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D.A.’s ‘TRANSFORMATIVE JUSTICE’ POLICY WILL WORSEN PITTSFIELD’s CRIME WAVE … MAZZEO WANTS ‘ACCOUNTABILITY’

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, SOMEWHERE-ANYWHERE, THE WEEKEND EDITION, SEPT. 13-15, 2019) — One of the great lies being shoved down the gullets of Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski is the counter-intuitive approach to crime being championed by the radical left — politicians, jurists, social activists — in Massachusetts. Don’t you wish they’d all stand at Onota Street and Columbus Avenue t 3:22 a.m. any day of the week?

[ED NOTE I: At that location, 80 Onota Street, Thursday morning at 10:31 a.m., a woman held against her will had to risk her life, jump out of a second-story window, and flee to escape a man (later arrested, Dominick Simonetta, 46). The house contained “numerous weapons,” according to the Pittsfield Police Department. PPD charged him with assault, kidnapping, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, witness intimidation, and two counts of intent to commit crime. Conte, Crosby, and Hillcrest schools were put on alert. Can we call it a “vibrant, dynamic, and collaborative effort” on the part of the Pittsfield Police Department and the Berkshire County Special Response Team?]

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In other breaking news, mayoral candidate has issued a press release questioning the accountability of the corner office.

In a statement released Friday, Mayoral candidate Melissa Mazzeo is calling for stronger oversight of the City’s infrastructure plans.

“Strong infrastructure is at the heart of keeping and bringing people and businesses into Pittsfield. Our residents deserve clean, well kept streets,” said Mazzeo. “Trash picked up on time without paying for capital improvements on private company garbage trucks. And, most importantly, they deserve a deeper look into the wastewater treatment plant upgrade before the water/sewer bills rise even more.”

In the January vote, Mazzeo was one of the three dissenting City Council members: “It took years and years of debate to approve $45 million in funding to build the new Taconic High School yet it took us only weeks to approve $74 million for the wastewater upgrade. How can this be and how can so little accountability be acceptable?”

Mazzeo says city leaders must take a more active role in ensuring the project meets EPA standards with the lowest cost possible. As mayor, Mazzeo says she will bring the EPA to Pittsfield and walk through the wastewater treatment plant with the public service commissioner, city councilors, and herself so everyone can get a better understanding of what is required.

In addition to the wastewater treatment plant, Mazzeo is calling for stronger accountability for keeping the streets clean and safe. “There must be direct oversight between contracting with private companies for plowing, creating street cleaning schedules, and planning pothole and paving repairs,” said Mazzeo. She says she will work with city leaders, examine how each of these services are provided, and create a more organized plan that can be understood by residents.

“This year alone, we went over budget by $2.1 million in salt and snow removal, which represents an exponential increase from just four years ago,” said Mazzeo. “As your Mayor, I will be directly accountable to you, the citizens.”

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Accountability focuses the spotlight, doesn’t it?

Lightweight district attorneys, mayors, councilors, school board members and others — backed by their hidden masters and lured on by the carrots of salary, benefits, position, and the counterfeit of power — continue to drive a political agenda that, at least in Pittsfield, can be seen as proof that those in charge have been cemented in their tracks by an unprecedented surge in youth violence, gang infiltration, the drug trade, and the influx of a vast population of human scum, con artists, gimme groups, and assorted low-lifes (many of them the collateral for all the grant money the city receives from Boston). Unable to intelligently address these problems, The Suits have turned these lemons into lemonade for their own selfish gain, typically in the form of fat salaries, bloated benefits, no-show positions, and make-work jobs.

A generation raised on graphic video games, electronic murder, misogynistic hip hop, single moms, absent dads, gun play, loss of personal responsibility, lack of respect, mind-eating social media, the Kardashians — in other words, all destructive social accelerants from minor to major — has left “the community” with a crop of youths with no concept of good and bad, right and wrong. They do what they want and expect no consequences. When things get tough, they demand — or they co-opt the law to demand — Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski to bail them out and pay for their housing, EBT cards, drivers’ licenses, cigarettes, smart phones, lottery tickets, drugs, and booze. Helpless officials stand on the sidelines, living the good life.

Public school administrators, for example, remain frozen in place while middle schoolers run wild. The 7th and 8th grade mules are already doing their part for the local drug “lords.” The response from Authority? Give up. Wave the white flag at the invading hordes of youth, minorities, bangers, and other such children of the night. Extort more millions from the public. Keep raising school salaries and benefits. Hire more staff. Let performance slide. Punish the good students. Permit the punks do what they will in the classrooms, locker rooms, rests rooms, corridors, and on school grounds.

The bacillus has infected many offices and department heads.

Police chief Mike Wynn ($140,000 a year plus bennies) handles the situation in abstentia, forever on an endless vacation of sandy beaches, Chateau Lafitte 1960, and the back-slapping “conference” circuit. School superintendent JIV McCandless ($157,000 + B) handles it by confiscating more of the public treasury for his sinking, stinking department. Mayor Linda Tyer ($100,000 + B)  handles it by not admitting it. For her, civic life is “vibrant,” “dynamic,” and “the community” is coming together in a “collaborative” group hug — for instance in the ill-advised social engineering taking place on drug- and crime-infested Tyler Street. And then there’s the Berkshire County district attorney ($185,000 + B). [ED. NOTE II: Salaries approximate but close enough.]

Take Andrea Harrington.

Please.

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Harrington has bought into the “transformative justice” racket, aka “reformative justice,” a ravenous political wolf dressed in a little lamb’s mantle foisted off as a judicial remedy. This isn’t Squeaky’s idea. Harrington’s most recent original idea came when she convinced Adam Hinds to shave his head, grow an orifice-ringing goatee, and drink gayjuice from a flowered tea cup, little finger down, middle finger up. You last saw Hinds standing behind the D.A., to her left, inhaling her scent, au de condone, as she announced what iBerserkshire called an “ambitious” program on youth crime.

Here, THE PLANET initially listed the crimes that the local office would not prosecute. The list, however, taken verbatim from the “declination policy” of the Suffolk County District Attorney, according to Rich Dohoney, assistant district attorney for Berkshire County.

“In fact,” Dohoney tells THE PLANET, “there is no such policy in [our] office. We are currently prosecuting 15 disorderly conduct charges, 20 receiving stolen property charges, 68 possession charges, and another 10 possession charges with intent to distribute.”

We thank the Harrington’s office for the correction. We are glad to correct the record as well as state our full support for the D.A.’s aggressiveness with respect to the list.

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To be clear, the following list of “don’t prosecute” crimes is from Suffolk, not Berkshire County.

— Trespassing
— Shoplifting (including offenses that are essentially shoplifting but charged as larceny)
— Larceny under $250
— Disorderly conduct
— Disturbing the peace
— Receiving stolen property
— Minor driving offenses, including operating with a suspend or revoked license
— Breaking and entering — where it is into a vacant property or where it is for the purpose of sleeping or seeking refuge from the cold and there is no actual damage to property
— Wanton or malicious destruction of property
— Threats – excluding domestic violence
— Minor in possession of alcohol
— Drug possession
— Drug possession with intent to distribute
— A stand alone resisting arrest charge, i.e. cases where a person is charged with resisting arrest and that is the only charge
— A resisting arrest charge combined with only charges that all fall under the list of charges to decline to prosecute, e.g. resisting arrest charge combined only with a trespassing charge.

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THE PLANET wonders:

  • How will “restorative justice” address Pittsfield’s rampant crime wave? (Murders, shootings, stabbings, robberies, and all the rest)
  • How will this make it safer for citizens and visitors?
  • How will this encourage businesses and industry to consider the area?
  • How will this help the failing public schools?

Take a deep breath, because the public safety situation in Pittsfield is about to get much worse. We hope we are proven incorrect.

Have a great weekend everybody.

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“God guard us from thoughts men think in the mind alone”W.B. Yeats.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE”

LOVE TO ALL.

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PoliceReport
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PoliceReport

DA Andrea Harrington is tough on crime Imagine you are an officer with the Berkshire County Drug Task Force. In your warrant service meeting, your “round up” you are told you’ll be serving a warrant on a location with two known bad actors. They are accused distribution of drugs and are known to be armed and dangerous. In the team today you are first man though the door, that funnel of death, the guy that goes in right after the breacher and today it will be a dynamic entry. It will be a conspicuous display of an overwhelming amount of dominating force. The hope is that while the bad actors are still processing via their OODA loop, you will have them secured. In layman’s terms, they won’t know what hit them, full shock and awe. It’s the best way to make sure the subjects… Read more »

Paul
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Paul

But we need more gun laws! I got a silly idea…..let’s enforce the ones we have.

Blare
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Blare

“There is still a case pending against his brother for some of the same charges but expect that to max out at maybe and it’s a big maybe 1 1/2 years with credit for time served (if that).”

At the time of the arrest, Kareem King was 22 with a clean record. His older brother Derrick was 39 and had three prior convictions. Yes, Kareem King’s case was pled down to 2.5 years, but your “insider’s view” that we can expect an even lighter sentence for big brother is just plain stupid. Don’t be so obvious with your misinformation.

Mad Trapper
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Mad Trapper

Weapons charges alone should have got “poor Kareem”, 5 years in state prison.

Then another 5 years, for drug distribution, consecutive.

PorkyPig
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PorkyPig

Q: What is a Mandatory Minimum Sentence?

A: In Massachusetts, certain offenses carry statutory “minimum mandatory sentences.” That means that if convicted, the defendant cannot be sentenced to anything less that the mandatory minimum jail, state prison sentence, or fine required by the governing statute. The only exceptions are “alternative dispositions” for operating under the influence charges, and in very limited circumstances for drug offenses, based on the nature and mitigating factors involved, in which case a judge may be permitted to sentence the defendant to 2/3 of the mandatory minimum sentence.

JoePesci
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JoePesci

Not exactly how it works. The DA can just drop the charge outright or refile charge under non mandatory minimum provision – whether it be gun possession unlawfully or selling dope – when the gutless legislators added the mandatory minimum laws (which have been gutted like a fish ), they kept the non-mandatory ones on the books, so the DA is not beholden to the charge the cops bring.

X-Lachs Lounge
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X-Lachs Lounge

In effect Squeaky is giving LTCs to these knuckle heads. Why should anyone follow the law?

Baseball Man
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Baseball Man

“Kareem”. Would he be a minority by any chance? You know the kind of victim who shouldn’t be held responsible for his actions because of the oppression of all those of privilege?

Or maybe he should be treated by the system as a “juvenile”?

Auto Phil
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Auto Phil

Derrick King has a pretty significant criminal record and it was his operation, not his brother’s. I predict he gets 5-8.

Wasn’t there a third co-defendant as well?

PoliceReport
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PoliceReport

I may have read the report wrong but wasn’t the house in Kareem’s name?

Auto Phil
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Auto Phil

Perhaps it was. But the younger King isn’t/wasn’t a hard core criminal. Derrick King copped to the drugs immediately.

“Derrick King told police any drugs found were his. He said he was carrying some drugs, and that he was forgetful and wasn’t sure if there were any more drugs in the house.”

There was not a third defendant. I just refreshed my memory. Word on the street was that everything actually belonged to a third person, not caught up in the raid.

I predict DK will take the fall for everything. I’m still going with 5-8.

Anderson williams
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Anderson williams

Thank you XXXL.

Jonathan Melle
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Jonathan Melle

I cannot agree with the unfair and myopic view that Linda Tyer, Andrea Harrington, and TFB are to blame for making Pittsfield’s social problems worse than prior to 2016 when the lovely Linda assumed the Office of Mayor! Pittsfield has a dangerous downtown. It is nothing new. I believe there are two Pittsfields in one. During business hours, downtown Pittsfield has nice people, but after-hours, it does not. Pittsfield politics has long raised taxes on Senior Citizens and the like, while the tax base shrinks with losses in population and jobs. The elitist Berkshire Brigades are negligent in responding to Pittsfield’s social issues. The Good Old Boys, such as Jimmy Ruberto, run Pittsfield politics. I support Mayor Linda Tyer. She has done a good job after inheriting a mess from prior mayoral administrations. Andrea Harrington is changing the way the Berkshire D.A.’s office does… Read more »

Truthsayer
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Truthsayer

You’re right, they didn’t make it bad. It was pretty bad already.

Your team have taken it from bad to significantly worse.

DA Harrington is changing the way the DA’s office does business? She’s rarely in the office, and when she is in, she is a useless buffoon. She is so totally incompetent that she is certainly failing to perform her requisite duties as a DA. A BAR complaint needs to be filed and she needs to be disciplined.

Tyer? I sat next to her at a dinner. Pleasant person but NOT qualified to be mayor. Just my opinion.

Herb Pease
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Herb Pease

Tyer is not qualified to be a waitress at any dinner. Maybe a dish washer.

PorkyPig
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PorkyPig

She has QBG

Qualification By Genitalia

Too many people used their lady parts to vote. I hope they cleaned the polling machines off afterwards. Gross

PorkyPig
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PorkyPig

Only your mother, Shakes

Her milkshake brought all the kids to the yard

Shakes
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Shakes

wow, so my post is deleted and yours directly insulting my mother remains. ‘Tis a sensitive and vengeful snowflake violating my free speech today.

Chuck Vincelette
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Chuck Vincelette

This comment about a poster’s mom is totally out of line and should be deleted.

Anderson williams
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Anderson williams

According to my Friend who has worked in that office for 15 years say’s it has never been better so save the fake news!

Johnny99
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Johnny99

Good Morning Pittsfield, Dan, you’re a shoe in for the Pulitzer Prize in journalism after topping off your crime series with this stellar piece! Tom Sakshaug wrote a letter to the editor of The Eagle which was published in yesterday’s paper. I almost choked on my ham and eggs reading it. I quote his letter verbatim, below, followed by a free reality check. “Do we want change in the mayor’s office? Are we still doing things the way we always have?” Yes, we want change. Tyer has been an abject failure, and yes, she is still doing things the way we always have – giving tax breaks for movie theaters, private developers, and free cash to private enterprise. “Linda Tyer was and still is the change we needed from doing things the same old way. Over the nearly four years of her stewardship, Pittsfield… Read more »

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

I like the paragraph where he talks about all local business that are getting tax breaks from the mayor while everyone else makes up for that loss of revenue. He even lists all the beneficiaries.

WHAT?? You say he did not go into that at all? Was it because these business are embarrassed and have asked the mayor not to reveal their names because their customers may be pissed off and boycott them a bit?

Oh, well that explains the secrecy part anyway. Good to know.

Auto Phil
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Auto Phil

When Wayfair’s call center opens in October, I believe they will have hired and trained approximately 25 new employees. It will start as a small operation, I cannot see 188 people hired by the end of 2019 (per BE article Sept 1).

Training begins Sept 23rd and lasts five weeks, so a functioning operation is not likely to see independence until late October. There is no way it will employ the numbers quoted in the article in the year 2019.

Shakes
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Shakes

Lets be clear, it is a call center, there are prompts they must follow, it is not rocket science. Probably more difficult to find people willing to work for Wayfair’s garbage wages.

Kermit Frog
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Kermit Frog

Wait, isn’t Tom SackofSomething on Tyers campaign? Shouldn’t the BB disclose this? The poor suffering public, insert swear word here …

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

Of all the downtrodden minority populations in Pittsfield the senior citizens are one of the most taken advantage of. They need to be constantly vigilant from those who would prey on them, as everybody from hearing aid hawkers to doctors pushing pills want to get into their pocketbooks. So, in fairness to those who have given so much I would request that they too, are put on the list of citizens immune from criminal charges should they misstep and walk out of a package store with a bottle of chardonnay. I would go a step farther and suggest that once a senior hits the golden age of 65 they be shrouded in a cloak of total immunity for any and all crimes they may commit, which would be no different than the shroud all politically connected folk seem to enjoy in Pittsfield.

Mad Trapper
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Mad Trapper

Meanwhile, the normal honest hardworking mASSachsetts citizen, must jump through a maze of hurdles to obtain a permit, for a Constitutional RIGHT. That is a God given right, the right to protect ones self. And IF, you can secure, and afford , a permit, for a RIGHT. It does you little for protection. Your firearm must be locked up, even in your own home, and in a car cased and/or locked in the trunk. Heaven forbid the honest working man gets caught with an improperly stored firearm, even if he has a permit, as DA Harrington will throw the book at him and ruin his life. Most likely be jailed and loose his job and home. Got to be TOUGH, in THOSE Criminals. I.e. those that are NOT :THUGS, minorities, or those with sexual perversions. The latter get the get of jail free card… Read more »

Shakes
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Shakes

Can you please show me where in the bill of rights or in the Massachusetts Constitution it it is written that any person has a right to have a gun?

Didn’t think so. Get off my lawn, idiot.

PorkyPig
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PorkyPig

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Amendment #2

do we need to spell out infringed for you in crayons too comrade?

X-Lachs Lounge
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X-Lachs Lounge

Mass constitution
Article XVII.
The people have a right to keep and to bear arms for the common defence. And as, in time of peace, armies are dangerous to liberty, they ought not to be maintained without the consent of the legislature; and the military power shall always be held in an exact subordination to the civil authority, and be governed by it.

Mad Trapper
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Mad Trapper

Shakey, you idiotic fool.

That would be the the 2nd amendment of THE BILL OF RIGHTS.

“The People’s, right to bear arms shall not be infringed…..”

Are You really that lame and stupid?

Wait, YES YOU ARE!!!!

Mad Trapper
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Mad Trapper

And MASSachusetts had bashed those rights too.

ALL States should be Constitutional carry.

A State can give you MORE rights, but not infringe upon those in the US Constitution.

mASSholes in the Statehouse should be removed from office, for violating their oath of office, to our Constitution.

Shakes
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Shakes

In the context of a well regulated militia, which explains why there are laws about firearm ownership.

Mad Trapper
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Mad Trapper

What decades did You attend Pittsfield grade schools Shakey?

Your ignorance, is quite becoming you.

Maybe you should TRY reading the Federalist Papers, and those of those “racist white men” you hate so much that founded our nation.

SCOTUS has already clarified 2nd amendment is a personal/individual right, just like the rest.

Shakes
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Shakes

I did not attend Pittsfield Public school.

So in one hand you claiTo be a constitutional constructionist but in all the other hands you really don’t wanna follow the Constitution.

Classic Flip-floppier.
That’s what you get when you bring a knife to a gun fight.

Mad Trapper
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Mad Trapper

Shakey, right to bear arms/2nd amendment is a personal /individual RIGHT.

Asserted by SCOTUS in Heller decision.

I know You only want thugs to have firearms, not law abiding citizens.

It’s so liberal of you!

I don’t know, if you didn’t attend pittsfield grade schools for 3 decades, where you failed floundered trying to learn to read write and do basic math.

Shakes
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Shakes

Ummmmmm, you haven’t read the Heller decision. Not what it says at all. Are you and the water boy canoodling tonight?

X-Lachs Lounge
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X-Lachs Lounge

Schlitzie, do you remember a muscle bound buffoon by the name of laycock?

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

What will be happening at the jail? Lots of empty cells or will we be importing bad guys from places far away to keep capacity and full funding?

Will there be no need for parents to teach the kiddies right from wrong since there will be no wrong?

Will Singapore adopt this policy and stop beating litterers even though that has been very effective for them?

Mad Trapper
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Mad Trapper

Plenty of THUGS in Springfield they can import to Cheshire crow bar hotel. When they see what a fine place that Pissfield is, set up to be for: drug dealing, murder, gangs…… When released, They will find a section 8 unwed mother to move in with, and “set up shop”.

Concerning the Schools, my Mother taught there. It was a shithole in the 1960s and she left, disgusted. She had a science BS and advanced teaching degrees (MS/PHD). Said was a hellhole back then. The administration was corrupt and inept. That is nothing has gotten better.

Pat
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Pat

Distributing drugs is fine and we have a drug crisis here in Pittsfield? People can now steal from stores? Injuring police officers while resisting arrest is ok? Who would want to become a police officer under these conditions?

This isn’t just Berkshire County, though, since it actually started with far left District Attorney Rollins in Suffolk County here in Mass. and has since spread to other far left District Attorneys with a political agenda.

Mad Trapper
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Mad Trapper

Pat,

VOTE THEM ALL OUT!!!!

Yewkee
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Yewkee

Sturgeon is interviewing restorative justice D A . He went to a break an called her Andrea Mitchel.

Gobsig
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Gobsig

He must have caught what Biden has.

The school committee
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The school committee

I’m not worried as Trumps wall will stop people and will finally end the entering of drugs into America.I am confident the wall will rid us of gangs and their drugs.

Johnny2Shoes
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Johnny2Shoes

I came across a site which listed this link in the article. This is a group that is at the forefront of restorative justice. Scroll down and see their goals on electing DA’s.

https://realjusticepac.org/

Aerin
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Aerin

If you want to know who Harrington is beholden to, here is her list of commitments to the ACLU. A district attorney is supposed to use experience, intelligence and discretion to make decisions on a case by case basis. DAs are elected to represent us. Being beholden to any group, especially one with a political agenda, goes against the purpose of the position. We must vote out those who are responsible for her being in office. https://dadifference.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/DaDifference_Questionairre_AndreaHarrington.pdf

Spider
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Spider

The police found numerous weapons in the house on Onota St. yesterday after the arrest of Mr. Simonetta.

Reliable sources tell me that he has a long history of mental problems. Yet he was able to get weapons? So much for background checks!

And it also points out the problems society faces when facilities to house those with mental issues no long exist.

12 Gauge
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12 Gauge

The report is that he had several non firearm weapons.

PoliceReport
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PoliceReport

Mostly swords, knives, batons, nothing really that would require a license.
The concern here is that he’s done this, or things like it, a number of times. At least twice he’s threatened the same family member and done time for it.
It’s only a matter of time before he kills someone

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12 Gauge
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12 Gauge

The romans killed many with out firearms.

Truthsayer
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Truthsayer

Dan, an awesome piece. I’m glad you’ve got the guts to simply tell it like it is.

Harrington is incompetent. Dig into what local politico is her mentor.

Shakes
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Shakes

I think all this opinion does is show The Planet is too lazy to research the topic properly. The right-wing nutjobs, racists, and bigots that feed off white nationalism are breaking their arms trying to pat The Planet on the back.

Tis a shame really. Incarceration costs taxpayers a huge amount of money. I would think fiscal conservatives should reduce crime through modernizing the system rather than feeding the industrial prison system hog.

Truthsayer
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Truthsayer

Sorry. Progressive school policies have failed our kids and they’re falling way behind.

You eliminate the threat of punishment for committing a crime and you simply encourage criminal acts even if they’re petty.

You can still prosecute and punish but not incarcerate. To simply say prosecution and therefore punishment is out the window is an encouragement to low level crime.

Think Harrington’s policies are working? Talk to anyone who does duty at the House of Correction and ask them what prisoners are talking about. It’s about getting out and going back to the crime they did because there’s Harrington’s not going to do a thing.

These Progressive policies are asinine.

Pat
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Pat

Shakes has such faith in the Progressive run schools in Pittsfield that he sends his own kids to the schools where the local wealthy people send their kids.

Mad Trapper
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Mad Trapper

You mean that thing has bred and has foul spoor offspring?

Shakes
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Shakes

As you know, since you worry about my personal details, I have two children, one is a college freshman with a nearly full scholarship at a small liberal arts school and the other is a senior at a NATIONALLY ranked public high school (TOP 25, US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT). If I still lived in Pittsfield I would make sure they did not attend public schools because to my knowledge PPS does not participate in the IB curriculum.

If you’re interested in a modern, cutting edge education curriculum, inform yourselves here: http://www.ibo.org/

I know you idiots cant read or use the internet, so my hope is miniscule.

X-Lachs Lounge
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X-Lachs Lounge

Schlitzie, be calm.

Two Cents
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Two Cents

Would I rather have my tax dollars used to keep a rapist or murderer behind bars, or just let him go….hmmmm, let me think about that….Really?

Mad Trapper
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Mad Trapper

The trees have grown back in park square after we lost the elms.

Why jail them, get a rope, and for the crunchy feelies, you can recycle the rope many times.

Maybe have it on 3rd Thursdays!

Shakes
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Shakes

Should we start the public executions with all the white sex offenders that are in Pittsfield?

Mad Trapper
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Mad Trapper

Shakey, don’t be a racist liberal.

Hang ALL the sex offenders

Shakes
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Shakes

Since 90% of them are white, I’m happy with that.

CC The Maze Sun
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CC The Maze Sun

“Don’t come around here no more
Don’t come around here no more
Whatever you’re looking for
Hey! don’t come around here no more……….

Stop walking down my street
Who do you expect to meet?
Whatever you’re looking for
Hey! don’t come around here no more”
– Tom Petty

Mr. Fritz
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Mr. Fritz

Outstanding column Dan!
Great analysis Johnny99 of the Sakshaug letter.
Based on the collusion issue (alone) between the three amigos – Harrington, Wynn and Tyer – who in their right mind would vote for Tyer?
Thankfully there are 3 others running for mayor so for goodness sakes – vote her out!

Johnny99
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Johnny99

Thanks Fritz. Wait till I post and parse Tyers’ huge campaign post card I received today while repairing my home that I can barely afford due to high taxes, and because I don’t want a government freebie home improvement loan. The picture on it doesn’t even look like her and the entire card is full of fluff n nuttin, but a bunch of misleading numbers. Perhaps by nightfall I will get to it, but I have lots of home improvement projects because I didn’t get a 10 percent raise over the past 4 years like her budget rose, and I can’t afford to pay someone. 31 new cops my ass. Most of that was through attrition. And she failed to mention all the shootings under her watch and the homicides. And how are the cops being deployed???? How many shootings, how many homicides since… Read more »

shakes
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shakes

Maybe you should down size rather than living beyond your means?

Johnny99
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Johnny99

Can’t – upside down because values’ in the tank.

shakes
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shakes

Sounds like you made a dumb decision to buy a property that would lose its value.

Constance Op
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Constance Op

In my heart of hearts I voted for the Mayor last time and as a heavy taxpayer and water rate payer like everyone else feels he could have done more-now I would have to be an idiot to vote her again. She has lead alright,right into the abyss.

PoliceReport
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PoliceReport

Just remember that before Chief Wynn was a police officer he was the first civilian director of the newly formed Westside Neighborhood Resource Center, this was way back in 1993-1995. Chief Wynn has been doing a disservice to the Westside for almost 25 years. You would think in all that time he would have come up with something better? Maybe he’s having difficulty fulfilling his role as Police Chief because he’s so busy doing so many other things. Adjunct Professor Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts October 2018 – Present 1 year Pittsfield, Massachusetts Area Chief of Police Pittsfield Police Department December 2007 – Present 11 years 10 months Pittsfield, Massachusetts Area Chief Executive Officer of a progressive law enforcement agency of approximately 120 members, protecting a city of approximately 44,000. President Victory Force Options Training, Inc. March 2007 – Present 12 years 7 months… Read more »

Juicy Lucy
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Juicy Lucy

He protected the abuses of Dale Eason when he was called to protect citizens and instead victimized the victims I know for a fact because I was one of his victims. In fact we only know of two that were made public because he responded to the wrong address and abused a 88 year old women and another was recorded on video tape I believe he had charges against him for having sex in a police cruiser with a victim of domestic violence who was also special needs. Police records are purged regarding Eason. I know for a fact because my record is expunged.

Mad Trapper
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Mad Trapper

There were two cops that used to boff each other down by the Pittsfield wastewater treatment plant.

We caught them ~2 AM, all of a sudden two heads pop up in backseat of the cruiser.

It came out back then when The Left Winger Parrot still did news.

One was called the copsucker.

Hell Toupee
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Hell Toupee

MT, gives a new meaning to jacking up a car

12 Gauge
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12 Gauge

Didn’t someone tell you not to discuss your fantasies here?

X-Lachs Lounge
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X-Lachs Lounge

creepy blog for sure

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

Do not forget how bad the roads were allowed to get under Tyers four years of oversight. It took a near revolt of the citizens to get her off her duff and do something. But there is still garbage all over the city and a daily plethora of automobile accidents mostly due to folk running red lights and stop signs. Whose job is it to curb that? Anyone?
I am not sure this mayor even cares about Pittsfield. Anybody can talk out their ass or have someone do it for them. (thanks Tom) but as bad as Pittsfield was four years ago everyone will admit its decline has accelerated considerable. And she well knows it.

shakes
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shakes

maybe if Coco ran the traffic division better than he did stealing from the police union?

The school committee
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The school committee

Ex Mayor Tyer said she created 300 jobs at Wayfair and 35 at Covanta…….This is Trump delusional

Repack
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Repack

Hess Forest, Gas blight, and others still stand. Bull doze the firehouse dump on Tyler.

Merry & Bright
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Merry & Bright

Can’t decide which is worse, Lovely Linda’s post card of lies I received in the mail today or Chief Wynniethepoo’s company blog that Police Report just shared. Both of these so called “leaders” are totally delusional, no wonder Pittsfield is such a scary mess.

Gobsig
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Gobsig

But I’ll bet shakes enjoyed the chief’s bare chested selfie.

Sojourner Truth
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Sojourner Truth

The police blog cannot be the Club Med Police Chief’s fault. He was blinded by the light at one of his weekly beach respites while someone else composed it. Nothing too good for couples sucking at the public, state and municipal trough along with a city vehicle and credit card. Easy to be Wynning at Life….Sooooo Gooood !!!!

Jones N Us
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Jones N Us

Tyer gave us..
two cents off tax rat
An amazing assessment of homes
Left Hess Forest Standing. Fourth year
Krazy Parking format
Beautiful trash cans on Tylers September. With weeded curbing
Covanta got a new boiler
Beacon some new popcorn with seats
Potholes stayed intact
Millions plus spent for an easy winter (aggressive snowplowing)
Another needed mega million water-sewer plant
Shoddy contracts with B F I toter system and overall plan
Road line painting a joke
Fire hydrant issues-off line?
170 plus million budget highest in history of city
Blight issues remain
City Hall steps crumbling
West St.Left on North disaster waiting to happen
Same on First street by D D when there is a function at the common traffic back up at both spots
City not safe Cumbies,Amart, nuisance spots
Jaywalkers,safety negligence issue
Sprinside Park sinkhole
Allendale school dump
So over Lake Boulevard weed laddened
Filthy streets

Hoyt Clagwell
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Hoyt Clagwell

Cumbies is perfect for those times when you need a gallon of milk and a hooker.

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

I would add that hundreds of parents are sending their children out of PIttsfield for school. Many, if not most of them are parents who work in or for the school department and know just how bad the schools really are. Nobody but nobody, is moving to Pittsfield so that their child can get a decent education. Bad schools and gang related crime are not drawcards for potential business s. And doctoring statistics only fools the really ignorant because teachers talk and police talk and eventually most everyone knows how bad things really are.

Gobsig
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Gobsig

I’m watching a rebroadcast of morning drivel . Boy Harrington is a squeaky whiner. Stooge can’t stop playing with his phone in between ass kissing sessions.

Agent 86
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Agent 86

He bragged about being on Harrington ‘s advisory board. Wasn’t he on the board for sewer upgrades? How did that work out for everyone? Look at your water and sewer rates. Now he’s on another board and I’m sure that it will be as useful as the sewer one.

Colin O'Scopy
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Colin O'Scopy

So, do the new shoplifting rules apply to Harrington’s husband’s store, The West Stockbridge Public Market?

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

Berkshire Eagle had all the sad inside details about the incident on the Columbus/Onota st story. Isn’t it amazing how sometimes they seem able to tell a story and other times they play dumb?

Is it because this guy had no connections to the power structure and so got approval from the administration? This is one of the main reason many people would never buy this paper. It is NOT your friend as much as it pretends to be.

Auto Phil
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Auto Phil

What in the GD Hell? I just clicked on the link to the Police Chief Mike Wynn’s blog.

https://victoryforce.wordpress.com/2019/08/31/installment-15-new-adventure-new-opportunity/

No wonder this city can’t control it rising crime rate. In the week following another murder in the city, the police chief has had the time to:

-Leisurely read 3 books
-Attend orientation for his Adjunct Professor Role(teaching in the fall)
-Teach Active shooter training
-Attend a 2-day Jui-Jitsu retreat in Maine, six hours away (WTF?)
-Start thinking about his upcoming Grad School enrollment

Oh, and update two blogs. And that was just the week following the murder. The previous week has its own blog, which, ironically, I don’t have the time to read…

Wilson
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Wilson

and you left out the part about making time to sunbathe and eat lobster…

Wilson
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Wilson

And get a large chest tattoo??

X-Lachs Lounge
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X-Lachs Lounge

Don’t get shakes all excited.

Johnny99
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Johnny99

Some of you Kapanskis are a little too hard on the chief, it’s a difficult and thankless job with high stress, and the chief needs down time, and time away, time to recharge the batteries. The esteemed jounalist and professor Dan can attest to the importance of that for all of us, if the chief decides to spend his off time bettering himself, or teaching, or writing another book, more power to him. Forest bathing and lake house retreats ain’t for everyone, The city fathers and mother let this city go down the shitter for the past 30 years and so you all shouldn’t blame the chief because he’s not responsible for the root causes. Police report sounds like a disgruntled cop or ex cop, but perhaps not because he thought Tyer took the chiefs job out of civil service.

PoliceReport
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PoliceReport

Then you’ve misunderstood the point. I think Chief Wynn is a good man, a thoughtful man, a man who is interested in personal, professional, physical and spiritual development. I have no doubt he is thoughtful and loves his family and cares about his community. That all said he is a horrible Chief and his policies have led Pittsfield, and in part by extension, Berkshire County rapidly downward. My point was to illustrate that Chief Wynn has had 25 years dealing with the Westside. He was the first person to actually have a government funded job via the police department, dealing specifically with the Westside. He’s been the de facto chief for nearly 12 years, in that time crime has gone up in Pittsfield. Crime has actually gone up in Pittsfield while a good portion of the state has seen an opposite trend (MA has… Read more »

Mr. Fritz
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Mr. Fritz

I completely agree, PoliceReport. Well said.

Johnny99
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Johnny99

Well, it’s nice to know it’s not personal PR, but you sure had a couple good insults wrapped in your compliments there, and wasn’t it you not two blogs or so back that said the chief should have never been more than a sergeant, and now you’re saying he’d maybe be a great chief, but not here.

Irregardless, appreciate your input. Just sounds like some sour grapes to me.

PoliceReports
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PoliceReports

I said in Pittsfield he should have maxed out at a Sargent or maybe at most a Captain in administration, meaning he would have limited command. Based on his education could certainly be a Chief in a department but not one that has high crime or one that is required to do much enforcement. He could certainly be the chief of police of a college, a small town, Mayberry. It’s a critique of where he has led us today -25 years on the west side, 12 years as Chief an Pittsfield and we are top ten for violent crime, with things getting worse not better. My professional interaction with him, he has no supervisory role in my work, has been limited but he lacks imagination, critical thinking skills, and makes for a good “paper pusher” but is not someone that should be in command… Read more »

Auto Phil
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Auto Phil

If the job is too stressful, too difficult, or too unsatisfying to have 100% dedication, maybe it’s time to transition the role to someone who has the full commitment.

Much needed downtime/vacation is understandable. Pursuing a million other career and personal outlets while the city is headed toward becoming the most violent city per capita in Massachusetts seems unreasonable.

Am I really being too hard on him? Are all those extracurricular activities acceptable in these times of high crime? If others think it’s reasonable, I have no problem rethinking my opinion.

Brian C. Marquis
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Brian C. Marquis

Well, yes that’s a darn good, logical reason to vote Melissa Mazzeo for mayor: “As mayor, Mazzeo says she will bring the EPA to Pittsfield and walk through the wastewater treatment plant with the public service commissioner, city councilors, and herself so everyone can get a better understanding of what is required.” A walkthrough? She’s a candidate for mayor based on a walkthrough pledge? Are you kidding me? I’m just wondering why as an incumbent City Councilor-at-Large she’s never taken a closer examination of the wastewater issue – after the hoopla ignited such fury amongst her colleagues? And when I refer to ‘colleagues’ I’m referring to her block of obstructionists – to include Chris Connell, Kevin Morandi, and Tony Simonelli. (Connell should be panicking by now, with Mike Merriam topping the polls amongst likely Ward 4 voters). Melissa Mazzeo brings absolutely nothing to the… Read more »

Auto Phil
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Auto Phil

The starting staff for Wayfair will be around 25 people when the call center goes live in October.

There is no way the projection for 188 new employees in 2019 will pan out. Projections are for an additional 112 employees (300 total) by the end of 2021.

They are paying $16 per hour plus bonuses/OT.

These jobs will employ Pittsfield residents. They will not draw in new population because of the great job opportunities. They are not careers for families or individuals to make a great living, buy
a home and pay for their children’s college off of.

Pittsfield won the Wayfair contract because it’s a gateway city. It’s a poor city, jobs of this caliber just perpetuate the poor culture. It’s better than nothing, but it doesn’t move Pittsfield forward in leaps and bounds.

PoliceReport
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PoliceReport

Mayor Linda Tyer, 1Berkshires, and the rest of the Pittsfield “economic and red carpet” team had zero to do with Wayfair coming to Pittsfield. In this installment Andy McKeever can’t even keep the story straight within 1,000 words MEACC offered $31.4 million for new jobs in MA. Shah is a Pittsfield native. The jobs aren’t for the people of Pittsfield, they are jobs meant to lure people to Pittsfield. It was a lot of “work” for Coakley but Pittsfield offered no incentives, and Wayfair was more interested in the quality of life in the Berkshires. So what part was work? Was it showing Niraj around a city and county he grew up in? Were the dinners that they took the management team on too hard to eat? The call center was always going to be in Pittsfield if it was going to be in… Read more »

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

And they have got to be getting a huge long tax break which is being left out of the discussion. How much are the taxpayers putting in to support this company? HUH???

PoliceReport
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PoliceReport

They are getting $31.4 million from the State.
There has been no disclosure if they’ve received anything directly or indirectly from Pittsfield. If there will be worker trading contributions, tax credits, or a waiving of tax liabilities.

Taken at face value, Wayfair wasn’t concerned with incentives from Pittsfield. If that’s true then Pittsfield did and offered nothing of value to get Wayfair here.

shakes
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shakes

who moves for a $16 an hour job?

Econ101
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Econ101

Walmart jobs cost taxpayers money, Walmart jobs are low wage, part time jobs with no benefits. Thank god Mazzeo said no to a super Walmart.

Isn’t it funny how Tyer said the innovation center was a waste of money but now she thinks it’s an economic engine?

Brian C. Marquis
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Brian C. Marquis

Econ 101 . . .

Walmart’s pledge to clean up a highly toxic site “cost taxpayers money” how, exactly? Their proposal included toxic site cleanup (at their expense), a new Super Center, and hundreds of jobs, and a freshly needed revenue stream.

But you’re right, who the hell needs a job at Walmart or Wayfair?

Econ 101, a failed treatise written and practiced by the Mazzeo-Bianchi years.

Mazzeo-Bianchi years: Bad for Progress. Bad for Workers. Bad for Pittsfield.

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Mazzeo’s so desperate for lawn sign locations she’s planted one right next door to us in Lanesborough. Yeah, that’ll generate interest and votes; a half-mile off Route 7.

People should know when they’re conquered!!

Econ101
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Econ101

https://www.forbes.com/sites/clareoconnor/2014/04/15/report-walmart-workers-cost-taxpayers-6-2-billion-in-public-assistance/#5b7e93c2720b Walmart’s low-wage workers cost U.S. taxpayers an estimated $6.2 billion in public assistance including food stamps, Medicaid and subsidized housing, according to a report published to coincide with Tax Day, April 15. Americans for Tax Fairness, a coalition of 400 national and state-level progressive groups, made this estimate using data from a 2013 study by Democratic Staff of the U.S. Committee on Education and the Workforce. “The study estimated the cost to Wisconsin’s taxpayers of Walmart’s low wages and benefits, which often force workers to rely on various public assistance programs,” reads the report, available in full here. “It found that a single Walmart Supercenter cost taxpayers between $904,542 and $1.75 million per year, or between $3,015 and $5,815 on average for each of 300 workers.” Americans for Tax Fairness then took the mid-point of that range ($4,415) and multiplied it by Walmart’s… Read more »

Brian C. Marquis
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Brian C. Marquis

Econ 101 . . . you and Mazzeo must live in a silk-stockings environment; what I am reading here is nothing shy of short-selling Pittsfield workers. Who the heck are you and Mazzeo to decide where locals work? Not everyone married a sugar daddy or earned a Ph.D., enabling them to live like a queen or earn exorbitant salaries and benefits. Some workers are happy working at Walmart or Wayfair. Exercising dominance over where people work is offensive. Further sabotaging business interest in Pittsfield to protect the status quo is equally aggressive. That’s pretty frickin’ arrogance of you to suggest otherwise. But I’m guessing by your sheer ignorance – your true identity is that of a Mazzeo minion. Mazzeo lied about the contents of her phone exchange with Andrea Harrington last year; and Mazzeo lied about her business relationship with hubby and Michael Mazzeo.… Read more »

The school committee
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The school committee

Walmart bailed for 1 reason ,corporate decision to stop expanding stores and invest that money in internet sales .Amazon created the interest in a bigger online business.Walmart was basically moving from Coltsville to PEDA like Mountain One and Stevenson transferred from North street.

This Just In
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This Just In

I saw Barry at the cemetery with a clipboard registering voters for Titanic Tyer.

Mr. Fritz
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Mr. Fritz

Brian,
I couldn’t disagree more with your comments.
Mazzeo, Connell, Simonelli and Morandi are the more conservative members of the CC. The others did very little research into many of the issues facing the city this past year and merely rubber-stamped many of Tyer’s proposals including the “At Home in Pittsfield Fixer Upper Giveaway of Taxpayer Money.” Specifically, Simonelli voiced opposition to using the GE Economic Development Funds for this giveaway to a select few city residents, which was the RIGHT thing to do. The other three councilors mentioned above voted with Simonelli, thus saving the GE account from being pillaged by Tyer & Ruffer.

Vote Tyer out of office! She’s had 4 years and that is ENOUGH!

Con Firmation
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Con Firmation

M A G A and the World,p… Osama has been Laden son has been killed. This has been a Planet News Special report.

This Just In
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This Just In

Linda Tyer has killed Pittsfield.

Dan El
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Dan El

Wayfair call center will be obsolete in three years. Workers will have to be retrained at minimum. And Wayfair ain’t paying for it. Sounds like Covanta? Mazzeo should be in on negotiations before anything is signed. Wal Mart would have taken us to the cleaners. And that’s the bottom dollar. Sturgeon did refer to D A Harrington as Andrea Mitchell.What a dope fiddling with his App not even looking at The D A while she was talking half the time. I watched about twenty minutes. PCTV is a political patronage statin not unlike WAMC like someone else mentioned.

CC The Maze Sun
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CC The Maze Sun

“It’s Late, it’s very very Late”
– White Rabbit (Alice in Wonderland)

PoliceReport
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PoliceReport

I have received a forwarded email from the Mayor Linda Tyer Campaign, and yes Chief Wynn’s wife is actively working on the campaign to help direct resources and letters to the editor.

When writing a letter to the editor
Be concise, try to limit your letter to 2-5 paragraphs.
Don’t be negative
Don’t mention any other candidates by name only mention Linda and use her full name and title Mayor Linda Tyer.
Highlight the positives:
Wayfair
31 Police hired
ShotSpotter
Westside Initiatives
Job creation
Business Development
Red Carpet Team
Lower Tax Rate
Increased Property Values

Try to focus on one thing per paragraph, remember to say vote for Mayor Linda Tyer or that you will vote for Mayor Linda Tyer.
Include the date September 17th.
It’s one letter per person per month

Mr. Fritz
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Mr. Fritz

Nepotism is alive and well in the city of Pittsfield!
Stop the collusion – vote Tyer OUT!

Charlie
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Charlie

I suggest someone send that directive on letters to the Eagle as an actual LTE.

Shakes
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Shakes

shame on the Tyer campaign for getting organized and effective LTE’s. what are they thinking?

Wilson
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Wilson

Those letters are so fake that the only people who would be fooled are too dumb to read. But it’s not really about getting votes, it’s about giving the appearance that their is a campaign when the mayor is really just appointed by a criminal conspiracy that siphons 100s of millions (soon to be billions) of dollars out of the city and the state

Shakes
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Shakes

I’m buying stock in Alcoa because you’re wearing a lot of aluminum hats.

X-Lachs Lounge
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X-Lachs Lounge

Schlitzie, did you use the money from your empty beer cans to buy the stock?

Brian C. Marquis
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Brian C. Marquis

And y’all were concerned about Mayor Linda Tyer’s achievements and accomplishments. This schedule appears less than complete, but it’s a start.

Wayfair;

31 Police hired;

ShotSpotter;

Westside Initiatives;

Job creation (over 400+);

Business Development;

Red Carpet Team;

Appointment of a Permanent Fire Chief;

Appointment of a Permanent Police Chief;

Lower Tax Rate;

Increased Property Values.

And where’s Mazzeo’s schedule of achievements and accomplishments? Exactly!

Mayor Linda Tyer’s not the problem, y’all are!!!

Strong Leader. Real Result. Bold Progressive. Advocating for progressive priorities and populist opinions.

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

If this is a list of accomplishments it is vague, misleading and short on reality. If I were Tyers campaign manager I would tell her to offer a heartfelt apology to the people of Pittsfield and tell them she would try to do better if given another chance. Considerably less people are going to believe her lies this time after the experience she just put us through. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me

that is the bottom line dude

Jonathan Melle
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Jonathan Melle

The lovely Linda Tyer is the BEST Mayor of Pittsfield, EVER! Please vote for Linda Tyer!!!!

Johnny99
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Johnny99

Here is a list of Tyer’s alleged accomplishments, as listed on her cardboard mailing. After almost 4 years her alleged accomplishments are presented below, quoted from her mailing, followed by some fair questions us Kapanski’s have. “WORLD CLASS EDUCATION”. “State-of the-art career technical education high school.” “High-quality preschool” for 3 and 4 year old’s. “Most improvement on the state’s comprehensive assessment tests”, for English language learners. How many students are choicing in because of the new school we can’t afford and don’t need? How many Pittsfield students stopped choicing out because of the new school? How many Pittsfield students don’t go to Pittsfield public school besides Farley’s? And What did Tyer have to do with the new high school as mayor anyway? It was a done deal before she was sworn in. Now we are paying to baby sit more 3 and 4 year… Read more »

doomiedodger
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doomiedodger

This is the most comprehensive and realistic post I have ever read on this site over the years.

And if you do leave the city please write up a procedural report on the steps one needs to go through to leave because I am sure there are hundreds if not thousands who would follow you out the door but are terrified of the process. I personally, having watched the city decline of just the last ten years, do not see any (ANY) hope for revival and a lot of that has to do with the lack of political will. Our leaders are cannibalizing what remains of Pittsfield.
My opinion.

PoliceReport
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PoliceReport

Pittsfield going to the dogs https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/pittsfield-eyes-dog-park-at-burbank-park-interim-site-a-nonstarter,584825 It’s unfortunate that Jim McGrath, Pittsfield’s park and open space program manager, doesn’t know that capped landfills are difficult and expensive to deal with. It would seem that knowing what land use requirements are for waste sites would be part of the job, but not under Mayor Linda Tyer. It’s also unfortunate that Pittsfield is going to waste $300k on a dog park and $75k is going to come directly out of our pockets. The city had hoped to get an interim dog park off the ground at the East Street Softball Complex this summer, but it was forced to bag those plans, said Jim McGrath, Pittsfield’s park and open space program manager. Because the city hoped to upgrade fencing on the site, which is a capped landfill, he said requirements imposed by the Department of Environmental Protection… Read more »

Auto Phil
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Auto Phil

It’s nice to know that DOGS will be getting hundreds of thousands of dollars in investments to upgrade their quality of life while adolescents and preteen children are hanging around, restless, popping each other with BB guns and cracking eggs off cars on First Street.

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

Dog parks, Water parks and Pickle Ball parks.

How about putting some money into traffic enforcement? Why is this woman not dealing with all the crazy driving in her city?? It is a high concern with everybody in the city except her. WHY??

Why is she so obsessed with giving contracts for parks but not the basic necessities? Something is weird and scary about her priorities. Can we track who is getting these contracts please so we can make some sense of this nonsense?

Juicy Lucy
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Juicy Lucy

Tyer is just not that bright. However, she does have her dog Kenzie that she walks in the gated community where she and Barry live. Maybe her “well to do neighbors ” don’t want any more doggie poop on their lawns so she is using taxpayer money to fund a park for Kenzie, in the same way she uses taxpayer money for her undeserved salary funding her lavish lifestyle, while the everyday taxpayer, especially our seniors, do NOT feel safe in their once great city.

SallySays
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SallySays

SallySays that’s an uncalled for comment, a low blow, and her family life should be outta bounds and is not indicative of whether or not a person cares for the future of the city. The mayors’ a good person and I give her an A for effort. Just a Ruberto led tax and spending progressive. But let’s keep the personal stuff out of it.

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

When her ineptitude effects peoples ability to support their families properly that is personal in of itself. She needs to care about others if she expects them to care about her. And I do not see it.

Mr. Fritz
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Mr. Fritz

No, the “personal stuff” is part of the package, Sally. The Chief of Police’s wife works for Tyer’s campaign, Harrington is a friend of the mayor – all “personal” relationships that factor into decisions made at the ballot box.
Vote Tyer out of office! Stop the collusion!

SallySays
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SallySays

Fritz, I was referring to a sentence Dan removed after I posted – the sentence was familial, personal, irrelevant, and a low blow, henceforth Dan removed it and we’ll leave it at that.

Juicy Lucy
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Juicy Lucy

SallySays .

The school committee
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The school committee

Taxes Tyet can easily absorb an extra 5 k in new taxes but while the rest of the hard working poor people can not absorb another nickle.There are 2 Pittsfields the well to do have the CCand Tyer and the working poor have Mazzeo ,I hope.

The school committee
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The school committee

So the real question is can Mazzeo be the Mayor of Pittsfields poor?I would rather lose an election for Mayor representing poor hard working people than win and give up on poor people as Tyer sold her soul for the cocktail crowd.

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

Sold her soul. Sure looks that way.

Merry & Bright
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Merry & Bright

Memories – When Ruberto was running for Mayor he was at the annual Berkshire Humane Society Woofstock and was telling the crowd he would make a dog park. So is he the one that is telling Lovely Linda to complete his promise? I am a major dog lover and would love to see this, but, how about first this Administration prove to the hardworking tax payers that they can take care of the “people” parks they all ready have. The last time I brought my dog to Burbank Park I ended up carrying her as the grounds had so many used needles laying around. As recent as this past Friday a friend was watching her 7 year old son’s game at Springside Park and sat scared while the juvenile gang started to congregate and were yelling obscenities at the families watching the game and… Read more »

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

Put that on a referendum for this election and I will vote for it.

Johnny99
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Johnny99

You mean the mayor that campaigned on tax relief and crime. What a effing joke he was and wasn’t he the one that was gonna take his suitcase in hand and go get the jobs with his great sales skills?

Juicy Lucy
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Juicy Lucy

And Don’t Forget HIS ROLODEX. And while we are on the subject of Jimmy, HIS RENAISSANCE of North St. is 21 empty storefronts failed businesses including Spice and the Beacon. It would be 22 empty storefronts but Linda has her campaign headquarters there on the corner of Dunham Mall and North.

Johnny99
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Johnny99

Yes, we keep hearing about all the new jobs, most of which are government jobs or government subsidized but how many were lost during Ruberto mirage rennisance and how many since Tyer elected?

Roberto Del Halitoso
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Roberto Del Halitoso

Judging from Tyer’s lack of accomplishments old stink breath turned it over to Tyer.

Jonathan Melle
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Jonathan Melle

September 15, 2019 Re: Wall Street bond issuers are the real winners from Massachusetts supply-side economics! The Eagle’s editorial on the outdated “Taxachusetts” name for Massachusetts omits the fact that Massachusetts is one of the top per capita debtor state governments in the country. Over the past 4 decades, Massachusetts went from high taxes to super-high public debts! You either get “tax-and-spend” Democrats or “tax-and-borrow” Republicans as Governors of Massachusetts. The real losers of Massachusetts supply-side economics public policy has been the municipalities and regional entities. In Berkshire County, there have been huge state government funding cuts to municipalities, school districts, and an abolished county government on July 1, 2000. The Berkshires has seen huge losses in population and jobs, which made matters worse by causing a shrinking tax base with increasing costs for local and regional government. In closing, the Wall Street bond… Read more »

David Bubriski
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David Bubriski

Andrea Harrington should absorb this bit of wisdom. .“An ancient Talmudic adage warned: ‘Those who are kind to the cruel will be cruel to the kind.’

PoliceReport
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PoliceReport

Mayor Linda Tyer has put out her list of accomplishments. So let’s break them down. Wayfair She had nothing to do with Wayfair in fact it’s well known that Shah was coming back to his hometown. Wayfair was given $31.4 million in tax breaks. They were actually looking at other states to move to, MA just ponied up the most money. 31 Police hired They’ve lost 26 (+3), one is on unpaid leave for criminal activity. Another was allowed to retire after criminal activity, one settled with the city after being fired and it cost us over $250k (settlement, overtime, interest, legal fees) ShotSpotter; $300k+ failure. It has not singularly led to one arrest, one conviction, in court. In fact it is rarely mentioned in proceedings as it is so inaccurate. Westside Initiatives; They were forced into revamping “Westside Initiatives” Mayor Linda Tyer is… Read more »

The school committee
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The school committee

Mayor Tyer created zero new jobs.Anyone associated with creating jobs must go.New jobs will come when the streets are safe.

Auto Phil
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Shakes – in regards to your comment about Wayfair’s call center and it not being rocket science. I understand your sentiment, but they are actually looking for a level of ability that isn’t just answering the phone (not your “basic” worker). The employment advertisement requests a bachelors degree. Actually, the ad says it’s “required” but in fact, it is not. You have to pass an online computer assessment in order to be considered for an interview. The assessment is about 45 minutes long and requires computer knowledge, understanding of customer service conflicts, management roles, ability to navigate online databases similar to theirs, accurate data entry, etc. You must pass a personality test, a work experience test, a grammar test, etc. Everyone is assessed online and then if you pass you are granted a phone interview. If you pass the phone interview, you interview with… Read more »

Tyertanic
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Tyertanic

I guess Tyer can’t work there after her defeat.

Auto Phil
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Auto Phil

Police Report – are you saying we lost 26 (+ the 3 that retire or were fired) and the mayor is saying we hired 31. Does this make a net gain of 2 police officers during her tenure?

Where did the 26 go?

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PoliceReport

Since 2019 the department has “lost” 26 officers (some reports will say 22, however 26 seems to be the more correct number) I don’t have the breakdown exactly but most of the 26 were retirees as Pittsfield pulled a number of police from calluses in the 80’s and 90’s and now those officers are set to retire. Some officers have left due to relocation of spouses, other job opportunities. Hiring of police is generally cyclic, except in departments that have high turnover or are good at administration and force planning. Chief Wynn, if he were good at his job, would have requested a personnel report and started planning for retirements and “force loading” 12 years ago. You look at projected retirement dates, mandatory retirement dates, and plan the hiring of new officers at a minimum of two (three or four is better) years out.… Read more »

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PoliceReport

That should read 2018.

Trumbide
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Trumbide

Rest In Peace Eddie.

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