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FOR THE BORING BROADSHEET, SADLY, THE CLOCK IS TICKING

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY JULY 1, 2019) — Until the late 1830s, daily newspapers were too expensive to build mass circulation. The Sun, New York City’s largest paper, for instance, had a circulation of about 2,600 and sold for six cents (source: The Atlantic), a prohibitive cost for ordinary folk. Then Sun publisher Benjamin Day got a brainstorm. Don’t rely on paid circulation. Put the paper’s financial health in the hands of advertising.

He sold his paper for one penny, not enough to cover production costs. Losing deal, right?

Not so. Day, unlike his competitors, thought strategically rather than tactically. His long-term vision:

  • Sell papers cheap
  • Build circulation
  • Sell space to advertisers at great markup, which
  • Advertisers would pay for at a premium.

Day’s brilliant move created what he called “the resale of human attention.” Later, legendary publishers such as Joseph Pulitzer and William Hearst refined the model to excellence.

From that time until the early 1970s, papers relied on rising circulation to attract more advertisers. It was sure money not even the most bumbling owners could mess up. Radio and TV ate somewhat into the newspaper stranglehold on advertising, but they were different media. That, plus the growing U.S. population, kept publishers fat and profitable.

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THE PLANET will skip the rest of Newspaper 101. Suffice it to say, we personally saw the writing on the wall in 1980, leaving full-time daily newspaper employment for good after a five-year stint at two dailies. Papers began to court advertisers. They ignored readers. Chains bought out local publishers. The business side ran editorial and emasculated content. The greedy fools didn’t realize that dropping circulation would give advertisers pause. The internet came in with the coup de grace. It was the matador putting the final sword into the dying bull.

Today, newspaper advertising is a buyer’s game, and that game is dying.  Ask the newspaper formerly known as the Berkshire Eagle.

Since its beginnings and under the Miller family, the paper grew into one of the best in the business. Then came a botched real-estate deal, a fire sale to Media News Group, insolvency, another sale at 2 cents on the dollar, and today’s current ownership headed by Stockbridge’s Fred Rutberg. The group purchased on the cheap at just under $1 million, creating reasonable expectations of profitability. Local vs. chain ownership gave renewed hope.

The Boring Broadsheet, however, took a fatal turn when it embraced the now-fatal Day business model. It was a rookie mistake. You don’t buy a paper, ignore the online product, and expect advertisers to make you a fortune. Today, they don’t even pay the bills, not with Amazon and Google eating 60% of every ad dollar and sites like Craigslist, BuzzFeed, the Huffington Post, Breitbart, Drudge, and countless others gobbling the rest. Those sites began as online creatures. They know how cyberspace works. They are not weighed down by a physical product that almost no one under the age of 50 purchases.

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Newspapers are dying. From 2000 to 2015, print advertising dropped from $60 billion a year to $20 billion. Figures aren’t available for the most recent five years, but analysts say the drop has been about three times worse, at under $7 billion. To put it into perspective, 2000’s ad dollar has shrunk to about 10 cents.

Reliable sources at The BB say the paper has suffered “double digit” losses each year of the new ownership’s tenure, continuing a DiMaggio-like streak of at least 10 years prior. Business this year alone, they say, is down 25 percent. A source familiar with the paper’s business side told THE PLANET, “We have falling circulation, and we can’t hold on to advertisers unless we give it away.”

You can see this archaic “print will save us” philosophy on the paper’s website. The free version remains unnavigable and wafer thin. The paid version isn’t worth it. The digital crowd does not and never will pay for content.

Newsroom sources say panic has set in among management, which explains publisher Rutberg’s “rah-rah” editorial on page one recently, where he pulled what one source called an “Adolph in the Bunker” — ignoring impending doom and telling the people the war will be won. Newsroom sources said the piece “went over like dysentery.” The room is full of buzz about impending layoffs and cutbacks. Resumes are flying.

The paper recently dodged a potential plagiarism scandal not for cause but because The BB doesn’t matter anymore. Who cares?

THE PLANET cares. We still love the business and the paper. We know how to fix The BB: aggressive content and a fearless investigative team. That’s the only thing that will make the Berkshire Eagle matter once more.

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Justice is served on a platter of petals and tears” — Author Paul Kocak, from his book People, Place, and Things: Letting Go and Living Now.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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The school committee
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The school committee

In a City of stories all they have to do is report what goes on and do followups.Dont let the story go until the story is over.The Eagle could save Pittsfield from itself and in Turn people would want to read it.The city is a cover-up and there is great interest as to why Pittsfield pays tens of million to have 2 high schools.The Eagle became a PR division for Pittsfield.

Jonathan Melle
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Jonathan Melle

Would the World stop spinning if The Eagle endorsed a Republican for high political office?
Why is the Eagle always in bed with the GOB’s that run Pittsfield politics?
Why did the Eagle push for the doomed Civic Authority? They even wanted to name the then would be new ballpark “Eagle Stadium”.
Why did the Eagle push for the flawed “Consent Decree”?
Why does the Eagle always let go of its best journalists?
Why is iBerkshires beating the Eagle with its online coverage?
Why is the Eagle the only daily newspaper in Berkshire County?
Why doesn’t the Eagle sign the editor’s name to its editorials?
Why was the Eagle criticized by Bill Moyer’s on PBS years ago?
Answer: Because the Eagle is a RAG!

ProxyDate
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ProxyDate

They don’t let go of their best reporters, their best leave because of the horrible working environment.
All that’s left, old timers too short to do anything else and people that either don’t know any better or are just horrible st what they do.

Still wondering
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Still wondering

The Eagle has endorsed the occasional Republican candidate. The last state-wide one was Mitt Romney when he ran for Governor. (He won) You could tell by the writing style that the usual editorial writer/editor did not write it. And wow did the liberals have a fit !

Johnny99
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Johnny99

Even the greatest investigative journalism won’t save them now, Millennials and under won’t read the paper, even for free, not this one or any other. All the main hotels are giving away the USA Today paper in their lobby and each year there are fewer and fewer takers – they get their news from Facebook, etc. it’s really sad actually, on many levels.

Johnny99
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Johnny99

Sorry that was supposed to be “Fakebook” – damn auto correct.

Johnny Absurdo
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Johnny Absurdo

And consider the Pittsfield population has large numbers of poor, poorly educated folk and probably more than your average number of illiterates or those who cannot read English. And based on what I see as I go about the city I could get the impression that there may be large numbers of people who really do not even care about news or anything that goes on outside their own neighborhoods.

So it is possible that there just is not enough of a customer base to work with in the first place. Or am I just being harsh?

Gutts
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Gutts

The only thing is I know is the Stooge says the Eagle has never been better. Also, what is the practice concerning City health care once someone no longer is employed in the city. Like an elected official. Is Donna Rivers is so concerned about her mom what is she doing with her time on the stoogeon show,and her own show? Was she employed by the city while sitting on the Council? Who pays her salary over at e s

Ben Weldon
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Ben Weldon

I know Rivers once had a show on WBRK. Does she now? I’m not sure what e s is.

The Eagle will fail because its left wing is heavier than its right wing.

CC The Maze Sun
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CC The Maze Sun

“Dear Wheeler: you provide the prose poems. I’ll provide the war.”
– Citizen Kane (film 1941)

Guffy
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Guffy

Off topic. Should state employees be involved in local politics? Why isn’t it a conflict of interest Especially if it’s a local budget or a union vote?

CC The Maze Sun
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CC The Maze Sun

NEWS = North East West South
Which direction do you want “Your” mind pulled in?

CC The Maze Sun
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CC The Maze Sun

“The Lunatic is on the grass
The Lunatic is on the grass…..
The paper holds their folded faces to the floor
And everyday, the paperboy, bring more….
Got to keep the Lunies on the path”
– Pink Floyd

ProxyDate
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ProxyDate

My problem with the Eagle is that they wrong most of the time.
In their editorials, in their actual news coverage, and in their desire to spin things.
I’ve been to events, seen the event with my own eyes, and then read the reportage from the Eagle and it was so biased and so wrong, they actually changed the content of what was said.
Standing there I heard a reporter as a question, the person clearly said “No, absolutely not”. What did the reporter report? “absolutely”.
It fit their bias.

Charlie
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Charlie

For the last I don’t know how many months, every time I open the digital edition I see a half screen photo of marijuana. That spot could be sold instead of promoting drug use. Aggressive content is important but this is a business and they appear to have none. I suggest handing it over to a bunch of recent digital marketing grads.

CC The Maze Sun
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CC The Maze Sun

“The Eagle flies on Friday,
Saturday I go out to play”
– The Allman Brothers Band

“The nest is full of nothing,
when the bird has flown”
– Jethro Tull

ProxyDate
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ProxyDate

Talking to a person today who works at the Eagle, it seems they have a new online content editor who has made thing much worse for the Eagle.
The guys name is Noah Hoffenberg seems he has a degree in fine arts and has mismanaged online content and alienated staff and customers alike.
It’s really bad when your web guy is clueless

Truthsayer
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Truthsayer

I pay for the Eagle. I dropped the daily delivered version and went for Sunday delivery with daily online content. I went back to them after missing a relative’s obituary and funeral. I read it now for the national commentary, obituaries, and comics. I read the obituaries of people that I don’t even know. Why? Some are pretty amazing, even written to draw a laugh. Many of these people led pretty amazing lives, some not so much. Some were well-loved, others just a passing footnote. The comics? Well, I remember sitting with my father many decades ago in his red easy chair while he read them to me. He read the comics every day until his death. No matter how bad the day, it’s good to find one thing to laugh about to start your day. As for my paid subscription, I have no… Read more »

Pat
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Pat

I disagree. The Eagle only offers one side and that is the far left side. They avoid stories that make President Trump or Republicans look good or they certainly do not put those stories on the front page and they go out of their way to make even the far left Dems smell like a rose.

So you are really not being given information to make any kind of educated decision especially if you get all of your news from the Berkshire Eagle. It’s no better than this younger generation who get their news from very far left sources on the internet. They are only getting one side of the story.

The school committee
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The school committee

Name something Trump has done that you believe is a story about his Presidency that the middle of the country can appreciate.Right now Trump is 1 year late on his promise to America that he would have Cheaper and Better Healthcare ,he lied to you pat.Trump is a mess

Pat
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Pat

Thank you President Trump because I have a job and so do many other middle Americans that I know. Most were on food stamps during the Obama administration. If another far left Dem becomes president, middle American will be back on food stamps.

Thank you for creating a booming economy in which people from all races and economic levels have the highest employment ever in history!!!!!!

Trump Train
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Trump Train

He has made health care less hazardous to the unborn. If he does nothing else on the health care issue, that alone is a great achievement. For that alone he will be blessed, and his enemies will be confounded.

Johnny Absurdo
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Johnny Absurdo

and I would like to thank Trump for putting all those kids in cages. That is about 1000 less of them I don’t have to worry about walking on my lawn. MAGA

Mr. Fritz
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Mr. Fritz

Why would anyone pay for the Eagle?
I agree with Proxy’s comments. The only time I look at it is out of boredom while waiting at Jiffy Lube. Editorials are outrageously leftist. Stories are plagiarized. Little local news. iBerkshires does a much better job with local news – great article today about the parking meters. Would love to hear your opinion, Dan, regarding their financial analysis of the meters.

Truthsayer
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Truthsayer

As I said, obituaries and comics. Miss a funeral and find out what banning to Siberia feels like.

driving naen
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driving naen

Exactly,what a bunch of delusional Hippocrates. I Remeber when Shitock was the star over there,what a joke,Valenti could write circles around that one !

ProxyDate
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ProxyDate

That was an excellent article, and goes into the depth that the Eagle should be reporting but they routinely just skim the surface.
A couple observations, you CAN ask for the total insurance cost for a group of employees or a subset of employees without violating their rights.
IBershires should have asked for the total for those employees in benefits. They could then average the cost per employee.
Proof positive this is allowed, the school’s have budgets that include a line item for benefit costs per school.
That aside there isn’t a reason in the world to do interest payments only. If the project is doing so well, pay off the debt. Give the taxpayers some relief and build a maintenance fund.

Johnny Absurdo
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Johnny Absurdo

Speaking of funerals and obituaries…why does the Eagle take such advantage of people devastated and in mourning by nailing them huge bucks for an obituary?/ Seems sleezy and immoral to take advantage of people in pain like that.

Of course if there is a legitimate reason for the exorbitant cost I would love to hear from them now.

Ted
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Ted

Especially when that’s one of their most read sections and it’s easy content.

Johnny2Shoes
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Johnny2Shoes

I have a feeling the obituaries section is keeping the Beagle afloat? When the Eagle dies I can imagine what the obituary will say about the hard hitting journalism.

Noah Direct D
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Noah Direct D

They charge for online? Wake up Eagle, let it be free,shut down the presses and charge for advertising exclusively. Make up the coupon difference at the stores.

ProxyDate
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ProxyDate

Some people turn on airplane mode to not see adverts and to block the pop up others turn off java script.
It’s the best ways to get it for free.

fugiee
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fugiee

Matey are you a song writer? Cool lyrics.

Dick Flimsy
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Dick Flimsy

The Eagle cares more about being left wing than being a newspaper.

Pat
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Pat

I agree.

Trump Train
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Trump Train

Great example of bias, editorial the other day positively confirmed President Trump was guilty of collusion with the Russians.

Maybe the idiot who writes the editorial s should understand collusion. Talking and getting information is not collusion. Discerning what to to with that information is wisdom. Something the editorial staff has no clue about at the Berkshire Buzzard.
If President Trump could have been charged the deep state globalists would have done it. Also prosecutors don’t exonerate, they only charge if the evidence allows.

Why has health care and some other issues languished? This false charade has hurt effectiveness of a duly elected President.

Also amazing they have shut down online anonymous feedback, yet it’s alright for them to pen anonymous editorials. Pen your name to that biased bull feces.

Merry & Bright
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Merry & Bright

Off Subject. Just read that Dan Ostrander is now working as a Janitor for the City of Pits. They state this new position pays less than $15.00 an hour. Quite a cut in pay if he is actually being paid less. Oh the secrets of Vibrant Dynamic Lovely Linda’s administration!

Jonathan Melle
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Jonathan Melle

The lovely Linda Tyer is both vibrant and dynamic, and she is the best Mayor of Pittsfield, EVER!

Roberto Del Halitoso
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Roberto Del Halitoso

Jon, only with AA batteries.

Jonathan Melle
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Jonathan Melle

Prior to the lovely Linda, you had the “Doyle debacle”, the “Hathaway hack”, the “Ruberto regime”, and the “Bianchi bust”. Mayor Linda Tyer inherited a mess!

Roberto Del Halitoso
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Roberto Del Halitoso

She wanted the job and hasn’t changed one thing for the better. Time for Pittsfield to move on to a mayor with backbone.

Johnny99
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Johnny99

And who would that be?”????????

The school committee
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The school committee

Mayor Mazzeo will try next to consolidate schools for saving millions

Drew Z
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Drew Z

Maybe that’s the reason for the trash cans.

Ben Dover
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Ben Dover

So much for the Bard of Avon. He should have tried pickle ball.

Jonathan Melle
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Jonathan Melle

Pittsfield has been on a more than 4 decade long downward spiral of high taxes, huge debts, population loss, job loss, political corruption, Good Old Boys, 21 years (& counting) of PEDA problems, overpriced and underperforming public schools, economic inequality, and the sad list goes on and on! Conclusion: Blame Linda Tyer for it all! The lovely Linda Tyer didn’t change how Pittsfield does its business. She continues to raise taxes and increase debts, and worse of all, she is part of Jimmy Ruberto’s G.O.B. network of corrupt insiders. It is all her fault! If it wasn’t for Mayor Linda Tyer, Pittsfield would be a utopia of low taxes and debts, PEDA would have at least 10 fortune 500 companies, there would be substantial gains in population and jobs, the public schools would produce the best performance results, there wouldn’t be economic inequality, and… Read more »

The school committee
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The school committee

The only jobs PEDA brought to the PEDA site are from North street.The other proposal was for Walmart Coltsville to leave there and go PEDA.

Ron Kitterman
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Ron Kitterman

Be careful out there Dan they’re beating the snot out of conservative journalists in Portland, might not be too distant future they start milk shaking here.

Pat
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Pat

President Trump should intervene to combat homelessness in all of these liberal cities across the country. It’s a dangerous situation for everyone and is spreading disease in many areas. Newspapers should be reporting on this crisis, but it is not being reported on in many liberal cities. Pittsfield has a homelessness crisis too, but it also is being ignored.

Info
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Info

Pat, if there are “liberal” cities then what cities are considered “conservative” and do they have less homelessness?

Trump Train
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Trump Train

Just claim to be an illegal alien and all your problems are solved. Just don’t claim to be a veteran, then you are continually fighting for benefits.

Pat
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Pat

Not on the scale of the liberal cities what with tent cities all over and disease spreading. I mean, have you seen the pictures? No, you probably haven’t if you rely on the liberal news sites as your only source of news.

Pat
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Pat

Not on the scale of what is happening in California and even in Portland.

The school committee
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The school committee

Pat The Bible says there will always be the poor and impoverished people .There but for the grace of God go I.Your commanded by God to see God in every sick poor person and you want Trump to clean them out as an eyesore.You and Trump are the same.

The school committee
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The school committee

California is a state with 40 million people.

Pat
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Pat

The far left wants to pour millions of illegal immigrants into the country on top of all of the poor people we already have all at taxpayer expense.

Johnny Absurdo
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Johnny Absurdo

At least Trump kids and grand kids got nice homes and food. He does not even make them live in cages.

Pattern No
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Pattern No

What the is going on on west house
Atomic helter shelter traffic pattern? They still haven’t clear it correctly for cars going through,where is the Mayor? Can you say nightmare.

ProxyDate
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ProxyDate

The hypocrisy and stupidity of the Main Street media. Anderson Cooper is the poster child of the MSM and it’s war on the Trump Presidency. Cooper made a huge deal about how he had to “come up” on his own, how there was no safety net for him, how he would never get an inheritance. https://people.com/celebrity/why-anderson-cooper-wont-inherit-vanderbilt-fortune/ Of his parents’ insistence that he make his own way, Cooper told Cagle, “I was always very appreciative of that because I never – I always looked at people who inherited money and they never seemed to really accomplish much on their own and it seemed to sort of change the person they were. “I’m glad I never had that expectation hanging over me or that safety net to fall back on,” he continued. “I always thought, ‘I’m on my own and that’s the way it should be.’… Read more »

The school committee
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The school committee

So is there a difference between he and Don Trump

Johnny Absurdo
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Johnny Absurdo

and yet the man goes to work every day and works hard when he could be languishing on a yacht. Sounds like someone might be a tad jealous.

ProxyDate
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ProxyDate

No just pointing out the hypocrisy of a hypocrite.

ProxyDate
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ProxyDate

Parade Committee President Peter Marchetti said in March that if the community did not donate at least $85,000, the 2019 parade would be the last.

As of Monday afternoon, the committee had raised $88,202.

But Marchetti emphasized he hopes those donations will keep coming in.

“This year’s efforts were to raise enough money to put on this year’s parade, and get back to the old days when we were fundraising for next year’s parade this year,” Marchetti said.

This year’s parade will cost about $60,000, he said, meaning the committee can bank anything in excess of that for next year.

Johnny Absurdo
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Johnny Absurdo

Did some of that money magically appear from a taxpayer conduit?

Joe Blow
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Joe Blow

They say the same thing every single year……I would never donate money for that shit-show.

ProxyDate
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ProxyDate

The interesting thing, the parade costs $60k. They require $85k….guess where that extra $25k sits?
Also why does it start at $0 if they have surpluses every year?

If the city can waste $20k on a Pickleball study flawed from the start, why can’t the city fund the parade?

Doe C Doe
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Doe C Doe

Well into a second hour and the traffic nightmare at west house near Oswald and Essex,is still not correct. Mayor may need to throw another million for re-training. Maybe we could use some of the Planets Algorithm up there.

Ted
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Ted

I’m sure the dead motorcyclist is sorry he inconvenienced you.

ProxyDate
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ProxyDate

Huge problems at the Beacon, the flawed jewel of north street. Even with summer tentpole movies, attendance is barely tracking. They’ve cut staff and have moved most to part time as a money saving measure, contrary to the original agreements of mandatory job requirements. Worse still, the building is now crumbling at a structural level and is in risk of requiring substantial repairs. There are a number if flaws in the original design and the basement is flooding and those floods are destroying the foundation of the building. It has also impacted the movies experience as the control room for the network has flooded a number of times shutting down operations and canceling movies. Flooding was so bad recently that they have closed emergency exists on the McCay street alley and have started sandbagging the doors at the threat of rain. This flooding has… Read more »

Johnny Absurdo
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Johnny Absurdo

I think the taxpayers need to step up and fix the damage immediately. It is the taxpayers duty to bail out local millionaires and they better get to hopping.

The school committee
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The school committee

A roof drain is going to cost 400k ?

ProxyDate
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ProxyDate

Has nothing to do with the roof. It’s a ground level/underground water line as well as the “tilt” of the foundation. The water from the alleyway is running into the building and has eroded the foundation pillars.

Compounding this is that the areas are heavily salted walkways and it’s begun to erode where the steel meets the concrete.

Joe Blow
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Joe Blow

They need a new promoter and stop booking 4th rate acts

The school committee
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The school committee

There are less than 700 students at Taconic built for 950 kids for 121 million WTF we did not need Taconic.When will the mayor’s say what’s up.Is she still out of town

Canusaydolla
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Canusaydolla

Oh,your going to get those extra 200, just gotta wait for overseas to ship them in. Can you say stemeducation Guatemala. If if we don’t take them,Bart, Hillcrest will.

doomiedodger
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doomiedodger

Did the mayor just give the museum Community funds for a new roof right after they sold the Norman Rockwell paintings for millions? Did I misread that? Don’t they now have an endowment in the tens of millions? wtf

James
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James

They’re smoking something innovative here, that’s for sure. Does the Berkshires have what it takes to be an innovation hub like Seattle and Boston? As construction of the Berkshires Innovation Center comes to a close, an innovation revolution could be near Posted Friday, June 21, 2019 1:18 pm Once the Berkshire Innovation Center, or BIC, opens this fall, the county will have what some people consider the right ingredients to become a center for life sciences and other high-tech development.” By Tony Dobrowolski, The Berkshire Eagle When people think of the Berkshires, they tend to focus on the region’s natural beauty, arts and culture, fresh food and outdoor fun. But this region also has a long history of manufacturing innovative products, a trait that, at times, can be overlooked. For a variety of reasons, innovation is beginning to make a comeback in the Berkshires.… Read more »

C. Trzcinka
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C. Trzcinka

Thanks for posting this article. It starts with a description of the Berkshire Innovation Center and then jumps to Lever which looks like a private equity fund. The later is much more interesting than the former. I hope it has a real effect. What’s missing? A response from government to reduce its influence. Taxes rates need to be trending down, even if slightly; regulations should be streamlined; communication needs to be improved. All will have a big effect.

Indiana is now a center of high-tech manufacturing and not because of “Innovation Centers” or government financing. Because of good universities, lower taxes than our bordering states, a healthy pension system and good infrastructure. Pittsfield needs to learn this lesson– the sooner the better.

Mar Shetti
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Mar Shetti

I thought the Museum had a copper roof from a decade ago,should still be in good shape. Remember Marchetti saying wish he could give double.

Drew Z
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Drew Z

what happened on west housy,why no mention of the accident,,,,,names?

ProxyDate
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ProxyDate

A city man was killed Tuesday when his motorcycle collided with a jeep in a crash that closed West Housatonic Street for much of the day, according to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office.

Michael Lanphear, 54, of East Housatonic Street, died of his injuries, said Dennis Yusko, a spokesman for the office.

ProxyDate
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ProxyDate

The driver of the jeep, Abigail Hunt, 25, of Pittsfield, was not injured. No charges or tickets were issued.

dannzig
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dannzig

Rumor has it a local connection was involved in the accident this morning, similar results probably pending.

C.Trzcinka
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C.Trzcinka

Here’s how to save the Eagle–compete with the Planet! Have a lively, multi-sided discussion of everything under the sun. Become a center for information, gossip, opinions and outright b.s. Tolerate and discipline the small percentage who try to destroy discussion. You have the skills, the information and insights to inform and guide it. People will subscribe because they feel this is the only way to be part of the community. I already subscribe but I miss the opportunity to comment.

I’m not holding my breath for this to happen…

Planet Valenti