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‘DEMOCRACY WITHOUT DEMOCRATS’ SUMMARIZES BAY STATE, CITY POLITICS TO A ‘T’ … RATHER, TO A ‘D’

BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY OCT. 23, 2017) — THE PLANET finally found the correct term with which to label one-party rule in Boston and, of course, in toady Pittsfield, where the local Democrat Party is led by Captain of Red Sox Nation the Rt. Hon. Sherwood Guernsey, Esq. Perhaps our good friend Sherwood’s title should be changed to “Esp.,” since he can easily predict ponderous events such as the municipal budget (more for the pigs at the trough, less for ordinary citizens) and taxes (up, uP, UP). Why, man, he can foretell the outcome in “elections” that should not even be held for the insult they give to those in actual robust republics. Moon in 1, Caccamo in 3, Krol in 6, and so on.

Yawn … to say nothing about Yon.

We caution you not to favorably compare The Amazing Guernsey with Nostradamus or even Carnac the Magnificent. Anyone with at least half a dozen functioning brain cells can predict winners in Pittsfield elections, with their next-to-nothing turnout and The Suits stoking up, fronting, organizing, and funding their political zombies.

The perfect phrase to describe this political sham is that Massachusetts and Pittsfield both enjoy “Democracy without democrats” (DWd). Note the lower “d,” because if the non-existent Republicans held a 90-10 advantage, the GOP would be just as bad. There would be no difference between the two major parties. Either could and would employ such a statistical edge to get all bare-chested and Mussolini-like. There is no dictatorship so absolute as the one that masks as a republic, as in the People’s Democratic Republic of North Korea. See? Pittsfield has elite company.

DWd occurs when legitimate government collapses, which it did in the city after GE left. For a brief moment in the early to mid-90s, the city had a chance to court new business and create-then-implement a plan to revitalize the economy. Unfortunately, Pittsfield had Ed Reilly as mayor, a colorless, do-nothing windbag who if you asked him the time would tell you how to make a watch. Keep in mind that Reilly knew as much about fixing watches as Kathy “Lady Boots” Yon knows about her fiduciary role as chair of the school committee. Consequently, while the politicians and special interests rushed in to fill the ensuing power vacuum, city “leaders” did nothing. Reilly unceremoniously left office after a bizarre stretch in which he decided to run, then decided NOT to, run for state rep. Swamp politics then took over. We know how that one turned out.

A fatal political illness such as DWd produces political creatures such as Linda Tyer. The Suits plucked this good woman, friendly enough as she is, from the secretarial pool in the Lenox schools, gave her a Ward 3 council seat, followed by the gifting of a city clerkship after Jodie Phillips wanted to try her hand in the Dreaded Private Sector (DPS) at General Dynamics. Jodie found out that the DPS isn’t as “forgiving” as public service. No problem. The Suits easily arranged for her to get her old job back as clerk while at the same time installing Tyer as mayor. Bing, bang, boom. No runs, no hits, many errors.

Now into the third of her four-year term, Tyer’s highlights include:

  • Record spending
  • Record high taxes
  • No action on the PEDA site
  • Nothing doing on jobs
  • Runaway crime and street violence, mostly related to drugs
  • A municipal “economy” that resembles Dwight Frye as Renfield in the original Lugosi Dracula
  • A ribbon cutting for trashcans.

DWd creates politicians such as Tyer and Moon — female, minority, reasonably young and attractive, and compliant to their masters. They don’t actually have to campaign, because they either run against no one or against their ideological clones (Peter Marchetti). They CAN’T lose. Only the people do. These type of pols love to make promises in the campaign, always noted for their vagueness. The lack of specificity grants many freedoms. For example, return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear, when Tyer campaigned for mayor making urban blight her key issue. She did a photo-op in front of the old KFC site on East Street. That site, Hess Forest, and others would be dealt with promptly and severely.

Yeah, right.

Take a stroll through lovely Hess Forest. The windows of the building have been smashed, making the grounds as derelict as  they’ve ever been. While there, you might want to take one of the shards and start slicing at your main cables. Don’t worry about the blood. Just wander over to one of the new $6,000 trashcans. As the Rolling Stones once sang, “Let It Bleed.”

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“I have been assured by a very knowing American … that a young child, well nursed, is, at a year old, a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricassee or a ragout.”Jonathan Swift, from “A Modest Proposal.”

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

The Usual Disclaimer.

 

 

67 Responses to “‘DEMOCRACY WITHOUT DEMOCRATS’ SUMMARIZES BAY STATE, CITY POLITICS TO A ‘T’ … RATHER, TO A ‘D’”

  1. Jonathan Melle
    October 22, 2017 at 9:25 pm #

    Our country was founded on the concept of self-determination, which meant the Declaration of Independence! Our Founding Fathers wanted one political party, which was called the Federalist Party. Thomas Jefferson ran against the Federalist Party to limit the scope of the Federal government and give power back to the State governments and the People.
    Our country’s true power is Wall Street. When the financial system broke down in 2008, the Federal Government bailed out the big banks with trillions of taxpayer dollars. It was Robin Hood in reverse. Now Prez Trump wants to cut taxes for Wall Street, giving them trillions more in taxpayer dollars.
    Our nation’s democracy has always been obstructed by the powerful and their financial interests!
    Pittsfield politics is ran on a concept called “pre-determination” with non-competitive “elections” with low voter turnout dominated or controlled by a China-like one political party system. Moreover, the people behind the proverbial curtain are more powerful than the political hacks in “elected” office.
    I admired Sherwood Guernsey’s political events against the fascist Donald Trump. He had FDR’s grandson speak about the “Four Freedoms”. I understand that Sherwood Guernsey is a political insider, but his ideals are praiseworthy. I disagree with Dan Valenti that Sherwood Guernsey is to blame for Pittsfield politics’ myriad of problems. However, Sherwood Guernsey is one of the political power-brokers who is entrenched in the current system that has drove Pittsfield’s already depressed economy into the proverbial ditch!
    – Jonathan Melle

    • 12 Gauge
      October 23, 2017 at 1:36 pm #

      Only those who actually pay taxes can get a tax cut

    • Hancock Rd Speedway
      October 29, 2017 at 2:26 pm #

      Agree.

  2. dusty
    October 22, 2017 at 11:39 pm #

    What if any referendums are on the ballot? Anything worth making me bother to go to the polls?

  3. The school committee
    October 23, 2017 at 2:52 am #

    Amazon is about to pick a city for its headquarters and she is not playing any role in selling Pittsfield.If you are not prepared to bring in jobs you are the equivolent of Republican President Trump in wanting a new healthcare system to just show up in the Oval office.Republicans think ideas are called tax cuts for 1% of Americans.
    Trump ,Tyer=Not ready

    • Dave
      October 23, 2017 at 5:26 am #

      The best thing this mayor could do is not play a role in any discussions with Amazon officials. I’m trying to think of a three person team I would want to represent Pittsfield if this is not just another smoke screen to divert money to the BIC to “show the city’s commitment “. I’m having a hard time coming up with the first. Anyone?

      • mi
        October 23, 2017 at 10:31 am #

        Carl.

      • tommy
        October 23, 2017 at 12:38 pm #

        TRICIA LOL

  4. The school committee
    October 23, 2017 at 2:54 am #

    Close schools and hire cops and run gangsters out of Pittsfield.This is Tyers number 1 job……

  5. Pat
    October 23, 2017 at 4:20 am #

    I do remember Linda Tyer walking quickly up and down North Street and acting as though she had a plan for this city, but as with so many other politicians the plan didn’t include doing anything for the struggling citizens of Pittsfield. No jobs plan. Not even cleaning up the disgusting areas of the city.

    If more citizens who care about the fate of this once great city would turn up at the polls then this sinking Pittsfield ship could be rescued. Instead the only people who do show up at the polls are those who only care about their own personal finances and want the gravy train of more money to the schools to continue As long as local politicians keep the school employees happy, they think their job is done. We need people voting who care about the fate of everyone in the city. Who care about jobs for everyone not a select few. Stop letting the suits choose the groomed candidates and turn up at the polls to prevent them from winning when they do run.

  6. dusty
    October 23, 2017 at 5:53 am #

    She may have been walking quickly because there was a mugger behind her. It is a category that does not seem to be explicitly listed in crime statistics in Pittsfield but it does happen. Probably listed as aggravated assault (but really a mugging) ( But not on North street) SSSHHHHHH

    Some people feel they have been mugged by the parking kiosks when they get hit with a fine. (probably listed under assault)

  7. dusty
    October 23, 2017 at 9:29 am #

    The hole under the Hubbard ave bridge has been repaired. Good job and thanks to whomever finally got the ball rolling on this.

    • EddieP
      October 23, 2017 at 5:07 pm #

      The sinking manhole cover by the green fence was finally repaired but it was set too low, as it was before the fix. Who inspected the work? Another DPW fail.

      • EddieP
        October 23, 2017 at 5:08 pm #

        Green fence by Pontoosuc lake.

  8. Tricksie
    October 23, 2017 at 9:54 am #

    LT couldn’t sell peanuts to an elephant – I’m surprised her cronies Ward, Clairbear, Durwin or Guyer aren’t trying to inform us dummies why amazon is a bad fit for our economy – maybe that genius Ward is redesigning the façade of the plant to fit in with the Tyler St. model whatever that is – maybe blight, poverty and crime motif –

  9. Wild in the Streets
    October 23, 2017 at 10:34 am #

    Check out the trash receptical near Parker st. The garbage can inside is about a foot out of place.They are hideous looking to begin with.

    • Spagirl
      October 23, 2017 at 12:43 pm #

      And bring your family to the Halloween Parade on Tyler Street. No Thanks.

  10. CosbiesLadies
    October 23, 2017 at 10:52 am #

    There are over 130 billion barrel of crude in Iraq. Gee, wonder what Russia is going to do when we take it?

    • dusty
      October 23, 2017 at 2:09 pm #

      Well they might release the Donnie Trump pissing tape for starters. I don’t see Donnie messing with that Putin fella. Trump pretends to be a bad ass but Putin will bitch slap the orange man in a heart beat if he does not toe the line.

  11. CosbiesLadies
    October 23, 2017 at 10:53 am #

    Singapore is one of the wealthiest inte works, anyone know that?

  12. h
    October 23, 2017 at 10:56 am #

    And in the next ten years guess who will build the Hotels. Billions involved.

  13. The school committee
    October 23, 2017 at 11:08 am #

    Amuso quit everything after spending as much money as Eberwien told her to.Yon sits there and listens to Mccandless and when hes done she says how much more money you want to run our republican school system.School choice and poverty testing have ruined public schools

    • Silent Cal
      October 24, 2017 at 7:19 am #

      Tell me why we have a Republican school sysrem. This should be good.

  14. Len X Abhorant
    October 23, 2017 at 11:14 am #

    When Jive said he remembers Nick and can picture him with his blonde hair in the California sun, did anyone catch that?

    • danvalenti
      October 23, 2017 at 11:23 am #

      Priceless. Of course, anything JIV does for the school department is priceless, since money is no object. Money is a Yon.

  15. May Hemm
    October 23, 2017 at 12:00 pm #

    You can’t fix blight if there is no budget to do it. Let you’re troubles be done,vote Helen Moon in Ward One. Go Helen. Go Helen.

    • mi
      October 23, 2017 at 12:20 pm #

      Palllllleeeeeze! Vote Tony Roads Simonelli!

  16. Tito
    October 23, 2017 at 12:39 pm #

    Vote Dina Guiel, cuz she has pretty smile!

    • The school committee
      October 23, 2017 at 4:40 pm #

      I will vote for a smile.

    • Les Bean
      October 23, 2017 at 6:09 pm #

      She does indeed.

    • Arial Black
      October 23, 2017 at 6:30 pm #

      rather see her smile than the other guy

  17. None Of The Above
    October 23, 2017 at 1:42 pm #

    Please write in me, None Of The Above , for school committee. Send them a message.

    • Nomad
      October 24, 2017 at 4:41 pm #

      After watching the council-at-large debate last night…I’ll be writing you…”None of the Above”…in there, also.

      Where can I get a lawn sign?

      • None Of The Above
        October 24, 2017 at 7:54 pm #

        In the next election cycle we will try to have some

  18. CosbiesLadies
    October 23, 2017 at 2:13 pm #

    Please Amazon, come to Pittsfield.

  19. CosbiesLadies
    October 23, 2017 at 2:18 pm #

    Why couldn’t we run a highway right along the Train Routes,it could be done. We have the land, the buildings. You have to sell the area,many lakes, ski slopes, trails,good restaurants,, and we do have Arts and top College, oh and a new high school.

  20. mi
    October 23, 2017 at 2:59 pm #

    Amazon owner comes from a long line of Defense System workers. Can General Dynamics play any role in the decision? Don’t laugh.You never know, these multi billionaires are very eccentric when it comes to heritage.

  21. Harry Merkin
    October 23, 2017 at 3:05 pm #

    Dennis Powell a no show at BCC candidate forum. He looks bad as a no show.

    • None Of The Above
      October 23, 2017 at 8:27 pm #

      He is low energy. Write in None of the above for school committee

    • Arial Black
      October 24, 2017 at 11:39 am #

      School committee or counsel?

  22. Harry Merkin
    October 23, 2017 at 3:07 pm #

    Cutler with a weird new hair style. Maybe he drove with his window down.

  23. Voytek Gobsigski
    October 23, 2017 at 3:27 pm #

    Where is Powell?

  24. Dilly Dally
    October 23, 2017 at 3:28 pm #

    Come on Joss, you look like you just got l..d.

  25. May Hemm
    October 23, 2017 at 3:32 pm #

    Yawn sound does sound like a kazoo.

  26. h
    October 23, 2017 at 3:33 pm #

    I see Doris Day is running again.

  27. Cosbies
    October 23, 2017 at 4:20 pm #

    What new businesses are coming to Pittsfield because of the schools?

  28. Voytek Gobsigski
    October 23, 2017 at 5:10 pm #

    Sara Hathaway is terrible as a moderator.

  29. Shelly Liver
    October 23, 2017 at 5:17 pm #

    I guess I’ll vote for G Man,Carmel,Persip and Nancy Pelosi Mazzeo

  30. Ed Setera
    October 23, 2017 at 6:11 pm #

    Mazz, G and Marchetti. Pete White is a waste of protoplasm.

  31. dusty
    October 24, 2017 at 1:17 am #

    Great article in the Berkshire Eagle yesterday concerning why road work and other projects are not getting done. Must read!

    Perhaps if the school system was not sucking all the money out of the system the city could afford to hire competent engineers so that our infrastructure would not be falling apart. but the mayor has her priorities I guess.

    • acheshirecat
      October 24, 2017 at 5:18 am #

      Yeah it was a good article on why city engineer quit. It stated in the article it wasn’t so much about his salary, although he did state it could be better, he said it was the “working environment” and “dealing with egos” that led him to leave.

      • dusty
        October 24, 2017 at 7:17 am #

        Perhaps Dan might do something on it. The taxpayers need to see how the system works…or doesn’t.

  32. SojournerTruth
    October 24, 2017 at 5:07 am #

    Schools!!! But it’s for our children. Parents know best. Like:
    Linda Tyer…No kids.
    Her adviser and campaign mgr, Saksaugh…No kids.
    Her advisor and campaign PR mgr. Christina Barrett Wynn..No kids.
    Police Chief…No kids
    Peter Marchetti…No kids
    Pete White…No kids
    Donna Todd Rivers…No kids.
    Nick Caccamo…No kids
    Chris Connell..No kids
    Candidates, Moon, Gaetani…No kids.
    Maybe more, But in Pittsfield, Father( mother) doesn’t know best.

    • h
      October 24, 2017 at 8:35 am #

      Sid Carm have kidsA?

      • h
        October 24, 2017 at 8:35 am #

        Rooberto?

    • Spider
      October 24, 2017 at 8:37 am #

      Very interesting, S.T. And very telling. Now what can you tell us about the members of our SC. I know Yon doesn’t have kids.

      In my opinion the SC is more dangerous than our CC. They control the largest part of the city’s budget. The big concern is always who is running for council. Very little attention is given to who is running for SC.

      Not that it matters this time. 6 people running for 6 positions.
      Sad!

      • None Of The Above
        October 24, 2017 at 7:49 pm #

        Write in None of the above and don’t vote for the close on the ballot

  33. The school committee
    October 24, 2017 at 7:34 am #

    Pittsfield sends millions of dollars to support the Lenox schools which have many studends doing drugs.Teachers wont send their kids to pittsfield schools.Teachers know what damage was done by Yon Amuso Eberwien Curtis.Behaviors are not addressed as certain kids disrupt hundreds trying to learn.

  34. Roberto Del Halitoso
    October 24, 2017 at 8:53 am #

    Another new low for the Eagle. The Eagle said an unidentified man said one of the candidates at the forum at BCC smelled of alcohol and told the candidate not to drive. Then the unidentified man called the cops and the cops said they received such a call. How the FLICK is this news? If someone said the Eagle reporter was offering sex for money and they called the cops on her would this be in the Eagle? Rutberg get a handle on your crew.

    • Freud
      October 24, 2017 at 8:58 am #

      I heard a woman named Amanda was giving five dollar Lewinskys in the BCC parking lot the other night.

      • Two Cents
        October 24, 2017 at 11:28 am #

        Cigars?

  35. Cosbies
    October 24, 2017 at 2:28 pm #

    Someone called the fuzz on the G man, sayshe was drinking? If this is not the case the individual should come forward and be held accountable for a false report.

    • Harry Merkin
      October 24, 2017 at 5:40 pm #

      In any case the eagle shouldn’t print rumors

  36. Shakes His Head
    October 24, 2017 at 7:56 pm #

    G would make more sense if he was drunk

  37. Harry Merkin
    October 24, 2017 at 8:47 pm #

    The cops would need probable cause to stop someone and just because someone says someone else is drunk is not probable cause any more than if someone said an eagle reporter was giving bj’s for 5 bucks in the bcc parking lot so arrest her for prostitution.

    • Shakes His Head
      October 25, 2017 at 9:25 am #

      ACTUALLY, THAT IS PROBABLE CAUSE

      • Harry Merkin
        October 25, 2017 at 7:23 pm #

        Anything you say sport.