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WHITE COP KILLING BY BLACK TEENS FAILS TO ESCAPE MERELY LOCAL NOTICE … IS THERE A DOUBLE STANDARD?

BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION, JUNE 1-3, 2018) — Indulge THE PLANET in a thought experiment. Picture this:

A black police officer responds to a report of burglary in a section of a large city. She arrives at the scene of a house and sees a white, 16-year-old male sits behind the wheel of a Jeep that turns out to be stolen. The teen runs the officer over. Three other white male teens ages 15, 16, and 17, emerge from the house and flee. The officer is rushed to a hospital, where she dies a couple hours later.

Within a day, police have apprehended the four youths, charging them with murder, burglary, and other counts. Police say the teens have hit three houses that day. Their haul includes a Heckler & Koch 9mm handgun, two 15-round clips, an X-Box, an Apple watch, an HP laptop computer, and two Alexa speakers. Oh, and the young gourmands, police say, also stole a bag of Doritos and a bag of Cheetos.

It turns out on further investigation that the caseworker of the white youth who crushed to death the black officer had three days earlier recommend that the young charge be turned over for house arrest while he awaited sentencing for a previous car theft. The stellar lad had also been accused of stealing two other autos. Two of the three cases were dropped. He routinely ducked court meetings and was allowed to simple walk out of the juvenile detention center where he lived. No consequences. Several days later, a grand jury indicted the four youths on counts of first degree murder.

Do you think the Black Lives Matter people along with the progressives and similar others would ignore this case? Would The Rev. Al Sharpton and his crew leave it alone? What about the Hollywood do-gooders or, heaven help us, The Berkshire Brigade?

You’re right when you answer: “Not a chance.”

The race card would be whipped out from the bottom of the deck quicker than Yancy Derringer could cheat Brett Maverick in strip poker.

Well, this very incident occurred on May 21 in Baltimore, Md., as described except for one small detail. The colors were reversed, with black white and white black. Already, these four innocent lads from the ‘hood have the usual apologists rushing to the defense. The youths didn’t mean to do it. They’re “misunderstood.” They haven’t been dealt a “fair hand” by life. They’re “good kids,” really. They can’t be blamed for being young, ad infinitum ad nauseum. THE PLANET hears little talk of personal responsibility and how we all most own our actions, good or bad. We hear less about the family of the dead officer.

That you likely haven’t heard about the case makes a sobering comment on America, circa 2018. This is an America where intelligent discourse on serious topics such as race relations does not happen. In today’s incendiary rhetorical climate, it can’t happen. This is an America where the 24/7 “news” cycle of social media, cable TV, and celebrity gossip dictates the most vital problem now facing the country: ABC’s cancellation of Roseanne Barr’s smash hit comedy.  The nine episodes already aired proved to be a network goldmine, but in the present culture of race baiting, ABC didn’t hesitate to pull the show. It even received credit for the overreaction.

These are not rational times. Witch hunts involving race, gender, and political loyalties draw outrageous scrutiny in cyberspace, particularly in determining “news” value, particularly among the millennials and younger, that most coveted demographic. That’s why the Baltimore story hasn’t gone past a regional level. The color’s off.

The story and coverage does prove one thing, however, about the state of journalism today: The agenda-setting function of what we have to loosely label “the press.” Dominant media determine the issues, and a country whose people treat critical thinking and independent judgment as the plague get the “news” coverage they deserve.

Have a great weekend, everybody.

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82 Responses to “WHITE COP KILLING BY BLACK TEENS FAILS TO ESCAPE MERELY LOCAL NOTICE … IS THERE A DOUBLE STANDARD?”

  1. dusty
    June 1, 2018 at 3:10 am #

    Toxic subject….

  2. SojournerTruth
    June 1, 2018 at 4:17 am #

    Hinsdale’s (by way of the Bronx) own “Rev.” Warren Dewes will probably respond….NOT !

  3. dusty
    June 1, 2018 at 4:20 am #

    Now that the Eleanor Sonsini animal shelter has moved what will happen to the land it previously existed on? Is there someone ready to move on it?
    Are things still a secret at city hall concerning the whole mess? and if so….why?

    • NIB
      June 1, 2018 at 5:31 am #

      Probably another pot store.

      • Two Cents
        June 1, 2018 at 12:14 pm #

        The site will remain a city-run temporary shelter for animals brought in by the animal control officer.

  4. The real SHAKES
    June 1, 2018 at 5:43 am #

    The operative color in the story is blue, not black or white. The supreme court ruled that the death sentence and life without parole are not legal sentences for those under 18, even if they reach other thresholds for trying them as adults. Each state deals with the ramifications of this ruling differently because there is no prescriptive guidance beyond that.

    Did the officer follow protocol? Did the officer wait for backup? was the officer prepared to use deadly force as they were attacked? The situation is more nuanced than described here. Regardless, no police officer should lose their life while on duty, period.

    BLM is not about protecting youth of color that commit heinous crimes, it is about protecting innocent people of color from police execution and brutality. No trial, no jury, no judge. NO CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.

    BLM is a specific issue that the alt-right muddies with slop like the above hypothetical argument.

  5. NIB
    June 1, 2018 at 6:12 am #

    Of course there’s a double standard. Still waiting for Samantha Bee to be fired and all her shows cancelled.

    • Pat
      June 1, 2018 at 6:24 am #

      The double standard with Samantha Bee, who broke the cardinal rule of the MeToo movement which is respect for women….ALL women, is outrageous. We have the two issues of race and gender and Progressives show their hypocrisy at every turn. Conservative women are fair game. Any woman is fair game who is NOT a Progressive. This needs to end. Put these people in power again and this country will become an extremely unfair and even dangerous place to live if you are not one of them.

      • The school committee
        June 1, 2018 at 6:36 am #

        So white conservatives live dangerously in America. You must rewrite the rules so that white Republicans are safer in our country.
        Trump promised Pat and other voters that Health Insurance would be Better,Cheaper, than Obama healthcare by June 1st 2018….
        Most on this board got state or muni health insurance so let us know if you have a different insurance and tell us it better,and cheaper and how much is it.

        • Pat
          June 1, 2018 at 7:01 am #

          It isn’t just white conservatives who are the enemy according to Hollywood and the liberal media. It’s anybody who is not part of the hip Progressive movement. This is the environment they have created in this country. They set people up against one another. The old divide and conquer.

          Joe Scarborough this morning urging everyone to vote us back to sanity in November. Really?!? Really Joe? I have no faith that putting these people back in charge will restore sanity to this country. Just the opposite in fact.

          • The real Shakes His Head
            June 1, 2018 at 7:07 am #

            The me too movement has nothing to do with “respect all women”. You misappropriate the concept to fit your narrow, bigoted, victimized world view.

            The #MeToo movement is ONLY about sexual assault and harassment in the workplace. It is not gender or race specific.

          • Pat
            June 1, 2018 at 7:33 am #

            Vile name calling in public is harassment.

          • BonaFide Shakes His Head
            June 1, 2018 at 7:56 am #

            You are correct, calling someone names in public can be harassment.

            HOWEVER, you are wrong to misappropriate the #MeToo movement to make your point because it is specifically about workplace sexual assault and harassment. Your statements only reinforce the bigoted opinions you regurgitate. They are misinformed opinions and not facts.

          • Pat
            June 1, 2018 at 8:34 am #

            I disagree. The whole point of the MeToo movement is respect of women which includes sexual assault, but also harassment not just in the workplace. The whole spirit of the MeToo movement is respect of women. The comments of Samantha Bee toward a woman is so beneath the spirit of respecting women.

            These people put down President Trump by doing so much worse than what they are accusing him of doing. Hollywood and the media are a cesspool of hypocrisy.

            https://www.bizpacreview.com/2018/06/01/hollywood-darling-sally-field-gets-burned-bigly-for-doubling-down-on-samantha-bees-sexist-hate-640358

          • The real SHAKES
            June 1, 2018 at 10:22 am #

            All I see in that article is white men on twitter normalizing sexual harassment and victim blaming.

            Again. I am not arguing whether Ms. Bee was wrong, my point is you are making MeToo something it isn’t to fit your fringe hallucinations, just as today’s headline commentary bastardizes BlackLivesMatter.

          • The school committee
            June 2, 2018 at 2:55 am #

            What channels are the libereal media.For 25 years the only talk radio station had regressive talk 9 hours a day.The point is that this country is very conservative building our existence around the rich and coorporations.Trump said he may abolish NFTA done by Clinton and I am100%for this as America was sold the bill by business so our jobs could go to 3rd world countries with no penalties.We were going to negotiate with each country and we didnt……lets get this done now,go Trump …….Where is the cheaper better healthcare,where are the infastructure jobs.

    • Anne Nonymous
      June 1, 2018 at 5:53 pm #

      So you’re saying that Samantha Bee should be fired for using a word that men have used so often to describe women who don’t put out, respond to cat calls, or display some sort of common sense that makes a man look stupid? Or are you saying she should be fired because she used a vulgarity to describe Donald Trump’s grown daughter? The comment crossed a line, but I don’t see it as a fireable offense.

  6. Pat
    June 1, 2018 at 6:41 am #

    Hollywood, as usual, showing its true colors. Sally Field, the flying nun of all people, coming forward and saying she agreed with the vile name referring to Trump’s daughter except that that name was apparently too good for Ivanka, as she is holding her child. Hollywood, the liberal media are all in bed with these Progressive Democrats and putting them in power again will be a HUGE mistake for this country. They get away with anything they want now. If they are in power again, there will be NOBODY to put on the brakes of this completely unfair system of justice they have created in this country.

    Hollywood then went forward and gave Samantha Bee a nice reward last night, while blocking out the press coverage, for being such a great performer.

    It’s easy to see how Weinstein got away with all that he did over with years with the Hollywood crowd knowing all about it. They are the MOST hypocritical group of people who have NO REAL interest in any of these issues of gender respect or racism EXCEPT if it benefits their political agenda.

    • Harrison
      June 1, 2018 at 6:55 am #

      It is a vile name. Pussy is better.

      • Harrison
        June 1, 2018 at 7:02 am #

        I don’t have a problem with Roseanne being a conservative but do with her being a racist. They are not the same are they?

        • Pat
          June 1, 2018 at 7:25 am #

          Roseanne was fired for her comments.

      • Pat
        June 1, 2018 at 7:21 am #

        Sorry Harrison, but what Samantha Bee said was scripted and approved by Turner Broadcasting. This wasn’t an off camera remark and it was meant to be heard by everyone. It seems to me that even a certain group of women marching on Washington used that name you just mentioned to refer to the hats they were wearing.

        The Samantha Bee comment was meant to be what it was…vile and disgusting and a put down of a woman. Chelsea Clinton tweeted that such name calling should be off limits and was totally off limits by the press and Hollywood when Bill Clinton was in office when it came to offspring of a President.

    • Mr. G
      June 1, 2018 at 7:24 am #

      So we can all agree on the “feckless” part though, correct? Your only beef is with the anatomical reference?

    • NIB
      June 1, 2018 at 7:34 am #

      If Samantha Bee was a conservative and said those things she would have been fired immediately. And that’s a fact.
      If Rosanne Barr was a progressive and said what she said about a conservative it would have been written off as a joke.

      • Mr. Fritz
        June 1, 2018 at 7:44 am #

        I agree, NIB!

      • dusty
        June 1, 2018 at 8:50 am #

        It was not smart of Samantha to call Ivanka a feckless cunt on television. While it is true and millions of people agree with her, one needs to hold back at times no matter what you think.

        Samanthat was trying to use the term in order to put emphasis on her story about Trump separating immigrant parents from their children. She feels very strongly that this is abhorrent and that Ivanka could step up and help if she really cared about children as much as she pretends.

        I am fine with it and it is small potatoes compared to Trumps own pussy grabbing remarks and assaulting 19 woman.

        Boom!

        • Pat
          June 1, 2018 at 9:51 am #

          Dusty you are trying to be outrageous, but at least get your facts straight. No assaults of 19 women. Comment, if it was said, was said off camera by Trump. There is no recording that I know of.

          The video used of immigrants in cages was taken during the Obama presidency.

          The policy of separating children unaccompanied by parents at the border was in place during the Obama presidency and he didn’t change the law. Nobody was hysterical about it then.

          President Trump does want to change the law and make it more humane.

          As usual, Hollywood people have NO IDEA what they are talking about and liberals just encourage the lies. Obama never changed the law and it is still in place.

          https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2018/05/29/heres-what-happening-immigrant-children-u-s-border/650755002/

        • NIB
          June 1, 2018 at 10:05 am #

          To call Ivanka that because she posted a photo of her and her son is beyond stupid. It’s disgusting and anyone who supports it is too.

      • Spider
        June 1, 2018 at 5:42 pm #

        For sure, NiB!

    • The school committee
      June 1, 2018 at 1:00 pm #

      Pat ,I agree with you except you will not repeat the quote from Rosanne…..say we hat she said and then use it wirh a black minority person you dont know…..stop redirecting the racial slurr,stop defending the ignorance of racism

      • NIB
        June 1, 2018 at 1:21 pm #

        Roseanne’s tweet was beyond stupid and totally reprehensible. She absolutely deserved to be fired. But so does Samantha Bee.

  7. Mr. Fritz
    June 1, 2018 at 7:49 am #

    Well written column Dan – right on target!

  8. dusty
    June 1, 2018 at 12:43 pm #

    What happened to Melania and why is Donald Trump tweeting pretending to be her? I hope she is OK.

    • Harrison
      June 1, 2018 at 1:10 pm #

      I like Melania. I hope where ever she is someone is treating her well.

      • dusty
        June 1, 2018 at 1:29 pm #

        Before she supposedly went into the hospital it was reported that she had moved in with her parents. If so hopefully they can take care of her so she can smile again. She has been through so much and for so long.

  9. The school committee
    June 1, 2018 at 1:07 pm #

    Crofut street has 10 houses and 4 are 4 sale.Not one crosswalk has been painted and the lines in the road are gone and unsafe to drive.Its tourist time and the mayor thinks this looks good.Belanger field bathrooms walls not painted and there is a puddle 24 ..7on the floor.So many seniors use this for physical rehab that its disrespectful that all this goes undone…..its the schools budget that cause shortages ….its Mccandless who says its not time to run the schools efficiently……Sped children being put it the worst building in Pittsfield at the unhealthy Crosby school

    • Harrison
      June 1, 2018 at 2:04 pm #

      Not sure where you are getting your info, but it looks like one is for sale and one is pending.

      • Harrison
        June 1, 2018 at 2:15 pm #

        And there are 16 properties on Crofut

    • SisterGoldenHair
      June 1, 2018 at 8:49 pm #

      Hey, at least you have bathrooms at your park! And Crosby is a mess -talk about lazy, at least they could cut the brush that is overflowing onto the playground instead of cutting around it. And the parking lot looks like it was bombed out, and there is enough garbage in the woods by the playground to fill a dump truck.

  10. Jonathan Melle
    June 1, 2018 at 1:54 pm #

    Imagine a city ran by the Good Old Boys for the past 5 generations that saw thousands of people move away along with thousands of jobs lost, while taxes increased by 5% per fiscal year along with hundreds of millions of dollars in municipal debts, along with an empty business park called PEDA that is polluted with industrial chemicals called PCBs, that has severe rates of economic inequality, high per capita welfare caseloads, and violent crime, drugs, and gangs.

    Pittsfield politics has been ran by the “Doyle debacle”, the “Hathaway hack”, the “Ruberto regime”, and the “Bianchi bust”!

    • Harrison
      June 1, 2018 at 2:49 pm #

      I read comments here and on iberkshires from people no longer living here and wonder why. Some comments are from people that have never lived here in the first place. It seems like there should be enough in your own towns or cities to worry about.

      • Jonathan Melle
        June 1, 2018 at 4:47 pm #

        I enjoy reading Dan Valenti’s blog about Pittsfield politics! I find it interesting how a dying town is still bing ran by the Good Old Boys, while the people suffer with socioeconomic issues of high taxes, no living wage jobs, economic inequality, overpriced public schools, and other hardships. Why do the G.O.B.s still hold political power after Pittsfield ended up in the proverbial ditch? It makes no sense, but at lease Dan Valenti writes about it all.

    • SisterGoldenHair
      June 1, 2018 at 8:57 pm #

      Hey Johnathan, you forgot one -Taxes Tyer

  11. The school committee
    June 1, 2018 at 3:57 pm #

    School choice in Pittsfield means the well to do can buy a car for students to go out of town for math or they have the ability to drive them there

  12. The school committee
    June 1, 2018 at 4:01 pm #

    The budget in Pittsfield is. A lie…..school department blew 200k in wish list items…Behnke call the principles to buy shit they dont need so not to give it back……a waste and Mccandless OKs this crap

  13. Ham Anex
    June 1, 2018 at 7:34 pm #

    Big Mac is a fat doughnut chomping fool.

  14. The school committee
    June 2, 2018 at 3:17 am #

    This city hands are tied by Mccandless who just doesnt feel the pain on a 160k paycheck.If he could imagine a 24k wage along with a 20 k wage trying to buy a house and Pay The Taxes that go up 150 to 250 every year. McCandless has done nothing but allow Mzzz Behnke too clear the books every year instead of helping the police OT budget…….he acts like this 200k does not matter.The custodial boss position at 60 k can go unfill forever saving the schools 75k forever with healthcare

  15. The school committee
    June 2, 2018 at 3:24 am #

    Fire Joe Curtis if he cant do a pencil and paper MCAS test saving cities millions and millions over time.

    • Spagirl
      June 2, 2018 at 7:28 am #

      You are always honest. This City needs an honest hardliner who will act upon the financial ruins within the School Department.

  16. William Penna
    June 2, 2018 at 6:03 am #

    Pittsfield’s version of Henning Blomen was back in court and plead guilty to alcohol related offenses, again. Next mayoral race should be “spirit” filled.

  17. Pat
    June 2, 2018 at 6:51 am #

    Everyone has been focused on the horrible gutter language word used by Samantha Bee, but what she said right afterwards was equally disgusting which was to accuse Ivanka of incest. Bee attempts to cloak herself in moral superiority by saying it was done for the poor immigrant children being separated from their parents. How dare Ivanka show a picture of herself and her child when immigrant children are being torn from the parents?

    Again, this is more hypocrisy because this immigration policy was happening throughout the Obama years and Hollywood didn’t unleash their NASTY MEAN WOMEN to make a point about it then against the Obama administration. So for Samantha Bee and her Hollywood liberal buddies to try to justify her stunning harassment of Ivanka by calling herself a social justice warrior is a whole lot of baloney. This was all planned by seriously evil people in Hollywood to make a point about humanity by this unbelievable attack on a mother hugging her child.

    • Thomas More
      June 2, 2018 at 7:50 am #

      You slept late today Pat.

  18. Mr. Fritz
    June 2, 2018 at 7:01 am #

    Bravo, Pat, well said. Samantha Bee should be fired! There is no justification to complain about illegal immigrants being separated from their families. It’s a choice to come into the country illegally – so they are choosing to take the chance of being separated. I have no sympathy for illegals and the dilemmas they create for themselves by breaking our laws.
    Liberals rally against hate speech…..yet they are the worst offenders!

    • dusty
      June 2, 2018 at 10:42 am #

      Samantha speaks truth to power. And Donald is the one who says we need to do away with political correctness. Donald has set the new tone for the way people speak but he wants to be the only one who can say whatever he wants. Others need to be nice.

    • The school committee
      June 2, 2018 at 1:31 pm #

      American business has encouraged illegals to come,America wanted this labor millions were needed to kill unions and that was accomplished.America does not have and liberals as pat repeats fox news,America is a extremely conservative country.America is told to fear social liberals and Pat does…..Trump won,Trump will win again and Conservative America is broke,Europe in trouble and tariffs as gas is 2.89 banks a charging fees on your way to the bank

  19. The school committee
    June 2, 2018 at 1:40 pm #

    Houses in Pittsfield are going on the market fast,so many houses on Williams street in the last year alone must have been 20 of them and one of those is a vacant property with grass 3 feet high by Dodge ave…Pittsfield southeast is becoming a dump and 400k houses wont sell.As far as I can tell the largest employer in town are retired people hiring to have the lawn mowed.

  20. U
    June 2, 2018 at 2:51 pm #

    You idiots should know by now that the G-Man is our only salvation going forward. The current powers to be will be in for a big loud change if these water rates are allowed. The EPA doesn’t want to deal with G Man. Because? Well,because he is Pittsfield’s biggest asset and has been ignored by everyone,rate payers will be on their knees if the water rate are increased. For NO reason,None.
    We all know that Dan is the man, but when it comes down to brass tax someone has to get in there faces, literally.

    Valenti is Ali and G is mocking Joe! Anyone who criticizes lets see what you got !

  21. dusty
    June 2, 2018 at 5:49 pm #

    Tomorrow is Sunday, a holy day of worship. I am asking everyone, especially Pat, to say a prayer for Melania. We need to pray that she can be found because so many people seem to turn up missing these days. If everyone can say at least two Hail Marys it should start the ball rolling. Please do it now before you open that bottle of fine wine and completely forget where or who you are. Melanie is counting on you.

    • 12 Gauge
      June 2, 2018 at 10:01 pm #

      You’re a true fool.

      • dusty
        June 3, 2018 at 1:04 am #

        Thank you for your concern.

      • danvalenti
        June 3, 2018 at 7:21 am #

        Please. Let’s drop the name calling, especially when it’s not accompanied by a well-reasoned argument. THE PLANET has right little patience for that sort of thing. If one must call a name, then have it be the cherry on top of a delicious sundae.

  22. The school committee
    June 2, 2018 at 6:51 pm #

    Robert Kennedy was going to fight a war on poverty and Trump fights a twitter war on Samantha B

    • 12 Gauge
      June 2, 2018 at 9:59 pm #

      And Ted Kennedy had the first confirmed kill in the war on women.

  23. The school committee
    June 3, 2018 at 4:35 am #

    Roseannes only real problem is her ignorance.

    • Pat
      June 3, 2018 at 6:42 am #

      Ignorance is also the problem for Hollywood, the liberal media and many on the far left.

      • danvalenti
        June 3, 2018 at 7:16 am #

        In truth, it is a problem that cuts across the ideological spectrum. Ignorance is ambidextrous and can be found in equal measure both left and right.

    • danvalenti
      June 3, 2018 at 7:19 am #

      On Monday, THE PLANET shall be presenting a rousing defense of Roseanne and her right to free speech.

      • Pat
        June 3, 2018 at 10:58 am #

        When I first heard the Rosanne comment, I thought that it was bad and her show would fail because public opinion would go against her. ABC, however, made the decision to fire her. Then just a few days later, we have the equally bad comment by Samantha Bee. One is fired. The other is protected by Hollywood and the liberal media. That isn’t fair by itself, that one is punished while the other is given a reward by the Hollywood elites.

        Communist countries, however, make it a rule to shut down free speech whether written or spoken. Speaking freely can land you in jail or worse. America is walking a fine line when it comes to free speech. Half the country wants to ban the other half when they don’t like what they are saying and the other half feels the same way. Shutting down free speech and expression, however, can lead to dangerous consequences such as turning our country into a place like Russia or North Korea.

        • Harrison
          June 3, 2018 at 11:31 am #

          No one shut down Roseanne’s free speech. ABC just chose to terminate her employment. I imagine if she had her own cable tv show dedicated to her views, she could find a following and she’d be free to mouth off as she wished. She would probably do well.

      • Thomas More
        June 3, 2018 at 4:08 pm #

        Should be amusing.

  24. The school committee
    June 3, 2018 at 4:46 am #

    As Pittsfield loses students to school choice Mccandless allows behavior problem student to roam the halls of Herberg school where 1 student can disrupt the entire population of well behaved kids.
    This sped program intimidates the 750 other students.Any student who disrupts a school should be removed by the police .Making students fear going to Herberg lowers their grades and test scores.

    • dusty
      June 3, 2018 at 5:26 am #

      Maybe he needs to take some pointers from school systems that actually work. Ones with dicipline like in Japan. In many schools in Japan students are responsible for cleaning their own school. This cuts way down on foolish vandalism. And the uniforms cut back on the many issues we have in some american schools where the kids can wear anything.

      Stop letting kids run the schools while the Superintendents get paid a fortune for supervising an overstaffed, bloated budgeted administration. If this was working so well why would so many parents be inconveniencing themselves and their kids to truck them to another school? HUH?

    • danvalenti
      June 3, 2018 at 7:18 am #

      The “Special Ed” problem has jumped the banks and is overwhelming the system both behaviorally and financially. Why should JIV and the Evil Empire care?

      • Herb Pease
        June 3, 2018 at 7:58 am #

        By law Sped can’t be cut. It’s to the school departments advantage to classify as many kids as possible as Sped.

        • dusty
          June 3, 2018 at 9:35 am #

          ABBA…….money…money….moneyyyyyy

  25. H
    June 3, 2018 at 12:28 pm #

    So, Gaetani say that people are either misinformed not informed,or just don’t give a crap. Isn’t it up to Media to relate the goings on in the City?

  26. The school committee
    June 3, 2018 at 2:27 pm #

    Im all for sped but no student should be allowed to disrupt 750 kids,its common sense. 98%do not act out but the ones we are talking about are putting on a show for the school and making themselves famous by schools not calling the police often waiting for the student to escalate to the next level…….its the number 1 reason wealthier parents opt out….and Mccandless lets this go on but wont admit its the reason.Kid are allowed to write pornographic words in the Herberg bathrooms…….why is that allowed by Mccandless and Yon

  27. Gigi
    June 3, 2018 at 2:44 pm #

    More winning! This from CNBC, Jeff Cox, 6-1-18;

    https://www.infowars.com/the-us-economy-suddenly-looks-like-its-unstoppable/

  28. CosbiesLadies
    June 3, 2018 at 3:42 pm #

    Mr. Gaetani wanted to post his letter to the E P A for Planet bloggers.
    Dear Mr. Gaetani..Thank tou for your interest in the Ity of Pittsdield waste water treatment plant and request that regional administrator Alexandra Dunn visit the city to discuss the issues related to the plant and treatment upgrades. As you are aware, the mayor and several city representatives recently hosted the regional administrator and several members of her staff. We also understand that the city council has discussed the issues in detail at recent meetings, in light of the current status of the matter we are not anticipating another visit in the future, but very much appreciate your sharing, your views , on these important issues.
    Sincerley

  29. Halo
    June 3, 2018 at 4:07 pm #

    Do you think Gaetani is going to sit on that? What’s next? Anyway, thanks for trying, keep trying, I guess?

  30. Bill Q
    June 3, 2018 at 7:04 pm #

    Take em to court G Man!