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!!PLANET EXCLUSIVE!! TANGLEWOOD CANCELED … plus … N.A. MAYOR’s ‘NEAR-PSYCHOTIC’ REACTION TO CRANE REOPENING … TYLER STREET ACTION

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY MAY 11, 2020) — On THE PLANET‘s radar today: Tanglewood, North Adams mayor Tom Bernard, and two derelict locations on beautiful, vibrant, collaborative Tyler Street in Pittsfield. First, a brief note. For all those betting nickels, mayor Linda Tyer DID get back to us Sunday night, meeting the deadline. We had already posted today’s column, so THE PLANET will present the full text of the mayor’s response on Wednesday.

TANGLEWOOD — Let’s cut to the chase. Tanglewood’s not happening this year. With it will likely go the remnants of the local cultural, therefore, tourist season. Jacob’s Pillow, Barrington Stage, MassMOCA, and others have already given up the ghost, but Tanglewood is the 800-pound gorilla.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra said in April that it would make decisions about the Boston Pops season and Tanglewood by mid-May. Last week, the BSO cancelled the Pops 2020 season, including the 4th of July spectacular on the Hub Esplanade. It said nothing about Tanglewood, but THE PLANET has learned that the Lenox/Stockbridge venue will be as dark at the dark side of the moon this summer.

THE PLANET‘s sources come from the BSO’s Artistic Administrative section. Each mentioned a series of “contentious” meetings debating “to be or not to be” on the fast approaching BSO season in the Berkshires. The crown jewel of the Berkshires’ cultural season has yet to make an official announcement. PLANET sources say logistics demand a decision no later than May 22, with an announcement “likely” to happen “on, before, or near” May 15. The one caveat seems to be pressure from “the BSO Adminstration” to go ahead with the summer season, who fear the financial consequences of ditching Tanglewood. The orchestra will lose $10.2 million from canceled events assuming Tanglewood DOES occur.  To deal with its dire finances, the BSO has already has furloughed musicians and cut salaries. So let us be clear. Our declaration that Tanglewood will shut down this year includes the asterisk of a political fight between the Administrative and Artistic sides.

The BSO web site lists “Administration” and “Administration/Artistic” in its directory. An influential minority among this group is still pushing hard to reopen “as normal,” our sources say. “Administration” members:

Mark Volpe, Eunice and Julian Cohen President and Chief Executive Officer, endowed in perpetuity
Evelyn Barnes, Jane B. and Robert J. Mayer, M.D. Chief Financial Officer
Sue Elliott, Judith and Stewart Colton Tanglewood Learning Institute Director
Anthony Fogg, William I. Bernell Artistic Administrator and Director of Tanglewood
Leslie Wu Foley, Helaine B. Allen Director of Education and Community Engagement

Alexandra J. Fuchs, Thomas G. Stemberg Chief Operating Officer

]Ellen Highstein, Edward H. Linde Tanglewood Music Center Director, endowed by Alan S. Bressler and Edward I. Rudman
Bernadette M. Horgan, Director of Public Relations

Lynn G. Larsen, Orchestra Manager and Director of Orchestra Personnel

Bart Reidy, Chief Strategy Officer and Clerk of the Corporation 

Christopher W. Ruigomez, Director of the Boston Pops and Concert Operations and Assistant Director of Tanglewood
Kathleen Sambuco, Director of Human Resources

We have contacted Horgan, BSO director of PR, requesting comment.

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MAYOR TOM BERNARD — Who died at Crane Stationery and made him boss?

On April 29, the iconic Crane Stationery brand announced it would be closing. It cited several reasons, including lack of consumer demand. People don’t write notes and letters. They text. The next day, the company, which is owned by Mohawk Paper, announced that 85% of its workforce would lose their jobs on June 19. The remaining 15% would stay on the job until late September to fulfill existing orders. On May 1, Crane notified North Adams mayor Tom Bernard.

Bernard, of course, has done about all a mayor can do with a decaying city, crime-ridden and soaked in poverty as it is. Put a coat of paint on it and proclaim himself to be a “trailblazer” building a “successful, inclusive, and safe community.” If you want more of this gobbledygook, visits his website. A politician, of course, can’t face reality, and Bernard’s no different, which perhaps explains his puzzling reaction to Crane’s announcement.

THE PLANET understands his torment over losing about 270 out of 300+ manufacturing jobs, but would that explain the mayor’s near-psychotic reaction of “ordering” Crane to adhere to a long list of conditions before re-opening? The mayor’s attempt at bullying came after a determination that, because of the company’s business with the medical industry, it qualified as “essential.” On Friday (5/8), Thomas O’Connor Jr., Mohawk CEO, told the mayor where he could store is “order” of “conditions” by reopening the Crane facility on the Curran Highway.

THE PLANET sides with O’Connor and Mohawk. They are a private business, responsibly run, with a long history of safety. Bernard needs a crash course in the nature of capital and The Dreaded Private Sector. Politically, he is at this point a wilted dandelion plant on the putting green at Augusta.

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TYLER STREET — Pittsfield’s “hip, vibrant, dynamic, collaborative” Avenue of the Angels features two long-standing eyesores, the former fire station and Hess Forest. To its credit, the city wants to finally do something about them. So it says. Office of Community development director Deanna Ruffer and city purchasing agent Coleen Hunter-Mullet have issued an RFP seeking proposals for developing the dilapidated fire station, still a fascinating brick structure with practically infinite possibilities.

This being Pittsfield, what would seem straightforward has taken what a troubling turn. Has a valid plan been submitted but rejected solely because of political revenge? THE PLANET doesn’t have enough of the story yet, but we hope to present something later in the week.

As for Hess Forest, the city has initiated an attempt to gain control of the property from its derelict owner, Hess Retail Stores of Findlay, OH. THE PLANET backs that effort. It will be a tough but winnable fight. Hess has demonstrated epic negligence. Pittsfield must refuse to take no for answer. The city wants to turn it into a green space. That’s funny. It should have just left the forest to continue to overtake the former gas station. By now, we would have another Jungle-Rama.

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“In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity”Sun-Tzu.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Ctrem
Ctrem
26 days ago

Unfortunately for North Adams the lack of leadership began under the Alcombright Administration and continues today with the Masters pulling the Puppets strings and when the Puppet is left to operate without strings it doesn’t know how.

This was evidenced by the much maligned Puppet Master, John DeRosa “Retiring” after a dreadful ruling by the Ethics Commission.

These elected “Leaders” lead for their Masters and theirs.

How many Public Servants have been furloughed or laid off in the Commonwealth? I’d be willing to bet my State Pension that the number is no where near those in the DPS.

As of today I am fully vested at $401….a year. any takers?

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Ctrem
26 days ago

That fired corrupt guy came from same law firm the last two COP city attorneys came from? Awesome. There is not a chance in hell for these communities.

Johnny99
Johnny99
Reply to  Kermit Frog
26 days ago

you mean Rubertos’ water boys?

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Johnny99
26 days ago

Well, the white collar bullshit is costing us all more than than the petty crime. It’s fascinating that Hotel on North is the same family that got the Taconic HS contract and built the school not fit for purpose.
How many bennies from Crayola and the banks does Hotel on North get? How many people for zoning positions does Crayola appoint when her husband financially benefits from the zoning decisions? It’s worse than a mugging all the corruption – and it’s why no one will invest locally that isn’t on the take.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
26 days ago

It is all bad news, blogger Dan Valenti. Tanglewood and the Berkshires’ tourism economy will take a major hit this Summer of 2020. North Adams has made attempts to better itself after falling to the lowest depths, but it is being hit with more and more bad news. Pittsfield’s inner city neighborhoods are very poor and downtrodden. North Street is called “Social Services Alley”. I would risk my life walking Pittsfield’s inner city streets after hours. In a matter of 50 years, Pittsfield and North Adams economic fortunes have gone bust. In closing, at least North Adams tried (but failed) to improve, while Pittsfield didn’t give a damn.

Causeway Enforcer
Causeway Enforcer
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
26 days ago

Mayor Tirade latest quote last week on Stooge T V ‘ Pittsfield is an incredible place to be during A pandemic’ You can’t make it up.

JohnnyJoe
JohnnyJoe
Reply to  Causeway Enforcer
26 days ago

Causeway, what’s your issue with people hanging out at The Causeway? I did notice one of those useless neighborhood watch signs on the road. Is it a trouble spot, or sometin? Has always seemed to attract the outta shape, white trash, smoking and drinking fishermen types, not that it makes em bad people, and occasionally a real crime like a shootin. But overall, besides the real trash to go with the shot trash, seems like it’s an okay place.

Johnny Absurds Accountant
Johnny Absurds Accountant
Reply to  Causeway Enforcer
26 days ago

Maybe if you are in a position of power watching the whole thing unfold from a safe distance it is incredible. And you are sitting on a pile of taxpayer money that you are handing out to friendly supporters.
I have not heard anyone else thinking this is a good time

Dmitri Goudkov
Dmitri Goudkov
26 days ago

Sad for Crane. Thanks for keeping us all posted!

Johnny Absurds Accountant
Johnny Absurds Accountant
26 days ago

Meanwhile mayor (in name only) Tyer wants to bleed the dubious Preservation account for another $110,000 give away to help with peoples rent. Uh, if I read it right the money will go directly to landlords. Hmmm. Now which “landlords” might the mayor have in mind? Will there be a public list of these landlords just like the public list of business s she is blessing with taxpayer cash? Can some legal mind out there check and see if she can just be giving money away like this? And where does it all end? Where does it say Pittsfield taxpayers are obligated to subsidize business s and peoples rent? I need a new sewer line which I cannot afford. But I am supposed to help all these other people in trouble? Hopefully someone can look into which of these landlords donated to her campaign… Read more »

Be The Change
Be The Change
26 days ago

Allocating monies for housing is legitimizing the “Stanley” – RICO.

Omni De Mignum
Omni De Mignum
Reply to  Be The Change
26 days ago

Is horse face operating from her barn or the office?

Pat
Pat
26 days ago

In communist countries there are no private businesses just like there is no private property. Why are so many leaders in cities and towns across the country acting like the United States is a communist country especially in the Democrat areas of this country? A North Adams mayor thinks he is in charge of a private company. Democrat governors across the country are imposing strict quarantine measures that infringe on our freedoms. You can’t buy clothing or books in some areas, but abortion clinics are still open. Pot shops are still open in some states.

Be The Change
Be The Change
Reply to  Pat
26 days ago

This illustrates another consequence of firm rules — the creation of loopholes.

Free Bird
Free Bird
Reply to  Pat
26 days ago

Maybe more business owners need to vote with their feet like Elon Musk is doing by getting Tesla out of California. Maybe then politicians will wake up but some never will.

Hendrix
Hendrix
Reply to  Free Bird
26 days ago

Or just go back to work and say come get me. Look what happened with the golf courses that said last week they were planning to reopen regardless of the order, the next day all of a sudden all golf courses in MA were allowed to open. Every governor saw the debacle that happened in TX with jailing a salon owner and they most certainly will not make that mistake. I find it funny that you can go stand in a crowded grocery store, pharmacy, liquor store, or gas station, but if you want to meet with clients individually then your out of luck. Does the virus ignore the “essential” places of businesses while ignore the “non-essential?” Over 60% of the deaths in MA have been from nursing homes with a whopping 25 people between the ages of 30-59 dying and a staggering 0… Read more »

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Hendrix
26 days ago

It appears that unless you are willing to sue the Gov ( gun shops) or hire a well- connected lobbyist to fight on your behalf ( golf course owners) you will have to wait your turn to be allowed to reopen. People should be screaming about this unconstitutional extension of the lockdown.

Be The Change
Be The Change
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
26 days ago

Read “Berkshire Trade & Commerce” & Downtown Pittsfield (501c3); the mission statement. The Real Estate tycoons are RICO. Every section 8 tenant probably voted via “mail-in”. Registering to vote is probably a prerequisite for the tenants. If an individual files for funding – all of their personal identifying information is made available – perhaps a candidate could plan ahead & easily win a vote by perpetrating a mail-in ballot, or 500 mail-in ballots.

truthsayer
truthsayer
Reply to  Pat
26 days ago

When you suppress voters by race and color, try and stop mail in voting despite the fact that you did so yourself, refuse to submit to constitutional oversight unless they’re from your party, attempt to shut out any critical media and only work with those that are either nutty or mainstream in your favor, fire anyone who tries to tell the truth because it doesn’t support your backstory, or be willing to lie and sacrifice human lives to keep power, that’s a dictatorship.

Hmm, who would fit that description?

Factually, from Washington to Pittsfield we are in the crapper. We are on our own. My only concern right now is my own family’s well-being because nobody else gives a damn.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  truthsayer
26 days ago

That description sure doesn’t fit President Trump if that is what you are implying because he is all about freedom from the tyranny of big government. Big government will NEVER care about the concerns of the average person. Oh, they will pretend they do, but the globalists are all about looking at the big picture and consolidating power into one governing body. The far left Progressives are all about pushing globalism and promoting the wonders of communism as with Bernie Sanders as a classic example.

the school committee
the school committee
26 days ago

While Trump was tweeting all weekend doing zero in the War on the Virus and not having a plan that is killing 3,000 a day in the United States with no testing plan in place Trump has unleashed ignorance on a educated civilized capitalist country.In the dust of a leaderless country at war will with sickness and death are the small city mayors left to be criticized for trying.By the way the city of North Adams has one of the lowest rates of infection in the state .Both Pittsfield and North Adams have indeed been the leaders in Berkshire county.It is so frustrating to have watched a president melt in fear of leading.It really is time for Trump to resign.

the school committee
the school committee
26 days ago

Trump wont allow people at the White House to wear a mask.Do any Trumpers on this board know why that is?

Jim Pansy
Jim Pansy
Reply to  the school committee
25 days ago

You are mentally ill. Please get help.

Johnny99
Johnny99
26 days ago

Here we go…Tyer going to council this week to give away 100,000 of our property tax dollars to people that don’t pay property taxes, up to 5,000 each to pay their rent. Un Effin Believeable.

This on top of thousands of of laptops given to the kiddies we paid for.

StanleeIzlate
StanleeIzlate
Reply to  Johnny99
26 days ago

…what’s the criteria?..

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  StanleeIzlate
26 days ago

Criteria = Being In the Jerk circle. Other than that you won’t see data on why one met criteria and the other not for the dough.

Sgt. O'Hara
Sgt. O'Hara
26 days ago

My desk has received reports that Officer Kruptke and other local and state law enforcement officers have been seen frequently parked in quiet, out of the way places–for an hour or more at a time.

What with all the Speed Racers out there testing their Formula One skills and the Gang That Probably Can SHOOT Straight knocking off Mom-n-Pops, seems like our servants and protectors should be out there protecting citizens and property, no?

What say you, Madam Mayor and Chief Wynn?

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Sgt. O'Hara
26 days ago

It has to be demoralizing to the officers that after risking life & limb to catch the bad guys – then the progressive DAs & leftist judges release them from prison for no good reason.

Sojourner Truth
Sojourner Truth
26 days ago

is “SIKA'” still the administrator of the Tyler St. grant monies or has that position waned ?

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Sojourner Truth
26 days ago

Wasn’t Sika a porn star?

Roberto Del Halitoso
Roberto Del Halitoso
Reply to  Johnny2Shoes
26 days ago

Seka

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
26 days ago

This is a test run by all local, state and federal government to minimize our liberties little by little to see how far they can go until they make them disappear. They are using this pandemic as a front for what’s coming. Total control .

RN
RN
26 days ago

17 newly “recovered” homeless randomly walked away from the hotel or were released into the community over the weekend.
If you notice there’s a few new homeless with signs at various intersections.

Agent 86
Agent 86
Reply to  RN
26 days ago

Is there a head vagrant who sell begging licenses for various locations? At least in the old days the bums on North Street used to give you a pencil if you gave them something.

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  RN
26 days ago

If Tanglewood is not going to open the place might make an excellent homeless shelter as did St. Joes. Hate to see the place sit idle. And the state could pay them $500 a day to “house” these guys and perhaps save them from bankruptcy. Maybe they could form their own orchestra and do concerts.
One more freakin awesome economic engine idea from our mayor.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  Johnny Dimentia
25 days ago

Plenty of room for tents and they sell booze on site

Agent 86
Agent 86
Reply to  Johnny Dimentia
24 days ago

There’s a nutty guy who plays his bongos in Park Square all day. A new Tanglewood.

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
26 days ago

Since we all have been living in a scene from the movie “Ground Hog Day” for many weeks now, what an exciting few days we have ahead of us. Tuesday night, we have the Pittsfield City Council Hollywood Square/Laugh In show. We can watch our elected officials make bumbling idiots out of themselves while they approve Mayor Useless’s next round of stealing our monies to build her money chest, of course no questions will be asked. Then we will watch while they approve two more TIFS. One TIF will give Food Critic White another place to feed his face. Yet they will give a long standing business like John’s Building Supply a red butt for trying to grow his business, especially Morandi who seemed to be locked in his attic, unaware of what is going on. All other towns and cities are cutting their… Read more »

truthsayer
truthsayer
26 days ago

Dan – Tanglewood FYI. I was talking to a well-known Tanglewood patron at the market. She got a refund of her advance pay tickets about a month ago. Let’s just all agree to sign off on the rest of 2020 for anything. If you follow some of the trade journals, retailers should have had their Christmas order in by now. Other than the Walmarts and Targets of this world, nobody else has really done that. Here’s to a better 2021! Keep alive and well people!

truthsayer
truthsayer
26 days ago

Something for all of us to think about, myself included: An observation by George Carlin: The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness. We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We’ve learned how to… Read more »

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  truthsayer
26 days ago

Awesome Truth! Thanks.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
26 days ago

Paper still not allowed to tell its customers about the armed robberies or vandalism. I guess once you tell the people PIttsfield is an “Incredible” place to be during a pandemic you can’t let them find out about all the armed robberies, and rampant vandalism. That would look like you were wrong about living in Utopia.

Obviously the newspaper knows about this stuff and could print it if it wanted to but for some reason are going with the mayors smiley face stuff. Do they know their customers will remember this the next time their subscription comes up for renewal? And that potential customers will weigh these omissions should they consider becoming a regular customer? Don’t seem like it.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Johnny Absurd
26 days ago

Maybe they don’t want to admit that these crimes are being committed by the newly released prisoners from our local jail. They are trying to protect these local progressive justice warriors.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Johnny Absurd
26 days ago

JA,
How in the heck do they stay around with the lack of coverage on issues you mentioned? People want the story and truth about it. Advertising in the paper can’t be why ?

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

Mayor Useless thinks we are all fools. Don’t you all know by now that Pittsfield is Vibrant and Dynamic and us taxpayers better not think it is not. How dare the BB print the truth. The truth about the lack of leadership, the lack of fighting crime, the lack of patrolling for traffic infractions, the lack of communicating the April 24th’s operator error of Pittsfield’s water system. Mayor Useless is forbidding the BB for properly communicating the truth and meanwhile the owners of the BB don’t have the nuggets to go against her.

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
Reply to  Merry & Bright
26 days ago

As an addition to my comment, evidently the lack of nuggets owners of the BB also are incapable of realizing if they printed the truth I am sure the readership and subscripts would increase immensely and they would no longer have to plead for customers.

GMHeller
GMHeller
26 days ago

Hi Dan,

Speaking of incredibly BLOATED payrolls, take a gander at BSO’s.
I love going to Tanglewood and listening to the BSO and Boston POPS as much as anyone, but the amount of job padding on this list is ridiculous (see link). And this lengthy list does NOT include the BSO or POPS respective orchestras — the list is just of those employed in the ‘back-up’ organization. Reminds me of the bloated list of current and former Massachusetts state employees that forever receive a “kiss in the mail”, those whom columnist Howie Carr is always railing about.
SEE: https://www.bso.org/brands/bso/about-us/staff-administration.aspx

the school committee
the school committee
26 days ago

Are there any thoughts on what is happening right now inside the White House with the Virus spreading with Trumps no masking policy….Come on.

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

My thought is to wait a bit for corrections to be made to initial lamestream media accounts, which corrections seem to come eventually for every . . . single . . . anti-Trump blather.

But they still have evidence of Trump -Russia collusion . . .

Too bad that the Flynn railroading and the liars Brennan, Clapper et al. is being buried in the news, except for Chucky-with-Ass-On-Fire losing it behind the fireplace grate because DOJ dropped the case.

To review:

On CNN, PMSNBC, NYT, etc.: “Trump is a Russian agent.

Under oath in private: “I see no evidence of collusion at all.”

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

Stop listening to Fox Corporation news and stop and ask yourself how Beck Hannity and Limbaugh get the same talking points. Brainwashed 45 hours of daytime radio and 30 after dinner hours by The Murdocks.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  the school committee
24 days ago

Don’t worry. You have to have a brain to be brainwashed TSC. You are very safe.

StanleeIzlate
StanleeIzlate
Reply to  the school committee
26 days ago

Is this free cash subsidy to renters even legal? Are mortgage payers eligible. All sounds left-handed to me.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  StanleeIzlate
26 days ago

Paper says the payments will go directly to the landlords. Could this be a ploy to quiet a councilman landlord?

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  StanleeIzlate
26 days ago

The slum landlords must not lose any money!! Even if our property taxes go up to 15% a year to pay it back. I love how they position it as a good deed for the disadvantaged.

Ser Trump
Ser Trump
Reply to  the school committee
26 days ago

Dan and Planets….. The new Bill proposed and there is support everywhere,it’s called the monthly stimulus crisis bill,for short. It will provide 2000 a month for single filers and 4000 for couples,more for dependents this time also. One big caveat is it,(the Bill) is retroactive. Ssi ssdi get it also if filed tax return like last time. Total cost 800 billion.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Ser Trump
25 days ago

No SS funds should be touched.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  the school committee
26 days ago

I’m more concerned about veterans and the elderly in nursing homes. These government officials will get the best care .

Pat
Pat
Reply to  the school committee
26 days ago

The White House will take care of White House problems. I am more worried about government overreach during this pandemic and all Americans should be worried. I am more worried about Nancy Pelosi overspending the country into bankruptcy so her far left Justice Warriors can ride to the rescue and save us all by turning the country to communism, but which they will call socialism just like they have in Sweden they will tell us, but It’s a lot of baloney from them because the far left in this country wants total power over the people.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Pat
26 days ago

Pat you do realize that if both Trump and Pence get the virus and wind up on incubators that Mrs Pelosi takes over? Talk about irony to the tenth degree huh? Not wearing masks or observing distancing protocol and bringing yourself down? Whoooaaaaa man.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Johnny Absurd
26 days ago

Pelosi must have the cure there in California because it’s so strange that after dancing in Chinatown with that huge crowd, she never got sick. Her antibodies should be checked. Nancy as President is truly frightening, but I have no doubt that both Trump and Pence will be fine. Both are tough. I’m also sure doctors for both Trump and Pence already have antibody plasma just waiting should either of them get sick from COVID. Just like Boris Johnson got the best treatment available, so would Pence and Trump thank God.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Pat
25 days ago

Pelousey has the Covid-19 cure that will kill it:

Tell Covid-19 the H-Beast is going to testify against her, and Slick Willie

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mad Trapper
25 days ago

Whoops!

Pelousey has the Covid-19 cure that will kill it:

Tell the H-Beast , Covid-19 is going to testify against her, and Slick Willie

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

Staff is afraid to go to work and the country is learning that Trumps incompetent brain has infected everyone near him.

Ham Anex
Ham Anex
Reply to  the school committee
25 days ago

get help before it’s too late,

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

Now they will mask

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

A balaclava would be best for your mutt TSC?

People went though hell, YEARS!, just seeing!!!!!

Horace Hasenfeffer
Horace Hasenfeffer
Reply to  the school committee
25 days ago

This is fresh off the Daily Pinnocchio Press aka Politico- the White House issued a memo that directs staffand anyone else who enters the West Wing to wear a mask or facial covering at all times in the building, except at their own desks. Additional procedures include daily testing for the majority of West Wing staff and additional teleworking depending on the office, according to two senior administration officials.

Ham Anex
Ham Anex
26 days ago

One day I spent a month in North Adams.

Ser Trump
Ser Trump
Reply to  Ham Anex
26 days ago

In jail?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Ham Anex
25 days ago

You sister is your mother, your uncle is your brother, your cousin is your father.

North Adams family!!!

Auto Phil
Auto Phil
26 days ago

Pittsfield hasn’t had any new Covid cases since April 30th.

Also, I know a guy who is making $800+ weekly from unemployment. He was fired from his job a few months ago and hasn’t worked since. He brought home around $700 every two weeks when he was employed. Now he is bringing home more than twice what he earned in his paycheck.

This is the biggest, shadiest mess ever.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Auto Phil
26 days ago

Sounds like he is getting almost as much as all the city employees and school personnel sitting home doing nothing. But he probably does not get his health insurance paid for like city employee folk.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Auto Phil
26 days ago

Sounds like you have it made in the shade.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  the school committee
25 days ago

This is what far left voters want is to have it made in the shade….no work….live off government until government crashes and then they are out in the cold, but until then it will be great. They don’t think ahead for the future…just live for today. Very irresponsible.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Pat
25 days ago

Made in the shade is an oil company or airline or hotel group that has been making record profits getting huge money and tax breaks from Trump. A thousand times what the working man will ever see. So you think Trumps properties should be getting millions of dollars? They are.

JohnnyComeLately
JohnnyComeLately
Reply to  Auto Phil
26 days ago

the democrats insisted on this to keep people out of work to keep the employment low to beat trump

RN
RN
Reply to  Auto Phil
25 days ago

That’s totally untrue. In fact they’ve had 34 or 37.

They just don’t code the location as pittsfield they code them as unknown. So Pittsfield can open sooner.

Blare
Blare
Reply to  RN
25 days ago

Itha conthpeewathee.

the school committee
the school committee
26 days ago

Are you better off now than you were 4 years ago.

Formerlee Shaid
Formerlee Shaid
Reply to  the school committee
26 days ago

Five things are going to happen. Unemployment will go up. Another stimulus will happen,in about two to three weeks,Trump will get Corona, Tired will gain another half pound to her already enormous head, and Pete White will be eating annnnnd drinking at the useless new grog on North Street. Why? Because that’s what Pete does….that’s his life,eat drink.

donekuntrumphed
donekuntrumphed
Reply to  Formerlee Shaid
25 days ago

West
wing wipe out….Corona

donekuntrumphed
donekuntrumphed
Reply to  Formerlee Shaid
25 days ago

Everyone in the World is laughing at Trump. Fact.

Ham Anex
Ham Anex
Reply to  the school committee
25 days ago

yes

Pat
Pat
25 days ago

Inmates in California are trying to infect themselves with COVID-19 to get early release. The prisoners are learning well from the far left and will give the far left their full support if released. Their get out of free jail card courtesy of the far left.
https://www.foxnews.com/us/la-county-inmates-trying-to-infect-themselves-with-coronavirus-sheriff-warns

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Pat
25 days ago

I feel so sorry for you Pat. It seems like you will believe anything no matter how bizarre it is.

JohnnyComeLately
JohnnyComeLately
Reply to  Johnny Absurd
24 days ago

Bother Johnny, Pat is totally, 100 percent correct on this.

Gigi
Gigi
25 days ago

Obamagate…..finally! Will he be prosecuted?
“Hope you had fun investigating me. Now it’s my turn.” President Trump

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/05/11/donald-trump-signals-obamagate-investigation-he-got-caught/

Four Ouch
Four Ouch
Reply to  Gigi
25 days ago

Dingleberry is unraveling as is TyRed

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Gigi
25 days ago

The nerve of Obama to try to fool the stupid people in America into believing his hands were totally clean in all this and he is defending the rule of law. Obama’s FBI threatened Flynn’s son with arrest if Flynn didn’t lie for them. Obama was completely behind using Flynn and the Russian spying on our elections to try to implicate President Trump by putting this shadow over his presidency which the in bed with the far left media used regularly to try to destroy Trump with ZERO evidence and they knew it. This same media now defends China and will say nothing bad about China. Who are these people working for because it’s not the good people of this country. It’s not for America.

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

Trump said we know Obamas crime and we will learn in weeks what it is.Obamgate is not being written about by the media. We all know what it is.Dan do you know what Obama is going to be prosecuted for?Anyone Anyone…Everyone knowsTrump said so

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  the school committee
25 days ago

His crime was that he said something negative about the Trump administration. Three and a half years no problem. He opens his mouth once and Trump has a panic attack.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
25 days ago

North Adams Mayor Tom Bernard Issues Second Closure Order As Crane Standoff Continues
Monday, May 11th, marked the second full workday at the plant in defiance of city demands.
The North Adams plant was designated by the state as an essential business.
https://www.wamc.org/post/north-adams-mayor-issues-second-closure-order-crane-standoff-continues

Chuck Garivaltis
Chuck Garivaltis
25 days ago

Driving north on North Street and turning right on Tyler Street is a sign on the right that is supposed to excite and infuse us with confidence. Basically it says we are now entering a street that is going to revitalize our city because it is the new center of progress. That’s basically what the sign on the right is supposed to convey to us Tyler Street is the future, or maybe a big part of it. Thanks for the dream. That’s all it is. You can please others who kiss up to you but, though it continues to sink into oblivion, North Street remains the heartbeat of the city. Of course the existing virus tragedy haunts us, but all will return to normal soon enough. We want Tyler Street to prosper but it’s a fallacy that it will revitalize Pittsfield It hasn’t for… Read more »

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Chuck Garivaltis
25 days ago

A super Walmart would have revitalized Tyler Street, but as usual, stupid politicians put an end to that. Imagine having those nice wide aisles instead of the narrow ones we now have in Walmart during this pandemic. No way you can keep even 3 feet apart in some of these aisles never mind 6 feet. Lots of nice parking spaces too like they have in the North Adams Super Walmart, but again, shortsighted politicians would have none of it since they think we have enough stores in Pittsfield. Yes, we are packed in tighter than sardines, but before this pandemic everybody was just fine with that, right?

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  Pat
25 days ago

Would you walk around inner city Pittsfield after hours? North Street and Tyler Street are downright scary places at night and early A.M. hours!

Ham Anex
Ham Anex
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
25 days ago

I used to walk around j allwn’s when it was still open.

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

That project would have been canceled for a corpoeate redirection of mission.

RN
RN
Reply to  Chuck Garivaltis
25 days ago

The concentrated on North. All the old businesses are leaving and the new ones can’t make it without a handout.
The homeless are thriving and they keep bringing in more.

JohnnyComeLately
JohnnyComeLately
Reply to  Chuck Garivaltis
24 days ago

Chuck, you are right about Tyler Street, and North Street. Problem is, not much of a heart beat anymore on North, even pre-Corona, just the fake renaissance, government funded mirage. Perhaps someday it will be vibrant and dynamic again, but I won’t be around to see it.

Pat
Pat
25 days ago

No respect for the presidency from these young women reporters. Both in their 20’s and just wanting to ask sarcastic questions. One young woman reporter asks why President Trump isn’t upset about all the deaths in our country. Why don’t you ask China that question, says President Trump. Then she gets all in a tizzy saying, “Why did you say that to me?” like some petulant teenage girl. Then another young woman gets into the action by insisting the president hear her question even though he has gone on to select somebody else because she wasn’t ready, but she won’t let it go. She insists on bullying her question through. Another sarcastic question from a female was why do you compare our testing to the rest of the world like this is some contest? Really stupid question since her own far left media constantly… Read more »

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

Wrong,the reporter after Trump said 10 times we have more testing than anyone said to The President that he was coming across as this was somehow a competition for him.Then he got goofy

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  danvalenti
25 days ago

Trumps answer was to her question.You can not reinvent what happened.She asked what we at home were thinking as he repeatedly said at every news conference is why does it feel like your trying to say we are winning the who gave the most test award.I agree that Trump needs your spin.

Horace Hasenfeffer
Horace Hasenfeffer
Reply to  the school committee
25 days ago

The School Committe desperatly needs to take a reality test and return from the “Land of Make believe”. Not sure based on your comments, that even if somone rose from the dead in front of you, you still would not believe. Liberalism truly is a mental disease that we have not yet found a cure for or a vaccine for that matter.

Horace Hasenfeffer
Horace Hasenfeffer
Reply to  danvalenti
25 days ago

The Press Corpse died years ago when it contracted terminal linguistic con artistry syndrome. Reminds me of the old twilight episode “The Printers Devil” where the owner of a newspaper sold his soul to the devil in exchange for a succesful sensational newspaper. Mainstream journalism(so called) is nothing more than a collection of prevaricating pablum perpetrated by pompous purveyors of pathetic propaganda for a patsy simple minded duped public

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  the school committee
25 days ago

The president did say it ten times. Problem is he lied all ten times. All forward thinking nations started their concentrated testing months ago. America looks so third world in dealing with this virus on every level. Anyone who believes otherwise is lying to themselves. By the end of summer most Asian and European countries will be mostly open and on their way back to normalcy. But they will not be allowing any flights in from America because Americans will still be highly infected and losing a couple of thousand people a day. Much of the world will not want to deal with America at all. Read the tea leaves. Try to get some information beyond right wing propaganda.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Johnny Absurd
25 days ago

But to quote your own far leftists, aren’t these Asian and European countries acting like racists to keep anyone out of their country?

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Pat
25 days ago

Every other country on the globe is wrong Pat. Only America is good and smart.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  danvalenti
25 days ago

So true Dan. No intelligence in any of the questions. As usual the media shows their high level of incompetence.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
25 days ago

THE WHO Corona virus testing. https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/05/president-tanzania-didnt-trust-sent-samples-sheep-goats-bunny-trees-fruit-car-oil-covid-testing-results/ “President of Tanzania Didn’t Trust WHO So Sent Samples of Sheep, Goats, Bunny, Trees, Fruit and Car Oil for COVID Testing — The Results Are In, Bad News for Goat” ” President Magufuli: We took samples from goats. We sent samples from sheeps. We took samples from pawpaws. We sent samples from car oil. And we took samples from other different things. And we took the samples to the laboratory without them knowing. And we even named all the samples. Like the sample of car oil. We named it Jabil Hamza, 30 years old, male. The results came back negative. When we took a sample from a Jackfruit (Durian) we named it Sarah Samuel, 45 years old, female. The results came back inconclusive. When we took samples from a Pawpaw we named it Elizabeth Ane, 26 years old,… Read more »

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mad Trapper
24 days ago

Ban Goats!!!

Ban Paw paws!!!!!

RN
RN
25 days ago

Things you don’t read in the Eagle

https://www.pressherald.com/2020/05/11/four-arrested-one-at-large-after-motorcycle-chase-in-canaan-pittsfield/

Four arrested, suspect at large after motorcycle chase in Canaan, Pittsfield
Deputies from the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office and a wrecker driver were allegedly punched by family members of a motorcyclist who led a deputy sheriff on a high-speed chase Sunday night through Canaan and Pittsfield.

Two are COVID+

Joe Blow
Joe Blow
Reply to  RN
25 days ago

Somerset County is in Maine…not Ma.

RN
RN
Reply to  Joe Blow
25 days ago

That was the joke duh

Blare
Blare
Reply to  RN
25 days ago

You are correct. The Eagle rarely reports on events in Pittsfield, Maine.

Are you even conscious?

RN
RN
Reply to  Blare
25 days ago

Just when I think you can’t get any dumber, ya do.
Of course that’s the damn joke. People say the Eagle doesn’t cover the news maybe the should just rip the news from other Pittsfield papers.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  RN
25 days ago

Journalism left the city with the Millers in the 1990s. Pittsfield was left, pun intended, with a Left Winged Parrot.

You won’t find a more biased leftist publication in America. The editorials/commentary are particularly left of: Mao , Stalin, and Marx.

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

Yes, I’ve said this many times in here–The Eagle is the most leftist daily I’ve ever seen in this country.

I stopped even looking at the op-ed page a long time ago.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  danvalenti
25 days ago

Fills in some blanks Dan. 1980s I was in college, only came back for Dad/Mom and to take care of homestead weekends, then run back to school.

Didn’t know about the Miller’s debts? Care to elaborate? That’s only good/new news given the Rutberg reign.

Rutberg is an old evil SOB. I got an email from him after talking to BRTA, it’s saved. His panties were in a bunch…..long before “the pandemic”…

RN
RN
25 days ago

Just some people get it, there isn’t anything that makes any day any different than another for opening up.
The cases aren’t really going down, they are always going up. COVID hasn’t disappeared. As soon as we stop social distancing the cases are going to spike.
May first, may 4 , may 18, June 1st all just random numbers.

There are still too many people who are t taking this seriously. And people are going to die because of it.

Blare
Blare
Reply to  RN
25 days ago

How about this. One you explain the ridiculous “carrier for life” claim you have made here multiple times and back it up, I will maybe take anything you say seriously. Until then, not so much.

RN
RN
Reply to  Blare
25 days ago

What you think doesn’t matter cause you clearly don’t understand simple science. You antibodies are built up from what do you think? Having the disease you jackass. Is a coronavirus a living organism? No dipshit. It’s just bit of dna and stranded proteins in combination.
Once you get COVID you will always have the dna and the proteins combination in your system as well as the developed antibodies. Until you die, and even after you die that specific combination of genetic material will forever be encoded in the antibodies you carry. In a small percentage of of the population, about 1-3 percent that will allow for a resurgence of COVID.

A couple simple examples you are probably personally familiar with chickenpox and shingles.
Or in your case genital herpes. With you for life, and something that personally affects you.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  RN
25 days ago

I call BS on this! Did you take microbiology/biochemistry?

Antibodies recognize a specific molecule as an antigen. Those are usually proteins, lipo-proteins, and combinations of polysaccharides, proteins, lipids. They also recognize DNA/RNA but to imply the entire virus genome is in antibodies is ludicrous.

Some viruses/pathogens do lie dormant in certain cells/tissues. Chicken Pox is one virus, lyme bacteria and TB bacteria others. In the case of viruses, the genetic sequences of the pathogen may be integrated into a living cell, that the virus lie dormant in.

RN
RN
Reply to  Blare
25 days ago

Just when it seems you can’t get any dumber, we’ve got to make a new prize for blare the stupid.
Build another trophy cabinet.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  RN
25 days ago

Quite frankly “RN” I find your arrogant attitude obnoxious. Especially your attack on Blare, above. Perhaps you should take an anger management class.

Blare
Blare
Reply to  RN
25 days ago

You are an ignorant spewer of nonsense. Where is your data? Cases, especially hospitalizations, are plummeting according to all reports. Dispute that factually or shut your yap.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Blare
25 days ago

You just made his point.The lockdown slowed the rate of infection .The Trumpers want to get out and pretend this is still not an active virus.killing people.The ignorant just had a 11 week crash course in virus and pandemics and learned nothing.I want to return to the new normal but that requires intelligence and respect to succeed. Here is the secret and some just wont put down their ego and accept.Wear a mask so you dont spray your saliva.Respect the space of people we encounter.Say excuse me and say thank you to employees who do the same for you.If you want to prove the conspiracy of the virus just respect those that believe we can slow the spread.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  RN
25 days ago

The number of cases are always going up because there is increased testing going on. You & Fauci would get along great.

the school committee
the school committee
25 days ago

The President is so incompetent still .We just cant get anything done with his ego.

Reinvested Dingleberry
Reinvested Dingleberry
Reply to  the school committee
25 days ago

All of his policies have failed and promises. And the economy was tanking way before Corona. The rich got tax breaks and it didn’t work. And now we’re in a Colossal failure.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
25 days ago

Curiously enough the top seven virus death states are democratic. Is this because red state governors are fudging their statistics at Trumps request so they can open their states? Yes it is. Seven is too many to be a coincidence.

RN
RN
Reply to  Johnny Absurd
25 days ago

No it’s because of the demographics of the states themselves. High population density. Ya really that stupid not to understand that.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  RN
25 days ago

Didja see Florida on my list? Or Ohio?
I am going to be nice and let you do your answer over. You are welcome.

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

The blue states are either 1) padding their numbers by factoring in deaths not primarily caused by covid, 2) have densely populated large cities, or 3) sending covid infected into nursing homes (Cuomo) to up their death rates. I believe the goal of the blue state guvs is to prolong the pandemic to inflict maximum damage on the formerly “red” hot Trump- created economy.

May I remind you that Guv Kemp of GA (R) reopened with no issues.

Bum Treetmint
Bum Treetmint
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
25 days ago

Sheriff Bowler was blaming special interests for any release program problems currently going on at the jail,good for him. Does he know Stoogeon is a special interest as he agrees on everything good about the D A Mayors, practices and politics.
What with the jails releasing prisoners, will the employment numbers at the jail go down? There really aren’t that many inmates to begin with? Bowler stated crime will go through the roof,and he’s right. Be Sheriff though Tom,politics is not good for re-election,especially when you ran on that platform (non politic)….Stooge is such a coward. Why isn’t he defending Harrington who he agrees with on Everything.

Maggie May
Maggie May
Reply to  Bum Treetmint
25 days ago

God help us if the Jail has an outbreak of Covid. The last inmate that went to BMC we he went on the run for two weeks can you imagine if they had to guard 5 of them.

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  Maggie May
25 days ago

Can you imagine being on a ventilator and having to wear leg irons so you don’t bolt the place? That is what happened to Houdini who got away and lived long enough to die from a ruptured appendix. But I digress.

JohnnyComeLately
JohnnyComeLately
Reply to  Maggie May
24 days ago

That’s a low blow Maggie. Deputies guard dozens of inmates at BMC every year, and almost never does one excape, but yes, it does happen, occasionally.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
25 days ago

Democrats are also putting too much emphasis on tests as being the only solution for getting everyone back to work. It’s a huge lie because testing would have to be done every few days for it to be effective in keeping the virus out of the workplace. That isn’t realistic. The far left began this competition between our country and other countries saying they were doing better than us on testing then having the nerve yesterday to put down President Trump for saying we have performed more tests than any other country. Why are you making this a competition, said one not very bright young woman.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Pat
25 days ago

Speaking of bright woman, how come Steve Millers wife got the virus? Did she not know better or was it because Trump would not let her wear a mask and social distance? Not too bright if all the medical experts are telling you one thing but ya follow the guy who’s done everything wrong from day one. Maybe she will have learned something?

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Johnny Absurd
25 days ago

Who is Steve Miller? I say the woman, whoever she is, is at fault for not taking care of her own health, but of course, the far left will blame President Trump. He is their go to person when anything goes wrong.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Pat
25 days ago

Who is Steve Miller? Steve Miller is Trumps racist brain. Trump does not bite into a McCheese without getting Millers OK to do so. He is the one behind the wall, closing the borders and putting kids in cages. As bad as Trump is these were not his original ideas. You need to look him up. If you had ANY news outside of the propaganda outlets you would be well aware of Steve Miller.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Johnny Absurd
24 days ago

Steve Miller is songwriter/musician extordinare! .

Before Johnny Absurd was born.

“Fly like an Eagle……….until I’m free, … Fly like an eagle ….until my spirt carries me…”

PJMH
PJMH
Reply to  Pat
24 days ago

Who is Steve Miller? This right here, LOL!

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

May I remind you of the lag time from infection to symptoms. Georgia was having high numbers when it opened. Cellular data showed over 500,00 people from neighboring states flocked to Georgia the first weekend they opened. If data comes in accurate you should see a massive hotspot in Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee by the end of next week. Keep in mind they are not going to want you to see what actually happens cuz it was really stupit to open Georgia when its numbers were climbing.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
25 days ago

You forgot busing homeless Covid-19 to areas with little infection, to live in hotels/motels, without restrictions at all. Many of these people have mental or drug problems that hamper their will and ability to isolate and care for themselves. The panhandler from “The homeless Hilton” behind the Lenox Guidos, was doing his thing at the entrance to Price Chopper Lenox yesterday. GeneralLaws/PartIV/TitleI/Chapter272/Section66 Section 66. Persons wandering abroad and begging, or who go about from door to door or in public or private ways, areas to which the general public is invited, or in other public places for the purpose of begging or to receive alms, and who are not licensed or who do not come within the description of tramps as contained in section sixty-three, shall be deemed vagrants and may be punished by imprisonment for not more than six months in the house… Read more »

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Mad Trapper
25 days ago

The far left Democrats are now fining Crane Stationery in North Adams a $1,000 per day for opening without their permission!!!! Unbelievable. This is just a preview of the control they want to have over everyone.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  danvalenti
25 days ago

It would be great if the national news got hold of this story and put the spotlight on the far left Berkshires and what they are doing to private companies. Obviously the far left media would hide a story like this so it has to be an independent news outlet.

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

Dan ,Do you know if Crane has a healthy and safe worksite?

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

Where is that group called far left dems and how did they get the power to fine people

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

They don’t, it’s UNCONSTITUTIONAL!!!

But democRATS don’t care TSC

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

They DON”T have that POWER TSC!!!

Just like RINO Baker when he TRIED TO shut down the 2nd amendment, for mASSholes.

He got bitch slapped by the courts!!!!

Remember voters; Baker = RINO = democRAT

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Mad Trapper
24 days ago

Baker reminds me of Bill Weld in many ways.

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

Do you park wherever you want Pat?Do you pay bills whenever you want.Do you go to the parks and pull down the yellow tape.Does Crane do whatever they want?

Free Bird
Free Bird
Reply to  Mad Trapper
25 days ago

Most would be better off if they were in the house of correction, just as the newly released prisoners would have been better off finishing up their time there. Everything today is about the data, people in high places find ways to finagle it to make themselves or their agenda look better without regard to the people they are supposed to be looking out for.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Free Bird
25 days ago

Yes, they say let’s look to the science, the same science they are manipulating on a regular basis. It’s also the same science they ignore when it doesn’t fit their agenda. So much science too is ignored because it doesn’t fit the control they need to have over the American people. The same people they are promising government will take care of them for life and so many buy into it not realizing or not caring that they are selling themselves off to big government control.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  danvalenti
25 days ago

I think the people in the ICUs would go with medical issue.

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

Our president sells lies at a ridiculous rate and his supporter wont question one of them.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Johnny Absurd
25 days ago

JA,
You could also ask the same of blue states. Are they fudging the numbers to make them appear higher for nefarious reasons? Not saying that’s the case though.

jon doe
jon doe
Reply to  Johnny2Shoes
24 days ago

Could you name one valid reason why a state would want to make their numbers look higher?

Pat
Pat
25 days ago

The media in this country has been lying to this country on a regular basis. Lying about what was going on with the Russia investigation saying that there was solid evidence against President Trump when they knew they had nothing. The media in this country has an agenda. They will not support anything that Attorney General Barr says and they could care less about the rule of law. The far left media is trying to protect Comey, Obama, and all the others involved in the Russia/Trump hoax. Now the far left media isn’t interested in holding communist China responsible for their handling of this virus and instead uses the virus to put down President Trump.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Pat
25 days ago

You treat Trump like the kid you gave up for adoption 70 years ago. You sound like his mommy making excuses for every tiny little thing he gets blamed for. He will never grow up if you keep pampering him Pat. Poor little Donnie poohbear.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
25 days ago

Unrelated to this article but wanted to say I am so glad to see the charges dropped against Flynn. They never should have dragged him through the dirt. His New Yorker article realty said a lot about the kind of soldier he was – imperfect but a patriot and a decent guy and def not a traitor.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Kermit Frog
25 days ago

Agree KF,
No one or family should endure what they did.

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
25 days ago

Dan, just suggesting that the next time you might have the opportunity to hold court with the Majesty Mayor Useless you could ask her when was the last time she took a car ride through Pittsfield. Although, you might have to remind her that she is the Mayor of the City and where the boundary lines are. Ask her if she realizes that there are so many pan handlers at every stop light in the City. I am finding it very unnerving to be stopped at a light and having these folks staring in my car, even with doors locked. Then again maybe that is why a majority of drivers blow through the red lights. Ask her if she has noticed the garbage strewed streets, the broken and missing traffic signage, the prostitutes and right out in public drug deals, especially on her new… Read more »

P A Goast
P A Goast
Reply to  Merry & Bright
25 days ago

This has been going on for decades. The City Council is a puppet run entity just like all the previous ones. I want the monies earmarked for the schools not be speeded and savings there-in,to revert in any form back to the tax payer.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Merry & Bright
25 days ago

The panhandlers are looking to open a business here named “A Drop In The Bucket “.They are going to be renting a space on North St. for headquarters and everything is contingent on if they can get a tax break for opening, help for rent from the mayors Covid -19 fund, any grants available from the local, state or feds, a low interest loan that might not even have to be paid back. Drop In The Bucket plans on being a non profit which will start with 15-20 panhandlers already here doing it and add more as they come into the area from the surrounding areas as Covid-19 patients. I’m sure I missed some, but please add on to my post…

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
Reply to  Johnny2Shoes
25 days ago

Just left the Stop & Shop on Dan Fox Drive. They now have a security guard there because of the Corin!9 patients being brought in from Boston, Worcester and Springfield and placed in the hotel behind the store. Thanks so much Gov. Baker and Mayor Useless for adding to the blight of Pittsfield. You really care about the taxpayers don’t you? Good post Johnny.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Merry & Bright
25 days ago

Just heard the Panhandlers are going to be a unionized organization.

JohnnyComeLately
JohnnyComeLately
Reply to  Merry & Bright
24 days ago

is there a footpath, or a shortcut, from the hotel to Stop and Shop? Stop and Shop, Guido’s, and Price Chopper were great because there was no white trash.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Merry & Bright
25 days ago

There are cities in India that have less garbage than mayor Tyers city. I heard all of our sister cities want out of the relationship due to the embarrassment the association is causing them.

JohnnyTwoCents
JohnnyTwoCents
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
24 days ago

Good, sister cities a waste of time and money. Charlie Smith started that non-sens so he could go on junkets.

Johnny99
Johnny99
Reply to  Merry & Bright
24 days ago

Don’t forget the pot holes!

JohnnyJoe
JohnnyJoe
Reply to  Merry & Bright
24 days ago

Hey Merry, twas Her Majesty herself who said people come here because of other reasons besides jobs. Now we know what she meant.

RN
RN
25 days ago

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/McCoy-Flown-in-patients-should-not-count-in-15264251.php

Why the Berkshires is not counting all the cases of COVID.

So they can reopen sooner. Just like Albany county.

Hendrix
Hendrix
Reply to  RN
24 days ago

I agree with him. Continue hard restrictions on nursing homes in terms of visitations and let the rest of society get back to putting food on the table. Most people aren’t advocating for Fenway to open, they simply would like to open their small business while adhering to the guidelines.

Pat
Pat
25 days ago

Watched the hearings on corona virus today with CDC officials. What a joke. The clueless Democratic senators asking questions with lead-ins like, “This country did this, that country did that”. Gee, I thought the far left didn’t want to compare our country to other countries. Is this a competition as one of their brilliant reporters asked the president yesterday. The far left news media continually wants to compare our country to other countries and only if their heroes, Obama, Bernie or some other far left Democrat, was in office would the far left Senators be happy with the response of this country to the pandemic. The CDC is the one in charge of testing and any lack in that area is clearly their fault and NOT the fault of President Trump. Fauci said kids can and should go back to school in the fall… Read more »

GMHeller
GMHeller
25 days ago

Berkshire Hills Bancorp. (BHLB) — a new 52-week low: $10.49 per share.
‘Berkshire Hills Bancorp to Delay Filing Its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for Quarter Ended March 31’ — BHLB (Dow Jones)

JohnnyComeLately
JohnnyComeLately
Reply to  GMHeller
24 days ago

why did Daley get the boot?

the school committee
the school committee
25 days ago

President wishy-washy is failing because the regressives christian right wing voted him in.He now is desperate to assign blame and for now its Obama Media China Hillary Biden we will add to the list as he fails.

Chuck Vincelette
Chuck Vincelette
Reply to  the school committee
25 days ago

More hate.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Chuck Vincelette
24 days ago

No President has promoted division or as you say hate like Donald John Trump.

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

Nobody will ever top Barry Sotero for racist division and sowing hate and fear

Boris
Boris
Reply to  Chuck Vincelette
24 days ago

TSC has Covid hemorrhoids

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  the school committee
25 days ago

You mean the same Christian Right voters that those you mentioned did seek the votes of at onetime or another for themselves? I guess as long as they vote for a certain party they will be ok.

James
James
25 days ago

In our latest episode of Justice for Criminals. Why not just roll the dice in Berkshire County? Man arrested in Great Barrington heroin bust was out on bail for other drug charges in Pittsfield Posted Tuesday, May 12, 2020 2:24 pm By Heather Bellow, The Berkshire Eagle 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… Read more »

Galludemier
Galludemier
Reply to  James
24 days ago

Looks like another ssdi check from Trump. Thank you Trumpy Bear.

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  James
24 days ago

Holy shit, if this guy can get himself on the ballot he could be Pittsfield next mayor.

Galludemier
Galludemier
Reply to  Johnny Dimentia
24 days ago

Tyred is having a hard time keeping her head up….for obvious reasons.

JoePesci
JoePesci
Reply to  James
24 days ago

He will try to catch Corona now so Harrington will push to release him again. Catch and release baby. Is it any wonder somebody posted earlier about cops parking instead of patrolling. DA won’t support the police. Police stand down. Common Effing Sense people.

Peties Giveawaze
Peties Giveawaze
Reply to  JoePesci
24 days ago

Council must not appropriate any more give outs to any business. The criteria mainly is to hire people? Corona will be here through the fall to winter. Won’t be able to meet the criteria.

Peties Giveawaze
Peties Giveawaze
Reply to  Peties Giveawaze
24 days ago

Planet Bulletin….Putin has Corona…..

Yekaterinburg Selunoidbich
Yekaterinburg Selunoidbich
Reply to  JoePesci
24 days ago

Bowler had Carona but the jail is a safe place to be he says?

Mutt Muttul
Mutt Muttul
Reply to  Yekaterinburg Selunoidbich
24 days ago

Can’t understand a thing Connell is saying on the rubic blocks t v. Tiredshit show. Probably pct messing with him.

Stugotz
Stugotz
24 days ago

Hi

Bruyoulose
Bruyoulose
24 days ago

Maybe Marchetti should find out why his crock of squares has an audio problem before they go on air. Personally they’re messing with Connell. I didn’t know a little about computers and digital chatting.

I think the model of the t I f for this brew business is currently against the make up of the t I f itself. The unknown is a very good reason not to give a beer establishment any money. How can they guarantee employment for one?