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WAREFARE IN THE FOREST IS NOT WANTON, UNLESS IT’S HUMANS DOING THE FIGHTING … or … WHY THERE CAN BE NO FORGIVENESS

BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION AUG. 31 TO LABOR DAY, 2018) — One of The Ol’ Professor’s favorite essays to use in Comp I classes was “Warfare in the Forest is Not Wanton” by Brooks Atkinson. In it, the author describes the fury and ferocity of nature in the woodland, almost all of which humans entirely miss because it takes place out of sight or too slowly (as we measure time) to be noticed. We are too easily distracted by our own selfish pursuits, even if they are the benign kind of “communing with nature” or finding in the woods our spirituality, a la Henry David Thoreau or John Muir. Unseen beneath and on top of this human-imposed veneer is a fight for survival.

With trees, for example, the battles extend over decades, centuries even, as different varieties fight for nutrition and sunlight. The campaigns will be waged silently slowly, with the artillery mute to human hearing and movement of the kind that would make the hour hand of a clock seem rapid as roots, trunks, branches, and leaves stake their claim to life. The same goes on with plants and animals. Even the microbes know that the fight is still on.

Today we sat outside a coffeehouse, tossing pieces of a chocolate muffin to birds and pigeons. The pecking order quickly sorted itself as the Dominant P hogged the best pieces and shooed the others away. THE PLANET nonetheless made sure the little guys got theirs, assured that Dom P had no evil in him. His motives were as innocent as a the ribbon on  little girl’s doll or on my Underwood typewriter.

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Atkinson conveys in the essay and in its title the crucial fact that while nature engages in an endless struggle for survival, the battles are “not wanton,” that is, malice, hatred, jealousy, envy, avarice don’t propel them. These emotions belong to humans, who act as if we occupy a large mental hospital. How else do we explain the madness of what we have done, do, keep doing, and will do to ourselves? People in groups share the most contagious disease ever known, that of self-interested greed. Saints, holy men and women, philosophers, artists, and thinkers have since the dawn of consciousness and self-awareness offered remedies for utopia, either on  grand (Hobbes, Skinner) or interpersonal (Jesus, Buddha) scale. All ultimately fail.

Organized religion may be the most pernicious type of grouping, with its self-professed claim on “truth.” To advertise that you have The Answer has been since time began an irresistible draw to countless gullible people. Inevitably, though, religion reduces to a set of arbitrary rules propagated by a select few, usually men, to control people. Believers end up as we all do, alone — as it should be — to face our mortality.

From this we can draw the lesson of intent. Survival is the purest and most resolute form of intent possible, one that all life shares. All of nature and life except human beings show perpetuate intent. They act without ulterior motive or selfish plotting and can therefore be considered sacred, if THE PLANET may use a loaded word.  Humans have (d)evolved beyond pure intent, with self-awareness having become the culprit (what the Catholic Church calls Original Sin). Here, survival moves from contentment and self-containment into the abstract realm of intellect.

While we possess the means and ability to fashion a paradisal life for ourselves, self-conscious impulse takes a nasty turn, evil even. We humans will deliberately inflict needless pain, conflict, and suffering on ourselves, always in disguise as “the other.” You are a “this.” I am a “that.” You must therefore be less than me, not worthy, subpar, the enemy. Our divisions permeate into invisible borders, barriers, fences, sects, factions, tribes, states, nations, and all the other delimiters of hostility that divide rather than unite us. We clearly can’t handle our self-awareness. It’s rather like putting the computing power of a smart phone in the hands of a nine-year-old. Perhaps over time we will grow into the capacity of our brains and minds, but we are far from that time if it is ever to arrive at all.

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A mathematician developed an algorithm and software to study human origins, ancestry, genetics, DNA, and the works of progeny. He came up with the startling yet mundane fact that any one person on the face of the earth can be no further removed in blood relations from any other human being on earth than a 50th cousin. The same study also found that every time you inhale, you take in at least three hydrogen atoms that have already been inhaled by everyone who has ever lived — Jesus, Adolph Hitler, Julius Caesar, Sid Caesar, Jerry Mathers, Roger Kahn, Genghis Kahn. If they lived on the earth at any time in any era, you are taking them in. We ARE all one.

Consequently, we cannot and should not forgive ourselves for what we do to each other. There is no need. Such forgiveness, same as the hatred that causes its need, is wanton, too. We are a species are beyond forgiveness because there is nothing to forgive that is self-imposed. Those who can wake up to the truth can never go back to sleep, for they have found a dreamless salvation.

Have a great weekend, everybody.

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When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, tell him to pull up his pants” — Sir Tiberius Fruitjuice.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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103 Responses to “WAREFARE IN THE FOREST IS NOT WANTON, UNLESS IT’S HUMANS DOING THE FIGHTING … or … WHY THERE CAN BE NO FORGIVENESS”

  1. Gigi
    August 31, 2018 at 3:13 am #

    Can you look at creation without seeing the Creator?
    I believe that every human being is created with a God-sized hole in their heart, that only He can fill.

    • dusty
      August 31, 2018 at 3:53 am #

      Well I sure hope “He” gets over to Pennsylvania Ave real soon cuz there is a guy there who is missing his heart altogether. Gonna be more than just a patch job. In fact I think we are going to need a donor.

    • Pat
      August 31, 2018 at 5:41 am #

      I agree Gigi. I also don’t think we need any organized religion to believe in God the Creator. Many people do not attend any kind of organized religious service on a regular basis or even at all for whatever reason, but they still believe in God. We don’t even need a brick and mortar building to have access to God. In the Book of Revelations the large, opulent churches are being chastised for their corruption and apathy.

  2. U
    August 31, 2018 at 4:53 am #

    Just keep the cats out of my yard, i’ll be happy.

  3. Still wondering
    August 31, 2018 at 5:17 am #

    Great column Dan.

    • danvalenti
      August 31, 2018 at 7:46 am #

      Thanks, SW. Much appreciated.

  4. Enema of the State
    August 31, 2018 at 5:23 am #

    Dan, PEDA and other animal lovers may be all over you for this. Chocolate is toxic to birds. You may very well have been guilty of birdicide and unless you want to be labeled The Pigeon Murderer, you should scoop up their little stiff corpses ASAP and covertly dispose of them. I’d recommend the dumpster behind Paul Rich & Sons but you may have to wait for Persip to dump some signs first.

    • Doomiedoger
      August 31, 2018 at 6:35 am #

      Back in the sixties North street was aswarm with pigeons. And they crapped all over the building ledges and it dripped downs the sides. They were “dealt with” in a discreet manner and it was not just the white owls visiting from up north that did away with them.

      Sadly these graceful flyers were replaced with swine, the human kind, the gang kind, the predatory kind. And apparently they are much harder to do away with than pigeons.

      • danvalenti
        August 31, 2018 at 7:43 am #

        DOOMIE
        I agree with you. The replacement of the graceful flyers with the type of human scum that has invaded Pittsfield was a step downward — a continuing descent that shows no sign of hitting bottom.

    • danvalenti
      August 31, 2018 at 7:45 am #

      Great suggestion, EOTS, particularly the use of The Dumpster Behind Paul Rich. I think that phrase may become the equivalent of “the mayonnaise jar on Funk and Wagnell’s Porch.” We can make it the most famous dumpster in America. It can be another tourist draw.

      • Art Seller
        August 31, 2018 at 8:23 am #

        Indeed and in a hermetically sealed envelop.

      • Doomiedoger
        August 31, 2018 at 11:30 am #

        Get the artist that did the electrical boxes to spruce it up and drag it out for 3rd Thursdays. Paint a face on it and it could be the cities inanimate mascot.

        • danvalenti
          August 31, 2018 at 7:16 pm #

          Now we are talking. It could replace the Big Red Do-Nothing Pavement Machine that has been as inactive as the PPD Command Center, a.k.a. the HMS Titanic.

  5. Mr. G
    August 31, 2018 at 6:47 am #

    Dan, didn’t you used to flack for the Springfield diocese? I am dimly recalling first becoming aware of you via rather insistent letters to the editor maybe, either about a priest scandal or the church closings years ago. I had you pegged for a “my god right or wrong/papal infallibility” kinda guy. And Enema, I think you are referring to PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment on Animals, not PEDA; Pittsfield Economic Development Authority. Just trying to help ya not look stoopid here!

    • danvalenti
      August 31, 2018 at 7:42 am #

      MR G
      No. I never worked for the Springfield Diocese, nor did I ever write the letters to the editor you describe. You had me pegged, and 100% of the time when that happens, the pegger gets it wrong.

      • Mr. G
        August 31, 2018 at 9:31 am #

        As your favorite Beatle and mine would say, “Love IS the answer.”

        • danvalenti
          August 31, 2018 at 7:16 pm #

          On that we can agree, my good friend.

      • Thomas More
        September 1, 2018 at 3:06 am #

        You do however work for the Church at the seminary on Eden Hill.

        • danvalenti
          September 1, 2018 at 8:29 am #

          Sorry, my good friend, but again, the answer is NO. I love how people keep remaking me. The latest I ran into, besides yours, is that I’m back in the saddle with Mitt Romney, writing for his Senate bid. That one has more accuracy as the one you present here, TM. And there is no seminary on Eden Hill. There hasn’t been one for years.

          • Thomas More
            September 1, 2018 at 4:43 pm #

            You do not now or did you ever work for the Marian Fathers, is that correct?

    • Enema of the State
      August 31, 2018 at 9:05 am #

      Yes, I did mean PETA. Darn keyboard strikes again.

  6. Still wondering
    August 31, 2018 at 6:55 am #

    Anyone who thinks Dan is stupid is guilty of projection.

  7. Two Cents
    August 31, 2018 at 11:32 am #

    If there was a wildlife show portraying the violence, perversion, conspicuous consumption and self-destructive behavior of today’s “evolved” human beings, wouldn’t the perfect location to shoot be at the Cumberland Farms on 1st Street? Has anyone else noticed (rhetorical) how much of a Sodom and Gomorrah that place is? From blatant prostitution with pimps nearby to panhandling strung out heroin addicts and the lowest form of human beings this side of a hell that even Milton couldn’t imagine. Like a train wreck, it is horrific to witness yet somehow fascinating that it is reality and not someone fever induced nightmare. When I leave, I dare not look back or I may be turned into a pillar of salt.

    • Cos
      August 31, 2018 at 2:04 pm #

      Cumbies….Amerixas Store.

      • Art Seller
        August 31, 2018 at 2:40 pm #

        Yes it is a place to stay away from after sundown

        • dusty
          September 1, 2018 at 1:57 am #

          Would not want my loved one working there. Is there combat pay? Company paid life insurance? Kevlar chest protection? Company paid PTSD treatment? Therapy for depression brought on by witnessing the darker side of humanity that you never knew existed in your own backyard?

          • Spagirl
            September 4, 2018 at 10:39 am #

            What reason would there be that the Pittsfield Police Department do not crack down on this cesspool?

  8. The school committee
    August 31, 2018 at 12:12 pm #

    Update,downtown was hopping on Thursday night with no parking to be found anywhere,clearly there are people not afraid of the big city .

    • RobEM
      August 31, 2018 at 2:52 pm #

      They must come out at night. The First St. parking lot was less than half full Friday afternoon.

      • danvalenti
        August 31, 2018 at 7:13 pm #

        ROB
        And still less than half full Friday night. Unless the vehicles were disguised as empty parking spaces.

    • Art Seller
      August 31, 2018 at 3:44 pm #

      Mueller bating 1000 Giuiliani 0. Not fake news not alternative facts just the truth and the truth will always set you free or it should. Russians had trump over a barrel according to doj lawyer. The plot thickens. Citizens 63% of them want Mueller prob to continue to completion. I try to give factual news that may not show up on fox brietbart or masspill so that trumpeters know what is going on in the real world. I expect some disagreement but please just the facts. I can learn plenty with facts and I hope everyone agrees that the truth will set us free.

      • Art Seller
        August 31, 2018 at 4:47 pm #

        Fact. Trumps actions regarding our beloved war hero John McCain in a few words. Total disgrace. No one is nastier or less trustworthy than this aberrant fool.Trumps poll numbers are sinking like a rock and I wouldn’t be surprised if republicans who till now have been approving lemmings will start to bail on trump so as to not be associated with him in the midterms. Things are changing very rapidly and I can’t say that I didn’t see this coming but the speed of it is breath taking. We all like the truth and facts and hopefully anyone who responds to me will use facts and the truth. I know many on this line like trump and surprise I use to like him but the facts and the truth re not his strong suits and I can’t get past it. This is my two cents

        • 12 Gauge
          August 31, 2018 at 4:54 pm #

          It’s sad that a war hero changed into a big swamp turd who colluded with Marxist democrats who accused him of the same misdeeds they accused Trump of. # with swamp turd hypocrite democrats. I guess we can forgive McCain’s thinking. No telling how long that cancer was messing with his brain.

        • Ed Check
          August 31, 2018 at 5:24 pm #

          President Trump is just honoring the former war hero turned globalist, John McCain. He told him he didn’t want him at his funeral. I would have done the same thing. Heck, I might have gone out and played golf instead.
          Sadly John McCain turned his back on his beliefs in his latter years. Maybe the brain tumor affected him more than he realized.

          • 12 Gauge
            August 31, 2018 at 6:24 pm #

            McCain was # 896 out of 900 graduates of the naval academy. This makes him almost as dumb as Tyre.

      • 12 Gauge
        August 31, 2018 at 4:55 pm #

        Mueller is the # 1 swamp turd.

        • Art Seller
          August 31, 2018 at 5:35 pm #

          Not so 12. He is only doing his job. Look at the number of convictions he has secured. Can you not even admire him a little bit? We need to Let him finish his investigation and go from there. Can you agree with that? I think he is interested in finding the truth and we all know the truth will set us free.Wait for his report.I think it is coming soon.We should all abide by the results providing they are the truth and factual

        • Mr. Fritz
          August 31, 2018 at 6:24 pm #

          I agree, 12. The goal of Mueller’s investigation has always been to impeach Trump. After 2 years of investigating – they have nothing. Wise up Gaetani and support your President.

          • Halo
            August 31, 2018 at 6:53 pm #

            Teacher layoffs are imminent.

        • Mr. Fritz
          August 31, 2018 at 6:28 pm #

          And Rod Rosenstein is #2.

        • Doomiedoger
          September 1, 2018 at 8:04 am #

          So you took what you did not like about McCain and weighed it against the good he did and decided to stand by the draft dodging, bigoted hate monger president. That says a lot about you and your ability (or lack of it) to rationalize simple equations.

  9. Paul Rich and Sons' Dumpster
    August 31, 2018 at 5:17 pm #

    I hold all the secrets of Pittsfield and I’m willing to talk. Anybody want to hear about Barry Clairmonts Clairol?

  10. 12 Gauge
    August 31, 2018 at 6:21 pm #

    Is his job to weaponize politics? FBI = deep state sham

  11. Art Seller
    August 31, 2018 at 7:12 pm #

    Only facts fritz and the truth it will set you free. Keep telling yourself this.Your contributions are at best very miniscule. Do you realize that Mr.Gaetanis represents you and sticks up for you at every cc meeting and in letters and his TV show.what kind of a halfwit are you?

    • Mr. Fritz
      August 31, 2018 at 7:53 pm #

      You represent yourself Gaetani – not me.
      Mueller, Comey, Rosenstein are deep state. They want to destroy Trump because he is a nationalist – not a globalist. The globalists want to destroy our culture through open borders & unlimited immigration to usher in one- world government.
      Look at the mess called the European Union and learn from their mistakes. Is that want you want for our country? I don’t!
      MAGA!

      • Art Seller
        September 1, 2018 at 10:20 am #

        I said truth and facts dimwit. I assume you are not educated, have no military service and probably graduated from the second or third grade at most. Thank God there is only a few of your type on this board. You have a lot of company as mean vile people like you are everywhere but they are easily recognized as soon as they open their mouths. As I said before you have provided no significant contribution to this site.Grow up loser.

        • Mr. Fritz
          September 1, 2018 at 10:40 am #

          And here is yet another example of your bully mentality when others do not agree with you Gaetani. Threats & verbal abuse when anyone challenges you. Not mayoral material.

          • Art Seller
            September 1, 2018 at 11:03 am #

            Dimwit you are not in Mr Gaetanis league. He is a war hero and you are a non war zero. Enough wasted time on you. As I said before the G Man will be representing you again at Tuesdays cc. Where will you be representing the taxpayer?And to you. Its Mr. Gaetani.

  12. u
    September 1, 2018 at 7:28 am #

    Trump was -Not invited to the Senators Funeral.

    • dusty
      September 1, 2018 at 8:09 am #

      Actually if you read between the lines Trump was told to stay as far away as possible from true Americans who care about their country. I watched as Pence gave his deadpan speech and when he even mentioned Trumps name Cindy McCain winced. Sad to see that the president of the United States would denigrate a dying man because he did not follow him like a puppy as other lap-dog republican lackeys with no self respect did.

  13. The school committee
    September 1, 2018 at 9:47 am #

    I want to say I forgot how well Presidents speak thinking that this fool Trump is the new standard.McCains service reminded those that watched it that we have no need for the ignorance of the current fool child in office now.

  14. 12 Gauge
    September 1, 2018 at 10:28 am #

    Mueller was and always will be a swamp turd;
    https://saraacarter.com/questions-still-surround-robert-muellers-boston-past/

  15. 12 Gauge
    September 1, 2018 at 12:57 pm #

    Mueller is more twisted than crooked Hilary. Two fake peas in a pod.

    • Doomiedoger
      September 1, 2018 at 2:39 pm #

      kinda like you and 12 gauge huh?

      • 12 Gauge
        September 1, 2018 at 5:09 pm #

        Lock her up

  16. Jonathan Melle
    September 1, 2018 at 5:01 pm #

    September 1, 2018

    Re: Berkshire Eagle endorsements all incumbents and men

    Dear Editor of the Berkshire Eagle,

    I read the Eagle’s recent endorsements that are for all incumbents and men. Since my dad ran for Berkshire County Commissioner in 1996, I have been interested in state and local politics in Western Massachusetts. I found that most “elections” are non-competitive and the incumbents win 99.9% of the time. Moreover, voter turnout is very low. When I read the Eagle’s endorsements of incumbent Member of Congress Richard Neal over a black, muslim woman challenger named Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, Attorney, and then the Eagle’s endorsement of Paul Caccaviello over two women challengers named Andrea Harrington and Judith Knight for Berkshire County District Attorney, and then the Eagle’s endorsement of incumbent Adam Hinds over challenger Tom Wickham for Berkshire-based State Senator, I felt it was more of the same, predictable politics by the Eagle.

    I understand that I haven’t lived in my native Berkshire County since the early Spring of 2004, I have read about the issues and problems that the people of Western Massachusetts have faced over the past nearly 14.5-years.

    After the 2010 U.S. Census, Western Massachusetts lost one of its Congressional seats, and Member of Congress John Olver retired in 2012. Since 2010, the Republican Party has a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, which might flip to the Democratic Party in 2018. In 2012, Richie Neal’s district included Berkshire County. Like many northeastern politicians, Neal’s base of support is financial interests, which have little to no presence in most of Western Massachusetts. Some people saw Neal’s interests in big banks and insurance companies as being disconnected to the needs of his rural district. Some people saw him as out-of-touch with his constituents. Richie Neal has shown himself to be a career politician who served decades in U.S. Congress with a multi-million dollar campaign account. In short, he is untouchable in politics!

    I read that the Berkshire District Attorney’s office went after young adults involved in marijuana back in 2006, which lead Judith Knight to challenge then D.A. David Capeless both in court and in that year’s election. I also read that Pittsfield and North Adams are in the top 10 for communities with violent crime in Massachusetts. My dad worked in Pittsfield probation since late-1970, and I recently asked him if Pittsfield had such high cases of violent crime, drugs, and gangs nearly 48-years-ago. My dad, who retired in 2002, told me that he knew most of the people on probation back then, but today, the violent criminals are from out-of-town from big cities. Times have changed for insular communities. I looked at all of what happened in Berkshire County, and I saw the D.A.’s office going after teenagers with marijuana, while violent crime became a serious problem! I also read about the Bernard Baran case, where the late-D.A. Gerry Downing hid audio tape recordings that proved Baran was framed, and it wasn’t until after Downing’s death that Capeless released the exculpatory evidence. I read that now Superior Court Judge Daniel Ford and D.A. Downing – then prosecutors – used homophobia, and Downing illegally withheld evidence to ruin Baran’s life. You could make a movie out of all of corruption that went on in Berkshire County criminal justice system!

    As for Berkshire-based State Senator Adam Hinds, his first vote in political office was for the legislative pay raise bill right after the Legislature received a pay raise in their base pay. Indeed, all five Berkshire delegates to Beacon Hill voted for the pay raise bill early last year, 2017. When it came time for leadership concerning the Massachusetts Attorney General’s legal case over the Berkshire Museum’s unethical selling of its most valuable and historic pieces of art, Adam Hinds was nowhere to be found! In the 2016 “election”, Adam Hinds was pre-selected and favored to be State Senator over Andrea Harrington and Rinaldo Del Gallo III, in the Democratic Primary. In short, Adam Hinds was always in bed with the Good Old Boys and the political establishment. If that is leadership, then our sky isn’t really blue during a sunny day.

    In closing, the Eagle’s recent editorial endorsements of all incumbents and men perpetuates the same old problems facing politics and government in Berkshire County.

    – Jonathan Melle

  17. Paul Rich and Sons' Dumpster
    September 1, 2018 at 5:16 pm #

    Last night at midnight the mayor drove up and threw in her course books from Mildred Elley. She hates being called Secretary Tyer.

  18. The school committee
    September 2, 2018 at 2:12 am #

    Harrington is going to be part of the Good Ole Girls of WHEN as the also recruited Kroll,White and Marchetti…….please give me Mayor Doyle

  19. May Hemm
    September 2, 2018 at 5:33 am #

    He works for the state. supports Hinds,Caccavechio, and Neal.

  20. mi
    September 2, 2018 at 6:02 am #

    Trump approval lowest ever.

  21. The school committee
    September 2, 2018 at 6:46 am #

    Trump IS lowest ever.

    • dusty
      September 2, 2018 at 8:01 am #

      I have met some real assholes in my life and I have heard about some even worse that I have met. But none that I have either met or heard about comes close to Donald Trump and his family. And I cannot fathom anyone ever coming along in the future that will match him. Uneffing believable depths to which he will stoop.

      • Trump Derangement Stndrome
        September 2, 2018 at 9:01 am #

        Science is working on a cure for you sad clowns.

      • 12 Gauge
        September 2, 2018 at 9:07 am #

        Take your ex-lax dust. You’ll feel much better.

      • Spagirl
        September 2, 2018 at 4:49 pm #

        Trump will be very sorry he ever ran for President. When his term is done, he will be indicted, and his walls will come tumbling down.

  22. Earl Parsnip
    September 2, 2018 at 9:11 am #

    Tyer and Krol must love you knuckle heads fighting about Trump. Shouldn’t you be holding her feet to the fire on the stupid sewer plant upgrade and the BS at the water plants? Your water / sewer bill is about to go through the roof and you clowns just don’t get it.

    • Art Seller
      September 2, 2018 at 10:56 am #

      The G Man definitely stays on point regarding these water and sewer projects. His most recent TV show is all facts and truth. He challenged turocy to debate him at a cc meeting so that he could show the city’s residents how incompetently run the dpw department is under his reign. The G Man will only need about two minutes to dismantle him. He also invited any city official who thinks they can go one on one with him to his show. He only asks that they wear a diaper when they come as they will need it. The G Man critiqued the DA race on the show and he said if the election is about credentials and experience it should be close between Cacaviello and knight with cacaviello pulling it out. He stated that Harrington had no business even entering the race as she is not in the leaughe of the other two. Harrington is very much like tyred in that she has nearly no experience and would be as lost runing the DA office as tytr is runing the city.Dumb and Dumber. Throw in Bouvier and you want to throw up.This race could be a big wake up call for the gobsigs and gobsig baked buffoons. We will know Tuesday night how big of a hole the gobsigs will have dug themselves into and hopefully we can fill it with concrete in Nov. Of 2020. Things are looking interesting. Lets hope this is the beginning of putting away the gobsigs and their puppets

  23. Paul Rich and Sons' Dumptser
    September 2, 2018 at 10:37 am #

    Marchetti was here just before dawn. He threw in all the citizen’s petitions. He does this frequently.

  24. Earl Parsnip
    September 2, 2018 at 11:09 am #

    I think Tyre and Krol cronies generate anti Trump posts to divert attention away from the administration’s stupidity.

  25. Harry Merkin
    September 2, 2018 at 11:11 am #

    Now the democrats want to take down the Rocky Balboa statue because he beat up three black guys and a communist.

  26. Doomiedoger
    September 2, 2018 at 11:16 am #

    What else if anything will be on this ballot Tuesday in Pittsfield? Is it just the DA race?

  27. Art Seller
    September 2, 2018 at 12:54 pm #

    Doomiedoger. The questions and races will be in the terrible Eagle tomorrow. Or you can download their site. Hope this helps you

    • Art Seller
      September 2, 2018 at 1:18 pm #

      Nice picture of the G Mans two sandfloats used for treating drinking water to pristine standards for town of lenox. Pittsfield sandfloats are five times the side. See them in eagle today page 2

      • Mr. Fritz
        September 2, 2018 at 2:29 pm #

        Correction – you mean the Krofta sandfloats.

        • halo
          September 2, 2018 at 3:29 pm #

          Yeah GUI.t by G,correct.

      • Gobsig
        September 2, 2018 at 3:54 pm #

        Art, he did good work refining an getting those sand floats up and running.

  28. Gigi
    September 2, 2018 at 2:11 pm #

    Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday Sept. 4th!
    If you are a registered Republican, or registered Independent voting as a Republican, may I recommend the following pro-life candidates;
    Scott Lively – Governor
    Jay McMahon – AG
    Geoff Diehl – Senate

  29. Gigi
    September 2, 2018 at 2:16 pm #

    Shameful display at McCain funeral;

    https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/09/02/new-york-post-mocks-trump-bashing-meghan-mccain-as-the-meg/

    So McCain invited his opponent Obama in the presidential election, but NOT his running mate Palin and campaign advisors?? Those Globalists are as thick as thieves!

    • 12 Gauge
      September 2, 2018 at 2:29 pm #

      He didn’t want his first wife there either

      • Doomiedoger
        September 2, 2018 at 4:12 pm #

        I heard he got brain cancer and died just to piss Trump off. Such a globalistic move! Typical McCain move.

  30. Honest Earl’s Downtown Dumpster
    September 2, 2018 at 2:17 pm #

    There’s a reason Harrington’s signs were put in the dumpster.

  31. Gigi
    September 2, 2018 at 2:23 pm #

    And hopefully the Gov. of Arizona will pick a Trump-friendly replacement for John McCain – NOT Cindy!

    https://www.politico.com/story/2018/08/27/doug-ducey-john-mccain-seat-voters-798875

    • Art seller
      September 2, 2018 at 3:35 pm #

      There are several on this site who are as vile immoral and indecent as scump but thank the lord you are in the minority. You do not even have a modicum of decency. A true patriot who served with distinction was tortured as a prisoner and lived his life to make america better. Come on now you handful of halfwits come back at me and spew your vitriol. You disgrace all tenants of decency and it is a disgrace that you. call yourselves Americans. I want to be somewhere that you aren’t. I hope more of the decent people on this site will come forward and express how you feel about this monster in the white house. We need truth and facts.this idiot doesn’t care about truth and fact and that is why we must put an end to his reign of terror.This is how I feel and I have no qualms about it. I call white white and red red and I know lies when I hear them. Trump has pitted American against american we need to make truth king and speak up when we hear lies. I think that the mid terms are the most important election in our history. I believe sanity will prevail and we can dig our way out of the hole this asshole has put us in

      • Lenny
        September 2, 2018 at 4:21 pm #

        I agree with Gigi. Show some respect for your President.

      • Spagirl
        September 2, 2018 at 4:28 pm #

        If they ever impeached me I think the Market would crash and evetyone would be very very poor. When he finishes his term, they will be sure to put handcuffs on this corrupt SOB!

      • Pat
        September 2, 2018 at 5:12 pm #

        You are so wrong Art Seller. It’s the far left that has pitted American against American with their far left crazy ideas like Socialism, open borders and ICE agents are terrorists. Those are Crazy Ideas and that is what is tearing this country apart NOT President Trump. With President Trump out of the picture, do you really think that this country will come together if those crazy ideas are still on the table?!?

      • 12 Gauge
        September 2, 2018 at 5:14 pm #

        A hero in Vietnam and a zero in the Senate. He didn’t even have the decency to include his running mate who motivated many to come out and vote for him. Without her his vote totals would have been really embarrassing. Why didn’t he wan’t his first wife there? She was the mother of some of his children.

        Bottom line is he died a zero jack wagon. So sad to see someone become such an ego maniac before he died.

      • Rich Baloney
        September 2, 2018 at 5:58 pm #

        Don’t be a stronzo

      • 12 Gauge
        September 2, 2018 at 6:19 pm #

        Art, you are a very misinformed person.

  32. u
    September 2, 2018 at 3:46 pm #

    He talks like a little child and is the most pompous person I’ve ever heard….. the stock Market will crash if he’s impeached? Send this clown down the road. I’dtake Ted Cruz at this point, anyone,please.

  33. Silent Cal
    September 2, 2018 at 4:08 pm #

    Seems like there are some good republicans that post here. If you’d like to connect with other area republicans please email me at peters.dave39@yahoo.com.

  34. Harlan Rinklenutts
    September 2, 2018 at 5:53 pm #

    If your talking about fritz, that would be,good for nuthin. Many dumb Americans to think the trillions given the the super rich won’t come with consequences is the same as a rotten tooth healing on its own.

  35. 12 Gauge
    September 2, 2018 at 6:21 pm #

    Trump let McCain’s corpse to be flown all over on Air Force 2 and Mehgan McCain bashes him. That’s real class.

    • Doomiedoger
      September 3, 2018 at 12:41 am #

      It is not Trump’s plane. He does not own everyone and everything because he is president.

      • 12 Gauge
        September 3, 2018 at 9:08 am #

        It’s not McCain’s plane

      • Art Seller
        September 3, 2018 at 3:33 pm #

        Those planes are owned by the citizens of the US. That is a FACT.