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  1. Johnny99
    June 28, 2019 at 12:10 am #


    Enjoy the weekend amongst the tourists if you’re back in the saddle. And thank you again for the opportunity you give us Kapanskis’ to vent about GOBSIGs et al.

    • danvalenti
      June 28, 2019 at 8:58 am #

      Appreciate the nod. We were back in the saddle this week to take care of business (Red Sox and other). Now it’s “Once More to the Lake.” We shall lose ourselves in the wilderness but keep the lifeline of a laptop. I liken it to being an astronaut in an EVA, floating outside the capsule but attached with the umbilical.

      • Johnny99
        June 28, 2019 at 7:36 pm #

        Good for you Dan. That explains why I didn’t see you at Tanglewood for Earth, Wind and Fire. And I thoroughly enjoyed EB Whites’ Once More to the Lake”.

        • danvalenti
          June 29, 2019 at 7:44 am #

          White’s essay is one of the best, for sure. And no writer should be without ELEMENTS OF STYLE. As for E,W,andF, saw them in NYC in ’79. Once was enough. I’m thinking: That’s the best Tanglewood can do? It’s like the Colonial getting a Steve Miller tribute group. What’s next? A Captain and Tennille tribute band at Lach’s?

          • Canem Bonum
            June 29, 2019 at 10:40 am #

            Twood did do better than E,W&F on Friday, June 21 with the acoustic performance of Richard Thompson. What a talent and what great songs. Search his song Gethsemane. It could be the theme song of the left-behind GE laborer of Pittsfield. Powerful.

          • danvalenti
            June 29, 2019 at 8:23 pm #

            Thanks, CANEM. We’ll check Thompson out.

          • Johnny99
            June 29, 2019 at 12:13 pm #

            I hear ya Dan, but I gotta throw a bone to the wife now and then, in the interest of domestic tranquility. The show was a tad lame, starting at 0727 and done by 0903, then a two song encore, no warm up act. No doubt they were great when you saw them. Half these old bands have only half the original members or so, yet sometimes their good. Frampton was good a year or so back, and so was Jackson Browne, who rocked Tanglewood back in 79 I believe. Not much in the way of popular artists this year – Reba, Train, Pat Benetar and Melissa Ehtridge coming and of course the old salt James Taylor.

            I heard The Who played there back in the day, and Bruce Springsteen when he was an up and comer. Any truth to that? Perhaps I’m having a Brian Williams moment and conflating Tanglewood with the old music Inn.

          • danvalenti
            June 29, 2019 at 8:21 pm #

            E,W,&F were great back in the day. That day has passed. The Who did indeed play Tanglewood, with Jethro Tull on the bill. Lot of great bands played there and the Music Inn, including QUARRY at both venues. We just attended the NY State Blues Festival. Great weather, great bands. Best: Tommy Castro and the Painkillers.

  2. CC The Maze Sun
    June 28, 2019 at 2:54 am #

    “Now that she’s back in the atmosphere
    With drops of Jupiter in her hair, hey, hey, hey
    She acts like summer and walks like rain
    Reminds me that there’s a time to change, hey, hey, hey
    Since the return from her stay on the moon
    She listens like spring and she talks like June, hey, hey, hey
    Hey, hey, hey

    But tell me, did you sail across the sun?
    Did you make it to the Milky Way to see the lights all faded
    And that heaven is overrated?

    Tell me, did you fall for a shooting star–
    One without a permanent scar?
    And did you miss me while you were looking for yourself out there?

    Now that she’s back from that soul vacation
    Tracing her way through the constellation, hey, hey, hey (mmm)
    She checks out Mozart while she does tae-bo
    Reminds me that there’s room to grow, hey, hey, hey (yeah)

    Now that she’s back in the atmosphere
    I’m afraid that she might think of me as plain ol’ Jane
    Told a story about a man who was too afraid to fly so he never did land

    But tell me, did the wind sweep you off your feet?
    Did you finally get the chance to dance along the light of day
    And head back to the Milky Way?

    And tell me, did Venus blow your mind?
    Was it everything you wanted to find?
    And did you miss me while you were looking for yourself out there?

    Can you imagine no love, pride, deep-fried chicken?
    Your best friend always sticking up for you even when I know you’re wrong
    Can you imagine no first dance, freeze dried romance, five-hour phone conversation?
    The best soy latte that you ever had and me

    But tell me, did the wind sweep you off your feet?
    Did you finally get the chance to dance along the light of day
    And head back toward the Milky Way?

    And tell me, did you sail across the sun?
    Did you make it to the Milky Way to see the lights all faded
    And that heaven is overrated?

    And tell me, did you fall for a shooting star
    One without a permanent scar?
    And did you miss me while you were looking for yourself?

    Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na

    And did you finally get the chance to dance along the light of day?
    Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na
    And did you fall for a shooting star, fall for a shooting star?
    Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na
    And now you’re lonely looking for yourself out there”
    – Train (Drops of Jupiter)

  3. Auto Phil
    June 28, 2019 at 3:44 am #

    I’ll second the thanks and the gratitude. For us normal folk, this blog is like a country club compared to other trash can public posting forums!

    Generally, you do not have to argue with stupid on this blog. It’s quite satisfying.

    • Mr. Fritz
      June 28, 2019 at 4:25 am #

      Ditto the above comments. Thank you Dan!

      • danvalenti
        June 28, 2019 at 8:56 am #

        MR F
        You bet. Anytime for We The People!

    • danvalenti
      June 28, 2019 at 8:56 am #

      Well said, AUTO. And thank you for your participation here.

  4. Mr. Fritz
    June 28, 2019 at 4:41 am #

    Biden in last night’s debate, “My first priority as president would be to defeat Trump.”
    Hang it up Uncle Joe……you are senile!

    • Mad Trapper
      June 28, 2019 at 5:47 am #

      I saw Kamala Harris play the race card on foul mouth/pervert Joe!!!

      She claimed she was in the 2nd “integrated” class at Berkley HS, to much applause to the left winged Parrots in the audience. She talked about being “bussed”.

      Problem is, Kamala was born in 1964, and the 1st integrated class was in 1963. Did she attend as an infant? Or is Kamala playing the race card on creepy Uncle Joe?

      Here is the 1963 yearbook. See any students of African decent? A few? A dozen or more?

      Liberal Politician and honesty, oxymorons

    • Pat
      June 28, 2019 at 5:49 am #

      Sadly, Joe Biden was not the only one suffering from thinking impairment. All the Democrat candidates have a thinking problem regardless of their age.

      • Mad Trapper
        June 28, 2019 at 6:47 am #

        Or they just outright lie like Sen. Harris

        Link to 63 Berkley yearbook, Kamala born 1963

        • Mad Trapper
          June 28, 2019 at 6:52 am #

          Whoops, Kamala is a 64 model.

          She said she was 2nd integrated class at Berkley. HS and was “bussed”. 1964?

          But that would make her 1 yr old? And the 63 yearbook has many Americans of African dissent.

          • danvalenti
            June 28, 2019 at 8:48 am #

            Talk about precocious. A high schooler at one! Being president should be easy for this genius.

          • Mr. G
            June 29, 2019 at 4:48 am #

            C’mon now people. Our current office holder has proven beyond the shadow of a doubt that honesty is a completely unnecessary trait in a president. Or a press secretary for that matter.

  5. Pat
    June 28, 2019 at 5:46 am #

    All the Dem candidates say free healthcare for the illegal immigrants pouring into the country. Do you think that will be an incentive for more to come here? Along with drivers licenses, free college, and a basic income? Who wouldn’t want to come here by the millions? That means that the far left socialist utopia will fail much more quickly.

    • Mad Trapper
      June 28, 2019 at 6:04 am #


      If you had rats/mice/vermin in your kitchen, would you leave the cheese out?

    • danvalenti
      June 28, 2019 at 8:55 am #

      Their blanket promise of free health care for all illegals — 100% of which will be paid by hard-working CITIZEN taxpayers — will likely be one of the nails in the Dem coffin. The party has been hijacked by the young uber-left. While that may play in a selective race such as a party nomination, it will die a miserable death on the general election. They are GIVING Trump a second term.

      • Pat
        June 28, 2019 at 9:00 am #

        I agree since the midterms showed very clearly that most on the left prefer candidates who are NOT extreme left.

        • The school committee
          June 28, 2019 at 6:57 pm #

          Pat ,you got it nobody likes extremist.Medicare will work for all healthcare.Raise SS 25 % TODAY..Remove Puttins influence in our elections..Raise taxes on the wealthy and corporation not the min wage worker

          • Pat
            June 29, 2019 at 5:47 am #

            25%?? That is insane. Remove Putin’s influence means no more Russian dossiers from the left and stop acting like Russia in this country by silencing voices and giving the media control of one party….that is Russian influence.

      • Tom Betit
        June 29, 2019 at 4:06 am #

        If trump success rate continues, it may change the dysfunctional and gridlock of the government
        The Democratic Party does not seem to have a viable candidate, creepy uncle Joe seemed lost in the first debate

        Like usual you nailed it

      • Canem Bonum
        June 29, 2019 at 10:42 am #

        Agree 100%.

  6. Mad Trapper
    June 28, 2019 at 6:01 am #

    Hi Dan,

    My sincere thanks to You and the Planet.

    I understand your need to moderate comments and not let this become a Topix circus.

    I am just skeptical of robotic algorithms. Google, facebook, twitter, youtube , et al ….use algorithms to censor rather than moderate websites. That is AL-Gore-Rythms, with a left winged bias. Algorithms are as good/bad as the people who made them.

    My posts seem to get held up ~ 50% of the time here, if I come back later or the next day they show up.

    Anyway thanks for the news, and a place to make comments.

    Best regards, MT

    • danvalenti
      June 28, 2019 at 8:53 am #

      I hear you on the robotic algorithms. They aren’t perfect, and I won’t make that claim. They do work, however, and allow us to keep this site alive and well. That said, there is and always will be as long as we keep this going human moderation. The robot sends posts to moderation. A human makes the final decision. If someone can come up with a better system, I’m all ears. Our firewall upgrades offer proof of our intentions. We have invested heavily in this site, asked not a cent in return, so we can keep it alive for We The People — people like you and nearly all the others.

    • Tom Betit
      June 29, 2019 at 7:44 am #


  7. Spider
    June 28, 2019 at 6:08 am #

    First, thank you Dan for allowing our feedback.

    Second, I agree with those who compared the request for bocce courts with pickle ball. The first group were taxpaying residents. The second group (for the most part) are not.

    They bring none of their own money to the table and to my knowledge do not have a fundraiser going on.

    This whole thing is outrageous! And while I support Mazzeo, she is dead wrong in her strong support for them. This could hurt her. She certainly won’t be getting votes from them. So what is her reason?

    • ProxyDate
      June 28, 2019 at 7:16 am #

      They don’t bring votes ( although some do) but they bring money. My sources say this all started over a dinner with some well heeled snowbirds.
      A number of them who actually do vote in two places, it’s a joke to them.
      This is Mazzeo’s biggest problem, she lives in a bubble with some vary rarified air.
      Pickleball is important to the rich white folks who summer in the Berkshires

      • danvalenti
        June 28, 2019 at 8:47 am #

        Yes. The essential point you make is about the $$ they bring. My sources on this weren’t as specific, but it does confirm the little I heard: That is began “small.” Someone then planted the word with “the right people.” Next thing you know, ol’ Jed’s a millionaire and an initiative that virtually no one wants and the city cannot afford comes alive. Like Frankenstein’s monster, it keeps coming back. I hear there will be another attempt to get this approved, maybe this summer when no one is paying attention. It would be a mistake. NO PUBLIC FUNDS for this.

    • danvalenti
      June 28, 2019 at 8:50 am #

      It’s our honor to allow this forum. Thanks!

  8. doomiedodger
    June 28, 2019 at 12:00 pm #

    Thank you Dan. Can’t put a price on the value of your site. I am sure it has at least slowed down the political malfeasance we battle every day and caused great anxiety in the bars that formulate Pittsfield policy. Buckets of kudos.

    • danvalenti
      June 28, 2019 at 5:51 pm #

      Thanks DOOMIE. I agree, and we appreciate your contributions. An interesting side note is that, as I predicted in a friendly wager, the nut jobs would protest the points we made here. As also predicted, our firewall caught every one of them — there were six, probably all from one or two of the same mental cases. They use a fake yahoo e-mail, and, without revealing too much, the electronic fingerprint from their computer gives us the identity. I think (only speculating) they are upset over the growth of the site, especially the spurt since we cleaned it up even more. We do thank the one or two, though. With that bet, we are $20 richer!

  9. Jonathan Melle
    June 28, 2019 at 12:47 pm #

    PEDA turns 21 years old this summer. I wonder how the next 21 years will go?

  10. Mr. Fritz
    June 28, 2019 at 5:55 pm #

    Billboard on Merrill Road promoting our fair city – with a giant group photo of our city officials/city employees. Why waste money like this?
    Maybe I’ll run a billboard directly across from the city billboard with a giant photo of my extended family, whose taxes pay for city salaries, perks and promotional billboards. Not to mention new schools, new poop plants and home improvement handouts.

    • Johnny99
      June 29, 2019 at 6:31 am #

      Fair point. How much did the city pay to display it’s “diversity” – how much did the photographer make, did it go out to bid, what employees were chosen and how and why were they? Could it help Tyer win re-election? and regardless, city charter should be changed to one mayoral term. Period.

    • Johnny Absurdo
      June 29, 2019 at 6:33 am #

      Fix the potholes, line the crosswalks and pick up the trash on the streets. Billboards will not fool people with eyes that can see, or asses that can feel the bump bump bump.

  11. Jonathan Melle
    June 28, 2019 at 6:00 pm #

    The Berkshire Mall turns 31 this summer. It is competing with PEDA for wasted space!

      June 28, 2019 at 9:04 pm #

      ……………….along with North St, Tyler St, et ux. You are too kind, Jon!

    • ProxyDate
      June 29, 2019 at 3:43 am #

      DD214 Jon. You’ve claimed you’re a disabled veteran, implying your disability is service related. Time to fess up.

      • Jonathan Melle
        June 29, 2019 at 11:27 am #

        @ProxyDate. I am a 100% service connected disabled Veteran who served our country honorably in the U.S. Army from October 1999 – the first week of July of 2001. I am proud of my military service, and I am grateful for the benefits and compensation I receive from the VA. I would like you to know that I tried to find a living wage job as an Army Veteran. Indeed, I walked the streets of Pittsfield (Mass) for over one year of my adult life many years ago without any success. I moved away from Pittsfield to Southern NH to live with my family in the Spring of 2004. During the Summer and Fall of 2008, the VA granted me service connection after over 7 years of denials. At that point, I was on food stamps, medicaid, and state/Social Security disability. In late-January of 2009, I used a VA home loan to buy a one bedroom condo unit where I still live today. When I look back at it all, I struggled for many years of my then young adult life. I was at risk of homlessness, chronically unemployed, and dependent of public assistance benefits before the VA recognized my status as a priority 1 Veteran. I am financially secure now, and I feel a sense of relief after years of tough luck, including my years living in the Pittsfield area.

        To read about my VA case, please go to my blog page:

        – Jonathan Melle

        • ProxyDate
          June 29, 2019 at 4:24 pm #

          Ok I just read parts of that, have you ever been in a mental institution?

          • Jonathan Melle
            June 29, 2019 at 5:52 pm #

            No. I have not been an inpatient in a mental institution, yet anyway. People don’t realize what I have been through in my life. My oldest brother died in a car accident when I was nearly 15 years old. My mom had cancer twice (1990, 2006). My dad was a Pittsfield area politician and community activist, which led me to be persecuted and bullied for years by his political enemies in Pittsfield. I was blacklisted from employment as a then young adult by the Good Old Boys who run Pittsfield politics. They even tried to jail me when I was 22 years old by making false and hypocritical accusations against me to the Pittsfield Police Department. I have been the target of vicious rumors, including about my mental health. I have been at risk of being homeless in my adult life. I have been chronically unemployed and underemployed. I have been uninsured while suffering physical and mental illness. I am a lonely middle aged man, but I do have a good dog. I have been through a lot of struggles in my life so far. If it gets worse for me, maybe I will end up in a mental institution after all. Who knows?

            – Jonathan Melle

        • Johnny2Shoes
          June 30, 2019 at 11:15 am #


          It sounds as though you’ve been through much and I wish you well in the second half of your life. Don’t let those issues of the past be part your future. God Speed. Again thanks for your service to our country.

    June 28, 2019 at 9:01 pm #

    Saw this; just passing it on. Probably an immediate “NO,” ‘cuz it puts several useless employees out of a job!!!!

    June 28, 2019 at 9:46 pm #

    More food for thought; not advocating or deriding; just tossing it out there!

  14. Magoo
    June 29, 2019 at 4:12 am #

    I think the AlCore rhythms are upset with me !
    Hopefully my replies will get posted
    Thanks for starting this site, and exposure of
    Much information which would be kept secret

  15. Pat
    June 29, 2019 at 5:55 am #

    Free healthcare for LIFE for illegal immigrants!! All the Democrat candidates are for this. Add in all the other freebies and illegal immigrants will be doing as well or better than American citizens who have lived here all their lives. Obtaining Drivers Licenses are easy for illegals and grueling for American citizens.

    Basic income will favor illegal immigrants while middle class Americans will continue to struggle. Middle America doesn’t want freebies from the government, we want jobs. We want to keep our freedom and not be dependent on big daddy government.

    • Johnny2Shoes
      June 29, 2019 at 7:51 am #

      For the last 40 to 50 years of elections that come 2 & 4 years apart we have heard the same old about if only elected I (we) will fix the education, healthcare, tax, race relations etc.. and here we are with the 2020 elections upon us and they are rehashing these same issues again. It seems they don’t want to fix these issues because they wouldn’t have much to run on and they always come up with with issues that aren’t or shouldn’t be issues, but make them crisis issues to scare and whip up and divide the people. Freebies is the buzz issue promoted this cycle. Go figure with the world in disarray.

  16. The school committee
    June 29, 2019 at 6:14 am #

    Pat,Why is raising SS by 25 % insane when Trup dropped taxes on the rich by 100 %

    • X-Lachs Lounge
      June 29, 2019 at 3:25 pm #

      Lower taxes leads to more economic activity. Lower taxes bring more money into the treasury.

  17. Johnny99
    June 29, 2019 at 6:34 am #

    Why should the rich pay a higher tax rate than someone making 20,000? Should be flat tax across the board and if you dont work you don’t eat – no food stamp card, no free card, free heat, free apartments, free phones, free cash. Get a job all you layabouts.

    • Johnny2Shoes
      June 29, 2019 at 6:59 am #

      Unfortunately the free for me type of people with the help of politicians have turned what you stated into a lifestyle of living. Years ago people were very quiet about getting assistance and now it is so different. I see people whip out plastic cards funded by the taxpayers and issued by the government like they have gotten them from working and good credit scores. I have no problem with people in real need for some help, but not to make it permanent for those able bodied who can work.

    • Mr. Fritz
      June 29, 2019 at 10:44 am #

      I agree totally, 99.
      Flat tax! Why punish the successful members of society?
      Too much welfare/ public assistance fraud in this city. Followed a young, able – looking couple out of Price Chopper who paid for their cartload of groceries with an EBT card, and they were driving a brand new minivan. Think I’m going to start writing down plate numbers & reporting some of this fraud to the state.

    • The school committee
      June 29, 2019 at 12:01 pm #

      5% interest on 1 k in a savings bank is not equal to 5% Interest on 1,000,000 in a savings bank. By your standards they would be equal.

      • Trump Train
        July 1, 2019 at 4:13 am #

        5% is equal. As President Obama said, you have to have some skin in the game. At least five percent of 1,000 is making a contribution.

        The flat tax is a fair tax. Just like a sales tax or social security. A graduated tax is also one of the key planks in the communist manifesto…look it up.

    • Wilson
      June 30, 2019 at 6:02 am #

      The wealthy usually pay a much lower rate since they don’t get money from “income” but from investments. Meanwhile payroll taxes, sales taxes, and property taxes make it harder for the lower classes to survive, literally. I don’t think the government should get more from the rich, but the they need to spend more rather than hoarding money. Not sure how to do it, but there must be something they want, like if they pay for public schools they can decide which teachers are hired or something

  18. Johnny2Shoes
    June 29, 2019 at 6:44 am #

    I found it interesting that during both democratic debates the candidates pandered to people who can’t or aren’t supposed to vote in the upcoming presidential election more than the citizens of this country who can vote.

  19. Canem Bonum
    June 29, 2019 at 10:48 am #

    Agree with your assessment, D.V. 100%

  20. Johnny2Shoes
    June 29, 2019 at 11:39 am #

    Sanders Care? Not even in his home state of VT. If this is so great will they give themselves a way out like they did with O Care, so they can keep their taxpayer funded caddie insurance plans?

  21. Johnny2Shoes
    June 29, 2019 at 11:51 am #

    Democrat candidates aren’t talking about interest from school loan debt being used to fund O Care.

  22. Jonathan Melle
    June 29, 2019 at 1:37 pm #

    Do you know where your state reps were last Thursday night (6/27/2019)? They were all attending future candidate for Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey’s NoHo (or Northampton) fundraiser where suggested contributions range from $75 to $1,000.

    If you don’t believe me, please click on the following link.

    State lawmakers listed on the fundraiser invitation included Sen. Adam Hinds, Rep. John Barrett III, Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, Rep. Paul Mark, Rep. Smitty Pignatelli; and other attendees included District Attorney Andrea Harrington.

    Maura Healey is a high-profile foe of President Donald Trump’s administration, which means she will use anti-Trump sentiments to propel her to high political office.

    – Jonathan Melle

    • Ozias Vincelette
      June 30, 2019 at 5:37 pm #

      Hi Jonathan. First let me say I enjoy your posts. Sometimes the contents are sad. They are well reasoned and thoughtful.
      I knew your father back in the day. Please give him my regards. I remember him as a good fellow. Finally, I find it a pathetic that someone would ask if you had been in a mental institution. You do not have to respond to such a personal question. None of his business!
      Refreshing to see someone using his real name on this site.

      • danvalenti
        June 30, 2019 at 5:46 pm #

        Thanks. We agree totally. Jonathan is a valued participant here. He uses his own name, posts good information, and is always honest.

  23. CC The Maze Sun
    June 29, 2019 at 8:27 pm #

    Trump (the fake character) lifts the ban on Huawei, the back room deals have been made. A couple trillion in the bank account and all is well. Huawei will be the one to deliver 5G radiation to your neighborhood. Cha Ching!

    The Game goes on. And on and on.

    Pluto is out. Nine is in. A real Game changer.

    • CC The Maze Sun
      June 29, 2019 at 8:30 pm #

      “The beat goes on, the beat goes on
      Drums keep pounding
      A rhythm to the brain
      La de da de de, la de da de da”
      – Sunny and Share

  24. Kermit Frog
    June 30, 2019 at 1:03 am #

    Did any one else read the Hinds PR piece in the Berkshire Edg? Holy crap was that depressing. Accomplishments are the flyer (train to nowhere), the schools (!!?) and Carvers $1500 a month apartments for GD engineers. It sounds like more ‘cult speak’ and it is clear the concerns of people on this board don’t even get a mention or passing thought.

  25. Johnny99
    June 30, 2019 at 4:04 am #

    Another daily bites the dust. But it won’t happen here because the Eagle’s stellar journalism will save them, so says Rutberg. Seriously? Thanks to The Planet, we won’t become a news desert when The Eagle folds up shop.

    • ProxyDate
      June 30, 2019 at 7:04 am #

      How soon before the Eagle goes? Any over/under

      • danvalenti
        June 30, 2019 at 7:45 am #

        THE PLANET will be posting such an article for Monday 7-1. How soon. The over/under is two years. Right now, “under” will bring you money.

    • danvalenti
      June 30, 2019 at 7:44 am #

      Thanks for sharing. Another one bites the dust. Newspapers are rapidly going the way of the typewriter, the FAX machine, the buggy whip, and the rest.

  26. ProxyDate
    June 30, 2019 at 7:03 am #


    Have you heard anything about Stop and Shop closing?
    Seems after the strike the numbers for the Dan Fox Drive store are extremely low.
    My sources say that if it doesn’t turn around by fall they plan to shutter the store.

    • Johnny99
      June 30, 2019 at 7:01 pm #

      I don’t know but I can tell ya it’s never crowded when I’m there and they hardly have any cashiers – do it yourself – and now Panera Bread is getting like that. One person waiting on 20 people one at a time last week during lunch rush while two customers each Fidel farted at computer kiosks. I walked out and had a scrumptious breakfast at Joann’s Elm St Luncheonette instead. Mc Donals will be next with that nonsense

  27. Pat
    June 30, 2019 at 7:14 am #

    Many on this site agree that Pittsfield mismanages its money whether giving too much money to the schools or tax breaks to people who do not need them. How can these same people think it’s good that the far left will be mismanaging money across the country if any of these socialist candidates are elected for president? Free healthcare for life, basic income, and free college for illegal immigrants and all at taxpayer expense. That is unsustainable and will encourage millions more to illegally enter our country. Not to mention turning our country into Venezuela very quickly.

    • Johnny Absurdo
      June 30, 2019 at 8:05 am #

      Trump is turning our country into an embarrassment. Only one at the G20 not in favor of making the world a better place environmentally. Is the whole rest of the world wrong and Trump right? I doubt it.

    • The school committee
      June 30, 2019 at 8:13 am #

      Pat,Bernie Sanders is a Socialist.There are no other socialists running for President agaist the right wing stealing from our economy President….nothing new for republicans

      • Pat
        June 30, 2019 at 11:41 am #

        They are ALL far left socialists on the Dem side.

    • Johnny2Shoes
      June 30, 2019 at 11:43 am #

      What irks me the most is how citizens of the US such as our vets who risk life and limb are treated. Every penny Illegal immigrants receive takes away from our vets receiving even more money than they get for their own and family’s healthcare, education, etc… We need to take care of our own first and then do what we can do for others with what is left with the money.

  28. The school committee
    June 30, 2019 at 10:07 am #

    If you like Puttins Russia the Russia that was destroyed by Reagan and the big-partisan house in the eighties and want them to emerge stronger that ever then Vote Trump

    • Trump Derangement Syndrome
      June 30, 2019 at 3:31 pm #

      Thanks for sharing your delusion.

  29. Sunny T
    June 30, 2019 at 12:44 pm #

    It’s been a privilege to be part of the Planet readership. If people don’t like it,don’t read it and stop complaining about it.

  30. MoonRivors
    June 30, 2019 at 4:20 pm #

    Why doesn’t the City Council ask the drivers or salt accountants where and why all the salt was used for? You know, like when the City had the workers from the Water Plants?

    Mr. Connell, it isn’t the cost of the salt,it’s how much you use and the amount of plowing being done.

    Last winter sets the Taxpayers up to an any cost goes,because it was a mild weather winter,yet, the biggest overage ever. And Mazze was right,where’s the numbers? The Commmisioner and evidentially the finance director or Mayor didn’t have it either.

    She me advice,get it (the number) and tell us what we spent an extra Million or two on.

  31. Johnny99
    June 30, 2019 at 6:51 pm #


    Appreciate your comments and insights on the Tanglewood concerts. Were you at Woodstock- seriously asking?

    • danvalenti
      July 1, 2019 at 8:01 am #

      I was not at Woodstock, but my brother Mick played there. QUARRY was the house band. Mick and the band will be in the upcoming film CREATING WOODSTOCK.

  32. C. Trzcinka
    July 2, 2019 at 5:50 pm #

    Thanks for running this site for free. If you ever want to add advertising, I would certainly not mind a few ads.

    I also was not at Woodstock. My Dad would not let me take the family car there but my friend Paul had access to one. However, he had to mow the lawn so we decided not to go. So we missed one of the great cultural events in the 20th century because of mowing the lawn.