DECISION ON TAILGATE-GATE: THS, PSD DECIDE ‘NO HARM, NO FOUL’ … DESPITE ‘ZERO TOLERANCE’ POLICY, PERPETRATORS OF CHILD-DRINKING BASH WILL FACE NO CONSEQUENCES … LETTERS TO THE EDITOR … plus … TAXHAPPY STATE LEGISLATORS LOVE GUV’S PROPOSALS TO TAX YOU BACK TO THE STONE AGE
By DAN VALENTI
PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary
(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, FRIDAY, JAN. 18, 2013) — Here’s the “latest,” if we can call it that, on Tailgate-gate, pieced together from several sources, all speaking on condition of anonymity.
“Overall, this regrettable and embarrassing incident has been swept under the rug,” says one source. “Looks like the impossible has happened. No one is saying anything. D.A. refuses to give information, and child protective services refuses to share information due to confidentiality.”
Taconic High School principal Principal John Vosburgh has declared the trip to the UCONN game a “non-school”-related event, sources say. The convenience of this finding is that neither they nor anyone else in the school department has jurisdiction for the what happened, including the behavior of the adults, who are school department employees.
Another source puts it this way: “This is not to say that something won’t happen, but Vinny Barbarotta [THS football coach] seems to have gotten off scot-free. Children’s lives were put at risk. Students are now covering for the adults (except one), stating the adults had no knowledge of alcohol consumption.”
“How can a mother spend a week in jail for allowing her son to consume alcohol at home and four adults put six students in peril and nothing happens,” asks a source? “The one parent with the courage to do anything has been frozen out. There isn’t another parent willing to anything as far as I am aware. I’m disgusted.
THE PLANET also hears that early this week, a deal was struck. No details, officially, from the PSD.
Bottom line, then, appears to be this: Though four adults (employees of the school department) placed six children (students at THS) in jeopardy through the use of alcohol, and despite the THS and PPS alleged policy of “zero tolerance,” nothing will be done on this latest PPS insult to the community in general and taxpayers in particular.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘IT WAS FRUSTRATING’
To THE PLANET:
Have you ever had the pleasure of using the e-services on pittsfield-ma.org
I have used this service 3 times in 2 years.
I complained last week about the snow in the heart of North Street downtown. First, trying to park on North Street in front of Hot Harry’s. The snow in the road by the curbing was all ruts. When you tried to exit the car from the passenger side, between the snow in the road and the snowbank, it was frustrating.
We were going to the Beacon Theatre, and had to walk in the road up and past the Theatre. Shop downtown and visit the small businesses……
I used the e-service to voice my complaint, and as usual got the obligatory reply.., along with we are going to remove the snow on Monday.
What happened to removing the snow on North Street after the storm overnight…Just one more thing that irritates the Pittsfeld Taxpayer who will be fined $50 if they don’t shovel their walk in front of their home.
SHOP DOWNTOWN!!!!! — JS