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ABRUPT CLOSING OF ST. JOE HOMELESS FACILITY, QUESTION ABOUT ‘THE MONEY,’ DEMAND ANSWERS FROM OFFICIALS

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BY DAN VALENTI

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(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION JULY 17-9, 2020) — Anyone who has had reason to place personal safety in jeopardy by venturing into the shooting gallery known as downtown Pittsfield knows about the “armies of the road” who have taken control of the city. They eat the public dollars “voluntarily contributed” by honest taxpayers without giving anything in return. We speak of gang members, drug dealers, drug takers, the mentally ill, drunks, “gimme gals,” the group homes, and the homeless.

THE PLANET mentions the latter today.

We shall leave the causes and effects of homelessness to the policy makers. THE PLANET wants to know why scores of homeless people were suddenly and with no notice evicted from the shelter that had only recently been created at the former St. Joseph High School on Maplewood Avenue. Everyone we asked has a different number on the population, with a low of 40 and a high of 80.

Although the politicians were front-runners when the shelter opened, including the shameless self-promoter and state rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, Ward 4 councilor Chris Connell has been the lone official voice demanding answers. Connell says he was not notified and neither were other councilors. Connell’s Facebook page has a post with the following notice printed in white letters on a red background: “I am personally calling on Mayor Tyer to address why the homeless shelter at St. Joes [sic] was abruptly closed!!!”

Only The Berkshire Eagle bothered with a story, but reporter Amanda Burke wrote that when she contacted the mayor’s office on Monday, the office said Tyer wasn’t available. THE PLANET, however, did take up the cause on behalf of Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski, who are paying for the entire shooting match.

We heard from Mayor Tyer. Here’s what she said:

Thank you for sending along your questions regarding St. Joe’s.  I understand that the closing of St. Joe’s temporary homeless shelter is causing concern.  All of us care deeply about how to best serve vulnerable populations.  From the beginning, St. Joe’s was always intended to be a temporary location for providing adequate social distancing during the COVID-19 surge.  When it closed earlier this week, Barton’s Crossing reopened.  We are extremely grateful for the generosity and swift willingness when we asked the Springfield Diocese if they could provide us with a temporary housing location during the height of COVID-19.  The operation of St. Joe’s was undertaken by ServiceNet’s compassionate and experienced staff and served on average 40 or so people.  The temporary shelter was open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The City of Pittsfield used a portion of it’s CARES Act funding, personnel, supplies, and equipment to clean and prepare St. Joe’s for use as a temporary homeless shelter.  Sheriff Bowler and the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office provided cots and other supplies from their FEMA emergency response inventory.  Soldier On provided meals three times a day.  Generous donations from local businesses and kind residents provided linens, personal hygiene products, and other items for the care and comfort of the homeless. There are many examples of how our city, community partners, and residents came together during the COVID-19 surge and this is certainly one of the best.” 

THE PLANET shall let the tea-leaf readers cipher the statement, which suggests that there’s no problem. Our investigation leads us to believe otherwise.

A spokesperson for the Western Mass. Recovery Learning Commission name Sera told THE PLANET that “the abrupt change” was done “without adequate notice and in disregard of the ongoing COVID crisis.” She went on to say that Barton’s Crossing “has absolutely no capacity to take in all the people who were put out on the street by ServiceNet. I am not clear on the COVID-19 status of Barton’s Crossing, though I suspect we would have heard if St. Joseph’s closed and Barton’s Crossing was inaccessible due to COVID. At present, what’s happening is that people are desperate and reaching out to places like our center [the RLC’s Pittsfield Center at 361 North St.] for survival supplies like food, blankets, tents, and so on. It is further our understanding that, although the city has begun to re-open, access to food and supplies of this nature continue to be extremely limited beyond what we offer.”

Jay Sacchetti, VP at Barton’s Crossing, told Burke St. Joe’s closed because of money problems and “stress levels.”

Did he say “stress levels?”

Whose stress? The homeless people? Staff? It didn’t ring right, especially with a vague reference to money, the sudden closing, and the lack of explanation.

We asked Sera if she had heard anything about alleged theft or embezzlement, she replied, “I’m afraid not. I don’t live in the Berkshires myself, so I’m just really seeing it all at a distance!” She did say that The Berkshire County coordinator,  Jean-Marie Laurin, was “out of town and not available.”

The situation needs clarification, especially questions about the money. Who kept the books? Who has the records? Does the Diocese of Springfield know anything? If there’s been wrong-doing, it should be exposed.

Either way, though, the city’s “armies of the road” just got unneeded and unwelcome reinforcements.

Anyone who went to SJHS has to be saddened.

Have a great weekend, everybody.

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“And ye shall seek me, and find me, when you search with all your heart”Jeremiah.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Johnny99
Johnny99
24 days ago

Perhaps rhey can cop a squat at Hotel on North. Tell em Jimmie sent ya.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
24 days ago

EPA Public Comment Period is July 14 – August 28, 2020

July 16, 2020

Re: EPA Public Comment from Jonathan Melle

Hello Corrupt EPA,

I despise the corrupt EPA because it is the worst bureaucracy in the history of the World that does a total disservice to the environment in favor big business. The February 10, 2020, horrible settlement between the corrupt EPA and GE is Exhibit A!

GE has yet to make a financial commitment to cleanup the Housatonic River. Without a serious and sincere financial commitment from GE, the settlement is an empty promise. The $576 million price to cleanup the Housatonic River is a joke. It will cost a lot more than $576 million over one dozen years.

GE has an excessive amount of debts that total in the tens of billions of dollars. The economy is in the 2020 economic recession that could last years. There is no guarantee that GE will be able to pay the many hundreds of millions of dollars for the cleanup of the Housatonic River through the 2030s.

My mom was born and lived a majority of her life in Pittsfield (Mass.) and she had cancer twice in her life (1990, 2006/2007). Thousands of Pittsfield area residents have suffered and/or died of cancer due to GE’s cancer causing chemicals called PCBs. The 2000 Consent Decree capped a majority of GE’s industrial chemicals. The capped leaky landfills are ineffective because they do not last forever. Once the capped leaky landfills become defective over time, the chemicals pollute the land, water, and air. Capped leaky landfills are a Band-Aid solution on a major wound.

The people were deliberately left out of the EPA’s negotiations with GE for decades, and a majority of people are currently upset and/or protesting the latest settlement. The residents of Lee and Lenoxdale (Mass.) do not want a capped leaky landfill near their properties, which will plummet after GE puts its toxic waste dump there. It is wrong on many levels, including financial, health, and environmental. The people know Gerry Doyle, Tom Hickey, and Peter Larkin sold out Pittsfield two decades ago, and they know they are being sold out now.

In Truth!

Jonathan A. Melle

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
24 days ago

Generel Electrics cleanup was a dog and pony show.Jack Welch was running the most powerful corporation in the world.I dont blame Jerry Doyle or Tom Hickey because that was not a fair fight.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  the school committee
23 days ago

Peter Larkin made hundreds of thousands of dollars lobbying for GE. Tom Hickey headed the useless PEDA. Gerry Doyle was treated like a King by GE. The bottom line was that Pittsfield got the proverbial shaft.

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

It’s Trumps’s FAULT!!! ROFL!!!!

Prof Stinxwead
Prof Stinxwead
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
23 days ago

If you think about it this one? other than activists,have we ever had any politician goe against any G E proposal,ever? Mayors included.

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
23 days ago

Did any doctor state that your mother’s cancer was caused by PCB?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  12 Gauge
23 days ago

I’ve had a number of family members who lived in GEs PCB cesspool, near the river, and/or close to/on their toxin dumping sites.

Quite a few contacted and died of cancer. Some of them also worked in the thoroughly contaminated GE factory.

Local doctors were afraid to criticize that company that “Brings good things to life”, GE. GE had Pittsfield in their pocket.

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  Mad Trapper
23 days ago

Show me some data.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  12 Gauge
23 days ago

Data? Collect it off the tombstones.

Come on up to the cemetery while I put some flowers on their graves.

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  Mad Trapper
23 days ago

How will I know that their deaths were caused by PCB?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  12 Gauge
22 days ago

Cancer cluster in one family living “where GE brings good things to life”.

If you’ll check, St Joe’s and Pittsfield cemeteries are, filled with PCB contaminated corpses. Many of whom died of cancer, and worked at GE and/or lived in their toxic lagoons.

P.S. I might go fishing at silver lake, want some bass for supper?

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  12 Gauge
23 days ago

Every doctor caring for cancer patients in the Pittsfield area stated that my mom and all of the other cancer survivors and/or victims were caused by GE’s PCBs!

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
23 days ago

Dr. Adamo found that the cancer rate in Pittsfield was the sane as anywhere in the U.S.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  12 Gauge
21 days ago

I don’t think that is true – re the cancer rates being the same. There are definitely clusters. Kids are having autoimmune issues (more allergies) and other strange side effects too. Pollution is real – we really should do more to protect the food and water supply. I come from a family of guys who like hunting and fishing. Who wants to fish around here, not me. All the back fill put in local yards – what’s the point of an organic mini garden when you are growing your food in PCB soil?
Also, the dairy cows are especially effected. PCBs store in fat cells. They found the local PCBs from tracing milk. It’s not ok in any way. The water supply under the PCB school (why don’t we rename it that?) is polluted and so anyone over on that side is going to be more effected. They know it too, and admitted in city meetings, which is pretty messed up.
GE has an army of lawyers and most of them are smarter than our politicians – and our politicians don’t care.

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12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
23 days ago

How did they determine their cancer was PCB related?

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
24 days ago

So Pittsfield took in homeless people from other regions of Massachusetts only to close one of their homeless shelters at the former Saint Joseph High School.
So Matt Kerwood sits on a $10.1 million slush fund, but Mayor Linda Tyer raises municipal taxes, fees, and debts by millions of dollars.
So PEDA is 22 years old but it is still polluted and vacant.
So downtown Pittsfield is known as Social Services Alley by day and the shooting gallery by night.
So the drug dealers, drug takers, gangs, prostitutes, homeless, mentally ill, convicted felons, and the like, took over the inner city streets of Pittsfield from Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
23 days ago

Sounds pretty bad Jonathon. Who is the Mayor of that poor city? Do they have, like, a city council or anything like that? Is anybody in charge and if so how did things get so bad?

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
23 days ago

A community is supposed to invest in the people who live there because the local residents are (supposed to be) Pittsfield’s most valuable resource because they live, work, shop, and pay taxes in Pittsfield. It is supposed to be mutually beneficial to the people and the municipal government. But Pittsfield politics closed the doors of its homeless shelter and left its most vulnerable and disadvantaged people to live on the streets. HEARTLESS!
Pittsfield politics got so bad because the inbred, interrelated, multi-generational families (Ruberto, Doyle, Downing, et al) only took care of themselves at the expense of the proverbial Mary Jane & Joe Kapanski family.
Pittsfield politics is totally predictable. Every year, City Hall raises municipal taxes by 5%, fees by double digits, and debts/liabilities by tens of millions of dollars. Pittsfield has the second highest commercial or business tax rate in the entire state of Massachusetts. The vested interests (big 3 public unions) always win, while the hard hit local taxpayers always lose. Pittsfield has lost hundreds of living wage jobs, while the population and tax base shrinks. If you speak out about Pittsfield politics, you face nasty retribution from the Good Old Boys (and now Girls) club of political hacks. Voter turnout is very low in Pittsfield. In closing, no cares anymore.

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
23 days ago

You raise a good question. How many of those who were housed at St. Joe’s were imports?

Ham Anex
Ham Anex
Reply to  danvalenti
23 days ago

Seems there was no long term plan……you can’t just flood a community with homeless and expect good things to happen.

RN
RN
24 days ago

I’ve talked to some of the folks there as quite a few are in constant need of medical attention on a rotating basis.

Somebody should look into the food program. The meals were really bad and I’d ask Dan to ask for copies of that contract. One of them came in with a “box lunch” they give out. It was a “wish sandwich” you wish you had some meat between the bread slices.

Something must have happened with the rapid tests because the local for profit clinic now says they don’t do rapid tests. So where did all the money BHS got to ramp up testing a d rapid testing go.

Coming in for care? You’ll need a Covid test. Guess what though, staff and visiting staff isn’t required to get tested, even surgical staff or visiting surgical staff.
Why are we making patients get tested if per diem nurses and doctors don’t have to get tested?

What happened to the Covid Marriott, anyone hear on the total cost?

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  RN
23 days ago

Wonder how much the vendor was paid for the “wish sandwich”?

What do you mean coming in for care you need a test? Like surgery or ER? Or MRI?

danvalenti
danvalenti
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
23 days ago

RN, JOHNNY A
These are just a few of the many questions surrounding the sudden closing. They all go back to money. This doesn’t pass the smell test.

RN
RN
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
23 days ago

If you are a patient coming in for an elective surgery, you need a COVID test.
If you come in on emergency, no test because it’s an emergency.

New doctors and nurses who are coming in for work fo not get tested. We had some come in on a three month gig, came from Florida and Maryland and NYC. None got tested prior to doing any type of care or surgery.

The doctors that go home out of state on weekends back to NYC or who fly to Texas or FL or Maryland. No tests when they come back. Thay were supposed to all get rapid tests, BHS got money for that. No rapid tests are being done on staff or anyone else.
Where did the money go?

RN
RN
Reply to  RN
23 days ago

FYI nursing students don’t get tested either. The Elms, BCC, Mildred Elly none get test before working their first shift.

Cordless Collaborator
Cordless Collaborator
Reply to  RN
23 days ago

With Tyer checking sewage for Covid maybe BHS can start giving Covid colonoscopies. And you thouhjt it was tough having that swab in your nose.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
21 days ago

The “Wish Sandwich “ probably cost as much as the “Shit Sandwich “ our leaders handout around tax time.

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

The food program? Beggars can’t be choosers. Thankfully they were given food. Let’s get real here. What do you expect, a 3 course dinner from Mazzeo’s?

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

The vendors who contracted these must have been required to make basic nutrition standards, much like a school lunch.

If they didn’t that is a defrauding the government.

RN
RN
Reply to  Mad Trapper
23 days ago

Adult means are not required to meet the same standards as school lunches

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  RN
22 days ago

I would think adults need more calories and basic needs of protein vitamins and minerals, compared to children.

If that is not required, WTF idiots are in charge of procurement ?

the school committee
the school committee
24 days ago

If I am a Trump supporter and watched Trumps niece explain that she came forward because she fears America is in immediate danger if Donald Trump continues as President.She stated that he also has no desire to acknowledge the pandemic or desire to stop it.The southern conservative red states where he loves and supports the flag of slavery but not the health of those supportive of his destruction of the country they love….Putin Putin Putin Putin.Your in the middle of Trumps culture of change.She fears if he loses he may not leave or give the power back to the people.She is not the only one worrying that Trump is the greatest threat to America and Puttin is working with him.Trump has weakened Europe and America is a mess……Dan ,Do you expect Trump to walk away if defeated?

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TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  the school committee
23 days ago

Jeepers TSC, she also wrote he was bad giver! She has more issues than Pittsfield does, and by the way, she wasn’t owed a nickel when grandpa died. An inheritance is not a right. She is a jilted, disgruntled nut job who finally got a real degree, not a real job.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
23 days ago

And when they blow through an inheritance they do happen to get , they want more. It never ends for some entitlement feeling types. I have a feeling she wasn’t a homeless Person staying at St. Joes and hitting up the food pantry to survive.

JohnnyTwoCents
JohnnyTwoCents
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
23 days ago

OMG! He is a bad gift giver because she didn’t like his Christmas presents????? Gimme a break.

danvalenti
danvalenti
Reply to  the school committee
23 days ago

Yeah, and can’t you stay on message for once. Here we have a serious story about neglect and abuse of one of the most vulnerable populations in the city, and you can’t leave your Trump rants alone. Give it a break, TSC. For your own health and peace of mind.

Agent 86
Agent 86
Reply to  the school committee
23 days ago

Have you seen Mary Trump in any interviews? She lies a lot. You can see how she looks down when she lies. She’s a fraud.

Van Lingle Mungo
Van Lingle Mungo
Reply to  the school committee
23 days ago

Mary Trump is an alky

the school committee
the school committee
24 days ago

Taxes go up 200 evert year and Tyer has not painted lines or weed wacked city curbing. Storm drains are blocked and useless

Prof Stinxwead
Prof Stinxwead
Reply to  the school committee
23 days ago

Go by Camp on Churchill St all N Y Tag Plates.No Camps. No Schools. No Beaches. No Causeway Fishing. Absolutely No Theatre Production and Arts Events where there will be congregation especially indoor theatre. Shut it down until at least December and hopefully numbers go down or a vaccine will be developed. Absolutely No Schools,it would be a shit-show.

D-Fens
D-Fens
23 days ago

I like Mayor T’s response. We always said it was temporary! We never said that we would give the homeless people fair warning of closure. I mean its not like homeless people vote so what does it matter…

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Truthsayer
Truthsayer
23 days ago

Sticking to the topic at hand and attempting to not stray, local politicians have always come up with what I call glory projects. They identify a problem. They find cash from either donations or newly minted tax dollars that are sent over by the state that are the city’s share of a new tax, e.g. cigarette taxes to be used to run anti-smoking campaigns but are in reality unrestricted funds. In fact, many years ago at a finance committee meeting, I asked a stupid question when they were launching a project with similar funds: My question was simple. How are you folks going to pay for this project when these tax funds dry up? No response.

St. Joe’s as a homeless center was a chance for politicos to brag that they’re taking homeless off the streets by providing a place to stay. Brag in front of the cameras. But there was no permanent funding mechanism. It was run by donations. Donations that would inevitably dry up because the cash donated was typically a one shot deal from a business or a person. To succeed, the building would have to become a fully owned city property, run by permanent volunteers, and funded by a systematically run funding mechanism designed to constantly solicit a stream of donations from money to food products. Just like many of the local food pantries run by churches in the area.

Without this in place, closure was inevitable. Which simply goes to show all of us that other than a few politicos dedicated to the people they represent, others like Tyer & Company are only in it for their own glory and payday. It is because of a constant stream of Tyers that Pittsfield is in the pickle it is in.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Truthsayer
23 days ago

Part of the problem was that these people needed heavy duty baby sitting. And nobody wanted to do it.
But I would love to see the budget breakdown for the whole caper.

Cordless Collaborator
Cordless Collaborator
Reply to  Truthsayer
23 days ago

And that’s why Pickle Ball is the official sport of Pittsfield.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Truthsayer
23 days ago

Truth,
Well put.

When the cameras and print media leave, so do the politicians. You won’t see them jumping in the lime light when things go south to explain and if they do it, is for a short bull shit response.

Be The Change
Be The Change
23 days ago

Read Berkshire Trade & Commerce – all the grant funds that have been awarded in the past several years. Our community should be golden by now.

Lenny
Lenny
23 days ago

Dan did you contact TFB? Surely she can come up with some funds for such a photo-rich issue, perhaps with her arm around a covid-infected homeless person. She is useless to taxpayers in the commonwealth.

Why is Chris Connell the only councilor concerned about this issue? The Eagle ran a story today about Persip’s childish rant against something Chris posted. If Persip actually thinks BLM is a reputable movement, he should check out their platform online. It’s downright disturbing. Earl the Pearl should be voted out.

BTW, the quote at the end of your column is actually Jesus’s words from the book of Jeremiah 29:13.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Lenny
23 days ago

Ayanna Pressley says that policing comes from slavery. Back in 2014 the far left was blaming police brutality on slavery, but now all policing is related to slavery. This means we should let the country descend into violence because the far left has no answers to maintaining law and order except to get rid of all police so criminals can run wild. Criminals will be voting in massive numbers in November for Biden so they can get rid of all police.

Family is bad. Police are bad. Only communism/marxism is good. Like in China where the government rules with brutality over the people who disobey the rules and the far left admires that type of control over the citizens in that country. The efficiency is amazing too. So much gets done when the people live under a brutal regime.

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  Pat
23 days ago

Millions of tourists flock to Egypt every year to see the pyramids, which were build by slaves. So the pyramids are monuments to slave labor and should possibly be disassembled and used for something less offensive..I wonder what the king of Egypt will say about it. Who wants to be first to bring the subject up to him?

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Johnny Dimentia
23 days ago

Pretty amazing when I’m listening to a New York radio station and every hour they have a segment dedicated to convincing Americans that Communism isn’t the savior that they have been brainwashed to believe it to be. Is this America? Unbelievable.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Johnny Dimentia
23 days ago

Chinese brutality to their citizens is slavery.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Pat
23 days ago

Allowing a pandemic to progress into an uncontrolled killing machine is not very nice either. but here we are.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
23 days ago

Again, that would be China that spread the virus across the world. China knew the danger and did nothing and forced WHO to not warn the world. Facts are stubborn things.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Pat
21 days ago

China has had nothing to do with the virus in America for the last 5 months. Trump seems to be making every effort to make it worse. It is insane Pat. What is the matter with him? Why is he trying so hard to destabilize America?

Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
Reply to  Johnny Dimentia
22 days ago

The pyramids were build by ancient alien astronauts. Don’t you watch that show on the history channel?

Hendrix
Hendrix
23 days ago

I still see Barry on social media blasting Chris Connell for apologizing that he didn’t realize sharing a post about Irish servants somehow made him racist. Even worse, he had the audacity to say that he was just sharing a post and believed “all lives matter.” There is the point we are at my friends, if you say anything about the struggles of other communities you are in direct opposition of BLM and are racist. I would like to know where athletes, politicians, etc were when Deshaun Jackson said “Hitler was right.” Yup, crickets.

Also, because Barry seems like such an expert on the plight of the African American community and a staunch supporter of BLM I took a look at his social media page. Imagine my dismay to not find one picture of him with any people of color. He also lives in a mansion as far away from the minority community as possible. What a racist.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Hendrix
23 days ago

Hendrix, if you just say “All lives matter”, to BLM, you risk being murdered.

It happened to a 24 year old mother

MSM (reddit) censors this:

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/07/dont-want-know-reddit-mods-remove-viral-article-woman-murdered-saying-lives-matter/

Original article

“Jessica Doty Whitaker was shot and killed following an altercation with a group of Black Lives Matter supporters who were upset that she and her fiance had said “All Lives Matter” last Sunday.”

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/07/young-white-mother-killed-black-lives-matter-mob-allegedly-saying-lives-matter-national-media-fully-ignores/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=websitesharingbuttons

Lenny
Lenny
Reply to  Mad Trapper
23 days ago

Thanks for your posts MT about this issue as many people are being deceived into thinking the BLM platform is about racial equality. It certainly is not! And the mainstream media is complicit in the deception.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Lenny
23 days ago

Some more on the feral beasts that make up up BLM:

https://www.redstate.com/nick-arama/2020/07/17/dozens-of-blm-and-antifa-full-on-attack-police-in-chicago-police-reinforcements-make-them-regret-it/

“Here’s the thing. This may have been a protest at one point. But now these “protests” are just covers for the riots. This was a full-on planned assault on the police, not protest that got out of hand. Planned attack. And planned attempt to rip down the statue.
It’s about time media start reporting the reality of it, that these are criminal attacks. They could have killed cops with what they did, who knows how many were injured because of this.
But they limped away, whining about pepper spray and how mean the police were. Play stupid games and attack cops, win stupid prizes. Maybe don’t attack the police next time. And those limping away were lucky. Several were arrested. These rioters are losers that need to be locked up and given some real time.”

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Hendrix
23 days ago

True, very scary the control they want over people. Now it’s the cancel culture, but how long before people who speak out just disappear and are never heard from again like in China?

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Pat
23 days ago

Pat you apparently think that continuously bringing up CHINA is going to make people forget about Trumps pandemic. You are going to have to do better than that. It is effecting people much more than any China issue.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
23 days ago

Nothing you say makes any sense, but that is how the far left operates. The Trump pandemic?!? A virus that spread across the world and was allowed to do so by China is the Trump pandemic? Total insanity.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Pat
23 days ago

Why do so many other countries have it under better control? Why does America have the absolute unquestionably worst control or lack there of, this pandemic?
Try to answer just that question. Why is Trump trying to hide the data?

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
23 days ago

Many of them didn’t close their school systems for one thing and they did better with controlling the virus. Massachusetts is back to banning plastic bags which guarantees the virus will be spreading through unwashed reused bags. I was in Walmart and Price Chopper today and all bags are gone. The problem could be solved so easily by using paper bags that can be discarded, but Massachusetts politicians are not capable of making intelligent decisions. Also reported today that the numbers of virus deaths in Florida are being inflated. People are dying from other causes, but it’s being reported as a death from COVID-19. Texas is going through a bad time with the virus right now with many hospitalizations, but treatments are working for most.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Pat
21 days ago

Ha Ha, I ask why he is trying to hide the data and you start talking about reusing bags at Walmart. Typical far right response and explains why a pandemic is chewing through America unabated.

Be The Change
Be The Change
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
21 days ago

M O N E Y

the school committee
the school committee
23 days ago

Does anyone remember media giant Fox news leading with Obamas birth certificate ever hour for 3 years.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  the school committee
23 days ago

Trump has to turn over his tax returns. Trump is still fighting it even after the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling. How ironic that Trump wanted Obama to turn over his birth certificate, but Trump doesn’t want to turn over his tax returns.

Errol F x G
Errol F x G
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
23 days ago

B C C has a Cannabis Class or cohort?

Be The Change
Be The Change
Reply to  Errol F x G
23 days ago

Certification to issue medical cards.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
23 days ago

When will Biden turn over the results of his regularly scheduled cognitive tests??

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
23 days ago

When he passes one.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  the school committee
23 days ago

Turns out they were right to be concerned about Obama’s origins seeing how he wanted a total transformation of America to a place nobody will like or recognize.

Maggie May
Maggie May
Reply to  Pat
23 days ago

Ahh Pat, I think it’s a place nobody recognizes now or wants to be NO? That is on Red! can’t blame Obama anymore

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Maggie May
23 days ago

Give me a break. Obama, Biden, Hillary, Liz Warren, and their followers have been working behind the scenes to bring down this country. Maybe half of the country can be played for fools, but the other half knows the truth.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Pat
23 days ago

But they are not the current president. The country is in a crisis NOW. They have no power to help. Sadly.

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

I remember the WHOLE MSM in a tizzy about Trump, Russia, and collusion. That was what “government” was about for 3 years. A fraud/hoax.

That was a a DNC hoax perpetuated by lies by: Clinton, Comey, FBI, Mueller, Schiff, et al

If Barr did his job most of those would be in the crowbar hotel. Sessions was brought out or the DNC had dirt on him.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
23 days ago

Besides St Joe’s, what happened to “The Homeless Hilton” behind Guido’s?

Are the homeless still there? Some were panhandling in front of Price Chopper in Lenox a while back.

There is STILL no information on this one, from elected officials.

Is it still in operation? If not where were the people shuffled to by the State Government?

RN
RN
23 days ago

https://wupe.com/a-15-year-old-will-be-charged-in-the-shooting-of-a-north-adams-man/

Glad those people under 21 are not violent criminals. The DA does a really good job.

Be The Change
Be The Change
23 days ago

The People v City Hall in a legal action / Motion for an injunction for records – why can’t a Civil suit be filed ? You can get the abswers via proper litigation.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Be The Change
23 days ago

File a FOIA request.

They MUST reply.

Sowth Ofclintun
Sowth Ofclintun
Reply to  Mad Trapper
23 days ago

Next President race is an old lefty fool who would gut the economy and be a Green Ocasio-Cortez freak. And in this corner a freewheeling regulations and economic stabilizer.Vote Trump!

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Mad Trapper
21 days ago

They don’t – they lie and obfuscate say they can’t find it. See DA, see every town clerk around here.

Be The Change
Be The Change
Reply to  Mad Trapper
21 days ago

Funny

JohnnyTwoCents
JohnnyTwoCents
23 days ago

Why won’t the city do something about the bums panhandling? Take some of the million plus in cop overtime and pay a cop to stand next to the bum till he moves along, and repeat. Nobody should gives these bums a nickel. If you do, you are enabling them and encouraging them to stay bums.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  JohnnyTwoCents
23 days ago

Were any of these homeless folk tested for the virus before being sent out into the public domain to find food and shelter? Were any of them tested at any point in their stay?

I would love to see just 30 minutes of footage of a typical Friday night at bedtime at that shelter. Prolly the sequel to One flew Over the Cuckoos Nest. But in truth, the city has set itself up to welcome all forms of the states downtrodden and now it has no effing idea what it has brought upon itself.

Cuffs Linxe
Cuffs Linxe
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
23 days ago

That’s a good one. We’re they? mayor?

Sulleepee Hoaullo
Sulleepee Hoaullo
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
23 days ago

Usually Friday night bedtime is preceded by a vagrant sleeping or panhandling,then the call goes into Barton or St Joe to see if they can lounge and get some beverages or ordeurves

Sulleepee Hoaullo
Sulleepee Hoaullo
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
23 days ago

The girl dispatcher at ppd thinks she’s cute ridiculing a chronic vagrant named Brett. Today she was critiquing his apparel.It’s seems to be an on going joke. Why don’t you get the guy some help Missy instead of wasting police resources and taxpayer money everyday. Your on the air antics are childish. Another connected job for sure.

Dough C
Dough C
Reply to  danvalenti
23 days ago

I heard it to. To paraphrase it went something like this..Brett was wearing the usual clothing. The point is they ppd…go to a call or two a day to one individual amongst many different individuals,everyday,day after day. They then,move them along? But there is no need to be colorful. These vagrants have problems and aren’t helped,just laughed at.

BlueFU
BlueFU
Reply to  Dough C
23 days ago

It’s called cop humor people. Helps keep cops, and dispatchers, sane, in a sea of crazies. Lighten up.

Dumber Awdditoure
Dumber Awdditoure
Reply to  BlueFU
22 days ago

Right?

Be The Change
Be The Change
Reply to  BlueFU
20 days ago

“Everyone should own a few”, it’s called race humor people. Helps keep whites, and yellows, sane, in a sea of crazies. Lighten up.

NOT FUNNY !

Cuffs Linxe
Cuffs Linxe
Reply to  JohnnyTwoCents
23 days ago

Because the current administration are pan handlers. From you,the taxpayer! Stanley’s a panhandler,isn’t he?

Johnny99
Johnny99
Reply to  Cuffs Linxe
23 days ago

Now that makes perfect sense Cuff Linxe. You’re not Kerwood in disguise are you?

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  Cuffs Linxe
23 days ago

It is called White Collar panhandling. And what the mayor did is called aiding and abetting a White Collar panhandler. While not a crime in Massachusetts it does come under the heading of immoral and sleazy.
Could the city of Pittsfield please do away with its Oath of Office for elected politicians as it is particularly insulting to taxpayers. Perhaps do away with the city charter as well as that is insulting also.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
23 days ago

Who is funding the riots/rioters? The DNC!

“The Daily Caller confirmed this and reported that BLM is not a non-profit organization and nonprofit organization (Thousand Currents) said it provides ‘fiduciary oversight, financial management, and other administrative services to BLM.

Candice Owen reported on the BLM – ActBlue relationship and was targeted by a bogus fact-checker. Tom Fitton from Judicial Watch jumped in and stated that the findings confirmed what we and Candice Owen reported:

Transparency? So if you want to make a tax-deductible charitable donation directly to Black Lives Matter, you can’t. You donate to Act Blue Charities. Act Blue Charities sends this money, allegedly, to another charity, Thousand Currents, which runs BLM as a “fiscal sponsorship.”

— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) June 20, 202

Thousand Currents is apparently a non-profit organization and Susan Rosenberg serves on its Board as reported by Wikipedia (note the link to Thousand Currents no longer works…………

………..So contributions to BLM are funneled through ActBlue, the major resource for Democrat donations, and then funneled to an organization ran by a member of the Weather Underground terrorist group.
What we can report today is that ActBlue in Texas is paying, not only candidates, but thousands of other unidentified individuals. Per a review of ActBlue Texas disbursements via the website TransparencyUSA.org, there are hundreds of individuals being paid by ActBlue Texas for similar small amounts (e.g. $300 or $250) who are not candidates running for office. In total, ActBlue Texas has paid out $9.6 million in disbursements. We have no idea who most these people are.

JoeKapanski
JoeKapanski
23 days ago

Personally I don’t give a damn and it shouldn’t have been a homeless shelter to begin with. These people are homeless because they have problems that they failed to address despite the myriad social service agencies and freebees, usually due to substance abuse and/or mental problems. There is already plenty of help for these people. Last thing we need is more shelters, funded by us Kapanskis.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  JoeKapanski
23 days ago

Over 43 million American workers lost their jobs, and over 5 million lost their health insurance. But it all the fault of the homeless person?

Moosehed Tiired
Moosehed Tiired
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
23 days ago

Yup. Time for a Mc Connell check….cash….

JoeKapanski
JoeKapanski
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
23 days ago

Mr. Melle, Evictions were put on hold, economy partly shutdown yes, but unemployed got 600 per week bonus on top of unenployment which meant many were getting paid more to sit home and do dope and booze it up because the government deemd booze stores and tobacco sales and weed and gambling by the way, essential. So nobody was going to St Joe due to job loss from Corona pal. And supermarkets were hiring left and right.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  danvalenti
23 days ago

But where did the fortunes of tax dollars go to on this one Dan?

I believe St Joe’s donated use of the building?

But what was allocated and how was it spent? Same with other institutions you mentioned above.

RN has a real good point of where did the rapid test corona kits go too, and why? Seems they should have been at the 3 hospitals in Berkshire county. Not given to a private BHS entity to disappear.

Johnny Absurds Accountant
Johnny Absurds Accountant
Reply to  Mad Trapper
23 days ago

I do wonder if Matt Kerwood or Pete Marchetti feel this information should be available to the public. We know the mayor and does not think anything other than the dollar amount on your tax bill should be public information. What about other city councilors? Do they feel the public should have access to more information regarding city finances? Are they themselves even allowed insight or do the mayor and Barry keep a tight lid on how taxpayer money is spent?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Accountant
22 days ago

Inundate City Hall with FOIA requests. If they don’t reply they will have to walk two blocks east to talk with a judge.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Mad Trapper
22 days ago

What is the process? Where can I get the paperwork? Let’s all get some paperwork and turn this regime inside out. The Eagle sure is not going to pry anywhere they are told not to.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
22 days ago

https://www.nfoic.org/coalitions/state-foi-resources/massachusetts-foia-laws

Massachusetts Public Records ActThe Massachusetts Public Records Act is a series of laws designed to guarantee that the public has access to public records of government bodies at all levels. Public records are defined as all books, papers, maps, photographs, recorded tapes, financial statements, statistical tabulations, or other documentary materials or data, regardless of physical form or characteristics, made or received by any officer or employee of any agency.
Anyone can request public records and no statement of purpose is required. Also, the Massachusetts Public Records Act places no restrictions on the use of records. Massachusetts’ law allows 10 days for record responses.
Open Records Law G. L. c. 4, § 7(26)
Exempt: Information that would invade individual privacy; trade secrets; public policy development memos; and investigative materials.
Visit, Massachusetts Sample FOIA Request, to view a sample FOIA request for the state.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  danvalenti
22 days ago

Lets FOIA Tyer’s emails and State/City financials, concerning “The Homeless Hilton”, and The St Joe’s Hospice!!!

While we are at it, what about BHS and where the rapid Covid-19 test kits went to?

Public record, she/BHS City/State has 10 days to come up with the goods….

Note: this would be a request for the public, a WORTHY news organization, THE Planet!

RN
RN
Reply to  Mad Trapper
22 days ago

You make a FOIA request from the city or state it will denied outright because FOIA doesn’t pertain to cities and states only the US federal government.

You make a MA Public Records Reeuest you simpleton

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  RN
22 days ago

BULLSHIT RN!!!

Read the link. FOIA requests go to ALL levels of Government.

Tom Fitton/Judicial Watch has exposed the Russia/collusion/Trump hoax using FOIA requests. Federal level.

Follow the link I posted, it is for mASSachusetts. I guess following the link was to much work for a lazy (dumb or stupid? one can be fixed) nurse. Provided is even a sample form, for morons to use as a template….couldn’t follow that?

My uncle was in a coma for years with LOTS of lazy nurses collecting $$$ for no care….they had teats, weren’t bulls, but were USELESS for care!!! They just wanted to show up and collect $$$.

When I taught, that was students wanting a “B”, for just “being there”.

RN
RN
Reply to  Mad Trapper
21 days ago

Yeah try it dipshit. It goes to “all levels” if it concerns FEDERAL action, feds with state and feds with local.

Also if a STATE has state laws regarding information requests you follow state laws moron.

We have state laws, it’s called mass public records request. So if you file a FOIA request for city only information they will deny it dumbass

RN
RN
Reply to  Mad Trapper
22 days ago

It’s not a FOIA law it’s a public records law.

FOIA is a federal request.

DescriptionThe Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552, is a federal freedom of information law that requires the full or partial disclosure of previously unreleased information and documents controlled by the United States government upon request.

Massachusetts Public Records Law
https://www.sec.state.ma.us/pre/prereq/reqidx.htm

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  RN
22 days ago

GEE, it seems you might be cognitive enough to follow my link above

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  RN
22 days ago

Here you go RN, mASSacusetts FOIA request SAMPLE FORM

https://www.nfoic.org/massachusetts-sample-foia-request

ready to eat crow yet?

RN
RN
Reply to  Mad Trapper
21 days ago

lol idiot that’s some third party bullshit website.

Here’s the state website with the law and no mention of FIOA it’s a fucking MA public records request. God damn you are stupid.

https://www.sec.state.ma.us/pre/prereq/reqidx.htm

RN
RN
Reply to  Mad Trapper
21 days ago

So when they deny a FIOA at city hall who ya gonna call? Not the Secretary of State in MA.
They enforces state law, not federal law.

https://www.sec.state.ma.us/pre/prepdf/guide.pdf

RN
RN
Reply to  Mad Trapper
21 days ago

The founding fathers of our nation strove to develop an open government formed on
the principles of democracy and public participation. An informed citizen is better equipped to participate in that process.
Laws mandating the disclosure of public records have existed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since 1851. The federal Freedom of Information Act was signed into law in 1966 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. In 1974, Congress amended the
federal Freedom of Information Act in order to make government records more accessible to the public.
The Massachusetts Public Records Law parallels federal law, with some variation. Every government record in Massachusetts is presumed to be public unless it may be withheld under a specifically stated exemption.
As Secretary of the Commonwealth and chief public information officer for the Commonwealth, I am pleased to publish this guide explaining the Public Records Law. The full text of the law is provided, as well as a brief description of each of the exemptions to the law.
Also included is a section of frequently asked questions about a requestor’s right to access public records, as well as a government records custodian’s duty to respond to those requests.
Any additional questions regarding the Public Records Law should be directed to the Division of Public Records at (617) 727-2832 during regular business hours.
You may access Division of Public Records publications and other information at http://www.sec.state.ma.us/pre/preidx.htm.
William Francis Galvin Secretary of the Commonwealth

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  danvalenti
23 days ago

Here’s a thought – how about giving them one-way bus tickets to Albany? Cuomo loves migrants, he’s running a sanctuary state, he’s giving everybody free health insurance – problem solved until New York goes belly-up (which could happen within a year.)

Dough C
Dough C
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
23 days ago

Belly up? They’ve been belly up for six years. Fake News.

Johnny Absurds Accountant
Johnny Absurds Accountant
Reply to  Dough C
23 days ago

Massachusetts is belly up right now. Talking about a tax increase and other ways to raise money. Even threatened to close cooperate tax loopholes before backing off.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Accountant
22 days ago

Nothing about State elected officials taking pay cuts? Why NOT? They just (2018?) voted themselves a HUGE 40% pay increase they have not earned. They can’t even get a budget done on time…..

The budget is overdue, so it’s not too late to sneek/snark that into the 2021 budget package.

How about a 60% cut?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  danvalenti
22 days ago

Let’s DO IT!!! Guide us Dan

Does it take a ballot question? How many sigs?

Let’s go now! The sows and hogs on our trough are too expensive. Tricia eats more than a whole herd.

JoeKapanski
JoeKapanski
Reply to  danvalenti
23 days ago

Yes Dan, once the city accepted the homeless at the hotel on border, which RN reported here, and city still hasn’t told us Kapanskis about, it just assured more customers for social service alley.

Johnny Absurds Accountant
Johnny Absurds Accountant
Reply to  JoeKapanski
23 days ago

and more “administrative” costs? What a convenient little catch phrase.

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
Reply to  danvalenti
22 days ago

Has anyone else noticed all the brand new City of Pittsfield trucks driving around all day, notice I said driving around, since they are seldom seen stopped and performing any jobs. Certainly not painting lines, filling potholes, cleaning the streets, mowing grass. Saw the brand new street sweeper involved in an accident a month or so ago, is that why the streets are still a mess, is it already wrecked? Did every Public Works Dept. get a new vehicle? Why have I seen a few of these trucks at the North Adams Walmart on Sundays? How many of these City vehicles are being utilized as worker’s personal vehicles? If so, why? How much money was spent on new vehicles? Does anyone monitor the personal mileage put on these vehicles? Who pays for the gasoline utilized for personal use, bet it is us taxpayers? Why do I see workers driving their children in these trucks? Isn’t this a liability to the City? So many financial secrets in the City, yet the only thing our City Council seems to be caring about is their petty little playground fights and not hurting Dumpster Earl’s feelings. Keep hiding all you elected officials, don’t do your job, and then you can whine and cry when the City runs out of money or stops getting grants. Someone in this Administration needs to come clean with where our tax money is going? Imagine if we all refused to pay our taxes for one quarter, what would they all do then? No fun money to play with, they would have nothing to talk about in their famous ZOOM meetings.

Be The Change
Be The Change
Reply to  JoeKapanski
20 days ago

About ServiceNet, they appointed a support worker to a TBI survivor & the ServiceNet support worker neglected his client & furthermore, said support worker was directed to a 30-day stint in a rehabilitation facility for substance use disorder after the TBI client complained to Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (who contracts w/ ServiceNet.

In a world where the “support worker” neglects clients & is in need of substance abuse therapy & life skills support – who can ya trust. Who ya gonna call ? Don’t bother calling bc no one cares. Don’t matter what color you are.

ServiceNet & MRC got paid however the client was abandoned – SMH GTFOH

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
23 days ago

July 17, 2020

Re: Open letter to Patrick Fennell

Hello Pat,

Happy Friday! During this past week of Beacon Hill politics, Massachusetts now ranks #1 in the nation with an unemployment rate of 17.4 percent. Governor Charlie Baker still won’t comment on the hundreds of millions of dollars missing from the state’s unemployment account, while many displaced workers are still waiting to receive their unemployment benefits. The state government is facing an up to $8 billion state budget deficit. The State Legislature has yet to even propose a fiscal year 2021 state budget, which started on July 1, 2020. Two weeks from now, the State Legislature will go on a 5-month recess from August 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020. The State Legislature is sitting on a 40% pay raise. All of their pay, stipends, and expenses are factored into their state pensions. Local government is expected to soon bear the brunt of devastating cuts in state aid, while the state Legislators who represent them are living the high life. I believe State Senator Adam Hinds and State Representative Smitty Pignatelli should propose a bill to cut their pay and all of their other taxpayer-funded benefits in half to help close the multi-billion dollar state budget deficit.

On Capitol Hill, U.S. Congress reconvenes on Monday, July 20, 2020 for 15 days before they go on their August recess through Labor Day. The House and Senate are not talking to each other to resolve their competing proposals for the newest economic stimulus bill. Our nation’s national debt will balloon by another +3 trillion dollars over the next 3 weeks. Our nation’s children and grandchildren will look back on this point in history as the time Uncle Sam robbed them of their financial security generations from now.

Best wishes,

Jonathan

Dough C
Dough C
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
23 days ago

I’m sick of fennel. Vote Trump

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  Dough C
23 days ago

Hello Pat,

I don’t blame you for telling Governor Charlie Baker, State Senator Adam Hinds, and State Representative Smitty Pignatelli to “Go to Hell”! Beacon Hill has failed the people of Massachusetts. Hinds first vote was the infamous early-2017 $18 million 40% pay raise bill for himself and his colleagues in the corrupt Massachusetts State Legislature, which Smitty voted for as well. Hinds and Smitty receive a lot of publicly-funded pay and benefits for failing to even propose a new state budget that is 17 days and counting late. Smitty voted for $600 million in transportation tax hikes in March of 2020. Smitty did not offer to cut his own taxpayer-funded pay and benefits! For around two months, the state’s unemployment account has hundreds of millions of missing taxpayer dollars unaccounted for, but Baker, Hinds, and Smitty all refuse to comment on the fraud. The Holyoke Soldiers Home has had 100 deaths since the COVID-19 pandemic. Massachusetts taxpayers will have to fork over hundreds of millions of dollars after the state gets sued for that tragedy. The Massachusetts RMV management and oversight errors led to 7 dead Marine Veterans in Randolph, NH when the Massachusetts driver should have had his license suspended, but instead he was driving while he was high on drugs when his truck killed 7 motorcyclists. Boston’s +$20 billion “Big Dig” continues to leak millions of gallons of dirty water everyday. The deadly “Big Dig” has killed innocent people. It will only last around 50 years before it completely submerges into the Atlantic Ocean. Local government will endure brutal cuts in state aid soon due to Massachusetts state government’s up to $8 billion state budget deficit. Massachusetts is #1 in the U.S.A. for unemployment at 17.4%. Baker, Hinds, and Smitty are a bunch of do nothings who are responsible for this mess!

Best wishes,

Jonathan

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
23 days ago

Hello Dan Valenti, I have an idea on how to re-open the St. Joe’s homeless shelter. The city could use some of Matt Kerwood’s $10.1 million slush fund to pay the overhead needed to reopen the Pittsfield homeless shelter. Best wishes, Jonathan Melle

JoeKapanski
JoeKapanski
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
23 days ago

No. That’s my tax money Mr. Melle

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
23 days ago

That money is earmarked for special interests and is in a “lockbox” intended for corporate handouts. Check the history file if you can gain access.

But the reality is that the homeless people were in large part unmanageable. The phrase “herding cats” comes to mind. It was too much to ask of staffing. So I hear. The city went down the rabbit hole and found a surreal wonderland it could not cope with.

Dumber Awdditoure
Dumber Awdditoure
Reply to  Johnny Dimentia
22 days ago

Exactly. Kufflinks gets appropriated money from council voted projects,then they’re put on hold. Leaving Kapanski cash,that’s you! Which eventually goes into his or hers back pocket. It’s called parachute money.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  Dumber Awdditoure
22 days ago

If my neighbor couldn’t pay his rent or mortgage and was at risk of being homeless, and I had Matt Kerwood’s $10.1 million slush fund, I would gladly loan or gift my neighbor $1,200 to keep a roof over their heads. Matt Kerwood’s huge slush fund sits there while Mayor Linda Tyer raises municipal taxes by over $1.8 million on financially constrained and distressed Pittsfield taxpayers. Matt Kerwood’s slush fund sits there while the city abruptly closes St. Joe’s homeless shelter. What is Matt Kerwood’s slush fund for anyways? Also, Beacon Hill has a $3.5 billion slush fund. Why didn’t Tricia Farley Bouvier or Adam Hinds ask Governor Charlie Baker for some money to keep the homeless shelter open?

ad lunam
ad lunam
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
22 days ago

Tell us the one about Matt Kerwood’s slush fund again.

Be The Change
Be The Change
Reply to  ad lunam
21 days ago

Matt Kerwood has a $10 million proverbial slush fund.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
21 days ago

I think we all know by now, it isn’t going to be used to give some relief for property owners who pay taxes.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
22 days ago

Huxley’s Brave New World, and Orwell’s Animal Farm in addition to 1984, were supposed to be warnings, not DNC instruction manuals!

Dumber Awdditoure
Dumber Awdditoure
Reply to  Mad Trapper
22 days ago

Trump Fovea. Thanks for endorsing another stimulus check. Love Trump.

The Bellanatore
The Bellanatore
Reply to  Dumber Awdditoure
22 days ago

Us smokers and freeloaders ie N H Loooooove The Donald. Why work when you can get three grand a month doing nothing. Suckers!

Be The Change
Be The Change
Reply to  Mad Trapper
21 days ago

A lot of the stuff we were taught in school were the government giving us “proper notice”. And a diploma proof that we were warned I mean informed.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
22 days ago

Trump

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/07/leftists-flip-feds-descend-portland-bring-peace-streets-democrat-leaders-blame-trump-violence-ignoring-blm-rioters/

Leftists Flip Out As Feds Descend On Portland to Bring Peace to the Streets – Democrat Leaders Blame Trump For Violence While Ignoring BLM Rioters
vs Pelousey

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/07/nancy-pelosi-calls-dhs-agents-nazi-stormtroopers-sent-portland-following-40-days-leftist-rioting-mass-destruction/

Nancy Pelosi Calls Federal Agents Nazi “Stormtroopers” after They Are Sent to Portland Following 49 Days of Leftist Rioting and Mass Destruction

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
22 days ago

Some satire…

I went to the market………

I was offended, by a prominently displayed product, called “White Crackers”.

And was informed there will be NO MORE “White bread”, it will now be available known as, “White privilege loaf”

Last edited 22 days ago by Mad Trapper
RN
RN
22 days ago

The Sheffield racism story is fake. The police and DA know it’s fake but they are going to pretend it isn’t.
It’s just like that other college racism story. Do you think people that think like that go away? Do you think BLM really gives a shit about black lives? Or looking for new pockets of rich white guilt to milk for cash?

Poor Raysultz
Poor Raysultz
Reply to  RN
22 days ago

Aren’t they still pretending the murders in Sheffield didn’t happen. Admit it families, the guy became unhinged. It happens.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  RN
21 days ago

Just like far left Democrats do not care about law and order. This woman was shot to death for asking a man to stop setting off illegal fireworks. Women and children are paying the price for lawlessness. The criminals are in charge.
https://www.foxnews.com/us/nyc-woman-shot-brooklyn-fireworks-asking-man-to-stop-police

Be The Change
Be The Change
Reply to  RN
21 days ago

……. works at DA’s office is the daughter of the black man in the article. Is he the only man they could interview for this ? Why do they keep telling us we are racist – we aren’t

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Be The Change
21 days ago

The murder over fireworks of this 33 year old woman was DIRECTLY caused by Democrat policies. Democrats in New York set the new rule that setting off fireworks is a non-violent crime so people should talk to their neighbors or the people setting off the fireworks to ask them to stop. That is EXACTLY what this murdered woman did. Confront others if it’s a non-violent crime, but this confrontation turned into a violent crime. She followed the stupid and dangerous rules set by these Democrats and now she is dead and her companion was even shot as well although he managed to survive. This new transformed America is NOT a place that is safe.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Pat
21 days ago

Get help!

Be The Change
Be The Change
Reply to  RN
20 days ago

Regarding the article about racist vandalism in Sheffield – Wright states that he raised 4 daughters – he ommitted the additional 3 white daughters that he adopted & raised = 7 daughters. 4 black daughters & 3 white daughters, appears the White daughters’ lives do not matter?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
22 days ago

Another “peaceful” evening in Portland OR. D-sponsored riots, looting, burning and mayhem………

Nancy Pelousey endorses this enough to criticize the President for trying to stop it.

Coming to D-mASSachsetts soon,as our spineless “leaders” won’t do a damm to protect you. Will your home or church be burned next?

This the change you’ll get voting D-rat, D-Biden this fall. Enjoy!

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/07/portland-riot-organizer-claims-mission-abolition-united-states-know/

Portland Riot Organizer Claims Mission is the ‘Abolition of the United States As We Know It’
https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/07/breaking-portland-riots-smash-door-portland-police-association-light-fire/

BREAKING: Portland Rioters Smash Through Door of Portland Police Association, Light it on Fire (VIDEOS)
https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/07/portland-rioters-chant-every-city-every-town-burn-precincts-ground-51st-day-protests/

Violent Portland Rioters Chant ‘Every City, Every Town, Burn the Precincts to the Ground’ During Black Lives Matter ‘Protest’
https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/07/f-peaceful-protests-shouts-angry-blm-leader-portland-rally-video/

“F*** THE PEACEFUL PROTESTS” Shouts Angry BLM Leader At Portland Rally (VIDEO)
https://www.wnd.com/2020/07/oregon-ag-sues-feds-arrests-portland-protesters/

Oregon AG sues feds over arrests of Portland protesters
https://www.wnd.com/2020/07/pelosi-trumps-stormtroopers-kidnapping-protesters-portland/

Pelosi: ‘Trump’s stormtroopers’ are ‘kidnapping protesters’ in Portland
https://www.wnd.com/2020/07/viral-portland-arrest-not-secret-police-trumps-new-pact-force/

Viral Portland arrest was not by secret police, but by Trump’s new PACT Force
https://www.redstate.com/nick-arama/2020/07/18/ted-cruz-dan-crenshaw-and-other-conservatives-rip-pelosi-for-spreading-hoax-against-fed-officers-defending-antifa/

Ted Cruz, Dan Crenshaw and Other Conservatives Rip Pelosi for Spreading Hoax Against Fed Officers, Defending Antifa

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

It’s amazing how little the media is covering the Portland riots.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
21 days ago

Isn’t Fox news media? If not then what are they Mr Fritz?

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

Ask

Mr Rutberg on this.

HE is the one pulling the strings news blackouts in Berkshire County.

Ask him? Or his Left Winged Parrot? No answer? They don’t give a rat’s ass!!! No surprise.

News? Reporting? Honesty? Journalism? Left town with the Millers……

Polly want a cracker?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
22 days ago
Pat
Pat
Reply to  Mad Trapper
21 days ago

Great Cartoon that explains how half of the country is being played for fools. Family, police and God are all bad. Only Marxism is good. Only Marxism will deliver us to the promised land of fairness and equality for all. It will be a brutal regime like China, but the efficiency and equality will be off the charts just don’t ever speak out against your rulers. Everyone will be equally enslaved to an oppressive government. Don’t look at the big picture of what they really want to do to our country, but just focus on the little corner of your own life that will be so efficient and equal.

Harryioachse
Harryioachse
Reply to  Pat
21 days ago

You need shock treatment. Live your life.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Harryioachse
21 days ago

We would all like to live our lives….SAFELY.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Pat
21 days ago

Try SANELY while you are at it. Confirm your news sources. You have been radicalized beyond what is healthy,

Splend of Wintoer
Splend of Wintoer
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
21 days ago

Exactly.i think pat-fritz and company have auto bot thumbs

Splend of Wintoer
Splend of Wintoer
Reply to  Pat
21 days ago

Please turn down the heat. We’re mourning today..John Lewis succumbed.

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

Great cartoon MT. So true.

Be The Change
Be The Change
21 days ago

Audit BRIDGE – smells like Le Pavin d’Auvergne.

Splend of Wintoer
Splend of Wintoer
Reply to  Be The Change
21 days ago

People on here don’t know German.

Be The Change
Be The Change
Reply to  Splend of Wintoer
21 days ago

Cheese.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
21 days ago

Pork is alive and well! These feral pigs in Washington ought to be treated like the ones being thinned out in some states.

https://www.cagw.org/reporting/pig-book

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
21 days ago

I got off topic with the GE stuff but this bait and switch with the homeless shelters is pretty gross. I guess they had to do something during lockdown for the 40 or so people living in the Athenaeum. How scummy to lure additional homeless here for a quick buck. It’s not a good addition to all the problems that are already here.

Splend of Wintoer
Splend of Wintoer
Reply to  Kermit Frog
21 days ago

It’s how the food chain and priorities work around here,right Mayor? Stanley got his though..millions. Who’s calling the shots. Vote Trump.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
21 days ago

Schools need to be reopened in Sept. – kids are not at risk. Dems just trying to keep economy shut down.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/07/open-schools-dr-robert-hariri-list-10-common-causes-death-5-24-year-old-population-covid-19-doesnt-even-make-top-50/

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
21 days ago
Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Johnny2Shoes
21 days ago

I guess not enough to Rutberg, et al

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
21 days ago

July 19, 2020

Re: Open letter to Howie Carr

Hello Howie Carr,

What about Charlie Baker refusing to comment on the hundreds of millions of taxpayers’ dollars missing from the state’s unemployment account due to fraud?

What about Charlie Baker and the State Legislature’s up to $8 billion dollar state budget deficit without a budget proposal 19 days and counting after the July 1, 2020 deadline for fiscal year 2021?

What about the State Legislature having only 12 days left before their 5-month-long recess from August 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020? What about the 40% pay raise the state Legislators voted for themselves in early-2017?

What about local governments who are facing devastating cuts in state aid and are in the dark about the state government’s troubled finances? Will municipalities and school districts go financially insolvent?

What about Charlie Baker’s RMV management and oversight errors that allowed a drugged up Massachusetts driver to operate a truck that killed 7 Marine Veterans in Randolph, New Hampshire?

What about Boston’s “Big Dig” leaking millions of gallons of dirty water everyday? The state said the “Big Dig” is safe while it has killed people and will eventually submerge into the Atlantic Ocean?

Best wishes,

Jonathan Melle

—–

“Charlie Baker is leading … us right down the drain”
By Howie Carr, op-ed, The Boston Herald, July 19, 2020

Splend of Wintoer
Splend of Wintoer
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
21 days ago

Planet BULLETIN……..Boating accident,of some kind. Sketchy details. So much for that piece about police lake control.

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
Reply to  Splend of Wintoer
21 days ago

Evidently emergency vehicles had a difficult time getting to the injured boater due to illegal parking in the area. No PPD cruisers had ticket books available to ticket these cars. Guess that answers Councilor Morandi’s question as to who is going to enforce one side parking on the streets this winter. Just another Pittsfield blooper.

Splend of Wintoer
Splend of Wintoer
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
21 days ago

Fucking stupid boaters where’s the harbor master?

Splend of Wintoer
Splend of Wintoer
Reply to  Splend of Wintoer
21 days ago

Speaking of Saint Joseph’s Blows;
(As in away) Ruberto was a 64 grad and that fat blob on pct also,barely,don’t know what year. Anyway,those two boobs come back here, Ruberto from Texas and blob from all over the world,and didn’t do one stinking thing to try and help revive St. Joe. The bottom line is…St. Joe Blows.