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ELECTRIC CHANGES: WHY BELIEVE THE CITY? … ‘HURRAH’ & ‘BAH! TO ‘THE BB’ … TRASHCAN & KUFFLINKS DO IT AGAIN: TAX HIKE TO CLOBBER PITTSFIELD HOMEOWNERS WITH 500% HIKE

BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION, DEC. 1-3, 2017) — Welcome to December, month of the crab, month of the sister. With so many follies bespotting the city of Pittsfield, once again THE PLANET must telescope several items each worthy of its own full-length treatment. Such is what happens when you have dysfunctional government taken to slapstick levels. Think of Pittsfield’s political zeitgeist as a cross between the toxicity of an industrial poison, the ineptness of The Keystone Kops, and the lethality of radiated plutonium. Think of it as a laughing to keep from crying to keep from laughing. In the end, though, one must shed tears for a city that has puked over the past of its senior citizens, stifled the vibrancy of its middle class, and crushed the future for its young people. Way to go, Mayor Trashcan, Kufflinks, Lady Boots, JIV, and the rest of the “usual gang of idiots.”

Mourning Becomes Electric — It’s not so much that Trashcan signed the city up for a new energy plan. It’s that she acted a bureaucrat’s autocrat, a form of governmental ineptitude that camps at the summit of Mount Mediocrity.  The mayor made her unilateral decision to undercut electric provider Eversource without giving citizens the right to decide for themselves. The move automatically enrolls households in the new plan, whether you like it or not, want it or not. YOU DON’T MATTER TO THOSE WHO KNOW BEST FOR YOU. If you don’t want to switch from Eversource, tough. Trashcan puts the burden on you to act — you must opt out. Trashcan hates representative government, individual rights, and We The People‘s ownership of government. Sure, she will deny that, but forget her words. Judge by her actions. Hurry, Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski, because the clock has started. So much for “government of the people, by the people, and for the people.” Dude, that long ago perished in Pittsfield. So much for freedom. So much for choice and the “consent of the governed.” The irony here is that while the plan may be worthwhile and actually save money, Mayor Trashcan has built up too much skepticism among bedraggled residents. This goes does as the mayor’s greatest stumble since the Tyler Street garbage-can ribbon cutting.

‘Hurrah’ and ‘Bah!’ to The Boring Broadsheet — The local daily has made marginal gains, particularly with its hiring of our good friend columnist Felix Carroll (who bears the euphemistic and mystifying title of “Community Outreach Coordinator” or words to that effect) and its coverage of the Berkshire Museum‘s art sale. Hurrah for that. The BB continues, however, continues to blow it on huge local stories. Case in point: The paper’s first-day story on the electricity/Eversource story. The paper presented the story in the form of a PR puff piece that read as if authored by the corner office. The piece failed to raise the tough questions, accepted all the city’s claims about money savings, and ignored Eversource’s input save for an obviously dated quote designed to make the utility look bad for anticipated price hikes. Other examples: The covered up scandal at Herberg Middle School involving a transgender teacher and the alleged chemical burning of a pupil … the rah-rah behind the Trashcan-Kufflinks co-production on toter garbage pick-up … the upcoming tax hike. On all these stories and many more, The “new” BB isn’t “new” enough. It still treads lightly where it should be tearing down walls, and throwing rooms.

Stop the Presses! Taxes Going Up —  City finance director Matt “Kufflinks” Kerwood calls it “prudent,” his favorite word going back to his days as Little Eddie Munster on the city council. He’s obviously been hitting the prune juice a wee bit too much. Kufflinks crunched the numbers, vetoed the use of $2.25 million in “free cash” to avoid a tax hike, and decided the city must once  again raise your taxes. Taxes are going up for homeowners and businesses, but this time, poor Mary Jane and Joe are going to get a whole lot poorer. Their tax hike, according to Kufflinks, will be 500% more than that inflicted upon The Dreaded Private Sector, most of them small businesses who can’t afford one cent more in tribute. Ward 4 Councilor Chris “CC” Connell spoke out forcefully against the tax hike. CC wants the city to use free cash to lower taxes, pointing out that the money will be better in the holy pockets of people rather than the sticky fingers of government. CC stood alone, however, among his colleagues. And you have to laugh at “free cash.” That money is anything but free. It represented the amount of money that you overpaid the city in taxes. Every cent of “free cash” belongs to YOU, except, of course, government doesn’t believe that.

Chiefly MattersTHE PLANET congratulates Capt. Mike Wynn on his promotion to Pittsfield police chief. Wynn’s a good cop, and after existing in the Phantom Zone of titular “acting,” he now can take unambiguous reigns of and over the force. This removes a gigantic structural obstacle for the department. We at this address hope the move enables Chief Wynn to deal with whatever divisions exist among the ranks, be they related to the job or to politics. THE PLANET will be curious to see what the chief does with this opportunity. We hope he succeeds because of the impact success will have on public safety.

With all that, brothers and sisters, we wish you a great weekend.

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It’s not like me to pretend, but I’ll get you, I’ll get you in the end”The Beatles, circa early.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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101 Responses to “ELECTRIC CHANGES: WHY BELIEVE THE CITY? … ‘HURRAH’ & ‘BAH! TO ‘THE BB’ … TRASHCAN & KUFFLINKS DO IT AGAIN: TAX HIKE TO CLOBBER PITTSFIELD HOMEOWNERS WITH 500% HIKE”

  1. Paul
    December 1, 2017 at 5:29 am #

    I would like to know the procedure to keep Eversource. We do not wish to change.

    • War Pigs
      December 1, 2017 at 6:47 am #

      Paul, you should get a letter from the city with an opt out card to sign and mail in. If they conveniently left you off the mailing list you can go to http://www.colonialpowergroup.com/pittsfield/ and look for the opt out button or call NextEra at 855-639-8134 and ask to remain on Eversource.

      • danvalenti
        December 1, 2017 at 10:32 am #

        WP
        Thanks for posting this helpful info.

      • Thomas More
        December 1, 2017 at 11:06 am #

        If you didn’t get a letter you’re already enrolled with a different provider.

        • Ed Check
          December 1, 2017 at 5:08 pm #

          That website says you still need to opt out even if you already have selected an electric supplier. I believe that means you could be switched and if you have a contract with a cancellation fee, you might get charged a fee. I thought it was illegal to set up a program with the default being acceptance. Was that part of the law passed in Boston that authorized this type of program?

          My supply is already lower than the great savings provided by mayor trash can.
          OPT OUT NOW!

      • Paul
        December 1, 2017 at 6:29 pm #

        Thank you so much WP.

  2. Pat
    December 1, 2017 at 5:41 am #

    Pittsfield continues on the path of high taxation with no government representation. Sound familiar? Just pay your high taxes and shut up. Big government knows best.

    • dusty
      December 1, 2017 at 6:52 am #

      Pittsfield pols need to maintain a slush fund by over taxing the population….. (well, not every body….some folk are “special”)

      How else could they afford to keep upgrading North st sending large bags of money to friendly contractors. And no I did not suggest there were any kickbacks or graft or other such naughty goings on. I never said that

    • Spagirl
      December 1, 2017 at 7:18 am #

      It really is preposterous…..there is no question that… these officials should be pushed on.

    • Thomas More
      December 1, 2017 at 7:25 am #

      Sorry Pat, you do have a councilor and that’s representation.

      • Pat
        December 1, 2017 at 11:00 am #

        Councilors are useless in this city. You know it.

        • Thomas More
          December 2, 2017 at 6:19 am #

          What form of government would you suggest?

  3. The school committee
    December 1, 2017 at 5:42 am #

    Never learned the reason why PHS theatre teacher was fired on the spot by McCandless after a play only 1 year into a job he was not qualified to do.He still works in education in north berkshire as a dean.
    P.S. it would be a great time for the Berkshire Eagle to hire the planet to write 3 columns a week on the business of local goverment and the tracking of the people who institute higher taxes with no recognition of peoples ability to pay for it.

  4. UAlbany
    December 1, 2017 at 8:10 am #

    good for CC – he showed some backbone – the rest are lemmings supporting their own special interests by rubbing each others backs – good luck to the new crew of fools coming in in January –

    • danvalenti
      December 1, 2017 at 10:32 am #

      Chris Connell continues to do he best work on this configuration of the city council. Citizens are fortunate that he will be back for another term in January.

      • LoneGunMan
        December 1, 2017 at 11:36 am #

        It’s usually the ones that actually have to work for a living that defend us the best.

  5. Cos
    December 1, 2017 at 9:12 am #

    Check out the five full garbage pals with no lids on on the side of a house aroundd the 130 40 block on Linden St. Are you tellingq me im the only one that’s seen it? Come on Health Department.

    • dusty
      December 1, 2017 at 10:07 am #

      In my neighborhood the squirrels, crows and sea gulls have learned that they can rip garbage bags open.

      • Cos
        December 1, 2017 at 11:29 am #

        Use a bungee cord on the new toters dusty.Kufflinks suggestion.

        • GhostRider
          December 2, 2017 at 7:15 pm #

          As Rod Serling would say, “For your consideration:” Do you think that a toter operator is going to stop, take off his seat belt, exit his warm environment and remove your bungee, get back into the cab, put the seat belt back on and dump your trash in the winter (or replay with A/C in the summer)? NOT gonna happen! So, what is the answer? Keep the 2nd guy on to unwrap the bungee or ignore it (what is done out here) and keep on truckin’ to be off at 5 PM? Citizen complaint to follow! SOSO!

  6. Mr. G
    December 1, 2017 at 10:09 am #

    I posted this on yesterday’s comment section initially…sorry. As far as the tax hike goes, is the fix in on this valuation stuff? I mean, say a small, suffering Western Massachusetts city were facing substantial….economic difficulty, starting to bump up against the levy limit. COULD an influential state official be prevailed upon to help another state official decide that said city’s property was suddenly, magically, worth more? If I were writing a mystery novel, I’d also throw in something about a nefarious involvement with a trucking/hauling company to cook up a useless, superfluous multi-million $$ project from which ALL participants could reap financial benefit…but that might strain credibility.

    And Dan, I think you were looking for rein, not reign above…but of course the “reign” in that context creates a metaphor all its own so I’m ok with it.

    • danvalenti
      December 1, 2017 at 10:29 am #

      MR G
      Most perceptive on “reign.” I couldn’t resist the elevated pun, alluding to monarchal rule. Your other comment it spot on. Here are the steps:
      a.) Pittsfield tax its citizens and businesses (Dreaded Private Sector, exclusively, of course) to death.
      b.) It reaches the levy limit.
      c.) Secret meetings (in person and electronic) are conducted between city “leaders” and Boston via a certain state rep.
      d.) Magically, Boston decides that Pittsfield property, including poor houses and blight, is worth 3% more.
      e.) This allows the mayor and the finance director to RIASE YOUR TAXES YET AGAIN.
      f.) When the new, higher levy ceiling is reached, repeat steps a.) through e.)

      • War Pigs
        December 1, 2017 at 12:26 pm #

        Mr. G and Dan, you are both oh so correct. No one with an IQ above single digits thinks Pittsfield’s property values went up 3%. How convenient to leave that minus sign out!

      • Roberto Del Halitoso
        December 1, 2017 at 12:36 pm #

        Please be advised that the Secretary of State’s office has determined that most emails sent to and from municipal offices and officials are considered to be public records and consequently may be subject to public disclosure.

      • Mr. G
        December 1, 2017 at 2:09 pm #

        Only part Dan left out is when someone in the chain says…We’d like to help, but the pie isn’t big enough. Can you scare up a bigger hunk? And Roberto, off the record conversations at a coffee shop or over dinner are much more difficult to f.o.i.l.

  7. Roberto Del Halitoso
    December 1, 2017 at 12:49 pm #

    Read what consumers think about Tyer’s/Krol’s energy supplier.

    https://nextera-energy.pissedconsumer.com/

  8. Freud
    December 1, 2017 at 1:52 pm #

    NextEra Energy is a scam.So called green energy is very expensive.

  9. The school committee
    December 1, 2017 at 3:06 pm #

    Name the last Mayor to lower taxes

  10. The school committee
    December 1, 2017 at 3:06 pm #

    IM asking Barry if he could fing out.

    • Freud
      December 1, 2017 at 4:16 pm #

      I’ll settle for the last mayor who didn’t raise them. I’ll guess Don Butler.

  11. Bill Q
    December 1, 2017 at 4:26 pm #

    When we find out who the last Mayor to (lower) taxes, then what do we do? The better question that can be answered by anyone,is,who is the Mayor with the biggest budget in the history of the city? And what treasurer had the best shuffle in the Deck?

  12. EddieP
    December 1, 2017 at 6:17 pm #

    I drove down Tyler st. today and unless I missed something, the trash cans were not there. Are they in winter storage?

    • Thomas More
      December 2, 2017 at 6:26 am #

      Noticed that too. Hopefully there will be another ceremony next spring when they re-emerge.

  13. Pothole
    December 1, 2017 at 8:11 pm #

    Can someone honestly tell me how property values have increased? An article in I Berkshires said it was partially bevauae new condo units became taxable. So my question is do they look at same house sales and compare to three years ago? Or do they take the total properties sold and find the average number of what they sold for? I dont believe this is truly representative of a persons actual home value. I know my home, in Pittsfield, is worth $50,000 leas today than ten years ago based on trulia. Do they count foreclosed properties that havent sold and the banks have taken them back? And if those homes that have dropped so much in value, those of over $450,000 in value, how is it going ro help future sales of those homes if the tax rate is higher? Commercial propeties are higher? Please, someone show me a few same property sales that have sold for more money recently than five years ago. Feeling very frustrated as to how values are determined.

    • dusty
      December 2, 2017 at 2:49 am #

      It is nothing more than circular political spin. They know it and they know you know it. They also know that after the people bitch about it for a short while they can resume their giddy dance in the basement of city hall and begin to make plans on how to spend it.

      Think of it as political theater with a really shitty immoral cast.

  14. Unwanted Carl
    December 1, 2017 at 9:23 pm #

    I hear you pothole. It’s called the Bungee shuffle. Any revenue source you can come up with,just throw it out there. It always sticks with this bunch. It won’t be long before we have to pay for our garbage and water usage.

  15. Unwanted Carl
    December 1, 2017 at 9:24 pm #

    I went to take a nap today and the garbage cans were gone.

    • EddieP
      December 2, 2017 at 1:53 pm #

      I guess she doesn’t want the plows to push them all into the Walmart parking lot.

  16. Jonathan Melle
    December 1, 2017 at 9:38 pm #

    Facts:

    Pittsfield’s fiscal year 2018 municipal budget equals a $156.4 million (or $156,429,586) operating budget ($145,191,805 for city operations and an enterprise budget of 11,376,495), plus $7.2-million in “other expenses” for a total municipal budget of $163,859,871, plus $22.4 million in capital borrowing.

    Prior to the recent re-evaluation, the city of Pittsfield was $175,839 under the levy ceiling. Pittsfield had to use $2.25 million in free cash to offset the tax rate to stay under the levy ceiling under Proposition 2.5. Last spring, the city council approved the use of $2.25 million in free cash by an 8-3 vote.

    This above information is dated June 14, 2017 from journalist Andy McKeever, iBerkshires.

    On Tuesday evening, November 28, 2017, Pittsfield set the tax rate to fund the fiscal year 2018 municipal budget it approved last spring. The re-evaluation determined a 3.5 percent increase in total taxable value – an increase from $3,360,079,672 to $3,478,372,726. The re-evaluation gave Pittsfield a $1.5 million margin under the levy ceiling heading into the next year, which is 2018. The City Council approved Mayor Linda Tyer’s request to lower the free cash amount to $1 million, which in turn boosts the city’s free cash total to about $4.5 million.

    The bottom line is the average homeowner in Pittsfield can expect to see a 5.1-percent increase in the tax bills.

    This above information is dated November 29, 2017 from journalist Andy McKeever, iBerkshires.

    The city will collect $1.2-million more from taxpayers rather than dipping into free cash. Pittsfield’s percentage increase in property taxes from 2014 to 2017 puts it 10th in Massachusetts for largest increases during that time.

    This above information is dated November 28, 2017 from journalist Amanda Drane, The Berkshire Eagle.

    The following is my opinion:

    Every fiscal year, Pittsfield politics increases its municipal budget by about 5%, which is unsustainable over the long-term. Every fiscal year, Pittsfield politics adds well over $10-million to its debt-load via its annual capital budget. On top of its financially unsustainable operation and capital budgets, Pittsfield politics also has hundreds of millions of dollars in OPEB debt.

    The bottom line is that Pittsfield politics public finances are unsustainable and the city government is on the path to insolvency and possible future bankruptcy!

    – Jonathan Melle

  17. dusty
    December 2, 2017 at 6:44 am #

    Republicans just approved a tax bill that will put about 1 billion dollars into the Trump family bank accounts. They will be smiling this Christmas.

    The lower and middle income folk, well….. not so much. They can start saving their aluminum gum wrappers.

    • h
      December 2, 2017 at 7:15 am #

      Those are permanent also dusty, which means a LIFETIME E?

  18. 12 Gauge
    December 2, 2017 at 6:47 am #

    You’re watching a little MSLSD

  19. Cos
    December 2, 2017 at 7:15 am #

    Trump said it will be truly spectacular, for who?

  20. Cos
    December 2, 2017 at 7:16 am #

    The United States of Debt.

  21. h
    December 2, 2017 at 7:22 am #

    Now with the tax relief for the rich watch the local taxes sky to the moon.

    • dusty
      December 2, 2017 at 8:39 am #

      Right. Because a lot of these giveaways to the super rich will be paid for with cuts in aid to the states. And so the states will have to make huge cuts in their aid to the cities as well as raise states taxes. Look for huge cuts in medicaid, food stamps, section 8, money for roads and schools.

      Trump supporters are going to see the handwriting on the wall now. He could give two shits about his base and they are going to feel quite blindsided.

      Too bad Charlie Manson died because I was hoping Trump would be put in a cell with him.

      • McDonald Trump
        December 2, 2017 at 1:15 pm #

        Stage 4 Trump derangement syndrome. Take your Ex Lax and you’ll feel much better.

      • Fritz
        December 2, 2017 at 4:41 pm #

        Dusty,
        I Want to see a reduction in food stamps & section 8!! Go Trump! Get the abusers & illegals out of the system.

  22. The school committee
    December 2, 2017 at 8:00 am #

    Pittsfield senior citizens are to blame for taxes going higher,they love Kroll,White ,and the Pittsfield Senior citizen is clearly loaded with money….because if they were broke this would not happen

    • Bill Q
      December 2, 2017 at 8:31 am #

      Them they could have fixed the facade at the center on their own.

  23. DustinM
    December 2, 2017 at 9:33 am #

    Tax cuts passed Senate. Now a nice conference and not only will we gets tax cuts but Obamacare mandate will be gone!

    Our President is making America great again!!

    • H
      December 2, 2017 at 11:18 am #

      Yes, for the upper tier America! You’re correct. And for the very wealthy forever. Donald you’redebtto Wall Street Banks who nailed you out has been delivered.

      • Fritz
        December 2, 2017 at 1:58 pm #

        H, you watch too much fake news. You are merely regurgitating the crap that cnn – nbc – abc are feeding you. Do some research & seek out the truth.

      • DustinM
        December 2, 2017 at 5:53 pm #

        H is not smart. At all

  24. H
    December 2, 2017 at 2:06 pm #

    Stating the facts, isn’t regurgitating anything. I don’t watch CNN MSBC or Fox, maybe Bonanza and Gunsmoke reruns. But anyway, got the Trump info off of a documentary which was very interesting.It basically was saying he was on the verge of Bankrupcy and was bailed out by the name brand,Trump that would be used by his debtors,I know for a fact most New Porkers can’t stand him and the people that had his name anything is discarded by most. Have a nice day.

    • Fritz
      December 2, 2017 at 4:29 pm #

      H,
      Who authored the documentary? What channel was it aired on?

      • DustinM
        December 2, 2017 at 5:55 pm #

        Jesus H Christ H is uninformed. I think it was a replay of the Democrat Convention

        And fake news reportersuspended 4 weeks by ABC. Should be an investigation by the Feds into who shorted the market Friday when this fake news was reported

        • Pat
          December 2, 2017 at 7:06 pm #

          I totally agree. ABC should be fined for spreading false news. The stock market even dipped on Friday. The media is now the boy who cried wolf. The liberal media has done this to itself. How can anyone believe them when all they do is try to promote the liberal agenda at any cost including lying?

          • The school committee
            December 3, 2017 at 6:21 am #

            Liberal means defending individual rights?

          • dusty
            December 3, 2017 at 11:29 am #

            Lying? HUH? If you look up the word “lying” you will find “invented by Donald Trump, genetically passed on to the spawn of Donald Trump and contagious if you come anywhere near these people”.

            Get on board Pat. You are too valuable to lose to the mindbenders.

          • 12 Gauge
            December 3, 2017 at 12:50 pm #

            Individual rights? They want to control every phase of your life.

  25. Cos
    December 2, 2017 at 6:23 pm #

    Actually the H is correct,and can’t recall what Banks (several) did that bailout, but this happened in the either early to mid-ninties where some of Trumps Bank Debt was upwards a couple billion. That documentary he-she’s talking about was done way after, that person a close aide of some sort,did mention in thatThe Trump Name -Brand was instrumental in obtaining the loans as that is about all he had at that time. Of course the rest is History, he achieved success again,from the abyss.

    • Fritz
      December 2, 2017 at 7:20 pm #

      The facts are – and this is was reported by the AP – that the Senate version of the tax cut bill; 1) doubles the standard deduction for individuals $12,000, for couples $24,000, 2) grows the per child tax credit, 3) abolishes the Obamacare mandate, and 4) cuts corporate tax rates from 35% to 20%. Those are the highlights.
      The Senate & House must now reconcile the differences in legislation.
      What drives me crazy about some of you bloggers is that you make it up as you go along instead of dealing in facts.

      • Bill Q
        December 2, 2017 at 8:00 pm #

        You forgot one thing, deficit will increase Roughly Trillion and a half.

        • Fritz
          December 2, 2017 at 8:37 pm #

          Oh really? Please explain your math, genius. Consumers will have more money in their pockets, companies will keep their jobs in the U.S., and in many cases bring jobs back. Cuts in food stamps, welfare and fewer illegals spells less money out of the budget. Perhaps you’d like to ignore the record setting stock market as of late? Go Trump!

          • dusty
            December 3, 2017 at 4:03 am #

            Trump people need to look up the definition of ‘Blindsided”. Also, “in denial”

            By next June we will all be feeling the pain and if Trump supporters think they are immune they will know then.

          • Bill Q
            December 3, 2017 at 6:12 am #

            You’re watching to much foxy?

    • The school committee
      December 3, 2017 at 6:22 am #

      Correct,some people are enamoured by Brand

  26. Bill Q
    December 2, 2017 at 7:03 pm #

    Has Trump ever filed personal bankruptcy? Or just Businesses?

  27. GhostRider
    December 2, 2017 at 7:38 pm #

    Re: Toters
    I can’t emphasize the waste of time, effort & money these toters will cause! So, this will be my last post for you; take it as you may.
    WE CAN’Tput them out at night for pick up the next day! Our javelina (large rats that resemble boar) and coyotes know enough to tip them over and raid them; YOUR feral cats and unleashed dogs will learn the same. (Sorry Joe Chague, that’s the way it is).
    WHY the City hasn’t put on a publicity stunt to show how much more efficient the toter system will be is beyond me. WHY? IT CAN’T!!! It will build little cities and streets to show traffic flow and big box footprints but won’t show an actual demo of toters in the snow, or with traffic, parked vehicles, snow piles, etc.
    Maybe it works in places with better snow removal or less snow, ie, out East, but not in the Pitts.
    God Bless you, bless you all!!!!

    • dusty
      December 3, 2017 at 4:10 am #

      We had four of these toters where I once worked. The bears were constantly at them.

      If I just had the one big toter for recyclables I could probably put it out every four weeks. I wonder if they kept the garbage pickup the same, and people took recycling serious, there might be a middle solution.

      • h
        December 3, 2017 at 6:16 am #

        Why can’t we just bring it down to silverand have it dissolve??

  28. The school committee
    December 3, 2017 at 6:26 am #

    The greatest idea implemented in America was public education because it worked and it frightened the corporations and the wealthy so it must be destryed by them

    • The school committee
      December 3, 2017 at 6:28 am #

      Trump is winning,someone has to lose and that is the middle of America.

      • Pat
        December 3, 2017 at 8:50 am #

        Only problem with your theory School Committee is that after 8 years of Progressive Obama, the middle class continued its downward slide. Progressives and Obama acted like the middle class didn’t exist.

        • dusty
          December 3, 2017 at 11:33 am #

          Pat, so do you think that is why he tried to get health care for the middle class? One year later Pats answer to all Trumps screw ups is OBAMA DID IT. And a year from now her excuse will be the same because her mind has been co opted by Hannity and co.

          So sad……as Trump would say

          • LoneGunMan
            December 4, 2017 at 8:10 am #

            HE screwed the working middle class with that healthcare bill. He went to help the free loading socialists that don’t want to work because of these diseases.

            Oh sorry, THANK YOU BARRY for raising my insurance rates 200%

  29. Unwanted Carl
    December 3, 2017 at 6:44 am #

    Hoosac Valley was defeated 37-0 at Gillette Stadium for the State Championship. When they beat ( pummeled ) teams in Berkshire County they must’ve felt great I’m sure,being on the losing end of many games this past year. I’m wondering if the team feels what it’s like to be on the side for a change?

    • The school committee
      December 3, 2017 at 8:30 am #

      4 hour bus ride before a championship game,who made that decision.

      • Alaska
        December 3, 2017 at 7:28 pm #

        Was there beer for the boys after the game?

  30. Shelly Liver
    December 3, 2017 at 7:16 am #

    Americans are stupid to believe Corporate America will invest in the workforce and keep profits in America. The only I investment,other that lining their own pockets will to Invest in the markett, with you’re money that will be for a lifetime.Kapanski’s tax relief has a very shorter shelf life,and most in America will not be included with this tax break. At all.

    • Spagirl
      December 3, 2017 at 5:12 pm #

      That’s right!!

  31. The school committee
    December 3, 2017 at 8:32 am #

    America becoming Russia…..1% doing great

    • Pat
      December 3, 2017 at 8:48 am #

      30% percent in Pittsfield are doing great. 70% doing not so great. We have only the Progressives to blame for that here in Pittsfield. They only print the news they want us to hear and pretend that everything is perfect here (gee, sounds like we are living in Russia).

      • Shelly Liver
        December 3, 2017 at 11:25 am #

        Yeah, and it’s going to be even higher in disparity. Why do you think the Mayor made Wynn Chief. He’ll be her personal bodyguard against the disgruntled taxpayer.

  32. Gigi
    December 3, 2017 at 10:35 am #

    Stan Rosenberg, Mass. State Senate President, needs to resign!

    http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_politics/2017/12/stan_rosenberg_tight_lipped_amid_questions_about_resigning

  33. Shelly Liver
    December 3, 2017 at 11:17 am #

    Fritz for Mayor. Dustin M assistant. Give him a raise.

  34. Shelly Liver
    December 3, 2017 at 11:18 am #

    Fugi can be news info director.

  35. h
    December 3, 2017 at 11:28 am #

    Look for the stinking Jes to upset K C today.

  36. h
    December 3, 2017 at 11:34 am #

    Jets.

  37. Madame Du Barry
    December 3, 2017 at 4:32 pm #

    Jets Win!

  38. The school committee
    December 3, 2017 at 5:00 pm #

    Pat,Do you like the Trump tax plan?

  39. Dilly Dally
    December 3, 2017 at 6:54 pm #

    Has anyone got one of those Trump Jobs yet?

    • May Hemm
      December 3, 2017 at 8:25 pm #

      The. Bungee cord assignment hasn’t been posted yet.

  40. mi
    December 3, 2017 at 8:29 pm #

    The answer to the Toter system lies in the reason to have it in the first place. If it was so great,why hasn’t the City used the system years ago? Does Republic and Covanta have a history together? Just curious.

  41. mi
    December 3, 2017 at 8:37 pm #

    How much does a multi task toter driver make a year ? Anyone? What kind of power do these truck operate on, petrol, or the other automated kind?

  42. Shelly Liver
    December 3, 2017 at 9:13 pm #

    These private garbage outfits want the cities to supplement these businesses, almost like a T I F. Covanta for example must make money, thus the help with the 550 grand from the EDF. Now, if Covanta leaves town, does the city get reimbursed? Was there incentives for the city other than employees keeping the jobs? Or was that the sole purpose?
    If a hauler is reducing it’s workforce and saving capital because of automate trucks, then the costs should not increase twofold. The trucks should be already equipped to do this job, if in the. Business to haul automated and you expect the city or any city to pay for upgrade.This should be put to bid. This pay me now or pay me later doesn’t apply here.

  43. The school committee
    December 13, 2017 at 3:36 pm #

    The problems in Pittsfield can be traced to the School Committee. Its a thank you for doing your job committee

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