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TYLER STREET LAB: ANOTHER EXPERIMENT GONE AWRY FOR THE ‘ARMIES OF THE ROAD’

BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY MARCH 25, 2019) — Before our regular column, allow THE PLANET to pay a tribute to former mayor Ed Reilly, whose passing came as sad news to all who knew and loved him. We had many encounters with Ed, going back to our youth at his parents’ store on the bend of North and Wahconah streets. We ran against him in ’91, and covered him as a columnist and on the radio as mayor. He was Pittsfield through and thorough — hard worker, good family man, and dedicated public servant. God speed, Ed Reilly, and our heartfelt condolence to his family.

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Good intentions may pave a road, but they can’t keep Tyler Street from becoming Dalton Avenue.

No matter how many taxpayer dollars they blow on the Road to Nowhere, that miracle mile will serve mainly as the east egress out of Dodge to the civilized hamlet of Dalton. A little tour of Tyler presents the picture of roadkill, immune to the Lazarus effect intended by public dollars. That money draws “gimme groups” ready to take the BICs, TIFs, and TDIs of the alphabet soup.

On the right turning from First Street, we find the new gas station. It replaced … uh … the old gas station.  In Pittsfield, “redevelopment.” On the left, the house abandoned by a psychic, whose hasty exit proved her prescience. Further up left, the parking lot of a recent murder. At right, the once-home of Mohawk Bottling Company, now off the tax rolls and oozing Goodwill. After that, we see Yosemite’s rival, Hess Forrest. Don’t go in without a guide, or you might end up in Louis Lent’s basement, now a “hip and vibrant” tattoo studio. There are 18,542 tattoo studios in the city, which makes THE PLANET wonder how middle school kids got their ink back in the day.

Bill Langley Studios once safe-harbored on Tyler Street in a lovely tan-brick building where heavenly windows used to shine. Langley’s dream of Langley Land, however, departed without explanation. Now the building hosts Mickey, Donald, and other cartoon ghosts who overbear the street’s muggers, buggers, bangers, gangers, dons,and cons. Even God left, and now Mr. Carver genuflects at the former church. He’s a “developer.” He wants the city to give him millions. The bells of St. Mary’s stay quiet with pitying tears.

Just before Tyler becomes Dalton you see the former Shedd’s plumbing company. For decades, Shedd built a business only a rogue could destroy. That rogue came after GE exited, setting Tyler Street on a course toward danger and dereliction. A martial arts studio moved in, but as urban archeologists know, when a martial arts studio takes over a once-thriving plumbing business, you’re looking at a future of liquor stores, non-profits, and nail salons.

Enter the Tyler Street Lab.

What is the lab? No one knows. At the Lab’s opening Saturday, director Umbrella Kate talked about “working toward a common goal.” That “goal,” of course, went undefined. She did call Tyler Street “eclectic,” a word indicating the variety of decomposition on the streets and in the shops.

The logo for the Tyler Street Lab consists of a test tube containing “a bubbling crude.” Experts in THE PLANET‘s Secret Lab tell us it’s a new kind of meth. The poor bastards that take it tend to be young, male, jobless, minorities with single-mom girlfriends, a.k.a. Pittsfield’s Finest. They just need understanding, something provided by Shirley Edgerton, well-known “community activist” who’s everywhere, everywhere. The good-hearted Shirl and Umbrella Kate. That may explain the sign at Tyler and First: “The Witch’s Cauldron, One Mile.”

The Tyler Street Lab may get lost in the scrum of agencies and not-for-profits eager to horn in on the free outlay from taxpayer purses. They include (deep breath):

  • The Morningside Initiative
  • The Tyler Street Collaborative
  • Better Block
  • Massachusetts Transformative Development Initiative
  • Working Cities
  • Berkshire Bridges
  • The Chill Zone
  • Office of Community Development
  • Goodwill
  • Jerry Mathers as the Beaver

Ponderous, as Marley said of Scrooge’s chain.

We have no doubt that the Tyler Street Lab will become a meeting point for the growing “armies of the road” who also congregate at the Intermodal, Persip Park, HON, and parking lots behind Lach’s. Drug trafficking and pan-handling to follow. Film at 11.

Those who have fallen through the cracks need to know the cracks go both ways. The ticket up and out isn’t through handouts or freebies, guns, or drugs. It’s through personal effort, hard work, initiative, ambition, education, and the refusal to be defined by well-intended “activists” who love to create “victims.”

The Lab has funding for a half a year, but our spies say that enough of the Kapanskis’ dough will find its way to Umbrella Kate and Shirl to keep it going at least until the day after Election Day in November.

Funny how these things work.

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“You can’t test the waters without getting wet”Sir Tiberius Fruitjuice.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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107 Responses to “TYLER STREET LAB: ANOTHER EXPERIMENT GONE AWRY FOR THE ‘ARMIES OF THE ROAD’”

  1. doomiedodger
    March 24, 2019 at 9:19 am #

    I wonder if the same people who made millions renovating North st will be the same people making millions renovating Tyler street. And on a parallel course, will the same people receive kickbacks?

    How is it that a city whose tax base is supported largely by the elderly afford to do a full scale urban renewal project but at the same time be unable to fix its infrastructure? Yep, I be talking about the roads which every person in the city or visiting the city must bump and bang along daily.
    In a couple of years Tyler street will have its lipstick applied and people driving through will say how nice it looks. And as long as they don’t go 5o feet off either side they might stay safe.

    The city always has money for feel good make work projects that spin off mega dollars to special interests but something as vital as roads take a back seat. So what conclusions should I draw from such colossal political failure?

    • Pat
      March 24, 2019 at 9:37 am #

      The sad fact is that local politicians and even many voters seem clueless in this area. Williamstown voters who voted overwhelmingly for recreational pot are now regretting their decision since they are now facing the realty of a 5 acre pot farm and just how it smells like a “skunk” and is destroying the value of homes in their upscale neighborhoods not to mention destroying their quality of life. (see the iberkshires article). It just seems to be one bad decision after another in this area.

    • Mr. Fritz
      March 24, 2019 at 2:09 pm #

      The conclusion I have reached after reading Dan’s column and your comments is that there is a good chance the mayor will be turned out of office in the next election.
      Accomplishments? Zilch.
      Stewardship of taxpayer dollars? Poor.
      Can’t wait to see who files their paperwork, this week, to run for mayor!

  2. Pat
    March 24, 2019 at 9:33 am #

    When I heard about the Tyler Street Lab, I was astounded that this is what city leaders think is part of a Tyler Street revitalization, but then realized that with their limited political vision for this area, that maybe they really do consider this progress.

    Rather than providing actual jobs and much needed shops for the city, they would rather provide more social service assistance to local residents which is what this “lab” is all about.

  3. Pat
    March 24, 2019 at 9:41 am #

    The sad truth is that local politicians and so many voters in this area are clueless about figuring out the long term consequences of their decisions. An example of this is in Williamstown where local residents who voted overwhelmingly for recreational pot are regretting their decision upon discovering that a 5 acre pot farm smells like a skunk. They are now up in arms over their own decision.

  4. Johnny Absurd
    March 24, 2019 at 10:17 am #

    Meanwhile in Dalton, the finance committee is giving warnings about shelling out 70 million for a new school. If the special interests there are anything like those in Pittsfield, the Dalton finance committee will get their warning shoved up their asses while a new school will be forced on the town.

    • Johnny99
      March 24, 2019 at 7:38 pm #

      Unlike Pissfield, the voters in dalton have a say – it’s going to a vote. If they want to vote to raise their taxes 500 average per year so be it, but at least it will be by majority vote. As Dan has written numerous times, the GOBSIGs were scared of another ci I authority crusade and refused to put it to vote. I hate this city for that.

  5. The school committee
    March 24, 2019 at 10:54 am #

    Connell wont ask,or Mazzeo,White,Caccamo, Moon,Rivers,Kroll wont ask.Can we afford it.

  6. The school committee
    March 24, 2019 at 11:13 am #

    Watching the Mayor say she would have saves 500 k per year for stabilization is a joke.Caccamo and Moon have no idea what stabilization means.Pittsfiels and all of the things we funded have not brought 1 new taxpayer to town.Please sweep the streets today.

    • Ham Anex
      March 24, 2019 at 5:10 pm #

      Those two are totally lost. I don’t know if Mumbles Caccamo or Moon Shot is most lost.

  7. Jonathan Melle
    March 24, 2019 at 12:28 pm #

    PUBLIC SAFETY ALERT!
    Stay off of:
    North st.
    TYLER STREET
    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.

    • Hell Toupee
      March 24, 2019 at 1:42 pm #

      Mr. Melle, you’re stuck on Circular Ave.

      • Jonathan Melle
        March 24, 2019 at 2:41 pm #

        When I failed to find a job during my 1 year long job search in Pittsfield years ago (Spring 2002 – Spring 2003), I realized the power the Good Old Boys held over me. I felt mocked by them for trying to earn a living in Pittsfield. The people who ran the show in Pittsfield blacklisted me. In the end, I would never find work in the Pittsfield area. I felt I had better odds winning the state lottery jackpot prize than finding a job in Pittsfield. Fortunately, my family relocated to southern NH after my parents retired (in mid-2003). Since the nearly 15 years since I moved away, Pittsfield politics saw major losses in population and jobs. The Good Old Boys and their vested interests never felt any economic pain while Pittsfield’s municipal taxes and debts skyrocketed upwards. It has been reported statewide and locally that Pittsfield is one of the most economically unequal areas in the state and nation. To illustrate, all K – 6 Pittsfield public school students now receive free meals due to the high poverty rate. I know where I stand in Pittsfield, and it ain’t a pretty picture! But, then again, neither is Pittsfield’s tanked local economy.
        – Jonathan Melle

        • Agent 86
          March 24, 2019 at 4:47 pm #

          Were you able to find a job in N.H.?

          • Jonathan Melle
            March 24, 2019 at 5:02 pm #

            Sarcasm: I work for a Fortune 500 company.

          • Agent 86
            March 24, 2019 at 5:12 pm #

            I’ll take that for a no.

          • Jonathan Melle
            March 24, 2019 at 5:49 pm #

            Did you invest in PEDA? Probably not! I mean, no one has invested in PEDA for over 20 years and counting!!!!

        • Reignbow
          March 24, 2019 at 7:15 pm #

          Jon,it’s hard to sell a toxic waste site

        • Joe Blow
          March 25, 2019 at 12:29 pm #

          Jon…….stop living in the past! Why post the same thing here over and over….hint no one cares!

        • Johnny2Shoes
          March 25, 2019 at 12:37 pm #

          Jon,In all your posts on not finding a job back in that period, you never state what type of job you were seeking. It would help to understand your peril of not finding one better.

        • Paul
          March 25, 2019 at 5:13 pm #

          JM how many more times are you going to tell the same old tired story. You need to get over it and move on.

    • Johnny99
      March 24, 2019 at 7:40 pm #

      Like I keep telling you, it’s way outta date. Better add a few

  8. Edward R. Murrow
    March 24, 2019 at 12:58 pm #

    Mueller Mania:

    As I’ve said before in this space: They ain’t got dick on Donnie.

    Boris and Natasha may be guilty (they ain’t even U.S citizens), but Rocky and Bullwinkle walk.

    “Doesn’t exonerate the president.”

    Sort of like saying we find no evidence that Dan the Planet held up Cumby’s last night, but that doesn’t exonerate him.

    There’s no evidence you’re running guns, drugs, or sex slaves, but that doesn’t exonerate you.

    So there’s the first article of impeachment: President not exonerated.

    • Trump Train
      March 25, 2019 at 6:16 am #

      1) He was completely exonerated on the collusion with the Russians, now we should investigate the Clinton campaign for the fake dossier, and the FBI/Justice department for continually lying to the FISA court about it.

      2) Obstruction was neutral because if there was no crime in (1), there can obviously be no obstruction

      Also, last I checked, in the USA, we are presumed innocent until PROVEN guilty. Therefore, no evidence of guilt = INNOCENT
      Mueller should know better…

  9. Gigi
    March 24, 2019 at 1:28 pm #

    Trump wins!! No collusion!
    May Trump win by a landslide in 2020!

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/03/24/special-counsel-no-russia-collusion-despite-multiple-offers/

    • Pat
      March 24, 2019 at 5:06 pm #

      I agree Gigi.

      • Johnny99
        March 24, 2019 at 7:44 pm #

        Well, the dumb dems should let it rest now. The whole thing was a hoax orchestrated by the deep state to take down a duly elected president because the likes of comedy, McCabe,struck, page, Brennan etc didn’t like the results. They should be the ones investigated. MAGA!!!!!!!! The was no collusion.

    • Agent 86
      March 24, 2019 at 6:06 pm #

      The nation’s psychiatric wards are preparing themselves for an influx of deranged liberals, as Robert Mueller’s official report into Russian collusion has now been filed with the attorney general.

      As it now seems unlikely that the report will provide definitive proof that President Trump colluded with Russia during his 2016 campaign, psych wards and mental health facilities began bracing themselves for a wave of psychotic, disillusioned liberals to be checked in by their friends and family members.

  10. Reignbow
    March 24, 2019 at 6:30 pm #

    The media will take the biggest hit on this.

  11. The school committee
    March 25, 2019 at 3:06 am #

    Remember that what is in the report has not been seen by anyone other than Trumps Attorney Generals who represent the American peoples interest not Trump.If he does not release the report then we know America is 100% a Trump Aligarchy.My guess is there is going to be a fight to release the report and this will get very awlful with Trump already saying that he can overthrow this goverment at anytime.He hates McCain for making Puttins life tough.Trump wants to make Puttins wealth easier to access.Trump is very powerful right now and Puttin along with Trump are in the driver seat…..watch Puttin and you will know how strong Trump is.This is a huge win for Puttins Power in America

    • Edward R. Murrow
      March 25, 2019 at 2:31 pm #

      As I’ve stated before in this space–you can’t expect the executive branch to check itself, constitutionally. That’s the job of the legislative and judicial branches.

      And again–the only reason Nixon resigned was because Goldwater and other Republican senators went to the White House to tell Dickie that he didn’t have the votes to stave off removal from office (i.e., conviction in the US Senate).

      Amusing how people think Trump would be gone because of anything short of impeachment AND conviction, or death.

  12. Mr. Fritz
    March 25, 2019 at 4:25 am #

    On a side note, The Great Gronk has retired. A huge loss to the Patriots.

    • Edward R. Murrow
      March 25, 2019 at 6:09 am #

      Gronk not as dumb as he acts–he prefers to be able to walk and think for the rest of his life.

      • Johnny Absurd
        March 25, 2019 at 6:57 am #

        And he was embarrassed to work for Kraft. Retired right after that came out.

        • LW
          March 25, 2019 at 8:29 am #

          That had absolutely nothing to do with it.

  13. Skunkle
    March 25, 2019 at 4:49 am #

    Dan, just heard a statement by the School Morning clown,
    sponsored show, that Mayor Tyer will be announcing today her intentions of running for Mayor and the name of the establishment that she’ll do it from, this is in the middle of the conversation he was having with Adam Hnds, who added on to it with affirmation by plugging Mission Tapist. Now we know why this bootlicker is on the air everyday.

  14. Eman K
    March 25, 2019 at 5:21 am #

    The LAB should be able to get votes that are lingering with the disadvantaged communityTaxpayers beware,, also the school funding is du, beware taxpayers.

  15. The school committee
    March 25, 2019 at 5:45 am #

    Control

  16. Kermit Frog
    March 25, 2019 at 6:08 am #

    I disagree with a significant portion of what Pat says ‘the left’ but she/he seems to have a lot of practical common sense. I think a lot of people would agree with those kinds of recommendations. Pat for city council?
    I think the Tyler Street thing could be interesting for kids but more likely is going to be a washout and a job maker for the mayors progressive supporters/voters. I bet kids would like more time with their parents (those with three $10 an hr jobs) and safe streets to ride bikes on or walk along to visit friends. This Lab is way more bougie than Tyler Street.
    Did anyone see they are putting a day care in Taconic High School? But they can’t fit the PHS kids? Is this for free childcare for the teachers? We are on the road to serfdom!!! Why are they training kids in childcare? Or maybe to house the babies of the teenagers? It’s run by the Y which is rather a boondoggle in itself.

    • Juicy Lucy
      March 25, 2019 at 8:00 am #

      Follow the MONEY.

  17. LW
    March 25, 2019 at 8:50 am #

    To all of you who posted here constantly on how Trump was colluding with the Russians, are you man or woman enough to admit how wrong you were? C’mon Reignbow, SC, Fed Up, and others, fess up!
    I won’t hold my breath waiting. Haters don’t change.

    • Proven Collusion Delusion
      March 25, 2019 at 9:02 am #

      Yes, please admit that you were duped.

  18. Trump Derangement Syndrome
    March 25, 2019 at 8:59 am #

    Proven Collusion Delusion :))))

  19. Jonathan Melle
    March 25, 2019 at 9:56 am #

    I am so very happy to hear the best Mayor of Pittsfield EVER named the lovely Linda Tyer is announcing her re-election campaign for Mayor this week. I hope she wins another term!
    – Jonathan Melle

    • doomiedodger
      March 25, 2019 at 11:15 am #

      Her challenger will be putting pictures of potholes on all his campaign signs. He would be wise to put them on billboards as well. Outside of being swindled on my taxes the abysmal condition of the roads is why I won’t vote for her.

      I may not vote for mayor at all if two special interest candidates run against each other. Not worth the time and gas to get to the polls if one is as shady as the other.

      • Ridin' the Curb
        March 26, 2019 at 8:57 am #

        And don’t the forget all the mailboxes destroyed by the city plow.

    • Spider
      March 26, 2019 at 6:50 am #

      Jonathan – You better hurry back to Pittsfield.

      Your vote for the mayor makes all the difference.

  20. The school committee
    March 25, 2019 at 10:02 am #

    The Y gets free heat,electricity,furnature,security and school custodians take time out of their day to clean up the Y and they clear at least 500k before this new program

    • doomiedodger
      March 25, 2019 at 11:16 am #

      and they are getting a five (5) million dollar makeover. Why can’t they shake this money tree and fix the roads?

      Just curios…

      • Kermit Frog
        March 25, 2019 at 11:38 am #

        I was driving behind someone who went into the oncoming lane and I thought they must having a stroke but it turns out they were avoiding a huge series of holes I then drove through.
        Yes to road repair.
        The Y could be good, there aftercare programs are a huge rip off and they often ( or always) park kids in front of the tv. I think it’s more than $10 an hour per kid. Not sure where that money goes as it doesn’t got to the employees working at aftercare. They might get $12 an hr tops.

        • Johnny Absurd
          March 25, 2019 at 12:35 pm #

          It would be great if someone could answer that question about where the $10 an hour goes wouldn’t it? Maybe the kids are fed caviar at snack time.

  21. Reignbow
    March 25, 2019 at 12:01 pm #

    F the roads shirlee needs the cash.

  22. Joe Blow
    March 25, 2019 at 12:33 pm #

    Breaking news Creepy Porn Lawyer has been arrested for wire and bank fraud in L.A. also in NY for extortion!!!!! He is innocent till proven guilty but this is very bad for him and CNN!

    Michael Avenatti accused of trying to extort Nike for up to $25M, feds say

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/michael-avenatti-accused-of-trying-to-extort-nike-for-up-to-25m-feds-say

    • LW
      March 25, 2019 at 1:16 pm #

      CNN, NBC, all the liberal news outlets had Avenetti on almost every day at one point. Then they do it with McCabe or any other pathological liar who has an agenda against the President.
      It’s totally despicable and disgusting. What’s even worst is dumb Americans believe all that crap.

      • Joe Blow
        March 25, 2019 at 2:56 pm #

        The article has been updated and Mark Geragos is now involved.

        A suspected co-conspirator working alongside Avenatti was identified Monday afternoon by The Associated Press and The Wall Street Journal as Mark Geragos, who has represented celebrities including Michael Jackson and — more recently — “Empire” star Jussie Smollett. Geragos also was a CNN contributor.

        • Joe Blow
          March 25, 2019 at 5:50 pm #

          Update #2

          Mark Geragos fired by CNN

      • Joe Blow
        March 25, 2019 at 3:00 pm #

        The list goes on….Comey..Brennan..Schiff..Podesta..Clinton………

        • Joe Blow
          March 25, 2019 at 6:34 pm #

          Michael Avenatti was also involved in that disgusting display of the (D )Congress/MSLSD during the Justice Brett Kavanaugh hearings……these people are SICK!

  23. Truthsayer
    March 25, 2019 at 12:38 pm #

    There is one thing that the conclusion of the Mueller Investigation has definitively proven. As a country, we’re really nuts. This country has problems but they’re not going to be solved by endless criminal investigations, slimy politicians, or skirt-chasing presidents.
    We’re a bunch of fruit loops living in the extremes – right and left – fueled by social media lies that we accept as truth, but only so long as they fit our own personal political beliefs and narrative.

    I grew up in a time when extremes were the exception and not the rule. A time when we could have sensible arguments and discussions but each of us sacrificed a little of our positions to meet in the middle and get something accomplished that benefited us all.

    For all of us, the Mueller lesson should be that it’s time for us to change. It won’t happen, but I can at least wish for it.

    • Pat
      March 25, 2019 at 12:42 pm #

      I agree that the news media needs to get a life and stop reporting on President Trump 24/7 and the investigations into President Trump need to end. We have lots of problems in this country that will not be solved by left or right extremists. Right now, however, the far left is the most extreme and the most dangerous.

      • LW
        March 25, 2019 at 1:12 pm #

        The far left is growing not only in numbers but in extremism and craziness too. They have no real solutions to the problems we face today, only fairy tales the inexperienced, gullible, and downright stupid believe.

        • Pat
          March 25, 2019 at 1:33 pm #

          True. Very worrisome is their anti-semitism, infanticide, and wanting government to have total power over the people of this country. They would have government involved in every aspect of our lives. Let’s not forget taking guns and also taking over the police at the same time. Venezuela took all guns from its citizens in 2012. Now the people of that country are virtually helpless against a tyrannical government.

          Yes, it could happen in this country if government is given total power and we get these extremist far left people in charge. They are appealing to people with grade school educations who believe that giving total power to the government in exchange for some freebies makes it all worth it. This is why they need to go younger and younger for the voting age to get the votes of all the youth that have been indoctrinated in the schools.

          • Joe Blow
            March 25, 2019 at 3:13 pm #

            Pat, Justice is coming to the perpetrators of this fraud on the American people. Remember the Inspector General of the United States Department of Justice Michael Horowitz Has a report due soon on FISA abuse and other “issues” . Horowitz is also working with a United States Attorney for the District of Utah since June 2015. He was first nominated for the position by President Barack Obama in February 2015 John Huber. This was set up by Jeff Sessions to look at the other “issues” in 2016 and the media ignored it. These frauds will hide their faces in public in shame for what they have done.

    • Edward R. Murrow
      March 25, 2019 at 2:37 pm #

      You wanna see fruit loops? Try leaving this country for while.

      Frenchies be smashing up their own treasured venues, for example.

      Then there’s Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, or pick most any country in Africa.

      People talk about how great Sweden is, but they neglect to mention the very high rates of divorce and suicide . . . and taxes out the @#$%.

  24. Fed Up
    March 25, 2019 at 2:44 pm #

    Anyone who thinks trump is in the clear is delusional. Have you forgotten what we saw with our own eyes and ears. His lie count is well over 9000. Remember he is as guilty as Cohen and Cohen is going away for 3 years. If he isw not impeached he Will have to run for a second term just to avoid jail. He is a dispicable human being who lacks empathy. He is Putins patsy and sooner than latter dictators are toppled. Not a one has ever escaped their due and Trump will get his. He is the most despised human being in American history and his demise is within sight. Lets pray we have no serios threat to America because we dont have a president who cares about all A mericans. He cares only about his base and it is eroding daily. We will all get past Trump and once we do we will adress the things that we havent been able to because of the Trump CCIRCUS

    • Mr. Fritz
      March 26, 2019 at 4:26 am #

      Look in the mirror, Mr. Delusional. You’ve been cheering on Avenatti & Mueller – admit defeat and move on. The tables have been turned.

    • Trump 2020
      March 26, 2019 at 6:54 am #

      The delusional dimwit returns.

    • Trump Train
      March 26, 2019 at 4:12 pm #

      Please confine your comments to the sewage plant, where your expertise resides. With regards to President Trump, you are just full of feces. He has done more to extract the USA from the cesspool of globalism and is continuing to get us back in first place.

      You obviously have been brainwashed by the deep state CIA media complex. Wake up, pray that God will open your eyes to recognize truth. Of your own accord, you cannot.

  25. Reignbow
    March 25, 2019 at 3:07 pm #

    Think about it. A regular Joe Taxpayer without kids, is paying for someone else’s kids breakfast and lunch? What that says to me is those parents of these kids will affirm anything the current administration, including voting for,why, because they are the ones providng this, along with baby sitters and whatever else is available from the taxpayers.

    • Trump Train
      March 26, 2019 at 4:14 pm #

      And these same families are also obtaining groceries via EBT programs. A great double dip as well.

  26. Joe Blow
    March 25, 2019 at 3:53 pm #

    Not. Tired. Of. Winning

    Another win for Trump supporters today!

    BREAKING: Fed Judge Authorizes Judicial Watch to Depose Ben Rhodes IN PERSON After He Defies Court Order to Answer Written Questions Under Oath

    On Monday, a federal judge authorized conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch to depose Obama’s speechwriter-turned-Iran-echo-chamber Ben Rhodes after he defied a court order to answer questions under oath.

    -REWIND-

    Obama hack Ben Rhodes was ordered by Judge Royce Lamberth to answer questions under oath about the Benghazi scandal — but last week he defied the court order.

    Even worse, the State Department and Justice Department were objecting to Judicial Watch who then sought an in-person interview with Mr. Rhodes – but Judicial Watch never backed down and won!

    by Cristina Laila March 25, 2019

  27. Gigi
    March 25, 2019 at 5:36 pm #

    And now….let’s investigate the real law-breakers!

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/03/25/one-potential-russian-collusion-scandal-not-investigated-hillary-clinton-uranium-one/

    • Joe Blow
      March 25, 2019 at 5:48 pm #

      Gigi…..don’t forget President Trump Declassified a bunch of info bad for Obama’s FBI/DOJ. It’s on hold till IG Horowitz is finished. Big names are going down for the most serious crimes on the books.

      • Gigi
        March 25, 2019 at 6:13 pm #

        Right, Joe. It’s getting interesting now!

        • Joe Blow
          March 25, 2019 at 6:37 pm #

          Very!

          • Trump 2020
            March 26, 2019 at 6:35 am #

            Below this post are the thoughts of a low I.Q. nit wit.

  28. Fed Up
    March 25, 2019 at 6:03 pm #

    I take an opposite view of Trump than everyone else on this stage. i notice my comments do not appear in real time. Is this a biased site where only Trump supporters are allowed to comment? If so it is sad. Denying opposite viewpoints is the same as muzzuling. I will wait to see if my comments are registered. I f they are not the ssite can not be considered anything more than a cult site. Opposing view points creates dialog. Without diaalog a site is useless

    • Johnny Absurd
      March 26, 2019 at 12:14 am #

      Trump is going to go on a rampage now. I hope his supporters watch closely as he takes away their government. Their smiles are about to turn to gasps of disbelief.

      • Trump Train
        March 26, 2019 at 4:18 am #

        The only “rampage” will be to bring justice to those who attempted this coup on the presidency.

        How about trials for treason, maybe the military tribunals that Lindsey Graham asked Judge Kavanaugh about. The chess master Trump will restore the rule of law to the country, most of which the elite Democratic socialists and deep state globalists have been exempt from paying for their crimes.

        The real crime here was the Obama administration using the power of the federal government to spy on an opposition candidate. That makes Watergate look like a traffic ticket.

        Can you spell TREASON!!!

    • Edward R. Murrow
      March 26, 2019 at 6:02 am #

      Hey, Fed Up:

      You haven’t been in here long or you’re not paying very close attention–plenty of moon bats and fellow flying mammals who are always saying a lot in here (usually with awful grammar and spelling).

      Read up.

  29. Hung Wang
    March 25, 2019 at 7:08 pm #

    Krol leaving area . Won’t run again. Hello councillor Gaetani.

    • Edward R. Murrow
      March 26, 2019 at 5:58 am #

      Councillor Guy Smiley taking a sales job–imagine that.

      Y’all need to come up with something else than “online” to explain the fall of the mall.

      Holyoke Mall is hopping. Colonie Center is hopping.

      I note that the mall opened at the same time the jobs started leaving GE–late 80s.

      We just ain’t got the jobs, yo. Perhaps compare the Pitts and county censuses of 1990 and 2010.

      And if the management of Regal isn’t competent enough to somehow let people know they’re open when the mall is closed, lord help them.

      Maybe they can enlist the elementary school art students to make signs.

      Hint: 1. paper 2. marker 3. tape

      • Spagirl
        March 26, 2019 at 8:49 am #

        I don’t understand the frazzle over a Mall that hasn’t existed in 2 years. Literally.

        • Pat
          March 26, 2019 at 1:40 pm #

          We need a lot more retail stores in this area. There is hardly anywhere to shop if you want variety. It’s a miracle we have Target and Walmart or Berkshire County would be a complete shopping ghost town.

  30. Agent 86
    March 26, 2019 at 6:51 am #

    The smart money is on Moon shot announicing she won’t run again.

    • Mr. Fritz
      March 26, 2019 at 9:18 am #

      We can only hope!

  31. LW
    March 26, 2019 at 6:59 am #

    So some anti semite Dems refused to attend AIPAC. This may seem like nothing, but this is just the beginning. Like in the 1930s. In Germany.

    • Pat
      March 26, 2019 at 1:41 pm #

      Many on the far left are just plain dangerous.

  32. The School committee
    March 26, 2019 at 8:02 am #

    Simonelli and Kroll are bailing.You all know why.Nobody wants to be there for what is going to happen over the nextv 2and 1/2 years.Marchetti could have led this move for very conservative spending.As you can see all the people on the council have options.We dont.These people are so irresponsible you want to move.Dalton sees it.They don’t let the Head of the school department push them around.
    This council grilled the airport guy for 2 hours about 12k and cant think of 1 question for McCandless who is by trying retirees in debt losing their homes and going without .Not 1 leader in this city.Mccandless will retire on at least125k per year.These people can’t run our schools which by the way suck.Great kids,good teachers,horrible principles and no control.I see the future and we are in the middle of a 2 year road to complete failure in every way.Shut PEDA down.Advertise free 50 acres of brown fields.

    • Kermit Frog
      March 26, 2019 at 10:50 am #

      Well said SC.
      We can’t keep spending and especially with no returns.
      Did you see Kroll’s quote about the schools being a motivator for moving? It’s galling that this didnt occur to him sooner in his time of influence. I guess it didn’t matter to him personally so didn’t matter. Or maybe he tried, I wonder if the last cop screw up settlement disclosure didn’t have something to do with it.
      And yes, AH kicked the ladder out and after he isolated himself with lots of really nasty acts for her benefit. Well, karma is a boomerang.
      Newton is really really nice. Good schools and nice parks, less crime. You can job with out speeding 18 wheelers the cops never stops Good luck, I hope it’s a fresh start.

    • doomiedodger
      March 26, 2019 at 1:37 pm #

      Good material SC. But you can whack these people up side of the head with common sense and it is like punching Casper the ghost. They don’t even know you are there. Nothing will change as long as material things are important to powerful people.

  33. Sonny
    March 26, 2019 at 9:31 am #

    Johnny boy Krol was a good servant for the lefties.
    He followed their agenda to a tee. Then when his crowning glory of replacing Fred Lantz at the DA’s office came time to occursomebody kicked the ladder out on him. He didn’t understand in the lefty pecking order he would drop behind Moon + Guel for obvious reasons.
    Almost feel bad for you J Krol. I don’t though because you have been a snarky creep in most of your dealings.

  34. Edward R. Murrow
    March 26, 2019 at 9:47 am #

    Yeah, yeah, keep it up, Dems–and lose the House in 2020 and no way on the White House.

    Let’s review our play, shall we?

    Act I–Trump won’t run
    Act II–Trump won’t even make it to the primaries
    Act III–Trump won’t win a primary
    Act IV–Trump won’t get the nomination
    Act V–Trump won’t even stay on the ticket to the election
    ACT VI–Trump won’t win
    Act VII–Trump won’t survive the recounts
    Act VIII–Trump won’t survive the electoral college vote
    Act IX–Trump won’t be inaugurated
    Act X–Trump won’t last past June 30, 2017
    Act XI–Trump won’t last beyond Christmas 2017
    Act XII–Trump won’t make it to July 2018
    Act XIII–Trump will be indicted and go to jail
    Act XIV to Act XXVI–blah, blah, blah, Trump sucks, is a criminal, will be forced out today, or tomorrow; Richard Madcow and MSNBC getting rich off of Trump

    Act XXVII–They ain’t got dick on Donnie

    • The School committee
      March 26, 2019 at 2:39 pm #

      You are loving you some Trump.You love the lie.Hook Line Sinker

  35. UAlbany
    March 26, 2019 at 11:54 am #

    I thank JK for his service. Never really liked the smart ass, but his heart was in the right place and he tried hard…like he said the energy in Pitts is gone…sucked dry by a secretary turned politician…now if only Tyer would go away that would be great…

    • LW
      March 26, 2019 at 1:32 pm #

      Krol helped the energy leave Pittsfield. He’s part of the problem, was never part of the solution.

    • Johnny Absurd
      March 26, 2019 at 1:39 pm #

      I do not think his heart was in the right place as far as the general population goes. If it was on one day I missed it. His tenure will fade fast in the memories of Pittsfield voters. But that is better than to be forever negatively remembered…like Doyle.

  36. Voytek Gobsigski
    March 26, 2019 at 12:19 pm #

    Tyer and her merry band of buffoons have candidates ready to go for Simonelli and Krol. She’s going to try to get rid of Connell, Mazzeo and Morandi. Let’s hope Mazzeo can oust Tyer.

    • Edward R. Murrow
      March 26, 2019 at 12:37 pm #

      Excuse my ignorance this time, but what is the point of the City Council?

      What exactly do it do? What can it do?

      Seems like the mayor has all the power, except for City departments, which seem to be powers unto themselves–and not responsive to the citizens.

      So what does it matter who is on the Council?

    • Johnny Absurd
      March 26, 2019 at 1:44 pm #

      “Pothole Tyer” needs to move on. Whatever she was trying to do it did not work. Crime is out of control. She seems to spend too much time and energy on the la ti da crowd and neglecting basic needs.

      Buh Bye now…byyyyyeeee!

  37. The School committee
    March 26, 2019 at 2:44 pm #

    Pittsfield is a bad business where the Head of education cant add.Did ,Marchetti Behnke. Yon,Tyer,McCandless go to the State Championship game.No

    • Trump Train
      March 26, 2019 at 4:24 pm #

      They just follow the old saying…”figures don’t lie, but liars figure “. We need Terry Kinnas to go through that school budget, like in the past. I loved watching the various overpaid deputies squirm as he questioned their shenanigans.

      I miss you Terry, I hope you are doing well.

  38. Reignbow
    March 26, 2019 at 4:03 pm #

    Tyler’s lost her marbles,proclamation for a wrestling team,come on man.

  39. The School committee
    March 26, 2019 at 6:13 pm #

    Tyer is a financial incompetent.Heres what Marchetti CAN do with the school budget,he can cut it.The council cant tell them How to spend money but they Can tell them How much they have to spend.2019 is the year we start a collaspe.This council is be holding to Tyer and Mccandless.Pittsfield failed.No amount of money will makes schools a teaching enviroment.Every year they blame it on money.They continue to to fail,Taylor is in financial elitist never never land.They keep throwing money at teachers to shut up.Principles are awlful.Principles and assistants are teachers who could not work with kids any more.Pittsfield schools suck,get out of town.Go to anytown and stop your car and that school system is better.Check out Westfield.Exact population 41k and it is a very successful system who got their budget cut.

  40. Kernit Frog
    March 27, 2019 at 6:23 am #

    Thank you SC! Yes, we have really lousy schools that can’t be fixed. 6 or 7 years and no improvement/growth seen in Pittsfield Middle Schoos. High Schools are largely crap for a state that has the best education system in the US. Taconic is an expensive bad joke. I suspect stupid people can’t administer and therefore it will never will get better in Pittsfield schools. I was excited that the State might take over. Nope.