(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION, MARCH 17-19, 2017) — We begin this weekend on St. Patrick’s Day and end on St. Joseph’s Day. There’s a lesson somewhere in that, although, spirituality being what it is, we won’t attempt to decipher it. We are not yet ready for the guru thing. We’re saving our Bhagwan gig for Hawaii and the future.

Not that anyone noticed, because if they had THE PLANET would have been called out.  We slipped another pun disguised as a typo in yesterday’s headline. Check it out: We rendered “SNOWFLAKES” as “SNOWFLAKS.” We did so for obvious reasons when you consider what we mean by calling someone a “snowflake” and a “flak” (sometimes spelled “flack”). One clue should have been the John Krol item!

We love JK, seriously. Politically, his time won’t come for another two years, after mayor Linda Tyer calls it a day. Count on Krol running for mayor with an in-place organization, a hefty bank account, and the kind of political ambition that puts stars in one’s eyes. If we had to call the game plan today, we’d bank on the usual:

  1. Say how you believe in the city and its future (convenient, since the future never arrives).
  2. Talk endlessly how you believe in public education (code for placating the greed in the Pittsfield School Department).
  3. Avoid taking a stance on lowering taxes but speak in vague terms about it.
  4. Bank on low turnout. This is the key to all city elections. The vast majority of the electorate — rendered in its helpless state of angst, anger, and apathy — pose no threat if they do not vote. Suppressing turnout elects and re-elects politicos from the same mold: tax-and-spenders who will grow city government on the school side, skimp everywhere else, approve any projects that take care of “Joe’s Brother-In-Law,” and shuts out ordinary citizens.

Collectivism on Parade

It ranks as a pity of the first order, one that would move Gene Pitney to song, that Pittsfield has been hijacked by a tiny but powerful cadre of nest featherers, led politically by the United Educators of Pittsfield, who control mayor, council, and school committee. Each year 1,200 school department employees get their step raises. These come on top of the raises negotiated by contract. The latest pact, as THE PLANET proved, awarded school personnel pay hikes of 16-to-18% over three years. They are now asking for more.

The UP represents unionism at its worst. THE PLANET readily concedes that collectivism made sense in the early part of the most recent past century, when employers held sway, demanding back-breaking toil for peanuts. Union might helped correct the injustice. For a brief period from the late 60s to early 80s, the balance seemed right. In bargaining, both sides pressed, realized that no one gets everything, and managed for the most part to settle equitably. In 1969, for example, striking workers at GE Pittsfield forced to company to make positive changes in wages and benefits that kept the local transformer division profitable and competitive for the next 20 years.

In the mid-80s, however, too many union workers at GE began to take the good life for granted. Stories were told of guys sleeping behind machines or in an out-of-the-way nook on the shop floor … gals putting out for bosses to get the cushy jobs and the fastest promotions … buddies punching time clocks for each other so they could leave the plant and go drinking on company time. Management tried to tell the work force that if productivity didn’t improve, the business would be kaput. The union didn’t believe it. We all know how that one turned out.

Ice Princesses Strike

Speaking of the collectivist folly, have you heard about the U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team? The ice princesses pulled out of the upcoming 2017 IIH Women’s World Championship. The tournament is set to begin March 31 in Plymouth, MI. The gals waited until this late date to make their announcement, hoping to catch USA Hockey, the parent organization without options, issuing unrealistic financial demands. With stipends and incentives for medals, the girls could receive $85,000 apiece over the training and performance period (six months). That’s not enough, however.

Fortunately, USA Hockey hasn’t yet blinked. Yet. THE PLANET recommends they hold firm.

The president of USA Hockey, Jim Smith, said, “In our role as the national governing body, USA Hockey trains and selects teams for international competition. USA Hockey’s role is not to employ athletes, and we will not do so. USA Hockey will continue to provide world-leading support for our athletes.”

Smith’s kicker came when he said that strike or no strike, USA Hockey plans to field a tournament team. Practices begin on March 21. You can be sure the alternates have been called.

From John Krol to U.S. women’s hockey isn’t the stretch that it seems. Why is Krol like women’s hockey? Who can answer that riddle? The stage is yours, as THE PLANET opens The Comment Line.

Have a great weekend, everybody!


“I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out.”Rodney Dangerfield



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  1. heh heh
    March 17, 2017 at 12:28 am #

    Krol definitely has his sights set on higher office. But can his ambition and self adoration allow himself to go through the mayor penance? I can see him leaping right over a mayor ship and shooting for congress. He has Kelley Anne like spin talent. He can spin and weave a story almost as well as Shaun Spicer. And them”s the critical talents one needs to achieve political office.

    It is a rare political candidate who brings ethics, morals and a true desire to make things better to the table. A low bar has been set in Pittsfield so if one is going to live here he needs to keep his expectations low as well.

    • Magoo
      March 17, 2017 at 12:58 am #

      Very well said!!

    • Village Knight
      March 18, 2017 at 5:19 pm #

      Reply to heh heh: Unfortunately, you are absolutely right.
      In Pittsfield they do whatever they wish to do and
      John Krol is the Worst Demagogue and Empty politician who can
      swing and turn anything around to his end. By the way, he does so using his Psychology degree.
      Psychology is the science how to control and change human behavior–that’s exactly what John Krol does.

  2. The School Committee
    March 17, 2017 at 1:31 am #

    Edison and Westinghouse along with GE were in the transformer business and each one trying to put the other out of business.
    Jack Welch went in another direction.There was nothing unions could have changed.And anyone living in Pittsfield in 1989 watched as congressman Conte died GE no longer needed Pittsfield and this corporation under Welch left us to clean up their corp.waste.If you went to college in this town you went because of the middle class union wage.In exchange for that wage you got cancer and your family got cancer and children got cancer and learning disabilities. Some people forget history.

    • 12 Gauge
      March 17, 2017 at 8:50 am #

      Exactly who got cancer from the GE and who has learning disabilities?

  3. Gigi
    March 17, 2017 at 4:39 am #

    Gee Dan, I sure hope you are wrong about Pretty Boy Floyd running for mayor. I would never vote for him – he has been a strong vocal supporter of the plan to bring Syrian refugees to Pittsfield. He has been on the city council for a number of years and is responsible for the city’s financial mess – a typical liberal big spender. Does he have a day job? What does he do for a living? I would love to see the mayor’s term of office changed back to a two-year term, which would require the council to amend the new charter. Four years is way too long to be stuck with a dud.

    • LoneGunMan
      March 17, 2017 at 6:32 am #

      Krol set up what I assume is basically a shell corporation for him to skim money from his cronies by doing “PR” and “media” work.

      The worst part about this man is that he is an unabashed supported of Bernie Sanders and socialist government policies (see blindly raising taxes to support your bleeding heart causes without an iota of common sense) I doubt he’d ever have an idea for this city other than continuously, figuratively and financially raping the citizens.

    • Thomas More
      March 17, 2017 at 6:39 am #

      The Planet has never been righter. Unless a better opportunity comes along (political), Krol is the heir apparent. He put it in his sights over 20 years ago.

  4. Jonathan Melle
    March 17, 2017 at 4:52 am #

    Who is more to blame for Pittsfield’s economic demise:
    (a) Jack Welch
    (b) City & School Unions
    (c) Good Old Boys
    (d) Record-setting municipal budgets and debts
    (e) All of the Above

    I choose (e) All of the Above!

    • Johnny2Shoes
      March 17, 2017 at 7:17 am #

      While all good examples of what drove this city to where it is, I would have included the citizens who let these politicians do it . The voters could have changed things when these recycled politicians failed to live up to why the majority voted them in.

    • 12 Gauge
      March 17, 2017 at 8:52 am #

      Democrats killed Pittsfield.

      • Jonathan Melle
        March 17, 2017 at 9:45 am #

        Pittsfield politics is a top-down government controlled by the vested interests who vote for the Democratic Party candidates. In fact, I would go so far as to state that one could not get elected in Pittsfield without being a “Democrat”.

        There is no wiggle room for real change. Every year, the same two groups or factions of Good Old Boys select their political hacks to do their bidding. Blogger Dan Valenti pointed out that there are 2 factions within Pittsfield Politics. One faction featured Gerry Doyle, Jimmy Ruberto, and the lovely Linda Tyer. The other faction featured the late Anne E. Wojtkowski, Sara Hathaway, and Dan Bianchi. Both factions answer to the same political bosses.

        In order to participate in Pittsfield politics, you have to kiss the behinds of the Good Old Boys order. If you speak out against the negative outcomes that Pittsfield politics has produced over the past 4 decades, you become an outsider. You will lose your job and never find work again in the Pittsfield area. You will eventually have to move away from Pittsfield.

        Pittsfield politics is all in the family. The Good Old Boys come from multi-generational and low gene pool local families that have held political office for generations. My favorite example of this is Nuciforo. His late-father was a Pittsfield State Senator and then a Probate Court Judge. His late-Aunt, Anne E. Wojtkowski, was a Pittsfield Mayor and a long-serving Berkshire Community College Professor. His Uncle, Tom Wojtkowksi, was a Pittsfield State Representative. Now, Nuciforo is using his family’s Pittsfield political connections to make a financial killing on a “not-for-profit” medical marijuana dispensary on Dalton Avenue in Pittsfield.

        Pittsfield politics runs like the mafia. If you don’t kiss these inbred family’s behinds, they will retaliate against you and your family. The Good Old Boys run the show! They have complete control over their community. They can be openly and outrageously corrupt, and there is nothing anyone can do about it.

        My own personal experience in Pittsfield politics was Nuciforo trying to send me to Carmen Massimiano’s jail in the Spring and Summer of 1998. Nuciforo also filed multiple “ethics” complaints against my dad from the Fall of 1997 – Spring of 1998. From the Summer of 2005 through present, the Good Old Boys spread vicious rumors against me that all I ever did was stalk a Jewish woman from Otis and that I belong in a psychiatric institution. I have heard other mean-spirited things said against me over the years.

        It is hopeless and futile to try to change Pittsfield politics for the better! Pittsfield politics is a top-down, Good Old Boy order, and controlled system of government. There is no wiggle room. You either conform or you lose. It is the worst kind of politics that mocks democracy and suppresses freedom. Pittsfield politics is a banality!

        – Jonathan Melle

        • William Munny
          March 18, 2017 at 8:53 am #

          You speak a lot of truth here. Berkshire County is the darkest blue county in blue Massachusetts. Such loyalty to a party that does next to nothing for the Berkshires. Go figure.

        • Village Knight
          March 19, 2017 at 5:59 am #

          Reply to Jonathan Melle:
          I knew some of that, but you opened my eyes… Thank You!
          I guess, I should reconsider my resistants.

    • Village Knight
      March 18, 2017 at 5:27 pm #


  5. Gigi
    March 17, 2017 at 5:08 am #

    I will take a guess on your riddle………both Krol and the US women’s hockey team are arrogant and have vastly overestimated their worth??

    • heh heh
      March 17, 2017 at 5:14 am #

      You could throw in Trump and his team of God wannabees to that list.

      • Gigi
        March 17, 2017 at 5:20 am #

        Trump is doing what he was elected to do, and doing it well. More than I can say for most elected officials.

        • heh heh
          March 17, 2017 at 6:06 am #

          OK MR Hannity. Please put the gun down now.

          • Shakes His Head
            March 17, 2017 at 2:10 pm #

            Trump has not even been able to find people to work for him. His administration is a dumpster fire. If increasing Washington gridlock with a bunch of confused old men is what you elected him to do, then he gets an A+.

          • 12 Gauge
            March 18, 2017 at 8:07 am #

            bos stercus notitia

          • Shakes His Head
            March 18, 2017 at 9:41 am #

            Chupas mi Huevos

          • Dean
            March 19, 2017 at 12:25 pm #

            Matt (shakes) you have no clue

        • Village Knight
          March 18, 2017 at 5:28 pm #

          I do like Donald Trump –He is Honest and Brave Man!

  6. Tricksie
    March 17, 2017 at 5:35 am #

    M. Bloomberg will be the next Mayor of Pittsfield. Krol has the Clinton disease…I’m here, I’m wonderful, I deserve this. recipe for a loss – put it in the bank.

  7. Ghidora
    March 17, 2017 at 5:47 am #

    Don’t get the connection. Women hockey players have spines but Krol doesn’t.

  8. Pat
    March 17, 2017 at 6:04 am #

    I wouldn’t vote for Krol for all of the reasons mentioned especially the never met a tax he didn’t like problem and the Syrian refugee issue, but I also wouldn’t vote for Mazzeo as she suffers from the same problems including her anti-Super Walmart agenda.

    School employees demand pay increases each year and so do city hall employees. Both demands are not sustainable or sensible in a poor city like Pittsfield.

    • heh heh
      March 17, 2017 at 6:08 am #

      There is a new girl in town running for Ward one. Is she a lone wolf or connected to the GOB through back channels?

      • Spider
        March 17, 2017 at 7:03 am #

        Interesting how she came forth within hours of Tully’s decision not to run….all set and ready to go.

        Sounds very similar to Adam Hinds very quick announcement.

        You bet it’s all arranged!

      • Pat
        March 17, 2017 at 7:30 am #

        She sounds connected to me. No sooner had Tully said she wasn’t running, this new person came forward. She sounds like more of the same type of people we already have in office.

      • Evian
        March 17, 2017 at 7:50 am #

        Answer: “Connected.”

      • 12 Gauge
        March 17, 2017 at 8:54 am #

        She’s a registered Democrat. That should tell you all you need to know. She probably has a pussy hat.

        • Shakes His Head
          March 17, 2017 at 2:07 pm #

          How dare those uppity women expect to be paid and supported like men. Next thing you know those uppity blacks won’t thank whites for resettling them out of Africa.

          • LoneGunMan
            March 17, 2017 at 4:10 pm #

            just think had they not been captured and sold by other blacks the evil white man woudlnt have bought them

          • 12 Gauge
            March 18, 2017 at 8:10 am #

            Dorffy, what the hell does that have to do with how GOB Democrats screwed up Pittsfield?

          • Shakes His Head
            March 18, 2017 at 8:27 am #

            I still won’t date you, freak, but my comment has to do with today’s blog.

        • Village Knight
          March 18, 2017 at 5:36 pm #

          About Pussy hat… about a month ago–there was Colonial Theater Event for Pussy hats and indeed, there were about two hundred women in long line with signs “Dump Trump!” and so on.
          I came and stood infront of that line –on the side, wearing my
          hat ” make America Great Again!” and holding my sign
          ” Long Live President Donald Trump”.
          They were so furious! They bully me and screamed at me!
          I enjoyed every moment of their agony:))

  9. Koz
    March 17, 2017 at 6:15 am #

    They can skate real good but they ain’t allowed to hit.

  10. P Hewton
    March 17, 2017 at 6:22 am #

    Neither has an answer.

  11. John Grogan
    March 17, 2017 at 6:46 am #

    Hey Koz…have you ever watched a women’s hockey game? Especially at the world level the game is amazing…and also still pretty rough. These women are extremely talented, gifted athletes who, if they are working in service to a national team deserve the same treatment as their male cohorts. The market will determine their total value, and the nascent women’s professional league will pay them only what they can afford based on the league’s success so in the open market it still won’t be great but in service to the country they deserve the same treatment.

    While I’m on it Dan, I could not agree more with your take on unions having, in many cases, outlived their usefulness. Thanks.

    • Wilson
      March 17, 2017 at 7:53 am #

      why watch something that is by definition second-rate? “Same treatment” means they wouldn’t play, like all the guys not good enough

  12. Spagirlfrommass
    March 17, 2017 at 7:13 am #

    JC Penney in Berkshire Mall to close. This is getting ridiculous.

    • Pat
      March 17, 2017 at 7:27 am #

      Oh my God this is terrible. I love that store. Soon all we’ll have is Walmart and if local politicians had their way, we wouldn’t even have that. They want everyone to shop on expensive North Street.

      • Spagirlfrommass
        March 17, 2017 at 7:55 am #

        Its a nail in the coffin I think.

        • Pat
          March 17, 2017 at 8:03 am #

          I hate online shopping especially for clothing. The upper class in the area will just continue going to Holyoke Mall or one of the malls in New York as they have always done or order online which is so hip to do now. This isn’t an option for many people. It’s so much fun walking around these stores and going with friends. So sad that people just want to sit in front of their computers and hit keys rather than wanting to walk around and do their shopping.

          • Spagirlfrommass
            March 17, 2017 at 8:53 am #

            I know that on line shopping has taken over, but I too prefer to shop in a store. The brick and mortar are doomed.

          • Pat
            March 17, 2017 at 9:19 am #

            I went in the store this morning and the workers there are so depressed about losing their jobs. Sad for the workers and sad for JCP shoppers in this area. Shopping there is a social event for myself and friends since we know the people working there very well.

          • Spagirlfrommass
            March 17, 2017 at 10:15 am #

            Also all the hairdressers in the Salon. With many clients.

          • Shakes His Head
            March 19, 2017 at 11:14 am #

            Maybe they should have gone to college and gotten jobs that were sustainable outside the service sector?

            It is about time to grow up.

  13. The School Committee
    March 17, 2017 at 7:20 am #

    Teacher at PHS left window open in closet a pipe burst last Sunday flooding 3 floors and costing 1 million in damage.

    • LoneGunMan
      March 17, 2017 at 8:00 am #

      They need more raises

    • heh heh
      March 17, 2017 at 8:20 am #

      They have windows in closets? Of course the superintendent has his insurance up to date…right?

      • 12 Gauge
        March 17, 2017 at 8:58 am #

        That’s where the teachers go hide for a smoke when it’s cold out, they blow it out the window.

        • LoneGunMan
          March 17, 2017 at 10:44 am #

          They do more than smoke in there! That’s coming from an eye witness account

          • Levitan
            March 17, 2017 at 6:08 pm #

            If we don’t get a video, we have bern cheated of our tax dollars. Surely the closets have cams.

    • Ghidora
      March 17, 2017 at 8:53 am #

      Why was the window left open – were they smoking in there?

  14. Spagirlfrommass
    March 17, 2017 at 7:50 am #

    The Grimm Reaper for sure. That Mall is pitiful.

    • Pat
      March 17, 2017 at 7:56 am #

      Progressives hate all malls and big box stores. They do all their shopping online like good little Democrats.

      • Thomas More
        March 17, 2017 at 10:52 am #

        Down with Progressives and Democrats!

        • 12 Gauge
          March 18, 2017 at 8:14 am #

          Dorffy (SHH) gets all his clothes at Talbot’s in Lenox.

      • Shakes His Head
        March 17, 2017 at 2:04 pm #

        I have better things to do than go get threadbare Chinese made shit at JCP or Walmart.

        • 12 Gauge
          March 18, 2017 at 7:57 am #

          Is anyone forcing you to shop there?

      • acheshirecat
        March 18, 2017 at 6:39 am #

        If the writing is on the wall for shopping at stores and malls, why not adapt and push Pittsfield as a great spot for distribution centers for companies that sell online. Push the things that the companies really would look for in a location such as we are about 125 miles from both Boston and New York City. Close to Hartford and Albany. There is rail access along East St.. Push Pittsfield as the Center of The North East.

        • Joe Pinhead
          March 18, 2017 at 3:09 pm #

          It’s a great Idea however the tax liability here in the Commonwealth would be crippling.

          However we need to think along the lines of what else can be done. We must face the facts that the BRPC laid out in the 2050 study. We are facing a decline of population to approx. 85k as well as that population aging. We need to start managing the decline

          Just sayin

          • acheshirecat
            March 18, 2017 at 5:19 pm #

            Thank you Joe. That was quite eye opening.

          • Shakes His Head
            March 18, 2017 at 8:19 pm #

            The BRPC study is Dribble and unrealistic.

  15. heh heh
    March 17, 2017 at 8:22 am #

    I would just like to remind folk that if you are feeling a little bitchy and itchy on the back side there are creams and other treatments for the hemorrhoids. No need to take it out on the unsuspecting.

  16. Pat
    March 17, 2017 at 9:26 am #

    More retail workers losing their jobs at the local JC Penney store. The store closes in June. It’s a very sad situation for these workers many of whom have had their jobs for years with Penneys. Many workers there live in Pittsfield. Can City Hall help to create more jobs in this area? Those Super Walmart jobs are needed more than ever now. City Hall needs to speed up the Super Walmart project not stall it. Many out of work JC Penney workers could get a job at Super Walmart.

    • Shakes His Head
      March 17, 2017 at 2:03 pm #

      If only there were someone in Pittsfield formally trained and experienced in economic development!!!

  17. Tricksie
    March 17, 2017 at 10:17 am #

    iBerkshire reports that Khem is flying through the Pittsfield regulatory process – building permits, ZBA etc – DV how can this be ?? What possible connection to City Hall does this company have ? Will the other applicants get the same treatment ? Fairness and transparency in City Hall ?? BS, BS, & more BS –

    • Felix
      March 17, 2017 at 2:25 pm #

      True. Khem is in like Flint and I dont mean Michigan. Take it from a true inside source. For answers to your Questions go back and carefully read or reread DVs great series on khem. I think last wek. The answers are there.

  18. The School Committee
    March 17, 2017 at 2:31 pm #

    Sean Hannity is certifiable now that that wack job pulled a gun on a coworker.

    • 12 Gauge
      March 18, 2017 at 8:17 am #

      Fake news alert

  19. heh heh
    March 17, 2017 at 3:06 pm #

    So was the story about PHS water damage in the Berkshire Eagle? Did the superintendent do a press conference? Or is this QT info?

  20. The School Committee
    March 17, 2017 at 4:35 pm #

    I thought it was reported.First the large Fire and then service master Fire cleanup flooded the school when sprinkler went off. That was a 2 weeks ago.I’m told the water pipe broke when a teacher failed to close a window in a small closet and water covered 3 floors traveling all the way to the main office from the 3rd floor with ceiling collapse in other rooms .Afigure of 1million was used

  21. The School Committee
    March 17, 2017 at 4:41 pm #

    You can see why it is hushed up.Also Crosby school had to dig floors up to get at pipes.Throwing away cash in both buildings.I’m told the need to close.No more rehab can take place.Super does not budget for prevention anyway system is way worse than you know.New Taconic will be abused no plans to care for school.

  22. heh heh
    March 18, 2017 at 1:38 am #

    Dan I just read your article in the latest Berkshire Courier regarding the financial precipice of Pittsfield city finances. Though this administrations seems to find money to throw in every other direction it will find none for a forensic audit. Too many bodies buried in the books perhaps?

    Also, are there federal cuts coming down the pike which may add to the city’s financial woes? Are the budget folk taking this into consideration before they finalize our new money sucking smackdown of the taxpayers? Or will they continue to play hop scotch on the backs of the very citizens they were elected to watch out for?

    • P Hewton
      March 18, 2017 at 5:28 am #

      Excellent comments h h especially the hopscotch.

      • Shakes His Head
        March 18, 2017 at 7:03 am #

        A forensic audit is jargon that means exactly what?

        • Linda
          March 18, 2017 at 7:56 am #

          Get a copy of DV’s article in The Courier. Explains it perfectly.

          • Shakes His Head
            March 18, 2017 at 10:18 am #

            It explains made up jargon?

        • Joe Pinhead
          March 18, 2017 at 1:37 pm #

          Pretty straight forward

          Just sayin

          • Shakes His Head
            March 18, 2017 at 1:50 pm #

            That’s the most bullahit professional organization website I’ve ever seen. What a joke.

          • Joe Pinhead
            March 18, 2017 at 2:17 pm #

            Ok we can go with Black’s law dictionary

            You asked what one was I pointed out there is a whole career field that is growing that perform them. I have been involved with a few for example when a company acquires another company or there are federal regulators involved (think FDA) Insurance companies and so on.
            Please note the intro paragraph the very group you exclaimed as “That’s the most bullahit professional organization website I’ve ever seen. What a joke.” Seems to be the group of record. But hey they have all been duped.
            Now does that mean a forensic audit here will uncover fraud? No but it might outline improper controls for funds, revenues etc.

            just sayin

          • Joe Pinhead
            March 18, 2017 at 2:24 pm #

            Ok try reading this case


            Shoulld give you an idea of what a forensic audit is

            Be well my friend

          • Shakes His Head
            March 18, 2017 at 8:39 pm #

            So since I’m fresh out of this mysterious article, what fraud is alleged? The City already pays for one audit, why should taxpayers pay for another if there is no fraud. And if there is fraud, it should be turned over to the proper authorities.

            Again, forensic audit is as meaningless in this context as US-German trade agreements are in 2017.

  23. The School Committee
    March 18, 2017 at 3:42 am #

    Trump was voted in to dismantle goverment.If you are Mccandless Yon Curtis Behnke Tyer and you don’t understand how far Trump power is going to reach you simply don’t read the news.If the planet believed Trumps economy would help small cities We would no g worry about Pittsfield ma.Trump will put the nails in our coffin.

  24. The School Committee
    March 18, 2017 at 3:50 am #

    Yon Needs 2 million to keep up with teacher raises.Pittsfield need to cut all new positions and programs in the last 3 years.They pay teachers to do detention on Saturdays instead of principles.Pittsfield pays police extra to do detention.
    The taxpayers need the news about the PHS broken pipe a teacher opened in below zero weather and did not close.Sheran needs to address what went on there.One million in damage.

    • Pat
      March 18, 2017 at 7:04 am #

      I agree. Why aren’t we hearing about this expensive damage to PHS in the local media?

      • heh heh
        March 18, 2017 at 7:57 am #

        Is it because someone may have to be held accountable and politicians and other high level employees under the “it is a personnel issue” clause are protected?

        • Thomas More
          March 18, 2017 at 8:48 am #

          While we’re back on the subject this was posted above regarding the closets at PHS. “They do more than smoke in there! That’s coming from an eye witness account”. May it be asked what the hell is that supposed to mean? Who are the ‘They’ and what did the eye witness see? Man up and explain what your posting.

  25. John Grogan
    March 18, 2017 at 6:36 am #

    The Berkshire Mall is in its death throes, and we will all mourn its passing but the stark reality is, as we’re reminded here nearly daily, is we are not exactly in a growth area here. Business will continue to fail and/or move away until something is done about jobs. No place can support itself with retail as its sole industry, and the retail/tourism combo is generally less than lucrative for the citizenry. Part of the problem is, manufacturing jobs are not coming back. Regardless of who is running PEDA, that huge brownfield area will look just as it does today in 20 years I’ll wager, + or – a WalMart.

    The Mall however offers a different opportunity for someone. Those types of buildings lend themselves nicely to conversion to call centers, server farms…any number of more 21st century industries. Check RackSpace’s original headquarters near San Antonio; converted mall. Great employee parking, decent access, keep the target and the movie theaters there…could be done. The powers that be need to think differently and start trying to do business development in industries that make sense.

    • Pat
      March 18, 2017 at 7:10 am #

      Not enough foot traffic in the mall is supposedly the problem although every time I went to Penneys, the place was packed with customers. Somebody from Lanesboro wants to buy it. It was in iberkshires today and turn it into a multiple use destination. Keep plenty of retail though as this area needs it.

      I love going to the mall because unlike most places in Pittsfield there is tons of parking, plenty of open spaces where you don’t feel claustrophobic from everybody jammed in together. Compared to Pittsfield, it feels like freedom. It’s a great place to walk to get exercise inside and outside the mall. This mall has to be saved!!!

      • heh heh
        March 18, 2017 at 8:00 am #

        Why doesn’t the city of Pittsfield buy it and move it to the PEDA site? They have been whining about the lost mall for 25 years and now they have a chance to go back in time and get one.

        • Pat
          March 18, 2017 at 10:45 am #

          Only citizens complain about losing the mall to Lanesboro. Local politicians are happy they lost it because North Street merchants have never wanted the competition just like they don’t want the competition for local supermarkets from a Super Walmart. Everything is done with the needs of the merchants in mind not the citizens.

    • Wilson
      March 18, 2017 at 1:23 pm #

      Lanesboro taxpayers are going to be screwed, the rate is even higher than Pittsfield’s, which is past the point of hurting property values, which makes rates go even higher, until most of the real estate becomes worthless like Detroit

  26. Shakes His Head
    March 18, 2017 at 7:01 am #

    For all of you conspiracy theorists, this link goes to the new Laws all those Arabs passed in Dearborn, MI.

  27. The School Committee
    March 18, 2017 at 7:36 am #

    As Pat said it’s going to take many many regressives to save malls.Republicans need to spend their wealth down at Target.Only kidding retail is thriving online.Everything is dying in the berkshires except rich conservative resorts .Thank God Trump voters like to rest and refresh themselves after screwing average Americans every week

    • William Munny
      March 18, 2017 at 8:25 am #

      Where can I find rich conservative resorts around here?

      • heh heh
        March 18, 2017 at 9:25 am #

        Does Hotel on North have golf in the basement?

      • Pat
        March 18, 2017 at 10:37 am #

        Hotel on North is a hotel that locals can’t afford to go to so not sure what that makes it. So many places in Berkshire County that locals can’t afford to go to despite Democrats claiming otherwise.

    • Pat
      March 18, 2017 at 10:43 am #

      Despite this area being full of Progressive Democrats, Berkshire County caters to the wealthy. Expensive theaters, restaurants and stores that the average person can’t afford.

    • William Munny
      March 19, 2017 at 10:32 am #

      TSC loves to make stupid statements but when asked never provides back up. He seems to have some knowledge of the schools, so maybe he should stick with that.

  28. Riddler
    March 18, 2017 at 12:35 pm #

    I want to get back to the weekend riddle question. Why is JK like women’s hockey? I have an answer, but to be fair I can’t give John all the credit and will include school head Superintendent McCandless, and Peter White, and Nicholas Cacamo to this esteemed list

    We’re talking about athletes here, so it is not a stretch to use athletic gear to tie it together.

    The answer to the riddle is jockstrap. Here’s why. Our four notables and the U.S. women’s hockey team all have nothing to put in their jockstraps.

    Think for a minute. You’ll get it. .

    • Thomas More
      March 19, 2017 at 2:40 am #

      Very classy. The planet brings out the best in all of us.

  29. The School Committee
    March 18, 2017 at 1:19 pm #

    Mccandless makes 3,000 a week.Curtis 2,500 and Behnke 2,400 The only time principles smile is on payday.The entire system is led by emotionally disturbed leadership.Everyone pouts.If your having a good day stop by administration Center and consider yourself depressed.Layoff every community school coordinator they are overpaid paraprofessionals…76k per year.

  30. Cosbiesaladies
    March 18, 2017 at 2:46 pm #

    Behnke of the three is the most underpaid, after the ass kicking she gave to the City Councilor,she cemented her ability.

  31. Village Knight
    March 18, 2017 at 5:45 pm #

    People. You missed big Event coming soon. “Prominent” attorney,
    resident of Lenox, Renaldo DelGallo #III (third) filed a Petition
    to create “Pittsfield Trust Act” exact copy (as he said) of Boston’s
    Sanctuary City for illegal immigrants. I was One and Only to oppose it twice already on Human Rights Committee.
    Mayor, seeing they about to lose–she gave order to HRC to hold it until She “crafts” policies for School Dep, Police and the rest. We have No say in it whatsoever. Check PC TV human Rights Committe time was 7pm on March16,2017

    • danvalenti
      March 18, 2017 at 6:35 pm #

      THE PLANET applauds Village Knight not only for opposing this measure but for his active participation in government. Pittsfield needs more citizens like that.

    • Pat
      March 19, 2017 at 5:50 am #

      I too oppose this measure. Great work Village Knight.

    • P Hewton
      March 19, 2017 at 6:10 am #

      We need you back.

      • Shakes His Head
        March 19, 2017 at 10:11 am #

        Too bad you aren’t elected and represent zero people.

        • 12 Gauge
          March 19, 2017 at 10:29 am #

          Dorffy Torchy, who do you represent?

          • Shakes His Head
            March 19, 2017 at 11:09 am #

            Your mom.

          • 12 Gauge
            March 19, 2017 at 8:38 pm #

            Yours is a moaner

          • Shakes His Head
            March 20, 2017 at 6:07 am #

            She lives too close to a school for you to visit. Have you updated your sex offender registration to your new address yet?

  32. Cosbiesaladies
    March 18, 2017 at 9:33 pm #

    Village night is awesome!

  33. SisterGoldenHair
    March 19, 2017 at 2:29 am #

    The mall would be a good place to sell cars – could put a few different dealers in there – one in Best Buy, one in Macys, one in JC Penny, and one in the Sears’ spot – because they’re next to fold.

    And the PEDA property is what exactly besides a joke? Maybe the new stadium should have went there along with the new high school we can’t afford and don’t need, the carousel, and the new police station we can’t afford, and oh maybe some more affordable housing to go along with the Wal-Mart.

    • Shakes His Head
      March 19, 2017 at 10:16 am #

      I hate to break it to you, but car dealerships are one of the next business models to go the way of blockbuster video.

  34. The School Committee
    March 19, 2017 at 3:38 am #

    How about a casino and hotel…we are right in the middle of tourism.Tear down the entire hood from 4th Street to Lincoln. They build THS so you could never consolidate .Pittsfield SS elderly can pay for a new PHS .
    The pipes at PHS are85 years old and a brand new building will be required.Senior citizens will have 1/2 million square feet oh high scool to educate 1500 student and kids leaving the system at an alarming rate.Trump is going to destroy everything small failed city .Trump is going to put everything on local school boards and they will raise realestate taxes by 100% in 5 years.
    Where is Tricia Farley since her election.Eversourse is stealing money from electric customers she represents.Tricia where are you?Tricia planned Taconic Smaller Gym and Smaller Auditorium.

  35. The School Committee
    March 19, 2017 at 3:45 am #

    Tricia loves Boston .Boston matters.It’s the only city growing in Ma.Tricia has no clue how many jobs have been lost in the berkshires in the last 8 years.Tricia was desperate to win last time.She is about to parley that victory into something for herself.
    Mrs Behnke is overpaid and gave herself a 30 k raise.Who does that?

    • Pat
      March 19, 2017 at 6:09 am #

      Who gives themselves big raises? Let’s see that would be any Massachusetts politician who feels like it since locals see nothing wrong with anything Democrats do in this state. It’s all good. The Bostons Dems just gave themselves 60% raises, but it’s all good in this area while they bash Trump right and left while their own politicians are out of control. Local media just ignored the big raises issue and intensified their attacks on Trump. At all costs they need to keep peoples minds off of everything the local politicians are getting away with in this area.

      • heh heh
        March 19, 2017 at 7:57 am #

        I expect to stop trashing Trump withing the next couple of months. Mainly because he is going to be replaced…not necessarily by a good man but replaced nevertheless.

        • Pat
          March 19, 2017 at 8:22 am #

          I see zero evidence to replace Trump. Is Obama’s shadow government finding fake news to take down Trump? Unbelievable. Of course progressives hate Mike Pence because he’s not a Democrat and you know Dems will not be happy until we have corrupt one party leadership in this country. When do progressives stop being drunk on power and let somebody else lead the country?

          • Shakes His Head
            March 19, 2017 at 10:12 am #

            Trump’s greatest enemy is his own big fat lying mouth. There should be a forensic audit of his piehole.

          • heh heh
            March 19, 2017 at 11:09 am #

            Pat you seem to absolutely loathe and despise democrats and progressives. There must be at least one in your extended family and do you give this person the finger every time you see him or her?

            Do you wish they would all burn in hell because their political leanings do not match yours? How about their kids who might grow up the same?

          • Pat
            March 19, 2017 at 12:37 pm #

            What do you call it when progressives want to get rid of a president just because THEY don’t like him, but many people in the country do like him? That doesn’t exactly make progressives likable to a lot of people when they want to try to do something like that. If Trump does stuff that people don’t like, he won’t get elected again. Let the process work itself out naturally without all of the drama.

  36. Pat
    March 19, 2017 at 5:49 am #

    Where are people going to shop in Berkshire County? All of these ideas of turning the mall into car dealerships (yuck, we have enough of those) or sports facilities (too many of those already) are not good ideas. God forbid somebody suggests pizza restaurants as we have a zillion of those already. If the mall closes that leaves expensive North Street and Walmart to shop for clothing. Not good options for the 60 percent of low income people in the city. Walmart would be okay, but one store to shop for affordable clothing is NOT GOOD and local politicians won’t even allow it to become a Super Walmart.

    Progressives figure they are covered since they have no problem with traveling to Holyoke or New York to do their shopping or online, but these are not options for lower income people. Again, where is the concern for the needs of low income people in this area? You know the working class who can’t do a lot of traveling or pay high shipping charges for online shopping?

    To sum up, there is just no vision in this area by local politicians to shape this city and county into a place that meets the needs of all of the citizens.

    • Koz
      March 19, 2017 at 7:55 am #

      Take a deep breath Patty. You still got TJMaxx, Marshalls, and Lee Outlets. How many outfits does a gal need?

      • Pat
        March 19, 2017 at 8:26 am #

        All the places you mentioned especially Lee Outlets are out of the income range of people not working for the school system, city hall, or the hospital which would be the majority of the people in the city who are low income working people. Salvation Army was also closed to make room for a pot dispensary. Many very low income people were able to shop there. A super Walmart not wanted by the city due to competition with local supermarkets and progressives stance against big box stores.

        • Shakes His Head
          March 19, 2017 at 10:14 am #

          The Lee outlets have mostly the same Chi see made garbage the JCPenney and Macy’s carry.

          Also, most online shopping has free shipping.

    • Don t
      March 19, 2017 at 6:26 pm #

      R U Dave or Thomas Mores girlfriend?

  37. The School Committee
    March 19, 2017 at 3:17 pm #

    The walmarts are 98 % progressive shoppers.Trump lied to his voters brainwashed all of them.Trump is a complete shill of business and wealth.No wall no tax break no infastructure no healthcare…your blind pat

    • Joe Blow
      March 19, 2017 at 5:12 pm #

      TURD…Trump Unacceptance Resistance Disorder