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SPECTRUM WANTS TO LOCATE ITS CLINIC AT ITS ORIGINAL CHOICE, ON SUMMER STREET … SECRECY STILL IMPEDES METHADONE FACILITY ISSUE, AND BOTH THE CITY AND THE COMPANY ARE AT FAULT … ATTORNEY’S PETITION TO BEACON HILL ASKS: WHY SHOULD NON-PROFITS GET OFF TAX FREE? … LOLO (SOB) BREAKS DOWN (BOO HOO) ON TRACK AND ON (SNIFF) TV

By DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, FRIDAY, AUG. 10, 2012) — The city of Pittsfield still has not revealed the location of Spectrum Health Systems‘ Pittsfield methadone clinic, but the site must be chosen or near to it. The company began advertising on the jobs section of Craigslist this week and at other sites. The ad put out the call for clinicians, licensed practical nurses, site director, and other staff.

For some strange reason, Mayor Dan Bianchi continues to treat the clinic location as a state secret. He has not been forthcoming on the progress of site negotiations as one would have expected from his campaign promises about transparency. If there’s a good reason why this has to still be kept from the public, share it but please, don’t secrete to us any “confidentiality agreement.” The secrecy agreement can be stuffed in Funk and Wagnell‘s pipe and blown out through a crossbred viaduct.

Back to the Future: Location, Location, Location

Spectrum came to Pittsfield last month to share information about its plans to bring the methadone clinic to Pittsfield. The community meeting was a step in the right direction, and it seemed from there the process would be a more open one. That, however, has not been the case. The city and the company have retreated into their shells, and it seem they have had another misstep in their relationship with each other.

This would seem to explain information that we’ve heard from several questers regarding the location of the clinic. The most authoritative — a source within city hall — speaking on condition of anonymity and claiming familiarity with the talks between the company and the city reports that Spectrum wants to locate in its first choice — the Berkshire Nautilus building on Summer Street, across from the North entrance to the Columbus Avenue parking deck. We don’t know if Mayor Bianchi is more disposed to this location than his predecessor, Jimmy Ruberto, who said Spectrum would move in on Summer Street “over my dead body.”

The vehemence of Mayor Ruberto’s opposition to the Summer Street location has never been adequately explained.

Central Planning: Worst Way to Plan Anything But a One-Car Funeral

Spectrum qualifies for non-profit tax status by virtue of the educational services it offers. Under federal ADA rules, that classification allows it to circumvent local zoning controls and, essentially, locate where it wishes. If effect, when federal regulations supercede a municipality’s right to determine proper land-use for itself, that is a form of Central Planning, a form of monolithic control that fails to take into account local conditions.

Central planning is rarely a good thing, and we are seeing it here. If the city doesn’t want a clinic for heroin addicts located next to a section of the downtown that’s already seen its share of trouble, shouldn’t it be able to decide for itself, from the field, as it were? Why should a distant, far-removed federal authority take this control out of a city’s hands? The lawsuit Spectrum currently has in federal court addresses this question.

Spectrum filed on Nov. 11, 2011. Court insiders say the city has little chance to win and that the lawsuit was a delaying tactic to provide a window of time for negotiation. THE PLANET would respond: It depends on how good the attorneys are at doing their job. This is a winnable case for the city. Massachusetts zoning law (MGL Chapter 40a, section 3) forbids a municipality to use zoning against “educational uses.” Is Spectrum an “educational facility” before it is a medical facility? It’s worth trying this argument in court.

The Yon Building, Summer Street, Pittsfield, Mass.

From Spectrum’s standpoint, the company has high marks for its other five clinics in Massachusetts. At the Pittsfield meeting, Spectrum CEO Charles Faris, said the company’s largest clinic, in Worcester, handles 1,000 addicts a day: “It is directly next to an elementary school. Literally next to it. You can almost reach out the window and touch the elementary school. We’ve been there for going on 13 years and never had an incident.” We should think it could operate a clinic in the Yon Building on Summer Street without much added difficulty. In fact, a facility there might actually be an improvement to the area, which now crawls with denizens who hang out at the bus stop and the parking garage.

THE PLANET reminds folks that in Pitstfield, locating a methadone clinic next to a parking garage off the downtown should be the least of your worries. Remember what the city did to you in the late 1990s?  The city, under Mayor Gerry Doyle, signed off on a disastrous Consent Decree involving GE. One of the more odious terms of that decree located one of the most toxic dumping sites in America literally next to a grammar school.

If there should be any controversy about site location, it should be that.

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PETITION ADDRESS NON-PROFIT ABUSE

As we said, Spectrum is a non-profit business. The company generously pays its officers and executives, and it generates huge amounts of cash. The “non-profit” simply means that for every X number of dollars it takes in during a fiscal year, it must spend X dollars on the business. This includes salaries for executives.

For example, if company A, a non-profit that teaches people how to make duck calls, generates $50 million in revenue and it spends $50 million, including $40 million for its 10 executives, it’s playing within the rules. The problem with non-profits, which abound in Pittsfield with a frequency equal to brush-tip marks on a pointilist painting, is that they pay no taxes. This includes the city’s largest and most lucrative employer, Berkshire Health Systems. This loss of tax revenues is a causative factor in why Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski‘s taxes are so high. Along with companies struggling in the Dreaded Private Sector, Mary Jane and Joe must pick up the slack the numerous non-profits don’t have to pay. Life is not fair, and neither is this. Mary Jane and Joe, responsible citizens who keep their yards and their noses clean, understand the inevitability of taxes, but they chaffe at having to foot the bill for a wealthy operation such as many of the “non-profits” that operate in the city.

The Solution: The Mayor and City Council Must Investigate the ‘Non-Profit’ Situation in Pittsfield? It Will Produce Millions in Added Revenue and Allow for a Tax Cut

The solution to this? The mayor and city council must do the following:

(1) Produce an inventory listing every not-for-profit organization in the city.

(2) Contact these organizations, asking them to produce justification for the continuance of non-profit status.

(3) Conduct hearings

(4) Make a determination: Which not-for-profit companies help the poor, the indigent, and serve those who might otherwise fall through society’s cracks and which ones generate huge profits that they consume internally through large executive salaries and the other hallmarks of healthy businesses.

(5) Allow the true non-profits to continue operating that way. For the profitable businesses using not-for-profit as a shell game, choose one of two paths:

(a) Revoke not-for-profit status or (b) Negotiate a “Payment in Lieu of Taxes” equivalent to what their tax bill might ordinarily be if taxes according to law.

This would produce multi millions of extra dollars for the city, allow a tax cut for residents and and private sector businesses (improving the business climate of the city), and provide a more fair and equitable social contract between the city, taxpayers, and the needy.

Gail Garrett, an attorney who practices in Lenox, Mass., has drafted a petition to address the situation from a legislative standpoint.

She wrote about this for THE PLANET:

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NON-PROFITS NEED TO BE REELED IN

By GAIL GARRETT

Special to PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary

I believe we need to tax certain “non-profits” — those that benefit the wealthy and those that provide services to those who can afford the service. Tax exemptions and deductions should be reserved only for non-profits that serve the poor.That’s why I created a petition to The Massachusetts State House, The Massachusetts State Senate, Governor Deval Patrick, The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama, which says:Tax business ‘non-profits. Non-profits were originally granted special favor by the government about 100 years ago in order to encourage the arts and education and provide public service. Many non-profits today make a great deal of profit and pay their executives great salaries and benefits. They have become big business. Non-profits were originally also granted favor, as they were providing a public benefit when few public benefits existed. Many non-profits today serve primarily the wealthy and those that can afford their services. Think of the arts, theater, and private schools that benefit primarily those that can afford their services. They are not benefiting the poor, and they are not benefiting the public as a whole. Entities that do not provide substantial benefit to the poor should not receive special tax breaks. For example, a private prep school making millions is obligated to pay no local taxes, while the little old lady down the street on Social Security may pay $5000 per year. In addition, those contributing to these entities receive tax deductions for their contributions, so they contribute to entities benefiting the wealthy instead of entities that truly benefit the public. In my community, we have a private prep school just down the street from the public school. The wealth is obscene and their contribution to their community most minimal. The disparity is striking and is evidence of what is wrong in our country. Similarly, many theatre and arts performances in the area are run by non-profits and are a service primarily for the wealthy or those that can afford their services. Stop providing tax deductions and tax exemptions to non-profits that do not provide substantial service to the poor. If people pay for the services provided, it is not a non-profit.Will you sign my petition? Click here to add your name: http://signon.org/sign/there-are-non-profits?source=c.fwd&r_by=1748616 Thanks! 
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THE PLANET endorses Garrett’s petition, and we encourage those who wish to do so to sign at the hot link.

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THE FEMOLYMPICS, PART II

LOLO JONES: Olympic choker sobbing her way through "Today" interview.

When will these dog-awful Olympic games be over so the rest of us can be put out of our misery? Good gosh! The latest embarrassment is from the Eye Candy track star of the U.S. olympic team, who again choked in her big moment.

Did anyone happen to see the “Today” show interview earlier this week of Lolo Jones? She sets back the cause of Taking Women in Sports Seriously by at least several seconds.

Why was Jones even on the “Today” show Wednesday morning? She didn’t win a medal, finishing a pedestrian fourth in the 100m hurdles. As she did in the preceding Olympic Games in Beijing, Jones failed when her big moment came. Yet they chose her, a woman more famous for marketing herself in Bimbo-like manner than for her track exploits.

Why didn’t “Today” select one of the winners. Why not one of the U.S. medalists? Answer: Lolo Jones, as other writers have observed, is the Anna Kournikova of track. Lolo broke down in tears when talking not so much about her lousy performance but about how it was everyone else’s fault, primarily, her media critics — a legion in which THE PLANET can be proudly numbered.

Sob-Sob, Boo-Hoo Sniff-Sniff

After hearing Lolo’s interview from a process and content-analysis standpoint, will the U.S. Olympic team hire a speech coach and linguist for the next Games? Her airheaded interview came replete with an amazing, teen-like “like” and “I mean,” two verbal affectations finding a dumb and puzzling affinity in the mouths of our clueless products of the U.S. public school system. “I mean, I’m like crushed because the media ripped me to shreds.” Right, honey.

Third, reacting to a critical but accurate piece in the New York Times by writer Jere Longman, Jones breaks down and cries her answer out to the interviewer: “I think it was crazy just because it was two days before I competed, and then the fact that it was from a U.S. media.” Stop right there. Lolo, dear, the New York Times is a “medium,” singular, not a “media” plural.

Roll tape again: “They [the media] should be (sob sob) supporting our U.S. Olympic athletes (sniff sniff), and instead they just ripped me to shreds (boo hoo).”

Fourth, it is not the job of the U.S. media to support or cheerlead for the U.S. Olympic athletes. The job of the media is to supply coverage, analysis, and commentary. It is the job of the media in North Korea to support North Korean Olympic athletes, but, Lolo ditz, I mean, like, this is the U. S. of A. and everything.

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INTO THE WEEKEND, INTO THE TEMERITY OF THE TEMPEST. THE SAILS RAISED, FLICKERING LIKE RIBBONS IN THE PROPELLING WIND, TRAVELING INTO THE VAPORS OF THE DIM SUN, DRIVEN.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE”

LOVE TO ALL.

 

73 Responses to “SPECTRUM WANTS TO LOCATE ITS CLINIC AT ITS ORIGINAL CHOICE, ON SUMMER STREET … SECRECY STILL IMPEDES METHADONE FACILITY ISSUE, AND BOTH THE CITY AND THE COMPANY ARE AT FAULT … ATTORNEY’S PETITION TO BEACON HILL ASKS: WHY SHOULD NON-PROFITS GET OFF TAX FREE? … LOLO (SOB) BREAKS DOWN (BOO HOO) ON TRACK AND ON (SNIFF) TV”

  1. Joe Blow
    August 10, 2012 at 8:00 am #

    How do 99.9 % of spectrums patients pay for treatment? Answer…MassHealth

    • danvalenti
      August 10, 2012 at 9:21 am #

      Yes. Taxpayers: Gotta mirror? THAT’S who pays for it.

  2. Realist
    August 10, 2012 at 8:16 am #

    Fourth place in the Olympics is phenomenal. I truly respect all of the grueling training and countless hours she spent doing hurdles. I honestly am proud to have her representing my country. She more than deserves it. I would not jump all over her for giving it her all. Of course she’d get torn, because we expect nothing less than first in this country. We should all really take a step back and realize that this woman got fourth place in the OLYMPICS, the greatest competition on Earth. Hurdles is one of the most unpredictable events too. Getting those perfect 3 or 5 steps between each hurdle, not too fast or you’ll throw off the rythym and studder-step. Bravo Lolo. You have more supporters than you think.

  3. tito
    August 10, 2012 at 8:26 am #

    I’m surprised we haven’t seen a Hinsdale Patsy lawn sign on the Summer Street property.

  4. tito
    August 10, 2012 at 8:39 am #

    Everyone knows why Ruberto said no to the Summer St. location, why does the Planet pretend to skirt the reason?

    • danvalenti
      August 10, 2012 at 9:20 am #

      THE PLANET doesn’t sidestep issues. Tell us, if you know definitively.

    • dusty
      August 10, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

      Why did Ruberto not want that location? If the answer has been discussed I missed it but would be curious to know.

      • Levitan
        August 13, 2012 at 7:58 am #

        Same knee-jerk response Spectrum encounter whenever they float a location. It’s politically unsavory not to raise a ruckus.

      • Dave
        August 13, 2012 at 11:36 am #

        It was too close to his baby- Martin Luthor King Jr Ave- oops I mean Columbus Ave- and the precious downtown. Sad part is he didn’t even know there was a like clinic already there. Guess well run clinics are invisible, unless you make a big stink and make everyone aware of their existence.

  5. taxmano
    August 10, 2012 at 9:21 am #

    MCLA is a third-rate institution of higher learning. Now Jake III is reunited with his buddy, Doug “Freddy Kruegar” McNally there.
    Now the college has sunk even lower.

    • danvalenti
      August 10, 2012 at 9:44 am #

      It’s comical, except for everyone who goes to MCLA and teachers there. The administration has itself to blame.

  6. Hilly Billy in Ward 4
    August 10, 2012 at 9:25 am #

    C’mon DV the media coverage is ridiculous, heartless and over the top…Lolo has a pretty cool story, markets herself well, is genuine and is sexy as hell!

    • danvalenti
      August 10, 2012 at 9:45 am #

      Only my coverage has been heartless, Hilly. C’mon, did you see her performance? She failed on the track and on TV.

  7. Ron Kitterman
    August 10, 2012 at 9:38 am #

    Why not the old Second Street jail site for Spectrum ? The JRC is out of there arent they ?

  8. tito
    August 10, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    Ok, let’s talk about Spectrum. The State mandates that there be a treatment facility in Pittsfield, we get that. We also get that the treatment prescribed helps addicts and affords them some recovery’ benefit, if you will? What Spectrum doesn’t tell you,is
    that addicts of a different subcult gravitate to these facilities, the the downslide begins with the influx of habitual addicts looking to get clean to get dirty again. They are often criminals, vagrants, homeless, unemployable addicts. Is it crucial where the facility is located, no, unless your a nimby or politician that doesn’t want it in a desirable neighborhood or business area.

    • danvalenti
      August 10, 2012 at 9:48 am #

      I understand all that. How does that relate to you comment about THE PLANET regarding Jimmy Ruberto? You need a transition there.

  9. Ron Kitterman
    August 10, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    Tito spelled that out very well….

    • Levitan
      August 13, 2012 at 8:03 am #

      Yes he did spell out his position – but with no factual support and tons of implication that Spectrum sites become magnets for drug users and criminals. Can he back those claims up with proof? There are plenty of Spectrum locations in Massachusetts and the police departments can provide the answers.

  10. Elizabeth
    August 10, 2012 at 10:14 am #

    Dan….why are you so against the Olympics? Why focus on a “bimbo”? it’s kind of sad when you have to rip someone apart because they don’t have your grasp of the English language. Who cares, when they spend 10 hours a day perfecting their athletic skills. The Olympics represent the top athletes in the world. That’s their thing. I, for one, can’t get enough of the Olympics…minus a few weird events like men’s synchronized diving..(not sure I spelled that correctly). Did you do sports as a kid? Nothing like it! “winning is not the only thing… it’s everything.” at least I think so. Go USA!

  11. kevin jennings
    August 10, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    Hey Dan,

    whats your take on Nuciforo’s plagiarism? Your an english teacher. If I handed in Nuciforos 9 point plan and then you found Khazeis 10 point plan and compared the two, would I get an F? Would I be kicked out of the college for violating the policy?

    • danvalenti
      August 10, 2012 at 11:33 am #

      Based on what I have seen in the BB, it seems that Shein is correct. Plagiarism is literary theft. Unless there is something more to this story that I haven’t seen, Nuciforo has lifted from an outside source without proper citation. Yes, Kevin, you would get an F. So does the Nuciforo campaign, based on what we know.

      • Jonathan Melle
        August 10, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

        Andrea Nuciforo is running a campaign based on liberal policy talking points stolen from liberal political candidates like disgraced John Edwards. I find it interesting that Dan Valenti endorsed Nuciforo, who is running a liberal campaign for U.S. Congress, while Valenti is also endorsing Willard Mitt Romney who is running a very conservative campaign for U.S. President.

        • danvalenti
          August 10, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

          JONATHAN
          All it shows is that I cannot be pigeon-holed into a political slot with a label over it.

          • Jonathan Melle
            August 10, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

            Mitt Romney and Andrea Nuciforo are probably the two most phoney candidates for political office. Romney wants to cut taxes and start a war with Iran. Nuciforo wants to steal ideas from liberals for his campaign propaganda.

      • Levitan
        August 13, 2012 at 8:04 am #

        The plagiarism is likely the result of a poorly managed college intern. A long-term politician running for Washington would not directly lift those words (especially Edwards.)

  12. Jim Gleason
    August 10, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    Dan, how come no coverage of the 15 year old Babe Ruth team from Pittsfield and their monumental accomplishments so far?They’re going to the Babe Ruth World Series in Arkansa and not one word. I suspect if this were the south LL there’d be coverage.

    • danvalenti
      August 10, 2012 at 11:38 am #

      JIM
      THE PLANET would be open to coverage from someone going out there with the team. Is there anyone — maybe a coach, a parent, a sponsor — who could be our field correspondent? We would provide coverage that way? Maybe even you could do it?

      • Say It Ain't So
        August 11, 2012 at 7:24 am #

        Drum roll please! The Romney VP us Paul Ryan!

    • Dave
      August 10, 2012 at 6:12 pm #

      Jim
      Aren’t most of the players on this team graduates of the south LL? Your constant crying wolf actually tunes people out to you when you actually make a good point. Not everything is a conspiracy. I donated $ 10 today to the players collecting outside George’s today. I would be willing to match that if we could get a local radio station to carry the games.Lets see if we can get enough interest. How about the Sun’s ponying up some cash to show some hometown pride!

      • joetaxpayer
        August 10, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

        Dave yes many kids are south little league kids but also many are west and north.what’s your point the league’s combined makes the team stronger.

      • Jim Gleason
        August 11, 2012 at 9:42 am #

        What do I cry wolf about? I tell the truth. period.

  13. Dawn
    August 10, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    Is anyone surprised that our mayor turned out to be so reticent?

    • danvalenti
      August 10, 2012 at 11:36 am #

      The job of mayor of a small city should allow a mayor to be a force for positive change, a dynamo, a leader. The mayor is basically an accountant, with a the personality to go with it. He seems to have a “balance sheet” approach to politics: make sure what he expends and received cancels out. We would hope for more, but Dan Bianchi is giving us what he can.

    • CONCERNED
      August 10, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

      Like that word meaning SILENT

      • Levitan
        August 13, 2012 at 8:06 am #

        The trouble with the politics of demonization is that you can never be satisfied.

  14. tito
    August 10, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    When in doubt, tell the truth!

  15. The Kraken
    August 10, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    Non profits: just another example of the rich not paying any taxes. I signed the petition. Now I just have to unsubscribe from those annoying liberal emails from moveon and signon.
    Olympics: coming in 4th is pretty good and I don’t consider that failing. Plus she’s hot so who cares?
    Spectrum: It just troubles me that my tax dollars go to giving some addict just another drug to get them high. If it were up to me all methodone clinics would be shut down permanently. I believe Ron Paul would agree with me.

  16. danvalenti
    August 10, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    KRAKEN
    Glad you signed the petition. I, too, loathe anything that seeks to typecast me as a political “this” or “that.” Ideology and party loyalty play no role in my world view. As for Lolo, in the Olympics, how they keep score is gold-silver-bronze. She wasn’t good enough. Finally, yes. Your tax dollars will do to heroin addicts to substitute one addiction for another.

    • Scott
      August 11, 2012 at 6:18 am #

      Dan, I don’t agree with you and your opinion on woman’s competition but when it comes to tax, non profits and gov’t you always hit the nail on the head leave the ladies alone I don’t even watch the Olympics but I’d watch two woman cage fight or box when they are fighting each other it’s competitive and exciting just like men. A lot of those woman have pushed their bodies to the limits and train just as hard. Mrs. Planet must have cried during your marriage I hope you were more sympathetic.

  17. Dave
    August 10, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

    I remember the Pittsfield Gazette (not the BB go figure) listing the salaries of the head honchos of the “Arts” non-profits a while back. If memory serves me they were all 100k+. Barrington Stage has a program that takes High School “at risk” kids and teaches them Shakespeare. Is that how they qualify as a non-profit and can pay their top gal 100k+? Colonial head making 100k+- for what exactly? Museum head- because they let the children in for free to see the exhibits that 5% of the parents would take them to if they had to pay their hard earned dollars! But that is our economy right! Actually our economy falls more in line with Spectrums clientele. When was the last bar that closed, besides being forced to because of problems.
    We can close our eyes and pretend everything is great, or we can try to fix the problem. Spectrum was not the entity that said their was a need for their services in this area, and DAMN them if they want to be the one that takes on the problem. Yes the head honchos will make money, sucks to be in the US of A
    but if some of the people from this area who could not afford, or could not be bothered to travel out of the area to get help can get that help and return to be a productive part of our area than we win.

  18. tito
    August 10, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    Dave I’m not waiting until Saturday, you win the King of the Swamp’ Award again. That 100g salary comes with a company car also.

    • Dave
      August 10, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

      tito, we should start our own blog. With all my awards and your knack of spotting talent, Planet Valenti would be finished.

  19. tito
    August 10, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    But we like Dan, anyway your right about the Gazette, they listed a bunch of non profs and can recall Juliann Boyd, Kate Maguire, David Fleming, making well over 100g. Let’s not forget Mr. Downing over at Soldier On, making upwards to 150g and of course the head honchos Dave Phelps and William C. Jones making upward I million combined.

  20. Hurdygurdy Man
    August 10, 2012 at 9:49 pm #

    Great petition by Ms. Garrett. I urge everyone to sign and stop the not-for-profit scam.

  21. Giacometti
    August 10, 2012 at 10:44 pm #

    not every executive in an arts non profit makes big bucks

    Lichtenstein Director makes 47k…one before her made 35k

    these are the people who work to bring the arts to the average person in the community not to the elitist crowd

    you get your money’s worth at the Lichtenstein Center

    • Scott
      August 11, 2012 at 6:13 am #

      If you lost your job tomorrow would you be able to find another making even that amount? I make more then that and when I was slow couldn’t find much and nothing near those numbers you put out there. Plus as the petition states if these people aren’t helping the poor or underprivileged they need to pay their fair share in tax like the rest of us. This is a legal loop hole that’s been exploited and now it’s time for everyone to see it for what it is. One of the biggest scams going.

  22. Shaniqua Stone
    August 11, 2012 at 5:04 am #

    What happened with Dans announcement that Rubio was going to be Romneys VP? Paul Ryan has been chosen instead. BIG SCOOP DAN!!!!!!!!!

  23. Not buying it
    August 11, 2012 at 5:41 am #

    “We can only say this much. It will be among the following: Tim Pawlenty, Rob P0rtman, Bobby Jindall, Kelly Ayotte, and Marco Rubio. You might want to put the smart money on the last name mentioned here.”

    Interesting that Ryan wasn’t even mentioned here. Maybe this was part of a brilliant plan by Sir Mitt to find any leaks in his organization? Maybe it was a brilliant plan by PV, who may or may not have been influencing the Vegas book makers so that he could drive up the odds on Ryan and cash in big time?

  24. Larry
    August 11, 2012 at 6:46 am #

    Who the heck is Paul Ryan?

    • Dave
      August 11, 2012 at 7:55 am #

      I hope you are joking—or not a voter if you are serious.

      • Larry
        August 11, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

        No…. I am not kidding.

        I would vote against Obama even if Mitt were to choose Elmer Fudd!

  25. Hoppity
    August 11, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    Youll recall that Valenti had a caution saying something about there was a snag that might leave Rubio out. At least DV shares information with us. He wasn’t predicting just setting out possibilities.

  26. PITTSFIELD BELIEVER
    August 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

    Valenti knew about Paul Ryan. [THE REMAINDER OF THIS MESSAGE HAS BEEN REDACTED — WEBMASTER]

    • Larry
      August 11, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

      Hardly Anyone outside of Massachusetts has ever heard of either Dan Valenti nor Nilan…. This state will unfortunately be Obamas anyhow. To surmise Mitt Romney would take the time to divert attention of a perspective VP choice HERE is rather ludicrous on your part!

      Apparently, PB is ignorant to the fact that Berkshire County is the equivalent of a fly on an elephants ass when it comes to presidential elections.

  27. PITTSFIELD BELIEVER
    August 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

    [MESSAGE REDACTED — THE WEBMASTER]

    • Larry
      August 11, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

      Hate to say it….. I guess I’m considered ‘an enemy’ myself! LOL

      Like DV was any threat to Ms. Obama…. You could write some great conspiracy novels with that great wit of yous!

      • Larry
        August 11, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

        Yours

  28. Luxor Rex
    August 11, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    I haven’t been commenting in a while PB but reading everyday and I must say: you are an idiot.

    • Larry
      August 11, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

      Amen…. He’s just not right, indeed!

  29. Larry
    August 12, 2012 at 4:40 am #

    Hey Dan, why are you removing Pittsfield Believers post?

    You’re actually protecting him by removing the comments. Why not allow him to display his absolute ignorance for all to see? It’s actually nice to hear an idiot post from time to time…. Builds self esteem! Makes one feel grateful that they themselves were not dropped on their head by Mama as a baby!

  30. Hoppity
    August 12, 2012 at 11:04 am #

    Larry is right, Dan, when you keep Pittsfield Beliver’s posts up he hangs himself with his own rope. Non-profit scams are numerous in Pittsfield. Let’s end them. Gld to see attorney Garrett’s petition.
    Also, on another issue, I want to say I will be supporting Patsy Harris for regiter. She’s got my vote because of her yeras of experience in the office. Neither of the other two have anything even close in their backgrounds.

  31. tito
    August 12, 2012 at 11:18 am #

    Good luck Hoppity, after seeing the salary of non profits, 99 g for the registers job seems insignificant. Hinsdale Patsy is trailing badly.

  32. Dead to Rights
    August 12, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

    Registers job pays 90 Gs tito. Also Harris will win this race. Scott P comes in 2nd and Jody P in last. Sorry but there it is

  33. tito
    August 12, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    Your kidding, aren’t you.

  34. Luxor Rex
    August 12, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    tito, no kidding. Patsy is going to crush jody and what’s his name.

  35. tito
    August 12, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

    I would like to see some politco’s in here talk about the outcome of this election and get some varied opinions like the ones recently. Please give your opinion on the election for Registry and tell us what you think the outcome will be?

  36. PITTSFIELD BELIEVER
    August 12, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

    Valenti why do you censor my remarks? Afraid of the truth. Tell the truth. Tell of your (small, miniscule) role in helping Paul Ryan escape the media horde into the woods behind his home, so he could get in a car, get on a jet, and fly to Romney. A big ruse to keep the pick quiet. You were spotted Saturday with Ryan. TOday on the Red Lion Inn porch with Patsy Harris. Man, you are something. Come on, Valenti. Come clean.

  37. Amanda Blake
    August 12, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

    Ned Oliver’s Twitter (he of the Boring Braodsheet) reporting Dan seen at the Red Lion Inn with Patsy Harris. What, is that a crime? Go Dan. Go Patsy.

  38. CONCERNED
    August 12, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

    Pittsfield Believer: Have one thing to say to you ” get counseling”

  39. tito
    August 12, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

    You can’t make it up!

  40. Larry
    August 12, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

    Funny, indeed!

    Why DV would take PB (and that’s not Pabst Blue Ribbon) out is really questionable. He’s actually making PB almost credible not allowing PB’s posts to shoot himself in the foot….

    Is it for the ratings??? LOL

  41. tito
    August 13, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

    P B must have hit a previous post nerve.

    • danvalenti
      August 13, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

      No, T, but he did hit his or her (or, more accurately, “their”) new low for irrelevancy. THE PLANET treats with suspicion, to the point of deletion, any post that we will does not advance the discussion. Some posts in this category are allowed, for example, if they are clever or have a good laugh in them. Irrelevant idiocy, however, will be shot on sight (and on site).