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COUNCIL SHOWS A PULSE ON TOTERS, POTHOLES … NOT THAT THE ADMINISTRATION CARES

BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

ADD 1 UPDATES, 1-19-18 LATE P.M. — There are two items to share in relation to today’s Weekend Edition:

(1) Thanks to the responders to pointed out THE PLANET’s error in swapping Ward 1’s Helen Moon for at-large Mr. Persip. Moon cast the responsible vote on the toter plan, not Persip. We immediately corrected the error. We congratulate Moon, who’s off to a strong start on the council.

(2) It didn’t take long after THE PLANET’s sharing the communication between Ward 4 councilor Chris Connell and DPW commissioner David Turocy (see exchange, below) that the city sent a road crew to East Street to address some too the worst-rutted road in town. Good to know we can still make it rain.

— Regular Coverage Begins —

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION, JAN. 19-21) — Garbage in, garbage out, garbage sent back. THE PLANET‘s Right Honorable Good Fiends — er, Friends, that is — on the city council took one small step for Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski when they threw mayor Linda Tyer‘s toter trash plan back in her face. It remains to be seen if they will make one giant leap for Mr. and Mrs. K, plus most of the city’s local businesses. At least the cadaver showed a pulse.

The council had the chance at its last meeting to take action but decided to punt. Four councilors, ( Persip, Caccamo, Marchetti, and White) wanted to debate on the demerits and approve. Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed, and The Magnficent Seven (Morandi, Connell, Rivers, Krol, Simonelli, Mazzeo, Moon) at least said uh-uh. As in “Nope.”This plan is dumb, and Her Honor needs the hot sweet potato more than we do. One might bemoan that our heroes didn’t reject the plan outright since they had the votes, but let’s light a candle to see the sun and offer hosanas that at least they didn’t approve.

THE PLANET’s exchange with Ward 2’s Kevin Morandi Wednesday convinces us that his constituents overwhelmingly want the toter plan rejected. Morandi said he’s never received this volume of feedback on any single issue in his seven years on the council. He said he will oppose the measure and fight to have it shot on sight. Let’s hope he does just that.

Meanwhile, city hall sources, including one familiar with the inner goings on in the corner office, tell THE PLANET that the mayor threw a fit when the council threw the toter plan back (up?) at Her Honor’s doorstep. No one’s going on the record, what with retaliation being a way of life in city politics, but  it looks like the mayor and her backers have that “deer in the headlights” look.

It will be more than interesting to see what happens from here. Does the mayor have both the smarts and the courage to admit she was wrong in submitting a trash plan so utterly tone deaf?  Will she trash it? Or will she stubbornly try to jam through a force fit and risk a rare battle with the council, one that, if held today, she would lose?

Remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, does the administration give a flying buck what citizens think? THE PLANET shares this from Ward 4 councilor Chris Connell. On Jan. 16′ 9:03 a.m., CC sent roads commissioner David Turocy the following note:

“Commissioner, the manholes on East Street across from PHS need to be filled in around the collars. Actually they represent circular potholes. Thanks” then CC’s sign off.

That afternoon, Turocy sent back to following profundity:

“Chris, / We’re aware of them, and will patch them when we get the chance.”

“When we get the chance.” Yeah, like the 12th of never. Neat, eh? The sense of urgency, that is, and the specific plan of address so that the good councilor’s request, sub, titled on behalf of the batter front ends of angry constituents.That, dear friends, is what passes for “service” in the mighty metropolis. … Unless, of course, you’re part of the caviar and champagne set.

Major Premise: ALL GOVERNMENT IS CORRUPT. You can reason from there.

Have a great weekend, everybody.

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“Never cared for what they say. Never cared for what they do. Never cared for what they know, whoa, but I know” — Metallica, “Nothing Else Matters.”

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

The Usual Disclaimer.

148 Responses to “COUNCIL SHOWS A PULSE ON TOTERS, POTHOLES … NOT THAT THE ADMINISTRATION CARES”

  1. Jonathan Melle
    January 18, 2018 at 9:14 pm #

    Nuciforo’s plan to sell both medical and recreational marijuana via a not-for-profit Pittsfield dispensary he is heavily invested in raises both legal and ethical issues.

    While I am part of the resistance against the fascist Trump regime, and, while I disagree with Attorney General Jeff Session’s decision to rescind the Cole Memorandum, the fact remains that Nuciforo’s pot operation violates federal law! Until the U.S. Congress passes legislation allowing marijuana dispensaries, Nuciforo is openly breaking the law!

    On the state and local level, Nuciforo is the Prince of Pittsfield politics. His late-father was a Pittsfield State Senator & Judge, his Uncle, a state rep., and his late-Aunt, the first woman Pittsfield Mayor and longtime BCC Professor. Nuciforo followed in his dad’s footsteps by serving one decade in the Massachusetts Senate on Beacon Hill. He served one 6-year term as Pittsfield Registar of Deeds. So the issue remains whether or not he is using his connections to profit off the sale of marijuana in Pittsfield?

    In closing, Nuciforo has a history of breaking the law and violating “ethics” policies in state and local government in Pittsfield politics. Nuciforo had people bully me since I was 20 years old in 1996 without leaving behind his own fingerprints/DNA. Nuciforo filed multiple “ethics” complaints against my dad when he served as a Berkshire County Commissioner. Nuciforo served as a Finance Committee Chairman in the State Senate while he also served as a corporate Attorney at a Boston law firm serving big banks and insurance companies. Nuciforo strong-armed two women named Sara Hathaway and Sharon Henault out of a state government election to anoint himself to a sinecure at the Pittsfield Registry of Deeds, Now, Nuciforo is openly breaking federal law by investing in a non-profit marijuana dispensary in Pittsfield, where he has unethical connections to make a profit selling pot.

    Nuciforo never faces any consequences for his actions!

    – Jonathan Melle

    • Magoo
      January 19, 2018 at 4:56 am #

      Jonathan
      I think what sessions has in mind is to route out the rampant corruption, that you touched on with your ethics comment.
      How did lucifero and Pittsfields Largest Theives Application go to the top of the list and get approved so quickly.
      My bet federal prosecutor Andrew Lelling has that on his list of things to do, I wonder where are most of their campaign donations go? Pay to play… Seems awful familiar.

  2. 12 Gauge
    January 18, 2018 at 9:59 pm #

    Define fascist.

    • Pat
      January 19, 2018 at 5:34 am #

      Definition of fascism:

      A fascist is a follower of a political philosophy characterized by authoritarian views and a strong central government — and no tolerance for opposing opinions. Fascist traces to the Italian word fascio, meaning “group, bundle.” Under fascist rule, the emphasis is on the group — the nation — with few individual rights.

      What sticks out for me in this definition by Wikipedia is the emphasis on a strong central government and NO tolerance for opposing opinions. Our media and our college campuses are perfect examples of this. No tolerance for differing viewpoints and only showing one political party in a positive light. Few individual rights is also key because with big government the individual is just an annoyance compared to the all powerful government. This is why I am against big government. It is dangerous.

      • Hugh Janos
        January 19, 2018 at 8:09 am #

        Pat. What have you been smoking?

        • Dustin
          January 19, 2018 at 12:21 pm #

          gotcha

        • Pat
          January 19, 2018 at 5:41 pm #

          You are thinking of liberals who live on pot and other substances which are killing their brain cells.

        • Levitan
          January 21, 2018 at 8:57 pm #

          Why the sarcasm? Let’s comment is well written and fairly represents what is taking place in academia. The U.S. Constitution is premised on restricting the scope of government.

      • Mr. G
        January 19, 2018 at 4:05 pm #

        Do you not see that ANY differing opinion from Fearless Leader Trump is immediately declared fake and the person who states it denigrated and belittled?!? That is straight from the fascist playbook and not something I see from most of the horrible progressives. I guess “basket of deplorables” was pejorative, but nowhere the level to which Trunp sinks.

        • Dustin
          January 19, 2018 at 7:50 pm #

          I busted you again

          • Mr. G
            January 20, 2018 at 5:37 am #

            No idea what I’m being busted for Dustin but whatever it is…I didnt do it and I wanna talk to my attorney

          • Dustin
            January 20, 2018 at 6:41 am #

            You are such a thief and crybaby

  3. Harry Merkin
    January 18, 2018 at 10:16 pm #

    What’s most interesting is Idol’s attitude toward the toter system. He was the writing on the wall and became a Tyer traitor . He loved and left Linda. Watch you back mayor and pick up a copy of Julius Ceaser.

    • Harry Merkin
      January 18, 2018 at 10:17 pm #

      Krol not idol

  4. Garbage Gestapo
    January 18, 2018 at 10:24 pm #

    So sad that her pickle ball high has ended

  5. dusty
    January 19, 2018 at 1:05 am #

    The mayor is not very popular right now. If she jams this toter stool down our throats she will be in Trump territory as far as popularity. It is not just a bad idea, it is an asinine idea and she needs to listen to the background noise and not the people she promised to do it for.

    And the councilors pushing for it are outing themselves as being in the mayors pocket because you know they are getting backlash from their ward people and ignoring it.

    • Spagirl
      January 19, 2018 at 3:18 am #

      Yup, dusty.

    • mi
      January 19, 2018 at 4:54 am #

      Exactly and Trump territory is not where you want to be these days. In life, no matter where you live or what you do for a living, no one likes a Know it All.

      • Pat
        January 19, 2018 at 5:24 am #

        The economy in this country is about to explode with jobs (although probably not here in Berkshire County since we are so behind the times) thanks to companies expanding like Apple with a 350 billion dollar contribution to the economy over the next 5 years and other companies. Now those are a lot of apples. THANK YOU President Trump.

        https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2018/01/apple-accelerates-us-investment-and-job-creation/

        • dusty
          January 19, 2018 at 6:20 am #

          Trump loves his flock.

          So did Jimmy Jones.

          • Still Wondering
            January 19, 2018 at 7:51 am #

            That is an insane statement Dusty.

          • Hugh Janos
            January 19, 2018 at 8:11 am #

            Dusty you hit a home run!

          • 12 Gauge
            January 19, 2018 at 8:17 am #

            Jim Jones was a democrat who was praised by Jimmy Carter.

          • Dustin
            January 19, 2018 at 12:21 pm #

            gotach again hugh ….we all know

  6. The school committee
    January 19, 2018 at 5:37 am #

    If someday White can use common sense and understand that every nickle spent on budgets should be spent from the point of view that WW2 veteran just had his 1600 dollar SS check deposited and must pay his bills including his 300 dollars a month tax bill that councilor White should try to lower to 290 next year,yes hes young and so is caccamo but it time to be a mature handler of money.
    Just because the councilors can afford tax bills going up 250 bucks a year does not mean they should do it.

  7. Pat
    January 19, 2018 at 5:37 am #

    It’s obvious that Moon is in the pocket of the Mayor as Dan V. predicted would happen. Usually the city doesn’t do any pothole repair until April. I can’t imagine what some of these roads will be like by that time.

    • H
      January 19, 2018 at 6:16 am #

      Just went to the apple store, the manager told me their laying off?
      Macy’s closing stores all over the country,mall closing, yeah we’re doings great around here.

      • Pat
        January 19, 2018 at 5:39 pm #

        The Apple store is a franchise. Not the same thing. Retail is closing because of not very smart people who insist on ordering online. Retail has no overhead of store costs when they close their mall stores so they are all for people shopping online. Not very smart people are making it easy for retail stores to do this while causing inconvenience for all of us.

        Not everyone can afford to order online with shipping rates. Not everyone, especially women, like buying clothing online. We like to try it on first and browse in stores not online. After sitting all day in front of a computer, the last thing I want to do is go home and surf the web for clothing. It’s not energetic enough and everyone will get very fat constantly sitting in front of the computer.

  8. The school committee
    January 19, 2018 at 5:46 am #

    Councilors and the Mayor along with Behnke Mccandless and Yon all admire each other and they thank each other for the fine job they do OKing money for budgets presented.I dont believe Yon or Marchetti ever said no.What is Yon doing there if she cant say no.Every Mayor and Superintendant know the real buget will get passed,only the fake budget gets a few questions.
    TEACHERS are about to get another 3 million in raises.

  9. The school committee
    January 19, 2018 at 5:50 am #

    Because the is no oposition Schools keep adding positions.Im listening and cant wait to hear Mccandless exllain that yes all 40 para positions have been vacant as sold last year that they layed of 40 positions

  10. Gigi
    January 19, 2018 at 6:07 am #

    Thank you to the councilors who voted to send the toter proposal back to the mayor. Spines are in short supply these days.

    How despicable that the Dem Senators refuse to fund the budget and keep government open – because they want DACA amnesty.
    They favor people who are here illegally over the citizens of this country! Outrageous!

    • Pat
      January 19, 2018 at 5:33 pm #

      I agree. Do not put illegals over citizens of this country!!!! We shouldn’t even have to say this.

      • dusty
        January 20, 2018 at 1:48 am #

        Yes thank you councilors for doing your jobs at least partly..It should have been sent back with a recommendation to shit can the idea and never bring it up again.

  11. NIB
    January 19, 2018 at 6:13 am #

    As expected Moon is already a disappointment, nothing more than a rubber stamp for the mayor.

    • Cos
      January 19, 2018 at 6:17 am #

      Yeah, but her vote made Krol V P and sent Mazzeo a message.

    • NIB
      January 19, 2018 at 7:52 am #

      I withdraw my comment as Mike Ward provided information that Moon voted to send it back to the mayor.
      Thank you, Mike.

  12. dusty
    January 19, 2018 at 6:31 am #

    Story in iBerkshires city is going to borrow $74 million more for upgrades to water plant.

    This city must owe about a billion dollars and the tax payers are going to continue to get clobbered exponentially each year.

    People love to move to cities with super high taxes and impassable roads so let’s roll out the welcome mat and wait at the borders for the crowds.

    • 12 Gauge
      January 19, 2018 at 8:22 am #

      The city should talk to the guy who built and understands the water plants. There is no one working for the city who won’t be snookered by consultants.

      • Shakes His Head
        January 19, 2018 at 8:52 am #

        Didn’t the scientist that built and design the water plants pass away?

        • Dustin
          January 19, 2018 at 9:45 am #

          irrelevant post as usual

          • Shakes His Head
            January 19, 2018 at 2:05 pm #

            No, it isn’t irrelevant, the reference suggests that a city resident was in charge of the design and building of the water plants, when in fact he was not, and also ignores that the water plant is not the current boondoggle, the water treatment plant is.

          • 12 Gauge
            January 19, 2018 at 4:42 pm #

            The hands on person who implemented the construction is very much alive

          • Dustin
            January 19, 2018 at 7:49 pm #

            Shh is irrelevant

          • 12 Gauge
            January 20, 2018 at 8:49 am #

            In your mind what s the difference?

      • LoneGunMan
        January 19, 2018 at 9:34 am #

        Where’s the G-man when you need him?

        Makes sense the city and Eagle crucified him, he was probably right and onto them

  13. Mike Ward
    January 19, 2018 at 6:38 am #

    Need to revise your Magnificent Seven, Dan. You have Moon and Persip on the wrong sides: http://www.iberkshires.com/story/56385/Tired-of-Trash-Talk-Council-Returns-Toters-to-Tyer.html

  14. h
    January 19, 2018 at 6:43 am #

    Seems to me that the state will be way short again for budget handouts, how do programs get funded this cycle?

  15. CosbiesLadies
    January 19, 2018 at 6:50 am #

    Retirees though they haven’t had to many COLA adjustments,are about the only secure income resource that is pretty much funded for the next few years. With teachers and administrators locally, getting increases,, greed and job security,bad economy and enviorment, does help the debt the city is in,at all,closing in on a billion as dusty says, that’s a reality. Either the City starts cutting,or Bankruptcy Looms.That’s real folks.

  16. Spider
    January 19, 2018 at 7:01 am #

    If Mr Turocy replied to Mr. Connell is such a sarcastic way, can you just imagine how he would respond to an ordinary taxpayer.
    I wonder if the mayor would agree with this attitude.

    On the toter subject – if the mayor pushes this toter system down our throats, she will never see another term.

    Although voters tend to forget, believe me, when they are struggling with these toters every week, they won’t forget on election day.

    • Thomas More
      January 19, 2018 at 7:28 am #

      It’s unlikely that she’s interested in another 4 years.

      • CosbiesLadies
        January 19, 2018 at 11:55 am #

        Does it matter dude? McCandless and Yawn are the Mayor.

      • Levitan
        January 21, 2018 at 9:04 pm #

        Her handlers are certain to seek at least another term.

    • The school committee
      January 19, 2018 at 8:08 am #

      They all talk to tbe blue collar department heads in a demeaning manner but will kiss mccandless ass because they feel inferior to the sup

      • h
        January 19, 2018 at 11:58 am #

        Tyer will do as she’s told, she has zero power and zero money In the till to spend. Have Berry buy you a new outfit.

  17. CosbiesLadies
    January 19, 2018 at 7:04 am #

    If the government is shut down do I have to pay taxes.

  18. Spider
    January 19, 2018 at 7:06 am #

    Kevin Morandi’s ward is not the only one against toters. I just heard that Councilor Moon heard the same sentiment from all who attended her first ward meeting.

    But the mayor is stubborn. I seriously doubt that she will change her mind. Let’s hope I’m wrong.

    • LoneGunMan
      January 19, 2018 at 7:25 am #

      Yet she still voted in favor?

      • Harrison
        January 19, 2018 at 7:39 am #

        Councilor Moon voted to send back to the mayor. See Mike Ward’s comments above.

        • LoneGunMan
          January 19, 2018 at 8:12 am #

          Thanks for clarifying. I retract my moonbat statements

  19. LoneGunMan
    January 19, 2018 at 7:25 am #

    When was the last time Cock-a-mo listened to any of his constituents in Ward 3? Moon may be a moonbat, but at least she reaches out with community forums and social media. I’m not even in her ward and I get the facebook invites.

    What position is bagface Tyer going to give Cock-a-mo when this is all over? let’s wait and see. Keep making those unilateral decisions from Mom and Dad’s basement you schmuck

  20. The school committee
    January 19, 2018 at 8:09 am #

    Crosby,Allendale,PHS need 1/2 billion

  21. dusty
    January 19, 2018 at 9:22 am #

    Pittsfield seems to be in a race to the bottom and is currently in first place. The mayor turned on the after burners with her parking meters, toters and tax give-a-ways. I truly feel helpless with these people who seem to have zero inclination to manage a budget in any conservative manner.

    • Mr. G
      January 19, 2018 at 4:35 pm #

      Weren’t the parking meters Bianchi’s?

      • Dustin
        January 19, 2018 at 7:48 pm #

        I know who you are

        • Mr. G
          January 21, 2018 at 5:03 pm #

          Effin Dustin…so reliable, so predictable, so supremely confident about stuff about which you know absolutely nothing. It’d be comical if I didn’t feel badly for you.

          • Dustin
            January 22, 2018 at 7:50 am #

            you are busted again

      • acheshirecat
        January 19, 2018 at 8:12 pm #

        Bianchi , in December 2013, hired consulting firm Nelson Nygaard and paid them $75,000 to take a comprehensive look at the downtown parking situation. There were recommendations, but none utilized.
        Ultimately the City borrowed $3,500,000 from the State to help with renovation of the McKay St. garage. The state required the city to take on a parking plan to ensure the garage would be properly maintained. Mayor Tyer ok’d what we have now.
        The State wanted the parking plan so the McKay St. garage can be maintained. Is that what the parking dollars are going be used for?

        • dusty
          January 20, 2018 at 1:57 am #

          My understanding is that most people hate the parking kiosks and that the revenue predictions by the consultants were off by a large margin irregardless of the fluffed up spin Kerwood and the mayor have put on the subject.

          It may have been Bianchis idea by the current administration is lying about its success. If the most successful part of it is that you have made a fortune in parking fines I am not sure that is anything to brag about.

  22. LoneGunMan
    January 19, 2018 at 11:04 am #

    I love how the sources say the mayor had a hissy fit behind closed doors when she didn’t get her unilateral ways.

    Give up and move on gracefully Linda. We all won’t move into luxuryville past BCC based on our “extracurricular skills”

  23. h
    January 19, 2018 at 12:04 pm #

    The bored of Health wants money now for registration and if Fine is will be 100 a week if there is non compliance, there is a small fee to tell them this information. What exactly is this for? the city, the registry of deeds , the state,and the banks know exactly where my dwelling is, why is there a fee for this non sense. Gina you suck.

    • dusty
      January 20, 2018 at 1:58 am #

      Registration of what?

  24. Halo
    January 19, 2018 at 12:11 pm #

    I’m laughing because a dear friend of mine moved out of the City to Pensecola,fl to get away from the high taxes and terrible atomosphere here in the City. Now she learns her home assessment has gone way up, on a street that is not so way up, and she can’t figure out why? She was leasing the property and under valued at best, and the tenant left and screwed her big time, not only on rent but cold weather problems, furnace pipes.She said when she gets back in the spring she’s going to a City Council meeting and let the Ward Councilor and Mayor know what’s on her mind. She will give it to them, trust me on that one.

    • Thomas More
      January 20, 2018 at 7:27 am #

      That is funny.

  25. UAlbany
    January 19, 2018 at 12:37 pm #

    Ward has surfaced to correct a minor DV mistake but he and his cadre of Trashcan Tyer supporters have abandoned LT’s good ship lollipop – where are all the condescending know it all comments from Honey Barr Barr, Ward, Durwin and Guyer ?!

    • NIB
      January 19, 2018 at 1:57 pm #

      Barry used to post here regularly, often with good info. Did he get orders from Linda to stop?

      • h
        January 19, 2018 at 3:03 pm #

        Internal problems.

      • Roberto Del Halitoso
        January 20, 2018 at 8:30 pm #

        Barry the constipated CPA works it out with a pencil.

  26. The school committee
    January 19, 2018 at 12:38 pm #

    Will it be ground hog day on the budget again,Im waiting for every councilor to finally tell them that its been a long time coming and they have been patient but this is the year the school department must cut 10%…..Ive heard them warn year after year….
    I want them to be rude to the schools,

    • Harlan RinkleNutts
      January 20, 2018 at 6:51 am #

      You’re asking for a lot.

  27. Harlan RinkleNutts
    January 20, 2018 at 6:51 am #

    Maybe trump can make a deal,Pat?

  28. Pat
    January 20, 2018 at 6:53 am #

    Schumer, Pelosi, and Progressives shut down government. Progressives do not want to stop chain migration. They don’t care about border security. They want to create another generation of dreamers. All for votes. It’s all about power. This is their only chance to build big government with everyone dependent on big government.

    Chain migration for those who don’t know is when immigrants can bring all of their family members here including cousins and other relatives.

    Trump gave everything the Democrats wanted, but they are acting like peevish children. They don’t want to end chain migration and don’t care about creating another generation of dreamers. They also don’t care about the current generation of dreamers. They care about politics and power.

    • Thomas More
      January 20, 2018 at 7:24 am #

      damn them

    • h
      January 20, 2018 at 7:49 am #

      Trump kicking good dreamers out to filter terrorists,America was built on just the opposite of that, Brits were terrorists, ask Washington, a Brit himself? don’t think his soldiers were vetted to fight for freedom? Actually Washington and Trump do have something In Common, both had great hair, and that’s

      • Mr. Fritz
        January 20, 2018 at 8:17 am #

        Good dreamers, h? The large majority of them receive public assistance! The majority of them are between 25 and 40 years old and are unemployed, sucking up welfare, illiterate & don’t speak English! What planet are you living on? There are millions of them here – brought in by Obama’s unconstitutional orders. Hats off to Trump for standing up to Schmucky Schumer and his gang of dumb Dems and a handful of RINO Republicans like Flakey Jeff and Lindsay the Louse. Trump was elected to end illegal immigration and secure our borders – both of which he is trying to accomplish for the security & prosperity of our nation. Schumer spends his time working for illegals (future Dem voters) and seems to forget that the citizens of this great country pay his exorbitant salary & health care.

        • dusty
          January 20, 2018 at 8:27 am #

          Last time I heard that much name calling I was in the fourth grade.

          • h
            January 21, 2018 at 7:41 pm #

            Must’ve hit a trump nerve?

        • Harlan RinkleNutts
          January 20, 2018 at 11:59 am #

          That is quite true, but the corp tax break-rebuke/lickings got was a sham and a half deal. Quid pro quo, same name talking to yourself fritz /shakes /gauge et al.

        • Spider
          January 20, 2018 at 4:21 pm #

          Mr. Fritz – Man, are we ever on the same page.! Keep it up!

        • h
          January 20, 2018 at 9:21 pm #

          Trumps a draft dodger and bush was an assclown deferred.

    • Hugh Janos
      January 20, 2018 at 8:16 am #

      Pat How can you blame Democrats if the Republicans control the House, Senate and White House? Please explain

      • Mr. Fritz
        January 20, 2018 at 8:20 am #

        Your ignorance is showing, just like some of the WH reporters who asked the same question. The house passed a budget bill, but the Senate requires 60 votes to pass the budget – which would require some Democratic support to get to that number.

        • Spider
          January 20, 2018 at 4:18 pm #

          Mr. Fritz – You are so right!

        • The school committee
          January 21, 2018 at 5:49 am #

          They need dems to get everything regressives want

      • Dustin
        January 20, 2018 at 8:36 am #

        Matt you are idiot

      • Dave
        January 20, 2018 at 3:32 pm #

        Hugh, I listen to Howard Stern too, and was gonna post as Hugh Jayness. Thanks for beating me to the punch!

        • Mr. G
          January 21, 2018 at 5:09 pm #

          #Trump shutdown! And Fritz, you have no facts at all in your original tirade. Straight made up bullshit.

          • Dustin
            January 22, 2018 at 7:50 am #

            #Shumershutdown you lying crying thief

  29. Dave
    January 20, 2018 at 3:46 pm #

    Get an original thought and get back to us, including how your 401K has been doing lately

  30. Bill Q
    January 20, 2018 at 4:48 pm #

    Beware of Potholes,Merrill,Dalton ave,Springside, Pecks and the man hole covers are getting bad also.

    • Levitan
      January 21, 2018 at 9:10 pm #

      Are they preying on children?

  31. Pat
    January 20, 2018 at 5:56 pm #

    Nancy Pelosi only stays in politics for the perks. She needs those yearly face lifts and they are not cheap. I don’t think she believes anything she is saying. She just looks bored.

    Schumer is a complete radical and so fits in nicely with the other crazy radicals in the Progressive party.

  32. Cos
    January 20, 2018 at 7:22 pm #

    Trump reminds me of the elixir salesman in the wild west, or a rainmaker in a drought town.

  33. mi
    January 20, 2018 at 7:51 pm #

    I’m just too stupid for you professionals, so what I do is believe everything trump tells me,as he is a stable genius, prefect specimen of a man,and a professional grab man, plus, he makes great deals, is not a racist,and never calls people names or makes fun of them, oh, and he tweets thousands of correct comments and only wants 18 billion for a wall that Mexico will pay for. Plus, he fires everybody he has hired.

    • 12 Gauge
      January 20, 2018 at 9:32 pm #

      But he doesn’t have the build of Trish the body Bouvier. By the way now much does Hilary weigh?

    • dusty
      January 21, 2018 at 12:57 am #

      Plus he has great taste in the porn stars he cheats on his wife with. Melania says she is OK with it as long as he keeps his hands off of her and Ivanka.

      • Ed Check
        January 23, 2018 at 12:24 pm #

        Just like your heroes, the Kennedy ‘s and the Clinton ‘s. I never had sex with that woman…

  34. Bill Q
    January 21, 2018 at 5:07 am #

    Shut er down, blame trump because, he is, the art of the deal. Stay home folks watch the game today, are roads suck anyway.

  35. Pat
    January 21, 2018 at 5:26 am #

    Everything in the bill is what the Progressives wanted. They are just being nasty and they don’t want President Trump to celebrate his first year in office. Nancy Pelosi said really snippy, “Happy Anniversary President Trump”. This government shutdown will not be as hard on everyone as the one that the Republicans did years ago because Obama intentionally weaponized that shutdown by making everyone suffer so that the public would be especially angry at the Republicans.

    Chuck Schumer pretending that Republicans caused this shutdown because they have the majorities when everyone knows that votes from Democrats were needed to pass this. it’s all word games on the part of Schumer playing to the stupid people in the public.

    President Trump did not weaponize this shutdown as Obama did. Thank you President Trump for being a nicer guy than Obama..

    • Mr. G
      January 21, 2018 at 6:53 am #

      Pat…the koolaid is poisoned! STOP drinking it for God’s sake! Trump himself has said numerous times, ANY government shutdown is the fault of the president.

      • Mr. G
        January 21, 2018 at 6:55 am #

        But at this point, divisiveness and entrenchment on either side is not productive. We need people willing to talk, do the business of the nation and do whats best for people, nkt themselves!

        • Dustin
          January 21, 2018 at 7:11 am #

          Why did you steal?

        • Mr. Fritz
          January 21, 2018 at 10:15 am #

          So Mr G & others – you think Trump should give amnesty to millions of illegals because Chuck Schumer & Dems believe that would be the best thing for the country? Hats off to Trump for following the constitution!

          • Pat
            January 21, 2018 at 12:41 pm #

            That’s exactly what Progressives want. They need lots of illegals to grow big government. It’s obvious they don’t are about the citizens already here and legal. They tune them out and their shouts of no illegals. They are catering to the illegals to gain power.

      • Dustin
        January 21, 2018 at 7:11 am #

        I know who you are you thief

      • dusty
        January 21, 2018 at 9:37 am #

        He is telling you the truth Pat. It IS poisoned.

        We are going to do an intervention to try to pull you out of his grasp…hang in there. We are sending prayers and best wishes.

        • Mr. G
          January 21, 2018 at 5:15 pm #

          Dusty, thoughts and prayers are now reserved strictly for post-mass shootings in order to avoid discussing things like banning assault rifles. Please be more cautious. And Pat, I am already here and legal as are my kids…so I certainly care about all that. I also care about fairness, treating people right and lots of other stuff over which christian conservatives do not hold sole domain. Your shrill name calling grows wearisome.

      • Cos
        January 21, 2018 at 7:27 pm #

        The Kool Aid is spiked.

    • Harrison
      January 21, 2018 at 10:48 am #

      Where was Donnie Deal Maker?

  36. Cosbies
    January 21, 2018 at 5:59 am #

    We have a phony economy. Still,trillions in debt. Stock market is fools gold.

  37. Mr. Fritz
    January 21, 2018 at 10:39 am #

    Excellent letter- to-the-editor in today’s B.E. regarding the Four Freedoms group, by Mr. Delaney. Great analysis, Mr. Delaney! I agree 100%.

    • Pat
      January 21, 2018 at 4:50 pm #

      I read the letter. I agree. This Four Freedoms group is a strictly political group masquerading as some spiritual group which it most definitely is not.

  38. Shakes His Head
    January 21, 2018 at 11:26 am #

    Dustin is a moron obsessed with some guy named Matt.

    • Dustin
      January 21, 2018 at 1:46 pm #

      Your comments are irrelevant

    • Mr. G
      January 21, 2018 at 5:17 pm #

      Does he think you and I are Matt? Does he think you and I are one in the same? Does he, in fact, think at all? He seems pretty confident tho…maybe he’s right?

      • Dustin
        January 21, 2018 at 6:01 pm #

        You fool nobody

  39. CosbiesLadies
    January 21, 2018 at 11:44 am #

    Trump has everyone believing the economy will sustain, wait until Corps neglect to invest in Capital and slowly but surely take profits,ala Jack Welch. It will give a whole new meaning to stock options,buyouts,givebacks,sell outs,and get the f – out, in this case platinum parachutes. Nancy Pukelosi is another joke, when will America wake up to the fact that they (rich Dems Rep) Trump-are in it together, who the hell do you think gets the biggest piece of the tax reform pie,Wake Up America!
    The Media also benefits, they get the controversial stories each day, most of which is driven by Trump dumb tweets
    because of the politics. But think about it? Will Chris Cuomo be taking his tax windfall and giving it to Charity? Not is all as it seems,Americans are being fleeced on both side! Trump is giving dumb America what they want.

    • Pat
      January 21, 2018 at 12:44 pm #

      This is why SMALL government is best. Why don’t people get that the bigger government gets, the more problems we have. Progressives want big government. I WANT small government no matter who is in charge because politicians are NOT NICE people.

      • Col. Angus
        January 21, 2018 at 1:02 pm #

        The small government types are always the first to bitch about the snow plowing on their street.

        • Pat
          January 21, 2018 at 1:55 pm #

          Pretty sure small government is capable of handling street plowing. Stop drinking the Progressive Kool-aid.

          • 12 Gauge
            January 21, 2018 at 7:33 pm #

            And those with small junk complain about Trump.

  40. mi
    January 21, 2018 at 11:50 am #

    C…will u take over if the Planet decides to retire. I agree with your outside the box logic. Never liked that Namcy Pelosi, she always acts as though she’s in the middle of some kind of act of contrition.

  41. mi
    January 21, 2018 at 1:07 pm #

    Jacksonville has zero chance zero.

    • Harrison
      January 21, 2018 at 2:47 pm #

      Tabloid fox bull shit. C’mon Pat. You are better than this.

      • mi
        January 21, 2018 at 2:50 pm #

        Pat.please.

        • Pat
          January 21, 2018 at 4:19 pm #

          Women have a voice, but women also need to be consistent. Scarlet Johannson is not being consistent. We need to call these people out for hypocrisy.

          • Dilly Dally
            January 21, 2018 at 4:22 pm #

            Dilly Dilly Pat.

  42. Halo
    January 21, 2018 at 2:39 pm #

    Trump has been mentioned to have received several std’s from this Stormy women, something that wasn’t mentioned as part of his Physical Exam. Former Sex porn Star and now producer Ron Jeremy, reported by A P said several men and woman who had encounters with this woman had some serious issues with contact with this so called ‘Star’ before Trump was involved. I feel sorry for Milania and his kids, what a jerk.

    • Pat
      January 21, 2018 at 4:39 pm #

      I feel sorry for Progressives who are this desperate to take down a president. The next Democratic presidential candidate will be a woman which is why they are going on about all the woman power nonsense now. Smart women know it is all a ruse to get Progressives back in power again.

      Republicans and Independents should begin preparing now for this battle by running an opposing woman candidate instead of running any males because that way they could make the issue not about a man versus a woman candidate, but about the real issues instead of gender. Progressives have become very skillful at using this psychological BS. Opposing groups must take a lesson and do the same.

      Look at how any woman running in politics who was not a Democrat/Progressive was treated by the liberal media and Democrats. Not respectfully that’s for sure.

      • dusty
        January 21, 2018 at 5:33 pm #

        Syphillus will eat your brain. I guess that explains what happened to the stable genius. Too bad he had to pass it along to his kids.

      • Thomas More
        January 21, 2018 at 6:47 pm #

        Step up to the plate and run Pat. You’re the best and brightest.

  43. mi
    January 21, 2018 at 4:31 pm #

    Eagles have zero chance to beat Pats in Super Bowl.

  44. The school committee
    January 21, 2018 at 5:18 pm #

    Regressive women candidates wont work Pat,they come off as not well read as they dont support womens ability to choose and have equal pay,healthcare is huge for women and their children and regressive want it to go away…..white male power is shrinking

    • Pat
      January 21, 2018 at 6:55 pm #

      Oh please….I’m a woman. The right to choose….lots of younger women are coming out against abortion and seeing it for what it is so you may not win that fight in the future. Who is against equal pay for equal work? Nobody that I know. Women want to keep their children away from recreational pot and schools that tell their kids that there are many kinds of gender and you can choose what gender you think you are on any given day and use the appropriate bathroom. Health care is important, but not healthcare run by the federal government that charges outrageous prices for it and limits care. These are big concerns of women and are ignored by Progressives.

    • Thomas More
      January 21, 2018 at 7:12 pm #

      You’re not implying that Pat is not well read I hope. Pat is a wealthy woman who by her own admission the other day told us that she sat in many a board room with fellow executives whose salty language was not for the feint of heart. Pat with her marvelous reasoning would make an excellent candidate.

    • 12 Gauge
      January 21, 2018 at 7:28 pm #

      TSC are you for real? Pulling all this stuff from your butt. Please wash your hands.

  45. mi
    January 21, 2018 at 7:58 pm #

    Get a twitter account.

  46. Village Knight
    January 28, 2018 at 10:46 am #

    “…when they threw mayor Linda Tyer‘s
    toter trash plan back in her face.”

    I must say– Thank You to planetvalenti! Bravo!