By DAN VALENTI
PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary
(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY, OCT. 8, 2012) — It’s the celebration of Columbus Day, that politically incorrect memorial of that day in 1492 when the Bad White Male Europeans coming to the “New World” to corrupt the Good, Colored, Engendered, Native Americans, thereby creating The Welfare State.
What? You’re expecting the Gettysburg Address or other some such memorable verbiage? Even THE PLANET needs a break, and so we shall spend the remainder of our time today at our country house in Essex, where we shall keep bees. Words being our medium of exchange, however, permit a few observations.
Columbus, if we are to believe Flip Wilson, came to America to discover Ray Charles. That is as credible an account of the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria as we have come across. He obviously succeeded, or else from where and whence did “Hit the Road, Jack” emerge?
We fast forward these 520 years from 1492, and America finds itself drifting, Columbus and Ray Charles long gone. Today, we turn our lonely eyes to people like Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, and you wonder, “Was this once the land where buffalo and giants roamed?”
THE PLANET shall be back again fully charged tomorrow, when we will have continuing coverage of some of the amazing stories that are currently ongoing amid rough seas of the kind Columbus would have been familiar. Kevin Sherman and the city council face a historic meeting or sorts tomorrow night beginning at 7:30 p.m. It promises to be a long one.
Our Right Honorable Good Friends have two marquee issues before them. It’s interesting. After first issuing the agenda, city clerk Linda Tyer issues an amended agenda, one that included new back-up documents for agenda item 12:
12. A petition from Councilor Yon and Councilor Sherman requesting that the City Council take a vote of no confidence regarding the professional competence of City Solicitor Kathleen E. Degnan.
The next item will be nearly as interesting:
13. A communication from Gordon L. Noseworthy, Superintendent of Schools, submitting an Order authorizing the City of Pittsfield to enter into a contract for the construction of a home located at 29 Brickhouse Mountain Road for the purpose of promoting vocational education for students at Taconic High School.
Beautiful, the way it leaves out the most important piece of information. We would suggest a rewording, tacking on to the end of Item 13 the following:
… a home located at 29 Brickhouse Mountain Road on property owned by the secretary of the person who advertised for the bids, that is, the assistant superintendent of schools, for the purpose of receiving free slave labor to be provided by the vocational students in the carpentry program at Taconic High School.
For those interested, the agenda, as well as the entire packet of supporting information, is now being posted by the city of Pittsfield, online. THE PLANET loves this development, and we give full credit to those who sought to make this leap into the 21st century. We have a feeling ever-efficient and on-the-ball Linda Tyer had something to do with this. We can only advise the same for our good friends over on school side. The Pittsfield School Committee does not provide its materials online. They used Pony Express to deliver physical packets to the homes of the committee.
The link for the city council material is http://www.cityofpittsfield.org/docs/cc_packet_revised_10_9.pdf
ENJOY “POLITICALLY INCORRECT DAY,” AND MAY THE SHINE OF THE BROANY BRINE TICKLE IN TIME TO THE WONDER OF YOU.
“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”
LOVE TO ALL.