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‘DEFUND THE POLICE:’ COUNCILORS, CHIEF WYNN RESPOND IN A PLANET !!EXCLUSIVE!!

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION JUNE 12-4, 2020) — Soon after the death of George Floyd, the cry went up in Minneapolis like smoke from a burned-out storefront: “Defund the Police.”

Lawmakers took it literally. Nine of the 12 city councilors, a veto-proof majority (the mayor is opposed), mean just that: zero money for policing, in fact, no police at all. They haven’t said what they plan it its place or how they propose to handle public safety. Democratic lawmakers and executives across the country quickly took up the cry — until the pushback from an outraged public. They’ve been scrambling to explain what they meant. They haven’t lapped the pool because they’ve dumped freestyle and took up the backstroke.

“No,” worried Dems said. “It doesn’t mean ‘defund’ the police,’ Uh, we mean …” [choose one] … a.) restructure b.) reallocate funds c.) retain d.) and retrain e.) punt on second down.

The backward look wasn’t convincing, since, again, as a coherent policy, the believers have yet to draw up specific plans on what to do if you get rid of blue. The best they’ve come up with is that the money would go into “public health,” a category as clear as Mr. Magoo’s eyesight.

THE PLANET has read much on this shift  in political sentiment. “Defund” appears to mean “divest,” with resources going into new and existing social programs such as low-income house, job training, employment, community health, education, mental health, and social work. Stop us if you’ve heard this one before.. Just what cash-strapped cities need in the pandemic: Bigger Government.

Sounds good on paper until you realize that we as a society have spent endless amounts of public dollars on too many failed and failing government-funded agencies, offices, and non-profits, only to see society degenerate into the polarized, hate-filled bedlam now playing at a theater near you. If more money for programs were the answer, our social ills would have ended in the mid-60s with LBJ’s Great Society. Money didn’t solve the problems because the answer lies not in new laws or programs but in the human heart. Every person has a choice on how to live. Choose good and life falls into place. Choose bad, and it spirals out of control. It’s everyone’s choice. The former choose individual responsibilit. The latter choose victimhood.

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Create new programs?

Folks, the programs are already there and trillions have been spent. It hasn’t worked. In 1975, America spent $13.1 billion on Medicaid. Today, it spends $639 billion. Overall, “public health” spending went from $200 billion in 1988 to today’s $1.6 trillion, with a “T” (source: healthsystemtracker.com).

Police departments, too, have enjoyed the gravy train, with the militarization of local forces so that standard gear resembles Black Ops from a Rambo flick.  THE PLANET agrees that policing needs to be restructured, with money but better spent. Take Pittsfield … please.

We could point to many examples of PPD overkill. One would be the Mobile Command Center or, as THE PLANET has dubbed it, the H.M.S Titanic. This monstrous stumbo set Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski back a bundle only to show up at photo-ops and birthday parties. Otherwise, it sits (sat?) rusting in the Intermodal parking lot. Riot gear became the fashion the last time America lost its collective mind, immediately after Sept. 11, 2001. George Bush’s lucky day turned into the horrendous Patriot Act, an erosion of civil liberties, and massive equipping of police departments, even in Hooterville, where crime is when Uncle Joe cheats Sam Drucker at checkers.

How militarized does a police force need to be?

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With Pittsfield budget “deliberations” under way, “Defund the Police” has put the squeeze on local Democrats, who as a rule must goose-step to the party bosses.

What do councilors have to say? Will they side with the Black Lives Matter hysteria and cut the cops or do they collapse under pressure from the union? What will they do about the police allocation?

THE PLANET predicted before any response that the union would come first. Police, fire, and especially schools are the untouchable third rails of city politics. With the current political “day after,” the one that has put decent citizens in a nuclear winter for a generation, the answer will always be MORE MONEY.  Will any city leader prove us wrong? That said, THE PLANET would like to see additional funds for the police coming from the bloated, mismanaged school department. Take $17 million out of the school budget. Give half to the police to hire more officers and the other half to Mark Jane and Joe Kapanski for tax relief. It’s their money in the first place.

THE PLANET has contacted the mayor and all 11 councilors. Eight of the 11 councilors, answered, as did the mayor and the chief.

We begin with a few housekeeping notes:

  • HELEN MOON (Ward 1), DINA GUIEL-LAMPISI (6), and YUKI COHEN (at-large) didn’t bother to comment. Do you see a pattern there, or do we have to draw you a map? THE PLANET accepts no excuse for the gals not bothering with the public and not doing their job. Shame on them.
  • MAYOR LINDA TYER wrote to us: “I’d like to respond to your inquiries here but I might not be able to make your deadline.  My schedule has been jammed this week and this requires a thoughtful response.  I’ll try to get something to you today but will you accept something later?” We accepted the mayor’s offer and will publish her remarks when we receive them.

THE PLANET will present the council responses in order of receipt. We present then verbatim, in full, except for material off the record, so you can get the flavor of how the writer’s mind works.

First, though, Chief Wynn:

CHIEF MICHAEL WYNN, PITTSFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

Please find my responses to your inquires below. Thank you.

VALENTI: In light of the crime problem in Pittsfield, what do you think about defunding the police department?

WYNN: The Pittsfield Police Department’s budget is already very lean. Approximately 90% of our budget is allocated to personnel. As I’ve stated in the past, we’re already understaffed for a City of our size and call volume. Cuts to our proposed budget would necessitate loss of personnel slots and prevent us from reaching adequate staffing. This could only have a negative impact on public safety.

VALENTI: Do you think it’s a good idea? Yes or no, and why?

WYNNAs you stated, it is unclear what “Defund the Police” actually means. While I agree that social programs and education need more resources, I don’t believe those resources should come from public safety. We partner with our School District and various local agencies to deal with issues like homelessness, family violence, substance abuse, mental illness and many more. I’d like to increase those partnerships, not lessen them. Reducing our budget would also lessen our ability to support these partners.

VALENTI: If yes, can you give me your thoughts on what you think that will look like? Would you anticipate pushback from the PPD union?

WYNNI can’t speak for our Union, but I suspect they would oppose any force reduction. Our officers are already overworked. They are subject to frequent shift holdovers and forced overtime. Exhaustion and their ability to have adequate time off-duty are always concerns of mine.

VALENTI: If no, should the police budget be increased, decreased, flat?

WYNNFor the past 13 years I’ve advocated for getting the PPD to a staffing complement of 110-120 officers. I continue to believe that is the right size for this Department.

VALENTI: Irrespective of your yes or no on defunding being a good idea, do you recommend any restructuring of the department? If yes, what? If no, why not? That could be done without defunding.

WYNN: We engage in restructuring the Department on an ongoing basis. In the last couple of years, we created a new Division and elevated a civilian manager into a command position to put internal finance in the hands of a trained subject matter expert and put an experienced police officer back in operations. We will continue to do this as our budget allows.

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PETER WHITE, AT-LARGE

I hope you and yours are doing well during these trying times.

I do not support efforts to defund the Pittsfield Police Department. When looking at this budget I listen to what other Councilors and residents have to say and what the conditions are in our community. Unless there is a sound operational reason or budget constraint that warrants a decrease I will not be looking to reduce the PPD budget. I do not think it is a good idea given the needs of our community to defund our Police Department. I do believe that policies can always be updated or clarified as needed and if additional resources are needed we should try to find the funding in the existing budget or apply for grants.

I think the Pittsfield Police Department budget should be what Pittsfield needs to handle quality of life issues and the crime activities we face given the funding we can reasonably allocate. I do not see that happening with a flat or level funded budget, however I am open to listening to how a decrease would impact operations. We also still have some neighborhoods asking for more walking beats, which would require an increase.

As far as restructuring the Pittsfield Police Department goes I have reviewed many of their policies and have worked with Officers on different projects, which gives me confidence in the current structure. I do think the current structure has the flexibility for additional and evolving programs and partnerships. I have been pleased by the addition of a Mental Health Clinician from the Crisis Team working closer with the Pittsfield Police Department.

I would like to see this Mental Health Clinician/ Police partnership expanded along with continuing the Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) with NAMI. I do think having a dedicated Traffic Division funded would be a benefit to the City. I also wish that the Federal Government would reinvest in Community Policing Grants. I also appreciate every grant dollar many of our departments do bring into the City for additional resources.

Overall I believe that changes should happen through input and conversations over the course of the year, not as a last minute effort because of the budget hearings. All departments should reflect the needs of the community. I appreciate the open lines of communication I have had with our Police Department and other City Departments and the responses I get to my questions.

KEVIN MORANDI, WARD 2

I respectfully would like to respond to your request for my comments as a city councilor in the city of Pittsfield for your story on the “Defund the Police ” debate.
In reading the mission statement from the PPD it states that their mission is to have a working partnership with the community to protect life and enhance the quality of life in Pittsfield.  Another aspect of the mission statement is that the PPD continues to work aggressively to identify new technologies, equipment,  programs and opportunities for collaboration in order to positively affect the quality of life in the city.
In response to your questions regarding 1) In light of the crime problem in the city, what do I think about defunding the PD? I don’t feel it would be a wise choice and let me explain why, with the data and statistics reaffirming what is happening in our city with crime I feel it is our best interest to give the police the necessary resources to serve and protect all the residents in the city through law and order. They are sworn to do that and they deserve the respect and opportunity to do their jobs. Unfortunately as goes with society comes some good and bad apples. The bad ones need to be sorted out and gotten rid of and the good ones commended, praised and supported.
2) As far as your question on increasing, decreasing or keeping the PD budget flat? The request before us is for a 4.8% increase or $524,597 more for the PD of which $333,649 is for Personnel increases through contractual obligations. There is no new spending or programs listed for FY21. Under the current budget the PD is positioned and budgeted for 99 in the department. Due to a variety of reasons the dept. remains understaffed this has helped to contribute to the Scheduled Overtime account of 1 million dollars with the FY21 increase to $1,275,000 to this line item request. I feel this needs to be evaluated and explored through recruitment and whether Civil Service is the best route to go going forward. Whatever the number the department is budgeted for these positions need to be filled and kept filled. This is crying my opinion to combat the challenges and problem we have here.
3) To your question on recommending any restructuring of the department? I feel different approaches and methods should be explored and experimented including the use of body cameras, better deployment and management of department staff especially patrols in high risk neighborhoods. I feel a more aggressive approach on crime is needed through requesting and utilizing more resources from the Federal and State law enforcement agencies and using these resources in targeted neighborhoods where rampid violence and crime reoccur. I think this will send a strong message that individuals and groups committing or engaging in illegal activities in Pittsfield will not be tolerated. Not Here! Go Elsewhere! I also feel there needs to be more community conversations between the police chief and the community on a monthly basis through public meetings. I feel this would be extremely beneficial to improving relations and building unity between the department and residents in the city. We are all in this together and we all need to do our part to work together to make this city the safest and best city it can be. 

ANTHONY MAFFUCCIO, WARD 7

In my personal opinion I believe that [defunding] would be the most irresponsible decision anyone could due at a time when we have increases crime, increase  mental health issues, increase addition use and many other issues as we conform to a new normal especially in this day and age with the wellbeing of human health at state.

No I so not [thinks it’s a good idea to defund] we need to realize all this issues I have outlined above and understanding that this would not be the proper way to achieve safe and healthy communities.

I believe that the more money we put into public safety only betters a community weather it be the Police Department or Fire Department to maintain a healthy and safe community. When talking about the Police themselves we need to re-envision public safety by allocating more money for a stronger more vibrant force by hiring more Police Officers to lighten the load of our staffing problems and over working our fine men and women who work day in and day out sacrificing there lives for our wellbeing. I do not believe that we have the problems that larger cities do in regards to police brutality because of the strong leadership in Chief Wynn and training they perform.

PETER MARCHETTI, AT-LARGE

This would be much easier to answer if I understood completely what defunding police fully means.

1- under current circumstances I do not believe that defunding the police department would be a good idea. We need to focus on the root of the issues that are causing crime and I would expect poverty, drug addiction and mental health issues are some of the main causes.

2- restructuring the department – I do think that some reforms could be a good idea especially as it involves addiction and mental health issues but I think they would need to be developed and analyzed for both effectiveness and cost.

EARL PERSIP, AT-LARGE

Regarding the Pittsfield Police Department budget, as it is now, we are budgeted for 99 police officers. We currently have 85. Historically, we have struggled to fill these positions, so budgeting for an additional 14 officers is optimistic. That said, our biggest fiscal problem is we can’t currently cover the shifts we need without paying overtime. The overtime cost is ultimately what is hurting the budget. This budget calls for 1.5 million in overtime spending.

I do believe investing in social programs would be beneficial to the citizens of Pittsfield, particularly low income residents and people of color. I believe the best way to fund these programs would be to get police overtime under control. The only way to do that would be to staff the department properly so we can cover shifts without overtime. As noted above, that’s an ongoing battle.

I know the national talk for some is to “Defund The Police.” Right now, besides overtime, I don’t see our police budget as a big concern. I believe Pittsfield does a good job of creating a balanced budget, allocating dollars in good ways that fund education, safety and resident services.   

CHRIS CONNELL, WARD 4

When I first heard about this “Defund the police” debate I was astonished. Why on earth would any municipality want to even consider such an option given the problem most if not all have with drugs, gangs, etc. I certainly would not consider such an option. We need to have law and order with a police department that enforce the law otherwise we will have anarchy. 
If certain police departments have internal problems with the way some officers enforce the law, then certainly corrective measures need to be put in place such as more community interaction, discipline (when needed), and most importantly more education of the officers. 
One of the problems I see as a councillor and resident in Berkshire county is that at times the officers are handcuffed by the court system. For a police officer to arrest someone who is breaking the law and then for either the DA or judges to let them go free or at a very small bail is the real crime. 
Regarding the police budget, it is going up by over $300,000 with 90% of that incease going to scheduled overtime. I haven’t a problem with the budget but every year I’m always hopeful that we are able to FINALLY. get enough officers on staff to reduce the overtime.
Regarding the restructuring question, I don’t feel I’m knowledgeable enough regarding the day in day out operations to make any suggestions. Maybe something like a desk audit would be appropriate to identify possible improvements. I would certainly vote to fund that type of study as well as a desk audit for al city operations. 

NICK CACCAMO, WARD 3

Thanks for taking the time to write about this issue. To be honest, I’m still engaged in a deep drive into ‘defund the police.’ I’ve been collecting resources, listening to podcasts, reviewing the literature on the topic– and will continue to do so right up until the budget discussion. It’s a policy proposal that very much has an amorphous definition and scope, it means something different depending on who you talk to or hear from. Sorting through alternatives, weighing tradeoffs, and make decisions takes time. 

Without a data source I have to reject your statement “in light of the crime problem in Pittsfield.” You’ve offered a single qualitative assessment of the city without supporting evidence. The PPD fields a range of calls and without the longitudinal data we can’t accurately assess the trends. 

Maybe ‘defunding the police’ looks more like a system where treat response to calls differently depending on the request for service. Police departments could code the volume of calls they receive overtime to development a more detailed understanding of their community’s need for response. Like with teachers, schools hire specialized personal to teach science, math, or social studies, etc– we don’t except all graduates of college education programs to be able to master multiple subjects. Perhaps, the police response for a car accident looks different then a call for noice complaint. A wide array of specialized officers with  specialized skill sets, more than just a one size fits all police officer. 

There’s a lot of work to do on fully understanding this issue. Many organizations have be promoting this work for some time now and their ideas warrant debate. A genuine policy widow (the intersection of a problem, polices, & politics) is open. True reform opportunities are rare and the chance to redress grievances shouldn’t be overlooked by local leadership. 

Please let me know if you have any questions. 

PATRICK KAVEY, WARD 5

When the news and our social media feeds were flooded with the tragedy that unfolded in the City of Minneapolis, a video of the murder of George Floyd, I found myself at a loss. A loss for words, a loss for what to do. I had conversations with my family, my friends and my colleagues. I took time to process what I saw. Even now, two weeks after one of our own was murdered in broad daylight by the people who are supposed to protect us, I have had a hard time finding the words. I have had a hard time putting into words how upset I am that our country is still battling with systemic racism and social inequality. I strongly condemn the actions of those four officers and the actions other officers have similarly taken in the past. My heart aches for the black and brown people of this country who live in constant fear of being attacked. As sad as I may feel, I understand that this is where we are as a nation and that it is my job to do something about it. The seriousness of the issues facing our society need to be addressed. Regardless of your race, your gender, your sexual orientation, your religion etc. America is supposed to be a nation that embraces the differences that make us all who we are. I will do everything I can to continue to support the diversity that is the American populous. I will continue to stand up to hate and protect marginalized groups. I will continue to defend the rights of my American brothers and sisters.

As we are all aware, the words “defund the police” have spread across social media. Protest across the country in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery have reignited conversations about the role of police in our society. I believe this is an important conversation, that needs to be had. The larger conversation is more than simply taking money away from police departments. The larger conversation is about reallocating those funds into social programs. The people who respond to crisis in our communities should be the people who are best equipped to deal with those crises. The history of law enforcement results in black people being killed by police at a rate of 2.8 times higher than that among white people. In cases when police use lethal force, black victims are more likely to be unarmed than white or Hispanic victims. The incarceration rate alone of black individuals should have been enough for us all to agree that something is seriously wrong with our justice system. A large issue I see with policing in recent decades is that law enforcement continues to play an expanding role in addressing societal problems such as responding to drug overdoses or mental health crises. Instead of getting to the root of the problem, some departments are used to criminalize these individuals. The Pittsfield Police Department takes a more proactive approach than many of the other 18,000 departments across the country. Pittsfield has a social worker that responds with the Pittsfield Police Department in certain instances involving domestic violence and mental health issues. It is an area of our Police Department that the city should continue to expand. I believe more departments and more municipalities should follow suit. Across the country we are seeing municipalities move funding away from their police departments towards youth initiatives and social services.  I would agree with the public sentiment in certain cases. Look at the city of Los Angeles for example. Los Angeles has a long history of racial tensions resulting in police violence against minorities. The Los Angeles Police Department has a VERY LARGE police budget that is roughly 30% of the city’s total budget. The Mayor is moving to cut the police funding by $150M, which would lower the police departments budget to roughly 6% of the city’s total budget. Currently, the Pittsfield Police Departments budget is 5% of our city’s total budget. Our highest funded budget is our school department. Our school departments budget is roughly 40% of our city’s budget. 

As far as defunding our own police department, I don’t feel it is appropriate at this time. With that being said, during an economic downturn I don’t think it’s appropriate to increase funding either. I do however believe there is always room for improvement to better serve our community. Our police department is decades ahead of other police departments across this country when it comes to fair and impartial policing. In 2015, with guidance from the Federal Government, the Pittsfield Police Department began implementing the 21st century policing standards. We were one of the first cities in the country to begin this implementation process. When this report was released, our police department was almost already in compliance with 70% of what the Federal Government had suggested they implement. They have been working since then to implement the remainder of the guidelines. The recommendations call for law enforcement agencies to put in place programs designed to promote positive interactions by building trust and legitimacy between the police and communities; to increase policy and oversite, to adopt and use new technologies to enhance public trust and public safety; to provide opportunities for additional training and education on a range of topics, including leadership, for police at all levels; to have in place policies that prioritize de-escalation and avoid provocative tactics and to increase officer safety and wellness. The two overarching recommendations are to examine all areas of criminal justice and propose reforms; as a corollary to this effort, the task force also recommends that new policy take a comprehensive and inclusive look at community-based initiatives addressing core issues such as poverty, education, and health and safety. 

Here is the final report: https://cops.usdoj.gov/pdf/taskforce/taskforce_finalreport.pdf

Here are the implantation guidelines: https://noblenational.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/President-Barack-Obama-Task-Force-on-21st-Century-Policing-Implementation-Guide.pdf

Something that I think is very important to remember is that due to civil service law, a lot of the issues we’re seeing with disciplining officers are extremely hard on our local officials. For example, our police chief can’t legally fire an officer without a hearing. He is currently allowed to suspend the officer for five days and then has to put them back on his payroll. Unfortunately, a lot of those cases end in arbitration. In order for proper oversite of officers much more has to happen then what we are capable of at the local level. We need sweeping policy changes at the federal level. We need our federal partners to understand that we cannot be passive in order to achieve the changes this country so desperately needs. Fixing racism is not a task for black people to solve. It is up to us to dismantle the systemic racism plaguing our communities. 

The Pittsfield Police Department is by no means perfect but it continues to look at policy changes and reform to better serve our residents and keep our city safe. It should be used as a model for other departments on how to create strong, collaborative, trusting relationships within the communities they serve. Our city aims to have a police department that is reflective of our residents and of our values. We must continue to train our officers on crisis intervention. We must continue to focus on restorative justice and ending the school to prison pipeline. We must continue to communicate and show empathy towards the community we serve. We need to remember that the issue of race in America is much more than policing. It is about structural powers that favor some over others, which is evident in the vast disparities of wealth, access to health care, incarceration rates and so much more. It is about our country’s history of devaluing black lives. Our country was founded on an experiment in self-government and as a test on the ideology that all human beings are created equal. Alongside our ideals of freedom and equality, which have set in motion freedom movements ever since our founding, our country developed an ideology of white supremacy. Now we must decide which of our traditions will live on and which will die. We must now look within ourselves and work tirelessly to rid our great nation of this sickness that is racism. America is no place for hate.

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Meanwhile, The Pittsfield Police Department supplied THE PLANET with this information concerning another pair of altar boys  serving High Mass in Pittsfield:

Members of The Pittsfield Police Department Detective Bureau have been investigating a theft of computers from Berkshire Healthcare Systems that occurred several months ago.  The computers were new, in-the-box and had no personal information or organizational information from Berkshire Healthcare Systems on them. 

As a result of the investigation, two suspects have been identified as 33 year old Pittsfield resident Robert McBain and 33 year old Eric Guerrin with a last known address in Cheshire MA.  

On Wednesday 6/3/2020 PPD Investigators arrested McBain at a hotel in Pittsfield on a felony warrant charging him with Breaking and Entering in the Nighttime with Intent to Commit a Felony and Larceny over $1200.  At the time of his arrest, McBain was found to be in possession of a large amount of cocaine and was additionally charged with Trafficking in Cocaine.  

There is currently an active arrest warrant for Eric Guerrin whose whereabouts is unknown.  Anyone who has information about Guerrin’s whereabouts, or who wishes to provide information regarding this case, is asked to contact Detective Losaw at 413-448-9700 x572.  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).

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The Thought Police
The Thought Police
1 month ago

Wynn was honest and forthright. Tyer was playing around with BS. Caccamo is a double talking idiot. Pete White is afraid of his own shadow.

Agent 86
Agent 86
Reply to  The Thought Police
1 month ago

Yuki, Moon and Lampasi don’t have a full brain combined. How could we expect a response from these morons?

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Agent 86
1 month ago

Or they may have been caught off guard having no idea what is going on around them because they are too busy promoting their own agendas?

Village Knight
Village Knight
Reply to  Agent 86
27 days ago

Agent86! Nicely said! Bravo!

Ham Anex
Ham Anex
Reply to  The Thought Police
1 month ago

TTP, is that Pete White Privilege?

The Thought Police
The Thought Police
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Wynn would be well advised to distance himself from Tyer .

Shuwelx
Shuwelx
Reply to  The Thought Police
1 month ago

Wynn’s ok

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

If the chief troops are so exhausted how do they do all the roadside traffic details? Maybe that is part of the reason they are so exhausted?

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

They were working 12 hours a day 7 days a week.

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

and still doing road details?
 

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

It’s BS. And SC doesn’t have an original thought to save her life. She just puppets what she is supposed to say. She is for change but only in theory and only if it doesn’t effect her pocketbook.

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

So you are condemning the speech of some police on here but not enough to ask for change? Sounds about right.

the school committee
the school committee
1 month ago

There seems to be little support for defunding the police.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
1 month ago

Great column Dan.
Of course you didn’t hear from Moon & Lampisi – they work for the D.A. who is busy reducing bail & freeing the felons. I’m sure they would support the “defund” movement as the Progressive Democrat platform equals taking away guns and defunding the police!
Yuki can’t comment in fear of alienating her customers. Tyer is reading tea leaves.
 
I agree with you and would like to see the city reduce the school budget & give that reduction of funds to the police. More officers are needed. I thought Tyer promised the city more officers?
 
I agree with Connell. On the other hand, Persip wants more social programs, Cacc is clueless and Kavey is under the influence of Koolaid. So glad I moved!
 

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
1 month ago

Caccamo , Ward 3 ,No data to support crime problems in Pittsfield ? There is no data between his ears.

Debra
Debra
Reply to  Johnny2Shoes
1 month ago

Totally agree with you on Caccamo, just hope someone runs against him.

lakeside
lakeside
Reply to  Johnny2Shoes
1 month ago

what did caccamo say ??

Debra
Debra
Reply to  lakeside
1 month ago

That’s the 3 million dollar question, he said a lot about nothing.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Johnny2Shoes
1 month ago

Isn’t the city paying big bucks for a crime data person? Pretty sure they are and if he does not know about it that is scary that he is a city rep.

Jumpin Joe Curtis
Jumpin Joe Curtis
Reply to  danvalenti
29 days ago

Anytime someone in the ward asks Hackamo for something he claims he needs to find data and it costs money. That’s his go to when he has no clue what he is doing. Anyone who runs against him needs the progressive hipster vote and they won’t get it. They don’t have big enough beards, drink enough craft beer, nor have a girlfriend in the DAs office, I mean political machine, backing them

He is going to get his masters in BS politicking. His only Ambition is future mayor of a wasteland

Last edited 29 days ago by Jumpin Joe Curtis
Village Knight
Village Knight
Reply to  Johnny2Shoes
27 days ago

Caccamo needs to be removed–Mayor’s rubber stamper.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
1 month ago

I think I need to take out the popcorn for this.
Will Maggie May, Shakes, Blake and School Committee force the chief to revaluate his plan? Will they put their canned indignation where their mouth is? Should they ask the chief to address the alarming police comments (I.e Black Lies Matter) found on this blog? Maybe they should suggest Shirley Edgarton give them all race sensitivity training? Barry – maybe Chief Wynn doesn’t GET IT? Should you protest in front of his house?
Also, the Times Union published an article that said that suggestions of Antifa coming to f up rural areas (see Mayor’s Tyer’s letter in Eagle) came from incendiary white supremacist online groups – and was false. I suppose this means the Mayor is taking advice from police forces that get information from white supremacist websites. Do she and co-mayor Barry want to address that?
Maybe Squeaky can get a fresh undershirt and find a tv camera?
Maybe Hinds can hide in his office – I think we can count on that unless it’s for friendly press.

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Blare
Blare
Reply to  Kermit Frog
1 month ago

Just curious, by “Blake” did you mean me? If so, why on earth would you lump me in with Shakes and TSC? I may push back against some of the crap that appears on this board, but I am no ideologue. Facts and data drive my understanding of the world. I don’t manipulate them to conform to my politics, which is why my politics appear to be all over the map to an outside observer. Depending on the issue, I have been called “right winger” and “leftist” many times. Doesn’t bother me in the least. I call ’em like I see ’em.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Blare
1 month ago

Sorry your name escaped me. This was Maggie May who tends to pile up with you. ‘ Dan, the Police want to help especially with and while arresting people with mental health problems drug addiction and the like. This is the most common complaint among the officers they need funded resources to help. That is where the funds need to go, just a restructuring not a defunding. The jail is just a revolving door do they receive any services at the Jail? if so what? besides one mans Gardening greenhouse’
Will she comment now? Not sure on the ‘facts and data.’

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

This board doesn’t like Shirley Edgarton.Why?

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

Black lies matters will have to speak for himself on his opinion of Shirley.
Dennis Powell has offended the Berkshires Jewish community so there is that. Maybe some of the message is unpalatable? Maybe they are only preaching to the converted as a PR/woke enterprise and the City doesn’t think she actually does shit all effectively so they don’t bother asking her talk to the police? Don’t the Mayor and Wynn think the police need her WISDOM?
Also, maybe as the token black person for EVERY arts organization and the nearly criminal Downtown Pittsfield it starts to look like a tax payer funded boondoggle. I read her interview with WAM and she talked about the interns just slotting in with organizations while she traveled. It sounded like a racket funded by goombas who want to look good while they change nothing.

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Jumpin Joe Curtis
Jumpin Joe Curtis
Reply to  danvalenti
29 days ago

Guess you’re not competent enough in culture.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
1 month ago

Dan’s filter cookie monstered my comments.

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

Join the club. Dan’s robot ate my 7 am comment.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

I thought maybe I triggered the overly obnoxious filter.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Heh, no I meant my comment was overly obnoxious.

Pat
Pat
1 month ago

Great news that we are not losing our local police force! Thank you Chief Wynn for responding. I wish I could say the same for the rest of the country. The Seattle mayor is now saying they may allow the anarchists who have taken over the neighborhood to have a “summer of love”. I wonder what the people living in these occupied neighborhoods are thinking? Are they feeling the love? Interesting that as soon as they took over the neighborhood, they put up a border wall. The Seattle mayor insists they are being peaceful, but peaceful people do not take over neighborhoods.

Shuwelx
Shuwelx
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Winn does a pretty good job considering some of the cowboys he has under him. Two real good officers Are Parise,Door and Steinmann

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

The small Mayberry towns in the county have more problems in their police departments than Pittsfield does.Name one local department that has not had a personnel scandel.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Snowflake liberals running HBO have caved to the PC cabal and removed the movie,”Gone with the Wind” , since according to them, it’s racist.
 
I wonder if the puppeteers running HBO realized that was the FIRST MOVIE TO HAVE AN ACADEMY AWARD WINNING BLACK ACTRESS?

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Japan bombed the shit out of Pearl Harbor and killed many of our sailors. Then we went to war and we sure hated everything about the Japanese. And somehow, instead of removing everything that reminded us of Japan we became allies and trading partners with them.
Just saying.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
1 month ago

You won’t see this on liberal MSM, I hope the censors here let the news through.
 
Seattle liberal utopia: Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ)
 
This is several city blocks taken over by antifa. First thing they did was build a wall, then send roving bands of armed thugs to question a search people. It’s being run by a “warlord” former rapper. It seems to resemble Mogadishu in it’s darkest hours, the D-Mayor and D-Governor are fine with the situation:
 
“Seattle Police Chief: “Rapes, Robberies, All Sorts of Violent Acts” Occurring Inside CHAZ – Anarchist Autonomous Zone (VIDEO)” 
https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/06/seattle-police-chief-rapes-robberies-sorts-violent-acts-occurring-inside-chaz-anarchist-autonomous-zone-mayor-calls-takeover-patriotism/
 
Meanwhile the D-Mayor:
 
Seattle Officials Deliver Porta Potties in Support of Antifa – Mayor Defends Autonomous Zone, “CHAZ is Not a Lawless Wasteland of Anarchist Insurrection” 
https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/06/seattle-officials-deliver-porta-potties-support-antifa-mayor-defends-autonomous-zone-chaz-not-lawless-wasteland-anarchist-insurrection/
 
Seattle’s Autonomous Zone Has Its First Warlord; Local Rapper Raz Simone Takes Over 
https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/06/seattles-autonomous-zone-first-warlord-local-rapper-raz-simone-takes/
 
Antifa Organizer in Seattle’s “Autonomous Zone” Begs For ‘Vegan Meat and Soy’ to ‘Keep Area Operational’ After Homeless People Take All Their Food 
https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/06/antifa-organizer-seattles-autonomous-zone-begs-vegan-meat-soy-keep-area-operational-homeless-people-take-food/
 
Developing: Antifa Terrorists Discuss Plans to Expand Their Occupied Autonomous Zone in Seattle — Begin Shakedown of Local Businesseshttps://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/06/developing-antifa-terrorists-discuss-plans-expand-occupied-autonomous-zone-seattle-begin-shakedown-local-businesses/ 
 
 
 
 

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

Tucker Carlson got Fox brainless viewers attention by yelling at the remote camera from his summer bunker in Maine distancing there while screaming at American citizens to get back to work.Trump statements are sent to Fascist Fox media giant to yell about Seattle having a 4 block zone of patience by the Mayor.Stupid Trump was going to invade Seattle with the US military and blow away the neighborhood illegally.Planet Valenti is now Fascist headquarters.The mayor told stupid to go back into his bunker along with Tucker,Hannity,Limbaugh,Beck,Ingraham as they are all in bunkers stirring up race wars with the white men watching these million dollar bought off sons of the hard fought middle class union workers…..Corporations and the wealthy are using everything they have to divide this country and race is their weapon…..Private schools.What a elitist idea.Start funding public education nationally…..He is losing advertising because they dont want to be associated with his race baiting.Capitalism will beat racist when used as gainst them.Capitalism works best when the citizens have hope…..good luck fox media giant Fascist. You are on the wrong side of morality.

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

Why don’t you move to the CHAZ zone in Seattle TSC? You’d fit right in with the like minded people there.
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=vaf6bqlgu9I&feature=emb_logo
 
Seems CNN is still pushing false narratives to coincide with their left winged agenda.
 
https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/06/fake-news-cnn-hack-reporter-attacks-gateway-pundit-breitbart-armed-anarchists-seattle-cnn-reporter-refutes-report/

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

The federal goverment needs to funf more instead od wanting to fund corporate school of profit

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Are the Clintons racist?
 
https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/06/reminder-hillary-clinton-celebrated-confederate-flag-day-every-year-arkansas-first-lady-bill-clinton-signed-law-honor-confederacy/
 
“REMINDER: Hillary Clinton Celebrated Confederate Flag Day Every Year as Arkansas First Lady – Bill Clinton Signed Law to Honor Confederacy 
In 2016 Hillary Clinton delivered a KKK-white supremacist speech in Reno, Nevada to a small group of supporters.
 
As first family of Arkansas the Clintons set aside a special day each year to honor the Confederate Flag.
The Clintons even established a $100 fine for those violating the law.

And it wasn’t that long ago that the Hillary Campaign was mass producing Hillary Confederate pins.
 

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

Yesthey are racist as I am and you are.The difficult part of racism is which side of ghe coin you choose to fight off.Do you fight your prejudgement of people based on race or do you fight against people who dont want to embrace gheir racism.Not dealing with it get you to where are minds are today.Trump is not fighting his racist demon because hes comfortable where he is.He is is fantasy land comparing himself to be in the company of Lincoln.

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

Clintons were great friends of D-Grand Wizzard , Robert Byrd.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Who is funding the Antifa, and “peaceful protests”/riots and looting?
 
https://www.projectveritas.com/news/refusefascism-uses-antifa-like-tactics-organizer-claims-they-received-money/
 
https://www.wnd.com/2020/06/new-undercover-video-suggests-super-rich-lefties-funding-extremists/
 
A new undercover video from James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas reveals who could be funding the militant groups fomenting violence on the streets of American cities.
Advertisement – story continues below
 
It’s no surprise that among them are billionaire activists Tom Steyer and George Soros.”

Truthsayer
Truthsayer
1 month ago

I would never support Defunding any police force. However, there should be a mechanism for removing the bad apples without having them have the union protecting them from their own wrongful acts. Do cops sometime overreact? Of course. But then again, can you blame them? There are situations wherein they could be killed by an angry, crazed perp with or without a weapon. Too many good cops have died trying to be good and reasonable with people in bad situations.
 
Did George Floyd, regardless of his background, have to die over a $20 bill? No.
But that still doesn’t make all cops, bad cops.

Shuwelx
Shuwelx
Reply to  Truthsayer
1 month ago

Planet Bulletin…….Gunshot victims being sent to b m c

TellItLikeItIs
TellItLikeItIs
Reply to  Shuwelx
1 month ago

Has to be fake news because we don’t have a crime problem right Caccamo????

WarOnCops
WarOnCops
Reply to  Truthsayer
1 month ago

If Floyd didn’t resist arrest he’d be alive today. And it had nothing rondo with race.

Hendrix
Hendrix
1 month ago

HELEN MOON (Ward 1), DINA GUIEL-LAMPISI (6), and YUKI COHEN (at-large) didn’t bother to comment. 
 
This seems to run par with the council meetings I have observed. Never anything of substance to contribute when they do bother to speak up.
 
If the chief or any officer reads this blog perhaps they could respond to the large amount of vehicles either being broken into or having their windows smashed in Pittsfield. I live in Cheshire, but personally know 2 families that had their windows smashed out that live in pretty decent neighborhoods in Pittsfield. According to the 411 of Pittsfield on Facebook, over 2 dozen reports have already been filed and it seems like one of the victims was an officers wife.
 

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Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Hendrix
1 month ago

This has been going on for some time. Do not recall the newspaper ever bothering to mention it. Mayor must have edited that out of their print copies. It does seem newsworthy unless of course ya don’t want people to know just how deep the shithole they are living in is. Would not want the tourists to know their property might get vandalized for no reason if they visit.

TellItLikeItIs
TellItLikeItIs
Reply to  Hendrix
1 month ago

If I catch anybody smashing out my window I will smash their head.

Lenny
Lenny
1 month ago

Interesting cc/ school committee meeting last night to discuss school budget. In May 22nd iberkshires article, McCandless stated that it cost 5.5 mil to operate a school. Last evening he was questioned about closing some school buildings in light of the budget crunch, to which he replied that “ it would cause too much heartache and only save about 1 mil” if a school were to be closed. Chapter 70 funding is expected to be severely cut by the state, yet there is no real school financial plan in place due to the unknowns – although free cash ( you know, the 10 mil slush fund from overtaxation of the locals) was mentioned as a possible funding source. I was shocked. Close 2 elementary schools and the problem could be solved. They must be saving money on bus fuel and bldg. electricity since the schools have been shut since March. McCandless also restated that the schools’ focus was on serving the learning-challenged students which explains why all the bright kids are choicing out to Lenox.
 
City councilors and the school committee do not appear interested in reigning in the out-of-control school budget of a failing school district. No one wants to touch the sacred cow.
Sad!

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Fugeddbouditt
Fugeddbouditt
Reply to  Lenny
1 month ago

Two people shot here….today…..

Johnny Absurds Accountant
Johnny Absurds Accountant
Reply to  Lenny
1 month ago

McCandless needs to bit the bullet like everyone else. His budget has more fat than a sumo wrestler after Thanksgiving dinner for Christ sake. He needs to climb off his high horse and deal with it. Big baby!!

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

DEFUND THE SCHOOLS. I like that one Dan. If you cut that budget in half the kids could still learn just as much. (or just as little in Pittsfield) Now all the folk who suck off the school budgets largess might be out a few bucks but they are unnecessary anyway. Who wants to start making up the banners? Let the homeless beggars hold up the signs and give them a few bucks.

Ytbkde k s
Ytbkde k s
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

Best idea ever. Defund that big stooges budget.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
29 days ago

Wonder how many of the homeless beggars were educated in Pittsfield schools at a cost of a half million per kid over 12 years. The only difference between their lot in life and a couple of councilors is the councilors connections.

WarOnCops
WarOnCops
1 month ago

Let me kind – Caccamo comes across as an idiot, plain and simple. Kavey is just plain ignorant, about race and policing, among other things. He needs to read War On Cops before he spots off about how cops are racist.

Wundor Mayo
Wundor Mayo
Reply to  WarOnCops
1 month ago

What are you stupid, anything but Lo in six. Kavey will be better.

WarOnCops
WarOnCops
Reply to  Wundor Mayo
1 month ago

The election is over Wundor. Kavey creamed Lo. I would have voted Kavey had I lived in his ward, okay? He is a rookie at this and lets hope it’s just a rookie mistake. But I am sick and tired of everybody blaming the police and the allegedly rascist justice system because so many blacks are in jail. Kavey is mistaken in all he said about blacks and police and the incarceration rate – “The history of law enforcement results in black people being killed by police at a rate of 2.8 times higher than that among white people. In cases when police use lethal force, black victims are more likely to be unarmed than white or Hispanic victims. The incarceration rate alone of black individuals should have been enough for us all to agree that something is seriously wrong with our justice system.” He is totally wrong on all counts, when you factor in the black crime rate, which is astronomical compared to whites. Blacks are 13 percent of population yet commit more murders than whites, and more robberies. When you factor in crimes committed by race, blacks are killed by police and a lower rate than whites, and are less likely to be killed by police if unarmed, not more. And the incarceration rate is so high because of the offense rate. My source is the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics Uniform Crime Report. It’s a huge portion of inner city black society that worships rap and guns, and collects welfare, instead of work, and has a huge rate of absentee fathers, and has a tremendous black on black crime rate, and this includes Pittsfield, that is the root cause of blacks being overrepresented in the criminal justice system, not systemic racism. Kavey can afford his own copy of the WarOnCops by Heather MacDonald, as he is paid thousands per year to be a councillor, but if he asks nicely on this blog, I will send him my copy, and I will even autograph it. He also happens to be wrong about disciplining and firing officers. He clearly doesn’t understand civil service law. He wrote that the chief can only suspend an officer for 5 days and can’t fire an officer without a hearing. First of all, it’s a damn good thing us cops can’t be fired without a hearing. Furthermore, the chief can’t fire anybody, only the mayor can. Kavey also said after 5 days an officer has to go back on payroll. That is also not quite correct. If an officer is under indictement, he/she will not be paid. I will give him an A for effort, and appreciate his response as well as the other councilors who bothered to respond.
 
 

Ham Anex
Ham Anex
Reply to  Wundor Mayo
29 days ago

Wundor Mayo, Lo’s phone is still smoking.

Ytbkde k s
Ytbkde k s
Reply to  WarOnCops
1 month ago

Caccamos a bobble head. Hollywood Stamps….like the rest, rubber stamps….-Just sayYES to Mountain Goat Head.

Chuck Garivaltis
Chuck Garivaltis
Reply to  WarOnCops
1 month ago

 

Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
1 month ago

I found out why Morandi betrayed us wanting to increase the school budget. His wife was a para and is one of the people who got a pink slip. He shouldn’t even be voting on the school budget he is conflicted. Having a financial interest is something is the definition of a conflict. If he votes on the school budget I’m reporting him to the ethics board.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
1 month ago

Didja know that the mayor was given out rent compensation monies to landlords? And guess which councilor is a landlord whose votes and kind words would be most welcome.

BlackLivesMatter?
BlackLivesMatter?
1 month ago

Who was David Patrick Underwood? Do any of you Black Lives Matter phonies know, or do you have to Google it?

BlackLiesMatter?
BlackLiesMatter?
1 month ago

Dan, what do you think of all the non-sense going on now, in corporate America, in city and state governement, in the NFL, and at colleges, including MCLA and BCC, with the white privledge, white guilt, and the black lives matter political movement? Perhaps there’s a column or two for you there. I even hear some people are upset at the chief diversity officer (puke/double puke) at MCLA, and I hear BCC pres is recommending you read White Fragility.

BlackLiesMatter
BlackLiesMatter
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Thanks Dan for the reply. And I thank all the councilors who replied too. And by the way, I like the subtle new changes to the format of your blog – makes it a bit easier to follow.

This Just In
This Just In
1 month ago

The Autonomous Zone is the Democrat Twilight Zone

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
1 month ago

I imagine by now most of you have watched the NETFLIX documentary “13th”. It is a great documentary and gets heavily into how America has more people in jail than any other country. Two MILLION people. And a lot of it has to do with the privatization of the prison system and their lobbyists in Washington. Filling of the jails with petty criminals for money. Of course that is just part of the story but watch it you can as it is a real eye opener for all of us.

Chuck Garivaltis
Chuck Garivaltis
1 month ago

They did it again! Deming Park is now ruined as a park where youngsters may freely run and play. There’s more posts and fencing than there was at Alcatraz. If you are not on a team with uniforms, spikes, a manager, and an umpire to call strikes and balls during a scheduled game, stay off the fields. A sprinkler system has been installed to grow green grass where grass has been green for past 75 years. This is not the first time the city has been down this incompetent road. The Common and Clapp Parks were first ruined as open spaces for youngsters. Now Deming Park has joined this list. These parks were deeded to the city for express purpose of open play space for youngsters of all ages. Twice in the past week I have visited Deming Park. Not a child, not a teen, no one there. Great job, fellas! Add more fences and sprinkler systems. Has anyone around here ever played a game?

juicylucy
juicylucy
Reply to  Chuck Garivaltis
1 month ago

Chuck, you forgot to mention the mess at Springside Park. The city’s oldest and most historic park and landmark.

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  Chuck Garivaltis
1 month ago

The main driver for the upgrade was to spread benjamins around to friendly contractors with kickbacks as the wind might blow. My cat told me about this and he has a pretty good record for reliability.

Madly Dillon G
Madly Dillon G
Reply to  danvalenti
29 days ago

Come on you two. Grass is grass. We used to play on asphalt and hayfields concrete at Farnuums. Way before Christmas City tackled Jim Brown.

Chuck Garivaltis
Chuck Garivaltis
Reply to  danvalenti
29 days ago

Dan
They were the most fun. Neighborhoods against neighborhoods, friends competing against one another, a game everyday played on moon rocks or asphalt. It was and still is the best way to learn the game.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Chuck Garivaltis
29 days ago

Deming has a great couple of fields.Clapp park is fantastic and handicap accessible……I know most of you want to go back intime to a period of ignorance when innocence made your life better but you cant turn back the clock.We cant unknow what we now know.Never again will our fathers stand in 15 inches of PCBs at work.Never again is a drunken father going to beat his family in silence.Never again is the KKK and White Supremacy going to be allowed to be anything but domestic terrorist…..if you really look at Clapp you will see an amazing park.Appreciate the past at least the innocence but move on and try to embrace change.

Knottedwillyiums
Knottedwillyiums
Reply to  Chuck Garivaltis
29 days ago

No doubt you guys. I was one of the best fielders to come out of Pitts because my brother would hit me laser ground balls on that bumpy ground,my reactions were amazing,catch it or get hit in the face. I heard Frankie Scago used to practice basketball on the ice.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Madly Dillon G
29 days ago

Have ya ever played on Panama Red grass? Or, have your ever played while ON Panama Red grass? Some grass really is different but I would not know except for what I read in catalogs and such.

Ham Anex
Ham Anex
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
29 days ago

we know what grass you played on.

Knottedwillyiums
Knottedwillyiums
Reply to  Ham Anex
29 days ago

Now that is funny!

Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
Reply to  Chuck Garivaltis
29 days ago

The Common and Clapp Park have never looked so good. Have your vision checked. I haven’t been to Deming so no comment on that one.
 

Ham Anex
Ham Anex
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
29 days ago

Did your mother have those plastic covers for the living room furniture?

Knottedwillyiums
Knottedwillyiums
Reply to  Ham Anex
29 days ago

I knew an old woman who had plastic covering on her furniture,her house burned down many years ago,cigarette lit the couch and burned it down,true story.

Chuck Garivaltis
Chuck Garivaltis
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
28 days ago

Of course they look good, Mr. Worldwide. How else would the manufacturers of these colorful metal objects find a buyer in Pittsfield. .The important point is are they functional for youngsters of all ages to play games and socialize? They are not. These are parks, not art galleries.

Ron Kitterman
Ron Kitterman
1 month ago

You’ve got to be kidding me ¼ of the city council doesn’t respond, the Mayor is swamped and can maybe put something together till  over the weekend, Chief Wynn responds with the same platitudes we’ve heard since Chief Sullivan’s reign. Defunding and dismantling police departments, riots, lootings, shootings, anarchy, Black Lives Matter, Antifa, Seattle, Minneapolis, Saint Louis please keep your masks on there is nothing to worry about you will be safe as long as you social distance. We’ve got good schools, good opportunities and jobs so Pittsfield is doing fine.  

Knottedwillyiums
Knottedwillyiums
Reply to  Ron Kitterman
29 days ago

Ronnie ever think of RE entering the political Fray here.

This Just In
This Just In
1 month ago

Poll Question. Who’s dumber? Joe Biden or Dennis Powell?

Kawcorn Lithawaynia
Kawcorn Lithawaynia
Reply to  This Just In
1 month ago

Neither …..Earl of Dumpster.

Red Plussye
Red Plussye
Reply to  This Just In
1 month ago

Well either dumb way and ranking, he’s beating Trump in three polls decisively.

Agent 86
Agent 86
Reply to  danvalenti
29 days ago

He prattled something about the Israelis teaching choke holds to American cops. Might have been something said about Palestine too.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  danvalenti
29 days ago

I am thinking of the Avenue Q (Broadway show) song, Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist. I think Spike Lee had a more fair assessment of the biases of the black community toward Koreans and Jews. We are a big melting pot of bias. It’s probably wise to remember this with the catechism of ‘correctness.’
Something I am curious about is how many people of color are on the boards of the various arts organizations in the Berkshires. Given the black communities large contribution to dance and music it would be fitting to see them better represented directing the local arts charities. But I think these patronage positions usually go to goomba wives or donors. Put your money where your mouth is I say.
I also would like to clarify my use of the word Goomba. It’s a word I learned from my Italian American grandmother. She used it right before the wooden spoon came out — when we smart talked her – ‘I am not one of your goombas, watch how you speak to me.’ The wooden spoon was rarely used but it’s appearance was a deafening symbol. I guess we grew up in different times.

James
James
Reply to  danvalenti
29 days ago

Those city councilors jobs are done. They used the Harrington plan and won an election. Add to resume. What’s the point of doing anything?

Sojourner Truth
Sojourner Truth
Reply to  Agent 86
29 days ago

Didn’t Chief Wynn take a sabbatical at his own expense to Israel and studied their tactics ? Perhaps he might relate first-handedly.

BlueLivesMatter
BlueLivesMatter
29 days ago

Atlanta burning – Another person resistiing arrest, stealing cops taser, and when he threatens cops with taser, cops shoots him, and perp dies, totally justified use of force. Gutless mayor caters to blacks and fires officer. Gutless chief quits. Another excuse to loot, riot, burn, etc. People demanding cops be charged with murder- better to be tried by 12 than carried by 6. Cop totally justified.

Shakes
Shakes
Reply to  BlueLivesMatter
29 days ago

what a useless cop to get his taser taken like a little b*tch then murder the suspect. How about we have a new law that if you’re police and you murder someone while you are on duty that you can be executed? That might stop all this white power police overreach.

BlueLivesMatter
BlueLivesMatter
Reply to  Shakes
29 days ago

You have obviously never wore a badge or struggled with a suspect you gutless coward. And what’s being white got to do with it?

Shakes
Shakes
Reply to  BlueLivesMatter
29 days ago

I also never had a sidearm taken away from me then shot a man in the back. Which by the way, are things gutless cowards do. This officer clearly not fit to serve.

There is a white supremacy problem in US local police departments.

WarOnCops
WarOnCops
Reply to  Shakes
28 days ago

The facts do not bear out your naked assertion about white supremacy in policing. Rather, if you care to educate yourself, you will learn that blacks commit a huge amount of violent crime, and therefore cops encounter them at a much highter rate. Blacks are about 13 percent of poplulation yet commit over half the murders and robberies.

WarOnCops
WarOnCops
Reply to  Shakes
29 days ago

Sounds to me like you got a problem with white people and following police orders. This is a classic example of another person resisting arrest, and brining on his own death, this time by stealing cops taser. This will be ruled a good shoot. Perhaps you should read Teddy Roosevelts’ Man in the Arena speech, because you sure as shit have no idea what’s it like to be in a fight.
 

Shakes
Shakes
Reply to  WarOnCops
29 days ago

A: Tasers are not deadly.
B: Shooting a suspect in the back then moving the bullet casings is not what a cop involved in a ‘good shoot’ does.

WarOnCops
WarOnCops
Reply to  Shakes
28 days ago

I’m tired of trying to educate people like you. If the cop is charged, and he should not be, he will never be found guilty.

Shakes
Shakes
Reply to  danvalenti
28 days ago

Being drunk doesn’t get most people executed. Just black men without deadly weapons.

Of course the punk ass clown was angry because Brooks took his toy away.

Shakes
Shakes
Reply to  WarOnCops
28 days ago

Oh big keyboard fighter here. Get out of here, clown.

Atalandata Riots
Atalandata Riots
Reply to  BlueLivesMatter
29 days ago

Five years in,Hess Forest still stands.

Jumpin Joe Curtis
Jumpin Joe Curtis
29 days ago

So per usual everyone basically answered the question directly except Hackamo. What a great politicians stance he made. Not surprised Moonbat and her crew didn’t respond. Are you?

See you all at the school union rally Monday. I notice our district is broke and some private schools afforded raises (because they aren’t automatic, yearly and forced). I haven’t seen or heard of one other district crying or rallying except the Berkshires. What a joke. Give up your raises AND pay steps for a year, problem solved.

Get rid of your VPs of teaching and learning too, all 500 of them. And your 400 accountability coordinators. What a joke cultural competency coach anyone? $70+k a year. Bueller…bueller

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Jumpin Joe Curtis
29 days ago

Pittsfield Schools fail at test scores and growth. Let them stay on strike, their union is a disgrace and they fail the kids year after year. Most of the kids learn more sitting at home watching Sesame Street as they do in the elementary schools. They are a complete disgrace. Most parents have realized how little their kids learn at school since they have been home schooling and they genuinely will not miss it. Let them close the schools and we can stop paying school taxes for these incubators of stupidity.

Shakes
Shakes
Reply to  Kermit Frog
29 days ago

No way my kids would have gone to pittsfield’s schools. They are trash.

Jumpin Joe Curtis
Jumpin Joe Curtis
29 days ago

Say what you want about Kavey, but at least he attempted to answer the question. Last time I saw a runaround like Hackamo’s answer was when Old Country Buffet moved and TFB was trying to chase it with a fork

Sig Knifficant
Sig Knifficant
Reply to  Jumpin Joe Curtis
29 days ago

Connells vote shut down voting as his communication was shut down? Is Chris on Mars? City is waiting for state funding for schools numbers? Honor your masters. Don’t think they can be heroes this time around unless Charlie has a couple billion hidden…..for votes.

Chuck Garivaltis
Chuck Garivaltis
29 days ago

This is in response to a few posts back from juicylucy. Juicy is correct, I did not mention Springside Park with former deeded parks that have been ruined by city planners who, for sure, have never been park kids. Springside Park has been and will continue to be a target for development of nonsense that has nothing to do with
fun and well-being for children of all ages. It is great for adults, too. Such a wonderful place of peace and solitude just blocks from city center. It is a gem and should be left alone. Not many communities have open space like Springside Park in center of town. It was GIVEN in parts to our city in to remain a place of peace and reflection for people of all ages for all time. One only has to look at Deming, Clapp, and the Common to see what further development of Springside Park will look like.

Hell Toupee
Hell Toupee
Reply to  Chuck Garivaltis
29 days ago

Isn’t Springside used for a homeless camp now?

Heethklif
Heethklif
Reply to  Hell Toupee
29 days ago

Have you ever noticed with all of the negligence and misappropriations over the last fifty years who still remains on the ParksCommission.

Heethklif
Heethklif
Reply to  Hell Toupee
29 days ago

Bad accident on mall backroad. Motorcycle.

Foojiachi Fkomotow
Foojiachi Fkomotow
Reply to  Hell Toupee
29 days ago

Camp? They’re Closed this summer.

Chuck Garivaltis
Chuck Garivaltis
Reply to  Hell Toupee
28 days ago

Shouldn’t be, but it serves that purpose.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  Robem
29 days ago

Jeepers, too bad they didn’t kill each other.

Koppsoutofkuntrol
Koppsoutofkuntrol
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
29 days ago

Shootings happened Friday reported here on the Planet. Beagle is just announcing today?