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BE SURE TO VOTE TODAY! THEN THE PLANET GOES R&R

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, ELECTION DAY, 2016) — THE PLANET‘s message is simple today. We phrase it in the imperative mode: VOTE!

That’s your job, your right, your privilege, and your duty. Do it! Just friggin’ do it! We exercised the franchise on Friday. Before we filled out the ballot, we paused, as we do each time we cast our choices, with this image: An 18-year-old soldier, scared to death, pouring out of a Higgins boat on D-Day. That kid risked his life so you could have a say today. Don’t waste his life. Be sure to vote.

With that, THE PLANET will be taking a much-needed R&R for the remainder of the week. We’ll be back on Monday, Nov. 14. Until then, you’re on your own. Your comments on the results are welcome below and all week. Please (he asked, futilely) be sharp, incisive, intelligent, and respectful.

Be well, with all peace of mind!

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“Vote? Just do it!”Dan Valenti

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Shakes His Head
Shakes His Head
4 years ago

To give you an idea of how pathetic the engagement was for this democrat election campaign, Trump won with less votes than Romney lost with.

heh heh
heh heh
Reply to  Shakes His Head
4 years ago

Trump was not even born in this country. He should not have been on the ballot. The whole thing was rigged I tell ya.

Shakes His Head
Shakes His Head
Reply to  heh heh
4 years ago

? That’s equally as screwy.

Miss Vito
Miss Vito
Reply to  heh heh
4 years ago

Where does it say or who heard anything about the Guyer?

CosbiesLadies
CosbiesLadies
4 years ago

I believe Trump was born in Canada. His dad wanted an abortion and he came out anyway.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
4 years ago

Re: Open letter to Alan Chartock

With the Republican Party in control of the U.S. Congress and the White House for the next two years, they will have to be accountable and take responsibility for their successes and failures. Trump, McConnell and Speaker Ryan won’t be able to blame the Democrats if things go badly. It may lead to a Democratic majority in the U.S. Congress after the mid-term elections in 2018.

I predict Donald Trump will try to take away the freedom of the press (or news media). He will attack anyone who criticizes his administration. He may even try to jail his opponents! Trump is intimidating.

Donald Trump attacked “the others” in our nation. He targeted immigrants and Mexicans in particular. He took the anger working class people feel as they are falling behind into the underclass in our inequitable economy.

As a personal note, if I were married with children, I would feel the same way. I would worry about living in excess debt that I would never get out of. I would hope my children would make it out of the underclass.

The irony is that Donald Trump is wealthy and does not really understand what it is to be a “have not”. His late father was worth an estimated $300 million in 1990’s dollars. Donald Trump is worth billions of dollars. He is an effective salesman and made money off of real estate and casino gambling, which is regressive taxation!

On the state and federal level in Western Massachusetts, all of the delegates to Beacon Hill and Capitol Hill ran in unopposed or non-competitive “elections”. All year long, everyone knew that Adam Hinds would be the next Pittsfield State Senator, and Tricia Farley-Bouvier would win a third term as Pittsfield State Representative. Moreover, William “Smitty” Pignatelli ran unopposed for his eighth two-year term as Lenox State Representative. How many terms is this career political hack going to serve? Is Pignatelli going to die of old age in political office someday?

How come you, Alan Chartock, don’t write about the done deal, undemocratic politics in Western Massachusetts? Is it O.K. that there are unopposed or non-competitive state and federal Western Massachusetts “elections” every two years? Do you support the top-down, political hacks that control the government through one political party rule? Do you think these corrupt, insiders have tanked the local economy with trends of a declining population base and loss of industry and jobs?

It is an interesting set of circumstances between the fascist president-elect, Donald Trump, versus the Good Old Boys political network in Western Massachusetts. The common citizen is losing to the political elites and they are looking for someone new who promises them new opportunities to earn an equitable living to provide a financially secure future for their families.

Either way, I think the common citizens’ choices are not looking good. In Western Massachusetts, they are stuck with political hacks like “Smitty” Pignatelli. Nationally, they are going to be stuck with wealthy salesman named Donald Trump who will not come through on his promise to “Make America Great Again”.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Melle

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
4 years ago

Chartock, is a moon bat and he won’t change.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  12 Gauge
4 years ago

I can’t stand Chartock.

Zylonite
Zylonite
Reply to  Pat
4 years ago

Shocker

Local Yokel
Local Yokel
4 years ago

Smitty, Carmen, Dennis G. Andrea et al are to be thanked for the dedicated service and we should honor these men who always had the citizens of this Berksire County in mind.

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  Local Yokel
4 years ago

what happened to Guyser?

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  Local Yokel
4 years ago

Thank you, “Luciforo” aka Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr. and Carmen Massimiano, Jr. for trying to jail me when I was 22 years old back in the Spring of 1998. Thank you, Denis Guyer, for allegedly spreading false rumors against me from 2004 – 2010. Thank you “Smitty” Pignatelli for refusing to sign my nomination papers for Berkshire State Senator in early-2004.
I look forward to NOT exchanging Christmas cards with you next month!
– Jonathan Melle
http://jonathanmelleonpolitics.blogspot.com/2008/05/andrea-nuciforo-jonathan-melle-month-of.html

Shelly Liver
Shelly Liver
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
4 years ago

Jonathan nows your chance to show us the picture of Guyer and Cosby, it’s near the bottom of your blog, it shows Cosby with his arm around the great Guyer.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  Shelly Liver
4 years ago

Denis Guyer is a powerful person in Pittsfield politics. He was married to Allison Crane and served as a Dalton Selectman and then as Dalton’s State Representative. Denis Guyer and Allison Crane divorced, and Denis Guyer was remarried to another woman. He worked for Iredale Cosmetics for a while and moved to Pittsfield where he supported the lovely Linda Tyer for Mayor in 2015. Mayor Linda Tyer appointed Denis Guyer to the position of Director of Maintenance.

Denis Guyer and I were in a 6 year conflict from 2004 – 2010. He allegedly spread vicious and false rumors about me all around Pittsfield’s political groups. Denis Guyer allegedly said that I belong in a psychiatric institution and that my mental illness during my honorable military service in the U.S. Army is all about my love for a Jewish woman from Otis. Denis Guyer allegedly publicly stated on July 23, 2005 at the Massachusetts Democratic Party meeting a Bousquet in Pittsfield that “all Jonathan Melle ever did was stalk a Jewish woman from Otis.” Peter Marchetti, who is a close ally to Denis Guyer, allegedly told people at a Pittsfield political event honoring John Forbes Kerry in 2006 that when I lived with his great Aunt, my late maternal Grandmother, that she asked me to leave, but my plan was to live in her Pittsfield home. All of these mean-spirited gossip and rumors were relayed to me after I moved to southern New Hampshire to live with my family.

It must be nice to be in politics and use your influence to bad-mouth someone such as myself. Denis Guyer was a close ally to Nuciforo when the two served in the State Legislature on Beacon Hill’s State House and Senate, respectively. Nuciforo has been using people to bully me since the Spring of 1996 when I was only 20 years old without Nuciforo leaving behind his own finger-prints. This is why both Pittsfield and politics sucks!

– Jonathan Melle

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
4 years ago

Why isn’t Guyser working for the city of Pittsfield any longer. Did he quit or did he get canned?

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
4 years ago

Guyser is quite the Jack Wagon.

Shakes His Head
Shakes His Head
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
4 years ago

That’s a lot of slander for nothing.

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
4 years ago

Fair question and true comment

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
4 years ago

last week someone on this blog said he was gone…..what’s the story?

H
H
4 years ago

Trump enters the White House with his third wife and three separate set of kids from different Mothers will be staying there.

Shelly Liver
Shelly Liver
4 years ago

R there any minorities Trump will choose for his cabinet?

Shakes His Head
Shakes His Head
Reply to  Shelly Liver
4 years ago

Yes. Minorities as in rich white 1% political insiders.

Harlan Rinklenutts
Harlan Rinklenutts
4 years ago

Trump promised to repeal and dismantle Obamacare and came out today saying he may keep parts of it. Already going back on campaign promises.

Zylonite
Zylonite
Reply to  Harlan Rinklenutts
4 years ago

Definitely not a Trump fan, but both sides do and say whatever their followers want to hear to get elected. Trump is as political as any seasoned politician. It’s not a bad thing to be politically fluid when representing ALL Americans. I will be open minded.

P Hewton
P Hewton
4 years ago

Rep Peter King R-intelligence Committee,saysTrump will leave a few items in from Obamaacre.,,,,,,What doesn’t King understand? Dismantle means just that, take the whole’ damn thing apart. Trump is already compromising and fudging on is campaign promises.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  P Hewton
4 years ago

I’m okay with him leaving a few items in like pre-existing condition coverage and staying on parents insurance till age 26. It’s the out of control prices and lack of choice in healthcare that people want to see thrown out. It will change into another plan completely, but still retain a few items that did work. What’s wrong with that?

heh heh
heh heh
Reply to  Pat
4 years ago

He just says what he thinks people want to hear but offers no details on how he will fix it. My prediction is that he will make health care much more expensive. He wants to have high deductibles and have people save money each week towards their health care. Really. Look it up. Does not sound cheaper to me.

Gigi
Gigi
4 years ago

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Obama is abandoning the TPP trade agreement, in light of Trump’s win. Yay!

Gigi
Gigi
4 years ago

Another good piece of news. CNBC – “Dow posts best week since 2011 after Trump election win.”

P Hewton
P Hewton
4 years ago

Mexico says there happy with the wall, but they won’t pay for it.

AlaskanBushClowns
AlaskanBushClowns
4 years ago

China will declare WAr on U S…what is China doing over in the Phillipines building Islands and landing strips as we speak.

Demetrius T. Gladiator
Demetrius T. Gladiator
Reply to  AlaskanBushClowns
4 years ago

Why shouldn’t China be there. It has territorial rights in the South China Sea.

h
h
4 years ago

Maybe opening a new Target?

Bill Q
Bill Q
4 years ago

yeah, china has rights, to dredge up islands and. Uilding air strips,yup.

The School Committee
The School Committee
4 years ago

WE have all been waiting for Mayor Tyer to explain or cover the reason Mr Guyer was asked by the Mayor to resign.The no comment period is in her best interest but why isn’t the Berkshire Eagle reporting his resignation?We live in a time when language will get John Doe fired and Donald Trump elected president.

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  The School Committee
4 years ago

Someone in City Hall will leak the reason out.

Wilson
Wilson
4 years ago

Humiliation of Pittsfield never ends: Tyer in “despair” about Trump’s sentiments that American industry should be rebuilt and welfare to foreign criminals stopped, another childless lady retiree who wants to hug and collect a pension rather than lead and work

heh heh
heh heh
Reply to  Wilson
4 years ago

I am in despair that my taxes keep going up but the mayor has given another of her friendly donor millionaires a large tax break. Was there anything about this one in the Eagle?

Is she trying to bury us? Spit and then laugh in our faces? Why do we keep going from bad to worse with our elected leaders. What sins did the people of Pittsfield commit to deserve this kind of representation?

Zylonite
Zylonite
4 years ago

So much for draining the swamp. Looks like the GOP establishment back in. What a con job.

The School Committee
The School Committee
4 years ago

Theyes wanted to rebuild the swamp

Spider
Spider
4 years ago

Can someone please explain Mayor Tyer’s comment in today’s paper…..”We’ll do the exact opposite of the sentiments that were expressed by the incoming president. We’re going to make sure that we’re doing the right thing in this city”.

What horrible sentiments did he make that I missed?

Barry C: Can you decipher this for us?

H
H
4 years ago

Qurstion 5 means the Springside House Sloppers won’t have to go far to finish thier project. Question 5 and the Covanta Deal really leaves a sour taste.

The School Committee
The School Committee
4 years ago

Yes…Trump said he could kill someone in time square and his supporter would not care.Trump said you are blinded by his celebrity ….quote they let you do whatever I want because of celebrity

Dilly Dally
Dilly Dally
4 years ago

Trump said he could grab em by the Putin and get away with it, because he is a star. And when you’re a star you can get away with it.

Trump enters the White House with three different kids with three different mothers, a first, I’m sure.

chuck garivaltis
chuck garivaltis
4 years ago

There’s al lot more to this than stuff we talk about.

Look at this. Is anyone thinking of it?

Dan Valenti called it. Are you paying attention? Not many are.

This has nothing to do with who is your favorite? It has a lot to do with who called it right.

Great call, Dan. You were one of not many.

May Hemm
May Hemm
4 years ago

I called it Chuck, it was fifty fifty, the media shouldn’t have been so bias,Clinton might be President.

On another note, wondering what our Senior citizens are thinking with question Five passed. On top of high taxes they get another levy for Springside House Restorations. Seniors haven’t seen a raise in years and many who received G E pensions were rated at the low end and not in line with what they pay todaybecuase of higher wages, by far.

Joe Blow
Joe Blow
4 years ago

I think it’s high time we drain the swamp in city hall!

Harlan Rinklenutts
Harlan Rinklenutts
4 years ago

Or drain Pittsfield.

P Hewton
P Hewton
4 years ago

Please Drain Vahconah Park.

Shakes His Head
Shakes His Head
4 years ago

If Pittsfield ceases to exist, nowhere else in the world will notice.

Shelly Liver
Shelly Liver
4 years ago

The Refugees will,Shakes.

Shakes His Head
Shakes His Head
Reply to  Shelly Liver
4 years ago

They could care less and would probably rather be in Aleppo.

Local Yokel
Local Yokel
Reply to  Shakes His Head
4 years ago

Not when according to Juweleoni who says Badadi said he will infiltrate terrorist with the Refugees. Propaganda for sure.

Shakes His Head
Shakes His Head
Reply to  Local Yokel
4 years ago

Is that some attempt at writing a sentence?

h
h
4 years ago

I was listening to the King Krol Kool Krol-Aid hour and it had Johnny LO on, and he was talking about lawn signs in front of apartments and doubted if the tenants voted. That was definable as a slight im sure to Chris Connel. Why are these shows supported by taxpayer funds and supposedly for the students in political hands, that could sway voters or candidates, or projects?

H
H
4 years ago

It says in the New Eagle John and Abigail Adams recipients at Taxoic High School with receive free a tuition at any U Mass Campus, this is for four years also…..not bad! BUT I DOUBT IT!

RobEM
RobEM
4 years ago

The CPA could be the last straw that breaks the back of some small businesses. The new health insurance rate increase is ridiculously high. Then add in all the other expenses that a business owner pays. I read a previous post that explains the payment formula. What would the cost be to a struggling business with property valued at 1 or 2 million?

Shakes His Head
Shakes His Head
Reply to  RobEM
4 years ago

If they are that fickle then their business plan sucks.

Rocky Creed
Rocky Creed
4 years ago

Denis Guyer was fired for alledgedly making anti-gay statements around the workplace, and was going thru his budget like water. The Mayor wants to bring in Greg Yon to do the job.

Trumped Up
Trumped Up
Reply to  Rocky Creed
4 years ago

Drain the Swamp

Pat
Pat
4 years ago

The so-called protests have crossed the line. For every peaceful protest in one city, there are riots in others. Assaults of Trump supporters, attacking police, these people are showing their true colors and potential for violence. It’s all about bigotry according to the rioters. All Trump supporters are racists they say as they use a broad brush to stereotype Trump supporters. These people are portraying all Trump supporters as being of one mind. To me this is treasonous behavior. They want to overthrow the decision fairly made by the people of this country. They are being encouraged by all of the progressive newspapers throughout the country like the Berkshire Eagle. Even Linda Tyer comes forward and adds her own divisive remarks. George Soros and the big money that went toward getting Hillary elected are also encouraging this behavior.

Donald Trump said he wants immigrants in the country to use legal means to become citizens and we should be cautious with people coming from terror prone areas. These are all policies that European countries wish they had adopted. The citizens in Europe agree which is why they are voting out any politicians who think otherwise.

t
t
Reply to  Pat
4 years ago

WhIch probably means no more Syrian refugees.

Shakes His Head
Shakes His Head
Reply to  Pat
4 years ago

White working class people just want the government to give them free stuff.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Shakes His Head
4 years ago

The working class doesn’t get free stuff because they are WORKING. The want job opportunities so they don’t need to work 3 or 4 jobs to equal one job. They want lower taxes so their money goes further. They want lower healthcare so it doesn’t eat into their limited amount of money. It’s INSULTING to say they want free stuff. By the way, this applies to all races. I say lots of people of all races standing side by side holding signs supporting Trump at his rallies.

Zylonite
Zylonite
Reply to  Pat
4 years ago

Lots of jobs locally. Ask BMC and GD. Problem is you actually have to have to be qualified. You can’t expect to have a high paying job without putting the time and energy into your education.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Zylonite
4 years ago

Not everybody is going to be able to work for the school department and BMC. DIVERSITY of jobs is needed in this county and in this country. That’s the trouble with Pittsfield. There are 2 major employers. If you don’t have the connections and notice I say connections and not qualifications, if you don’t have the CONNECTIONS, you don’t get the jobs. Pittsfield needs more than these 2 employers to have plenty of jobs for everyone. Progressives are all about diversity, but they don’t understand that when it comes to employment we need jobs for all levels of workers. That can be done with the right political leadership.

Trumped Up
Trumped Up
Reply to  Pat
4 years ago

Repeal Obamacare

Shakes His Head
Shakes His Head
Reply to  Pat
4 years ago

So you just want free stuff.

Shakes His Head
Shakes His Head
Reply to  Shakes His Head
4 years ago

Like a political leadership that gives them something that haven’t earned. Like decent jobs.

Iemma Trump
Iemma Trump
4 years ago

Great choice Rocky, Greg will do the job!

Paul
Paul
4 years ago

Yon is not anymore qualified to do that job than a monkey. He has none of the credentials for one thing.

Bill Q
Bill Q
Reply to  Paul
4 years ago

Yes, but he knows who he needs to know, you know?

The School Committee
The School Committee
4 years ago

Kroll amuso White Caccamo are allowing Tyer advisor to underfunded everybody so that the school budget is not cut…..Senior military veterans just had taxes go up another 2 percent……schools got to close befor we run every senior citizen out ot town broke

Dilly Dally
Dilly Dally
Reply to  The School Committee
4 years ago

Interesting statement S C. Guyser has stated at Committee meetings he and his needs for repair and replacement are not even close to being funded, so why would going through his particular budget ( like water) as was stated be a reason for dismissal. We might have to wait for the Planet to return.Unless someone else can confirm.”..BARRY?

May Hemm
May Hemm
4 years ago

Zeke Elliot probably the greatest running back of all time,just scampered 81 yds for a touchdown, the longest play of the year for the Dallas Cowboys.

Knock Knock
Knock Knock
Reply to  May Hemm
4 years ago

Really? You’re rating him higher than all time leader Emerson Smith, how about O J Sampson of the Bills? Comee on May.

mi
mi
4 years ago

Maybe you haven’t heard of the great Cookie Gilchrist, now he has to be considered in the Greatest Catagory.

The School Committee
The School Committee
4 years ago

I’m hearing all overtime account are empty with them needing free cash to get by….school are hiring new employees all the time

Bill Q
Bill Q
4 years ago

The greatest Athlete was Otis Thorpe, who excelled at many sports. Bo Jackson was also a great runner who excelled at football, running back and baseball.

H
H
Reply to  Bill Q
4 years ago

Wasn’t Otis a former N B A All Star? Don’t think he played football?

Trumped Up
Trumped Up
4 years ago

Bill Russell has to be included in the conversation when you’re talking greatest. His ability to control a basketball game with defense and rebounding is a feat in itself. The Celtics would have never won all of the Championships without him. Russell also had the unique responsibility of becoming a player-Coach with the Celts.

h
h
4 years ago

Trump did it. he has hired White upremist Bannon.

Joe Blow
Joe Blow
Reply to  h
4 years ago

Keep labeling us as racist…..Trump won because we are sick and tired of you race hustlers. Why does the left break up Americans in little groups? Stop dividing and start uniting to make America GREAT again! As Pres. Obama said on live tv….we won you lost elections have consequences!

CosbiesLadies
CosbiesLadies
Reply to  Joe Blow
4 years ago

Are you saying Bannon isn’t?

Joe Blow
Joe Blow
Reply to  CosbiesLadies
4 years ago

Yes, that is what I’m saying!

Local Yokel
Local Yokel
4 years ago

I am giving dinner to the 300th poster.

Trumped Up
Trumped Up
4 years ago

Zeke Elliot scores winning touchdown….209 yards against Steelers.

Trumped Up
Trumped Up
4 years ago

Bannon wanted Ryan out.

heh heh
heh heh
Reply to  Trumped Up
4 years ago

In four months when the healthcare system has been turned inside out and no one knows if they even have health care insurance or not and because of Bannon the BLM folk are rioting everywhere, then the Trump people will see once and for all how their guy is fixing their country and making everybody very very happy.

and then the panic will set in

oh yeah it is true

Paul
Paul
Reply to  heh heh
4 years ago

Heh heh, the sky is falling the sky is falling.

Shakes His Head
Shakes His Head
Reply to  Paul
4 years ago

At least Pat and Thor have STFU.

Hugh Kent Stoppgronk
Hugh Kent Stoppgronk
4 years ago

Wutzgoinonwidaguyser?

Halo
Halo
4 years ago

Kelly Anne Cromley told Chris Wallaceon Fox she expects politicians like Harry Reed et al to act with respect, Decency and maturity towards President elect Trump,has she lost it? Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a helluva ride.

Halo
Halo
4 years ago

Kelly Anne Conway told Chris Wallace on Fox she expects politicians like Harry Reed et al to act with respect, Decency and MATURITY towards President elect Trump,has she lost it? Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a helluva ride.

Knock Knock
Knock Knock
4 years ago

Trump and Republicans better get in sync when they talk about issues, how many times was Pence called out by Trump for instance?….wait until the Xpeaker and Trump are at odds. Ryan is already sucking up to him.