PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary

ADD 1 APRIL 24, 2012

The e-mail sent yesterday to THE PLANET under the name “Mark Mancari” of Greylock Federal Credit Union has turned out to be bogus. THE PLANET contracted the real Mark Mancari today, and he confirmed information that we had received earlier by way of a tip, namely, that the person using his name was not genuine.

The phony e-mail claimed  Greylock had not paid anything to Angelo Stracuzzi as part of Stracuzzi’s resignation. Simply put, we know nothing of what terms, if any, Greylock afforded Stracuzzi as part of his departure from the company in 2010, which the same as we “knew” before.

To the sender of the phony e-mail — You should know that every piece of mail we receive gets “stamped” with an internal tracking number that allows us to trace information sent to us as a comment. The ID will produce all e-mails sent by the same person, regardless of the name they use or phony addresses. Our webmaster has tracked the phony e-mails, and they were sent by the same person posting using other names here. We shall be taking appropriate action.

THE PLANET regrets publishing the misinformation. We apologized to the real Mark Mancari about any inconvenience this has caused him. He was gracious about our mistake and referred future phone calls to Greylock HQ.


(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2012) — Interesting (though not surprising) that no one took a crack at THE PLANET’s cipher from yesterday. Here’s something, though, that’s not so inscrutable: The Pittsfield School Department turns its back on an eminently qualified person for a key administrative post. And by the way, before we forget, don’t you just love the way school officials can use: “It’s a personnel matter and we can’t comment on it” as an excuse to hide all sorts of crud?

For example, how else do you think Scott Muir, an employee of the Berkshire Regional School District charged this month with two counts of multiple child rapes, escaped the attention of parents in the district in 2004, when Muir’s name first came to the attention of authorities. Allow a digression to bring you a few of the details that seem to have escaped the Boring Broadsheet but are discussed in an excellent story by reporter Jim Russell in the April 20-26 edition of The Berkshire Record.

This ‘Digression’ Shows You How Public School Departments Screw Taxpayers and Parents … or … Another Botched Job by DA David Capeless

In 2004, the same year police caught Angelo Stracuzzi  fiddlin’ and diddlin’ in Biddeford, Maine, the Berkshire Hills district investigated claims about child molestation against Muir. The district found the claims were without substance. The office of Berkshire County DA David Capeless also probed the allegations against Muir in 2004.

Capeless did not file charges.

Quoting from Russell’s piece: “Explaining why no charges were filed in 2004, Capeless said, ‘the information obtained at the time did not warrant the filing of criminal charges against Muir, but a recent investigation has obtained further information about those matters as well as incidents regarding other students. That investigation has resulted in Muir’s arrest and multiple charges, and is ongoing.”

Does this statement trouble you, especially in light of the four counts of child rape filed against Muir on April 4? What does that mean,  “further information?” How come the DA’s office missed this the first time around?

The charges against Muir accuse him of having “sexual intercourse or unnatural acts with a child under 16 … by force” from September 2003 to May 2005. A reasonable reading of the statement by Capeless to reporter Russell can be that the DA’s probe in 2004 whiffed. They blew it again.


* Capeless’ office said nothing, to the best of our knowledge, about Stracuzzi’s convictions in Maine or about the way he and his buddy Clifford Nilan thumbed their noses in the face of the York County Superior Court. Doesn’t the DA represent We The People? Should the DA have stepped in and launched a probe if not a prosecution? At minimum, should the DA have at least shared an opinion on whether justice was served in that case.

* Capeless whiffed on Muir in 2004.

* The DA’s office, not under Capeless at the time, sent Bernie Baran up the river with evidence so flimsy that it had to be fabricated.

* Under Capeless’ watch, a witness in the infamous triple murder case was offed.

* Capeless had to recuse himself in the Nilan-Moore Case.

Using ‘Personnel Matter’ as an Excuse to Stiff Parents and the Paying Public

You also have to love the statement to Russell by Stephen Bannon, chairman of the Berkshire Hills Regional School Committee. Bannon told Russell that the Muir matter was not discussed by the school committee because, “This is a personnel matter and not available for public comment, [and] that is why it was not discussed at a public meeting.”

THE PLANET replies: “Bullspit!”

It damned well IS a matter for public comment when a man is moving about children, freely, and accused of raping them. [THE PLANET adds here that, of course, Muir is afforded the presumption of innocence and at this point, the charges against him are unproven allegations]. Do you think you would want to know this if you were a parent of a child going to the school where Muir was on the loose? Muir worked as a “student support center coordinator.” That’s a fancy way of saying that when a child acted up, they sent the kid to Muir. Beautiful.

In a case as serious as this, taxpayers and parents have the right to know there is an accused child molester in their midst. As it turns out, the 2004 complaints had merit as evidenced by the charges filed this month against Muir, and the school department, the school committee, the DA’s office, and the state department of social services ALL missed it. That’s pathetic performance, any way you cut it.

Pittsfield Schools to Qualified Applicant for Principal’s Job: A Form E-Mail

Now, returning to the matter at hand, which is the inept performance of the Pittsfield School District. There is a principal’s opening at two elementary schools in the city: Capeless and Crosby. A candidate, who asked that his name not be used, applied for the job. This candidate, a man we shall call Mr. Miacca, has:

* Worked in education for 20 years.

*Has spent 13 of those years as an assistant principal and principal in schools outside Pittsfield but in Berkshire County.

* Has lived in Pittsfield all his life.

This man of vast experience and wizened youth (still in his 40s) applied to the Pittsfield schools. Here, in his own words, is the result:

“I wanted to share my disgust in receiving an automated e-mail from the school department notifying me I would not be considered for [either] position or even [receive] an interview,” Mr. Miacca said. “I cannot [adequately] express my disappointment in not even receiving an interview. I have lived in Pittsfield all my life and both my children went through the school system.

“As a citizen of the city who wants to work in the school system and has been turned away, only to be overlooked in favor of young, inexperienced, unqualified educators who — if we’re lucky — last only two to three years — I am completely frustrated. To compound the issue, several of the new principals hired over the past 10 years don’t even live within the district. I truly feel this lack of experience and revolving door of administrators has lead to poor student achievement and needs to be addressed. I can tell you that I will never apply to the PPS ever again.”

There you have it, in microcosm, ladies and gentlemen: Proof positive that the Pittsfield pubic school system is about three things, and three things only, namely, politics, politics, and more politics. Here, we have a qualified applicant, and he rates only a form e-mail sent out by a machine. Yet in far too many other cases, the PPS hires unqualified hacks who happen to know the right people. They do this all in the name of Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski, the bedraggled taxpayers.

This observation leads us, of course, to the “Nationwide search” for the new superintendent of schools in the city. What do you think? Does the school department, the teachers’ union, the politicians, and the school committee want a True Reformer who will turn the tables of the money changers who are cashing in on an $89 million joke, or will they turn to a “safe” candidate — someone not qualified and therefore sure to “play ball” when the GOB masters issues their orders, particularly, “Don’t reveal where the skeletons are buried.” And do you think that candidate has already been chosen, despite the dog-and-pony show of a “search”?

“GD phony bastards,” as The G-Man would say,



In the interest of furthering the information flow from Campaign ’12, Presidential Division, we present this bit of [PICK ONE] (  ) propaganda       (  ) truth  from Mitt Romney. THE PLANET received this from Zac Moffat, the digital director of Romney: Believe in America (address

Moffat writes:

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There are a lot of numbers on the rise under President Obama: government spending, home foreclosures, gas prices, and national debt.

Another figure ticked upward this last week: holes golfed by President Obama.

Between his “official” and “nonpolitical” visits to swing states, the President found time to play another 18 holes this weekend. As millions of Americans continue to struggle to find work, President Obama has now played a total of 1,710 holes since taking office. That’s 95 rounds of golf.

A lot of Americans have had to make sacrifices these last four years. We would expect our President to do the same.

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What are we to make of this, my good friends? Is this a legitimate issue, or does the Romney campaign show its pettiness by presenting a triviality as an “issue?” As always, your thoughts are appreciated and will be greatly valued.







  1. Scott
    April 24, 2012 at 6:29 am #

    * The DA’s office, not under Capeless at the time, sent Bernie Baran up the river with evidence so flimsy that it had to be fabricated.

    Well maybe he was trying to avoid that because people won’t believe what the kids say you practically have to catch these monsters in the act or pay latter. (Like in the Baran case.)

    Romney is the same as Obama all one has to do is look at his track record as governor of Mass and his gun control policies to see that. The battle between Democrat and Republican is a farce to keep us blind to the fact that they all have the same agenda. The agenda is control over the masses while a small percentage enjoy the benefits. You don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist to see it.

      April 24, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

      @ Scott-

      You hit that nail right on the head. Nice post.
      I’ve nothing to add, you got it.

        April 24, 2012 at 5:35 pm #

        My above post was in reference to your obama vs. romney comment.
        I believe Baran was set up.

  2. outfox
    April 24, 2012 at 7:54 am #

    How many rounds of golf did Eisenhower play while President?

    • levitan
      April 24, 2012 at 8:32 am #

      You can’t possibly compare the golfing habits of a contemporary POTUS to that of one from the 50’s.

      As for the golf fixation, last time a candidate got personal with Obama, she dug into his third grade essays.

      Silly season is starting early this year.

      • outfox
        April 24, 2012 at 11:10 am #

        Why not?

        • levitan
          April 24, 2012 at 11:25 am #

          For one, I would not compare the batting range of a 1930’s slugger to one of today’s.

          Back to the topic, now, discussion of the golfing habits of the President is silly.

          • outfox
            April 24, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

            Silly, yes, that’s the point I was making.

      • ACLU
        April 25, 2012 at 4:24 am #

        We all need time for stress relief President Obama chooses a round of golf, President Bush disappeared to his ranch in Crawford Texas , President Stacuzzi picked up young boys in Maine.

  3. Jim Gleason
    April 24, 2012 at 7:56 am #

    A couple days ago or yesterday, can’t recall which, I saw the head baseball coach at PHS turning soil at home plate at Clapp Park, PHS’s home field, with a rake and other tools. Made a call to see why he is doing that and was told the Park’s ground crew doesn’t come there on a regular basis and the team is forced to do a large portion of the maintenance at the field. Why is this happening? The less than illustrious Mr Stracuzzi bit off more than he could chew when he took over the school fields along with the Parks. There is no way this should happen. Mr Stracuzzi makes more in overtime than his regular salary and they can’t find time to maintain the fields. Marvelous.

    • Darren Lee
      April 24, 2012 at 8:34 am #

      You are right. The City’s fields are deplorable beyond belief. We played a game in the North Little League Saturday afternoon. The infield barely resembles a baseball field and batter’s box for the RHH is dug down about 6 inches. We practice at Clapp in the “practice field”. It’s a sad sad sad joke. Go look at Doyle where the parents raise the money and maintain the field – we just spend 17,000.00 on new soil that we raised at our concession stand – it’s one of the best softball facilities in the Northeast – the City Council and mayor should be forced to visit each baseball field in the City (where baseball was invented) – actually they should all be forced to try to field a ground ball and let it bounce up into their face because the ground in so uneven and there are so many rocks – these are not hard issues to address and fund but because the City “maintains” these fields they have a stanglehold – the Board of Directors at Doyle let Miss Hall’s play game up at Doyle a couple of weeks ago and the City workers refused to line the field that day because it was Miss Halls – seriously ?? I could go on and on and on……..

      • danvalenti
        April 24, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

        There is no reason for this to happen in a well-managed city. That last phrase says it all.

    • ACLU
      April 25, 2012 at 4:33 am #

      The head baseball coach at PHS is a paid position the little league and softball fields are maintained by volunteers. Its more fun to say the lazy city workers don’t do anything but the Clapp park field in raked and lined before every game by the city workers.

      • Jim Gleason
        April 25, 2012 at 7:30 am #

        Bullshit! Don’t try to make excuses for incompetence. Last week every city baseball and softball team was playing and Stracuzzi had his guys cleaning the garage at Springside. No excuse for that and don’t try to make one.

        • Jim Gleason
          April 25, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

          The high school coaches are paid to coach, not maintain fields. Think of the liability to the city if a kid or parent gets hurt tending a city field. The same thing is happening at Taconic where paren ts maintain their field. One day last week, I was told, every team in the city was playing and Stracuzzi had his crew cleaning out the garage at Springside. That’s rainy day work. I’m not bashing the real workers, just their boss, who is truly incompetent and has been since he was promoted under Doyle.

          • ACLU
            April 26, 2012 at 3:38 am #

            And what did you do last week to help Jim… That’s right nothing because you do nothing to help and then complain that nothing gets done. I am aware of your medical issues but I know there is an opportunity to help out there.

          • Jim Gleason
            April 26, 2012 at 6:52 am #

            Yeah, I’ll get right out there with a rake or an edger.This is work being done by parents and coaches that is supposed to be done by the Parks crew. No excuses. When my Dad was in charge of school fields they did more with three guys than Stracuzzi does with 8 or 10.Again, no excuses.

      • Darren Lee
        April 26, 2012 at 7:49 am #

        Maybe maintenance of the fields is not the City’s job – if that’s the case then we need to address the poor conditions of the fields and the lack of maintenance…that’s all I’m saying – having it continue to fall in no man’s land is ridiculous…

        • Jim Gleason
          April 26, 2012 at 10:43 am #

          Little League fields have, for as long as I can remember, been maintained by volunteers from the separate leagues. The city softball fields at Doyle and the high school fields, both JV and Varsity, are the responsibility of the city. These are the ones that are being neglected by them. I called Mayor Bianchi’s office about this and am waiting for a call back.I suggest you bring this to his or Ms. Ruffer’s attention as you are in city hall often.Take care.

  4. taxmano
    April 24, 2012 at 8:26 am #

    The gentleman who applied for principal is undoubtedly qualified and would be an asset to the system. Unfortunately, he probably is:
    1. not a golf buddy of Jake Eberwein (or his dad, or Doug McNally).
    2. above the age of thirty (PPS has been successfully sued for age discrimination).
    3. not a good candidate to be puppet for Jake to control and misguide.
    People really need to wake up and see the pattern of hires in the PPS for administrative posts.
    Its not about getting the best people, that’s for sure.

  5. Kevin
    April 24, 2012 at 8:50 am #

    The Baran case and now this Muir case make me sick to my stomach, Maybe marijuana dealers in Great Barrington and the rest of the county should of been put on the back burner when an allegation of CHILD RAPE come out? The information is the same as it was in 2004? 8 years later charges are brought? How many more victims do we have now? I care about violence and getting violent people off the street, I wish our DA thought this way as well. Who would be a good replacement for Capeless? Whens the next election?

    • Cousin O
      April 24, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

      Good point Kevin, we all recall the Great Big Pot Bust in GB. Wow the DA’s office really got tough on those kids. Meanwhile, there wasn’t enough information at the time to bring charges against Mr. Muir. What a joke. Election is this year.

  6. TeechaTeecha
    April 24, 2012 at 9:17 am #

    That’s sad that someone with such credentials wasn’t even considered for an interview. I have personal knowledge that another candidate who only ranks in at a 4th year teaching level, has yet to finish his masters degree and is usually so far up Principal Morgan (reid middle school) crevice that he’ll probably get a position was granted an interview.

    Pittsfields Finest indeed.

    • danvalenti
      April 24, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

      Thank you for your comment. The corruption in the Pittsfield School Department has become systemic, and the system costs taxpayers $89 million a year with little to no accountability. The irony is that the majority of teachers are good ones, but they are thwarted by too many incompetent administrators and too many union GOBs, who see it as their job to protect the guilty and incompetent and punish the innocent and good.

  7. Hilly Billy 2 in Ward 4
    April 24, 2012 at 9:20 am #

    @ Darren..Weren’t you just hired as assistant City Solicitor? Maybe you could pull some strings to make this happen? Just a thought..
    @Kevin..Should be interesting to see who runs for DA…Can you tell me what lawyers name rymes with Poo Poo?

  8. charlie
    April 24, 2012 at 9:22 am #

    You’d have a hard time arguing with end results. This DA has the highest conviction rate in the state, three people are charged with murder, another with rape, there was nothing to charge Stracuzzi with. Sometimes evidence doesn’t line up. Not sure where your boner for the DA comes from, are you a convict? Regardless, facts are facts.

    • levitan
      April 24, 2012 at 10:43 am #

      “Three people are charged with murder.”

      That fact alone is reason to give Capeless the boot. One man was supposed to stand trial for various forms of assault and battery, not triple murder.

      Kevin: Did you vote in the last election? Capeless had an opponent and only a small number of us in the Berkshires voted for him.

      • levitan
        April 24, 2012 at 10:45 am #

        Also, Charley, isn’t it neat how anytime someone expresses disdain for a DA, people crawl out of the woodwork and suggest that he must be a convict?

    • danvalenti
      April 24, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

      Facts are facts, as you say. We have presented facts on our post. Please let us know what we have presented as fact that is not factual, and we shall correct it. As for Mr. Stracuzzi, when it became clear that Stracuzzi did not fulfill the terms of the court sentence (two one-year terms in jail, suspended; a year’s probation, and psychological counseling) via the help of his good friend in the Probation Department, the DA had no responsibility to either step in himself or at least inform the Maine court of what was going on?

      • charlie
        April 24, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

        The DA did contact Maine and they did not want to do anything about it. Since the MA probation dept worked this deal, what should he charge them with, being assholes? You know the history off that dept and believe me it only scratches the surface.

      • danvalenti
        April 24, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

        Thanks. I take you at your word, and I applaud Mr. Capeless for having contacted Maine. I wonder why Maine was so cavalier about the scofflaw, though.

        • Scott
          April 25, 2012 at 4:15 am #

          I doubt they did maybe you should contact someone in Maine at the probation department and see what they have to say.

    • Scott
      April 24, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

      Please present us with documentation that DA Capeless has the highest conviction rate in the state. If that’s the case it’s only because he takes the slam dunks and passes the ball on cases that take real work to his ADA’s unless his conviction rate includes their hard work as well. How about the cops getting drugs through the mail? I know they were only steroids but then again it’s only a plant and they throw the book at people for it all the time. Illegal means illegal right or does the DA have the authority to pick and choose which laws to follow? Seems to be the case around here and everywhere.

      • levitan
        April 24, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

        It’s simple, Scott.

        Take the Hall case as an example. Had Capeless gone to trial against Hall with just the intimidation arguments, he would have convicted just one person, facing difficult odds that even the extorted Glasser could back out. But, on account of Capeless’ oversight, he will likely have three, and possibly four, convictions for half the work.

        Notice how Capeless’ supporters can’t help boasting how he has three murderers in the net.

    • Kevin
      April 25, 2012 at 3:00 am #

      Sorry Charlie no convictions here, when you can cherry pick the cases to present and hand out BS plea bargans that allow violent people to continue to victimize the community, of course you get a high conviction rates. Again do not care about conviction rates but I do care about getting violent people off the streets BEFORE A TRIPLE HOMICIDE OCCURS.

  9. Benjamin
    April 24, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

    Please let everyone know who the liar is behind the fake post including his IP and what name he posts here. In my opinion we have a right to know


    • danvalenti
      April 24, 2012 at 7:01 pm #

      We shall keep our readers posted. An investigation is under way.

  10. Molly
    April 25, 2012 at 12:59 am #


    So now what? Barbalunga went off on his own to immediately post a regional job opening for Superintendent with only 10 days to apply (including the 3 days min. for the US Post Office to deliver it!) and again – just a regional search. All to be able to hire Malkas. And she couldn’t have cared less and took the first job that was offered to her. So now what, Alfie? We have NINE applicants from a “Regional Pool”. Big Whoop! Unbelievably poor judgement on his part. Absolutely unbelievable!

    I also blame the entire School Committee for allowing him to do this (with Terry Kinnas excepted). What a bunch of clowns! We had a wonderful opportunity to do a nation-wide search and get someone with no debts owed to the local GOB’s and who has documented success at turning a school system around and Barbalunga totally blew it!!!! Absolutely and totally blew it.

    So what is “Plan B”? Perhaps start over and this time, play by the rules and the laws? THAT will never happen! Barbalunga was quoted as saying, “I know removing [Malkas] from consideration for superintendent weakens the pool of applicants.” OH MY GOD!!! We are SOOO screwed! What do we need to do to impeach Barbalunga? Anyone know? Because this really needs to happen!

    All I can think about is Terry Kinnas saying, “how can we vote on what the salary should be when we haven’t even discussed what we are looking for in a Superintendent?” The answer to that question was if the last name was Malkas, that’s what he was looking for. You SOOO deserved this, Alfie! But the children in our schools and us taxpayers did not!

    • taxmano
      April 25, 2012 at 4:50 am #

      What now?: Morgan, Vosburgh,Tracey Benson…OMG!!!

    • Joetaxpayer
      April 25, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

      Molly, you really should put down your Alfie voodo doll.

  11. tito
    April 25, 2012 at 3:38 am #

    Agree with Jimmy, Darren and Scott, Molly…..Speaking of local baseball, no greater entertainment that to watch a minor, Little League or Babe Ruth league game.

  12. Teecha Teecha
    April 25, 2012 at 5:46 am #

    Malkas may be out (thank God) Hopefully Morgan won’t even be considered for the position. He would actually have to be in his office at some point during the day to do work. Unlike right now at Reid.

    Watch out for Kristen Gordon. He husband is part of the GOB network and if she hasn’t already been given the ACRSD superindenent job, she’ll apply for Pittsfield… and probably have another mental breakdown from exhaustion which leads to a 2 month LOA.

    I’m glad I moved out of the berkshires to teach elsewhere.

    • Joetaxpayer
      April 25, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

      Me too!

  13. Cousin O
    April 25, 2012 at 7:35 am #

    With Malkas taking the superintendent job in Webster, it was a case of playing A against B. She led Alf and the rest (except Kinnas, since he’s too sharp to fall for it) believing she would take the job. Malkas played the Pittsfield job against Webster and got a much better deal. She played Alf like a cheap violin, and not Pittsfield is going to be singing the sad tune. The school system is as Mr. Valenti says: lots of good people totally kept in line through fear by incompetents and politics.

    • danvalenti
      April 25, 2012 at 8:27 am #

      Thank you. Great analogy. It reminds me when Bernie Williams, Yankees outfielder, was looking for a new contract. He feigned interest in the Red Sox, got a big offer from them, then took it to Steinbrenner, who topped it. It appears that the school board fell for it, despite THE PLANET’s warnings and those of Mr. Kinnas.

  14. taxmano
    April 25, 2012 at 7:42 am #

    Okay, we have one good prediction for GOB super installation: Kristen Gordon.
    Any others?

    • danvalenti
      April 25, 2012 at 8:26 am #

      Great question. We shall be asking the same of our spies, and we shall try to find the Plan B Anointed One. We don’t know much about Gordon. What gives her favored status? Is she competent? That would work against her, of course, this being Pittsfield and all.

  15. Teecha Teecha
    April 25, 2012 at 8:52 am #

    Gordon is currently Principal at C.T. Plunkett Elementary in Adams. It’s a failing school and has been for years. As far as competency goes, she fits in perfectly in the Pittsfield Public School system. She’s essentially been as far up Superintendent Skroki’s you know what for years gearing up for the job. Ironically, she took over 2 months off last year for “mental exhaustion”. I’m curious how less exhausting it will be running an entire district as opposed to one school. Her continuous lies caught up with her and she disappeared. Many, many teachers who work under her are aware of her shady politics and lies, but she will execute those who speak up by finding any way of ensuring their removal. This includes lying through her teeth to get her way.

    Shes totally a dark horse candidate for pittsfield, if she hasn’t already got the ACRSD position.

    • taxmano
      April 25, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

      Who is her GOB hubby?

  16. Teecha Teecha
    April 25, 2012 at 8:54 am #

    I typed my last post while sitting on the bench outside C.T. Plunkett in honor of Kristen Gordon’s drug addict sister. Died of an overdose years ago, so they dedicated a bench to her. If only all junkies could be so fortunate.

    • Joetaxpayer
      April 25, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

      You are one sick bastard,Teech.Must be tough going through live so perfucked.Hopefully you can get what you deserve in life.

      • teecha teecha
        April 26, 2012 at 4:32 am #

        So I’m the bad one because I think it sends the wrong message to kids that we will honor drug addicts with public monuments. I’ll be awaiting the Heath Ledger memorial on your front law Joetaxpayer.

        • Joetaxpayer
          April 26, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

          Teech,would think if a addict,got clean and sober,then they would be fortunate.Many do and go on to live happy and full lives.Sadly many do not,and there addiction leads to there death.The Robinson family lost a sister,daughter and loved family member,and put a bench in her honor.Why does this bother you.I think you are a bitter ex=employee who was probally fired for being incompetent.I am just thankful that you do not teach in this area.You should go back to school and learn some compasssion.

  17. wandering eye
    April 25, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    As I look around our city and hear what is going on and reading all the comments on here, plus Dan’s great writings and thoughts to provoke us into thinking, I truly wonder who cares about the youth of our city? our justice system? who really reads and understands what they read?
    There are days I read all the comments in here and many of you ask the same ?’s over and over like in the Baran case. If you took the time and read all the comments the answers were all there. Just add 2 plus 2 and you get 4. Open your minds and start being a detective and you will see the other side and get your answers.
    I have my serious doubts that Maine was contacted by our DA and they said to let it go. That is not how the justice system works.

    • danvalenti
      April 25, 2012 at 7:21 pm #

      Thank you for this thoughtful post. In many cases, people want their sleuthing done for them and delivered on a silver platter. I try to remain patient. As for your comment about the DA contacting Maine, we have had several along those lines (not all for publication), not believing Capeless did what Charlie claimed. I would ask my good friend Charlie, who obviously has good connections in the courthouse, if he would care to produce the proof of that contact. So what say, Chas? Will you allow the Doubting Thomases and Thomasinas to poke our fingers into the wound?

      • charlie
        April 26, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

        The representatives of the people of Maine have spoken and do not have further witnesses who will come forward about the transgressions there. That is often the case with youngsters of that repute. They were lucky to get any witnesses. As for the probation violation, word is the DA is disgusted by that transgression as well but it is up to the probation dept to do something and he does not control them. If he could have press a charge, he would have. Does this satisfy you?

  18. charlie
    April 26, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    The representatives of the people of Maine have spoken and do not have further witnesses who will come forward about the transgressions there. That is often the case with youngsters of that repute. They were lucky to get any witnesses. As for the probation violation if there was one, word is the DA is disgusted by that transgression as well but it is up to the probation dept to do something and he does not control them. If he could have press a charge, he would have. Does this satisfy you?