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TYER NIXED PLANET DEBATE, PULLED OUT OF GUEST COLUMN … MAZZEO ACCEPTS AND SCORCHES OPPONENT’S ‘HOLLOW PROMISES’

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION NOV. 1-3, 2019) — Let’s get this out of the way first. The needless and “snowflake” cancellation of Halloween by mayor Linda Tyer has led to a parental reaction that has been “vibrant and dynamic.” They howled to us, among themselves, and on social media on this bizarre move. “Nail in the coffin” time for Tyer is how one critic put it. We don’t know, but it won’t surprise us that as of 8:01 p.m. Tuesday night, Linda Tyer won’t be seen. She will be wearing her Halloween costume … as the Invisible Woman.

Next, THE PLANET has noticed in these late stages of the campaign how nervous and defensive Team Tyer has gotten. Simple example: When Roberta Mucolluch Dews sent the press announcement that the mayor would receive a a union endorsement later than night (Oct. 29), we asked from what union. Dews replied: “Sorry Dan, we plan to share this big news tonight.” Funny thing was, we already knew it was the Teamsters. We told Dews that we already knew, and that we were merely trying to officially confirm. Small thing, right? Yes, but a more open, less uptight campaign would have no problem sharing the info.

EXAMPLE 2: More Serious. THE PLANET was asked by producer Dave Bubriski to host a PCTV debate between Tyer and Mazzeo. Melissa immediately accepted, agreeing to our rules of engagement. Those of you who have seem one of our debates, you know the PLANET format — no notes permitted, no podiums or desks to hide behind, no clock; just the two candidates in chairs facing each other and the roving moderator (us) with a hand-held mic, giving the third degree. Linda hemmed, hawed, hiccuped, and harbored. When she finally got back to us, she refused, citing a too-busy calendar or some other hooey We suspect stage fright at he prospect of sitting in Valenti’s Hot Seat. “Pull-Out” Tyer didn’t want to face a relentless (but respectful) moderator demanding accountability. Mazzeo, on the other hand, knowing she would also get the business, welcomed the chance.

EXAMPLE 3: Most Damaging. Tyer may have blown the campaign with this one. As part of our campaign coverage, THE PLANET has been in regular touch with both Team Tyer and Team Mazzeo. This communication has included invitations to keep us in a two-way loop of communication.

On Sept 20 or thereabouts, Linda Tyer contacted us asking if we’d be interested in her penning a guest column. We said yes. it was a great idea. Tyer agreed and got to work, at one point (Sept. 24) asking about length, saying she was up to 1,500 words. Was it too long? No, we answered. We also invited Melissa Mazzeo to write a piece for THE PLANET. Several days went by. We didn’t hear a word from the mayor. Needing to plan our news budget, we asked Tyer when she would get the finished draft to us. She then got back to us with this:

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Good Morning Dan:

After a long and sometimes heated debate with my team and other respected core supporters this past week about how we’re going to roll out our campaign I have decided not to send a guest column at this time.  Thank you, as always, for offering space on the Planet.

Linda

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She didn’t explain the sudden reversal beyond the cop-out of blaming staff.  We offered our view that her campaign just made a huge mistake. Later, we repeated the invitation. Nothing. As we said, Mazzeo accepted our invitation to write a guest column. THE PLANET presents it here.

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By Melissa Mazzeo

Are you better off than you were 4 years ago?

The answer is no.

Mayor Tyer made a whole bunch of promises 4 years ago, a list of which I have provided The Planet. And, with all the promises made, so few were kept and in some cases situations, conditions have deteriorated. Now it is time for change. I am running for Mayor because I love Pittsfield and that includes those who serve us in the roles of police, fire, teachers, and city workers. And out of that love comes a need to support areas that are greatly faltering under the current administration’s leadership.

Public Safety: 

Let’s face facts. Our city doesn’t just feel more dangerous, it is more dangerous. For the mayor to recently state during a radio interview that crime has stabilized is absolutely absurd and untrue. And she is NOW touting partnering with other law enforcement in applying for federal resources to help the city….FOUR YEARS INTO HER TERM?  Where we are right now is not because of our phenomenal officers…this is a lack of work from our leadership. Leaders direct resources to where they are needed most. As your mayor I will direct resources to stop this alarming trend of rising crime. Areas with high crime will have more police activity in a style called Hot Spot Policing. Any investments in crime fighting technology will have outcome performance measures to ensure they are working.

Our officers work so hard but in my discussions with officers they are frustrated and it is directed, in part, at the lack of support from the District Attorney. And I understand their frustrations. To work hard only to have your worked erased time and time again is unacceptable. While I don’t have any control over the courts- nor should I- I refuse to stand by while the tireless work of our officers gets pushed away.

Education: 

We have unparalleled educators in the Pittsfield Public Schools. However, our schools are in need of help. Is this the teachers fault?  No. Throughout my run for mayor, I have met with so many teachers and learned of their real and growing challenges. Why are we burdening our educators when the most important job is teaching our children? In fact, teachers feel so taxed in Pittsfield that they are leaving in record numbers: over 100 teachers left the district last year. Of those who left, one-quarter were retirees meaning over 75 went to teach for other districts. For the 2019/20 school year the School Department hired 65 teachers on provisional licenses (meaning not fully licensed as the candidate lacks professional teacher training) as Pittsfield could not attract enough licensed teachers.

As Mayor I will create a Cabinet of Teachers. We will meet regularly with central school administration in order to identify what is working and what needs to be improved or changed. I will also encourage the school committee members to become active participants in the school. Far too often we only see city dignitaries at schools for ceremonies. As your Mayor, which in turn will make me a member of the School Committee, I will be regularly involved in the schools to ensure we are doing everything possible for Pittsfield’s youth. I will also advocate on behalf of teachers to end the culture of leniency that has been created in our schools.  Educators are taxed due to repeatedly dealing with chronic increased violent behaviors and have little support from the justice system.

MELISSA MAZZEO

Economic Development: 

We know that we need to expand the number of livable wage jobs in Pittsfield and create opportunities for long-term careers.  As Mayor I will assemble a Small Business Roundtable to regularly meet in order to ensure City Hall is doing everything it can to meet their needs. 90% of businesses in Berkshire County are classified as Small Businesses (19 or fewer employees). Part of this includes ensuring that Taconic High School and Berkshire Community College graduates pursuing vocational careers are positioned well to fit into Pittsfield workforce BEFORE they leave school and my plan is to use GE Economic Development monies to do the very thing it was meant to do….create jobs.

As Mayor I will also address unfriendly business practices within the city. Although there is a Red Carpet Team within the current city administration with the focus of recruiting new businesses into Pittsfield, the innumerable existing businesses in the city regularly deal with permitting, zoning, outdated regulations, and bureaucratic red tape. Under a Mazzeo administration the City will address these practices head on.

City Services

We are in desperate need of road and sidewalk repair and that is why I worked so hard in having a part of the marijuana fees go toward these efforts.  However, there is another way we could better maintain our roads and sidewalks and that is by better managing the budget.  This past winter, a mild one, saw the salt and sand budget going over by $2.1 million. Unacceptable. As mayor I will have regular monthly, if not weekly in the winter, budget audit meetings with the DPU to ensure our money is being managed. Lastly, I want to discuss my unquestioned desire to reopen the wastewater treatment plant upgrade.  In recently hearing from our seniors who worry about giving up their homes because they won’t be able to pay the dramatic increases to their water/sewer bills is intolerable and unacceptable to me.

In conclusion, we are at a turning point. Pittsfield is an amazing place. It’s a place where my husband and I actively chose to keep our business. A place where I raised my family. A place where I have chosen to serve as a City Councilor. However, Pittsfield is also a place that needs immediate help and I don’t believe that makes me negative. Telling the truth is not negative…isn’t ignoring the challenges facing this city negative?  Under a Mazzeo administration we will tackle these issues head on. I will work hard day in and day out from my first day until my last.

HERE’S THE LIST TO WHICH MAZZEO REFERS

What Tyer Promised

  • More Crime Prevention

    • Hiring more police officers -Net gain of 6, although NEPR ran a story and they identified a net gain of 3

    •  Community policing- Promised to build a center in the west side..instead opened the West Side Resource Center in an existing bldg, with no police officer assigned to the center

    • Creating an Anti-Gang Unit- We have had this for years

    • Cure Violence Method- Detect & Interrupt potential issues

Identify & treat the highest risk

Mobilize community to change norms- Never did this

  • Job Attraction & Retention

    • Make site selection top priority through improving Pitts. Image-Where?

    • Give resources to homegrown businesses-Used funds set up by previous Admin.

    • Create a formal recruitment strategy for young professionals-Never happened

    • Expand access to all business parks and commercial centers-How?

    • Promote Pitts. as a welcoming destination for new businesses

      • Business mentoring program

    • Implementing better management and personnel practices in City Hall

      • More communication w/ City Council Members- Definitely not

  • Blight & Code Enforcement

    • “Transform Blight to Bright”

      • Buildings must have working windows & doors-Blight is still a very big problem, very little emphasis on this

    • Raise property values- Inflated property values and pretended to lower taxes

    • Promote housing investment plan- Rolled out an incomplete plan in her 4th year and has not continued to try to implement a program

    • Problem Properties Task-force “aggressively demanding” property owners respect public health & safety regulations.-No-many troubled properties still exist with no end in sight. Residents very frustrated

      • Create a registry of problem properties who can either work w/ police

    • Establish a community center in the West Side- Made a small space in an existing building, no police officer on site

    • Establish a Riverwalk-this started with Mayor Ruberto

  • Public Works

    • Better Garbage pickup at Burbank Park & Park Square-Many parks have trash issues

    • Revamping of The Common, Durant, Springside House

    • Creation of a dog park- Still in a design phase after years of studies

    • Remove snow & ice properly-cost $2.1M over budget this year alone)

    • Repair potholes right the first time-NO

    • Establish & follow a street improvement plan- Saw changes to streets that look good for election season

    • Only use existing money being wasted to fund new programs ( has raided the GE Dev Fund and forgave over $2.5M that should have been paid back)

  • Early Childhood Education

    • Work w/ School Department, Superintendent and local providers to give access to more 3-4 yrs old-NO

  • Budgets are strained & tax revenue is limited

  • Removal of Mayor from PEDA

What Tyer Takes Credit For

  • Laying the groundwork for and building the New Taconic High School- Brought to a vote and received funding under Mayor Bianchi

  •  Securing the funding and Building the Berkshire Innovation Center-Spoke against the BIC when she was running for Mayor, and refused to help close a funding gap when she first took office

  • Shannon Grants for preventing crime w/ at-risk youth-Community Connection Program -Mayor Bianchi secured this

  • Says that she saved St Mary’s church from the wrecking ball- Mayor Bianchi helped to save this site from a DD

  • Says she brought WayFair to Pittsfield- Wayfair CEO raised in Pittsfield and came here to a Gateway community to receive tax breaks from Boston oversaw by Charlie Baker. In fact in his own acceptance speech Baker said, “It didn’t take a lot to get them (Wayfair) here.”

 

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We thank Mazzeo for taking our offer seriously and presenting herself, in her own words, as she saw fit, in this space. The mayor had the same opportunity. It’s not about us. It’s about the electorate, We the People, Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski. Those are the people Tyer stiffed in copping out of the debate and the guest column. She let her “supporters” let their emotions get in the way of logic. THE PLANET does not respect the mayor’s refusal to debate in the only forum that would have been honest and legit, with actual news and content and a chance to see both candidates think at the spur of the moment. Neither do we respect her acceptance to write for us and then have her team talk her out of it.  This was one time where Tyer should have shown leadership and said, “Nope, I’m calling the shots,” but she didn’t. She decided on an embarrassing flip-flop.

Appearing in THE PLANET denotes the confidence of the writer and connotes fearlessness in engaging with the area’s most widely-read and closely followed electronic medium. Pulling out denotes uncertainty and connotes fear.

Well, guess what? The cost Tyer the election. She’s running scared, away from victory, and her handlers — rather, her bumblers — are behind her, pushing.

Have a great weekend, everybody.

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I attack only a winner” — Friedrich Nietzsche.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Blare
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Blare

Dan – Some of us read you very clearly. We know your message, we know your priorities, we know your biases. LT would be INSANE to agree to any sort of debate moderated by you. In my humble opinion.
Blare

JohnnyComeLately
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JohnnyComeLately

Oh yea? Try fair and balanced my friend? She owes her mayoralship partially to her debate hosted by Dan against Bianchi last time around. Tough but fair, Dan was, and she survived, and did quite well actually. Now she’s chicken or her pepper masters won’t let her because she has a record to answer for.

Blare
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Blare

Things are different this time around. Dan is now anything but fair and balanced. He relies on “scoops” from embittered cast-offs from previous administrations. Some of whom are horrible enough to work in law enforcement elsewhere, whilst try to sabotage Andrea Harington’s office by spreading misinformation. Pathetic. RK,KK, DP, BK,jS screw all of you.

Mr. Fritz
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Mr. Fritz

Tyer’sTroll^

Mr. G
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Mr. G

As a dispassionate observer, I think Dan has bent over backwards to be fair to both candidates in this cycle. Surprisingly, Ms. Tyer seems to have adopted the same tactic some of her predecessors did; ignoring Dan, his column and his audience in Hope’s they will either go away or are too small and obtuse to worry about. Dan Bianchi did the same thing…and it did not work out so well. Not that Dan’s influence won the day for Tyer last time around. I just think it was symptomatic of bigger problems with the campaign and the candidate. Same applies this time.

Mad Trapper
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Mad Trapper

DA Harrington is an abject , far left winged , failure, as a prosecuter , and head of Berkshire county criminal law enforcement.

Hendrix
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Hendrix

Tyer’s support of Harrington is what is probably going to cost her. Even supporters from 4 years ago cannot believe how much of a failure the DA has been. Her trips out of the county hasn’t helped support. Unfortunately for Tyer, the two are linked.

Anderson williams
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Anderson williams

Fake News at its best!

Anderson williams
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Anderson williams

She is more popular with her base then ever. According to multiple sources she is very popular with all the staff that hurts I know. Go out get some fresh air stop being so bitter!

Mad Trapper
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Mad Trapper

The “base” she is catering to, are thugs under 25 years old, and entrenched progressive lily white democrats.

Staff? You mean Yon? ROFL!!!!

the 5th Dentist
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the 5th Dentist

As the infamous 5th Dentist you know the one from the popular gum commercial years ago you know the 4 out of 5 Dentists surveyed recommend sugarless gum for their patients that chew gum. Well I am the one who didn’t recommended the gum and I was the subject of scorn, ridicule and the butt of jokes my entire professional career, that is until very recently. Yes I was I the minority 4 out of 5 some 80% were onboard with recommending the dam gum. You see the problem was one of complacency. Just as was mentioned in the post above “She is more popular with her base then ever. According to multiple sources she is very popular with all the staff…” Being that skeptical 5th Dentist I ask just who qualifies as her base? Who are these multiple sources? I ask because of… Read more »

Levitan
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Levitan

Yes. Very erudite indeed, 5 D.

Wes C Addle
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Wes C Addle

Your right about most of this but…She is NOT a prosecutor- she is a politician! She is an office manager and an attention seeker! She hired a prosecutor to do her bidding!

Kermit Frog
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Kermit Frog

Tyer was right to.be against the innovation center. It’s a money sink.

Mr. G
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Mr. G

Amen!

HaleeOaks
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HaleeOaks

Correct,p..Jcl….my vote was swayed watching that particular show.For a split second, it showed tes begging with his hand raised like a pooch for rebuttals, waiting For Planet to acknowledge him. This was after all the video Planet had made making fun of him [tes)remember the waterfall skit on pct?

Paul
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Paul

Blare, I believe is what she fears is not knowing what questions will be asked. She prefers a script so her handlers can decide how she is to answer. At least that’s how I read her.

The school committee
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The school committee

Im pretty sure the Planet helped get her elected 4 years ago so Im guessing she feels like a debate with Mazzeo will go the wrong way.She is already on a losing streak.

Johnny99
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Johnny99

Clearly the mayor can’t made a decision on her own and Roberto won’t let her step into Dan’s ring for a real debate. Let’s face it, none of the other so called debates even come close. Mazzeo doesn’t have all the answers but Tyer has failed to deliver on her key campaign platform of 4 years ago and it’s time for another mayor. Just re-read The Berkshire Bird Cage editorials this year, and 4 years ago endorsing her. They hit her for being defensive and circling the wagons and 4 years later hit her again. She ain’t changin my friends. She’s a bought and sold GOBSIG. And they gave her a free pass on crime blaming it the ole it’s everywhere not just Pittsfield spiel because what else can they do ? She’s a failure on crime.

MMNS
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MMNS

Has there been more or less violent crime under Tyer compared to Bianchi?

Way more, that’s why Camp Tyer is not giving any meaningful numbers.

4 years ago, violent crime was the incumbents fault. Now, it’s not the incumbents fault because other cities have a crime problem too and because now it’s civil services fault that police staffing can’t be increased. And besides Tyer is collaborating with other agencies and she is dynamic and vibrant. Seriously???????

She backed a “get em outta jail free card DA”. That alone should cost her the election. Why are so many cops leaving? Why can’t city increase number of positions to account for attrition? Why doesn’t mayor support using marijuana money for a new police station?

Marijuana Money for a New Station (MMNSj

The school committee
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The school committee

When Mazzeo says she will work hard from day one I believe her. I also believe that there is a reason that Tyer wont speak to us on the matter of the snow budget.Not truthfully budgeting for snow in New England is pure incompetence .A blue collar city needs a blue collar attitude of Mazzeo.Mayor Tyer just is not the right fit.We cant afford her lavish school spending and her supporters giveaways of cash. The current Mayor never once spoke about cutting budgets and that will lose her the election.She never made me feel not once that she was concerned about how people on fixed small incomes or hard working low wage jobs could pay the tax bill. Mazzeo like all good business people have to consolidate as even the churches did.Mayor Tyer is a spender always in search of a program to add… Read more »

Kermit Frog
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Kermit Frog

TSC I think you make a good point about Pittsfield being a blue collar city. It would be great for the city to ‘invest’ in an HR infrastructure for the small businesses and their employees. I bet it’s hard to get health insurance and benefits to your employees and therefore hard to retain good people. I would love to see locals working together to help the economy that way. Maybe with incentives to all companies that fit a profile rather than pet projects. It takes a lot of hard work to run a small business and many people prefer to work for small companies too. I like what Mazzeo said about that aspect of the economy. Outside of hospitality I am thinking the heating companies, fence companies, small retailers. We should also reward bigger retailers like Big Y, who all accounts take good care… Read more »

Mr. X
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Mr. X

Blare—you sound like a defeated Mrs Clairmont supporter. It’s time for her to go away.

Auto Phil
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Auto Phil

I think Tyer’s strategy of heavily campaigning on social media is showing its cracks of weakness. Like someone here pointed out, the majority of Mazzeo’s supporters are not arguing back and forth in Pittsfield 411. They have jobs and more intelligent ways to spend their time. The “4moreyears” folks on FB are most likely reaching their max of community activism from the keypad of their phones. They won’t all vote. Tyer’s team has realized this and now I am seeing her supporters try to campaign a “bring ten friends” effort to get committed voters to convince ten people they know to come with them and vote. Things are getting desperate. And let’s not forget that the mayor’s spokeswoman sits on social media all day (on the city dime) engaging with opposing voters. The whole thing reeks of desperation. I think Tyer did the best… Read more »

Tax&Spend
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Tax&Spend

What the heck is Pittsfield 411???

Shakes
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Shakes

The most widely read blog in Western Massachusetts

Mr. G
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Mr. G

I think that’s Kenny Roger’s Phil!

Auto Phil
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Auto Phil

I think you’re right Mr. G! Haha.

Truthsayer
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Truthsayer

North County, a few years back, there was a long-time mayor that conducted most business behind closed doors. A smiley public face for his elderly constituents but was a bully to everyone else. Finally, a former city councilor, a man who was open to discussion, willing to put everything on the table, willing to take a second look at everything, beat the long-time mayor. He was succeeded by another mayor cut from the same cloth. This North County city is a way better place because of the last two mayors. Ms. Mazzeo continues to demonstrate at all phases of this election campaign who she is. She’s not afraid to put all the cards on the table. Not afraid to say, “I’ll get back to you on that,” research if needed, and actually get back to you with a response. She’s been involved in running… Read more »

Brian C. Marquis
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Brian C. Marquis

And which business, exactly, has Mazzeo been involved in “That’s seen hard times and has managed to keep that business alive”? Correct us if we’re off-the-track slightly but my understanding is her hubby and brother-in-law deserve all your kind accolades, not candidate Mazzeo.

FYI: Mazzeo does indeed block facebook critics. In fact, prior to public outcry about her inclusive fb page, she finally was forced to change its privacy settings from private to ‘public’. And she’s as pretentious as the snot strolling up and down Rodeo Drive.

Shakes
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Shakes

How does someone hide behind a podium? Lectern is appropriate. But when do details matter?

Throwing the weight of western Massachusetts’ most widely read blog behind a primary winner is hardly a brave position. It’s about as brave as saying you know how to fix public schools and sending your kids to private high school… no skin in the game.

Mr. G
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Mr. G

Now Shakes, there is nothing wrong with sending your kids to a private school, and that does not necessarily eliminate one from being passionate about public education either.

Levitan
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Levitan

Shakes,

One who refuses to defend his opinion cannot talk about courage.

Shakes
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Shakes

You are not my High School civics teacher, get over yourself and your Pollyannaish view of the US government.

levitan
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levitan

Rubbish. Civics are no longer taught, and children are poorer for its loss. I maintain that cowardice is the gravest of human failings. It is easy to spit opinions, but it takes courage to defend them.

The US government has fallen (or is in that process) to sectarian Party divides and bureaucratic bodies not governed by constitutional bodies, so I do not subscribe to your utopian notions about Washington, DC.

Shakes
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Shakes

Go back to you tinfoil hats and conspiracy theories.

Levitan
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Levitan

Is that what you call a response?

Let’s fix it for you. What conspiracy theory has been invoked?

Ichabod Crane
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Ichabod Crane

“For the 2019/20 school year the School Department hired 65 teachers on provisional licenses (meaning not fully licensed as the candidate lacks professional teacher training) as Pittsfield could not attract enough licensed teachers.” OK, as I’ve said before you’d have to look into this more carefully. There are now four levels of “licensure,” which word still gives me nightmares. “You do have your licensure? You must have your licensure? When did you get your licensure?” Not, do you know anything? Do you have an actual degree in what you teach? Can you actually teach it? But I digress. From the Mass DOE site: “There are four types of Academic PreK-12 licenses (temporary, provisional, initial, and professional). The type of license for which you should apply depends upon your educational background, experience, license(s) already held, whether you have taken and passed all required Massachusetts Tests… Read more »

Mr. Fritz
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Mr. Fritz

And let’s not forget that the PPSD is now hiring on the basis of race – they now are importing black, non- experienced college graduates from N. Carolina per Shirley’s diversity grant. How many have already been offered jobs?

Tax&Spend
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Tax&Spend

What part do you take issue with? Going out of their way to hire blacks – by the way can’t say that no more – people of color- or the fact their unqualified, or both?

Shakes
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Shakes

Hide the women and children, blacks are coming.

Tax&Spend
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Tax&Spend

There’s not a racist bone in my body buddy. Blacks have been given preference in many governement jobs for years, over more qualified white people, and the same goes for college admissions, even though the white or asisan people who don’t get hired or get into the college even though more qualified, and even though they never did anything to the people of color, are the ones that are discriminated against.

The school committee
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The school committee

Racism brought us Trump.You will never understand.

Shakes
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Shakes

Maybe not a racist bone in your body. But repeating racist falsehoods means words coming out of your mouth are. Hang in there though little buddy.

Tax&Spend
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Tax&Spend

What racist falsehood did I utter Skipper?

Shakes
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Shakes

Your nonsense about more qualified whites being passed over just for blacks. Just feeds into the truth this is a safe blog for white nationalists.

Tax&Spend
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Tax&Spend

It’s a fact Skipper.. Happened thousands of times on civil service exams and still does in some communities, and it is still happening at Harvard and numerous other colleges. Lest I spend the rest of my Sunday afternoon postin
lawsuits, etc to provoke you wrong again, I suggest you Google it. Or if you have a wife, ask her. I’ve got yard work to do can’t afford to pay someone with the outta control taxes and have a job during the week.

p.s. can you hook me up with Mary Ann?

Mad Trapper
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Mad Trapper

You can be an established College Professor, but still have to jump through a myriad of hoops and obstacles to teach grade school in mASSachusetts.

Meanwhile, if you are a minority or have two left wings, fresh out with an associates degree, you are in like Flint.

Pat
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Pat

I like Mazzeo saying that teachers are expected to deal with chronic increased violent behavior in the schools with little support from the justice system. She is referring to our District Attorney and the policy of ignoring certain crimes. Of allowing young people to get away with misbehavior because of the restorative justice belief that the brains of young people are not fully developed until they are 21 so they do not know the difference between right and wrong. This policy is bringing chaos to the school system which is why teachers are leaving in droves….75 teachers last year from the Pittsfield school system. That’s an unbelievable number.

Edward R. Murrow
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Edward R. Murrow

Quid NO Quo Ukraine got their money-for-nothing military aid. Trump/we got what, exactly? There was a big QUID but no QUO. How many trillions of US taxpayer dollars have gone to foreign governments in the last century, say? And no US president ever asked for anything in return, for himself or his country? Has anyone given you free cash, or you given to anyone else, without at least something in return? A thank-you, maybe? So, what, we need to broadcast every conversation between the president and foreign leaders now? Let’s release the transcripts of every presidential call ever made. BUT, Ukraine did get their $1 billion, AND Joe Biden got the prosecutor investigating his son’s Ukrainian company fired. All within six hours. Biden very efficient. Now that’s what you call a QUID PRO QUO, y’all. But Trump is trying to get to the bottom… Read more »

Brian C. Marquis
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Brian C. Marquis

I’m just kinda wonderin’ where she’s been the last ten or so years; especially when she and Bianchi were holding the city mantle. And to think if Mazzeo, Connell, and Morandi were not such bi-weekly obstructionist what could have been . . . ! Pittsfield’s best interest has never been in Mazzeo’s best interest. You’re about to vote for the same old crew that was kicked out in 2015, by every Precinct and Ward in Pittsfield. Voters even found Pete Marchetti more worthy of the Council presidency than continuing with Melissa Mazzeo in the big chair (and to a larger extent, Dan Bianchi). Mazzeo, Bowler, and Bianchi. The three hombres on life-support!! P. S. A couple of years ago sitting in an exam chair during a wellness exam on Summer Street in Pittsfield. an attending nurse (or whatever her credential) expressed a belief that… Read more »

Terra Ashcanns
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Terra Ashcanns

What are you talking about? And if this site is as popular as one might think,we’ll someone is reading it in the Tyer camp for her to elude any of his questions. Look,voters will vote on merit. She has catered to special interests and crime has hit a zenith in her tenure just about four years. She just hasn’t done the job. Melissa is ready.

Brian C. Marquis
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Brian C. Marquis

Ten years and nothing. Go figure!

This contest is a clash between the ones who took away Bianchi’s and Mazzeo’s power (in 2015) and the Mazzeoians who now want it back. That’s it in a nutshell!

Get over this Mazzeo’s magical wand comes alive in January 2020. Taxes will increase; crime will continue on the uptick; life will roll on unabated, and Bowler will continue making unwanted and unwelcomed Biden advances on unsuspecting women. That’s all to a high degree of certainty!

And that’s the bottom-line!

SallySays
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SallySays

Sounds like Camp Tyer getting desperate. Claws are getting sharpened. Expect more desperate maneuvers between now and Election Day.

Brian C. Marquis
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Brian C. Marquis

How many underhanded, nasty schemes are in motion by Mazzeo, Bianchi, and Bowler? Too many to bitch about here!!

Those “Claws” you refer to, SallySays, have been exposed, and carefully sharpened, each year by Bianchi’s cohorts, ever since they went down in 2015; along with Mazzeo losing top vote-getter and her Council presidency. Adding insult to injury was their devastating loss to Andrea Harrington last year.

If Mazzeo loses, Bowler’s next!

As an outsider dragged into this drama, I hope Mazzeo loses every Ward and Precinct. Schadenfreude!!!

People should know when they’re conquered!

Levitan
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Levitan

‘Veni vidi vici.’

Not sure about your last sentence as it is not historically substantiated. Psychological concerns too, ‘shouldinations’ are intellectually subverversive.

Dynamic Vibrator
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Dynamic Vibrator

I came I saw I collaborated.

Guido Santenanjello
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Guido Santenanjello

I came, I saw…..and left

Shakes
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Shakes

It was never as beautiful as you thought it was.

Levitan
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Levitan

I came. I saw. I got stinking rich.

Levitan
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Levitan

We now conquer with primitive marking techniques. I bet the spot beneath the graffiti didn’t smell very nice.

Brian C. Marquis
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Brian C. Marquis

Read it. Learn it. Live it.

SallySays
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SallySays

Bowler could shoot someone in Times Square and get recelected, like Trump

levitan
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levitan

When did Trump shoot somebody? Dick Cheney did, the Clintons likely did, but I don’t recall Trump doing anything like that. Is this something that I missed in the Mueller report?

SallySays
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SallySays

President Trump famously said during the 2016 campaign that he could shoot somebody on 5th Avenue in New York, and he wouldn’t lose any voters.

The school committee
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The school committee

Trump said his supporters would not care if he shot someone in Time Square

Levitan
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Levitan

TDC& SS:

I believe you are confusing a joke for a provocation.

In cold reality People are shot frequently in NYC slums (and Newark, Baltimore, Chicago), but where’s the liberals’ concern?

Shakes
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Shakes

^^^^^clinton conspiracy theory

Levitan
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Levitan

Cute, shakes. But we will agree that suspicion of conspiracy is less committed than a conspiracy theory. The theory proposes evidence , motive, and mechanism for the crime. Suspicion is simply doubt that someone is not involved in one. By your reckoning, detectives as a group would be wearing tin foil hats.

Shakes
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Shakes

You’re a keyboard detective. Bet you have a little gold plastic badge and keep your bullet in your shirt pocket.

Levitan
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Levitan

Why would I bother?

SallySays
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SallySays

The operative word here is “could”, not “did”

Hell Toupee
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Hell Toupee

Somebody could shoot someone on John Street and Tyer wouldn’t care. Oh wait that already happened.

SallySays
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SallySays

That’s a good one right there!

Levitan
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Levitan

Trump already reelected? How could I have missed that?

SallySays
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SallySays

For the last time, the operative word is “could”, not “did”.

Levitan
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Levitan

@Sallysays,

The operative word is ‘joke’. I refer you to the closing chapter of Richard Russo’s book, Straight Man, where the narrator explains the difference between a joke and a threat. The narrator is perplexed by the students unable to make the distinction.

On the other end, there are the likes of M. Waters who probably never told a joke and have her subscribers assaulting Trump’s voters.

Shakes
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Shakes

To be fair, most Trump supporters are outwardly racist, I mean offensive.

The school committee
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The school committee

Be positive.

Dynamic Vibrator
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Dynamic Vibrator

BM, Just collaborate it.

Brian C. Marquis
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Brian C. Marquis

You guys are stingy with the ‘thumbs down’ to-day; I know you do better than “-9”. Pick up the pace, masked Mazzeo marauders.

Shakes
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Shakes

Exactly Brian. The rumors are Tyer’ toadies downvoting here, when the reality’s Mazzeo’s minions are the ones downvoting comments.

Levitan
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Levitan

Minions? I thought we were voters.

Levitan
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Levitan

Brian,

Why care if some people like what you write and some people do not? That concern lends itself to bad personal habits and hygiene, and it degrades your style.

Brian C. Marquis
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Brian C. Marquis

it’s become the cowardly way out of having to add to a discussion stream. An interesting feature added to your new page, Dan.

Planet Valenti’s abyss is now darker and more opaque than ever.

Shakes
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Shakes

The most widely read blog in Western Massachusetts.

Levitan
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Levitan

You may be right about that. On another note, congratulations on hitting -15! Your negative ratings are strange physics, like antimatter.

I always get excited when mercury drops below -10.

Brian C. Marquis
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Brian C. Marquis

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value – Albert Einstein.

Although, Levitan, “The sum of n and twice n is negative fifteen. What is n? In Socratic thinking: the answer? n= -5.

Levitan
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Levitan

Yes, I definitely agree with that as well. Do you prefer, on our side of the thermostatic scale, an up or down?

Paris
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Paris

Troll, you know where you can stick your thumb.

Paris
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Paris

Stop being such a troll MO

Spider
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Spider

The mayor has made numerous mistakes during her term that could result in her not being re-elected.
1) North St. kiosks – Stores closing due to lack of business.
2) The proposed toter program – One size fits all.
3) Sand/salt budget (something really wrong here).
4) Knowledge of outrageous increase in our real estate taxes for 2020 due to Taconic HS and waste water treatment repairs.

But what will really kill the mayor is the $9,000 decrease in her home evaluation while everyone else’
will increase.

It only takes one thing to p—- off ALL the taxpayers and that, my friends, is the one!

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

Actually having to look at al the garbage in the streets all summer long clued me in that she does not care how the city looks to visitors. That and the fact that the roads were allowed to go to hell before she would do some repair. She may be a very nice person but she is in way over her head and her handlers are only making things worse. If Barry really loves her he should sit her down and have a long talk about cutting her losses and just enjoying life outside of politics. Take that trip to France and chill.

Levitan
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Levitan

I dare fathom that Linda and Barry both love the same thing. Who needs France when you’ve got Pittsfield, anyway?

The school committee
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The school committee

She is afraid to mix it up with department heads .

Shakes
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Shakes

Collingwood agrees.

Lynards Annoyed
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Lynards Annoyed

And of course the special interest give back to Stanley. And who knows what happened to that cash grab.

Tax&Spend
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Tax&Spend

Everyone else’s didn’t increase only 98.5 percent of everyone else – 18,0000 some homeowners paying more, 154 paying less

Johnny99
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Johnny99

This just in – a 6th campaign carboard glossy from Camp Tyer, with a fake photo, and full of lies, such as reducing taxes for seniors and making city safer. Blatant and unquestioned lies. And on the other side endorsement by the GOBSIGs, such as Beer Can Doyle and Ruberto, who campaigned on jobs and tax relief, and delivered neither. The cherry on top is a photo of her and Ruberto. Oh well, now my granddaughter can complete her dollhouse, and the cherry on top of the dollhouse will me Mazzeos smaller cardboard with a good does of truth on it, with a photos of a swat team making entry, talking about how crime is worse under Tyer, not better. Tyer lies.

Nomad
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Nomad

Her mailer states that “There’s too much at stake for Pittsfield to go back to the failed direction of the past.” She can’t make a statement like that without pointing fingers at “Barstool Doyle’s 4 years (1998 2002) and Ruberto’s 8 years (2004-2112).

Levitan
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Levitan

Tyer mentions modernizing or something similar the vehicle fleet. I have a guess what that refers to.

Hendrix
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Hendrix

Dan, correct me if i’m wrong. I recall when Tyer was elected four years ago she committed to keeping an open line of communication with the Planet? Seems like she isn’t holding to her word.

UAlbany
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UAlbany

Just got the new Tyer glossy. IMO her problem is that she thinks along with her snobby inner circle (Clairmont, Suck Sausage) that people are stupid. The BIC = Bianchi, the garbage contract = inside scam hat should have gone out to bid, her taxes wen down b/c SHE is the Mayor and the Assessor works for her, the Riverwalk = LT always thought that was a dumb waste of money and that’s why it has stalled, public safety = FAILURE, blight = FAILURE –
Linda and Barry, we are smarter than you think and you have Marquis stumping for you HARD –

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

Just got the chic expensive vinyl Tyer mailer my own self. WOW!! Says he is the only one with a plan. Where was her plan the last four years as the city sunk deeper in the abyss? She has a bigger ego than Trump for Gods sake! And look at the list of people endorsing her. Even Trump would not brag about these people.

Tyer, the Messiah. Climb aboard her Ark and she shall save you.

Jesus!

Levitan
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Levitan

Why bring Trump into this, anyway. You are obsessing. Tyer, being a Harrison backer, is a solid Democratic party player. It is troublesome to have political party considerations be integral to mayoral and council positions.

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

Just pointing out that they are both obsessed with lying. Pathologically

Levitan
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Levitan

Pres. Trump is maligned by my take. If I am wrong let’s hear it.

What lies? And if we call them lies, are they deliberately designed to mislead or are they more like Biden’s usual ‘errors’? We will have to test these ‘lies’ carefully the way an appeals judge of good repute would.

Harrison
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Harrison

I got one from both Tyer and Mazzeo. Good thing this coming week’s recycling is paper. I can’t wait for this election to be over.

Johnny2Shoes
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Johnny2Shoes

What I’ve heard from people is that the Tyer campaign wants Brian to stop with his remarks here and elsewhere. They feel he doesn’t realize that by offending a few he has issues with, that he maybe pushing some voters away from the mayor who actually like some of the people he has issues with and will cost her some voters because of it.

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

and yet Brian does represent the current, clueless, out of touch Tyer administration, I hope people, when they vote against Tyer, remember to vote against her rubber stamp councilors as well. ANYBODY is better. Just choose a name you do not recognize and vote.

Acute Angina
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Acute Angina

Marquis, Mr. word vomit

Dynamic Vibrator
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Dynamic Vibrator

Just about every letter to the editor of the Eagle that supports Tyer or one of her hand picked candidates uses the word collaborate. Please stop. This is not a magic word folks. Just makes you look stupid.

Harrison
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Harrison

Drat. Okay, can we use the word synergy? It hasn’t been used in a while and due to make a come back.

Dynamic Vibrator
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Dynamic Vibrator

Just keep using collaborate. It’s funny and shows where you’re coming from.

Ozias Vincelette
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Ozias Vincelette

Good point Harrison. Let’s all collaborate. It creates synergy.

Johnny2Shoes
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Johnny2Shoes

I may have missed where the current mayor or candidate for mayor has mentioned about having a independent audit done of the city’s financial status.If I’m wrong please show me who and when it was said during this campaign. That would be worth some votes alone.

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

Are you kidding. This mayor works in the dark so no can see what she is doing. And do not ask about the business s she is giving tax breaks to cuz she ain’t talkin bout that there subject.

Merry & Bright
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Merry & Bright

Just received hopefully the last bull crap mailing from the Tyer camp. This one most certainly has the others beat! There is not one person listed as standing with Linda that has an ounce of integrity. Honestly I would be embarrassed to have them backing me if I was running for an office in Pittsfield. Ruberto, Doyle and Lee have not been sober for years. Ruberto did nothing for the City, Doyle just created a cancer filled mountain in the Allendale area and received many rides home from bars by the PPD, when they should have been protecting the City. Lee only was on the Council to increase his City pension. PeePee Peter, Dumpster Earl and Food Critic White are so far up Tyer’s butt they don’t even know where they are and Moon doesn’t know what her career is on any given day.… Read more »

SallySays
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SallySays

Harrington isn’t listed for the same reason she wasn’t pictured on the prior cardboard and wasn’t in the grand photo op onTyler st church steps – Tyer is afraid to stand by her convictions!

James
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James

Until Harrington runs out of runway in three years you basically have a blowup doll piloting the plane. Not surprised Tyer jumped ship.

Hell Toupee
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Hell Toupee

Tyer took a $500.00 check from Harrington.

Mr. Fritz
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Mr. Fritz

So you people living in Ward 7 don’t have much of a choice between Pope & Maffucio. Both were quoted in the iberkshires article as supporting Pittsfield being designated as a sanctuary city. As if the city doesn’t have enough problems! Yeah, let’s bring in some migrants who are already breaking the law by being here, let’s pay for more ESL teachers, pick up their treatment tab at BMC and let the state give them all the freebies so they can be layabouts on North St. And if they commit more crimes, we know that our illustrious D.A. will let them off the hook. ICE will not be called. What is wrong with these two candidates!

Tax&Spend
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Tax&Spend

The same thing that is wrong with people like Tyer who supported bringing more “refugees” here and people like Faraway Farley who supports driver’s licenses for illegals.

Spider
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Spider

Join the discussion

You said it just like it is! I was disgusted when I read that. God help the poor residents of Ward 7 with either of these two idiots!

Jonathan Melle
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Jonathan Melle

Pittsfield is in the tank with violent crime, high taxes, population and job loss, scarce living wage jobs, economic inequality, poorly performing public schools, and Good Old Boys. The lovely ladies (Linda & Melissa) both answer to the same Democrat bosses. Jimmy Ruberto backs Linda Tyer; Dan Bianchi backs Melissa Mazzeo. It is just another version of Pittsfield politics that has been playing out over the past decades. Either way, the Democrat bosses win, while the proverbial Kapanski family loses.

CC The Maze Sun
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CC The Maze Sun

“And though she thought I knew the answer
Well, I knew what I could not say“

Mr. X
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Mr. X

BM—you’ve been conquered for a long time. You’ve never won at anything ever. Behave or I’ll get Kevin Rivers to straighten you out, again.

Levitan
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Levitan

The Italians get conquered every time a conflict breaks out somewhere on the globe. They are the first to surrender. Yet, they will survive us all and will likely get their art back from the Louvre, to boot.

Sojourner Truth
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Sojourner Truth

If Facebook could vote Linda Casey Romeo Tyer Clairmont would be a shoo in. Ease up, Dancing Bear and Tom the plaque man !

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

Even FOX news is cheering for Tyer. Ithink Hannity may be writing her speeches.

Acute Angina
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Acute Angina

You’re delusional. Tyer is MSNBC all the way.

gigi
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gigi

Biden has lost it. No wonder the Democrats are resorting to impeachment – they’ve got no valid contenders for President!

https://www.citizenfreepress.com/breaking/biden-not-playing-with-a-full-deck/

Edward R. Murrow
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Edward R. Murrow

Biden has been a joke and punchline in presidential politics since 1984? 1988? Even earlier?

He’s never garnered much support at all.

I laughed out loud when I heard Obama had picked him for VP.

One question I’ve never heard, and never heard answered, is why did Obama picked Biden.

Joe Biden? Really?

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

Don’t know but Obama got elected twice running with Biden. How did that happen huh?

Edward R. Murrow
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Edward R. Murrow

Perhaps it was the guy at the top of the ticket? As if Biden helped.

That and a convenient stock market crash in September

Levitan
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Levitan

First time, he ran against a psychotic man who delivered speeches against a green backdrop. Madness! Second time, he ran against Romney. How could he lose? Romney couldn’t win even if he had no opponent at all.

The school committee
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The school committee

Trump Barr Giuliani dont have a crooked bone in their body.These 3 want whats best for America.All 3 are great war veteran’s.

Acute Angina
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Acute Angina

Clinton had a crooked bone in Monica’s body while he was telling her what he did in Vietnam.

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

and he was impeached just like the Donald will be

Levitan
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Levitan

Impeachment is unimportant if found innocent. Remember, and respect, the Bill of Rights.

Johnny99
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Johnny99

Biden never had it gig. He’s been done for years, just doesn’t know it yet. I predicted months ago on here that Biden was toast. Be it his brain health, or simple stumblebumness, he just ain’t got it. Obama was a fool to pick him as VP. The stupid vp picks, from Sarah Palen, to Dan Quale, to Al Gore, never cease to amaze me. Oh, and lets not forget Paul Ryan. At least George W picked a competent VP

Levitan
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Levitan

You mean Cheney picked a competent Bush?

a fan
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a fan

I like the new format but WAY too many yucky ads!

Lizard Adumb
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Lizard Adumb

Hinds has no class. Looks like the partisans are calling in his endorsement card. Who’s next Barrett? I’ll be picking up my daughter in Maine to vote against the mayor.

Hell Toupee
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Hell Toupee

Hinds hasn’t done a thing for the Berkshires. He’s as useless as Bouvier.

The Yoots
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The Yoots

Hinds first vote was to raise his pay. Bouvier will tax anything that moves. Bouvier spends more time with the Mayor than her husband.

Acute Angina
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Acute Angina

Her husband considers himself lucky.

Acute Angina
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Acute Angina

Hinds resume is as inflated as his ego.

Yanni Yoots
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Yanni Yoots

Wasn’t he some kind of troubleshooter in-the Middle East?

Acute Angina
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Acute Angina

Glorified coffee boy

The school committee
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The school committee

Hinds Bouvier Smitty are building a better Boston.They raised Eversourse electric rates 50%

Hind Sight
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Hind Sight

Hinds has an unusual interest in youth of a certain gender and age. It’s important to go back to his time at the UN and ask why he was removed so quickly from two postings. I can tell you it wasn’t because he was doing a great job and needed elsewhere.

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

My sources tell me that one of the main reasons Tyer ducked Dan’s debate was because she was terrified there might be questions about tax breaks she has given to and increased for special interest business s. She had to know that if the public ever found out how much they were subsidizing wealthy business owners they would revolt.

Spider
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Spider

One of the Mayor’s latest ads says “Standing up for the taxpayers by REDUCING TAXES FOR SENORS”.

None of the seniors in my family or friends know what she’s talking about. Their taxes have only GONE UP!

Perhaps BARRY can explain this!

juicylucy
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juicylucy

She’s a LIAR.

Mr. Fritz
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Mr. Fritz

You are right, Spider, most seniors are packing their bags in anticipation of the tax tsunami that is expected to hit next year.
Would love to hear the current administration’s response to your question!

Johnny99
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Johnny99

Barry has gone silent on us Kapanskis, for the election season, perhaps wisely, so don’t expect an explanation. As I posted earlier on this thread, and as I posted about all of the other cardboard, it’s a collection of dollhouse panels made up of mistruths, half truths, and outright lies. “This just in – a 6th campaign carboard glossy from Camp Tyer, with a fake photo, and full of lies, such as reducing taxes for seniors and making city safer. Blatant and unquestioned lies. And on the other side endorsement by the GOBSIGs, such as Beer Can Doyle and Ruberto, who campaigned on jobs and tax relief, and delivered neither. The cherry on top is a photo of her and Ruberto. Oh well, now my granddaughter can complete her dollhouse, and the cherry on top of the dollhouse will me Mazzeos smaller cardboard with… Read more »

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

Like Donald she seems to think she can lie her way out of the mess she made. Not gonna work this time.

Wilson
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Wilson

It seems to be referring to the senior work program, which Barry came up with before Linda was mayor. Shows how thin her administration’s accomplishments are and what a puppet candidate she is that her husband includes his pet project in her campaign ad even though it makes no sense. Though I guess in his account book taxpayers owe him money and city jobs are his property

Tax&Spend
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Tax&Spend

That program doesn’t apply to most seniors only a select few

Lenny
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Lenny

In regards to the school committee election, I know that you are a supporter of Bill Cameron, Dan. I take issue with his goals of increasing teacher salaries, consolidating the Berkshires into one school district, and hiring a more racially diverse teaching staff. Teacher salaries are not out of line with surrounding communities. The teachers I know that have left the Pittsfield schools have done so due to the lack of discipline and lack of support by the administration. Kids who have verbally or physically abused teachers have been returned to the classroom the next day. I do not support consolidation of area school districts. One size fits all approach is ill-advised and leads to consolidation of power, corruption and takes away local control. Different communities have differing educational needs. Lenox is the number one school in the county due in major part to… Read more »

Acute Angina
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Acute Angina

Lenny, the whole lot of them appear to be clowns but that Brazeau guy is worth taking a chance on. My advice is to vote for everyone but Yon. Let’s start by putting her on the sideline.

Lenny
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Lenny

While I agree with Brazeau on bringing back life skills programming, I disagree with him that more support services are needed, county consolidation, and his thought that breakfast & lunch offerings should be expanded.
Back to consolidation – it just seems to me that taxes will most certainly increase as busing expands, schools are retrofitted, etc. And I thought that all kids already receive free meals.

Acute Angina
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Acute Angina

Keep in mind 6 will win so vote for 6 and don’t vote for the one you want to get rid of most.

Thomas More
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Thomas More

Lenox is #1 because 40% of the students are from out of district and they don’t take the dumb kids.

Wilson
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Wilson

Don’t all the candidates support those because they have no choice? A white person is simply not allowed to say that “people of color” should not be given preferences, and you can’t run for any office if you don’t say the teacher union should get more money. You’d be targeted by well-funded organizations that have power nationally not just locally, one person cannot stand against a mob, the fear is real and justified.

Ichabod Crane
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Ichabod Crane

The last thing you ever need on a school committee is a former administrator, so Cameron is out. He’ll just rubber-stamp the top-heavy admin spending, and perhaps advocate for more useless administrators.

Johnny99
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Johnny99

Here’s another reality check for you all:

As I mentioned before, Tyer had little to say about crime in her 2018 state of the city address halfway through her term, despite campaigning on crime. In fact, Pickleball got 4 mentions, while crime got, wait for it…. 0 mentions. Must be cuz crime was under control after two years of Tyer at the helm.

And she put out a mayors “quarterly newsletter”, in 2017, twice. No mention of crime there either. There are 12 quarters in 2017, 2018, and 2019, but only 2 quarterly newsletters, which are all fluff and no stuff anyway. Kind of reminds me of Rubertos’ lie about hosting quarterly neighborhood meetings. He was mayor 8 years, that’s 32 quarters, but he held 1 quarterly meeting.

Two peas in a pod.

Vote accordingly.

Chas Bayroot
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Chas Bayroot

Plate glass window smashed out on north street.

Acute Angina
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Acute Angina

details?

Popes Sup
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Popes Sup

Think that was a vacant store on North three hundred something. Not sure though,dispatchers mumbling.

Johnny99
Guest
Johnny99

It can’t be vacant, because “Up Street” is vibrant, dynamic, and thriving don’tcha know

Charlie
Guest
Charlie

Hinds lost my respect and my vote when he showed himself to be a toadying lapdog by supporting Harrington, thereby ensuring the people no longer have adequate representation for crimes committed against our community. Where’s the accountability?

Promises Unkept
Guest
Promises Unkept

Chris Connell should run against a Hinds.

Darrien Lead
Guest
Darrien Lead

Where the hell were the lawyers representing the Rockwell Heirs concerning the contract written up before the B M attained the Art from Rockwell? It is incredible that some quasi board, like Jimmy skinny legs and Van from nowhere, can make a decision on behalf of the community concerning that sale. Rockwell must be turning over in his grave. No overseer should have that kind of power. This Van clown gave Helen Moon a campaign donation last election? I think it was the only one of two?

Sojourner Truth
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Sojourner Truth

Why would Hinds leave an “Under Secretary Critical Designation” position with the U.N. and take at the time a one year Shannon Grant job under Mayor Bianchi for $30,000 with no bennies ? He’s not from Pittsfield, so its not love of hometown. Unless he was promised a political position in the future. His support of the Ruberto/Tyer regime is dollar wise logical considering his family ties to the favored, constant bid winning construction company, Maximilian.

Cold Dose
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Cold Dose

U could make that up,but not on this site.

Popes Sup
Guest
Popes Sup

Gotta go with Pope in seven. He didn’t choke anyone out. Gee, Jimmy could have beaten them,wish he had stayed. It’s like choosing between the Jets and Miami.

Tax&Spend
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Tax&Spend

What the heck are you talking about?

Cepheus Ate
Guest
Cepheus Ate

Where have you gone Christine Canning,Pam Malumphy?

Wahconah Hyatts
Guest
Wahconah Hyatts

Dan,Wasn’t the Fooch a member of WWF wrestling. Master of a the choke hold?
Pope was a Vatican mail delivery worker. Seven is heaven baby. It’s the new hip ward.

Planet Valenti