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!!POLICE SHOOT GLENWOOD AVE. MAN AFTER RUCKUS!! … MAYOR TYER: ‘INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES ARE DESPERATE FOR HELP’

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

ADD 1 (noon) — Here’s the PPD’s release on the shooting on Glenwood Avenue:

On Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at approximately, 10:53 PM, the Pittsfield Police Department Dispatch Center received a call from a resident at 12 Glenwood Avenue reporting that her son was “destroying” her house. Multiple units were dispatched to that location.

Initial arriving officers found the reporting party outside of the residence, reporting that the suspect was still in the residence and armed with a bat and that if officers made entry, he would go after them. Shortly thereafter, the suspect stated to officers on scene that he was armed and would shoot them.

Additional units and resources were dispatched to the scene. Officers began to establish a perimeter, make a plan to evacuate the adjoining residence and attempt to contact the suspect by phone.

At approximately 11:33 PM, while officers were still establishing the perimeter, the suspect exited the front entrance of the house armed with a knife and a broken golf club. Officers gave the suspect multiple commands to stop. When the suspect continued to advance, Sergeant Jacob Barbour engaged the suspect with multiple less-lethal shotgun rounds, with no noticeable effect. When the suspect continued to advance on the officers, Sergeant John (JP) Murphy fired on him with his Department issued sidearm twice, striking him once.

Officers on-scene immediately rendered aid to the suspect. He was transported to Berkshire Medical Center and was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The suspect, subsequently identified as Kerry P. Robinson (52 years of age) of Pittsfield is under arrest on one charge of Armed Assault with Intent to Murder. Additional charges may be filed on the basis of the continuing investigation.

The Pittsfield Police Department requested that the Berkshire State Police Detective Unit take over the criminal investigation of this incident in the interest of transparency and a complete and thorough investigation. This investigation is in the preliminary stages and is on-going. The investigation is being conducted by members of the Pittsfield Police Department Detective Bureau, the Berkshire State Police Detective Unit, the Berkshire Law Enforcement Task Force, Massachusetts State Police Ballistics Section, and Massachusetts State Police Crime Lab. A separate use of force investigation will be conducted by a Pittsfield Police Department Force Investigation Team, per Department Policy.

Anyone who witnessed any or all of this incident is asked to contact the Pittsfield Police Detective Bureau at 413-448-9705 or the Berkshire State Police Detective Unit at 413-499-1112.

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(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY MAY 13, 2020) — When the phone rang, THE PLANET knew it was Mayor Tyer getting back to us.

On May 7, we sent the mayor the following e-mail:

I know you are considered a reopening of the local economy. Can you address these questions and any other factors you feel are relevant in making this decision:
* When do you think this might happen?
* Who will make the decision?
* What factors will be weighed?
* What will it look like. Gradual? All at once? Certain businesses?
* How will aid-to-businesses be determined? 
* What companies will get assistance. I mention, specifically but not exclusively, Dotties: Word is out that they will be first in line for a maximum amount because of their political favor. True?
* How much pressure do you personally feel (or have received, for that matter), about the area’s premier cultural events given tourism’s importance in the local economy?
* How will you convey the decision?
* How will the decision, up or down, be policed. Already, many are ignoring the bans on social distancing, wearing of masks, etc. Do you think there is sufficient resources to enforce decisions.
We present her response, verbatim, without interpretation or comment, except our admiration for the self-deprecating joke in her opening sentence. We have only edited for grammar and mechanics. That shows a healthy perspective. Unlike other local media, THE PLANET doesn’t tell you what to think. Also unlike other local media, we DO encourage THAT you think.
MAYOR TYER’S RESPONSE

I promise that my response to your questions regarding reopening will not include the words “vibrant” or “dynamic.”  

Rather than answering each one of your questions, I believe it will be more helpful if I give you an overview of what I expect will happen with regard to re-opening. First, the reopening of Massachusetts, the Berkshires, and specifically Pittsfield, will require a very careful, phased-in approach. While Pittsfield has had at least three weeks of very promising data regarding the spread of COVID-19, people are still getting sick. For example, this past week, Pittsfield had a three-day period with no new cases. Then, suddenly on Saturday, May 9, Pittsfield had four new cases. This is an unprecedented public health crisis, and we are nowhere near a solution that will allow us to return to our habits and routines pre COVID-19.  There is no validated treatment plan, no vaccine, and no wide-spread testing capability.  The threat of this virus continues to be real, and I believe we will see a long period of public health restrictions and limitations.

Like almost everyone in Massachusetts, I am anxiously awaiting  Governor Baker’s Reopening Advisory Board report. On May 18, I expect that we will see a comprehensive report on the methods for reopening Massachusetts. Pittsfield will certainly align with the recommendations contained in the statewide plan. There may be some unique regional factors but, overall, I expect to follow the Governor’s reopening plan. In the days following the May 18 release of the Governor’s report, I anticipate that I and the team that I have assembled will spend several days delving into the specifics of the recommendations.  We will assess how the plan will be implemented here in the City of Pittsfield. I am hopeful that the recommendations for a phased-in re-opening will be based upon a very specific set of public health metrics developed by scientists and medical professionals.

Regarding Pittsfield’s Economic Relief and Recovery plan, we are still waiting for the federal government to release the $789,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds that are specifically targeted for COVID-19 economic recovery. We have already developed our plan, it has been passed by the City Council, and we continue to consult with the federal Housing and Urban Development agency to learn more about the specific requirements that they expect communities to follow, monitor, and be accountable for. Honestly, it’s disheartening that those funds still have not been released so that we can put these federal resources to work in our city.  When we announced the economic relief and recovery package, we received nearly 100 inquiries from residents and businesses.  Individuals and businesses are desperate for help. You asked specifically about Dottie’s. If Dottie’s applies for this funding source and they meet the eligibility requirements, it is possible that they will receive funding.  You also asked about premier cultural organizations. While they represent a significant sector in the Berkshire economy, they, like every other sector of the economy, will have to comply with Governor Baker‘s state-wide plan for reopening.  

It is unfortunate that a small segment of the population in Pittsfield and around the country insist on rejecting the public health recommendations and warnings such as social distancing and wearing masks.  This attitude is detrimental to our community and will make a full recovery, sooner rather than later, nearly impossible. COVID-19 continues to be a very serious threat to human health. Enforcement in the City of Pittsfield will begin with friendly reminders and an attempt to educate. It is not our intention to take a punitive approach. I believe almost everyone wants to do the right thing for themselves, their families, and their community.
Overall, I am cautiously optimistic that we can begin re-opening business and community life in Pittsfield.  However, I am concerned about the boomerang [e]ffect that may occur if we’re not very methodical in both opening and monitoring.  The worst case scenario would be opening followed by a surge in COVID-19 cases that forces us into another shut-down.
Thank you for your inquiries.

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THE PLANET thanks the mayor for her response to this vital question. We welcome your analyses. What do you think? Be as thoughtful as you can.

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“The ‘I’ or ‘Self’ that watches can only recall the past or project the future. It doesn’t know ‘now.’ The ‘I’ can’t handle “now” — Sir Tiberius Fruitjuice.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Tananawonalaya
Tananawonalaya
24 days ago

Very little substance.You should have let the phone ring.

Acute Angina
Acute Angina
24 days ago

Did anyone hear about the Covid spike after the invasion of the spring breakers or those who voted in the Wisconsin primary?

Johnny99
Johnny99
24 days ago

She fed you a bland tasting bull shit sandwich. Hardly answered a single question.

Mr. G
Mr. G
Reply to  Johnny99
24 days ago

I disagree Johnny. I think she gave a considered, well-reasoned response that answered just about all Dan’s questions. Caution, gradual, measured, science-based…all based on sound logic. If you are asking about or worrying that she didnt address nuts and bolts specifics, apparently we’ll have to wait until 5/18 and the governor’s overall plan which she said she will follow once its released.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Mr. G
24 days ago

The one thing I do agree with her on is slow walking any opening. She seems to have gotten good advice from someone and is listening.

Where did she say she would be releasing to the public, a list of business s and landlords she would be giving taxpayer money to? That is very important to us and if she has a good reason for keeping that info secret I would like to know what it is. Did she address that and if not why not?

Johnny99
Johnny99
Reply to  Mr. G
23 days ago

You could reasonably say she answered the first 6 questions about reopening by saying she would follow lead of governor, but, she absolutely, positively ducked, bobbed, and weaved on the last 6, just a round about answer, versus a straight answer. In others words, a bland BS sandwhich, served up like the true politician she is.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  Johnny99
24 days ago

Not exactly a vibrant and dynamic sandwhich eh Johnny?

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
24 days ago

The lovely Linda Tyer has to propose a fiscal year 2021 municipal budget soon. It won’t be a pretty picture. For the past decades, Pittsfield politics has always and predictably raised municipal taxes and fees by around 5% per fiscal year, while raising municipal debts by tens of millions of dollars per fiscal year. Mayor Linda Tyer won’t be able to soak Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski this time around due to the decreased revenues from the COVID-19 or coronavirus pandemic. Matt Kerwood will have to part with his $10.1 million slush fund to cover the city government’s budget shortfall. In closing, the hyped “Ruberto renaissance” of spending tens of millions of taxpayer dollars, including around $3 million from GE’s settlement fund, on arts and culture will backfire this Summer of 2020. (It didn’t work in the first place).

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
24 days ago

She CANNOT give away a ton of taxpayer money and then raise taxes. She needs to LOWER them. Her business friends are not the only ones taking a hit from this. She herself is a lame duck mayor sitting on a fat paycheck with all kinds of perks and advantages while living on the perimeter of her city which, while she would like you to believe otherwise, is an expanding cesspool.
Someone asks if she had driven around her city lately to see the condition of the roads or the garbage everywhere. Did she comment on that and if not why not. What is her plan if she has one?

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
24 days ago

Wednesday, May 13th, 2020, is the day when the U.S. Senate debates and votes on the reauthorization of the Patriot Act. The U.S. Constitution entitles U.S. Citizens to privacy, while the Patriot Act contradicts our constitutional right to privacy. Since 9/11/2001, the Patriot Act has had many reported (and unreported) abuses. Does the federal government protect our constitutional right to privacy or do they have the right under the Patriot Act to spy on us? Do we live in a Free Country or are we under the control of “Big Brother”? This is the very definition of insanity!

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
24 days ago

May 13, 2020

Re: The U.S. Constitution should be renamed “Big Brother”!!!!

U.S. Senate rejects plan to require a warrant for Americans’ web browsing data by one vote

https://techcrunch.com/2020/05/13/senate-warrant-americans-web-browsing-data/

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The U.S. Constitution is just an old 18th Century piece of paper that many U.S. Senators wipe their behinds with! The Patriot Act allows the federal government to openly spy on We the People. U.S. Citizens have no privacy! Instead, we have “Big Brother” government. I wonder how soon our democracy will die and our country will turn into an authoritarian regime?

– Jonathan Melle

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RN
RN
24 days ago

Wow that’s a bullshit and snowjob sandwich.

RN
RN
24 days ago

GREAT BARRINGTON — A Housatonic man arrested last week for allegedly possessing more than 700 bags of heroin was out on bail for another set of drug charges for which he is still awaiting trial in Pittsfield. In addition to facing these new charges filed in Southern Berkshire District Court, Ryan Babcock, 34, is also facing multiple charges in Central Berkshire District Court alleging possession and intent to distribute narcotics and prescription pills. His next pretrial date in Pittsfield is scheduled for July 9. At his further arraignment Friday by teleconference in Southern Berkshire District Court, Judge William Rota revoked his bail and ordered Babcock held without bail for 90 days at the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction on the earlier charges from last summer. Rota set Babcock’s first pretrial hearing for June 4 in Southern Berkshire District Court. Great Barrington police… Read more »

Be The Change
Be The Change
Reply to  RN
24 days ago

Stimulus dope.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  RN
24 days ago

He was looking for “The Homeless Hilton” on South Street, but was searching behind the wrong Guidos

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
24 days ago

If you elect a clown don’t be surprised when the doors fall off the car. Firstly – she says they already decided who gets the money. Secondly, there will be no one left to pay the bill when it comes due. These dotties, Yuki, farmers market types — who have an almost psychopathic need for others to pay their way in life make up the ‘non profit’ or special business community. It is the second biggest racket in the Berkshires. How many live mortgage free from trust funds or family money but want struggling elderly taxpayers to pay for their hobby business? Their parents never taught them right from wrong. You don’t beg for money for non essentials. Hell no. The government is going broke paying for bs initiatives. I doubt the Bianchi crowd would do much better because they would just paid the… Read more »

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Kermit Frog
24 days ago

Very well said. Wish I could give you ten thumbs up.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Johnny Absurd
24 days ago

Thanks man. Every fast one they think is original has already been tried.

Spider
Spider
24 days ago

Dan: Can you tell us who authorized the insane idea of putting homeless (from who knows where) into the Hilton Garden Inn. I wonder what the reaction is when the real visitors staying there see them.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Spider
24 days ago

You can see them panhandling at the entrance to Price Chopper in Lenox.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  Mad Trapper
23 days ago

Give them directions to Tyer’s house. She’ll take care of them.

Brian Andrews
Brian Andrews
Reply to  Spider
22 days ago

This was a decision made by state government. Part of the deal includes professional cleaners coming in and sanitizing after a person leaves. Tbey will have the cleanest rooms in Berkshire County. Anyone that wouldn’t stay there after this would be the same people not drinking Corona beer.

No Klew Lew
No Klew Lew
Reply to  Brian Andrews
22 days ago

Mucas Garcia

Bunco Squad
Bunco Squad
Reply to  Brian Andrews
22 days ago

Hotel rooms are filth incubators just like everywhere else. According to one study, approximately 81 percent of surfaces swabbed in a hotel room had at least “some” fecal bacteria. But the most egregious surface was that of the TV remote control. Light switches weren’t much better.

the school committee
the school committee
24 days ago

I read she will follow the Govenors recommendations that will be slow and cautious. I read there are over 100 businesses that would like help with funding and Dotties can apply.She worries those that dont follow the caution involved here by following a simple plan of opening could jeopardize what we have accomplished in Pittsfield and that would be disappointing requiring us to move backwards…..I agree with this approach 100% and am glad to hear that this is her attitude.Its a thoughtful common sense approach.Slow and easy.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  the school committee
24 days ago

You also believe that kids are dumb and can’t achieve and can’t be taught to read and nothing is wrong with kids reading at 60% of the state level while you take your 80k for sitting on your ass.
Btw, for the teacher lefty union people who want it to be like Scandinavia with free shit – those societies have opened up their schools.

RN
RN
Reply to  the school committee
24 days ago

Yeah and she’s full of shit. She already chose the businesses I mean what the fuck and why do we need another brewpub that’s going to fail or move.

Spagirlfrommass
Spagirlfrommass
24 days ago

The City Council last night approved a property tax relief package for Robert Trask from Lee who wants to open a brewpub on North St. Then awarded him with $150,000 from the City’s economic development fund to equip it. I am so pissed about this. We have small businesses in this town who are struggling to stay alive! Freddies on Fenn St. I have observed was frantically searching for help when the small business loans were announced. He could not manuver through the red tape. There are so many more needing support to survive. This action by the Mayor and City Council during this Pandemic is unforgiveable!! I don’t know Robert Trask and have no ill will toward him or his business, but this is wrong. Take care of Pittsfield businesses Mayor Tyer and City Council. What the hell is wrong with you people?

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Spagirlfrommass
24 days ago

How could the above comment get any negatives unless it’s from someone on the take. Damnit, it’s so fing venal at this point they barley conceal it.
After all the drug arrests and DUIs do people in the Berkshires need more places to get three sheets?

RN
RN
Reply to  Kermit Frog
24 days ago

It’s the moon bats and the cumbies police. if you are posting at 3am and voting at 3am you are doing it from a cumbies parking lot

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  RN
23 days ago

Barry, this means you.

Hendrix
Hendrix
Reply to  Spagirlfrommass
24 days ago

I have said it numerous times on this site, what a slap in the face of the long standing Pittsfield businesses that have been here for YEARS and not asked for a single dime, but show up and pay the tax bill and never bitch. Thank you Kevin Morandi for echoing the sentiment, that was important for those businesses to be acknowledged. We are now going to give taxpayer funding to a brewery that will be in direct competition to places like Patricks, District, and Wandering Star. Not to mention, the model for running this business has completely changed since it was brought forth. As a result of the pandemic, can the brewery keep the promised amount of jobs? Can they be sustainable at substantially reduced capacity? Also, is Yuki going to abstain from every important vote that happens on North/Tyler? Complete waste of… Read more »

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Spagirlfrommass
24 days ago

It used to be that when you went into business you knew it was full of risks from a variety of directions. And you needed a business plan that recognized that. But now our mayor has decided that the taxpayers, whom have their own family financial burdens, must be the parachute for those who go into business. That is so fucked up on so many levels and reminds me of the Enron scandal.

John
John
Reply to  Spagirlfrommass
23 days ago

How about the only brewery in Pittsfield currently, Wandering Star, getting some relief from being shut down?

Be The Change
Be The Change
24 days ago

“Does anybody remember laughter??”
~Robert Plant 1976

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
24 days ago

What did she say? Just a bunch of empty circle talk. What questions did she answer? None. It verified what I said a couple days ago. She had to check with Bowtie, Deanna, PeePee Petie and Bare Bare so they could craft an answer for her to give the Planet. Mayor Useless can’t speak in full sentences, never could, when on her own she speaks in cliches. After watching the City Council Laugh In/Hollywood Squares meeting last night I have lost all hope that the City of Pittsfield is going to survive. Just the fact that they approved $300,000 for a brewery for someone that is not even a resident of Pittsfield tells us local taxpayers everything. What has the Mayor and City Council done to help the actual taxpayers? Us taxpayers are not receiving free rent, free mortgage payments, free food, free masks,… Read more »

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Merry & Bright
24 days ago

House for sale signs? Take a look at Pittsfield on Zillow.com.

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
Reply to  Johnny Absurd
24 days ago

Just took a look, WOW! Pathetically sad and verifies my thoughts. Thanks Johnny.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Merry & Bright
24 days ago

Dan – can you ask Cook the lawyer to comment if there was a quid pro for Lee taking the toxic dump and Linda giving these Lee people $$ for the unnecessary Brewery? Are those negotiations public through FOIL? That is the only connection I could think of this arrangement.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
24 days ago

What pencil neck Schiff was hiding.

All exculpatory evidence to the POTUS

https://justthenews.com/accountability/russia-and-ukraine-scandals/six-most-important-revelations-russia-investigation

no collusion

FBI didn’t have a case

Podesta and Clinton knew about funding Steele document (They both denied , but funded by Clinton and DNC)

Clapper, Comey, McCabe provide conflicting testimony

CrowdStrike says evidence of DNC hack was “not conclusive” (DNC data security firm)

DNC lawyer ordered to tip off the CIA (the FBI was already fairly certain that the Steele Dossier was essentially bogus)

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
Reply to  Mad Trapper
24 days ago

Welcome to the party, Maddy. I started this stuff last week in here.

On more time:

On TV every hour of every day for 2 or 3 years: “Trump is a Russian agent.”

Under oath in private: “We ain’t got dick for evidence on any of this.”

Markus Aureluis
Markus Aureluis
Reply to  Mad Trapper
24 days ago

Mad-I believe once President Trump wins a second term, a day of reckoning will becoming for the Barry Sotero crowd.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Markus Aureluis
24 days ago

Are you really going to vote for Trump?

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Mad Trapper
24 days ago

Trump said he will bring charges in 2 weeks against Obama for his crimes that everyone knows about.Who here knows what he will be charged with?Trump said it so we know its True.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  the school committee
24 days ago

I heard he was getting extradited with Eric Holder to Mexico. For murders committed with Fast and Furious guns. American jails are too nice for either one. But seriously, Mexico wants to know the truth about this Sotero crime scandal as much as Americans do. As does border patrol agent Brian Terry’s widow, murdered with one of the Sotero/Holder supplied guns https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/amlo-reopens-fast-and-furious-sting-case/ And Barry is being investigated for his role in the impeachment farce too https://www.redstate.com/streiff/2020/05/12/835637/ On January 5, 2017, the day after Strzok moved to keep the Flynn case open, President Obama met with Director Comey, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, Vice President Biden, and National Security Advisor Susan Rice. In that meeting they briefed Obama on the Russia investigation. It’s unclear to what extent they discussed the details of the investigation amongst each other. Given all that we know now regarding the… Read more »

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Mad Trapper
23 days ago

Fox News Talking Points from the White House is starting to enter my thinking. I only started watching 3 weeks ago and Im beginning to think Don Trump is a cool dude……The Rhode Island Govenor is smart.She said to business in her state that the citizen s only want to open once and it should be slow and cautious so the economy slowly grows.The fear is Trumps total lack of leadership…..Hes is one very weak human being.Trumps lack of discipline could be a disaster.Follow the govenors or follow Fox News

Pat
Pat
24 days ago

A 113 year old Spanish woman survives corona virus. She was getting bored toward the end of her 2 week quarantine and now tests negative for this virus. She also survived the 1918 Spanish flu.
https://www.foxnews.com/world/spain-woman-113-beats-coronavirus-got-bored-in-isolation-report-says

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Pat
24 days ago

and your point is?

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Johnny Absurd
24 days ago

No point, but isn’t it amazing and great? This is my good news contribution to this board today.

Hendrix
Hendrix
Reply to  Pat
24 days ago

You stop that good news right now. We all know the Coronavirus kills everyone and we need to stay in the house until Fauci says we can come out in 2024.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  Hendrix
23 days ago

Ya but it is okay to have sex with strangers you met on Internet, per Fauci!

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
23 days ago

As long as the sex is in your house.

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
24 days ago

BBC “News”

“Actor Robert De Niro says that Donald Trump doesn’t care.”

Mr. De Niro: “Meanie Trump doesn’t care about people. Spiro Agnew [Spiro Agnew???!?!?!?!?] used say something about the ‘elites.’ But those people care; they really do care about people. Trump doesn’t.”

I know you are, but what am I? Nanny-nanny boo-boo.

BBC “News”

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Edward R. Murrow
24 days ago

Hollywood needs to quarantine in their mansions and swimming pools and leave politics to the rest of the country. So sick of their comments almost always against President Trump. Now even Howard Stern getting into the action with negative comments about the president. He’s not Hollywood just far left annoying media.

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  Pat
24 days ago

Don’t cha just hate movies and actors? I am never going to go to a movie or watch TV again!!! And if I could take back all the times I went in the past I would, just to show my loyalty to Mr. Trump whose Apprentice show was the only good show on TV EVAH. In fact I hate everybody he hates and that is just about everybody. MAGA

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
24 days ago

Not many talking about the blowup of the farce that was the Russia hoax. Why?

“Russians hacked the DNC server,” started it all, didn’t it.

DNC would not let the FBI see its server.

DNC hired CrowdStrike instead, which found NO evidence that the Russians had hacked it, or that anyone at all had hacked it.

An inside job?

I’ve said for a long time that all of this stuff leads back to Obama.

Maybe that’s why no one is talking about it. And the “clean, articulate” Barry is mumbling something about the “rule of law,” as if he knows what that is.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Edward R. Murrow
24 days ago

I thought democrats keep bring this up.

Free Bird
Free Bird
24 days ago

Does anyone know what was going on last night at Glenwood Ave. ? With so many police cruisers on the scene it looked dynamic and vibrant.

“A viewer sent photos showing police cruisers and crime scene tape on a portion of Glenwood Avenue in Pittsfield.
NewsChannel 13 called police — they were not able to release any information to us.”

witchend
witchend
Reply to  Free Bird
24 days ago

Mayor needs to stop being cute with tax dough. Karma bites you in the ass,ask Trump. What’s going to happen is a total economic breakdown here and astronomical crime, including traffic violations,domestic,mayhem, theft,littering,and total disregard for the law. It’s not going to be pretty here. Money always talks. Do you think someone with a family and out of work is going to be happy? While the administration and her salary and her staff help,laugh at giving away your money? Better give the ppd an economic infusion,they’ll need it.

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
Reply to  Free Bird
24 days ago

Pittsfield Police including the K-9 unit spent most of yesterday morning looking for a suspect with a gun around Merriam Street, West Housatonic Street and West Street, but, we will never hear anything about it just like we will probably not hear about what was happening last night on Glenwood Avenue. Mayor Useless wants us all to believe the City of Pits is a scene from Andy of Mayberry.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Merry & Bright
24 days ago

Somebody released from our local jail due to COVID-19 by our progressive District Attorney?

Maggie May
Maggie May
Reply to  Pat
24 days ago

Pat, we get it you use to walk to school 10 miles in the snow uphill you hate women who are in charge especially younger ones and not lily white. You think women should still be in the kitchen, You watch way to much fox news and spend way to much time just being bitter. I could go on but you get the point right. Take a walk outside today It’s beautiful

Johnny99
Johnny99
Reply to  Merry & Bright
24 days ago

They should’ve given me one of those normally useless robo calls. I could’ve kept watch in my backyard with my buddies Smith and Wesson.

RN
RN
Reply to  Free Bird
24 days ago

Police shot a mentally disturbed individual after he attacked his mother and charged police with a knife and broken golf club.

Single GSW and it looks like he got beat by a bat. I think they suit him with bean bags.
Robinson, Kerry P. 52
12 Glenwood Ave
Pittsfield, MA

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  danvalenti
24 days ago

PPD needs some more range time, one of the shots fired missed.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Mad Trapper
24 days ago

It was night time. Maybe a tracer round.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
24 days ago

Buckshot

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  Mad Trapper
23 days ago

I will assume you are either joking or completely ignorant of police operations, and dynamic and vibrant, tactical situations. Expect more crime, mayhem, mental illness, etc, with government mandated and unconstitutional lockdowns.

the school committee
the school committee
24 days ago

In the 1950s 60s 70s 80s Pittsfield had more dive bars because it was a place where almost everyone got drunk everday day and many of them went home to intimidate the family.These kinds of bars are much different than the shit that went on 50 years ago.The bars today are much better than those were.Also people today dont drink like they did 40 years ago.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  the school committee
24 days ago

My favorite was the Blue Room,

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  the school committee
24 days ago

So if this was a trade off for the river cleanup – quid pros along with one of the principles from a crummy school in Pittsfield getting a job in the Lenox district – would you still think it was a great plan?

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
Reply to  the school committee
24 days ago

You’re apparently drinking plenty for the rest of us.

TSC's psychiatrist/bartender
TSC's psychiatrist/bartender
Reply to  the school committee
23 days ago

Don’t believe a word he says. He is the worst.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
24 days ago

This man is a proper hero. He was fired shortly after. That is how the liberal government in Washington state treats it’s heroes. His go fund me is in the top comment and pinned. Please support this man.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=ArzULI3D2NI&feature=emb_logo

One Monday, Port of Seattle Police Officer and Special Forces veteran Greg Anderson was terminated. His offense, a viral Instagram post which he refused to take down. You really need to read it.

https://www.redstate.com/streiff/2020/05/13/jay-inslee-will-confine-you-to-your-house-without-food-if-you-dont-cooperate-with-contact-tracing/

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
24 days ago

“I’ve seen officers nationwide enforcing tyrannical orders against the people and I’m hoping it’s the minority of officers, but I’m not sure anymore. We don’t get to violate someone’s constitutional rights because somebody in our chain of command tells us otherwise.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=ArzULI3D2NI&feature=emb_logo

Seattle Cop Fired for Protesting Lock Down Just As Jay Inslee Declares He Will Confine People Without Food Who Don’t Cooperate With Contact Tracers

https://www.redstate.com/streiff/2020/05/13/jay-inslee-will-confine-you-to-your-house-without-food-if-you-dont-cooperate-with-contact-tracing/

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mad Trapper
24 days ago

I’d be happy to see this guy replace Wynn in Pittsfield

Pat
Pat
24 days ago

Quarantine out of control. Kevin James created this. Funny, but very scary too if the lockdown police continue to go this insane.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfGAktuU93s

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Pat
24 days ago

There are 850 ,000,000 million guns owned in America. How afraid are you Pat?

Pat
Pat
Reply to  the school committee
24 days ago

Citizens have the right to own guns otherwise we leave ourselves vulnerable to a tyrannical government. This happened in Venezuela where that socialist/communist government did a gun grab on all citizens right before they took total control over the citizens who are now treated like dirt by their own government. Many are now starving and helpless to defend themselves.

GMHeller
GMHeller
24 days ago

Berkshire Bancorp. (BHLB) — As of Midday, a new low $9.77/share; this makes five sessions in a row hitting new lows. Not a peep from Management.

witchend
witchend
Reply to  GMHeller
24 days ago

Go see trump bear,it’ll be beautiful.

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
24 days ago

Currently Dotties Go Fund Me Page is up to $6,132, and the owner Jessica Rufo stated on this same page that she has applied for several grants. Before any monies are handed out to Jessica or Yuki Cohen owner of Methsulah they should be required to supply an explanation as to why they are unable to open their businesses for curbside/takeout. Both establishments have decent menu’s that they could be providing takeout. How much money does Jessica from Dotties need to brew some coffee? Sounds to me that they are nothing but lazy bums looking for a free handout from the City of Pittsfield, and unfortunately they will get it. Yuki has added absolutely nothing to the City since she became a councilor, she just abstains from all votes. So us taxpayers are already paying her and also paying her health insurance. Meanwhile us… Read more »

Cuovough Ceronah
Cuovough Ceronah
Reply to  Merry & Bright
24 days ago

We want more stimulus Mr. President. Make it beautiful over here on Daniels Ave baby!

Cuovough Ceronah
Cuovough Ceronah
Reply to  Merry & Bright
24 days ago

Dow is Down. More stimulus for the tickets and smokers.

JoeKapanski
JoeKapanski
Reply to  Cuovough Ceronah
23 days ago

What you got a problem with us hardworking taxpayers footing the cost of cardboard crack and tobacco for the layabouts?

Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
Reply to  Merry & Bright
24 days ago

Merry & Bright, it seems to me that Mayor Tyer takes up a lot of space in your head. A lot of angry posts from you. You spend a lot of time everyday venting that anger here on Planetvalenti. I’m thinking you should call her up each morning so she can tell you what kind of day you are going to have.

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
24 days ago

Sorry if the truth offends you Mr. Worldwide. How much money are you being handed? By the way it is a well know fact that the Mayor does not respond to phone calls unless you are in her inner circle and trust me I don’t want to be. Yes, I am angry that the City of Pittsfield is being neglected by her. But trust me I don’t let it ruin my day. I just state the facts, sorry you don’t like that.

Mark Charland
Mark Charland
Reply to  Merry & Bright
23 days ago

I am not an inner circle person by any means but the Mayor returned my call recently openly discussed issues I am having trying to run my business in this incredibly challenging time. We may not agree on all issues but she was open to listening and hearing about My concerns.

Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
Reply to  Merry & Bright
23 days ago

I’m not offended at all. Not a fan. It just seems that you spend an inordinate amount of time bashing her. Lots of anger. I’m worried about your heath.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
23 days ago

I’m with Merry, and also sick and tired of this city spinning down the shitter with each passing day, and add in the corruption and incompetence to the free handouts to the layabouts, and I and many others end up feeling just as Merry. Doesn’t affect my worldview though. I enjoy every day God gives me.

Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
23 days ago

Yeah those darn layabouts. To many people on social security disability or sucking off some other social program. I hate paying for freeloaders. Thank god for good religious people like you.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  Merry & Bright
23 days ago

Didn’t you read Tyers reply to Dan? Dotties hasn’t applied!

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
23 days ago

So either the Mayor or the owner of Dotties who posted she applied is lying through their teeth. Gee folks I wonder which one? One guess, their last name rhymes with liar.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Merry & Bright
23 days ago

Well – they don’t have to count the go fund me money as income – only as a gift. I expect all the bs merchants will be churning out those online pity parties for months to come.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  Merry & Bright
22 days ago

Who is stupid enough to contribute? Must be TSC.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
24 days ago

I find Tyer’s response disturbing! First of all she states on May 9th there were FOUR NEW CASES, an “unprecedented health crisis.” Are you kidding me?! Testing will reveal more cases, but the purpose of the lockdown was to avoid overstressing the hospitals. As of today there are 4 people hospitalized at BMC ( not to be confused with the 4 new cases apparently not admitted to BMC) and 1 hospitalized at Fairview. A handful of newly diagnosed cases does not make an unprecedented health crisis!! Does not warrant a lockdown! Second, she states that “individual businesses are desperate for help.” Well then, lift the lockdown so they can make a living! Handouts are NOT the answer, especially when handed out to a few politically connected individuals. Hey mayor, why not cut taxes for EVERYONE?! What about Nautilus, long-time downtown business? First he got… Read more »

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
24 days ago

If they had tested everyone who died in Berkshire county since the first of the year there would be well over one hundred cases. Very little of what you see in Pittsfield is as it seems. And if you depend on a local newspaper to dig out the truth you are living in the past.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
23 days ago

If they tested everybody who died in America since Corona they would find plenty of souls that died of something else, but is written up as Corona to get more federal money.

Onota Buyoo
Onota Buyoo
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
24 days ago

Close Camp Winafew for the summer. Trust me.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
23 days ago

You’re right Fritzy. Question is, if mayor had balls to defy gov and open city, what would happen? This is a state ordered shutdown not a city one. Open everything

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
23 days ago

I understand your point, Tell, but New York is opening regionally, as certain sections of upstate NY are in good shape & will open shortly. If Tyer, Hinds & TFB were really concerned about getting people in Berkshire County back to work – then how about lobbying the Guv on our behalf? What the hell are they doing to reopen the Berkshires? 5 people total hospitalized for covid in the county. Not a health crisis as the mayor claims. We were originally told the reason for the lockdown was to insure that the hospitals would not be overrun. Hasn’t happened!

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
24 days ago

A must-read is Howie’s column based on the state stats…excellent!
http://www.howiecarrshow.com/2020/05/12truth-is-in-the-numbers-trump-sees-it-even-if

Onota Buyoo
Onota Buyoo
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
24 days ago

Bowie sux. Just like i said on here a year ago. Corporations now aren’t hiring to full capacity because of Corona.They aren’t going to reinvest unless they make a profit. I hope B Bank goes in the gutter,hiring all those legacy employees and dumping its local workforce here years ago. Of course Daly’s got the g h.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  Onota Buyoo
23 days ago

Why did Daley get the boot?

RN
RN
23 days ago

So I saw the memos today and I have pictures of two.

Internal BMC memo soliciting to house homeless “high risk COVID positive patients” at Fairview Commons.
Many of the patients are “addicted to opioids” are “alcoholics in need of a detox program”.
Several have “severe mental health issues”.

The stat was going to pay $900-$2,300 a day per patient based on the severity of their illness.

The State declined BHS due to prior failures to mitigate and contain the outbreak.

The other memo is a string of emails from DPH to the Pittsfield including the mayor. They called the city out for its lack of response.
I will try and post them

RN
RN
Reply to  RN
23 days ago

These patients ended up in GB and Pittsfield/Lenox.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  RN
23 days ago

And how many currently, are at “the Homeless Hilton” on South St now?

That should have been one of Dan’s question to Tyer. Along with how was Pittsfield/Hilton selected as a location.

Then how long will this be, and where will they go next? Section 8 local?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  RN
23 days ago

Why not “Hotel on North”?

The druggies won’t have to go so far, just outside.

But the boozers won’t have A-(crack) Mart close by. Close by to BMC for ODs. Two blocks from PPD.

Vibrant and dynamic Covid-19 on North St! Tell Tyer!!!

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Mad Trapper
23 days ago

Remember in the 1960s when the entire city was drunk.Must have been 100 alcohol dens.

Acute Angina
Acute Angina
Reply to  the school committee
23 days ago

And I’m guessing you were familiar with them all.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Mad Trapper
23 days ago

I highly doubt anyone ever stays in the hotel on north. I bet the bar and restaurant do ok. It looks like a front.

Gigi
Gigi
23 days ago

Joe Biden – he’s about as corrupt as they come. And this guy is the best the DNC can come up with, to run for president? He’s got enough skeletons in his closet to fill several cemeteries!

https://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2020/05/13/list-of-obama-officials-who-may-have-unmasked-michael-flynn-includes-joe-biden/

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Gigi
23 days ago

Its amazing you dont see corruption in Trump

Gigi
Gigi
23 days ago

Blue state governors lead the nation in nursing home deaths. 60% of deaths in Mass. occurred in nursing homes!

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/05/13/controversial-decisions-governors-ny-nj-pa-criticized-factors-high-level-covid-19-nursing-home-deaths/

Cheshire Cat
Cheshire Cat
Reply to  Gigi
23 days ago

Listen to yourself.

Sojourner Truth
Sojourner Truth
Reply to  Gigi
23 days ago

Charlie Baker changed parties ? He’s rumored to be a ( Red ) republican.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Sojourner Truth
23 days ago

He may have an “R” behind his name, but he’s a full- fledged Trump-hating Dem/Globalist!

the school committee
the school committee
23 days ago

We only know one thing about the killer virus and that is that it’s still here. May13,2020 and the President is so desperate he seems unstable on his feet.The President knows he screwed up.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
23 days ago

So is it true in Pittsfield, Ma. that neither the mayor, city council president, every council person, treasurer and the daily newspapers feel that the taxpayers have any rights with regard where or how taxpayer money is given out? Is it true that the mayor and city council president feel that taxpayers have no right to know who they give money too? Is it true that not one council person would access this information and pass it along to the people who elected them because they are intimidated by the mayor?
And is it true that the Berkshire Eagle agrees with the mayor and city council president that the taxpayers have no right to know where their taxpayer money goes? And does that apply to the city solicitor as well?

Agency Foutze
Agency Foutze
Reply to  Johnny Absurd
23 days ago

The best thing that can happen is state and fed monies dry up and she doesn’t have anything to dole out. The smaller businesses make our economy when things get bad,not a brewery in a city that’s gone to pot.

RN
RN
Reply to  danvalenti
22 days ago

That dumb bitch doesn’t know what risk is

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
23 days ago

“I feel like Moses wandering through the desert.” – Jason McCandless. Wandering, indeed.
School budget proposed cuts of ONLY 1.4 million. No mention of closing some elementary schools – why not? This is a farce. Make some REAL cuts. Schools were expecting 2.4 mil boost in funding from state.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
23 days ago

and what if the schools do not open in the fall? Which is a huge possibility. Will they continue to pay all the teachers, administrative and their health insurance?

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Johnny Absurd
23 days ago

Why would they not reopen? If the schools remain closed, along with daycares – what parent would be able to go back to work? For 4 people in BMC, you think the schools should be closed? Kids are the least affected by the Chinese Flu. Are we gonna close schools every time there is a flu outbreak?

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
23 days ago

Check the second and third words of my comment WHAT IF? While thinking ahead has never been a strong suit for the city of Pittsfield it might not hurt to consider the possibility. Because contrary to what people might like to think this particular pandemic is NOT over.

Gil H
Gil H
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
23 days ago

Fifty was cut from the cultural competency.

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
23 days ago

I just find the numbers interesting. As posted on Drudge:

CABLE NEWS RACE
TUES. MAY 12 2020

FOXNEWS HANNITY 4,481,000
FOXNEWS TUCKER 4,368,000
FOXNEWS FIVE 4,017,000
FOXNEWS LAURA 3,718,000
MSNBC MADDOW 3,466,000
FOXNEWS BAIER 3,240,000
MSNBC O’DONNELL 2,526,000
MSNBC HAYES 2,027,000
CNN CUOMO 1,832,000
CNN TAPPER 1,577,000
CNN COOPER 1,510,000

Where the hell is Wolf Blitzer????

Latest numbers of the big nets’ nightly “news,” again linked by Drudge the other day, something like
ABC = 9 to 10 mil
NBC = 7 to 8 mil
CBS = 6 to 7 mil

The chick who filled in for Norah O’Donnell on CBS last evening was awful with the mannerisms, tsking and clucking like a 9th grader in between gum snaps–leave that baloney to the cable channels.

Taiwan Eckonumbics
Taiwan Eckonumbics
Reply to  danvalenti
22 days ago

You forgot one…..Howard Tupper…..

Tired Barricks
Tired Barricks
Reply to  danvalenti
22 days ago

Dan….Rather?

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Edward R. Murrow
23 days ago

Fox and Trump own the media airwaves.The idea that the media is all democratic is silly.The right owns daytime talk radio too.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  the school committee
22 days ago

You watch the view

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
23 days ago

Barack Hussein Obama, most corrupt president in American history!
Joe Biden, most corrupt vice president in American history!

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
23 days ago

Worse than Watergate we are seeing as the evidence against them keeps piling up. More documents will be released soon. What they were doing could also be done to anyone. This would be a completely out of control tyrannical government. They have all this surveillance equipment too so that there would be nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. This is like something out of a frightening science fiction movie where people are slaves to the government and if we do nothing about it this could become normal behavior from government. Rachel Maddow said that Russia would soon be shutting off electricity in our country, and crazy people believed it during the Russia/Trump collusion hoax that Maddow was promoting, but something real like this where we have solid evidence of what was happening, the far left media wants to cover it up. Little mention of… Read more »

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Pat
23 days ago

lemmings for Fox brain

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
23 days ago

So true. Worse than Watergate. The far left media gives it little coverage. Rachel Maddow was telling so many lies on her show during the Russia hoax, but now gives this story little attention saying the GOP wants to take attention off of COVID-19. Obama needed to get rid of Flynn because he would have exposed the Russia/Trump collusion hoax.

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  Pat
23 days ago

It is Rachals, and Obama and Hillary’s fault except when it is Chinas fault or Cumos or blah blah balah fill in the blank on any given Hannity show.

Anderson williams
Anderson williams
Reply to  Pat
23 days ago

At a desk far far away Putin and the boys are around a table toasting shots of vodka ..They realize they did it conquer and divide one day the book will fold up on its self.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
23 days ago

Fox told you.

Pat
Pat
23 days ago

Gordmans Department Store in North Adams is now filing for bankruptcy. It was open for about a month in North Adams after replacing the previous department store that closed in that location. What a waste. If people can pack in Walmart and shop, why couldn’t a department store be open? Same for many other retail stores like Barnes & Noble. They should be opened. People should be able to buy books.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Pat
23 days ago

get all the books you want cheap on ebay

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Johnny Absurd
23 days ago

I do order books online, but I love the atmosphere in the book stores because it’s like going to the library. You never know what treasures you will find. Also great if I need a certain book quickly.

RN
RN
23 days ago

The Berkshire Eagle is doing a news survey.
They want to know how you think they are doing, what could go wrong with this stupid exercise.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf2G7cONT9CWzJQ-F08TrqOz0LiT_duJyLwgQzUeNiPPC_fXA/viewform

GMHeller
GMHeller
23 days ago

Berkshire Hills Bancorp. (BHLB): New 52-week low: $9.15 per share. Not a peep from management.

Bull Ending
Bull Ending
Reply to  GMHeller
23 days ago

What’s wrong with the water here.

Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
Reply to  GMHeller
23 days ago

Sell already.

Bull Ending
Bull Ending
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
23 days ago

How about it. Stop talking about it and sell before you lose more of your shirt.

Bonmgarzen
Bonmgarzen
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
23 days ago

Dow is up on news Trump to offer help for Dems new stimulus package.

Bonmgarzen
Bonmgarzen
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
23 days ago

It’s not time to open up yet.

Chuck Garivaltis
Chuck Garivaltis
23 days ago

Comments from Hendrix and Johnny Absurd near the beginning. Very good prescient comments early on in this blog. My point is, these two have an understanding of local economics. We’re letting a lot of things go but, the city council, hopefully, should understand some of this. My worry is they understand nothing. Okay, that’s not new, however, I hope they understand what’s at stake. Your city is in trouble. I know Chris Connel and Kevin Morandi understand this. Does anyone else?

Will Finkleton
Will Finkleton
Reply to  Chuck Garivaltis
22 days ago

Chuck,Connell and Morandi should be more passionate when they speak. Instead they give Kuffkinks,The Monster head and Ruffer very little argument. What does this Council need to be pounded into their brain? You know,I know the Planet knows,you save funds not spend them in a time of uncertainty. Who the hell is to say this Brewery will pay a nickel in taxes after the first year. Personally they won’t make it. Beer? Come on?

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  Chuck Garivaltis
22 days ago

Pittsfield politics economic/financial answer to everything is to raise taxes and fees, and increase municipal debts/liabilities, to unsustainable levels, while ensuring that Matt Kerwood has a $10.1 million slush fund. Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski can either “Assume the position” or move out of town. Thousands of people have moved out of Pittsfield (Mass.) over the past decades. Hundreds of living wage jobs have been lost. The only winners are the one political (Democratic) party ruling elites, the vested interests (Big 3 public – police, fire, & school – unions), and the special interests, such as out-of-town millionaires. My theory about Pittsfield politics is that they either don’t care about the city’s distressed local economy and/or they use “perverse incentives” to collect as much social services dollars as possible to fill City Hall’s fiscal coffers. GE left Pittsfield 3 decades ago, but Pittsfield politics… Read more »

the school committee
the school committee
22 days ago

It’s Chiners fault.

Tired Barricks
Tired Barricks
Reply to  the school committee
22 days ago

Congress votes on stimulus package two tomorrow,will passs.This would give two thousand a month for three months and would cover everyone under 120 thousand a year.It would even include money for children and.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  the school committee
22 days ago

have another drink.