(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY MAY 13, 2019) — “I can’t stay away from this.”

That’s how Sen. Corey Booker, D-N.J., justified his recent call for draconian new anti-gun legislation. As if words on paper — “laws” in their most elemental sense — can affect the human heart. Gun violence exists not because of the scarcity of laws but because of the abundance of anger that acts upon human will.

Of course he “can’t stay away.” He and 20 others presidential candidates vying for the party’s presidential nomination have been trying to “out left” each other, not realizing or not caring that in doing so, they play right into the hands of The Donald, making the Oval Office’s incumbent a certain winner in 2020. There Trump sits, like the Cheshire Cat, smiling and smirking.

Booker also couldn’t stay away, not with two more mass shooting (Georgia, Colorado). Mass shootings are good for business if you’re a progressive, what with political expedience being what it is. Whereas most of us react with abhorrence to mass shootings, these events provide room on the “ban guns” bandwagon  for Booker and company. Ah, but they mean well.

The former mayor of Newark has put forth a “comprehensive” gun control program that would, among other provisions, call for universal background checks, a ban on assault weapons, licensing, and registration. It isn’t clear if Booker’s legislation would require recitation of “The Pledge of Allegiance” and the singing of “Kumbaya.” To give more separation from his Democratic rivals, Booker sought to give the issue more gravitas by comparing gun control to the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s.  Give him an A+ for creativity, at least.

The do-gooders who indulge in the fantasies of “gun control” are a fanciful lot. Let’s examine some facts:

  • Gun laws increase homicide rates. Washington, D.C.,  Chicago, IL, both saw gun violence skyrocket after passing the toughest gun laws in America. Same in Mexico, where legal possission of firearms is drastically restricted. Mexican gun laws keep people from defending themselves, assuring drug cartels, armed to the gums, a form of invincibility. Since 2007, there have been 160,000 gun murders related to drugs.
  • The Crime Research Prevention Center says that 99% of all the public mass shooting since 1950 have occurred in “gun-free” zones.
  • Research by the Center for Disease Control shows that between 1993 and 2003, gun ownership rose 56%. In that same time, gun violence dropped 50%.

Criminals do not obey laws. Restrictive gun laws only keep citizens from defending themselves.

THE PLANET grew up in a household with a gun cabinet — locked, by the way. Dad owned a number of rifles as well as a handgun. He showed his kids how to care for, shoot, and respect these weapons. He took us target practicing in the woods and made sure we knew the rules of gun safety. We were better off for this knowledge.

Bottom line is that the more Corey Booker, Kamala Harris, and the rest of the Dem 21-pack play “Can you top this?” with their fairy tales about gun control, the more people will continue to die at the wrong end of a pulled trigger. Ah, but try telling that to the denizens of the ‘hood.


“Mathematics and numbers contain no ethical content”Sir Tiberius Fruitjuice.



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  1. Johnny99
    May 12, 2019 at 10:50 pm #

    How’s dis for comprehensive fun legislation?

    If ya possesses a gun without a license, mandatory minimum 5 years in da slammer.

    If you you shoot someone with it, and it ain’t self defense, 15 years in da slammer.

    If ya kill someone with it, ya go away for life.

    Oh I forgot- progressives are against mandatory minimums, because it’s all about restorative justice and trauma informed prosecutions.

    p.s. Spartacus sickens me as much as Granny Warren, and Newark’s a shithole.

    • Thomas More
      May 13, 2019 at 10:39 am #

      Very classy.

      • Johnny99
        May 14, 2019 at 1:37 am #

        Das right!

  2. Johnny99
    May 12, 2019 at 11:23 pm #

    Wow! A fraud, a phony, a mirage, a failure to reduce crime, or bring in jobs, spending lots of time outta town, kissing downtowns’ ass, Failure to care for the streets, more public housing, Kapanski cash giveaways, and water and sewer corruption. What does this remind you of folks?

  3. Ron Kitterman
    May 13, 2019 at 2:51 am #

    Worked out so well in Venezuela, as it crumbles under the socialist gun control laws that stripped citizens of their weapon owning rights. Creative ways to run people over with vehicles and throwing rocks seem to be the weapon of choice. Maybe the cash we get for our weapons can be used to pay for the new tote bins.

  4. The school committee
    May 13, 2019 at 3:21 am #

    Mayor Mazzeo needs to provide a large police department by reducing our school department. McCandless hires 25 new positions ,are you kidding me.The mayor and Marchetti support all these new positions .When you have a failed verbal violence and intimidation policy no amount of new positions work.

    • shaun
      May 14, 2019 at 6:01 am #

      that’s a great point. McCandless should be exploring other options to get the ISS kids out of Herberg and into another location away from the kids that attend school with intentions to learn. The policies need to be enforced and kids as well as parents should be held accountable. It’s not rocket science, just requires some balls.

  5. Pat
    May 13, 2019 at 4:07 am #

    Cory Booker is saying out lout what is supported by all of the Democrats running for president.

    Taking guns is part of a socialist society because under socialism government has all the money and power and the citizens must become totally dependent on big government. There are few individual rights since it’s all about the collective. Venezuela confiscated all guns from its citizens in 2012. Now that Venezuela has become totally corrupt, the citizens are helpless while their government is watching them starve.

    • The school committee
      May 13, 2019 at 7:40 pm #

      Wrong,hes not a socialist.Im a liberal Democrat who wants to be able to buy a gun The answer to keeping a free country is stop lying.Guns are a unbelievable problem in America.NRA is in denial about this.Crazy people are getting guns.

  6. Pat
    May 13, 2019 at 4:22 am #

    “The only reason he brought me Pampers was that it had been three days and our street hadn’t been plowed,” she said. “I have five kids and, trust me, I don’t just run out of Pampers. All we wanted was for him to plow our streets. It’s about knowing how to manage a city.”

    Sound familiar? It’s all about the far left agenda. The practical aspects of managing government was beyond the abilities of Cory Booker. It’s the same for all of the Progressive politicians here in Pittsfield whose main goal has been promoting the far left agenda while the city continues to deteriorate.

    • Mr. G
      May 13, 2019 at 6:32 am #

      Pat, Booker and Trump seem to have that in common then, “The practical aspects of managing government was beyond” them both. Newark has done pretty well for the past 10 years or so; at least much better than in the past!

      • Pat
        May 13, 2019 at 9:23 am #

        President Trump is doing very well and you know it Mr. G.

    • Johnny Absurd
      May 13, 2019 at 7:27 am #

      Pat, I would not let any of them left agenda democrats even pet my dog if it was lonely. Taint none of em any good fer anything anyways. My kid went in for emergency heart surgery the other day and at the last minute I found out the doctor was a damn democrat so I had the surgery cancelled. The kid died but at least no damn democrat operated on him.

      • Thomas More
        May 13, 2019 at 4:17 pm #

        Johnny Absurd
        Very sorry for the loss of your child. When it comes to our kids most of us do whatever we can to protect them and care for them, all politics aside. You are a very unusual person to ask a doctors political views when a child faces death.
        Best to you and your family,

      • Brody Hooper
        May 13, 2019 at 5:12 pm #

        Matt your Trump Derangement Syndrome has taken a sick turn. That is disgusting to anyone who has lost a child. Shame

        • Johnny Absurd
          May 14, 2019 at 1:28 am #

          Well there has been good news Thomas. I found a republican with super powers and was able to bring the kid back to life. Guess he had connections to the white house and the religious right. So it turned out ok but I would do it again rather than trust the left leaners. I think Pat would agree with my thought process.

          • Brody Hooper
            May 14, 2019 at 4:12 pm #

            Matt you are sick

    • Harrison
      May 13, 2019 at 8:32 am #

      Socialist Trump wants to protect farmers from his trade war with a 15 billion dollar subsidy.

  7. F Wenz
    May 13, 2019 at 5:00 am #

    Now the Stooge supports music icons and gloating parents about their superstar rock stars siblings, and a plug for Hotel on North. Time to cut the strings on the schools liaison- alliance with wtbr,this has nothing to do with student programming.

    • downtown dweller
      May 13, 2019 at 11:31 am #

      If you dislike it so much, why do you tune in? It hasn’t had anything to do with student programming for some time now. It’s a community radio station now.

    • Mr. Fritz
      May 13, 2019 at 12:24 pm #

      Downtown dweller is right – don’t tune in.
      I take the same advice when it comes to a terrible local evening “news” show on PCTV – I don’t tune in!
      Freedom of speech, man – and you have the freedom not to listen to it.

      • danvalenti
        May 13, 2019 at 1:18 pm #

        THE PLANET agrees completely. That’s why they make on/off buttons on TVs, computers, and radios.

  8. shaun
    May 13, 2019 at 6:32 am #

    You can make the gun laws as strict as you want. Criminals will find a way to acquire a weapon. Remember criminals don’t follow the laws in the first place. How about putting more money into mental health facilities, etc and here’s a newsflash. Some people actually belong in jail. When the scales tip in favor of the criminals societies quality of life goes down, as it is now, especially in Pittsfield. Wake up people and vote these liberals and progressives out of office.

    • danvalenti
      May 13, 2019 at 1:35 pm #

      And that’s the point. Criminals will ALWAYS have nearly unlimited access to firearms. Toughen the laws, and you just drive gun sales into the black market and into the Dark Web.

  9. Mr. G
    May 13, 2019 at 6:42 am #

    Dan, as a wise writer once said, there are lies, damn lies, and statistics! The numbers, or “facts” as you call them, come right from the NRA handbook, just as TONS of others come from the other side’s handbook. (Like that our 288 school shootings in the past year is like 50 times more than ALL of the rest of the 15 industrialized nations combined!)

    Crafting stories denying any connection between gun access and gun violence is really akin to crafting stories denying climate change because it snowed near North Adams yesterday. Common sense clearly shows that children are being killed en masse in our schools, undeniable, that they are being mowed down by automatic weapons, undeniable. Other counter measures, like more & better security and arming EVERYONE to forestall violence (that is truly a warped idea…how did that work out in the old west?) have not worked. Statistics aside, using common sense, doing away with access to that class of weapon, just making them unavailable, would seem like a logical thing to try, wouldn’t it?

    • danvalenti
      May 13, 2019 at 1:34 pm #

      MR G
      Thanks for the push back! We would only add that THE PLANET would never deny the obvious connection between gun access and gun violence. We did not do that here. We do note that virtually 100% of the time when anti-gun laws are passed, gun violence goes up, not down. Those “damn lies and stats” also show that legal guns prevent far more deaths than they cause. Believe me, if I had The Magic Wand, I would wave it and make every weapon on earth disappear. That can’t be done now. There are around 360 million guns in the country. That genie has long been out of the bag.

      • Milt Plum
        May 13, 2019 at 2:01 pm #

        The NRA uses statistics compiled by the FBI.

    • Milt Plum
      May 13, 2019 at 2:04 pm #

      The old west violence is a Hollywood creation. Most old west towns were much safer than old eastern cities.

    • Milt Plum
      May 13, 2019 at 2:07 pm #

      Automatic weapons are heavily regulated. Since 1935 they have been very, difficult to obtain. If you anyone does have legal automatic weapons the BATF knows exactly who.

      May 13, 2019 at 4:48 pm #

      Mr G. Please substantiate your statement “……they are being mowed down by automatic weapons.” Are you watching “The Godfather” or “Carlito’s Way” too much. Dan, Milt, Shaun et ux have their facts straight…..time to bone up on your 4-1-1!!!!

      • Mr. G
        May 14, 2019 at 6:33 am #

        Are you a [REDACTED] idiot Ghost?!? It really angers me when people use this issue as a political cudgel. Look up the numbers so far this year…last year…year before for school shootings. Kinds are indeed being mowed down in schoo,s. And I am not gonna engage I. Your ridiculous “technical arguement” (that they are not automatic weapons but semi-automatic, the difference in deaths per second is marginal) because that only distracts from the point; owed down is a precise characterization.

        • GHOST RIDER
          May 14, 2019 at 7:03 am #

          So instead of answering a question you resort to name calling and profanity. That shows the “caliber” of an individual right there.

  10. Brian C. Marquis
    May 13, 2019 at 8:40 am #

    Take comfort in that a Mazzeo administration will yield no different crime-fighting programs or solutions than her predecessors.

    Mazzeo’s been on the Council the last umpteen years; all she can brag to is crime in PIttsfield is worse now than when she took office. She has no answers or solutions to anything she can’t relate to. Silk-stockings or not, she not right for the corner office.

    Mazzeo’s a has-been whose only legacy is rubber-stamping all of Bianchi’s failed initiatives and objecting to Tyer’s every initiative. There’s no beef to speak of or chew on (other than what’s on her zillion dollar BBQ-gas-grill).

    And the phone call between Mazzeo and Harrington, written extensively on this discussion platform, never happened.

    And that’s the bottom-line!!

    • Aerin
      May 13, 2019 at 10:48 am #

      Fact check: Even Harrington does not deny the phone call took place between her and Harrington. What’s at issue and should be of grave concern is whether political threats from the now DA were made. Dan reported that they were.The DA denied it.

      • Brian C. Marquis
        May 13, 2019 at 11:04 am #

        There were no threats made to Mazzeo from Harrington.

        The entire incident was a hoax. It was manufactured by a few devious minds determined to undercut or undermine an opponent’s campaign. . . . It could be one of many reasons why The Berkshire Eagle didn’t give it a whisper.

        So posits the narrative that sought to counter Harrington’s Williams College sexual assault claims.

        And that’s the bottom-line!!

        • Aerin
          May 13, 2019 at 11:21 am #

          I don’t blame you for not reading the Eagle but the facts from 10/21/18 prove otherwise:
          Race for Berkshire district attorney enters final stretch
          …Most recently, Pittsfield City Councilor Melissa Mazzeo has publicly accused Harrington of threatening her political future in a September phone call.

          Harrington denied ever making such a threat.

          Mazzeo said she received a call on Sept. 18 from Harrington, who she said accused her of running Caccaviello’s write-in campaign.

          When Mazzeo said she wasn’t running it, but has supported Caccaviello from the beginning, Harrington allegedly brought up her political aspirations in a threatening tone.

          “When and if you chose to do something in the future, you’re going to need support,” Mazzeo quoted Harrington as saying.

          Harrington indicated that support won’t be there, Mazzeo said.

          The details of that conversation, which wasn’t recorded, have been reported by a local blog, “Planet Valenti,” and later radio stations.

          Harrington has insisted that she never made such a threat.

          • danvalenti
            May 13, 2019 at 1:23 pm #

            We indeed did report on that story. AH admitted making the phone call but denied it was a threat. MM was adamant about the call, swearing that the threat was made. It could well in that the interpretations were “eye of the beholder” variety. Each seems justified with their own version. For what it’s worth, others intimately familiar with both AH and PC campaigns in the DA’s race said they believed MM’s version.

        • danvalenti
          May 13, 2019 at 1:25 pm #

          What’s not in question is that AH made that call to MM. So one has to reasonably ask why, especially in light of MM’s public support of Paul Caccaviello.

          • B Diddley
            May 13, 2019 at 5:31 pm #

            Isn’t coercing through intimidation a crime? Why doesn’t anyone believe the former Mayoral candidates version of a conversation with a secretary a few years at the fire station? So you take Mazzeo’s word over Harrington,special justice I guess.

          • Brian C. Marquis
            May 14, 2019 at 5:56 am #

            Dan . . . you fell into Mazzeo’s hoax.

            No one should report on a phone conversation unless both parties attest to its contents.

            It was a hoax, and the Planet was used to propagate it upon vulnerable, anti-Harrington readers, and to a larger extent – county (undecided and Republican) voters.

            As you all know by now I’m certainly no fan of Harrington’s, but Mazzeo’s untruth proved to be just that – a big fat untruth!!

            You were used, Dan . . .

            . . . and that’s the bottom-line!!

        • Magoo
          May 17, 2019 at 12:11 am #

          The gist of the conversation was Caccaviello is a morally bankrupt criminal district attorney. The Williams college sexual assault crisis and scandal are not a hoax.

          Much like telling a child not to touch a stove because it’s hot, your not threatening the child by making them aware of the obvious outcome of getting burned.

          If Mazzeo had headed Harrington’s advise she would not have the stain of supportimg a protector of criminals, hindering her political future.

          Mazzeo took what seemed to be a friendly suggestion. Caccaviello spun it into a threat.
          Most likely on Caccaviellos suggestion, as that’s his proven predictable pattern of intimidation by manipulation of facts.

          Melissa should’ve said thank you, and chose better friends

      • danvalenti
        May 13, 2019 at 1:26 pm #

        We stand by our coverage of the phone call, which everyone involved agrees was made.

        • Ham Anex
          May 13, 2019 at 3:26 pm #

          Melissa Mazzeo is telling the truth. Harrington is a boot licking liar.

    • The school committee
      May 14, 2019 at 6:28 am #

      Tyers school department needs 3 million more dollars to service less students each year with a plan to give teachers a large pay raise and a vote.Tyer needs 7 million more from our City Council to perform badly.The City council is not representing retired elderly Caccamo voters.This is a immoral budget.

  11. CC The Maze Sun
    May 13, 2019 at 10:15 am #

    With new gun laws making the average citizen sitting ducks, it will recycle people faster to the moon and back.

    Why, it will be like shooting ducks in a barrel. A winner every time.

  12. Ewendt
    May 13, 2019 at 10:25 am #

    In case you are wondering where our illustrious DA is this week, instead of staying home and learning how to do the job, see below.
    Dan, please look into this boondoggle. The sponsor of this trip is ultimately the Tides foundation, which provides radical activist funding to even the smallest groups so they can remake society in their image. It works by lending its tax-exempt status to another organization. It may not being illegal but it’s f’ing wrong. BTW, Portugal is always lauded for its innovative drug policy which never really changed anything that wasn’t being done already. Once again, where is the Eagle? Then again, who would notice when she wasn’t on the job?

    U.S. Prosecutors Visit Europe to Learn From Drug Decriminalization Efforts There
    U.S. Prosecutors Visit Europe to Learn From Drug Decriminalization Efforts There
    Boston, MA– A group of over 20 U.S. prosecutors, including Boston’s Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins, will be touring Portugal and Germany this month to learn about their criminal justice systems and the impacts of drug decriminalization, reports Marijuana Moment. Also attending from Massachusetts is DA Andrea Harrington of Berkshire County.

    In a press release about the trip, Rollins stated: “The evidence is clear that our country’s decades-long approach to incarceration is not working. We need to look for innovative solutions to deliver more sensible approaches – and a paradigm shift away from punitive responses – that our communities are demanding.”

    Portugal decriminalized all drugs in 2001. Since then, the country’s incarceration rates have gone down and public health measures have gone up now that drug abuse is treated like a public health issue instead of a crime. Germany also attempts to find solutions other than prison for drug offenders, particularly for young people, with a focus on treatment and rehabilitation rather than punishment.

    While on the trip, the prosecutors will visit courts and health service providers; tour prisons and treatment facilities; and meet with law enforcement leaders, judges, public health officials, international experts and individuals with experience in the criminal justice system.

    With this context, our elected officials aim to bring back ideas from the success of these programs for how our country and local governments can reduce incarceration rates and improve our criminal justice system. The U.S. population makes up only 5 percent of the world’s total population, yet a staggering 25 percent of all incarcerated persons globally are in the U.S.

    Below is a tweet from Rollins while in Berlin:

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    Rachael Rollins

    I, alongside 20 elected prosecutors, are in Europe with @fjp_fairandjust!

    We are visiting Berlin to study Germany’s charging & plea bargaining approaches, rates & length of incarceration, youth justice practices, & conditions of confinement.

    10:31 AM – May 8, 2019
    27 people are talking about this
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    The trip was organized by the U.S. advocacy group Fair and Justice Prosecution. FJP Executive Director Miriam Krinsky said in the press release: “Elected prosecutors around the [U.S.] are grappling with how to redefine justice and shrink the footprint of the justice system, while making communities safer and healthier. They are shifting away from punitive criminal justice responses to substance use and mental illness and embracing smart and proven public health solutions.”

    Some harm reduction strategies currently proposed in Massachusetts include the creation of safe injection sites, but U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling has made it clear that he would prosecute such centers under federal law, even if they became legal in the state.

    • danvalenti
      May 13, 2019 at 1:29 pm #

      This appears to be a Mother of All Junkets. Don’t know how Portugal fared with its drug approach, but we do know all of the information could easily be obtained online and electronically. have not heard of Fair and Just Prosecution, but our curiosity is rising. We shall poke around.

    • Canem Bonum
      May 13, 2019 at 5:02 pm #

      The irony in all of this is that Andrea Harrington has so little experience in our own criminal justice system that she has no point of comparison.

      • JoePesci
        May 13, 2019 at 7:26 pm #

        The irony is she’s supposed to be a prosecutor not a social worker or a defense attorney or a progressive lawmaker.

        • Canem Bonum
          May 14, 2019 at 5:44 am #

          That, too! But she has never prosecuted a case, so why start now?

    • Canem Bonum
      May 14, 2019 at 6:21 am #

      Don’t think this junket made it on to her DA facebook site. I wonder why.

  13. Jonathan Melle
    May 13, 2019 at 10:32 am #

    Guns and domestic violence

    Guns and suicides

    Guns and gangs

    Guns and Hitler, Stalin, Mao, et al

    Guns and mass shootings

    Guns and the glorification of violence

    Guns and children

    Guns and mental illness

    Guns and white supremacy

    It All Sucks!!!!

    • X-Lachs Lounge
      May 13, 2019 at 1:57 pm #


    • X-Lachs Lounge
      May 13, 2019 at 3:23 pm #

      Stalin, Hitler and Mao were strict gun control advocates.

      • Acute Angina
        May 13, 2019 at 3:37 pm #

        All dictators and would be dictators love gun control.

    • Davidda
      May 13, 2019 at 5:34 pm #

      Guns for protection and hunting,multi-billion dollar hobbies.

  14. Johnny Absurd
    May 13, 2019 at 11:36 am #

    Story in Eagle says the mayor is asking for a 7 million dollar budget increase.

    Must be an April fools joke unless of course she is crapping all over her people again.

    • Johnny Absurd
      May 14, 2019 at 1:41 am #

      Make that ibershires sorry bout that

  15. Milt Plum
    May 13, 2019 at 2:13 pm #

    In 1998 Massachusetts lawmakers passed what they said was one of the toughest gun control laws in the country. Yet, in the decade since the laws were passed, firearm-related crime has increased dramatically. Gun-related deaths alone have increased by 68%, and gun-related assault injuries have increased by 72%. Emergency room visits due to gun-related assaults have increased by a whopping 222%.

    • danvalenti
      May 13, 2019 at 7:57 pm #

      Thank you, MILT. And you did have a gun — for an arm, baby!

  16. Dick Flimsy
    May 13, 2019 at 2:42 pm #

    Tyer is just like Bouvier and Harrington. None of them care about Pittsfield. They just want to serve their democrat masters. As long as they can be PC and social justice warrior phonies that’s all they care about. I’m praying that Mazzeo truly care’s about Pittsfield’s taxpayers.

    • Jonathan Melle
      May 13, 2019 at 4:33 pm #

      How could you say that the lovely Linda Tyer, Tricia Farley Bouvier, and Andrea Harrington don’t care about Pittsfield?

      The lovely Linda Tyer and TFB have been involved with Pittsfield politics since 2003. Andrea Harrington has a family and legal career in the Berkshires.

      I strongly believe that the lovely Linda Tyer is the best Mayor of Pittsfield, EVER!

      • Dick Flimsy
        May 13, 2019 at 6:46 pm #

        Pull your head out of your behind man.

      • The school committee
        May 14, 2019 at 4:21 am #

        Marchetti should come out and tell every department that the plan is to help taxpayers on SS this year not teacher raises or 25 extra school employees.Cut each department 1% and tell them all to come back when its done.Lets find out who’s side is everyone on.We need 1 moral leader in Pittsfield who must stop the spending.Only 360 seniors will graduate in 2 high schools.Why do we have 2 high schools?

    • The school committee
      May 14, 2019 at 4:25 am #

      Mayor Tyer plan is to get all teachers to vote for her by giving them more of my neighbors 1300 dollar SS check.Tyer wants to keep her 120k job.Mazzeo has to win on budgets and cops.

  17. Reignbow
    May 13, 2019 at 3:02 pm #

    The guys that are telling Wenzie are correct, don’t listen to that show ( why do you anyway,it sucks, anyway) I also am not against Wenz at all,as it is an advertising show and isn’t it funded by taxpayers? That show only promotes who the host chooses, to me that is against the rulesperiod,because one gets free advertisement and the guy down the street doesn’t and is paying for that. I think pctv should be shut down anyway until it can weed out current employees of the City either directly or indirectly.

    • Hell Toupee
      May 13, 2019 at 8:21 pm #

      Who is wenz?

      • danvalenti
        May 14, 2019 at 7:49 am #

        Fred “Fireball” Wenz was the closer for the Pittsfield Red Sox in ’65-6. In his big league debut at Fenway Park, he walked the bases loaded and then struck out the side. It has to be the most exciting inaugural inning of any pitcher in history.

  18. Divvers
    May 13, 2019 at 4:02 pm #

    It could be time to go into a bankruptcy mode, like Detroit.its here and real. Someone has been giving bad advice,our debt exceeds our cost of living for krist sakes.Unststainable

  19. Trent Beccila
    May 13, 2019 at 4:44 pm #

    Eaton Ave is an unaccepted street, if you repair that road-pipes you will be doing every private street. The problem is Salisbury estates, the precedent has already been established. Way to go City Council.

  20. Dave Bubriski
    May 13, 2019 at 6:49 pm #

    I was watching a show on PCTV a while back and DA Harrington said she would be going ahead with a citizens advisory board. She’s almost six months into her term and not even a whisper. Has anyone heard anything?

  21. Joe Blow
    May 13, 2019 at 6:53 pm #

    Here comes the pain….

    Rod Rosenstein unloaded on former FBI Director James Comey in remarks to the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) on Monday evening, slamming Comey’s turn as a “partisan pundit,” reiterating that he deserved to be fired, and faulting him for trampling “bright lines that should never be crossed.”

    DEEP STATE HACKS IN MAJOR PANIC! Prosecutor in Charge of Investigating Spygate Brought Corrupt FBI Boston Office to Justice.

    Attorney General Bill Barr assigned top special prosecutor John Durham to investigate the origins of the Russia probe.

    John Durham, a US Attorney in Connecticut will examine the origins of Spygate according to a new report by The New York Times, citing two sources familiar with the matter.

    As Cristina Laila reported, Mr. Durham, who was nominated by President Trump in 2017, has a history of investigating potential wrongdoing among National Security officials, reported the NY Times.

    • Joe Blow
      May 13, 2019 at 7:30 pm #

      I never anticipated that one of the great joys of the Trump election would be the liberal meltdown.
      God, this is sinfully delicious fun!

      – James Woods Nov. 2016

      • doomiedodger
        May 14, 2019 at 1:46 am #

        It is all great fun for America to have all this partisan bickering. Putin loves it too. Meanwhile, the roads and bridges are falling apart while Lindsey Graham encourages people to ignore congressional subpoenas. The future for democracy in America is looking grim but as long as we can get the hate out it gets us through the day.

        • The school committee
          May 14, 2019 at 6:30 am #

          Impeach Graham for his disloyalty to The United States of America

        • Kermit Frog
          May 14, 2019 at 6:48 am #

          I agree Doomie.
          Also, re gun control – I can’t see why background checks are a problem. Anyone who wants to hunt shouldn’t have a problem getting a rifle or shotgun.
          Bernie was right about homicidal people walking around – let’s not arm those people. And not sure what arms are any more – Russia is offing people with radioactive isotopes or whatever. Does the 2nd amendment allow me to have a tank? Where does it stop?
          Lastly, wheee do all the Pittsfield guns come from? Are they legal or illegal? Maybe we need to enforce laws already on paper too.

    • Pat
      May 14, 2019 at 3:32 am #

      Great news and great decision by Attorney General Barr. This is the logical next step. We NEED to get to the bottom of Spygate….the insurance policy, the illicit lovers Page and Struzk who knew so much about this and, of course, Comey who did not follow FBI protocol throughout this entire mess.

      • Johnny Absurd
        May 14, 2019 at 5:44 am #

        Exactly Pat. It is more important than the Russians interfering in our elections. Ironically the Russian government seems to be running more smoothly than that of the Americans. I hope they go after both Clintons, Obama and John Dillinger’s mother while they are at it.

        • Pat
          May 14, 2019 at 9:13 am #

          Russia is laughing at all of the nonsense they stirred up on Obama’s watch, you are correct, and how America wants to go down the road of Socialism/Communism. Russia is just loving it. The Russians attempted to interfere in our election during Obama’s watch and the liberal media thought it was all beautiful.

          • Brody Hooper
            May 14, 2019 at 4:14 pm #

            Pat just ignore Matt (Johnny A). He is a disgraced lawyer who got busted for stealing

  22. Lon Dreeman
    May 13, 2019 at 8:20 pm #

    Iran, N K, China,Syria, Russia,Venezuela. Countries Trump will invite for his new football league.

  23. Lou Kueler
    May 14, 2019 at 4:53 am #

    Time to shut down pctv,the shows are now advertising, political for the politicians and pandering for certain candidates, and venues as well as political money grab bag innuendo.

  24. Reignbow
    May 14, 2019 at 5:30 am #

    All City Council Members and Council members should be voted out. There should be an emergency takeover by another entity before we are the next Detroit. We are nearing bankruptcy, in my opinion. Something has to change real fast,it’s here. The tax rate was reduced at two cents,with the homes and water rates going skyward,unless you work for the schools or city, you aren’t part of the equation.

    • The school committee
      May 14, 2019 at 7:49 am #

      Tyer and the City Council will never cut a budget proposal and that is what it is a proposal .Only Marchetti,Rivers,Moon,White Krollcan pass a proposal if they wake up Caccamo for his Yes vote ,irresponsible yes vote….whos carrying this burden Caccamo.Please just one leader talk about the amount everyone wants to take from Senior citizens every single year

  25. The school committee
    May 14, 2019 at 6:33 am #

    Impeach Graham for his disloyalty to The United States of America

  26. dusty
    May 14, 2019 at 9:58 am #

    How many brave Americans were needlessly wounded, died or functionally incapacitated in Viet Nam? How many more in Iraq or Afghanistan?

    How many Americans will the grim reaper harvest in Trumps phony Iranian war? I hope our allies refuse to participate in the insanity. God Bless us all if he goes through with this.

  27. THE school committee
    May 14, 2019 at 11:45 am #

    Here’s the problem,McCandless makes 13k a month,Rivers makes 6500 a month,Moon makes 6500 a month ,Tyer makes 9k a month so they think every makes good money.My neighbor makes 1300 a month on SS so please help him this year by cutting last year’s budget 1%……Please ask Yon what it cost to run 2 high schools

    • Johnny Absurd
      May 14, 2019 at 12:21 pm #

      You make a huge point. I doubt it even occurs to these people as they eat their rib eyes that there are others less fortunate. And some of those people worked hard all their lives and do not deserve having to support the largess of the power crowd. Very selfish and insensitive.

      They are no better than the president

  28. Mr. Fritz
    May 14, 2019 at 4:45 pm #

    Terry Kinnas spoke before the CC meeting tonight, questioning the legality of the Pittsfield School’s plan to recruit black teachers from N.C. I couldn’t agree more. He also noted that the schools are receiving an extra $4 mil from the state, and school choice students are leaving PPS to the tune of $5 mil.

    City taxpayers are being financially hammered by the failing school district. When will significant cuts be made in their budget? When will serious discussion occur about consolidation?

  29. THE school committee
    May 14, 2019 at 5:04 pm #

    Consolidate and get control of school bullies,Yon should recruit local kids to come back to Pittsfield by removing the kids who bully teachers.Yon does not need a penny more to run this sysrem,the money is in the system to be saved.Take Crosby off line.Take Hibbard off line,Take Stearns off line.