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COMPROMISE RESOLUTION SIGNED BY SHERMAN, MAZZEO ONLY MAKE A BAD SITUATION WORSE … plus …THE PLANET DISHES UP A SLEW’S STEW OF QUESTIONS … ANSWERS, ANYONE?

By DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, NOV. 16, 2012) —  Unbelievable as it would have appeared on Oct. 10, the city council took the spoiled lemons from Oct. 9′s no-confidence debacle and found a way to make it worse. The council didn’t make lemonade. It took the fruit and tried to substitute it for a spoonful of “Rodney King Why Can’t We All Just get Along Sugar.” Needless to say, it didn’t work, as one could gather from the puckered faces on the dais.

On the 9th, after nearly three hours of rancorous argument, councilor Chris Yon pulled her petition calling for a no-confidence vote in city attorney Kathy Degnan off the table. She did it, she said, at the last minute in the hope that the rancid mess would get up and go away. That, of course, had no way of happening, as was apparent to anyone watching the deliberations that night. Nonetheless, the next best thing was within the council’s grasp, which was to say, OK, let’s show we mean what we say and let this thing settle into oblivion.

Let It Be … But No

The best chance this iteration of the Pittsfield City Council had to achieve Yon’s end was to take that unsatisfactory situation from Oct. 9 and, as the Beatles might sing it, “Let It Be.” But no. For some reason, at-large councilor Melissa Mazzeo decided to upend the vat once more, sending the bottom’s sedimentary dregs rushing throughout the vintage. She couldn’t leave well enough alone and instead lit an exploding cigar that blew up in 11 faces.

Mazzeo accused Yon, John Krol, Kevin Sherman, Barry Clairmont, and Jonathan Lothrop of a violation of the state’s open meeting law. Fine. THE PLANET encourages anyone who has evidence of this to come forward to report it. The problem, though, is this: Based on what the public record shows and the information introduced by Mazzeo at Tuesday’s council meeting, there has been no hard evidence to support her theory. She herself mentioned at the meetings that she “believes” her colleagues broke the law.

It’s not enough to “believe” or “feel” to make cotton candy into granite. At one time, people “believed” the world was flat. We’re not entirely sure, but THE PLANET believes they were proven wrong. An accusation of law-breaking requires hard evidence. Such evidence was nowhere to be seen on Tuesday night or any time before or since.

Denials are Not a River in Egypt

The five accused councilors have each strongly denied breaking the law. The other five councilors excluding Mazzeo weren’t exactly doing handstands in support of her allegation. Sherman, therefore, should have read that, accepted that, and on that basis called Mazzeo’s bluff, if indeed she is (or was) bluffing. Only she knows for sure. He should have respectfully instructed her to send the complaint to Boston. That’s how a more seasoned statesman would have handled it. Instead, Sherman agreed to the worst possible thing: A compromise when one wasn’t necessary.

This half-measure (the resolution agreement) stirred up the hornet’s nest again and likely destroys any chance for the unity expressed by this mealy document. In accepting the unnecessary compromise and putting his signature on it, Sherman came off as weak, indecisive, and ineffectual, desperate to maintain the illusion of council harmony when clearly there’s a rift as wide as the sky and deep as the Great Gulch.

You can’t make everyone happy in politics, Kev.

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QUESTIONS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANSWERS

Now, with the weekend upon us (our first one free of politics and campaigning since we can’t remember when), let us share some thoughts while tending to our bees and pondering our next move on the chess board. We put them in the form of questions, which is to say, jeopardized, Art Fleming-style, as things always are around them thar parts:

* What ever happened to the U.S. economy? Debt, pure and simple. By 202o, China will have surpassed the United States as the world’s #1 economy. They deserve it, because they earned it.

* If you are of a certain age, don’t you feel as if you’ve been stranded on a different PLANET? You grew up in the 1950s and 60s. The middle class burgeoned. Your dad worked eight hours a day at General Electric and made enough to support his growing family. Your mom stayed home with the kids and took care of the cooking, cleaning, food, shopping, and loved it.  You watched “Leave It to Beaver” and “Dr. Kildare.” Your dad had top-drawer health care coverage and a pension. He had four or five weeks off every year. All the adults you knew were responsible people, solid in values and decent in their personal lives. The people you knew stood on their own two feet. To accept a handout was a stigma, and the welfare recipients worked hard to get back in the game of being contributors rather than takers. Families stayed together. Neighbors knew each other. Churches were packed and the military respected.

* Aren’t you convinced that the window of opportunity that was once America’s to pull itself out of a death spiral will close by the end of this decade? The military gobbles up far too much of the GDP. The debt, $16 trillion and growing, will eat up any measure to solvency. The U.S. fomented unnecessary war to feed the bottom line of companies that depend on the military-industrial complex. The growing debt burden stands as the #1 national security issue facing America.

* Why does America spend more on potato chips each year than on corporate R&D?

* Why could more people (especially under 30) identify “Honey Boo Boo” than name the two presidential candidates?

* Why did we ever go to war against “terrorism,” an idea? You can’t fight an idea, as the disasters in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan have proven.

* Why does the United States sill maintain military bases in Germany, South Korea, the UK, and elsewhere across the globe?

* Why does the Republican Party distort the record of Ronald Reagan, making him out to be a Tea Bagger? Reagan granted tax amnesty for immigrants. He got rid of a bunch of tax loopholes, especially for the wealthy. He used federal funds to support and protect this country’s computer-chip industry. These are “liberal” positions.

* Will the Republican Party finally repudiate the fundamentalists, zealots, and other pinheads from the evangelical Christian Right, which, sadly, has captured a growing and vocal branch of Catholicism? To ask that question is to ask: Does the GOP want to remain relevant, or is it content ceding government to Democrats for at least the next generation? Will the GOP finally throw Karl Rove out on his fat ass? Will it stick a pin in the falsies of its Sara Palins and Mary Matalins?

* Where the hell is accountability in local government? Forget about national and state rulers. You expect to get hosed there, but if you live in Pittsfield, shouldn’t you be able to count on a mayor, a city council, a school committee, and boards to act in the interests of Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski, The Little Guys? If you were at the city council meeting on Tuesday night of this week, you walked out of there more convinced that local government had lost its collective mind.

* What happened to this country of makers? When did the “takers” move in. Between since 2000 and 2010, America lost a full one third of its manufacturing jobs, down from 15 million to 10 million. That pace has accelerated. By 2020, there will be far less than 10 million of those jobs less, perhaps going as low as five million. It’s the eighth inning. You missed last call.

* Did you know that for the first time since record keeping, most American households were poorer at the completion of a business cycle than it was at the start (2002 to 2007)? That has never happened before. As author Edward Luce writes in Time to Start Thinking, “Since then, things have gotten worse.”

* Will America’s middle class ever come back? That is virtually impossible, as guaranteed by the national debt. A $16 trillion debt leaves this country with only three options: (1) keep deferring, (2) pay it down, or (3) go bankrupt. The first option is the one the country, the state, and the city of Pittsfield (more than $300,000,000 in unfunded liabilities) has been employing for decades. It only makes the problem worse. Option 2 will tax the middle class to extinction. Option 3 will wipe the middle class off the face of the lower 48, but at least it will clean the slates (see San Bernardino, Calif.). The United states’ best option right now is to declare bankruptcy. Pittsfield will soon be facing that as its “most prudent choice,” as Mayor Dan Bianchi might put it. Default on the obligations is has no intention of paying. Be honest, then hold your breath for the Worldwide Depression that follows.

* Why was Pam Malumphy on the radio debating, if we can call it that, Barry Clairmont on the applications and misapplications of the open meeting law? Clairmont is a sitting at-large councilor. Pummelin Pam has no standing. Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, she sat for two years in Clairmont’s  seat. Since then, she has lost five consecutive elections. Why is Pummelin’ debating anything more important that, “Would you like paper or plastic, Franz?”

* What is worse than losing your job? Facing a medical emergency, which can eat up all of your savings.

* Who is the largest employer in the United States? Wal-Mart has 1.1 million employees. Most of the workers are women, seniors, or kids. The average wage is $17,500 a year. Most of those jobs do not come with a pension or health care. Keep that in mind when you hear the United Educators of Pittsfield, the teachers union, bitch about how bad they have it for making nearly $60,000 a year on average, for receiving Cadillac benefits, and for having to work less than half a year.

* Why is it that in the United States, employer-based health insurance adds $2.38 an hour to the cost of a full-time employee, while in the “remainder of the rich world it costs just 98 cents? (Luce).

* From Luce: America used to produce half the shoes in the world in the 1950s and 60s. Today, there are only two U.S.-based shoe manufacturers: Allen Edmonds in Wisconsin and Red Wing in Minnesota. What happened?

* Why is it that the U.S. adopted the utterly bizarre concept that employers are responsible for workers’ health care? Why is that not a right, given to every American, by the government, the way the rest of the first world handles it?

* Why were more than half the jobs created between 1990 and 2008 (27.3 million) in health care or government? What does that mean to the future of American global competitiveness?

* Why were more than 70% of the Ph.D.s in science and technology earned by students in and from the Pacific RIm countries?

* Why do almost 30% of all American high school students drop out before graduating? How long can that number, which is rising, be sustained? How much lower can standards get in U.S. schools (think Pittsfield Public Schools) before one says, “Why bother?”

* Why do we keep rewarding public school employees with fat pay raises year after year for NOT doing the job, which is to provide first-rate education for pupils? Why, Alf Barbalunga? Why, Jim Conant, Dan Elias,  Kathy Amuso, Dan Bianchi, and Kathy Yon? Perhaps you should ask Terry Kinnas.

* Why does every kid win a trophy, get a medal and have the schools and parents tell him (her) that he’s exceptional, a budding genius, and the greatest thing since meat loaf?

Food for thought, ladies and gentlemen, for the questions never end and usually contain the germ of the answer.

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WHAT DELIGHTFUL PRAISE WE HAVE RECEIVED! LIKE A SUMMER ROSE THAT BRIGHTER IN THE DEW-DROPS GLOWS.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

53 Responses to “COMPROMISE RESOLUTION SIGNED BY SHERMAN, MAZZEO ONLY MAKE A BAD SITUATION WORSE … plus …THE PLANET DISHES UP A SLEW’S STEW OF QUESTIONS … ANSWERS, ANYONE?”

  1. Spectator
    November 16, 2012 at 8:41 am #

    Dan, I just bought myself a nice pair of Chippewa Boots, manufactured proudly in Carthage MO, USA. Owned by Berkshire Hathaway.

  2. Spectator
    November 16, 2012 at 8:46 am #

    Alfie should take his paycheck and spend it on some grammar lessons at University of Phoenix. But then he’d only be getting the same quality of education that his “leadership” (and I use that term VERY loosely) fosters in PSD,

  3. Spectator
    November 16, 2012 at 8:48 am #

    Regarding employer-based health care….all it takes is a call to the big man in DC on your ‘BamaPhone and you can find out.

  4. Still wondering
    November 16, 2012 at 8:55 am #

    Dan, Pam as a private citizen can do or say anything she wants. She can appear on a radio show if she wants, she can speak to a group if she wants and she can write whatever she wants and send it to the Eagle or post it on a telephone pole in front of your house.
    She is employed in the dreaded private sector now and as long as she does her job she can do whatever she pleases in her off time. Its a free world. When are you going to move on?

    • dusty
      November 17, 2012 at 2:54 am #

      I think the Eddie award should be hauled out of the attic and dusted off. I am in favor of Payroll being in charge of giving it to periodic deserving recipients.

      • dusty
        November 17, 2012 at 2:55 am #

        Oh geeeeshhh

  5. Berkshire Ex-Pat
    November 16, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    I’m shocked- SHOCKED!- to read in today’s BB that 2 Pittsfield businesses are being fined by I.C.E. for hiring illegal aliens. This couldn’t possibly happen in Berkshire County, could it?

    • Berkshire Ex-Pat
      November 16, 2012 at 9:06 am #

      Seriously, if they only found 2 businesses guilty of this practice, then it confirms my long-held suspicion that I.C.E. couldn’t find a country station in Nashville.

  6. Pat
    November 16, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    Dan, I disagree with thinking that the government should provide health care for its citizens, but then in your next question you wonder why government jobs are increasing more than any others. With government sponsored health care, the bureaucracy will only get worse. Federal government will need to create many jobs to handle the massive size and scope of the federal health care program and government bureaucracy will become even more bloated. I think health care should be implemented at the state level which would keep it more manageable than having a massive federal heath care plan. I believe big government programs create confusion and inefficiency particularly when it comes to health care which is so complex.

    You mentioned that the 50′s and 60′s were idyllic times and I grew up during the 60′s and agree that compared with the confusion of today, things were better overall. People did have good health care because jobs with good health plans were plentiful.

  7. billy
    November 16, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

    Sorry Dusty have to Dis agree. Councilor Mazzeo has accomplished no more than embarrassing herself, the city council, and the city in general. Her complaint did nothing against her colleagues sit is not only baseless; but she cannot backup her actions with facts. She is just plain vindictive. she seems happy tearing different ideas down that disagree with her and the mayors inner circle or those who hold different views from her own .if thats leadership weve gone backwards. and that is shameful.The mayor needs to widen the tent and take in various views that differ from his own,instead of only the group who eats what he is cooking,if he ever wants to be any kind of memorable mayor that serves the other 6000 people who did not support him, i think his hundred person victory didnt resinate the fact that half the city is progressive and wants all voices to be heard not only the ones he chooses to surround himself with. How can you really lead when all you ever hear is yes.
    On a brighter note I heard a rumor the other day that Yon’s husband Greg is gaining wide support for a run for the Mayor’s office in 2013. Has anyone else heard that rumor ?

    • Dave
      November 16, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

      if that’s a “brighter note”, shut out the lights in Pittsfield the party is officially over!

  8. tito
    November 16, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

    Au contrere, if Hollywood’ becomes mayor, the party will just begin.

  9. tito
    November 16, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

    … That might be contra ire. The King of the Swamp’Award will soon be announced…stay tuned.

    • Payroll Patriot
      November 16, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

      May I have permission to give the Little Eddie (Matt Kerwood)
      Award to John Krol for first supporting but then voting the opposite way on school related and other issues?

  10. Ron Kitterman
    November 16, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    Hey Dan, what’s with the Pummelin Pam derogatory stuff ? Abe Lincoln ran 8 times before he was elected and he made out okay. How many times have we seen Dan Valenti’s name on the ballot ? I didn’t think she was in a debate calling in to a local talk radio show but hey let’s just bash the crap out of her so she doesn’t run for anything in the future and only the choosen few will get into office.

    • Bain hater
      November 16, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

      Ron great poin!

    • Rick
      November 16, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

      She should let her beard grow…….maybe she could win…

      • Gene
        November 18, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

        Touche, Rick. DVs comments on Pam are valid. To say she’s employed in the private sector is to stretch the meaning of the”private sector.” If you know where she works youll get the point. Keep up the heat DV.

  11. CONCERNED
    November 16, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

    Hey Ron how many times did Pete Arlos run before he was elected haha

  12. chuck garivaltis
    November 16, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

    Dan

    Maybe you know the answer. Will there be football games at Wahconah Park tomorrow? There’s supposed to be a report on the stability of the 90′ lighting fixtures at Wahconah. Haven’t seen it, has anyone? I saw the tower that came down. Behind center field near the river. Looks to me like metal fatigue.The cement base and bolts are solid. Metal snapped like a tree that blew over with the roots intact. Perhaps a city engineer can enlighten me. Lots of youngsters will be at the park tomorrow. Is it safe? I frequent many games but will be out of town tomorrow. I hope the wind is not blowing. Last report said that one of the towers was weakened. Again,is it safe?

  13. Ron Kitterman
    November 16, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

    Yeah we all have a shelf life, even twinkies and wonder bread I’m not of the belief they would survive armageddon but who knows….

  14. tito
    November 16, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    @payroll Patiot..councilor Krol is up for the Sgt. Schmaltz, I know nothing award, the Little Eddie’s have been archived and are no longer obtainable.

    • Payroll Patriot
      November 16, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

      Thank you for for the update. Can I give the Little Eddie to Kerwood for filling in potholes in Richmond for our beloved governor’s street, even though the other residents didn’t mind the potholes and thought it was a waste of money?
      Please, please, can I at least give one award? Hey, it’s Friday night and I’m not having a party or going to North Street for culture or entertainment.

  15. tito
    November 16, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

    ATTENTION??? This weeks KIng of the Swamp’ award, goes to Church Cotton, for his opinion to send the open meeting law complaint to the A G.. for adjudication. Congrats Councilor Cotton.

    • Payroll Patriot
      November 16, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

      Only Mazzeo can move it to the AG under the new process, if she wants to.

  16. tito
    November 16, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    The vote was to send a decorum’ document nine to two. Krol voted nay because he says he didn’t do anything wrong? Cotton explained the reason for his vote.

  17. FPR
    November 17, 2012 at 5:09 am #

    Hey Dan, Please allow me to drop a bomb on the target as all your stinging missiles have blown up everything all around it.

    “How did the City council become broken?”

    Women are governed by emotion. Let me say that again, Women are governed by emotion.

    Councilor Yon, emotionally, got her feathers ruffled by City solicitor Degan also a member of the same species. What ensued amounted to a high profile “Cat fight”.

    When the heat was on, really on, Councilor Yon again made an emotional decision and withdrew the vote of no confidence. This had the effect of throwing a monkey wrench right into the gears of the city council in effect shutting it down. You could see it in the eyes of President Sherman.

    What she did makes no sense to a Man but to a woman who let the emotion of compassion take over, it makes perfect sense. Wanting it all to just go away.

    Ok so, along comes Melissa, also a member of that same “emotional” species. Very upset about the open meeting laws being violated. Sherman, still working on getting the broken teeth from monkey wrench working again gets dragged into round two.

    Once again Melissa, out of compassion and an effort to save some embarrassment fails to pinpoint Spectrum leaving it open to hard feelings of her colleges and further breaking the city council.

    Should women serve on the city council? That’s a question left up to the reader. Women are not likely to stop running so perhaps the course of wisdom would be for the other species to take into consideration the emotional make up of a women when issues present themselves that could blow up in their faces.

    To say that women don’t belong in government would be wrong. Take a look at Linda Tyer. If you searched this entire world over for a better City Clerk, you would not find one. No man could ever do a better job and Pittsfield should be proud to have her serving in that capacity.

    Ok Professor Valenti, you can grade my essay.

    • dusty
      November 17, 2012 at 11:23 am #

      FPR, I guess you missed Councilor Clairmonts off the wall rant the night of the Degan discussion. That was emotion or some juiced up form of dementia but he is all man. Just ask him.

      • FPR
        November 17, 2012 at 7:36 pm #

        Yes dusty agree, men also make emotional decisions but its generally not the case. I will hold back any comments about councilor Clairmont as he is not the one who caused this.

    • ambrose
      November 17, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

      have to agree – do away with thew 19th amendment – except all that emotion nonsense – how about your beloved Linda Tire and Farlier-Booveey – they’re certainly not emotional – the kept their WHEN wits about them and cashed in big time – Tire, the answer to all of ward 3′s problems dropped them like a hot potato to become a clerk – from that spot she has certainly helped to empower neighborhoods – both are phonies

      • FPR
        November 17, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

        Hmmm, yeah not sure who Linda Tire is? If she’s a woman I’m sure she gets emotional at times as they all do.

        Or maybe by misspelling someone’s name makes you look smarter in your own mind.

    • billy
      November 17, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

      FPR
      Where do i start with this one. I can not believe in 2012 that you would refer to a woman,a mother,a wife and a elected official as a species.Women have given birth and from what i hear is a pleasant as passing a watermelon but they do it lovingly to bring the males into existence,ask your mom. Women have served in the armned forces in all our wars serving with distinction and humility.it is easy to armchair quarterback the reasons Councilor Yon did what she did with her petition that night but nothing can be farther from the truth.The emotion you speak of in a deragatory way is balancing getting legitmate concerns heard from about getting sound legal advice for a governing body from a mayor who seems to only only want to hear the side of a issue that suits his fancy.She said quite clearly that night her and her fellow councilors concerns got aired and she saw no reason to go on and put this in the history books.it was sad it came to that .because how can you tell me the mayor did notact like a emotional midget.shaking his finger and yelling along with a mob he assembled to backstop him over a lone emotional woman? who was the stronger sex that night? want to fathom a guess

      • billy
        November 17, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

        and i would think about how you refer to women from your residence as kids pass you bananas through the bars before closing time

        • FPR
          November 17, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

          Just had to throw that in there didn’t ya billy. Make a monkey out me. lol.

          I don’t know if you are christian man but if you’ve ever read the bible, it makes it pretty clear that women were not used generally in governing body decisions of any kind.

          The emotional makeup of women has not changed much since the time of Christ or before. Its just a fact of life and does not really matter if they passed an amendment to the US Constitution or not.

          • Scott
            November 18, 2012 at 6:02 am #

            That’s only because the Bible was written by men during sexist and violent time in human existence. All throughout history woman have had a major role in governing from the Myan’s to the queens in England and even in native American history. Stop taking everything the bible says so literally. It’s really just a way to live because smarter people realized the masses needed it. Now it’s only construed to give warped people reason to discriminate and hate. At least in all religious institutions that’s the feeling one gets.

          • billy
            November 18, 2012 at 8:04 am #

            i am very christian fpr and not including women or any other group in politics is called fundimentialism.and look what it has done in the musilim countries and even with the GOP in this country where women issues didnt feel represented.Jesus surrounded himself with those who everyone threw away women were included,inclusion is truly Christ like. and to truly represent all must sit at the table. remember e plurbis unum “out of many ” one”

          • FPR
            November 18, 2012 at 8:19 am #

            Scott,

            There are about a billion people on the planet that would disagree with your statements:

            “That’s only because the Bible was written by men during sexist and violent time in human existence. All throughout history woman have had a major role in governing from the Myan’s to the queens in England and even in native American history. Stop taking everything the bible says so literally”

            I would not cite the Myan culture as proof of anything. This was a civilization who cut the hearts out their victims while still beating, holding it up to the sun, in their sacrifices to false gods.

            Your hatred of the bible does not in any way nullify the truth it contains.

            If you take a cheeta and paint it with black and white stripes, pass a amendment to the law of the land that it is to be considered a zebra, it will still act like a cheeta.

            Take a woman and dress her up like a man, she will still be true to her inner make up.

            There is nothing wrong with the emotional make up of a woman. Its just a simple fact. A fact that presents problems when making decisions on a governing body.

    • Ole Jack
      November 19, 2012 at 7:13 am #

      Oh please.
      Can you get any more emotional than the hissy fits of J. Krol or Barry Clairmont?!?

      • danvalenti
        November 19, 2012 at 7:59 am #

        OJ
        I was there when Krol and Clairmont made their objections. They were not made emotionally or in a “hissy” manner.

        • Ole Jack
          November 20, 2012 at 8:04 am #

          Yes, I saw your exit on T.V.
          But I don’t mean only this time. The lisping, nasal John Krol and the blowhard Barry Clairmont have definitely thrown hissy fits more than once from the dais.

  18. Open season on RINOs
    November 17, 2012 at 7:32 am #

    Who you should have voted for:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zqi6paX3ong

  19. jlo
    November 17, 2012 at 8:23 am #

    FPR – An interesting argument – I would change the terms of your arguement from “gender” to “emovion.” If we were to change ypour terms of your analysis to one of “emotion” versus “reason,” a new understanding can be developed.

    People can are often emotional, it happens all the time, but the deeper point is that personal emotion has no rightful place when you are making decisions of behalf of the City. Cold hard facts, understanding the communities values and having an understanding of what your goals and objectives are, before making decisions, is the framework for making good solid decisions. When decisions are made within this franmework some may not agree with you, however it has been my experience that people can at least respect the decisions that are made. Decisions made from personal emotion often reveal more about the decision maker, and not the decision itself.

    • Ole Jack
      November 19, 2012 at 7:11 am #

      Is this the JLO from the city council? I think not because the prose isn’t interjected with a pompous sounding “quite frankly” every five words.

      • danvalenti
        November 19, 2012 at 8:00 am #

        OJ
        You’re on target. The “quite frankly” was noticeable. JLO needs to lose that idiom, which he subconsciously employs as a kind of verbal tic.

  20. AMBROSE
    November 17, 2012 at 8:40 am #

    Kudos to Farley-Booviey – She was the celebrity speaker at a sports event at Lenox High Thursday night. One might think that Lenox would have Smitty since he is their rep. Guess its the towns’ way of thanking the Pittsfield rep for taking 13,000 hard ones from the city she loves so well and giving it to the Lenox school system. Don’tcha love her.

    • Scott
      November 18, 2012 at 6:08 am #

      Yes it’s amazing that their answer to get Pittsfield residents back into the habit of sending our kids to their schools was to spend money on advertising in the form of a big billboard. I wouldn’t subject my kids to PPS if they paid me!

  21. billy
    November 18, 2012 at 8:11 am #

    the Bible is not a sedative for the masses. its a blueprint or guide post to heaven.Groups cherry pick things from it to support their views they want to push but the full truth lies with in its pages.

    • FPR
      November 18, 2012 at 8:21 am #

      billy, I agree with this statement 100%

  22. billy
    November 18, 2012 at 8:22 am #

    i agree scott the council has to show leadership and stop just giving the schools everything they ask for . The state said the school system isnt cutting it. They missed 20 million in funding cause they seem more interested on whats best for them and not for whats best for the children, the city, the tax payer. thank god we have two councilors that keep battleing against the wreckless spending of the schools. They just keep throwing money at a bad situation that keeps getting worse why do you think the kids are leaving in droves . Its cause all involved in the city refuse to listen to the customer and make changes that are needed . they throw money at it and hope it will change..

  23. Scott
    November 18, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    FPR I don’t hate the word of Jesus I dislike the way it has been used by religious institutions. Just because the Mayans held human sacrifices doesn’t mean there wasn’t sexual equality. Also I gave you three examples the other two were queens in england and the native American Indians. Woman should have a say and are capable of basing decisions on other factors than emotion. to say any less is sexist. I feel like an advocate for woman’s rights on this site at times.

  24. tito
    November 18, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    Sarah Palen, where are you?

  25. joetaxpayer
    November 18, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

    Scott you are paying us.