PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, TUESDAY, AUG. 28, 2012) — They came. They debated. Harris won. Harris-Phillips-Pignatelli: win-place-and-so what?


PATSY HARRIS: Cooking with the best recipe for victory.

Last night at BCC, in a debate sponsored by The Pittsfield Gazette, voters saw why Patsy Harris is the only logical choice for the post of register of deeds in Middle Berkshire County. Harris repeatedly displayed her intimate knowledge of the register’s office, including the management of that office. She solely addressed the specifics of the job. The others, Phillips especially, spoke in platitudes. The nuts and bolts of the register’s job: That is, when you boil it all down, the sole issue in this race.

Pignatelli came off as the most poised and polished, Harris the most knowledgable and telegenic, and Phillips as the most tentative and defensive. One major problem is that she had her microphone back too far on the dais, and she came across (at least to the live audience) with half the volume. Harris handled the microphone the best of the three, speaking into it, not away from it. It almost looked as if she had received professional coaching! Pignatelli showed he is comfortable in front of a live mic. Moderator Bill Sturgeon popped the most “Ps”.

Clock Management Was a Dud in This Debate

To these initial observations, THE PLANET must add this footnote: The debate came off as rather an anticlimax, in part because it was inexplicably cut short. Scheduled to run from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sturgeon brought it to a close 20 minutes early. We’ve moderated countless of these affairs on TV and radio. We have been to countless others. This is the first time we have ever seen this done.

In an e-mail exchange after the debate, Sturgeon said excessive heat was the deciding factor to bail out early. He said that none of the candidates complained. THE PLANET responded that they wouldn’t complain, it being the diplomatic thing to do. We guarantee, though, that there are three campaigns feeling short-changed this morning.

Those 20 minutes robbed potential voters of valuable face time with and exposure to the candidates. Campaigns are conducted largely in mass ignorance as it is, and taking 1/3 of the debate away comes off as a poor choice in the extreme.

Yes, it was warm in K-111, the small theater. So what. Yes, Sturgeon referred to the fact that it was warm far too many times. That makes it feel warmer. The temperature, though, was not reason to pull the plug. Again, the decision was not explained.

Of the 40 minutes of live debate time, Sturgeon ate up almost five minutes at the top with a superfluous editorializing opening statement that led into his first “question:” A confusing invitation for the candidates to state their name. We repeat: This wasn’t presented to candidates to make an opening statement, merely, to introduce themselves … after he introduced them.

That got it down to 35 debate minutes. Half of those, though, were spent on soft, inconsequential queries of the type you see on the Miss America Pageant. These questions, again, wasted too much valuable time. These included questions like: “Tell us, those here in the audience and those looking in at home, ‘Who is Jody Phillips.'” It didn’t help that Sturgeon mispronounced Phillips’ name throughout the broadcast as “Phelps.”

We were afraid of all this, and that’s why we stood in the back, against the wall, so our squirming would not be a distraction. The “What makes Scott tick” type inquiry invites nebulous, self-serving answers that are of little help to potential voters and do little for the candidates. That left about 17 minutes in which the three candidates actually discussed the specific of the register’s job. That’s where Harris triumphed, although Pignatelli more than held his own.

Each time a question required relevance from the candidates pursuant to the office they are seeking, Harris and Harris alone showed a command of verse and chapter. Pignatelli was the best dancer, expertly cha-cha-ing and dipsy-doing. Phillips, staring into the camera with a deer in the headlights look, appeared uncomfortable and unconvincing.

Each had strong moments and weak.

Strong: Harris discussing the legal implications of deeds recorded wrongly. Pignatelli talking about how in his family, public service wasn’t forced on the kids, but they knew it was expected of them through the example of his dad, the legendary Big Jawn. Phillips mentioning her stint as city clerk.

Weak: Harris losing her train of thought and asking Sturgeon to repeat the question. Pignatelli going into a “There are three qualities that are crucial: Honesty, integrity and …” He couldn’t remember the third one and had to go to his cheat sheet. Phillips: The microphone thing and her failure to articulate just why she was running.

The debate was aired by PCTV, and we refer readers to the PCTV website for rerun times.

Why the Race for Register Matters

The point has been raised that the race for register of deeds will hardly be an earth-shaking event and outcome, and we agree … were it not for three key points:

(1) The election will serve as a litmus test for who’s in charge at the moment: Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski or the GOB. Granted, the test won’t be definitive, but it will provide evidence that may help set a tone for the 2013 municipal campaign.

(2) The race features three candidates. Only one of them is “best qualified” for office. In any election with multiple candidates, by definition there is always one who is the “best” for the job. The tie breakers for that distinction are longer than those in the NFL for determining playoffs among teams with identical marks. The best often doesn’t win, of course, as we shall see in this year’s presidential election.  Often, it’s hard for candidates to distinguish themselves from their opponents and achieve what the branders and marketeers call “product differentiation.” No so in this case. Harris, by far and alone, possesses the uniquely qualified “skill set” (a phrase Scott Pignatelli and Jody Phillips are fond of using, Phillips stealing it from him) for the office.

(3) The proper registration of deeds is vital to the functioning of a society such as ours, where private ownership of property rests as the cornerstone of every other political, economic, and social system. The odds are much better than the proper registering of land deeds will be higher if Harris gets in as opposed to one of her opponents.

Specifics Demonstrate Expertise

In one of the evening’s highlights, Harris took up the “this is a management position” mantra that Pignatelli has been chanting from the beginning and Phillips has copy-catted of late. She returned the serve with an ace. Harris said that, yes, Scott and Jody are right. This is a management job. It’s a job that requires document management first and staff management a close second. It’s a job that requires years of knowledge and training, since deeds have huge legal implications for what is usually the greatest single-most-valuable asset a person owns. It’s the job I have been doing for years.

Harris has those years of training — formal and on-the-job. Pignatelli and Phillips have zero of that training. The coup de grace came when Harris pointed out that as assistant register, she has been working in a management function in that very office. Pignatelli made the most of his case that his skills of managing the family’s electrical business can translate well into the register’s office. He also made an excellent point when he pledged to use the time between the day after the election and taking office in January to visit the office, once a week, and get up to speed.

Repeatedly, Harris was able to provide specifics on document flow, types of filings, the scope of work, document tacks, improvements that will lead to greater productivity and efficiency, and the like. Pignatelli, and especially Phillips, were left drifting in the bobbing generalities that dot an ocean of vagueness, from which voter’s could not see the shore.




Twenty-nine years ago, THE PLANET, in our alter-ego and secret identity of Dan Valenti, produced a show and concert at the Pittsfield Boys and Girls Club, in the same space where on Sept. 9, the Legends of the Lighthouse concert will be conducted.

HENNY YOUNGMAN: PLANET's star of the 8/28/83 bill.

In 1983, we produced a triple bill, with “King of the One Liners,” there Henny Youngman, headlining. Second on the bill was the rock-pop band called Rude (“billed as Crown Records recording artists”), and opening the show, a short set by the local Sweet Adelines.  There was a matinee and an evening performance. Both shows bombed at the box office but were critical hits.

Glad We Did It

We produced the concert because it was something we had never done before, and we feared doing it. THE PLANET has long held the philosophy of “do what you do not want to do; do not do what you want to do,” applying that, as we have done with many ventures and enterprises, to get the experience. Given that we lost money, we weren’t glad at the time doing it, but we are, from the perspective of time, glad to have done it.

Youngman, of course, was one of the legendary names of show business. We first met him in 1977, in Syracuse, N.Y., and over the course of the next several years, stayed in touch. Best of all were the stories, countless stories, of show business and its personalities.

We wrote some material for him (his favorite among the jokes we wrote: “I walked by a bookstore yesterday. In the window was a book titled, ‘The World’s Greatest Optical Illusions.’ I went into look at it. When the clerk reached for it, it wasn’t there”), and we thought that the Berkshires would love to see this man who have appeared everywhere and with everybody.

Alas, we did a poor job of promoting. To properly promote, you have to be a barker, a huckster, a shill, with a bit of bon vivant to keep from going “carney.” That was not me back them. I had taken on a bit more than I could masticate. My reach exceeded my grasp. Those are among my most memorable such moments in what has been a wonderful life.

Looking back through the gauze of time, we remember the comic and that event fondly. Both made us stronger, better people.

Set List for Lighthouse: The Hits Keep a Comin’

The concert Lighthouse reunion concert will take place in the upstairs gym, since the old and actual) Lighthouse space has been put to other use by the club).

The concert will feature many of the acts and bands that performed at the Lighthouse in the 1960s and 70s, when it was one of the top venues for playing live. THE PLANET’s brother, Mick, for example, regularly returned to Pittsfield to play at the Lighthouse, though he was performing mostly regionally throughout the Northeast. To this day, Mick is still making music, and the Lighthouse remains one of his favorite venues. It was always special to return home to play there with his bands.

Promoters Dave Healey and Ric Fetridge have released the set list for the Sept. 9 event:

CORNUCOPIA: From left, Mark Knight, Dave Grover, Bruce Del Gallo, and John Harding (Photo by Dan Valenti)

each group will perform 15minute sets- 5minute breakdown-set-up between groups

12:50 – 1:05 The Continentals
1:05 – 1:25 Potter Mountain Road ~ Band Eastre Rebellyon

1:30 – 1:45 The Berkshire Beatles 

1:50 – 2:05 The Vandels
2:10 – 2:25 The Haze
2:30 – 2:45 Mick Valenti (representing The Victors, The Quarrymen, The Quarry, and Quick Fox)

2:50 – 3:05 Antarctica
3:10 – 3:25 Sunny Day People
3:30 – 3:45 The Corvairs
3:50 – 4:05 Bobby Dick of the Sundowners 
4:10 – 4:25 The Zarvis Allen Band 
4:30 – 4:45 The Chasers/Wheatstone Bridge Band 
4:50 – 5:10 Cornucopia
5:15 – 5:30 The Marksmen
5:35 – 6:00 Dave Grover-Puggy Demary-Mike Sacco-Andy Hagadorn

We encourage everyone to attend, for a day of great music and fun.

The doors will open at noon.



As we said we would, THE PLANET has begun our investigation into the recent tropical storm that has been making waves in the offices of the city of Pittsfield. This refers to the recent claims made by a


trio of councilors — at large Barry Clairmont, Jonathan Lothrop of Ward 5, and John Krol of Ward 6 — that Mayor Dan Bianchi lied about the nature of the $100,000 in the city budget that went as partial settlement in the case Spectrum Health Systems has against Pittsfield.

We are still in the early phases of a story that promises — though these things often fizzle out —at least one and maybe more startling revelations.

Talking to various sources with intimate knowledge of the case as well as perusing the court documents, there is at least one bombshell that appears to be loaded … and ticking.

THE PLANET hesitates to say more about this, except that it appears — on the surface of it — to vindicate former Mayor Jimmy Ruberto, validate some of what my three Right Honorable Good Friends having publicly stated, and put more of the onus on Mayor Bianchi and city solicitor Kathy Degnan than has thus far been fitted for them. Again, we hesitate to say anything definitively, pending much more legwork.


Here are some questions we ask as a way of giving you an idea of where the investigation is leading us:

* Did the actual settlement amount add up to considerably more than $100,000?

* Was the infamous “confidentiality agreement” ever signed?

* What is contained in the confidentiality agreement?

* What really happened regarding the pulled building permit for Spectrum’s occupancy of office at the Yon Building on Summer Street?

* Why did the city and the company get off to such a bad start?


Several lines of inquiry have been productive while a few have turned out to be dead ends. We will say this: There appears to be much more intrigue, cloak-and-dagger, and trenchcoat attached to this case than one would expect.


From a legal perspective, it’s an interesting case. The city prevailed in federal court but ultimately had no recourse to keep Spectrum out. From a political perspective, because it’s these three councilors, the impression is that their charges are politically motivated. They bear no love for the current mayor. Perhaps their charges have merit, first and foremost. Perhaps the political consequences are only ancillary to their case.

Our minds are open. Stay tuned.



  1. Scott
    August 28, 2012 at 9:18 am #

    Bruce Del Gallo is a real good musician I worked with him at a couple furniture stores and tried to get him to tech me but it never worked out. Maybe in a sense what he taught me is if you really want to play then tech yourself because that’s what ended up happening. 10 years later, 5 calloused fingers and a slight table saw set back I’m pretty good!

  2. Scott Stechmann
    August 28, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    Wow Dan,

    Your assessment of Harris’ performance in the debate is so inflated that you’re coming across as a patsy for Patsy. While Harris did, in fact, demonstrate that she possesses the best working knowledge of the office, she clearly did not project herself as management material or give the voters any reason to believe that she’ll be able to effectively manage the office better than the other candidates. I found her answers to questions not dealing with office operations to be short and without substance.

    Her demeanor and mannerisms were passive and lacking authority, which don’t bode well for management. Outside of conveying her knowledge of the operational aspects of the job, she didn’t come across as having a depth of managerial insight.

    If the office were a one person operation, perhaps Harris would be the best candidate, but its not. I’m looking for a candidate who can not only manage the individuals and work within the office of Register, as opposed to doing all of the work themselves, but also someone who can successfully manage those public forces outside of the office, which influence its means of doing business.

    I’m with Mr. Pignatelli on this one.

    • danvalenti
      August 28, 2012 at 11:20 am #

      Thank you for your views.

    • Dave
      August 28, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

      “which don’t bode well” how about which doesn’t bode well
      sorry Dan, “don’t” mean to do your teaching job but when you criticize a candidate for lacking depth and not being manager material you should at least be that yourself!

      • Scott
        August 29, 2012 at 7:26 am #


        “Does” is singular; I am speaking in the plural sense, stating that mannerism “do not bode well: Are you stating I should have written “demeanor and mannerisms doesn’t bode well”? Attempting to be the grammar police clearly shows that you have no legitimate counter and are grasping at straws.

    • joetaxpayer
      August 28, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

      Scott how many people work in the Reg. Deeds office.

      • Larry
        August 28, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

        Not many people work in the reg of deeds, Joetaxpayer.

        When Scott states “her demeanor and mannerisms were passive and lacking authority” it comes across as though very few women “bode well” for management positions in his opinion….. Unless they are some sort of “Bull Dike” that carries a big stick around with her like Teddy Roosevelt….. Oh right, he spoke softly but carried the big stick! LOL

        • joetaxpayer
          August 28, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

          That’s what I thought.Not a very large office,really think she would have no problem working with and directing others.Patsy gets my vote.

          • Larry
            August 28, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

            Me too

          • danvalenti
            August 28, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

            Agreed. The office is narrowly circumscribed around the handling of deeds. Knowing the deed flow and how the paperwork moves in and out of the office takes care of most of the managerial aspects. If you know the job of register, as Patsy does, you will know whether one of your staff is doing the job or not.

        • Scott
          August 29, 2012 at 7:29 am #


          Don’t project my critique of one individual woman on the entire gender.

          • Larry
            August 29, 2012 at 5:18 pm #

            How else can you come by “passive and lacking authority” from one 40 minute debate? What could possibly change your perception…. Whips, chains, hand cuffs and a red hot poker?

            That really is rather laughable for overlooking seven very unstressed overstaffed individuals at the deeds office

  3. Scott Stechmann
    August 28, 2012 at 9:49 am #


    Above you state “Patsy Harris is the only logical choice for the post of register of voters in Middle Berkshire County”.

    Perhaps you feel that she is better suited for another role (some type of Freudian slip there)?

    • danvalenti
      August 28, 2012 at 11:15 am #

      Thank you. We shall fix.

      • danvalenti
        August 28, 2012 at 11:16 am #

        We HAVE fixed. Again, many thanks.

        • Scott S
          August 28, 2012 at 11:42 am #

          No, thank YOU, Dan!

          I enjoy an alternative view of Berkshire County current events than is available through our offerings of mass media.

          • danvalenti
            August 28, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

            Appreciate it, Scott. I enjoy hearing from those of differing views who can articulate why they hold the positions they do and why they think my take is not the correct one. This is public dialogue at its best, because it helps move people forward on the issues.

    August 28, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    Three way race – scott wins, jody plays peter white. the council is finally showing some promise. not since the rick scapin days has the group provided decent entertainment. we’ve got a new 3 amigos on one side and the last of the original amigos on the other. if only melissa could play pete’s roll. a side note – i’m a contemperary and life long friend of Johnny Pignatelli. Never have i heard him referred to as Big Jawn. I suppose it’s a knock like uncle jerry, dancing barry, pummelin pam and kufflinks. that’s sad, because he’s a good man who served honestly and doesn’t deserve to be called names.

    • joetaxpayer
      August 28, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

      3 Amigos has already been used, and a great catch phrase it was.Time to move on,3 jack ass’s, seems to fit for this group.I’m open to suggestions.

    • Larry
      August 28, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

      Who is “Peter White”, to whom you state Jody is playing?

      • danvalenti
        August 28, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

        The reference is to former Pittsfield ward 2 councilor Pete White, who played third man in when TFB and Pummelin’ Pam squared off for state rep.

        • Larry
          August 28, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

          Is this to say Jody will come in third, or that she’s there to split the womans vote?

          • Levitan
            August 29, 2012 at 6:40 am #

            I don’t think there is a ‘women’s vote.’ Do women have a special interest in the Register of Deeds?

    • Levitan
      August 29, 2012 at 6:39 am #

      I kinda like those nicknames. Politicians get nicknames, it’s part of the job.

  5. Hilly Billy 2 in Ward 4
    August 28, 2012 at 11:11 am #

    I’m pretty sure its not a knock Ambrose. My take is DV has great respect for Mr. Pignatelli, as he has shown in his previous posts..

  6. Silent Majority
    August 28, 2012 at 11:12 am #

    Nah I dont think so Ambrose, I’ve heard DV call John P “big Jawn” plenty of times and always with affection. Read what DV has written about the guy, won’t you? Love the way you and others take cheap shots without knowing what you’re doing. In race, I think its between Scott and Patsy. i predict Scott in a squeaker.

    • danvalenti
      August 28, 2012 at 11:19 am #

      You are both correct. I have nothing but love and respect for Big Jawn, which I have called him for years. I also know him as “The Man.” If Ambrose if a friend of Johnny as he says, he should ask him about this. Back in the day, Big Jawn and I talked once a week, sharing stories, ideas, and laughs. Mostly, I wanted his take of things, wanting to tap his wisdom. And THE PLANET is proud to say he went to Big Jawn many times for advice, and he never turned us down. We love that guy.

  7. Sal Bando
    August 28, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

    I agree with the person’s remark above about you being a patsy for Patsy. Based on your remarks, I don’t think we were watching the same debate. From those of us watching at home, Jody came across as the most confident and articulate as well as qualified. Ms. Harris needs to consult with the Secy of State’s office to discipline an employee? It demonstrates she’s never done it. I thought Scott presented really well but didn’t articulate a passion for the job. And after the debate, I heard there was a horrible incident involving a Patsy supporter yelling at Rep. Pignatelli. If you can’t control your campaign workers or yourself (Ms. Harris passing out campaign cards at George Jervas’ funeral service at Bousquet this past weekend…that’s classy), not sure you’re ready for public office.

    • danvalenti
      August 28, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

      Pasty for Patsy. Cute. When Harris says that that to remove someone from office, you have to go through the Secretary of State. That’s procedure. She was the only one who knew that. With this sort of event, we all see what we want to see. We must all admit that. My perspective comes from someone who had endorsed Harris. I didn’t endorse her, as has been wildly suggested, because she is a long-time friend. Before this race, I didn’t know there was a Patsy Harris. I endorsed her because she appears to me to be the best qualified to take office on Day 1. Pignatelli has campaigned successfully and strongly, and he would be my second choice. One question that Jody has avoided the entire campaign: Why did she quit as city clerk? She put the city through a lot. Was this her idea, or was she pressured. Either way, it doesn’t speak well. If it was her idea, it shows her to be an opportunist more than a “public servant.” If she caved to pressure, it shows she doesn’t have resolve. Also, people don’t like double dippers. Her boyfriend is already into taxpayers for a lot of money (don’t have the salary at fingertips but it’s probably more than the $90,000 the register’s job pays). Why is she willing to quit her GD job? Could it be she found that in the private sector, they expect you to work. She has not said.

      • Sal Bando
        August 28, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

        Interesting response…kind of like getting thrown a pitch to bunt and you try to homer. My post was about Ms. Harris and yet your response goes after Ms. Phillips. Ms. Harris having a campaign volunteer (who also works in the Register’s office) attacking Rep. Pignatelli last night and yelling ‘you’re a slimy bastard.’ This is a person Patsy would keep on her staff because the office staff is so amazing? Or keep on her campaign? And you didn’t speak to her behavior at George’s funeral. It was appalling. Excusing this behavior because she’s a newbie candidate doesn’t make sense, Planet…at her age, she should be able to demonstrate far better judgement, maturity, and smarts.

    • Larry
      August 28, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

      It should not be a public office in the first place nor a job for that matter!

      As for “controlling your campaign workers” …. who could possibly take the time to vet the volunteers willing to help you out for a campaign for The Registry of Deeds? Do you really hold her responsible for the actions of people she probably hardly knows??? Its not like the idiot yelling at Smitty was employed under her.

      • Sal Bando
        August 28, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

        Helllloooooo, did you read my post….the ‘screamer’ is employed at the Register’s office and does work with Ms. Harris.

        • Larry
          August 28, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

          Well…. If Ms. Harris becomes her boss then she can take it up with her. What is she to do now? Bitch slap her! LOL

  8. tito
    August 28, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

    Dan Valenti is way off again.

    • danvalenti
      August 28, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

      I have challenged you for specifics. As we see from this post, you have none. I have also asked for a valid e-mail address. Please supply. Thanks.

  9. Joe T
    August 28, 2012 at 12:42 pm #


    I understand your take on Patsy’s ability to manage people but I do not agree.

    I think there is probably very little flexibility to manage any city employee – you cannot change their job duties, you have very limited disciplinary actions available and it is nearly impossible to fire them. They only thing left is to motivate them through relationship currency. Given that Patsy has been there for years I would think she is far ahead of the others in that category.

    To me managing people is an “also ran” in needed skill sets. Managing the documents and the work is the target and Patsy is far ahead of the others.

    I have not yet heard or read the transcripts of the debate, but as far as I know, Patsy is the only one talking about consolidating the office which is THE strategic issue for the office.

  10. tito
    August 28, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    I don’t need an e-mail to tell the truth. Your candidate says she doesn’t like lawn signs for instance, yet she has a billboard? She now says she will promote everyone at the office, you kidding? She made a remark that one of the other candidates was sweating profusely, didn’t see that. I couldn’t work for this woman, and I would like to know why none of her current fellow workers are supporting her. I will not be supplying you or anyone else with any e-mail, it’s evident, you don’t want to hear the truth when it involves your priorities, I can recall when you left WBRK you made no mention of it to your faithful listeners, you just took your ball and went home. Good bye and ggod luck!

    • Joe Blow
      August 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

      Tito, Get Me a Tissue.

    • Rivetor
      August 28, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

      hey tito, this reads like your swan song. Good riddance. Dont let the door slap you in the a** on the way off the planet.

    • Chet Hunter
      August 28, 2012 at 2:31 pm #


    • danvalenti
      August 28, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

      Those who refuse to willingly send a valid e-mail address are usually hiding something. I can trace you based on our the electronic tracks of your mail, but I don’t care to do that in minor cases like this. Goodbye and good luck to you. No hard feelings.

  11. dusty
    August 28, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    Desperate candidates usually send out there hit people closer to the election. It is often their only hope

    • Larry
      August 28, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

      You’ve got that right dusty!

      Unfortunately, it appears the GOB network is going to win this one too! This registry of deeds position in general is just a farce! Combine the three Berkshire offices and hire someone that knows the job rather than a GOB looking for a free handout! How bout doing something fiscally responsible for a change!

      • Dave
        August 28, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

        Is this Larry Kratka spewing sour grapes for not getting the big debate? Second fiddle tomorrow in your radio debate?
        Bill is the man when you don’t want any substance Larry, get over it!

  12. Dave
    August 28, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    The best always doesn’t win, as we shall see in this year’s presedential election? Was this a buried comment to refer to in case Obama is reelected?

  13. joetaxpayer
    August 28, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    Dave,must unfortunately must agree,Obama will get re-elected and we must have to lower are standards as a Country.Is Romney any better, probally not, but he would have put a stop to Obama’s agenda.HOPE we can hang on for 4 years and CHANGE all of his idealistic and socialist laws.

    • Larry
      August 28, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

      Sad to see these two candidates are the best we can come up with indeed….. Four more years of Obama and you can stick a fork in us. We will be all but done for sure!

      • danvalenti
        August 28, 2012 at 6:02 pm #

        My reference to the best person not winning the presidential race is along these lines. Neither Romney nor Obama are the best in this race. Stein (Green) or johnson (Libertarian) are much better choices.

  14. joetaxpayer
    August 28, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

    To change the subject.Dan who really is this Berk. Stock promotor from Stockbridge,is he really on the up and up.He claims to be tapped out at investing under 3,000 dollars.Does he have a crimnal record,could he be looking for investors to swindle?

    • Joe Blow
      August 28, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

      Why is he just figuring out he needs 27,000 more dollars? Why did he give away hundreds of tickets?How the hell was he expecting to produce a 2 day festival with 2,800 bucks? This is also the first I’ve heard of the 3 has been headline acts,they are not on any of the flyers. Something stinks if you ask me and neither John Lennon or Jimi Hendrix ever recorded at that studio!

      • danvalenti
        August 28, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

        I know nothing about this promoter. On the surface of it, he sounds woefully unprepared. If I was advising any of the acts, I would tell them: cash in advance, on the barrel head, or we don’t play. I dabbled in music promoting, and the one thing I learned: It always costs more than you realize.

  15. levitan
    August 28, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

    Off topic, Dan, but this edition is a real gem. How could you descend into the furnace of despite on this topic?

    • danvalenti
      August 28, 2012 at 5:58 pm #


      • levitan
        August 28, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

        You’re welcome. Plus, I agree with Tito regarding Harris – the only decent candidate is a somewhat inarticulate and bloviating blogger on the Eagle. Mreatfistasklater promises a beer at the bar for anyone who votes for him. Now we’re talking.

        • Larry
          August 28, 2012 at 6:27 pm #

          Over the course of the six year term at 90k plus incredible benny’s….. this guy is onto something!

          Dats a lotta beers, baby!

    • outfox
      August 28, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

      Nice find in the archives: I don’t believe I was a Planetarian at the time Dan wrote that one.Levitan, you are my favorite anagram!

      • levitan
        August 28, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

        Now, coming from you, that’s a compliment I can feel good about, even though I didn’t know that I was an anagram.

        For the others, I’m not getting burned by any of the three good-deeders, I’m inking in a protest.

      • outfox
        August 28, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

        I know you are two different men, but I’ve been assuming ( and enjoying the cleverness) that you chose your screen name because it’s an anagram of valenti, Levitan.

        • Levitan
          August 29, 2012 at 6:44 am #

          I bloody well wish I could take credit for that amazing coincidence.

          • Levitan
            August 29, 2012 at 6:45 am #

            ..the cleverness is all yours for spotting it.

  16. The professor (and Mary Ann
    August 28, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

    Putting on an outdoor festival is a task best left to the pros.A while back,we sternly cautioned Eastover against hosting the increasingly slippery “Berkstock”.To hear that the “producer” is “tapped out” after spending less than three grand begs the question,”Seriously,dude?”.As veteran festival participants,we advise performers,service providers,day employees and Eastover to demand payment up front and don’t move until the cash is in hand. Take it from us,and we’ve been at some bad ones,this is a train wreck!

    • skier1
      August 28, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

      The money they’re asking food vendors to pay to be at this event is ridiculous. Food vendors beware!!!!!

    • danvalenti
      August 28, 2012 at 7:15 pm #

      Yes. We learned that the hard way. Overall, we lost more than we won as a musical promoter. Did a little better in band management. The Eastover concert has all the makings of a disaster. As soon as we hear “underfunded,” we say, “Uh oh.”

  17. Hilly Billy 2 in Ward 4
    August 29, 2012 at 4:50 am #

    Here’s a question I haven’t heard asked DV and would love to hear everyone’s opinion on…If Scott Pignatelli wins the election will Patty Harris still work in the office with Scotty P as her boss?

    • Larry
      August 29, 2012 at 5:47 am #

      I would have to imagine so…. She still needs to put food on the table. The job she currently is a darn good one too. The only one better is this 90K state giveaway (courtesy of you and I) that this race represents.

      How bout a little reform in the registry Of deeds structure, Deval? Why not give the average Joe a break here!

      • danvalenti
        August 29, 2012 at 6:22 am #

        I have thought of that scenario, and I would guess that Patsy and Scott would have a productive professional relationship. They both seem to possess that kind of maturity.

  18. skier1
    August 29, 2012 at 7:19 am #

    My take on the debate in what Patsy said was she would be researching deeds etc but in the private sector. In other words she wouldn’t work for the other two. I’m not the only one who interpreted it that way.