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SPRING STREET SHOOTING ANOTHER TYLER FAILING

BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY JAN. 10, 2018) — With the recent thaw in below zero temps, THE PLANET deems we can justify thoughts of spring.

“Spring” — a word that harbors hope, the breath inside the seed that waits for a slight warming of earth before the green spear tip pokes through the cold ground.

Spring. Soon, the Old Professor will begin again a new semester, the “Spring” Semester, the dear word employed officially, with state sanction no less, on our Comp II syllabus.

Spring. It’s also the name of a street in Pittsfield. Do you know here it is?

Recent news reports in the mainstream media told you of a man taken into custody by police and accused of gunfire on Spring Street, on or about New Year’s Day. What they left out, however, was the important fact of Spring Street’s location. Why? THE PLANET cannot say, and we would be loathe to speculate on behalf of our less free, more moribund media colleagues. Did the editors overseeing the stories deem the location of Spring Street irrelevant? Was it a lapse in journalist judgment, or perhaps a desire to populate the corner-office fiction of a “Pittsfield Renaissance?”

We wonder: How many out of 10 city resident could tell you the location of Spring Street? Three? Two? One. None? Test yourself.  Do you know?

THE. PLANET is going through this mental GPS exercise on you because the location of Spring Street is a crucial part of the story. Spring Street, you see, is located off of Tyler Street, the upper (west) section, near where the Silk Mill apartments are located. This is the area where mayor Linda Tyer has proclaim a “Renaissance.” THE PLANET kids you not. This word, a beautiful word anywhere else, has been debased in Pittsfield by a series of mayors who has resolutely ignored the city’s systemic sickness for a series of grant-fueled cosmetic projects ($6,000 seasonal trash cans, colored umbrellas) that serve as sugar pills for the cancer patient.

Tyler Street, and Spring Street in particular, have degenerated into crime-riddled neighborhoods where a minority of drug addicts, gang members, and an assorted gang of scammers keep a majority of good, decent citizens hostage. Spend some time there, talking to residents. That’s what you’ll hear.

Tyer made large about Tyler Street during the campaign. She boasted about the Miracle Mile in her State of the City address. Let’s look at the record. In two+ years, she has:

* Ignored blight (Exhibit A, Hess Forest, empty storefronts)

* Whiffed badly on the Walmart proposal for the PEDA site, a development that proved her not only to be a lightweight with power but ineffectual in influence.

* Failed to honor her pledge to reduce crime.

* Wrote off Morningside, giving it wholesale to the drug trade, through her failure to change the way policing is done there.

* Made a joke of both her office and her official judgment with the Trashcan debacle.

* Listened to a meddling small group of ignorant do-gooders with dubious ties to the area, especially a couple of parasitic meddlers who for reasons that baffle have her ear.

* Driven the marginal middle classes to the point of insolvency with a relentless series of tax hikes and hidden levies.

* Refused to address the issue of a grammar school sitting within a pebble’s flight of the toxic mountain of Hill 78.

* Did nothing to explore if reopening of the GE Consent Agreement might be in order as a means to rectify the still-polluted Woodlawn acres.

We could go on, but we let this indictment stand as is.

As we predicted, Tyer addressed none of this in her la-Dee-da State of the City address. She painted a tale of fairy land, a land that doesn’t exist. It may play well with the croissant-and-Brie crowd, but for Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski, it was more of the same bad news.

The SOTC speech shared two huge revelations from the mayor: Senior citizens L-O-V-E pickle ball and millennials love “hip” housing. Keep that in mind while choking on your taxes.

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“Ne cede malis” — Sir Tiberius Fruitjuice.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

Love to All.

The Usual Disclaimer.

 

 

109 Responses to “SPRING STREET SHOOTING ANOTHER TYLER FAILING”

  1. Jonathan Melle
    January 9, 2018 at 9:10 pm #

    That’s right, folks. Mayor Linda Tyer is a miserable failure. Pittsfield has violent crime, poor neighborhoods, post-industrial polluted business parks and public schools, and a lot of feel good propaganda by the special interests.

    It is all her fault! I mean, none of these sad realities existed prior to her assuming the corner office 2 years ago.

    She should have said that Pittsfield sucks! It is in a downward spiral and her administration is digging a deeper hole. She should have said that she looks forward to raising taxes, fees, debts to give raises to the public union members in exchange for their support and votes.

    At least Linda is lovely!

    • dusty
      January 10, 2018 at 5:54 am #

      So is Ivanka Trump but Steve Bannon says “she is dumb as a brick”

      • Still Wondering
        January 10, 2018 at 6:34 am #

        Who give a damn about Steve Bannon? Breitbart fired him, Fox won’t hire him and only the liberal alphabets remain as a possible soap box.

        • Pat
          January 10, 2018 at 4:47 pm #

          A few months ago liberals hated Bannon. Now he is their hero and they hang on every word he says and take it as the law. Such phonies.

  2. Jonathan Melle
    January 9, 2018 at 9:26 pm #

    What is going on with the BMC hospital negotiations between management and the nurses union?

    *****

    What is going on with the Trump administration rescinding the Cole Memorandum protecting states who allow the legal sale of non-medical marijuana?

    Since 2014, Congress has approved the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment to stop the Justice Department from interfering in medical marijuana states, but the Cole memo was the only thing protecting non-medical marijuana legalization.

    Is the Trump administration going to prosecute non-medical marijuana dispensaries? Will Congress act to protect non-medical marijuana dispensaries?

    Trump campaigned on letting the states decide on legal issues concerning the sale of marijuana. He broke his promise!

    There are far more serious substance abuse issues the federal and state government has to deal with than dealing with the selling of non-medical marijuana in states where it is legal!

    • TrueThe school committee
      January 10, 2018 at 4:20 am #

      Session took that position on pot so that Trump can fire him.He must remove Sessions before FBI removes him.

      • Still Wondering
        January 10, 2018 at 6:35 am #

        The AG’s “position” on pot is a non-story. Nothing will change in Massachusetts.

        • Pat
          January 10, 2018 at 4:48 pm #

          True. The stoners will get their way here in Massachusetts because everyone has the right to be “stoned”.

  3. 12 Gauge
    January 9, 2018 at 9:43 pm #

    Pickle ball is no big dill for Pittsfield.

    • Shakes His Head
      January 10, 2018 at 7:12 am #

      good one

      • Dustin
        January 10, 2018 at 7:41 am #

        wow what i great post – not

        • Shakes His Head
          January 10, 2018 at 8:16 am #

          wow what i great post – not

          • Dustin
            January 10, 2018 at 8:22 am #

            you are ignorant

          • Shakes His Head
            January 10, 2018 at 8:54 am #

            you are ignorant

          • Dustin
            January 10, 2018 at 9:00 am #

            you have no clue

          • Shakes His Head
            January 10, 2018 at 9:41 am #

            you have no clue

          • Dustin
            January 10, 2018 at 9:43 am #

            you are not right in the head

          • Shakes His Head
            January 11, 2018 at 10:28 am #

            you are not right in the head

          • Dustin
            January 11, 2018 at 11:04 am #

            you add nothing to the conversation

          • Shakes His Head
            January 11, 2018 at 11:14 am #

            you add nothing to the conversation

          • Dustin
            January 11, 2018 at 11:44 am #

            you are weak minded

          • Shakes His Head
            January 11, 2018 at 2:01 pm #

            you are weak minded

          • Dustin
            January 11, 2018 at 4:42 pm #

            You are pathetic

          • Shakes His Head
            January 11, 2018 at 8:11 pm #

            You are pathetic

          • Dustin
            January 12, 2018 at 6:23 am #

            You scare children

          • Shakes His Head
            January 12, 2018 at 7:01 am #

            You scare children

          • Dustin
            January 12, 2018 at 7:31 am #

            you have major issues

          • Shakes His Head
            January 12, 2018 at 11:05 am #

            you have major issues

          • Dustin
            January 12, 2018 at 11:18 am #

            you are very weak minded

          • Shakes His Head
            January 12, 2018 at 2:05 pm #

            you are very weak minded

          • Dustin
            January 12, 2018 at 6:43 pm #

            You are very sick

  4. dusty
    January 10, 2018 at 1:44 am #

    According to Raids online there was a Homicide on Lincoln st on 12/17/17. And that is not too far from Spring st. Also, did this ever even make the newspaper? Not so sure it did.

    • LoneGunMan
      January 10, 2018 at 6:33 am #

      It’s amazing what the Eagle considers “news” and what it doesn’t. Hacks all of them

  5. SisterGoldenHair
    January 10, 2018 at 2:41 am #

    Thank you Dan,

    An abject failure by any objective standard. Sadly, that is what this mayor and her administration have become. She won because she wasn’t Bianchi, and like many mayors before her, she pissed away the goodwill and opportunity that comes with a new administration. She is a one and done mayor, like sad sack Hathaway, or at least I hope so. Even Bianchi could beat her now.
    Taxes through the roof, shootings through the roof, homicides throught the roof, tax breaks galore, and she adds millions to the budget, calls it an investment, and then pats her self on the back for responsible budgeting. Puke, double puke -she makes me sick.

    • Spagirl
      January 10, 2018 at 3:46 am #

      You are right!! She thinks the taxpayers are stupid! It is ridiculous and infuriating!

      • dusty
        January 10, 2018 at 5:57 am #

        She just does not care. She is on cloud nine and taking care of number one. In her mind she has won the lottery and thinks the city is QVC.

        • LoneGunMan
          January 10, 2018 at 7:08 am #

          Between her sugar daddy and her soon to be lifetime pension why would she worry? She’s gotta hang on for 2 more years, do nothing but smoke menthols and she’s set for life.

    • I would vote BiancTrueThe school committee
      January 10, 2018 at 4:24 am #

      If Morandi says he will cut schools budget today he gets my vote.Close Crosby,PHS, in 3 years

  6. Mr. Fritz
    January 10, 2018 at 5:25 am #

    Trash tote plan sent back to Mayor – read all about it on iberkshires!

    • Spagirl
      January 10, 2018 at 8:52 am #

      This administration doesn’t get it.

      • dusty
        January 10, 2018 at 1:17 pm #

        Oh they get it alright. They know exactly what they are doing. And NOT doing. It is by design.

  7. Spider
    January 10, 2018 at 7:04 am #

    I was not impressed with Persip last night. He asked stupid and unnecessary questions of Ruffer about St. Marys. I would have laughed in his face, but she handled it well.

    It was obvious he only wanted to get his time on TV. I guess we can look forward to that from now on.

    • LoneGunMan
      January 10, 2018 at 7:29 am #

      I wasn’t impressed with him when he ran Camp Sumner, when he was a thug bouncer at The A, or when you’d see him and mini-hillary rubbing elbows with Lenco

    • Mr. Fritz
      January 10, 2018 at 8:54 am #

      I was not impressed with Moon, either. When talk centered on the mayor using city hall basement for a fitness room – she made many statements as a nurse justifying the use to cut city employees health costs – an obvious benefit which reinforced her home in the mayor’s back pocket. I was also floored when Tyer said the city spent $800,000 to set up the Scarafoni space for the inspectors offices. Yikes! Did anyone know that, or did that cash come out of Bianchi’s desk drawer??

      • dusty
        January 10, 2018 at 11:44 am #

        It is Christmas all year long at the corner office and Miss Tyer is loving playing Santa. What would you like for Christmas chief?

        You got it!

        • LoneGunMan
          January 10, 2018 at 12:25 pm #

          I hope he asked for heel lift and his testicle’s to finally drop so he can sing soprano

      • 12 Gauge
        January 10, 2018 at 11:44 am #

        Many insurance companies reimburse you if you join a gym. Why can’t they join one on their own like the rest of us?

        • dusty
          January 10, 2018 at 1:19 pm #

          I bet Kerwood could answer that one.

          If he wanted to.

      • I would vote BiancTrueThe school committee
        January 10, 2018 at 2:18 pm #

        No ,city hall is another sick building that is in need of being moved.You need to combine school deparment in the city hall .

  8. LoneGunMan
    January 10, 2018 at 7:57 am #

    I find it disgusting that most of the counselors arguments against the toter system in the iberkshires article referred to citizen and constituent complaints.

    Then you have golden hipster Caccamo who (those in Ward 3 not in his inner circle know) he is nearly impossible to contact and when he responds he gives vague political answers and mumbo jumbo about finding data.

    He sat in on sessions and knows better than us in Ward 3. Ever wonder why the boy has never announced a single ward meeting, information session, etc? if he does it’s definitely not announced in a public way.

    Caccamo, you are Pauly’s puppet and all of us in little Italy know it

    • Spagirl
      January 10, 2018 at 8:54 am #

      You are right. I live in Ward 3. Caccamo is clueless and absent in this Ward.

      • LoneGunMan
        January 10, 2018 at 11:13 am #

        I’m going to steal Dan’s line…

        When you hear the sounds of silence, you know it’s Caccamo calling.

      • I would vote BiancTrueThe school committee
        January 10, 2018 at 2:19 pm #

        Does not return calls.

        • LoneGunMan
          January 10, 2018 at 4:19 pm #

          I’ve heard rumors Marchetti at one point had to force him to contact people.

      • SojournerTruth
        January 11, 2018 at 10:18 am #

        Caccamo, I believe; Lives with his mom..Doesn’t pay property taxes, Never married, Has no children, Worked for the public school dept., Never served in the armed forces or was a first responder. In other words, the perfect Pittsfield politician.

  9. Spagirl
    January 10, 2018 at 9:12 am #

    This administration doesn’t get it.

  10. Bill Q
    January 10, 2018 at 10:54 am #

    Krol disciples…Wong,Persnip,White,Caccamo.

  11. H
    January 10, 2018 at 11:23 am #

    And through his show paid for by the taxpayers.

  12. I would vote BiancTrueThe school committee
    January 10, 2018 at 7:42 pm #

    White believes that if you take control of spending in the schools you dont support children learning.Why not let kids use technology and work from home in high school.Many students do not need to attend a classroom freeing up space .

    • dusty
      January 11, 2018 at 1:17 am #

      Someone must have been controlling spending when he was in school.

  13. I would vote BiancTrueThe school committee
    January 11, 2018 at 3:15 am #

    School cost are killing Pittsfield.Mccandless went on TV and sold 45 paraprofessional layoffs,these never happened alie a sham all designed to fool the taxpayer….school committee and council with Mayor are in on it.Pittsfield will be giving huge raises to teachers this year and not 1 person can say no to teacher of which 34%live out of town as they will not sent their kids ty o the system that pays them .

    • Col. Angus
      January 11, 2018 at 5:21 am #

      We know. And there’s a secret box of cash in the staff room at Conte.

  14. dusty
    January 11, 2018 at 5:44 am #

    Much concern and trepidation on the council regarding toters . Usually when I am that iffy about something that involves a ton of money I back away.

    The mayor gambled with taxpayer money on the parking meter system and it back fired big time. She looks foolish and the taxpayers feel totally duped by her and Kerwood. Hope she uses better judgement on the toters. Outside interests will benefit most from this and that is not what should be the deciding factor. Just tell the special interest NO this time.

    • Spagirl
      January 11, 2018 at 6:30 am #

      Again, it is pretty clear that the voices will not be heard. Same pattern, same behavior, same results.

      • Col. Angus
        January 11, 2018 at 7:10 am #

        what voices?

  15. The school committee
    January 11, 2018 at 6:18 am #

    Does the cash profits from Crosby staff store go into the general fund? Or somewhere else.

  16. The school committee
    January 11, 2018 at 8:03 am #

    More than 3 apartments need to be addressed ,I dont want to subsidies landlords from out of town.

  17. The school committee
    January 11, 2018 at 8:06 am #

    Stockbridge did a Taxfield move with secret payoff to ex employee and got caught.Great Barrington also had a problem with a guy attacking someone outside a store

  18. UAlbany
    January 11, 2018 at 8:48 am #

    if recycling is the lynchpin to savings, would it not be prudent to educate the citizens on the virtues of recycling and bring the kids in on it – make it a contest – learn things, save money and improve the City – don’t throw away $1,000,000.00 b/c it is easy…

  19. Two Cents
    January 11, 2018 at 9:57 am #

    Come on UAlbany…to expect our current city officials to apply common sense to a problem is asking way too much. Don’t you understand, it’s all about spending as much taxpayer money as possible to put it in the pockets of those who don’t need it. Anyone who disagrees with this approach is anti-Pittsfield.

  20. The school committee
    January 11, 2018 at 10:07 am #

    People have less to recycle,Newspapers were a huge part of recycling…not any more.Seniors in Pittsfield are not buying canned food as they use to.This recycle deal is not being dealt with facts.Toters are not about saving tax payers money.Pittsfield loves when people outside the area talk to us as if we are a real city.
    Move on from the totes.Cut school spending.Move to becket,hinsdale.Everyone on the council can afford to raise their own taxes…….

    • Harrison
      January 11, 2018 at 10:23 am #

      I actually think there is more to recycle now. All those plastic water bottles that weren’t around so much ten years ago litter our roads and parks. Most people are just too lazy to be bothered.

      • Shakes His Head
        January 11, 2018 at 10:30 am #

        Seniors will have to recycle their dog food cans somewhere when they cannot afford to eat human food.

        • Dustin
          January 11, 2018 at 11:05 am #

          Your comment typically makes no sense

          • Shakes His Head
            January 11, 2018 at 11:15 am #

            Your comment typically makes no sense

          • Dustin
            January 11, 2018 at 11:45 am #

            you are showing your ignorance

          • Shakes His Head
            January 11, 2018 at 2:01 pm #

            you are showing your ignorance

          • Dustin
            January 11, 2018 at 4:43 pm #

            You are deranged

        • Dustin
          January 11, 2018 at 4:43 pm #

          You are deranged

          • Shakes His Head
            January 12, 2018 at 7:02 am #

            You are deranged

          • Dustin
            January 12, 2018 at 7:32 am #

            you scare the elderly

          • Shakes His Head
            January 12, 2018 at 11:05 am #

            you scare the elderly

          • Dustin
            January 12, 2018 at 11:19 am #

            you really scare the elderly

  21. Cos
    January 11, 2018 at 10:28 am #

    All Grants and state school funding should be ended. This City has gone as far as it can with the handouts, PEDA dropped the ball and the Convict Decree, (pun) along with PEDA,has strangled the local economy, bad management doesn’t help either..how can a salt account be so enormous? The Beacon Theatre can’t be losing money with or without the extras from TIF’s, aren’t the idea of TIF’s to employe people, which I think is wrong also,we
    aren’t a private company (taxpayers) and why does anyone who is not connected to business deals and employmees of want to give taxpayer dollars to a Movie Theatre,Covanta, or any other successful operation?

    • dusty
      January 11, 2018 at 1:35 pm #

      What are friends for if you can’t give em a tax break?
      Besides..plenty of fixed income senior citizens that can pay more to make up for what the millionaires don’t want to pay.

      Grab all ya can get I say. To hell with every body else.

  22. Bill Q
    January 11, 2018 at 10:38 am #

    Why are or is a certain hosts at PCTV allowed to have two shows?

  23. H
    January 11, 2018 at 10:49 am #

    Why do you think Libby Ru came back, Queen of the giveaways.

  24. Shelly Liver
    January 11, 2018 at 11:32 am #

    The state of the city did zero for me, was it me? did I miss something? Pittsfield just can’t get a good leader, it’s almost impossible. Must to much politics! The icing on the cake was the hiring of the arts person for downtown inc. a few years ago, what a laugh that was.

  25. h
    January 11, 2018 at 11:38 am #

    Just curious, what happens to the business at the airport renovations, will it be shut down? For how Lo g?

  26. H
    January 11, 2018 at 11:48 am #

    A lot of Fluff speech, knock the damn Marquee thing down in front of the Capitol Seniors Center, wake up taxpayers, the City couldn’t wait to get rid of the Movie theatres,the Marquee is the Center Piece,junk it.

  27. The school committee
    January 11, 2018 at 1:01 pm #

    Any school committee person can spend money,any councilor can spend money,any Mayor can spend money…..all are the same.They all pretend that it their questions that make them different.They are one big yes vote.Mostly its been 30 years since someone said no to them and their kids all get a yes vote.There is no discipline I can discern here.

  28. mi
    January 11, 2018 at 1:18 pm #

    A few years ago one of the scmbers voted to approve some high tech toys, the scmbers kid was one of the recipients, that should have been illegal to begin with, how that member got away with it is unconscionable.

  29. The school committee
    January 11, 2018 at 6:01 pm #

    Amazon company looking to lease 500k office space in Boston

  30. The school committee
    January 11, 2018 at 6:30 pm #

    The planet must be very proud of Trump tonight

  31. Shelly Liver
    January 11, 2018 at 6:44 pm #

    Trump doesn’t like people from shithole Countries, might be the worst thing he has ever said.

    • Mr. Fritz
      January 11, 2018 at 7:25 pm #

      He’s speaking the truth. When was the last time you scheduled a trip to Guatemala?

      • acheshirecat
        January 11, 2018 at 7:35 pm #

        Sadly Mr Fritz and the President are correct. In this short clip a Costa Rican citizen calls the area “the ass of the world”.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=010j2ojwuo0

        • Shakes His Head
          January 11, 2018 at 8:12 pm #

          Clearly, that Costa Rican has never been to Pittsfield.

          • Mr. Fritz
            January 12, 2018 at 5:20 am #

            Good one Shakes!

          • Dustin
            January 12, 2018 at 6:24 am #

            you are the arse of the world

          • Shakes His Head
            January 12, 2018 at 7:03 am #

            Dustin is a pimple on the donkey butthole of the world.

          • Dustin
            January 12, 2018 at 7:32 am #

            you push old people off cliffs

          • Shakes His Head
            January 12, 2018 at 11:06 am #

            The less we have to support them leeching off the rest of us.

          • Dustin
            January 12, 2018 at 11:19 am #

            you are very sad

          • Shakes His Head
            January 12, 2018 at 2:06 pm #

            you are very sad, and part of the reason why Pittsfield will never return.

          • Dustin
            January 12, 2018 at 6:43 pm #

            You are extremely ignorant

    • Mr. Fritz
      January 11, 2018 at 7:33 pm #

      Shelly you could at least quote him accurately. He said “Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?” He’s mocking the countries. Get it right.

  32. The school committee
    January 12, 2018 at 5:51 am #

    Trump is stupid,if your from Norway you dont move to America.

  33. The school committee
    January 12, 2018 at 5:52 am #

    Trump thinks America is a shithole