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NO WHITE BRONCO THIS TIME FOR O.J. or ‘THERE BUT FOR THE GRACE OF …’

BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY JULY 26, 2017) — As the summer slips away, time reminds us again that it waits for no one — not even for O. J. Simpson.

“O. J. Simpson.” A proper noun but also in the minds of many a verb roughly translated as “screwing up royally.” When people talk about hitting bottom, they might want to use O.J. as exhibit A. And there it was — like 1994, like 2007 — these many years later: the horde of media, the pursuing TV cameras, the ink spilled and photons spent on a man who had a penchant for running with a football, working a room, pitching products, and wearing gloves that do not fit.

Near Carson City, Nev, TV cowboy dad Ben Cartwright used to preside with his three sons — not My Three Sons — over the Ponderosa. As you may have heard, in that same city a parole board voted 4-0 to give O.J. a parole. There we go: From the Ponderosa to just plain pondering why that would be done.  THE PLANET shall not make a case against the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners’ decision to let America’s most famous convict free. That’s being done plenty in the court of public opinion, a once reliable institution now rendered legally insane by social media. Instead, THE PLANET argues that the board got it right. Let us count the ways.

First, the parole board had better access than anyone on the planet (and certainly THE PLANET) to Simpson’s record. They and they alone would be in the best position to render a just verdict. That assumes, of course, that the system is on the level. That might be too mighty a leap for some, but if we throw that out, we are but one step away from anarchy.

Second, in Simson’s nearly 10 years in stir, he did not have a single write-up. He’s been the model prisoner at Lovelock Correctional Facility. His duties included mopping floors, disinfecting gym equirment, and KP duty.  He did it in an exemplary fashion.  In addition, he coached in-house sports teams and started a Baptist prayer group. The latter might be too much frosting on the cake, but even it was simply opiates for the incarcerated superstitious, it’s better than a floating craps game.

Third, Simpson took responsibility for his actions. He no longer refers to himself in the third person. He called himself a convict. “I haven’t made any excuses in the nine years I’ve been here, and I’m not making any now.” He exhibited what appeared to be honest humility.

Fourth, the victim of his 2007 armed robbery conviction, a sports memorabilia dealer, spoke in favor of Simpson’s release, due to go into effect Oct. 1. The man told the board he accepted Simpson’s apology. If the victim can forgive, so can we. So should we. So must we.

Hanging on to a need for revenge concerning a man you don’t know seems silly at best, ruinous at worst — for you, not him. At his appearance, Simpson closed his statement with two words: “I’m sorry.” Those words should be accepted at face value. Give the man a break. Let him live the rest of his life in peace.

Don’t keep looking for the white Bronco. It’s not there.

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“Life is very short, and there’s no time for fussing and fighting, my friend.”The Beatles.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

The usual disclaimer.

74 Responses to “NO WHITE BRONCO THIS TIME FOR O.J. or ‘THERE BUT FOR THE GRACE OF …’”

  1. Dilly Dally
    July 25, 2017 at 7:42 pm #

    As we speak all hell has broken loose somewhere in our Vibrant City, multiple suspects. Anyhow, let’s get to the real root cause of O J’s release to Florida, and no it’s not to work on his short game (golf) it’s to look for the……’ Real Killers’.

  2. Jonathan Melle
    July 25, 2017 at 8:06 pm #

    I read the comments section of the iBerkshires’ news article about former N.A. Mayor John Barrett III’s candidacy for State Representative. Jeffrey Ferrin of Pittsfield posted anti-Barrett comments on social media. Barrett called Ferrin’s boss, Brian Bedard, to have Ferrin fired from his job. Ferrin called Barrett out as a “Bully” for getting Ferrin canned. Ferrin called Barrett a “Coward” for not calling Ferrin himself. Ferrin pointed out that someone like himself does not have freedom of speech in Berkshire County. If you speak out against one of the local powerbrokers, you get the shaft.

    http://www.iberkshires.com/story/55196/Former-North-Adams-Mayor-Barrett-Announces-Candidacy-for-House-Seat.html

    P.S. I predict Jeffrey Ferrin’s comments will be taken down from the iBerkshires web-site very soon! So I am posting them, below.

    Here are Jeffrey Ferrin’s comments:

    After the events of the day after my last post, I had to think about how I was going to post this.

    I would first off like to publically appologize to Brian Bedard for having posted my last comments about John Barrett at work not knowing that the post would go thru my Facebook and show up as a Sales Person working at Bedard Bros. Nor knowing that John Barrett was a coward and would call him.

    Clearly freedom of speech is still very much frowned upon when you work in the Berkshires and everyone with power knows everyone with powers and nobody wants to upset the other. Especially if you are in business or support the very candidate or public figure in which ones opinions may be in oposition from those in power, which in this case is very apparent.

    That being said, I will not appologize for my comments and all John Barrett did was prove me right about being a Bully. He made it a point today to instead of commenting on my statement or messaging me, he called Brian Bedard direct and had me fired from my job. That is the very bully I am talking about. Good for you John…I could care less about how many years he served as the Mayor of North Adams nor that he was the longest serving Mayor in Massachusetts. It does not mean that that tiger will change it’s stripes nor that he was or is in fact a good person. This is why I am and always have been very vocal about the politicians that are self serving and abusive with their powers towards others. Gary Johnson did the exact same thing when I posted a comment about him after his dealership contacted me about my personal experience with them.

    This by no means will ever stop me nor discourage me from being truthful nor open about how I feel nor an opinion I may have as a free tax paying citizen who very much has the right to free speech without the intrusion of others.. If others are offended, then that is on them, not me. If employers feel they have to walk on egg shells because of employees having an opinion, then that to is on them and they should really balance their personal feelings from the business at hand and not the fact that those that were offended are friends who cry wolf because they did not like the comments. I did my job and did it well for someone who never sold cars before. I have no regrets for being who I am and sleep just fine at night.

    So I say to John Barrett the BULLY. If you want to have words with me, please have the courage to talk to me direct. Not Brian Bedard. you could have argued I was a liar, misinformed, anything, but it is clear I struck a nerve and am being truthful and that is why you took the low road.

    Here are more of Jeffrey Ferrin’s comments:

    ohn would be the last canidate I would ever support in any election. After watching his sickening behavior in Pittsfield, when he was a so called “consultant” was appauling. He talked about things he knew nothing about regarding highway work, equipment maintnance let alone how to actually do the jobs he was supposed to be giving advise on. He threatened employees he had no power over and he ripped off the city financially by admittingly violating procurment laws before the City Council when he and Peter Bruneau were obtaining equipment without the knowledge of anyone but Bruce Collingwood. He was a bully and a limelighter. He cared only for himself and what glorification he could get from the media. I can remember very clearly one such press conference where he told me I had no right to be present at City Yard let alone ask him quesions about how he was obtaining equipment without a bid or approval. I had to remind him he was no longer in Kansas Dorothy and that I was one of those tax payers wasting good money on bad advise and behavior. He obruptley stopped the press conference and walked away. I had to remind him he was a so called waste of money consultant and did not have the powers to intimidate, fire, nor reprimand employees let alone make purchases with tax payer money. John does not know how to consult without feeling he also has to be in charge. But then again he and Jimmy Ruberto were two peas in a pod anyway.. I sure hope the good people of the district vote for anyone more suited to actually work with the people they serve. John works for himself and his own self rightious gains and glory and nothing more. He was a huge failure when his good buddy Jimmy once again gave him another job in Pittsfield at the Unemployment office. He royally screwed that up to. He really was out of his league and had zero experience there. Here is some advise John. Jimmy is no longer around to give you handout jobs, so stop losing all your money and get a working class job where you have to take orders from soemone else. You have milked tax payers long enough…Or better yet. Run off into obscurity and just retire and leave the work that has to be done to people who really do care about someone other than themselves.

    • Thomas More
      July 26, 2017 at 4:47 am #

      If Jeff was selling a goodly number of cars he surely would not have been fired. Bedard, like all people of business, chief interest is the bottom line and not politics. There has to be another side to this story.

    • Sum Ting Wong
      July 26, 2017 at 1:30 pm #

      I will not support any business that takes orders from Barrett

  3. Jonathan Melle
    July 25, 2017 at 8:14 pm #

    O.J. Simpson was an alleged wife-beater. He was found “not guilty” of a double murder of his wife and her friend. He was found guilty of armed robbery and kidnapping. He is on parole. If he violates his parole, he will go back to prison.

  4. Shakes His Head
    July 25, 2017 at 8:31 pm #

    JBIII is a hack. He is as responsible for the decline and mess in North Adams as he is for any success of MassMOCA. No doubt some vestigages of the Ruberto/Marchetti/Bosley machine will try to shoehorn his outsized ego into the Berkshire First.

    Lisa Blackmer is the heavy favorite for good reason.

    • Jonathan Melle
      July 25, 2017 at 8:59 pm #

      John Barrett III’s phone call to Brian Bedard to fire a taxpaying citizen, Jeffrey Ferrin, is, as blogger Dan Valenti calls it, “Exhibit A”, in what is the biggest flaw in Pittsfield politics, or North Adam politics!

      If you are a taxpaying citizen, and you exercise your freedom of speech against a local powerbroker in Pittsfield, you will get canned from your job in a New York minute. Pittsfield/N.A. politicians retaliate against the very people who pay their salaries and other benefits. If you don’t fall in line, you get blacklisted!

      That is no different than governments such as China or other Authoritarian regimes where the politicians control the people instead of the people participating in their government!

      I know it goes on in other parts of our otherwise free country, but Pittsfield politics is the NADIR when it comes to a top-down, one political party, suppression of taxpaying citizen participation, and low voter turnout numbers!

      – Jonathan Melle

      • Shakes His Head
        July 26, 2017 at 4:42 am #

        Or to paraphrase Ferrin’s response, JBIII is a pu$$y.

    • Bull Durham
      July 26, 2017 at 6:41 am #

      The Bosley machine? Trying to get Barrett into the State Rep office? Really? Because I could have sworn a candidate by the name of Stephanie BOSLEY is running for the seat as well, and Stephanie is Dan’s daughter. I really doubt that any Bosley machine, if it does exist, is supporting JBIII.

      • Shakes His Head
        July 26, 2017 at 6:59 am #

        It’s foolish to think all candidates run with winning intentions. Several of these folks are in it to dilute the field and split votes up, a la Pete White taking votes away from The kid during his state rep run.

        Chris C-W has nothing better to do. JBIII is a classic scoundrel at the public trough. He is the Trump of north Adams.

    • Larson E. Hall
      July 26, 2017 at 8:16 am #

      What’s her weight got to do with it?

      • Shakes His Head
        July 26, 2017 at 9:19 am #

        ???

        • Larson E. Hall
          July 26, 2017 at 7:28 pm #

          you said she was a heavy favorite

  5. Jonathan Melle
    July 25, 2017 at 8:38 pm #

    iBerkshires has another interesting news article about State Rep Tricia Farley Bouvier’s vote for a 40% pay raise for Speaker (for life) Bob DeLeo and Senate Prez Stan Rosenberg that costs state taxpayers about $18 million per year. In addition to the “leadership” pay raises, Tricia Farley Bouvier supported a $20,000 allotment for her travel and office expenses, which factors into her future state pension.
    I would like to note that the entire Berkshire delegation, including “Smitty” Pignatelli, Paul Mark, and Adam Hinds, all voted for this secretive measure, which included retroactive pay raises, that had no public hearings. It was a backroom deal. Indeed, it was top-down, self-serving, government at its worse!

    – Jonathan Melle

    http://www.iberkshires.com/story/55195/Boston-Nonprofit-Sets-Crosshairs-on-Farley-Bouvier-In-Mailer.html

  6. CosbiesLadies
    July 25, 2017 at 9:05 pm #

    It’s hard to beat Bedard’s, oh yeah.

    • Ed MaCelland
      July 26, 2017 at 4:41 am #

      But for a certain vested minion of the chosen few (GOB), you Can beat assaults at Pittsfield city hall and have them quietly swept under the now removed carpet, even if you are a resident from the North.

  7. dusty
    July 26, 2017 at 1:12 am #

    Is it true that Donald is considering appointing O.J. as his new attorney General?

    Serious question.

    • Howard Jay
      July 26, 2017 at 7:37 pm #

      OJ Be comin to Pittsfield yo.Cliffy be his probation officer.

  8. The school committee
    July 26, 2017 at 2:27 am #

    OK and Don are old buddies.and spent the 80s lying to each othet…hes a celeb regressive.or rich.

    • Pat
      July 26, 2017 at 5:23 am #

      Nobody lied more than Bill Clinton and it got him 2 terms in office. He was even impeached, but still managed to finish those 2 terms even with women coming forward and accusing him of assaults and of course the Monica Lewinsky affair which led to the impeachment. Not a good guy in his treatment of women including his wife. He was all set to co-president the country with Hillary though.

      • Shakes His Head
        July 26, 2017 at 7:39 am #

        Patti, Patti, Patti, how can you tell is a politician is lying?

        their lips are moving…..

        • Pat
          July 26, 2017 at 9:50 am #

          And yet Shakes you and your fellow Progressives want to expand government and make it even bigger so that we have even more corrupt and lying politicians to deal with. Who benefits? The rich politicians at the top and their rich Democratic supporters. Not the average person.

          • Shakes His Head
            July 26, 2017 at 3:11 pm #

            Patterdrunk, I’m a republican. It’s the wealthy in both sides that are taking from the workers.

      • The school committee
        July 26, 2017 at 3:31 pm #

        Bill and Hillary are republicans just not regressives .

        • Shakes His Head
          July 26, 2017 at 3:47 pm #

          Bill
          And Hillary are

          Crooks.

  9. Pat
    July 26, 2017 at 5:50 am #

    The problem for North Adams is that Lisa Blackmer is a Progressive and therefore has a totally Progressive agenda. As we have seen with our own eyes the progressive agenda has not been kind to the Berkshires. We have rampant crime, few jobs, and are moving toward a two class system of rich and poor. Whenever Progressive Democrats take over an area this pattern is the end result. Think of Chicago and Baltimore.

    Here is a part of an article from the BB stating the goals of Ms. Blackmer. Notice that job creation is not mentioned anywhere in the list of goals for North Adams.

    “My first goal is to continue the priorities that Cariddi was working on,” Blackmer said.

    Those priorities include supporting a single payer health care system across the state and finding common ground with legislators in similar communities to the 1st Berkshire District.

    “I think single payer is way to address inequities in care,” said Blackmer. “It would also provide relief to cities and towns and small businesses.”

    Another of Cariddi’s priorities, establishing a cultural corridor between the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, is on Blackmer’s agenda.

    “My goal would be to make sure her policies get through the system,” said Blackmer.

    But Blackmer has her own priorities too. She told The Eagle that regionalization, the opioid crisis, and transportation are challenges facing the area that need solutions.

    “Trends in collaboration and regionalization can solve these problems,” said Blackmer. “A lot of barriers can be dropped.”

    Again, notice the emphasis on the single payer health system which will be a burden for many people. That is Progressive Agenda Item #1 from the big bosses at the top. Again this is all part of getting the federal government even more involved in a very personal area of all of our lives. Also no mention of job creation so we can assume it’s not a priority.

    • Larson E. Hall
      July 26, 2017 at 8:27 am #

      Hinds, TFB, Cariddi and Paul Stretch Marx never had any regard for the people of the Berkshires. Their loyalty always was to the speaker of the house and the progressive agenda of making the commonwealth a socialist utopian state.

    • Akbar Fukwad
      July 26, 2017 at 7:26 pm #

      Cariddi was there to manage the decline just like the other Berkshire County democrats.

  10. Shakes His Head
    July 26, 2017 at 7:01 am #

    Do you mind if the Federal Governembt gets involved in very personal parts of any woman’s life by denying them the right to abortion?

    • Pat
      July 26, 2017 at 7:34 am #

      Government should ban abortions because we are talking about a human life that is developing. Government would be protecting a life.

      • Shakes His Head
        July 26, 2017 at 7:41 am #

        So government can control your uterus and not your healthcare?

        What if a woman knew in advance they were going to have a little vegetable like Charlie Gard? would an abortion be legal then?

        • Larson E. Hall
          July 26, 2017 at 6:06 pm #

          “life unworthy of life” (in German: “Lebensunwertes Leben”) was a Nazi designation for the segments of the populace which, according to the Nazi regime of the time, had no right to live. Those individuals were targeted to be euthanized by the state, usually through the compulsion or deception of their caretakers. The term included people with serious medical problems and those considered grossly inferior according to the racial policy of Nazi Germany. This concept formed an important component of the ideology of Nazism and eventually helped lead to the Holocaust.[1] It is similar to but more restrictive than the concept of “Untermensch”, subhumans, as not all “subhumans” were considered unworthy of life (Slavs, for instance, were deemed useful for slave labor).

          The euthanasia program was officially adopted in 1939 and came through the personal decision of Adolf Hitler. It grew in extent and scope from Action T4 ending officially in 1941 when public protests stopped the program, through the Action 14f13 against concentration camp inmates. The euthanasia of people with disabilities continued more discreetly until the end of World War II. The methods used initially at German hospitals such as lethal injections and bottled gas poisoning were expanded to form the basis for the creation of extermination camps where the gas chambers were built from scratch to conduct the extermination of the Jews, Poles, and Romani.[2][3][4]

          • Pat
            July 26, 2017 at 8:58 pm #

            True, once life, any life, is considered not worth it, it becomes easier to include more and more people in the category of those not worthy of living.

          • Shakes His Head
            July 26, 2017 at 9:38 pm #

            And the white Irish slaves….

      • The school committee
        July 26, 2017 at 3:33 pm #

        Your now inside the Dr.s office ,can wo men go to your appointments and report.

    • Pat
      July 26, 2017 at 7:40 am #

      We know the government wants to get involved in healthcare not out of any sense of compassion, but because it gives government more power over the people.

  11. Pat
    July 26, 2017 at 7:38 am #

    The best hope for this area and the country is voting in more independent candidates for all political offices who are not beholden to any of the big money bosses in either the Democrat or the Republican party. We need candidates who answer directly to the people.

    • Trumped Up
      July 26, 2017 at 8:24 am #

      The problem with that is, Politicians. Any Candidate automatically becomes a Politician.

      • Pat
        July 26, 2017 at 9:59 am #

        Let’s not expand government beyond the ability of the public to keep us as its master rather than government being our master. That’s the first logical step. The Progressives continue to expand government with healthcare even though we know that this will only spread corruption and give less choice in healthcare to everyone on a government plan. The wealthy will as usual get the best healthcare since they can afford it, but with the two class system that the Progressives are creating everyone else will be dependent on government. Anyone see a problem here?

        • CosbiesLadies
          July 26, 2017 at 11:37 am #

          Agree partly, and don’t forget our local politicians gave themselves a raise and did it expeditiously. The Congress will vote on a health care bill which benefit only the rich and they themselves have the best insurance.
          Pat,what happened last night on Harvard Street, haven’t seen or heard anything?

          • Pat
            July 26, 2017 at 11:49 am #

            Not sure what happened. As usual nothing in the local news about it. I was driving down Dalton Avenue around 7:30 last night and 3 police cars with sirens blaring were going toward Allendale Shopping Center, but that’s in the opposite direction from Harvard Street.

          • Pat
            July 26, 2017 at 11:57 am #

            Update. This just appeared in the BB about 2 separate stabbing incidents last night here in Pittsfield.

            http://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/two-stabbed-a-third-cut-in-related-pittsfield-incidents,514796

  12. Tricksie
    July 26, 2017 at 11:52 am #

    DV – you are right on here – OJ did his time and he is a free man – the system isn’t perfect, but we have to live with it and respect it – actually one of the problems these days is the lack of respect –

  13. Pat
    July 26, 2017 at 12:09 pm #

    Another missing teen in Pittsfield. This appeared on Masslive. This is like the 7th or 8th teen missing since May. A couple have been found, but others are still missing. Is there a predator on the loose in the area?

    http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/07/pittsfield_police_seek_publics_5.html#incart_river_index_topics

  14. Pat
    July 26, 2017 at 1:34 pm #

    Here are two more missing in Pittsfield. Really, what is going on? Are teen girls just deciding to leave the area all at the same time? Or is something else going on?

    http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/07/pittsfield_police_seek_help_lo_5.html

    This makes over 10 missing young girls since May.

    • Shakes His Head
      July 26, 2017 at 3:13 pm #

      Probably just Hillary Clinton’s human trafficking operation.

    • Paul
      July 27, 2017 at 9:01 am #

      Most of them are runaway brats, don’t waste your time worring about them. The PD even knows where they are headed.

  15. The school committee
    July 26, 2017 at 3:37 pm #

    Donald Trump is very smart and seems stable.

  16. H
    July 26, 2017 at 3:39 pm #

    Trump is a smart ass and seems unstable.

  17. CosbiesLadies
    July 26, 2017 at 3:45 pm #

    North Korea ready to throw down Powerful Nuclear Hammer at the U S…..lookout America.

  18. SisterGoldenHair
    July 26, 2017 at 5:20 pm #

    Pat,

    For the second time they are runaways teenage girls runaway alot.

  19. The school committee
    July 26, 2017 at 6:06 pm #

    Donald Trump will help cut the mental illness budget

    • Don T
      July 26, 2017 at 6:46 pm #

      That would put tens of thousands out of work.

    • Howard Jay
      July 26, 2017 at 7:40 pm #

      Then you’ll be in big trouble.

      • Don T
        July 27, 2017 at 5:36 am #

        No, I’m up from n y to enjoy the subsidized arts you have here, and am not effected, but others would be.

  20. Jonathan Melle
    July 26, 2017 at 8:11 pm #

    “Summertime schmooze: Health care reform, $431M budget hole on hold as pols host confab”
    By Hillary Chabot, The Boston Herald, Monday, July 24, 2017

    Beacon Hill pols are poised for summer vacation, getting ready to party with 6,000 lawmakers flying in from around the nation — while leaving health care reform and a massive revenue shortfall on the table.

    The unfinished business includes a gaping $431 million hole in the budget, an estimated $202 million in health care savings that could help plug some of that gap, and other revenue boosters such as a proposal to tax room rentals via websites like AirBnB.

    Instead, local lawmakers will hobnob at Fenway Park and TD Garden as hosts of a National Conference of State Lawmakers from Aug. 5 to Aug. 9.

    “I’m hoping we’ll dig into that in the fall,” said Senate President Stanley Rosenberg regarding health care and a pending criminal justice reform, adding, “We know we’re under pressure to act.”

    House Ways and Means Chairman Jeff Sanchez (D-Jamaica Plain) simply said he is “committed to doing our due diligence on the issue.”

    Both House and Senate committees are holding a public hearing on the health care reforms tomorrow.

    Gov. Charlie Baker’s changes would cut Medicaid costs by shifting about 140,000 people, many of them employed full time, off of MassHealth to other plans. He estimated the move could slice $202 million from the budget.

    Baker filed the reforms last Tuesday as part of his budget vetoes, giving lawmakers two months to vote on the reforms. But the Department of Revenue announced Friday that the state collected $431 million less than it had expected in tax revenue last fiscal year, leaving a shortfall in last year’s budget and upping the urgency of the health care reforms.

    Backlogs on Beacon Hill are nothing new. Lawmakers were late to deliver both a state budget and compromise changes to marijuana legalization this year.

    They were quicker to act on legislation that boosted their own pay by up to $18 million, however.

    Instead of working on the revenue shortfalls through the August recess, lawmakers are frantically preparing to receive 6,000 state legislators from across the country who’ll tour historic sites like the State House and huddle on topics like “Leadership Lessons from Star Trek: What Would Captain Kirk Do?”

    “Your state legislative leadership has done an outstanding job in promoting the state as a premier location to host our Summit,” said NCSL spokesman Mick Bullock, who estimated the $1.3 million conference — paid for through attendance fees and private donations — could generate $10 million in “economic activity” in Boston.

    Lawmakers aren’t the only ones enjoying a summer break, however. Baker will be in Aspen, Colo., at a GOP governors conference until Wednesday as lawmakers and residents await his signature on the long-delayed marijuana legalization bill.

    http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/hillary_chabot/2017/07/summertime_schmooze_health_care_reform_431m_budget_hole_on

  21. The school committee
    July 27, 2017 at 2:09 am #

    Trump supporters want a Trump Jr College on PEDA site.Don junior as president.

  22. dusty
    July 27, 2017 at 6:19 am #

    So I am just driving by the Convenience Plus on the corner of First and Tyler and I see this lawn maintenance company that is taking care of the grass on the islands in front of the building. Red trucks. And this guy is weed whacking the grass and it has all this garbage paper mixed in the high grass. So he just chops up the grass and all the paper and much of it flys into the road in a hundred pieces looking pretty shitty. Wish I had the company name so i could make sure not to recommend them to any other business.

    So we pass Hess Forest where nobody is chopping up the grass or paper, and proceed past the corner of Woodlawn Ave where it intersects with Dalton Ave. Here on the corner lot we have displayed a Cavalier Management garbage truck being used as an advertising tool which is probably a good thing for their business but not so much for the neighborhood. Been there quite a while.

  23. Pat
    July 27, 2017 at 6:25 am #

    No mention of the Debbie Wasserman Schultz scandal involving the DNC in the liberal media. 37 seconds was given to it by one major network, but it was blackout from the rest.

    http://freebeacon.com/politics/cable-networks-black-coverage-wasserman-schultz-scandal/

    • dusty
      July 27, 2017 at 7:20 am #

      because most of the coverage is going to Trump and Sacromusolini. Strictly a business decision. Networks survive on advertising and Trump is dictating that the lights be shined on him. You need to make the share holders happy just like in any other business. If Trump would just shut the hell up for a day or so other news would surely surface. But every day he and his henchmen have another jaw dropping, mind boggling act of idiocy that cannot be ignored. Trump does not want to give up the limelight to Wasserman or any headline grabber. He is up all night trying to come up with something more stupid to do than that which he did the day before….and he is pretty good at it. Kudos

      On a side note I see that the republicans want to reopen the Benghazi investigation. That should be a good use of congressional time and money.

      • Pat
        July 27, 2017 at 9:06 am #

        Well Dusty if the Trump/Russia investigation can go on for a year even though nothing has been found that is also taxpayer expense and since the media is supposed to be the watchdog for BOTH parties not just the Republicans I don’t think opening Benghazi is a bad idea.

        Trouble with your theory of the media supposedly not being able to get a word in edgewise due to Trump is that the media has been coddling the Liberals for a long time now certainly throughout the Obama years when everything Obama did was just wonderful according to the liberal media. Even when Obama was speaking off mike about making deals with Russia after the election. Even when Obama knew about Russia trying to interfere with our elections during his presidency and he did nothing and the media continues to cover for the mistakes of the previous administration.

        • dusty
          July 27, 2017 at 10:41 am #

          Nothing has been found? Maybe you should find another channel besides Fox news. Sometimes they tend to leave out little details.

          • Pat
            July 27, 2017 at 11:04 am #

            Stop listening to local talk radio that tells you everything is great in Pittsfield and the Berkshires and wants you to focus all of your anger on Trump so you ignore what is happening in your own area.

  24. mi
    July 27, 2017 at 7:40 am #

    Quote of the dusty! Sacromusolini, lol..Hey Pat, surprised the Mayor has told us that paper grass is good for compost? But how about the way people just blow their lawn clipping right into the road, and I’m talking just about everyone, no paper though.

    • Pat
      July 27, 2017 at 10:38 am #

      True. Dusty goes on a daily tirade against Trump while right here in Pittsfield we have a serious lack of jobs, out of control crime, drug issues, a sinking ship for an economy, businesses and stores as well as people leaving the area, and local politicians who keep piling on the taxes and telling us to don’t worry be happy. None of these problems were caused by Trump. We know who caused them, but too many locals prefer to focus their anger on Trump rather than facing the problems right under their own noses and holding the guilty responsible.

      • dusty
        July 27, 2017 at 12:30 pm #

        i apologize. It won’t happen again.

        Until tomorrow.

    • Gary Wood
      July 27, 2017 at 10:56 am #

      Musolini was a socialist

  25. Trumped Up
    July 27, 2017 at 7:41 am #

    Wonder if the City can fix my neighbors windows that were blown out by a neighbor last week?

    • H
      July 27, 2017 at 2:01 pm #

      What was is fireworks?

      • Trumped Up
        July 27, 2017 at 3:06 pm #

        B B Gun Ppd is on the job?

  26. Pat
    July 27, 2017 at 9:24 am #

    If our country isn’t destroyed from within by all of the political bickering, the Mexican cartels are trying to assist in our demise. From the Boston Globe today:

    Number of fentanyl deaths in Mass. alarms area DEA

    LAWRENCE — Mexican cartels are delivering vast quantities of the inexpensive and powerful synthetic drug fentanyl to New England, causing the highest rate of fentanyl-related deaths in the nation while creating a plague that the area’s top drug enforcement official describes as “like no other epidemic” he’s ever seen.

    It’s a pipeline that often begins in China, winds through the cartels of Mexico, and flows into distribution cities such as Lawrence and Springfield, according to Michael J. Ferguson, the special agent in charge of the New England field division of the US Drug Enforcement Administration. There, it’s packaged and shipped off to remote towns and other urban centers.

    In a candid and often alarming 90-minute interview, Ferguson offered a detailed look at how fentanyl arrives in the region, and an unsparing perspective on the way the drug has destroyed families and threatened entire communities.

    “Fentanyl is manufactured death,” Ferguson said. “Whatever can be likened to a weapon of mass destruction and the effect it has on people, it’s fentanyl.”

  27. The school committee
    July 27, 2017 at 3:27 pm #

    Trump hates good mental health

    • 12 Gauge
      July 27, 2017 at 5:55 pm #

      He must love you.

  28. Trumped Up
    July 27, 2017 at 4:54 pm #

    Milania is under gag order.