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EMA PLANS TO USE DANGEROUS STRONTIUM-90 BUT HASN’T PRODUCED A PLAN … BLUMIN PETITION SPOT-ON … MAZZEO BLASTS TYER AFTER LATEST SHOOTING … TYER: NO COMMENT … MEANWHILE, TYLER STREET AREA ON EDGE

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION, OCT. 4-7, 2019) — At last night’s Economic Development Committee meeting, it was revealed for the first time that EMA, the space cadets asking for $140,000 in taxpayer money to set up at the BIC, will use highly radioactive Strontium-90 in their testing. This fact has remained hidden prior to that, probably a deeply guarded secret that wasn’t intended to come out prior to the public commitment of funds by the Tyer Administration.

Talk about a literally radioactive issue.

THE PLANET doesn’t know if the Tyer Administration knew about it and said nothing, or if it held the splashy news conference in ignorance of this fact. Either way, it’s more than bad. It’s inexcusable.

What’s even worse is the fact that councilors Helen Moon, Nick Caccamo, John Krol, and Earl Persip voted to recommend to the full council their approval of the questionable request for PEDA money.  They ironically got their hair mussed over a few mosquitos, but the introduction of Strontium-90 doesn’t concern them.

Strontium-90 is  radioactive isotope with a long half-life. It is the most dangerous byproduct of nuclear explosions in the form of fallout. It causes nausea, skin infections, blood disease, and blood clots. EMA has not addressed this issue, and neither it nor the city has produced a plan detailing how it intends to use such a dangerous product safely.

Despite this reckless disregard for public safety, THE PLANET predicts the full council will approve the gift-outright of 140 smackers. After all, these are the same officials who have no qualms about Hill 78, the Everest of toxicity that exists next to one of the city’s grammar schools.

We also remind readers that councilor-at-large candidate Alexander Blumin was the first to raise the question about radioactive materials when he filed his petition with the council on Sept. 30. He was proven correct, and now his critics have to eat crow topped with humble pie. Blumin’s actions on this alone warrant a spot on the council.

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This week’s shooting at Parker Street and Springside Avenue, the latest in a series of gun incidents plaguing the city, has residents on edge. David Moody, 28, was found slumped in a vehicle there, shot multiple times. He was taken to BMC in serious condition.

THE PLANET has heard from Tyler Street businesses, residents of Parker Street, and the Pittsfield Police. There is an overall mood of tension and fear, given the shooter remains at large, the lack of information keeping people in the dark, and the perceived failure of local law enforcement officials to adequately address the cycle of violence that has gripped Pittsfield this year.

Officials have issued little information. Street sources say the shooting appears to be drug- and gang-related. Want to find out more yourself? Hang out in or near the Zenner’s Plaza on Tyler Street. Whatever you do, don’t go into Springside Park any time day or night.

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A Pittsfield police source told THE PLANET the cops “were discouraged” and the ranks feel “we’re not being supported from the top.” We asked to define “top.” He/she mentioned police chief Mike Wynn, mayor Linda Tyer, and district attorney Andrea Harrington. The source wouldn’t discuss the Moody shooting except there was a “reluctance” to pursue the case. The source didn’t elaborate.

Meanwhile, Parker Street residents expressed frustration and outrage

“I remember when we first bought here [early 2000s],” one homeowner said. “[It was a] great neighborhood, families and children. Good people. The church was right across the street. We had a sense of belonging. After the church closed, things got really bad. I don’t feel safe. I don’t want my children to play outside. I’m tired of living in fear.” She said she and her husband are looking to move outside the area.

One Tyler Street business owner says he is close to retirement and when that happens, “I will close. I tried to sell, but I cannot get a buyer. Who would want to [do business here]? Look at that.” He was pointing to Hess Forest. The street, he says, “has gone to seed.”

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THE PLANET has asked Mayor Linda Tyer for comments related to this latest shooting. As of press time, Tyer failed to respond. Her opponent in the November election, councilor-at-large Melissa Mazzeo, issued the following statement:

“A violent shooting occurred Monday night in one more of Pittsfield’s most concentrated neighborhoods. Four years ago, following a tragic shooting, then mayoral candidate Linda Tyer’s response was that the current mayor’s policies and actions ‘had failed the city.’ What is mayor Tyer’s response now? She has had four years to work with chief Wynn and other law enforcement to take whatever resources necessary and combat an issue that is crippling our city. Who will she blame now?

Mazzeo said, “I believe the following to be absolute: 1). The mayor can no longer lay blame on others. It may have worked for her first campaign. It will not work now. 2). We need immediate and true hot spot policing. Policing where our officers are able to play to their strengths. To do the job we know they can do if allocated in the right way. 3). We need a mayor who should have pressured chief Wynn to call in the Massachusetts State Police and the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office to bring critically needed support to our already stretched officers working around the clock.

“We cannot take four more years of empty promises. When residents can’t walk in their neighborhoods without looking over their shoulders, change in the corner office is not only necessary, it is imperative.”

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The mayor’s failure to comment corresponds to the perceived reluctance of Wynn and Harrington to provide vital information to the public, both to fill the Kapanskis in and provide reassurance. They seem to be pretending that “if we don’t acknowledge it, the bad stuff isn’t happening.”

Four years ago, crime helped Linda Tyer gain an edge on Dan Bianchi. Four years later, crime may drive her out of office.

Have a good weekend, everybody.

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“Westerners are mean an tough. Gotta get yourself some practice. Got to get so mean and tough, you can eat a bowl of cactus” — Frankie Laine, from the album Hell Bent for Leather.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Acute Angina
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Acute Angina

Tyer seems to be retreating to her bunker but the walls are closing in.

Jonathan Melle
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Jonathan Melle

Inner-city Pittsfield is a place people avoid, especially after hours. It is all kind of sad and tragic. Shootings, gangs, drugs, crime, poverty, the underclass, and do nothing political hacks. Maybe Pittsfield could market itself on its social problems. If you want to live in fear, visit inner-city Pittsfield.

If someone gave me one million dollars to walk up and down North Street at night, I would poop my pants because I would be very scared of being assaulted by criminals!

EddieP
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EddieP

Having been shot at and my vehicle hit driving around Park Square, the cops called it vandalism and filed it. Add pk.sq. to your list.

CC The Maze Sun
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CC The Maze Sun

“All you need is Love”

Love is the answer, and you know that, for sure
Love is a flower you got to let it grow”
– Mind Games

“You better get yourself together
Pretty soon you’re gonna be dead
What in the world you thinking of?
Laughing in the face of Love”

“And in the end
The Love you take
Is equal to the Love
You make”

“Love is all you need”

CC The Maze Sun
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CC The Maze Sun

“Bright are the Stars that Shine
Dark is the Sky
I know this Love of mine
Will never Die”

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

This would seem like a time Mrs. Mazzeo would be doing some serious research on Strontium-90 and then giver her public opinion as to its future in Pittsfield. If she gets elected she will inherit the company’s oversight, issues and any backlash. She needs to address the issue.

Tyer has brought these people in so we already know how she feels about Strontium-90. Based on her lack of foresight on many other issues in the last four years I assume she is fine with it.

Joe
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Joe

I think they specifically said that they haven’t decided what they are using if anything at all about several times too. They said they’d follow any and all paperwork and safety. Seems pretty reasonable.

Johnny99
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Johnny99

The cycle of violence had been going on in the Pitts for years but it’s certainly getting worse even though crime is down nationally. You can lead a victim to water but you can’t make ‘em drink, and neither can Chief, DA, or mayor. Problem is Tyer campaigned on crime and it’s worse now and she owns it along with her stupid photo with the has been failures that led us to the edge of the drain. As for the state police Dan why do we need troopers when we have 30 new cops Tyer is bragging about on her cardboard phony accomplishments along with 300 more jobs this autumn that ain’t happen’. Nobody should be mayor more than 4 years. One term and done as far as I’m concerned. If the Tyer from four years ago were campaigning against the Tyer of today,… Read more »

Truthsayer
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Truthsayer

After hours downtown Pittsfield is barely safe to drive through let alone walk, and that is utterly tragic.

Us old folks remember the days when downtown was an awesome place to go. These days you have to be wearing a flak vest, packing heat, and trained in hand-to-hand combat just to take an evening stroll if you catch a movie at Beacon.

Instead of addressing the problems, we have Tyer and Squeaky La-La Land Harrington trying to move the juvenile age to 21. It’s tough when your tiny brain is occupied by unicorns and rainbows instead of common sense.

Pittsfield needs dramatic changes.

The school committee
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The school committee

So the green city people want another poison introduced to the PEDA site.Moon Kroll White Caccamo Marchetti Persip and ex Mayor Linda Tyer and this is the reason asking questions is important.Not giving information is why Pittsfield cant move forward.Trump would be a great Pittsfield Mayor where he could do anything he want in our name and he would be offended by questions….Mayor Mazzeo will ask questions….Caccamo could care less about Allendale school and hill 78 so no problem with this.The immature CC must start to ask real aware grownup questions.

Sojourner Truth
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Sojourner Truth

How many of the aforementioned city officials are parents and accordingly are personally and emotionally concerned with Allendale school, Hill-78 or other usual parental concerns. Krol, and he is bailing the city. Persip ? None other.

Pat
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Pat

No dramatic changes will be coming to Pittsfield until all the drug abuse and drug trade is brought under control and we have leaders with common sense who will enforce the law. Saying that certain crimes for people under 21 are not going to be punished due to lack of brain development is a recipe for disaster. Allowing so-called smaller crimes leads to larger and more serious crimes. Why is that so difficult for supposedly experienced criminal experts to understand?

Joe Blow
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Joe Blow

Bingo!!!! The broken windows model of policing work, Mayor Giuliani proved that in NYC. To bad that lazy commie pig mayor de Blasio has let everything go to shit again.

Here is a good article on the subject……

https://www.city-journal.org/html/why-we-need-broken-windows-policing-13696.html

Pat
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Pat

According to these far left District Attorneys young people under 21 can’t think themselves out of a paper bag or know the difference between right and wrong and, yet, we must take their theories on climate change so seriously that we turn the country upside down.

Mr. Fritz
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Mr. Fritz

Bombshell reporting, Dan.
Great job Alex Blumin!!
McKennon stated in the Beagle article that they “ weren’t sure if they’d use the isotope.” Right! Well- hidden info, indeed!
Where’s the Green Guy, Rinaldo Del Gallo? He fought styrofoam & plastic bags…..surely radioactive materials used by a fledgling business with no investors & no written plan regarding its use – this should be a major concern!
This EMA proposal, approved by the 4 geniuses on the CC, should be more thoroughly vetted, in detail. A radioactive BIC – just what this town needs!
Concerning the ongoing crime issue – too much collusion between the DA, Chief of Police & Mayor. Vote Tyer out!

Still wondering
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Still wondering

A Stop and Frisk policy would help the PPD.

Edward R. Murrow
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Edward R. Murrow

OK, so you fly to China with VP dad and come home with a $1 billion-plus deal with the CHINESE GOVERNMENT?!

Your VP dad is point man for Ukraine policy, and you get a sinecure with a corrupt company at a salary of $83,333.33 a month?!

All this with no expertise or experience in these things?

And now dad wants the Dem nomination? After almost 50(!) years in Washington? At the age of 76, soon to be 77?

I guess Dems are no strangers to corruption and cash either.

Mr. Fritz
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Mr. Fritz

Spot on, Edward! A crook with no shame! And the media is complicit in covering this up! All this info came out years ago in Peter Schweitzer’s book.

Edward R. Murrow
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Edward R. Murrow

Let me correct something I wrote earlier.

On August 7, 1974, Republicans Sen. Barry Goldwater, Senate Minority Leader Hugh Scott, and House Minority Leader John Rhodes went to the White House to tell Nixon he did not have the votes in the House to prevent impeachment and did not have the votes in the Senate to stop conviction.

I had stated that Sen. Howard Baker had gone with Goldwater to the White House.

I heard on the BBC last night that after Nixon released the “Smoking Gun” tape on August 5, 1974, his support in the Senate went from 40 votes to 14.

So until August 5/6, Nixon would have survived impeachment. Only when he knew he would be convicted did he resign.

Brian C. Marquis
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Brian C. Marquis

Radioactive and Psychotropic Pittsfield? Area 51 subdivision? Askin’ for a friend! Incidentally, Strontium-90 is also used in electron tubes to treat eye disease. If you or a loved one has (or is) suffering from eye disease, you might have felt its treatment use at our local medical facility (BMC). If BMC can contain its use with proper oversight (if they, in fact, possess it), then no doubt, scientists associated with EMA are qualified to carry its use (as it’s highly regulated by state and federal regulators). I could be spitballing here, but City inspectors are far from qualified to oversee radioactive use, breakdown and breakout contamination, or accidental environmental discharging. Pittsfield’s fire department might be the closet entity to preventing an all-out radioactive spill or cloud contaminate. No one complains about the amount of Haz-Mat materials stored and used at and by BMC, or… Read more »

The school committee
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The school committee

You missed the point. The information was not given to the public .A typical Tyer tactic of non disclosure.Mayor Mazzeo will ask questions that ex mayor tyer wont think of.

MHD
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MHD

I think you are glossing over and intentionally simplifying a few points. PCBs are catastrophic if in the environment or ingested by mammals. I’m sure most care and are in agreement on that. Hazardous materials at gas stations, paint stores, home stores, and the hazardous materials in your home and car are also very much of concern. You local hospitals are highly regulated, licensed, and monitored for compliance, be it for biological, radioactive, or chemical. A test facility is a special case and requires special concern and consideration as to security, protocols, safety, remediation, disposal, and intended and unintended outcomes of testing. Test facilities test for both the known and unknown, the intended and anticipated and the unanticipated. Strontium-90 emits beta particles that when they interact with aluminum can create “secondary” radiation, like the more dangerous Gamma radiation, known bremsstrahlung. In hospitals you are… Read more »

Levitan
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Levitan

Socrates would have complimented you being charming, and clever, too.

Yes, BMC uses Strontium, so we must agree that the differences include, BMC owns its building and has licenses for the product. Whereas, EMA will lease, does not have a license, and may purchase A larger inventory. If the city can establish that EMA’s credentials, building ownership, and quantities and storage means are equivalent to BMC, we can agree that the two are alike.

I don’t know which aisles you a shopping at Home Depot, so can’t comment on that. Unless its Roundup, if so, it’s not restricted by EPA. I agree that slander is the lowest level of argumentation. Second to that is sarcasm.

Hell Toupee
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Hell Toupee

So where do l find the Strontium 90 at Home Depot? Is it next to the uranium and plutonium?

Mark Tully
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Mark Tully

Hi Dan, On page 34 of the September 24th City Council packet, the Bill of Material lists $50,000 for 1 “unknown quantity”of Strontium 90. https://www.cityofpittsfield.org/government/city_council/docs/cc_packer_9_24_19.pdf I thank Dr. Kronick for pointing it out at last night’s meeting. It was in the packet all along and I missed it. Apparently the Council subcommittee and the Community Development team missed it too. Then the EMA representative come to the podium and said that he may or may not be using S-90. If that is the case, what other materials listed in EMA’s Bill of Material, for which we are contributing $140k, may or may not be used? Hey, I am all for economic development, but I want facts and transparency. Director Ruffer stated last night that her team reviewed the financials and deemed the company viable, but would not provide the information to the public. If… Read more »

Village Knight
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Village Knight

Reply to Mark Tully–Bravo! Nicely said!

Kermit Frog
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Kermit Frog

Wow.

Is it amazing someone in politics read the minutes? Or that Pittsfield is buying radioactive isotopes. I don’t know anything about that sort thing – how to dispose of it. But it seems like a giant boondoggle.

Linda and BIC seem to like this idea of themselves as some sort of venture capital organization. I don’t seem to read of anyone involved in BIC who has any experience in innovation or entrepreneurial success. We don’t have the skills in our City Government for such investment and more money will be poured down the drain.

Markus Aurelius
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Markus Aurelius

Here is a little tidbit about Strontium-90, it can be inhaled, but ingestion in food and water is the greatest health concern. Once in the body, Sr-90 acts like calcium and is readily incorporated into bones and teeth, where it can cause cancers of the bone, bone marrow, and soft tissues around the bone. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org › wiki › Strontium-90 You would figure after the toxic dump GE left Pittsfield in, and GE is an established company. These guys? A start up company dealing with nuclear waste in Pittsfield… What could possibly go wrong? Now, as far as the latest shooting goes, Mayor Tyer has failed terribly. She blasted the former mayor when she ran last time, so MM is 100% correct. She only has to look in the mirror this time. Mike Wynn is a good man, but a terrible police chief. If… Read more »

Auto Phil
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Auto Phil

I swear, the content reported on this site just gets more and more unbelievable and entertaining.

This EMA proposal is Da Bomb!!!!

Seriously though, is the creation of two jobs, with one additional employee added per year until 2023 really a driving economic force? What a load of crap.

Anyone know what the status of their SBIR grant proposal is/was? Was that awarded?

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

I feel that this business with its Strontium-90 should be moved to Hill 78 next to the school where dangerous chemicals are already allowed.

Johnny99
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Johnny99

Dan, the “cycle of violence” has beein going on in The Pitts for years, but Tyer owns the problem now since she’s been at the helm, at least on paper, for almost 4 years, and campained on crime, and evicerated her opponent over it, and suggested his hiring of a crime analyst was wasteful, yet she wasted money on shitspotter, and crime is worse now that it was 4 years ago. You can lead a victim to water, but you can’t make ’em drink, and neither can mayor, chief, or DA. Neither can they, nor shotspooter, stop the shootings, and neither can the troopers or the sherriffs. The city is too far gone, let go too long, irioncially, by the failed leaders Tyer paraded out for the stupid photo op. Only an idiot would vote for 4 more years of that non-sense. Most of… Read more »

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

Extremely well articulated. I am sure her puppet masters are mostly to blame but she allowed them to manipulate her. The buck stops with her.

Hopefully Mazzeo will not allow herself to be dictated to by the special interests running her campaign because, for sure, their interests do not necessarily align with those of the taxpayers. We need budget choppers and cost savers and waste preventers.

Johnny99
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Johnny99

Johnny,

Thanks. Glad you appreciate my articulation.

Merry & Bright
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Merry & Bright

As soon as I tuned into the Economic Development meeting last night and saw the Councilors involved, I knew they would approve. Moonbeam stated several times that she was “NOT TECHNICAL” and did not understand. She also stated she couldn’t “READ HER OWN NOTES”. How can you vote on something you don’t understand? Wouldn’t it be more mature to state she needed to research more? Krol is leaving the area so he could care less. Persip stares at the table and can never look anyone in the eye when speaking, what is he afraid off? Caccamo was just excited to be sitting in the big chair, he never speaks, never has and never will. I suggest that these Councilors along with the Mayor, Deanna and Mr. McKennon with his shark hair and his partner Greg dive into Silver Lake and see how they feel… Read more »

JoePesci
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JoePesci

https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/at-simons-rock-mixed-messages-confound,586482? So now there’s a “massive racism crisis” at Bard College because “a student of color” reported being attacked and knocked unconscious last Friday, and dragged into the woods. This “followed multiple instances of the appearance of the “N-word”, written on a chalkboard in the student union, including one instance reported by the alleged assault victim, and even though the DA spokesperson reported that the office has no leads on nor a description of an assailant, the “possibility of a hate crime also triggered a notification to the U.S. Attorney’s Office”, even though there is no evidence the motive for the assault was racially based. What???? So now there is a “massive investigation underway” and because of the “potential racial component,” detectives are conducting an investigation that includes requested surveillance footage and forensic testing. Nice to know the cops will go the extra mile… Read more »

PoliceReport
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PoliceReport

Supposedly this woman of color was “targeted” because of her vocal opposition and pushback over n-word scrawlings on a community chalkboard and a poorly executed swastika carved in bathroom stall and on a bench. If this woman was targeted, knocked unconscious, dragged into the woods and stabbed because she opposed some chalk drawings, that seems like a HUGE escalation of force over something that just recently started happening. She’s super lucky she wasn’t killed. It’s also curious that she was in and out of the hospital so quickly, having been knocked unconscious and stabbed. She’s lucky she wasn’t killed, as there was, motive and opportunity. Knocking someone out and dragging them dozens of yards and stabbing them is some serious stuff. OR It’s somewhat reminiscent of Smollett and Brawley and Amari Allen. Smollett: some writings that didn’t get traction escalating into an all out… Read more »

Markus Aurelius
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Markus Aurelius

A simple solution to this, is make the “victim,” sign a sworn statement of facts, and make sure that he/she is aware of perjury and seriousness of a conviction.

Next, explain to the “victim,” that because a white man/male disagrees with them, contrary to the Kamala Harris and Pocahontas, this is not racism. It’s called a disagreement.

Now creating a tall-tale, such as: two white guys purposely seeking out a black man to beat in Arctic-like conditions, or the three white school boys who cut off the dreadlocks of the young black female (in fairness to her parents, they did own, so kudos to them), etc, is a criminal offense.

Not to mention, I remember my parents reading me the “Boy who cried wolf,” when I was a kid and explaining what it meant.

Johnny99
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Johnny99

Police Report,

Great idea – let’s hope Egarton is one of the new people of color hires one less useless position in our school department.

PoliceReport
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PoliceReport

I’m pretty sure Shirley Edgerton can milk any number of institutions for her “expertise”.

Wilson
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Wilson

you are more likely to see a Nazi spacecraft from planet KKK landing in those woods than than Harrington enforce the law

MHD
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MHD

I’ve read the proposal by EMA and have a few concerns. Is the BIC a building that is purpose built for this type of testing chamber? Is it shielded? Does it have independent dry chemical fire suppression? Does it have a containment building? Or is it at least in the basement of this facility with shielding? If the BIC facility isn’t purpose built, they shouldn’t be in that BIC. Reading the overview of testing, yes they will have to use Strontium-90 for testing, they need to simulate both cosmic and ionizing radiation and the effects of space on analogs in a chamber. There’s really no other way. They do have a number of electron guns as well which would further support their desire to simulate full space effects. When buying Strontium-90 it’s sold based on uCi, it will tun about $60-$80 per 0.1uCi, they… Read more »

Kermit Frog
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Kermit Frog

So much knowledge in your post. Yes, we could imagine from experience that the City would immediately be expected to pay more money. And that the real cost would be obscured.
I don’t think anything in this post is overtly political and MHD sounds like the most informed about what is involved in a space chamber. This reinforces my belief that the City shouldn’t be involved in these investments. No one in our city government knows enough to evaluate these kinds of proposals and they or the public will have the short straw in the end.

Gobsig
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Gobsig

Dear Hellen and Earl.
He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot but don’t let that fool you. He really is an idiot.
Groucho Marx

Miles Bennell
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Miles Bennell

Dan, I seem to remember two or three fake hate crimes at Williams over the last thirty or so years. Is my memory accurate?

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

If Helen Moon came right out and said she did not understand what she was reading and then went ahead and voted the way the mayor wanted her to she should be ashamed and apologize to the people of Pittsfield.

How can anyone in Ward one vote for someone so careless and unprepared? She could have, like others, voted to table it till they had a better idea of what they were dealing with but instead rubber stamped it as instructed. How sad is that Helen? How sad is that?

Markus Aurelius
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Markus Aurelius

Johnny, You’ll have to excuse Helen. She had more important matters brush up on. Matters such as: Should yoga be held at 10AM or 11AM? Should she add meat to the cheese plate, or will this offend Vegans? And more importantly, how can the DA out do Rachael Rollins, in undoing what good work the police have done? Although, DA Squeaky just had a judge dismiss a murder case, without the defense putting up and defense? I guess that’s the same as throwing a no-hitter, but still losing 1-0 on a couple of walks or errors. So, in the prestigious battle for the honor of the “Judge Free’um Freddie Rutburg Award,” DA Harrington has pulled ahead by Rollins by a long stretch. Rollins stated she’d give shoplifters and junkies a pass. Harrington not one to back away from trying to furthering her political career,… Read more »

Tom Betit
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Tom Betit

Markus
The murder Case fabricated was -built on perjured testimony of the previous administration,Yarlono is a holdover, and known liar. Judges don’t believe a word he says or his Witnesses, the only mistake Harringtons is responsible for is his continued employment

Charlie
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Charlie

That’s ridiculous. Harrington fired the senior superior court prosecutors. Her foot dragging for 9 months due to incompetence lost the witness testimony and the case and everyone knows it.

The school committee
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The school committee

Moon and the the others are very immature so much so this vote would have been tabled by a more qualified CC…Marchetti needs to show some intelligence. Thanks Mayor Mazzeo for asking questions and this is a great example why questions in this town are limited.What a gift that you persist in getting all information on the table so our immature council can get informed .

MHD
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MHD

If the people that are on the economic council do not understand what they are reading, why don’t they consult with experts in the field? How can they approve something they don’t understand?
It is fiscally irresponsible and potentially dangerous.

Paul
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Paul

MDH, I totally agree. If I was on the council I couldn’t vote on such an issue. I would have to consult with someone who could explain what this outfit is even planning on doing. Let’s face it, like Clint Eastwood said ” a man has to know his limitations”.

Pat
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Pat

Our economy is on fire. Thank you President Trump!!!! Anybody should be able to find a job in this economy. Berkshire County is the exception, however, since we haven’t had an economy here for years. I was able to find a good job though thanks to President Trump!!! You still have to work really hard to find a job in Berkshire County, but the rest of the country is on fire. Lowest unemployment numbers in 50 years….since the moon landing.

The school committee
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The school committee

Thanks Obama for our economy.

Acute Angina
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Acute Angina
Johnny99
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Johnny99

The only thing we can thank Obama for is starting the war on cops in America. Obama was a rotten president, and you’re an ignorant man for crediting Obama for Trumps economy.

Parker Bootz
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Parker Bootz

Agree Pat,God Bless our President. And please vote Patrick Kavey in Ward Six

Mr. Fritz
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Mr. Fritz

Exhibit A, above –
A typical clueless Pittsfield voter.
PATRICK IS RUNNING FOR WARD 5! Wake up!

Fukushima Schema
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Fukushima Schema

scary

BernieBoi
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BernieBoi

Bernie Sanders is done. He had a heart attack.

Johnny99
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Johnny99

Bernie shouldn’t have been running at his age, same for Biden, who I said months ago is toast, same for Granny Effin Warren. The only one running in their 70’s who is still sharp as a tack is Trump

doomiedodger
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doomiedodger

Sharp as a tack for sure. He demonstrated that by openly asking China to interfere in our presidential election. He has pretty much set fire to our constitution and burned it on the Lincoln mall

Johnny99
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Johnny99

Oh yea? Then why don’t dems vote to impeach tomorrow?

GMHeller
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GMHeller

So let’s go with the standard government contractor scam — the same one that’s SOP in Berkshire County for these past 75 years: Under-capitalized Hotshot comes to town with compelling song-and-dance. Persuades gullible GOBs and state/fed honchos to grant boku bucks so Hotshot can set-up shop. Hotshot hires locals to satisfy the minimum requirements of the grant. Soon enough, Chapter 11.
Who pays for the $Billion clean-up of mishandled Strontium-90 that somehow leaked into the Housatonic? Not to mention the new set of radiation-induced Cancer Clusters downstream from Hotshot’s now-defunct HQ (which of course add to clusters already present around Silver Lake).

SallySays
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SallySays

Aw shucks Heller, we can always send Doyle and Hickey to get us a great selttlement, should that happen. Don’t be so negative! Don’t you know vibrant, dynamic, and collaborative when you see it? Didn’t you hear, NASA is coming to town. You better not pout, you better not cry, you better not shout I’m telling you why, cuz NASA man is coming, to town…. How dare you people question this.

midoil
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midoil

The girls are on channel 12 g b y debating the issues? Great timing.12 @ m

Tildon Samsonphere
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Tildon Samsonphere

Parker,Bootz? I saw some Pat Kavey signs in Ward Six,maybe your confused but agree send this bozo Lo Lo the clown back to his family

Rule 27
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Rule 27

Who saw the debate on wgby? Wow, Tyer has become a very bitter woman. That’s what happens when you screw up for four years and you know you’re going to loose. Don’t worry linda Doyle and Lee have a barstool picked out for you.

Auto Phil
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Auto Phil

I watched it. I was really taken aback when Tyer suddenly had an “off-her-meds” moment and went off on a random tangent about the water treatment plant.

(Figurative language, I’m not suggesting she uses medication to stabilize her mind or behavior)

The off topic “pivot” as she called it was surprising enough, but combined with the vehemence in her voice it just made for a very confusing, awkward moment.

Dynamic Vibrator
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Dynamic Vibrator

As I recall Mazzeo wanted to explore a cheaper and more effective option but Tyer for some unknown reason was committed to spending big bucks. Is anyone out in planet land dumb enough to think Tyer or Turocy have the technical knowledge to make an informed decision about the water or sewer plants? The Saturday Live guy who lived in a van down by the river knew more than Tyer.

Auto Phil
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Auto Phil

Yes I think that’s Mazzeo’s position. She wants to go back to the feds and find out what the current regulations really are.

Since the saga has dragged out for 10 years, the guidance/requirements of 2009 may very well be inaccurate.

It makes no sense to approve an expense (especially that much money) on an outdated requirement.

Wilson
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Wilson

From the debate it sounds like she did it to take part in the Trump “resistance”…I guess after the plan to make Pittsfield a Muslim center fell through she needed to cling to something. This is what not being fit for office really looks like

Johnny99
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Johnny99

Phil, what were the highlights re: crime?

Auto Phil
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Auto Phil

You can watch it here.

https://connectingpoint.wgby.org/livestream/

It’s no more than 30 minutes. Each question was given a one minute response by each candidate and 30 second rebuttals by each. So it wasn’t really too in depth.

Re: crime

MM: We need to reassess at how our resources are allocated and make changes to better utilize our resources right now. Ask for help from State Police and Sheriff’s Office.

LT: We have a wonderful Police Force, and already strong collaborations with MSP, the sheriff, the drug task force, etc that work hard every day to keep our city safe.

Johnny99
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Johnny99

Thanks Phil

Joe
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Joe

It really does seem like MM is running away with this in a landslide. It’s clear what we have now is a disaster and Tyer just thinks we need more of the same. It’s not a sign of weakness to admit you’re wrong or need a new approach and she just won’t do that. Hoping if MM gets in she stays with her current plans as I like them personally.

Mr. Fritz
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Mr. Fritz

The good news is….Larry Kratka wasn’t the moderator!

The school committee
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The school committee

No children are allowed to play in Mayor Tyers neighborhood where street lights are set to low and tree limbs block the lights.We need to light up the hood.Mayor Tyer has not cut one tree limb in the hood for safety and she refuses to light it up. Tyer wont ask questions of her department heads. Scandle…how did highway department head not report to the Mayor that 3 million over budget in snow removal…..there has to be Much more to this story.Please ask her about it.

Spy v Spy
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Spy v Spy

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It’s appropriate that Tyer wore all black.

Theo
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Theo

What bothers me most in all this is the secrecy. You mean no one from the city (Ruffer, Mayor Tyer) knew about Strontium90? Also the mayor’s silence on the Parker Street shooting.

Looks like Mazzeo has her on the run and gone into hiding. Will she duck debates too?

Thomas More
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Thomas More
Mad Trapper
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Mad Trapper

Strontium-90 is a nasty radioactive element. Beta emitter and half life of ~29 years. Mimics calcium if ingested and gets incorporated into bone and teeth, where it induces cancer/tumors.

Mayor and city council should educate themselves and shelf any proposed PEDA money giveaways, to a less than forthcoming corporation that will have minimal, if any, economic benefits.

For, FOUR jobs Ms Tyer/Councilors?

Already Tyred
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Already Tyred

Tyer is a Pittsfield tumor.

Trumpkin Spice
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Trumpkin Spice

The CIA whistler blower is a Berkshire resident.
He’s worked for the CIA, DIA, DSS, and was any Army Intelligence officer.

Van Lingle Mungo
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Van Lingle Mungo

Did he invent baseball in 1791?

Gobsig
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Gobsig

During last nights debate Tyer said if you vote for her you’ll get four more years of the same. GOD help us.

Merry & Bright
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Merry & Bright

Thank you to those above for posting the connection to last nights debate. Just finished watching it. Why was Lovely Linda bouncing in her seat through the whole show? She seemed like she was a nervous wreck, where Melissa seemed very relaxed. I also could not believe how she just changed the subject to talk about the waste water treatment plant, very strange behavior. Also, she keeps stating that she hired 30 new police officers. She doesn’t seem to want to let the taxpayers know how many of these new officers have quit to go to another police force, how many officer retired, how many are on long term disability, how many are on the short term injury list. Also, where are these 400 jobs she created, does she have a list? How many of the so called jobs are full-time with benefits? In… Read more »

Johnny99
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Johnny99

Damn straight Merry,

Her cardboard accomplishments claim over 400 jobs, including 30 new cops, and 300 wayfair this season. Both lies. Wayfair will be lucky to hire. 2 dozen this autumn, and police haven’t added even close to 30:to their total – by far this number is from attrition? So how many actual,additional positions are there and how many chiefs and how many Indians?

The school committee
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The school committee

Mazzeo need to start talking about lower tax burden and school consolidation or I will vote Tyer.Lower taxes Melissa

doomiedodger
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doomiedodger

I assume this blog is required reading for every city official but if not it should be. And based on what MHD and others have said I think it would be prudent to table any further forward movement of this funding for EMA outfit. Obviously much more information from knowledgeable people needs to come before the city council.

To approve using public or taxpayer money for this would be irresponsible and border on just plain stupid. If your counselor votes to go forward with this they do not deserve your vote.

Thomas More
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Thomas More

What this blog seems to overlook is the powers that be have to get someone in that building as soon as possible. $14,000,000 have been spent on this boondoggle and they know they better get somebody in there. EMA pops up with a promise of 6 jobs paying an average of 60 grand and says we’ll play if you give us $140,000 and no taxes for 5 years. If in 2024 they’re somehow still here its a sure bet they’ll be back for more.

Joe
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Joe

This may be semantics but the wording for the “job salaries” is a minimum of $60k, not an average.

Nebulizer
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Nebulizer

“EMA plans to include an initial capital investment of $600,000 and the creation of six new jobs with the average salary of $60,000 a year,” said Tyer. “We are also actively working with EMA and the Berkshire Innovation Center to locate them right here at the Berkshire Innovation Center on the William Stanley Business Park.” https://www.wamc.org/post/space-industry-company-eyes-pittsfield-location Tyer said the city and its Red Carpet Team have been in contact with EMA for some time now and that they are prepared to bring an initial capital investment of $600,000 and six new jobs with average salaries of $60,000. https://www.iberkshires.com/story/60856/Space-Related-Company-Eyes-BIC-for-Testing-Center.html In addition to the two initial staff members, the company anticipates adding one new employee per year to this location for the next four years. Thisstaffwillconsistofamix of scientists and technicians with an average starting salary of $60,000 plus benefits. Average starting salary can still men there… Read more »

Mathy
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Mathy

6 employees

1 @ $100k
1 @ $ 80k
4 @ $ 45k
Average starting salary $60k

6 employees

1 @ $120k
1 @ $100k
4 @ $ 35k
Average starting salary $60k

Nothing in the documentation anywhere says minimum starting salary. It says average starting salary, and the fully admin that two positions are entry level administrative. Are they going to pay everyone $60k no matter their position, nope.

Truthsayer
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Truthsayer

Another discussion with members of law enforcement. More expressions of disgust and distrust for Squeaky Harrington.

Forget the ass-kissing head honchos in law enforcement. Go talk to the guys who actually track down the perps and ask them what they think and feel about the state of the DA’s office.

NOT GOOD!

Jason G
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Jason G

While I understand some people may want change, Mazzeo is not the answer and I’d rather see the incumbent Mayor be re-elected. Candidate Mazzeo does nothing but point the finger, which is easy for anyone to do. So far the “platform” is very empty. She certainly can ask questions, and lots of them, but even those questions are lackluster. I say re-elect Tyer. We don’t need change simply for the sake of change.
Additionally, if anyone, especially a Mayoral campaign, is taking Alexander Blumin’s candidacy seriously, then I’m the one who has a lot of questions. Yikes..

Merry & Bright
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Merry & Bright

Yes Melissa does ask questions, she researches issues before voting for them and if she doesn’t understand she keeps questioning. Tyer does not do this, just like her little ducklings Moon, Krol, Persip & Caccamo did the other night at the Economic Development meeting about the space chamber. They all should be ashamed of themselves and seem to have forgotten that they were elected to work for all the taxpayers. You can’t tell me that they didn’t push that through to make Tyer look good before the election even though many unanswered questions were still hanging out waiting for very important answers. Pittsfield can NOT afford another 4 years of stupid un-researched expensive decisions. Also, Melissa can speak and stand up for herself, she doesn’t have her husband telling her everything she needs to do and say. Lovely Linda had four years and she… Read more »

Gobsig
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Gobsig

Persip, White, Marchetti, Yuki Cohen. What a bunch of Gobsig clowns. They are what’s wrong with the council. White and Persip are a waste of blood. Two bearded buffoons.

Wilson
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Wilson

Getting rid of someone who can’t do the job isn’t “change for the sake of change”. It would be fine if the office could just stay vacant and save taxpayers at least a quarter million bucks per year, but they have to keep up these fake elections to pretend that taxes aren’t just a scheme to steal money

Jimmys
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Jimmys

Every finger being pointed at Linda Tyer is the same finger she campaigned on and pointed at Bianchi.
The only difference, everything got much worse under Tyer.
This isn’t change for changes sake, this is change because Pittsfield can’t afford Linda Tyer as mayor for another 4 years.
She’s failed in every aspect of her administration, she’s failed Pittsfield.

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