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BEACON HILL LEADER IN THE HOTS … STOP US IF YOU’VE HEARD THIS ONE BEFORE

BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY DEC. 6, 2018) — What passes for the leadership at the Statehouse finds itself in the boiling cauldron.

Stop THE PLANET if you’ve heard this one before.

We’ve lost count. How many House speakers on Beacon Hill had to leave their positions because of charges, indictments, and/or criminal convictions? Was it 16 or 17? 28? We forget, which isn’t germane to today’s discussion of the latest State Legislature “leader” to get into the deep muddy. This time, it’s on the Senate side.

Senate President Stan Rosenberg, the first openly gay lawmaker to ascend to head of the pack, is now just an ordinary senator, you know, like Adam “Come Out, Come Out Wherever You Are” Hinds,  who “represents” Berkshire County in The General Court. Cue Ball has as much pull as Pittsfield state “rep” Tricia FooFoo-BooBoo. In laymen’s terms, this implies that these two have been through the peculiar local political gauntlet, a multistep political process far beyond the capability of most anyone with a quark’s worth of self-respect. The Heirarchy of Needs for political aspirants who are not named John Barrett or Smitty Pignatelli looks like this:

(1) Kiss up, locally, to The Suits.

(2) Get “elected” in “contests” void of competition and rife with apathy among the electorate.

(3) Meet with the inner circle of The Berkshire Brigade.

(4) Receive orders Boston has given to the local Democrat Committee.

(5) Go to Boston.

(6) Submit to their respective wedgies.

(7) Head like a beaten dog to the back bench.

(8) Deliver to the President and Speaker the votes ordered by the Mob.

(9) Collect $100,ooo plus in salary, perks, per diems, and benefits.

Ah, but we digress.

Rosenberg’s husband, one Byron Hefner (thank Bog there are not two), has been accused by four men of sexual harassment. Are others in the works? THE PLANET doesn’t know, but it does seem that the conga line forms when charges of this ilk be-dog public figures, celebrities, and the powerful.

Byron Hefner. Reminds us of Lord George Byron and Hugh Hefner, two men who, shall we say, “dabbled” — which, of course, implies nothing at all to the case at hand. According to press reports, Hefner allegedly groped the genitals of three of the men (two of them more than once, according to their testimony) and forced his unwanted attention on the fourth. Rosenberg’s many allies ask what this has to do with the deposed senate president.

Let’s offer a few reasonable guesses.

First, according the Boston Globe, “three of the alleged incidents took place when Rosenberg was just feet away.” Question: How’s Rosenberg’s eyesight, hearing, and sense of smell?

Second, Hefner’s accusers have said he bragged about his pull with his hubby and his influence over him in legislative matters. From The Globe: “One alleged victim — a policy advocate who said Hefner assaulted him in 2015 — said he understood that Hefner was offering to help smooth his path in the Senate in return for sex.”

Third, Instead of rallying around their leader, Senate Democrats held a panicked, closed door, eight-hour caucus Monday to figure out what to do. They posted guards outside the caucus room to prevent any press from entering. Nothing like a little sunshine for a disinfectant, eh? Let’s face it: There aren’t a lot of good plays when you face fourth and 97 from your own one.

Fourth, Democrats emerged from the meeting to announce ascendancy of Hennriette Chandler of Worcester as acting senate president. Beacon Hill insiders say Chandler, by wild coincidence, is one of Rosenberg’s top allies. That won’t affect Democrat-controlled Ethics Committee from  an impartial investigation.

Moreover, having one of Rosenberg’s top allies controlling the show will not in any way whatsoever prevent other alleged victims from speaking to Senate-hired investigators out of fear of retribution or political payback. How do we know this? Chandler herself told us so. The Ethics Committee reiterated this pledge. Even as Rosenberg tries to sort all this out, several senators are scrambling behind the scenes for the Presidency. Why not? It comes with an $80,000 bonus on top of the nearly $63,000 annual pay, the per diems, and the $20,000 for office expenses.

That’s how state and local politics works in the Commonwealth, isn’t it? On the up-and-up, above board, on Scout’s honor.

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“To one who is brave, even danger is an ally”Henry David Thoreau.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

The Usual Disclaimer.

 

118 Responses to “BEACON HILL LEADER IN THE HOTS … STOP US IF YOU’VE HEARD THIS ONE BEFORE”

  1. Jonathan Melle
    December 5, 2017 at 9:29 pm #

    What about Donald Trump? Why does Dan Valenti pick on openly gay state and local politicians like Peter Marchetti and Stan Rosenberg, but he doesn’t mention all of the inappropriate sex scandals surrounding the sitting U.S. President?

    Donald Trump said he puts breath mints in his mouth and then he forcibly kisses women and then grabs women by their “meow”!

    Donald Trump as 15 to 20 women accusing him of sexual misconduct. He denies all the accusations against him. Clearly, Donald Trump is a sexual deviant with unhealthy issues towards women. He should get mental health treatment for his inappropriate sexual behavior towards women!

    Donald Trump openly cheated on his first 2 wives! He has 5 children from 3 mothers. His daughter Tiffany was a child born out of wedlock.

    Personally, I admire Dan Valenti’s history of public participation in Pittsfield politics because he cares about our native hometown. That said, Dan Valenti’s double standard of attacking openly homosexual men in politics while supporting Donald Trump leaves me to conclude the following Orwell phrase from “Animal Farm”:

    “All animals (or politicians) are equal, but some animals (or politicians) are more equal than others.”

    – Jonathan Melle

    • Pat
      December 6, 2017 at 5:04 am #

      It isn’t Dan going after openly gay people, it’s their accusers. Dan is reporting what is happening.

      If you go after people who were married more than once or have had children out of wedlock, nearly the entire country is guilty. Hollywood alone is a cesspool of endless marriages and children born out of wedlock.

      Don’t worry, phase 2 of the radical Progressives plan to impeach Trump will be to create scandals involving the president. The Russian witch hunt is only the first part of their nefarious plot to get rid of Trump.

    • Pat
      December 6, 2017 at 5:10 am #

      The double standard that you mention Jonathan applies to the way the conduct of Hillary Clinton was treated by those at the top at the FBI and various cronies of Obama and Clilnton. America has become a banana republic when the crimes of the favored political party are swept under the rug while the Republicans are set upon by attack dogs. That isn’t real justice.

  2. 12 Gauge
    December 5, 2017 at 9:50 pm #

    Hefner, is no Hefner…..more like Pee Wee Herman. Stan by him a bicycle.

  3. 12 Gauge
    December 5, 2017 at 9:53 pm #

    Footage of Rosenberg’s better half

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFk9SRzY6io

  4. Where should reporters live?,*
    December 6, 2017 at 3:02 am #

    Waiting for news to drop on women who were harassed at their workplace in our tourist service jobs.

  5. dusty
    December 6, 2017 at 3:20 am #

    OFF TOPIC

    Pertaining to electricity provider choices one might want to google Eversource price-fixing scam in New England.

    • Spagirl
      December 6, 2017 at 3:59 am #

      Eversource denies this and said it is a complete fabrication. This is the Trump way of doing business in America. Screw everybody and then deny it.

    • Dean Youngblood
      December 13, 2017 at 1:49 pm #

      Yeah valenti is the greatest.

  6. Gigi
    December 6, 2017 at 5:17 am #

    Thanks for covering this story, Dan.
    Rosenberg, along with House leader DeLeo, are the guys responsible for their huge salary increases, Rep & Senator increases, and also increases for state judges. Of course, there was no money in the budget for a tax-free holiday for taxpayers!
    And now, Stan’s husband Pee Wee the Pervert, who is allegedly being treated for alcohol abuse (guess who’s footing that bill?) – also stands to collect a $50,000 annual pension (at the minimum) when Stan kicks off. How many more men will come forward with stories of having their jewels squeezed by this perv? Again, your tax dollars at work!
    Judge Bibaud, father of Ali Bibaud who is at the center of the state police scandal, also benefited from Stan’s raises for judges.
    Not to mention that 6,000 drug cases were thrown out by the state due to the Amherst state chemist’s tampering/ingesting of the evidence.
    The state swamp needs to be drained!
    When will the Clinton Crime family be brought to justice? Is Bill still hanging out with known perv Jeff Epstein on his “Lolita Express” and ravishing under-age girls?
    When will the Pittsfield Perv Network be exposed?
    Drain the swamps!!

    • Bill Q
      December 6, 2017 at 5:55 am #

      Gigi Haven’t heard the Pittsfield perv network,expound? Who’s the leader?

  7. Where should reporters live?,*
    December 6, 2017 at 5:25 am #

    President Republican Donald Trump is the only man not paying the price of his assaults on women.State agrees to a 70% hike by eversourse.

    • Pat
      December 6, 2017 at 5:57 am #

      Trump did not assault women. Al Franken accused of assaulting women and he is still in office. Bill Clinton finished out his term even though he was accused of assaulting women. He was impeached for lying. Hillary supporters were ready to put Bill back in the white house to co-president with Hillary. Anyone seeing the hypocrisy here?

      • Where should reporters live?,*
        December 6, 2017 at 7:17 am #

        Bill Clinton was investigated and if you forgot he was impeached.His lie did not fall into the catagory of removal .There was a vote.

      • dusty
        December 6, 2017 at 8:18 am #

        So Pat is calling all the woman who claim Trump assaulted them liars. She is a true friend of abused woman everywhere. She must love Roy Moore because he assaults young woman.

        Or are they all lying too?

        • Pat
          December 6, 2017 at 11:30 am #

          Where were they during the election Dusty? It seems they really wanted to stop Trump then. We know Clinton’s accusers weren’t liars, but he finished out his term.

        • Levitan
          December 6, 2017 at 7:55 pm #

          At least one is a liar.

          http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2016/10/list-debunked-groper-allegations-corrupt-media-donald-trump/

          Leeds lied; we can assume others did too. Even so, Clinton was impeached not for rapes committed prior to his Presidency, but for perjury before a grand jury. He remains equally slimy today, but he is right about the b* that is known as his wife.

    • h
      December 6, 2017 at 6:03 am #

      It is up to twenty Trump women, right now.

      • Dustin
        December 6, 2017 at 6:24 am #

        All proven false. I love the one on the airplane saying Trump lifted up the arm rest to assault her, but, ooooops, arm rests on those planes did not lift up.

        LIAR

        • Shakes His Head
          December 6, 2017 at 10:21 am #

          I’m sure Dustin would have squirmed over the armrest to give Trump what he was looking for.

          A perpetual liar accusing others. HAHAHAHA

          • Dustin
            December 6, 2017 at 10:49 am #

            Matt you cannot refute the fact that airline story is made up.

          • Shakes His Head
            December 6, 2017 at 1:26 pm #

            I don’t know or care about the airplane story.

          • Dustin
            December 6, 2017 at 2:06 pm #

            Sure matt, sure. You dont care because its made up

          • Shakes His Head
            December 7, 2017 at 8:23 am #

            To your point, I quote Ted Rall:

            “A president who is an evil, dimwitted, under qualified megalomaniac is a danger to democracy.

            So is a lazy, cheap, cut-and-paste class of journalists who don’t bother to thoroughly investigate stories.”

            Likely the story alleging the assault and the story refuting the assault were equally divergent from any semblance of responsible reporting standards.

      • Pat
        December 6, 2017 at 6:32 am #

        If Hillary was president you can be sure none of this would be in the media right now. No talk of sexual harassers or women being mistreated. Everything would be beautiful and our leaders so intelligent and right in everything they do.

        • Thomas More
          December 6, 2017 at 7:05 am #

          Duh Pat, Hillary’s not the president so we’ll never know. There’s a Moe Bandy concert in Fort Worth this weekend, perhaps you should attend it. It would fulfil his dream.

          • Pat
            December 6, 2017 at 7:18 am #

            Who the heck is Moe Bandy? There is a double standard at work in all of this and it is so completely obvious. You know it.

          • Thomas More
            December 6, 2017 at 11:01 am #

            Check him out – you seem to be his perfect candidate.
            “It was always so easy to find an unhappy woman
            Till I started looking for mine…”

        • Where should reporters live?,*
          December 6, 2017 at 7:20 am #

          Hillary is not the President,stop using Clinton to justify Trump lies and behavior.Trump has even devalued lying so that not telling the Truth is meaningless and OK in this country….

          • Pat
            December 6, 2017 at 11:32 am #

            No, it’s the Progressives who have done that.

          • Thomas More
            December 6, 2017 at 1:17 pm #

            Those damn Progressives

          • Levitan
            December 6, 2017 at 7:59 pm #

            Start naming the lies, then. So far, the Press has been caught lying repeatedly about Trumop. By the end of his Presidency, he will have to climb over the bones of reporters buried and dismissed from their posts for preposterous reporting.

            So go on, line up the lies; I’m all ears.

    • LoneGunMan
      December 6, 2017 at 6:26 am #

      Does Bill Clinton identify as a two-spirit now?

  8. Dustin
    December 6, 2017 at 7:10 am #

    So glad the common sense move of stating the capital of Isarael is Jerusalem. It is.

    Hey arabs, deal with it! America is back to making sense and using common sense!

    • Where should reporters live?,*
      December 6, 2017 at 7:24 am #

      Trump is a Puppet and he is not working for America.Hes a crazy right wing backwards thinking human who is a nasty evil slob

      • Dustin
        December 6, 2017 at 7:36 am #

        Congrats you have confirmed you are a fool

      • dusty
        December 6, 2017 at 8:22 am #

        I agree. He is a traitor. And he has a mean streak a mile wide. Loves death and destruction. Wants a world war. Runs his own mafia inherited from his dad. He is ruining this country…even for the rich.

        • Dustin
          December 6, 2017 at 8:35 am #

          Dusty that is quite the ignorant statement

        • Pat
          December 6, 2017 at 11:33 am #

          Dusty direct your anger toward North Korea and the man who wants to nuke us.

      • LoneGunMan
        December 6, 2017 at 8:38 am #

        and probably a writer for the berkshire eagle. Nice name

    • Fritz
      December 6, 2017 at 8:04 am #

      Trump has cemented the bond between the U.S. & Israel – which was ripped to shreds by his predecessor Barry the Muslim. Now Trump faces the U.N. & their $18 million taxpayer-funded anti-Israel fund which is intended to wage legal war on Israel. Go Trump – & get our embassy moved to Jerusalem ASAP.

      • Dustin
        December 6, 2017 at 8:35 am #

        We should tell the UN and all those American and Israeli haters to leave and move the The Hague. And if they dont want to send a battalion of marines to help them pack

        • Shakes His Head
          December 6, 2017 at 10:22 am #

          That is an ignorant and foolish statement from a loser.

          • Dustin
            December 6, 2017 at 10:48 am #

            Matt, yes you are a loser and yes your statement is ignorant

        • The school committee
          December 6, 2017 at 1:47 pm #

          Trump beholding to Wealthy,Puttin China,

  9. Speed Racer
    December 6, 2017 at 7:53 am #

    Does anyone know what happened to shut down traffic heading west on Merrill Rd. at the overpass/intersection with East St. at about 2 pm/3 pm? yesterday/Tuesday?

    Certainly not the earlier PetCo demolition derby.

    • Thomas More
      December 6, 2017 at 10:55 am #

      auto accident on the bridge ramp

  10. Still Wondering
    December 6, 2017 at 8:50 am #

    Just announced… what many have expected
    Crane and Co. Currency Division has been sold.
    Dalton will never be the same.

    • Shakes His Head
      December 6, 2017 at 10:24 am #

      leaving a sinking ship, most of the world is switching to currency that does not contain paper and organic fiber.

      • Dustin
        December 6, 2017 at 10:48 am #

        Matt, go away

        • Shakes His Head
          December 6, 2017 at 2:17 pm #

          Fetch me my latte, Tinkerbell.

          • Dustin
            December 6, 2017 at 2:23 pm #

            Matt i own you

          • Shakes His Head
            December 6, 2017 at 9:11 pm #

            Don’t you have an adolescent cousin you should be molesting right now?

          • LoneGunMan
            December 7, 2017 at 5:57 am #

            Attacking an adult is one thing. Using pedophilia as an insult is usually a projection of you true self

          • Shakes His Head
            December 7, 2017 at 6:07 am #

            No, but molesters usually stick up for each other.

          • Dustin
            December 7, 2017 at 6:45 am #

            Matt you do know you are a pathetic lying thief

          • Shakes His Head
            December 7, 2017 at 10:09 am #

            If I am Matt, a pathetic lying thief, then you are a child molester.

            Get it through your stupid, inbred head that I am not Matt.

      • levitan
        December 7, 2017 at 6:19 pm #

        Shakes Head

        I saw a good deal of the green-backed stuff today. I don’t believe that is unusual. Though, most of it did seem appear greatly artificial. If they make Ben any larger, they will need a greater bill to handle him.

    • Cos
      December 6, 2017 at 12:05 pm #

      It is physically moving?

    • Pat
      December 6, 2017 at 4:27 pm #

      Not sure how that will work. Crane is now based in Boston. Will Dalton still be associated with the Boston location? They said they are not firing anyone and it will still be based in Dalton, but I’m not sure how that will work.

      • Still Wondering
        December 7, 2017 at 6:47 am #

        Never believe a what a corporation says while it is devouring another corporation.

    • Levitan
      December 6, 2017 at 8:01 pm #

      G-d has left the room. Nothing to fret over.

  11. H
    December 6, 2017 at 1:03 pm #

    God bless the Jerusalem decision.Thank you APresident Trump.

  12. h
    December 6, 2017 at 2:11 pm #

    Koch Brothers will get a tax break in the first year of around 780 million dollars. In other word the couple getting 800 a month with two kids and 300 food stamps for nothing will be 780 million to around15,000″ Let’s hope the Presidents job plan works

  13. Gigi
    December 6, 2017 at 2:49 pm #

    Update on Stan Rosenberg – he has been stripped of his $80,000 annual Senate president’s stipend while he is on leave from the post. He will still receive his base pay of $82,548. Info from MassLive.

    • Pat
      December 6, 2017 at 4:33 pm #

      Did you hear that on Howie Carr? I can’t get the Howie Carr show on the radio anymore. Not sure what happened. Now there is a terrible and very boring sports show on in that time slot.

      • Arial Black
        December 6, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

        The Devil finds work for idle hands.

        • Fritz
          December 6, 2017 at 7:05 pm #

          Aerial maybe you should get a job.

      • Gigi
        December 6, 2017 at 6:47 pm #

        Pat,
        That info was from MassLive.com

        How about that historic speech by President Trump today, concerning Jerusalem?
        He’s awesome!

        • Levitan
          December 6, 2017 at 8:04 pm #

          Agreed. Taking Jerusalem off the bargaining table will make the final bargain much simpler.

        • Pat
          December 6, 2017 at 9:28 pm #

          I agree. Loved the speech by Trump.

        • Harrison
          December 7, 2017 at 9:33 am #

          Sounded like he was having a stroke.

          • levitan
            December 7, 2017 at 7:16 pm #

            Sarcasm and insults are weak. His speech brings Carter’s Camp David Summit to mind. The verbal distortions are likely a result of fatigue resulting from long days of hard work. We haven’t seen much signs of that from the last 16 years.

  14. Fritz
    December 6, 2017 at 7:13 pm #

    Pat WBEC 1420 am pulled Howie’s show. Call them 499-3333, #6 Peter Barry to complain. I have to listen to his show on the computer via his website

    • Pat
      December 6, 2017 at 9:34 pm #

      I like to listen to it during the day, but have been listening to it at night on his site. I will call the station. Would love to find out why they pulled the show. Was it for political reasons? Thanks.

      • Still Wondering
        December 7, 2017 at 6:49 am #

        In the Berkshires you can safely assume that indeed it was done for political reasons.

  15. The school committee
    December 7, 2017 at 4:17 am #

    Howies wont stop talking about Kennedys and it boring and nobody listens.Howie got stuck in tbe 70s.and he cant move on.All his callers,30 of them
    Are filtered so there is no other discussion excet Kennedy.

    • Pat
      December 7, 2017 at 5:40 am #

      Believe me, the sports show they have on now in the Howie Carr time slot is a real snooze. I didn’t always like some of his call ins, but Howie Carr is great.

  16. Thomas More
    December 7, 2017 at 7:45 am #

    Howie’s gone because WBEC wasn’t making any money on him. The sponsors weren’t there because the people in this area were not interested in hack, moonbats , dreaded private sector and all the other juvenile terms used to describe anyone that thinks differently than he does. He appeals only to those who can’t think for themselves.

    • Fritz
      December 7, 2017 at 9:03 am #

      Thomas you are probably right about the lack of sponsors since this is a flaming liberal Democrat area. However if you are interested in national regional & local news coverage dished out with humor – he’s the go to guy. Many of you are content with the B. Eagle and the limited info they sell – well that’s your right to choose in this free country.

    • Pat
      December 7, 2017 at 5:13 pm #

      Oh my God Thomas the people who can’t think for themselves are the same ones who believe every word written by the Berkshire Eagle, who believe all Democrats are good while Republicans are bad. The people who like Trump are NOT treated with respect in this area. They are called named like Trumpsters and all manner of nasty terms. Anyone who thinks differently from the Progressives in this area is definitely not listened to or treated respectfully.

  17. H
    December 7, 2017 at 8:16 am #

    Good comments Thomas.

  18. AllaskanBushClowns
    December 7, 2017 at 8:23 am #

    Speeding, jaywalking,driving reckless. It’s out of hand.

  19. NIB
    December 7, 2017 at 8:42 am #

    How does the 80/20 rule apply to Planet Valenti? 20% intelligent postings that move the conversation along. 80% grossly immature exchanges between SHH/Not Matt and Dustin.

    • Shakes His Head
      December 7, 2017 at 10:11 am #

      Hey, I would not say a single thing to that dude if he would comment on the blog posts and get it though his mongoloid skull that I am not whoever this Matt is.

      • Dustin
        December 7, 2017 at 10:12 am #

        You are Matt. Case closed. Go away

        • Shakes His Head
          December 7, 2017 at 10:30 am #

          Even Dan has told you, repeatedly, that I am not Matt. Go eat a bowl of dog turds, loser.

          • Dustin
            December 7, 2017 at 10:37 am #

            Matt, why do you lie so much.

          • Shakes His Head
            December 7, 2017 at 10:55 am #

            Why do you molest so much?

          • Dustin
            December 7, 2017 at 11:03 am #

            Why do you lie and steal so much

    • danvalenti
      December 7, 2017 at 3:15 pm #

      We’ve heard from several of you. THE PLANET shares this frustration with the tiresome juvenilia of the SHH-Dustin exchanges. THE PLANET warns our two good friends not to abuse our light hand when it comes to free speech. DUSTIN: For the final time, SHAKES is NOT, N.O.T., “Matt.” THE PLANET knows SHH personally and can vouch for him as a worker, a dad, and a man. You two guys feed off of one another. Let THE PLANET be a diplomat here and offer some “shuttle diplomacy.” Each of you guys, now, c’mere, smile, and shake hands. BE DONE WITH THE CHILDISH FEUD! OK already?

      • levitan
        December 7, 2017 at 7:30 pm #

        After he had grown up following the Fort Duchene incident, George would never use the phrase regarding canine deposits. The prospect of death by Frogs or rum, or both shook him to his very core. Shakes His Head should read George Washington’s Rules Of Civility. When he’s fully read it, he may pass it on to Dustin.

      • Shakes His Head
        December 8, 2017 at 12:11 pm #

        Thanks for weighing in and clarifying, PLANET.

        Lets focus on good discussion advancing the community we all want to see grow in positive ways.

  20. Two Cents
    December 7, 2017 at 9:40 am #

    Totally agree NIB. While I appreciate Dan’s rule of non-censorship, those exchanges are beginning to become offensive and are dragging down the respectability of this blog.

    • UAlbany
      December 7, 2017 at 11:28 am #

      Agreed – this is not the place for these 2 guys – go away –

      • Spider
        December 7, 2017 at 5:42 pm #

        Couldn’t agree more. Enough is enough. This kind of stuff is a turn off. If it continues, people will stop reading the Planet.

    • Arial Black
      December 7, 2017 at 1:12 pm #

      Beginning?

    • dusty
      December 7, 2017 at 1:45 pm #

      gotta agree…hurts the credibility of the brand

  21. Jonathan Melle
    December 7, 2017 at 12:12 pm #

    Stan Rosenberg’s “ethics” episode concerning his young husband’s alleged sexual misconduct relating to State Senate influence is, indeed, a political matter. I have read many editorial essays stating there will be no retribution against the alleged victims who complain to investigators. I totally disagree!

    Politics is only about power (and money). Whenever I complained or spoke out about politics over the years, someone always retaliated against me. Politicians want two things: Power and Money! If someone stands in their way, then watch out! You will lose your job. You will be subject to vicious rumors. You will be blacklisted. You may even have to move out of town.

    Massachusetts does not have a real democracy! A great majority of state and local politicians are incumbents. Stan Rosenberg has been a Beacon Hill political hack for over 3 decades. When there is an “election”, it is non-competitive. Political hacks like “Smitty” Pignatelli have decades long job security as long as they follow orders like bureaucrats.

    Stan Rosenberg is facing an “ethics” investigation. If it is really about justice, then I expect there will be retaliations and retributions against those who fight the good fight. However, I predict it will be a “show trial” where Stan Rosenberg will come out smelling like a rose! What a joke!

    – Jonathan Melle

    • AllaskanBushClowns
      December 7, 2017 at 12:25 pm #

      Stan the Man Rosenburg is a good man, because he’s gay doesn’t mean he’s evil. We have many gay couples in Berkshire County who are married and are respectable in the Community and are advocates for us, right here in the City. Pete M and Drew H are a couple to name a few, good men all!

      • 12 Gauge
        December 7, 2017 at 7:38 pm #

        Herzig “Ziggy” is a complete fool.

      • Gigi
        December 7, 2017 at 7:48 pm #

        Rosenberg is a political hack. Give me a break. If he isn’t kicked out of the statehouse altogether over this recent scandal – then hopefully his Amherst constituents will kick his butt to the curb in the next election.His integrity is severely compromised.

  22. dusty
    December 7, 2017 at 12:42 pm #

    GE is so excited about Trumps job creation moves that they are laying off 12,000 people. So I have to ask Pat why did Obama do this?

    • Ed Check
      December 7, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

      Bad management by former CEO Jeffrey Immelt. He spent his time currying favor with the former presidential administration, until he eventually realized Obama’s business council was a farce. Followed into some poor markets that did not work out. He also made some bad deals internationally. New CEO now has to be the hatchet man to bring GE back and get the stock back in favor.

      A lot of difficult choices will be made. Pain to follow.

      • dusty
        December 7, 2017 at 4:13 pm #

        But surely Trump can wave his magic wand and fix it. For Christmas? Please Donald please help poor GE.

    • Pat
      December 7, 2017 at 5:03 pm #

      Nothing to do with Trump dusty. Keep trying though.

  23. Madame Du Barry
    December 7, 2017 at 1:13 pm #

    dusty, have you seen the G E logBarryThe BostonCeltic Jerseys.

  24. CosbiesLadies
    December 7, 2017 at 3:20 pm #

    So a man runs from a vehicle after a traffic stop and is gunned down while running away, shot it the back several timesa.Explain that rational? And it’s all on tape. Wigoitc

    • Ed Check
      December 7, 2017 at 3:28 pm #

      I don’t know, maybe the PO was out of “boomerang bullets”. I bet his coworkers ran right out and restocked.

      • mi
        December 7, 2017 at 4:14 pm #

        Ask yourself, would Matt Dillion shoot the guy in back?

  25. Pat
    December 7, 2017 at 5:22 pm #

    Thomas More made comments previously that Howie Carr was thrown off the air because the station can’t make money from sponsors off of him. Sounds more like if you don’t agree with somebody, shut them down. Sounds more like free speech being shut down.

    I’ve heard Trump supporters called all sorts of names like Trumpsters and the like and I guess that’s OK with people here in Berkshire County because they don’t like Trump. Doesn’t sound very open minded to me. Thomas More says people need to respect others that think differently from them, but isn’t that a something that BOTH sides need to do….Democrats and Republicans.

    • Thomas More
      December 7, 2017 at 6:55 pm #

      I said that? I wrote that his show was gone, as in discontinued locally, because the sponsors weren’t supporting the program. Translate-unprofitable-people weren’t listening to him and it was costing WBEC money. I don’t see either where I wrote that people should respect one another. I merely wrote that terms such as moonbat, hack etc. are childish. Name calling usually ends by fourth grade.

  26. ctrem
    December 7, 2017 at 7:44 pm #

    Hmmmmm…….Rosenberg instructs his minions to enact a perpetual pay raise and ensure that the voters can’t contest it and a mere six months later his Husband, 40 years younger and former “intern” in his office, is going to pull down $50,000 a year in tax payer dollars for life.

    Even Fat Teddy couldn’t have written this script.

    • levitan
      December 7, 2017 at 8:57 pm #

      First, we withdraw payments to the City of Pittsfield, and direct instead to a Council of legitimate representation. The City Council and Mayor will dissolve into irrelevancy, and the People will effectively run the city. Other cities will follow suit. In time, this pin-drop with grow to a wave which will spread to Bacon Hill, and they will have to print their own money, Bacon Script, to stay afloat.

      Join me for the First ever Toter Party at PEDA. Time and Date to be announced by the City Council. Bring some rum too, it’s a period thing.

    • levitan
      December 7, 2017 at 9:00 pm #

      Fat Teddy? Did you mean Fat Freddy? We know it’s his cat that pulled the strings.

  27. h
    December 8, 2017 at 4:27 am #

    I know people that recycle and have a minimum 100 plus gallon total each week, I’ll send Dan pics.. The idea that you have to pay for bags extra-overflow sounds like an added tax. If it’s big trash and recycling that is the problem, then enforce that. It’s not a money maker, it will cost the city for the Toters and it is not feasible. Start enforcing. Most Councilors have been told they do not want this.

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