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D.A. DALLIANCE … or … DOLDRUM IN A DUMPSTER

BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

NEWS FLASH! THIS JUST IN TO THE PLANET’s NEWS DESK: SOURCES TELL US THAT “HUGE LAYOFFS” COMING IN NOVEMBER AT CRANWELL RESORT. THIS WILL INCLUDE MANY  LONG-TERM EMPLOYEES. YOU READ IT HERE FIRST. NOW TO OUR REGULAR COVERAGE.

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(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY AUG. 27, 2018) — Gen. George Armstrong Custard, famous for his utterance “Injuns? They ain’t no Injuns in these heah parts,” died at Little Big Horn while sharpening an arrowhead with his ribcage. It was an act too late for muskets and too soon for The Food Channel. But what about Big Horn itself? Who died there? Answer: Could it be city councilor Earl Persip? Depends on who you listen to.

Persip drives a silver Dodge Ram 1500 “Big Horn” with a Hemi, twin exhausts, and a tow hitch. A vehicle fitting that description recently parked at Paul Rich & Sons Furniture on North Street on or about Aug. 8. A person fitting Persip’s description was seen near the vehicle, sources say, performing an act of civic duty THE PLANET doesn’t think relates to his responsibilities as an at-large councilor. We could be wrong, since this is Pittsfield.

The act? Dumping campaign lawn signs.

First, though, a note on the vehicle. The “Big Horn” is one of those classic monster-size pickups — you know, the kind of over-the-top wheels so popular in gas-guzzling America. It’s the type of vehicle that suggests “mid-like crisis” like when you see a graying Baby Boomer driving  a red Corvette. You know what they say about owners of huge vehicles. They may drive a Big Horn, but they pack a “little one.” Size isn’t everything, however, or so they say.

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Persip has been the latest in an endless series of do-nothing councilors elevated in rigged elections to do the bidding of The Suits. His major accomplishments thus far? Cashing in on his last name, displaying a willingness to obey orders, and keeping his mouth shut.  He’s in his first term, granted, but when did learning curves resemble the northeast approach to the top of Everest?

Persip admitted to the sign dump when asked by THE PLANET, calling it “a simple misunderstanding.” He told us his wife “picked up a few signs at Andrea’s [Harrington] fundraiser last month. They got damaged, so I threw them away. I spoke to Andrea about it, and she understood what happened.” Persip added that he’s “happy that the police look into those things. We all know how much campaign signs cost and how many disappear every election.”

We asked him how the signs got damaged. He said signs can get damaged in many ways, a statement that ducked the question. Signs are made of a water-resistant, coated laminate. They are tough and durable. They don’t just “get damaged.”

Harrington backed up Persip’s story: “Earl has been an enthusiastic supporter and strongly encouraged me to run way back in February and has been at my campaign events,” she told THE PLANET. “I received a report that someone put my lawn signs in a dumpster behind Paul Rich. I also received a photo of the vehicle with a plate. Since a number of my signs have gone missing, I filed a police report. It turns out that Earl had placed two of my damaged lawn signs into the dumpster and this incident was a misunderstanding.”

One of Harrington’s strongest supporters, however, sees Persip differently: “Earl has been playing off support for Harrington, but is a double agent. Maybe code name: Double-0-Dufus? Earl the Squirrel? If you look back at Persip’s lawn sign locations and key supporters from the 2017 race, there is clear overlap with Caccaviello support. If Persip was trying to put on semi-public ruse of support for Harrington, it didn’t translate among his supporters. In fact, the opposite has been true.”

THE PLANET also heard from sources that it wasn’t two signs but 10. Also, were they only Harrington signs. Paul Caccaviello’s campaign has had a slew of signs disappear. This would certainly fit the pattern of double dealing. If we were in the Cacc camp, we wouldn’t let Persip within 1,000 yards of the door.

From all of this, It appears that:

  1. Signs have been disappearing in unusually high numbers for both the Caccaviello and Harrington campaigns.
  2. Each probably has supporters involved in the act.
  3. Persip got caught with his hands in the cookie jar.
  4. Persip has been acting as a double agent, playing up to both sides. This hedging may cost him his political career.
  5. Caccaviello must still be considered the prohibitive favorite. Harrington has yet to distinguish herself in any substantial way. She grabs headlines for side-show events, but that won’t be nearly enough.

Signgate wasn’t a tempest in a teapot. Let’s call it a Doldrum in a Dumpster.

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“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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132 Responses to “D.A. DALLIANCE … or … DOLDRUM IN A DUMPSTER”

  1. Kurd
    August 26, 2018 at 7:41 pm #

    What dumpster is this? Is Persip authorized to use it for his own garbage?

  2. Jonathan Melle
    August 26, 2018 at 8:54 pm #

    Luciforo donated $200 to Paul Caccaviello and $250 to Andrea Harrington. I think Judith Knight should campaign on that!

  3. Auto Phil
    August 26, 2018 at 9:00 pm #

    Where have the Harrington signs disappeared from?

    Persip works at the YMCA, next to Paul Rich and Son. His explanation seems plausible. It would seem he’d be aware of the availability and proximity of a nearby dumpster.

    If there was something more nefarious going on, you’d think he’d do the dump somewhere less obvious…

    You’d think…

  4. dusty
    August 27, 2018 at 12:28 am #

    So a city councilor just dumped stuff in a nearby business dumpster? So can all citizens use this dumpster or just city councilors? I have a few larger things the Covanta folk will not take.

    • Enema of the State
      August 27, 2018 at 5:30 am #

      I think they’ll take them if you pay a fee. Maybe Persip would be willing to reimburse you, or haul them away for you with his big global warming causing truck.

      • danvalenti
        August 27, 2018 at 3:30 pm #

        There’s so much room in the back of Persip’s truck that Peter Marchetti got lost trying to climb out.

  5. SisterGoldenHair
    August 27, 2018 at 2:57 am #

    Did us taxpapers subsidize Covanta with a big tax break via Taxes Tyler? If so Dusty, you should get to dump stuff for free for a year or so.

    What does the police report say about this? How many signs were there? If only two, why the need for a dumpster? How does Harrington know it was only two? Persip the perp even said it was a few. Something smells here.

    • Doomiedoger
      August 27, 2018 at 4:20 am #

      Why did he choose Paul/Rich dumpsters? Does he put all his trash there and if so does he have an agreement with the owner? You would think the paper and metal would have been recycled by a more responsible councilor? Are there really grey squirrels on the moon?

      • Enema of the State
        August 27, 2018 at 5:28 am #

        Progressives think it’s everyone’s duty to protect the environment, except for themselves. Al Gore contributes to global warming more in one day than I do my whole life.

        • Doomiedoger
          August 27, 2018 at 7:06 am #

          I am not a doctor but I think you might want to take another squirt with the enema. With your nasty disposition you have got to have something wedged up there.

  6. The school committee
    August 27, 2018 at 4:40 am #

    Harrington cant win this but I will vote for her to replace Tyer or Bouvier. Having Kroll,Moon White,Rivers,Tyer,Farley, Marchetti run Berkshire county is dangerous from Sheffield,to North Adams and Clarksburg……..Harrington is a Rookie whos first decision was the obnoxious Tyer /Bouvier WHEN endorsement…….

  7. The school committee
    August 27, 2018 at 4:44 am #

    Trump suffers a syndrome of derangement one that lacks confidence that promotes his bullying of those he feels he can verbally abuse…..What happened with North Korea?

    • Pat
      August 27, 2018 at 5:01 am #

      Are we at war with North Korea? Well that answers your question. President Trump and our country had to face that possibility after 8 years of Obama until President Trump met with the North Korean leader and they are on much friendlier terms. Obama left such a mess behind on the world stage. Between appeasing leaders and giving them bundles of money to keep them happy which never worked, he was a terrible leader.

      • dusty
        August 27, 2018 at 7:08 am #

        Last I checked we were not at war with Korea when Obama was president either. And we were not colluding with the Russian KGB.

        Just thought I would mention that even though I know it will go way over your head Pat.

        • Bill DeWahl
          August 27, 2018 at 7:20 am #

          Tell Vladimir ill have more flexibility after the election.

  8. The school committee
    August 27, 2018 at 5:22 am #

    I thought that Jim Shulman was going to gift a carousel to the city he loved and then the the gift turned into a weird thing not fully understood that ended because somebody was trying to get free money again from Pittsfield taxpayers…..Donate this carousel to the common park.

    • Doomiedoger
      August 27, 2018 at 7:15 am #

      Bullcrap! Thousand of people worked like hell on that Carousel and thousands more donated their hard earned money. If the city took it over they would let it be run by one of their benefactors and it would be just like the Waconah park with the taxpayers funding the operation and the profits being syphoned off and pocketed by some good old boy.

      If the city gets it, everyone, including myself, should get their donations back.

      • The school committee
        August 27, 2018 at 8:10 am #

        Agreed,this was Shulmans idea that had nothing to do with Pittsfield financially supporting it.Nobody wanted it after some odd idea Pittsfield should give him a beer and wine liscense with reception hall so it was peddled around to other towns and ended up where it is,seemed like a scam ,this is not the responsibly of City Hall

  9. Enema of the State
    August 27, 2018 at 5:25 am #

    Persip is a typical progressive – he’s all ‘for the environment’ but drives a huge gas guzzling truck that pollutes more than what the average American drives. Talks the talk but doesn’t walk the walk. Maybe he has a side job dumping plastic straws in CA.

  10. Still wondering
    August 27, 2018 at 5:27 am #

    Once gain SC, you “thought” wrong. Big surprise.

  11. Spider
    August 27, 2018 at 6:06 am #

    I have been told that many of Harrington’s supporters are very disappointed in her response to Persip’s actions.

    Two lies do not make a truth!

    Our CC must be so proud of one of their own.

    • danvalenti
      August 27, 2018 at 3:28 pm #

      SPIDER
      She alienated some supporters who have a far different version of Signgate than Persip or Harrington reported. Losing votes is one thing. Losing supporters is something else.

  12. Not so nosey
    August 27, 2018 at 6:41 am #

    I just want to say that I have no stake in this race, nor am I overly interested in politics. I will however say that it is quite disconcerting that whether or not someone threw away lawn signs maliciously or for a true purpose is not news worthy. From what I gather, the purpose of this website is to share your views and pretty much embarrass and mock people, not truly report the news. There is a serious drug epidemic, people are dying; there was a mass shooting just yesterday and you want to focus on Earl Persip and some lawn signs. Life is way too short to worry about what Earl Persip is doing, what he drives or if he packs a “little one; your article is crude and unnecessary.

    With that said, I hope that this DA race ends with the most capable candidate in office, because we certainly need it. I am sure that is something we can all agree on.

    • Spider
      August 27, 2018 at 7:07 am #

      I believe whenever an elected official is accused of a wrong doing, it definitely is news worthy.

      Bet you won’t read about it in the BB!

      • Mikey
        August 27, 2018 at 8:22 am #

        So now we accuse and persecute before conviction? Harrington herself said it was a miss understanding, but fools like you continue to push…..

    • danvalenti
      August 27, 2018 at 3:27 pm #

      NOT SO
      “Newsworthy” is a subjective judgment, obviously. The purpose of this website is to present news and commentary that satisfies the discretions of its creator. We do agree that the most capable should get the DA’s office.

  13. Sara
    August 27, 2018 at 7:08 am #

    I have to agree with Nosey. Petty, ignorant people worry about lawn signs and think they indicated votes. But they make a nice distraction over the real issue. For the love of God, where is the outrage over Farley-Bouvier? How is it the BB gets all up on the DA’s office for trying to leave the people with experienced law enforcement rather than mediocre lawyers who vow to support criminals? They have plenty of time to line drive one into Capeless in an editorial. But no editorial aimed at Farley-Bouvier, just a puffball story She has clearly tried to influence the outcome of an election and is being investigated. They completely revised the story line and everyone knows it. Fact: She tried to get Knight to drop out in exchange for a job in Harrington’s office because she wanted a “progressive candidate.” But let’s let that story die down a week before the election and talk about lawn signs.

    • dusty
      August 27, 2018 at 7:18 am #

      The BB bent over backwards to help Bouvier get elected and she has probably been quietly reciprocating ever since.

      • Still wondering
        August 27, 2018 at 7:26 am #

        The entire process of getting TFB elected the first time was the most corrupt example of government malfeasance I have ever seen.

    • Enema of the State
      August 27, 2018 at 8:39 am #

      BB = fake news.

    • Mr Fritz
      August 27, 2018 at 9:50 am #

      I believe another poster pointed out that anyone could file an ethics complaint against Trish (for her part in interfering with an election) by using the state website.

    • Mr. Fritz
      August 27, 2018 at 1:14 pm #

      I believe another poster on this site mentioned that anyone can file an ethics complaint against Trish ( for interfering in an election) by filling out the ethics complaint form on the state website.

  14. Earl Parsnip
    August 27, 2018 at 7:23 am #

    Harrington signs belong in a dumpster. This is the best thing he has done since he’s been on the council.

    • Art Seller
      August 27, 2018 at 9:33 am #

      Dan. Mr Gaetanis stated many times on his TV show and at cc meetings that the mayor and council should fear the taxpayer but it is the other way around here in Pittsfield. Percip personifies a gobsigs backed politician. He is a brainless halfwit without a trace of nervous tissue and is completely servile to the gobsigs network. They wanted some one dumb a they indeed found it. He should stick to passing out towels and jock straps at the Y and resign his council seat. Mr Gaetanis made several attempts to invite Harrington to a DA forum to be held on his Wednesday TV show but she didn’t have the decency to respond. I’m sure Tyer krill mar Hetti moon persip white rivers Bouvier told her that going on his show would be comparable to committing suicide and they were right because the G Man tale in specifics and that is something Harrington is short on.Harrington must be pretty desperate relying on an endorsement from Percip. Dan I think your story about the theft of lawn signs has pretty much sealed percips and Harrington’s fates. Good investigative reporting.

  15. Mikey
    August 27, 2018 at 8:31 am #

    Another slanderous “article”. Mr. Valenti could not find any truth to further his slander so he resorted to childish comments about a truck and relating it to penis size, very unprofessional and immature. What is it anyone’s business what the man drives? Sounds like he has a modest normal pickup truck, a big horn ram 1500 is a middle of the line pickup. Did anyone think does he have a need for it? Own a home or properties that a truck is needed for odd jobs? Have the need to tow something? “Gas guzzler” another foolish comment from someone not aware of modern technologies to improve gas consumption.
    So when Harrington responded and out right stated that it was a misunderstanding, why wasn’t that good enough?

    Also, anyone not understanding the construction of a lawn sign and how the can easily deteriorate with weather has not had many lawn signs in their yard. With the amount of rain, wind and storms we have received over the past month+ makes it extremely plausible that his signs did get ruined.

    Time for Mr. Valenti to grow up

    • danvalenti
      August 27, 2018 at 3:24 pm #

      MIKEY
      To answer your question, it wasn’t “good enough” because it wasn’t the whole story. Simple as that. We go where the evidence takes us.

    • Kurd
      August 27, 2018 at 5:21 pm #

      Harrington gave Earl Persip a pass. Who knows why but it’s a sketchy story no matter how much she attempts to smooth it over. we’ve had some rainy weather but all the other signs survived, only Earl’s signs needed to be trashed? You’re making Earl look worse.

    • Earl Parsnip
      August 27, 2018 at 6:10 pm #

      It’s funny that my Caccaviello sign has been in place long before Herringbone put her signs up and it’s still in great shape.

      • danvalenti
        August 27, 2018 at 7:24 pm #

        Yes. It takes a village to damage today’s polymeric signs. Rather, it takes a village idiot.

        • Earl Parsnip
          August 27, 2018 at 7:53 pm #

          And we have a village replete with idiots.

          • Shakes His Head
            August 28, 2018 at 5:18 am #

            I’ve delivered lawn signs for many political campaigns. Those things are very durable. So durable that candidates frequently just order stickers to change years or offices they pursue instead of ordering new signs.

  16. Pat
    August 27, 2018 at 9:50 am #

    Pittsfield voters suffer from the same problem that the far left is suffering from across the country. Pittsfield voters think that if they get rid of one progressive and elect another all of their problems will be solved when the problem is the progressive philosophy.

    The far left thinks that if they impeach President Trump their far left agenda will go forward, but they don’t realize that the genie is out of the bottle and there will be opposition from half of this country who reject socialism, open borders, and the silencing of voices that don’t agree with the far left.

    • dusty
      August 27, 2018 at 10:31 am #

      Silencing of voices? Who was it that fired Comey and a half dozen other FBI people because they wanted to shut them up?

      And Pat, can you remember the last time a war hero specifically asked a standing president to STAY AWAY from his funeral? Been a while huh?

      MAGA

      • Shakes
        August 27, 2018 at 11:19 am #

        I am not aware of any politician that desires open borders.

        The white supremacist myth that progressives want open borders is dangerous fake news.

        • Trump Derangement Syndrome
          August 27, 2018 at 12:05 pm #

          Who is a white supremacist and why?

          • Harry Merkin
            August 27, 2018 at 12:08 pm #

            Paternalistic democrats are the white supremacists. They believe that black folks are helpless without their guidance.

          • Enema of the State
            August 27, 2018 at 12:18 pm #

            TDS, see my post below. As usual Shakes isn’t telling the truth.

        • Enema of the State
          August 27, 2018 at 12:17 pm #

          Then you are not aware of much. Hillary Clinton, “My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders…”
          So either you didn’t bother doing any research or you are lying.

          • Enema of the State
            August 27, 2018 at 12:47 pm #

            Shakes, umm pulling BS from a liberal website is not research. We all know what she meant and she lied when she tried to explain away that comment. And calls to abolish ICE is an open border policy and many liberals are for it. Ocasio-Cortez has called for people to occupy ICE offices so illegals can stay and come into the country more freely.
            Face it, open borders is a progressive policy. Progressives love foreigners more than Americans.

          • Shakes Hius Head
            August 27, 2018 at 1:18 pm #

            Understanding the context of a statement is what reasonable people do, and your repetition of inflammatory statements demonstrates your ignorance.

            Do you support your president and his penchant for sexual assault “Grab em by the pussy” because he “moved on them like a bitch” ?

            Do I need to explain the context of rape?

        • Ozias Vincelette
          August 27, 2018 at 2:29 pm #

          Just curious: If liberal/progressive folks don’t want open borders what is their proposal to stop illegal immigration?
          Just asking.

          • Rudy Baker
            August 27, 2018 at 2:50 pm #

            Great question

          • The school committee
            August 27, 2018 at 4:37 pm #

            If you own a company and you hire a illegal you will recieve a 1 year mandatory jail sentence. They come because companies want cheap labor.

          • Shakes His Head
            August 28, 2018 at 5:22 am #

            I would start by filling the tens of thousands of positions within the various departments that touch immigration.

            Then:

            A path to citizenship for illegal aliens already in the United States is contingent on certain border security and visa tracking improvements. The plan provides for permanent residence for illegal aliens only after legal aliens waiting for a current priority date receive their permanent residence status and a different citizenship path for agricultural workers through an agricultural worker program.

            Business immigration system reforms, focusing on reducing current visa backlogs and fast tracking permanent residence for U.S. university student visa – immigrant graduates with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering or math also known as the STEM fields.

            An expanded and improved employment verification system for all employers to confirm employee work authorization.

            Improved work visa options for low-skilled workers including an agricultural worker program.

          • Trump Derangement Syndrome
            August 28, 2018 at 7:01 am #

            TSC, often they come to get on welfare.

      • Enema of the State
        August 27, 2018 at 12:22 pm #

        Dusty, firing people doesn’t shut them up. It actually gives them more freedom to speak. Were do you come up with this stuff?

    • The school committee
      August 28, 2018 at 3:53 am #

      Pat when will you figure out that America is not liberal.We are a very conservative country.We are now regressing on race,poverty,taxation of mega wealth,healthcare,Social security, public schools…..do you pay into SS,did you use public schools,Do you have city or state health insurance

  17. 12 Gauge
    August 27, 2018 at 10:45 am #

    Comey was clearly a useless fool. No one who was fired is being silenced. If anything they have been given a bigger megaphone on the moonbat networks.

  18. Art Seller
    August 27, 2018 at 10:52 am #

    Pat your analysis is too simplistic. The major problem here in this city and elsewhere is gobsigs. This elitist bunch is composed of both conservatives and progressives and this group always elects individuals who are very shallow and can be manipulated at will. Consider Donna Tod Rivers as an example. She is a lawyer but couldn’t make a living at it. She was approached by the Gobsigs and offered her a 75000 dollar a year no show job for her vote to approve the updates at the sewer plant.She took the bait and does not show a drop of shame for flushing the taxpayer down the drain. We all know that the EPA director Alexandra Dunk scared the day lights out of Tyer and Marchetti to push the council to a vote of approval for the project. Read Dunn’s letter in the eagle today. It should be plainly evident in that letter that she is nothing more than the secretary that Tyer is. Ms Mazzeo Connell Morandi and Gaetanis are waiting word from Dunn as to when she is coming here but no response.Read her letter in today’s eagle and you will zee that she can only deal with light weight information.Another light weight Gobsigs with no real skills just like Tyer and three quarters of the council.Pat these are the types we have to weed out of government

    • 12 Gauge
      August 27, 2018 at 11:57 am #

      Pat is spot on. Let’s admit that every Gobsig with the exception of Matt Kerwood is a democrat. It’s democrats that have been running this city into the ground. We haven’t had a republican as mayor since Don Butler back in the 60’s.

      • Doomiedoger
        August 27, 2018 at 12:23 pm #

        I am going to go out on a limb and suggest that Kerwood is doing NOTHING in his republican role to divert anybody from running the city up on the rocks. He is just happy to be on the ship at all.

      • danvalenti
        August 27, 2018 at 3:22 pm #

        Kerwood is not Republican. He’s a “Republican.” And Don Butler was the greatest Pittsfield mayor in the 20th century.

        • Thomas More
          August 28, 2018 at 12:11 am #

          He was a good guy but what did he do that made him the greatest.

        • Ghost Rider
          August 29, 2018 at 9:35 am #

          Amen to that, Bother!

    • Roberto Del Halitoso
      August 27, 2018 at 12:03 pm #

      Is the grant that funded Rivers’ made up job 75k a year or 75k for all 3 years. The way it reads is for all three years.

      • Roberto Del Halitoso
        August 27, 2018 at 12:03 pm #

        Does she have an office for this job? Where?

      • danvalenti
        August 27, 2018 at 3:21 pm #

        It’s 75 per year plus bennies.

  19. The Houskeeper
    August 27, 2018 at 11:36 am #

    Well said Mr. seller. Looks like Parsnip wa playing both side of the fence and took the lazy mans way out.

  20. The Housekeeper
    August 27, 2018 at 11:37 am #

    Again, well said Mr. Seller

  21. Cos
    August 27, 2018 at 11:39 am #

    I like your thinking Sellers.

  22. mi
    August 27, 2018 at 11:59 am #

    I agree, Art Celler is no cupcake. Like Barry.

    • Art Seller
      August 27, 2018 at 1:24 pm #

      I can barely say the names of McCain and trump in the same sentence. One a hero and one a disgrace. Enough said.

      • Trump Derangment Syndrome
        August 27, 2018 at 2:40 pm #

        A hero in Vietnam and a big zero in the Senate.

        • Doomiedoger
          August 27, 2018 at 4:17 pm #

          and Trump only got 5 deferments from serving his country while thousands of others were getting maimed and dying So all you people saying it was six are wrong.

          • Paul
            August 27, 2018 at 4:31 pm #

            Clinton did the same thing. Obama and Hillary never served.

        • Mr. Fritz
          August 27, 2018 at 4:21 pm #

          So true!

          • Trump Derangement Syndrome
            August 27, 2018 at 5:44 pm #

            Trump has done more for our country in less than 2 years than McCain did in more than 30 years in the Senate. McCain was a war hero. So sad that he became a swamp turd.

      • Gigi
        August 27, 2018 at 3:14 pm #

        You must not be much of a businessman, with your hatred of Trump!

        https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/27/us-stocks-to-open-higher-after-powell-signals-further-rate-hikes.html

        • Mr. G
          August 27, 2018 at 6:13 pm #

          Gigi this whole concept vexes me greatly. We are supposed to accept Trump’s boorish behavior, constant lying and criminality because the market is doing well?!? That seems to be the expectation of Trump and indeed all the Republicans still supporting him. We are better than that. We are better than those who will gake the payoffs and go along. We are Americans, with morals and values.

          • Gigi
            August 28, 2018 at 3:24 am #

            Mr. G,
            If you don’t have eyes to see how President Trump has turned the country around – then I feel sorry for you. Check out http://www.magapill.com for his list of achievements – in two years time.
            What criminality? After two years of investigations led by Mueller – there is no proof of criminality on the part of Trump.
            What about all the crimes committed by Clinton & the Obama administration? Proven collusion between Clinton & Putin – backhanded selling of U.S. uranium with HUGE speech payoffs to Bill! Where’s your outrage over that, Mr. G?
            Where’s your outrage over Hillary using her State Dept. job to solicit cash for the Clinton Foundation, and then destroying the evidence?
            Where’s your outrage over conservative groups being denied and delayed their nonprofit status by Obama’s IRS?
            Where’s your outrage over the gun-running program under Eric Holder of the Obama administration?
            The list goes on!
            President Trump is a choirboy compared to the previous administration!!

          • Mr. Fritz
            August 28, 2018 at 7:05 am #

            Mr. G – what about spygate? Clinton funded the fake dossier, got a FISA warrant to spy on the Trump campaign, and tried to manipulate the election. What about Comey issuing a dismissal for Clinton crimes even before he interviewed her? How does that fit in with your “I’m an American with morals & values” statement? If you don’t support Trump – then you must have voted for crooked Hillary! I’d call that hypocrisy!

        • Pat
          August 28, 2018 at 5:45 am #

          I agree Gigi. Compared to the many politicians on the left President Trump is Mother Theresa. In addition, he is really making this country great.

          • Mr. G
            August 28, 2018 at 11:15 am #

            Guys…Just fact check everything. https://www.factcheck.org/2017/10/facts-uranium-one/

            As far as the Mueller investigation finding criminality; 20+ indictments/convictions/guilty pleas already is a pretty good start. The other stuff you mention have all already been investigated…and passed on for prosecution, including the “fake dossier” you are all so fond of tossing out there. That is NOT the reason the Trump campaign is being investigated. Just look at Manafort and Flynn’s profoundly deep connections to Mother Russia, and what was accomplished on Russia’s behalf so far in the Trump administration. As Dan always says, follow the money.

          • Gigi
            August 28, 2018 at 2:55 pm #

            Mr. G,
            I stand by my previous comments.
            You have failed to prove what criminal activity President Trump is accused of – NONE!
            You may want to direct your moral outrage at your own Democratic Party, the Obama Administration and the Clinton Crime Family.
            Perhaps you’ve heard that Hillary’s private email server was hacked by the Chinese – that would be ALL of her incoming and outgoing conversations – which most likely have also been passed on to the North Koreans, etc. She should be charged with espionage! See the Daily Caller for that info.
            Perhaps you’ve heard that Dem. Diane Feinstein has had a Chinese spy working in her office for the past 15 years – how is it that the FBI missed that fact?
            And I will add that your Factchecker article is out-of-date (11/2017) – please note that the Uranium One scandal and Clinton involvement is still under investigation by the DOJ.

  23. Rudy Baker
    August 27, 2018 at 2:46 pm #

    Keep America great . Trump 2020 perfect vision for America.

    • Mr. Fritz
      August 27, 2018 at 4:22 pm #

      Right on brother!

  24. Mr. Fritz
    August 27, 2018 at 4:31 pm #

    First it was wifegate, then Trishgate, now signgate…..this is a very entertaining DA’s race!!

  25. u
    August 27, 2018 at 5:32 pm #

    Harrington is gaining momentum, strictly gobsig and progressives.Persnip better go dumpster diving.

  26. Ghost Rider
    August 27, 2018 at 5:44 pm #

    M.G.L. 270 sec 16 (criminal) &/or 16A (non criminal) seems to be apropos, hmmmmm?

  27. Trump Derangement Syndrome
    August 27, 2018 at 8:02 pm #

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=60&v=89DN6dRN3ME

    • Mr. Fritz
      August 28, 2018 at 7:06 am #

      That’s awesome TDS!

  28. Spagirl
    August 28, 2018 at 1:58 am #

    Dan Valenti
    With regards to huge layoffs at Cranwell coming in November, they are closing the Mansion from November to May for renovations.

  29. The school committee
    August 28, 2018 at 3:58 am #

    I’m reminded of the Catholic Church everytime more abuse is reported as everyone goes into denial,Trump followers are the same.

  30. The school committee
    August 28, 2018 at 4:02 am #

    I read that a Vegas resort company is investing 60 million to redesign this resort.The berkshires are now here to service the mega wealthy…REGRESSIVES 1%ers living off the stupids

    • 12 Gauge
      August 28, 2018 at 6:57 am #

      At least you now have a purpose in life

  31. Spider
    August 28, 2018 at 5:43 am #

    Harrington is making a huge mistake by covering for Persip’s lies. And if she does not win, she can look back to this SIGNGATE incident as contributing to it.

    Truth is always the best way to go.

    You bet she has already lost votes because of this.

  32. AlaskanBushClowns
    August 28, 2018 at 6:04 am #

    If you support candidate and are friendly to boot, wouldn’t you tell said candidate what is going on with the signs before you trash them, just sayin.

  33. wakey wakey
    August 28, 2018 at 6:10 am #

    This just in, liberal California congressman indicted for hard partying lifestyle using campaign funds.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/08/21/rep-duncan-hunter-wife-indicted-on-corruption-charges-in-california.html

    • Doomiedoger
      August 28, 2018 at 11:22 am #

      Yah except that this guy is a republican. Fake news dude. Slanted Fox Hannity type bob and weave shadowy alternative facts.

  34. Doomiedoger
    August 28, 2018 at 6:11 am #

    So Trump’s handlers had to get on their knees and BEG him to lower the flag to half mast for an American war hero. I thought he LIKED veterans. He spat right in the eye of EVERY American veteran that ever put on a uniform. I thought he could not go lower than when he caged little children but I guess there is NO level low enough for him. Psychiatrist are now saying that that Trump hates himself and he brings scorn on himself as a form of self punishment. That must be it.

    • Trump Derangement Syndrome
      August 28, 2018 at 6:55 am #

      TDS

  35. Enema of the State
    August 28, 2018 at 6:28 am #

    2nd suspect arrested in connection to attempted murder in Washington last week. Both perps arrested are under 25 so their brains are not fully developed so it’s not their fault.

    • Spider
      August 28, 2018 at 6:42 am #

      How true, Enema! Harrington should use this on her campaign.

  36. The school committee
    August 28, 2018 at 7:44 am #

    No signs should be allowed,Harrington was heavy handed with signs and property owners put them away.Most candidates ask you to let their campaign know if you want a sign….no more signs law or ordinance

    • Spagirl
      August 28, 2018 at 8:37 am #

      There should be a No Signs Ordinance!!

      • 12 Gauge
        August 28, 2018 at 3:38 pm #

        That would be an atack on the 1st amendment. You don’t have to be rich to have lawn signs. If people believe in your message they will contribute large and small amounts to help you. It’s only lazy people who don’t want to do any work that don’t want lawn signs.

    • Enema of the State
      August 28, 2018 at 9:12 am #

      Not a bad idea. Signs cost $$ which slants the election in favor of those with the most bucks. It would help even the playing field for candidates who don’t get contributions from the special interests.

      • Art Seller
        August 28, 2018 at 10:00 am #

        Enema. Can you name the person who petitioned the council to do away with lawn signs to level the playing field for individuals who are not backed by gobsigs and their money?

        • shakey signey
          August 28, 2018 at 10:34 am #

          Signs don’t vote.

          Also, the precedent set by Reed v. The Town of Gilbert, AZ would have a ban on political lawns signs ruled unconstitutional upon the slightest of challenges.

          • Enema of the State
            August 28, 2018 at 11:05 am #

            No shit signs don’t vote but they are a form of advertising which helps sway votes. Otherwise they wouldn’t be doing it. And I’ve seen plenty of these signs on city property which can be regulated.

          • shakey shakey
            August 28, 2018 at 1:28 pm #

            Political signs should definitely not be allowed on publicly owned property.

          • Gobsig
            August 28, 2018 at 3:47 pm #

            You have a right to display lawn signs. But it didn’t matter to me how many Tyre or Bianchi signs I saw, I voted for the G man even though he has Trump Derangement Syndrome. I figured it wouldn’t influence anything in Pittsfield. Maybe the next election he’ll take contributions and get lawn signs. People need to know he is a serious candidate. I’d consider throwing a few bucks his way not because I want influence or favors. I just would want him to do what he says he would do.

          • Mr. Fritz
            August 28, 2018 at 5:15 pm #

            Gobsig,
            I would never vote for someone who continually shows disrespect towards our duly elected president.

        • Enema of the State
          August 28, 2018 at 10:49 am #

          Art, no idea.

          • Art seller
            August 28, 2018 at 11:27 am #

            Enema. It was Gaetanis.

  37. The school committee
    August 28, 2018 at 7:46 am #

    Donald Trump is a spoiled little man who wants approval from his father,instead he got 10 million and went bankrupt 4 times and is now fn this up…..hes so Cool

  38. Make Pittsfield Great Again
    August 28, 2018 at 9:00 am #

    Trump best POTUS in history.

  39. H
    August 28, 2018 at 9:43 am #

    Don Jr. Is Next!

  40. Kurd
    August 28, 2018 at 10:24 am #

    Earl definitely played some Jedi mind trick on Andrea. “These aren’t the signs you’re looking for.”

    • Enema of the State
      August 28, 2018 at 10:46 am #

      That’s her signpost up ahead – it’s next stop, the Dumpster Zone.

  41. Doomiedoger
    August 28, 2018 at 11:27 am #

    The local District Attorney’s office is more about holding power than it is fighting crime. They can protect the powerful and deflect investigations. Anyone want to start a list of past incidents that wound up lost in the fog of time?

  42. mi
    August 28, 2018 at 11:41 am #

    Where is amazing Amanda on the sign off and where is the research for the shooting on Cromwell more that a month ago?

  43. The school committee
    August 28, 2018 at 11:56 am #

    Harrington = TYER=BOUVIER =ROBERTO=KROLL= New jobs for the kids

  44. Check Your Economic Engine Light
    August 28, 2018 at 1:20 pm #

    Yeah, snow jobs.

  45. Harrison
    August 28, 2018 at 1:30 pm #

    In the next couple few days you will see all kinds of comments on the DA’s race. It’s not going to matter at all because anyone who’s following and is a so called “super voter” (and a Democrat) isn’t going to be swayed by someone blogging using an anonymous name. Spare us of any more mud-slinging.

  46. The school committee
    August 28, 2018 at 3:47 pm #

    Tyer,Kroll,Rivers,White,Caccamo,Moon need to check filters at Allendale school 1 time per month for PCB dust….please paint line in the road so people dont get killed.Also stop dump trucks going 60 mph on Williams,just pull over trucks once this year.
    ….

    • 12 Gauge
      August 28, 2018 at 3:56 pm #

      I don’t often agree with TSC, but he is right about speeding on Williams St. The nitwits are in such a hurry to get to the shopping plazas that they don’t give a shit about their speed.

  47. Liza Kay
    August 28, 2018 at 3:51 pm #

    But really, if the BB editorial board endorses anyone other than Caccaviello, how will they ever live down the shame of it? Maybe the staff will walk out? Just an idea.

  48. The school committee
    August 28, 2018 at 3:51 pm #

    Caccamo should take a enviromental interest in Allendale if he really cares

  49. Gigi
    August 28, 2018 at 5:01 pm #

    Another global warming expedition trapped in ice! I love these stories…..

    https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/08/28/danother-green-expedition-trapped-in-arctic-ice/