(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION NOV. 3-5, 2017) — Take a deep breath and hold your noses, friends, as THE PLANET presents this overview of the upcoming “freeze-dried election,” scheduled for Tuesday. Just add Housatonic water and stir. Funny how Tuesday not so long ago used to be “next month.” How time flies in The Land of Benigno Numine.

Actually, you needn’t bother with the date, because, as usual, your vote will mean squat, as good a position as any for this type of spastic elimination. This election will, like all steaming dumps, attract a horde of flies and vermin, but intelligent voters will let anger and apathy overrule any temporary lapse in good judgment. Barring 11 acts of God, four miracles, two astonishments, a nuclear attack, and a good day thrown in, The Suits have this one signed, sealed, and demolished.  We shall make shrift that’s not only short but at the same time extended more than it should be.

THE PLANET begins by offering two certain, winning strategies for bedraggled “ordinary citizens” — you know, what’s left of the “armies of the road” that used to make up Pittsfield’s middle class:

Strategy (1): Don’t vote. This is by far the best option for Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski, since it will at least preserve what’s left of their sense of their civic self respect.

Strategy (2): If you do vote, write in NONE OF THE ABOVE for every office. That is the only faint hope of a glimmer of a remote possibility that Mary Jane and Joe can “send a message” to  public officials.

That being said, we now break down the “races,” which the Powers That Be broke for you long ago.

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SCHOOL COMMITTEE — You’re kidding, right? Presenting six compliant, safe candidates for six useless seats. This dumb-wad gang includes Fearless Leader Kathy “Lady Boots” Yon, the person who foremost in Pittsfield’s long-line of criminal office holder bears responsibility for ruining the city, pushing as she has a bankrupt agenda that’s not serving pupils while at the same time under-funding every other city department and destroying homeowners and small businesses with punishing taxes.  PLANET predicts all six phony windbags will win.

  • THE PLANET recommends voting NONE OF THE ABOVE in the write-in slot. Writing in NONE OF THE ABOVE for school committee will be the single most important ballot act you can perform other than boycotting this election.

CITY CLERK — Another joke. One candidate for one position. We won’t bother with a “prediction.”

  • THE PLANET recommends writing in NONE OF THE ABOVE. It’s your civic duty.

WARD RACES — The “good news” is that six — oops, five — of the seven wards are being contested. The bad news speaks for itself.

  • Ward 1 — Helen Moon v. “Michael Cirullo.” THE PLANET predicts Moon. Cirullo got a bad case of stage fright and is no longer a candidate, though he will be on the ballot. Vote NONE OF THE ABOVE.
  • Ward 2 — Kevin Morandi v. Some Gal. THE PLANET predicts and recommends Morandi, who has been quietly effective serving the ward. Gal was put up by “Them.” That tells you everything.
  • Ward 3 — Nick Caccamo v. Jim Gleason. THE PLANET predicts Par Four. THE PLANET recommends Gleason, a straight shooter with a delicious independent streak.
  • Ward 4 — Chris Connell v. Mr. Wrong. THE PLANET predicts and recommends Connell, who has been the council’s MVP for this cycle.
  • Ward 5 — Donna Todd Rivers v. William Keane. THE PLANET predicts Rivers. We recommend Keane. Why? Because he’s not Donna Todd Rivers.
  • Ward 6 — John Krol v. Nobody. THE PLANET predicts Mr. Telegenic. We recommend NONE OF THE ABOVE, on principle. No office should go uncontested.
  • Ward 7 — Tony Simonelli v. Rhonda Serre. THE PLANET predicts Simonelli, who rides the school vote. We recommend Tony because he played for G.E.A.A. in the Babe Ruth League back in the day.


  • Six candidates vie for four seats. THE PLANET predicts Pete Marchetti, Melissa Mazzeo, Pete White, and Earl Persip. We recommend bulleting Mazzeo and Craig Gaetani. Mazzeo well plays the role of  disloyal opposition. As for Gaetani, confess: Don’t you want to see him in a citywide seat, just to see what happens?

So do your civic duty. DO NOT VOTE!! IF DOESN’T MEAN A THING! Please, above all, do not harbor the dangerous illusion that voting can any longer be a societal obligation. The only obligation free citizens have is to “dissolve the ties” that bind them to local government.

Have a great weekend.


“Persistence is to success what a mainspring is to a watch” — Sir Tiberius Fruitjuice.



The Usual Disclaimer.



  1. dusty
    November 3, 2017 at 12:26 am #

    I agree that voting in this election in Pittsfield at this time is simply a feel good activity. All city council votes for the next two years will still have the same overall outcome whether you vote or do not vote.

    If you want to vote for real change vote with your feet and move to a different place because nothing is going to change in Pittsfield. It is what it is and either you except it or you do not.

    Actually it is what it is and it is going to get worse…much worse.

    • danvalenti
      November 3, 2017 at 7:51 am #

      With the city’s present politics, the only real option for positive change is, as you say, to change your location. As in Vamanose.

  2. h
    November 3, 2017 at 4:05 am #

    Bullet vote Mazzeo and Gaetani, very interesting.

    • Arial Black
      November 3, 2017 at 7:23 am #

      I’m sure Mazzeo is thrilled to be associated with Gaetani.

  3. Rocky Creed
    November 3, 2017 at 4:20 am #

    Had decided to bullet vote Mazz & Gae months ago

  4. Gigi
    November 3, 2017 at 4:23 am #

    Great column Dan, I couldn’t agree more. I remember watching a school committee meeting and being shocked that the female members were fawning over approving and adding new random history classes at the high school – while the school district was being asked to cut costs. Unless the parents get involved by 1)frequently visiting their kids’ schools to observe what is going on, and 2) serving in some way either on the school committee or at their kids’ schools – this is the only way PPS will improve! Parental pressure is huge!

    A Planet contributor mentioned that ANTIFA was holding a rally here on Saturday. If anyone will be there observing – please take pictures of any public officials or candidates who are participating in the event!

    • Shakes His Head
      November 3, 2017 at 5:44 am #

      right, because we wouldn’t want our elected officials to be against fascism, racism, or sexism.

      You do know ANTIFA is part of the right wing crazies’ fanatical story line? Wait, probably too ignorant to care.

      • Still wondering
        November 3, 2017 at 6:34 am #

        SHH is so far in left field that he’s up against the wall.

        • War Pigs
          November 3, 2017 at 10:47 am #

          SHH is a lying troll. I’ve decided to completely ignore anything he/she posts.

      • LoneGunMan
        November 3, 2017 at 6:36 am #

        so if I start a group called “Anti-stupidity” and then use stupid tactics I will not be stupid.

        Hence, if you start an “Anti-Fascism” group, use fascist tactics like the black coats and storm troopers, you will not be a fascist

      • Dustin M
        November 3, 2017 at 6:55 am #

        Matt you just dont have a clue. It figures you would support antifa but you are a habitual liar anyhow

      • Paul
        November 3, 2017 at 4:08 pm #

        Come on SHH, get real and be real.

    • danvalenti
      November 3, 2017 at 7:52 am #

      Thanks, Gigi. IF ANTIFA is the answer, we’re asking the wrong question.

      • Shakes His Head
        November 3, 2017 at 8:07 am #

        ANTIFA is fake news generated by the lunatic fanatics of the right fringe so the little righty snowflakes can plead the victim card. Its a scam, and the Berkshires are full of enough gun toting backwater (PCB brain damaged) hillbillies to fall for it.

        Militant anti-fascism dates back to the 1920s: anti-fascists were involved in battles AGAINST Benito Mussolini’s Blackshirts, Adolf Hitler’s Brownshirts, Francisco Franco’s nationalist army, Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists, and American pro-Nazi organizations such as the Friends of New Germany. Although there is no organizational connection, the lineage of Antifa in America can be traced to Weimar Germany, where the first group described as Antifa was Antifaschistische Aktion, formed in 1932 with the involvement of the Communist Party of Germany. Antifaschistische Aktion’s two-flag logo, as well as the three arrow anti-fascist circle used by the Social Democratic led Iron Front (which was formed in 1931 by Social Democrats), is the most commonly used symbol of contemporary US Antifa.

        Maybe we shouldn’t have the Grand Old Party of Bannon that is the 21st century’s answer to the Khmer Rouge. By plying this far right hogs-hit you are acknowledging the US societal goal of fascism at the expense of religious and ethnic minorities, and even women.

        • Dustin M
          November 3, 2017 at 8:30 am #

          Matt, along with the domestic terrorists antifa, you are fake news

        • LoneGunMan
          November 3, 2017 at 8:41 am #

          Anti-Fascist = Socialist

          Socialist has worked splendidly all throughout the world. Why not have it here.

          Guess we are just uneducated hill folk. Bannon is a swine, how dare he expose the liberal elite as sex offenders and rapists

          • Shakes His Head
            November 3, 2017 at 8:51 am #

            Fascism /ˈfæʃɪzəm/ is a form of radical authoritarian nationalism, characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition and control of industry and commerce that came to prominence in early 20th-century Europe.

            So you are pro- Fascism?

          • Dustin M
            November 3, 2017 at 9:11 am #

            There goes matt again. Just ignore the thief.

          • Joe Blow
            November 3, 2017 at 1:26 pm #

            They are communists and their origins go back 70 years…………..

        • Paul
          November 3, 2017 at 4:09 pm #

          SHH, blah blah blah blah.

  5. The school committee
    November 3, 2017 at 4:32 am #

    Nothing matters, Trump brought a mess and a tax hike unless Warren stops him.Bouvier and Smitty have not brought 1 job to the Berkshire and dont know how.

    • LoneGunMan
      November 3, 2017 at 6:33 am #

      Trump… brought… a…massive…tax….hike…

      You spelled Democrats wrong

  6. The school committee
    November 3, 2017 at 4:34 am #

    Tyer Yon Mccandless spend millions,councilors wont stop this and local Taxes go up Federal Taxes go up no jobs

  7. Pat
    November 3, 2017 at 4:55 am #

    I will not vote for Mazzeo either. She is against Super Walmart. Now with Sears leaving the mall, Walmart may soon be the ONLY game in town for shopping, but Progressives don’t like Walmarts or big box stores. Progressives are happy that Berkshire Mall is in trouble. The suits and others who can afford it will travel to Holyoke to shop or shop online. The struggling poor can’t afford to do this on a regular basis. The struggling middle class can’t afford North Street either. Nobody has any thought for helping the struggling working class in this city. Gaetani is the only one on the ballot who cares about the working class.

    • Shakes His Head
      November 3, 2017 at 5:45 am #

      shopping online is pretty inexpensive…… and personally i only grocery shop at Aldi.

      • Dustin M
        November 3, 2017 at 6:56 am #

        Nobody cares Matt

        • Shakes His Head
          November 3, 2017 at 8:08 am #


          • Dustin M
            November 3, 2017 at 8:31 am #

            Matt, comments like that will get you banned here. This is not topix.

          • Shakes His Head
            November 3, 2017 at 8:52 am #

            Oh my dear sweet little snowflake, are your feelings hurt? Do you need to change your name again?

          • Dustin M
            November 3, 2017 at 9:12 am #

            thanks for confirming you are Matt. Tell us Matt why did you steal from your employer?

          • Shakes His Head
            November 3, 2017 at 9:20 am #

            I am still not Matt, I do not, nor have ever stolen from my employers and they treat me with a mutual respect.

          • Dustin M
            November 3, 2017 at 9:25 am #

            Yes you are Matt. you confirmed it

          • 12 Gauge
            November 3, 2017 at 10:03 am #

            SHH, thief and liar.

          • Dustin M
            November 3, 2017 at 11:27 am #

            Wrong again Matt. It is confirmed

          • 12 Gauge
            November 3, 2017 at 8:20 pm #

            Snakes, goodness knows where you get your fake history.

        • Shakes His Head
          November 4, 2017 at 3:28 pm #

          I’m glad to see I’m the only one responsible for coherent debate, other than the Planet of course. Still not Matt.

          • Dustin M
            November 6, 2017 at 6:10 am #

            You are Matt. Confirmed 100%. And you add nothing to the conversation

  8. LoneGunMan
    November 3, 2017 at 6:32 am #

    There will be a debate for Ward 3 candidates Saturday at 11am at the Housing Authority.

    Jim has been trying to get the word out, Caccamo has done nothing per usual. I’m sure he will show up with literature and useless data

    As for the city clerk, Mrs. Cetti deserves it. She’s a good person and knows her stuff

    • danvalenti
      November 3, 2017 at 7:54 am #

      If there is one Act of God for this “election,” let it be a win for JIM GLEASON in Ward 3. With JG, there would be the realistic probability for authentic change in the Ward.

      • LoneGunMan
        November 3, 2017 at 8:43 am #

        Any chance you could help spread the word about the debate, Dan?

        Caccamo has done little to nothing for this election because he know he can sit on his laurels and win. He has become nothing less than an arrogant, pompous do nothing hipster who just throws “data and literature” at you without much else.

  9. dusty
    November 3, 2017 at 8:12 am #

    Caccamo is a machine candidate with unlimited financial backing if needed. The people in the shadows will not let him lose. All school personnel and other unions have been instructed. Did anyone see the sheet this year? They have been more careful with it since a copy got out into the public a few years ago.

  10. Fugimoto Hockalugi
    November 3, 2017 at 10:06 am #

    Perhaps the Planet will obtain and publish campaign finance data for the local elections from the clerk’s office.

  11. War Pigs
    November 3, 2017 at 10:49 am #

    Good article. As Dan has said in the past, the fix is in. Our elected officials are selected, not elected.
    Our founding fathers would roll over in their graves if they could see what politics has become in this country.

  12. Two Cents
    November 3, 2017 at 11:39 am #

    And the one statement that our founding fathers would cringe at the most was uttered by Peter Marchetti, when he told the citizens to leave politics to the professionals. Professional politicians was exactly what they were trying to avoid with the entire constitution designed to prevent what Pittsfield and national politics have become. Jefferson was right….Democracy needs the blood of revolution once and a while. Let’s begin on Tuesday….and send our 1st message to Peter.
    BTW Pete-Professionals are paid based on their performance or quality of work…In either case, you would owe us money!!!

    • danvalenti
      November 3, 2017 at 11:43 am #

      Marchetti’s comments have to rank among the most arrogant and clueless in the entire history of the city. They reveal everything about him, politically. He hates true inclusion. He loves only the dales “inclusion” offered by the “diversity” crowd. In shot, he is an Anticit = anti citizen.

      • dusty
        November 3, 2017 at 4:23 pm #

        Bill Lee was a pretty arrogant fella himself. Along with Kerwood, Bianchi and Roberto. Arrogant, self serving and full of crap…the lot of them

      • Thomas More
        November 4, 2017 at 6:09 am #

        Ranks right up there with Trump wanting to cancel NBC’s license

  13. Joe Blow
    November 3, 2017 at 1:41 pm #

    Instead of NOTA I will be writing in Dan Valenti as I did in the past 2 elections.

  14. painter
    November 3, 2017 at 2:43 pm #

    In one breath you say get involved in city government and in the next Peter you say leave it to the professional people

    • Nota
      November 3, 2017 at 2:47 pm #

      The Peter Principle. Do as I say, not as I do..

  15. Jonathan Melle
    November 3, 2017 at 5:20 pm #

    Pittsfield politics is ran by the Good Old Boys!

  16. 12 Gauge
    November 3, 2017 at 8:35 pm #

    Snakes, goodness knows where you get your fake history.

  17. Dick Flimsy
    November 3, 2017 at 8:38 pm #

    So will it be a half moon, a full moon or a buffoon moon in Ward 1

    • dusty
      November 4, 2017 at 12:47 am #

      And a bend-over moon in the corner office.

  18. dusty
    November 4, 2017 at 1:37 am #

    Eagle endorsements are out. They adore Marchetti touting his awesome financial acumen.

    But I ask if he is such a financial wizard, why is the city upside down with money problems and nutso spending?? HUh? Why Pete? I would not want him over seeing my budget.

    • Gigi
      November 4, 2017 at 7:15 am #

      Spot on, Dusty! Let the “professional” manage his employer’s money. Given the city’s dire financial straits, we need some fiscal conservatives to stop the spending habits of this administration.
      Whenever the Eagle endorses a candidate, I usually vote for the opponent.

  19. Rocky Creed
    November 4, 2017 at 3:34 am #

    Where is the ward 3 debate today? The building next to DD on East St?

  20. Gigi
    November 4, 2017 at 7:26 am #

    Melissa Mazzeo has my vote – she does her homework and questions most issues. I may not agree with all of her decisions, but at least she is not a rubber stamp to spending.

  21. The school committee
    November 4, 2017 at 7:33 am #

    Are we so desperate that super walmart is the key.Maybe the 4 th of july parade can be shifted to tyler

  22. The school committee
    November 4, 2017 at 7:35 am #

    As the planet knows Tyler street was a dump in the 60s with bars and litter everywhere.

  23. Rocky Creed
    November 4, 2017 at 7:43 am #

    is this ward 3 debate for real or what?

    • Len X Abhorant
      November 4, 2017 at 9:39 am #

      Who cares?

    • LoneGunMan
      November 4, 2017 at 2:08 pm #

      I believe it was at the housing authority 11am today

  24. Spider
    November 4, 2017 at 10:13 am #

    Mazzeo was not endorsed by the Eagle. Was Warren Dews behind this editorial? I ask this because Melissa was a Bianchi supporter and Dew”s wife is the mayor’s right hand gal.

    Makes you wonder!

  25. Jonathan Melle
    November 4, 2017 at 7:23 pm #

    How to get endorsed by the Eagle?
    * Be a Good Old Boy
    * Serve the vested interests by:
    – Raising taxes and fees
    – Increase municipal debt
    * Do what the third-rate rag tells you to do
    * Be a Democratic Party political hack

    • Cos
      November 5, 2017 at 2:17 pm #

      Could I have a updated list of streets to avoid?

      • 12 Gauge
        November 5, 2017 at 3:43 pm #

        Stay out of Pittsfield and you’ll be good.

      • Jonathan Melle
        November 5, 2017 at 8:25 pm #

        Stay off of:
        North st.
        Tyler st.
        Lincoln st.
        First st.
        Second st.
        Linden st.
        Dewey ave
        Cherry st.
        Burbank st.
        Kent ave
        Madison ave
        And Seymour st.
        And you might survive.

        • 12 Gauge
          November 5, 2017 at 9:00 pm #

          I think you missed a few.

        • Franco-eyed
          November 5, 2017 at 10:59 pm #

          What’s Mistah Cash-barber dumb-dumb been doing for 6 years? More than half of these are in 2.

    • Village Knight
      November 6, 2017 at 6:32 pm #

      Reply to Jonathan Melle–Now you talking! Bravo!

  26. The school committee
    November 5, 2017 at 6:14 am #

    Mccandless,amuso,Eberwien Yon and the leftover unqualified hack Curtis….will never control thier spending,never will they realize that pittsfield is a city of poverty and never will they understand most people in pittsfield make 23k

  27. Arial Black
    November 5, 2017 at 7:43 am #

    did the Jim Gleason Antifa thing happen?

  28. Cos
    November 5, 2017 at 2:47 pm #

    More shootings in Texas, Trump on Vacation.

  29. Cosbies
    November 5, 2017 at 4:26 pm #

    Creepy Ryan says weneedto pray.

  30. Gigi
    November 5, 2017 at 5:21 pm #

    Drew Herzig, Chairman of the Pittsfield Human Rights Commission, has his pic in the Eagle as a participant in the ANTIFA rally held at Park Square, holding a sign “Impeach.” All this in front of the flag tribute to our vets. Disgraceful! This guy should be tossed off the committee for his anti-US protest!

    • 12 Gauge
      November 5, 2017 at 5:37 pm #

      An Antifa Moonbat was the perp…..maybe one of Ziggy’s friends.

    • Tequila Mockingbird
      November 5, 2017 at 5:38 pm #

      Herzig is a true buffoon and it’s punishment enough that Herzig is forced to be Herzig.

      • Chris P. Bacon
        November 5, 2017 at 6:07 pm #

        Mayor Tyer, if you ever look at this blog please get rid of ANTIFA Drew Herzig. We don’t need that kind of thing in Pittsfield.

    • Gary Wood
      November 5, 2017 at 6:14 pm #

      Herzog is a antifa lunatic.

    • Village Knight
      November 6, 2017 at 6:37 pm #

      Reply to Gigi: Drew Herzig is the shame of this village of Pittsfield.
      He should be dropped from HRC long ago.
      He is mentally not healthy–keep talking about “privacy” of complaints, while by MGL–all complaint to HRC shall be herd in OPEN Public hearing!

  31. CosbiesLadies
    November 5, 2017 at 6:13 pm #

    These commissions have been a bust get rid of them, it’s the 21st century.

    • Gary Wood
      November 5, 2017 at 8:01 pm #

      They keep the nut job lunatics busy.

  32. Franco-eyed
    November 5, 2017 at 10:58 pm #

    What’s with the pacifism on the Morandi issue? Of all the dim witz we could have, this guy is it! The blight in this city is nauseating and we think that a guy who lives in a dump of a house with a pool full of slime (and mosquitos in the summer) and junk scattered throughout his yard is going to give a shit about the appearance of Pittsfield? Or step up to fix a blight situation? Has anyone been on SouthCarolina? Blighted homes all around the guy. Pathetic.

    Mistahh.Cash-Barber dumb-dumb is do-nothing slob.

    • h
      November 6, 2017 at 12:54 pm #

      Who doesn’t have apologize of slime?