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WHEN THE BITS BECOMES BYTES, SOME OF THEM SHOW UP HERE

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION JAN. 17-9, 2019) — Here and there, the bits become bytes. Some make their way to THE PLANET‘s screen, to wit:

DEM DIMS — Watching the Democrats Monday night debate opened our eyes — Sanders, Warren, Biden, Steyer, Buttigieg, Klobuchar. Pondering why, we traced it back to the number six. It’s the fewest since the Dems began the process (what, with 20?). It left more time for each, allowing for more substance (granted, not something to look for in any debate). THE PLANET gave the night to Sanders, who flatly put to rest the convenient allegation by Warren that he told her a woman could not be elected president. Warren made the charge just days before the debate to a friendly media outlet, counting on social media frenzy to take over lucidity. Imagine — Lying Lizzie caught in another whopper. Biden held his own. The others, if you didn’t ignore them, were ignorable. Iowa will come down to Bernie and Joe, with Bernie winning. Biden, though, wins the nomination.

QUIET RIOT — Now that the coverup is in place regarding Tuesday’s riot at PHS, the public won’t hear a peep from JIV, the school administration, school committee, or any other Suit. A PHS source said a student cursed a teacher, punched him, and started tearing up a classroom. When he was sent to the principal’s office, he threw desk items, screaming “You can’t touch me.” Police initiated a shut down, which set off another student, who also went out-of-control. One of the students bolted out the doors, where police intercepted him. It was chaos all around. Classes were suspended. A teacher told THE PLANET a secretary said these incidents will not be reported. Short of ax murder, the Pittsfield School Department buries such “incidents” for the negative effect on ratings. JIV and school committee chairwoman Lady Boots Yon should be fired for their lack of leadership. How is education possible under these conditions, and why do the politicians tolerate this?

MLB’s WHIFFS — The slimy self-righteousness of Major League Baseball rivals that of politicians. Sign-stealing and many other forms of cheating have long been a part of the game. Now suddenly MLB, that once-legit sport, decides stealing signs equates with using poison gas on an orphanage. When a runner gets to second base, the battery changes signs. Crack the code, and the runner on second can tip off the batter on what’s coming next. Do you know what happens to the batter? Not much. There is no statistically significant affect on run production. In fact, most batters say knowing what’s coming messes them up more than helps. The Astros and Red Sox won World Series in 2017 and 2018 not because of stolen signs. They won because they were the two best teams.

IMPEACHY KEEN — Now that the Senate has the articles of impeachment, the nonsense will begin again. Most worrisome to THE PLANET are the press restrictions imposed for the trial. Media access to senators will be minimal. Press will be confined to a pen (“holding cell”) and not allowed to venture out. They will be escorted in and out. There will be no video, still photography, or audio. These impositions are unprecedented. There have been a few token howls of resistance, but largely, the Capitol press corps has taken it lying down. Make of that what you will.

JIV TALKING — “I am honored you have the faith in my leadership as we work together for the Pittsfield Public Schools,” Yon said.  These were the words Lady Boots stuttered when given the gavel by JIV. THE PLANET would have been pleased to give Lady the gavel. We would have chosen a different method of delivering it. JIV to new members: “To me you join the ranks of one of the most thoughtful and powerful committees that exists in the commonwealth,” he said. “Who comes to meetings with the lone agenda let’s do great things for kids and let’s talk about both good and bad things through honest ways and let’s make our community better through education.” Yes, he makes no sense. That’s why he gets $250,000 compensation.

POP QUIZTHE PLANET closes with this quiz. Examine these two photos carefully and tell us which one depicts JIV swearing in the new SC. Be careful. Even experts have been fooled.

… or is THIS JIV swearing them in?

Is THIS Spot. JIV swearing in the Pittsfield School Committee …

Send in your submission to FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, P.O. Box 655321, Lome, Togo.

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  • Third prize is a firing squad. The lucky winner must be a city taxpayer. He or she will choose between getting shot in Park Square of City Hall steps.

There are clues that might help you in your selection. In the authentic photo, you will see a line of mesmerized, enthralled, and devoted set of Kool-Aid drinkers ready to go over the top for their master and leader.

Have a great weekend, everybody.

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“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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“And when at last I find you
Your song will fill the air
Sing it loud so I can hear you
Make it easy to be near you
For the things you do endear you to me
Oh, you know I will
I will“

Be The Change CDC
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Be The Change CDC

Swan Song

Jonathan Melle
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Jonathan Melle

Pittsfield politics = Fall in line with Tyer/Marchetti or face retribution. Outsiders and opposing voices are not allowed in City Hall. Democracy is dead in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. It is a prime example of the “Iron Rule of Oligarchy”! The word of the top-down rulers becomes the law. Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski can pound sand.

Pat
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Pat

It’s also coming to a neighborhood near you if people continue to allow this far left craziness to spread across the country.

The school committee
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The school committee

Regressive behavior

The school committee
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The school committee

Glen Beck and Bill O’Reilly along with Rudh Limbaugh and Sean Hannity agree with you Pat

Mr. G
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Mr. G

Hey Jon, have you turned on Linda, formerly called the “best mayor in Pittsfield history” by you?

Jonathan Melle
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Jonathan Melle

I am very disappointed with Mayor Linda Tyer for not denouncing City Council Prez Peter Marchetti’s act of retribution against Connell and Morandi. To be clear, I believe she should say that all voices are and will always be heard by her second mayoral administration from 2020 – 2023.

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CC The Maze Sun

Send in the clowns on the left, Walt Disney on the right.

“Clowns to the left of me
Jokers to the right
Here I Am
Stuck in the middle with you”
– Stealers Wheel

Stooge G Oniun
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Stooge G Oniun

Reservoir Dogs theme.

CC The Maze Sun
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CC The Maze Sun

Reserved for Dogs? Egg-zactly.
Or, in my Sylvester Stallone impression: Absolutely

Pat
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Pat

They tolerate the situation in the schools because they are all part of it. They created it. Their arrogance doesn’t allow them to admit it. Their major concerns are these social experiments they have going on in the school system. One social experiment is being promoted by far left district attorneys and we see how this is not working out and the other is created by far left politicians who are only interested in indoctrinating the young in far left politics which will destroy the freedoms of our country while giving power and money to the far left. Nobody is interested in actual education and in creating a stable and safe learning environment for these young people.

Pat
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Pat

I’m not sure about the press restrictions for the impeachment hearings. If the press had full access, we all know that we still wouldn’t get the truth from most of the media. They would spin it to make President Trump look bad and themselves look good. When there is no longer truth being told in the media, sadly the access becomes less important.

Harrison
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Harrison

Pat, when you refer to “we all know” who are you referring to?

Pat
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Pat

Does the far left even care about the lies of this media since the media just wants to make the far left look good? Do they think the media will go back to telling the truth when President Trump is no longer president because right now they justify their lies by saying President Trump should not be president. Does anyone remember how the Berkshire Eagle began only writing articles that made the Progressives look good and ignoring the truth for many years before President Trump? No, the media will continue to lie to promote the far left agenda unless more and more people call them out.

Harrison
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Harrison

Still didn’t answer my question.

The school committee
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The school committee

You need to watch more Hannity PatYour not getting enough of that Media

Pat
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Pat

Rachel Maddow is the guru of the far left and spreads consistently fake news. She tries to make herself out to be so intellectual, but she fails miserably.

SallySays
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SallySays

Lock her up!

The school committee
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The school committee

She does not lie.

The school committee
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The school committee

The presidents bozo behavior is self evident

JohnnyComeLately
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JohnnyComeLately

Restorative Justice!

Johnny99
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Johnny99

JIV sure sounds like an idiot Dan, in the quote you attribute to him. And why would he be swearing in the school committee. He reports to them, not the other way around?

Mr. Fritz
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Mr. Fritz

And let me guess – the PHS perps have already been returned to the classroom? Anyone know? Or transferred back to Taconic? And the assaulted staff members, blamed for setting off the students? That’s the normal method of operation.

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

As the overseer of a department that gobbles up ever increasing amounts of taxpayer money I would think the superintendent of schools would welcome a forensic audit of finances. This would be the first thing done if a new CEO took over a business that was hemorrhaging money. I am looking forward to the superintendent initiating such an audit as soon as possible in his effort to control spending. He either cares or he does not care. Same goes for the mayor and city council.

Johnny99
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Johnny99

Lizzy Warren took an ax, gave ole Bernie 40 whacks, when she saw what she had done, she gave uncle Joe 41. Joe won’t be the nominee.

Truthsayer
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Truthsayer

I see DA Squeaky’s public records officer quit because Harrington was refusing to release public records. It would seem Harrington is more interested in running an office mired in promoting her political future than doing the public good. No surprise there. However, I am impressed in that Harrington’s conduct could land her a job at the Trump White House despite the fact that she’s a Progressive. We have certainly gotten this county stuck with a real loser.

Johnny2Shoes
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Johnny2Shoes

This will be her Wille Horton when she runs for another office. This current position she has is just a stepping stone.

SallySays
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SallySays

Seriously? For what?

Aerin
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Aerin

When Healey runs for Governor, Harrington must have been thinking she would go for AG. This is what Healey said when she endorsed her:
“Berkshire County deserves to have the kind of office that I know will be well run, will be smartly run, and it will be about looking out for and protecting the needs and the well being of families here in the region.”
Harrington had no experience as a prosecutor and just a few years as a part time defense attorney who tried her first case in 2011. How did this EVER qualify her to run the Berkshire County DA’s office? The failure to perform due diligence by Healey, Tricia Farley-Bouvier, Richard Neal. Linda Tyer, John Barrett and Adam Hinds must be addressed by voters in the next elections.

Merguez
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Merguez

Do not forget Liz Warren and Jimmy Ruberto in your list of supporters. What do they care? They don’t live here. Shame on all the self-righteous progressives who refused to closely examine the candidate’s qualifications and who, in the end, elected a corrupt and incompetent person to the office of District Attorney. Yep, that’s you Great Barrington, Lenox, Williamstown and John Barrett’s followers in N.A..For Jeanne Kempthorne to blow the whistle on her is significant as Jeanne embraces the feminist, progressive movement and would think twice before turning AH in. Thank you Berkshire Eagle for doing your job and making the FOIA requests.

Police Report
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Police Report

An infamous quote from Andrea Harrington as she watched Healey give a speech.
“I could do that” she said. When asked what by a supporter, Andrea Harrington said “Be the AG”.

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The school committee

These incidents are almost never reported in a official capacity. They only use the press for PR.Tyer Marchetti Yon Mccandless and Curtis believe you have no right to know what goes on with teacher abuse verbal or physical. The above will not back prosecuting student assaults.Teachers understand it might cause their removal as Mccandless would sweet talk them and Curtis will call their professionalism into question.Sheran will stay quiet and get them raises to offset the verbal assaults…..Herberg school is where kids learn they can verbally assault staff.Mccandless will now hire 40 more people this year again to add another program to stop these behaviors.

Pat
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Pat

The far left district attorneys are the ones who are conducting this social experiment in the schools which is why the student felt so confident to say “You can’t touch me” as he created chaos. The students know they are test subjects for this experiment that allows certain types of misbehavior and crime. Why else would he say that?

Mr. Fritz
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Mr. Fritz

You are spot on, Pat! “Ending the school to prison pipeline” is what people like Harrington, all the way to the Obama administration have been chanting. Until the juvenile delinquents are punished for their behavior, the out-of-control incidents will continue.

The school committee
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The school committee

Selling pot would put you in prison if you were black

SallySays
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SallySays

Bull shit buddy. Blacks are imprisoned and a higher rate than whites because they commit crime at a higher rate. You can look it up.

Acute Angina
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Acute Angina

You’ll go to jail if you sell homemade white lightin’.

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The school committee

Pat…you dont seem to know that rational thinking people and courtrooms stopped schools from physical punishment becaused they were abusing kids by slapping punching hitting young kids into submission.I know you dont believe this happened but it did on a regular basis.

Pat
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Pat

That’s not what I took away from his statement. Not physically touch me, but do anything about my bad behavior was the message I think he was sending because that is what the far left agenda is about. Certain types of misbehavior are allowed under the new rules of the far left who are now involved in putting far left district attorneys across the country. Also touching someone who is assaulting somebody else, quite sure (unless they changed that) that it is still allowed for the safety of all of us.

The school committee
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The school committee

Right wing conservatives created public ed reform.This is what you have now.You Regressives created school scoring.

Fake News
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Fake News

very fake news

Be The Change CDC
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Be The Change CDC

Today’s forecast, light with increasing darkness toward evening……. true dat

Mr. Fritz
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Mr. Fritz

Harrington in deep guano, thanks to an honest & ethical whistleblower in her office! So much for “transparency!”

Stooges Noshows
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Stooges Noshows

Where’s P R on this?

Jumpin Joe Curtis
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Jumpin Joe Curtis

The kapinskis would love an elaboration!

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

And the Berkshire Eagle, of all media, actually reporting on a story involving high profile people. That is curious in of itself. Did they endorse the other guy? Peeps need to read this story in todays local cuz it is coming down the tracks.

EWendt
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EWendt

Correct, Johnny, it is a complete train wreck. DA’s office whistleblower resigns over public records issues, ‘campaign culture’ Posted Thursday, January 16, 2020 10:00 pm By Heather Bellow, The Berkshire Eagle PITTSFIELD — The Berkshire district attorney’s general counsel and public records officer has resigned after she said Andrea Harrington attempted to block the release of public records in a politically fraught case. Jeanne Kempthorne, who advised the district attorney on legal matters and served as the office’s public records officer, also said Harrington routinely ignored her legal advice and ran a “campaign culture” in the office — an atmosphere that places political concerns above the public’s right to information. On Dec. 16, The Eagle filed a formal request for the public records, seeking emails about an inactive investigation into the now-debunked claim by a Bard College at Simon’s Rock student that she was… Read more »

Auto Phil
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Auto Phil

Does anyone know what the repercussions of illegally or unethically violating public records laws are? Is this something that will be investigated and if so, by who?

Police Report
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Police Report

There are a number of issues, there’s ethics law, there’s public records law, there are potential federal law violations with regards to public corruption. Most likely the two offices that would investigate this would be Galvin’s office and the AG office. There can also be civil suits. The real concern for DA Andrea Harrington is that she has a VERY VERY seasoned litigator who’s meticulous in EVERYTHING she does saying that DA Andrea Harrington purposefully and knowingly violated the law. The fact that Jeanne resigned and claimed whistleblower protections just goes to hint at the depth of the problems of that office. Jeanne is no political hack, she’s got a sterling reputation, she has been above reproach her entire career. She was a State Ethics Commissioner and was the head of the Federal Public Corruption and Special Prosecutions Unit. She’s the person who would… Read more »

Magoo
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Magoo

As has capeless &caccaviello covering up hundreds of sexual, spousal and child abuse felonies along with hit-and-runs I’m taking campaign donations as bribes to let off heroin dealers

We know it's you Tom
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We know it's you Tom

You need to be honest, Tom. We all know that you were prosecuted by that office, so admit that is why you make these outrageous claims.
And regarding the allegations you make in this post–prove it. Oh, that’s right, you can’t. Sit behind your wretched little keyboard and keep spewing your poisonous chyme. Damaged goods from a damaged mind.
Keep it up–you’ll have your ass sued to high heaven and back to hell, where you belong.

JoePesci
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JoePesci

Slap on the wrist. Minor admonishment by secretary Galvin. No real investigation. Just an advisory opinion. And that’s only if the Eagle appeals denial.

Jumpin Joe Curtis.
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Jumpin Joe Curtis.

Big shocker here. Harrington is a true politician and McKeever is her media henchman. I lost any respect I had for that boy.

Merguez
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Merguez

I have not seen any coverage of this story from iBerkshires.

Be The Change CDC
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Be The Change CDC

You could call them Satellites……

Be The Change CDC
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Be The Change CDC

Berkshire Eagle is published from the Clock Tower right ?

Benigno Numine
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Benigno Numine

Most days it’s published from the tower of london.

Be The Change CDC
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Be The Change CDC

Awe…

Muncied Ferdussonofabich
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Muncied Ferdussonofabich

What do you expect when a D A is a regular guest on pctv ridiculous show?

Jumpin Joe Curtis
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Jumpin Joe Curtis

If you compiled all the time teachers were assaulted at PHS and the admins covered it up, you’d have a novel longer than War and Peace

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The school committee

How much is Eberwien being paid to lead the group that will consolidate and save money.He is a joke at consolidating and saving money.Pittsfield could do it today and wont.Who is on Eberwiens staff.This should be interesting to follow.Why is the Berkshire Eagle not reporting this story as consolidation is the only way for survival in public education

Mr. Fritz
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Mr. Fritz

I hear Harry is shopping for extra file cabinets to house all the incident reports.

The school committee
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The school committee

Calling Warren a liar in the face of a 3 year Presidential history regarding Trump lying is of course comical.

Gary Wood
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Gary Wood

Warren is 1/1024th honest Injun.

acheshirecat
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acheshirecat

I agree with you on MLB. Trying to crack the others teams code was always part of the “gamesmanship”. You still have to hit the pitch. ( maybe when bunting it would be a slight advantage) Mariano Rivera only threw one pitch. You knew what was coming, but not where it would end up and he was pretty much unhittable. The only thing that might come out of this is a slightly faster game. Batters won’t be stepping out as much between pitches so someone can watch the replay in the dugout. I also find it interesting the way Red Sox fans react to scandal and how Patriots fans react. Red Fans and media immediately condemned Alex Cora and called for his dismissal. Pick any Patriot-Gate scandals in the past and the fans and media have rounded up the wagons and strongly defended the… Read more »

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

maybe they should teach it in little league. All those kids have the electronics in their pockets, phones that can do real time videos, cameras, texting, voice recording. Hell maybe they already do it. It is all about the W.

Shakes
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Shakes

Let’s not cast baseball as an institution above reproach. This attention is nothing more than a headline -grabbing sham in the off-season with declining sales and massive negative impact from contraction. America’s pastime is a joke.

SallySays
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SallySays

And pensive and prayerful Pelosi handout out pens as souvenirs after signing impeachment and shciffmamd crew marched the impeachment papers to the senate in a solemn and shameful procession. These democrats are a joke.

Pawl Muni
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Pawl Muni

Right on Sally! There’s a new name for these progressives. HonestCheaters

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The school committee

Im beginning to believe most people really believe Trump does not lie.Honestly, just thought the Trump support was more about white power saving America from its obvious future of South America becoming a larger part of our country but now I really think we may be dealing in a thought process more in line with Jonestown Koolaide.You guys really believe in Trump the Savior.

Acute Angina
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Acute Angina

Democrat Jimmy Carter was a big Jones supporter.

The Dream Team
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The Dream Team

Anyone notice who was missing from the subcommittee meeting last night? That’s right folks, yours truly , Christoper J Connell. He wanted this job because he enjoys helping people as he told Bill Sturgeon earlier in the week on WTBR. So I guess we know he is a phony. Thanks for nothing Chris, stick to renting out slums in the morningside and west side! Can the people in ward 4 or the city impeach a councilor and have him removed from office?

Pawl Muni
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Pawl Muni

Moon was absent from her next meeting at C C after the November election,so what. Shows what you are for even tuning into the Sturgeon show,says a lot.

Acute Angina
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Acute Angina

Knock it off Barry. How’s the pot business going?

Police Report
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Police Report

Off Topic: The expose in the Berkshire Eagle is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to DA Andrea Harrington’s abuse of her office. There is MUCH MUCH more to come. People must understand, and it will come out eventually, either in litigation or a criminal investigation that the DA’s office has been run as a campaign office from the day DA Andrea Harrington stepped foot in that office, and even before. There are alleged campaign finance law violations during DA Andrea Harrington’s campaign. She pooled funds and spent funds without keeping receipts and for personal items and travel and dinners not in anyway related to the campaign. She made promises to certain members of the press for “favorable access” to her office if they printed favorable pieces about her and maximized the “bad press” for her opponents. There was even a… Read more »

Mark Tully
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Mark Tully

Given our county’s population decline, I think it is time for the Governor to dissolve the Berkshire DA position and roll it back into the Hampden County DA’s office as it was up until the 80’s.

James
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James

It’s not a bad plan, Mark. Some of the best employees from the Berkshire DA’s office are working in Hampden anyway after Harrington fired them.

juicylucy
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juicylucy

Mark, you are right on and it certainly would clear up some of the deep seeded corruption that currently exists in the city and “curry favor” to the members of the political cult.

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

Is she the one all the Tyer people were supporting?

Police Report
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Police Report

Yes. Tyer immediately endorsed her, Moon ran her campaign.
This is also Andrea Harrington who threatened Melissa Mazzeo, said that unless Melissa endorsed her, Andrea was going to make her life difficult.
Andrea formed a woman’s PAC that then donated to Tyer in a quid pro quo endorsement for cash scheme.

Dan, I’d suggest you look at the PAC Andrea founded with Moon. See who got money in the last election.

Shakes
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Shakes

So why haven’t you filed a complaint against Harrington’s law license?

Could be your conspiracy theories have more holes than Swiss cheese?

Gary Wood
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Gary Wood

Your knees must be raw and your nose quite brown

Merguez
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Merguez

What makes you think the Board of Bar Overseers has not been alerted?

Ham Anex
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Ham Anex

I hope Dina isn’t Guielty of any wrong doing.

juicylucy
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juicylucy

yes

Aerin
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Aerin

Let’s not forget Farley-Bouvier used her political left of left base to prop up Harrington and notoriously tried to muscle Harrington’s opponent Judy Knight out of the race. Knight is supreme court material compared to Harrington. What a sh%* show and so predictable and preventable.

Be The Change CDC
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Be The Change CDC

Right, right, & Good luck finding a lawyer who does not lease an office space from [yes. that guy]. Clock Tower. LLC.

Merguez
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Merguez

Note that iBerkshires has not reported this news story!

Truthsayer
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Truthsayer

If the chief law enforcement officer of Berkshire County intentionally broke the law, advising her staff to do, used private emails, etc., I would expect the state BAR should reprimand her at a minimum. Further, it’s my understanding that a DA that intentionally breaks the law can be removed from office by complaint.

SallySays
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SallySays

Nope. Ain’t nothing gonna happen. In fact violatin the public records law happens all the time all over the state

Hell Toupee
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Hell Toupee

Sign steeling started right here in pittsfield in 1791 five minutes after baseball was invented .

Carm Freculah
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Carm Freculah

And all the while pocket pool went unnoticed.

Carm Freculah
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Carm Freculah

It’s stealing,not steeling. All I care about is pocket pool’s advent.

Hell Toupee
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Hell Toupee

you are correct

Gary Wood
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Gary Wood

what about the Steelers and Pirates ?

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

That is accurate and the upshot of it was that the Pittsfield squad was playing a team of Stockbridge Indians on the common when it happened. The Indians were quite offended having been accused of stealing and logged a complaint of stereotyping with the Boston anti-discrimination league. But the case never made it to court and the Indians left for Michigan where they invented basketball.

Mr. Fritz
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Mr. Fritz

Get the popcorn; with Harrington up to her eyeballs in guano, and the mayor facing an election violations lawsuit – maybe we’ll see 2 progressive hacks dismissed from their positions! Who are the runners up?

Aerin
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Aerin

You will want to take a drink every time you spot the half truth in Harrington’s statements here. Is this the way she handles prosecutions? God help us. https://www.wamc.org/post/berkshire-da-defends-office-after-senior-staff-member-resigns-over-legal-concerns

Johnny2Shoes
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Johnny2Shoes

Loved Harrington’s BS line of the “Disgruntled Employee “ . Sounds like you can’t find someone who isn’t disgruntled in the current DA’s office with a few exceptions like Moon and co.

Chuck Garivaltis
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Chuck Garivaltis

Recently Mark Tully had two excellent and informative writeups on taxes. Mark did a great job on a complicated issue. I enjoyed them a lot They were informative. Today’s column I had a tough time deciding how to respond to just one today’s excellent issues. I’m going to go with MLB’s Whiffs because I’ve been there and know something about baseball. Stealing a baseball sign is an integral part of the game. It’s like throwing a fast ball or completing a double play. It’s part of the game and has been for 120 years. Maybe since 1791.From Redfield fifth grade where I was a catcher for Larry Bossidy’s usual no-hitters to Jr. high school thru high school to Colgate where at the college world series in Omaha we beat So. California. Stealing sign’s was always part of what we did, or hoped to do.… Read more »

Co Neclearow
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Co Neclearow

It’s not just knowing the pitch to hit. It could also be a gift to a runner to steal a base or knowing the hitter is going to get a pitch to drive and move base runners over. I agree that most good pitchers wouldn’t care what the hitter knows,a lot of pitchers are either fast ball and straight anyways.

Gary Wood
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Gary Wood

Abner Arlos stole the first sign.

Sunday Alyyomamara
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Sunday Alyyomamara

I thought it was a couple- few from the pocket pool gathering. They knew were the signs were.

Gaye Brewar
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Gaye Brewar

Off topic. Two pitchers who l love watching were Cat Hunter and Tommy John. Masters at their craft. Wonder why John isn’t in the Hall of Fame?

SallySays
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SallySays

Very well said sir.

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

And is this really different than a football team spying on another team filming and stealing play signals? Spygate? Are they one and the same or somehow different? Both part of the game?

Chuck Garivaltis
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Chuck Garivaltis

Johnny is 100% correct here. Stealing signals is part of the game. Always has been. Watching major league baseball is boring enough now played by a bunch of overpaid guys fueled by owners who charge us $5.00 for a soda and $6.00 for a hot dog. You can’t even run into the catcher trying to score a run. Now they want to make sign stealing illegal. As if this hurts anyone.

Mark Tully
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Mark Tully

Thank you Chuck.

Chuck Garivaltis
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Chuck Garivaltis

Your welcome, Mark. It really was that good.

Auto Phil
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Auto Phil

“Overall I would say the DA is not experienced in prosecution, she’s not experienced in government, and she’s not experienced in management,” said Kempthorne.

-WAMC article

Glad somebody said it!

Harrington said it herself, in her own words on a radio interview (Live 95.9). – “This is why I got into politics….”
I hope her political aspirations go POOF amid on-going scandal!

AverageJoe
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AverageJoe

Yea, your average Joe knew all this and yet somehow she won. The question is, who is going to run against her?

Police Report
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Police Report

Judith Knight she’s a perfect replacement.

Ewendt
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Ewendt

No. I must disagree PR. We need someone who knows what they are doing. Knight prosecuted a few cases 20+ years ago, no management experience, and no understanding of government. We need to move forward.

SallySays
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SallySays

Because the average Jane voted for her.

James
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James

Repeat: not experienced in prosecution, not experienced in government, and she’s not experienced in management
All of this was said so many times and ways during the election. Why did no one hear it?

juicylucy
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juicylucy

She is a part of the political cult. Remember The Bible Speaks.

JoePesci
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JoePesci

So when is the Eagle writing the big story on the investigative deliberations? Did the Eagle request every single Great Barrington police report and Massachusetts State Police report? And why don’t the Great Barrington police charge the perpetrator of this hoax, like Chicago Police did to Smollet, and let the chips fall were they may? Regardless of whether Harrington Smollets the case, the perp should be charged and were I the Great Barrington chief I’d throw the book at her. Then when Harrington Smolleted the case, I’d hold a press conference just as Chicago chief did, Locally and nationally, the cops need to start playing hardball with these progressive NAMBYPAMBY district attorneys, and enforcing the law even if the da’s Smollett the cases.

JoePesci
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JoePesci

Twawana Brawley, Jessie Smollet, and Simon Rock Person of Color Hoax. What do they all have in common? Simon Rock is about to become nationally renowned for all the wrong reasons, again. This story is going nationwide big time I hear, like the other two. I hear a major national news organization is sniffing around for the inside story. Will the Eagle beat them to the scoop? Will Harrington sit for an interview with 60 minutes and defend her failure to prosecute, or throw the cops under the bus for not bringing a charge to her on a silver platter. Cops better grow some balls and bring charges.

Shakes
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Shakes

No word of that ‘national’ story here. Maybe the Washington Times and Breitbart will pick it Up.

Johnny2Shoes
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Johnny2Shoes

This is where we show you the door, The Chuck Todd blog called and he has Midol and a Vagina hat for you.

Mr. X
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Mr. X

Dumpster Persip has been stealing signs for years and nobody banned him

Police Report
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Police Report

Another stunning loss for DA Andrea Harrington’s office. She didn’t actually lose because she is too inept to try a case, but a predicted slam dunk case turns into a loss. Costing the taxpayers $10s of thousands of dollars to return a guilty verdict on simple possession, which isn’t even a crime under the DAs new guidelines. https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/jury-doesnt-buy-drug-dealing-weapons-possession-arguments,594999 PITTSFIELD — A jury has acquitted Derrick King of most of the charges connected to a January 2017 raid that yielded thousands of dollars worth of drugs and a small cache of weapons. King, 42, of Pittsfield, was found not guilty of all charges Friday afternoon, except for one count each of simple possession of heroin and cocaine, related to drugs he had on him at the time police executed their search warrant of a Students Lane apartment. Here’s hoping DA Andrea Harrington acts as her… Read more »

Mr. Fritz
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Mr. Fritz

Wow. Amen to your last statement!

juicylucy
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juicylucy

She’s a joke and Linda Tyer. Both girls are no threat to the boys.

Police Report
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Police Report

https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/our-opinion-da-fails-duty-to-press-public,595018 DA Andrea Harrington has not ethical center, she doesn’t care about the job she was elected to do, she only cares about her political ambition. She has routinely tried to trade favorable press for access. Andy McKeever fell prey to this and he secured his job by trading favorable press for access and a future job. I suggest that those running iBerkshires look deep back into their archive to comb through emails between Andrea and Andy. I think you will find they shared an extremely cozy relationship as he was covering her and it substantially influenced his reporting on her and her opponents. Yesterday I mentioned the favors for access, it is only get worse. I again ask that news organizations with the legal might to petition the courts to enjoin the private email accounts of DA Andrea Harrington, Dohoney, Moon, and McKeever.… Read more »

Pat
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Pat

I agree with everything except the line, “we still believe in Harrington’s Progressive approach to criminal justice”. Well, I don’t and think that it is also a disaster and that history will show that the Progressive approach to crime is extremely dangerous for the public and just like sanctuary cities, should be abolished. The news media will NEVER publish just what a disaster these policies will be. They will hide the facts, but we will see the devastation to communities with our own eyes.

James
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James

The news media WILL publish, here you go, Pat. Wall Street Journal Philadelphia’s Top Prosecutor Pursues ‘Social,’ Not Actual, Justice Larry Krasner said he wouldn’t prosecute certain offenses and the bad guys got the message. By Jennifer Stefano Jan. 10, 2020 6:06 pm ET Michael White didn’t deny killing Sean Schellenger. He admitted to police and at his trial that he plunged a knife several times into Schellenger’s back during a July 2018 scuffle in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square. Numerous witnesses and a cellphone video confirmed what happened. Yet in October 2019 a jury acquitted Mr. White, a 22-year-old college student, of voluntary manslaughter. Many, including the victim’s family, blame Larry Krasner, Philadelphia’s soft-on-crime district attorney. Mr. Krasner is one of a new crop of “progressive prosecutors” who have won election in liberal cities. They include San Francisco’s Chesa Boudin, who was raised by Weather… Read more »

Pat
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Pat

That’s good news. I hope it continues, but don’t expect the Berkshire Eagle to put down the far left District Attorneys. As they mention in their editorial, they don’t like Andrea Harrington and her policies of refusing to release public records, but they do like the far left approach to criminal justice. Remember that the Berkshire Eagle fell down the far left rabbit hold long before the rest of the country so they are very locked in to the Progressive ideology. As crime continues to get worse here, they will ignore it and blame in on anything but the far left approach to crime.

Spider
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Spider

Now that there is an investigation from the Federal level, and if Harrington is found in violation of these charges, what will happen? Will she be forced to resign? And if so, what happens to Moon and Dina and the rest of her staff?

AND….If all of the above happens, how does this affect the two gals mentioned above who sit on our CC?

Shakes
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Shakes

Confirm who at Federal level is investigating ?

The school committee
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The school committee

Fired

Merry & Bright
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Merry & Bright

Wondering if the State Ethics Board sees a pattern of “up yours to the laws” in Pittsfield. City of Pittsfield had issues during the election with the City Clerks office and rules being broken at the polling stations. Then early last week we had the “up yours” game being played by Marchetti/Tyer toward Connell and Morandi, and now the latest huge debacle with Andrea Harrington. I believe it is time for the State Ethics Board to spend some time investigating the goings on in the City Administration and the District Attorneys office. It is time for the “up yours” attitude to be stopped so that the hardworking taxpayers can receive a honest way of living in Pittsfield and Berkshire County. Enough is enough!

Auto Phil
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Auto Phil

Let’s not forget the Up Yours to the regulations enforced by Pittsfield’s Board of Health that prohibits smoking tobacco in all public and private spaces. Granted, a cigar for profit has yet to be smoked indoors on North Street, but the mere audacity of the approval for such a venue is a huge up yours to the BOH regulations.

Merry & Bright
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Merry & Bright

Thanks Auto Phil, forgot that one and I am sure there are many more that I did not mention.

Pat
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Pat

Nancy Pelosi gloating on television about how President Trump will be impeached forever is really pathetic. I thought this was supposed to be a somber and dignified impeachment by the Democrats? This just shows how phony this whole impeachment nonsense has become. How about this Nancy? You will be forever be associated with abusing your power to put a shadow over this presidency. History will NOT treat you kindly Nancy Pelosi.

The school committee
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The school committee

President Trump was impeached by the peoples house.That is now a historical fact.If Trump allows his people to give eyewitness testimony to his version of that fact he will be found innocent at the Senate trial.As you know in your heart he can’t do that because his removal is guaranteed if they are to witness.

The school committee
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The school committee

Pelosi is the only leader in Washington right now.I hope the Republicans do the cover up and dismiss it leading us to a democratic senate and house then returning Trump to the Democrat that he is thus saving his legacy by passing our legislation.Im good either way they paint this.

Fake News
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Fake News

Very incoherent fake news

Be The Change CDC
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Be The Change CDC

Put that in the Planet Valenti file….

Police Report
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Police Report

An oldie but a goodie https://www.gazettenet.com/Harrington-blasts-Hinds-on-contributions-4489210 Democratic state Senate candidate Andrea Harrington on Thursday called on opponent Adam Hinds to return campaign contributions from “Boston and out-of-state lobbyists representing large energy companies and big oil.” Both candidates are vying for the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden state Senate seat as part of a three-way race to be decided in Thursday’s Democratic primary election. Rinaldo Del Gallo of Pittsfield is also running to succeed Sen. Benjamin B. Downing, D-Pittsfield, who is not seeking re-election. Harrington, an attorney from Richmond, issued a statement Thursday criticizing Hinds, a Pittsfield resident who heads the North Berkshire Community Coalition, for donations he received from lobbyists and top officials representing companies including Exxon Mobil, the New England Power Generators Association and Berkshire Gas. “I am deeply troubled that Adam Hinds has been raising money from Boston and out of state… Read more »

MrsMiaWallace
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MrsMiaWallace

Andrea Harrington must resign as district attorney. The voters were warned about her ineptitude and corrupt political hackery. But, they persisted, with the help of Farley-Bouvier, Barrett, and Hinds, pushed her into a position she is unprepared for in every regard. What did the cocktail swells think was going to happen? As stated by one of her vapid supporters, “vision is more important than experience”. Vision uninformed by experience is a rudderless vessel. For all the bitching and moaning her supporters did over cops appearing in uniforms at her opponent’s kickoff event, (including one woman screeching at the former DA in a public forum “Why did you break the law?”) Harrington’s use of her public office’s resources for political campaigns is a breath-taking, tone-deaf f-ck you to public ethics law. This is not a rookie mistake. This is evidence of Harrington’s black corrupted heart;… Read more »

James
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James

My feeling is that these types “typical political lies” and flip-flopping take away from a much more serious issue. The DA must be held to a higher standard. When the DA refuses to let the public have access to information they have a right to or fails to prosecute a case that she herself has said clearly indicates a hoax…Where does that leave the Kapanskis? The use of the office for political activity alone if true violates the conflict of interest law. My real question is, what is being done? Is anyone (you?) contacting the State Ethics Commission, Galvin’s office? the AG? What exactly happens after a whistle is blow?

Jonathan Melle
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Jonathan Melle

January 18, 2020 Re: Massachusetts Legislators part of state pension crisis Nearly three years ago, the Massachusetts Legislature overrode Gov. Baker’s veto to pass a “leadership” pay raise bill for their top down so-called legislative “leaders”, as well as statewide elected state government officials, and state Judges. It was the first piece of major legislation passed in 2017. Speaker (for life) Bob DeLeo and then state Senate President Stan Rosenberg received a 46% pay raise! The pay raise package cost state taxpayers $18 million. Of course, there were no public hearings, nor was there any other form of public input. The only justification was that the Legislative “leaders” have not received a pay raise on their “leadership” stipends since 1982 – or for 35 years. There was no other reason given to soak state taxpayers out of $18 million. Under state law, the people… Read more »

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

So where does Helen Moon wind up in this whole mess? Did she tie her asperations to the wrong moonbeam? Can she be taken serious in anything she says or does anymore?
And just how deep will the local paper dig if it finds evidence that politicians they support and cover for are mixed up in this current whistle blower issue?

Chuck Garivaltis
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Chuck Garivaltis

From a few posts back by Milt Plum:

Milt, Your “shot heard round the world”. Was this Bobby Thompson’s home run against the Dodgers in the 9th with 2 outs. The hit won the national league championship for the NY Giants. How’s my memory?

Thomas More
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Thomas More

Not bad Chuck. Ralph Branca threw the ball. You were in 10th grade then and I in 11 and Dan wasn’t born but I’m sure he remembers it.

Chuck Garivaltis
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Chuck Garivaltis

Thomas, Your memory is better than mine. I forgot about Ralph Branca throwing the famous pitch. He was a good pitcher. Shame all he’s remembered for is that one infamous pitch. PHS, 10th &11th grades. At the time a wonderful school. Indeed, that makes Dan a young fella today.

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

So is Marchetti really going to stick the taxpayers with his dumbed down version of a finance committee? It is such a dick move to punish the whole city to please his Mom, I mean the mayor.

Jonathan Melle
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Jonathan Melle

Tyer/Marchetti practice retribution! It is the same old Pittsfield politics at its worst! I wish all voices of the hard hit taxpayers and citizens were heard in City Hall. But democracy doesn’t matter to Mayor Linda Tyer and City Council Prez Peter Marchetti.

Be The Change CDC
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Be The Change CDC

Some of those who hold office
Are the same that burn crosses….

The school committee
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The school committee

Don Trump has taught America to just say FU to law enforcement and ethics.Deny and say fake this and fake that.He is a very sick man.Lets see just how far down that hole we are Republican Senators.

Jonathan Melle
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Jonathan Melle

January 19, 2020 Re: Open letter to Clarence Fanto Dear Clarence Fanto, I read your most recent news article concerning the proposed future PCB dump in Berkshire County. The biggest problem with the 2001 Consent Decree with GE is that a majority of the PCBs (cancer causing industrial chemicals called “polychlorinated biphenyls”) in the so-called cleanup is that caps do not last forever. After a period of time, the cap sites become ineffective. The PCBs will eventually continue to spread and pollute the land, water, and air in Pittsfield and downstream south through Connecticut into the Long Island Sound. In your news article, you explain: “The EPA’s proposed cleanup plan included disposal of excavated, toxic material at an out-of-state, federally licensed facility….” “Eight of the 21 operating commercial hazardous waste landfills in the U.S. hold a permit for disposal of PCB-contaminated materials under the… Read more »

Gigi
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Mad Trapper
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Mad Trapper

I hope they put BOTH, BLOW HARD dementia Joe and his crack head dead beat dad Son, Hunter on the stand.

Then get the H-beast and horse mouth Kerry there too!!! They are all dirty money POSs!!!

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