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EDITORIAL CARTOONISTS DRAW A CLEAN LINE ON AMERICA’S SELF-DESTRUCTION

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY JUNE 29, 2020) — When The Ol’ Perfessor taught at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, one of our top students was a talented young man named Joe Glisson. Joe followed his dream and became a professional cartoonist. His cartoons were a regular feature of the Syracuse New Times, and even today, they adorn the walls of the fabled Varsity restaurant on the SU campus.

THE PLANET has always loved this branch of the newspaper business, growing up as we did with Herblock, Bill Mauldin, Bill Gallo, Bob Coyne, and so many others. In Pittsfield not so long ago we had the work of Russ Potak in The Gazette. No more.

The art form, still practiced at the more resourceful newspapers, has died locally, but at the national level, the talent still speaks volumes. In today’s post, THE PLANET presents a sampling of editorial cartoons taken from across the country.

Enjoy.

Feel free to comment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes pictures can say more than words. As America destroys itself, the pencilists will be there to document every move …

… until somewhere in the near future, when the revisionists, the snowflakes, and the “offended” decide their work is too inflammatory. Then the erasers will emerge.

Enjoy while you can.

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“There is one time when the heart must rule the head, and that is when the heart is breaking”Donald Turpentine.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

THE PLANET acknowledges copyrights of the cartoons are retained by the original owners.

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Pat
Pat
14 days ago

Great cartoons. I am reading a great book called “The Breakdown of Higher Education” by John Ellis. It explains why so many young people have been led down the path of Marxism and are being used by these political activist professors and even the administrators in our American colleges. The book is now a best seller. In my college days we had political groups on college campuses, but most of us had a very healthy amount of suspicion of these groups and stayed away, refusing to be influenced, but colleges today are saturated with these Marxist professors with a political agenda to manipulate these idealistic young people.

the movie moegull
the movie moegull
Reply to  Pat
14 days ago

Twenty Five Dollars a car to attend an illegally run drive in on school property?

CreepySleepyJoe
CreepySleepyJoe
Reply to  the movie moegull
14 days ago

Come On Man, it’s an economic engine. How’d ya like my hairy legs in my cartoon? The kids like them.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  the movie moegull
14 days ago

Like I posted yesterday, family friendly pricing.

JoeKapanski
JoeKapanski
Reply to  the movie moegull
14 days ago

Ah, but it’s for the children mind you.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  danvalenti
13 days ago

Why is it illegal? I asked and I just got a thumbs down.

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
Reply to  JoeKapanski
14 days ago

Since it is on City property, if someone should get injured, say by falling, is the City liable? What if there is a vehicle accident while parking for the movie, will they stop the movie while the PPD investigates? Are there going to be restrooms available? Will there be Port-O-John’s or will they be utilizing the school bathrooms? If it is the latter, will there be City paid janitors on site and who is paying for the overtime for the janitors? Since every night and early morning the City is deluged with fireworks will this be stopped so you can hear the movie? Will there be a Pittsfield Police detail present and if so who is paying for this detail? Will the cost come out of the $25.00 charge or will it be eaten by the taxpayers? Why can’t they use the Common like they have in the past? Hope all this information has been thought through beforehand and not be like the unfortunate drowning at Silver Lake where the City of PITS all of a sudden post “NO SWIMMING” signage a day after the recovery of the drowning victim. Better off staying home and watching a free movie in the SAFE comfort of home.

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

Is it illegal because of zoning? Why is it illegal?

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Pat
14 days ago

pat why is Betsy Devos allowing this to happen? She is in charge ya know.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
14 days ago

Read the book!

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Pat
14 days ago

One more nice doge from Pat. Never addresses a question. Always take a subject sideways and away from initial issue. Trump absolutely adores your shiftability. MAGA
By the way, great job on the pandemic Donnie. All the other counties are sooo jealous. So jealous that they would rather Americans don’t visit them for a year or two.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
14 days ago

Ellis argues that “half-measures and calls for reason cannot obtain the necessary results.” It will not do, for example, to appoint a handful of conservative professors in order to try and “balance the ideological scales”—this will not get at the heart of the problem and will be ultimately ineffective.
Ellis contends that higher education “can no longer be reformed from within,” and that strong legislative action is necessary to accomplish true change.” This is from a review of this book since I’m not done reading it.

Both Democrats and Republicans must develop the political will to argue that universities are committing ‘fraud and embezzlement’ by promising to educate young minds and instead subsidizing radical-left politics. Then they must enact reform.” Would Democrats back legislation to change a system that is beneficial to them?

Johnny Absurds Doctor
Johnny Absurds Doctor
Reply to  Pat
14 days ago

Why do republicans think pandemics are hoaxes?

levitan
levitan
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Doctor
14 days ago

Generalizations.

Acute Angina
Acute Angina
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Doctor
13 days ago

Show me a quote that suggests that they do.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Doctor
12 days ago

These are not republicans.These a Trump/Putin cultist who hijacked the party.Do you believe Ronald Reagan would be trying to get Trump enthusiasts.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Pat
13 days ago

Pat,we are the most right wing conservative country in the world let by Trump who is tearing dow and political gains made by women and minorities.You want Trump to empower China,North Korea,Russia and you support weakening the European union.This is a Aligarchy goverment as you so brainwashingly wave the flag for.Trump needs your support to keep going forward.Trump is a controlled business man failure and his voice soothes you.He is going to be overwhelmingly removed and his lies wont save him .Remeber that when you need a supreme court decision to decide if you have equal rights you dont have equal rights.

BlackLiesMatter
BlackLiesMatter
Reply to  Pat
14 days ago

Try White Fagility.

Hendrix
Hendrix
Reply to  danvalenti
14 days ago

Dan,

I would argue they are not incapable of critical thinking, rather just being shut down. When I was in college years ago there was plenty of healthy debate to be had. I actually enjoyed bringing a conservative perspective to a predominately liberal class and always felt safe doing it and being able to have an open dialogue. If I was in college in 2020, I would not be willing to have that dialogue in the classroom. You risk being called a racist, having your comments or conversation recorded and put on social media, along with potential professor retaliation for grading purposes.

As sad as it is, it just isn’t worth it.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  danvalenti
13 days ago

I would argue that they are much smarter than 50 years ago.Our country was shooting critical thinking war protdsters at Kent State.

Darull Limoahnika
Darull Limoahnika
14 days ago

Planet Bulletin…..Cam Newton is a Patriot….

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  Darull Limoahnika
14 days ago

Let me tell you if football players start kneeling again, it’s over, at least for me.

Johnny Absurds Doctor
Johnny Absurds Doctor
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
14 days ago

They lost me when they stated all bending over and “taking the position.”

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
13 days ago

Do you feel the same way about people at church?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  The school committee
13 days ago

God is the only one I’ll kneel to

BlackLiesMatter
BlackLiesMatter
14 days ago

Wow Dan, what a great feature. So many great ones. My fav is on Chicago Shootings. The Black Lives Matter folks don’t care at all.

Chit Caggoueau
Chit Caggoueau
Reply to  BlackLiesMatter
14 days ago

Have you heard the latest in Chitown? I want to know who said it was ok to let Berkshire Theatre to have a drive in on City Property,taxpayer paid?

BlackLivesMatter?
BlackLivesMatter?
Reply to  Chit Caggoueau
14 days ago

20 month old, round to head, no doubt black on black. Where is the outrage????

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
14 days ago

Karl Marx, who never lived in a Communist country, saw the inequities during the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. The underclass and working class poor families’ children did not go to school. Instead, the poor children started working on farms or in factories starting when they were toddlers. The poor children worked 16 hours a day everyday of the week. The poor children were given only one meal a day for protein, and beer for carbs. The children were malnourished and deformed. The poor children were often sexually exploited. Meanwhile, the rich families’ children went to private schools, never worked, and were appointed to positions in the Church, State, or Business. There was no middle class. There was no public education. In Karl Marx’s day, you were either born poor, or you were born rich. When people deride Marxism today, they do not understand the horrific realities that existed during Karl Marx’s time.

Bruno Hakalugi
Bruno Hakalugi
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
14 days ago

Groucho had it rougher.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
14 days ago

Modern America is nothing like the conditions you describe. In America, poor and middle class live very well in comparison to other countries. College campuses use Marxism to convince young people that America is a terrible place. So many people want to come to America because this is a great country.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  Pat
14 days ago

I believe the U.S.A. is a great country, too. I believe is upward socioeconomic mobility. Every U.S. Citizen should have the opportunity to achieve a middle class or wealthy life. Every U.S. Citizen should have the opportunity to participate in their American government. I want everyone to have a fair shot at a rewarding and good life.

Johnny99
Johnny99
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
14 days ago

We have exactly that Mr. Melle. Freedom of opportunity, which we shall celebrate here Saturday. You have the choice, to be a victim, or a victor.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  danvalenti
13 days ago

Wow daytime talk radio has a great impact on white peoples thinking.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  The school committee
13 days ago

And rap music on others

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Pat
14 days ago

So many want to come to America because they like being put in Trumps cages. I hear that the kids are allowed to decorate their cages with dead bugs. MAGA

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
13 days ago

Those were Barry Sotero’s cages Johnny, built brought and paid for.

MSM used pictures from Barry’s dictatorship to fan TDS

Truthsayer
Truthsayer
Reply to  Pat
14 days ago

You’re partially right. America’s poor are better off to a point. In 1968, I was making $2.25/hour minimum wage. In the late 1940s, my father made $0.25/hour at GE in Pittsfield. I am told that my $2.25 1968 minimum wage would have to push $18/hour minimum wage for a 2020 equivalent.

Factually, we do have working poor even in the Berkshires. There are families – yes, father, mother, children – that do not rely on state aid, but instead work multiple minimum wage jobs in order to make ends meet. As one young father said to me, “Yep, I’m working three jobs at minimum wage just to pay the bills. I’m just living the American dream!”

Does the head of a company like say Walmart, deserve his $20.9 million dollar salary while the guy working the lawn & garden section hoisting 25 pound bags of $2.98 mulch into your car deserve $15 with his hours capped so that he doesn’t qualify for benefits?

Us privileged old white men have it in our pea brains that most poor people have no pride and just want to live off the government dole. We’re wrong. There are plenty of people out there, friends of our kids who work their fannies off to pay the bills and not be on public welfare. Poverty does does not recognize skin color.

When my wife an I drive through our hometowns, we are amazed that the pristine homes we remember as kids are in need of paint, a roof, porch rails, etc. I have to remind her that it comes down to $400 worth of paint or two or three weeks of groceries for a lot of these people.

America is a place of opportunity. We just have to make sure we’re being fair and paying a living wage to those who do want to work. If the wages from a single job per parent paid the bills instead of multiple jobs, you’d have parents at home with their children, spending time with them, helping to keep them off the streets. Does today’s America resemble the one we grew up in where that was the case for all of us?

If it was, we’d have nothing to bitch about would we?

Johnny Absurds Accountant
Johnny Absurds Accountant
Reply to  Truthsayer
14 days ago

If only there were a way to separate out the lazy free loaders from those who really want to work and contribute. But how could we ever do that? Shucks.

Johhny2Shoes
Johhny2Shoes
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Accountant
14 days ago

I’ve said this before. Free Loading has become a chosen LIFESTYLE of many who are enabled by our leaders from birth to grave. Some won’t put the effort and commitment of working to change that lifestyle because it’s easier to stay where you are.

Truthsayer
Truthsayer
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Accountant
14 days ago

Easy. Instead of cutting people off at the kneecaps with state benefits when their income exceeds a certain amount, phase out benefits, provide incentives to employers like me to hire and train people. And eliminate EBT cards in MA.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Truthsayer
14 days ago

There are already incentives to hire and train people. Berkshire Works has had them for years, but most local employers do not seem to want to participate in these programs.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  Truthsayer
13 days ago

I am not buying your arguement in full. There are plenty of jobs that are not minimum wage, and minimum wage was not meant to support a family. There are tons of jobs paying more, like cops, firemen, teachers, corrections officers, court officer, etc, as well as good private sector jobs in the trades. I can’t get a plumber to my house for less than $100 per hour, and I can’t find a carpenter for under 50, or a painter for under 35 per hour. That’s good money and half of them are not reporting income to governemnt. Paint is cheap. They all seem to have cell phones, decent clothes, and money for alcohol, tobacco, and scratch tickets. It is partly a question of priorities, and partly a matter of economics. It is much harder to make it on one income now yes, but you don’t have to breed like rabbits either, if you can’t afford to feed the kids you have. The culture is shot. Hip Hop, disrespect the police, abuse women, have it all now, etc. The economy pre Corona was fine, for anyone willing to work, get a trade or education if necessary, and yes, move if necessary, to get a better job. There are 168 hours per week. You can work 68 like I did for years, and still have 100 left.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Truthsayer
13 days ago

Thank you for writing this. I often see smart, hardworking families with so much stress as they have two parents busting their butts and next to no safety net.

My experience, and I have traveled a lot, is that Americans are some of the hardest working people in the world. We should reward the people who are out there every day with better wages and health insurance and pensions.

I think after this Covid nightmare and what I have learnt about how hospitals work that I am totally for universal Medicaid. I pay WAY too much for my family insurance and my healthcare to me – what I get — is in practice is no better than anyone on a public plan. Except the hospital gets more money – what do I get? I would vote for Medicare for all as well because it helps small businesses. They get crushed trying to pay benefits for their staff – or the good ones anyway.

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The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Pat
13 days ago

Do they promote Marxism in English college courses or is it done in biology or statistics.How many college kids in you house are marxist?None.How many of you college grads on this board are marxist?None….it so ignorant to say your college kids are marxist.What they are is smarter than you.

Lenny
Lenny
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
14 days ago

Jon, you’re fighting on the wrong side. God wins in the end.

And while Jon attempts to paint a sympathetic picture of Marx, let me remind the pro-Americans on this site of a few despicable quotes from Marx, co-author of the Communist Manifesto;

“My object in life is to dethrone God and destroy capitalism.”
“Keep people from their history, and they are easily controlled.”
“Communism begins where atheism begins.”
“The education of all children, from the moment that they can get along without a
mother’s care, shall be in state institutions.”

My favorite cartoon from Dan’s column is the idiot pulling down the statue of George Washington.

”Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.” Proverbs 9:10

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Lenny
14 days ago

Those quotes do describe everything they are trying to do. From the attacks on religion especially Christianity, the tearing down of our history, to encouraging the state to take over the education and moral training of the young by destroying the religious and parental influence.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
14 days ago

The gap between rich and poor at the time of Marx in the British Empire was worse than Brazil today. The wealth divide in America is getting worse and worse. If you don’t want a new Carl Marx fix that.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  Kermit Frog
14 days ago

No economic theory works. That is the cold hard truth. Capitalism needs a social safety net. Communism leads to totalitarianism. Socialism takes away a person’s incentive to earn a living. My point about Karl Marx is that Capitalism exploited the masses on many harmful levels during his time. Today, we live with the excesses of Capitalism where the wealthy or top 1 percent receive most of the economic benefits, while the bottom 99 percent fight over the scraps. I only want people to have a fair shot in life.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
14 days ago

Yes, I agree. I was considering Pat’s point that America doesn’t have anything in common with Marx’s time, and maybe in some ways it still does.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
14 days ago

True, no system of government is perfect and never will be on planet Earth. I’m happy with my scraps because my scraps would be considered luxuries in most countries in the world. Capitalism makes that possible.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  Pat
13 days ago

I am happy to read that you are doing well, Pat. I always enjoy reading your comments. The middle class and wealthy pay taxes that fund programs that help the poor. I always give my money to charitable causes. I like to help charities that help babies, children, and Veterans.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
14 days ago

The bourgeoisie will pay for my boils” Herr Marx

The only inequity Marx could attest to really was his squandering his wife’s estate He fritterred it away with pseudo-history and sophist arguments of Class, donating to causes she had no part of, and dragging her into poverty. The boils were the result not of bourgeoisie oppression but the lice chewing on his skin.

Contemporary critics (Gladstone, perhaps?) observed that his ‘theories’ would lend themselves to highly authoritarian governance. With the passage of time, we know the history.

Fear it John Melle, we are potentially entering the era of 1984. It’s the time when the clocks all stop and history both past and future come to an end.

the school committee
the school committee
14 days ago

The fake accusation that independent voters and democrats want to go communist is for non critical thinkers.
How is Trump doing with the information that he did not get informed about Vladimir Putin putting a bounty on killing Americans….Of course critical thinkers know its a fake denial that he did not know.Trump was busy tweeting about a white power statement at a senior living facility saying he did not know that white power was being shouted. Obviously critical thinkers know he knew full well as he has led the race war in his private life and now as president….Putin owns Trump and his 45,000,00 voter base.Critical thinkers would see that and stop supporting Russias Putin.

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Pat
Pat
Reply to  the school committee
14 days ago

President Trump loves our military more so than any president in a long time. He has gone to great lengths to expand and protect our military. For the far left to spread lies that he would not try to prevent soldiers being killed is outrageous and more desperate attempts by the far left to win an election. No president in recent times has done more to help Americans of all races. Critical thinkers would wonder just what Joe Biden owes to China after the huge money deals that he and his son made with that country.

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

You are not allowed to excuse this.He knew of the bounty on troops.He is Putin lite

Johnny Absurds Accountant
Johnny Absurds Accountant
Reply to  the school committee
14 days ago

Yeppers. And the fact of the matter is that the republican party will be announcing Trumps replacement in July. They have had it with him. If he runs he is going to cost about 15 senate seats so they are actually thinking of running Nicky Halley bundled with Omarosa. Two woman and one is black. Unbeatable. You heard it hear first.

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

Watching the disaster Trump Presidencey destroy the Republican party and insert the KKK and White Supremacist party with skinheads and motorcycle gangs as muscle for Trump street gangster mentality must have Putin thinking he hit the motherload when he got Trump to turn.

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levitan
levitan
Reply to  the school committee
13 days ago

TSC, critical thinking is the process of questioning and acquiring data. I have yet to read a challenge or a question in any of your remarks. Question: where is the data that Putin placed bounties? Another question, why are remarkable accusations flying now? Could someone (Putin?) benefit from the uncritical public accepting rumors (anecdotes) as verified fact?

There are so many questions for you to apply your critical mind.Get busy.

Johnny Absurds Accountant
Johnny Absurds Accountant
14 days ago

In Fridays paper in an article regarding the budget there was mention of a unanimous vote to use $182,000 of “revolving funds” for parking related expenditures. Looks like all the money Tyer spent for meters is paying off bigtime. Maybe they should hand out more tickets and raise the fines. Ya can’t fix parking and ya can’t fix stupit..cuz they go hand in hand

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Accountant
14 days ago

Would someone please explain to me why Matt Kerwood is sitting on a $10.1 million slush fund, while Pittsfield politics is raising municipal taxes (by over $1,800,000), fees by double digits, and public debts/liabilities by tens of millions of dollars?
I would be upset if I was married and my wife had $10.1 million in the bank, while I had to be the one paying all of the bills.

Roe Mobareto
Roe Mobareto
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
14 days ago

Well you could say that about the giveaways also. They don’t pay back either. Right Mr. Stanley?

YokeyYoko Ohno
YokeyYoko Ohno
Reply to  Roe Mobareto
14 days ago

This Mayor nor kufflinks has no conscience. Anything to make us think they have been successful. They’re for themselves. F U to Joe and Mary K.

She lost my favor when she let that creep stay on the License Board,one of the most despicable human beings ever. Ask J Mel.

YokeyYoko Ohno
YokeyYoko Ohno
Reply to  Roe Mobareto
14 days ago

Stanley Ruberto Roofer

Johnny Absurds Accountant
Johnny Absurds Accountant
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
14 days ago

Would someone tell me how much interest is being collected on that 10 million and where it is going? Can we get a forensic audit to find out because I don’t think Mr. Kerwood or the mayor are going to tell us. It has to be at least a couple hundred bucks by now don’t ya think?

YokeyYoko Ohno
YokeyYoko Ohno
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Accountant
14 days ago

How is Lampilousy allowed to be on the licensing Board. How did a private company get a six figure boiler? How did a movie mogul get millions in forgiveness. How was a renowned beloved artist works been sold by a museum? Why is proprietors lounge allowed to continue with all of their violations? Why are School Committee members with skin in the game be allowed to appropriate millions that also benefit themselves being pensioners for one from city employment? Why is Moon allowed to criticize already appropriated money for police community work without expulsion? Why does kufflinks have a ten million plus slush fund.WHY is BTG allowed to have a drive in theatre at Taconic? Now that’s a good one. Why is snot spotter allowed to continue? To collect bullets? Or firecracker remains? And what good are the bullets without an eye witness you buffoons. Why is the City Clowncil allowed to vote on their own benefits? Why would the City Clowncil allow to let Stanley off the hook to get an upstart Michigan movie conglomerate with ZERO chance of being successful? And why would Stanley purchase luxury seats from his own company?

Johhny2Shoes
Johhny2Shoes
14 days ago

Same names pop up. The article doesn’t state how much the rent will be or what the salaries will be for those running the organization . Where will the cash come from after the grants run out? Scam-Wow?
https://www.cityofpittsfield.org/press_detail_T32_R569.php

Johnny Absurds Accountant
Johnny Absurds Accountant
Reply to  Johhny2Shoes
13 days ago

Rent? I would not be surprised to find out that the mayor is paying these people to be there. If you are a business in Pittsfield you might need more than huge tax deductions to survive. Especially if your business plan is constructed of playing cards and teetering from day one. Did they get in on her virus bonanza like Dotties and that clique? We will never know unless Kerwood goes rogue and spill some beans.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
14 days ago

I have been reading about how Massachusetts has lost unaccounted for millions of dollars in it unemployment compensation account due to a nationwide scam and fraudulent claims. Governor Charlie Baker refuses to comment on the matter. Do you believe that the taxpayers in Massachusetts have a right to know how many millions of dollars have been lost, where all of the loot went, and why Governor Charlie Baker is not commenting on it?

YokeyYoko Ohno
YokeyYoko Ohno
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
13 days ago

How much have you and Stooge received from the f g?

levitan
levitan
Reply to  YokeyYoko Ohno
13 days ago

Uncalled for insult.

Thomas More
Thomas More
13 days ago

In this world today while we are livin’
Some folks say the worst of us they can
But when we are dead and in our casket
They always slip some lilies in our hands

somebody big died

The school committee
The school committee
13 days ago

My President and your President tweets out to America that he supports White Power.Beck radio,Limbaugh radio,Hannity radio have brainwashed so many that this is accepted.The racist pied piper President

Johnny Absurds Accountant
Johnny Absurds Accountant
Reply to  The school committee
13 days ago

Hannity was trashing Gov. Cumo and the state of N.Y. for their handling of the Covid situation. That by itself shows you just how stupid he believes his audience is. And he knows HIS people are not going to cross check that information because they have been told not to. MAGA

Lenny
Lenny
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Accountant
13 days ago

Hannity is right. Cuomo completely mismanaged New York’s response to covid. He issued a policy requiring covid -infected patients be admitted to nursing homes, then issued a directive that the nursing homes could not be sued for patients contracting the virus. Thousands have died due to his irresponsible policies. He panicked and demanded more supplies than he needed, and the Feds responded by sending the Comfort ship which saw very few patients. The Feds also set up field hospitals that were largely unused but paid for by you & me.

The state of New York is allowing chaos & mayhem, private property is being destroyed, businesses looted – Cuomo is not defending the rights of his law-abiding citizens – he should be fired!

You need to wake up & stay abreast of the news. Who’s the stupid one here?

Johnny Absurds Accountant
Johnny Absurds Accountant
Reply to  Lenny
13 days ago

So my guess is that you feel the governors of Florida and Texas are doing a great job. Putin has a job opening for you if you are interested. great pay and all you have to do is help ruin your own country. Hannity got a medal for his part in it.

Lenny
Lenny
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Accountant
13 days ago

What medal?
You are as confused as Dementia Joe.

Johnny Absurds Accountant
Johnny Absurds Accountant
Reply to  Lenny
13 days ago

yer rite, I am confuzed. Wass Limberg thas gots the medal an he sharred it wid da Hanny guy.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Lenny
13 days ago

Fox was defending Trump again this morning saying Trump was never informed about Putins policy to pay cash for every dead soldier in Afghanistan.Well OK he knows now.Will he believe Putin again or our military intelligence. Do Trump supporters believe Putin over America’s military?Where is the Republican party?Trump/Putin 2020

Johhny2Shoes
Johhny2Shoes
Reply to  The school committee
13 days ago

TSC,
You make the Grey Lady look like they are right leaning and for Trump.

Johhny2Shoes
Johhny2Shoes
Reply to  Johhny2Shoes
13 days ago

Gray

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Johhny2Shoes
12 days ago

Benedict Arnold Trump is Putins boy.Trump was right about one thing and that is you will never not believe him.He owns your thinking.

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Johhny2Shoes
Johhny2Shoes
Reply to  Lenny
13 days ago

Then Cuimo shielded a big donor who happens to run nursing homes from being sued from the families of those who were forced to go back.

Johnny Absurds Accountant
Johnny Absurds Accountant
Reply to  danvalenti
13 days ago

Really? So can we go over how Trump got his start in life? Did he get a little help as well? Does Donald ever play to the cameras to create any illusions? And which one presided over the most bankruptsies?

MIKE DROP!!! BOOOM!!!

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Accountant
12 days ago

Hannity and McConnell with Mccarthy are all taking Cuomos advice on masking.If you want your economy back put on a simple mask.

JohnnyTwoCents
JohnnyTwoCents
Reply to  The school committee
13 days ago

There was absolutely nothing wrong with what Trump tweeted out. It’s the racist and Marxist Black Lives Matter organization that politicans vocally support that crosses the line.

Mucho Schooldollas
Mucho Schooldollas
Reply to  JohnnyTwoCents
13 days ago

Can I have a drive in in in my field and charge twenty five bucks?

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Mucho Schooldollas
13 days ago

Will Dotties have a food booth set up? How about Yuki? Any beer from Miss Moons beau? Is this a party or what?

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  JohnnyTwoCents
13 days ago

OK Vlad

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  JohnnyTwoCents
12 days ago

Trump knows his audience and they would find nothing wrong with that tweet

Pat
Pat
13 days ago

The Mayor of Seattle is totally supportive of protesters until they arrive at her home. Now the message is we need to worry about protecting families and children and this needs to stop. That is the point Mayor Durkan which is why our country needs the police. A 14 year old has been killed in CHOP and another young person is seriously injured.
https://www.theblaze.com/news/seattle-durkan-protest-home-chop?utm_source=theblaze-dailyAM&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily-Newsletter__AM%202020-06-30&utm_term=TheBlaze%20Daily%20AM%20-%20last%20270%20days

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Pat
13 days ago

She meant just the kids and families in her gated community. The gate is most likely back up and now built like a bank vault. Typical pol. mention the children to get what you want because they are afraid of owning a political decision on their own. The pol’s don’t want to face what everyone else has to face outside their world, They just claim they will for the cause and votes.

Camp Outtaheer
Camp Outtaheer
Reply to  Johnny2Shoes
13 days ago

I was driving by one of our New Yorker camps here and there were several cars in the parking area many within y plates. Are camps opening? And if not why the cars?

Johhny2Shoes
Johhny2Shoes
Reply to  Camp Outtaheer
13 days ago

Not sure. Which camp were the cars at? Maintenance?

Laynesbo Drivin
Laynesbo Drivin
Reply to  Johnny2Shoes
13 days ago

Shakespeare and Co are getting a drive in License through the Lenox select board charging sixty dollars a car. When and who did BTG here get the ok from? Back in the day we had several drive ins that emptied the city. And who is going to these two drive ins anyway. I thought drive ins were passé? Anyway,the one At Taconic is taxpayer owned and illegal in my opinion.

Johhny2Shoes
Johhny2Shoes
Reply to  Laynesbo Drivin
13 days ago

The Sunset needs to open back up.

Johnny99
Johnny99
Reply to  Johhny2Shoes
13 days ago

Everyone Needs a Teacher- remember that RRR rated one anybody, circa 1976? Hot teacher giving her students private lessons so to speak.

Kandony
Kandony
Reply to  Johnny2Shoes
13 days ago

Dan. B H S employees in particular are working under great restraints. Don’t you think they deserve something more than a pat on the back. I think the federal government should give each employee 10000 bonus just for working with a mask everyday and risking health to serve stupid people getting sick because they don’t social distance.

BlueLivesMatter
BlueLivesMatter
Reply to  Kandony
13 days ago

Cops risk their lives everyday and they don’t get bonuses, or hazardous duty pay. It comes with the territory.

Johhny2Shoes
Johhny2Shoes
Reply to  Kandony
13 days ago

My daughter is receiving “Hero’s Pay” from her place of employment. Very nice of them.

Johhny2Shoes
Johhny2Shoes
13 days ago

I didn’t realize this fact until I saw this from Rand Paul.

Hey Nancy glad to see you wanting to expunge the terrible history of White Supremacy, in the Democrat Party!

Nine of 11 statues of Confederate leaders Pelosi wants removed from Capitol were Democrats.

DOfficer Ears
DOfficer Ears
Reply to  Johhny2Shoes
13 days ago

So,I’m listening to the Police Scanner last night and Dalton Police are follow this Clown into the City who’s driving all over the road. Anyway,they catch up to him at Woodlawn Ave. area. P P D takes over. Someone in the Department decides to make a Private call concerning the pullover,called a twenty so it isn’t on the scanner. Anyway,close to a half hour goes by and the next transmission is by Car 301…Mr. So and So has figured out what was wrong and this is not Alchohol related,I’ll be 18-8…… DEFUND POLICE

DOfficer Ears
DOfficer Ears
Reply to  Johhny2Shoes
13 days ago

That should be a 21 and a 10-8

DOfficer Ears
DOfficer Ears
Reply to  Johhny2Shoes
13 days ago

Trump better tell Mitch to send stimulus yesterday because Biden just gave a Slam Dunk Speech on Corona.No Miscues either,p. Go Syracuse! Come on Dan,it’s time!

The Thought Police
The Thought Police
Reply to  DOfficer Ears
12 days ago

Biden has an addled mind.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  Johhny2Shoes
13 days ago

That’s how Orwell predicts the ‘end of time.’ History vanishes, and is continuously revised and counterfeited. The goal is for you to submit to a constant present with no hope for a future.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  Johhny2Shoes
13 days ago

First to go are the monuments. Then books. Then thought.

Johhny2Shoes
Johhny2Shoes
Reply to  levitan
13 days ago

Freedom is heading for the exit door also.

ReederandWeep
ReederandWeep
Reply to  Johhny2Shoes
13 days ago

Dan,aheadline In theEagle States Ed McGurn wins selectman slot in Egremont? Who gives two shits? Really,what a rag.

ReederandWeep
ReederandWeep
Reply to  Johhny2Shoes
13 days ago

Absolutely No Camps,Day Cares Mayor and drive ins.

Johnny99
Johnny99
Reply to  ReederandWeep
13 days ago

Go hide in basement like Biden.

Conscieiousandtalkin
Conscieiousandtalkin
Reply to  ReederandWeep
12 days ago

Why negative response. Good idea.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  Johhny2Shoes
13 days ago

The goal is to have people forget about liberty and individual consciousness. Notice the clever use of divide and conquer to produce a a ‘herd.’ The rise of the Post-modern literary criticism movement came hot on the heels of the authoritarian and nihilistic sentiment of Europe. The technique they used successfully is to dissolve language by continuously altering meanings and definitions. Words that once had significance, eg racism, oppression, violence, now live in topical contexes divorced from any solid definition, except for what is permitted by espousers of the current demagogues.

Again, that is the tool of the Marxists of which Orwell saw coming in the ’80’s. Given the rise of relativism throughout the ’80s, I believe his prediction was solid.A bit before my time though – you may have more insight.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  levitan
12 days ago

You guys dont even like capitalism if its rum by democrats.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  The school committee
12 days ago

What is your question?

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Johhny2Shoes
12 days ago

Racist democrats,tear down those statues and move on from that crap.Human trafficing should not be defended weat g er a dem or republican

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
13 days ago

June 29, 2020

Re: Beacon Hill still wants to hike taxes and fees

Pittsfield (Mass.) State Representative Tricia Farley Bouvier and more than 3 dozen of her legislative colleagues wrote a letter to the State Senate requesting they vote on the tax-and-fee bill raising new revenues for transportation. I believe her priorities are wrong. Raising taxes and fees on transportation during the 2020 economic recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic would hurt the working class who pays to commute to work every workday. I fail to see how raising $612 million in taxes and fees on small businesses and their workers is progressive.

Beacon Hill should pass its fiscal year 2021 state budget that is due by this Wednesday, July 1, 2020. The Massachusetts State Legislature should take responsibility for the around 100 deaths at Holyoke Soldiers Home. They should also take responsibility for the RMV debacle that allowed a driver who was on drugs to kill seven Marine Corps Veterans in Randolph, New Hampshire. They should be asking Governor Charlie Baker why millions of dollars are unaccounted for in the state’s unemployment compensation account. They should suspend their five-month recess from August 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020, and instead pass bills that would help the over one million workers in Massachusetts who have filed unemployment claims this year.

I hope that Pittsfield State Senator Adam Hinds tells his counterpart in the State House, Tricia Farley Bouvier, to “stuff it” on her $612 million transportation tax-and-fee hike bill. People or taxpayers are hurting, and the last thing they need is for Beacon Hill to add economic pain to their distressed personal finances.

– Jonathan Melle

Johhny2Shoes
Johhny2Shoes
13 days ago

Watched Biden’s press conference and Biden actually did pretty good taking and answering questions. Of course the press didn’t push back much on his answers and were very polite to him.

ReederandWeep
ReederandWeep
Reply to  Johhny2Shoes
12 days ago

Bouvier and Tyer should be booted out yesterday. Bouvier is a known tax anything and spend progressive. She even stated at a work ceremony involving young adults that they should remember the help they received through mass work force, and pay taxes when they become adults.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Johhny2Shoes
12 days ago

So infuriating that they go out of their way to coddle their own candidates. Our media is totally disgusting and so dishonest.

Conscieiousandtalkin
Conscieiousandtalkin
Reply to  Pat
12 days ago

Councilor Moon is correct to defund police department. Moon for Mayor!

Ron Kitterman
Ron Kitterman
12 days ago

Excellent piece Dan, Russ Potak was our local Thomas Nast. Use to enjoy his cartoons in the Gazette a must see and of course your columns also. Don’t know if it was a money issue or what, Russ said he threw all of them out. Think in addition to losing our collective minds, we also lost our sense of humor.

Pat
Pat
12 days ago

A child was sexually assaulted because the insane neighborhood refused to call the police. It’s a field day for criminals of all kinds because these people have lost their marbles. A CHOP resident said we need to figure out why people are committing crimes so we can get rid of the police. They honestly believe that we can quickly solve a problem that has existed since the beginning of mankind. That there is no such thing as a person without a conscience who will not hesitate to commit terrible crimes. God forbid that Biden is elected, this country is going to head down a very violent path.
https://www.theblaze.com/news/child-sexually-assaulted-powderhorn-park?utm_source=theblaze-breaking&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20200630Trending-MinnPark&utm_term=ACTIVE%20LIST%20-%20TheBlaze%20Breaking%20News

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
12 days ago

https://townhall.com/political-cartoons

is a good place for political cartoons. I think Dan might have lifted a few from there

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
12 days ago

While liberal media blames corona virus surge on red states opening up restrictions……..could it maybe be the riots and protests?

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/06/29/los-angeles-coronavirus-surge-black-lives-matter/

Los Angeles County may run out of hospital beds in the next two to three weeks because of a new surge in coronavirus infections dating to the period in which Black Lives Matter protests broke out.
Last week, L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said that it was “highly likely” that a new spike in cases was partly related to the protests and riots, in which tens of thousands of people filled crowded streets.
Earlier this month, there were also massive crowds in Los Angeles and other major cities for LGBTQ Pride rallies that doubled as Black Lives Matter (or “Black Trans Lives Matter”) protests. Attendance at L.A.’s parade in West Hollywood June 14 was estimated at 30,000.

Karmapaymelater
Karmapaymelater
Reply to  Mad Trapper
11 days ago

Mele should be a pallbearer.