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MEMORIAL DAY 2020: DO THE DEAD IN WAR DIE IN VAIN? … plus … TWO MORE SHOOTINGS IN PITTSFIELD

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

ADD 1 5/25/20 THE PLANET heard reports of shootings, plural, in Pittsfield, and at least one of our correspondents here mentioned something to that effect. It wasn’t rumor. Here’s the information from the Pittsfield Police Department:

The Pittsfield Police Department is currently investigating two shooting incidents that occurred in the city last night and early this morning.  On Sunday 5/24/2020 at approximately 8:47pm, officers responded to the area of Francis Avenue near the intersection of Bradford Street for a ShotSpotter activation.  It was later discovered that a residence there had been struck by gunfire.  No injuries were reported and the incident remains under investigation at this time.  

On Monday 5/25/2020 at approximately 12:49am, officers responded to the intersection of Second Street and Lincoln Street for a ShotSpotter activation.  Upon their arrival, officers observed an unoccupied vehicle that had been struck by gunfire.  Shell casings were discovered nearby.  No injuries were reported and the incident remains under investigation at this time.    

Anyone who may have information about either incident is asked to contact the PPD Detective Bureau at 413-448-9705.  Information can also be provided anonymously via the Detective Bureau Tip Line at 413-448-9706, or by texting PITTIP and your message to TIP411 (847411).

Sad to have to post this on Memorial Day, but that is the type of non-native human scum infesting the city and making it unsafe, especially after the sun goes down.

THE PLANET did pick up a bit of street news that the police didn’t share, perhaps because they didn’t have it. Sources told us both shootings were drug related (no news there) and that the shootings were intended as warnings over turf invasion, money, or both. The locations of the shootings may be pertinent, if you get our drift.

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(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVED, MAY 25, 2020) — We ran a version of this column last year. The sentiments do not change.

Nothing long or ponderous today, just a remembrance of all veterans who died in service to the country. THE PLANET offers our respects and honors for their sacrifices.

Probably few if any of those who died would have thought of themselves as heroes or in heroic terms, but the ones who came back would tell it differently. War’s survivors think of themselves as lucky SOBs. They tell us the “heroes” are the one who didn’t return. Heroes end up dead on the sand in Buma or felled two steps off a Higgins boat in Normandy on D-Day.  Does any war, however, produce “heroes,” or are all wars mindless exercises in insanity propagated by the old having their go at youth in fulfillment of political and territorial megalomania?

The somber simplicity of the notes in “Taps” capture well the proper mood of this day.The notes shrink to proper size the daily cares that we blow out of proportion, rightsizing our priorities — similar, in a sense, to the way the coronavirus has reordered the otherwise rote march of our daily lives.

What is important in life? For what and whom do we give thanks?

Do the dead in war die in vain? Has there ever been a just war? Have any war produced a “winner?”

Last year, The Wall Street Journal published a lengthy article about Medal of Honor winners. The ranks include the 72 who are still alive. That number has likely been lowered by Conqueror Death. Those interviewed spoke of the terrible burden of that medal, which often reminds them of the worst day of their lives. Medal of Honor winners can’t shake the events that led to the honor. They came back alive. Each has a possession — hauntings, really — of the dead that populate their stories. May they find peace.

Keep in mind at some point the reason for today.

Happy and safe keeping, dear friends of THE PLANET.

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“There has never been, nor will there ever be, a ‘just’ war”Ovid.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Wahun Hunglo
Wahun Hunglo
1 month ago

We will never know if Trump could have been a hero,will we? Damn those bone spurs.

Hung Wang
Hung Wang
Reply to  Wahun Hunglo
1 month ago

Clinton and 0’bama very brave men. Very hero.

Hung Wang
Hung Wang
Reply to  Hung Wang
1 month ago

0’bama once shake snack machine for hungry person. 0bama very great man for getting hungry man fritos.

R F P N E
R F P N E
Reply to  Hung Wang
1 month ago

Clinton once say inhale…… no llikee.

Johnny99
Johnny99
1 month ago

Very well stated Dan. All Americans are fortunate for the sacrifices the military men and women made for us, and continue to make, so we can be free. Perhaps the best way we can honor those that paid with their lives so we can have freedom is to take back our liberty in this constitutional Corona crisis.

RN
RN
1 month ago

Wars rob the world of potential, they are the ultimate folly of the exercise of power.

Those lives lost can never be reclaimed, the damage can not be undone. Lives cut short, families decimated, love lost, futures traded for inches in the sand, some dirt on a hill, and the elusive promise of freedom.

The sacrifices are sometimes for naught and sometimes for grand and noble causes but the deaths are all tragic no matter the good done or the freedom won.

God bless those who have sacrificed everything, we owe you a debt we can never repay. You have given your future for our present and the best we can offer in return is to live a life that hopes to honor you.

JohnnyComeLately
JohnnyComeLately
Reply to  RN
1 month ago

RN, a most poignant set of words. I am most impressed by your touching words.

the school committee
the school committee
1 month ago

On Memorial day weekend and on Sunday Trump tweets that Joe Scarborough a non Koolaid tv host murdered his staffer. Trump is a morally and ethically at rock bottom.This is what happens if you dont worship at the alter of Trumps financial kingdom.This is Trumps respect for veterans.If he doesnt like veterans who are captured like Senator McCain what does he think of others.He uses people. Disgusting

Pat
Pat
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

Joe Scarborough and his wife Mika constantly spread lies about President Trump on their morning show. They are always pushing the Kool-aid. Joe Scarborough was involved in a situation where a staffer was killed and suspicion did fall on him since the murderer was never found, but there was no evidence found to actually convict anyone.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

So you support Trump in accusing Joe of murder.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

President Trump has a bad history with Mika and Joe. They promoted him on their show because they were sure he would lose the presidential race and they wanted a weak candidate so their heroine Hillary would win, but once they saw he could win, they threw him under the bus. I’m not sure about the murder, but the killer has never been identified and brought to justice.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

At least his negligence did not kill tens of thousands of gram’s and grandpas. Not that that is important.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

That would be D-Gov Gretchen Whitmer and D-Gov Mario Cuomo.

They both sent Covid+ patients to nursing homes, instead of using available underused federal facilities built for the purpose of treating/isolating them.

They both have the deaths of thousands of elderly to accept the blame for.

Whitmer even sent violent Covid+ thugs to nursing homes who assaulted and robbed the elderly nursing home patients. She was doing that LAST WEEK!!!!

One wacko, Jaden Hayden, Whitmer sent to a nursing home, even video taped himself beating a 75 year old Veteran to a bloody pulp. But Jaden wasn’t finished, he then robbed the man of his credit cards.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/05/20-yr-old-jaden-hayden-charged-pummeling-75-yr-old-veteran-michigan-nursing-home-stealing-credit-cards-sent-coronavirus/

CBS, NBC, ABD, MSNBC, CNN has ignored this travesty. Why? Don’t fit their leftist agenda!!!

So who’s to blame for Grandma’s and Grandpa’s death? D-Govs Whitmer and Cuomo

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Anything President Trump does is so cool.I just love how he behaves.And that hair.Did you know hes a great business man.

Hell Toupee
Hell Toupee
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Not everyone knows this but Joe Scarborough was the banjo kid in the movie Deleverince.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

The lies and trashing from the desperate Trump camp will only get more intense. He is responsible for tens of thousands of people dying needlessly from the virus and somehow he needs to make Biden look worse than that guy. So he will need to use all his creativity and all Fox news sycophants blathering alternative facts. But if anyone can do it Trump can.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

The opposite is true. He is responsible for saving many lives. The Democrats sure wouldn’t have shut the borders since they think it’s racist so the country would have lost millions of lives. Biden is very feeble minded and every time he communicates it gets worse. We need to have presidential debates because President Trump’s mental sharpness will should just how Joe Biden is unable to communicate.

truthsayer
truthsayer
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

I am confident that the families of the estimated 36,000 extra lives lost due to Trump’s refusing to accept that COVID-19 was indeed a danger would strongly disagree with you.

There’s a simple moral here. If you’re so dumb that you rely on the television and social media for all your information, you come from a very shallow gene pool. Factually and without denial from his staffers, Trump doesn’t like to read. I’m betting he’s dyslexic.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  truthsayer
1 month ago

It’s the choice of the people in November. Open borders no matter what vs. closing borders during dangerous times. Not sure where you got 36,000 extra lives and what you are comparing it to. President Trump has said repeatedly that one life lost is too many. You can blame the high numbers mainly on New York with the dynamic Democrat duo of Cuomo and DeBlasio both of whom repeatedly said there was no danger from the virus. Guess they can’t read either, but Cuomo has strangely become a big hero to the Democrats. Go figure.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

America has never had open boarders.

the smirnoff committee
the smirnoff committee
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

Vodka vaccine today?

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

he delayed.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Don Trump has saved at least 2 million lives. He is just the greatest. And that hair.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

And he is working on a vaccine to cure everyone. If anyone is left.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Biden taking a nap is 500% more competent than Trump the TOILET TWEETYBIRD 4am

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

Typical TSC vitriol

Joe Scarborough was just padding his resume for future elections. He’ll never catch up to the Clintons body count….

I do wonder what would have happened to America, if The Manchurian candidate had won, instead of Sotero?

Thanks to all the Vets who served and defended our Nation and Constitution!!!

Boris
Boris
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

Check the story

Chuck Vincelette
Chuck Vincelette
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

Omg stop,Stop, stOp,stoP and finally STOP.

Hung Wang
Hung Wang
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

Scarborough dangerous man. If you have daughter. You no let her near him.

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
1 month ago

God bless all that served our country. Hope everyone has a peaceful Memorial Day. Kudos to Representatives Smitty Pignatelli and John Barrett for setting up the fly over today around 12:22p.m. to 12:24p.m. for their Districts. Very nice. Guess Pittsfield’s Representative Tricia Farley Bouvier didn’t want to join in. Maybe she and Mayor Tyer are having a Memorial Day picnic in the space capsule at BIC. Oh well, have a nice Memorial Day. Be Safe, gun fire in Pittsfield again last night.

Maggie May
Maggie May
Reply to  Merry & Bright
1 month ago

Fireworks! but hey the truth doesn’t matter anymore toss it out see what sticks or who comments..straight from the Berkshire eagle playbook.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Merry & Bright
1 month ago

I went outside as soon as I heard the planes overhead, but couldn’t see them. It is very cloudy outside.

Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
Reply to  Merry & Bright
1 month ago

I see the Mayor occupies space in your head on Holiday’s as well.

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
1 month ago

Mr. Worldwide, I don’t know whether to be flattered or concerned because I seem to be stalked by you on this website. Can’t seem to say anything to your satisfaction. Seems like so far 8 others agree with me. Never seen you post anything on this website of any substance except to cut me up. Glad you are enjoying yourself.

Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
Reply to  Merry & Bright
1 month ago

Merry & Bright I agree with a lot of things you say. But it appears to me that you have an unhealthy obsession with the Mayor. I understand, I’ve bin there. Did you see the fly over of Pittsfield yesterday? I did.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
1 month ago

I just thanked a veteran for his service who was part of a unit that was responsible for guarding Sadam after being captured. I thank all who served and gave so much.

Awdee Morfee
Awdee Morfee
Reply to  Johnny2Shoes
1 month ago

Thank you Jon for your service.

Trasvarian Candidate
Trasvarian Candidate
Reply to  Awdee Morfee
1 month ago

What a beautiful tribute coming from a Real War Heroe.

Arl Ligton
Arl Ligton
Reply to  Johnny2Shoes
1 month ago

They had to wait for the president during the wreath laying ceremony. Trump was on the throne reading The inquirer.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Arl Ligton
1 month ago

the inquirer is still working for him. a right wing zealot rag if there ever was one

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

Dear Pat [Patrick Fennell],

Happy Memorial Day! I appreciate our open correspondences. I agree with you that the U.S.A. was wrong to turn away a ship of Jewish people trying to escape Nazi Germany’s Holocaust during World War 2. I did not know about the New York Times being a Holocaust denier during most of World War 2. If true, they were wrong, too. FDR should not have displaced Japanese Americans. He was wrong.

FDR saved the World from Hitler, as well as Winston Churchill, and millions of other brave men and women during World War 2. I sent an email, which iBerkshires.com published – https://www.iberkshires.com/story/60095/Letter-FDR-Churchill-or-Candidate-C-.html – explaining that a man’s faults matter less that his heart. If someone says to you that he is perfect on paper, look at his or her heart first.

Since World War 2, the U.S.A. has killed millions of foreign people in military conflicts, including over 5 million Vietnamese people. In 1968, the U.S. war machine killed over one million Vietnamese people in one year alone. LBJ decided to not run for a second term, as protesters chanted, “Hey hey LBJ, how many more did you kill today?”

President George W. Bush illegally invaded Iraq, which has the World’s second largest oil reserves next to Saudi Arabia, under the false pretense (or lie) that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction and planned to use them to destroy Israel. Over one million Iraqi people died during Bush II’s illegal corporate fascist war for oil.

I love my country, but sometimes I fear my government. I respect the Armed Forces, as I am a disabled Veteran, but sometimes I lament the actions of our great country’s war machine.

Best wishes,

Jonathan

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

Jonathon;

In 1939 The United States turned away a ship of Jews trying to escape Nazi Germany. At the time FDR was president. During most of the war, the New York Times denied the Holocaust. The NY Times has always been a democrat voice. Oh and don’t forget the same FDR put Japanese Americans in Internment camps.

Patrick Fennell

Thulox James
Thulox James
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

What exactly was your deferment soldier.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  Thulox James
1 month ago

I never had a deferment. Trump had 5 deferments. At the VA Hospital, my fellow Veterans called Trump’s bone spurs: Bull Shit!

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

How long did you serve?

Agent 86
Agent 86
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
1 month ago

He served in the same unit with Obama and Clinton.

Johnny Absurds Doctor
Johnny Absurds Doctor
Reply to  RN
1 month ago

Many of the red states have been threatened by Trump to come in with low numbers or they may not get any state aid. Fla., Georgia are just two of the most obvious ones who are willing to sacrifice their people to make Trump happy. How utterly inhuman is that? If you already have bad numbers that are continuing to rise and then you open up they sure as hell don’t start going down. And anyone who believes that could happen is frightenly ignorant.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Doctor
1 month ago

FOX/TRUMP America is lying to the people.Its disgusting. He has a big lying Tweety Problem, but his hair.

the school committee
the school committee
1 month ago

Trump wont hang the 1st black presidents potrait in the White House.Trump hatred of Obama is real.Trump admirers agree with this.

the smirnoff committee
the smirnoff committee
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

have another drink bozo

JohnnyComeLately
JohnnyComeLately
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

So what? Because he’s first half black president, the next pres has to hang photo? That’s discrimination against the other presidents right there.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  JohnnyComeLately
1 month ago

American tradition.Presidents of each party come together to do this.Trump hates our 1st black president.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

You’ve played the race card again TSC.

Barry Sotero is not black, his is a mullato of the worst kind, 1/2 Kenyan Communist, 1/2 common White Trash.

At least he’s more African that Lieawatha Warren is Indian…….

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

In 8 years Barry Sotero undid, what it took Martin Luther King, a lifetime to achieve.

Jerry Packard
Jerry Packard
1 month ago

As a vet I hafta say that yes, it is worth it.

Notrue Extersnshine
Notrue Extersnshine
Reply to  Jerry Packard
1 month ago

Thank you for your service Jerry!

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

May 25, 2020

Dear Honorable State Rep. Smitty Pignatelli,

I read your op-eds in the Berkshire Eagle (online), and then I get very frustrated by them. In your latest op-ed, you wrote: “The Berkshires have seen a lot of changes. Lost population, factories shut down, changing economies, etc.,…” Look in the proverbial mirror. You have been a Lenox State Representative since early-2003, which is +17-years and counting. During your long tenure as a career political hack on Beacon Hill, Berkshire County continues to have one of the worst regional economies in the state. The economic inequality ratio is huge in Berkshire County. There are little to no living wage jobs left in your mostly rural Western Massachusetts legislative district.

Earlier this year, you, Smitty Pignatelli, wrote in favor of GE putting a toxic waste dump in Lee (Mass.). The people you supposedly represent protested the horrible settlement between the EPA and GE, but not you. The Housatonic River will still have tons of PCBs industrial chemicals left in it after the so-called cleanup – if it will ever happen. GE has between $85 – $94 billion in toxic debts that make its very doubtful they will be able to fund the expensive cleanup over one decade. What is worst is that neither the EPA nor GE has made a financial commitment. But, none of that matters to you, Smitty Pignatelli.

When you served on the Berkshire County Commission with my dad decades ago, you weren’t this bad about state and local politics. It is like you turned to the dark side and you now support every terrible public policy and top-down politician in the proverbial book, such as your recent misguided vote to raise the gas tax on the working people who will have to pay more to commute to work.

In Truth!

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

Hello Pat,

State Rep. Smitty Pignatelli mostly always votes for the legislation sponsored by Speaker for life Bob DeLeo, who is a de facto dictator of the Massachusetts State House of Representatives. Guess what, Pat? Speaker for life Bob DeLeo does not care about Western Massachusetts. Boston politicians are never to be trusted by the people of Massachusetts. They have a lock on political power that makes a mockery of democracy.

Speaker for life Bob DeLeo’s push for $600 million in transportation revenue by hiking the gas tax will hurt working class commuters. Sarcasm: The real reason why Smitty Pignatelli voted in favor of increasing the gas tax was so his beloved Speaker for life can eat out and enjoy more lobster dinners on the taxpayers’ dime.

Adam Hinds and Smitty Pignatelli both voted for tens of millions of dollars in legislative pay raises in early-2017, while the people they represent work three part-time $12 per hour jobs. When Smitty Pignatelli voted on last year’s state budget in late-April of 2019, he voted for a state House budget with over 1,300 pork barrel amendments with no debates and behind closed doors and with no transparency! Smitty Pignatelli is on the public record opposing Sunshine Laws to keep corrupt Beacon Hill politics operating behind closed doors.

Many Berkshire County politicians, including Smitty Pignatelli, say they are for cultural and arts venues, but when it came to the 2018 Berkshire Museum shakedown, they were nowhere to be found, as people protested around the World the sales of historic pieces of artwork. I agree with you, Pat, that career political hacks like Smitty Pignatelli are more interested in giving grants to special interests so they will receive big campaign donations in return.

When the people of Lee (Mass.) protested GE’s proposal to put a toxic waste chemical dump in their town, Smitty Pignatelli did not listen to his constituents. If I lived in Lee or Lenoxdale and the value of my property would drop to zero, I, too, would be upset with Adam Hinds and Smitty Pignatelli.

Best wishes,

Jonathan

Sicandtyred
Sicandtyred
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

You make a statement that is very telling.The last sentence states raising the gas tax. That’s just about in line with home assessments. Trump gets us a nice low gasoline price and local-state politicians take advantage and raise revenue with these types of increases.

No wonder Trump doesn’t give in to these state officials..they cant manage their own localities,why should the government help them. Officials in this state are all about increasing our taxes at every opportunity,Smitty is no different.

R F P N E
R F P N E
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

Another couple shootings? Call Detectives? And we’re not even in June yet. What do you think is going to happen with society since Corona? It’s going to get worse! People out of work,even druggies can’t afford their drugs. By September we will be the number one city in everything crime. Why? because we are to interested in repetitive responses to the idiots calling P P D nine times a week. We can start by enforcing social distancing,which isn’t happening and start giving tickets to asshole drivers who continually drive like dumb dumbs , because they can.

Johnny99
Johnny99
Reply to  R F P N E
1 month ago

Burn your masks. Eeff social distancing.

the school committee
the school committee
1 month ago

The former husband has asked the CEO of twitter to take down the President of the United States of America s lying tweet about his wifes death at age 28.We have hit rock bottom in the office of President Trump and our country.

Notrue Extersnshine
Notrue Extersnshine
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

s c You are on a Trumpasaurus site. Don’t expect any positive feedback. Unless you are one of the five?

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Notrue Extersnshine
1 month ago

Just trying to keep the Trump denial honest with info of his crazy

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
1 month ago

So we all know Pittsfield sucks – if we were to rank the shit-ness of the local towns how would it go? Do North Adams, Richmond, West Stockbridge and Stockbridge still occupy the circle of hell? Is Great Barrington any better? What about little Beckett? Do they have too few government officials to be ripping off the public that you average joe/Jane might stand a chance? Beckett stood up to the school committee and tried to vote down the crazy expenditure. I am in the fence on Williamstown. They have some smart people not bought sold and paid for who are running for office and the best school district in the county. Lenox strikes me as sort of douchy, like some scrubbers from Adams moved there and started wearing Polo Ralph Lauren so they feel raised up in the world. Yeah, Adams seems grubbier than North Adams with a hella loud of goombas. Where do people like living around here? I am curious …

T D WhyK
T D WhyK
Reply to  Kermit Frog
1 month ago

It isn’t Pittsfield,it’s its inhabitants. You go anywhere to graze and there’s always some assholes who’ll try to make your peaceful day a nightmare. You can’t even go to a store without some low life getting into your face for a handout. Just about every time I’m driving I see a nitwit on the road.

RN
RN
Reply to  Kermit Frog
1 month ago

Most are filled with the same incompetence all the way around. The town managers just shift around, same with the accountants and collectors.
Lenox fires the town accountant for being horrible, she ends up in Richmond. Kufflinks was running becket and ends up running Pittsfield. Great Barrington got shafted with the guy from Richmond who got fired from Deerfield for sexual harassment allegedly. He was accused of harassment or ageism in Richmond.
The clerk from GB ends up in west Stockbridge earning 3x her old salary and she’s clueless.
Pittsfield ends up with Mayor Coloringbook, she was a head secretary.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  RN
1 month ago

I have heard some whoppers about Richmond.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Kermit Frog
1 month ago

I thought Lenox was the number one school district in the county? Their city government also appears to be well run.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
1 month ago

Its a well to do small town white flight suburb.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

Still no comment on Allendale Principal leaving for Lenox? It’s sad out Tyer and Smitty etc threw Lee under the bus.

RN
RN
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
1 month ago

They have a lot of problems too. Their accountant from a few years ago got fired for being incompetent. She’s now making $75k in Richmond. They’ve gone through a couple superintendents. Most recently one got run out of town by the union for trying to fire bad teachers. A couple of staff are having affairs with parents of kids in town, one is a nurse in another school district.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  RN
1 month ago

It would be funny if it wasn’t depressing..

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
1 month ago

Best Elementary School is Williamstown. I think Lenox High is meant to be great but the SAT scores seem kinda average. Lenox also actively weed out special needs and average pupils by HS school years. Greyoick has a vast assortment of ability levels. I hope it is good and not just PR.

J Medimund
J Medimund
Reply to  Kermit Frog
1 month ago

Hey? g E was uP toDAY

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Kermit Frog
1 month ago

Pittsfield.ma is still King of the Berkshires

gobullgoof
gobullgoof
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

Of crime and special interests.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
1 month ago

Lt. Gov. Polito, who chairs the state’s reopening panel, reportedly held a large party over Memorial Day weekend as reported on Turtle Boy sports. She admitted to the party at today’s news conference. Do what I say, not as I do. The curve has been flattened, hospitals are empty, yet retail, fitness and restaurants are prohibited from reopening. We are being told by the state to avoid gatherings of over 10 people, yet those in charge seem to think the rules don’t apply to them.

Tire Ofissues
Tire Ofissues
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
1 month ago

Dan get a hold of Connell and asking why the new d p w commissioner is as bad as the last? Doesn’t even know the reason for road repair account cost or what drives it? Said he thinks is because of the price of materials. Morandi put him to task.

Tire Off Issues
Tire Off Issues
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
1 month ago

China got us good. And plenty.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
1 month ago

You just described Trump

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
1 month ago

Truly want to thank both State and Local politicians especially Gov. Baker for opening the pot shops in my neighborhood. NOT! The traffic backups for both Berkshire Roots on Dalton Avenue and Bloom Brothers on Merrill Road are atrocious and dangerous especially when traffic enforcement already did not exist in Pittsfield. Believe 90% of the vehicles in line are from other states, New York, Vermont and Connecticut. Evidently the revenue from these pot sales are more important than the well being of the residents of Pittsfield during the CORIN19. Residents, be careful out there as these out of state pot buyers all stop at our stores and many of them are from New York State, the epic center of the CORIN19 and they don’t seem to understand social distancing. These out of state vehicles also do not follow traffic rules, doesn’t matter anyway because there is no traffic enforcement in Pittsfield. Goes to show what is important to our politicians, its not the people it’s the money.

Tire Ofissues
Tire Ofissues
1 month ago

City COUNCL Meeting is painful to watch.CANT UNDERSTAND Connell. Tired looks like a fool. And spookie Yukie does nothing.

Free Bird
Free Bird
1 month ago

CDC quietly releases the numbers on SARS-COV2.

Just to update:

* Ro = 2.5

* NOTHING to indicate it lives or spreads from surfaces (testing now completed via lab)

* NOTHING to indicate any transfer opportunities from an Asymptomatic Carrier

* NOTHING to indicate that you can be re-infected (testing now completed on the prior suspected reinfections showed the tests hit positive on dead virus because the tests couldn’t distinguish live from dead at that time)

* The new death rate is .26% (0.0026). This includes people who died in hospices from existing disease, traumas and other causes of deaths who cultured positive post mortem or didn’t culture at all but lives with someone who did.

As reference, the flu is 0.1-0.3%

Ro and SCFR by age and new links in this CDC page. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/planning-scenarios.html

Explains what you’re looking at on the CDC page
https://www.conservativereview.com/news/horowitz-cdc-confirms-remarkably-low-coronavirus-death-rate-media/

Further corroborates.
https://swprs.org/a-swiss-doctor-on-covid-19/

Surfaces
https://www.foxnews.com/health/cdc-now-says-coronavirus-does-not-spread-easily-via-contaminated-surfaces

Asymptomatic carriers
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32405162/?fbclid=IwAR1FguxXOEgytLLkcTi7dL43mPx5Z4LBbduf6S_DTewleBt9MLW0f7NWvJQ

“…there has been no documented asymptomatic transmission.”
https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/situation-reports/20200402-sitrep-73-covid-19.pdf

Reinfections
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/coronavirus-covid19-reinfection-immune-response

Blare
Blare
Reply to  Free Bird
1 month ago

Shhh. RN is going to be very angry with you.