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‘FANTASTIC FOUR’ RISE TO OCCASION ON SEWER-UPGRADE VOTE … MAZZEO, MORANDI, CONNELL, RIVERS PUT CITIZENS FIRST, DEFEATING DISASTROUS ATTEMPT AT UNNECESSARY $80 MILLION PROJECT

BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION MARCH 2-4, 2018) — In like a idiot, out like an imbecile. Not March, which — welcome — came in lamb-like, but the Tyer Administration‘s pursuit of an $80 million sewer facility upgrade. Our Right Honorable Good Friends on the city council on Tuesday handed mayor Linda Tyer a major political setback that guarantees her lame duck status for the remainder of this year and next. That 80 grand pension has to be looking good to The Lovely Linda.

Tyer pushed hard for the The Good Old Boys, stooping so low as to request the EPA to write a letter to council president Peter Marchetti threatening Pittsfield with vaporization should the council turn down the proposal. What kind of mayor does this? THE PLANET agrees that it’s a rhetorical question.

The Tuesday vote required a supermajority — eight out of 11 — to pass. Fortunately, this council had four members take their responsibility as representatives seriously. Folks, you can thank Melissa Mazzeo (at large), Kevin Morandi (Ward 2), Chris Connell (Ward 4), and Donna Todd Rivers (Ward 5) for their courageous action. Voting to screw taxpayers were, in order:

  • Helen “Cookie” Moon, Ward 1. Cookie munched on fortune crackers for the debate, winning election in part with the promise that she would do as ordered on the sewer project. She tried to “carry the water,” but found out too late that soggy cookies don’t work as ammo in serious polemics.
  • Nick “Mulligan” Caccamo, Ward 3. Mulligan pulled off an amazing feat. He lowered his worm-belly handicap while at the same time 8-putting on 18. Mulligan is the laziest councilor since he won election in 3 the first time out.
  • John “Pretty Boy” Krol, Ward 6. Pretty Boy was smart enough to see the writing on the wall but not strong enough to ignore “His Master’s Voice.” Rumor is that RCA Victor has dropped him from the label.
  • Tony “Roads” Simonelli, Ward 7. Tony Roads hasn’t been this flummoxed since THE PLANET dodged his tag on a pick-off attempt in a 1965 Babe Ruth League game at Deming Park, GEAA vs. city champ Union Federal.
  • Peter “Puffball” Marchetti, at large. “Roses are red, a tub is a sink. Some like it blue. Puff likes it pink.” Puffball as council president is like Lawrence Welk fronting Metallica.
  • Earl “The Pearl” Persip, AL. Pearl celebrated Black History Month by making it. On the sewer issue, he cast the most ignorant vote by a Negro since Sammy Davis Jr. chose to become white and Jewish.
  • Peter “Ghost” White, AL. Ghost was so scared of this vote that he submitted a late petition to allow “Emotional Comfort Dogs” to sit on the council dais. After fetching the mayor’s slippers, the dog bit him in the face.

It was a battle fit for DC or Marvel: The Fantastic Four battling The Lovely Linda and her hench persons — Cookie, Mulligan, Pretty Boy, Tony Roads, Puffball, The Pearl, and the Ghost.

Mazzeo, Morandi, Connell, and Rivers — The Fantastic Four — went into the issue with open minds. They gave constituents a textbook case on how to handle a complex issue. They did their homework, considered the options, heard the testimony, asked the tough questions, pointed out the inconsistencies on the other side, and did the right thing for Pittsfield, Mass. On the basis of this vote, any one of the four might want to issue a declaration of mayoral intent for 2019.

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LOVE TO ALL.

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115 Responses to “‘FANTASTIC FOUR’ RISE TO OCCASION ON SEWER-UPGRADE VOTE … MAZZEO, MORANDI, CONNELL, RIVERS PUT CITIZENS FIRST, DEFEATING DISASTROUS ATTEMPT AT UNNECESSARY $80 MILLION PROJECT”

  1. Harry Merkin
    March 1, 2018 at 8:41 pm #

    Did Drane-O chew her gum as Moon munched macaroons?

    • LoneGunMan
      March 2, 2018 at 9:10 am #

      Drane chews her gum like a cow chews cud.

      Both are bovines

  2. CosbiesLadies
    March 1, 2018 at 8:57 pm #

    Think Tony Roads was having a change of life during the last meeting. Turocy doesn’t have the tar.

  3. Rudy Baker
    March 1, 2018 at 9:03 pm #

    Macaroon Moon. Love it.

  4. Jonathan Melle
    March 1, 2018 at 9:07 pm #

    The Housatonic River is full of deadly chemicals! GE put excessive amounts of PCBs- chemicals in there. The EPA allowed most of GE’s toxic waste chemicals to be capped. The problem with capping chemical pollution sites is that the caps do not last forever. Moreover, the caps need to be monitored daily from day one! The EPA changed its rules on Pittsfield’s wastewater chemical discharges into the Housatonic River. What if the EPA makes further changes in the future? Would Pittsfield have to pay another $80 million for yet another upgrade project?
    On the subject of the lovely Linda Tyer, I disagree with Dan Valenti’s harsh criticism of her as Mayor of Pittsfield. Like all of the other messes she has to deal with for the past 2-years, 2-months, she inherited the wastewater upgrade project. What was she supposed to do? Tell off the EPA for being disingenuous about chemical pollutants in the de facto Superfund site Housatonic River?
    If you are given a bad hand in poker, what are your options other than to fold your cards? I actually feel bad for Mayor Linda Tyer because she inherited mess, after mess, after mess, after mess,…
    Pittsfield politics is ran by the Good Old Boys network. They serve the vested and special interests 100% of the time, while the people who are supposed to own their government are left marginalized and voiceless.
    To blame the lovely Linda is totally myopic!
    – Jonathan Melle

    • Bill Q
      March 2, 2018 at 11:51 am #

      Jon totally disagree,Tyer Is the Problem and thank Gawd the Four City Councilors seen through this maze at the Water Plants. G-Man should be given credit as well,first of al he Quarterbacked them to Victory for us,and maybe I can stay in my home thanx to those five for another year,who knows.

      • Jonathan Melle
        March 2, 2018 at 12:16 pm #

        Mayor Linda Tyer has been in office for 26-months! She has 22-months left to go. According to her critics, she is to blame for everything that went wrong with Pittsfield politics.

        • Hope Forbetter
          March 2, 2018 at 1:36 pm #

          Let’s just say she seems to be doing more harm than good. You can’t spend your way out of debt but in her case she seem oblivious to any financial issues.

          • Jonathan Melle
            March 2, 2018 at 2:32 pm #

            What has changed? For many decades, Pittsfield politics has been totally predictable! They raise the operational budget by 5% per fiscal year. They raise debts by tens of millions of dollars per fiscal year. They give the benefits to the vested and special interests. They give the costs to the disenfranchised taxpayers. This has been going on for years! I agree, the lovely Linda Tyer hasn’t changed things for the better. Rather, she is continuing Pittsfield’s high spending and large debts!
            – Jonathan Melle

  5. Madame Du Barry
    March 1, 2018 at 9:19 pm #

    I believe Sammy Davis was known as the Candy Man…………….The Candy Man can cuz he mixes it with luv and makes the Mayor feel good.

  6. AlaskanBushClowns
    March 1, 2018 at 9:35 pm #

    I’m canceling school for my kids tommorow, can’t wait for the message. Because it will be cancelled.

  7. dusty
    March 2, 2018 at 2:19 am #

    This issue was a watershed moment. It conclusively identified the special interest politicians who have totally forgotten their oath of office.

    I was not sure which way Moon would go for sure but she did confirm my suspicions that she is owned. Krol, Marchetti, Caccamo and White shocked no one with their loyalty to the establishment and disdain for the people they are supposed to serve. Tony Simonelli was the one that surprised me.

    So thank you to the councilors who stood up for the taxpayers. I am sure it took courage though it should not, just to do the right thing.

    • Madame Du Barry
      March 2, 2018 at 6:32 am #

      She stated she was very tired.

  8. The school committee
    March 2, 2018 at 4:14 am #

    Investigating a problem and getting answers.I wish someone investigated why Taconic high was built so small as to prevent consolidation of the 2 high schools…..125 million for taconic and 125 for phs and a quarter of 1 billion for 1500 kids

    • dusty
      March 2, 2018 at 6:03 am #

      Some might want to investigate why it was built at all.

  9. h
    March 2, 2018 at 6:28 am #

    Be careful out there, especially
    South st. Drag strip and Hancock rd.

  10. Skip
    March 2, 2018 at 6:34 am #

    “Peter “Puffball” Marchetti, at large. “Roses are red, a tub is a sink. Some like it blue. Puff likes it pink.” Puffball as council president is like Lawrence Welk fronting Metallica.

    Earl “The Pearl” Persip, AL. Pearl celebrated Black History Month by making it. On the sewer issue, he cast the most ignorant vote by a Negro since Sammy Davis Jr. chose to become white and Jewish.”

    Dan, this was really really good writing. Humor, wit and genius all together.

    • The school committee
      March 2, 2018 at 3:40 pm #

      Your a Trump supporter I see.

      • Edward R. Murrow
        March 2, 2018 at 3:52 pm #

        Let’s try it this way instead:

        “You’re a Trump support, I see.”

      • Skip
        March 3, 2018 at 10:40 am #

        Because, only a Trump supporter would accuse Dan of being an excellent writer ???

  11. Halo
    March 2, 2018 at 6:55 am #

    Pittsfield voters employe themselves.

  12. Mr. Fritz
    March 2, 2018 at 7:23 am #

    A job well done by councilors Morandi, Mazzeo, Connell and Rivers. Thank you thank you.

    The biggest mistake ever made was amending the city charter to increase the mayor’s term from two years to four – that was done under the Bianchi admin. Two more years of Trashcan Tyer – it gives me shivers.

    • dusty
      March 2, 2018 at 7:51 am #

      It should give you the shivers. And it should give you a full blown panic attack to know that Krol is being groomed to take the reins and guide the special interests wish list after her.

      • Thomas More
        March 2, 2018 at 8:57 am #

        and dusty, unfortunately there is nothing you can do about it.
        also, there has to be an election for the retiring DA’s job even though his successor has already been anointed, appointed, coronated, which is it?

    • The school committee
      March 2, 2018 at 11:44 am #

      Tyer said to me that the city did not run well.She said she would do better and my taxes went up 18%.Any fool can spend money,any fool can spend money.They all know the federal goverment reported to the council and schools that we are going to 30k in population,any of the morons care about that?

  13. Tricksie
    March 2, 2018 at 7:57 am #

    best piece of the year by anyone, anywhere – brilliant

  14. Hope Forbetter
    March 2, 2018 at 8:18 am #

    So the cowboy private plow that plows in the Kittredge road area is back tearing through the neighborhood. Lots of yard damage last couple of times …also curbing. Black pickup truck goes way too fast. Very late in the day last time as he must have had to do his own private route first. Time before that all the snow had been packed into ice by the time he came around. Needs a talking to.

    • Mr. Fritz
      March 2, 2018 at 12:57 pm #

      Same in our neighborhood in the southeast. Scraped up a two-foot wide ribbon of dirt & grass all along the street. Even took out a cement drain encasement. Drives like a maniac. Send pics & note to Tuorcy.

  15. LoneGunMan
    March 2, 2018 at 9:13 am #

    Spot on Caccamo is worthless.

    Unless you live off Parkside or wear horn rimmed glasses you will have zero clue what is happening in and around our ward or city. At least you won’t hear it from him

    Go away you hipster freak

    • Mr. Fritz
      March 2, 2018 at 9:32 am #

      LGM,
      Have you thought about running against him? He’s not my ward councilor, but I would have to agree that he’s just a frog on a log – a water boy for the Cap crowd.

      • LoneGunMan
        March 3, 2018 at 7:34 am #

        I’d like to die with friends st my funeral. I could never do S good a job as him. Hide and when asked legit question quote random data sample from Boston. How many people complained about speeding on residential elm st? Caccamo is finding data while people crash into his unused bike lane and telephone poles

        Loser

    • The school committee
      March 2, 2018 at 3:44 pm #

      Caccamo found out that for 8 k and 15 k in healthcare pretty good part time work

  16. h
    March 2, 2018 at 11:04 am #

    Anyone see assclown Trump tweeting Bill Baldwin when he is currently in deep shit.

    • Madame Du Barry
      March 2, 2018 at 11:21 am #

      I don’t think I want Trump with his hand on the buttons,do you? The next President, probably a Kennedy, will not only have to clean up this mess but restore some sort of dignity to the Office, not to mention an apology to all of our Allies.

  17. h
    March 2, 2018 at 11:25 am #

    I’m voting for Warren, if she runs. How about President Carter’s daughter! Amy!

    • Mr. Fritz
      March 2, 2018 at 1:05 pm #

      Warren, the fake Indian?? The woman who lied about her race to get into colleges, lied to get jobs and continues to lie? One Carter as president was enough – he was 2nd worst president right behind Obama!

      You Dems have so many illustrious choices for future prez candidates; there’s Oprah who’s waiting to hear from God, Biden the blubbering idiot/ pedophile, Bernie the Socialist, and of course Hillary from the Clinton Crime Family – she still thinks she’s a contender.

      Long live Trump! MAGA!

      • Spider
        March 2, 2018 at 3:18 pm #

        Mr. Fritz: You and I agree on so many things!

      • Pat
        March 2, 2018 at 7:19 pm #

        Long live Trump. Democrat choices are so horrible. People wonder why Trump was elected. So many people do not like the Progressives!! Trump is a breath of fresh air.

  18. The school committee
    March 2, 2018 at 11:45 am #

    The Planet and Pat think hes doing good.

  19. The school committee
    March 2, 2018 at 11:46 am #

    Everyone working for him is quiting.

  20. H
    March 2, 2018 at 11:55 am #

    The Repuklicans are in a serious bind going forward,with this clown in charge. Big Government has returned,and the wealthiest ARE the RECIPIENTS.

    • Pat
      March 2, 2018 at 7:16 pm #

      Progressives are the ones pushing for big government and you know it. So do we.

  21. Trumped Up
    March 2, 2018 at 12:13 pm #

    Wasn’t the Kushner 500 million loan known before the Mueller investigation? Was his father a felon? The rumor is Trump and old man Kushner uepsed to travel in the same woman for sex circles,very high end also.

    • Hope Forbetter
      March 2, 2018 at 3:13 pm #

      They both had/have mafia ties.

    • Edward R. Murrow
      March 2, 2018 at 3:55 pm #

      Sex? We had Billy Bob Clinton in the White House for 8 years. Then there was Jack.

      Old hat stuff. Been there done that. Same with drug use now.

      Lying? BAHAHAAHAHAHAHAAHA.

      Ol’ Slickmeister certainly lowered the bar a touch, didn’t he?

  22. Cosbies
    March 2, 2018 at 1:58 pm #

    Hopefully assclown Trump cutting the EPA will help delay and emulsify any of the good that the C C has done to stop this funding, an overblown project, and special thanks to the “Quarterback” Gaetani, for sharing his concern and knowledge,great job. The Planet deserves many accolades as well. Where has Super Citizen been?

  23. Edward R. Murrow
    March 2, 2018 at 3:50 pm #

    Yup, Trump’s going down all right–just like the 100 previous times in the last two years. Yup, yup, it’ll happen any day now. Terrible. Unpresidential. Just awful. (Psst, hint, hint–vote Demo in November, y’all.)

    Does anyone know what’s going on with garbage/recycling pick-up today? Is it going to happen? Will it tomorrow instead?

    We’ve received no robo call, not that that means anything.

  24. V P of Lurning
    March 2, 2018 at 4:51 pm #

    Excellent portrayal of a band of puppets Dan! JIV is still one of you’re best!

  25. Pittsfield Proud
    March 2, 2018 at 5:25 pm #

    Playing to the cheap seats. The Planet should dial down the intolerance and offer a little more analysis.

    • 12 Guage
      March 3, 2018 at 2:51 am #

      Okay Drew.

  26. V P of Lurning
    March 2, 2018 at 6:01 pm #

    My new 90 g gig is worth the intolerance. Anyway, that’s another way to analyze it.

  27. CosbiesLadies
    March 2, 2018 at 8:37 pm #

    So, after Gaetani and the troops emulsified any idea by The Mayor and clueless City Council,and after the seven tried to put the fear into the taxpayers future, one of which could send many right the hell out of here, we must ask ourselves? What kind of leadership and CityCouncil would vote not knowing what the rates would be if approved? One should not fear going forward, the hard part is done, now is the time to negotiate, isn’t that what Trump does? It’s called a deal. It was irresponsible for a representative of the City to actually believe it’s ok to vote on something, not knowing the personal cost, the capital cost, which could include contingency costs blank checks,and simply going in blind, with no expertise on our side, but wait, we did have someone. The Builder of the Plant.
    We can all ignore Gaetani’s contribution to the latest goings on, but believe me he is the SIGS worst nightmare, going forward my suggestion is get the hell out of way, he has much more info not released. Going forward I see him giving many tidbits to the four Council members, the drinking plant will be even easier to pass,if EPA or anyone else trying to break the rate payers back, they better be ready for a ton of clarity!

  28. The school committee
    March 3, 2018 at 4:20 am #

    Trump is unglued,medicated to keep energy level high but cant think straight.Everyone knows our President never expected to be president so was doing billion dollar deals before handing over keys to the White House……White angry men in charge and just wait for the average guy to find out he gained nothing and they and they alone gave extreme wealth to corporations never to be seen again….Progressives want SS higher,Healthcare,Good Schools,And a living wage……everyone on this board got union wages or better.

    • Pat
      March 3, 2018 at 5:11 am #

      Progressives want everyone fighting over race and gender. Progressives want big government and very strict gun control. Progressives NEED big government so everyone is dependent on big government. Progressives know that if you are dependent on big government you will NOT bite the hand that feeds you so in this way Progressives will stay in power. It’s all about the power and money and gullible people truly believe that big government will save us all.

      We need to put more faith in each other to solve our problems and STOP relying on government to solve them for us. Make government small and manageable for both parties and everyone will be much happier and healthier.

      • Hope Forbetter
        March 3, 2018 at 5:48 am #

        I agree Pat that we need to stop relying on government to solve our problems. Especially when we have a president who creates many more problems than he could ever solve. The man is a looneytoon and there needs to be background checks on presidential candidates so this sort of catastrophic failure does not happen again. All of humanity depends on it.

        Is that a tic that every fourth word you type is progressives?

        • Pat
          March 3, 2018 at 7:47 pm #

          No I really do not like the Progressive philosophy.

          If you are truly afraid of a president then we should make sure presidents in the future do not have too much power whether the president is Republican, Democrat, or Independent. Barack Obama started the whole process of overstepping presidential authority by saying who needs congress when I have my phone and a pen. Democrats cheered him on because he was “their” guy. It’s a different story though when it’s the other side with the power.

      • Mr. G
        March 3, 2018 at 6:03 am #

        Hey Pat, you keep talking about big government. What do you think government should be doing? In your Conservative structure, with what duties would the Federal government be charged. And I think you are incorrect on your first sentence above. Progressives do not want everyone fighti g over race and gender. We want everyone to give each race and gender equal opportunity. Thats it. Conservatives have always pushed back on this and made it a fight, from the civil rights movement and school integration and Jim Crow down to gay marriage and transgender rights. We are not trying to pick fights on it, we are just trying to assure that every human being in the US is afforded their constitutikknally buaranteed right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. It’s the conservatives who fight it.

        • Mr. G
          March 3, 2018 at 6:04 am #

          And I am serious, I am interested in what you as a Conservative think the Federal governmentshould be doing. Thanks.

          • Steven Dean
            March 3, 2018 at 8:28 am #

            Matt no you aren’t. You are a left wing but who needs to recognize Donald J Trump is your President

          • Pat
            March 3, 2018 at 11:37 am #

            Government should do as little as possible. Mailing out social security checks (they can handle that), plowing and infrastructure improvements (IF ONLY government would actually DO THAT it would be a miracle), being a watchdog for consumer safety, and finding ways to keep the economy healthy and fresh ideas on jobs creation. Job creation is especially critical right now and will become even more so in the future. The whole world of work is changing and government needs to get on the ball and figure out what people are going to do once machines and robots take over more and more jobs. So get rid of social engineering and do practical issues that are becoming more critical by the day.

            Things that government should not do: government should not be continually trying to force some political ideology down our throats. Trying to shape and mold us into their creation in order to give themselves power. Social engineering needs to go. People are truly sick of being MANIPULATED by government.

        • Gigi
          March 3, 2018 at 7:30 am #

          Mr. G,
          Let me address a few of your remarks. Progressives HAVE made an issue of gender and race. We now have reverse racism, where people are hired because they are a minority. We now have the “white supremacist” narrative to justify the push for reverse racism. Another progressive push is for transgender rights – when there is no such thing as a transgender. You are born either male or female – and certain individuals choose to become something that they are physically not. Yes, everyone in the US is guaranteed a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness – you are correct. But then why do Progressives push for abortion rights? Doesn’t that living human being inside the mother have a right to life?
          Why do we have the “Four Freedoms Coalition” in Pittsfield – which is actually AGAINST freedom of speech, unless, of course, you are anti-Trump and are a believer in their progressive causes mentioned above? This progressive group also lobbies for illegal immigrant rights, which is unconstitutional since they are here illegally and are not citizens therefore not given the same rights.
          On a positive note, I do appreciate your willingness, Mr. G. to debate these issues in a respectful manner.

          • Mr. Fritz
            March 3, 2018 at 8:16 am #

            Just ask Liz Warren, the fake Indian, how that race card is played!

          • Steven Dean
            March 3, 2018 at 8:29 am #

            Ignore Matt (mr g). He is a disgraced troll

        • Steven Dean
          March 3, 2018 at 8:30 am #

          Baloney. You want government to control everything matt. The sign of someone who can’t make it without help or theft. Oh yea you

        • Pat
          March 3, 2018 at 11:25 am #

          Wrong. “From its founding in 1854 as the anti-slavery party until today, the Republican Party has championed freedom and civil rights for blacks. And as one pundit so succinctly stated, the Democrat Party is as it always has been, the party of the four S’s: slavery, secession, segregation and now socialism.

          It was the Democrats who fought to keep blacks in slavery and passed the discriminatory Black Codes and Jim Crow laws. The Democrats started the Ku Klux Klan to lynch and terrorize blacks. The Democrats fought to prevent the passage of every civil rights law beginning with the civil rights laws of the 1860s, and continuing with the civil rights laws of the 1950s and 1960s.”

      • The school committee
        March 3, 2018 at 11:20 am #

        America is still extremely conservative,white power is still in control.Trump wants the goverment to build a wall,Trump wants the goverment to spend 800billion on military,Trump want the goverment to get SS retirement money delayed in getting to the people who put in the cash ,

        • Steven Dean
          March 3, 2018 at 12:30 pm #

          Cite your sources. You are fake news

          • 12 Gauge
            March 3, 2018 at 6:31 pm #

            TSC just pulls info from his butt. That’s his source.

        • 12 Gauge
          March 3, 2018 at 2:02 pm #

          The money you into social security was spent long ago by democrats. The sysrem is on fumes because of democrat spending.

    • 12 Gauge
      March 3, 2018 at 6:34 pm #

      Everyone here pays the teachers union. They own Pittsfield.

  29. Mr. G
    March 3, 2018 at 6:08 am #

    Hey…loom at the Eagle online this AM and see two studies in management juxtaposed: Berkshire Hills School committee demanding, and receiving a new budget proposal that offered significant cuts of over a quarter million dollars, versus old Jake McCandless standing up and sayjng last year’s “cuts” went too far and demandi g an additio al $1 million be added to this year! Wow

    • Gigi
      March 3, 2018 at 7:34 am #

      Purely politics on the part of PPSD. Ask for more and hope that the same or a little more will be granted. While all other school districts are consolidating and cutting, PPSD wants to add, add, add. The best thing Mayor Tyer and the city council can do is offer a certain percentage cut over last year’s budget and let them deal with ways to make ends meet.

      • V P of Lurning
        March 3, 2018 at 8:43 am #

        The more money into the scools for chilled run the better.

        • Mr. Fritz
          March 3, 2018 at 9:04 am #

          Another Pittsfield schools graduate.

    • Spider
      March 3, 2018 at 8:22 am #

      This city is has no “guts”. Good for the Berk. Hills SC. If other communities can do it so can Pittsfield. They are either stupid or there is collusion. Take your pick!

    • Steven Dean
      March 3, 2018 at 8:27 am #

      Matt just stop

  30. Bowlee and Lebo
    March 3, 2018 at 9:17 am #

    Dan thanks for another brilliant piece of writing. I think “Pittsfield proud” above has missed the point entirely in fact it was your analysis over a number of columns that I think swayed the vote. T analysis was there more than any other single source.

  31. V P of Lurning
    March 3, 2018 at 9:56 am #

    No mafter who done what, the Mayor gets eight percent down the road pension.

    • Mr. Fritz
      March 3, 2018 at 1:35 pm #

      Pittsfield schools valedictorian. Spelling & proper English not taught anymore?

  32. h
    March 3, 2018 at 11:40 am #

    Agree with lebO and of course the GMan was the instrumental factor, nOw and going forward, the Master of the Tyred disaster.

  33. AlaskanBushClowns
    March 3, 2018 at 12:05 pm #

    Without a dout credit goes everywhere from a taxpayers point of view. The most knowledgeable was Gaetani as Bowie Leebo states and others…. and of course the City Councilors were spot on. Planet continues his awesomeness as usual. I would pay to read the Planet! Yet he does it goes commercial free. I have every Planet Book, he’s one of my favorite writers.

  34. Gigi
    March 3, 2018 at 12:37 pm #

    According to Dr. Vic Strasburger, a specialist in adolescent medicine, four main factors link all mass shooters together;

    1) they have been abused or bullied,
    2) they are mentally ill (may or may not be on drugs),
    3) they are socially isolated,
    4) they play violent video games

    Another factoid; 5x as many murders have been committed using knives rather than guns, and thousands more have been killed by bombs.

    So why is the focus on gun control?! It’s the leftist agenda; remove the guns, control the masses!

  35. Hope Forbetter
    March 3, 2018 at 12:43 pm #

    McCandless gets a new $120 million school and still on his knees with a sad face begging for more money. If he had any qualifications to run a decent budget he would not need to do this. Lose this loser.

    • Wilson
      March 3, 2018 at 4:39 pm #

      They already extended his contract to 2022 since he’s doing the job of robbing taxpayers so well

    • Paul
      March 3, 2018 at 4:51 pm #

      And the worst part Hope Forbetter is they are doing a crap job of educating the children.

    • SojournerTruth
      March 4, 2018 at 6:33 am #

      Lee smarted up. Why does Pittsfield hire the terminated losers from outside. Discover the real truth about Turocey’s prior. It would shock most communities, but is par for the Pitts.

  36. V P of Lurning
    March 3, 2018 at 1:05 pm #

    When Geatani gets rid of the Tired Sevens mess he will deal with the Skool Committee, one at a time’ he’s currently tenderizing Terrorochi and will have him for din din when he get’s ready.

  37. Shelly Liver
    March 3, 2018 at 1:20 pm #

    V P of Lurning? Anyway,have to agree the Fantastic four did yeomans work and you could be correct, maybe the tide is turning.
    The prolem is you have lame ducks being replaced by lame ducks mext election.The route to go is the freelance expertise like Planet. Gaetani has not missed a beat on this project and going forward looks like he’s licking his chops and these clowns trying to take us to the woodshed, will be cannon fodder for the Master Gaetani.

  38. Cos
    March 3, 2018 at 2:33 pm #

    That’s Vice Principal of Lurning. I agree Mr G has been committed to sack the clowncil Seven and now the B B in a ridiculous bias editorial for such an aggregious standard set by the E P A . The Planet has a special recipe for clean water, just say no to Cookies and Roads,and follow Gaetani to the promise land.

  39. V P of Lurning
    March 3, 2018 at 2:51 pm #

    Let’s support the Schools new Theraputic Kindergarten positions. JIV is alive!

  40. V P of Lurning
    March 3, 2018 at 5:56 pm #

    Yes, welcome all candidates, we have a new position here at the P P S One of our fine graduates might possibly have the qualifications, so did you take the Trump U Graduate Course for Vice Principal of Teaching and Learning…all you need is B S.

  41. SisterGoldenHair
    March 3, 2018 at 10:15 pm #

    Well I hope Dan chews this article up and spits it out for all it’s worth.

    http://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/mccandless-seeks-1m-more-for-pittsfields-schools-budget,533678?

    $400,000 for therapeutics? What exactly does that mean. Is that the politically correct way of troubled kids. And McCandles says it is a safety issue. How about finding the money in your 60,000,000 plus budget and finding more money in your budget for more cops if you need em so much.

    And rising health insurance costs when they are stable elsewhere. Why doesn’t Jake da snake loose a few pounds and set the example for the other fat teachers?

  42. Hope Forbetter
    March 4, 2018 at 2:08 am #

    School superintendent needs to be an elected position. Get rid of this bum ASAP. And for now take this money he wants out of his outrageous pay and benefit package.

  43. Dave
    March 4, 2018 at 5:25 am #

    Saw this somewhere by a Mary Harris, thought it was brilliant.
    “Often the school shooters have been found to be the outcasts: the ones excluded, neglected and bullied. For sure none of them were the popular kids. So I’ve got a suggestion for all those students walking out of school today in protest. How about walking right back in and befriending some of those students you leave out at recess and never sit with at lunch.Those you laugh at and make snarky remarks about within earshot. Wanna change the climate of your school? Then get your asses back in there and BE NICE TO EVERYONE!”

    • danvalenti
      March 4, 2018 at 8:05 am #

      DAVE
      Suuuu-perb comment.
      THE PLANET thanks you.

    • Pat
      March 4, 2018 at 1:44 pm #

      I agree completely. Save with the women’s movement. Nobody can be more cruel to women than other women. Treat each other kindly ladies.

    • Thomas More
      March 4, 2018 at 5:52 pm #

      Bingo! – ever so true

      • Thomas More
        March 4, 2018 at 5:52 pm #

        reply to dave

  44. The school committee
    March 4, 2018 at 6:14 am #

    McCandless will tell the committee and council its his job to get the money and spend it in a way that considered beneficial to the kids.Its the Mayor and the Council that need to tell him he is a Department head with a budget and if he cant be a department head and provde excellent education if budgets did not grow in a city where every child qualified for Free Lunch then will he resign immediately on this admission…..We neen a couple of councilors to get on board with the 4 that understand money and budgets

  45. Bill Q
    March 4, 2018 at 6:28 am #

    If Trump can’t create a job then JIV will. Has it come down to this, do we have to send the man accountable for saving over another 100 millions plus (Gaetani) to show JIV how to do a budget, to? We don’t need teachers helper’s.

  46. Madame Du Barry
    March 4, 2018 at 6:36 am #

    The question applies, did JIV layoff paras or not, where’s Kufflinks? JIV has his Budget that was voted on,Period,no kickbacks! We can’t patch our potholes for krist sakes? My truck took beating this year and who knows about rust underneath?

    Let’s hope this so called savings at the Water Plants isn’t redirected to the Schools or any other projects that can’t be afforded at this time. it’s time to reign in the damn spending.

    • Hope Forbetter
      March 4, 2018 at 6:43 am #

      Are we talking about layoffs or payoffs?

  47. Trisha Trasha
    March 4, 2018 at 6:44 am #

    Count on a full out blitz on the Krol Show before the Secretary makes her decision.

    • Babylon Berlin
      March 4, 2018 at 7:17 am #

      The ‘Poet’ has already begun his spielaffe on the stooge and morning shows.

  48. mi
    March 4, 2018 at 7:37 am #

    Voting block is the schools.Mayors- Reps – State Senate -D A- elected by the voteRs who are the schools, for the most part. Without the schools votes, Mayors won’t be elected and won’t get that fat pension,capiche? Do we have to unleash the Quarterback from the News Hour on the Schools?

  49. H
    March 4, 2018 at 7:50 am #

    Who is the person that initiated a stipend for the School Committee. Should be thrown out of the City.

    • Dave
      March 4, 2018 at 8:31 am #

      The rationale was that it would attract better candidates. How’d that work out?