PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2012) — We trust you had a cozy, romantic Valentine’s Day, as did the PLANET and MRS. PLANET. We cannot give the details, except to say that poets have felled many trees for the reams of paper needed to describe such delight. Now let us clear out the notebook of some items, stray and in line.

BORING BROADSHEET SANDBAGS NUCIFORO — For the few of you who actually read the BB (aka the Daily Fishwrap), did you notice the over-the-top coverage they gave to congressman John Olver‘s endorsement-cum-anointing of Richie Neal? They splashed the front page with a huge color photo of the two Insiders chumming it up at a local restaurant. Olver, after 21 years in office, still needs directions to find Pittsfield. Neal’s just learning that there’s a city called Pittsfield and that it might assume some importance in his bid to be the congressman in the redrawn 1st District. The BB’s Ned Oliver, who but for a lone “i” would be Ned Olver, dutifully stressed Neal’s longtime service on “the powerful Ways and Means Committee.” Translation: Both these guys are Insiders. Neal is a lot smoother than the “uh, um” Olver, but slicker should signal “Warning, warning. Danger, Will Robinson” for many free-thinking 1st District voters.

“OLVER” and “ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT? IN THE SAME SENTENCE?? — From Oliver’s story: “Olver said that committee assignment will allow Neal to continue pursuing the kinds of economic development projects Olver has championed across his district.” Such as what? Wasting $12 million dollars on a white elephant bus/train station? Blowing millions of taxpayer dollars on the “1,000 Jobs” EV Worldwide never created? Witnessing the PEDA property languish for 14 years? Olver may have “pursued” all sorts of “economic development projects,” but one look at the district shows he hasn’t cashed in on much of them.

PLANET ENDORSES NUCIFORO — Olver’s endorsement seals it for THE PLANET. We endorse Andy Nuciforo for Congress. Andy is the only credible alternative in the Democratic primary. Compared to Neal, Nuciforo has an enviable advantage: The right amount of youth and energy, the freshness of perspective, and the solidity of his legislative experience in the state senate.  Unlike Neal, Nuciforo isn’t Mr. Insider. Unlike Neal, Nuciforo doesn’t have a gajillion dollars to buy his way into this seat. Writer Bill Shein, described in kiss-of-death fashion by the BB as “an activist affiliated with the Occupy movement,” only eats into Nuciforo’s chances. Shein appears as the “anybody but” candidate. It might be fair to wonder: Did Shein, as some have speculated, decide to put his name in nomination after a friendly visit from Neal’s people?

Nuciforo not only knows how to find Pittsfield, he’s lived here most of his life. Of the the three candidates in this race, which do you think will fight the hardest for Pittsfield, Berkshire County, and the district? THE PLANET thinks it’s Nuciforo. He’s not Don Larsen on Oct. 8, 1956. He’s not perfect, but he’s the best man in this race.

WHY IS THE BB AFAID TO POST BYLINES? — After six weeks of playing dead and dumb, all of a sudden the Boring Broadsheet has “discovered” the Nilan-Moore Case. Bully for them, and for THE PLANET, for forcing them into it. The latter is not our assessment but that of a good number of wise guys we ran into yesterday in the Naked City. We are perplexed, though, why  their story online yesterday (“DA considering outside prosecutor for Nilan case”) ran without a byline, except for the generic “Berkshire Eagle Staff.” Any theories, anyone, as to why the BB would refuse to identify the author(s)?

MEREDITH IN HER SPACE — Yesterday, for a brief while, it appears, Meredith Nilan‘s “myspace page” had been active. A live link purported to reveal interesting tidbits about her personal life was later abruptly changed, apparently. Those clicking on the hot link got this message: “This user has either cancelled their membership, or their account has been deleted.” Perhaps Tim Shugrue, her attorney, told her this type of Aria will not help her defense. Her Linked-In page was still up as of last night. She describes her job at Berkshire Bank as a “Risk Analyst.” Recall at this point of definition of irony from a few days past. Ms. Nilan lists her “Groups and Associations” as Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, Berkshire Young Professionals, and the Isenberg School of Management, UMass, Amherst. Of the latter two affiliations, we cannot speak, although we cannot imagine Isenberg wanting to feature the young woman in any of their advertising and promotional literature. Of the first two, we file under “U” for the Usual Suspects.

VISITS, PLANNED AND UNPLANNED — THE PLANET has a rousing series of meetings yesterday in the land of Benigno Numine. Some were the result of Brinks Robbery-type planning, and others were serendipitous as the crocus in February. We met with Berkshire Health Systems PR guru and MCLA prof Mike Leary, renewing a friendship that stretches back to the mid-1980s. The two profs exchanged many pleasantries, including how culturally and historically ignorant our students have become, a product, we concluded, of high tech and social networking. Brinks Robbery? Not one of our students would get the reference. Later, we exchanged sagacious hellos and goodbyes with Probation Department retiree Alex Carnevale and novelist Jimmy Ciullo, and city cultural affairs czarina Meghan Whilden, who told us about the city’s exciting plans to honor Herman Melville this year. Then we wondered about the “two pipes in the bedroom” with neck specialist Billy Turner, Mailman to the Stars — all this, while downing enough Joe to keep Juan Valdez in business for the next year.

THE MAYOR AND THE PLANET IN CONFAB — Meanwhile at city hall, we dropped in on Mayor Dan Bianchi. It was mostly a social, private, and unofficial call, but we can share one portion of our discussion, and that is the mayor’s plan for his first budget. Mayor Bianchi hopes to get a first working draft of his inaugural budget completed and ready for review by early April. That would be remarkable, and quite unlike the “wait, wait, wait … hurry, hurry, hurry” budgets of both recent and dim memory. Bianchi also shared a most refreshing desire: He said he intends to seek “non-governmental” critique of his budgets from business leaders, private sector types, and ordinary citizens. This would mark the keeping of a campaign pledge of transparency. Bianchi also agrees with us that the honest number for the school department budget is not $52 million, which the school department (and the Boring Broadsheet) touts, but the $82 million THE PLANET has been using. Our number included the schools’ costs which are neatly hidden in the city’s ledger sheet. The mayor, who says all the department budgets are in except for a couple, appears determined for an honest budget discussion.  That, alone, is worth the price of admission. THE PLANET applauds the mayor’s stance.

FLIP FLOP — Last night, our Right Honorable Good Friends on the city council pondered, and likely approved Agenda Item 9, the appointment of Donna Mattoon as director of administrative services. We say likely, because, no, we did not make a personal appearance in chambers last night, we being all lovey-dovey and all enjoying St. V’s Day. You’ll recall the hornet’s nest this position became when Mayor Jimmy Ruberto circumvented the city council by appointing Tricia Farley-Bouvier (now 3rd Berkshire state rep) to the newly created position at a $15K raise in an acting capacity. Three members — at large councilor Melissa Mazzeo, n0w-council president Kevin Sherman, and ex-Ward 7 councilor Joe Nichols — vigorously opposed the creation of the office. THE PLANET wonders: How did Mazzeo and Sherman vote on the appointment this time around, having had such a problem with creating the post last year? We would welcome a response from our  Right Honorable Good Friends.

TO THE VICTOR BELONGS THE MATOON — Donna Mattoon, incidentally, is Sheriff Tom Bowler‘s sister. Mattoon, who once toiled the Boring Broadsheet when it was still known as the Berkshire Eagle, runs a one-person PR agency, and in the most recent sheriff’s race, served as her brother’s campaign manager. THE PLANET does not doubt her ability to serve the mayor in the new position, but we wonder: Is this not a political appointment of the “To the Victor Belongs the Spoils” Department? It’s no secret that Mattoon campaigned heavily for Bianchi in his race (narrowly won) against Peter Marchetti. We wonder if Mattoon plans to keep her PR business, and if so, will she disclose her client list to assure We the People that there will be no conflicts of interest with that list and her position as director of administrative services? We invite her comments on this.


To date, amazingly (well, not so much if you consider who’s not doing it), the Boring Broadsheet has yet to post a single letter on the Nilan-Moore Case. Meanwhile, we continued to get buried. Here are a few more:

A ‘Circus of Events’ 

im a pittsfield native, a few years out of college and now reside in [CITY AND STATE REDACTED, AT SENDER’s REQUEST]. however, i still observe from afar, with morbid curiosity, the circus of events that go on in berkshire county. 

i know meredith from high school, and know her to have done what I think are some pretty lousy things to some of my good friends..  when i saw her name in your articles and the eagle, it didnt surprise me whatsoever that the shit had finally hit the fan. 

with all that said, i still try to take a completely objective look at what transpired that night. i dont doubt that she was probably (drunk or not) operating her vehicle recklessly. possibly texting while driving…but whats the chance that maybe peter moore was not looking while jogging? that he possibly had some fault in the accident, and thats why he didnt go to the hospital that night. 

it just seems strange that a man who sustained such serious injuries would go home and just go to bed. his wife was home, and i assume witnessed his condition. looking at that picture of him in the hospital, he either had to assess and clean some ghastly cuts and scrapes, or he slept in a puddle of blood! 

im just trying to make sense of everything. it makes sense that she makes sense that she went to her makes sense that they talked to her attorney before reporting the makes sense that cliff is pulling the strings he can to clean it up..but it doesnt make sense that peter didnt call 911 right after, or at least had his wife take him to the hospital. just sayin. 

on the flipside, with that giant head sized hole in her windshield, she is full of shit to say that she didnt see what she hit. if she didnt see a head smash through her windshield, then she wasnt looking at the road. the likely crime we’re talking about here is leaving the scene of an accident, and the reality seems indisputable that she left that scene. it doesnt matter if you dont know what you hit – ignorance is no excuse! —NAME WITHHELD UPON REQUEST

Then we received this:

‘Don’t Think It Is Right’

Don’t think it is right what is happening to Moore and just wanted to be better informed.  Someone told me about the picture [of the damaged Nilan vehicle].  How can you not see that you hit someone with that hole in the windshield.  If she gets off……………Wow!!!

I just hope the police followed up with getting the evidence from the car and the scene of the accident; otherwise she will get off. — JH

Finally, from the mail bag, we heard from MD, who appears to directly refutes what Ashley Sulock of the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce told THE PLANET. Sulock flatly denied that she attended the Berkshire Young Professionals party on the night of Dec. 8 at Allium’s Restaurant in Great Barrington. He writes:

Disputes Ashley Sulock’s Denial She was at Dec. 8 ‘Networking Social’

Comments: As I wish to remain anonymous. Ms. Sulock WAS IN FACT at the BYP event at issue these days with the Meredith Nilan incident. 

As I myself and another mutual friend have known Ms. Sulock since high school, she sends out text messages asking people to attend all events. Not only that, as the director she is almost to a point mandated to attend these gatherings as she is the head honcho in charge. 

Do not be fooled, Sulock can’t be believed. She will do anything if she thought it could improve her image.

We would invite Sulock to contact THE PLANET if she wishes to respond.






  1. Steve wade
    February 15, 2012 at 11:21 am #

    Dan Maybe you forgot that just 1 week before Mr. Nuciforo announced that he was not going to run for reelection to the senate, He had a large fund raiser in Boston that brought in thousands and thousands of dollars for his election committee. I also recall how he screwed over Sara Hathaway{who used to work for Nuciforo} when he ran for Registar of Deeds….. Andrea I voted for you before but my vote is for Neal!

    • levitan
      February 15, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

      Thanks, SW – I’ll check that bit of history in weighing the options.

  2. Hilly Billy 2 in Ward 4
    February 15, 2012 at 11:30 am #

    Get ready for J. Melle’s Anti-Nuciforo rant..Andy is a good, hardworking Pittsfield boy who is up against some tough odds but deserves local support

    • levitan
      February 15, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

      Ha! I’m surprised he hasn’t come up with ‘nukiforo’ yet.

    • Scott
      February 15, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

      I have only ever heard of Nuciforo because of JM.

  3. Bull Durham
    February 15, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    Dan, I find the letter from anonymous implying Mr. Moore is somehow at fault for being run down quite obnoxious and uncalled for. How many times has it been explained that Mr. Moore was in shock after being hit, he did not fully realize the extent of his injuries until later, and as he suffered a head injury, was not even fully aware that he had been hit (he said in the police report he thought he might have gotten out of the way in time). What he is clear about is he was facing traffic, which is the appropriate way for a pedestrian to be when walking or running, and the vehicle hit him from behind, meaning it crossed into the opposite lane to do so. In no way was Mr. Moore at fault, and I’m really sick and tired of seeing letters and comments like this that question whether that is true.

    • Nancy P. aka Molly
      February 15, 2012 at 5:54 pm #

      Yeah – I felt the same way after reading it. And also thought that she really needs to go back to college as she sure didn’t learn much while there the first time!!! Also love to see that language when writing a letter to the editor — NOT! Have a little class…

      February 15, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

      I have been involved in three serious, two life threating, incidents in my life. As such, I can say that the mind is not clear when in extreme pain/confusion following severe trama.
      To judge Mr. Moore and his reaction is simply ludacris. A person struck by a vehicle, resulting in the damage shown in the pictures of the Nilan vehicle, would be in shock. Mr. Moore and his actions following the impact of the vehicle should not be judged, certainly the man was not in his right mind.
      I know none of the parties involved in this incident, but, from what has been reported, Mr. Moore received some very bad injuries.
      The letter writer is attempting to place blame on the victim. To do so is disgusting. An innocent man came close to losing his life. Leave him alone!
      The person who hit him made a mistake, mistakes are forgivable. To hit a man and leave him for dead is unforgivable, to defend someone who hits another person and leaves them for dead is sick.

      • Life is But a ...What?
        February 15, 2012 at 8:25 pm #

        Plus, Mr. Moore is (or was) an avid skier, runner, etc in great shape, which I’m sure factored into his ability to get home that way. Agree it was poor to suggest anything other than compassion for and empathy with Mr. Moore.

      • ambrose
        February 16, 2012 at 7:40 am #

        What if he was in the wrong? What if he stepped out in front of any one of us and we had no chance to stop? Do we just leave him there because it was his own fault? just wondering.

        • Bull Durham
          February 16, 2012 at 10:13 am #

          I never like to cast aspersions, but ambrose, that is perhaps the dumbest question I’ve seen on this site. He did not step out in front of the car, he was on the OPPOSITE side of the street. She crossed over to that side. And you know what, if for some reason someone did step out in front of you, yes, you DO stop even if it’s “his” fault. It’s called human decency.

          • danvalenti
            February 16, 2012 at 10:36 am #

            Well expressed!

          • levitan
            February 16, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

            BF: You are correct. The focus of the story is the act of driving off and subsequently lying about abandoning Moore on the road.

            Neither the potential fault of driver nor pedestrian measures up to that act.

  4. GMHeller
    February 15, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    Well it just so happens ……..

    • Andy
      February 16, 2012 at 8:52 am #

      That’s just great, proves she is no stranger to the joys of booze 🙂

  5. ambrose
    February 15, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    A letter to the bb requires a real name – none of your correspondents, understandably, want their name published either. Just thinking – to paraphrase eddie mccormack, if her name was Meri Moore….

  6. rick
    February 15, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

    as admin.director,mrs matton is more than capable for that position…. when tfb was given the job is was appointed by an out going mayor and it didnt seem right. most of the appointments and temp appointments that were given were (,i feel), political after listening to many people, that position is needed. she will definitely be an asset to city hall.

    • Bull Durham
      February 15, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

      I agree, rick. I’ve known Donna for many years, and she is a good person, intelligent, a very hard worker, and will do well in this job, as she has done in all of her other endeavors. Mayor Bianchi is very fortunate to have her on board.

  7. Joe blow
    February 15, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    They are both liberal Democrats….same old same old.

  8. GMHeller
    February 15, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

    Does anyone doubt that Berkshire Young Professionals as a group have shot themselves in their collective foot by not being honest and forthcoming about what for anyone else would be pretty straightforward stuff.
    By protecting a fellow BYP’er at the expense of a fellow human being harmed by that fellow BYP’er, Berkshire Young Professionals are showing themselves individually and as a group to be selfish, shallow people — an ignorant lot without any real sense of personal integrity.
    And that goes double for the lawyers amongst their ilk, because lawyers – officers of the court — are supposed to know better.
    BYP is a subsidiary group of Berkshire Chamber of Commerce; so what does that tell you about the makeup of BCoC.

    • Nancy P. aka Molly
      February 15, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

      I think they are trying to protect themselves, not Meredith Nilan…

    • Debbie
      February 25, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

      I heard that Ms. Nilan didn’t drive home alone that night from Gt. Barrington. I also heard this man has a very powerful position with the State and a very good friend of her father’s. Again, this is third party info! If true maybe he could answer the question regarding if she was drinking.

      • danvalenti
        February 27, 2012 at 9:55 am #

        Interesting. If you can provide more information, feel free to do so.

  9. Dead to Rights
    February 15, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    BYP ought to use this as a case study on how not to handle the press during a managementcrisis. Granted, the group itself is not to blame for a thing but there were 60 byp members (beepers, right?) at the party on Dec 8. By refusing to comment casts suspicions. Not good handling.

    Donna Mattoon: Great selection, Mayor Bianchi. Council was right to approve without a fuss.

    Nuciforo: No one else in this race as far as Im concerned.

    • Ray Ovac
      February 15, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

      Just what Berkshire County taxpayers need to represent them in Congress — another Liberal Democrat.
      Fool me once, shame on you.
      Fool me hundreds of time ….

      • danvalenti
        February 15, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

        RAY-O ET AL.
        We know all about “liberal” etc. We are endorsing from among the three Democrats. Of those three, we think Andy’s the best. If the GOP moves to run someone, we shall take a look at the person and, closer to November, issues an endorsement for the general election.

    February 15, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    Nuciforo is so liberal he makes Neil look like a conservative. Sorry Andy you won’t get my vote. Got one in White House that is ruining this nation.

  11. Hilly Billy 2 in Ward 4
    February 15, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

    COncerned , oh and let me guess Bush positioned this country well??

    • danvalenti
      February 15, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

      Right on. The Bush years were disastrous: Two stolen elections, two needless wars, and abject incompetency. He ran up the deficit in a way that out-liberaled the liberals. Somehow, though, many want to say that up is down with W, and that war is peace.

      • Joetaxpayer
        February 15, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

        Obama makes a disatrous Bush look a little better everyday.He is still trying to spend his way out of everything.Unfortunatly we are going to be stuck with him for 4 more years.

        • danvalenti
          February 15, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

          Unless we can write Mitt Romney into the White House with our speechifying.

        • Hilly Billy 2 in Ward 4
          February 16, 2012 at 8:43 am #

          Whats the alternative Joe T? At least with Obama yo get a guy who you trust is trying to do what he believes is right for the majority of AMericans, don’t you agree? Will there be a 3rd party dark horse for Prez? If so, and he/she runs on fiscal conservatism but isn’t a social caveman/woman, I’d give a look

          • JUST SAYING
            February 16, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

            @ Hilly,

            Please look at Dr. Ron Paul.

            Obama is far from trying to help Americans.
            Research the man, he is an anti American all the way.

        February 15, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

        Bush isn’t running the country now Obama is so lets talk about someone that counts. Obama is ruining this country in so many way. So please every time we talk about how bad , Obama is don’t bring up Bush

        • danvalenti
          February 15, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

          They are both (pick one) disasters … disappointments

      • Silence Dogood
        February 15, 2012 at 9:27 pm #

        Dan you are talking through your hat on stolen elections

        • danvalenti
          February 16, 2012 at 7:19 am #

          No. I am not wearing a hat.

  12. Jonathan Melle
    February 15, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    I am disappointed in Dan Valenti’s endorsement of Nuciforo for U.S. Congress. [REMAINDER OF MESSAGE REDACTED]

    • Silence Dogood
      February 15, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

      I doubt that Nuciforo if elected would be very much differnt from Olver or Neal. Every Congressman from Massachusetts is just a rubber stamp for Pelosi who said we have to pass Obama care to see what’s in it. I would hope Nuciforo states where he differs from Pelosi and the rest of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation. Little if any I suspect.

      And yes Jonathan, I to believe that with his current office he is a receipient of political welfare. I have good sources that tell me it is a no show job. (good position for Speranzo)

        February 16, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

        @ SD-

        Agree 100%!

    • Scott
      February 15, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

      What’d this guy ever do to you anyways?

  13. Joetaxpayer
    February 15, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    I don’t know Ms Matoon but from what I read she is more than qualified for the positon.This salary was raised $15,000 by Mayor Roberto this does not mean that the new hire has to recieve that pay.Mayor Bianchi missed a chance to lead by example and cut $5,000 to 10,000 off that salary.He expects his department heads to give him 2 budgets one level funded one with 5% cuts.I guess we are going for level funding and hire tax’s.Somethings will never change.

  14. Scott
    February 15, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

    Who’s Herman Melville??? (just kidding!)

  15. Mickey Friedman
    February 15, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    I don’t know who these anonymous speculators are – you might have thought it only fair to name them – but it is ridiculous to suggest that Bill Shein would partake in a Neal-sponsored anything, let alone a scheme to unfairly influence an election. He has been an activist for clean politics for a very long time. He wants corporate money and corporate lobbyists out of politics, and wants ordinary voters to be fairly represented.
    You have every right to prefer Andy Nuciforo but you have no right to demean Bill Shein’s efforts without some evidence. Unless you’re aiming to become just like the Berkshire daily you so often mock.

    • danvalenti
      February 15, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

      Thank you for the comment. Point well taken, but let’s face it: Shein has no chance of winning. He can run as the protest candidate, the “I’m Mr. Clean and they’re not,” but when I hear “He wants corporate money and … lobbyists out of politics” — as well intended as that may be — it’s speaking in tongues for: “He’s not serious about running. He’s in this to make a philosophical point.” We, too, lament to system geared as it is to incumbency, lobbyists, and Big Bucks, but we also understand political realism. Nuciforo is running to win. Shein is running to run.

      • Hilly Billy 2 in Ward 4
        February 16, 2012 at 6:18 am #

        At Mickey and Dan..Kinda agree with both of you…I wish Bill had announced and begun campaigning earlier as I think if he really established a grassroots organization he might have had a shot, now he is just taking votes from Andy..Until Big Buck$ is out of politics or you run a SERIOUS ground campaign, you gotta play the game the way it is being played to win…Cause either you play (run) to win or don’t run at all

  16. Blind Justice
    February 15, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    Sorry Dan, I could NEVER vote for Nuciforo.

    Do you forget his CROOKED dealings with the Insurance companies he was supposed to be regulating while a State Senator? (Maybe this could be recapped in a future column)

    Maybe this is why he chose not to run for re-election, and took a Beacon Hill GOB patronage job at the Registry of Deeds?

    Also as stated above, he is a little Left of Chairman Mao

    • danvalenti
      February 15, 2012 at 8:42 pm #

      Don’t be sorry for your political and moral convictions. I am not aware of the dealings to which you refer. If you want to provide us with specifics, we shall be more than glad to look at them. I have heard lots of talk about Andy raising money and holding fundraisers. This makes me guffaw louder than Mr. Ed. Richie Neal has a huge treasure chest. When a person runs for congress, he or she will, too, need gads of money. That’s unfortunate, but it’s also reality of a system gone morally broke. It’s like: “Eek, Andy’s actually competing!”

      • Beacon Hill Mob
        February 16, 2012 at 9:25 am #


        Given a choice of Bad or Worse, I’ll write in Daffy Duck if needed.

        Mr. Nuciforo was on the payroll of the same insurance companies he was supposedly regulating as a State Senator. This would have came out in an attempt for re-election. As usual, the BB did cover for the Berkshire GOB, and buried the story. If I remember correctly, I think the Globe covered the story.

        I also personally contacted him for help dealing with the Bastun Bureaucracy , he was useful as teats on a bull.

  17. rick
    February 15, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    you got to love politics, everybodys political juices get flowing and the hate spews forth. liberals. hate conservatives… conservatives hate liberals… melle hates nuciforo … gotta love it.

    • danvalenti
      February 15, 2012 at 8:39 pm #

      Well said, squire. He’s a “this” and I’m a “that,” and on that basis alone — not on actual positions, not on abilities, not on any other number of tangibles and intangibles — do they “knee-jerk” to their conclusions. It’s both silly and sad.

      • Hilly Billy 2 in Ward 4
        February 16, 2012 at 6:15 am #

        Look at the Presedential race so far…nothing of substance all fluff…

        • danvalenti
          February 16, 2012 at 7:14 am #

          Agree with that, Hilly. Obama can offer apologetics; Santorum and Gingrich can offer “I am the conservative” while each distorting what that word means. Romney? He can offer Obama a race.

  18. dusty
    February 15, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    Heard on the Sturgeon show that their was quite a dust up at the city council meeting. Nobody talking about it here it seems. What’s up with that?

    Guess it will be shown on PCTV again Friday night…a must see if they don’t redact it

    • Hilly Billy 2 in Ward 4
      February 16, 2012 at 7:03 am #

      I missed it…what was the dust up about Dusty?

  19. Jeffrey Turner
    February 15, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

    The Great Brinks Robbery was 62 years ago. That’s at least 40 years before any of today’s traditional age college students were born. It is of no current significance. It wasn’t even relevant way back when I was in college.

    • Bull Durham
      February 16, 2012 at 10:16 am #

      As the great John Blutarsky once said, “Did we give up when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?”

  20. HadToSaySomething
    February 15, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

    A man who gathers shopping carts steals a pocketbook. He takes $60 out of the wallet and returns the pocketbook to the lost and found. He is charged with a felony. We all know about Meredith Nilan. She is charged with two misdemeanors. Protect the GOB’S and screw the little guy. That’s just the way it is until We The People change things.

    • Nancy P. aka Molly
      February 15, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

      I totally agree that the hit and run laws need to be changed. There is no way that hitting a pedestrian and causing such serious injuries and just leaving him in the road bleeding should be a misdemeanor! If they could’ve proved DUI, then it would’ve been a felony but daddy took care of that… But DUI or not, this should be a felony and these laws need to be changed for sure!

      • danvalenti
        February 15, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

        Yes. Still waiting for one of our representative in the General Court to step forward and champion this. Talk about a great issue literally falling into their laps, and not one of them has yet run with it.

    • danvalenti
      February 15, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

      Great point. The contrast is startling.

  21. Nancy P. aka Molly
    February 15, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

    Nuciforo is really too liberal for me as well, but on the other hand, he was the ONLY ONE to help me when this city raised my property taxes by 1066% in one year. And I really appreciated the time he took doing so as well. Our mayor couldn’t even be bothered to return my call — had his secretary do it, to tell me that there’s nothing he can do. I think that Melissa Mazzeo tried to help all that were affected by this, but she was limited on what could be done; but still, by her being so outraged by it and that no one, not those of us affected and not the City Council, knew about it beforehand at all, did help to put the pressure on the Assessors office. I had two weeks notice – totally unacceptable. But Andy Nuciforo came through for me, and as I said, I really appreciated it.

    For me, the lot is not a buildable lot as it will not pass a perk test and there is no city sewer where I live. The former owners had a perk tests done on it prior to my purchasing my house and that lot, 16 years ago – but for some reason, a perk test that old was not deemed as “usable” and a new one would need to be done. Oh great – I had 2 weeks to get that done, and in the middle of winter, it can’t be done as the ground is frozen. Would have to wait until spring but spring is too late to meet the February 1st deadline of applying for an abatement and submitting proof along with that application.

    The value of that water-soaked extra lot went from $8,300 last year to $87,400 this year. Unbelievable! If I thought for one minute that I could get $87,400 for it, I would sell it in a heartbeat and buy a condo in Florida! But unfortunately, it is NOT worth anywhere near that. This would’ve caused me to lose my house as I just don’t have another $120/month sitting around to pay in new, unexpected taxes on top of the increase that we all saw yet again.

    So thank you, Andy! And that did earn my vote for him!

    • Silence Dogood
      February 15, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

      He may be a fine human being but he will be just another liberal rubber stamp.

      • danvalenti
        February 16, 2012 at 7:24 am #

        As a newcomer to Congress, he will have a fresher set of eyes and values. It doesn’t mean, if elected, he wouldn’t have to succumb, but it does mean that We The People would have a better chance at representation vs. Richie Neal, who’s by every way, shape, and form an Insider. Andy’s not going to go in there and go all “Jimmy Stewart” on them, but if ever a congressman has a chance to carve out independence for him or herself, it’s when they first get in. The pressure to conform will be great, but at least one has yet to declare their loyalties, which ultimately boil down to: We The People or The Corrupt System. Again, everyone, my endorsement of Nuciforo is for the Democratic nod, among three candidates. Don’t read our endorsement through left/right ideological lenses.

  22. Ray Ovac
    February 15, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

    DV, what political party do Cliff Nilan, David Capeless, Chris Speranzo, Tricia Farley-Bouvier, Carmen Massimiano, Angie Stracuzzi, Jimmy Ruberto, Nathan Byrnes all have in common?
    Are we beginning to see a pattern here?
    Oh, almost forgot: To which political party does Judge Hadley belong?

      February 15, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

      Ray Right on, you are so right. There are so many more, Jerry Doyle, Kennedy, Kerry, Studds, Barney, and on and on.

      • Hilly Billy 2 in Ward 4
        February 16, 2012 at 6:14 am #

        Does Gerry Doyle really deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence as Kennedy? C’mon man!

        • danvalenti
          February 16, 2012 at 7:16 am #

          GERRY DOYLE, WHEN FIRST ELECTED: “My friends, we stand now on the edge of an abyss.”
          GERRY DOYLE, ON HIS LAST DAY: “My friends, under my leadership, we have taken a great leap forward.”

          • Ray Ovac
            February 16, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

            DV, yeah, and that’s when Doyle fell off the bar stool.

        • Irvin Corey
          February 16, 2012 at 8:31 am #

          Didn’t Teddy K once rent a brothel in Brazil? Would Doyle object to that?

          It might make more sense to mention Meridith and Teddy in the same sentance. They are both democrats, come from connected families and they have similar driving skills.

          • Hilly Billy 2 in Ward 4
            February 16, 2012 at 8:45 am #

            Gerry D would LOVE the Brothel…hell, I might too!

    • dusty
      February 16, 2012 at 3:54 am #

      Ray Ovac, your point is well taken. These people and others in the democratic web throughout the state have taken almost total control of what goes on in this state. And the result is higher taxes to pay for all the nepotism and no show jobs for their families and friends. And as we have seen in the Nilan case they will crap on you in a heartbeat if it suits their needs. I was brought up to think like a democrat. And it may well be the best way for my status in life. But in Massachusetts it is painfully obvious what can happen when any party has WAY TOO MUCH POWER. So until the power levels out I will be voting anything but democratic in state elections.

      • danvalenti
        February 16, 2012 at 7:18 am #

        One-party rule is not good. That is why, until the numbers change, it will be good for the Commonwealth to elect more Republicans and even Third Party people, such as Scott Laugenour (Green-Rainbow) to state office. It’s not that I’m a “Republican,” a “Green,” or anything else. It’s that I’m opposed to one-party hegemony. Politically, I’m a Pedestrian.

        • Hilly Billy 2 in Ward 4
          February 16, 2012 at 7:55 am #

          I think Scott L is a nice person, personally speaking and his engagment, energy and enthusiasm is a bright spot, but do yo honestly think he would be able to represent his district better than Smitty?

          • Irvin Corey
            February 16, 2012 at 8:24 am #

            When they call the roll at the State House the democrats don’t know whether to say present or not guilty your honor

          • Irvin Corey
            February 16, 2012 at 8:25 am #

            Do you mean can he administer the hackarama better than Smitty?

    • Silence Dogood
      February 16, 2012 at 4:43 am #

      GOBs= GODs, Good Old Democrats

    • levitan
      February 16, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

      Irrelevant what party Hadley belongs to. Is there a fix in for him? His ruling was pretty clear that there is not.

      Read it, Ray – it’s the language of the courts, not of politicians.

      • levitan
        February 16, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

        (wish I could edit my comments)

        “read it, ray” should be “Judge Hadley’s ruling is in the language of the courts – not of politicians.”

        That is the standard I hope the presiding judge on that case will operate on.

  23. rick
    February 16, 2012 at 7:43 am #

    i think we might be seeing the end of the republican party with these candidates, newt if elected and as the historian that he states he is would go back in history to the staln days and purge all the people who ousted him as speaker…. romney will be whatever you want him to be as long as he gets elected……santorum if you look at his voting record while senator, voted on spending as much of the tax payers money as he could get his hands on.if conte was still around he would have put the pigs nose on santorum….the days of the toothless republican in a pick up truck with the confederate flag and gun rack are over.

    • Irvin Corey
      February 16, 2012 at 8:21 am #

      all the people with confederate flags are democrats. when Lincoln, the first Republican president was elected the CONFEDERATE states left the Union. It was democrats who promoted segregation and Jim Crowe laws. Martin Luther King and his relatives were Republicans for most of their lives George Walace and Lester Madox were democrats. Democrat Harry Truman along with democrats Hugo Black along with Robert Byrd were all KKK members. Next time do some research before you make such foolish satements.

      • rick
        February 16, 2012 at 9:52 am #

        sorry irv i must have forgot that the confederate flag and the republican party originated around the same time in the south, and the flag was used by the k.k.k. and others as a racist symbol.i threw in the toothless republican jab just out of my yankee humor. hope this helps you with your inner conflict with the republican party.

        • Bull Durham
          February 16, 2012 at 10:24 am #

          You know what, Ray, et al… if you’re so sick of “liberals” serving your district in Congress, then put up or shut up. Get a legitimate conservative candidate to run, instead of the lame shills who have been the GOP standard bearers against Olver, during the few times they even tried to take him on. You can split hairs on Nuciforo vs. Neal, but both are liberal Democrats, and if you don’t have a GOP candidate with some kind of message, you lose big time. All the griping in the world won’t change that.

          Find yourself a Peter Webber, Sean Kelly, Jack Fitzpatrick or Silvio Conte-style candidate who is a middle of the road Republican, and maybe you have a shot. Like it or not, you live in LiberalLand.

          As for me, I agree with Molly and Dan. Andy may not be perfect, but he’s a Berkshire candidate and would know where Pittsfield and the rest of the county is when it counts. Shein is the spoiler, and in a primary, he only hurts Nuciforo and doesn’t have a shot in Hades of winning.

        • Irvin Corey
          February 16, 2012 at 11:27 am #

          as you are the product of a public school education your lack of historical knowledge can be overlooked

        • Irvin Corey
          February 16, 2012 at 11:28 am #

          The Republican originated in the south?

        • JUST SAYING
          February 16, 2012 at 9:32 pm #

          KKK is a democrat/socialist org.
          Lincoln was a Republican.
          Lee released his slaves in the 1840s.
          Grant still held slaves at the outset of the Civil War.
          Lincoln expressed many times that his posistion in the War had nothing to do with slavery. He fought the war to preserve the Union.

          These facts certainly do not exonerate Lincoln for ignoring the Tenth. States rights trump federal power. (except for unalienable rights).

  24. rick
    February 16, 2012 at 7:46 am #

    sorry i forgot ron paul, all the pot you can smoke and no wars….i kind of like ron for president…. it would be one happy u.s.a.

      February 16, 2012 at 9:39 pm #

      Dr. Paul stands for individual freedom and responsibility.
      With freedom comes the need for personal strength and the ability to reject that which is determential to the individual.
      If you have been a reader of this site for more than a few weeks, you know of my hatered for drugs.

  25. Jeffrey Turner
    February 16, 2012 at 9:09 am #

    Where’d half my comment go?

    • Hilly Billy 2 in Ward 4
      February 16, 2012 at 9:14 am #

      The toilet Jeffrey my boy cause they don’t do anything to move things forward…

  26. Ron Kitterman
    February 16, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    @Dusty you can also acess PCTB online if you don’t want to die a slow death from boredom. But if you do catch it item 19 the appoinment of Jeff Ferrin to the all important Ambulance Review Committee is a must see. If you can read between the lines the GOB’s vs we the people are at stake, but Melissa Mazzeo spoke of the issue yesterday on the Stergeon General show and today Chris Connell was on speaking to the tabling the issue. Then Linda Tyer couldn’t seem to count noses coming up with 7 votes instead of 8 but this may not be the issue that showed us who the GOB’s are going to be, but is worth looking at for sure

    • dusty
      February 16, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

      thanks Ron….but guess I will wait for the rerun at 5 pm Friday night Everyone interested in Pittsfield should watch this to see GOB politics at its absolute worst. I suppose it is possible by now that they have edited it. it was that bad.

      What is really surprising me is that DV is not all over this. It is his kind of red meat. I hope several of you will watch this and if allowed we can discuss this soon. The Sturgeon show was one call after another about how disgusted they were at how low some people on the council stooped.

  27. Dead to Rights
    February 16, 2012 at 9:44 am #

    Love the action on this website!

  28. The Kraken
    February 16, 2012 at 10:45 am #

    GOB networks are not unique to Democrats. Republicans do the same things. The only reason our GOB network is full of Democrats is because that is what most of our elected officials are. If we were a Republican state we would still have a GOB network and it would be filled with Republicans.

      February 16, 2012 at 9:41 pm #


  29. rick
    February 16, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    100% right kraken, not one party holds the rights to that network.