, 2011 at 6:49 pm #

      Kev I think Paul will win without having to bring up Mr Ferrins work record.

    • danvalenti
      November 7, 2011 at 8:22 pm #

      This is the point that the Jeff Ferrin lynch mob refuses to acknowledge. It shows how much Jeff has the GOB rattled, that they would send orders to their minions to flood this site with such comments.

      • Steve Wade
        November 8, 2011 at 6:04 am #

        Dan I received no such orders. Sorry to spoil your spin..

      • Steve Wade
        November 8, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

        Ya when Paul won the election with over a 2 to 1 win Im sure he was rattled!!

  20. Baby Baby
    November 7, 2011 at 5:51 pm #

    I heard tonight that Melissa Mazzeo is the only person that had this “slate” card. Dan, is that who you got it from?

    Has anyone else heard of another person that has actually seen one?

    • Steve Wade
      November 7, 2011 at 6:44 pm #

      I hear over a million people have been given one . What is the difference between Dan giving his list of endorsements and some stupid list giving their own endorsements?

  21. john doe
    November 7, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

    Regarding the stickers;

    I’m sure they’re placed there by machine and the the date was booked well in advance. They’re always in approximately the same spot on the paper.

    some wound upover Marchetti, some Bianchi. Big deal.

    There are plenty of real issues to discuss, but to make this one of them is pathetic.

    • Steve Wade
      November 7, 2011 at 6:40 pm #

      John Good call. It just gives Dan something to blab about! IM glad to see who the stockbridge vote wants in Pittsfield. Maybe if Mr. Valenti moves back to Pittsfield it would give him more say in Pittsfield politics.

    • Curious
      November 7, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

      He’ll make-up anything to drive traffic and stir up his following of conspiracy theorists. Probably the big push to pull is some advertisers to keep this thing afloat…no way a few hundred hits shuts down a site. I’m guessing someone pulled a Buddy Lewis on the hosting service.

      • danvalenti
        November 7, 2011 at 8:17 pm #

        Well, if it comforts you that we get a few hundred hits, that’s fine. The actual numbers rule and have, in 14 months, made us the predominant website in Berkshire County. We have had numerous inquiries from advertisers, but no dice. THE PLANET’s cost centers do not come from the website. We run this sight as a public service, out time and talent donated. We are the ONLY site of this nature that is unbought and unbossed. Glad you are among our many followers.

        • john doe
          November 8, 2011 at 10:32 am #


          You obviously get a report from your web hosting company reporting the number of unique visitors to the site on a daily basis.

          Why not just post the report to quiet your detractors?


          • danvalenti
            November 8, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

            A fair question deserves an honest answer. We don’t post those numbers because we don’t have to prove a thing to our detractors. We hold on to our numbers for logistical and business reasons. You are correct, that we have a lot of hard data on who visits this site (total and unique), when they visit, and other information. When we decided to keep the website non-commercial, we deemed our numbers to be internal. We shall only share actual numbers if and when this site goes commercial … but I can’t see that happening. As we said, the site is not a cost-generating center for us. The butter for our bread comes from our other businesses. THE PLANET shall remain unbought and unbossed, which makes us impervious to pressure. We are the only media outlet in the region that can make this claim. Thanks for the inquiry.

          • john doe
            November 8, 2011 at 5:17 pm #


            You can’t have your cake and eat it too. Once you open the door by bragging about the number of visitors to the site, it becomes completely disingenuous of you to then refuse to reveal the numbers.

            If someone else did this you would be ripping them apart.

            The only conclusion one can draw in this scenario is that you were fabricating your numbers.

          • danvalenti
            November 8, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

            Believe what ever comforts you, but if that’s the “only conclusion” you can draw, you need to expand your horizons. Nice try, but no cigar. Not even the 5Vegas Gold, maduro, torpedo (6″ x 54) we just enjoyed with our gang at the Fortress. I had the cake, and it tasted great.

          • Steve Wade
            November 8, 2011 at 7:02 pm #

            JD Why does a man who is 5ft4 have to smoke a cigar that measures 54 ring 6inches long? Does the term Little man complex sound familiar?

          • danvalenti
            November 8, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

            In answer to Steve. Why? Because we enjoy them, of course!

          • john doe
            November 9, 2011 at 10:41 am #

            Okay, I’ll bite. What else should one conclude when one brags about something and then refuses to back it up with facts?

          • danvalenti
            November 9, 2011 at 9:26 pm #

            What, d’ya want me to draw you a map!? If yez can do it, it ain’t braggin’ (adapted from The Dizzy Dean)

          • john doe
            November 10, 2011 at 10:26 am #

            Bragging without presenting facts is called fiction.

          • danvalenti
            November 10, 2011 at 11:21 am #

            True, but sharing information based on truth is called responsible journalism.

          • john doe
            November 10, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

            When called on the carpet journalists back up their claims with facts. Otherwise it’s called the National Enquirer.

            If the so called BB were acting as you are now about this topic, you would be ripping them apart. I think it is time for a little introspection on your part.

  22. Hilly Billy 2 in Ward 4
    November 7, 2011 at 7:05 pm #

    Do you live in Pittsfield Stevie? Then shut your hole!

    • Steve Wade
      November 8, 2011 at 6:07 am #

      Hilly I do live in Pittsfield not in Stockbridge with all of the beutiful people…

  23. Hilly Billy 2 in Ward 4
    November 7, 2011 at 7:07 pm #

    Is Steve Wade Glen Heller incarnate?

    • LV
      November 7, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

      I suspect his initials are “JD”.

      • Steve Wade
        November 8, 2011 at 6:13 am #

        LV If you mean Gerry Doyle your wrong.

    • Steve Wade
      November 8, 2011 at 6:08 am #

      Nope I too think Heller is a idiot….

  24. Hilly Billy 2 in Ward 4
    November 7, 2011 at 7:15 pm #

    @ Jeff Ferrin, you ran a good campaign and outworked every single person out there, don’t let some idiot like Steve Wade, Glen Heller or whoever that idiot is get you distracted or worked up to the point that you lose sight of that. Get some rest and put on your best face tomorrow, thank the people who worked hard for you, and win or lose hold your head high. Best of luck!

  25. Hilly Billy 2 in Ward 4
    November 7, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

    @ Curious Valenti don’t need you,Wade, Heller or ad $ to keep this site going….thats why you pussies are so scared of him….He don’t need you….He’s got the truth and the people that all he needs…That’s what makes him and this site so real and full of truth…

    • LV
      November 7, 2011 at 7:47 pm #


    • Curious
      November 7, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

      @Silly Billy: Baahhhha. I just spit out my coffee and I wasn’t even drinking any.

    • Steve Wade
      November 8, 2011 at 6:09 am #

      So your drinking the Kool Aide NOW?

  26. The Kraken
    November 7, 2011 at 7:30 pm #

    Steve Wade is not Glenn Heller. Heller’s posts, while being way out there, were usually well written, unlike SW’s.

    • Levitan
      November 7, 2011 at 8:03 pm #

      Kraken, I was just about to post a something to the same effect myself. Heller, though often not one I agree with, was sharp and witty.

  27. dusty
    November 8, 2011 at 2:07 am #

    I think Steve Wade writes like a mayor. Possibly the current one but probably a past one.
    Either way they are petrified of a guy like Ferrin getting elected and having any power to alter their financial gouging of the taxpayers. They need a majority of GOB on the council to over rule Bianchi if he gets elected mayor. As you can see they have brought out all the nasty mudslingers in a desperate effort to discredit him. They want a straight line to the taxpayers wallet with no one questioning why they do what they do.

    • Steve Wade
      November 8, 2011 at 6:11 am #

      Dusty Did you even look at Ferrins work record? Do we really want this loose cannon on the city council?