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PLANET INVESTIGATIVE WORK SAVES MILLIONS FOR PITTSFIELD TAXPAYERS

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BY DAN VALENTI

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(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY JUNE 24, 2020) — Today THE PLANET begins with a victory lap. We — not The Berkshire Eagle (aka, The Boring Broadsheet), not iBerkshires, not radio or TV — just saved Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski millions. We guess at least $2 million — $1.5 million for sure. We shall waive a finder’s fee.

The school committee (TSC), in a rare split vote, sent the Pittsfield School Department budget back to the city council untouched. The council originally passed the TSC’s budget of almost “65 million” (we shall explain the quotes later), untouched. Ward 1 councilor Helen Moon, however, acting for her boss district attorney Andrea Harrington in league with PSD superintendent Jason “JIV” McCandless, quietly snuck a surprise petition to send the school budget back to TSC.

Typically that would guarantee millions added.

Not this time.

———- ooo ———-

It didn’t because of THE PLANET‘s relentless investigative work culminating in our revelation of the plot (see our previous two columns). That pair of articles sent reverberations throughout city hall and departments. Our work resulted in a 4-3 decision by TSC not, repeat not, to add money but to send it back to the council. We know THE PLANET can take the credit after we heard from sources on TSC and at Mercer (school department HQ).

School committee members Kathy Yon, Dan Elias, Bill Cameron, and mayor Linda Tyer voted not to add more dollars. By Pittsfield standards, a heroic vote, and THE PLANET applauds their leadership. TSC members Alison McGee, Dennis Powell, and Mark Brazeau shilled for JIV and his hatchet woman, finance director Kristen Behnke, she of the nine-member staff  (no overhead there!).

Before we go further, let us explain the “64.4 million” school budget. That’s the official figure. The true cost of the failing public schools is $128.8 million, probably more. The “doubling” comes from adding the cost of health care, mainly, plus bussing and maintenance. Pittsfield buries those costs on the city side of the ledger. In The Dreaded Private Sector, such book keeping would be cause for firings and investigations.

JIV, who thought he was masterminding the multimillion heist with Moon’s compliance, actually stepped into the bear trap he himself set. In doing so, THE PLANET got the answer that has baffled philosophers for ages: “Does a bear shit in the woods?” Turns out the answer is “yes,” for it was JIV himself who revealed the dollar-doubling!  The not-so-super super fell for THE PLANET‘s gambit. We sacrificed a pawn to capture the king.

———- ooo ———-

When JIV and Behnke first spoke on their budget, they sounded the tired-but-effective alarm from the Mercer rooftop that they would have to cut “140 jobs, most of the teachers.” When the dreadful state of the city’s COVID-choked finances convinced the two that their typical ploy would backfire, the “140” jobs magically became 26, the number used at TSC meeting — 114 fake “layoffs.” The 26 positions include 14 teachers, 10 paraprofessionals, a guidance councilor, and a janitor.

“This is what the community wants,” Brazeau said of his move to reinstate the 26 jobs, as if he knows “what the community wants.” JIV said to do so would cost $750,000 in salary and an equal amount in health benefits for a $1.5 million total. For the first time in his tenure as head cheese, JIV confirmed what THE PLANET, and only THE PLANET among local media, has insisted about the school department budget. Every dollar in salary costs a dollar in benefits. The bear caught by his own device with his pants down taking a dump! These 26 low- to mid-low-level positions average $57,692.31 per job. And you wonder why the city’s going broke. The school department employs more than 1,300.

If THE PLANET hadn’t gone to work, the Kapanski’s would have been $1.5 million poorer.

Perhaps we should get a 10% finder’s fee after all. We promise to give every cent to charity, probably the Biden campaign.

———- ooo ———–

As of press time, THE PLANET heard from nine councilors on the question of conflicts of interest in voting on the school department budget. Two couldn’t be bothered. Can we reasonably assume that the pair have a conflict they are not reporting?

Here’s the roll:

Kevin Morandi, Ward 2 — Recused himself. Conflict from the schools employing an immediate family member.

Nick Caccamo, Ward 3 — Reports no conflict.

Chris Connell, Ward 4 — Reports no conflict.

Patrick Kavey, Ward 5 — Reports no conflict.

Dina Guiel-Lampiasi — Reports no conflict. (Her answer received after deadline, inserted ex post facto).

Peter White, at-large — Reports no conflict.

Yuki Cohen, at-large — Will recuse. Conflict.

Peter Marchetti at-large — Reports no conflict.

Earl Persip, at-large — Reports no conflict.

THE PLANET appreciate the responses.

We didn’t hear from Helen Moon, Ward 1; Tony Maffuccio, 7.

Moon was ordered by the district attorney not to respond to THE PLANET under any circumstances, according to a source in the D.A.’s office. We’re shocked. Shocked. Maffuccio was unable to answer because he was illegally meeting with a flashlight in The Dumpster Behind Paul Rich. No wireless there.

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The first thing you need to realize is that you are in prison” — George Gurdjieff.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Johnny99
Johnny99
19 days ago

Best McCandles is a great nickname. Us Kapanskis are barely hanging on. School budget should be whacked 40 mil.

Johnny99
Johnny99
Reply to  Johnny99
19 days ago

Make that Bear McCandles. Us Kapanskis are barely hanging on. School budget should be whacked 40 mil.

JoeKapanski
JoeKapanski
Reply to  Johnny99
19 days ago

Why stop at 40? Lizzie Borden continued on. What us Kapanskis’ really need is a Lizzie Borden in the corner office. Somebody who will do some serious whacking to the budget.

Paul
Paul
19 days ago

Ward 7 most certainly has family in the school system.
Building maintenance doesn’t come out of the school budget which would include the never ending vandalism as far as I know.
With the amount of money spent it’s hard to believe how poor the school system performs.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Paul
19 days ago

Mind boggling. 128 million PLUS for how many kids? And still the very people who appropriate this brain numbing figure know it is not making the schools acceptable for their very own children. And we know this because they are shipping then elsewhere. Ya got to wonder if this school system is really a school system at all or is something else all together. Abe Lincoln went to a one room school house and became president but in Pittsfield, Ma. half the kids can’t even read or write enough to fill out a job application. I assume everyone either graduated or moved ahead one year this year whether they could read Dick and Jane or not.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
19 days ago

There are roughly 5600 pupils and 1900 staff so there is 3-1 ratio. It is really shocking how badly they perform given the number of staff and number of buildings. It reinforces that the school districts don’t really care about racial equity because they are ok at letting down ‘black and brown’ kids every day of the week.

I guess a good comparison is like if you had a profligate grandson and you gave him 50k to start a restaurant and then it failed, and then you gave him 100k to start a herbal business/brewery and then that failed, and then you gave him 30 million to start a movie theater but that failed. And then he wanted you to mortgage your house for his next idea.

Maybe there are some mixed metaphors but you understand what I am saying.

Have a good day people.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Kermit Frog
19 days ago

Where is Betsy DeVos and her proposal for vouchers to private schools?
It’s outrageous what the PPSD spends vs. the poor outcome from this district. Before the pandemic hit, I was told that many schools within the district were borderline level 4.
And when the state doesn’t come thru with funding, they will attempt to get their hands on the city’s free cash account.

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

The elite leave with school choice that republicans gave us.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
19 days ago

I thought I responded – school choice is probably a blessing for some families but a crusher for bad districts. If you are after a good education and your district can’t get it together then it helps. I am not against it.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Kermit Frog
19 days ago

Would love to ask those 1900 staff where THEIR children go to school.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
19 days ago

1/3 are living outside Pittsfield.1 in 10 student families by nice cheaper homes in Pittsfield but student cash gets sent to the choiced out students new school in Lenox.We subsidize the school system in lenox.

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

If you did my taxes would not be so high TSC.

School choice is a loser for Lenox. My taxes pay for other than Lenox children. Lenox schools should be for Lenox

I grew up there, my education was great, highest honors Math and Science.

Already then, Administration was failing and making a good school worse. They gutted industrial arts program, which was a sorry thing. I learned how to weld, fabricate metal, which I use much more now than calculus and physics. Chemistry I still use a bit.

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  Mad Trapper
18 days ago

I help out Elon Musk with his space program in my spare time. He said he may let me drive his Mars lander someday if his regular guy gets the Corona virus and misses a day. I told him I would think about it but that I might have to have my hair done that day. He just kinda looked at me sideways. I get that a lot.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Johnny Dimentia
18 days ago

I’m sure you were a #1 space cadet , Johnny.

Boom zoom to the moon! with Jacky and Alice!!!

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mad Trapper
18 days ago

This goes to most USA companies/governments/businesses

Major U.S. Research University Discovers New Element!!!!!
 
The heaviest element known to science was recently discovered byinvestigators at a major U.S. research university. 

The element,tentatively named Administratium, has no protons or electrons and thus has an atomic number of 0.
 
However, it does have one neutron, 125 assistant neutrons, 75 vice neutrons, and 111 assistant vice neutrons. This gives it an atomic mass of 312.
 
These 312 particles are held together by a force that involves the continuous exchange of meson-like particles called morons. It is also surrounded by vast quantities of electron-like particles called peons.
 
Since it has no electrons, Administratium is inert. However, it can be detected chemically as it impedes every reaction it comes in contact with. According to the discovers, a minute amount of Administratium causes one reaction to take over four days to complete when it would have normally occurred in less than one second.
 
Administratium has a normal half-life of approximately three years, at which time it does not decay, but instead undergoes a reorganization in which assistant neutrons, vice neutrons, and assistant vice neutrons exchange places.
 
In fact, Administratium sample’s mass actually INCREASES over time, since with each reorganization some of the morons inevitably become neutrons, forming new isotopes.
 
This characteristic of moron promotion leads some scientists to speculate that perhaps Administratium is spontaneously formed whenever morons reach a certain quantity in concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as “critical morass.”

levitan
levitan
Reply to  Mad Trapper
17 days ago

Fascinating! Was it discovered at Harvard?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  levitan
17 days ago

Scientists say source was from Dean of Faculty office

levitan
levitan
Reply to  Mad Trapper
16 days ago

There’s antimony, arsenic, aluminum, selenium,
And hydrogen and oxygen and nitrogen and rhenium,
And nickel, neodymium, neptunium, germanium,
And iron, americium, ruthenium, uranium,
Europium, zirconium, lutetium, vanadium,
And lanthanum and osmium and astatine and radium,
And gold, protactinium and indium and gallium,
And iodine and thorium and thulium and thallium.
There’s yttrium, ytterbium, actinium, rubidium,
And boron, gadolinium, niobium, iridium,
There’s strontium and silicon and silver and samarium,
And bismuth, bromine, lithium, beryllium, and barium.
There’s holmium and helium and hafnium and erbium,
And phosphorus and francium and fluorine and terbium,
And manganese and mercury, molybdenum, magnesium,
Dysprosium and scandium and cerium and cesium.
And lead, praseodymium and platinum, plutonium,
Palladium, promethium, potassium, polonium,
And tantalum, technetium, titanium, tellurium,
And cadmium and calcium and chromium and curium.
There’s sulfur, californium and fermium, berkelium,
And also mendelevium, einsteinium, nobelium,
And argon, krypton, neon, radon, xenon, zinc and rhodium,
And chlorine, carbon, cobalt, copper, tungsten, tin and sodium.

These are the only ones of which the news has come to Harvard,
And there may be many others but they haven’t been discovered.

-Lehrer

Ron Kitterman
Ron Kitterman
19 days ago

Thanks Dan, seems easier to have a conflict than a commitment

Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
19 days ago

Have a great weekend? No story on Friday?
 
I’ve got to be honest with you, what a bunch of two faced city councilors the city has. They talk out of both sides of their mouths. The esteemed council president put in a petition to take away health insurance from city councilors. Finally someone standing up for us little guys.
 
Lets start with Morandi. He works so many hours at the council job that his pay is $1 per hour. He earns his health insurance. Then there is Connell, he didn’t know when he first ran that the council got health insurance. Give me a break, what a liar. He is only on a single plan so don’t blame him for high costs. These tow are always trying to save costs (thank god), but not when it come to their bennies.
 
Lets move to Moon. She KNOWS the petition was in retaliation for het trying to eliminate the mayors raise. How dare Marchetti. Well duh. I think Marchetti’s point was you want to save money buck up yourself. Moon said of the Mayor’s and Clerks raises that they should be leaders and give up their raises. When the shoe is on the other foot she folds like a cheap house of cards. No leadership their. She also said she would gladly cut her pay by 2.5% but NEVER made that motion when the council budget was up for discussion. She to is a liar and NO leadership qualities.
 
Next up Kavey. He parroted Moon. It was all about retaliation. Kavey also said he doesn’t want to take health insurance away in these tough tomes of COVID. The petition wasnt effective until the next council in 2022. Can he read? No leadership here either. This kid needs the health insurance because he cant hold down a job. Hired and fired from HON in a matter of months. Worked for Yuki at the bar before that and was fired. Where do these losers come from?
 
In the end 8 out of 11 voted to file the petition. 8 greedy jerks that want to fleece us.

Tony Blair
Tony Blair
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
18 days ago

I share your sentiments. They are quick to propose cuts to jobs and salaries, but when it’s their own bennies, forget about it!

Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
19 days ago

Dan why do all my posts get sent for approval before posting?

Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
Reply to  danvalenti
19 days ago

The weird thing is that I’ve never had a comment not be posted when it was reviewed. I’ve never been rude or used profanity.

Cheshire Cat
Cheshire Cat
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
18 days ago

I agree with Peter Marcheti the heath insurance for politicians is a pyramid scheme!! just like the schools but you don’t think calling Kavey a loser is rude? Would you say these things to him at the supermarket?

the school committee
the school committee
19 days ago

Biden is leading Trump by 15 points.Unheard of in history.People have never seen anything like this.Millions are leaving this President.Its never happened before.Its just an awlful lack of leadership.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  the school committee
19 days ago

Some Americans are nutty and as clueless as Biden. This election is no longer between two fools but over whether or not we are going to destroy our county. Wake up and vote Trump 2020.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
19 days ago

Vinnie “The Chin” Gigante was pretending to be off kilter and Biden isn’t pretending one bit. Biden ,if elected will be roaming the WH grounds in slippers and housecoat at all times of the day looking for hair to sniff and mumbling to himself. Secret Service will be very busy with Biden and earn every penny they get. The worries they had of Trump and the Red Button pales in comparison if Biden is near it and being Biden.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
18 days ago

You like school choice because it is killing urban schools like Pittsfield and it hikes your property taxes.Why would you like that?Pittsfield and the Berkshires have a drug problem.Pittsfield also has in very high numbers more than any other school system in the hills the most well rounded thoughtful inteligent exposed diverse competitive students in the state.Lenox lee Monument have big problems that will never make news as they have systematic coverups.When you graduate from school system vanilla you have a student going out into a world that is not vanillia and they have no cultural intelligence and many feel unprepared for a world unlike the one that they will never go back to.Stockbride does not provjde jobs for college graduates, Richmond,Sheffield,or Dalton.Those towns also play division 5 competition in athletics as they only test themselve athletically against the weakest of others.

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

The leaders of the Berkshires – all fine speaking Democrats who rabbit on about equality – all of them choice their kids. Are any in Pittsfield Schools? Maybe there should be a law to force elected officials to put their kids in the crummy schools they helm.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
18 days ago

Biden would never have allowed testing to lag,or to walk around without his mask like the ignorant man Trump is.Biden would not be promoting a race war.Biden would not be running a white state in a rainbow country.Trump is a racist. The domestic terror group KKK is supporting him also the white supremacist terrorist group is supporting Trump.Republican party is the White supremacist regressive party.Trump is great for Russia and Biden is great for America

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  the school committee
19 days ago

Yeah, let’s discuss Biden’s 47 years of leadership. Oh wait, nothing to discuss.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Johnny2Shoes
18 days ago

Trumps leadership on the virus should be discussed

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

Number # 1 Stock Tip of the week: Buy up as many shares of Kool-Aid as possible. It is now being drunk in historical, unprecedented amounts by the left, so much so, that there will surely be great shortages ahead. Once Trump is re-elected(barring any voter fraud) you can start buying up stock in valium and other anxiety, ant-depression medications as those will be consumed in even greater amounts to quell the out of control behavior/temper tantrums that will ensue

Johhny2Shoes
Johhny2Shoes
Reply to  the school committee
18 days ago

Polls might be off a bit. Last night Biden won the Kentucky democrat primary with something like 57% of the vote. Bernie 19.9 % and Liz getting 2.6 %. What a showing for Bernie.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
19 days ago

Did you see Richmond held elections under cover of darkness and surprisingly the same stiffs were elected but with only 4% turnout? I guess it was the sad sacks running and their families who came to vote. They seem pretty desperate to hold onto to … I don’t know what.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
19 days ago

Latest race baiting hoax. Bubba at nASScar, claims a “noose” in his garage. Same rope in EVERY garage to pull the door down.
 
https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/06/soooo-funny-hoaxer-bubba-wallace-lashes-claimed-door-rope-noose-fbi-busted-video/
 
“Soooo Funny! Hoaxer Bubba Wallace LASHES OUT After He Claimed a Door Rope was a Noose and FBI Busted His A$$ (VIDEO) By Jim Hoft”
 
The SOB ain’t fit to drive a lawn mower.

Markus Aureluis
Markus Aureluis
Reply to  Mad Trapper
19 days ago

The fact that Bubba Smollett continues to call the garbage door rope a noose, just shows he was seeking attention.
 
Why say anything, until the investigation is complete? I was thinking BS on this any way. No security cameras around/in/leading up to every entrance in the NASCAR garages? Puuulease!!
 
So, is it Bubba Smollett or Jussie Wallace?

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  Mad Trapper
19 days ago

He doesn’t look black to me and why did it take 15 FBI agents to investigate this. To local cops could have solved this in 2 days. In the meanwhile, feds stand down while our history is destroyed before our eyes. Trump was right bring in the army and more these bastard down.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
18 days ago

He is 1/2 white trash like Sotero/Obama, worst of two races.

Lots of good black and white people, lots of bad also

BlackLiesMatter
BlackLiesMatter
Reply to  Mad Trapper
19 days ago

Black Lies Matter

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
19 days ago

No one knows what the Pittsfield public school budget will be due to the financial impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The one thing we all know for sure is that Matt Kerwood is sitting on a $10.1 million slush fund, while Mayor Linda Tyer’s proposed a fiscal year 2021 municipal budget that increases property taxes by over $1,800,000. Also, there will be predictable increases in fees and public debts.
Beacon Hill still has not passed a fiscal year 2021 state budget. Governor Charlie Baker submitted a 1/12th state budget that will level fund state aid through the end of August of 2020. That means public school districts, which starts in September of 2020, do not yet know what amount of state aid they will receive.
In closing, we are all in the dark about state and local budgets!

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
19 days ago

The mayor is seriously getting a raise? At the same time she is raising taxes for senior citizens on fixed incomes? She really is diving to the bottom. Is this her way of giving the finger to her detractors? What a classless maneuver.

Auto Phil
Auto Phil
19 days ago

So Yuki Cohen now must refrain from voting on any issues related to the School Department as well as anything dealing with North St. food and beverage industry? (Being the owner of a North Street bar).

Meanwhile, during the corona crisis, both councilors Moon and Dina GL were soliciting cash donations from the public on their Facebook pages for North Street cafe “Dottie’s” covid-related financial struggles…

If one were to google Inherent Conflict, an image of the 11-person Pittsfield City Council should return top and center.

Moonuveurs
Moonuveurs
Reply to  Auto Phil
19 days ago

I only regret that I have more than one post to give to my Country,I’m mean Planet.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  Moonuveurs
17 days ago

Is that a play on the famous words, “I regret I have but one country to give for my life”?

Nikki NoSocks
Nikki NoSocks
Reply to  Auto Phil
17 days ago

Incorrect. Fundraising limitations apply to political events, not public businesses. Not that it matters in this situation, but their PUBLIC Councilor pages did not share the event. Private individual FB accounts, for their private lives is not considered public.

Hendrix
Hendrix
19 days ago

Dan,
 
I look forward to hopefully a write up in regards to the petition to remove councilors health insurance benefit. For weeks on this site I have been posting about the “stay the fuck home crowd” continuing to be able to work despite wanting everyone else to stay home and close everything. We sacrificed our jobs, income, and for many of us the most important thing, our health insurance. For those that have families, our kids are covered on our insurance policies and when we lose that insurance we now have to figure out how to afford DR visits, prescriptions, etc. God forbid, a family member has an emergency.
 
The petition asked city government to sacrifice like many of us did in the private sector, but when push came to shove to no ones surprise it was shot down.
 
Some comments I thought people might find interesting from your city representation:
 
Ward 3 Councilor Nicholas Caccamo said he uses city insurance and although he is a light user, the insurance made running more attractive to him.
 
“I collect the city health insurance but I have also had a million jobs over the last two years so the stability that often comes with health insurance is nice,” he said.
 
Great maybe you could collect the insurance from one of those million jobs rather then us taxpayers.
 
 
Ward 5 Council Patrick Kavey thought the same thing and felt the petition was irresponsible. 
 
“I will not support something that potentially puts the health and safety of others at risk,” he said. “Discussing stripping people of their insurance during a global pandemic is not something a leader would do so thank you for your perspective.”
 
Actually Patrick many great leaders were forced to layoff employees and have them subsequently lose their health insurance, why is that not on the table in city government?
 
 

Moonuveurs
Moonuveurs
Reply to  Hendrix
19 days ago

Excellent comments Hendrix. Sometimes we have to weed them out and hold them by the hand. A comment, I currently have private insurance and my dental comes with it,they are not open for exams and cleanings? Do I get a refund? and what happens if my hygiene takes a left turn because of disabled services?

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Hendrix
19 days ago

peolpe with no insurance subsidize the city councilors insurance.Sounds wrong.National Health insurance will solve a billion problems

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Hendrix
18 days ago

And doesn’t the insurance cover their families as well? They get $8000 bucks a year plus expenses? And a pension if you can milk it long enough. A nd there is always hidden perks in such work. (hidden from he public)

JohnnyTwoCents
JohnnyTwoCents
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
18 days ago

Free computers? Perhaps someone can give us the full list of salary and bennies. I think certain one make more than others.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  Hendrix
17 days ago

Maybe we should consider petitioning zero compensation for City Council. Why pay for what should be A, part time, B, voluntary.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
19 days ago

Strzok notes released today show that Obama & Biden were directly involved in the set- up / framing of General Flynn. No wonder Dementia Joe is hiding in his basement and Obama is criticizing Trump’s campaign. Will Obama & Biden be held accountable for destroying an innocent man’s life? Will Judge Sullivan also be held accountable for his circus court maneuvers?
 
https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/06/breaking-newly-released-strzok-notes-implicate-obama-biden-directly-ordering-sham-flynn-investigation/

Milyunsoftxins
Milyunsoftxins
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
19 days ago

Trump is certain more stimulus checks second round. Vote Trump!

Joe Blow
Joe Blow
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
19 days ago

What these people did to General Flynn was disgusting! Great day for justice today when Judge Sullivan got smacked down by the DC Appeals Court. I hope he sues the shit out of all of them!

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

Joe Biden is a crook

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/06/breaking-new-audio-released-joe-biden-former-ukrainian-president-poroshenko-discussing-onyshchenko-problem-later-poisoned/

A shocking audio tape was released by Creative Destruction Media in May. The audio revealed the phone call between then Vice President Joe Biden and former Ukrainian President Poroshenko. In the call Joe Biden pressures the president to fire former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.
The men discuss the firing of then State Prosecutor Shokin in order to prevent an investigation into Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and other criminal actions.

Joe Blow
Joe Blow
19 days ago

In other news…..Oregon County Issues Face Mask Order That Exempts Non-White People.

NY POST – Lincoln County, Oregon, has exempted non-white people from a new order requiring that face coverings be worn in public — to prevent racial profiling.

Health officials announced last week residents must wear face coverings in public settings where they may come within six feet of another individual who is not from the same household.

But people of color do not have to follow the new rule if they have “heightened concerns about racial profiling and harassment” over wearing the masks, officials said.

“No person shall intimidate or harass people who do not comply,” health officials said.

This is racists and illegal and needs to stop. At some point, people are gonna have to stand up for themselves. The left has let the inmates run the asylum and have gone full blown communist!

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Joe Blow
18 days ago

Joe,
That’s racist!! What is wrong with people?!

the school committee
the school committee
19 days ago

Trump losing to Biden by 15 points.

Joe Blow
Joe Blow
Reply to  the school committee
19 days ago

Just like Hillary Clinton had a 99% chance of winning the election according to polls and the media. Many of us who support President Trump lie to the phone pollsters who call….it gives people like you hope for your candidate…lol Also not sure what poll numbers have to do with Oregon county making unconstitutional laws/rules. Maybe one of the PPd’s new social workers or clinicians could help you with your TDS….you have a really bad case!

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Joe Blow
19 days ago

JB,
With the cancellation of others and people afraid to show their support for Trump in the open because of intimidation and violence,I do believe there’s a huge silent majority out there. Just like election 2016 night the media had Hillary crushing Trump according to exit polling. People were not telling them nothing but lies about who they voted for.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  the school committee
19 days ago

A good indication of what direction this race will go is after the first or second debate. That is if Biden and team show up.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
19 days ago

“Bubba” and nascar have a problem.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/06/soooo-funny-hoaxer-bubba-wallace-lashes-claimed-door-rope-noose-fbi-busted-video/

Soooo Funny! Hoaxer Bubba Wallace LASHES OUT After He Claimed a Door Rope was a Noose and FBI Busted HIS ASS

R U Cereeus
R U Cereeus
Reply to  Mad Trapper
18 days ago

That dumb son of a beach.

Joe Blow
Joe Blow
Reply to  Mad Trapper
18 days ago

Bubba Smollett…

Graydee Selloflowonavich
Graydee Selloflowonavich
Reply to  Joe Blow
18 days ago

Bubba Gumption.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
19 days ago

Since we are waiting………..

Bubba , Nascar, sham ….

The Mursoar Nine
The Mursoar Nine
Reply to  Mad Trapper
18 days ago

Ben and Jerry’s new flavor Ice Cream. Dumpster Moon. Officer Derby apologies. The dumb City Council should go after reductions where the big money lays. Jakes free lunch at 120 million.

The Klynition
The Klynition
Reply to  Mad Trapper
18 days ago

Instead of a Clinician why don’t we hire a Vigilante if the cops are to weak minded to deal with a mental health problem,of which there seems to be on…EVERY POLICE call. They want to reduce a line item at ppd and transfer it to a new position involving Brien type workers.

Fake Noose
Fake Noose
18 days ago

You liberal moonbats snow flakes got snookered again. Poor Bubba.

Graydee Selloflowonavich
Graydee Selloflowonavich
18 days ago

Chief Winn should get a big raise. We’ve been short officers here for decades, just maintaining the troops attitudes being short and all the administrative staffing work because of shuffling officers the make up for the shortage of officers and having to answer to Dumpster Councilor is ridiculous. Do not defund our police.

BlueLivesMatter
BlueLivesMatter
Reply to  Graydee Selloflowonavich
18 days ago

There are more cops on the books now, than there have been in dozens of years. Ruberto added cops, Bianchi added cops, Tyer added cops, and in addition cops used to do the dispatching and when civilians were hired, all those cops went into the patrol mix.

The Klynition
The Klynition
18 days ago

So they want to create a position for a already non city paid clinician? Dumpster wants to find the source where to grow more government and send new funds to. For this position? By reducing the police budget when it isn’t there to begin with? W T H is wrong with him? Clinical Psychs don’t workin the streets.

Tony Blair
Tony Blair
18 days ago

It’s funny how councilors thought Marchetti was being retaliatory with his petition on health insurance. I think he’s proposed it before?
I don’t necessarily agree with it – but for councilors to propose to cut jobs and salaries, but then raise a stink when it’s their own, that’s pretty low. Lower than putting forward a petition to eliminate health insurance. I wonder what the price tag is on those health insurance benefits anyway? Probably at least $25k or more. And they only pay what, 15%. Quite a deal if you ask me, even if their salary is low.

Tony Blair
Tony Blair
Reply to  Tony Blair
18 days ago

It was also proposed for 2022 – so Connell & Morandi could easily retire and have it for life! You know, what MelMaz and Krol did.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  Tony Blair
18 days ago

What about the lucrative pay and Cadillac benefits Pittsfield State Senator Adam Hinds, State Representative Tricia Farley Bouvier, Lenox State Representative William Smitty Pignatelli, et al, receive from the hard hit taxpaying public? Did you know that their travel pay and leadership stipends are all factored into their future state pensions? It pay$ to be politically connected on Beacon Hill!

Bolt Vigilaunty
Bolt Vigilaunty
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
18 days ago

Keep the staffing low at ppd and get bundles of overtime. Intriguing. Clinicians are a buffer for cops.

Bolt Vigilaunty
Bolt Vigilaunty
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
18 days ago

Hinds first vote was to give himself a raise,and he voted appropriately…for himself.

Bolt Vigilaunty
Bolt Vigilaunty
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
18 days ago

Cadillac? Where you get that one?lmao

JohnnyTwoCents
JohnnyTwoCents
Reply to  Bolt Vigilaunty
18 days ago

That line is as old as the crust in my underwear. And nowadays, Cadillacs are garbage. Both lines are from the 70’s.

Terajic Joe
Terajic Joe
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
18 days ago

Is the City of Pittsfield liable for the swimmer who drowned at Silver Lake? And When we’re No Swimming signs erected?

JohnnyTwoCents
JohnnyTwoCents
Reply to  Terajic Joe
18 days ago

No. And signs went up same day poor chap was recovered.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Terajic Joe
18 days ago

What kind of hazmat diving suit did the rescuers wear? I would not want to fish somebody out of Silver Lake. Will the social workers take that on next time?

Bolt Vigilaunty
Bolt Vigilaunty
Reply to  Tony Blair
18 days ago

Eliminate that stupid policy ten years for life? So does that mean if I don’t have any kids going to schools here I shouldn’t have to pay taxes for Jakes childrens free lunch? Same thing. And didn’t White work for the Brien Center,of course he wants new social services and Brien connected workers. You could say every nine one one call is a mental health problem one way or anther. Cops need to toughen up. This isn’t a George Floyd situation here,just a bunch of drugged up idiots. Pete White needs a clinician on some of these votes he’s been taking lately. Ruberto clone.

jon doe
jon doe
Reply to  Tony Blair
18 days ago

Years ago when Councilors got health insurance it was dirt cheap and a small percentage of their salary. Now, the benefit is worth well more than their salary and it is absolutely ridiculous. Just about no one in the private sector gets health insurance unless they work at least 30 hours per week, and even then they pay a large amount to it. Why any part time city employee gets health insurance is beyond me.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
18 days ago

These animals don’t care about anyone or the letters before their names or the citizens and what they see differently. They care of only themselves and their goal of destroying anyone and anything.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/06/violent-mob-attacks-democrat-state-senator-taking-picture-vandalism-punch-kick-beat-head-ribs/

Fake Noose
Fake Noose
18 days ago

So some poor guy drowned in Silver Lake. I hear that Barry will go for a swim tonight in the lake at 3am to show us it’s safe.

B. Clairmont
B. Clairmont
Reply to  danvalenti
18 days ago

After, Dan. I don’t want to eat before a swim.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  B. Clairmont
18 days ago

Barry maybe go fishing too. I hear the PCB basted bass is tatsy.

juicylucy
juicylucy
Reply to  B. Clairmont
18 days ago

Drink the Kool-Aid. Kick Backs.

B. Clairmont
B. Clairmont
Reply to  Fake Noose
18 days ago

That is pretty funny. I actually earned that.

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  Fake Noose
18 days ago

There is so much underbrush grown up around that lake I am surprised someone was able to breach it and get to the water. When they refurbished it they bragged about what a “GEM” it was, but then they let it go to hell like every other upgrade they have ever done. (except for Clapp Park of course) Or “Kickback Park as it is known in the back rooms of local bars

juicylucy
juicylucy
Reply to  Johnny Dimentia
18 days ago

KICKBACK CITY. Follow the Money.

JoeKapanski
JoeKapanski
18 days ago

Hottest June ever, July around corner, and the Clapp Park Mess continues, with splash pad still not operational and brand new restrooms not open. Why?

Terajic Joe
Terajic Joe
Reply to  JoeKapanski
18 days ago

They don’t want Camps,splash pads,Day Cares….kids can’t congregate let alone adults. A good part of defunding police protests are now turning violent which will be part of the new trend to defund them.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
18 days ago

“Perhaps we should get a 10% finder’s fee after all. We promise to give every cent to charity, probably the Biden campaign.”

Why Biden Dan?

He and Hunter already have tons of loot from extorting foreign governments, Urkraine and Com-China.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
18 days ago

Who is racist?

D-rat Atlanta school system production

circa 2016, Kung Flu fighting

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYsjKRQn8RY&feature=emb_logo

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
18 days ago

I’ve been a victim of racist attitudes towards my Polish heritage.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/06/polish-president-duda-comes-america-kneels-statue-polish-hero-fought-revolution-defaced-leftists-recent-rioting/

Ignorant Black Lives Matter Marxists defaced his statue earlier this month.

Thaddeus Kosciuszko was a #Polish noble who fought for American independence, Polish independence, and dedicated his assets to the education and freedom of US slaves pic.twitter.com/kU2kqy6GBN

— Teachers (@RobertW44404901) June 23, 2020

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
18 days ago

D-emocrazy

D-s Trying to keep Joe’s feet out of his mouth………or keeping Millwaukee from being burned down?

“Joe Biden has been hiding in his Delaware basement since March, save for a few outings.20 people (including media) attended Biden’s last ‘event’ in Darby, Pennsylvania.”

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/06/just-joe-biden-will-accept-2020-democrat-presidential-nomination-virtual-convention-milwaukee-delegates-stay-home/

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Mad Trapper
18 days ago

and his lead over Trump has been growing. He is sitting back and letting Trump self destruct. Kinda like Putin sitting back and watching America self destruct.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
18 days ago

Dementia Joe has been hiding in his cellar with a sock stuck in foul his mouth, for 3+ months.

Sock put there by the DNC criminals who worry that his spoken words, will reveal his insanity.

That is THE BEST the democrats have to offal (pun intended).

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Mad Trapper
18 days ago

Trap,

The basement door is locked from the outside of the door. His ringmasters don’t want him out.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  danvalenti
18 days ago

Dan,

I believe Ali used the Rope a Dope on Forman. Cooney fought Holmes as the Great White Hope as media stated.

Chuck Wepner
Chuck Wepner
Reply to  Johnny2Shoes
18 days ago

Yes it was Foreman. Ali did fight a dope though….me. I actually though I could be him?

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
18 days ago

https://twitter.com/sean_spicier

This guy is something else. He’s not the real one . Funny.

Johhny2Shoes
Johhny2Shoes
18 days ago

I’m wondering if the 2 brothers who Smollete hired to beat him up found new work as pit crew members for Bubba Smollette ? That could explain everything.

Jeff Racecarrdrivor
Jeff Racecarrdrivor
Reply to  Johhny2Shoes
17 days ago

Bubbas got balls. No. He probably received hate comments way before George Floyd incident.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
17 days ago
Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
16 days ago