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!!UPDATED!! MAZZEO RELEASES STATEMENT … SAFE SPACES: VOTE RECOUNT MONDAY … DA WANTS SHOOTING GALLERIES FOR JUNKIES … PPD ‘PRIORITIES’

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION NOV. 22-4, 2019) — Two days ago, a Pittsfield Police officer delivered a letter to Melissa Mazzeo. The letter said the mayoral recount will begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday in City Council chambers. As you know because THE PLANET scooped all media, Mazzeo disputes the legitimacy of the Nov. 5 vote, believing voter fraud flipped the outcome.

A recount is a form of “audit,” and it’s helpful to receive an official accounting of a close vote where one of the candidates thinks she has reason to distrust the tally. Mazzeo is seeking the recount mainly to preserve her ability to take the matter to court, which will ask her if she first has exhausted available remedies. The recount will satisfy that requirement. In court — with the power of depositions, subpoena, and the oath — the circumstances dramatically change. After consulting with attorneys and combing over election data for 10 days, Team Mazzeo feels it have enough to find the votes (213) that would flip the outcome. They believe there was voter tampering and that they have to evidence to prove it.

Mayor Linda Tyer said she supported Mazzeo’s right to take this action, although she reiterated she won fairly. Other than that, Team Tyer has kept low and quiet. Many of Tyer’s supporters have taken to social media, but the mayor has distanced herself from their strident and sometimes hateful tone. These “supporters” exhibit a panic we doubt the mayor shares. They go on Facebook and puke on their keyboards, ranting against anyone not in lock-step … or is it goose-step? Facebook being a public forum, they become fair game. Right, Tim Kushi, Kathy Austin Davidson, and Nan Bookless? No wonder Team Tyer privately expresses embarrassment over such “followers.” With “friends” like that …

ADD 1 NOV. 22 afternoon — Melissa Mazzeo issued a press statement. We present the text unedited, in full:

Pittsfield, MA – Today, Melissa Mazzeo issued the following statement regarding the upcoming recount of the November 5th Mayoral Election in Pittsfield.

“After speaking with state elections officials and legal counsel, my campaign went through the formal process of requesting a recount in Pittsfield in order to ensure that all votes were accurately counted and all voters had their voices heard. This is not a decision that I took lightly. However, I have been advised that it is a necessary step in the process that keeps all viable options open to address the significant concerns my campaign has about the integrity of the election here in Pittsfield. Leading up to and including Election Day, we were informed of a series of events that we believe must be investigated.”

They include, but are not limited to:

  1. An individual closely related to the Tyer Campaign had unauthorized direct access to ballots inside City Hall. Numerous voters complained about this individual to us. Upon hearing this, we officially contacted Secretary Galvin’s Elections Division and reported the issue.
  2. An individual reached out to the Mazzeo campaign because they were told that their name was marked as “voted” on the voter roll at their polling location when , in fact, they had not voted.As a result, that individual was prevented from casting his vote..
  3. There were abnormally high amounts of absentee ballots that exceeded any previous Mayoral Election in Pittsfield and we intend to look carefully at all the absentee ballots for irregularities.

“As a candidate and voter in Pittsfield, I am seeking to ensure that issues like this are brought to light and never happen again. Until we are provided answers to these issues, I will continue to pursue every avenue necessary to ensure that the people of Pittsfield can be certain that their votes are protected and counted properly.”

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Be safe. In these odd times where so many get so “offended” by so little, it’s time for Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski to get riled. They do, as you know, about so many aspects of their worrisome lives in Pittsfield. Their anguish, however, matters little to The Suits, who would rather take care of the likes of “Gimme” types.

Heroin addicts, c’mon down!

From the Berkshire Eagle:

PITTSFIELD — If drug users could inject themselves under medical supervision and without the threat of getting arrested, it could save lives. But would the community support such a bold step, rife with moral and legal questions on both sides of the issue?

The county’s top law enforcement official, District Attorney Andrea Harrington, says bringing supervised drug consumption services to Berkshire County is a conversation worth having because it’s “an idea that maybe would work.”

Earlier this year, Harrington and elected prosecutors from elsewhere in the United States visited Portugal to witness that country’s progressive drug policies.
Portugal’s medically supervised injection services … have helped cut back the country’s drug mortality rate.

Harrington acknowledged hurdles to clear in terms of building community support for the service in Berkshire County.

“There would need to be a much bigger conversation,” she said. 

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See the problem?

DA Andrea Harrington wants the Kapanskis to pay for air conditioned, “safe spaces” for junkies to shoot up. They won’t be arrested. If they overdose, they will be treated. It led Mr. Fritz, one of THE PLANET‘s more prolific commentators, to mockingly tout “Heroin Tourism” in the Berkshires thanking Harrington and “her philosophically aligned supporter,” Mayor Linda Tyer.

“Somehow in her brief tenure as DA,” Mr. Fritz writes, “Andrea Harrington got a medical degree. With her heavy case load of criminal prosecutions and trips to everywhere except superior and district court, it’s amazing what she can come up with.”

Drug users choose to dance with the demon, in spite of all the educational efforts, publicly funded programs, parental heartbreak, and good deeds by loved ones. Once hooked, they continue choosing to stay there. Why should it be on society to clean up after their self-chosen messes? THE PLANET respects a junkie’s choice to shoot. We likewise respect the often deadly consequences. Recently, an outraged do-gooder asked us what we should do with drug users with OD, as if its our problem.

“Simple,” we replied with a straight face. Let ’em die and strengthen the gene pool.” We call this Modest Proposal our “Shot-for-Shot Plan.” In the long run, it has much to recommend.

 

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Extending our discussion of “safe spaces,” with all the crime bursting Pittsfield’s seams, it’s incredible the Pittsfield Police Department under chief Mike Wynn wants to devote time, attention, and resources to keeping safe — are you sitting down? — citizens who buy and sell goods online. Safe? Just last night (Nov. 21), thugs broke into Devaney-Condron Funeral Home, stealing a necklace. In Pittsfield, not even the dead are safe. In other good news, the PPD’s Lt. John Soules announced the arrest of Luis Mallett, 32, charging him with the attempted robbery at Cumby’s a few night ago. Police say Mallett is not from Pittsfield.

THE PLANET kids you not — With all hell breaking loose, Wynn thinks priority should go to online trading. Here’s the text of a press release he authorized:

As the number of residents buying and selling goods online continues to increase and grow, so too do the potential risks associated with these types of transactions, which can involve meeting a stranger in unfamiliar surroundings.  In an effort to keep these transactions as safe as possible, the Pittsfield Police Department is introducing a designated “safe exchange zone” in the lobby area of Headquarters at 39 Allen Street.  This area is monitored via video surveillance and is available 24 hours a day.

A few tips to keep in mind when conducting transactions at the Pittsfield Police Department:

  • Pittsfield Police personnel will not be present or assist with any transactions.
  • Pittsfield Police personnel are unable to give legal advice or settle disputes between parties involved in these transactions.
  • The exchange of drugs, weapons, alcohol, and other illegal items is not permitted.
  • The “safe exchange zone” is meant for person to person transactions. Property may not be dropped off and left unattended.
  • Sellers are required to take their property with them if the buyer does not show up.
  • Be wary of people unwilling to meet at the Police Department.
  • Insist on meeting in a public area like our “safe exchange zone.”
  • Only conduct transactions with local buyers/sellers.
  • Do not conduct a transaction alone.

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No, Dorothy, we’re not in Kansas anymore. We aren’t even in Pittsfield — not the one most of us remember, at any rate.

Have a great weekend, everybody.

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“A phalanx of lies provide the best bodyguard for truth”Winston Churchill.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Honey Dair
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Honey Dair

Maybe I’ll start shootin up. Is it free?

Hell Toupee
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Hell Toupee

Maybe they could come up with scratch needles. Make it fun for the junkies, let them win a prize now and then to boost their self esteem.

Brian C. Marquis
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Brian C. Marquis

Welcome to Berkshire County’s daily competition on who can tolerate the most dose deliveries of Naioxone (e.g., Narcane). Rule 1. Competitors must bring their own drugs and paraphilia. Rule 2. Competitors are only permitted to inject themselves with their favorite opioids (flagrant violation(s) of this Rule will automatically disqualify an entrant(s) from final consideration). Rule 3. Competitors must retain all Narcane delivery paraphilia after each dose, to qualify for final consideration. Rule 4. Competitors who are rushed to a hospital by any means of transporting will be disqualified from final consideration. Rule 5. When finished with Narcane deliveries, competitors must dispose of used needles with (non-court) judges to be used at a later date but must retain proof(s) of Narcane treatment(s) for final consideration. Rule 5. Competitors must adhere to opioid injection protocols at all times to qualify for Narcane treatment(s) (flagrant violation(s) of… Read more »

levitan
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levitan

It’s Narcan, dammit. I took pharmacology at BCC.

Narcan, Narcan, Narcan,” e.i.: Narcan.” You need to brush up on your latin. Study the Greeks, read the Romans.

You may start with Life of Brian, which provides solid introductory material. I voted you up. That post did not deserve high marks.

Brian C. Marquis
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Brian C. Marquis

Since Mazzeo loaned out 27K to her losing campaign, might I suggest she withdraw an additional 5 or 6k to cover costs associated with her ridiculous recount?

Anyone else understanding Mazzeo’s South Street ristorante to be swimming in red ink?

I am a staunch defender of smugness, pomposity, lying, and groupthink.

And that’s the bottom-line!!

Ozias Vincelette
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Ozias Vincelette

Mazzeo’s Ristorante is our favorite restaurant . My bride and I celebrated our 50th anniversary there. Always seems busy and hopefully it will be there for many more years. As far as the recount goes, there is a cost to live in a free country. We need to know that the election was conducted properly and the $5,000 is the cost I alluded to before. Seems like a small amount when you consider our current municipal budget is over $140,000,000,

Hell Toupee
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Hell Toupee

Mazzeo”s is a great place.

Brian C. Marquis
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Brian C. Marquis

Nicely stated, Chuck!!

Johnny2Shoes
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Johnny2Shoes

Oz,

We’ve never had a bad experience there . My son and daughter in-law had a great small pre wedding get together there with at least 40-50 people. Family and their college friends enjoyed themselves very much. Food and service was excellent. When any business does well, it helps the whole community in one way or another. I don’t think the recount will change the final results. Maybe they feel what is the cost if they didn’t pursue a recount.

Jumpin Joe Curtis
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Jumpin Joe Curtis

I love how you give Mazzeo crap for using her own money. Money earned through building an actual business/working as a dental assistant all those years.

Meanwhile Linda has earned her paychecks as a politician off the taxpayers teat and her sugar daddy Barry.

Better watch it Brian, you’ve caught the ire of Cant Close My Mouth Jim Woitjkowski

Brian C. Marquis
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Brian C. Marquis

Don’t dismiss Melissa’s sugar daddy, Tony! I doubt she could raise beyond 8k if not for the financial assistance of her “Sugar daddy”. But do I know, right?

The school committee
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The school committee

I thought her and Tony were married?

Brian C. Marquis
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Brian C. Marquis

Go figure! Another lunatic takin’ to social media.

The school committee
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The school committee

Mazzeo employs over 100 people.That number is larger than all the GE fund giveaways by Tyer and Ruberto combined.How many jobs were created by Hankock Shaker Village shakedown…..zero

Truthsayer
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Truthsayer

If Tyer had to do this, she’d divorce Hubby #3 and find a Hubby #4 that could fund her.

Brian C. Marquis
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Brian C. Marquis

Tyer earns over 100K a year without hubby’s contribution; Mazzeo’s earning potential is that of a twelve dollar-an-hour dental hygenist, and an 8k city councilor. You do the math!!

The only way Mazzeo could ever level the playing field is by suing for divorce, entitling her to half of hubby’s overall personal and business assets (including his bank account(s)). That’s what some refer to as a financial windfall.

This is a no fuzzy math zone!

Auto Phil
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Auto Phil

Which one is it Brian?

Mazzeo is not relatable to the majority of working class Pittsfield because of the amount of personal campaign contributions?

Or she’s nothing better than a minimum wage, dental hygienist level low life?

You can’t even pick which point you are trying to make.

The school committee
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The school committee

You sound like your aware of misdeeds

Brian C. Marquis
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Brian C. Marquis

Whichever one suits the moment; I’m good with either/ or!!

Hendrix
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Hendrix

Brian, my sister has been a dental hygienist since 2016. I can assure you they are not making $12 an hour…

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

I think it is a stretch to say Tyer “earns” it. It is more like a taxpayer handout if you ask me. Kind of like the ones she hands out.

Phyllis
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Phyllis

Stop the bullshit Brian. You’re making a fool of yourself and your family will be paying the price. Just stop!

levitan
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levitan

Brian,

Er, with -12 votes, does that mean that you got everyone’s attention?

Brian C. Marquis
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Brian C. Marquis

There are two functions to every behaviour: to AVOID something (i.e., sensory input, activities, or attention) or OBTAIN something (i.e., sensory input, activities, or attention). You choose which function best suites this moment, levitan?

Jonathan Melle
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Jonathan Melle

By the time all of the litigation is over with, it will be 2023, and the lovely Linda Tyer will be planning her retirement. Many thousands of dollars of taxpayer’s money will be spent on a contentious court case that may go on with years of appeals. Pittsfield politics will be in the news for years over allegations of a fraudulent 2019 mayoral election. Meanwhile, municipal taxes and the debt-load will get increased, while the Kapanski family lives in fear of their corrupt government ran by useless and do nothing political hacks.

Brian C. Marquis
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Brian C. Marquis

Kapanski is the whistleblower? Prove me wrong!

The school committee
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The school committee

Sunday morning and Tyer is going to spend 20 k on the roads today as they are plowing asphalt at 7am.We will be owing highway another 2.3 million.Its double time today and rain is in the forcast…..WTF

Truthsayer
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Truthsayer

And here’s the guy that would LOVE being “the lovely Linda Tyer’s” #4.

The school committee
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The school committee

This is what they demand before the next step.

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

What about drunks and drunk drivers? To be fair perhaps we can set aside certain hours that drunks can use the roads legally I would suggest 10pm-2am. So if a sober person gets clobbered by a late night bar hopper between these hours, restorative justice jumps in in place of a lawyer for the drunk driver and he gets to move one with his life. And, he has the right to sue the sober guy for getting in his way.

Johnny99
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Johnny99

How about putting the shooting gallery right on North Street perhaps where Jim’s House of Shoes is, a nice ground floor space – we know there can’t be an elevator right? And pay a cop overtime for security and it can double as a safe space for private business transactions. Use the rest of the GE Kapanski cash to fund it. Hold a nice big ribbon cutting ceremony and Harrington and Tyer can each hold one end of the scissors. A real economic engine right there!

Still wondering
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Still wondering

Leave Jim’s out of this.

Kermit Frog
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Kermit Frog

Have you been to Jim’s Shoes? They are selling actual Reebok from 1985. It’s like the Russian nuclear attack happened and their stock is the same, just dusty. Are they a front? How can they possibly make any money to pay the rent. I hope they own the building.

levitan
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levitan

You mean, Jim’s Hous of Shoes.

Johnny99
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Johnny99

Dan,

Looks like the Corpus delecti of the Devanney crime was the body itself, if you are suggesting somebody broke into the place and stole jewelry off a corpse.

SallySays
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SallySays

Just last night, Tuck Carlson was speaking of the opioid epidemic and said it has claimed 400,000 lives in this country, in the past 20 years. Big pharama, and our own government, not only let it happen, but actually facilitiated it happening. While ultimately, a user chooses to use, a fatal drug overdose has a rippling effect on a family and community, and a little empathy can go a long way here.

Truthsayer
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Truthsayer

Did you know that Medicare put out a notice in one of its updates that providers should not hold back prescribing opiates for pain medication where necessary? A few weeks back, and yes, I get them via email as they are available.

S
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S

The doctors are in on it too.

The school committee
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The school committee

Newest group of growing addicts are 60 years of age and older getting hooked by treating the chronic pain

alval
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alval

is that why they are putting them in elderly housing? Their living in Wahconah Hieghts now a dead body was pulled out there about a month ago .

Auto Phil
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Auto Phil

The safe shooting space idea is flawed. Drug dealers will be less willing to sell to people they know are bringing their drugs to a government sponsored place to get high. The addict becomes too much of a liability. Shooting up isn’t a systemically planned activity. Addicts want to get high. They get high when they get the drugs. They get the drugs when the dealer can supply them. The addict then immediately uses. He or she doesn’t look for a ride, travel across town, check into a facility, etc. The whole plan places too much responsibility on the addict, responsibility we already know they don’t have in any other parts of their lives. The impact would be minimal. Although heroin use is at epidemic levels, I do think it will level off and drop over the next few years. Let’s not forget that… Read more »

Kermit Frog
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Kermit Frog

You have made an important point – where ever the ‘safe space’ goes so go the drug sellers. They will be outside and nearby. If we concede they are all around already then maybe that doesn’t matter. It’s heart breaking either way and offensive too.

The school committee
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The school committee

The safe alcohol injection space is the local bar and the injection tool is a bottle of beer.

Kermit Frog
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Kermit Frog

Do you think alcohol is the same as opioid? I am not sure I do. I get your point, but I don’t think the plan is a favor to addicts. Or helps law enforcement. It’s giving up.

levitan
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levitan

TSC,

There once was a time that alcoholism was so rampant and destructive, and the political power of the alcohol lobby so strong that a Constitutional Amendment was required to combat it. The consequence, uncomfortable and awkward, likely saved a generation from ruin.

In time, we may need a prohibition amendment for weed given the political implications combined with universal abuse we are already seeing in 01201.

Knock on 100 doors, and count on one hand the number who are sober. It’s that bad out there.

The school committee
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The school committee

The Planet knows what the returning vets of Vietnam were dealing with in terms of drug abuse.Many of the vets in the front lines got hooked in the jungles of that country.The synthetic drugs today are I read are 20 times more addictive.The addicts need help to maintain a sense of normalcy so that their skin does not crawl and they are so desperate for medication they commit crimes.

Blare
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Blare

That first paragraph is satire, correct? What a ridiculous take on prohibition.

levitan
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levitan

Blare, which statement is ridiculous? Why do you think there was a national movement to prohibit the trade in alcohol?

Blare
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Blare

Oh God. Do you seriously think that prohibition was the result of “rampant and destructive alcoholism” which caused people to rise up against the booze political lobby? Saving a generation from ruin??? These are quite honestly some of the most ridiculous sentences I have ever read.

The entire temperance movement arose out of puritanical religious fervor. Nothing less, nothing more. Their push for Prohibition was finally successful for many reasons – not one of which was because the U.S suddenly became a country of alcoholics on a path of destruction.

I assume you are a member of the Prohibition Party? The literature they put out is comedy gold.

levitan
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levitan

Resentment of the political power of the Beer lobby and the rise of alcohol abuse was the driving force for Prohibition. What else could drive a national movement culminating in ratification of the 18th amendment in less than 13 weeks? You speak of temperance movements. Those were many, and ultimately worked in support of the Anti Saloon League which powered through the Prohibition Admenment. The League’s strategy lay in massive propaganda targeting various complaints of alcohol’s impact. Their language was very similar to that which is used today to discourage tobacco and narcotics. With WWI, the League experienced political success by manipulating hatred of German-Americans to attack the brewers who had strong ties to the German American community. To quote W. Wheeler, leader of the Anti-Saloon League, “We have German enemies in this country, too. And the worst of all our German enemies, the… Read more »

Blare
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Blare

That’s a pretty serious word salad, but it doesn’t help your case. You have a bizarre and factually incorrect understanding of the causes and consequences of prohibition. Far too much to parse it all, but here’s a hint. Anyone who tries to link “saloon culture” to “sweatshops and slums” loses all credibility. Immediately.

Religion underpinned all temperance movements. Protestant tea-totalers had been decrying America’s drunkeness since the nation was founded. Favorable ebb and flow of religious revivalism and WWI were the factors that finally allowed Prohibition to pass. Curbing the power of the “beer lobby” had zero to do with it. The income tax was passed years before Prohibition.

Levitan
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Levitan

I have little control over the site’s presentation. Score one for you? Your argument suffers from anachronistic bias and possibleobvious falsehoods, such as religious fervor during WWI enabled Prohibition. As Americans were trashing sauerkraut, Wheeler was linking the Beer Barons to the German cause. Make ay argument that you can, Blare. Where’s the evidence that the temperence movement was puritanical? The Puritans drank too. Why wouldn’t religious leaders be sympathetic to parishioners whose households are collapsing. You do not account for the Suffrage movement, which expressed women’s dissatisfaction with the tomfoolery of disenfranchisement and dysfunctional husbands. Saloons, the trade name for a bar, were ubiquitous in the cities, and we know from Labor’s rise and books such as The Jungle that urban life was nasty, brutish, and short. Alcoholism compounded the misery. My arguments are mainstream per the literature on Prohibition, and I take… Read more »

Blare
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Blare

Hey, whaddaya know. A somewhat local school has a primer online that might help! It overviews the causes of Prohibition, one of which most certainly was NOT that alcohol consumption had spiraled out of control and the survival of a generation was at risk. Seriously, man. What hooey.

https://www.mtholyoke.edu/~bernt22l/classweb/Liana/Causes.html

levitan
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levitan

That link seems to point to a weakly referenced and very thin multi-page student project pertaining to the temperance movements and the activities of the the Anti-Saloon League. It lacks analysis. The student references OKernt, but does not cite his book, The LastCall? I suggest you watch Ken Burns’ PBS series “Prohibition.” https://www.pbs.org/kenburns/prohibition/ As said, my understanding is of settled history, not creative license. Also, I am not justifying the 18th Admendment and apologizing for the excesses that followed. But, to ignore the catastrophic conditions enveloping the nation is unjustified. You take great exception to my references to the Beer Barons and their political clout. I find your focus interesting. For what it’s worth, how would you grade this writing? There was a certain kind of class discrimination, as the people who were effected by this the most were the poor working class, who… Read more »

Blare
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Blare

All of the “direct” causes cited in that student project are echoed by nearly every serious Prohibition scholar. People like Sinclair – from a 1950’s/60’s perspective – explored other pathologies that informed the mindset of Prohibitionists, but that is a different matter. Sinclair’s take is interesting, probably largely correct, and not one bit contradictory to the facts of what happened.

Prohibition was an abject failure on every level. It didn’t save a generation from ruin, it incubated organized crime as we know it today. That was and is the only lasting effect.

levitan
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levitan

That’s better. To claim that Prohibition was a failure at every level is deny the historical truth that it was succeeded. The Beer Barons lost their influence and their the ‘Free Lunch’ ended, the amendment passed, and the ubiquitous impact of alcohol was reduced. Alcohol abuse declined substantially. Alcohol abuse obviously was not eradicated, but the scale reduced. Recall this: alcohol consumption and posession was not prohibited. Only the sale of alcohol. Further, the scale of the prohibition exceeded the range desired by many in the movement, further eroding the ‘religious’ portion of your argument. The price for the policy was high in terms of the obvious opportunity for crime, as well as those things you do not mention such as the switch to methylated ethanols resulting in deaths and permanent damage from consumption of industrial spirits, rise of the Police State (hi Hoover!),… Read more »

levitan
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levitan

Finally we have found the place to be creative. Additional legacies of Prohibition:

  • • Formation of Alcoholics Anonymous
  • • Consistency of state laws governing purchase and sale of alcoholic beverages
  • • Illegality of serving minors. Prior to prohibition, children could be served at the bar.

Can you find some that I missed? Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. May you enjoy nature’s bounty and a moderate amount of fine wine and beer. Be careful with the bourbon. “Boys, the first drink is a boon, the second is a gamble, the third is poor judgment.” – G. Keillor (now banned humorist.)

James
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James

You raise an interesting point. If an addict has that much self control perhaps they can get clean? As for the rest of us, Harrington does not care if they do. She only wants to pander to the people who are supporting her career. This needle thing is a sticking point because the people here won’t stand for it. Classic politician. “I will take whatever stance will make me more popular.” She went all the way to Portugal and came back with no proposal or plans of any consequence.

levitan
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levitan

A. Phil, As you say, this isn’t the first heroin epidemic, and others before have come and gone. But, this one is of a higher scale with more players in the field, so it is not fair to say it will go on it’s own. The problem that I have with sponsored shooting galleries is that it addresses mortality, but not the addiction. Consuming heroin may be described as a disease, but it also is a serious crime involving blood and property. So to treat as both is logical and proper. Addicts should experience both treatment as well as punishment to account for public harm. What harm? Consuming heroin supports organized crime and likely involves criminal activity beyond the abuse of the drug. Further, it is the addiction and attending behavior that is painful for families and relations. The DA speaks of reducing the… Read more »

Blare
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Blare

Why do you say so-called shooting galleries “address mortality, but not addiction”? That is completely false. One of the intriguing aspects of injection sites is the potential for interdiction. In my view, that’s THE strongest argument in their favor. Designed the right way, they might provide an opportunity for skilled interventionists to make an impact.

As DA Harrington has said, this is a conversation worth having. Personally, I believe the risks/negatives are probably insurmountable, so I doubt I would ever support such an idea in the end. But the status quo sure ain’t working, so I think it’s pathetic to try to end the conversation before it begins by invoking “air conditioned junky lounges” and such.

A lot of people around here need to either grow up or shut up and stay out of the conversation.

levitan
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levitan

Lucky me, I get to continue the argument on a different foot! We both know that DA Harrington is too busy prosecuting law-breakers to be conducting serious social programs such as methadone clinics and ‘shooting galleries’ as you call them. The potential for intervention is the only consideration worth studying. This idea is classical and settled, just as the facts I raised about the origins of Prohibition are settled history. So there are no call-outs for you for making the suggestion. The question is how to build a successful drug-administration program. Which models of needle assistance is the DA going to pursue, and does she have any which pertain to urban USA linked to drug corridors? If not, you are not going to have a conversation but an ass-backwards project. ‘Mortality’ are Harrington’s words as she defends using her office as a social service… Read more »

Blare
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Blare

Ugh, more word salad to obfuscate the completely false statement you made earlier – that injection sites and the like can only address mortality and not the underlying problem of addiction. That is a straightforward and straightforwardly wrong statement. All the other secondary questions you raise would constitute part of the “conversation” that needs to be had. Go figure. The problem is, you don’t wait for answers. You just assume the most objectionable version you can conjure up in your mind is what DA Harrington wants, then rail against her for it. I don’t know what you think that accomplishes. It’s an obvious tactic. Enough with Prohibition. I know you’v been frantically wikipedia-ing to try to enter facts into the record by way of demonstrating your knowledge on the topic, but that train has already left the station. Your opening reference to Prohibition –… Read more »

levitan
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levitan

You have not proven a single point in either dispute, and a student paper that lacks academic sources does not help your case. That is unfortunate, and I feel poorer for it.

Wikipedia is not so bad, come to think of it and I would use it if needed, but I can suggest better sources such as Andrew Sinclair. Why go second-hand?

I am certain that DA Harrington is much too busy with court proceedings to conduct sociological health policy studies. If you object to my reference to ‘mortality,’ take it up with her not me.

What causes you to be so riled that you find yourself compelled to heap abuse on top of broad assertions?

Blare
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Blare

Hehe, Andrew Sinclair, eh? Are you saying that his words support your ridiculous proposition, that “Resentment of the political power of the Beer lobby and the rise of alcohol abuse was the driving force for Prohibition”? Wow, just wow. How funny that you try to impress by mentioning a source I have actually read and you, quite plainly, have not.

Also funny that you quote Hobbes in your description of urban life in the 1900’s. If you had actually read and understood Era of Excess, you would understand why.

levitan
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levitan

Sinclair’s Era of Excess is a profound anthology of the history of alcohol. His understanding of urban/agrarian culture is conventional knowledge these days. I assume it was not at the time of his writing. What’s the joke?

Out of Hobbes comes revolution.

levitan
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levitan

From your first sentence from the prior argument, you have been primarily expressing Anger. Anger is always self-induced, not the product of someone else. As such, you come across as yelling, and I cannot have a conversation under those circumstances. I’ll leave you to cool off. When you’re ready to resume, you know where to find me.

JohnnyTwoCents
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JohnnyTwoCents

Dan,

Is your college now being Smolletted like Simons Rock was – post some racist graffiti, get your demands met, get outta going to class.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2019/11/21/more-racist-graffiti-is-reported-syracuse-university/

Dale Johnson
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Dale Johnson

Dan,

You claim that
Mazzeo only has to flip 213 votes. Can you elaborate on that please? If a vote is taken away from Tyer who says it automatically goes
To Mazzeo? Also I’m not sure how Mazzeo gets more than a handful of votes at best. We’ve seen with prior recounts with these machines they are accurate. I believe in 2009 Lothrop gained a vote and Joe Breault lost by 8 instead of 7. I don’t get how you seem to think 213 votes will be enough to change the outcome.

The school committee
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The school committee

Mazzeo is required to take this next step recount.She can then file a voter tampering charge.She may even lose votes but that is not the point when you may have proof of something more sinister going on here and its your desire to expose it……I want to know what went on.

Pat
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Pat

What about cocaine users? Where is their safe space? How do you think they feel about being left out of all of this concern? Yes, it’s irresponsible behavior to destroy yourself on drugs, but cocaine taken to excess can cause serious health issues too.

Coddling drugs users of any kind encourages more drug use. You are creating a safe haven for them to indulge in a bad habit. It should be dangerous to use dangerous drugs. That is natures way of telling us “Don’t use that substance. You might die”.

Auto Phil
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Auto Phil

Cocaine use is not nearly as an issue as heroin. If heroin is a 10, cocaine would probably be a 4.

You would be very surprised to know how many people in Pittsfield and Berkshire County use cocaine – including crack and powder – on a regular basis, all of their lives. They are not strung out junkies. They are regular, maintaining people with money to spend on drugs.

Pat
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Pat

That may all be true, but too much cocaine in certain people can cause a heart attack. No, I am not shocked that cocaine is very popular in this area.

Levitan
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Levitan

No, Pat.

Cocaine use by some people can cause a bullet in someone’s cerebellum which had no relationship to the user.

There is too much focus on the user, too little on the innocent victims.

Jumpin Joe Curtis
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Jumpin Joe Curtis

It’s OK, if you become addicted to opiates you can get free methadone with your gas mileage reimbursed too!

Use medical marijuana and you’ll shell out hundred a month for relief. Need Insulin? Just die already

The school committee
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The school committee

Bar room parking lot was always safe for everyone snorting cocaine during the 1980s and getting drunk by alcohol

Levitan
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Levitan

TSC:
Someone hated you there. Why?

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

I find more than a tad of irony that we need a safe place for people to shoot up but Pittsfield roadways are a an exercise of Russian roulette. Would any of these do gooders care to get behind some traffic control maybe? How about a safe place for people trying to shoot up while driving?

Still wondering
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Still wondering

Still not one mention in any other media site about the vote fraud angle. Just the recount that should be over in a day… blah blah blah… waste of money etc etc…

Hendrix
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Hendrix

This is what makes The Planet a great forum for discussion. Try having this conversation on Facebook, you either risk being publicly attacked or put down.

I do give credit to the names mentioned. We may disagree, but at least they aren’t afraid to put their names out there. Unfortunately, for many of us, we aren’t allowed that luxury.

Brian C. Marquis
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Brian C. Marquis

Nicely stated, Hendrix.

When you can’t prevail on the merits, attack one’s character; when you can’t prevail on character, attack the merits; when all else fails – insult, injury, criticize, marginalize, and berate.

That’s the essence of an intellectually bankrupt mind!

Truthsayer
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Truthsayer

Good point. We may disagree. We may poke fun at each other (as I often do). But I don’t think anybody here has that mean streak where families actually come apart over Facebook posts.

Brian Andrews
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Brian Andrews

Dan Valenti, I am appalled at your views of human beings suffering opiate addiction . Writers tend to get educated and research before writing on a subject but it is obvious your comments reflect opinion rather than fact. Contrary to your non-medical educated views, it is recognized that opiate addiction is a disease. I would find it hard to believe you do not have a relative or a friend that has been touched by opiate addiction and if you have then I feel sorry for them if they read your comments. I’ve seen your comments arguing opiate addiction is not a disease and I understand as many people do not understand it. Even doctors are confused about addiction and often find themselves in a quandary now in treating pain vs. causing addiction because many primary physicians have not been educated appropriately. Ask any medical… Read more »

Auto Phil
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Auto Phil

If there is one thing I have learned from Tyer’s Facebook crew, it’s that no matter what argument or information is presented, they absolutely cannot think outside their own small minded positions.

The Tims and Toms, the Kathys with a K and the Cathys with a C, they are like bad pennies, turning up everywhere to continue their rants.

They like higher taxes, by the way. They are okay with paying more because that’s how government goes. The mayor must raise taxes to pay for services. No questions asked.

After the recount announcement there was a lot of feedback from The Crew, but some of them got noticeably quiet shortly thereafter. I wonder if Tyer told them to pipe down. Their incessant drivel was not helping at all.

The school committee
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The school committee

They are Trumper like

Mitt Notaromnee
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Mitt Notaromnee

Barry,give us some oxygen. Make a statement on here.

The school committee
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The school committee

The Republicans National Committee just bought 100,000 dollars worth of Juniors fake book. Republicans are the most irresponsible political party in the world….the Tyer attack team was professionally trained how to do it.

Cordless Collaborator
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Cordless Collaborator

His lawyer told him to clam up.

Lukewarm Riverrats
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Lukewarm Riverrats

Barry could say if he was in an area? If they have witnesses and he defuses it,he’ll be in worse shape. This is what Melissa is doing,one altered voted equals intent,one. Come on Barry?

The school committee
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The school committee

Barry already said he will take a lie detector test against any accusation of wrongdoing…thats pretty brave

Lukewarm Riverrats
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Lukewarm Riverrats

So he did something! Accountants don’t lawyer up.

Cordless Collaborator
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Cordless Collaborator

I think Barry has that lawyer who hangs out at Burger King and spends time smoking on North St.

Pickup Zbutter
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Pickup Zbutter

John? No way. Is Barry denying he was behind the counter.

MariamRa M
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MariamRa M

Just say no….to that lawyer.

Mel Aniabouchard
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Mel Aniabouchard

Well great. What’s a CPA doing behind the Counter,period,or Anyone? What if Tony Mazzeo was behind the Counter? This thing smells Dan.

Boosting Timesquell
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Boosting Timesquell

If Dan Valenti we’re behind the Counter? This is crazy. This could get interesting. Lawyered up? Dont blame you,ha.

Harry Tonianazian
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Harry Tonianazian

This thing reminds me of the Untouchables. The Accountant was Capone’s downfall.

The school committee
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The school committee

Told not to make any statements

Balinger Hi
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Balinger Hi

Worse.

Coggi Masqeritetty
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Coggi Masqeritetty

Dan,if you don’t hear from Barry,it’s still not,Barry.

Barely Facs
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Barely Facs

Say Dan goes to Mazzeo’s restauarant and jumps over the counter and starts cooking in Mel’s kitchen? Will Dan be arrested,thrown out,or get a good housekeeping seal of approval? No, Dans gonna get his ass dragged to the curb. Barry,please,for the sake of our City don’t lawyer up, we need to go forward and want the truth. And the answer?

Edward R. Murrow
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Edward R. Murrow

Dems still got nothing, but, as I’ve said, it doesn’t matter for impeachment. Impeachment is an indictment, and as Dershowitz likes to say, “You can indict ham sandwich.”

I was able to get a look at the four articles of impeachment. (For some reason dated Wednesday, November 9, 2016.)

Article 1: We hate Trump.

Article 2: Trump is evil

Article 3: Trump is Hitler, fascist, tyrant, you get the idea.

Article 4: We hate Trump. Oh, right we already have that one. OK, how about we’re really, really pissed off that Trump won.

If this ever gets into and out of the House Judiciary Committee and to an actual floor vote, it’ll be a great trial in the Senate.

“Hang loose, ’cause someone’s fixin’ to score.” And probably not the Democrats..

The school committee
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The school committee

Trump has made criminal behavior Great again

Ed Check
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Ed Check

You are clueless in Pittsfield…

Pickup Zbutter
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Pickup Zbutter

Anyway,Melissa must have proof otherwise Barry would be talking. Barry fess up.

Phyllis
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Phyllis

Usually a sign of guilt or involvement. We know how Barry plays. No surprises here. If a when it is proven, like someone else stated, lovely Linda will move onto #4 or they will run to Colorado. Either way, the last 3 elections have brought forth many questions. I’m glad Melissa is pursuing this. We, the taxpayers have that right

Pittsfield Downturn
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Pittsfield Downturn

What would anyone be doing in the voters office all week long to begin with? Let alone Mr. Clairmont. Just isn’t normal.

Tired Abutter
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Tired Abutter

Id rather have Schiff interrogate me before Valenti. Please own up to these charges. I’m sure you don’t want the Planet up your ass Mr. C.. I wouldn’t.

Mad Trapper
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Mad Trapper

Trump 2020

Make Liberals cry again!

CC The Maze Sun
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CC The Maze Sun

“Just remember this, …when you look up in the sky
You can see the stars and still not see the light (that’s right)”

“ So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains
And we never even know we have the key”
– Fly like an Eagle (I’m already gone)

“ A bird can spend its entire life in a cage with the door wide open
And never even know it can Fly”
– CC The Exit to the Maze

Revolving Needles
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Revolving Needles

So, Brian being very forthright and personable does not in any way sway my belief that the Planet was talking more about the ones who refuse to get straight, as opposed to the ones who really need the help and want to get the help. Everything Brian A said is correct,and so is The Planet.

Johnny99
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Johnny99

So Dan, is one of your Z agents going to be first with the scoop on who’s monitoring the recount for camp Tyer and camp Mazzeo? Will you scoop it?

levitan
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levitan

Dan,

There are those days where you cheese me off right fine. Then, you produce this:

Safe? Just last night (Nov. 21), thugs broke into Devaney-Condron Funeral Home, stealing a necklace. In Pittsfield, not even the dead are safe.

That’s good!

Let police chief Wynn know this that when I have something to sell, you can meet me in front of the service desk at Home Depot. There’s no one who’s been been shot or stabbed at the service desk at Home Depot that I can recall.

There’s no way in hell I’m presenting at Allen Street, day or night, to conduct business without PPE. Not even the criminal lawyers meet their clients there. Lawyers meet their clients at the corner of North and Fenn (another safe space.)

Homer S
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Homer S

The best one on crime was the Vigilante appearing on the scene at a hot spot (cumbies)stating no crime worries here….then a few days later the joint is robbed at screwdriver point? Actually,cumbies has more police presence than any other business I know of.

Levitan
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Levitan

He was correct at that time. Lucky guess, BC!. The crime was happening somewhere else, wherever that meth head was shooting up.

Kanet Quillpicker
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Kanet Quillpicker

Police need to make traffic violations a reality. Isn’t it against the law to drive twenty miles over speed limit,pass on double line,run stop signs. Red light is different because the lights come up quickly. But these drivers that continually drive like jerkoffs has to stop.

gigi
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Johnny99
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Johnny99

And now grandpa Biden won’t acknowledge his out grandchild that his son denied. Both Biden’s should be ashamed for that. Uncle Joe is done, as I posted way back when, he just doesn’t know it yet. And yet he’s gonna Jeep punching away at
Domestic violence.

Lenny
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Lenny

Gee, no one congratulated quid pro quo Joe at Wed. nite’s debate, on being a grandpa again. I can’t imagine why!

levitan
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levitan

I think that J Biden needs to win the presidency to save his hide from the Feds.

The school committee
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The school committee

The 1st thing Trump tried to do with the anti corruption Eukraine President was to corrupt him.

The school committee
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The school committee

That was the year Bushs republican economy went belly up with a universal financial melt down.Obama then spent 8 years rebuilding it and handed Trump a great growing wall street.

levitan
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levitan

Financial meltdown which was the result of Bill Clinton’s abolition of Glass-Steagall.

I didn’t see much optimism for the future at the end of Obama’s term. I do recall Democrats saying that the economic and security sky would fall if Trump won. That also did not happen.

Watch this video, TSC and grieve your heart.
WATCH ME!

The school committee
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The school committee

The Speaker of the House makes one very clear simple statement.Everything they investigate about Trump and the people around him lead them to Vladimir Putin.Our patriotic civil service state department are warning Americans at every level that the deep state is inside The White House and Trump is running 2 seperate goverments.Trump is lying to eradicate the connection of Russia from the 2016 election.I see what most on this board cant see.With Trump all roads lead to Russia.Our country is a mess.Trump is in control of the Senate and the Supreme court.He has weakened journalism…..The scary part is if he starts telling his followers the Holocaust never happened in time you will believe him….Jonestown was real and can be repeated.The Holocaust was real and can be repeated.

Pat
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Pat

Our country has NEVER been better thanks to President Trump. Progressives have destroyed Berkshire County and now they are working on destroying the rest of the country. Be warned America. Berkshire County fell down the Progressive rabbit hole very early and has been taken over by crime and more dope, high taxes, poor schools that just exist to indoctrinate the kids to far left causes, lack of jobs, deteriorating roads and sidewalks, and a large loss of retail stores. This deterioration is heading to your city and town if the Progressives win in 2020.

Thomas More
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Thomas More

Thanks for the heads-up Pat

Edward R. Murrow
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Edward R. Murrow

How do people actually die from opioid use? I’m serious. I don’t think it is from taking just oxycodone and such.

Or is it that they graduate to fentanyl, heroin, etc?

I find it hard to believe that those 15- to 30-pill prescriptions are what’s killing people. Maybe if you take 30 at a time?

Again, this is a serious question, and I never seem to see it answered in the media.

Thanks.

Wilson
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Wilson

Even heroin is not that dangerous, they die from consuming various drugs and alcohol. Came out of a doctor’s office with a prescription for a sore back and the next thing they knew they were partying all night, very tragic

Johnny99
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Johnny99

Almost all the street heroin and even cocaine now is tainted with fentanyl and the fentanyl is mostly coming via US postal service from China and it is 50 times more powerful than heroin and many of the street pills are tainted with it.

https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/data/fentanyl.html

TellItLikeitIs
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TellItLikeitIs

And If word goes around that there’s a hot batch, some of them seek it out for a better buzz, and bang, they OD.

Aerin
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Aerin

Most of the intelligent folks I speak with in the treatment and mental health fields say that narcan and needle exchange are two different birds and they’re in favor of the former and against the latter. It makes sense to me because saving a person who has already overdosed is not the same as enabling one who hasn’t.

Aerin
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Aerin

Correction: safe injection sites not needle exchange

Jonathan Melle
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Jonathan Melle

Donald Trump should release his federal tax returns! What is the Prez hiding? I want Trump’s tax returns to be part of his Impeachment.

levitan
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levitan

If a stranger asks you for your tax returns, JM, I strongly advise you to refuse.

Acute Angina
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Acute Angina

As if JM pays any income tax.

Juan Kannet Losquobotome
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Juan Kannet Losquobotome

Mele s living the dream.

Acute Angina
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Acute Angina

Yeah, the lovely Linda wet dream.

SallySays
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SallySays

Who really gives a crap besides you?

Levitan
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Levitan

Sally,
Judging by votes, I ‘d say that you win.

Jonathan Melle
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Jonathan Melle

After reading the news article about Pittsfield politics’ two factions who hate each other, I believe both sides have failed Pittsfield! The Del Gallo/Ruberto/Tyer side are notoriously called the “Good Old Boys”, while the Wojtkowski/Hathaway (Nuciforo)/Bianchi/Mazzeo side are the anti-establishment naysayers. To be clear, both factions shutout the grassroots voices of the people of Pittsfield. I have followed Pittsfield politics for decades. GE cut its workforce in Pittsfield about 3 decades ago. Currently (2019), there are zero GE jobs in Pittsfield. When the bypass was introduced in Pittsfield in the 1950’s, the city government blocked it. In the 1950’s, downtown Pittsfield was once a nice shopping and dining business district, but it all started to fall apart in the 1960’s when urban renewal tore down historic buildings, Berkshire Community College was moved from First Street to outer West Street, the proposed downtown mall was… Read more »

Darrell Quakunbusher
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Darrell Quakunbusher

This MB’s up J!

LoobChob
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LoobChob

Imagine if some bum went into where the votes were? After looking up the laws concerning this,they are very strait and narrow. There are also stiff penalties in place if someone is allowed to have an unfair advantage by unauthorized parties. There is also the problem letting someone in a restricted area,especially during an election. This is almost like the current Trump quid pro quo in many aspects and just as serious.

Pat
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Pat

I agree Jonathan, but the Ruberto camp is particularly arrogant. Ruberto said he didn’t want to sound arrogant, but it was the younger and smarter neighborhoods who voted for his candidate Linda Tyer. Wow, that really is arrogant. I remember when we had the train in Pittsfield and citizens were given free rides on the train. Ruberto was there, but he made sure he was in the section of the train that was the most luxurious. He did not mix with the common folk. This is just another way of calling people who do not vote for your ideas “the deplorables”.

JohnnyComeLately
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JohnnyComeLately

You mean the Ruberto who campaigned on tax relief and jacked taxes 8 years straight? You mean the Ruberto who declared he would hold a community meeting every quarter in a different part of the city, and held just 1. 1 out of 32 is a deplorable record. You mean the Ruberto who tried ridding is of Columbus Ave? The Ruberto who chased Chief Riello out of town, then failed to follow the law,in replacing him?

JohnnyTwoCents
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JohnnyTwoCents

Here’s the piece you referenced Dan., Drane saved the best for last, and you made the most sense by far. Astute and accurate observations and reflections Dan. The piece is woefully inadequate overall though; Doyle wasn’t apparently interviewed but Brindle was, and of course Brindle should have been but so should have Doyle, Hathaway too, and anyone the article pigeon holed into a faction should have had a photo too lsuch as Brindle, and Doyle. Ruberto made a lot of sense and removed any remaining doubt about Tyer being in Jimmies back pocket. And she didn’t have the decency to comment. And her photo doesn’t look quite like the glamor pic I got in the mail with sparkling green eyes, teeth as white as snow, and skin as smooth as silk. Brindle came to a keg party back in the 70’s, at Roddies farm… Read more »

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

I agree that Dan’s comments summed up the political situation in Pittsfield today. What the article seems to be glossing over, so as not to anger anyone, is that Pittsfield is a freaking mess irregardless of which faction is in charge. And it is a mess because the political situation is set up more for self enrichment and if the taxpayers catch an occasional benefit that is OK as long as it is a small one. One side wants progress and the other side wants to be more considerate of the taxpayers? Really? Every time Pittsfield makes “progress” some people wind up with a ton of money in their pockets. And it is often the same people. Pittsfield portrays itself to have a democratic form of government but I would suggest a better term would be parasitic form of government. The head is devouring… Read more »

Thomas More
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Thomas More

DelGallo and Brindle were two of Pittsfield’s better mayors and both suffered the same emotional weakness. They shot from the hip. Paul really wanted the city to move forward with the downtown mall and Dobelle had garnered 14 million dollars to build a parking garage. The winter of ’79 was a snowy one and a large March storm was followed by rain. School was called off and Brindle who was pissed off at the teachers suggested that they should be made to get off their butts and go out and clean out the drains so the water could run off. While the comment was well received by some it irritated about 500 others. In the world of politics when you make enemies you must make just as many friends. Brindle lost and any hope for a mall in Pittsfield vanished.

Benigno Numine
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Benigno Numine

Arlos was the mayor when DelGallo held the office.

No name Dee
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No name Dee

Again. If Dan Valenti or Tony Mazzeo we’re behnd a voting counter what would happen? Someone,anyone,please answer this. It’s very serious..

Josh Fallon
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Josh Fallon

What’s next when this doesn’t work? Impeachment?

Planet Valenti