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BUMSTEAD, COLONWOOD, & FAIL GIVE COUNCIL, ‘WE THE PEOPLE’ A ‘SNOW JOB’ … TRIO REFUSES TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR FAILURE

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By DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THURSDAY, FEB. 26, 2015) — We had intended for you to join us tonight as we presented another live, in-real-time, fearless edition of PLANET VALENTI TELEVISION. PV-TV normally commences at 7 p.m. and runs the hour, broadcast from the studios of PCTV on Time Warner Channel 16. Tonight, however, we accede the studio to our good friends in Civitan, who ran into a problem with their typical taping time. Once again, THE PLANET comes to the rescue. See y’all on the live side of television on Thursday, March 5.

PLANET VALENTI TELEVISION comes your way tonight, live, beginning at 7 p.m., on Time Warner Channel 16.

For almost all THE PLANET‘s broadcasting career, with countless thousands of radio shows and hundreds on television, we have done it live without a script … or a net. Our preferred medium is “the talk show,” loosely defined. We prefer it live and improvised as opposed to taped and memorized (or read) for several reasons:

— It’s the most exhilarating form in which to tackle a broadcast medium.

— It allows for the most spontaneity and demands the most wit, since it requires so much ad-libbing.

— It lessens the long labor required by scripts, casts, props, scenery, rehearsals and the like.

— There’s no pressure of having to remember movement and lines.

— One rises or falls, succeeds or fails, hits or misses, based largely on one’s own efforts. This lends a kind of poetic justice to such a performance. The camera and the microphone do not lie.

— We also adore the intellectual challenge of having to fill an hour or more of live air on a regular basis. From William Henry‘s biography of Jackie GleasonThe Great One: “Few performers have enough interest in the world beyond their own careers to sustain hours of unedited talk. Few have the nerve to try.” Yeah, guess we enjoy doing something others find terrifying.

So we shall see you on the TV tonight. THE PLANET never knows where we might venture in terms of topics, but right now, we wouldn’t be surprised we get into Snowgate, especially the appearance by the three stooges at Tuesday night’s city council meeting; the difference between sand, salt, and snow; and the state’s budget deficit, which has doubled from $750 million to $1.5 billion.

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Keep Heat on Deadbeats Who Are Wrecking Pittsfield’s Roads, Streets, and Highways

THE PLANET is by no means done raking hot tar over Pittsfield’s corner office, Public Services Department, and Highway Division. Those three offices are occupied by (in truth, we cannot say “managed” or “led” by) Mayor Daniel Bumstead, Bruce Colonwood, and Kevin Fail (rhymes with “swail”). What are they? The three stooges? The three dumb-dumbs? The three dipshits?

Bumstead, Colonwood, and Fail sit clueless in the docket at Tuesday’s city council meeting. It’s quite a sight: three males but not a Man among them. They wimped out, failing to take responsibility for their abject failure to handle — eeek!! — w-i-n-t-e-r. (Photo iBerkshires)

While we have yet to dissect this trio’s dreadful appearance before We The People in the form of a city council meeting this past Tuesday, we have seen and heard much. Moreover, we have augmented this with intelligence from the field, including sources in (or with access to) each of those departments. THE PLANET will quote directly from one inside source: “Swail bold-face lied. The city never pre-treated [the roads] this snow season, ever.”

THE PLANET has repeatedly invited comment from these officials, and repeatedly they have ignored the engraving. Nonetheless, if one, two, or all three of them should wish to offer their defense here, we shall welcome their participation.

iBerkshires Blows The BB Away with Council Coverage

Funny how The Boring Broadsheet contained not one word about the council meeting in its Wednesday edition. Yet in the same edition, it called itself The Greatest Newspaper On The Face Of The Earth — or an equally glowing self-attributed “No. 1” — it its house ad looking for a new police reporter (our good friend, Andrew Amelimckx, has moved on the bigger and better things, a magazine gig for more money, looser hours, and no commute). On the other hand, iBerkshires beat the pants off of The BB with Andy McKeever‘s Wednesday story.

As McKeever’s story illustrates and the painful TV footage shows, the three dipspits (no “Three Amigos” here) had nothing but lame excuses and tortured rationales for the miserable failure they have demonstrated in keeping Pittsfield’s streets safe from winter. The three sacks exonerated themselves and put the blame everywhere else. Not one of them “manned up” — no surprise, actually, since there was not a Man among them.

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Q: Why weren’t the roads salted?

DIPSPITS: “Uh, let’s see, um, we don’t have enough shed space for salt. No, wait, yeah that’s it, the salt shipment was delayed. Er, homina homina, the dog ate my salt.”

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We heard Fail admit having no clue when a salt shipment was supposed to arrive. He talked about “magic salt,” dragons, eye of newt, subterranean spaceships, earth tremors, and sun spots. Colonwood sat and swigged buttermilk until he cleaned his colon for all he added to the discussion. He had the chamber enthralled when he said, “Hindsight is 20/20.” Woah! Deeeeep Thoughtssssss! He ought to know. In the colon-cleaning business, one sees a lot of hiners. Bumstead called this winter “a one in a 50-year event.” He apparently does not know that winter comes to New England 50 times in 50 years.

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Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski should bless the snow, because each flake that falls untouched on city byways guarantees the political doom of this incapable mayor. By November’s election, the snows of yesterday will have long melted away. So too Mayor Bumstead, melted away in a urine-colored puddle of irrelevancy and borne down under by his big, heavy, phat pension.

Its seal is mediocrity.

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“Why vowest thou then to live in Pittsfield here, / Who on love’s seas more glorious would appear?” — Adapted from Christopher Marlowe‘s Hero and Leander, lines 227-8, (1598).

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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poorboy
poorboy
9 years ago

Interesting picture. Bagelanchi looks like needs a good colon cleanse. Collingwood looks like he’s missing the latest episode of the walking dead and Swail looks like being sentenced to life in prison. Together you are looking at a wasted expense of over a third of a million dollars per year.

When you look up incompetence in the dictionary, this picture should be there.

Gotta run, I’m getting new shocks, front end alignment and new tires today.

spagirl
spagirl
Reply to  poorboy
9 years ago

Poorboy,
Just think Mayor bullshit artist gets to get up every morning and do exactly what he loves….finger point, belittle…and accept no responsibility for his major failures. HE is overpaid and there is absolutely no accountability. Taxpayers are getting a royal screwing.

spagirl
spagirl
9 years ago

The Corner Office occupied by the Biggest Void in the history of Pittsfield….Has sealed his fate with his miserable lack of performance, Spin Master Skills, and carrying the other two stooges on his back. Dumb, and Dumber. All 3 are pathetic cowards.

In case you missed it
In case you missed it
9 years ago

The city of Pittsfield’s tax burden has caused defaults in people’s ability to pay. To the tune of $10 million dollars.

Ever wonder what happens when you can’t pay your taxes?
Do you really think you own your property? Think again.
This from IBerkshires:

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city is looking to sell some $10 million in tax liens.

In the spring, the city is planning to auction off bundles of tax title liens — giving a private firm control of collections and ultimately property takings.

“We will sell the lien, essentially, and the right to collect to a company that specializes in this and has resources to do this,” said Mayor Daniel Bianchi said.

“Right now we have $10 million in uncollected property taxes. Other communities — Worcester, Springfield — have done this. It is a way for a community to collect the equivalent of back taxes.”

Instead of going through the lengthy tax title process, the city will essentially sell the debt owed to it to investors.

“This is not to punish anyone. These are taxes that are owed,” Bianchi said. “We have some liens that are 20 years old.”

According to City Attorney Darren Lee, the auction in the spring will feature titles from all wards in the city. Liens are put on properties that are more than one year past due in taxes.

“Once an account is in tax title, the taxpayers are responsible for 16 percent interest on the principal balance of the account,” Lee wrote in a statement.

The city is currently out to bid for a company to manage the auction. A pre-auction meeting to review the proposed properties is expected to be held for investors and public meetings are expected for property owners.

In other business last week, the City Council approved purchasing $307,000 worth of new software. The city will spend the next two to three months installing $110,000 worth of online permitting software.

“We’re going to roll it out a little at a time. We’re going to start with the building inspectors, they generate the most permits. Then we’ll get into other things like special events,” Bianchi said.

“People will be able to do a lot more, if not everything, online. But that is not to say that they won’t have to visit the municipal office but it should cut it down significantly.”

Concurrently, the city will be installing $197,000 worth of new computer-assisted mass appraisal software for the assessor’s office. Those programs are eyed to ease the assessment process.”

Another $307,000.00 for online permits. And you thought the move to 100 North St. was enough to streamline the permit process. Who knew Pittsfield was so freakin rich? Pay your taxes or lose your property.

Ed McClelland
Ed McClelland
9 years ago

iberkshires coverage of Pittsfield’s school committee quoted superintendent McCandless stating, “with the new Taconic redistricting may be necessary”.
Is the new high school a done deal ? What are the costs to the taxpayers ?

Truth is .....
Truth is .....
Reply to  Ed McClelland
9 years ago

Costs will exceed $200 million USDollars. Just watch and see.
Now add in the costs of redistricting.

Its been a done deal ever since its inception.
The people will be denied a vote on this wasteful spending of their money. There is simply too much money to be made for a select few.

The city of Pittsfield’s government is corrupt to the core.
Best possible thing you can do is move out.
Pittsfield is headed for bankruptcy and Federal receivership.
The ones orchestrating this don’t care.

Dio
Dio
Reply to  Ed McClelland
9 years ago

Ed, it’s a done deal. There are certain folks who will make a ton of money off this that will not let this fail. And the cost to taxpayers will be exorbitant. Count on it.

Free Speech under attack
Free Speech under attack
9 years ago

Dan,

Have you taken note of what is going on on the Federal level?
Thursday they are going to vote on “net neutrality”. This will effectively turn internet control over to the FCC.

http://patriotrising.com/2015/02/25/internet-freedom-to-disappear-on-thursday/

They want to turn the internet from an “information services” industry to a “telecommunications” industry and thus regulate its contents.

This type of internet control has been defeated twice in the past and yet they keep bringing it up and pushing for it.

The internet is not broken and does not need fixing.
Its a clear attempt to stop free speech.
This could have far reaching consequences – reaching even right into your blog.

People are tuning out of the main stream scripted news and tuning into the internet to get the truth on matters they are concerned with. This is an atempt to stop this and control internet content.

I know you must have concerns about this.

dusty
dusty
9 years ago

Even though I am not sure Collingwood and Mr Swail are the best people Pittsfield could get for their highway dept I am cutting them a modicum of slack. My guess is that there was a rehearsal of sorts between them and Mr Bumstead where they were advised what to say in answer to council questions. They probably could not have told the truth if they wanted to and still had jobs to go to the next morning.

I wonder if the rehearsal had role playing where a stand in councilor would ask questions and the dept heads would read the answers. Did they get a study sheet as well? Either way the whole thing made them, especially the mayor, look a tad foolish.

PopKornSutton
PopKornSutton
9 years ago

If you bake a cake you need ingredients.
if you need to salt roads……YOU NEED SALT!
There is SIMPLY??NO EXCUSE? PERIOD?

spagirl
spagirl
Reply to  PopKornSutton
9 years ago

Agree..100%…..It’s incompetence, Stupid!

joetaxpayer
joetaxpayer
9 years ago

If your baking a cake and you are missing a ingredient, sometimes you have to substitute. They could of at least sanded the roads. Those roads were as white as the ice at the Garden and as slick as Obama.

Tempers Flare
Tempers Flare
9 years ago

The only thing spread was cow manure at the last council meeting…..All around.

Dave
Dave
Reply to  Tempers Flare
8 years ago

I agree. Tempers. They are all terrible.

Nota
Nota
8 years ago

At the City Council Meeting Tes said he wished the storm hadn’t been so severe and apologized for the inconvenience……. That’s NOT the answer! We haven’t seen such a poor judgement call since Pete Carroll at the Super Bowl,

Nota
Nota
8 years ago

but we forgive him….Carroll, that is!