(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY OCT. 10, 2018) — Cleaning out the notebook, THE PLANET came across three items worthy of comment.


“Sit down and shut up.”

That’s our message to Mass. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who politicked in Washington last Thursday, encouraging law breaking by whipping up a Brett Kavanaugh lynch mob masquerading as protesters. Her feathered efforts fell short. Rule of law won out over mob rule, and Kav had a new job.

Warren is not Native American but Naïve American, thinking this action would defeat Kavanaugh and boost her presidential ambitions. Warren told the mostly female mob: “I am speaking on behalf of every American women who has been told to sit down and shut up once too often.”

Pretending to speak “on behalf of every” person in any demographic subset is a claim that tells you all you need to know about EW. THE PLANET credits Warren for her qualifiers, however. Not one woman we surveyed ever reported being told to “sit down and shut up,” making that group a tiny subset. Also, the “once too often” comes in handy; it’s obvious no one has told her to be seated and be quiet often enough. We’re glad to oblige.

Senator, sit down and shut up.


Pittsfield’s Community Preservation Act, famously dubbed by Terry Kinnas as the Community Pickpocket Act (CPA), was nothing more than an added tax foisted upon an apathetic public by a collection of “Players” who have run out of answers for the problems vexing a city without a functioning economy. These folks include Mayor Linda Tyer, small-fry suck-ups, and a complicit city council. After the CPA hit Mark Jane and Joe Kapanski up for $320,000 in Year One, the gimme groups are back again.

The mayor’s office announced that a public hearing on this year’s CPA spending will be conducted at 6 p.m., Monday Oct. 15, in Room 203 at city hall. If you have trouble finding Room 203, look for the vultures circling the dying body politick, ready to pick morsels off the bone.

Who sits on the CPA commission?

  • P.J. Hoss, city planner
  • Jim Conant
  • John Dickson
  • Shirley Edgerton
  • Alexandra Groff
  • Sheila Irvin
  • George Moran
  • Simon Muir
  • Danielle Steinman.

Do you recognize the “usual suspects,” those retreads of whom, one commission “associate” tells THE PLANET, “run everything.”

Our friend goes on: “If you raise an objection, question the plans, or propose something different, they put you in your place.” Who are  “they?” The CPA-er, speaking on condition of anonymity, fingered Conant, Irvin, and Edgerton. Conan, you might remember, made his mark in the Civic Authority debacle and later as a park commissioner sunk the Jim Bouton plan for renovating Wahconah Park.

“Edgerton,” our source said, “plays the race and gender cards [to achieve] ‘can’t touch me’ status, making her immune from criticism or questioning.”

Irvin chairs the Berkshire Brigades. Nuff ced.

The hundreds of thousands of wasted tax dollars in Year One of the CPA went to such projects as the Springside House restoration, work on the baseball field at Clapp Park (which has had more do-overs than Kenny Rogers’ face), renovations to the Thaddeus Clapp house, “improvements” at Taconic High School grounds, and building pickleball courts at Lakewood Park.

Yes, pickleball. What’s next, a monument honoring the invention of “Pocket Pool” in 1791 at Park Square?


In November, Question 1 will ask voters if Massachusetts should be able to order mandated, minimum staffing levels at hospitals. The nurses’ union recommends a “yes” vote. Hospital administrators and other staffers want “no.” THE PLANET recommends a “no” vote. because “yes” will require an additional 125 hires for BMC and Fairview costing $23 million. Can you guess where the hospital will get that money? Gotta mirror?

This is a separate question than asking if the local hospitals need more nurses.

If passed, the state would require hospitals to maintain predefined staffing levels at all times, regardless of actual conditions. This would remove flexibility from work planning, take away local control of personnel issues, and impose central planning. The result will be inefficiency, an inability for hospitals to customize staffing based on actual needs, higher costs for patients, and reduction in the quality of care.

The appeal of Question 1 lies in its counter-intuitiveness. It might appear that “more nurses = better care,” but actually, since hospitals won’t be able to plan staff use, the opposite will be true. Vote NO.


I would rather fail at something I love than succeed at something I hate” — George Burns.



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  1. Chuck Vincelette
    October 11, 2018 at 5:43 pm #

    Has Jonathan Melle been banned? He hasn’t posted in a while.

    • Mr. Fritz
      October 11, 2018 at 6:03 pm #

      He’s in Washington DC fighting in the Antifa army.

    • SisterGoldenHair
      October 11, 2018 at 6:13 pm #

      Dan wouldn’t ban him and told him so not too far back after Melle posted that he was getting banned. Hopefully he is ok. Don’t agree will his liberal rants but now that you mention it he has been silent – hopefully he is ok. And I’d rather 10 posts a day from
      Melle than 5 from Artie Guitani

      • danvalenti
        October 11, 2018 at 7:18 pm #

        You’re right, SIS, about Jonathan. He’s always been welcome on the site. Someone started a rumor that THE PLANET had banned him. It wasn’t true, of course. We contacted him personally to make sure he was clear about it. Like you and the rest, hope he’s OK.

    • danvalenti
      October 11, 2018 at 7:22 pm #

      No. He’s never been banned. Is that rumor back again? JM has been and will continue to be a welcome addition to this site.

  2. amandaWell
    October 11, 2018 at 6:49 pm #

    Let see if I can sniff him out. Jonathan, I need the streets to stay off of?

  3. Art Seller
    October 11, 2018 at 7:15 pm #

    The Virginia judge who presided over the manafort case doesn’t want to wait to send manafort to the slammer. He says next Friday he wants to send him to the can. Uh oh let’s see who can figure this out. All Scumpsters take a stab at it. Some of the dem leaning on this thread probably know but those getting their fix on fox news clearly don’t know. Now we will start to identify who knows what is going on and those who don’t. Please only well thought out posts. To those that took cheap shots at me don’t expect me to be childish and respond being childish because I posted earlier that I am through with that. Just the fact and truth. I always said the truth will set you free and I am positive of that.

    • 12 Gauge
      October 11, 2018 at 7:28 pm #

      You call someone a name on each post and you want to call others out for being childish? You must not have any mirrors in you house.

    • Art Seller
      October 11, 2018 at 7:32 pm #

      Georgia governor Brian Kemp a republican is trying to prevent over 53000 voters from voting in the midterms. This is how the republicans think they can win. They can’t . Scumpsters tell me who is not going to let this occur? Dems don’t bail them out .lets see who is up to date and who isn’t Those watching fox news can’t answer so if we don’t see a reply from the usual 6word posters we know they do not know.Fire away.

      • 12 Gauge
        October 11, 2018 at 7:42 pm #

        More name calling.

  4. Art Seller
    October 11, 2018 at 7:39 pm #

    I haven’ called anyone a name since I said I was done with that.I will use the word scumpsters to identify trump leaning posters. Name calling no. Just the facts and truth.That will set me free.

  5. 12 Gauge
    October 11, 2018 at 7:44 pm #

    Yeah, like that’s not name calling.

    • Art Seller
      October 11, 2018 at 8:03 pm #

      Its not. But you know I hate scump and you know why I do. I saw first hand a butcher who slaughtered my people for as little as not smiling at Babydoc. Every time I see Scump I see Babydoc. You could never understand that because the US never had a dictator president but this one has all the characteristics to become a monster I see this in him. Can I have my opinion or would you try to muzzle me? If you were me you would see trump differently than I do. I hope I am wrong but I am afraid I am right about this. What do you think?

  6. Art Seller
    October 11, 2018 at 7:48 pm #

    Come on Scumpsters I am waiting. Take a shot at these two posts 12. I also miss Jon I believe he is a veteran like the Gman. I believe he is am I right?

    • 12 Gauge
      October 11, 2018 at 7:53 pm #

      no thank you. I’m all done with you.

      • Art Seller
        October 11, 2018 at 8:33 pm #

        12 Every time I posted in the past you would come back and butcher me. You and I see things very differently but I don’t understand why you have to make it personal. Many people who post on this board who are pro trump are very different than you. It is evident by your posts that you do a lot of research as I do before you post sometimes. At other times you blow up. I remember in one of your posts you mentioned that you thought the Gman was as smart as a razor on everything Pittsfield. But like a butter knife or something like that on the national scene. If you have seen the Gman’s show you know that he hates trump maybe even more than I do and yet you gave him praise for what he tries to do for the taxpayer. This is why I reply to you because you can be multifaceted in your thinking and that is good. You see the abuse I have to take from some on this board but it rolls right off my back as that is life and some people here on this thread are not worth replying to because they just aren’t very informed. I do not know who you are but one thing I do know is that you are not stupid. Take this post as my being respectful of you. I don’t agree with a lot of what you say but I am a pretty good judge of character and thought I owed you this post.

  7. 12 Gauge
    October 11, 2018 at 8:41 pm #

    At least this post didn’t contain name calling

  8. Dave Wiechecki
    October 12, 2018 at 2:58 am #

    With regards to the Georgia comment, I am not up on the issue there but I can only assume it has to do with voter registration and a voter ID of some kind.

    If that is the issue, then I totally support this. I have to show a government photo ID when I board a plane, when I ship a package at the UPS station, etc. Why is there such an uproar when a state wants to require this. And for those that do not believe that voter fraud exists…prior to the last presidential elections I was at a birthday party in PA and a family friend who worked at a local college was explaining how the college professors were coordinating the fraud. Combing through obituaries and part year resident records looking for people that could be “voting “ in PA. Who was going to go to the polls for them? Some imposter.

    With voting limited to US citizens, proof of citizenship should be required and a government issued voter photo ID issued. For those who say this is too hard on the poor, etc. BS; Everything worth doing requires some effort. Voting is no different.

    • danvalenti
      October 12, 2018 at 7:08 am #

      I agree, DW. Voter ID is a step forward in electoral reform. Two others: A “None of the Above” option for every office, and negation of all election results where less than 50% of the electorate votes.

  9. Nota
    October 12, 2018 at 8:03 am #

    I agree.

  10. Patrick Tuohy
    October 13, 2018 at 2:57 pm #

    I always liked Jonathan’s dad. He was such a nice guy. Even as a kid I wondered “how did he spawn that kid? , but im sure many said the same as for me. Jon in school was somewhat a good student. All until senior year. He felt he wasnt getting his share of minutes on the basketball team. So instead of working hard, busting tail in practice to get noticed. He chose the Liberal way, much ahead of its time mid-90s. “The coach was a meanie, he bullied us” yada yada you get the drift. For that i will always remember, getting a great iconic coach fired on mere accusations. Shame on you Jonathan 20 years later.