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‘STATE OF THE CITY’ HARANGUE PROMISES AN EXERCISE IN FUTILE FICTION

BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY JAN. 8, 2018) — Tonight, early evening, the most anticipated event since the city’s charter in the 18th century, and certainly since Pittsfield’s incorporation in 1891, takes place. Mountains quake, Angels tremble, and the twiglight of the gods once again finds sunrise. And what, pray, is this illustrious event?

Mayor Linda Tyer gives her State of the City address at 5 p.m., at Zion Lutheran Church on First Street next to the Common. The Lovely Linda, Trashcan, Linda the Lounger … at her breathless best.

Before THE PLANET shares our advanced copy of the speech — secreted from a mayonnaise jar in the corner office by our lab assistant and resident hunchback, Dwight Frye — we must point out to salient aspects of both the time and the place chosen b the mayor. Notice how Tyer has chosen 5 p.m. for her halitoxic harangue. This makes it impossible for 99.98423% of honest working folk to attend. They’re out there in the Dreaded Private Sector toiling to make a few shekels to stay even with rising taxes. They don’t end their work day at 4 p.m. the way city employees do. Moreover, at Lutehran Zion, there is scant parking. The suckers attending, including THE PLANET‘s spies, will have to scramble to park — or — or –feed the parking kiosks. This assures a friendly, photo-op gathering that’s one part “Kumbaya” and two parts moronic meandering.

Neat.

Now for the, ahem, speech.

As Uncle Ez wisely advised, without an accurate definition of words, our conceptions of reality, expressed as voice-articulated thought, can’t help but be misleadingly fuzzy in the both general and the abstract. Thus, THE PLANET, who has long made a study of communication and language, cannot call this a “speech.” What is it, then? We define:

“The mayor’s State of the City speech: noun phrase, indicating a disingenuous, political harangue of variable time, that is, far too long, meant to self-glorify civic failure under a pretense that an immoral trampling of seniors and the working middle class is rather a triumph of the ages. See ‘rhetoric, phony.'”

The kiss-ups, sycophants, and those looking to escape the cold will be the vast majority.

Linda’s ditzy diatribe will tell you how she has “led the city” during the past year with “fiscally responsible management.” Again, we refer to Uncle Ezra’s advice about the need for precise definitions. The clueless mayor will deliver a deflated hot-air balloon of staggering proportion, consisting primarily of the sagged adjectives “vibrant” and “dynamic.” She will claim Tyler Street as the repository of the Good Lord, conveniently ignoring the sense of disrepair and despair that the crime in that area, to say nothing of Hess Forest, inflicts upon the daily denizens, that is, those who cannot afford to live in gated mansions miles removed. Downtown, too, will be depicted with a fictive burst not seen since the Cardiff Giant hoax.

Will THE PLANET attend? Yes, either via our spies or in poison. If we grace the hall with our personage, we can all but guarantee walking out during the middle or thereabouts, for however long we can stomach the guff. Rest assured, though, that we shall do so politely and with due respect to the office. We may even attend disguised as an empty seat.

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First Jove and the earth our mother. Second the sun and moon. These are the measure of time”Ovid.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

The Usual Disclaimer.

131 Responses to “‘STATE OF THE CITY’ HARANGUE PROMISES AN EXERCISE IN FUTILE FICTION”

  1. Scary Phony
    January 7, 2018 at 8:53 pm #

    Why in a church? Doesn’t this endanger their 501c3 status?

    • Village Knight
      January 10, 2018 at 1:07 pm #

      That was severe violation of Separation of Church and State!
      Mayor doesn’t care about a such small detail in her Royal city.
      However, that might be last drop…

  2. Scary Phony
    January 7, 2018 at 8:56 pm #

    Churches and Political Campaign Activity
    Churches and other nonprofits are strictly prohibited from engaging in political campaigning. This prohibition stems from the requirements of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (“Code”).

    An organization that qualifies as “tax-exempt” under Section 501(c)(3) is one that devotes its resources to educational, religious, scientific or other charitable activities, and that complies with a number of other rules, including the prohibition on political activity. In exchange for agreeing to fulfill certain public purposes and following the rules for 501(c)(3)s, these organizations do not pay taxes on their income and contributions received by them are tax-deductible by their donors. Churches are recognized as 501(c)(3) organizations, although under the law, they do not have to get specific approval from the IRS to be tax-exempt under 501(c)(3), unlike other charities.

    In order to remain tax-exempt under 501(c)(3), churches must abide by strict guidelines that prohibit election activity. The Code states in relevant part that 501(c)(3) organizations cannot “participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.” I.R.C. Sec. 501(c)(3). Thus, as a 501(c)(3) organization, churches are strictly forbidden from supporting or opposing a candidate for public office. To do so jeopardizes their tax-exempt status. Churches cannot engage in any of the following activities under the federal tax law:

    Cannot endorse or oppose candidates for public office
    Cannot make any communication—either from the pulpit, in a newsletter, or church bulletin—which expressly advocates for the election or defeat of a candidate for public office
    Cannot make expenditures on behalf of a candidate for public office or allow any of their resources to be used indirectly for political purposes (e.g., use their phones for a phone bank)
    Cannot ask a candidate for public office to sign a pledge or other promise to support a particular issue
    Cannot distribute partisan campaign literature
    Cannot display political campaign signs on church property
    Under current law, churches, as well as other 501(c)(3) organizations, may engage in nonpartisan campaign activities, primarily consisting of voter education. Thus, they may organize and coordinate nonpartisan get-out-the-vote and voter registration drives; sponsor nonpartisan candidate debates or forums, so long as all legally qualified candidates are invited to appear and wide spectrum of issues are covered; educate all candidates on issues of public interest; and create legislative scorecards or voter guides. All of these permissible activities must be done on a nonpartisan basis. A 501(c)(3) entity should not even tacitly express favor or disfavor of a particular candidate.

    • Ed Check
      January 8, 2018 at 7:16 am #

      This is one that is only policed against conservatives. The Clinton campaigns and the Obama campaign spoke at churches during their run up to the elections. No worry…Lois Lerner (IRS) was too busy denying conservative groups tax exempt status to investigate.

      • Shakes His Head
        January 8, 2018 at 2:21 pm #

        Is it election season already?

        • 12 Gauge
          January 8, 2018 at 4:07 pm #

          When isn’t it?

        • Dustin
          January 8, 2018 at 6:20 pm #

          Irrelevant comment

          • Shakes His Head
            January 8, 2018 at 7:24 pm #

            Irrelevant comment

          • Dustin
            January 9, 2018 at 6:23 am #

            Yes yours are

          • Shakes His Head
            January 9, 2018 at 6:32 am #

            Yes yours are

          • Dustin
            January 9, 2018 at 7:10 am #

            You add nothing

          • Shakes His Head
            January 9, 2018 at 9:25 am #

            You add nothing

          • Dustin
            January 9, 2018 at 11:48 am #

            zero. you are useless

          • Shakes His Head
            January 9, 2018 at 1:23 pm #

            zero. you are useless

          • Dustin
            January 9, 2018 at 2:10 pm #

            shh is foolish and always wrong

          • Shakes His Head
            January 9, 2018 at 2:29 pm #

            Dustin is foolish and always wrong

          • Dustin
            January 9, 2018 at 5:35 pm #

            Shh is busted

  3. CosbiesLadies
    January 7, 2018 at 9:56 pm #

    What’s for horderves?

  4. dusty
    January 8, 2018 at 2:20 am #

    Spin and obfuscation. Bobbing and weaving around and away from reality.

    Will she casually mention that she has just stuck a knife in the backs of fixed income seniors, who make up a large portion of her city? And will she contrast that with the lavish plate of pate she has been hand serving to her wealthy friends and campaign donors? And if so, how will she justify it? Is she in any way conflicted by the message that sends or will she just blather on aimlessly and then retreat to an expensive brunch with her friends at one of her favorite eateries?

    • Spagirl
      January 8, 2018 at 4:30 am #

      Will she drop kick the $40 million dollar proposal for a new Police Station? Because a new building would show the police that the community values their service? What a bunch of crap. The community would value leadership that is fiscally responsible. As stated over and over by the citizens of Pittsfield, consolidate the schools, and seriously consider the current Pittsfield High School for a Police Station with construction alterations.

    • h
      January 8, 2018 at 4:37 am #

      Her theme is, a Responsible Budget.

  5. TrueThe school committee
    January 8, 2018 at 3:22 am #

    If The Mayor does not mention Social Security,small check pension property owners then you will forever more know whom she is speaking to.
    Yon,Superintendant Behnke,Superintendant Curtis,Superintendant Rush,Superintendant Larrow,Superintendant Sheran,Superintendant Coleman .Mayor Tyer is the Donald Trump of Taxfield Ma.
    Find and count the free cash at Crosby School.Who counts the profits of school store?

  6. SisterGoldenHair
    January 8, 2018 at 5:24 am #

    Perhaps Taxes will speak of the quadruple whammy she delivered to us Kapanskis this fiscal year – a regular property tax increase, a property tax increase based on the phony reevaluation, a community preservation tax added onto the property tax, and a water and sewer tax increase. And perhaps she will give us a heads up on the massive tax increase coming for the new high school we couldn’t afford and didn’t need.

    • LoneGunMan
      January 8, 2018 at 8:28 am #

      *High School and Police (military) station

      The Big Ds in this town are dumb enough to put a sugar tax on us like Seattle and claim surprise when sales plummet

  7. dusty
    January 8, 2018 at 6:10 am #

    Does the mayor have even one adviser who gives a stool about the common people? Or is she like Trump whom all his advisers are looking for handouts. She comes across as a woman without a heart. Can we all chip in and get her a ticket to the Emerald city to see Oz?

    • Joe Blow
      January 8, 2018 at 1:08 pm #

      “I never anticipated that one of the great joys of the Trump election would be the Liberal Meltdown. God,this is sinfully delicious fun!”
      – James Woods

      • Col. Angus
        January 8, 2018 at 2:30 pm #

        because conservatives love the guy?

      • Mr. Fritz
        January 8, 2018 at 4:02 pm #

        Great quote! He’s probably the only one in Hollywood with that opinion. I agree totally – the meltdown is very entertaining!

  8. May Hemm
    January 8, 2018 at 6:29 am #

    My street looks like a mud hole, way to much sand.

    • NIB
      January 8, 2018 at 11:59 am #

      The city now considers that beach front property so expect a big hike in your tax bill.

  9. LoneGunMan
    January 8, 2018 at 7:31 am #

    Committee assignments are out.

    We can clearly see kissed Lord Tyer and Marchetti’s rings this election season.

    Caccamo needs bandaids for his knee scabs

    Mazzeo was shafted, I agree 100% with Simonelli in the iberkshires article.

    HACK JOBS. Get ready for the new police station, toter system and increased taxes

  10. TrueThe school committee
    January 8, 2018 at 8:23 am #

    Mazzro should do a real anti spending run for Msyor and cut Pittsfields budget by 5% right away and plan the elimination of PHS and Crosby within 5 years.Go to a 10 11 12 grade high at Taconic and start adding classrooms to Williams Highland

  11. Jonathan Melle
    January 8, 2018 at 1:25 pm #

    Pittsfield politics’ problems are all the fault of Mayor Linda Tyer. She caused high taxes, huge debts, population and job loss, PEDA’s polluted and empty business park, the Good Old Boys, and the like.

    Let us all blame the lovely Linda for everything that is wrong with all of our lives! It is all her fault!

    • mi
      January 8, 2018 at 2:31 pm #

      She owns it, you can say that.

      • Two Cents
        January 8, 2018 at 3:03 pm #

        Be careful of your obsessions Jonathan…isn’t that how you ended up in New Hampshire in the 1st place.

        • May Hemm
          January 8, 2018 at 5:54 pm #

          Yeah, remember Ally?

  12. CosbiesLadies
    January 8, 2018 at 1:36 pm #

    Roads are bad several accidents, be careful.

  13. Jonathan Melle
    January 8, 2018 at 1:37 pm #

    If Mayor Dan Valenti gave the state of the city address –

    Pittsfield was once a great and thriving city that working people were proud to live in. Now, it is a post industrial wasteland that consists of welfare moochers, a slim or scarce middle class, and the suits who run the show or call the shots at the expense of Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski.

    Over the past generation or two, thousands of people and jobs have moved out of Pittsfield. In its place is a one political party, Good Old Boys run city government that raises taxes by over 5% per fiscal year to serve the vested and special interests. Senior Citizens and workers in the dreaded private sector are unable to keep up with Pittsfield’s big spending ways.

    As your Mayor, I will change Pittsfield politics back to the 1950s and 1960s when the working people had a stake in their city government and we were proud to call Pittsfield our home. I will take on the “Big 3”: The Public School, Police, and Fire Unions. They will pay far more for their benefits from the bedraggled taxpayers. I will close some of the public school buildings and consolidate all city services to a manageable level for the hard hit taxpayers.

    In conclusion, Pittsfield politics won’t be run by the Suits, Good Old Boys, and Special Interest Groups anymore. Instead, Pittsfield will go back to the good old days where working people were an important part of our community.

    • Shakes His Head
      January 8, 2018 at 2:23 pm #

      Do you really want to go back to the 60’s? Women and people of color may object…..

      • 12 Gauge
        January 8, 2018 at 4:09 pm #

        Use your head. Who wouldn’t want the positive things of the past?

        • Bowlee and Lebo
          January 8, 2018 at 5:51 pm #

          Actually Jonathan the person who ran on these principles and meant it would be reelected by a landslide. Don’t know about you but I would love it to be Dan Valenti. DVs a critic yes but an intelligent one, not one to rant like a lunatic. DVs an articulate bright guy who has great ideas for righting the good city of Pittsfield.

          • Pat
            January 9, 2018 at 5:20 am #

            Instead we are stuck with these tax and spend Progressives because the majority of the people who actually vote in this city work the for Pittsfield school department and get big raises every year so they don’t mind higher taxes. The Progressives and the School Dept., Police and Fire Unions are in bed together. Each look out for the other. We will vote you back in Progressives just keep the goodies coming our way.

      • Dustin
        January 8, 2018 at 6:20 pm #

        60s were good in Pittsfield. For real Americans not you

        • Shakes His Head
          January 8, 2018 at 7:25 pm #

          60s were good in Pittsfield. For real Americans not you

          • Dustin
            January 9, 2018 at 6:23 am #

            I expect nothing less from someone with your low IQ

          • Shakes His Head
            January 9, 2018 at 6:33 am #

            I expect nothing less from someone with your low IQ

          • Dustin
            January 9, 2018 at 7:10 am #

            Leave, you add nothing

          • Shakes His Head
            January 9, 2018 at 9:25 am #

            Leave, you add nothing

          • Dustin
            January 9, 2018 at 11:00 am #

            Go away

          • Shakes His Head
            January 9, 2018 at 1:23 pm #

            Go away

          • Dustin
            January 9, 2018 at 2:10 pm #

            shh is always wrong and never right

          • Shakes His Head
            January 9, 2018 at 2:29 pm #

            Dustin is always wrong and never right

          • Dustin
            January 9, 2018 at 5:35 pm #

            Shh is exposed

    • Village Knight
      January 10, 2018 at 1:15 pm #

      Reply to Jonathan Melle: No so bad said, but are you serious or ironic?
      My opinion–this village is lost to left wing/Dem-Liberal lunies.

  14. Ron Kitterman
    January 8, 2018 at 2:24 pm #

    Give her chance, this is her first public speech since completing the Dale Carnegie courses.

  15. dusty
    January 8, 2018 at 2:42 pm #

    Phony smile…phony speech. Hollow heart

  16. Yoco Ono
    January 8, 2018 at 2:44 pm #

    Looks like Missy Not only not V P, Not O R for her either.

  17. TrueThe school committee
    January 8, 2018 at 4:04 pm #

    Remember that this Mayor said she wanted to tske a couple of swings at the inefficiencies created by everyone since 1992.If you dont shrink the footprint of the public school now there will be no change.Instead of thanking every politician it is time to bring Yon McCandless into her office for a bottom line 10% cut to be announced March 1st what the school will look likes september 2019…..McCandless is slso paid to manage in a smaller budget……All new employees pay70/30 split on healthcare as they do with retirement

  18. TrueThe school committee
    January 8, 2018 at 4:07 pm #

    Drop superintendant status thst silly Eberwien gave people with Masimiano sOK

  19. H
    January 8, 2018 at 4:25 pm #

    Commisioner Guyer before he left,said he was swimming in infrastructure deficit, millions.

  20. Harlan RinkleNutts
    January 8, 2018 at 7:52 pm #

    GO DAWGS!

  21. TrueThe school committee
    January 9, 2018 at 4:15 am #

    Purchasing agent Behnke wont budget for cleaning and upkeep of new High School,it will degrade quickly under her and Mccandless ,Yon leadership…need 1 position for every 20k square …they dont know what they are doing.

  22. Pat
    January 9, 2018 at 5:53 am #

    We have what are called “power couples” in this city right now. Two high income people who are married or in partnership in positions of power. Both in politics and in the school department here in Pittsfield there are many high income couples who are completely out of touch with the needs of the lower one income people in the city.

    The gap between the haves and the have nots here in Pittsfield is growing significantly everyday. They want you to blame everybody but local politicians for why this is happening. Instead of the fact that local politicians are making decisions that do not benefit everyone in the city. Only a select few are prospering under the current leadership here in Pittsfield. The big 3 as Jonathan mentioned previously.

    • Shakes His Head
      January 9, 2018 at 6:35 am #

      You are correct, two income households with educations should be penalized for their success. Let’s call it the “hard work” tax.

      • Dustin
        January 9, 2018 at 7:10 am #

        Your comments are baseless and pointless

        • Shakes His Head
          January 9, 2018 at 9:26 am #

          Your comments are baseless and pointless

          • Dustin
            January 9, 2018 at 11:00 am #

            You are pointless

          • Shakes His Head
            January 9, 2018 at 1:23 pm #

            You are pointless

          • Dustin
            January 9, 2018 at 2:11 pm #

            shh is pointless

          • Shakes His Head
            January 9, 2018 at 2:29 pm #

            Dustin is pointless

          • Dustin
            January 9, 2018 at 5:36 pm #

            Shh adds no value

      • 12 Gauge
        January 9, 2018 at 1:51 pm #

        if they are hackorama jobs they should be punished

    • TrueThe school committee
      January 9, 2018 at 6:47 am #

      She promised to spend more money ,not 1 job will come here to a city spending at its taxable limits.She avoided the 3rd rail of schools budgets and never mention that Mccandless lied to council and said 44 paras laid off with positions eliminated…..its a Sham

    • Harrison
      January 9, 2018 at 7:13 am #

      You forgot to say “progressives” Pat.

    • LoneGunMan
      January 9, 2018 at 7:26 am #

      We all can’t be Wynner’s in Pittsfield

    • dusty
      January 9, 2018 at 8:39 am #

      Absolutely right Pat…the gap is growing. The haves want it all. Me, me, me they chant. Give it all to me.

      I heard a quote on the long ago show Jackie Gleason.

      …” be nice to the people you meet on the way up because you are going to meet the same people on the way down.”

      good advice for politicians

  23. Shakes His Head
    January 9, 2018 at 6:55 am #

    The tax rate is not the #1 reason that jobs are not coming to Pittsfield. Not having freeway access, develop-able industrial land, and deteriorated housing stock are bigger problems.

    • Dustin
      January 9, 2018 at 7:11 am #

      Tax rate is a large part. Only a fool, you, would not realize that.

    • LoneGunMan
      January 9, 2018 at 7:25 am #

      If the roads are good enough for mass heroin trafficking, they can get here to work

    • TrueThe school committee
      January 9, 2018 at 7:32 am #

      CORRECT

    • danvalenti
      January 9, 2018 at 8:41 am #

      SHH
      Your comment points to the large structural reasons for Pittsfield’s sick condition. These, as you imply, are required for the local economy to be operating on “full.” The tax rate, however, has the unique position of being the most easily and quickly addressed. A tax cut puts more money into people’s hands. A tax hike puts money of people’s money into the hands of politicians. A tax cut (both homeowners and businesses) is the single most important policy change needed in the city right now.

      • Shakes His Head
        January 9, 2018 at 9:46 am #

        We can agree to disagree.

        While I am all for government efficiency, for a tax reduction to have much positive effect on taxpayers it would be severe enough to paralyze City Government.

        Most of the commentators on this blog want less crime, better roads, better schools, faster responses from the Fire Department. I appreciate the frustrations of yourself and the others. Why are you paying for a Cadillac and getting a Chevrolet? I cannot answer that. What I can answer is that people placed in key positions are not effective leaders. Cutting wages will not alter the ineffectiveness. Poor performance is not indicative of the importance of these positions. The Berkshires, particularly Adams, North Adams, and Pittsfield, need leadership.

        • NIB
          January 9, 2018 at 10:36 am #

          SHH, the other side of the coin is raising taxes is not going to, and never did, fix any of the issues you’ve listed. I think the last couple of decades is firm proof of that.
          As you say, leadership is badly needed. But leaders need not apply for any city position, nor run for office as they will be squashed by the unions, special interests, and GOB network.

          • dusty
            January 9, 2018 at 10:46 am #

            A tax cut might very well paralyze Pittsfield. The reason being the bloated bureaucracy which gives jobs to friends and family even if there is little or nothing to do. Super high salaries, and way too many unneeded assistants, high tax payer health plan contributions, and allowing workers to pad their pensions before they retire.
            Pittsfield has long run its government like a circular firing squad. It is set up to fail both itself and its citizens. It will not get better in your lifetime so don’t waste your prayers or wonder if you could help to make it better. You can’t.

          • Shakes His Head
            January 9, 2018 at 10:50 am #

            No community that loses 20% of its workforce virtually overnight will recover for generations.

        • Spagirl
          January 9, 2018 at 10:38 am #

          Pittsfield taxpayers have been getting shafted for years. The proof is visible in every sector of this City.

          • Dustin
            January 9, 2018 at 10:59 am #

            As usual shh has no relevant comment

          • Shakes His Head
            January 9, 2018 at 1:24 pm #

            As usual Dustin has no relevant comment

          • Dustin
            January 9, 2018 at 2:09 pm #

            shh is always wrong

          • Shakes His Head
            January 9, 2018 at 2:30 pm #

            Dustin is always wrong

          • Dustin
            January 9, 2018 at 5:36 pm #

            Shh has no clue

        • Dustin
          January 9, 2018 at 10:59 am #

          You are wrong as usual

          • Shakes His Head
            January 9, 2018 at 1:24 pm #

            You are wrong as usual

          • Dustin
            January 9, 2018 at 2:09 pm #

            I am right as usual

          • Shakes His Head
            January 9, 2018 at 2:30 pm #

            I am right as usual

          • Dustin
            January 9, 2018 at 5:36 pm #

            Shh is foolish

  24. LoneGunMan
    January 9, 2018 at 7:24 am #

    “Believe that city government is a community partner, a business partner, a good neighbor, and a champion for all our hopes and dreams. One of us cannot succeed without the other.” – Mayor of Pittsfield

    “The state must {…} be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for their benefit {…} the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.”

    ― Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf

    • Mr. Fritz
      January 9, 2018 at 9:16 am #

      Priceless, LGM.
      Leftist libs, you have a lot to worry about in 2020 if Oprah is your presidential candidate! Let’s see – other contenders are Bernie ( old & in trouble with the FBI over his wife’s financial shenanigans with the VT college), Liz Warren (the fake Indian), Hillary (probably not, due to that bracelet under her walking boot & high probability of prison time in the near future).
      MAGA!

  25. TrueThe school committee
    January 9, 2018 at 7:36 am #

    TYER gave the Ruberto speech of 10 years ago and Pretended this was a State of the Union Speech on TV where more thank you speeches happened.Taxfield is the politicsl thank you capital of the world…..Stop thanking each other and get control of spending…ask BC how to put the numbers together

    • 12 Gauge
      January 9, 2018 at 8:44 am #

      Yes, but Ruberto couldn’t brag about pickle ball.

      • danvalenti
        January 9, 2018 at 4:24 pm #

        Wasn’t pickle all invented. In 1971 in Park Square by the same guy who invented Pocket pool?

        • 12 Gauge
          January 9, 2018 at 8:19 pm #

          needs to be on a plaque at the pickleball court

  26. LoneGunMan
    January 9, 2018 at 8:16 am #

    You ever notice the chief’s wife is always there front and center? Scabbed knees galore

  27. jake E. Lee
    January 9, 2018 at 9:34 am #

    Maybe we can put the new police station at the mall? or better yet in the old Taconic HS? Maybe the old Hess could be a police substation?

    • dusty
      January 9, 2018 at 10:47 am #

      Hess property is not even big enough for their gym.

  28. jake E. Lee
    January 9, 2018 at 9:35 am #

    Maybe the Indian family that is buying up ALL the liquor stores can build Pittsfield a new Police station? they obviously have the money.

    • Cos
      January 9, 2018 at 10:49 am #

      I think Cops should smoke on the job, how Kool would that be? Why is her Honor always sucking her teeth and flicking her finger, it’s as bad as Trump’s index finger circle with his hand.

  29. TrueThe school committee
    January 9, 2018 at 11:23 am #

    Tyers speech was fantastic and in a nutshell Barry told her Pittsfield can spend their way out of the shrinking city syndrom,,,,we know we cant as long as the GE money is around we will never come to terms with who we are,to manypeople still after whats left.

  30. SisterGoldenHair
    January 9, 2018 at 11:51 am #

    Taxes Tyers speech was shameful, considering she spoke of responsible budgeting after adding millions to the budget each year My property taxes are up over 7 percent. Her speech is filled with a bunch of visionary bs, when what this city desperately needs is some good old fashioned, effective city management. Dan, I hope you digest, and then disect, this shameful diatribe, and then expose it for what it truly was, and was not. Do it for the Kapanskis that haven’t left yet.

    • dusty
      January 9, 2018 at 2:16 pm #

      Responsible budgeting?? As my Mom used to say..”.you have to laugh so that you don’t cry.”

  31. h
    January 9, 2018 at 1:09 pm #

    Supposedly 16 kids involved in a fight somewhere, heard it on the radio. When will they do their homework?

  32. Two Cents
    January 9, 2018 at 1:13 pm #

    Watching Mayor Tyer preaching to her sycophants eerily reminded me of Jim Jones addressing the “People’s Temple” of Ghana or Charles Manson talking to his “Family”…Then again, they were both likely better managers than her!

  33. mi
    January 9, 2018 at 1:23 pm #

    Everyone there seemed to be vested with the Administration, what percentage of the audience was actually not affiliated?

  34. TrueThe school committee
    January 9, 2018 at 1:38 pm #

    560 kids stayed home from school at Egremont yesterday because of anoth broken pipe flooded the building.Infastructure proplem in the city are not addressed to pay for teachers in to many buildings.Heating problems everywhere in the schools……Crosby school staff store has lots of cash be counted and could offset infastructure

    • Two Cents
      January 9, 2018 at 2:15 pm #

      NO problems in the city have been addressed under the Tyer Administration, as the infrastructure continues to deteriorate, while hundreds of millions are earmarked for unnecessary new construction.

      • dusty
        January 9, 2018 at 2:18 pm #

        Dalton ave has at least 50 potholes and counting. At this rate they will have to shut the road down by the end of February and reroute traffic around the city.

        But at least North street looks nice…and that is what counts

        cushy reclining seats too Yipppeeeee

        • May Hemm
          January 9, 2018 at 2:39 pm #

          Pecks and Springside acting up also.

        • jake E. Lee
          January 11, 2018 at 9:36 am #

          OMG! I hate driving down Dalton ave, that road has got to be one of the worst roads in Pittsfield

    • Harrison
      January 9, 2018 at 3:32 pm #

      No disrespect, but don’t understand TrueThe school committee’s posts

      • 12 Gauge
        January 9, 2018 at 9:01 pm #

        Neither does he.

  35. CosbiesLadies
    January 9, 2018 at 2:16 pm #

    Wait till the city get the fuel and maintenance bills for the new School.

    • dusty
      January 9, 2018 at 4:47 pm #

      i would hope a brand new vocational/tech school would enjoin solar or other alternative energy methods.. Of course unless whomever sells oil to the city has a friendly connection then we would not want to go overboard with the forward thinking bullshit.

  36. Cos
    January 9, 2018 at 5:30 pm #

    Kufflinks said a couple banks have given 500 g to shot spotter?

    • Bill Q
      January 9, 2018 at 8:17 pm #

      Toter system is a joke, but it’s you’re money. Just recycle require every household to have a blue tote and recycle

  37. May Hemm
    January 9, 2018 at 6:21 pm #

    Ruffer says the neighborhood have been clamor-
    ring for Market Rate Housing at the Morningstar Developemment, haven’t heard that one?

  38. CosbiesLadies
    January 9, 2018 at 6:32 pm #

    These developers do not need hand outs, they are investors who make a ton of money redeveloping abandoned projects, that’s what they do, these T I F ‘s and give aways,are way out of control. citizens are not investors nor should they be for private enterprise. Wake up Pittsfield.

  39. mi
    January 9, 2018 at 6:50 pm #

    And why is the Developer starting out at the high end rents on his rental Chart, hoping to come down from that, who’s he kidding? great question, by Persip to the developer, do the numbers work,he asked. With that being said, it seemed the two new Councilors are definitely pro Mayor.

    • 12 Gauge
      January 9, 2018 at 8:49 pm #

      Let’s hope they’re pro taxpayer.

    • LoneGunMan
      January 10, 2018 at 5:58 pm #

      Earl is pro whatever mini-Hillary tells him to be pro. Or he may have to seduce her as punishment

  40. TrueThe school committee
    January 9, 2018 at 8:22 pm #

    Toters attract business

    • 12 Gauge
      January 9, 2018 at 8:59 pm #

      they attract flies