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BIC DESIGN, EMA’s PROSED USE OF STONTIUM-90, TOO GREAT A RISK FOR ENTIRE CITY

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION OCT. 11-13, 2019) — Happy Columbus Day weekend (you know where you can stick “Indigenous People’s Day,” JIV and Kathy Yon).

For THE PLANET, the most troubling aspect of EMA’s proposed use of Strontium-90 for the test facility it wants to build on the taxpayers’ dollar (a private company, mind you) is the secrecy and subterfuge, especially as it relates to the use of a lethal substance. In information presented to the city, at least that we have seen, EMA does not mention Sr-90. When alert members of THE PLANET‘s Secret Squadron perused the council packet, EMA’s parts list had a tiny line item, in agate so small you needed an electron microscope to read it.

It was an expense of $50,000 for the radioactive isotope. Neither The Boring Broadsheet or iBeserkshire noticed the inclusion.

It took THE PLANET to bring in the sunshine.

When confronted with the purchase, 37% of the $140,000 it wants from taxpayers, EMA implausibly claimed it wasn’t sure it would use the toxic substance in its testing. Is this how Justin McKennon proposes to operate his “empire?” By including $50K for a product he doesn’t intend using? Only Michael Coakley, Deanna Ruffer, Linda Tyer, and BIC executive director Ben Sosne would buy such a whopper. Sosne, by the way, and BIC board chairman and president B. Stephen Boyd have been noticeably silent on this entire matter. Great leadership, guys.

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Sr-90 is a “bone seeker.” When it gets into the human body, 97% of what is ingested and remains goes directly into the bones and bone marrow. The other 3% enters the blood and soft tissue. No amount of exposure is accidentally safe.

Building a facility that plans to use radioactive testing requires a highly specialized type of construction. For the proposed plans of EMA, the BIC appears to be dangerously unsuited.

Designing for radiation and shielding involves a byzantine array of factors and a level of construction expertise that combines ordinary building techniques with an even higher technical and scientific understanding. Retrofitting the building to accommodate Sr-90 requires intensive communication between and among the client, equipment vendors, architect, construction company, shielding designer, and shielding architect. This must happen well BEFORE construction begins.

Obviously, this didn’t happen with the BIC. EMA wasn’t even around during the building and the completion. None of this “collaborative” work could have taken place.

Here are just a few of the factors that neither Tyer, Coakley, Ruffer, Sosne, Boyd, Helen Moon, Earl Persip, John Krol, Nick Caccamo, or Crazy Guggenheim considered in their rush to push through the funding request. Not one of these people has publicly asked about them.

  • What machinery will be used?
  • What retrofits will be required to adapt existing communication systems and electrical services? What will be the cost? Will service have to be interrupted?
  • What are the primary and secondary barriers to radiation protection?
  • How is the entry to the radiation chamber designed? Direct entry? Maze entry? Door free entry?
  • What unique conditions will be present?
  • What is the design for access to the work area?
  • What are the shielding parameters?
  • What is the planned workload?
  • What are the design goals?
  • What are the applicable local, state, federal, and international regulations?
  • What of the BIC’s adjacent occupancies? Do you want to be a company occupying a building built on PCB-polluted land with a fellow tenant messing around with Sr-90?
  • Where are the placements of windows, skylights, and any mechanical openings?
  • Are their any earth-backed walls where the chamber will be built? If so, how high?
  • When was the concrete poured? Why type?
  • What are the measuring installations to monitor radiation?
  • What is the evacuation plan?
  • Is the immediate neighborhood safe?

These are only a few of the design considerations (sources: aapm.org, Wikipedia, interviews with local builders and scientists). Again, all of this should have been addressed BEFORE design, let alone build out. To the best of THE PLANET‘s knowledge, none of this was done. Will EMA place Pittsfield under a real threat of radiation poisoning?

The BIC website tells us that the building has a wet lab, a tech lab, incubator space (office), a prototyping lab, and conference rooms. There is no mention of a safe room for radiation.

Have a great weekend, everybody.

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“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Jonathan Melle
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Jonathan Melle

Pittsfield should market itself as the toxic waste chemicals and possibly future radiation capital of the entire World! PEDA turned 21-years-old this summer of 2019. It is a total failure! Millions of taxpayer and GE dollars were spent on a PCBs-polluted and vacant wasteland. “Come visit Pittsfield, Massachusetts!” We have industrial chemical pollution called PCBs in our air, land, water, and Hill 78 next to Allendale Elementary School. Most of our PCBs sites are capped. But please do worry, because all of the caps are not effective after a period of time, and they need to be monitored and tested to make sure they work. If chemicals are not enough, Pittsfield will possibly expose you to radiation from EMA’s possible use of Strontium-90. Pittsfield also offers severe economic inequality with high per capita rates of teen pregnancies and welfare caseloads. Pittsfield also has violent… Read more »

CC The Maze Sun
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CC The Maze Sun

“The Man from the Press says,
We wish you success
It’s good to have the both of you back”

Johnny99
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Johnny99

Well the boaring broadsheet has an article on Wayfair ribbon cutting and owner claims they are hiring 30 people per month. That means less than 100 jobs this year and not the 300 Tyers camping cardboard claims are coming this autumn. Furthermore, article never says why the company came here – was it really this great magic carpet team we keep hearing so much about – or was it more tax breaks so us Kapanskis pay more?? And Tyer claims these are jobs families can be supported on. How come the wages aren’t listed? And the article failed to mention the lawsuit, though it did mention at the end how the company is unprofitable. Sometim wong here.

Barbados
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Barbados

Wayfair came for same reason EMA wants. Taxpayers handouts and because one of the principals lives in Berkshires. I think DV nailed it when he mentioned both plus the social engineering aspect of “economic development”.

Joe
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Joe

The entire list of things you describe was addressed at last nights meeting. Not to mention that the committee unanimously approved it last night.

Lenny
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Lenny

Last night’s finance subcommittee meeting reviewing the EMA proposal was a joke. No discussion about the use of Economic Development Funds for this company – it was rubber stamped by Marchetti, Persip, Mazzeo, Connell and Morandi.
I can’t in good faith vote for any of these people who are so lax in their stewardship of city monies.
What is the city’s equity share in this company if we are investing public funds in it?
EMA is being given substantial tax cuts, and that is all they should be offered. And I don’t think the BIC is the proper place for a test chamber.

levitan
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levitan

The only relevant issue for the Finance Com would be the tax questions. I am not concluding anything about the councilors’ diligence from the vote. My guess is that EMA’s worth outweighs the weak presentation, and that defines their position regarding tax credits.

Kermit Frog
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Kermit Frog

Three million gross is bankruptcy bound for that industry. It’s the blind leading the blind.

The school committee
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The school committee

I believe the voters in Pittsfield now more than ever want their CC and Mayor to question everything. Mayors who control the CC also controll questions.Starting with Mazzeo we should see a taxpayers Mayor. We saw who is in control of Tyer and its simply incompetent former politicians who gave away millions in money meant for job creation that should have been in the thousands not measured in 5 or 10.Pittsfield needs to quickly move on from Tyer to a intellectually curious Mayor Mazzeo.I dont think Hancock Shaker Village would ever get 500k under her watch.

The school committee
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The school committee

They will monitor it like they monitor the Air quality at Allendale School. Mccandless and the Mayor need a public meeting to discuss Allendale school which is its downwind neighbor.Mccandless should come out against this until we get more information. Where is Caccamo and Moon

Fooji Tarakinovatanaka
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Fooji Tarakinovatanaka

Quote from the scientist…I don’t want to die either?

Edward R. Murrow
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Edward R. Murrow

To pick up from yesterday on the Tyler Technologies assessment letter, this ought to sink Tyer for good. Are you kidding me?

Vote MelMazz for rotation in office.

On the panhandlers at Berkshire Crossing/Coltsville, I noticed that down in Holyoke on that road to the mall they put up signs to this effect: “Give only to verified charities,” or something close to that.

A week or two ago was the first time that I didn’t see the panhandlers there in three or four years.

Hint, hint, City of Pittsfield.

Johnny99
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Johnny99

Ed good point on the bums bumming money. Didn’t Tyer campaign on cleaning up this city?. Can’t we get these bums to move along as they say.? If we can’t get a city ordnance to outlaw this on constitution grounds outright let’s put some of those 30 cops Tyer claims she hired to stand next to these bums with the signs and they’ll move along on their own in half an hour. How is this crap acceptable? How long would Tyer tolerate that crap in front of Wayfair? Let’s hope this gets addressed at one of these debates. I’m sick and tired of my little kids asking me why these bums are standing in the middle of the intersections. MAKE PITTSFIELD GREAT AGAIN

Merry & Bright
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Merry & Bright

Just don’t get it. This City Council has not been able to make a decision on garbage pickup or parking issues in almost four years! Yet they pass the potentially hazardous EMA proposal right through! Why should the Pittsfield residents bother even voting? Our representatives don’t ever and I mean ever listen to the taxpayers. Do any of them research anything or do they just run out for photo ops. I am totally disgusted with all of them. Might be the first time in my life I stay home on election day, maybe that is why the numbers are so low on election day, other taxpayers feel the same way! You basically have to vote for the lesser or two evils! Pathetically sad and shameful!

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

I agree. And that is why any good financial advisor would not recommend Pittsfield as a place to move to. Between the crime, gangs, horrible school system and special interest politics it is a tough road to hoe.

Consider that the mayor chose to live at the farthest possible point away from her crime infested inner city. Teachers and city councilors opt their children out of the school system they work for. And multi millionaire businessmen , through their connections with city hall, get juicy tax breaks while senior citizens claw to stay in their own homes do to high taxes.

You can go to Walmart and buy all the lipstick they have in stock but it will not cover the pig any longer.
Vote accordingly.

Juicy Lucy
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Juicy Lucy

Johnny, and Pittsfield police officers chose living outside “the city” and or send theirs children to schools in the other towns because they know just how dangerous the streets of Pittsfield really are. I had a former young officer tell me there is nothing they can do. This kid is now a Statie. Lack of leadership in the police department under Mikey Wynn who is “Wynning at life” while “We the People” suffer from and under his inflated ego. Amen.

Johnny99
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Johnny99

Sure as shit can’t blame the coppers for living outta dodge city. What cop in his right mind would want his kids in Pittsfield schools?

Where do Farley’s go?
Where do Mazzeo go?
Where is Mazzeo by the way?

Village Knight
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Village Knight

Reply to Merry & Bright.– Bravo! I completely agree with you!
That’s why Alex Blumin is running for Councilor at Large.

Vigo
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Vigo

Village a Night what is your tel number? Got a question.

Johnny99
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Johnny99

Is Mazzeo actually running for mayor or just standing for election?

Tyers’ getting lots of free press lately and spreading lots of half baked information in her campaign mailers, and that, on top of the letters from the city trying to manipulate elderly folk who don’t know better, into letting assessors inspect the inside of their homes, along with the EMA scam, and the proposed marijuana grow on PEDA land, is enough for Mazzeo to chew on from now until Election Day and yet…. what exactly? Just because she won the primary doesn’t mean she’ll win the general. She better actually campaign assuming she actually wants to win.

JohnnyComeLately
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JohnnyComeLately

Good question Johnny, According to my research election is 3 weeks from the day after Ignorant people’s day.

Wake up Pittsfield. Wake up Mazzeo.

You can expect one more magical,vibrant, dynamic, and totally phony campaign flyer at the last minute from Tyers camp. I expect it will be similar to Rubertos last gasp when he was scared shirtless that Bianchi would beat em, and he dragged up old news articles blaming potential layoffs on Bianchi because he was treasurer.

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

Tyers campaign team is working the Facebook 411 pretty heavily. And there seems to be a Trump like desperation in the fake news approach.

MajorTom
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MajorTom

“Hello Melissa Mazzeo, are you receiving?

SallySays
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SallySays

SallySays Planet deserves another Pulitzer for EMA coverage on this blog. The fix is in!

The school committee
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The school committee

Mazzeo is not getting any coverage from the Berkshire Eagle or shes not really running.Why isnt Mazzeo participating withe 3 weeks to go.

The school committee
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The school committee

I dont evdn understand what Mazzeo is doing.For god sakes film what you do with a staffer and put it on facebook.Sit with a violent neighborhood taxpayer and interview them on film and facebook it.Where are you Melissa?

p
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p

Maz still has a couple more debates with the Mayor. She won the first one and will the next two. Please, go to her campaign page it’s on fire. You have to ask yourself has Tyer done the job? Mazzeo is ready to be Mayor.

Barrie
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Barrie

Melissa will be fine. Governor Baker R-Ma. Threw Tyer under the bus,quote….Mayor,you didn’t have to work hard on this one, we had him at hello,unquote. Shah is a Republican and has heavily donated to the Republican Party.

Rule 27
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Rule 27

Ex-Capeless teacher at trial: Unpalatable choice offered BY BOB D UNN The Berkshire Eagle PITTSFIELD — Within a month of notifying technical staff at Capeless Elementary School that Principal Candy Jezewski might know the location of missing equipment, Melissa Fawcett said, she was presented with two choices: accept an involuntary transferor resign. Fawcett testified Thursday that she was told she was given that choice “because you talked about Candy.” The former Capeless teacher took the stand Thursday in Berkshire Superior Court as testimony continued in a civil lawsuit filed by Fawcett under the whistleblower statute. She is suing the city and Jezewski, alleging that she was retaliated against for whistleblowing by being pushed out of her job. In 2014, Fawcett was a fourth grade math and science teacher at Capeless. She also was the school’s webmaster and part of the “innovation team,” and as… Read more »

Bradford North
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Bradford North

Jake and company get rid of you when you tell the truth.

SallySays
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SallySays

How many more lap tops or iPads did us Kapanskis pay for that are AWOL????

Queen Bee
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Queen Bee

My daughter worked for the school department. She says the laptops were routinely missing. She tried to report this to Mercer and was told if she wanted to keep her job to keep quiet. The PSD is run like a criminal operation.

If a real audit was ever done, the supt. and Ms. Behnke would have a lot of explaining to do. That’s all I will say.

BTW my daughter no longer works there. She’s in Southern Berkshire and loves it.

SallySays
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SallySays

I’ll bet it’s not only the school department. I call for a physical audit of all city property going back 20’years.

The school committee
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The school committee

Theere is not a system to secure anything.The School committee is so in the dark about the money spent its embarrassing to watch them vote.The schools have hired so many bad unprepared principals and its because of the Eberwien/ Massimiano/Amuso era.

Merry & Bright
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Merry & Bright

Can anyone name one thing this present CC has done for the taxpayers of this City in the almost four years? I believe they are all in it for the basically almost free health insurance, free I-Pads and pensions! I bought a home in Pittsfield five plus years ago in what I thought was a nice quiet neighborhood. I now have methadone nombies staggering up and down my street (we have called the PPD several times, but have been told they are just “frequent flyers”, cars have been broken into and our neighborhood is surrounded by pot shops and we have to accept the skunk smell from Berkshire Roots, our elementary school is located by Mount Doyle and now the Tyer “NASA Space Capsule”. What I thought was going to be a quiet street has turned into a 50 to 60mph raceway. Never see… Read more »

Sojourner Truth
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Sojourner Truth

Ask Ward 6 candidate and former city councilor Joe Nichols about the PPD car that is, or used to be left idling (city gas and vehicle) routinely in the officer’s home driveway for hours while he naps at home starting around 4am. ( A neighbor of Joe’s). Fighting crime there and nightly in Pittsfield Cemetery. It’s tiresome holding cell phones on road jobs.

SallySays
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SallySays

You don’t think the cops should be driving around in circles all night do you? The firemen go lights out at 10 and sleep till 7, in warm beds no less, plus they dont have to worry about makin a mistake and getting shot if their reaction time is too slow from being tired. I was a nurse and let me tell ya midnight shift sucks.

Merry & Bright
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Merry & Bright

Sally, these cops are sleeping at 6:30a.m. to 7a.m. during the time people are commuting to work. Meanwhile vehicles are driving 60 to 70 mph on Merrill Road and East Street many times blowing through red lights. Yes I do expect them to do their jobs! I know who they are and I see them working details right after their shifts so I don’t believe they are that tired. I hear most of them choose the night shift so they can work details during the day.

Kermit Frog
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Kermit Frog

If you were sleeping on the job for most employers you would be fired. If the cops can’t do their jobs they should quit.
Isn’t driving around or patrolling what patrolmen do? Wtf. I have friends who work night shifts on other cities and they can’t sleep in their cars.

SallySays
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SallySays

You know what? As bad as this may sound, I dont have a problem with cops taking a break. I had a bf some years back who used to do it – he called it a power nap, and he told me some departments allow it.

The firemen sleep all night unless there’s a call and so I don’t begrudge a cop taking a little nap now and then in the middle of the night. That’s better than wrecking a cruiser and getting hurt. And beside didn’t Ruberto put the firemen on 24 hour shifts? So their sleeping about half their career.

Shakes
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Shakes

Let’s let the experts at the Commonwealth and if needed the Federal DOE handle regulation and not the City Clowncil.

The people involved with this page can’t grasp what “restorative justice” and “social engineering” mean, and somehow think the Federalist papers are legally astute documents.

levitan
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levitan

Federalist writings are not legal documents. They are Constitutional documents. They explain the virtues and reasoning behind the design and devices of the Constitution, and they provided the arguments for ratification of the Constitution. Without those, it is very unlikely that remote and small nation/states would agree to a government that would risks domination by wealthy interests of Virginia and New York. It would have been a hard sell, but for the intellectual and historical analysis that Madison provided.

Are you saying Hamilton, Jay, and Madison were less than astute? Sounds like you may have a whistleblower up your sleeve.

Shakes
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Shakes

All the other United States style governments across the globe are testimony to the US Constitution’s brilliance.

Levitan
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Levitan

You appear to have caught me in a embarrassing error or I just don’t understand you.

Which countries or government are you talking about?

Acute Angina
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Acute Angina

Take it easy Schiltzie

Seth
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Seth

I’m one also who thinks Mrs. Mazzeo would be an outstanding Mayor. If pictures are worth anything it looked like Mr. Shah and Congressman Neal were genuinely happy in that photo with a Melissa. She’s ready!

Captain Stooge
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Captain Stooge

What about that Candy Jezewski over at Capeless she should be in states prison.

L E Thang
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L E Thang

Yeah,the fact Tyer-ClairmontBouvier got a four year deal and hasn’t done anything says volumes. If you are hemorrhaging millions on roadplowing!now maintenance? wouldn’t you want someone asking for that expense to know why? Aggressive plowing was the original answer.

Tail E Hoe
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Tail E Hoe

Agree on the Jezewski comment. I know Ms. Fawcett and would-tell you she is a genuine good person.

Quaglio
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Quaglio

The G Man was right about Terror-Achee,he and Tyer technically will cost the City tens of millions. You will put a radiation isotope at the new BIC building yet will spend tens of millions on a frivolous water plant? Tyer says Mazzeo is a Trump supporter for questioning the Clean Water Act? But,Radiation is ok? Where is Helen Green Peace Moon on this? Still can’t vote for Ken Warren though,what a boob. You can’t have everything but here’s the mixture….Caccamo..Marchetti,Connell,Morandi,Hamling,Kavey, Moon, Joe Nichols, Pope, Yuki Cohen, Blumin.

john doe
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john doe

I never understood the whole 24 hour shift for firemen. Either you are paying people to sleep on the job, or if they’re so busy they can’t sleep, then we’re paying sleep deprived people to perform critical tasks including speeding to calls in a huge multi ton vehicle. And isn’t driving sleep deprived almost as bad as drunk driving?
It just makes no sense to me. As for police sleeping on the job-they should cap road jobs at 16 hours per week and not on the same day you are working a regular shift. Common sense tells you that you’re not going to get peak performance from a guy who just put in 8 hours on a road job.

JohnnyComeLately
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JohnnyComeLately

“You say you want a revolution”? There ain’t a police chief or a mayor this side of the Housy who will support that let alone enforce it. Sleep deprived may be as bad as drunk driving but so is talking on cell phones while driving and city doesn’t care about any of it, because if it did they’d outlaw it. Maybe take all those buff firemen and hose down the bums at the intersections – that’ll shag em out. What do Mazzeo and Tyler think of all this?

Tyer won’t touch their schedule because Roberto gave em the schedule that gives them 20 days off a month, and they endorsed her. Heck they all have second jobs, so it’s kimda like the cops doing road jobs on the side

The school committee
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The school committee

What does a fireman make in a year with ot?

JoePesci
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JoePesci

What’s the difference between a road job and a blow job?

Your wife will blow your road job money, but she won’t blow you.

MajorTom
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MajorTom

Joe,

What’s the difference between a road job and a con job?

In pIttsfield, nuttin. They are both done by city employees, all day long.

Mr. X
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Mr. X

Ask the Capeless principal how she got that job. Was it the affair she had with Eberwein, a married man who got caught and then forced to resign his position which brought in McCandless. CJ has ruined more marriages than Jack Daniels. Not much character there.

Mr. Fritz
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Mr. Fritz

Amen Mr. X! Spot on!

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

City hall does not discuss embarrassing personnel issues. Nor does the local paper if told to lay low. Regular citizenry however may be treated differently unless properly connected. This is probably all in the city charter.

Johnny99
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Johnny99

What’s the deal with the Lenox superintendent resigning? Will Ebrwein get that job? Awful fishy that Eberweinngave up a gravy part time gig with Lee. Or maybe us Kapanskis can get rid of McCandles if he goes to Lenox. I don’t begrudge Eberwin a hot piece of ass but but there’s an old saying – you don’t dip you’re pen in the company ink well.

The school committee
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The school committee

Ex Crosby Community coordinator ran a for profit ( his) store out of the teachers room.Sp ed nt most his d as y doing inventory of snacks as nd springwater that he would buy for a dime and sell for a dollar…3 hundred % Profit. Crosby had great staff and terrible leadership

Mr. X
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Mr. X

I thought it was “you don’t shoot skunks in your own backyard” or “you don’t eat where you poop”

doomiedodger
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doomiedodger

Is there time to put a referendum on the ballot asking the taxpayers if they are willing to pay for a forensic audit? According to the last Thursday Eagle there was an audit done of the Susan B Anthony Museum in Adams and they were shocked to learn of the variety of tactics used to divert money for personal use. Among them falsifying records and forging documents. Just for the taxpayers peace of mind I believe the City of Pittsfield should do a forensic audit as there have been enough sketchy money issues over the last couple of decades. While I am sure officials would scream about the cost I would point to the lavish and wasteful spending that is currently going on. The money can be found. Can we get city councilors and mayoral candidates on record as to their feeling about this… Read more »

Johnny99
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Johnny99

Subtropical Storm Melissa is peterring out off New England coast. Is Melissa’s campaign sub par? Is it too peterrng out? What is she going to do about the panhandlers ? We know Tyer ain’t gonna do diddly, unless they ruin a photo op or start bumming off Wayfair employees parking in the free spaces Tyer wants to give em after making nautilus customers pay.

Perhaps the panhandlers are like the shopping carts problem years ago – its tolerable as long as they ain’t hanging out in the GOBSIGs neighborhoods.

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

Vote for Tyer THE SPECIAL INTEREST CANDIDATE

Cambier Park
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Cambier Park

Connell Caccamo,Mazzeo, Kavey,Morandi,Blumin,Marchetti,Hamling,Yukie,Nichols,Pope, Moon.

Lenny
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Lenny

Tyer & Marchetti going door-to-door in Ward 4.

Levitan
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Levitan

Duplicate

Kermit Frog
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Kermit Frog

They are all crooks, imo. Depressing.

BTW, Dan – buried in NYT article is a quote from Bard college that they took money for their high schools (Simon’s Rock, I believe) from Jeffrey Epstein AFTER his Florida jail time.

Not covered in any local paper.

Pat
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Pat

This is why even bigger government than we already have is to be avoided completely if we do not want to turn into a banana republic.

The real collusion is between our media and the Democratic party. They cover for each other and this is why corruption in government is out of control. Just look at what has happened in Ukraine. Our intelligence agencies have been infiltrated by partisan hacks. This is BAD for our country and corruption will get even worse if government expands even more under the far left and this collusion continues.

The school committee
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The school committee

Deep State Fox White News Channel is using Pat to see if there is any steam left in the journalism and oversite of goverment is your enemy weirdo storyline

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

What is BAD for our country is abandoning friends and allowing them to be slaughtered. I wonder how our marines feel about that.

Make America Great Again???? Really?

Pat
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Pat

The last I heard the Dems were completely against any wars and wanted our troops out of any of these situations. The Dems didn’t want us to be the police of the rest of the world. We have been there for 19 years for one country and like 8 or 9 years for another. President Trump is sending 50 million dollars to help in the protection of these people. Glen Beck is also trying to get Christians out of that area since no matter where you go in this world, the Christians are being persecuted.

levitan
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levitan

Pat,

Democrats voted 40% for the Hastert(R)-Gephard(D) Resolution authorizing war in Iraq, with HR Clinton breaking Senator Byrd’s filibuster attempt to stall the vote.

They never seem to be where they are needed when they are wanted.

levitan
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levitan

Yes, the emotional response to the removal is understandable. We have been trained to like them (thanks NBC!), and they fight a good fight it appears. But, the Kurds had many months prior to prepare and regroup southwards. This announcement completes the policy objectives that resulted in Mattis’ resignation 12/28/18. Consider the responsibilities shirked by the Europeans. They sat on the audience and still do and just watching, and they have the nerve to point fingers. They could stop the Turkish government from slaughtering, just as they had prevented the execution of Ocalan upon his capture. The media is now concerned about ISIS. The ISIS prisoners are mostly European criminals, and they refuse to take possession of them. Why should the Kurds and the US be solely responsible for imprisoning European nationals? Otherwise, We did our share and sometimes it is time to move… Read more »

Shakes
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Shakes

Speaks volumes about you that you hold Kissinger in such regard.

: “The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer.” (from March 10, 1975 meeting with Turkish foreign minister Melih Esenbel in Ankara, Turkey)

-Kissinger

The Kurds should have known better than trust US

levitan
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levitan

Shakes,

Remember these wise words:

“A turbulent history has taught Chinese leaders that not every problem has a solution and that too great an emphasis on total mastery over specific events could upset the harmony of the universe.”

“Americans have a tendency to believe that when there’s a problem there must be a solution”

Where’s Europe? The EU could influence Turkey, but they are afraid that 10,000 European citizens wearing ISIS clothes will be shipped back home and then they’d have to spend their own money managing them.

-Kissinger

Kermit Frog
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Kermit Frog

The NYT wrote a series of articles about Epstein including one about him meetings with Bill Gates etc. Bard college president is quoted as saying they took unsolicited donations (2 – coming together around 150k) from Epstein knowing he was an ‘ex con’. They did say this was partly because of Epstein’s association knew the Clintons. Epstein has some powerful friends across the political spectrum. I read and respect the NYT, even if I accept its strong bias.

I do not know where the comments went away to. Re Syria – our soldiers have done a pretty incredible job locking down ISIS in the last 4 years. I think all the government chaos is bad for national security. I am not a Trump fan and Giuliani has reunited whatever legacy he had.

Levitan
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Levitan

Shakes,

You don’t have to like H.K. But, you realize your quote is a joke, which means he did not really mean it (unlike Obama, Clinton, Biden) and Den leadership in the House. So, they proved Kissinger wrong. That is impressive.

Perhaps we should have been clear 4 years back. The hardware, training were gifts, our soldiers were not. They serve the US and are US citizens.
Where’s the betrayal?

Triump
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Triump

What’s going on in the City? Drugs now for sale, after extensive D A R E program and millions poured in for that! now grow get it in neighborhoods,convicts being hired, cops breaking drug lawssteroids, and what happened to the cop that had his girlfriend ntaken after a home shooting?phony home assessments,a deteriorating city with blight and its own building repairs in the millions, millions over budget on road plowing? Where’s the beef? (Reason) Parking issues at Wayfair,disaster waiting to happen.Imagine our President putting up with this crap?

Elegant Sun
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Elegant Sun

The dems have no one currently to beat Our President. So, they’ll try to impeach him.

David H
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David H

I received the below along with a number of other emails regarding EMA. One of the emails I received included denials of requests that our legal department is looking over as they clearly have misapplied the law to deny the public access to the information. It’s a standard delay tactic, misapply the law and wait for a legal challenge. Another email I received, which I was bcc’d on, seems to be an internal email dump includes a link to over 6 GB of data from the Mayor’s email account. It covers information well outside the scope of my initial request. Our lawyers are looking at the legal implications of this data from both a publishing perspective and as to the legality of certain aspects of the mayor’s campaign and tenure. If our legal department allows the dissemination of the data it will be hosted… Read more »

Joe
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Joe

Interesting. There’s a lot there. I doubt I’ll be able to read it all myself! David, question for you. When you say legal department, is this a corporate inquiry of some sort? I’m certainly not an expert on public information inquiries. I know certain things are required to be provided from the little I’ve read, but that’s really where my education there ends. Not my area of expertise at all. I guess the one comment I have is what the goal for these information requests is, aside from making sure nothing fishy was going on. Just my opinion here(and I know certain things are legally required of course), but why try and alienate the company? I would think that if any company coming in to the city here was subjected to this stuff, it would really hamper the odds of more businesses coming out… Read more »

Gregg
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Gregg

President Trump knows best. F the Curds.

Ab Curd
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Ab Curd

You wouldn’t know a curd from a beet absurd.

Shakes
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Shakes

President trump even put the $50 million on one of those big cardboard checks so the Kurds can hide behind it. Is Christian persecution what the catholic priests did to all those altar boys?

levitan
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levitan

Shakes,

We have unfinished business above.

X-Lachs Lounge
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X-Lachs Lounge

Will you stop sharing your fantasies?

levitan
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levitan

Sorry, X-Lachs,

I’m an optimist; why else would I post here?

X-Lachs Lounge
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X-Lachs Lounge

Lev, my comment was for shakey.

levitan
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levitan

I guess you’re and optimist too then.

Shakes
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Shakes

You seem to embarrassingly not understand sarcasm. The US Constitution was designed to protect chattel slavery. Even the amendments after the end of the war Of southern rebellion, which really are not followed today even today, didn’t change the minority white rule.

The Federalist papers are crap advertisements for a government the rest of the world is too sophisticated to follow. Your adulation for them is akin to cheering the Planet’s fluff pieces after the Belicheats when the super bowl.

levitan
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levitan

Shakes,

You may be correct about chattel slavery, though I have serious doubts. We both will likely agree that the failure to abolish slavery at the start sowed disaster for the Union and necessarily lead to the War. Mass appeal of southern demagogues lead to secession and war between the states. It was North vs South with no room for individuals to hide. I also concede that reconstruction did not rectify the sin.

You say that there is a ‘US style government’ out there that proves the Federalists incorrect and that our constitution is an unsophisticated document. I will concede your point when we identify one of those offending governments.

Shakes
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Shakes

The more outlandish untruth is that I’m a Lions fan. If I were then my saving grace would be better to not win honestly than Belicheat to win it all.

Putting the constitution on a pedestal beyond reproach is Dishonest. The US constitution is not nimble, not dynamic, and responsible for the current 100% republican gridlock. No other country on the globe has the resources, or the shame, that ours does. We have almost 250 years to make up for, when can we start?

Levitan
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Levitan

Shakes, I’ll accept this brief interruption to answer your questions. But I am still needing your help identifying failed ‘US style’ government.

Beyond reproach: the Constitution has process for amending it’s shortcomings.

Nimble and dynamic associates with arbitrary and unstable. As in, make up the rules as we go along.

Crimes against humanity and shame? Here’s my list:
Nazi Germany and Central Europe. France (any century). Hutu extermination of Tutsis. Kmer Rouge. Maya empire murder of children. Narco Democracies such Columbia subjecting citizens to urban warfare and mass bombings. Hugo Chavez. Soviet communism impoverishing an entire continent and subjecting it to a quixotic rule of law. Belgium colonialism. British colonialism (India, Australia, New Zealand, ) for starts. Spain any century. Italy for having not producing a second Michelangelo.

I’m now ready for list of failed US style govs.

Levitan
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Levitan

I forgot the European introduction and laundering of the slave trades in the New worlds and their ‘colonies’. If they keep their dirty acts off their continent, they really believe that their hands are clean.

SimonSays
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SimonSays

There was no attack it was staged and faked. If there was an attack where’s the description of the attacker? The next thing they will tell you, there was no attack. The only victims here are the truth and the implication that there’s any racial problems at Bard. Only racial problems are those made up by the liar who claimed to have been assaulted. Letter: Misinformation about Simon’s Rock incident Posted Monday, October 7, 2019 4:42 pm To the editor: During the past several days we have become aware of misinformation circulated on social and other media about the reported assault on our campus. For instance, it was reported to us that some believe the incident on our campus involved a stabbing, and that it was perpetrated by multiple parties. We understand why such information would cause great fear in our community and want… Read more »

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