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AG’s DEAL WITH MUSEUM LAZY, SLEEZY, & CORRUPT … plus … A LETTER TO THE EDITOR THE EAGLE REFUSED TO PRINT

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION FEB. 23-25, 2018) — Lazy.

Peel to its core the rotten onion of the Berkshire Museum‘s auction of its soul in the form of its best works of art, and you find sloth worthy of its designation as a cardinal sin. The museum’s “deal” with AG Maura Healey allows its board to hang out the “Gone Fishin'” sign, freed from its major responsibility of fund-raising to provide operating funds and endowment money.

The institution’s board proved inept at raising capital, but it sure could spend money, ringing up more than $11 million in debt over the past decade in its transformation of the facility from a revered sanctuary of art and natural science into a plasticized Chuck E. Cheese. Ask yourself: What self-respecting directors run a business into the ground for a decade then “go Judas” for “30 pieces of silver” to cover their bumbling?

Sleezy.

THE PLANET asks what you all have been asking, a question that has not only been not sufficiently explained but one that, when you ask it for the record, has informed sources turning “D&D” — that’s street talk for “deaf and dumb.” Yes, the red flag went up on Healey’s 11th-hour deal that lets go “Shuffleton’s Barber Shop” and dozens of the museum’s most valuable works but skins the citizens of Berkshire County with a razor stropped on back of thousand-dollar bills. It’s funny, though, how typically loquacious sources talk big off the record but shrink when you want to use their attributed wisdom. They expect the turnip-truck investigative journalist to take all the credit — and heat.

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According to one statehouse source, the deal is “a classic quid pro quo.” That’a Latin for “You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours, and we’ll both stab Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski in the back.” If true, it would help explain the last-second reversal from the AG, a triple-axle spin in morality akin to a school superintendent coming out in favor of child porn.

The deal allows the museum to raise $55 million from the sale of art. It would use the licitly illicit money for operating and endowment costs. Moreover, it conveniently excuses the museum’s incompetent directors from doing their job of legitimate fundraising while at the same time expunging a decade-long record of financial double-dealing and fiduciary depravity. Does the money include a laundered “finder’s fee” that might find its circuitous way into the fund-raising efforts of prominent political animals? THE PLANET cannot say. We have only learned, through the years, to QUESTION EVERYTHING.

While we’re in a querying mood, why have Pittsfield mayor Linda Tyer, Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, city councilors, museum employees, and others in the know on rug row been so silent? We also wonder why The Berkshire Eagle suddenly took the starch out of its theretofore good job of getting underneath the glossy veneer of the story? What made it back off in favor of feel-good PR? Did Eagle reporter Larry Parnass become “the man who knew too much?”

Corrupt.

We need not define that. We only wish that the people with knowledge of this deal’s pus would bronze the cowardice of their convictions, preserving them but rendering them unfit for future use.

May all your Rockwells be Normans.

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TIME NOW TO OPEN THE LETTERS BAG.

Here’s one sent to The Boring Broadsheet that The BB refused to publish:

A balanced editorial policy would make The Eagle better.

The letter by Al Diesz on 1/18/18 addresses the extreme bias of Eagle editorial policy. At a recent meeting where Publisher Fredric Rutberg talked about all the changes made to the Eagle I briefly spoke with him after the event. I commended him regarding emphasis on local news, and bringing much of the work in-house and performed by local people. Then I broached the subject of the extreme editorial policy. My purpose was to suggest that a balanced policy would make the paper more interesting (and successful) than the left wing echo chamber it has become.

My goodness! The vehement response surprised me. He claimed that the policy was completely unbiased, and that the numerous left wing syndicated columnists carried by the Eagle were not his responsibility. Funny. I thought that a Publisher was responsible for everything he prints. I can’t believe that Mr. Rutberg is ignorant of the nature of the Eagle. So, it must be his personal opinion, and that he is brazenly using the Eagle to push it.

My cousin who rose to be a renowned judge in Norfolk VA had a favorite saying.

“It’s nice to be a judge. From 9 to 3;30, I’m right.”

Of course the beauty of these words is the unspoken notion that at other times his opinion is no better than that of the common man.

Hey Fred! Your court is not in session.

Ed Dartford
23 East St., Stockbridge.

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Have a great weekend, everybody.

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“Anytime at all. Anytime at all, all you gotta do is call, and I’ll be there”The Beatles.

“OPEN THW WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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dusty
dusty
3 years ago

If I am reading it correctly IBerkshires has an article suggesting that there is going to be half million dollar upgrade to Clapp park. Maybe they can use some of the fill for the potholes…not that roads are important or anything.

Dilly Dally
Dilly Dally
3 years ago

Can tDallyYeahor and entire city council next elections, and better yet impeach Tired.

Dilly Dally
Dilly Dally
3 years ago

Don’t know what happened there? Anyway,can them all next elections.

Dilly Dally
Dilly Dally
3 years ago

Imagine setting off fireworks during a rain storm.

Cos
Cos
3 years ago

City is in debt for a billion dollars becauseof the Massimiano pay me now or later b s and the Mayor has Barry calling the agenda over at P E DA. We need this Gaetani to take over the reigns on this water project,NOW or we will be in deep sludge.

U
U
3 years ago

If city managers want to leave councilor white,let them leave,they don’t do the job anyway. This guys a joke, making excuses on why we should give more taxpayer money,just because. I don’t get a raise, my insurance is paid outta my pocket.

Halo
Halo
3 years ago

More taxes going around than u can shake a stick at.

Halo
Halo
3 years ago

Increases to taxpayer local receipts excise,toter,bags,water, tifs, new school, property, then heating, crummy roads,crime, giveaways Covanta 500 g,( worst ever)water hikes looming,OPEB’s,P E D A floundering for a decade and more, raises and needless workers at school department and o. And on and on.

Halo
Halo
3 years ago

And the freaking roads, c’mon Terror Oh See?

CosbiesLadies
CosbiesLadies
3 years ago

This worker from the water sewer plant is to be believed, but what is his function as far as telling a sitting City Council which way to go with an 80 million do.lar project when he is mega leagues behind intelligence of the former builder of the Plant, who happens to know more about these particular plants than this CommisionerTerroxi could ever dream of. Terroxi cannot paint school lines on time,and road conditions are horrendous, and does not know what route to follow going forward. Pittsfield needs to get on Board the expert like Gaetani.We have City Councilors who will approve anything without any reason.

Halo
Halo
3 years ago

So, the same people who continue to ignore the people that are a
Opposed’ to needless taxation and projects which only benefit the sigs,are constantly silent majority,and ready and willing to object to concrete opposition like here at the Planet,City Council members who get it’ and private citizens like Gaetani, who actually knows what he’s talking about. We are on the cusp of being a Billion Dollars in debt, one billion,that’s eight zeroes. We have a chance Tuesday Night to change direction in the City before it’s to late. I will be there in attendance to support the City Council in the effort to put a massive band-aid and stop the bleeding, hope you will be there to. Don’t let a City Counclor approve funding when he doesn’t even know what the rates would be. What’s ironic is the Commisioner of the damn thing didn’t other. Pull up a chair and watch the WIZARD demolish the project ( needless projects).

Thomas More
Thomas More
Reply to  Halo
3 years ago

well said – 1 billion, that’s 8 zeros

Halo
Halo
Reply to  Thomas More
3 years ago

In Pittsfield one billion is 8 zeroes,correct. Everywhere else 9.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  Halo
3 years ago

We can only hope it’s 1 billion. The only hope for solution is in a crisis that forces action.

The school committee
The school committee
3 years ago

Morandi is the only councilor who is qualified to do budgets ,all the rest except Connell and Mazeo .These 3 could help cut budgets but not yet.If I were Marchettis bank boss I would fire him because hes bad PR for the bank saying tes to everything .Cant wait to watch him ok the school budget….if this was Vegas you can bet the farm on yes votes

The school committee
The school committee
3 years ago

Is anyone drowning in Trump money

levitan
levitan
Reply to  The school committee
3 years ago

My tax benefits will materialize next filing, but they would be crumbs for you. But, for me, it will knock out a number of costly debts. That’s a first after 16 years of Bush/Obama.

gocometti
gocometti
3 years ago

10 x 10 is funded by Berkshire GAS Co. not City of Pittsfield

mi
mi
Reply to  gocometti
3 years ago

All the more reason to not disturb my peace in the middle of winter. I don’t care if Trump is paying for it, we get enough of it in the summer.

dusty
dusty
Reply to  gocometti
3 years ago

OMG gas and fireworks… bad combination..

was this Trumps idea? Bomb the shit out of them!

and time for bed