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SIGNS OF THE TIMES, AND OTHER ‘NEWS’ ITEMS TOO BIG TO FAIL

BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY AUG. 29, 2018) — News items too big to fail:

Sign of the Times — A campaign sign belonging to District Attorney Paul Caccaviello was not stolen yesterday. That sign, plus one located in Caccaviello’s basement, are the only two of his signs that have not been lifted, pilfered, or kleptoed. The sign, located on  outer West Street, has been chained to the ground. Snarling pit bulls guard its perimeter, and movie-type arc lamps illuminate the sign during the nighttime hours. A silver Dodge 1500 “Big Horn” Hemi pickup truck was seen cruising back and forth in front of the sign Tuesday night, but police attribute the sighting to “swamp gas.” They also say the driver, who police day did not appear human, can be accounted for as a result of either sunspots, earth tremors, or subterranean waters.

Keep Away from Runway Sue — For the 18th time this year, the Pittsfield Airport was closed Sunday for (nudge-nudge, wink-wink) runway “pavement” work. The airport holds the distinction of being the most paved stretch of ground on the planet. Pittsfield officials defending the constant runway work, saying the airport doesn’t actually need the work, but with an election coming up next year, it’s a “handy way to ‘take care’ of favored contractors.” Meanwhile, in other airport news, Sky King ordered his niece Penny to put on a tighter sweater so she can be ready the next time the bad guys kidnap her and tie her to a chair.

Flat Out — Andrea Harrington, candidate for Berkshire County district attorney, said that her first action as D.A. would be to join the Flat-Earth Society. “If the earth were round, people on the sides and bottom would be falling off,” Harrington said. “How would we be able to properly get tough on criminals if they keeping dropping away like that?” She said she would build a wall to keep all local criminals confined to the county. When asked how the D.A.’s office would pay for the wall, she says she has been in touch with a Nigerian prince who will give her half of the $100 million he is set to inherit after she gives him her credit card number.

Mayor’s Best Friend — A judge has ordered Mayor Linda Tyer to 60 days community service. This comes after Tyer was caught sprinkling broken glass, razor blades, and tacks along the dog runs at the city dog pound off Hubbard Avenue. Tyer said the sharp objects would be “good for the dogs.” The judge disagreed. Exclusive video of the mayor in action, filmed from a hidden camera inside a mayonnaise jar on Funk and Wagnell’s porch, turned up on Channel 10 news, but her supporters immediately went into protective reaction. They claimed it wasn’t the mayor “deeting” the dogs but “someone who looked like the mayor.” Roberta McCullough-Dews, the mayor’s chief of staff, said the woman in the tape was not the mayor but “a miraculous appearance of the Virgin Mary.” Tyer, who recently completed a novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Incompetence, recently announced she will be seeking re-election in 2019. “I want to keep Pittsfield hip and vibrant,” she said. Part of that plan, she said, would be to approve more raises for the school department while increasing taxes on seniors.

Taking a Dive — The city’s licensing board recently granted a permit for councilor Earl Persip to start a Dumpster diving business on North Street. A business certificate obtained from the city clerk’s office lists the business name as Dumber and Dumberer Dumpster Diving. During the meeting, aging board chairman Carmen Massimiano forgot who he was. Thinking he was his own father, a gold-caped Massimiano scolded himself for taking the batteries out of a flashlight and then doing strange things with the flashlight. That caused the other members to immediately approve Persip’s request. Persip says he will open his first store in the Dumpster behind Paul Rich Furniture on North Street. He says Andrea Harrington has signed up to be his first diver.

Up in Smoke — In a Commonwealth first, council president Peter Marchetti and at-large Peter White became the first politicians to completely vaporize. Puzzled investigators are stymied. “We have no rational explanation for this,” said Pittsfield police chief Mike Wynn. Chief Wynn said after the two politicians disappeared in a “hazy mist,” no animals would walk on or across that particular spot. Scientists speculated that a “total lack of substance and presence, particularly backbone,” might cause such a disappearance. Wynn said that for safety reasons, he could not disclose the location of the vaporization, but he said the disappearance was not linked to the unusual number of flashlights without batteries that could be seen strewn in the back alley between the Boy’s and Girl’s Club and the YMCA.

Battery Park — Meanwhile, Bart Raser, owner of Carr Hardware, says there has been an unaccountable run on flashlights. Raser said he’s “never seen anything like this, especially when we ask people if they want batteries for the lights. They all say no.” The mystery deepens.

Run, Rabbit, Run — The remains of the Energizer Bunny were found in an advanced state of decomposition inside the Springside House Tuesday night. Police are holding for questioning unnamed members of the Friends of the Springside House, the Pittsfield Parade Committee, a rainbow, a creeper van, two banana peels, and a dish running away with a spoon.

Trio — Eagle publisher Fred Rutberg. D.A. candidate Judith Knight. State rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier. You complete the news item, folks, because there’s nothing new there to THE PLANET.

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“He’d knock his grandmother down if she dug in too much at the plate”Leo Durocher on pitcher Sal Maglie.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

The Usual Disclaimer.

 

 

82 Responses to “SIGNS OF THE TIMES, AND OTHER ‘NEWS’ ITEMS TOO BIG TO FAIL”

  1. h
    August 28, 2018 at 7:31 pm #

    Funny stuff Dano. Knight will be on the Gaetani News Hour Tommorow at six on PCTV Channel 1301 Or the Twilight Zone.

  2. The school committee
    August 29, 2018 at 2:23 am #

    Update on downtown.Took a Tuesday night drive downtown before school opens and guess what?The place is hopping with people everywhere and no parking to be found.The entire street was busy no matter what us negative naysayers believe.Great Barrington ,Stockbridge,Lenox are sleepy compared to Pittsfields downtown,The Common park is also now a jewel for that area.The investments keep happening there and its hopping…..Im a believer

    • Pat
      August 29, 2018 at 4:39 am #

      Busy with tourists School Committee….not locals. I guess you’re happy that North Street is becoming like South County. South County is full of the wealthy tourists….remember those people you don’t like unless they’re wealthy Democrats and then they’re great. With malls dying out, which progressives are overjoyed about, turning North Street into a destination for wealthy tourists isn’t helping the low and middle income people in this area to have affordable places to shop.

      • Thomas More
        August 29, 2018 at 9:48 am #

        You hit the nail on the head Pat. I was just on North St. and met one wealthy tourist, obviously a democrat, who asked me for a dollar. You could tell he was a tourist because he had just had a cocktail. In front of Paul Rich’s I met a lady driving an EW 36. She clearly had plenty of cash because the EW 36 is the Cadilac of mobility scooters. My biggest and probably your biggest complaint too, is the way these rich bastards let their kids hang out near the corner of Eagle St. where Rosenfeld’s Clothing Store used to be. I guess they’re waiting for the Friendly’s to open.

        • Pat
          August 29, 2018 at 2:02 pm #

          I have no problem with the wealthy. They earned their money in most cases, but what I do have a problem with is affordable options being ignored for people who can’t afford to shop in expensive stores. Not all stores are expensive on North Street, but a lot are especially the few clothing stores on North Street are just NOT for people without a lot of money. Turning North Street into a shopping area similar to Great Barrington Main Street or Stockbridge Main Street is ridiculous in a community this poor.

          • Harrison
            August 29, 2018 at 4:06 pm #

            Pat, I shop North Street opposed to big box when I can because the prices are comparable, yet service is much better. Two examples are Carr’s and Jim’s. The eateries are affordable as well. Would you rather have a thriving mall outside of Pittsfield and plywood on North Street?

          • Pat
            August 29, 2018 at 8:37 pm #

            Carr Hardware and Jim’s Shoes are great and both have been there forever. I don’t consider them part of the over the top revival of North Street. It’s the little trendy and hip shops they are bringing in that are overpriced and definitely geared towards the well heeled crowd that are the problem. The powers that be want to bring in more of those kinds of stores which locals cannot afford to shop. They are stores likes you would see on Main Street in Northampton or in Lenox and are specifically priced for people with lots of money to burn.

      • Art Seller
        August 29, 2018 at 9:53 am #

        Pat agree with all you said except. Middle class. They are long gone. Commentary by Krol kissing harringtons boots. With krols and persips endorsements should just about seal her fate. One by one the gobsigs will fall by the wayside. REAL CHANGE is coming. We need to wait just a little longer but it is coming and it will come in like a hurricane.

        • Jim Gleason
          August 29, 2018 at 12:42 pm #

          Will Neil Young perform when it gets here? I’d love that, it’d be the only good thing to happen here in a while. Neil Young, I mean.

        • Shakes His Head
          August 30, 2018 at 8:14 am #

          REAL CHANGE better hope to get more than 700 votes in the next mayoral primary, which would more than double REAL CHANGE’S last showing in the mayoral election.

    • Jonathan Melle
      August 29, 2018 at 4:56 am #

      PUBLIC SAFETY ALERT!
      Stay off of:
      NORTH STREET
      Tyler st.
      Lincoln st.
      First st.
      Second st.
      Linden st.
      Dewey ave
      Cherry st.
      Burbank st.
      Kent ave
      Madison ave
      And Seymour st.
      And you might survive.

    • Jim Gleason
      August 29, 2018 at 12:22 pm #

      You’re delusional, beside being a believer. There’d have to be stores people want to go to, and they’d have to be open on a Tuesday night, for things to be as you’re describing. I think you must be continuing Dan’s satirical writings.

  3. LoneGunMan
    August 29, 2018 at 3:41 am #

    Earl the Pearl has always been a facade. Him and his friends ride around like high ballers with $400 watches while hypocritically claiming they are balanced and progressive. They were always elitist jerks when they ran security for their friend who owned GEAA

    He is playing both sides to keep Mini Hillary, his politically active, smith educated, progressive wife, happy. All she needs is a pant suit

    Then they go hob knob with the lights to build some SWAT vehicles. It’s for the children

    • Pittsfield Proud
      August 29, 2018 at 4:15 am #

      And now we know Earl the Perp is behind that facade.

    • Jim Gleason
      August 29, 2018 at 12:28 pm #

      He spends a whole $400 on his watches, does he? He must be an elitist!!! Is this comedy day?

      • Earl Parsnip
        August 29, 2018 at 5:00 pm #

        And he probably doesn’t know how to tell time.

  4. The school committee
    August 29, 2018 at 6:13 am #

    There is nothing wrong with wealthy people as long as the pay a fair percent of their wealth to run the business of the country.
    So democrats dont like Malls…..makes no sense

    • Pat
      August 29, 2018 at 2:06 pm #

      What is a fair percentage of their wealth to pay to the government and who determines that? In a socialist society, most of the income of everyone goes to the government to do with as they please. Sounds like a recipe for disaster to me. Just look at the horror story unfolding in Socialist Venezuela.

      • The school committee
        August 30, 2018 at 7:43 am #

        There is a reason your income seems overwhelmed by your taxes Pat,the wealthy are being defended by you the very person getting ripped off and carrying a larger burden than they do ,10% of 40k is a much different reality than 45% of 40 million

        • Art Seller
          August 30, 2018 at 12:51 pm #

          What is most important is what is left after you pay your taxes. 36thousand an 22 million. Respectively. You lose every time Pat.If I were you I would find one of these pigs that you are feeding and ask them for a loan.They would give you their prefers rate of say 35 to 40%.but that is only for you for being so loyal.Your smarter than this pat because I have seen many good posts from you but with this trump thing I think your on the wrong side of this issue

  5. 12 Gauge
    August 29, 2018 at 8:03 am #

    The top 20% pay 85 % of all income tax in the U.S.

    • The school committee
      August 30, 2018 at 2:24 pm #

      The top 1% has more wealth than the bottom 90%,you just don’t get what Hannity wont tell you

  6. Doomiedoger
    August 29, 2018 at 9:50 am #

    Any word on if the mayor will allow painting of crosswalks this year? Aome of the school kids might benefit from that. Did they tax us money for that?

  7. U
    August 29, 2018 at 10:20 am #

    They’re too bust ramrodding the trash contract through without Council Oversight, seems the current hauler might have lost the contract and did a 180,they did try to get subsidies though Connell stopped that.

  8. Halo
    August 29, 2018 at 11:23 am #

    I heard there are over twenty teachers at an elementary school in Pittsfield, is that correct?

  9. Shelly Liver
    August 29, 2018 at 11:33 am #

    Let’s see, six grades six teachers? Hope not.

    • Art Seller
      August 29, 2018 at 12:58 pm #

      Mr Valenti. Enjoyed the satire. You missed one important point. The tape inside the funk and wagnles mayonnaise jar was in a hermetically sealed envelope. Did you forget?

      • danvalenti
        August 30, 2018 at 7:57 am #

        Yes, and the “hermetically sealed envelope” was there “since noon today.”

        • Art seller
          August 30, 2018 at 1:23 pm #

          Dan. Yes I forgot about since noon today. Now every one knows how not young we are. We had fun with this one.

    • Mr. Fritz
      August 29, 2018 at 1:26 pm #

      Shelly,
      You are forgetting that most schools have more than one class per grade.
      So Halo, what is the point you are trying to make?

  10. Jim Gleason
    August 29, 2018 at 12:55 pm #

    Sal Maglie was called The Barber for a reason.

    • danvalenti
      August 30, 2018 at 8:00 am #

      Nice to see someone catch the reference. The Barber was the pitching coach for the Red Sox in 1967. He taught Jim Lonborg the art and necessity of pitching inside — chin music. Lonnie went on to lead the league in hit batsmen, won the Cy Young Award, and led Boston the to the pennant.

  11. Dilly Dally
    August 29, 2018 at 1:29 pm #

    Agree with halo,to many teachers as well as helpers.

    • Mr. Fritz
      August 29, 2018 at 1:53 pm #

      Where is your critical thinking? How can you say “too many teachers & helpers” without knowing how many students are in the school? With 400 kids, that would be a 1:20 ratio, not unreasonable. Which school are you dissing, & how many students?

      • dusty
        August 29, 2018 at 3:10 pm #

        Betsy DEvos is handling everything. Nothing to worry about. AND she has good words.

        MAGA

  12. Bill Q
    August 29, 2018 at 2:36 pm #

    Then you have weekends,Holidays,months in the summer off winter break, snow storms,thanksgiving, et al.and if your a teacher with kids the bennies are tremendous for kids and lazy spouses.
    Why should Seniors pay for all this nonsense?

  13. Gigi
    August 29, 2018 at 2:54 pm #

    And the winning continues!

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-economy-grew-4-2-second-quarter-faster-005718383.html

    Remember during past presidential elections, when the cry was “it’s the economy, stupid?” Well, the economy is back, thanks to President Trump!

    Why would anyone in their right mind vote Democrat?!

    • dusty
      August 29, 2018 at 3:12 pm #

      Uh, maybe they would like a touch of sanity in their politics? It’s possible.

    • Art Seller
      August 29, 2018 at 6:26 pm #

      Read the second to the last paragraph of the article. Do you think your going to pay or will it be your children? Do tell us the amount if you are aware of it. Some body has to pay it. Those that will have to pay it will sour on scump very quickly. That means you.

      • Gigi
        August 30, 2018 at 3:17 am #

        I’m glad you brought that up, “Art.”
        While Obama was content to let the U.S. economy slip away (“the jobs aren’t coming back”), President Trump has done much to remedy the situation by cutting the corporate tax rate from 38%, one of the highest in the world, to 21%. He is renegotiating trade deals, cutting aid to NATO and countries which are working against our objectives, etc. etc. You would know this if you were actively seeking out legitimate news sources. Visit http://www.magapill.com for an update on his progress.
        President Trump is working harder and faster than any president before him…….Congress needs to keep up.
        Ditch your defeatist attitude!

        • The school committee
          August 30, 2018 at 5:05 am #

          Where were you people 10 years ago as Bush had to bring Obama into the fold before he took office in Jan because the world financial situation was so dire it required emergency action ,drink the Trump koolaid if you must but Obama led our country out of this collaspe. What do you people read.Trump was flying around doing nothing during the collaspe except say Obama was a illegal president and you all know you believed this nonsense

          • acheshirecat
            August 30, 2018 at 5:26 am #

            If President Trump was the president at the time of the big bail outs for companies to big to fail, you would have crucified him for helping the rich elitists. Am I right?

          • Trump Derangement Syndrome
            August 30, 2018 at 7:34 am #

            Very fake history.

    • Pat
      August 29, 2018 at 8:41 pm #

      Thank you President Trump!!

  14. mi
    August 29, 2018 at 3:52 pm #

    Trump isn’t finished gigger,, this thing could implode at any moment.

  15. Jenny from the block
    August 29, 2018 at 11:04 pm #

    Darren derby will be the next Carmen Massimiano

  16. Lenny
    August 30, 2018 at 4:00 am #

    Isn’t it interesting that the two city employees most unqualified to lead (Krol, Tyer) have endorsed the least qualified candidate for D.A.? Just making an observation.

    • Spagirl
      August 30, 2018 at 5:54 am #

      Trump is as unqualified as they come. Citizens with morals vote for morals. My opinion. There are others that can do the job. Deceipt, entitlement, and corruption cause a lot of stir.

    • Sara
      August 30, 2018 at 7:44 am #

      Or to summarize from Jonathan Hornbeck on fb: “We do not need a DA that has to cut her teeth on learning simple legal principals! The DA is the Chief Legal Officer of the County! She would be looking to subordinates for guidance and counsel. She does not have the experience to prosecute complex cases, if not the DA in office, then who does that??? This is so scary it’s not funny! And to think of the endorsements and backing she has from local politicians and pundits; we obviously as voters have a lot of house cleaning to be done. These “characters” want to put our safety at risk to further their agenda. This is fundamentally wrong and careless!”

    • The school committee
      August 30, 2018 at 7:45 am #

      SO True

      • Two Cents
        August 30, 2018 at 8:35 am #

        AMEN….It’s amazes me that the people who run this city actually think that a district attorney and chief law enforcement officer needs no qualifications or experience. And we wonder why Pittsfield is such a mess…Well, no we don’t!

    • LoneGunMan
      August 30, 2018 at 7:48 am #

      Hardly surprising, not in the least interesting.

      Anyone notice how North Adams is actually starting to turn around? Pittsfield continues to decline.

      Yay Democratic politics!

  17. U
    August 30, 2018 at 5:18 am #

    Someone ought to tell trump twitter that Counsel is not spelled Council.

    • danvalenti
      August 30, 2018 at 7:56 am #

      Council = A body or board of appointed or elected officials who govern, co-govern, or advise a leader.

      Counsel = A person who advises, as in legal counsel.

    • Ed Check
      August 31, 2018 at 5:06 pm #

      Maybe he is like many people here who don’t turn off their auto suggested words on their phones. Or they don’t proofread their posts before hitting submit.

  18. dusty
    August 30, 2018 at 8:53 am #

    I will be voting for an independent thinker who is not tied to a special interest group. You have two power factions looking for a cherry to top off their dominance of local politics. I am not interesting in making either one of them any stronger or self helping than they already are. So there is one more option.

    • Art Seller
      August 30, 2018 at 11:11 am #

      So glad to see that many are are starting to see what Mr. Gaetanis has been talking about right along. He despises gobsigs and gobsig supported candidates. He has consistently stated that moon rivers Krol white Marchetti cacamo Percip and Simonelli and of course dimwit Tyer are not the people to be controlling a 165 million dollar budget. There is one individual who is dumber than all these halfwits and he has been shaking his empty head for way to long. The people of this city must realize that the present crop of clowns tuning this city can not do much more damage than they presently have done and what we all must do is to elect individuals who have the credentials to undue the damage they have done. Electing Harrington is putting another Linda Tyer. Both are loud clueless and do not have the credentials and of course are gobsig supported candidates. We have to insure in all future elections that we look at the credentials That is all that matters. You wouldn’t go to the barber shop to have a tooth filled and we shouldn’t expect to have half wits like Tyer and Harrington to do a job which requires brains and experience. It is time for all of us to recognize incompetence in govt. And excise it. You do this at the ballot box.Let’s all vote to insure that incompetence doesn’t prevail.

  19. Shake Pittsfield Great Again
    August 30, 2018 at 11:04 am #

    Clowncil – The elected legislative body in Pittsfield, MA.

  20. H
    August 30, 2018 at 11:23 am #

    Nice comments Mr. cellars, by the way it’s Gaetani not Gaetanis, but good comment just the same.

    • Doomiedoger
      August 30, 2018 at 12:17 pm #

      and by the way it is MR. Sellers not cellars

      just sayin

      • Dilly Dally
        August 30, 2018 at 12:33 pm #

        Looks like Seller to me? All I’m sayin.

  21. Magic
    August 30, 2018 at 11:32 am #

    Just read feed from CNN “president Trump is canceling a planned pay raise for federal workers, saying nation’s budget can’t support it”
    Maybe Pittsfield officials should realize that our budget can’t afford the raises that are being given out too. Ms. Tyer, Mr. McCandless are you listening

  22. mi
    August 30, 2018 at 12:37 pm #

    These assholes in my neighborhood should be a little more quiet since they are only guests visiting the side street baby doctor.

  23. UAlbany
    August 30, 2018 at 1:48 pm #

    Da race – I wish Andrea never teamed up with the Tyer crew (Krol, Clairmont,Sucksausage,Yon etc) as she was an outsider with a fresh outlook, but now she seems an insider corrupted by that group of sociopaths…My vote will go to Cacc…

  24. The school committee
    August 30, 2018 at 2:15 pm #

    Harrington is a very nice person and good mom who will be a Rookie in her job and in time I’m sure would adjust.Our current DA is very experienced in his profession, voting for the man who does not need 2 years to get up and running,this guys interview on the radio was fantastic.Hes a very responsible hard working normal guy who will be fantastic at his job…..shes a Rookie and hes a great employee of the commonwealth of Ma…….Bouvier Moon Tyer Rivers,Kroll,……mostly Farley Bouvier need a win for WHEN

    • Phyllis
      August 30, 2018 at 9:20 pm #

      I just learned today that Ms Harrington has NEVER even had a case that went to Grand Jury. She did ONLY a few cases as a defending attorney and therefore has no clue nor skills to ever even consider a position such as DA. Mr. Caccaviello has successfully prosecuted murder trials which resulted in life in prison. He has been involved in all of the steps and details involving serious crimes, has the experience working with law officials on the scene of crimes, giving valuable information used to prosecute those crimes. Ms. Harrington has done none of the above mentioned. She, like Ms Tyer or is it Mrs Clairmont, would be way in over their head It would be disastrous. As for Ms. Knight, I think she has some experience, but not recently as a prosecutor. She would be more qualified than Ms Harrington, but if I were a victim of a serious crime I would only hope I would have someone with the experience that Mr. Caccaviello has. Get out and vote for the one who has the most experience and integrity. Vote Mr. Caccaviello. We already have an unqualified person running city hall. Let’s not make that mistake again.

      • Brian C. Marquis
        August 31, 2018 at 7:48 am #

        Berkshire district attorney candidate Judith Knight to her opponent, Andrea Harrington:

        “YOU’RE SO INEXPERIENCED, YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW.”

        Priceless!!!

  25. Gigi
    August 30, 2018 at 2:59 pm #

    PETA, a royal band of nitwits! Read this if you need a laugh!

    https://wgme.com/news/local/maine-dot-denies-request-from-peta-to-put-up-memorial-for-lobsters-killed-in-crash

    • Art Seller
      August 30, 2018 at 3:59 pm #

      Gigi. Your one sentence says it all. Where do these people come from? I know where I’d like them tell them to go but I’ll leave that up to ones imagination.. RIDICULOUS.

      • RobEM
        August 30, 2018 at 7:58 pm #

        People Eating Tasty Animals

  26. Pat
    August 30, 2018 at 3:52 pm #

    In answer to School Committee in a previous post telling me that my problem is that too many taxes are being taken out of my paycheck. The truth is that I don’t have that many taxes taken out of my paycheck. The real problem is those hidden sneaky taxes like the meals tax which was supposed to only be temporary, but since we live in Taxachusetts, the meals tax has never gone away, but actually increased. Also skyrocketing electricity rates and now cable costs. These are the real things that drain money from our paychecks.

    • The school committee
      August 31, 2018 at 5:30 am #

      Pat ,now we are talking.Deregulation and people who want to protect consumers….Hello Senator Warren

  27. dusty
    August 30, 2018 at 4:10 pm #

    So Trump gave his billionaire friends almost a trillion dollars worth of tax cuts. And now is denying federal workers a planned 2% raise “because we can’t afford it”. You can’t make this stuff up folks. It continues to boggle the mind.

    • Jonathan Melle
      August 30, 2018 at 5:55 pm #

      I am a 100% disabled Veteran who relies on my VA and SSA monthly disability checks to financially survive. I saw on the news tonight that President Trump blocked federal civilian workers’ pay raise next year. I am counting on my cost of living adjustment (cola) next year to stay financially solvent. Will Trump’s decision to rescind federal workers’ pay raise next year impact my cola to my VA and SSA disability checks? Do you have any say over any of these matters that financially impact federal civilian workers, disabled Veterans, and Social Security recipients? Please reply to my message; thank you.

    • Pat
      August 30, 2018 at 6:40 pm #

      Federal workers just like Pittsfield school teachers and administrators are already overpaid. Government workers have unbelievable benefits and job security. Same with Pittsfield school personnel. They have short work hours and lots of vacation time. Should we feel sorry for them?

  28. Pat
    August 30, 2018 at 6:45 pm #

    President Trump gave an excellent speech tonight. He said we should all care about free speech in this country because someday it may be your side they are trying to silence. The left is trying to silence conservative voices and that is not good for our country.

    • The school committee
      August 31, 2018 at 5:34 am #

      This is not true,stop lying

      • Ed Check
        August 31, 2018 at 5:09 pm #

        It is very true. Now get back to work and clean that school you work at. You’re cheating Pittsfield taxpayers posting here while you are supposed to be working.

  29. Halo
    August 30, 2018 at 7:08 pm #

    Cumberland Farms..Americas Store..

  30. H
    August 30, 2018 at 7:55 pm #

    PPD Officers don’t get paid enough,what a Zoo.

  31. The school committee
    August 31, 2018 at 5:36 am #

    Lenox Ma. Has a bully problem.This school system is not what you believe it is.Many secrets