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WHAT IS A ‘CITIZEN’? 2020 CENSUS WANTS TO KNOW ‘WHO’

BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY JUNE 24, 2019) — What is a U.S. citizen? Who are they? No, it’s not an Abbott and Costello routine (“What’s on second, Who’s on first”).

It should be clear. You’re a citizen if (a) you’re born in America or one of its possessions or (b) if you’re naturalized after lawfully immigrating.

In taking a nationwide census, which America does every 10 years, we count citizens and those who reside here. Once upon a time, THE PLANET would not have to explain such things, but the radical leftists (radlefs) who have taken control of the Democratic Party want the 2020 census to be different.

For the record, the census has always included a question on citizenship either directly or through sampling. In present form, a sample size of 2.6% includes that question. It’s been that way since 1970. From 1890 to 1960, every census form included a question on citizenship status, necessary because immigration during the earlier phase of that period hit almost 15%. After dipping into the low- to mid-single figures, the number of foreign-born people living in the coutry has risen to 14%. That’s why the Departments of Justice and Commerce want to once again include the question on all forms.

That information will:

  • Provide a more accurate count
  • Factor into determination of congressional representation
  • Help allocate federal funds
  • Protect the rights of minority voters (including non-English speakers) as spelled out in federal Voting Rights Act.

Without the citizen question, census would have to rely on a process called “imputation.” That involves the use of additional federal and state records (and resources) to fill in missing data on people.

In another time, another era, this would not be an issue. Common sense would prevail. This erstwhile no-brainer, however, has turned into yet another political hot-swamp courtesy of the radlefs. The Democrat-controlled House Oversight Committee proved this when it voted to hold the attorney general and head of Commerce in contempt of Congress for restoring the citizen query on the 2020 census form. It’s part of the slash-and-burn tactics of the radlefs, who, though their words say otherwise, act in a way guaranteeing another four years for Donald Trump.

The question, which would be the final one on the form, is simple. It reads:

“Is this person a citizen of the United States?”

(    ) Yes, born in the United States.

(    ) Yes, born in Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands or Northern Marianas.

(    ) Yes, U.S. citizen by naturalization — Print year of naturalization ________.

(    ) No, not a U.S. citizen.”

As you can see, the question WILL count non-citizens who reside in the country, contrary to what the opposition would have you believe. Let Rep. Alexandria Ocascio-Cortez (D-Lipstick) speak for them. At the contempt hearing, she claimed citizenship “is an acknowledgment of power.” It’s a “right” and not a privilege, she said, adding that the Trump Administration put in the question to gather intelligence of where illegals are hiding. She ignores the federal law that prohibits using the census for political purposes, citing FDR’s use of “zip codes” to figure out “where Japanese-Americans were concentrated.”

Yes. She stated that Roosevelt’s roundup of Japanese-Americans replied on “zip codes.”

THE PLANET wants to tell AOC, “Honey, the U.S. Postal Service didn’t introduce zip codes until 1963.”

But we won’t.

Can we just leave it at that?

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113 Responses to “WHAT IS A ‘CITIZEN’? 2020 CENSUS WANTS TO KNOW ‘WHO’”

    • Pat
      June 24, 2019 at 4:28 am #

      Who could survive on $250.00 per week? Only people already receiving public assistance with food and medical. I think that people should be required to work for any additional financial assistance in their lives.

      • Shakes
        June 24, 2019 at 9:49 am #

        Or people that work for the Federal minimum wage.

        • C,Trzcinka
          June 25, 2019 at 7:33 pm #

          The Federal Minimum wage is $7.25 per hour or $290 per 40 hr week. Raising is causing job loss for the low wage workers. I often call it the “Robot Employment Law” because at higher, “more fair” wages, robots become economical.

          • danvalenti
            June 25, 2019 at 8:24 pm #

            Great points, CHUCK. And with the new 5G networks one second away, tying more devices into the internet will make robotics that much easier for many more applications that are feasible today.

          • Shakes
            June 26, 2019 at 8:08 am #

            The internet of things is happening regardless of federal minimum wage changes. Rather than minimum wages, we should have guaranteed income benefits.

  1. Jonathan Melle
    June 23, 2019 at 8:21 pm #

    What difference does it make? If there are 100 people being counted, 10 are not citizens while 90 are citizens, it is still 100 people! The citizenship question seem redundant and bureaucratic!!!!
    – Jonathan Melle

    • Mad Trapper
      June 24, 2019 at 5:33 pm #

      The more they count, the more social service money the state/city/town will get.

      That is John, you get to pay for more criminal aliens with your tax dollars.

      Isin’t that great!!!!

  2. CC The Maze Sun
    June 23, 2019 at 9:31 pm #

    In this data collection digital society, is a census even needed anymore? They know when you wake, when you sleep, when you eat, what you eat, where you shop, what you buy,how many times a day you shit and when you fart. All this seemingly meaningless data is being collected on everyone.

    Yet, they can’t figure out how many people are living here? Or is something more nefarious afoot?

    You must fill out a sense-US.

  3. doomiedodger
    June 23, 2019 at 11:46 pm #

    Seems like a fair question to me. But what illegal person is going t answer the census at all?

    • danvalenti
      June 24, 2019 at 7:23 am #

      Good point.

      • Shakes
        June 24, 2019 at 9:57 am #

        You do not distinguish between the ACS and the decennial census. They are distinct and used for different purposes.

        Now, I do concede, the census does not ask about the lawfulness of immigration status, only citizen status. I do not mind the citizen question except:

        1. A racist republican strategist explained to Commerce Department appointees that the citizenship question deters non-white and non-republican voters. The talking point PlanetMynaBird espouses about protecting minority voters is completely disingenuous and contrived.

        2. The census information must only be used for legislatively enabled purposes, however, I don’t trust this or any other administration to try to use citizenship question answers as a way to illegally search for undocumented residents.

        • Mad Trapper
          June 24, 2019 at 10:36 am #

          If you are a citizen what is the harm in checking “YES”. If you are black blue green yellow or white?

          “Undocumented residents” are a problem, I prefer the term criminal aliens.

          They use resources that should be used for American citizens. They should be expelled to where they came from. No social services provided, other than food/shelter until they are deported.

          • Mr. Fritz
            June 24, 2019 at 2:37 pm #

            Bravo Mad Trapper! I agree!

        • danvalenti
          June 24, 2019 at 12:10 pm #

          SHAKES
          As to 1.) — Census compliance is incumbent on all citizens and residents. If certain demographics choose not to participate, and I don’t know that it is the case, they must deal with the plusses and the minuses. Re: 2.) — We agree on the trust issue, but that is a wash because it’s been clear that since the Manhattan Project at least, citizens have not been able to trust their government. Thanks for the comment.

      • C,Trzcinka
        June 25, 2019 at 7:34 pm #

        But that is the real objection to the census. Illegals will be less likely to fill it out. Of course, who knows how many filled it out in 2010?

        • Shakes
          June 26, 2019 at 8:09 am #

          How are the samples determined for the ACS compared to the census?

  4. Mr. Fritz
    June 24, 2019 at 2:59 am #

    I believe the Supremes will be ruling on the census question this week. The “radlefs” are obstructionists and are doing nothing to solve the issues that are plaguing our country, like out-of-control illegal immigration.
    AOC is an idiot.

    • Johnny Absurdo
      June 24, 2019 at 4:11 am #

      I see Hannity gave you guys a new buzz word. Must be so much fun to toss those badass new phrases about. Makes ya feel “special” I bet.

      • Still wondering
        June 24, 2019 at 8:30 am #

        Stupid is as stupid does.

        • Johnny Absurdo
          June 24, 2019 at 2:07 pm #

          and admitting it is your first step towards recovery. Keep up the good work. We are pulling for you.

  5. ProxyDate
    June 24, 2019 at 3:23 am #

    So there’s been some form of citizenship question on either the long form or the ACS since the 70’s. I guess they stopped it in 2010 under Obama (oddly enough).

    What’s the big deal here? I’ve gotta say this kind of thing it out of hand. There’s no reason you should be able to ask a citizenship question, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to deport illegals.

    Heck even Canada did an about (aboot) face after their minor influx of illegal immigrations last winter.

    • danvalenti
      June 24, 2019 at 7:23 am #

      PROXY
      A question. In your second paragraph, don’t you mean “shouldn’t” instead of “should?” Just clarifying.

      • ProxyDate
        June 24, 2019 at 11:14 am #

        Correct

  6. Pat
    June 24, 2019 at 4:20 am #

    AOC floats around in $3,500 designer dresses and lives a luxurious lifestyle while putting down capitalism. Nothing that she says or does makes any sense. She fits in perfectly with the rest of the far left.

  7. Mad Trapper
    June 24, 2019 at 4:55 am #

    The D-rats want all the criminal aliens to vote also.

    AOC took an IQ test, it came back negative. : )

    • Johnny Absurdo
      June 24, 2019 at 2:09 pm #

      Now there is a guy with a super sharp wit!

  8. ProxyDate
    June 24, 2019 at 5:19 am #

    Off topic:
    A friend at the Boring Broadsheet said she was just in a small team meeting and was told to expect layoffs in September if things don’t “ turn around”.
    Said it was last in first out percentage layoffs. Maybe that’s why there’s been so much cheerleading.

    • Mad Trapper
      June 24, 2019 at 5:41 am #

      I stopped buying the rag when journalism/Millers left town.

      It is so bad my cat wouldn’t use fresh litter lined with it.

      That paper is a little left of what Stalin and Mao would approve of. I didn’t think they could get farther left, but they have.

      It’s really sad, having learned to read from the same paper. 50 years ago.

    • Brody Hooper
      June 24, 2019 at 6:41 am #

      They fired the person who switched out that letter to the editor Sunday pointing out the hypocrisy in editing anti Trump letters. I believe that person had a new job lined up so that is sweet

    • danvalenti
      June 24, 2019 at 7:20 am #

      PROXY
      Your friend is correct. The meeting occurred, and you can imagine the effect it’s had on newsroom morale. The paper is losing money, and none of the owners have pockets deep enough to sustain the increasing losses. Print circulation is down and the web site had been a bust. The two-year demise prediction is beginning to look optimistic. The “rah-rah look at how good it is” article from the publisher the other day is being treated with derision in the newsroom. Not openly, of course, because that would mean firing. One of THE PLANET’s best friends and sources there reacted this way: “Firing? Excellent. Better to get it over with than wait.”

      • Mad Trapper
        June 24, 2019 at 9:07 am #

        Dan,

        Their website was user friendly and free when it started out. I visited often when I had an out of state job. I assume back then that advertisers covered the cost.

        The website now wants to charge you $$$ for left winged chicken, and they don’t allow private browsing.

        I wish You, had the capital, and time to take the paper over, and make the Millers proud

        • danvalenti
          June 24, 2019 at 12:13 pm #

          TRAPPER
          It’s hard to believe what they have done to that once proud newspaper. Forget the post-Miller, pre-Rutberg period, which was bad enough. Now, they are not only running the print product into the group but also screwing up the digital side. We can’t begin to delineate the details in this brief response, though we will have an item on the newspaper biz in general and THE BB in particular soon. Perhaps a series, thought that depends on how much material I get that I can use while still protecting local sources, who, at this point, are waiting for the shoe to drop.

          • doomiedodger
            June 24, 2019 at 2:14 pm #

            I honestly do not think it is that bad a newspaper. But you can’t take money from your customers and then ride shotgun with city hall when they is try to shaft your customer base. It is a formula forged in stupidity and set up to fail. It is that simple.

  9. Mad Trapper
    June 24, 2019 at 6:11 am #

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/06/23/expert-matter-time-illegal-alien-voting-expanded/

    Elected Democrats will soon attempt to expand voting rights in deep blue states for illegal aliens, an election fraud expert says.

    Last week, Democrats in New York state approved and signed into law a plan to give driver’s licenses to illegal aliens with the backing of the business lobby. The law allows for the state’s 725,000-strong illegal alien population to be eligible for the same driver’s license that American citizens are afforded.

    Already, state officials have said the law will effectively give illegal aliens the ability to vote as New York registers citizens to vote at state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices.

    Government Accountability Institute (GAI) Director of Research Eric Eggers exclusively told Breitbart News that the new law in New York indicates that it is “only a matter of time” before elected Democrats in states like California, New York, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Maryland expand voting rights for illegal aliens.

    • Johnny2Shoes
      June 25, 2019 at 11:12 am #

      Trap,

      They have already expanded the right for illegals to vote in local elections such as school boards etc.. in certain states. and this is the build up to them being legally allowed to vote in federal elections. When one illegal vote can change an outcome of an election it is one to many.

  10. The school committee
    June 24, 2019 at 6:37 am #

    They changed it without congressional approval to do so. When your wrong your wrong. Congresswoman Cortez is correct. The Trump administration just cant do this without the peoples house giving approval unless you support fasism

    • Mad Trapper
      June 24, 2019 at 9:59 am #

      Cortez don’t even realize the lies that come out of her mouth!

      Do lies count when you’re an idiot? Or is that drivel?

      She makes a rock look smart.

      • Johnny Absurdo
        June 24, 2019 at 2:15 pm #

        Maybe you should ask Trump if lies count when your an idiot. He wrote the book on the subject.

    • X-Lachs Lounge
      June 24, 2019 at 5:30 pm #

      Moron! Can you even define fascism?

      • Acute Angina
        June 24, 2019 at 5:31 pm #

        Define it? He can’t even spell it.

  11. Ron Kitterman
    June 24, 2019 at 9:48 am #

    No but I promise to enroll as a Democrat if you ask me nice.

  12. Mad Trapper
    June 24, 2019 at 10:04 am #

    We’ll try this again

    https://www.projectveritas.com/2019/06/24/insider-blows-whistle-exec-reveals-google-plan-to-prevent-trump-situation-in-2020-on-hidden-cam/

    Google planning on fixing 2020 elections.

    Said Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe:

    “This is the third tech insider who has bravely stepped forward to expose the secrets of Silicon Valley. These new documents, supported by undercover video, raise questions of Google’s neutrality and the role they see themselves fulfilling in the 2020 elections.”

  13. Shakes
    June 24, 2019 at 10:04 am #

    Non-citizens cannot vote in Federal elections, period. However, please note, that having a citizenship status does NOT mean a right to suffrage, although it is the current SCOTUS precedent.

  14. The school committee
    June 24, 2019 at 12:21 pm #

    Trump is a fascist and extremely dangerous based on his lies. Always attack media because it works on the lemmings .Lemmings lead to loss of freedom led by the brainwashed as they support the work of wealth and power which is an old story.Trump as told by Trump to his lemmings has saved you all 2 or 3 times a day.ignorance will win again in 2020 .We are closer to Russia than we are to the constitution.Russian strategy has always been to win from inside the White House with the help of white angry men

    • X-Lachs Lounge
      June 24, 2019 at 5:27 pm #

      You really are a moron.

      • danvalenti
        June 25, 2019 at 8:08 am #

        Please, X: More substance than this comment going forward.

        • X-Lachs Lounge
          June 25, 2019 at 11:44 am #

          OK, this TSC post is total unsubstainted balderdash. I’d ask his to list his sources but I believe his source is his immagination. I only ask that posters her actually know what they’re talking about.

          • danvalenti
            June 25, 2019 at 2:51 pm #

            Thanks, X! Much better. Sources always improve any comment.

    • Joe Blow
      June 25, 2019 at 12:40 am #

      WOW….your T.D.S. is shining bright! President Trump is doing whats best for every American. He put his foot down and will no longer accept business as usual….enough is enough! D.’s want to separate us into tribes based on sex,race and religion. All citizens have the same individual rights from God not Government as enshrined in the Constitution. Together we are strong divided we are weak…….where we go one we go all.

  15. The school committee
    June 24, 2019 at 12:28 pm #

    1.5 and 1 million over budget in less than 20 months ,2.5 million over for with no way to pay for these fake budgets being handed in by our councilors to justify schools budgets.The city council is a bunch of amateurs. Pittsfield is a failure only because of the CC and mayor. We have no leaders.Our children dont like how Pittsfield is run by incompetents

    • Mad Trapper
      June 24, 2019 at 12:53 pm #

      Pssstttt….. TSC they are all Democrats.

    • Johnny Absurdo
      June 25, 2019 at 12:42 am #

      They are incompetent for sure. Also too many people go into politics to feather their own nest and not to follow any job description. Why is there an oath of office involved? It is meaningless and also insulting to the taxpayers.

      Any applicant for a city job who has political connections has a leg up on the person who has none even if that person has much better qualifications. And that is why you see a city like Pittsfield in such a state of dysfunction.

  16. The school committee
    June 24, 2019 at 12:30 pm #

    The mayor with Marchetti should OK every dime of salt and sand OT

  17. The school committee
    June 24, 2019 at 12:31 pm #

    They are getting rich at the highway department

  18. The school committee
    June 24, 2019 at 12:33 pm #

    They are getting rich at the school dept. keeping 2 high schools open.There are less than 1400 kids in high school at 2 schools

  19. doomiedodger
    June 24, 2019 at 3:46 pm #

    To honor Independence Day this 4th of July the city of Pittsfield should take the parade money and put it towards an audit of the city finances focusing on the school department first. Hot air balloons and fireworks are examples of both waste and pollution and the city has too much of both.

    • X-Lachs Lounge
      June 25, 2019 at 11:40 am #

      Has there ever been a hot air balloon in the Pittsfield parade?

      • Mr. Fritz
        June 25, 2019 at 3:36 pm #

        Hot air balloons, plural – in the form of local politicians!

  20. Jonathan Melle
    June 24, 2019 at 4:45 pm #

    Who is the most lovely? Is it the lovely Linda or the lovely Melissa?

    • Johnny Absurdo
      June 25, 2019 at 12:44 am #

      Could you please give us your definition of “lovely” Jonathon?

    • Mr. G
      June 25, 2019 at 6:15 am #

      Speaking of which, where has the water boy gotten off to? I presume Dan’s new algorithms have take care of much of his bombastic buffoonery from his multiple personalities. If he could only keep it together, stay on topic and shun the personal threats.

    • Kleptocrat
      June 25, 2019 at 11:38 am #

      I’d say Pete White is in the running for most lovely.

  21. Drew Z
    June 24, 2019 at 6:44 pm #

    The loveliest of them all has arrived on the scene Jon. Her name is Yuki ( Lady Gaga) Cohen,and she’s smart.

  22. Jonathan Melle
    June 24, 2019 at 7:13 pm #

    June 24, 2019

    Re: Carmen Massimiano

    The Eagle’s news story about Carmen Massimiano stepping down from Pittsfield’s Licensing Board had all glowing reviews from Mayor Linda Tyer and others. I never understood why Pittsfield politicians always praise and fear him.

    When I was 22 years old during the Sping and part of the Summer of 1998, then state Senator Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr. set up secretive plans with the Pittsfield Police Department to have me arrested and jailed by making false accusations that I made “veiled threats” against him over his support of the abolishment of Berkshire County government. The end game was to have then Berkshire County Sheriff Carmen C. Massimiano, Jr. punish me for standing up to Nuciforo.

    Years later, I returned to Pittsfield sometime in the year 2004 or 2005, when I was near 30 years old, to attend an event to provide housing to at-risk homeless Veterans. Of course, at the event, Carmen Massimiano gave an award to Nuciforo – neither are Veterans. After the event, Carmen Massimiano told me that he knows that I know what he and Nuciforo tried to do to me, and that I shouldn’t feel safe now that I live in New Hampshire. I received the opposite of an apology, but rather a verbal taunt and threat from Carmen Massimiano.

    I am a 100% disabled Veteran who served honorably in the U.S. Army, and shortly after Carmen Massimiano confronted me, I read that he was given Veteran of the Year Award in Pittsfield. Like Jack Downing, Carmen Massimiano is not a Veteran!

    Then, in 2010, the Eagle reported allegations that Carmen Massimiano sexually abused a then 7 year old boy in the early-1970’s at the Pittsfield Boys Club. Carmen denied the allegations, and threatened to sue the Eagle’s editor and writer. In blogs, I read that during Carmen Massimiano’s teenage years through his 20’s – and possibly beyond his 20’s, he allegedly sexually abused young boys at Camp Russell and the Boys’ Club. I even read a blog posting that alleged a man took his own life to suicide based on the alleged sexual abuse by Carmen Massimiano. The man could not safely seek either help or justice because Carmen Massimiano was powerful and feared in Pittsfield.

    It all turns my stomach! Pittsfield politics should be about democratic ideals instead of everyone praising and fearing Carmen Massimiano.

    – Jonathan Melle

    • Johnny2Shoes
      June 25, 2019 at 10:39 am #

      Jonathan,

      Thank you for your service to our country. I have asked once before when you mentioned your service on here where you served and for how long you were in the service. Maybe you missed the question the last time I asked?

    • Spagirl
      June 25, 2019 at 4:10 pm #

      This is a sad story. Just like the Baran story. Insiders power and coverups!! Disgraceful! I am sorry they took your life from you.

      • ProxyDate
        June 25, 2019 at 5:27 pm #

        I’m not buying it, my sources say a majority of his money comes from SSI and is not service related. He can be qualified as 100% disabled by the VA but it is just a confirmation of the SSI and not related to military service.
        He has the opportunity to present his case, if not, then I will get his DD214 under FOIA.

    • ProxyDate
      June 25, 2019 at 5:19 pm #

      When and what did you do in the army and what happened that qualified you as 100% disabled veteran.
      Are you saying your disability is 100% related to your military service and is captured on a DD214?

  23. dunstin
    June 25, 2019 at 3:42 am #

    Manly looking woman.

  24. Pat
    June 25, 2019 at 4:11 am #

    All weekend we have been suffering through the far left media spreading lies about mistreatment at the border by not allowing toothbrushes for children. The case they are referring to however, was being argued about incidents that occurred during the Obama administration NOT the Trump administration. Just like they conveniently confuse pictures of children in cages during the Obama administration and say the pictures are from the Trump administration.

    “A viral video of a Justice Department lawyer arguing before a panel of judges last week that kids don’t need toothbrushes and soap to meet the standard for “safe and sanitary” detention under the so-called Flores settlement has caused outrage.

    But few have stopped to note that the underlying case had to do with a district court finding that the Obama administration in 2015 was in material breach of the Flores standard (or that the DOJ lawyer was offering a technical legal argument — not a defense of mistreating kids).”

    • Johnny Absurdo
      June 25, 2019 at 5:08 am #

      Pat, I am saddened to admit it but I have a distant family member who has also been sucked into the same cult mindset that Trump ;and Hannity have caught you up in.

      This once kind giving compassionate person has changed so much in the last two years. I could not believe it a couple of weeks ago when while riding with this person he purposely tried to hit a grey squirrel in the road. He was trying to kill an innocent animal. He has no sympathy for Trumps cage kids either.

      He, like you, worships Trump and has turned over his soul to him. Our family is heart broken. I often joke but this is serious.

      • X-Lachs Lounge
        June 25, 2019 at 5:35 pm #

        JA, be thankful that they’re not in the climate change cult.

    • danvalenti
      June 25, 2019 at 8:06 am #

      PAT
      Thanks for sharing these conveniently unmentioned facts.

      • Shakes
        June 25, 2019 at 9:00 am #

        The dishonorable treatments of immigrants and refuges is a stalwart accomplishment of American history. Our wealth was gathered on the backs of slaves and from indigenous peoples the world over. All administrations are complicit, including Trump and Obama.

        • Pat
          June 25, 2019 at 1:43 pm #

          We live in the Age of Terrorism so we have to be a LOT more careful of who we allow in our country. Look what happened in France with terrorism out of control at one point because people just walked into that country. Same with many other European countries that were not careful.

          • Shakes
            June 25, 2019 at 3:59 pm #

            Why are you so worried about terrorists when scores of lives are taken each day by Americans with guns?

          • X-Lachs Lounge
            June 25, 2019 at 5:26 pm #

            Most murders with guns take place in cities with strict gun laws and these cities have been under democrat control for a long time.

          • Shakes
            June 26, 2019 at 8:20 am #

            Economic factors also appear to be related to firearm deaths. The poverty rate in eight of the 10 states with the most gun violence was above the national rate of 15.8%. Mississippi, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Arkansas, the states with the four highest poverty rates in the country, were among the states with the most gun violence.

            All those Huge seedy metropolises in Arkansas and New Mexico….. LOLOLOLOLOL

        • danvalenti
          June 25, 2019 at 2:53 pm #

          Agreed, SHAKES. All progress on a city-state, feudal, or national level historically has been achieved this way.

    • Johnny2Shoes
      June 25, 2019 at 10:27 am #

      You would think these people coming here on a 2000 mile journey would have packed a toothbrush and toothpaste and other such items that wouldn’t take up much room in the backpacks they have.
      If these people can’t even afford these items then it tells me they are seeking to gain entrance to our country for economic reasons and not the harmful atrocities they claim instead to get in.

  25. Dundy
    June 25, 2019 at 4:19 am #

    So, city councilors have a private blemish for DPW budget and road disrepair, yet they’ll fund the schools to the zenith without any accountability. Sad.

    • danvalenti
      June 25, 2019 at 8:05 am #

      Precisely. The operation and funding of the PSD is THEEEEE scam going on right now in the Pitts. Nothing changes until this department is fumigated, rightsized, and dedicated to the proposition of EDUCATION, not feather bedding.

  26. Pat
    June 25, 2019 at 4:20 am #

    If the far left was really interested in problems at the border they would quickly pass legislation to fix the problem.

    “To address the root cause of the crisis, it should also change the bizarre asylum rules that have forced us to release family units from Central America into the country, creating an incentive for more to come.”

    There is a crisis at the border and the far left knows it, but prefers to USE the crisis to blame President Trump for the problems and in so doing show that they are really not concerned about the humanitarian crisis at the border. They also want lots of illegal immigrants to enter the country even under these conditions of so many entering the country at one time while at the same time saying they are so concerned about conditions at the border.

    • Shakes
      June 25, 2019 at 9:02 am #

      It is bizarre to offer refugees shelter and protection?

      • Pat
        June 25, 2019 at 9:14 am #

        It is bizarre to have this many entering the country at once and to expect the system to not be overwhelmed and to figure out where to send all of these people and you know it.

    • Johnny2Shoes
      June 25, 2019 at 10:11 am #

      They want to spend trillions for healthcare for all, student loan debt forgiveness, reparations for gay and lesbian folks, reparations for families of former slaves.Yet 4.5 billion for the crisis at the border is a problem to fund?

  27. Delbert Huose
    June 25, 2019 at 4:38 am #

    Not on here Pat,dems have No Say,period…..several people I’ve talked with cannot get on the Planet. This is evident of several of you posting many under pseudonyms, which is ok,if the host doesn’t want interference,it is his blog. Yesterday, it was never let in here that the chairman of the license board should be let go, in today’s eagle it is stating he is resigning.

    • danvalenti
      June 25, 2019 at 8:04 am #

      DEL
      On THE PLANET, everyone has a say. Everyone, that is, with something worth saying — that is, they advance the discussion, not proliferate nonsense and worse. In fact, we love posts that disagree with our views, as long as they are well reasoned and honestly presented. As for Carmen, we knew he was a goner weeks ago. Didn’t deem it important enough to share, since evidence of the eyes for anyone who has seen this over-extended fossil told the story.

  28. Ben Lulliman
    June 25, 2019 at 5:13 am #

    Purchases over-budgeted do to contingency? Twenty five g for bike path improvements,try to reduce and gets voted down? This City Council is a joke,vote them all out,that isn’t going to happen, they’ll have replacements anyway that will be worse. We need a City Manager,immediately.

  29. The school committee
    June 25, 2019 at 5:25 am #

    Don should never try and make himself look good by using name as this great President gave a wonderful growing economy to Trump who immediately stole 1.7 trillion out of Obama’s economy to hand it off to the filthy powerful wealthy irresponsible 1%

  30. Johnny Absurdo
    June 25, 2019 at 5:44 am #

    As if to reinforce what seems to be full blown confusion at city hall there is an article in Mondays Eagle talking about the refurbished 1st street parking lot. And so one wonders where the city gets its consultants because this project seems effed up on so many levels. Don’t miss it. Needs a full blown Dan investigation. Don’t wait too long as they are going to want this story to disappear as soon as possible.

    • danvalenti
      June 25, 2019 at 8:00 am #

      Looks like a Classic Pittsfield Project, JA. Typical Protocol goes like this:
      1. Determine which project(s) get the windfall. Whether the work is needed or not can never be a consideration.
      2. Work up the numbers. Inflate actual costs by allowances for contractor grease (fake “word orders,” “unexpected delays” etc.) and cash kickbacks.
      3. Select favored contractor. Agree on how graft will be handled.
      4. Do work. Never complete it on time. Always over budget.
      5. Perform substandard work, so re-dos will be in order.

    • Spagirl
      June 25, 2019 at 12:42 pm #

      This is a glaring major conundrum!! People have a right to be pissed off. City employees who have free parking should not be allowed to park there. Pay for a permit like everyone else.

      • Spagirl
        June 25, 2019 at 12:48 pm #

        Or park in the Columbus Avenue Parking lot.

  31. Pseu Do
    June 25, 2019 at 5:49 am #

    Where did Moon get her figure pickle ball is the fastest growing sport in the AmErica. Simply not true.

    • danvalenti
      June 25, 2019 at 7:54 am #

      PSEU
      She got it from a glossy magazine called PICKLEBALL CONFIDENTIAL. (PAUSE) It names names.

    • ProxyDate
      June 25, 2019 at 5:15 pm #

      Moon is a bumbling idiot. It’s been promoted, by their own organization, as the “fastest growing sport you’ve never heard of”.
      It was a PR bit done in conjunction with NBC news as paid “news”tainment. It was part of their “Better” segment as a puff piece.
      It is as they say, fake news. This is all marketing because one of the families that invented it and has an interest in the sale of all things Pickleball is a VP at NBC.
      Pickleball has had a 650 percent increase in numbers over the last six years, according to USA Pickleball Association (USAPA). The biggest subset of that growth is not in the over-60 crowd, says Justin Maloof, executive director of USAPA, but the younger set. “When the sport first caught on in the sunbelt states around 2009, it was at 55-plus centers and RV communities,” he says. “It snowballed from there.”

      Loon Moon ignores that it’s an outdoor sport, best for the sunbelt, made to be played on converted tennis courts.
      It’s supposed to be CHEAP to build and not need dedicated courts.

      “Because most pickleball games are played on retrofitted tennis courts, it’s quick and easy for a parks and recreation department to get the game up and running, too. “You don’t need dedicated courts, so with some tape and a portable net, you can be good to go within a half hour,” says Maloof.”

      Pittsfield has already wasted $20,000 on Pickleball and they don’t even have a court.

  32. Dick Flimsy
    June 25, 2019 at 8:01 am #

    Will the census form have any questions about pickle ball?

  33. shakes
    June 25, 2019 at 9:04 am #

    https://www.usapa.org/

    Pickleball is pretty popular. Both my teenage daughters had it in gym and enjoy playing.

    • ProxyDate
      June 25, 2019 at 4:52 pm #

      Your kids were forced to play it, like volleyball, badminton, and doge ball. Ask what games they would prefer to play. I’m sure most kids like playing four square.

      • Shakes
        June 26, 2019 at 8:23 am #

        I did ask them, they enjoyed pickleball. FYI, high school gym doesn’t have Foursquare…. this isn’t camp Russell. Also, my kids would never go to a trash system like PPS.

  34. Bobby Knewson
    June 25, 2019 at 10:14 am #

    Dan I heard a couple three City Clowncilors saying the D P W is underfunded and the workers aren’t lazy. Well, who said they were lazy,if the budget wasn’t so bloated at the schools maybe Trochee could hire more people. Personally I think he is at fault, he’s the DPW Commissioner. This guy is leaving town and because of him alternative ways to save tens of millions go with him.

  35. Ted Polipeski
    June 25, 2019 at 11:02 am #

    Krol says the schools have contributed enough to help the insurance co pay? In what Society. Vote all these Councilors out. And don’t vote for Yuki or J Lo,they would be worse. Unless of course, you don’t mind being taxed to death for items you rarely would use.

    G E isn’t coming back,but the Arts haven’t arrived either.

  36. The school committee
    June 25, 2019 at 12:33 pm #

    Pickleball is a Great Barrington activity for old people .Pittsfield is a sports town not a pickleball town….. .The Trump administration illegally changed the census but Trump people are hired to break Americas laws and patriots like Congress woman Cortez will not allow it at the peoples house.We won’t allow fascist to take over America.

    • X-Lachs Lounge
      June 25, 2019 at 5:16 pm #

      You still don’t know what you’re talking about but your spelling is better.

  37. Pan Durer
    June 25, 2019 at 3:14 pm #

    The Arts are for the newYorkers, like Joyce, the Restauranteur (how’d that work out) and for some reason former Mayor Ruberto had a psychedelic vision that this would be the end all for the future of Polookaville. Man, was he wrong. Vote this Yuki chick, orc J Lo in,and the balance of power will be worse than it ever was. And it is bad NOW.

  38. The school committee
    June 25, 2019 at 5:35 pm #

    You still pay attention as you are a lemming and capable of buying a line of bs…get your jammies on as Hannity will be giving another stupid sermon to the lazy.

    • X-Lachs Lounge
      June 25, 2019 at 6:38 pm #

      Don’t proliferate nonsense

  39. Pothole
    June 25, 2019 at 6:53 pm #

    Where are all these pickle ball
    Games being played now? Seems to be just fine and growing the way it is. Not for the greater public good. Stop throwing my tax money at it ! A very small percentage of people play. Make the school department put it on their grounds with the tens of millions of dollars they have at their disposal then the kids can play and the seniors after school hours. Why put it off school grounds when it could serve a dual purpose and have some sort of oversight

    • danvalenti
      June 25, 2019 at 8:27 pm #

      POT
      Yes. We The People have made our position on pickleball clear, but The Powers That Be, for whatever covered up reason. are intent on shoving it on us. Scuttlebutt says the money that it will cost to build is the driver. Would that include the usual “work orders” and “over budget” gags. We know where that extra money ends up, don’t we.