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COVID RAGES BUT CITY, STATE LEADERS REMAIN CLUELESS: THOUGHTS AND SAMPLINGS

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY MARCH 23, 2020) — With COVID raging, THE PLANET hunkers down with Ovid … and Pericles, Sir Kenneth clark, and Strat-O-Matic — what eclecticism. Reports stream into the FORTRESS, and we present today some thoughts and samplings.

BORING-ER — “Everyone here is working not for the paycheck but because we give a damn, and that’s why we do the journalism we do,” said Kevin Moran, executive editor of New England Newspapers, better known as The Boring Broadsheet, which Tuesday announced a one-week furlough of its entire staff. At a time when media find the numbers up with people hungering for information, leave it to The BB to find a way to blow it. Unless this is a money grab by its owners. Nah, couldn’t be that, could it?

SUPPLY SIDE — SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Crouse and Upstate University hospitals are preparing to add more than 1,000 beds and press retired nurses and doctors into service if need be as coronavirus cases increase. “It’s essentially wartime planning,” said Dr. Robert Corona, Upstate’s chief executive officer. “We can shift our plans on the fly.” Syracuse’s hospitals are joining their counterparts nationwide to increase beds, staffing, and ventilators to fight a pandemic that may overwhelm the health system. A couple things. Every day, multiple times, Syracuse and Onondaga County, including our former home The Post-Standard, have provided updates. We get at least a half-dozen daily updates form The Post. Meanwhile, The Boring Broadsheet has furloughed its entire staff. Second, his name actually is “Dr. Corona.”

CLEAR WATER RUNS DEEP — You can prove it in Venice, Italy. With the city and country in lockdown and no traffic on its famous canals, Venice waterways have cleaned themselves up. The water is crystal clear, a lovely blue-green, the first time in memory. It proves nature’s wisdom and shames humankind’s so-called “superiority.”

SIGNS OF SPRING — Speaking of nature, it knows the seasons and the times with mathematical intimacy. While humans hunker down in ignorance and fear, THE PLANET‘s sun-splashed walks brought the joy of life returning. The plants come alive, on time, without fail, borne on certainty that looks to us like faith. Green crocus spears, snow drops, tree buds, young dandelion plants: They have made their appearance in a nick of our time — what to them is a mere continuance of eternity. They, not local government, give me buoyancy. Local governments give me lies.

PACE, ITALIAN FOR “PEACE” — One of the blessings of this new experience has been how life has been forced to slow down. The pace has become less machine-like, more human. We win the race by running slowly. “Essere humano” goes the call: “Be human.”

BUS DOWN — A member of city hall who deals with bus transportation tells THE PLANET that while the school busses idle in the Petricca lots at rental’s full price, maintenance has been “totally ignored.” Busses, like all motor vehicles that will not be used for some time, require regular service. Engines must be run, oils and other fluids must be circulated, hulls need to be washed but Pittsfield, in its wisdom, lets the fleet rot and rust. Warnings by concerned management have been ignored by Supt. JIV, school committee chair Lady Boots, and the mayor.

IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSETHE PLANET got a communication from a doctor at Berkshire Medical Center. He told of how flat-footed the facility was to handle the pandemic. The number one issue, Doc says, has been the lack of supplies: “There was no forethought, no stockpiling, even when we advised senior staff and [the administration].” Doc spoke on condition of total anonymity, saying flat out that if his or her identity was discovered, he or she would be out of a job. Even in this dire time, we asked? Yes, Doc said. Probably the best place you want to be right now if you want to catch COVID-19 is at BMC. Want to stay healthy? Don’t go near the place.

COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN — Mayor Tyer and her Response Team have done a horrible job at communicating and providing leadership. Information is slow in coming, partial, inaccurate, and not to be trusted. The city council hasn’t said peep, especially council president “Pee Pee” Peter Marchetti. The school committee and Supt. JIV have been as helpful as germ-salt in an open wound. The D.A. still thinks she’s running for office. Let’s face it: Pittsfield’s “leaders” are treating Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski like trailer trash. Meanwhile, they’re all for the actual trash, the scums and bums, the hoods and hookers, the robbers and muggers, the drug dealers and welfare cheats. Someone explain that to us. Someone also explain why Tyer hasn’t ordered a “stay in place” directive. Don’t wait for the governor. Take that action now. Show the leadership you claim. Tyer: Give Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski actions, not empty words.

ECHO-NOMICS — Retail and small businesses, of course, are getting hammered. It reminds us of what our dear dad used to say. This member of The Greatest Generation and a front-line veteran in the Battle of the Bulge would say, in response to an America and its people regressing to a lower common denominator: “What this country needs is a goddamned good Depression.” He lived through the Depression. So did mom. We never tired of the stories of the hardships and the pulling together, the humility and the ingenuity of using everything and wasting nothing. Well, dad, we may get that Depression. Question is, can this current generation handle it? The jury is out.

CLOSER AND FARTHER APART — Phrase of the year: “Social distancing.” As if we needed one more excuse to take the human touch out of life. Reality had already become virtual enough, and now with contact of any sort seen as an act of treason, THE PLANET wonders about the ultimate effect. Will people come out of this more suspicious and afraid of each other? Ironically, in our daily dealings, limited as they are with trips being reduced to essentials, we notice a more polite, helpful, and giving attitude. Small consolations can be found. Passing a stranger on the empty streets during a walk, we find people more inclined to acknowledge you. We wonder, though: What will be the shape of human relations when this all ends?

DEMOCRACY AT ITS LIMITS — Have you marveled how the surveillance states and Asian culture have ben able to deal with COVID-19 much more effectively. China and South Korea have had a relatively easy time restricting human movement and clamping down on individual freedom. In the Pacific Rim, those countries have the inclination to obey authority without question. They also defer to their elders, who are wiser and more experienced. American and Western Europe have had a much harder time. They kept their economies going. We shut down outs. How smart was that? How much longer will Americans obey ever-more-stricter calls for the curtailing of individual freedom? We wonder if at some point the dam bursts, and those armed with guns and bullets will be better able to fend for themselves?

ANOTHER NAIL IN THE COUGH-IN — It’s time for government on all levels to start cracking down on the “virus partiers.” Deliberately flouting guidelines and orders puts the rest of us in jeopardy. It’s well past time for The Commonwealth to issue a “stay-in” order, as nearby states have done (CT., NY., & N.J.). Mayor Tyer must now unilaterally issued such an order in Pittsifield, which is showing an alarming ignorance of common sense. This is more proof of the brain-drain that has devastated the once-around gem of a city. The scum have flocked here. The talented have left. What’s left of the disappearing middle-class bears the burden for all. Listen up, Madame Mayor: Shut down all the “non-essentials.” Start with the skateboard park, where the little monsters are practicing a new game. It involves deliberately coughing on or near a senior citizen. It’s time to start cracking a few few empty skulls of these young dumb-asses.

FREE THE PARKERS — The mayor also needs to reel in the parking officers, who lustily go about ticketing every stray they see. In Syracuse by comparison, mayor Ben Walsh freed up every municipal space to encourage more curbside picket at struggling restaurants, make it easy to accommodate the increase in pick-up and deliveries in a number of businesses and in general not put an added burden on an already stressed public. They can park for free without worry. And what did he do with Salt City’s parking officers? They have all been reassigned to COVID-related duties. Tyer should do this with every furloughed city worker. Give them a choice: (a) Stay at home without pay or (b) If you accept pay, you have to work for it. There are tons of jobs needed to be performed across a wide range of enterprises.

DROP THE ADJECTIVETHE PLANET is tired of the adjective “novel” before “coronavirus.” Everyone on the planet and THE PLANET know when you use the word “coronavirus,” you’re referring to COVID-19 and not any of the other strains, of which there are many. There’s nothing “novel” about this any longer.

Finally, use your head. It’s the best weapon you have in this fight. Also, follow the common sense guidelines: wash your hands, stay inside, exercise, eat healthy foods, and stay calm. Good health to you.

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“A man can do all things if he will”Leon Battista Alberti.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Jonathan Melle
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Jonathan Melle

The General Electric Company has a $94 billion debt load. GE also has a negative cash flow. The Stock Market is tanking due to the Corona-Virus. I wonder if GE will survive the next recession? If GE declares bankruptcy, what would happen to the polluted Housatonic River and the planned 13 year cleanup and capping project?

Anti Venumkillor
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Anti Venumkillor

My remedy for any virus or flu that I’ve ever caught is bone juice, warm water, hot beverages like tea, Drink the fluids as to send the virus to the stomach. Wash hands when coming from outside,try to avoid close contact,they say six feet. Always wash clothes after working or out for a while.

You can get a jug of the bone juice at the grocery store,it’s seven dollars. It’s bone broth called Zoup co. 32 0z jar.

Police Report
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Police Report

The most dangerous advice I’ve seen on this to date.
The acid in your stomach will not denature the corona of the virus, in fact the lining of your stomach is ripe for helping spread the infection faster.
To denature the corona of a virus or to destroy bacteria by heat you would have to drink much hotter liquid than your body can stand.

JoeKapanski
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JoeKapanski

Mr. Melle, most of us are concerned with our own economies right now and our health and our families. Not everyone has an unearned pension that won’t be affected and can hole up in apartment somewhere. Tell it to Linda, if ya can find her.

Jonathan Melle
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Jonathan Melle

March 23, 2020 Re: Disabled Veterans earned their benefits I disagree with the view that I “sit in an apartment somewhere while I collect an unearned pension”. Rather, disabled Veterans like me earned their benefits through Honorable military service. I also want to say that I went to college and graduate school. When I was a young man, I looked for a job in the Pittsfield area without any success. I believe those who ran Pittsfield politics blacklisted me from employment because my dad was a politician there. They were retaliatory and mean-spirited against my dad and me for not playing ball with the big wheels who ran Pittsfield politics. From the mid-Spring of 2002 to the beginning of Summer of 2003, I walked around Pittsfield (Mass.) looking for a job, but no one would hire me. By the end of the Summer of… Read more »

Johnny99
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Johnny99

Oh Okay. Well, everybody’s got a story. If you didn’t get a government pension, or other government help, would you starve to death, or find a job?

You’re either a victim or a victor in life. I am sorry for you, that you made the choice to be a victim.

Jonathan Melle
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Jonathan Melle

I did not choose to be a victim! My dad was a politician when I was in my early to mid 20’s. Pittsfield politics is toxic and mean-spirited! They tried to ruin my dad and my own respective lives during that time in my life. When I was in the U.S. Army, I did not ask to have a steel bar held to my head and then get punished for reporting the incident. I did not ask to be sleep deprived for days on end in the middle of a freezing January winter and then be given illegal orders to drive a 5 ton military vehicle on Germany’s civilian roads after a similar 5 ton truck had previously jackknifed and killed a mother and her son in their car en route to a German elementary school. I did not ask to be called “wop”… Read more »

The school committee
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The school committee

They only cleaned 1 mile of river in 20 years.It is never going to happen.They want a deal and for that you wil get a few million.

Police Report
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Police Report

Under the title of complete incompetence, they waited too long to close the schools. In South County and in Pittsfield. Many parents and officials begged for schools to be closed easily a week to ten days prior. They waited. Now you will unfortunately see the toll waiting will have. Shut the schools down for the year, NOW! Shut down all non-essential businesses, NOW! Mayor Linda Tyer and Superintendent Jason McCandless, we will not forget how you have failed our children. COVID-19:Important Update from Superintendent McCandless: “This is Superintendent Jason McCandless calling/writing with critically important information that you need to know. Please listen to this entire message. We believe that members of our school community are likely positive for Covid-19. We believe that at least one individual has been in contact with students and with staff. Our immediate concern is for staff and students at… Read more »

jon doe
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jon doe

Your comment about the Eagle makes it sound like everyone took the same week off when they were rotating the furlough over five weeks. It’s actually a pretty smart way to save on expenses while not having to lay anyone off. As for implying it is a money grab from the Eagle; it’s pretty clear the Eagle is barely getting by like most newspapers across the country. Love it or hate it, we are fortunate to still have a printed daily in this town and you have to give the people and the management credit for trying.

AverageJoe
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AverageJoe

Yea but. Yea but Dan, and many of us here pointed out some years ago how a GOBSIG centered newspaper would never survive here, and yet a people centered one would have a chance. A people centered one, versus a special interest one, would rally around a people centered one in a time of need. Instead they are a mouthpiece for special interests, and protect the GOBSIGS, and gouged the average Joe for an obituary. So in a sense they are like the sub commander who nuked his own ship. Not even Connor Berry can save them now. Who would buy a subscription when they push lies and propaganda and are in bed with Tyers’ crooked class?

TellitLikeitIs
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TellitLikeitIs

Let us pray. 2 trillion give away. Handouts for people with kids that are crummy parents and don’t even have a job and therefore lost nuttin in this crisis. More money to piss away on the big 3 – alcohol, tobacco, and drugs, including cardboard crack, while the government gives the kiddies free lunch, and the dead beat parents get food stamp card, free cash, free apartment, free heat, free phone, and a get outta jail free cars thanks to Harrington. God help us, the Democrats won’t.

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

But as the bill stands right now the overwhelmingly largest handouts are going to big business s including Donald Trumps family hotel business. The president will walk away with at least a billion dollars with his friends getting most of what he does not take for himself and family. He is not denying any of this by the way.

Chuck Vincelette
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Chuck Vincelette

You’ve read the proposed bill?
Ok let’s allow airlines, hospitality industry, hospitals, travel industries, and utilities to fail. Give each individual $10,000. Is that what you want?

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

You got all that out of my post? Forgot, you are the Mensa guy. sorry.

Johnny2Shoes
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Johnny2Shoes

Let’s hope this stimulus bill that is in the works has a clause in it where big business isn’t allowed to use any part of it for bonuses. When they received a taxpayers bailout last time they gave themselves huge bonuses, raises, etc.. There’s no reason they can’t include a clause in the bill. Both R’s and D’s receive big donations from these companies we bailout. That will be the reason why it doesn’t make it into the bill if any.

The school committee
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The school committee

That is the broadest brush ever.We all know parent who are well to do and they dont drink or smoke but suck as role models.The checks to everyone is for great parents with great kids who do not have money and live at a very low level.They work hard and they are at the bottom of the pyramid and they will spend every nickle in every business.They will save the economy.Give people who dont have money more money and they will recycle every nickle.The well to do will put it under their mattress

JohnnyTwoCents
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JohnnyTwoCents

Lots of rage directed at second homeowners for fleeing the big apple and coming to their condos and homes here, Vermont, vineyard, etc. Do they not have the right to do so, and stock up on groceries and the like, like the regular folk are doing?

Edward R. Murrow
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Edward R. Murrow

Did you miss Police Report’s report on one of the arrogants saying loudly in Market 32 that the store should have special shopping hours for second-home owners because they spend a lot of money and pay a lot of taxes?

What next, allow the privileged ones exclusive access to health services while others get sick and die? All others can eat Solyent Green, I guess, and we’ll put you in a nice room with the colors and music of your choosing to go to your rest.

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

Can you just imagine this spoiled rotten privileged woman as we go forward? She is in for quite a comeuppance as she gets trampled by the real world for a change.

JohnnyTwoCents
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JohnnyTwoCents

Should we paint all the new yokas with the same brush?

Harrison
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Harrison

After 911 many New Yorkers took refuge here in the Berkshires. They help the economy, so if one or two piss you off, maybe think of them as an exception and not the rule.

Edward R. Murrow
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Edward R. Murrow

What economy? Perhaps it is the ol’ flower children buying the drugs . . .

Harrison
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Harrison

Tell that to many of my family members who work on the tourist industry.

Harrison
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Harrison

You should take your anger out on the hoarders.

Edward R. Murrow
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Edward R. Murrow

Second-home owners are not tourists.

Harrison
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Harrison

Second home owners are supporting our local restaurants just as much as are the locals are, if not more. Ask your favorite restaurant that you probably didn’t order from.

Edward R. Murrow
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Edward R. Murrow

You’re right. I always order from out of state. They drone it in to me.

But, hey, y’all, I ain’t got no problem with no-body ‘cept they attitude and behavya.

Just the democrat in me.

The school committee
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The school committee

Stockbridges population just doubled.

Johnny99
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Johnny99

What’s the matter Dan? You expect leadership from Her Honor? You expect to be told how many sick and dead from Pittsfield? That’s too much to ask isn’t it?

JohnnyComeLately
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JohnnyComeLately

I’m sick and tired of Tyers silence. If you can’t face us, at least post daily on your useless website – how many cases, how many dead.

Barry Clairmont
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Barry Clairmont

Um, that information is updated daily on the city’s website. She did a 9 minute PCTV statement this week. She has made numerous comments to the Eagle. Take your head out of the sand and look around. This idea that she is hiding is just false. You’re not paying attention, that is the problem.

The school committee
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The school committee

Not a fan of Tyer but she is superior to Trump in every way as he is rambling about social spacing not being effective.All Trump believers should show up on Park Square to show your confidence in his science.You guys are going to follow the advice of Baker Tyer and Cuomo.Deep down you people believe the science of this.

GMHeller
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GMHeller

Let’s hope The Berkshire Eagle and area hotels have deep pockets to weather cancellation of Boston Symphony’s and Jacob’s Pillow’s respective Summer 2020 performance calendars.

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

They will all get bailouts and possibly wind up better off than if they filled the rooms. For the right people there will be money falling from the sky. That is Mitch s plan.

Blare
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Blare

Still stuck out in Cali. Funny thing is, even SF is tolerable right now. They’re even acting like they care about human poop on the streets! Check out the article below. A colleague of the author is one of the people I spoke with before my last post. Bottom line: The hysteria has become too much. We all need to do the right thing, but it shouldn’t be necessary to terrify people in the process. When you read about projections of 40-70% of the globe being infected by COVID, or similar craziness, you need to consider how these numbers are derived. For the U.S figures, “researchers” start by modeling a population of 330 million. Then they enter inputs for every factor you can imagine to arrive at their headline grabbing predictions. Tweaking any of the variables can change the output dramatically. It’s a completely… Read more »

Mr. Fritz
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Mr. Fritz

Sorry you are still stuck in CA. I do agree with you on the corona issue, way too much fear- mongering by the media. I am very concerned with the way the economy has been completely shut down, as that may be more devastating to this country than the Chinese virus.

Noizee Daycares
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Noizee Daycares

To get the stimulus passed Dow makes must drop sharply again. People can’t pay mortgages and rent if their not working. SSDI recipeses need the cash for smokes and smoke.

Noizee Daycares
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Noizee Daycares

The Trump Presidency was the billionaires parachute minus any financial collapse,the same here in Pittsfield. The Beacon was to connected to failed. Millions in forgiveness. Someone had to have their name on that deal. Trumps ideology is wealth before peasants,always.

Kermit Frog
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Kermit Frog

I saw that in the LA times too. Good news.

Lovely Rita
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Lovely Rita

A clarification email from the mayor to a councillor on parking:

“We will not be issuing tickets for overtime in paid parking spots or in timed spots. We will issue tickets for violation of handicap parking, fire lane, etc. We are also not going to offer free parking. It defeats our plea for social distancing. FREE PARKING! Everyone come downtown. However, Ricardo is working on a plan to create free temporary 5 min loading zones on North, Elm, and Tyler to help with restaurant take-out. Look for that in the next day or two.”

Joe Pinhead
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Joe Pinhead

Well,
Wouldn’t that then be an admission that paid parking keeps people off of North street? or at the very least it does not help draw people. One of reasonable intellect might think that in times of a global pandemic we might not want to have people handling the screens on the kiosks etc. ask yourself is that contact essential?

Police Report
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Police Report

I’m not sure what city Mayor Tyer thinks she runs but you could offer free parking forever downtown and still practice social distancing.
There’s very little to do and the businesses are closed except for pickup.

What she doesn’t mention is that if you don’t use the kiosk they will issue tickets. Which defeats the purpose of not having people touch the kiosks.
They won’t ticket if you park overtime, but they will ticket if you don’t use the kiosks.

Also why waste the resources of the city hunting down tickets during a pandemic.

Just when you think she can’t get dumber, Mayor Linda Tyer does.

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

I went by city hall this morning and Rod Serling was looking back at me from the mayors window

Edward R. Murrow
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Edward R. Murrow

Just heard a patented four-part BBC report on why the US sucked on the COVID-19 response. Said four-parters are usually aimed at denigrating some aspect of the Right, or anything to the right of Ted Kennedy. The BBC’s version of PBS’s Frontline. The upshot, surprise!, Trump sucks. So this narrative/meme is growing about how Trump disbanded/defunded/urinated-on-the-bed of THE commission that would have saved us all. No mention that Trump acted early to close the border with China and then Europe. And, of course, no else to blame–medical services, hospitals, governors, state health boards, etc. _________________________________ I don’t know about blue water just yet in the Venice canals, but I see from some videos that it is clear(er)–and probably doesn’t stink! I think the preferred form is “buses.” “Busses” being what you’d give to your main squeeze under the mistletoe. Pericles not an author, but… Read more »

Police Report
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Police Report

The water is “clear” because there’s no traffic in the water stirring up the sediment. It’s still extremely polluted
Clear and clean are two different things

Be The Change
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Be The Change

Like Nick Cage [shoulda] said, “I could read The Planet for hours”…
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Noizee Daycares
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Noizee Daycares

The mayor and super of schools way of getting out messages is pct morning shit show. No one tunes into that. Have press conferences. Or can’t they lie to the people while looking at the cameras or live mics.
There are at least ten items I would like to know and had to find out on my own.

Merry & Bright
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Merry & Bright

Good article Dan. As far as Lovely Linda goes, she does not communicate or respond to the Kapinski’s in normal times, how dare we expect her to respond and communicate in a world wide Pandemic. There have been many comments in the past on this site, long before Coron19 that her office does not respond to taxpayers. The only response we have received from Pee Pee Petie in about 5 years is “your three minutes are up”, I believe his time has been up as the President of the CC for years. Since the election the CC has been silent even during there call to fame televised meetings. Everyone keep healthy,

Docturd Stooge
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Docturd Stooge

Stooge has a psychologist on today? Instead of a medical doctor,who I presume would be more appropriate at this time. And she’s promoting OLLI at B C C. Student programming has left the scene at T B R. It’s Official.

Thomas More
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Thomas More

This would be a good time for Pete Marchetti to step aside as the council has a strong vice president in Pete White.

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

White is just a mini-Pete

Kermit Frog
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Kermit Frog

Berkshire Co doesn’t have any leaders. My guess is Hinds is going to call in every Democratic Party favor he can if Biden wins and get a job the hell out of here. He has probably made a deal with squeaky for his seat.

dancin Inthestreets
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dancin Inthestreets

Dow is crashing. Let the social war begin.

Kermit Frog
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Kermit Frog

Instead of just voting a thumbs down – I invite any examples of leadership. You don’t like what I say? Show me the opposite.

JohnnyTwoCents
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JohnnyTwoCents

Okay Kermit, here a two cent tid bit on leadership from the mayor – if not a daily briefing, at least a weekly one, but a daily column on her website letting us know she is at least in the city, and reporting daily, city deaths, and city infections. Why does this information have to be kept secret. If there was boat load of tea in this God forsaken city, I’d throw it overboard I am so frustrated.

Kermit Frog
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Kermit Frog

I think regular updates are a great idea. I doubt they want questions but online might help.

The school committee
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The school committee

We need a War Time President

JoeKapanski
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JoeKapanski

I’d settle for a peace time mayor

JoeKapanski
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JoeKapanski

23 Berkshire cases as of 4 pm yesterday, including a death, according to state web site. How many PIttsfield cases?

Pat
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Pat

Is anybody having trouble getting on to the Glen Beck site on 1420 AM local radio? I had to stream it on my computer to listen to it. This also happened on Friday halfway through the show. Just wondering if this very popular radio show is being cut off for this area.

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

Pat, if you just read any of his comments from the past year you will be covered. It is basically the same shit day in and day out so I guarantee you have not missed anything of value.

Mr. Fritz
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Mr. Fritz

Pat try 810 am.

Pat
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Pat

Thank you!

The school committee
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The school committee

The 120 million dollar fear monger.It pays to say Obama hates America.Obama hates white people.Obama is not a American citizen.15 hours per week of brainwashing Pat.Try to walk away from his nonsense and walk away from his invisable hate.

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

Too bad real info is not available because the rumor mill is cranking it up bigtime.

Free Bird
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Free Bird

It would be nice if they gave a breakdown of the number of cases by city/town.

JoeKapanski
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JoeKapanski

TOP SECRET, SUPER SECRET SQUIRREL POOP

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

Unless told otherwise it is probably safe to assume almost all are in Pittsfield. And that would be why the mayor is hiding under the bed holding on to her teddy bear.

The school committee
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The school committee

Its important to know the city or town.

Hendrix
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Hendrix

“How much longer will Americans obey ever-more-stricter calls for the curtailing of individual freedom” I suspect not long. Most people have generally complied with the recommendations put forth by the CDC and MA. Eventually your going to get to a “screw it” point where people are going to realize the cure is worst then the disease. Which leads me to another point. A shelter in place will be a death sentence to the majority of Berkshire County. Sure, if your a teacher or someone else working in the public sector, its easy for you to yell for everyone to shelter while collecting your paycheck at home. For those of us that don’t have such luxury, we are still trying to put food on the table and keep a roof over our heads. As testing increases, of course we will see the numbers increase. People… Read more »

Mr. Fritz
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Mr. Fritz

I agree, Hendrix.
The more testing that is done, the more confirmed cases rise and mortality statistic goes down. Mortality now lower than 2%. It’s serious, but the economy is on the brink of collapse.

Police Report
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Police Report

What many don’t seem to understand; social distancing is the only “cure” right now. The longer we wait to do that, the more infected there are. The more infected, the longer it takes for this to burn itself out which means the longer the quarantine. We’ve already seen the future, and we’ve seen how things progress depending on how things are handled. China first case in November, didn’t mention it until December. China is still in lockdown and won’t begin to really lift it until April 8th. Italy is just now seeing a slowing in the infection rate, it will be easily a month if not two before they crawl out from a lockdown. We are still on a rise, a trajectory upward, yet here we are thinking April 7 is a hard deadline. We will be lucky if we hit peak infections by… Read more »

Hendrix
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Hendrix

PR, but with so much interstate business and networking, how can you lock down a small county or state and think you will be able to avoid it? So we lock down MA, NY, CT, etc, but when we lift those restrictions what is going to prevent people from traveling from FL, CA, etc and triggering another wave? We have to be smart about balancing healthcare & the economy. This all or nothing approach until summer is simply not feasible.

Be The Change
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Be The Change

Cannabis fertilized using Bat Guano; vaping illnesses outbreak & VE acetate; Bat S%#! Crazy; flower strain – #GuaVo-19….. cough cough pass

JoeKapanski
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JoeKapanski

Finally, hiarcuts, BJ’s, tattoos, etc are outlawed – essential businesses only can operate. all others shutdown.

and stay home

https://www.masslive.com/coronavirus/2020/03/coronavirus-causes-massachusetts-gov-charlie-baker-to-issue-stay-at-home-advisory-closing-all-non-essential-businesses.html

Pat
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Pat

The Democrats are up to complete nasty behavior trying to push the Green New Deal onto this health care bill. They will let Americans die unless this Green New Deal bill is part of the health package. Americans need to stop this insanity. Mitch McConnel on TV now saying just what they are up to.

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

Mitch McConnell? The guy that brags about his graveyard of bills that have been sent to him over the last three years? The guy that single handedly has blocked infrastructure improvement as well as hundreds of other bills? Too funny…

Pat
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Pat

Someone is pushing Pelosi behind the scenes to go for these insane measures. Taking a bill that is already extremely high and adding the outrageously expensive Green New Deal to it?!? Whoever is advising her is not looking out for the best interests of this country. She was ready to sign it and her mind was changed rather quickly.

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

Do you think it is Putin?

Pat
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Pat

We know who it is. Far left liberals who love communist countries.

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

Oh.

The school committee
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The school committee

Nobody loves communist

Chuck Vincelette
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Chuck Vincelette

We finally agree on something’s

FDR
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FDR

The dem bills are always loaded with unrelated nonsense.

The school committee
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The school committee

Its about Trump owning a 500 billion dollar bailout fund.They want more people involved in controlling half a trillion other that the known failure.

Police Report
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Police Report

https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-essential-services/download List of essential services COVID-19 Essential Services COVID-19 ESSENTIAL SERVICES EXHIBIT A OF THE ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR ASSURING CONTINUED OPERATION OF ESSENTIAL SERVICES IN THE COMMONWEALTH, CLOSING CERTAIN WORKPLACES AND PROHIBITING GATHERINGS OF MORE THAN 10 PEOPLE March 23, 2020 Governor Charlie Baker issued an emergency order requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public as of Tuesday, March 24th at noon until Tuesday, April 7th at noon. These businesses are encouraged to continue operations remotely. The Baker-Polito Administration issued a list of designated businesses and other organizations that provide essential services and workforces related to COVID-19 that shall continue to operate brick and mortar facilities during this two-week time period. This list is based on federal guidance and amended to reflect the needs of… Read more »

Boris
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Boris

If you heat your home with oil or wood pellets , will these be available for delivery?

Robem
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Robem

Yes. I called for an oil delivery today. No problem.

Police Report
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Police Report

There’s plenty of oil

Boris
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Boris

Pellets?

jon doe
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jon doe

Dettingers is open and usually has them and offers free delivery

Police Report
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Police Report

Bard College at Simon’s Rock Not taking things seriously. Go figure, the rules just never apply to them

Unlike at Williams College, which made the call to close its campus for the remainder of the semester, residence halls and campus facilities will remain open at Simon’s Rock. Bard Academy high school students will be required to remain off campus to complete the semester remotely, but Simon’s Rock college students have been given the option to complete the semester from on- or off-campus locations.

https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/some-at-simons-rock-will-return-to-campus-while-others-go-remote,600586

Their stupidity puts everyone at risk.

Kermit Frog
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Kermit Frog

Germany flattened the curve by keeping people home.

Police Report
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Police Report

Barnstable Co Population 213,444/COVID cases 24
Berkshire Co Population 126,348/COVID cases 23

Nummior Uni
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Nummior Uni

What’s someone going to do if I’m ina crowd? They don’t even enforce traffic violations here.

Dowsmelting
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Dowsmelting

Funk in dems

Police Report
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Police Report

3/23
Barnstable Co Population 213,444/COVID cases 30
Berkshire Co Population 126,348/COVID cases 26

In a meeting today we were told that the “unknowns”
range from homes, to undocumented workers, to students and visitors who maintain their drivers licenses out of state. A few are because of lack of data provided.
One of the biggest problems is that hospitals like BNC are withhold information to local BOH under the auspices of HIPAA. The law is clear they should be notifying local BOH but they are not.

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

Mayor now sayin 16 from Pittsfield. Expects more if they do testing. Are they doing testing? Do they even have tests?

K Festers
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K Festers

TheMayor should stand next to the tease area for support like she does at the Beacon,bic,antheneum,etc.

Police Report
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Police Report

They are testing and there are tests. They are now finding out how delaying closing the school has impacted the health of both staff and students.

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

Wow. She says you have to have been standing next to someone who tests positive for at least 15 minutes. Where in the hell did she get that?

Police Report
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Police Report

Maybe it’s better if Mayor Linda Tyer doesn’t speak. Giving out dangerous information like that can be lethal.
She has mixed two different versions of what close contact means.
They have been telling people that if you’ve been in a room with someone for less than 15 minutes who has tested positive for COVID-19, you are probably “ok”.

Further she ignores direct contact (sneezing, coughing)
and transmission by indirect contact (touching a contaminated surface).

David Bubriski
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David Bubriski

Last week she was on a PCTV show dealing with COVID 19. There were two mayors and two doctors. All four panelists told us to mind our social distance while the two docs and the two mayors were at elbow rubbing distance.

Johnny Absurds Doctor
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Johnny Absurds Doctor

So if there is a 15 minute rule then the testers should be in good shape. Probably only takes a couple of minutes to do a swab. Sounds kinda like the 5 second rule if you drop your gum on the sidewalk. If you grab it back up before 5 seconds it is safe to go back in your mouth. But she should probably tell the medical experts cuz I don’t think they heard about this new rule. They are going to be really excited though.

Police Report
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Police Report

That’s considered “intimate” contact and there is not “safe time” for that.

Gigi
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Gigi
C Mac Master D
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C Mac Master D

Valenti hit the nail when he stated The d a was still in-campaign mode. Add Tyer to that. She worthless as our Mayor.

Maggie May
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Maggie May

Please tell us what you are doing to help? really besides reporting from Ma’s basement and waiting for your handout.

Johnny2Shoes
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Johnny2Shoes

Why can’t they just do a clean bill?

Mr. Fritz
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Mr. Fritz

We need a new law requiring clean bills only. No more doubling up/ adding on to proposed legislation.

Thomas More
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Thomas More

Good old breitbart. You’ll always get straight news from them.

JoeKapanski
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JoeKapanski

That sick and disgusting Pelosi is pushing Obama phone expansion and numerous other giveaways that have nothing to do with Covid.

Deathblow Detales
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Deathblow Detales

The expert in anything was once a beginner.

Pat
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Pat

Pelosi wants more money for big unions and green energy nonsense that has nothing to do with this health crisis.

Be The Change
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Be The Change

Oops

Be The Change
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Be The Change

You never needed that j-o-b anydamnway

Police Report
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Police Report

The simple fact is, there should be no real discussion about April 7 as a deadline for going back to school or for removing a stay at home order.

We know the trajectory of this virus we have seen how it can exponentially grow, the measures other countries have taken, and how long it takes to dig out from under this. It’s a minimum of four weeks of isolation AFTER the numbers start to drop.

Baker is doing no one any favors by pushing a hard April 7 deadline.

Lenny
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Lenny

Let’s see how things go here in the states before making such a rash decision. I think Baker is being cautious and I support his viewpoint.

dontfencemein
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dontfencemein

Eight passes down my short side street,no Snow? Your wasting fuel. Where’s Kuffkinks and Cardo?

Lovely Rita
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Lovely Rita

City has announced grab-n-go parking zones for takeout downtown. As long as you don’t get taken out yourself down there.

Johnny Absurds Doctor
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Johnny Absurds Doctor

If you can do within 15 minutes you should be OK.

Ron Kitterman
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Ron Kitterman

Sen. Kennedy: This country was founded by geniuses, it’s being run by idiots

Edward R. Murrow
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Edward R. Murrow

Whew, even under Baker’s new order I can still save the Berkshire economy by ordering a takeout sam’ich. How much do I need to spend till I can start acting like an aristocratic/oligarchic asshole and demand special treatment?

But I am in discussions with local grocers trying to establish guidelines that will prioritize shopping hours based on economic status.

From more privileged to least:

1. Owners of county homes in excess of 500K evaluation.
2. 250K to 500K
3. 100K to 249.99K
4. Under 100K
5. Renters who don’t use food stamps.
6. All the rest of the unwashed who use food stamps.
7. Homeless and beggars.
8. Smokers, dog owners who don’t pick up the shit, loud cellphone talkers, and drivers who don’t use their directionals.
9. People who watch more than five minutes of MSNBC a day.

Have a great day!

TellitLikeitIs
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TellitLikeitIs

Do people that voted for Trump go to top of list? That would elliminate most of these liberal, left wing loons from the big apple?

Shakes
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Shakes

You mean the whites?

The school committee
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The school committee

The problem is The President of the United States of America.He wants to abolish social distancing in 15 days.Science is of no value to him.People are fearing the rambling moron.If you listen to him your in to deep.Not a leader and never was…..Good luck. Even Fox news is ignoring what he is saying.I guarentee the shows will not sit around a table together in 15 days.They are afraid of his ignorance.

Edward R. Murrow
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Edward R. Murrow

Why can’t School Committee demonstrate that he or she has ever been to school?

Kermit Frog
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Kermit Frog

There is a lot of room for improvement from the top down. It’s clear it’s unknown but we have experience to draw on.

Johnny2Shoes
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Johnny2Shoes

Good news.
If you’re a Joe Biden supporter you can still go to one of his campaign rallies, because they still fall well within the public gathering limit of 10 people or less.

Thomas More
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Thomas More

Brilliant! It’s guys like you that make this blog great.

Truthsayer
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Truthsayer

The coronavirus is new and created a totally unknown scenario for everyone. So, when either a medical expert or a politician says, “If we do X, they Y will occur,” they’re full of themselves. Nobody knows what’s going to happen when dealing with an unknown. It doesn’t help that we have been bombarded with this by the media. Using a number tossed out by George Will, 160,000 people died yesterday on the planet of various reasons with 100 of them in the U.S. from the virus. Heed advice and just be smart in conducting your life. Regarding Dan’s comment on how countries like China immediately took hold of the situation versus a democracy, a Chinese MD friend of mine made this simple but truthful remark: “In China, it’s not like here in America. In China, when they tell you stay inside and you don’t,… Read more »

Johnny Absurds Doctor
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Johnny Absurds Doctor

Saw a guy in PC a couple of days ago that had to fondle and squeeze every pomegranate in the whole bin before he decided on six he liked. Wash all your fruit and vegetables twice.

TellitLikeitIs
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TellitLikeitIs

Plenty of people manhandle the fruit and vegetables, especially women, looking for the best selection, yet shack up with the first dirt bag that comes along. Any wonder why their lives are a mess?

Uncle Fester
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Uncle Fester

It really is telling when a Mayor and Council President are given the opportunity to provide real leadership and simply go into hiding instead. It is the ultimate betrayal to the residents. Years ago, we had a Mayor named Don Butler. He viewed the job of Mayor as a moral responsibility. At that time, the City was much larger and the issues far more complex than today (late 1960’s – early 70’s). Mayor Butler and his administration, including a dedicated in-house City Solicitor, faced issues (and the people) with honesty, integrity and hard work. And, whether one is a fan or not of Mayor Barrett (North Adams), when he wanted to be sure the streets were plowed he went out on a snowplow. I have lived in Pittsfield my entire life, and cannot remember a time when I felt like we did not have… Read more »

Cal Wenslewt
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Cal Wenslewt

Why the hell did they plow last evening the roads didn’t need it? Today the street is bare?

Spagirl
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Spagirl

This is what you get with inexperience! The same with a President who is so ignorant he refuses advice from experience.

JoeKapanski
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JoeKapanski

And he didn’t have a director of admi services and two secretaries. One

Uncle Fester
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Uncle Fester

Good point Joe

Police Report
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Police Report

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/pdfs/mm6912e3-H.pdf As the CDC starts investigating and unsealing the cruise ships they have made an interesting discovery, one that doesn’t bode well at the present. The ships have been “sealed off” and sat for over two weeks before CDC teams went in to do testing. Before full cleaning surfaces were tested and it was found that the fomites were still there 17 days later. “SARS-CoV-2 RNA was identified on a variety of surfaces in cabins of both symptomatic and asymptomatic infected passengers up to 17 days after cabins were vacated on the Diamond Princess but before disinfection procedures had been conducted (Takuya Yamagishi, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, personal communication, 2020). Although these data cannot be used to determine whether transmission occurred from contaminated surfaces, further study of fomite transmission of SARS-CoV-2 aboard cruise ships is warranted.“ One misnomer, these things do not “live”… Read more »

Free Bird
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Free Bird

It would be helpful to have a test available for people who suspect that they had a mild case of covid-19 and recovered on their own. That would be useful from a statistical standpoint as well as determining who’s safe to re-enter the workforce.

UAlbany
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UAlbany

I’m not miffed about the local leadership regarding local issues, BUT I am disgusted how we have not been represented to the State and Federal Gov’t regarding necessary relief. Tyer, Hinds, TFB etc should be screaming at the top of their lungs to Boston and Washington on our behalf. Haven’t heard a peep in that regards and that is our leadership failing us when we need it and being able to sort out what we need – I am disgusted…

Johnny Dimentia
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Johnny Dimentia

Do you think it might be because they are all unaffected and cashing big taxpayer funded checks that are untouchable?

Edward R. Murrow
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Johnny99
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Pat
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Pat

Very scary scenario with so few medical resources in those areas and even here in the Berkshires because I’m sure many in these infected areas have second homes here. Nantucket has only 3 ventilators?!? The state of Florida is filing criminal charges against anyone who is caught not quarantining for 2 weeks after fleeing these infected states because Florida is getting lots of second home owners fleeing New York and New Jersey. They said they would actually go to jail if they do not quarantine.

Collegeat Charmer
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Collegeat Charmer

Murrow do something original. Take someone else’s name. Your not E M and never could be. Your as bad as asmelley. Aside….Trump wants us to feel his misery.

Edward R. Murrow
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Edward R. Murrow

Your nut a gut speeler or righter. Cannt unterstoot whut ewe sad. Non god it thunkin eider.

WaPo link useless unless you have a subscription.

Thanks, Pat.

Looks like the second-homers shouldn’t even be out of the second home anyway, never mind special hours.

Auto Phil
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Auto Phil

There have been 26 positive tests in Berkshire County, of those one man died in the last month. 8 people are currently hospitalized at BMC with the infection. The US death rate holds steady at 1.2% but we know it is much lower considering all the people who have not been tested and those who were sick prior to 2/24 or never had symptoms in the first place. It’s been once month since the data started to be collected. In that month, as of today 50,073 people have tested positive and 602 Americans have died. 87 of those are related to one senior home cluster in Washington state. Data suggests that 80% of those infected have been able to recover at home, without medical intervention. Data suggests about 10% of positive cases are completely asymptomatic. Meanwhile, the National Guard is ramping up to lockdown… Read more »

Collegeat Charmer
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Collegeat Charmer

HEY,DAN….GE healthcare is going to step up production to help the virus. BUY G E…NOW!!!!

C Conwah
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C Conwah

Will someone please tell me and all my neighbors why they plowed last night? Practicing?.And take a look at the condition of Oak Hill Road. Deplorable.

Merry & Bright
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Merry & Bright

City plows destroyed the curbing in my neighborhood, big chunks of asphalt all over people yards. Since the Mayor, City Council and the Mayor’s new wonder boy Morales don’t seem to feel that need to work for their pay during this pandemic, they evidently have a lot of free time on their hands, possibly they could all hop on one of the Pittsfield School buses, preferably one that is overdue and in need of service and tour the City to see what a mess it is. They can all ride along and joke and laugh at how they are screwing us taxpayers. I know Governor Baker is out straight right now but I wish after this pandemic he could come to Pittsfield and kick our official’s butts. They are pathetic.

Jokum Smokum
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Jokum Smokum

Oak Hill pays mucho tax to.

Police Report
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Police Report

Won’t be Martial Law

Johnny Dimentia
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Johnny Dimentia

Picture what might be going on in the minds of the astronauts on the space station. They can actually see the grim reaper as he moves from country to country.

Police Report
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Police Report

Bill Gates says the US missed its chance to avoid coronavirus shutdown and businesses should stay closed

Gates said the United States missed its chance to avoid stay-at-home orders because it didn’t act fast enough on the pandemic.
He added that the U.S. needs to ramp up its testing abilities.

Wilson
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Wilson

opens his mouth a lot wider than his wallet, he will make billions in profit from the bailouts

Ted E Williamssonbich
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Ted E Williamssonbich

Scum bags with virus from n y headed to the berkshires corona unknown?

Jokum Smokum
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Jokum Smokum

To all those in SSDI another 1500 coming your way. You can thank Nacny.

Gigi
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Gigi

Bill Gates is a globalist and climate activist. His foundation helped set up and fund Event 201 in Oct of 2019, which was a pandemic simulation eerily similar to the current pandemic. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation owns the patent to the coronavirus and is working on a vaccine. Coincidence? I don’t think so. Google “Event 201” and see what you think!

https://jamesfetzer.org/2020/02/bill-gates-world-economic-forum-ran-coronavirus-outbreak-simulation-just-6-weeks-before-the-real-outbreak/

TellitLikeitIs
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TellitLikeitIs

37 Berkshire confirmed cases as of 4pm Tuesday, 24 March.

https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-cases-in-massachusetts-as-of-march-24-2020/download

Jacky Kulackee
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Jacky Kulackee

Dan. The stimulus will be passed. The clowns on both sides will get theirs. They’re all in on it. You don’t have a two thousand point correction in one session where there is nothing new to report? Rich get richer.

Malcolm Latelley
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Malcolm Latelley

Wayfair employees working from home?How ingenious.

Ditto the Memoirs
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Ditto the Memoirs

The Mayor continues to be silent. But if she has a Proclamation, you’ll be hearing that.

Police Report
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Police Report

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Gigi
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Gigi

Based on your info, the mortality rate is .012%

Police Report
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Police Report

Certainly not world wide it isn’t.

JoeKapanski
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JoeKapanski

And we’re less than 4 hours away from nyc

Burr Leske
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Burr Leske

Broadway has invaded the Berkshires.

Planet Valenti