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R.I.P. JOHNNY PESKY (1919-2012) … MAYOR CHIDES BB ON SPECTRUM MISQUOTE, CORRECTS THE RECORD IN A PLANET EXCLUSIVE! … plus … WE HEAR FROM SCOTT PIGNATELLI, CANDIDATE FOR REGISTER OF DEEDS AS BATTLED LINES OF CAMPAIGN ARE DRAWN

By DAN VALENTI

Planet Valenti News and Commentary

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, FRIDAY, AUG. 17, 2012) —  Player, coach, manager, broadcaster, special instructor, ticket salesman, and goodwill ambassador. What did he not do? He has a piece of Fenway Park named after him. He had the perfect name for a leadoff batter.

They don’t make them like Johnny Pesky any longer (Sept. 27, 1919-Aug. 13, 2012). The great Johnny Pesky, more than anyone else bearer of the title Mr. Red Sox, died at the age of 92 this week, and the world is a little less bright, a little drearier.

The Kindest Man We Ever Met in Baseball

JOHNNY PESKY in his prime, on a sunny day, Fenway Park, in the championship season of 1946.

THE PLANET met Johnny Pesky in Winter Haven, Fla., 1980, during our 10-year stint as a MLB writer and broadcaster. Our relationship continued long after. For the next three decades, we came to appreciate this gentle, kind man, of whom it can be said: “He was a mensch.” That’s one of the highest compliments one can give. Pesky never turned down an interview request, and he never passed up an opportunity to bring someone a little joy, whether it be giving them a signed baseball or visiting cancer patients at Dana Farber.

”I feel like part of the Red Sox tradition just died because when I think of Johnny I think of him hitting fungos at spring training. We will all miss him so much,” ex-pitcher Pedro Martinez said in comments provided by the Red Sox. ”He was such a representative of everything that happened in Boston. It’s hard to think of the success, defeat, and all we went through without Johnny. You couldn’t do anything without Johnny Pesky.”

Former Red Sox first baseman and outfielder Kevin Millar was one of them.

”Johnny is the greatest man I have ever met in this wonderful game,” he said.

There’s not much more to be said, except that if there were a few more Johnny Peskys and a few less bellyachers like Dustin Pedroia, major league baseball and the world in general would be a better place.

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MAYOR BIANCHI COMES TO THE PLANET TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT AFTER BB BLOWS STORY

On Tuesday, the Boring Broadsheet, in a story bylined by Dick Lindsay, had this quote from Pittsfield Mayor Dan Bianchi on the confidentiality agreement signed by his predecessor, Jimmy Ruberto, and Spectrum Health Services: “I will never again agree to a confidentiality agreement that prevents me from speaking frankly with the people of this city.”

MAYOR DAN BIANCHI: Correct the record (the BB blew it) for THE PLANET.

THE PLANET and other following our lead jumped on this quote, for it appeared to say that Bianchi had agreed to the terms of secrecy after having a choice to do so or not. On Wednesday, Bianchi contacted THE PLANET wanting to set the record straight. The mayor said the BB misquoted him. At issue was the word, “again.”

Bianchi was incredulous not only that the BB blew the quote, but they had done so going off a written statement provide to them by the mayor’s office. So it seems that even when it practices Rip ‘n’ read journalism, the paper can’t get it right. Reporters will err. You don’t want it to happen, but it happens. That’s why newspapers employ or used to in the case of the BB a series of editors (the copy desk, assistant city desk, and the city editor) to prevent this type of error. It’s a hatchet error because it cuts down the meaning of the original.

“I never said ‘again,’, Bianchi told THE PLANET. That little two-syllable word, of course, changes the meaning of the statement. Bianchi said he had to agree to the confidentiality oath imposed upon him by Ruberto, but that he, Bianchi, would never agree to such a thing as mayor. “What I said [in his statement to the BB] was that I would have never agreed to confidentiality in the first place.” It’s a huge distinction, and it puts to rest what had been a puzzling situation since Tuesday’s edition of the BB.

We asked the mayor if he had any discretion in the matter. In other words, what would have happened if he revealed the confidential terms. “There’s no reason to believe they wouldn’t have sued us if we violated that,” he said.

Of the settlement that will take $100,000 out of taxpayer wallets, Bianchi said, “We hit a home run. I’ve got a stack of research from the Internet. Spectrum is a litigious company, and this is the best agreement that we’ve seen. South Covington, N.J., for example [fought Spectrum coming into that city] and had to pay $150,000. Another city sued, Spectrum, and it wound up costing $650,000. Bangor, Maine, sued to keep Spectrum out, and it settled for $320,000.”

Bianchi used the experience of Framingham, Mass., in May 2006. It sued to prevent Spectrum from locating there. They sued the company, but the courts ruled, as they have consistently done, that Spectrum could not be prevented from locating there because to do so would be discriminatory against drug addicts, who are defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as handicapped.

In that case, Spectrum sought $800,000 in lost revenue from Framingham, Bianchi said, $320,000 in rental payments, and $230,000 in attorney’s fees. The city and the company settled out of court. Bianchi said he did not know the cost of that settlement.

Former MAYOR JIM RUBERTO

In Pittsfield’s case, Mayor Ruberto sued the company after it announced its plans to locate on Summer Street, in the Yon Building. Despite a lot of advice against suing the company because of the court’s track record of siding with Spectrum on the basis of the ADA, Ruberto ordered that Spectrum be denied a building permit.  Since Spectrum was zoned properly, Ruberto tried to keep them out by denying the permit. That move ended up costing taxpayers $100,000. On Nov. 15, 2011 in U.S. District Court, the company sued.  Bianchi said the city got off cheaply, only because he reached out to Spectrum to establish a better working relationship.

Bianchi criticized Ruberto to suing the company and for his subsequent actions, which, Bianchi said, hamstrung Pittsfield and forced the settlement.

“We did a lot of work and study into the situation,” Bianchi said. “We worked hard to build up a rapport with Spectrum. I told them that [with the new mayor] things were different. It’s always important to reasonable people to let each other know your reasonable. I’ve always believed in being honest with people. Be firm, but let them know that we wanted to be helpful, that we understand that [a methadone clinic] is something we need as a city and as a community. I don’t think Jim [Ruberto] took the time to research this. He had a bull-in-a-China shop approach. I told our public health officer and our police chief to research Spectrum. We found the company had no problems in the communities where it is already operating. They have a solid 40-year track record.”

Bianchi said that about six weeks ago, as a breakfast for the state’s mayors, the mayor of one community told him: “Sure, you can keep fighting this, only to have a judge tell you in the end that you can’t keep them out.”

The mayor lauded the work of Dave Phelps of Berkshire Health Systems.

“I called Dave early on,” Bianchi said. “Dave asked, ‘Is there anything we can do to help? Dan,’ he said, ‘we will help out in any way we can in whatever way you think is appropriate. We discussed locations [for the clinic]. Dave said we need to think down the road. As a community, it’s important to recognize: We needed to have this facility sooner rather than later. He told me that we’re fortunate that if we have to have a facility like this, that it’s with a a company as good as Spectrum.”

Bianchi said he expects the methadone clinic to be “up and running sometime between now and the end of the year.”

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BATTLE LINES DRAWN FOR REGISTER: IT’S HARRIS VERSUS PIGNATELLI, WITH PHILLIPS  A DISTANT THIRD ONE IN.

In the race for Register of Deeds, the battle lines have pretty much formed. Assistant register Patsy Harris says she’s the best candidate by virtue of having worked in the office for 11 years. This gives her first-hand intimate knowledge of every aspect of the job, she says. One of her opponents, Scott Pignatelli, claims that the job of register is a management position. It requires not so much the detailed knowledge of the office’s minutiae but rather how to manage the staff.

The third one in this race is Jody Phillips, who hasn’t had much to say at all in this race, except that she once served as city clerk in Pittsfield. Phillips conveniently leaves out that she quit that job after receiving tenure, costing the city $25,000 in a special election. She’s also been mum — total silence — on why she wants to quit General Dynamics after a few short years. Voters don’t like quitters, and, regrettably, that’s how many of them see Phillips.

Phillips also doesn’t advertise that she’s the long-time live-in girlfriend of acting Pittsfield fire chief Bob Czerwinski. THE PLANET believes this information is relevant, since, should Phillips win the register’s race, it will give the household two mugs feeding lucratively at the public trough. That rubs lots of taxpayers — many of whom are struggling to get by on service-job salaries — with the wrong side of the sandpaper. The register’s job pays $90,000 plus benefits.

JODY PHILLIPS: The extra pounds won't help.

Only Harris and Pignatelli come off with the necessary gravitas to warrant serious consideration for the job. On many levels, including her sophomoric Facebook page, the Phillips campaign comes off like The Amateur Hour. Harris has produced a sophisticated website and ancillary materials. Pignatelli has issued a video on you Tube outlining his philosophy of the job. Harris and Pignatelli also offer an intriguing contrast in image and style. She is, self-admittedly, no politician. This works in Harris’ favor, since it enables her connect with regular people.

Pignatelli has the money and the organization of the Pignatelli Machine behind him. This includes the braintrust of the family patriarch, the legendary John “Big Jawn” Pignatelli, and, of course, his brother, Smitty, long time sate representative in the Southern Berkshire District. Smitty is a man well known, widely respected, and with a strong pocket of ardent supporters. Phillips has Pummelin’ Pam Malumphy and Peter Marchetti backing her campaign. Combined, PM & PM have lost their last five consecutive elections. We fail to see how that helps Phillips.

PATSY HARRIS: 'The girl next door' type.

Image-wise, Harris cuts a kind of Doris Day wholesomeness. This trim, corn-fed, “girl next door” quality will win her votes. Pignatelli is photogenic. The camera likes him. He’s good looking, and he conveys an image that combines relative youth with managerial experience. Phillips, truth be told, has put on a lot of pounds since she was last seen in her job at city hall, and she doesn’t look the part. Harris and Pignatelli look hungry. Phillips looks like she hasn’t missed too many meals of late. We bring this up only to acknowledge that in the minds of at least some voters, this will make a difference. Let THE PLANET be clear, we wish that it wouldn’t mean any difference, but it does, and as always, we deal in facts.

After out piece endorsing Harris for the job, Pignatelli contacted THE PLANET. Here is some of what he told us:

“I honestly think that the voters are very lucky to have three great choices for the position of Register of Deeds. It has been my goal during this campaign to show the voters that out of the three, I am the most well-rounded to manage this office efficiently.

SCOTT PIGNATELLI: State his case, that the register's job is about management.

“There is a difference between working in the Register of Deeds office and being the Register. I have seen it many times first hand in my own business, that great work ethic and understanding of the position do not always translate into having great leadership skills. I have never denied that Patsy understands the office. She should, since she has been there for 11 years. I am not convinced, however, that she has the leadership skills necessary to make the changes needed to that office.

“I would like the contributors to and the readers of your blog to get to know me better and research my position on this important office more carefully before they make a judgment of me. I will tell you point blank that I have NO political ambitions. I am running for this job because I am tired of the politics that have come out of this office.”

We thank our good friend for this statement. He makes a compelling argument, and we would hope that our readers look at the race, and the candidates, more closely before making a decision.

The Democratic primary runoff among Harris, Pignatelli, and Phillips will be on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

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YOU MAY WANDER THROUGH THE WRECKS OF DAYS DEPARTED, FAR BY DESOLATION’S SHORE, BUT EVEN OVER THAT SEA, IF YOU ARE OPEN, YOU WILL SEE THE ISLANDS OF JOY, DARTED.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

63 Responses to “R.I.P. JOHNNY PESKY (1919-2012) … MAYOR CHIDES BB ON SPECTRUM MISQUOTE, CORRECTS THE RECORD IN A PLANET EXCLUSIVE! … plus … WE HEAR FROM SCOTT PIGNATELLI, CANDIDATE FOR REGISTER OF DEEDS AS BATTLED LINES OF CAMPAIGN ARE DRAWN”

  1. Levitan
    August 17, 2012 at 8:23 am #

    Two points:

    The mayor said the BB misquoted him. At issue was the word, “again.”

    The Eagle misquotes, misspells names, and changes names so regularly that you really cannot take any of their news as fact. Read the paper for entertainment and fun, but keep it off of the road.

    Second:

    Pignatelli states there are three candidates, but I’m guessing few really wants any of those three.

    Human note:
    A neighboring family from childhood, decent and kind folk, one a professor of Mathematics, had three daughters. One went on to Oxford and became a professor there. Another followed her career elsewhere. The third my favorite – who babysat us as children, disappeared into a haze of drugs and vanished. The parents lost that daughter and could not contact her for 25 years.

    Then one day, like a miracle, she reappeared and moved back home (in her late thirties) clean of drugs. But, she was diminished, a shadow of her former cute and bright self. The years of abuse left her permanently disabled. The human toll of drug abuse is sad, real, and it is equal opportunity. If we have resources to help an addict and their family, we should. It’s all about the pursuit of Justice and the repairing of worlds.

    • danvalenti
      August 17, 2012 at 10:26 am #

      Nicely done, Lev.

  2. Guest
    August 17, 2012 at 8:26 am #

    “I have NO political ambitions” -Bull. I want to know, has he been in THE office he is running for to see how it runs? He goes on and on about visiting ‘other registries’, but I’m sure he would agree his business isn’t run the exact same way every other electrical business in Massachusetts is run.

    • dusty
      August 18, 2012 at 3:35 am #

      He has no political ambitions. But he did wake up one morning and found himself worrying about the state of affairs at the Registry of Deeds and felt it was his patriotic duty to try to fix things.

      How noble is that folks?

      • Larry
        August 18, 2012 at 5:50 am #

        Oh yeah…… For a mere 90K donation plus an unreal package of benefits!

        Again, this is certainly a position that our Gov. Patrick could eliminate if he had the balls to do so. Ask yourself…… Is he seriously about reigning in government waste??? This is just a simple case of turning a blind eye and giving your cronies a big fat check courtesy of you and I!

        This is the fleecing of Taxachusetts folks…. Happening blatenly right before our very eyes!!! Very sad indeed!

  3. Guest
    August 17, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    Speaking of bungling quotes and names, the spectrum article with the bad quote is bylined Dick Lindsey, not Ned Oliver.

    • danvalenti
      August 17, 2012 at 11:34 am #

      Thank you, GUEST. That’s why we advise: “Don’t aim for perfection. You’ll never get there, kid.” We will go back in and correct it. Ned is absolved.

  4. baby baby
    August 17, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

    Dan, the city never sued Spectrum. Spectrum sued the city.

    • danvalenti
      August 17, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

      BABY
      Thanks for the correction. Yes, the city denied Spectrum a building permit. Spectrum sued under the ADA Act. It filed in US District Court on Nov. 15, 2011. We went back in to reword for accuracy. Again, appreciate the catch.

      • Levitan
        August 17, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

        The city, in effect, sued Spectrum by attempting to use legal tools to block their establishing a location in Pittsfield. I see the distinction between who filed suit in court as secondary.Spectrum had no recourse but to sue as hiring goons to take over city blocks is out of fashion (tongue-in-cheek.)

        By the way, demand for monetary compensation may well be necessary to secure one’s rights. If you sue one party, but not another in a comparable situation, an opponent can claim in some circumstances that you implicitly do not hold an monetary interest in the issue. An example involves copyrights. Walt Disney sues anyone who copies their image in order to make public notice that it owns a monetary stake in their asset.

  5. The Kraken
    August 17, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    “who are defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as handicapped.”
    Ya gotta be kidding me!! Handicapped? By stupid decisions and bad judgment perhaps.

    • danvalenti
      August 17, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

      KRAKEN
      Agree. We The People lost control of our government in the years after WWII, and now we have witness to the growing insanity it has produced, including this misapplication of the ADA.

  6. taxmano
    August 17, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    Why do you think Scott “Piggy” Pignatelli is such a dreamboat? Compared to his emaciated brother maybe, but really not as cute as you insist.(You’ve mentioned his looks at least twice.) I also thought the reference to Jody’s weight was below the belt.
    Anyway, Scott is totally unqualified for the postion he seeks, in my opinion. Pushing around people you employ at a small electrical shop is not the same as managing a registrar of deeds office. Like his brother, Scott probably just got tired of working in the business set up and pretty much given to him by his dad and wants to put his feet up while getting paid handsomely.
    The logical, clear choice is Patsy Harris.

  7. Joe blow
    August 17, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    JODY PHILLIPS: The extra pounds won’t help? I’m no fan of her but calling her fat….C’mon!

    • danvalenti
      August 17, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

      We did not call her fat. We simply reported on a matter that will be an issue for some voters. It’s unfortunate that a small minority of the electorate will vote on that basis, but it will happen. We are simply pointing out a fact. Facts are neither positive nor negative. They are neutral.

  8. skier1
    August 17, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    Shame on you Dan for going after someones size. TAXMANO is right. What’s next, going after people for their sexual preference, color, religion. I thought you were above that. Squeeky clean looks like Ms. Harris doesn’t mean anything. From her lack of integrity in the parade says VOLUMES of what she’s like, the negativity of her campaign against both of the other candidates, not having FACTS straight before bashing. As voting day gets closer, her foot will be put in her mouth a few times.
    As far as special election in Pittsfield goes, that was for Linda Tyers seat on the council after Jimmy gave her the job.
    As far as Jody backing out of the race for city clerk again you can ask Jimmy on that one too. Rumor has it he was up to his dirty tricks…….

    • danvalenti
      August 17, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

      SKIER1
      I understand your point, but let me say that I did not go after anyone. I am merely reporting on one fact of this campaign. Discussion of image is sometimes needed, because — regrettable as it may be — it can be a factor. If there was TV back in the mid 19th century, Abe Lincoln would never have been elected.

      • Larry
        August 18, 2012 at 5:57 am #

        It was a valid observation made by Dan here. You have to understand that he is breaking down the race and unfortunately the candidates physical presence will at least subliminally sway voters view of her. I see nothing he said maliciously here…. It is a valid observation nothing more nothing less

  9. Jim Gleason
    August 17, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

    I was watching the propaganda hour- that’s right Mike, the propaganda hour- this morning and Krol had Mike Ward and Dennis Guyer on as guests for the whole knee slapping (not) hour.What a jovial bunch of fellows they are, recounting their seemingly all good times periods as politicians and making jokes about others in a collegial manner. What an educational experience it was to watch (BARF) Maybe next week it’ll be Jimmy ruberto and Bumbling Barrett to educate us on how to screw up a small city.

  10. Scott
    August 17, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

    “Phillips, truth be told, has put on a lot of pounds since she was last seen in her job at city hall, and she doesn’t look the part. Harris and Pignatelli look hungry. Phillips looks like she hasn’t missed too many meals of late. ”

    LOL

    • Larry
      August 18, 2012 at 5:59 am #

      Now the missing meals part here…. That IS malicious!

  11. joetaxpayer
    August 17, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

    What a shame the players for the Red Sox do not hold the same work ethic and dedication to the game of baseball as Johnnie Peskey.They should be ashamend of themselfs.Its time for those so called pro’s to put on there big boy pants and play ball and stop bitching.Suck it up and be a pro.God bless you Mr. Peskey say hi to Ted for me.

    • danvalenti
      August 17, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

      JOE
      Yes: Ted, Dom, and Johnny are having a ball right now, literally. They are in their 28 year old bodies, playing baseball for fun on a sunny field. That is the image I like to entertain.

      • joetaxpayer
        August 18, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

        Dan you got that right.Ted wanted to shore up the infield.It won’t be long they will be calling up Bobby Doerr and the teammates will be reunited.

  12. joetaxpayer
    August 17, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

    Sorry about spelling your name wrong (Pesky.)Still love everything you brought to the Red Sox organization.You will always be missed and there will never be anyone like you.

  13. Amanda Blake
    August 17, 2012 at 7:01 pm #

    DV’s coverage of register was fair and accurate. He said things like personal appearance, weight, etc should be used …but they are. Hes just acknowledging reality. Fact is, several of my women acquaintances we were remarking about that very thing, in negative terms. And Jody has put on weight. I haven’t made upmy mind yet in this race. I am leaning to Harris but I like what Scott says about managing.

    • danvalenti
      August 17, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

      AMANDA
      Thank you. Image in a campaign can be a factor. That’s our only point. We discussed the images of these three, but only after first discussing on this post and others — at length — their positions and qualifications.

  14. Jonathan Melle
    August 17, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

    Andrea Nuciforo is another phoney in Pittsfield politics. His dad was a Judge. His Aunt was a Pittsfield Mayor. His Uncle was a state Representative. Nuciforo comes from a powerful provincial political family. He ran for Registry of Deeds in 2006 in order to plot his next political move. Nuciforo strong-armed 2 women candidates out of the election for Registry of Deeds. The names of the 2 women Nuciforo didn’t have to run against are Sharon Henault and Sara Hathaway, who is a former Pittsfield Mayor. Nuciforo asked Governor Deval Patrick to nominate him to become Commissioner of Insurance weeks after taking the oath as Registrar of Deeds. After Nuciforo did not get the job from Governor Deval Patrick, he began to plot his run for U.S. Congress against Rep. John W. Olver. Nuciforo was criticized for being an opportunist who would divide the Democratic Party in his ambition to oust Olver. Nuciforo created many enemies in the Democratic Party when they asked him not to run against Olver. Then, Rep. Olver announced his retirement and endorsed fellow Rep. Richard Neal for U.S. Congress. Bill Shein entered the race for U.S. Congress in the Democratic Party and pointed out all of Nuciforo’s deficiencies, including his record on campaign finance reform by voting to abolish Clean Elections, the many thousands of dollars in campaign receipts from big banks and insurance companies when he was a State Senator, and his plagiarism of policy issues lifted from disgraced John Edwards, Alan Khazei, and Stacey Lawson. Nuciforo also voted against the all-felon DNA database in 2003. He was the only Senator to vote against the bill that is now law in Massachusetts.

    • Chet Hunter
      August 17, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

      Tipical low blow planet. Phillips gained weight So let’s pick on her because her boy friend doesn’t return my messages

  15. danvalenti
    August 17, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

    CHET
    We will allow this comment, since it’s somewhat on message. As long as you do that, you will be allowed to post.

  16. taxmano
    August 18, 2012 at 5:04 am #

    According to ex-state Senator Jakubowicz in today’s Eagle: ” It (the register) is an office for a person with experience and knowledge about state laws relating to recording and maintaining public real estate records and an understanding of the basics of real estate law ” Makes sense to me. Obviously, “Patsy” Harris is the best choice.If Scott is as non-intellectual as his brother, such as job would make his eyes cross.

    If the job were about splicing wires and black taping things, Scott would be the man.
    Let’s stop another local dynasty from happening. When a family is described as a “machine,” they have too much power. As I’ve said before, signing the paychecks at the family business does not make one a real “manager.” Of course his underlings listen to him; they want to get paid. What classes has Scott taken in organizational theory at the Harvard School of Business? His take on his qualifications is a joke. Don’t drink the kool-aid, folks.

    • Larry
      August 18, 2012 at 6:34 am #

      You make some very valid points here…. You wouldn’t hire an electrician to do a plumbers job.

      I believe Jakubowicz was a state rep and not a state senator…. At any rate he certainly has some valid points. This position should require a lawyer or someone with expertise in banking or real estate at the very least…. The 90K thats going along with this position is there to attract professionals to the position….. NOT political backslapping political types leaching off the general public. This should not be an elected position nor a position at all with the computer age we are in. This most certainly should not have been allowed to become a popularity contest for public welfare! It’s absolute bullshit to say the very least!

  17. K-Man
    August 18, 2012 at 6:20 am #

    Rest in peace, Johnny Pesky. One of the greats of baseball and of life. On meth clinics they are unfortunately needed because drug use is out of control. For register of deeds, its Patsy Harris as the best of the three.

  18. Elizabeth
    August 18, 2012 at 6:52 am #

    Rest in peace Johnny Pesky. A true legend.

    Ok Dan…regarding the appearance of an individual running for office…it’s really out of line to mention someone’s weight or eating habits. Or is it different for women? With that logic, looks like Romney/Ryan win hands down. Or it it also different for rebublicans? Why is Chris christy so popular? I don’t think people care that he weighs a million pounds. Lots of double standards here.

    • danvalenti
      August 18, 2012 at 9:14 am #

      Agree about Johnny, ELIZABETH. As for image, unfortunately, it will be a factor. In this race, a small one, but who knows, this might be an extremely close election. It IS different for women and there IS a double standard. I don’t like it and would change it if I could. In addressing the image factor in this campaign, I’m merely reporting on a reality that is out there among the electorate. In an odd way, the glamour-celebrity-self-cosmetic ball of wax, which has captivated the heats and minds of lots of gullible young women, has made image an even greater factor. Women themselves have a large part in creating and sustaining this effect, or haven’t you seen the endless rows of cosmetics, hair products, and the like that you can now find in every supermarket and department store. Many women look beautiful with little or light makeup, but they don’t know that. They have fallen for what Cosmopolitan and Self magazines tell them.

  19. tito
    August 18, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    Thank God they didn’t judge Golada Meir! The Pignatelli machine is slowly creeping ahead in this race.

  20. K-Man
    August 18, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    Golda Meier, MArgart Thatcher, Janet Reno, Donna Sheleile. Faces to stop a clock. Weren’t much good, either, as pols.

  21. tito
    August 18, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    Ella Grasso, Ella Fitzsimmons, former Princess Fergie, Bea Arthur, Totie Fields, Candice Bergen, Sophia Loren, the girl that played Elie May Clampitt, Anna Nicole Smith, Aunt Bea on the Andy Griffith. Show, ect.

    • Dave
      August 18, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

      etc moron

  22. tito
    August 18, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    This weeks King of the Swamp’ award goes to, for the second time, Planet Valenti, who with one stroke of the pen, formally denounced his support for Congressional Candidate Andrea Nuciforo, who by the way has endorsed Hinsdale Patsy for register, go figure? Congratulation your contribution and award selection!

    • Dave
      August 18, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

      tito. why always “Hinsdale Patsy” do you have a problem with Hinsdale? If that is the case then I believe you deserve your own award.

  23. Dave
    August 18, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    big shakeup in city hall this week Dan– any info?

  24. tito
    August 18, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    Are you kidding me Dave? Dan isn’t here, he just won the King of the Swamp’ award, he’s out celebrating.

  25. Amanda Blake
    August 18, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

    Thank God for Dan and this website. The only place that tells the truth. The Spectrum deal shows how incompetent this city is. The register race will be between Harris and Pignatelli. I predict Patsy!

  26. tito
    August 18, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    I don’t think the remark by Ruberto helped any.

  27. tito
    August 19, 2012 at 2:48 am #

    The Pignatelli Machine is in high gear, look out!

    • dusty
      August 19, 2012 at 3:40 am #

      It is a machine and it needs to be in high gear. The office does not need a machine. It needs a competent reliable hands on responsible person. If there happens to be someone who already has all these qualifications why would you gamble on someone who

      1. is obviously connected to the power network that dominates everything that happens in the area.

      2. May or may not show up everyday to do the job

      3. Is a good tradesman but has nowhere near the experience of other candidates for this particular job

      and the machine is in high gear because it realistically cannot compare in the qualifications department and must make up for it with lawn signs and jibber jabber

      • taxmano
        August 19, 2012 at 5:18 am #

        Of course, if a light fixture at the register’s office blows, they’ll be glad Scott is around.

        • Larry
          August 19, 2012 at 5:45 am #

          He will probably have the wire nuts, balest and electrical tape right in the truck he drives there for an immediate repair! LOL. Or at least have his crew on speed dial should he be missing something!

  28. tito
    August 19, 2012 at 7:55 am #

    I think Scott is smart, handsome and a great manager. We haven’t heard anyone from the Register’s office currently working that says anything supporting Hinsdale Patsy.

    • smh
      August 19, 2012 at 9:49 am #

      You actually raise an interesting question.

    • dusty
      August 19, 2012 at 10:36 am #

      I sure don’t want anyone digging through my property records unless they are handsome. Looks are everything when it comes to researching deeds.

      And many lawyers and lawyers clerks who do research these records everyday have come out en masse in support of Mrs Harris who they say has been doing a fine job for them for years. They would hate to lose her.

      But of course you knew this because it was in the paper.

      • smh
        August 19, 2012 at 11:47 am #

        Yet in a way they actually WILL loose her, were she to make that quantum leap into a position with a completely different job description.

    • skier1
      August 19, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

      Correct! Ms. Harris is an assistant to an assistant and her immediate superviser hasn’t endorsed her. I’ve been saying this for a week now. Plus Ms. Harris has no document management experience!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Amanda Blake
        August 19, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

        The reason Henault hasn’t endorsed Patsy is that Sharon wanted that job for herself, was muslced out by Nuciforo, and didn’t have the guys to run again. Patsy did, and Sharon didn’t. Don’t know if its jealousy or what.

  29. tito
    August 19, 2012 at 11:18 am #

    You made my point, gludemire, what difference does it make how much one weighs or how handsome one is?

  30. tito
    August 19, 2012 at 11:19 am #

    …I wouldn’t hire you to clean my house because your name is dusty, would I?

  31. tito
    August 19, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    I’m leaning towards Patsy, I like what I see.

  32. taxmano
    August 19, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    It’s irelevant, but Scott is handsome only in comparison to his gaunt brother. I checked with my lady friends–Scott is too short, and his eyes are too small and close together. Plus, Scott has the swarthy greaseball look of yesteryear. Who wears Vitalis anymore, except for Scott and Mitt Romney?

  33. tito
    August 19, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    Vitalis? I used to cook with that stuff.

  34. tito
    August 19, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

    It was a mistake, sorry.

  35. tito
    August 19, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

    The Babe Ruth world series is been moved to 9 45 eastern, due to a rain delay.

  36. joetaxpayer
    August 19, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

    Thanks for the updates,hopefully i can stay awake to watch them win.