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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY OCT. 2, 2019) — It didn’t have to happen, but one wondered since the day after the preliminary elections if it would.

And it has.

THE PLANET refers to the first big blunder of this year’s mayoral campaign. It wasn’t a photo-op. More like a photo-flop.

First, however, let’s share some news regarding EMA’s, a.k.a. Spacely Space Sprockets, request for $140,000.

  • THE PLANET has contacted PEDA requesting an update on the GE settlement money. The fund started at $10 million in 1998. It is a fraction of that now. We asked how much money is left and on what was the missing money spent. PEDA should have no difficulty in responding. If all is above board, the authority books should handily furnish this information. If the phone doesn’t ring, we’ll know it’s PEDA not getting back to us.
  • Councilor-at-large candidate Alex Blumin has filed a petition with the city council asking if any of the materials or processes EMA proposes using in its test space chamber are or will be radioactive? This vital question relates directly to public safety and, as best we can tell, has not been answered or addressed. The petition further asks if the council is aware of any EPA certificates for the company. In addition, Blumin has filed a freedom-of-information request with the city wanting all documents, records, files, and correspondence between city officials and the company. THE PLANET applauds Blumin’s actions. They show initiative and the kind of oversight missing from the council. It is the best single action taken in the campaign thus far.
  • Councilor at large and mayoral candidate Melissa Mazzeo, in response to our query, sent THE PLANET an assurance that she is doing her research into EMA. “If you know me,” Mazzeo said, “you know I will be asking a lot of questions.”
  • THE PLANET‘s critique of the company is part of our due diligence as the Fourth Estate. God knows the local mainstream media shies away from this essential duty. Pittsfield taxpayers are just coming off two very expensive failures involving PEDA money — The Beacon Cinema fiasco and Nuclea, costing taxpayers millions. Now comes this rush for $140,000 from the fund on a project dogged by a million unanswered questions. Our coverage and those of many commentators on this board reflect the hard questions begging to be posed. Claims that this constitutes a personal attack on anyone are far off the mark. We and others want to know what’s REALLY going on underneath the PR, propaganda, and photo-ops, if anything? If all is above board, the principals should be eager to share.

Speaking of photo ops …

———- ooo ———–

Mayor Linda Tyer’s tone deaf advisers thought it would help her to pose in front of the former St. Mary’s Church on Tyler Street with a political rogue’s gallery, not realizing that in politics, guilt comes heavily through association, just a few days later the general location of another gun victim, shot multiple times in a vehicle at Parker and Springside.

The press release from Tom Sakshaug, Tyer’s campaign manager, begins this way:

United in their strong support for Mayor Linda Tyer, 16 notable community leaders and elected officials assembled on the front steps of the former St. Mary’s Church on Tyler Street to collectively endorse the mayor for re-election. Tyer, who is running for a second term, is the City of Pittsfield’s first four-year term mayor.”

Photo-flop roll call, please:

  • Kathy Amuso, former Pittsfield City Councilor and School Committee Member — Not amused.
  • Josh Cutler, Pittsfield School Committee Member — A do-nothing board member.
  • Gerry Doyle, former Pittsfield Mayor — Last call at Pepe’s.
  • Shirley Edgerton, Community Activist and Cultural Competency Coach, Pittsfield Public Schools — “Can’t touch this.”
  • Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, 3rd Berkshire District — Country Buffet.
  • Mary K. O’Brien, State Committee Woman (D) and former Middle Berkshire Register of Deeds — The Mummy’s Curse.
  • Gerry Lee, former Chief of Police and former City Council President — A Legion bar stool.
  • Peter Marchetti, Current President, Pittsfield City Council — Pillsbury Dough Boy.
  • Louis Markham, Jr. former Ward 1 City Councilor — Gym coach. Saw a lot of young boys shower.
  • Helen Moon, Pittsfield City Councilor — D.A.’s bobo.
  • Earl Persip, Pittsfield City Councilor At-Large — The Dumpster Behind Paul Rich.
  • James Ruberto, former Pittsfield Mayor — World Series tickets?
  • Kevin Sherman, Chair of the Democratic City Committee and former City Council President — Looking for Mr. Peabody.
  • Cindy Taylor, Pittsfield School Committee Member — Nuff Ced. Or is it, Nuff Cin?
  • Peter White, Pittsfield City Councilor At-Large — “His master’s voice.”
  • Kathy Yon, Chair, Pittsfield School Committee — “Ding dong the witch is dead. The Wicked Witch is dead.”

In addition to the multiple endorsements,” Sakshaug’s release continues, “Mayor Tyer is also endorsed by the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus (MWPC) Political Action Committee. Tyer was selected for the highly competitive and prestigious endorsement in July.”

“Highly competitive” and “prestigious.” … A PAC formed by D.A. Andrea “Squeaky” Harrington. Yes, folks, they DO think you are THAT stupid.

Melissa Mazzeo, who is challenging Tyer for the Corner Office, told THE PLANET, “Re: the endorsements, I would say that it’s only the people of Pittsfield who matter, and they spoke on September 17th and they speak everyday when I go door-to-door. They want change. I will speak to the one endorsement the mayor received by an organization, the MA Women’s Political Caucus/Berkshire County Chapter. They also endorsed Helen Moon and Dina Guil-Lampiasi, who, as of June, co-chair the MA Women’s Political Caucus/Berkshire County. I think it’s left many of us wondering what the mayor is talking about when she describes her pride in that ‘independent, competitive endorsement’.”

Speaking of Andrea Harrington, the D.A. was conspicuously absent from the photo. Team Tyer did not want her within 10 miles of Tyler Street. We heard Squeaky was “livid” over the snub. Trouble in paradise?

———- ooo ———-

Marchetti “kicked off the event with reflections that referenced Mayor Tyer’s experience as a City Councilor and her collaborative approach.

“Collaborative.” Is there an echo in here?

I am pleased to join the many other distinguished guests to endorse Linda Tyer for a second term as Mayor. I do so because I believe that Linda has qualities that are important to getting the job done. She is a collaborator, team player and someone that knows when to stand her ground and when to compromise to achieve an end goal.

“She is a collaborator.” Thank you, Pee Pee, for telling us.

The event’s biggest laughs came from Wicked Witch Yon, who said, “Serving on the school committee is not about politics; it’s about kids. That’s why I’m here today.”

No, Wicked. You showed up because you need to suck up to power to keep power.

It is NOT time for a change,” Yon said. “It is time to see that Mayor Tyer gets another four years to continue working for the young people in Pittsfield—those kids that belong to all of us.”

Right, Yon,  the same kids whose lives you destroyed, and continue to destroy, through dereliction of duty.

The campaign’s first big blunder isn’t, in itself, fatal. It does put a ton of pressure on Team Tyer, however, to get everything right from here on out.

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Your true self lies immeasurably above that which you usually take to be your self” — Friedrich Nietzsche.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Jonathan Melle
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Jonathan Melle

I do not blame the lovely Linda Tyer for being part of Jimmy Ruberto’s Good Old Boys club of insider political hacks. They got her to where she is today. I would like to hear Mayor Linda Tyer say that she is independent and does not answer to her corrupt political base.

I believe that the lovely Linda Tyer is a good Mayor who believes in Pittsfield. I think the community is fortunate to have her leading the municipal government. There is not one negative issue or problem that she didn’t inherit in 2016.

I believe both former Mayors Gerry Doyle and Jimmy Ruberto FAILED! The Good Old Boys needs to go away, but unfortunately, they still run the show in Pittsfield politics!

Auto Phil
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Auto Phil

It’s certainly been quite a busy week or two…

The spaceship landed, mystery abounds…

DA Harrington’s first time appearing for the state in a criminal case (murder arrangement). Probable cause reports are impounded because they contain “witness information” – IE, names of criminal informants.

The Church of Tyer holds a seance and resurrects the dead.

First murder trial under the new DA’s watch ends as a complete failure, with the judge issuing a Not Guilty verdict without the defense even presenting a defense. Epic failure.

And then another guy gets shot in the city streets. Kind of anti-climatic at this point. People get shot all the time around here…

Johnny99
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Johnny99

Yea Phil but this one got shot a t shot from The Photo Flop site and of course it wouldn’t have happened if the thriving dynamic apartments subsidized by yours truly were completed, because they are gonna transform Tyer Street just ask Linda and Jimmy Tickets.

doomiedodger
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doomiedodger

So Alex Blumin steps up where others who should be stepping up do not. Thank you Alex, you have my vote.

It is a real gut punch to the taxpayers when mayor TYER wants to spend more GE money when she will not tell us where the rest of it went and who she is giving generous tax breaks to. I could never vote for a person who runs such a secretive operation. Why is she hiding what should be public information? And why is no other councilor, especially Marchetti, providing it?

Truthsayer
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Truthsayer

A PAC started by Squeaky Harrington?! I wouldn’t vote for anything Squeaky supports. I don’t support progressive buffoons or anyone else mentored by the former long-term mayor of a Northern Berkshire City who has made it his life to ride the Massachusetts Gravy Train to multiple pensions.

Tyer’s photo-op is like a rogue’s gallery for a new TV show – “Can You Tax This?”

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

Not sure why but Tyers photo reminded me of the movie Cool Hand Luke.

PorkyPig
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PorkyPig

I think D.A. Harrington has proven time and time again that her main skill set is that of a politician. Most of her time is focused on electing other politicians and her office is filled with those who harbored political favors. Hi Helen, Dina and Andy!

The emperor has no clothes

PoliceReport
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PoliceReport

Yes DA Andrea Harrington help cofound the Berkshire Chspter of the Women’s Political Caucus.
Which conveniently then endorsed her for DA.
This caucus support was then the basis of the threat, then candidate, DA Andrea Harrington levied against Melissa Mazzeo.
It sort of begs the question, if Melissa Mazzeo did give into DA Andrea Harrington’s threats, who would have gotten the WPC endorsement in the current race?
Personally I think DA Andrea Harrington would have stuck with Tyer and Mazzeo knew this, hence Mazzeo calling DA Andrea Harrington out on the threat and not giving in.

https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/berkshire-county-womens-political-caucus-hopes-to-close-political-gender-gap,511612

https://www.iberkshires.com/story/57848/Women-s-Political-Caucus-Releases-Endorsements-for-Election-2018.html

Truthsayer
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Truthsayer

If a reporter from iBerkshires was working behind the scenes for Harrington yet writing articles slanted toward Squeaky in order to move the election her way, does that not damage the overall credibility of anything coming out of iBerkshires?

Not all Democrats or Republicans are in it for themselves, but it never ceases to amaze how many are in it for fat paychecks and pensions. Harrington’s mentor is working on his third state pension as we debate all of this.

It’s pretty obvious how “successful” our DA was in private practice, aka not at all! So, why should we expect that her ineptitude would not put the DA’s office in the dumpster as well? Or not support her own inept supporters like Tyer in their bids for reelection?

The school committee
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The school committee

Pittsfield taxpayers want taxes frozen for 3 years then cut 4%.They want a war on gangs and consolidatiin of our shrinking schools.I would offer incentives to students who leave our system.When you cant sweep streets before the 4th of July parade or paint lines in the road for safety ever.Turn up street lights in the neighborhoods of Tyler street.Cut the tree limbs so people wont lurk in the shadows and do this for the children who wake up at night listening to gunfire in a warzone.Mayor Tyer had 4 years. Next mayor please step up.

Pat
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Pat

Mazzeo loves high taxes for everyone. Mazzeo said on her radio show interview that nobody likes high taxes, but she will increase them. Because in a Progressive city like Pittsfield with Progressive leaders, you can expect taxes to rise. I will probably vote Mazzeo because we are choosing between two high taxing people, but don’t be fooled that she will lower or even keep taxes the same.

Brian C. Marquis
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Brian C. Marquis

This is an example of an uneducated, unsophisticated, and unintelligible candidate for Pittsfield mayor communicating with her body politic:

“I you know me,” Mazzeo said”!

I award you no points, Mazzeo. And may God have mercy on your soul. We’re that much dumber for having read such an unintelligible and illegible statement.

Consider this: If Mazzeo is elected in November, and takes office in January 2020, three and half years from now y’all will return crying and whining about how high your taxes are, crime is up, school department is wasting precious resources, no new startups or business relocations to brag about – to only again renew your outrage for a new mayor to replace the enchanted Kingdom of Queen B’ Mazzeo – with someone else.

You really can’t make this stupid stuff up!!

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

……but you just did.

PoliceReport
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PoliceReport

It’s a typo, just like Dan calling EMA EMI

Sojourner Truth
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Sojourner Truth

Lanesbourgh Loser!!! Mind your own house. Pittsfield doesn’t want or need your politically bribed slanted opinion or even your patronage gained job.
And that’s the bottom line !

Brian C. Marquis
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Brian C. Marquis

With voters like you, Sojourner Truth, supporting Mazzeo, she’ll probably prevail in November.

When only ignorance and stupidity matter, VOTE MAZZEO.

FYI: I DO NOT WORK FOR THE CITY OF PITTSFIELD (I did back two years ago, but not now).

A few of your mothers must be proud of how you conduct yourselves behind such cowardly pseudonyms. What an embarrassment. Take it off – let’s see what lurks behind those ridiculous masks.

All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth – Friedrich Nietzsche.

Non Essere Uno Stronzo
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Non Essere Uno Stronzo

Thus spake Marquisarathustra.

Levitan
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Levitan

That likely went way over his head. He’s tuned into his inner auto-correct.

The school committee
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The school committee

Mazzeo will never ever let Highway overspend by 3 million more than they budgeted…never.They did that at highway because they knew that Linda was not overseeing any departments.We have 100 firemen and 100 police.We need 30 new police not 35 new school employees.I would cut the schools by the amount of money we need to hire Police.The Pittsfield schools lost.The school department head with Yon are always saying they are 30 people short of success.We are hsving gun battles in our streets and that is Linda Tyers fault.If we have gun battles in our streets in 4 years that will be Mazzeos fault They are adults.The CC is made up of children who do nothing to stop the gunfire. Shot spotter was 800k and a fee forever.I guarantee business comes when the city become serious about removing gangsters to another city that does not… Read more »

12 Gauge
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12 Gauge

Gunshots can be muffled or suppressed.

Village Knight
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Village Knight

Reply to Brian C. Marquis, who no longer works for city of Pittsfield.

Dear Mr. Marquis! We will elect whoever We–The People of Pittsfield–want, regardless of your opinion and opinion of all endorsement made officials, corrupted politicians, Dem/Liberal Progressive activists, regardless of Andrea Harrington, Tricia Farley Shmarley cries. Regardless of all hysteria you and Linda Tyer’s Old Boys Club pushes. We-The People- elect here!

Walter Webster
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Walter Webster

Alexander, Spending time on the blog is taking away time from parading your Mazzeo sign up and down First Street. You have a job to do, hop to it.

Johnny99
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Johnny99

Very well said Sir Knight!

CC The Maze Sun
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CC The Maze Sun

“Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise

Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to be free

Fly…
Into the light of the dark black night
Into the light of the dark black night”

Tyer on Tyler
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Tyer on Tyler

The new shot spotter is the Tyer campaign every photo op leads to a crime.

UAlbany
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UAlbany

Regurgitating the 15 people that have lead us to where we are seems very risky. At least Mazzeo is smart enough to be parading the likes of Bianchi and Bowler around for an endorsement. Marchetti ? He couldn’t lead a hungry rat to a block of cheese – he is in politics for his ego – oh Peter your so good for the community…ever see him at a fundraiser for the community ? I haven’t…ever

Brian C. Marquis
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Brian C. Marquis

Good response, Sojourner Truth. Well thought out. Kudos, bubby!

Your mother must be proud of your scholarly intellect. It certainly boggles mine!

Those who cannot understand how to put their thoughts on ice should not enter into the heat of debate – Friedrick Nietzsche.

My favorite:

If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow ignorant – Sun Tzu, The Art of War.

Levitan
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Levitan

Marquis,

Quoting syphillitic nihilists and ancient Chinese generals is all too easy, but not much use for political philosophy. Think Socrates, The Republic is a good place to start.

Shakes
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Shakes

A typo like Blumin suggesting that the EPA has anything to do with nuclear material licenses? What an idiot that cannot even google information or compose a cogent thought. Anybody votes for that quack deserves what they get.

Joe
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Joe

Where does it say they are using radioactive materials, though? I was looking through the documentation and from what I could find online, etc. “space radiation” and “radioactive materials” are extremely different. I don’t think (or, well hope) that EMA isn’t bringing a plutonium or Uranium repository out here.

Also, Alex sounds like a serious tinfoil hat guy in his petition, holy cow. “War and Defense”… this is me shaking my head and laughing!

Kermit Frog
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Kermit Frog

Clean rooms are often used to contain radiation – they are used at nuclear power plants and sometimes in micro chip fabrication for different reasons as minute dust can effect the chips.
It sounded like what they are building could be a clean room. Not sure if it’s to keep the radiation from Silver Lake and the radiation from the ground there out of the rest of the BIC.

Joe
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Joe

Clean rooms also… keep particulates out. It would seem contaminates would be bad for materials testing?

Dan. Alex “accuses” EMA of using radioactive materials like there’s some super secret behind the scenes thing going on. Awfully quick to jump there, no? Not poking fun at his language, but rather, the conspiracy theorist tone of his messages is odd. It’s wildly illegal to not have permits for that stuff.

Kermit Frog
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Kermit Frog

It’s not Silkwood scary to have a clean room. All our phone manufacturers have to have clean rooms.
What is strange is why anyone ’innovating’ would want to take money from the Pittsfield government. Surely if their idea was good or patentable they would want/need NDA levels they couldn’t have when taking public money.

MHD
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MHD

I work in this industry and have worked directly for NASA and now work for a defense contractor in Sedro-Woolley, Washington. I don’t have a dog in this fight but I’d like to clear up some misconceptions. There are a number of agencies that have oversight on test chambers. The type of testing really depends on the types of materials being tested, the testing protocols, and the outcomes. We have built a plethora of products for NASA and space contracting companies, most recently capsule components for the Dragon spacecraft and Starliner capsule (CST)-100. We routinely have compliance inspections and are subject to oversight by DoD, DOE, NRC, FBI, DARPA, DIA, BATFE and many more. I do not know what EMA plans to test in their test chamber, they are noted experts in computer simulation and ESD testing and simulation so if it’s that, many… Read more »

DavidH
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DavidH

EMA Proposal Information Request David Sun, Sep 29, 11:34 AM To: , mcoakley@cityofpittsfield.org I would like a digital copy of all emails and documents pertaining to EMA, EMA3D, and it’s interest in the BIC as well as material provided to the city as an application for economic development money and TIF consideration. I also request a digital copy of all press material and information created and provided by the City of Pittsfield in regards to this project. Included should be the names of all staff, contractors, and printers for these documents along with an itemized cost for the materials and work done. No response for two days, most will confirm receipt the next business day On Tue, Oct 1, 2019 at 10:12 PM -0400, “David” wrote: Second request On Wed, Oct 2, 2019 at 8:20 AM Ruffer, Deanna wrote: Your request has been received… Read more »

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

This should be interesting. Please keep us updated. I doubt they are used to having people ask questions and so I imagine there is deep concern at headquarters and the corner office.

Johnny99
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Johnny99

Mr. and Mrs. Kapanski, I present to you, the greatest case that can be made for not voting for Tyer. Forget the article about the Tyler Street Renaissance, and just look at the picture. Loaded with has beens and failed leaders that led this city into the gutter, and GOBSIG types. Photo is taken on private property owned by a connected businessman who is sucking on taxpayers’ nipple, thanks to Taxes Tyer. A picture is worth a thousand words and if I was Mazzeo I’d buy this photo from the boaring broadsheet and put it on a huge campaign cardboard and send it to every taxpayer. It shows Tyer is a bought and sold GOBSIG. Mazzeo needn’t say a word, cuz the pic is doin the talkin for her. https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/pittsfield-leaders-past-and-present-endorse-mayor-tyers-reelection-bid,585847 Tyer sunk her own ship with that stupid stunt and gave Mazzeo campaign gold.… Read more »

shakes
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shakes

So what is Mazzeo going to do differently other than “ask a lot of questions” or think about things?

Johnny99
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Johnny99

I don’t really know Shakes, but at least she will ask the hard questions and as I have posted before, they are both tax and spender, feminist progressive Whenners, and it could be just like swapping the Tax and Spend lions, that Dan named, that once graced city hall’s entrance. But here’s the thing – Tyer campaigned on change and crime, and the only thing that changed is crime is worse than before so she had her chance and failed. So let’s give someone else a try. Maybe the solution isn’t millions more for the police and schools, and a crime analyst and a shot spotter and a popsicle wagon. Maybe money’s not the answer. And the icing on the cake is Tyer endorsed Harrington, who campaigned on not jailing people, after Tyer herself campaigned on cracking down on crime. Nuff Said.

Velvet Love
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Velvet Love

Had a talk with Wa d Six Pat Kavey,what a nice man. He is very proud of his accomplishments in the private sector and comes off as being very smart. I know one thing he loves the City. Why would he come back here? The other candidates best idea was to raise City Councilors pay?

UAlbany
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UAlbany

@99 – great comment and analysis – that pic shows 25 years of failure and sell outs- Doyle and Hickey sold Pittsfield down the proverbial river for their own personal gain. Parading Lee and Doyle (2 pathetic alcoholics) takes some nerve…

Edward R. Murrow
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Edward R. Murrow

WARD 5, Kavey is running in WARD 5.

WARD FIVE

Barbados
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Barbados

Another great column DV. I love how you let both sides,all sides really, have their say. As for photo-op I agree. Big mistake by mayor. I’m more concerned with the shooting on Parker Street. My neighborhood and where the photo flop w=picture was taken.

Clever Broad
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Clever Broad

Tyer was using school property with license (Stooge Show) to do a campaign advertising for her re-election,not one peep about the shooting-you can’t make it up. Unless she hadn’t heard about it,and you can’t make that up. Isn’t Tyer on the bod of pct and also on the School Committee…no conflict of interest? Where’s the f c c on this one?

Cheshire Cat
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Cheshire Cat

How is that school property?

PoliceReport
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PoliceReport

I think, by extension of a school contract with PCTV and PPS, WTBR is a school/government (non-commercial) radio station
I think it would more fall under equal time. Mayor Linda Tyer gets around this, on both WTBR, Live 95.9 and WUPE Radio by scheduling ongoing “city updates”.
It would be interesting to see the FCC ban scheduled radio program two months prior to primaries and actual elections.

john doe
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john doe

I don’t know about WTBR but I’m told the mayor wasn’t allowed on WUPE or Live 95.9 once she announced, except for a campaign interview and the other candidates were given equal time.

PoliceReport
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PoliceReport

Once a person announces their candidacy there’s normally a quiet period for candidates unless provided equal opportunity and time.
It’s made more complicated by the fact that WTBR and PCTV are funded by taxpayers. I’m sure there’s going to be problems especially with Mayor Linda Tyer’s appearance on Sturgeon’s show. It’s not only a violation of FCC rules to promote a campaign using city funds, it’s and ethics violation and a campaign finance violation.

main Squeeze
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main Squeeze

Nobody been rougher on Putin than Donald Trump. And no one was tougher on Ruberto than the Stooge. See a smilarity there? Maybe it’s time for the insignificant Stooge should ride his Prius off into the sunset.

Fab Bricator
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Fab Bricator

Trump doesn’t like fabrications.

Pluto Santalangello
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Pluto Santalangello

Schiff invented shot sputter.

alegatorluv
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alegatorluv

They can’t beat Trump. For three years day and night year after year, they’ve tried to impeach Our President. Give it a rest. Wait until November next year and deal with it then.

The school committee
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The school committee

That Tyer campaign support photo just killed her last chance to win.If Im Mazzeo I get 50 poor hardworking people to stand with her in the hood for safety and crime.Please Melisa represent the poor who cant pay higher taxes but need safe streets for kids….Linda what were you thinking?

Dormanatwhiterrrace
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Dormanatwhiterrrace

Jamie Raskin and Adam Shiff are inherently trying to get Our President impeached? And for What?

The school committee
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The school committee

Abuse of Power

The school committee
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The school committee

Tyer campaign according to her photo is that she’s an elitist .Bouvier ?

Dancing Gene
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Dancing Gene

Look. Ask yourself? Is the current Mayor doing the job? Then in a couple months before you vote,ask yourself the same question then-go vote.

Conformed
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Conformed

What was Sturgeon thinking when he displayed the Mayors campaign postcard? Was he told by Tickets to do that? Where were the P C T fathers concerning this stunt. It’s illegal. Word has it the F C C will or have been contacted concerning the goings on over there. Why do you think licenses are issued? You have to follow by laws and rules,knucklehead.

Thomas More
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Thomas More

Stooge’s son and wife were donors to MelMaz’z campaign so he can’t be all Tyre.

kltpzyxm
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kltpzyxm

Zelensky: “…specifically we are almost ready to buy more Javelins from the United States for defense purposes.”

Trump: “I would like you to do us a favor though…”

This shows how much Trump has to go though to get forein country’s to do political work for us. They owe us. We shoudnt have to jump though such hoops to get them to help us bring down Biden.

Auto Phil
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Auto Phil

Warren Dews’ Facebook page has a link to a FB LIVE recording by Don Harris of last night’s “community conversation” with the mayor, D.A., police chief, Adam Hines and the Director of the Boys Club. Dews did a good job moderating. The chief had very little to say. He seemed completely uninterested. I thought Linda Tyer was well spoken. She used her indoor voice too. Some interesting moments: AH – Juvenile justice reform is needed because a kid’s juvenile record follows them forever (17:30). Huh? I thought juvie records were sealed. AH – The sad situation for poor people in the justice system Is why she got into politics. (28:00) Yes, she said politics, not criminal justice. Oh, and she also pitched her DV book club… And yet not one question about crime. The topic of the crime in the city was not even… Read more »

DewDewDa
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DewDewDa

Chief Wynn was (choose one)
1.Thinking About Vacation
2.Thinking About Jujitsu
3.Thinking About Graduate Classes
4.All Of The Above

DA Squeaky Was
1. Confused As To Where She Was And Thought It Was Yoga Class
2. Tired From the 6 hours of coaching so she could say 30 words in court.
3. Thinks juveniles are anyone under 25.
4. All Of The Above

Mayor Tyer was
1. There for the free lunch
2. Looking for a photo-op
3. Was told by her husband to stop yelling
4 All of the above

Gobsig
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Gobsig

At this event Tyer bragged about how under her Pittsfield hires according to race and sexual orientation.

The school committee
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The school committee

Trauma crom gunfire in the hood affects adults and children.How long would Mayor Tyer allow gangs and gunfire on Anne Drive.
Mayor Tyer has completely ignored the neighborhoods where the war has been ongoing.To think what Highways 3 million extra dollars for sand ,salt and overtime could do for policing in the War zone.Turn up street lights on the crime streets. Please the children are begging the Mayor to light up the hood.

The school committee
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The school committee

Parks department needs to paint and clean the Belanger Track and field bathrooms.The Mayor must tell parks that you are not doing your job.You just cant install toilets and not clean them every day.This is heavily used by senior citizen taxpayers that are exercising. Clean it or knock it down mayor Tyer. Mazzeo as mayor will get these toilets clean at Belanger field.Who is in charge of that department.Mayor Mazzeo will not allow City Departments to take advantage of her.

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

This mayor likes to build things and then forget about them. Look at all the money going into new parks with salivating friendly contractors panting and heaving. Look at Silver Lake which was nicely done over and now slowly being surrounded by jungle growth.

Lots of money and glad handing with new construction but not so much with up keep. This is the floor plan with puppet mayors. Will Mazzeo be any different? We have to take that chance cuz the road we are on leads over the cliff.

Lenny
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Lenny

Upkeep of city property has been an issue for the 30+ years I’ve lived in this town. It’s easier to build things, take the credit, move on & forget about the property at budget time. I’m sure the new Taconic will suffer the same fate.

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

There are probably no back room deals or kickbacks when it comes to children’s projects like schools or parks. At least that is what a forensic audit would show. Thank god for that huh?

The school committee
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The school committee

True ,they never budget the maintenance

Jim
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Jim

DA Harrington does not care about juveniles. She fired the entire Community Outreach team in order to pay for the high salaries for Helen Moon and Dina Gueil.

https://www.nepr.net/post/berkshire-das-office-no-longer-teaches-curriculum-regularly-schools#stream/0

Can you imagine how the assistant DA’s must feel to see Moon, who has no criminal justice experience, brought in at a higher salary than a prosecutor? No wonder the office is losing one trial after another.

The school committee
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The school committee

We have a very immature CC and they believe like moon that everyone makes 60k…Cant believe Pittsfield Co Op lets him doing budgets in public

bunkblob
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bunkblob

Did shot spotter fail the other night? Maybe we should ask for our money back.

PoliceReport
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PoliceReport

ShotSpotter fails all the time, it’s got about a 70% failure rate and that’s after human intervention. Every ShotSpotter alert is examined first by a human before the text notifications go out.
If the human interpreters weren’t in the chain, it’s have over a 90% failure rate.

The two most common ShotSpotter failures are misdirection/location and false positives.
Unfortunately Chief Wynn and Mayor Linda Tyer are so incompetent that they continually extoll the virtues of shot spotter, when other towns have learned their lesson and moved to adding more video cameras.

https://www.heraldnews.com/news/20170727/false-alarms-lead-fall-river-to-ditch-shotspotter-system

Charlie
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Charlie

As we know, the DA abruptly shutdown the county’s prevention and education programs to the public schools and has not replaced them. Now we learn her answer is to rely instead on diversion program once these youngsters get arrested. She seems intent on creating recidivism. Instead of teaching our young people about self reliance and good choices she’s sending a clear message: “You can get away with crime if you are young enough.” So by the time they are 20 somethings they’ll be serial criminals. Yet the court system will treat them as first time offenders and they will be given the typical 2-4 passes before any serious consequences. Harrington is damaging our community. This is the worst example. https://www.nepr.net/post/berkshire-das-office-no-longer-teaches-curriculum-regularly-schools#stream/0

PoliceReport
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PoliceReport

DA Andrea Harrington has never had an original idea or an idea that wasn’t founded in self-interest or political motivation.
In all her years of experience and her 8 court cases, were any of them pro-bono for children or women?
Was she ever a victims advocate? Did she spend any time as a victims advocate in juvenile court? Did she spend any time fighting for the rights of victims? In her years of “innocence project work” was she ever first, second, or third chair on any cases?
We all know the answer, and we all know why she is doing this and every other initiative she copies from other DAs, DAs that are actually committed to a cause with a long history of fighting for the “oppressed”. For them at least it’s a real commitment versus a political ploy du jour.

PorkyPig
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PorkyPig

Any chance of an in depth article about the rampant bullying at Herberg and the do nothing administration? Marty was useless at Lanesborough, why wouldn’t he be at Herberg. Jive is picking up the leftovers from all over the county.

Not sure about Mr. Tabor, haven’t heard much positivity. I’m sure there is some.

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

When I was in high school it was the teachers who were the bullies. Now the tables have been turned and the teachers cower behind their desks. In Pittsfield the teachers are well paid for the abuse they take but if you are a bullied student you need to opt out to another district like the Pittsfield teachers kids do. And parents need to be proactive and opt out all their kids before the semester even starts because as the superintendent knows well, things are not going to get better but rather more likely, much worse. And they need to stop lying about it.

Wayout
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Wayout

You guys do know Niraj is a multi billionaire. I worked with his father at G E,quite a guy.

Gobsig
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Gobsig

He and the G man spent many a summer on the French Riviera

Spider
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Spider

The photo-op of Tyer with her supporters on the steps of St .Mary’s was a big mistake on her part.

Because they are in public life, every one of them has some negativity to all who see that picture. In other words, they are not all winners and will not gain her any votes.

chuck garivaltis
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chuck garivaltis

Interesting and well written story in yesterdays Eagle about Tony Gibson, an almost forgotten former Pittsfield High football player. The story captured how Tony did all the right things but during his freshman year got caught up in the turmoil of the 60’s where his gutless coach at the nationally ranked University of Wyoming ended his football career. I don’t know Tony. We never met. But numerous times I watched him play for PHS and I can understand why a nationally ranked team was interested in him. This kid was fast, shifty, tough as nails. He was good enough to play for a top rated college football team. At PHS he certainly ranks with all time greats Donnie Troy, John Perrone, and Ray Woitkowski. Sad he could not show his football skills at a high national level. He would have been a good one.

Brian C. Marquis
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Brian C. Marquis

Would you care to ellobrate, Dan?:

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Louis Markham, Jr. former Ward 1 City Councilor — Gym coach. Saw a lot of young boys shower.

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Are you implying Mr. Markham “Saw a lot of young boys shower[ing]” with dishonorable intentions?

Are you implying he was a high school pervert?

Do you have first-hand knowledge of Mr. Markham walking in or gawking at “young boys shower[ing]”?

Again, what exactly are you implying?

Help us understand because I for one am baffled at what you’re implying!

Remember, I’m only at a third-grade level, so share your thoughts with me as you would to a third grader!

Fugimoto Hockalugi
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Fugimoto Hockalugi

Lew has no clue.

Col Muttz
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Col Muttz

Maybe he got a door slammed on his beak for looking in the wrong places?

PoliceReport
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PoliceReport

There seems to be a lot of controversy about the alleged attack at Bard, the alleged racial bias of the crime, the alleged use of the word alleged. At first it seemed the students were upset by a lack of information, then they were upset about the initial reporting of the alleged attack. Then it became pushback against the police saying that there was nothing to indicate it was a racially motivated attack. The issue at hand is that the “woman of color” was allegedly attacked because she’s been an “outspoken advocate” against the racially charged environment at Simons Rock. There have been racial slurs and anti-Semitic carvings (the pictures show a rudimentary Swastika. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say the police don’t like to ascribe motive to an attack without evidence. I wish the students would be more… Read more »

Gobsig
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Gobsig

Sounds like a fake hate crime.

Anderson williams
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Anderson williams

A really fat guy that drives a Black Mustang

Golf Instructor
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Golf Instructor

Dans still trying to process ellobtate,he’ll get back later on that Bri.

The school committee
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The school committee

Trump wants China to investigate my candidate for president…he nuts and needs to be fired.

The school committee
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The school committee

Trump is asking foriegn powers to influence my right to vote

Trump 2020
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Trump 2020

You democrats can vote even if you’re dead.

Edward R. Murrow
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Edward R. Murrow

Let me double-down on my earlier statements that 1. this Ukraine thing is a nothing-burger for Trump, but a Big, Big Mac for Biden; 2. Biden is done. The further the Dems push this, the more likely they are to lose the House in 2020. And as I’ve said repeatedly, the only way to remove a president is death, resignation, or impeachment AND conviction (25th Amendment nuttiness, on both parts, not withstanding). Bitch, bitch, bitch, but you have to have an actual CHARGE and an actual high crime and misdemeanor to bring a credible article of impeachment to a vote. Bitching and whining, whining and bitching isn’t going to remove this or any other president. Now, if you could somehow drive his approval ratings into the 20s/30s, you MIGHT get him not to run in 2020, as with Truman in 1952 or Johnson in… Read more »

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

Seriously?? All Trump does is bitch and whine all day long, every day of the week and every week of the month. And he seems to think it is working for him so why can’t others try it?

Purple Moat
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Purple Moat

Trump asking for a little favor is no different than asking the car dealer to throw in a free oil change. Ukraine got help and anything on the side is gravy for…. our President.

The school committee
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The school committee

Snowflake Trump is easily the worst President in U S history.He is the most dangerous person in America and is breaking the law in plain site and Republic as ns are the biggest Mickey mouse party in the democratic world.Right now the people have no appreciation foe America.Discusting.

Trump Derangement Syndrome
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Trump Derangement Syndrome

Your English and spelling are disgusting.

BerkshireBeagle
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BerkshireBeagle

We ask the hard questions

Which do you celebrate: Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples Day?
No
Yes

acheshirecat
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acheshirecat

Watching a townhall tonight with AOC on C-span and at first I thought someone was playing a joke, but a lady is seriously telling AOC we must start eating babies to stop climate change. Very disturbing.

https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4820884/eat-babies

Mark Tully
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Mark Tully

Hi Dan,
It was an exciting Economic Development Meeting tonight. In the packet EMA and the city confirmed they will be procuring Strontium 90. I missed it, but not a few people in the audience. They explained that radioactive materials need special precautions and nothing was addressed in the Mayor’s proposal about how to deal with it. The result was that Moon Persip Caccamo and Krol who were so concerned abouxt the health hazards of mosquito spraying to ban it, decided to approve $140k for a company without any plan to handle radioactive material.

PoliceReport
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PoliceReport

Tonight, councilors Moon, Persip, Caccamo and Krol ignored the dangers of using Strotium 90 in the BIC and voted to give the firm $140K of our GE funds. These councilors voted against mosquito spraying, but radioactive material is ok.

Earl Parnsip
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Earl Parnsip

Strontium 90 reacts with PCB to yield unicorn farts.

Planet Valenti