(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY MAY 14, 2018) — A job is work done for hire that a person does for someone else (including corporations, because under the law, they, too, are people) in exchange for an agreed-upon compensation called wages or pay.  Wages can be barter or money, usually the latter. Wage value should tethered to reality reflect the nature of the work. A doctor, for example, should make more than a person flipping burgers. That must be so for money to be units of value properly measuring work.

The latter point must be made to distinguish money from its more-typically thought of lending-borrowing role. That’s an entirely separate discussion, THE PLANET realizes, but one that has a shard of relevance here because of the onerous nature of usury. Lending with interest morally debases currency by using money as a commodity, which is not an actual product or service but a symbolic representation of value we accept on trust. Using this commodity, money, simply to make more money does not add value to an economy or produce anything tangibly useful. No work is exchanged, and the “value” derived measures only pure greed.

That’s especially true when governments through its central banks and federal reserves  print sham money, which we define as currency with no precious metals to back it. Seen in light of this, wages, therefore, have a certain nobility or dignity, representing – or should — honest work for which one receives fair compensation. Wage value must be tied to the true cost of the labor involved. Another aside: This excludes professional athletes, especially baseball players, who make tens of millions a year for their childish antics.

THE PLANET‘s fleshy preamble leads us to the hard pit at the core: the federal government’s so-called “jobs guarantee,” sponsored by three senators who will likely vie for the Democratic 2020 presidential nomination: Bernie Sanders, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Cory Booker. The trio and other backers claim the bill would make unemployment obsolete. Not one of the backers provide specifics on how the program would “work” or be funded, of course, except that it would guarantee a $15 an hour job WITH BENEFITS to every American who wants a job.

Artificial “full employment,” even if it could be acehieved, would wreak havoc on employers and workers in the Dreaded Private Sector. It would put unsustainable upward pressure on salaries, the victims of which would primarily be employees at the low end of pay scales.

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before. Politicians casting for votes promising jobs for everyone.

First question: WHAT jobs? This isn’t the 1930s. There won’t be a Civilian Conservation Corps. Roads, buildings, bridges, and such infrastructure projects today are built by people using computers, software, CAD-CAM, and other high-tech tools requiring advanced training. It’s not the CCC of the Great Depression, where you gave guys with no education picks and shovels and they went picking and digging.

What do you do with $25 million jobless, undereducated people? Some can work as health-care aides, clerks, and the like, but what of the rest? Moreoever, all will require some training? Who pays? For that kind of work, the economy, even in near-bankrupt Pittsfield, already provides minimum-wage service jobs for anyone who wants to work. That’s the “David Hedison” in the ointment. How many among the current jobless are that way because of laziness or because Uncle Sugar hands out more in welfare than they would make in honest bucks.

How much would the program cost Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski? Estimates begin at $543 billion and top out at a trillion ($1,000,000,000,000). How would they pay for it? New taxes and anticipated savings in Medicaid, unemployment, and welfare programs. You know, THE PLANET knows, and Aunt Millie’s pet poodle knows that only the  tax part is true. The bureaucracies are too big, the employment so many, and the corruption so vast for the federal government and the politicians to get rid of any existing programs.

The initiative of Bernie etc. can be explained simply in terms of presidential politics. Democrats see their big chance in the November mid-term elections, looking to hand Trump and the GOB a beating. Promising jobs might be the hoariest political pre-election ploy extant. Do the math. New election cycle = jobs guarantee and pot in every chicken.

“Make work” jobs remains a specialty of government. That parasitic reality can be seen on display 24/7 right there in the Pittsfield School Department. Such fake jobs can only materialize out of thin ozone. They will come from the new bureaucracies required to administer the job measure.

“Make work” position wreck economies and bleed lifeblood out of communities.

Don’t fall for it.


Eloquence is logic on fire” — Lyman Beecher.



The Usual Disclaimer.



  1. Jonathan Melle
    May 13, 2018 at 8:48 pm #

    Put the jobless people of Pittsfield to work at the nearly 20-year-old PEDA site! The problem is that it would need a private business to move there.

    The only way to get a living wage job in Pittsfield is to be related to the Good Old Boys club! Otherwise, good luck with the state lottery.

  2. Praxis33 Shakes His Head
    May 14, 2018 at 12:47 am #

    The fed seems to able to just print as much as they want and lend it to federal government at interest. The debt seems to be of no concern to the last 20 Presidents. So why not guarantee everyone $15.00 an hour plus bennies? The can just tell the fed to print it.

    They seem to have a never ending supply. Any nation that objects, they just go war with. China makes the stuff, WalMart sells the stuff and Americans just stuff their fat faces with it. Everyone is happy.

    The next guy is always better. The next will fix everything. Don’t worry about the money. The fed can make plenty more. Poof out of thin air and its there. Congress needs a raise.

  3. dusty
    May 14, 2018 at 2:02 am #

    I cannot believe there is not going to be an infrastructure program. The countries roads and bridges are falling apart and this should be a major priority. I don’t get it. Why?

    I see you tube videos of how modernized many other countries are but America is stuck in personal greed, selfish politicians and vendettas. Our enemies are sitting back watching America destroy itself.

    • Steven Dean
      May 14, 2018 at 3:14 am #

      America is being made great again by our President

      • Definitely NOT Praxis33/Shakes His Head
        May 14, 2018 at 5:32 am #

        President Trump’s infrastructure plan will save us all.

    • The school committee
      May 14, 2018 at 11:19 am #

      There is no money for infastructure and that 1.5.Trillion is gone.Need 5.5 % griwth

  4. The school committee
    May 14, 2018 at 2:38 am #

    Living wages are paid by state courts system,state colleges,public schools,.Take away federal goverment,state goverment,City goverment jobs and you will see that that private industry pays min wage.Now in capitalism if everyone get a college degree in History then that degree has no value.
    Many right wing republicans have devalued public education and then add a public college degree under your belt and you again according to some have little to offer.Add to that a degree earned inthe seventies when colleges were handing out certificates of attendance for protesting and smoking pot.
    We know minimum wages stimulate economies as poor people spend all their money and tax cuts to the rich and wealthy get put into Roth IRA never to be taxed again.Thst money is out of the taxable economey forever.A17 year old working in minimum wage will turn around and spend every single penney they earn.This country no longer respects people that work it unly respects what is accumulated

    • Steven Dean
      May 14, 2018 at 3:14 am #

      All republicans love and want good education. Again prove your points. You are fake news

      • The school committee
        May 14, 2018 at 5:15 am #

        School coice

        • Steven Dean
          May 14, 2018 at 5:16 am #

          School choice (learn to spell) is excellent!

    • Pat
      May 14, 2018 at 3:48 am #

      Totally disagree School Committe. State courts, state colleges, and public schools pay way above a living wage. Just look at the skyrocketing salaries of teachers and administrators here in Pittsfield which is greed pure and simple. They want higher and higher salaries at taxpayer expense every year. Also, Ms. Behnke, Pittsfield School Superintendent, whose salary you are always complaining about because it is so high, and you can defend that now?!?

    • 12 Gauge
      May 14, 2018 at 5:35 pm #

      TSC are you this stupid or just high again?

  5. Pat
    May 14, 2018 at 3:56 am #

    Dan V. it is just a trick by the Socialist left to continue to make everyone dependent on big government. Would anyone then have the will to bite the hand that feeds them? No, of course not because you are then dependent on government to take care of you in the form of a decent paying job. This gives big government more power which is what they want. They don’t care about job creation unless it help them become more powerful and in control.

    If Democrats truly cared about job creation, they could have had training programs set up when Obama was President especially when so many people were unemployed after the housing crisis in 2008. Don’t be fooled America by this attempt at creating even more corrupt government bureaucracy.

    • The school committee
      May 14, 2018 at 5:18 am #

      Obama wanted free junior coollege for training in areas that locals deemed necessary, where were you on this issue,regressives shot it down as unaffordable to do exactly what you feel was needed.

      • Definitely NOT Praxis33/Shakes His Head
        May 14, 2018 at 5:34 am #

        Start saving by ending Social Security adjustments. Require higher Medicare premiums. I don’t want to pay for old retirees to live high on the hog because they didn’t plan for their retirement.

        • Steven Dean
          May 14, 2018 at 5:48 am #


      • NIB
        May 14, 2018 at 8:20 am #

        Junior college doesn’t train anyone for anything. And Obama’s freebie would only have been for low income/welfare type folk, not the hard working middleclass.

        • Authentic Shakes His Head Not-Praxis 33
          May 14, 2018 at 10:02 am #

          Completely false, a well trained program graduate machinist/programmer can easily make 6 figures. Just not in Pittsfield.

          • NIB
            May 14, 2018 at 10:48 am #

            A programmer with an Associates degree doesn’t make squat. Bachelor’s or go home. And I don’t know any machinists making that much. So you are the one who’s completely false.
            Job Average
            Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist $50,690

          • NIB
            May 14, 2018 at 10:49 am #

            The median annual Machinist I salary is $41,824

          • Definitely NOT Praxis33/Shakes His Head
            May 14, 2018 at 12:41 pm #

            if you average that across all of the rural areas in the country.

  6. mi
    May 14, 2018 at 4:46 am #

    Something like Walmart would be the exception, primarily because some businesse behemoths want something for nothing. Good job by City Council squashing the move to Tyler Street.

    Speaking of Tyler Street, those trash cans look awful. Why would you put a silver colored trash can on that street? It looks terrible. you’d been better off going to Carrs and just dump the silver trash cans, thousands less and just as ridiculous.

    • Pat
      May 14, 2018 at 5:10 am #

      Stupid decision as usual by City Council to squash plans for a Super Walmart on Tyler Street.

      • NIB
        May 14, 2018 at 8:09 am #

        Pat, apparently leaving the PEDA site empty forever is their goal. I know Walmart isn’t the ideal choice but it was the only choice. Beggars can’t be choosers.

    • The school committee
      May 14, 2018 at 5:20 am #

      Those jobs were down the street and would move up the street,no jobs there.

      • NIB
        May 14, 2018 at 8:07 am #

        The Super Walmart would be substantially larger so there would be new jobs. But they wouldn’t pay much or have good benefits. But it would be an opportunity for those living in the area to walk to work.

    • Spider
      May 14, 2018 at 8:23 am #

      And those tin cans cost $6,000 each. I believe they purchased 10 for $60,000. Correct me if I am wrong.

  7. dusty
    May 14, 2018 at 5:03 am #

    Thank you Jared and Donald for fixing the mid-east problem. Rivers of blood on both your hands. Despicable people with no morals or shame.

    • Steven Dean
      May 14, 2018 at 5:04 am #

      Problem is getting fixed. Even persian kings in 1000 BC said Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

      Oh yea, facts again. They are tough to argue against libtard

      • The school committee
        May 14, 2018 at 5:21 am #

        Lets see those facts thathe middle east is fixed steve

        • Steven Dean
          May 14, 2018 at 5:23 am #

          I said getting fixed. Let Iran know who is boss is first. Moving embassy to accepted capital is second

          • Definitely NOT Praxis33/Shakes His Head
            May 14, 2018 at 5:35 am #

            Imperial America lives again with warmonger Trump.

          • Authentic Shakes His Head Not-Praxis 33
            May 14, 2018 at 10:04 am #

            This romance with Israel is why Iraq is about to elect an Anti-American leader.

  8. dusty
    May 14, 2018 at 5:26 am #

    Article in the paper about trash rules going into effect. So I get one 32 gallon trash can and anything I can’t break up and get into it I have to pay extra by paying for BULKY WASTE STICKERS.

    so right off the bat I had to replace a window blind and it is 46 inches long and I cannot break it up because it is hard plastic. And my 32 gallon garbage can is 28 inches high so the blinds stick up a couple of inches preventing me from putting the top on. So I am in violation of the mayor policies?? This is ASININE!!!

    • Definitely NOT Praxis33/Shakes His Head
      May 14, 2018 at 5:36 am #

      You really cant break it because it is plastic? Want me to send my grandmother over to help you out?

    • mi
      May 14, 2018 at 5:45 am #

      Come on dusty, think outside the box, do what my neighbor does,thrown it in the streets.

      And when the new rates for sewer come in the mail, raise the rents on rentals and tell the city,extra toilets will be shut down, easy fix.

    • 12 Gauge
      May 14, 2018 at 11:03 am #

      Buy a hacksaw.

  9. The school committee
    May 14, 2018 at 5:28 am #

    School department budget wags the city and it future. Masimiano and Eberwien wiuld always throw out the fact that every student it Pittsfield was going to prison at a higher cost than the school budget.It was the most ignorant of statements.
    The schools budget process by city council needs a complete overhaul.Time to spend at least 10 sessions going over every line item in that budget.Take schools out of the custodial business and bus maintaince business

  10. The school committee
    May 14, 2018 at 6:08 am #

    The mayor needs to demostrat how garbage should be put out by Senior Citizen taxpayers.We dont know what she wants us to do.Tell inspectors to not waste 1 more day.Get on our overprice spectrum cable to demonstrait what to do

    • Halo
      May 14, 2018 at 6:35 am #

      Maybe Vinnie Spots can buy a trash compactor and let Seniors use it

    • NIB
      May 14, 2018 at 8:11 am #

      Senior citizens will be required to stand outside, wait for the garbage truck, and dump their own cans into it.

  11. Shelly Liver
    May 14, 2018 at 7:08 am #

    There is no such thing as Peace in the Middle East. Not on Israel’s terms anyway

    • Steven Dean
      May 14, 2018 at 8:15 am #

      There will be peace when the arab nations recognize israel and stop the terror attacks. period

      • Authentic Shakes His Head Not-Praxis 33
        May 14, 2018 at 10:06 am #

        So you would be supportive of Russia backing an armed insurgence of Native Americans and carving the land away for Indian Nations?

        • Definitely NOT Praxis33/Shakes His Head
          May 14, 2018 at 12:42 pm #

          Literally ancient history….

  12. Shelly Liver
    May 14, 2018 at 8:33 am #

    Fake negotiation rhetoric.

  13. Cos
    May 14, 2018 at 9:04 am #

    What do you want a cookie?

  14. dusty
    May 14, 2018 at 10:05 am #

    Dozens killed in Gaza today as a result of Trump moving embassy to Jerusalem. Ivanka posing with big shit eating grin on her face.

    I am sure terrorists are just ignoring the whole thing and will not be looking for revenge. But,… ya can’t fix stupid.

    • NIB
      May 14, 2018 at 10:42 am #

      They weren’t killed because the embassy was moved. They were killed because they decided to become violent. It’s their own fault.
      Of course, violent protests get the stamp of approval from progressives.

  15. Johnny2Shoes
    May 14, 2018 at 10:12 am #

    Mayor Tyer isn’t who she presented herself to be at all. Once again a politician fooled the voters, go figure. But why do we keep allowing these politicians to keep fooling us when we know better? We no longer vote on the issues on the local,state and national stage,but we vote on who’s who .

    • h
      May 14, 2018 at 10:49 am #

      Everything Gaetani has stated is now comig to fruition.Pissfeld is really stupid when it comes to electing Politicians,c name one good politician, one?

      What does it take to sweep the street with a full dust mop, use more water before you sweep it up. Turdocy should be canned.

  16. Praxis33 Shakes His Head
    May 14, 2018 at 10:35 am #

    The dow jones is UP.

    “The sky is falling, the sky is falling”
    – Chicken Little DemoRats

    • Cos
      May 14, 2018 at 10:50 am #

      Would you also like a cookie?

  17. Cos
    May 14, 2018 at 10:52 am #

    Anything the stock market favors are the investors as in Corps and rich. Majority of Americans are not invested and have zero in the Banks.

    • Praxis33 Shakes His Head
      May 14, 2018 at 1:43 pm #

      Sure, sure, when it goes up its ah no big deal right? Favors the rich anyway, yada yada yada, blah, blah, blah.

      But when it goes down, you libs get on here, Trump, Trump, Trump… its all his fault. You libs have a mental disorder. The hatred oozes out you. You are so easily manipulated by the media. Mind control and you don’t even see it.

  18. Cos
    May 14, 2018 at 10:54 am #

    Trumps plastic bubble will eventually burst. One reason he is a liar, two, he’s just not likeable.

  19. 12 Gauge
    May 14, 2018 at 11:08 am #

    What is Turocy’s background?

    • Simon Ives
      May 14, 2018 at 5:38 pm #

      He took an online course and Tyerant hired him.

  20. Cos
    May 14, 2018 at 11:22 am #

    Probably Futility.

  21. The school committee
    May 14, 2018 at 11:28 am #

    Rivers ,Moon,White,Kroll,Caccamo, Marchetti are infavor of all things school department.The schools will be hurt most in the end because that cant critically think about a City of poverty struggling to find leadership.
    The mayor of poverty keeps spending money.

  22. mi
    May 14, 2018 at 11:32 am #

    Ask yourself. what increase In Population from taxpayer to businesses has our schools attracted? ZERO. When our own reps and city leaders send their kids out of town….what does that say?????

  23. mi
    May 14, 2018 at 12:35 pm #

    Agree. did you hear ( and you had to have the volume up because the host is barely audible, don’t e en no her name) talking nonsense about the fines from the EPA? What is she talking about?

    We have failed as A City, when we have NO Say on certain issues. A new School Vote and a Water Project that effects every taxpayer, not just the ones who can afford it, and those are the stipend paid School Committee ans some who make ore a hundred grand a year, add the retires who get paid handsomely and City Workers in general, which is an inconsequence to most.

    They clamour they don’t get paid enough. well what is paid enough? It’t better than not being paid at all. Seniors cannot afford this increase, not home owning Seniors that I know?

    Seniors,I hope you know the Planet and a couple of City Councilors are there plugging away, along with the builder of the Plant,, still trying to stop this joke.

    Donna Ricers changed her vote. Simonelli was never going to vote against it, and he’s just as bad as Rivers.

    I don’t thing eight five percent of Apittsdield even know the rates could sky-rocket….INCREDIBLE.

  24. The school committee
    May 14, 2018 at 1:08 pm #

    Pittsfield is a good system,very overpriced and needs consolidation..Mccandless is responsible for chip sealing road,for hasving to get cited for improper trash display,,having students go to crosby the unsafe enviroment building. Mccandless will say it is not his problem.

  25. h
    May 14, 2018 at 1:20 pm #

    Candy has a doctorate, therefore he knows roads.Turocy acts on the whim of the Mayor,Kittredge chip seal is negated because in two years they get new,mayor is friends with yawn, get with it Pittsfield,tony roads gets nothing now,moon and Turocy and Rivers have no clue, Persip thinks he’s Aaron Burr, Moon is in left field and game is over,Connell is trying to grandstand for future in politics but gets killed with water rate increase, Mazzeo doesn’t really care, she’s loaded,Caccamo is going for his masters degree, White is a gob stooge,Krol wants bigger,Marchetti has issues, Morandi cuts hair and is working on being politically correct. Mayor putting in time, and is rooting fr RedSox.

    • dusty
      May 14, 2018 at 2:00 pm #

      Agree, the mayor is putting in her time and will leave the city in even further financial shambles when she and hers head south to live next to mentor Ruberto.

      Who cares these days?? Take care of number is too short to care about the next guy

      New city motto CITY IN DECAY (as a form of art)

  26. CosbiesLadies
    May 14, 2018 at 3:00 pm #

    I know ONE THING,whatever the-city paid for those unslightly trash cans.Was tO MUch. Imagine that shit coming across Gaetani’s Desk as Mayor. He’d probably fire the person on the spot for wasting his time.

    • Mr. Fritz
      May 14, 2018 at 3:17 pm #

      You threaten to fire anyone who disagrees with you. You have a rap sheet for threatening people with bodily harm. You continually disrespect city officials and think the rules don’t apply to you. My advice is to develop some listening skills and treat people with some respect – you’ll accomplish a lot more.

      • H
        May 14, 2018 at 3:41 pm #

        Has he ever threatened anyone with bodily harm that has been proven? Fake News Fritz. How does a reporter who is still in a building witness an argument over alledgedly being drunk outside of the building? I have known Gaetani for a long time, and will tell you, he never drinks now and he certainly didn’t drink that night. most importantly drink and drive, didn’t happen.

        As far as the Fire Department call, where is the proof? There is none,because he never made any threat.

      • dusty
        May 14, 2018 at 4:25 pm #

        Trump has fired about 200 people so far…..he is setting the example for making America great again….just fire everybody

        • Praxis33 Shakes His Head
          May 14, 2018 at 9:02 pm #

          Egg-xactly dusty. Everyone in government needs firing.
          Drain the swamp.
          Go Trump!

          The most intelligent you’ve ever said.

  27. Praxis33 Shakes His Head
    May 14, 2018 at 3:31 pm #


    3 million people drink coffee while watching Trump move the US embassy to Jerusalem while only 789,547 drink tea while watching.

    Tea drinkers demand coffee be banned.

  28. Speed Racer
    May 14, 2018 at 3:47 pm #

    Yo, yo, yo! Speed Racer coming back at you for tips on driving

  29. u
    May 14, 2018 at 3:58 pm #

    Is Trump building the new Emabassy or idiot Kid Ivanko and King Jarod planting the seed money. You never know?

    Next thing Trump will be on FOx telling Israel to,Let My People Go, as in Hostages.

  30. Speed Racer
    May 14, 2018 at 4:05 pm #

    . . . and walking so that you don’t kill or get killed in our fair city, or at least cause some serious damage and injury to you, others, or anyone’s property.

    My peeps in here have said it a few times–that damn West St./Park Square intersection be causing some serious trouble.

    The main problem being the left turn from South St. onto West St. with no dedicated green arrow.

    But that t’weren’t the problem today, my friends.

    Here’s da rules:

    1. Right on red in Mass.
    2. Full stop is recommended, but not always necessary (probably the law, though).
    3. You’re good to go IFFFFFFFFF you look left, look across the intersection for turners with the green arrow coming at ya.
    4. ANNNDDDD, I say AND, damn it, there are no pedestrians in the crosswalk, who most likely will HAVE THE LIGHT. The little pedestrian man will be flashing and numbers indicating the number of seconds that a poor, POS little pedestrian has to cross the road without being run down by some idiot on caffeine, alcohol, heroin, pot, fentanyl, Xanax, or whatever the hell else.


    • Speed Racer
      May 14, 2018 at 4:07 pm #

      But maybe some intersections should not allow right on red because some people can’t handle the responsibility–too many decisions.

    • Speed Racer
      May 14, 2018 at 4:25 pm #

      Oh, but the upshot is that Mr. Doofus Driver of car #1 didn’t quite understand rule #4, but he did stop–and then started, then stopped–which must have confused Mr. Idiot of car #2 too much, but then really, really messed with the cognitive capabilities of Mr. Feces-for-Brains of car #3, which did a nice front-end cruncher into the rear-end of car #2.

      And all three of them had a RED LIGHT, with the crosswalk light in favor of pedestrians.

  31. Edward R. Murrow
    May 14, 2018 at 4:10 pm #

    One thing’s for sure, the IDF do not play.

  32. Anul Thinker
    May 14, 2018 at 4:35 pm #

    Kudos to the mayor…she got her revenge on the people for dissing her toter plan. Thinks a lot like Mr TRump……keep your foot on their neck.

  33. Jonathan Melle
    May 14, 2018 at 6:57 pm #

    The lovely Linda Tyer is the best Mayor of Pittsfield EVER! She has my full support!

    • Praxis33 Shakes His Head
      May 14, 2018 at 9:05 pm #

      How much taxes do you pay in Pittsfield?
      She has your full support.

      Linda says thanks.
      For nothing.

    • 12 Gauge
      May 14, 2018 at 9:57 pm #


    • Johnny2Shoes
      May 15, 2018 at 9:16 am #

      Best ever? Your expectations of what is required of her is very low then. I know she inherited a mess from everyone else.Her term began the day she was elected and I think she has been in long enough to be held accountable for the direction of the issues facing the city. The baton has been passed and she needs to bring the city across the finish line. Your moral support is great and I’m sure she appreciates it, but maybe you could move back and really support her with a tax paying contribution?

  34. H
    May 14, 2018 at 6:59 pm #

    I have to laugh watching the N B A – hundreds of fouls called and they are never guilty, it’s very funny the reactions of the players, didn’t touch em, whaaa?

    • Anul Thinker
      May 15, 2018 at 1:50 am #

      kinda like in politics…deny everything even when faced with irrefutable evidence

  35. The school committee
    May 15, 2018 at 2:31 am #

    Mayor Tyer is unaware that when Mayor Rielly was there doing her job Pittsfield had 12 million in free cash for emergencies.Fast forward 20 years and we have 3 million and should have 25 million.
    White,Caccamo, Moon,Kroll,Rivers ,Tyer have decided that McCandless wags this dog of a city. I give Mazzeo,Connell,Morandi,Simonell some credit for pushback on this group of immature budget critical thinkers of budgets.I do not understand why anyone thinks a city with two 750 student high schools could not operate one 1500 k high..We can have a better system of school with more support staff under one roof.Stop letting McCandless pull this city down.Tell Joe Curtis Pittsfield needs him to save money.Tell Taylor that the underpaid Behnke,Curtis and Mcandless will move on when a better offer comes their way..In the end councilors like Mccandless waging this dog.They can each ask him 4 question then raise your taxes.Ward 3 and 4 run this town and the other wards gave up.Councilors from other wards cant cut taxes so they go along.

    • dusty
      May 15, 2018 at 4:43 am #

      and please tell us what the total budget for city and school system was for those years. And how much is it now? Shocking to say the least

      • Authentic Shakes His Head Not-Praxis 33
        May 15, 2018 at 6:21 am #

        Why should the City collect taxes it does not spend?

        • The school committee
          May 15, 2018 at 8:08 am #

          Emergencies .Our Mayor Tyer must live alone because a family of 4 can not put all the garbage into a 32 gal container..Mayor Tyer is not fn with the taxpayers.I think shes underwhelmed with bad ideas from somebody.

          • dusty
            May 15, 2018 at 8:24 am #

            Her garbage probably goes into the city hall dumpster…more freebies than you can shake a stick at when you are the top gun…salary is pretty much all gravy to be saved for retirement

  36. H
    May 15, 2018 at 4:00 am #

    Thank you President ScumP request to lift ban on Chinese tech company… make China Great Again….and Trump a little richer as Indonesia projects Trump will benefit from.

    • dusty
      May 15, 2018 at 5:50 am #

      Every move Trump makes is designed to benefit him , his family or friends who will kickback to him. All the people he has put in his cabinet are co-conspirators in his Putin-like government. If you step outside his lines you go bye bye. Very scary for America…he is over half way to being a total dictator as he has his soldiers in almost all key positions.

      Some will deny it until it comes to their front door…..can’t fix stupid

      • Fugimoto Hockalugi
        May 15, 2018 at 2:32 pm #

        If you can’t fix stupid, you should stay out of Harbour Freight. All the tools in the store wouldn’t help you.

    • The school committee
      May 15, 2018 at 10:35 am #

      Yup,your seeing the Trump of the 1980s in New York that we all grew up with,All Scam no Man.

  37. mi
    May 15, 2018 at 4:43 am #

    Shouldn’t it be,Michael Fabrizio and the Cure?

  38. Bill Q
    May 15, 2018 at 4:50 am #

    Lol, check Out Bootlicker selling CD’s now on the taxpayer dime,love it! J I V must be proud.

  39. Nota
    May 15, 2018 at 5:29 am #

    Where the hell is The Generaal?

  40. CosbiesLadies
    May 15, 2018 at 9:33 am #

    Untying some knots ? Or working a second job to pay for water sewer.

  41. H
    May 15, 2018 at 10:02 am #

    Thank you President Trump for saving those Chinese jobs, make China Great Again!

  42. The school committee
    May 15, 2018 at 10:39 am #

    China doing what America use to do….Countries will start looking to China for direction.

  43. H
    May 15, 2018 at 10:55 am #

    Why am I seeing red, be back at 4 …

  44. Dilly Dally
    May 15, 2018 at 11:01 am #

    Monty Let’s make a Deal Trump; Dearest China, we will save notorious tech Copany jobs that I am affiliated with, in Indonsesia. my good friend Mike the Fixer is currently tied up so ill just asking my Swamp Friends to pass it,my good friends Mike the Fixer Cohen will be contacting you with details..Oh, give Mikey a little taste,if you know what I mean?

  45. dusty
    May 15, 2018 at 11:33 am #

    Ivanka made the front page of the New York Daily news. She sure is pretty…take a look

  46. dusty
    May 15, 2018 at 11:45 am #


  47. CosbiesLadiesI
    May 15, 2018 at 12:16 pm #

    Some are more beautifulthan others, actually I like ugly people, it’s Godly. We all get buried in the same size box dusty, don’t judge looks.

    • dusty
      May 15, 2018 at 12:30 pm #

      Actually, there was an interesting story with the pic that was my reason for pointing it out.

  48. The school committee
    May 15, 2018 at 1:09 pm #

    Mccandless is wagging Mayor Tyer .Tyer said Bianchi was not a efficient manager of money.Again,Tyer said Bianchi was not an efficient manager of money.We have 3 million for a big emergency what happens when that account goes to zero.