PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY FEB. 27, 2013) — Time to empty out the notebook and address some issues point blank in this edition of THE PLANET‘s Quick Hits and Hot Licks. And yes: the current issue of Berkshire Magazine has an interview with THE PLANET. You’ll want to gander for the picture alone, on magazine racks now.

* One Super is Enough, Thank You — There’s talk about retaining interim superintendent Dr. Gordon Noseworthy after the school committee hires the school department’s next Head Cheese. It’s a bad idea. There are many reasons why that would be a dumb-and-dumber move. 1.) Why would cash-strapped Pittsfield want to pay two hefty salaries for one position? 2.) Noseworthy is interim. To have a transitional guy break in the new guy makes little sense. 3.) For the kind of money the new super will be knocking down (top salary in the city), taxpayers should expect someone who can come in and learn the ropes by himself (or herself, as they case may be). We should expect a big boy or girl. Of course, don’t you have the sneaking feelings that since it will give a bloated bureaucracy yet another way to waste taxpayer money, this thing is going to happen? THE PLANET urges you to contact the school committee and let them know your feelings.

Here are the addresses: Bianchi,; Barbalunga,; Amuso,; conant,; Elias,; Kinnas,; Yon, Tell ’em THE PLANET sent you.

A Win for the Good Guys — You may remember our reporting on the Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter School‘s  petition to the state to admit more Pittsfield students. Well, the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BOSE) gave BART the go-ahead. The good guys won, and the GOB lost. It shows it can be done. We hope this portends good things for Pittsfield in this election year. BART can now add Pittsfield to its service community and include it in its official charter. BOSE also gave BART the OK to expand its enrollment from 308 to 363. This is good news because it will allow more Pittsfield parents dissatisfied with the city’s public schools to enroll them in a campus with a proven track record of achievement and success. BART, like PPS, is tuition-free. As a charter school, it has much more leeway in determining and affecting the constitution of a good public education. BART combines the free tuition aspect of the “traditional” public school with the academic license and standards of an exclusive private school. Naturally, the Pittsfield School Committee fought BART’s request. Think about that for a moment ! God forbid that we should introduce competition to the corrupt monopoly “enjoyed” by the PPS at taxpayer expense. Fortunately, BART’s case proved too conclusive for the state to ignore. GOB politics, at least this time, took a dive in the City of Pittsfield.

Pittsfield Should Bid to Host 2024 Olympics — The U.S. Olympic Committee has requested bids to host the 2024 games from 35 cities, including Rochester, NY; Columbus, Ohio; and Austin, Texas. Pittsfield should send a delegation to the USOC and make a pitch. By 2024, the population will consist almost solely of “subterraneans,” junkies, gang members, single-moms, welfare cheats, criminal lawyers, the school committee, and the PEDA board. This will allow Pittsfield to come up with a competitive edge through the introduction of new Olympic sports, such as “Hurling” (After Last Night’s Bender), Heroin Hockey, Skiing from high atop Hill 78, the Pill Toss, the grueling 1-yard dash, Speed Skating (without skates but with speed), and the like. We propose Corydon Thurston and Gary Grunin to head the delegation, with Pummelin’ Pam Malumphy to handle pubic relations. They will, by that future date, still be sucking on the public tit.

 Styrofoam Lather — We have lost many a good night’s sleep thinking about the nightmarish problem of … Styrofoam. Don’t you hate it when that happens. Actually, we like Styrofoam, a registered trademark of Dow Chemical Company. With all the toxins in Pittsfield water, air, and soil, a little Styrofoam has the comparative aspects of a bushel of sunflowers and cup of blackberries. Styrofoam is fun. It crunches. It doesn’t decay, adding a sense of “permanence” to our few short years on God’s good earth. It’s white, the color of a baseball. It’s composed of 98% air. You aren’t against air, are you? My Gog, air! Styrofoam — with all the issues plaguing the city of Pittsfield, we should rank that well down on the priorities list.

Kinnas ‘Payback’ Continues — School committeeman Terry

Terry Kinnas: That’s what you get for Doing The Job!

Kinnas continues to pay for being the only member of the seven-member panel to take the job seriously. That’s how the poison politics of the city work. Kinnas, the best watchdog of taxpayer interests to hit town since Peter Arlos, found himself the lone vote on the committee’s three-member curriculum subcommittee. During a recent meeting, Kinnas, the only school committee member to proactively solicit input from the trades and small business, voted to retain the THS vocational auto body and metal fabrication programs. The other two members, Kathleen Amuso and Kathryn Yon, did not second the motion, and the move went nowhere. You might say they stuck the Kath-eter in him and administered the cyanide. Only problem is that Kinnas has 90 lives, and it will take a whole lot more than that to keep him from being re-elected. You’ll recall that Amuso and Yon were key members of the witch hunt that in effect put Kinnas in the docket for a Soviet-style kangaroo trial based on his vigilance about open meetings. Amuso and Yon thus continue a long string of unimaginative, characterless service on the school committee, mediocre on the best of days and damaging on the others. Theirs is exactly the kind of bland, colorless, status quo “leadership” that has put Pittsfield in its present precarious position.

Democrats Caucus; Meteorite Misses Earth — Pittsfield Democrats caucused in a series of extremely large phone booths earlier this month. On the agenda: Elect comrades to send to the state Party Platform Convention, to be held in Lowell on July 13. The meeting places were mostly saloons — Ward 1, Back Nine Bar and Grille at the GEAA; Ward 3, DelGallo’s Restaurant, Newell Street; Ward 5, American Legion Hall, Wendell Avenue; Ward 6, Polish Community Club. In Ward 5, we hear delegates TPd the Gerry Lee Worn Out & Overused Bar Stool in a sign of honor for the ex-police chief and ex-city council president. Lee, we are told, didn’t notice a thing. Our spies tell us that the intelligence quotients of the caucuses were a tad below the typical, Mensa-like discourse that comes out of these dives and watering holes. Not long after the meeting, a meteorite missed hitting planet earth. THE PLANET doesn’t not know what, if anything, is the connection.

It is 2013, and THE PLANET predicts: We are living in interesting times.


“Let not young souls be smothered out before / They do quaint deeds and fully flaunt their pride. It is the world’s crime [that] its babes grow dull.”Vachel Lindsay




  1. FPR
    February 27, 2013 at 8:25 am #

    OK so just put up signs not to eat the fish from Silver lake or Onota or Pontoosuc. GE has moved out. Politicians have been paid off. People that got sick and died have been buried.

    Forget about the fact that PCB’s are still there sickening people and killing people. Prove it right?

    The real culprit is Styrofoam. Lets ban this evil substance so we can show we really care about people’s health. What a joke.

  2. Joe Blow
    February 27, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    Dan, have you read about the new bill Rep. Farley-Bouvier-Kennedy-Onassis is sponsoring?

      February 27, 2013 at 11:38 am #

      The woman’s briliant. I like Lizzie’s idea better though. Do both, tax by distance driven as well as by the gallon.

    • FPR
      February 27, 2013 at 11:46 am #

      How about in addition to the transponder tax shackle she also add a meter to your mouth so she can also tax every breath you take? As an added bonus, everyone would get to sound like Darth Vader.

      • Dawn
        February 27, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

        “If you drive a car I’ll tax the street.”

        • Dave
          February 27, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

          if everyone buys a horse, they will double the tax on a bale of hay.

        • danvalenti
          February 27, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

          Nice one, DAWN.

    • NBI
      February 27, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

      Hey Joe, maybe we can have her expand the legislation to include other areas. For example, I don’t have kids in public school and I haven’t called the police or fire department. With the pay as you go system, I could save some big tax bucks! She has to go. Can we get you to run against her next time?

      • danvalenti
        February 27, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

        This is brilliant! Let’s see how the State Rep feels about it.

  3. tito
    February 27, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    that’s a gass JOJO….gotta love Trisha, don’t be surprised she be our Governor one day.

  4. Ron Kitterman
    February 27, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    Thanks joe – God save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

  5. Deb S
    February 27, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    Just read IBerkshires…doesn’t she realize that Berkshires will be hurt if something like this passes…

  6. Joe Pinhead
    February 27, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    Tricia, can you please help me make sense of your Bill regarding the driving? Due to the inaction of both the City Council and any other number of boards, Commissions and agencies I fund with my tax dollars a great number of your constituents will be traveling between Pittsfield and Dana Farber cancer institute. (PCB’s). Will we be subject to this charge? My next great concern is let’s say you are traveling between Pittsfield and Beacon hill will you pay that tax? Will it be from personal expenses? Will you be reimbursed for the charge as part of your official duties? Does travel from Pittsfield to say an inditement of the next speaker or big wig in the house fall under the exemptions or is it fully taxable as that trip is for entertainment not business?
    The Children await your reply


  7. tito
    February 27, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    Let’s all start thumbing.

    • Dave
      February 27, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

      I vote for the oe finger salute instead

      • danvalenti
        February 27, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

        Yes, DAVE, or the one-finder peace sign.

    • danvalenti
      February 27, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

      She’ll want to tax your thumbs.

  8. Payroll Patriot
    February 27, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

    Remember children, our state reps and state senator pay no federial income tax on the 60 to 80 thousand dollar salaries. Joe, if didn’t have to pay a federial income tax on your pay would you have to pay the TFB car tax? Think about fair and equal.

    • danvalenti
      February 27, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

      You are correct, indeed, PP. Two sets of rules: One for “Them” and one for “Us.” TFB is a “Them.”

  9. joetaxpayer
    February 27, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    2 Mayor’s , 2 Superintendent’s, where’s the ark.

    • danvalenti
      February 27, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

      You sure it’s not parked in Silver Lake?

  10. JerryPosner
    February 27, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

    The 10 minutes with Dan Valenti in Berkshire Magazine captures the D.V. vibe quite nicely. Kind of hip and groovy, I’d say!

    • danvalenti
      February 27, 2013 at 6:33 pm #

      Yeah, the tone does capture the “vibe.” Thanks, my good friend.

  11. tito
    February 27, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

    You’re off topic Jere.

  12. tito
    February 27, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

    Just kidding, it was a great piece Jerry”….! on another note, the Pittsfield School Committee outside of Terry K is all for McCandless for the new soup job.

    • dusty
      February 28, 2013 at 3:16 am #

      Well that is a red flag in of itself. Did he not get the memo?

  13. GEE Whiz
    February 27, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

    Excellent smorgasbord of items today DV. The Berkshire Magazine piece is great. Love the picture. Looks like you are about to take over city hall. I for one would vote for that. As for Trish, what a load. Tax tax tax. She’s following orders of the higher ups, that’s why they want a dim bulb like her occupying the seat.

    • danvalenti
      February 27, 2013 at 6:33 pm #

      Thank you, GEE.

    • dusty
      February 28, 2013 at 3:22 am #

      Dim bulb. That is exactly how I see this woman. This is why Ruberto chose her. This is why the democratic party paved her way to a huge political payday. She is totally programmable and does not have the cost or maintenance of a a real robot.

  14. tito
    February 27, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

    Human beings need a break Planet, we’re a mixed bag’….’ such is the life of the Planet and the citizens of our little Hamlet, called Palookaville.

    • danvalenti
      February 27, 2013 at 8:32 pm #

      How true, T.

  15. Tom Sakshaug
    February 28, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

    Interesting review on the Democratic caucuses…Ward 5 has always been scheduled for this coming Saturday, March 2, and the others were rescheduled to that date because of the phantom storm of a week or two ago. I guess it should have been a preview instead of a review. I can’t think of any place better than an establishment with a liquor license to conduct political business!

    • danvalenti
      February 28, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

      Yes, they are the perfect place. In vino, not a lot of veritas when it comes to Dem caucuses.