‘INSTEAD, WE HAVE A YOUNG WOMAN WHO, IT APPEARS, CALLOUSLY ABANDONS A MAN TO A SOLITARY DEATH IN THE ROAD” … AS THE HEART BREAKS, WE PURSUE OUR RELENTLESS COVERAGE OF THE MEREDITH NILAN COVERUP … ALL THE WHILE, THE BB HASN’T PUBLISHED ONE, NOT ONE, LETTER TO THE EDITOR, ADDRESSING THIS SLIME … plus … PROBATION DEPARTMENT HAS HELP WANTED AD. WANT TO WRITE UP A JOB DESCRIPTION? WE’RE GAME
By DAN VALENTI
PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary
(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2012) — “Instead, we have a young woman who, it appears, callously abandons a man to a solitary death in the road.”
Instead, She Ran
And these, my dear friends, are to date the most eloquent words to encapsulate the tragic case of Peter Moore, and innocent pedestrian run down by a spoiled, entitled, 24-year-old female enfante terrible who did not have the human decency to stop, MAKE DAMN SURE SHE FOUND THE LIFE SHE JUST NEARLY SNUFFED, tend to victim, call the police, and wait at the scene until they came.
Instead, she ran.
She said she searched the scene and found nothing.
Then, she ran.
Even now, 47 days after the crash and to the best of our knowledge, Meredith Nilan has not come forward to offer any explanation to the public or condolences to the victim and his family. From what we have seen, she has not owned up to the gravity of what she has done or taken responsibility in any meaningful and public way for her actions.
If her actions were an isolated example of a Favorite Daughter using her old man’s influence to receive a special dispensation denied to Us Common Folk, then — oh well. It’s bad, but these things happen. However, when the actions come to perfectly symbolize everything that’s wrong with the inbreeding, dysfunctional, and mutated nature of the poisoned Pittsfield political structure, we can’t let it pass.
What of Peter Moore? What of His Lifetime of Pain and Struggle?
The opening words of this column came from a long, heartfelt, and private message to THE PLANET by a citizen who asked that the full message and byline not be used. Our correspondent, whom we shall call Colossus, wrote from the heart on the multiple layers of the tragic in this case.
* Is is not a tragedy, that a 46-year-old son, husband, and father is left with injuries that will be, in one way, shape, or form, permanent? These include a broken neck, brain damage, and a broken leg.
* Isn’t it tragic that Peter Moore’s old life is dead. His new one, a life of rehab and pain, has just begun.
* Isn’t it tragic that a father, the All Important GOB Dad of the entitled driver of the car that nearly killed Mr. Moore, should have done such a poor job raising his daughter that the young woman would leave the scene of such a violent and obvious crash with, from the photographic evidence, what she had to know was a human life. The only way we can view her story of hitting a “dog or a deer” credible is if she was so impaired by drink and or drugs so as not to be able to determine this difference of startling contrast.
* Is it not tragic, the ultimate finding in this case? No, not what appears to be the rigged “verdict” from an important ringer, the first assistant clerk magistrate from Westfield. Rather, tragic the finding so well expressed by Colossus:
“So, we are left with a corrupt court system, a man with almost gauranteed permanent brain damage – likely to become worse as he ages – and will now have to settle for less in lifestyle and comfort. And to cap it off, we have Meridith Nilan who would appear to now have a hardened understanding of the value of human life and morality.”
Reasonable Conclusions Based on the Evidence, Common Sense, and a Knowledge of How Things ‘Get Done’
Ladies and Genltlemen, we have inquired into many aspects of this story. We have done so not because it is a pleasant story. We have done so because in a democracy, We The People need to KNOW that their criminal justice system is on the level. We The People need to know that there aren’t two sets of laws, as President Obama referenced in his State of the Union speech.
We are convinced of a few things, based on the evidence, what officials are saying off the record, and on the simple observational powers that lie within all truth-seeking, decent human beings:
* The truth in this case has not come out.
* Justice has been deliberately thwarted.
* A coverup, as bad on some counts as the original crime, is in the works, held together largely by fear of those with pertinent information from telling what they know.
THE PLANET shall be contacting the members of the Berkshire legislative delegation. We shall ask them:
(1) Their view of the Nilan-Moore case. Are they satisfied that justice has been served? If so why?
(2) If not, will they step to the front and call for a thorough, independent, honest, and fearless investigation into the sordid affair?
No Time for Equivocation of Fancy Dancing
This is not the time to equivocate. This is not the time to fancy dance. This is not the time to be politic, polite, or patronizing. It is a time for those who act in our name to step forward and stand for goodness. It is time for people of good will to force this slimy case from out under the rocks and into the sunlight. It is time for the foul antics to be exposed.
The Nilan-Moore case has assumed symbolic importance for many. The apparent mechanisms that were quickly enacted to see that Meredith Nilan would not be held responsible for what looks like a wanton and willful near-taking of a human life via hit-and-run give evidence to a well-organized enclave of what we call the GOB to squash justice, establish the immunity from law, and usurp the very basis of democratic rule in Pittsfield and Berkshire County.
Today, THE PLANET did the full hour on Good Morning, Pittsfield, hosted by my Right Honorable Good Friend John Krol. Krol asked me to define “GOB.” We said a GOB is someone who uses a position of power and influence for selfish, immoral, and sometimes illegal purposes. The Nilan-Moore case gets to the heart of We The People‘s immense frustration that the local government that acts in their name and that taxes them to death is rotten to the core. We know the GOBs in number are a tiny minority. Most in public life are good, decent people. But they’ve been silenced. We also know that this small cadre of arrogant Big Shots wields an undue influence — an undertow and riptide of force — on the righteous functioning of community life.
The GOB must be stopped, or Pittsfield is dead in its tracks — economically, politically, morally, and from every other point of view.
We do not dramatize. We do not speak hyperbolically. We are telling it like it is.
MORE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: THE PEOPLE ARE HOT
Letters, messages, reactions, and feedback continue to pour into THE PLANET expressing outrage at the handling by authorities of the Nilan-Moore case. Miraculously, NOT ONE letter about this case has appeared in the moth-eaten pages of the Boring Broadsheet.
We run now a selected sample of feedback:
Dan, there are many more people (the whole of Pittsfield!) who ARE happy with what you are saying & doing. Every morning I look for the letters page of the Eagle and see not a single letter about this, and I wonder whether the Eagle has a pile of letters coming in re: Peter Moore and the Nilans, etc. a foot deep and just aren’t publishing them.
I wrote a letter to Mr. Moore & family asking about his dog among other things, and got your email yesterday with the good news of the dog just before I sealed the envelope! What you told me just now, about the dog staying in one place to warm his owner’s body, makes me cry.
This whole thing — this whole episode — is so important, and so appalling. Quite aside from the wider corruption issues, it is appalling that any father would WANT to do this to a daughter, bring them up this way. Of course accidents happen in life, people make bad mistakes, and any good parent would help their child accept responsibility for such a thing and bear the consequences.
It is criminal to teach and demonstrate to your child that deception, cover-up, saving one’s own skin and to hell with anybody else, is the way to be in life.
I think — as you said — this case may be the defining case that will blow things wide open and make visible a whole network of corruption, and maybe bring some of it to an end.
Just on a human level (which is the level that matters) it is pretty depressing that some people are willing to treat other people like trash. Kick them aside.
Please know that 99.9 % of Pittsfield is behind you right now, intensely grateful. This MATTERS. I am intensely grateful. You are articulate and say what needs to be said.
’nuff for tonight. thanks,
We thank J for her note. She captures well the feelings expressed by many others, and we have published her letter to stand in for many.
Not everyone was thrilled with our coverage. THE PLANET received this message from one of the people who attended the BYP party on Dec. 8 at Allium’s in Great Barrington.
Clarifying The Planet’s ‘Misrepresentations’
This email is in response to your blog of today’s date re: The Berkshire Chamber BYPhttp://planetvalenti.com/2012/01/planet-exclusive-barbalunga-issues-statement-in-nilan-moore-case-why-are-the-bypers-scared-and-who-are-they-afraid-of-who-if-anybody-is-nathan-byrnes-plus-letters-to-the-edito/.
My response is intended to clarify your misrepresentations where I am concerned.
First, I did want to confirm that I made a short appearance at the BYP event at Allium. I was at the event in my capacity as the President of the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce. Allium is a member business of the SBCC and I was hoping my attendance would show support for collaboration amongst like organization within Berkshire County. Neither my firm, McCormick, Murtagh & Marcus, nor I are members of the Berkshire Chamber or the BYP.
Second, I am very displeased with your misrepresentations and accusatory tone regarding my Facebook status. If you actually investigated or merely Googled my name, you would not only find that I have a visible online presence but I am very active on Facebook. I have never removed my profile for any reason. I find it a very bad practice as a journalist to write a story without checking you facts. I am very reachable and would have liked the opportunity to respond to your statements prior to you publishing them.
Kathleen M. McCormick, Esq.
McCormick, Murtagh & Marcus
390 Main Street, Suite 2
Great Barrington, MA 01230
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THE PLANET sent this reply:
I do not know Meredith and have never met her. When I googled myself today I was the 2nd result. After that I also appeared in multiple listings. I have 723 friends on Facebook and I am linked to my firm page as well as the Southern Berkshire Chamber pages. I have no idea why you cannot find me. If you did not know who I was, any small amount of research would have told you that I am a partner in a Great Barrington Law Firm as well as the SBCC President.As I said, I was only at the event for a short time. I did not notice anything out of the ordinary. While I was there, the event was focus on picking names of children at Hilcrest who were in need of Christmas presents. I was impressed by the charitable nature of the group. So much so I also too part in this initiative.Sent from my iPad
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