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OFFICE OF DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION? NOPE. MORE LIKE SAMENESS, INEQUITY, and EXCLUSION

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY MAY 24, 2021) — At a time when the city of Pittsfield needs to cut spending as well as taxes, once again it will boost both. Alas, the city has fallen  for a social trend that shall prove little more than a fad.

This inevitable, inexorable drive by city “leaders” to punish what’s left of a vanishing middle class proceeds from the political comfort and security supplied by monolithic government — one party, one huge loyalty to the status quo. There’s no other option when an organization’s three governing bodies — mayor, council, school committee — exist not in harmony but in conspiracy. They maintain a tacit agreement not to rock the boat, provide no meaningful opposition, and better yet, no serious accountability.

How else, for example — with roads looking like the surface of the moon, schools smothered by a greed of money and a lack of quality, and both public safety and daily quality of life at all-time lows — could Pittsfield even think about funding an Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)? Even if this latest woke fantasy cost $1, it would be a price too high for Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski.

Do the research. Such offices, which can be found on campus, in government, and in HR departments, deliver the opposite of what the name implies. They would be better named offices of Sameness, Inequity, and Exclusion, because if you don’t meet the criteria and check off the right boxes on race, gender, sexual orientation, and age, you’re about as welcome as a pair of Red Ball Jets at a formal dinner.

Pittsfield DEI will create two high-paying, make-work jobs, adding six-figures in salary and bennies. Neither Mayor Linda Tyer, personnel director Michael Taylor, nor the council has defined the scope of the office. THE PLANET‘s experience tell us that such fuzziness produces equally clouded intent. Translation: The only useful product of this new office will be more bureaucratic B.S. by the ton.

According to Prof. John Staddon of Duke University, the “numerical disproportions” produced by DEI “can only mean racism, a claim that will inevitably result in mutual destruction and animosity. And if ideas can’t be separated from identity — truth is not the same for everyone — the result is a nihilistic relativism.”

DEI promises greater harmony and good. It delivers the opposite by suppressing dissent and increasing division.

———- ooo ———-

The DEI move comes in Tyer’s FY22 budget proposal, a bloated one just shy of $180 million. This includes $10.4 million in new spending amounting to a nearly 6% increase.

Ward 2 councilor Kevin Morandi spoke the inconvenient truth about this pork-laden item:

“With the budget that’s in front of us this year, the percentage of the increase, adding another department, adding personnel, I won’t be supporting this department budget request,” said Morandi. Salute to Morandi.

Alisa Costa, who was part of a study group that recommended this “dunsel” addition, said funding was on the low side, merely $51,610 for two officers, one city side and one school side, for six months funding.  Do the math: $102,320 not including bennies for two officers for a half a year. Annualized taxpayers bleed for $204,640. And how much do you want to bet that after the half-year is up, the Kapanskis will continue getting flogged for what amounts to a social-engineering jerk-off.

Costa said “COVID has really struck a chord, and shown us things about our community that we weren’t necessarily aware of.” Yeah, like what?

She didn’t say.

At-Large Councilor Pete White said the office will make government look more like the city population. If so, we expect to see the two positions filled by a drug user, drug dealer, gang member, homeless person, “gimme girl,” welfare cheat, and sponger. As Moe Howard would say to Larry Fine, “Pick out two.”

THE PLANET brings your attention to Prof. Staddon’s observation about ideas and identity. When a person’s skin color, gender, age, or sexual preference must first be checked for admission or consideration, we automatically prevent a wealth of ideas from ever making an appearance.

Not a good way to run a city.

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“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

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Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
25 days ago

Isn’t it ironic, blogger Dan Valenti, that Kamala Harris rightfully called Joe Biden a racist to his face before becoming his Vice President? Isn’t it ironic that Massachusetts never elected a woman as Governor in over 4 centuries? Isn’t it ironic that post industrial Pittsfield has little to no living wage jobs for its working poor residents who have to rely on social services and taxpayer-funded welfare assistance programs to survive? Isn’t it ironic that North Street is called “Social Services Alley” and the immediate areas around North Street is called “The ring of poverty”? Isn’t ironic that Pittsfield’s ruling elites live in a gated community in homes valued at nearly $1 million a piece and other high end neighborhoods nowhere near inner city Pittsfield? Pittsfield (Massachusetts) is one of the most economically unequal communities in the state and nation, and it is only getting worse as time progresses forward. Lastly, I learned many decades ago that bureaucratic euphemisms like “diversity, equity and inclusion” really mean TOKENISM for the ruling elites in government to screw over the proverbial Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski family!

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
25 days ago

We suffered from Reganism 1980s America

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
Reply to  The school committee
25 days ago

Not sure who regan is but sorry to hear about that, I couldn’t believe we made it through Ford and Carter, thankfully the next guy Ronald Reagan got America going again!

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Shirleyknuts
24 days ago

Reagan was your corporate elite anti union anti Social Security anti public education and pro Tax cut for the wealthy trickle down economics ….should have been impeached elite white racist leader.He was not mentally available in year 3 of his Presidency.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  The school committee
24 days ago

Joe was not mentally available from the get go and you have a problem with 3 years in?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  J2S
24 days ago

Joe thinks he raised a fine Son in Hunter.

OhMyGod
OhMyGod
Reply to  Mad Trapper
24 days ago

Donald Trump would trade both his sons and a six pack for Hunter Biden. And if he has to testify in New York about his tax fraud case he will throw both of them under the bus along with Ivanka. You know he will.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  OhMyGod
24 days ago

True ,Trump will not go down for family.He is a loser that the cult thinks is cool.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  OhMyGod
24 days ago

Hunter would trade his Father and Mother for a hit of crack and a hooker

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  OhMyGod
24 days ago

Joe is 5 cans of a six pack short

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

You are disgusting.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  J2S
24 days ago

Everyday Fox is pushing to its dopey viewers that Biden does not have the ability to lead.How stupid can you be.

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

Stop frothing at the keyboard TSC.

We already know you can’t handle the truth

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

Not as stupid as those who voted for the cheater/liar/racist and fraud

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

He got reelected in a landslide failure for socialism/democRATS.

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

Isn’t it ironic that we haven’t heard a peep out of you over Biden’s horrendous treatment of migrant kids at the border? What a hypocrite!

https://thefederalist.com/2021/05/21/biden-is-keeping-migrant-kids-in-horrible-conditions-where-is-the-outcry/

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
24 days ago

I also hear the crickets in the mainstream media

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

He is distributing the fence jumpers all over the USA with free bennies.

How many has Tyer lined up for THE PITT?

OhMyGod
OhMyGod
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
24 days ago

A peep? Fox news talks about it allll daaayyy longggg.

Markus Aureluis
Markus Aureluis
25 days ago

These offices are needed when President Xiden continuously preaches hate and racism. It’s a continuation of Obama’s policy to divide the nation. Remember when Michelle Obama talked about “white flight,” when she and Barry moved to the Cape. Of course it was all BS, but they love peddling racism.

Doesn’t Pittsfield already have a Czar of Race in Shirley Edegerton? She loves to blame the societal woes on the white man. She never talks about the destruction some members of her family caused in Pittsfield. Plus, she, the Obama’s, Xiden, always seem to leave out black on black crime. Violent crime is out of control in many black communities across America. You would think proud black men and women would condone the violence in their communities. But with Xiden and crew, they’ll continue to preach about white police officers hunting black people. A total diversion from what is really happening.

47 people (mostly black) were shot in Chicago this past weekend. 15 of them died. Where are Xiden, Barry, or Kamala Harris, on this issue? And this isn’t a freak or bizarre weekend of violence. It’s like this every weekend.

Which brings me back to the DEI. What is the true purpose of this? To make sure Linda Tyer can hire an unqualified person of color? This would then allow her to have a presser and photo-op with said unqualified hire. I’m sure the usual suspects would be in the photo too: Pee Pee Petey, Sweet Pete White, Earl Persip, Helen “Handgun” Moon, and of course Tricia Farley-Country-Buffet (D). The current make-up of the city clownsil proves that Pittsfield isn’t “systemically racist.” There are two Asian women, one black man, gay men, and a gay woman. If you look at the demographics of Pittsfield, I would say this is very equitable. I know Handgun Moon and Earl Persip would love to see straight white men not represented at all, but again, look at the demographics of Pittsfield. It’s not Detroit.

And not to repeat my post from the other day, but Sweet Pete White is happy and gives his full support to the DEI. I wonder how Sweet Pete would feel if he was much more qualified for an open department manager position with his education and work experience, but loses that job, because a black, transgender, homosexual, gets the job based on those qualifications, and those qualifications alone? Sweet Pete, please wake up and quit being “woke” up. If you’re a true leader, you hire the best, not a quota hire, or DEI hire.

One last, I read in an article this weekend where DA Wrong Way Harrington made a campaign pledge not to accept money from any police union across MA. That made me laugh. Andrea, honey, I’ll guarantee you there wasn’t a single police department in Berkshire County that was going to give you a penny to begin with. Nice statement to make along the campaign trail, but a total joke.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Markus Aureluis
25 days ago

The mayor has me singing a great tune from the late ’60’s in my head: ‘Undun’ by The Guess Who.

Tally
Tally
Reply to  Markus Aureluis
25 days ago

Thank you for this information.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Markus Aureluis
25 days ago

Why do they play the racial card? Because they are getting what they want. How to stop them from playing the racial card? Stop giving
them what they want.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  J2S
25 days ago

White men play the race card all day everyday as the whine about nothing.Trump is helping the morons keep power…..where is Trump?…Anyone anyone anyone….you guys followed Trump straight to the Capital

J2S
J2S
Reply to  The school committee
25 days ago

As Morgan Freeman said in an interview when asked “How do you stop racism? Freeman said stop talking about it.”
There you go, but the far left have nothing to offer, without racism the far left of the party dies a quick death.Stop talking about racism and you’ll realize
it’s a construct of the far left.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  J2S
25 days ago

Stop watching Fox media giant and stop voting for republicans.

framl
framl
Reply to  The school committee
24 days ago

Are you a complete moron or just play one?

J2S
J2S
Reply to  framl
24 days ago

Frontal lobe filtering issues?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  framl
24 days ago

both, don’t have to act at all

Sojourner Truth
Sojourner Truth
Reply to  J2S
24 days ago

Had lunch last week with a prominent attorney. It was more a social meeting and apolitical. However he very stoically stated: ” What a great time to be black in America”. Just sayin.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Sojourner Truth
24 days ago

That sounds like what Trump said in the 90s,brilliant guy.

Markus Aureluis
Markus Aureluis
Reply to  The school committee
24 days ago

Yeah, it couldn’t have been Xiden saying it in the 90’s. He was all for locking up black men for non-violent offenses and throwing away the key. Remember TSC?

juicylucy
juicylucy
Reply to  danvalenti
24 days ago

Just ask Linda. City Clerk originally appointed, not an elected, City Clerk, who was in charge of the Pittsfield voting machines when she was elected mayor winning all 7 wards and 14 precincts . Coincidence, I don’t think so.

OhMyGod
OhMyGod
Reply to  juicylucy
24 days ago

At the time I gave her the benenfit of the doubt. But now, after watching her operate for a few years, I do not feel the same way.
She has over 30 million new dollars to play with and is still rasing taxes to the moon.

Just the facts
Just the facts
Reply to  Markus Aureluis
25 days ago

Your cone hat is crooked and you have BBQ sauce on your white robe. Geez get some fresh air.

Markus Aureluis
Markus Aureluis
Reply to  Just the facts
25 days ago

Maybe for a day, you could quit chomping down on the pillow, pull-up your pants, stand up, and then get working on the “houseless” problem.

After that, you can explain what I said which you feel was factually wrong?

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Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
Reply to  Just the facts
24 days ago

Thought you were replying to TSC…I hope Jones finds him before he hurts himself

Gimme gimme
Gimme gimme
Reply to  Markus Aureluis
25 days ago

http://www.commondreams.org
‘Landslide Endorsement of Criminal Justice Reform’ as Krasner Blows Out … You still have crow in your teeth? You once again put your shoe in your mouth.

Gimme gimme
Gimme gimme
Reply to  Gimme gimme
25 days ago

Total landslide! I believe in one of your rambling dribbles you said that reformer DA’s were not getting reelected once again wrong! I know you watched that election closely and we’re hoping spew some more insight. Honey as the saying goes you don’t know $$$hit

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
Reply to  Gimme gimme
24 days ago

Philadelphia where they always have honest elections

Markus Aureluis
Markus Aureluis
Reply to  Gimme gimme
24 days ago

Philadelphia is a dump. Care to wager a bet Wrong Way will be sent packing in her next election? Berkshire County isn’t Philly, Los Angeles, San Francisco.

At every debate, I would bring up the fact that she doesn’t pay her taxes, traffic citations she receives, and her non-transparent office policies.

And don’t forget, Helen Moon is still in the picture. I’m sure she’s saving her best for when Wrong Way hits the campaign trail.

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Penny lane
Penny lane
Reply to  Markus Aureluis
24 days ago

You need more then Pasta dinners to raise money to run a county wide election and having Brain Dead Marquis Mazzeo and the other Mickey mouse club members running things to win.

Campaign trail
Campaign trail
Reply to  danvalenti
24 days ago

Pick me please.
1. You have to get the turnout ( local elections have had a dismal turnout) Pittsfield upcoming elections will be no different

2. Money money and more money elections county wide are expensive.

3. Fundraising and the ability continually raise money. It’s hard to ask for it.

4. Connections you need to already have a foundation with community groups elected officials etc.

5.Be surrounded by good compent people who have run elections before.

6. Strong Social media presence active active positive content.

7. Be able to articulate your position in debates interviews and public speaking engagements.

8 .Your record what you have accomplished during your term or in the private sector in a clear manner.

9. Be able to have strong family support. Elections are horrible on the family and significant others.

10. Campaigns are extremely hard on the candidate knocking doors on a Saturday every Saturday or Sunday sucks the life out of a person.

11. More Money!

I have been involved in many campaigns although not part of Harringtons hers was one of the best I have seen locally for some time. Like it or not. She will be hard to beat as the incumbent. Krasner in Philly had the backing of the Police union which substantially donated to his campaign. His opponent was on the attack from the get go and most thought it would be close it wasn’t.

Sideline QB
Sideline QB
Reply to  Gimme gimme
25 days ago

‘Landslide Endorsement of Criminal Justice

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner handily defeated a police union-backed Democratic primary challenger on Tuesday, a victory seen as a resounding endorsement of the incumbent prosecutor’s criminal justice reform record and popular agenda.

“We in this movement for criminal justice reform just won a big one,” Krasner said in his speech declaring victory over Carlos Vega, a former homicide prosecutor and one of dozens of staffers Krasner fired just days after taking over the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office in 2018.

“Four years ago, we promised reform, and a focus on serious crime,” said Krasner, whose office stopped prosecuting low-level offenses such as marijuana possession and ended the practice of seeking cash bail for minor transgressions. Krasner’s policies have reduced the Philadelphia jail population by an estimated 30%.

“People believed what were, at that point, ideas. Promises. And they voted us into office with a mandate. We kept those promises. They saw what we did. And they put us back in office because of what we’ve done,” said Krasner. “We hear all this talk about how somehow progressive prosecution can’t survive. That’s not what I see. What I see is that traditional prosecution can’t survive.”

With 95% of Philadelphia divisions reporting, Krasner leads Vega by nearly 50,000 votes. Krasner’s primary victory essentially guarantees his reelection as district attorney, given the absence of a competitive Republican challenger in the Democratic stronghold.

As The Intercept reported Tuesday, Vega “campaigned with Philadelphia’s FOP Lodge 5, a local chapter of the Fraternal Order of the Police, the largest police union in the country.”

“Krasner’s reelection bid came as an increase in gun violence in many U.S. cities—including Philadelphia—and calls to reduce the scope of policing prompted a return to tough-on-crime rhetoric and rebuke of reformist efforts,” the outlet noted, adding that “attempts by Vega and his backers in law enforcement to pin gun violence in the city on Krasner didn’t resonate with Philadelphians who have interacted with the criminal legal system.”

In an interview with The Intercept, Philadelphia City Council Member Kendra Brooks said that “we’re talking about the same system that has disinvested into all the things that they needed to be successful, right?”

“And it’s also the system that perpetuates this cycle of violence, and crime, and trauma that also puts them in the ground,” Brooks added. “And in communities, you can’t separate any of that.

Merguez
Merguez
Reply to  Sideline QB
24 days ago

You can be sure Harrington will be parroting Krasner’s speech when she gets in full campaign mode. Difference is Krasner is a very experienced trial lawyer who knows what he is doing.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Markus Aureluis
25 days ago

White men have made a very big white mess.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  The school committee
25 days ago

This country would be a lot better off if far lefttwits played in traffic more often.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  The school committee
24 days ago

Who’s saying that today? Who’s saying that 10 to 20, 30 years ago? How many are saying that? How long are these exhausting excuses of perceived racism gonna last? 50, 100, 500 years into the future?

The City I Hate
The City I Hate
Reply to  Markus Aureluis
25 days ago

As I am not black/transgender/homosexual/lesbian/woke joke/deviant/degenerate, I do not identify with any of these freaks, these something went wrong mistakes. The corrupt mayor/clowncilors support for this ripoff fake position is insulting to the taxpayers as is the pickpocket tax used for a church roof and restoration/replacement of church fence. But may I suggest that Wynn’s corrupt position be defunded, and Wynn eliminated, and the money pissed away on Wynn go to fund these new corrupt racists phony Shirley Edgerton positions.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  The City I Hate
24 days ago

All police departments need a chief and he is a duly appointed civil service chief. What’s your beef?

The City I Hate
The City I Hate
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
24 days ago

wynn is dishonest, corrupt, a sack of foul pig dung! As for duly appointed one only has to consider the lack of character garbage that appointed a sack of foul pig dung to the position of corrupt chief of police. As long as I’ve known that sack of pig dung he’s been under the delusion that society owes him for his mother’s sins, his fatherless deprived childhood, his mixed race, his delusion that he’s a white male trapped in negro skin. In reality tosser wynn is a sack of foul pig dung dressed up in a blue furry pig costume posing for photos on a park bench, his important acting chief duties in this crime ridden shithole of a city.

WynnShield
WynnShield
Reply to  The City I Hate
24 days ago

Training. Howmuchyabench?

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  The City I Hate
24 days ago

Wow,are you giving evidence for the not smart .

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

There is smart, dumb and idiots.

You seem to be the latter beyond education/help.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  The City I Hate
24 days ago

Well I have known him for years and he never once mentioned his race or parents to me, and you cite zero evidence of corruption or dishonesty. And although he was strung along as acting chief for years, like it or not Tyer campaigned on filling chief’s spot via civil service, which is cut law by the way, which ruberto and Bianchi circumvented for years. As long as the civil service selection process was fair, I have no problem with it and you shouldn’t either.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  The City I Hate
24 days ago

You also are not smart.

The school committee
The school committee
25 days ago

Antifa and BLM are the instigators of the Coup at the violent attack on America’s Capital during the certification of the states votes for Biden as reported on Fox white power channel and Republicans were ordered by the lady in waiting Dopey Don Trump not to investigate….How crazy can skinhead Republicans get.

Last edited 25 days ago by The school committee
IJ2S
IJ2S
Reply to  The school committee
25 days ago

You can’t be educated beyond a potato.

OhMyGod
OhMyGod
Reply to  IJ2S
25 days ago

Well, not in Pittsfield schools anyway.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  IJ2S
25 days ago

Beyond a potato?

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

You’ll never be as smart as a carrot.

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

There is alot of white damage on this board.Fox news vegetable intelligence rating.

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

WAAAA!!!!!

White this White that!!!! You are the racist TSC

Fox!!!! Fox!!!! in the liberal henhouse!!!!

Annulgas
Annulgas
25 days ago

Speaking of diversity, is it true that the overriding reason the council leader will not hold public council meetings, is because of the fear someone might bring up the subject of a forensic audit? And he will not be able to shut it down in a milisecond?
Is it true that they do not want this subject coming across to the people on PCTV and generating even more discussion? Is it true that if this subject were broached on a Zoom meeting that someone could choke it off with the push of a button? I was in a discussion where people were sure this was the reason open meetings were being held off till the budget process was pretty much done.

And it makes perfect sense in Pittsfield. There are people who live high on the hog offf the hard work of others and have no shame. And some of them run Pittsfield.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Annulgas
25 days ago

Citizens of Pittsfield,
Our ideas and agenda is so great that we prevent you from hearing alternatives or criticism of them…
Sincerely,
City officials of Pittsfield

OhMyGod
OhMyGod
Reply to  J2S
25 days ago

And the mayor is just fine with this. May even be the one behind it. Can you just imagine if you are the leader of Pittsfield and a forensic audit is coming down the tracks at you? This is the stuff nightmares are made of.

Sideline QB
Sideline QB
Reply to  Annulgas
25 days ago

You should run? Oh wait blah blah blah I can’t because. Fill in the blank________

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
25 days ago

This is just a reminder for people you get what you vote for! So obviously the voters of Pittsfield enjoy giving their money freely to incompetent people who only care about being in the in crowd with the Democrats from Boston. It doesn’t matter what the people running for government positions say, their actions speak louder! Nobody cares about us poor retirees, right TSC? See you in the soup line

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Shirleyknuts
25 days ago

Tyer and the rest have big wealth.The average SS check is 1300 a month.These are the people who have not cut 1 penny in 6 years.In spite of her spending the thing that gets me is she has never explained to the elderly why she is taking all their wealth…..Tyer seems to not have any compassion for Seniors

The City I Hate
The City I Hate
Reply to  Shirleyknuts
24 days ago

For starters Pittsfield needs to eliminate the four at-large positions. Not only are they a waste of money, and oxegen, they’re ignorant trouble makers. None of them have shown any support for the taxpayers, and have demonstrated over and over that they are not on the side of the normal taxpayers. The other seven clowncilors, if running unopposed, would have to get 100% of votes on election day. Anything less than 100% would automatically eliminate them from securing a position on the clowncil. This way voters like myself who demonstrate disdain/no confidence in/for these losers by not filling in the oval on the ballot would have a voice on election day.

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
Reply to  The City I Hate
24 days ago

That’s the problem they always get voted in as long as they play the game

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  The City I Hate
24 days ago

You make zero sense pal

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  The City I Hate
24 days ago

We agree on the at large.Thats what keeps ward 4 running the show.

Pat
Pat
25 days ago

Attacks against Jewish people are increasing across the country ever since the far left sided with terrorist organization Hamas instead of supporting our ally Israel. The far left is creating the very racism they claim they want to stop. By making everyone focus on our differences rather than our similarities, we will be divided even further and that divide and conquer strategy is part of the far left agenda.

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

Right you are, Pat. Hamas started the attack and the conflict won’t get resolved until Hamas is destroyed. Go get’em Israel!

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

That is dumb Pat.Go without Fox fadcist message for 1 day.BLM should get some of your compassion also.

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

BLM founder just bought a mansion, in “white” LA, with the loot donated to them/her by the stupid “woke white” indoctrinated fools.

What has BLM done for Blacks? Besides incite riots where they can go “shopping” through broken windows and doors for large screens and Nikes, while at the same time burning , looting, and murdering…….no works boots missing.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
25 days ago

Great column.
The city is hiring/promoting based on skin color – what’s more racist than that?
Vote out all the councilors who supported this new bogus “office,” especially Pete White!

OhMyGod
OhMyGod
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
25 days ago

Ah, but imagine the backlash if you voted against it. Folk would be marching up and down the street in front of your house.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  OhMyGod
25 days ago

Exactly OMG,
They scare and intimidate those who really might not agree with some or all of what they want into submission.

J2S
J2S
25 days ago

We are living in a world where “The moon is made of cheese” would fly in some far left circles, and without the benefit of the traditional peyote
or LSD.

Spider
Spider
25 days ago

Bravo Dan! This column is one of your best!

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
25 days ago

Dan, great article. Most likely the money for this asinine new department and positions will be taken from the Police Budget which I am sure the mass majority of councilors will decide to defund, especially Moonbeam and Dumpster Persip. Taxpayers, as a reminder, Michael Taylor, Director of Human Resources just received a HUGE raise, once again courtesy of us taxpayers. Yet, Michael states on his Facebook that he will continue to wear a mask because “he doesn’t want people to think he is a Republican”. Wow, talk about discrimination! What about folks that can’t receive the vaccine due to medical reasons, should Michael order them out to pasture to be done away with? Is it now a question on a City employment application what party you are in? This is the biggest worry this pathetic Administration can drum up? Meanwhile, drug overdoses are non-stop, every street is potholed ridden, parks are a mess with garbage, human feces, needles, yesterday there was gun fire mid day by our central fire station, missing traffic signs on every street, failing schools, counted 9 streetlights missing just in the Coltsville area and evidently the average speed limit on most streets in Pittsfield is now between 60 and 75mph. Both Taco Bell and Tahiti takeout had to close yesterday due to lack of help. What a vibrant, dynamic and innovative City we live in!

Picklebike
Picklebike
Reply to  Merry & Bright
25 days ago

Can’t remember the last time I saw a traffic stop.

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
Reply to  Picklebike
25 days ago

There were 2 I drove by yesterday in different parts of the city

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  Picklebike
24 days ago

A what?

The City I Hate
The City I Hate
Reply to  Picklebike
24 days ago

Well there were four cops loitering in a parking lot next to a gym on Summer St. yesterday which made me wonder if officer Kirchner was in the area.

OhMyGod
OhMyGod
Reply to  Merry & Bright
25 days ago

The new Taco Bell is going to be built inside what was shortly ago a massive rock outcropping. Did they realize that before the digging started? And do they realize that there is also an underground aquifer in that area? Better not dig much deeper or they will be in or the surprize of their lives.

S'il vous plait
S'il vous plait
Reply to  Merry & Bright
25 days ago

There’s a C.O. @ BCHC Major Mauer/Major Taylor, is this person connected to Michael Taylor; Human Resources Director, per chance?

Hell'n Moon
Hell'n Moon
Reply to  Merry & Bright
24 days ago

I’m glad someone else noticed another pay raise for Twinkle Toes Taylor. Wish I could work from home for an entire year and get a raise based on that.

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
Reply to  Hell'n Moon
24 days ago

Not many people receive a $7,500.00 annual raise for doing nothing except twinkle toe around Madam Mayor. Also, saw that Pee Pee Petie just had herniated disc surgery, did he get whip lash when Madam Mayor stopped too quick.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  Merry & Bright
24 days ago

And collaborative

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
25 days ago

Correct me if I am wrong but isn’t it illegal to discriminate, when hiring, against race, color, gender, disability and age? How are these 2 expensive new jobs going to not discriminate? So is this even legal?

IBEW
IBEW
25 days ago

Does DA’s campaign oddities have anything to do with Berkshire County Building and Construction Trades Council ?

Agent 86
Agent 86
25 days ago

Alisa Costa is such a low information buffoon that she should be on the city council with Yuki and Dina. Every day Pittsfield becomes more of a joke.

OhMyGod
OhMyGod
Reply to  Agent 86
25 days ago

City hall will be opening up next week. Did Dans pressure have anything to do with it?

1983 called, they want their rights back
1983 called, they want their rights back
25 days ago

I thought, ALL men are innocent until proven guilty ? … “Those who belong behind bars vs those who are innocent until proven guilty” – whaaaaaat ?

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
24 days ago

WTF???????????????????????????? Seriously. This is a totally assinine idea. And thank you Dan for telling it like it is.

Johnny99
Johnny99
24 days ago

An old Pittsfield cop told me years ago, that the mayor and other GOBSIGs were having trouble figuring out who to appoint the next chief and they looked out the window, and saw John L. Sullivan walking the beat, and he got the job. Probably a bs story but it got me thinking. Tyer and her GOBSIGs can look over to Park Square and pick one of the moochers off the curb, to appoint as the DEI Officer.

JoeKapanski
JoeKapanski
Reply to  Johnny99
24 days ago

Yea but guess what Johnny. The moochers aint black, gay, queer, or what not, and besides, moochers don’t want a job, not even a do nothing one.

Hell'n Moon
Hell'n Moon
Reply to  Johnny99
24 days ago

I bet Dennis or Helen get the job. $50k for 6 months of work.. I’d do it, too pale though

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J2S
J2S
Reply to  Hell'n Moon
24 days ago

It might be a shut up Helen hire if it happens.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
24 days ago

Pittsfield politics will increase its lousy public school district’s fiscal year 2022 budget by 4.4%. Why not just throw a couple million in Kapanski Ka$h into the proverbial fire instead? Level 5 inner city public schools, declining enrollment, over 650 students per academic year choice out to neighboring public school districts, many teachers transferring to neighboring public school districts, and so on. Way to go “dynamic and vibrant” Lovely Linda! Dennis Powell was right to resign in protest from the Pittsfield School Committee.

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
24 days ago

I think anyone in government would have a seizure or heart attack if someone in government suggested cutting the baby 10% or closing schools. I can’t believe they want preschool kids to leave their parents to be indoctrinated and no one is fighting for this!! With all the modern conveniences you would think they would work with the parents so they could start the education process with their children. They have already shown they can use zoom so why not work with the families to educate the kids instead of ripping them out of their homes

Lenny
Lenny
Reply to  Shirleyknuts
24 days ago

Not only do they want to indoctrinate the children at an earlier age, but this move will also put many local preschool businesses OUT of business. I am totally against this plan. Former supt. Eberwein, during his tenure, expanded the reach of the PPSD by including preschool, but I believe McCandless cut back in this area in order to focus funds & education on the school-aged population per mandates.
Get your kids out of this lousy school district!

The City I Hate
The City I Hate
Reply to  Shirleyknuts
24 days ago

Head Start: A Tragic Waste of Money/Cato Institute

“Forty-five years and $166 billion later, it has been proven a failure”

And didn’t I read that a baby snatching/fetal abduction monster[s] is somehow involved in this plot to deprive/separate children from their mommies, and mommies from their babies.

KayDesea
KayDesea
Reply to  The City I Hate
24 days ago

It’s on par with D A R E

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Shirleyknuts
24 days ago

Apparently the government and far left are tired of having parents “interfere” in their children’s lives.

The school committee
The school committee
24 days ago

KKK,free lance proud boys Qanon republican Fox viewers are going to make another run at American democracy.The red state taker states are going to put the white dictator in charge of what will be a very crazy time

J2S
J2S
Reply to  The school committee
24 days ago

You just wait til Clueless Joe hears about this!

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  J2S
24 days ago

Joe: “What? I can’t understand this. Where is Jill?”

LegalEagle
LegalEagle
24 days ago

I know how we can save almost $200k a year. Check out the official FB page for the DA. Apparently she believes the job entails attending a judge’s swearing in for the day. Then she spend another day bothering the police about communications protocols that have existed for years. Then she attended a Massachusetts DA meeting by phone no doubt so that’s a day. This is what she thinks the DA’s job is. Has crime completely gone away? Are we not prosecuting cases? What are we doing about the opioid situation. What are the the results of the promised transparency into that office? Maybe have a look over at Hampden County where a cold case child murder was solved this week. Why don’t we just go back to when we merged these offices under one DA and get rid of the Berkshire post entirely.
https://www.facebook.com/BerkshireDA

John McEnroe
John McEnroe
Reply to  LegalEagle
24 days ago

I guess it’s better the Playing tennis 4 times a week like Capeless did. We use to play a game where’s David

Nipples Harrington
Nipples Harrington
Reply to  John McEnroe
24 days ago

At least Capless played on his own time. I was there at 6am at Berkshire West playing tennis with him.
Nipples spends time playing with her hair and playing hide the subpoena with Andy Mac.

RNtoo
RNtoo
Reply to  LegalEagle
24 days ago

The problem is we are just not trying hard enough to avoid overdoses. It’s not addiction. It is overdoses. Screw the family and friends of the addicts. Just stop the overdoses. It’s “a whole school of thought,” don’t you know? Let me tell you about my vacation to Portugal. It’s Harm Reduction this week with Andrea Harrington. https://live959.com/wow-fatal-drug-overdoses-in-berkshire-county-increased-by-44-in-2020/

James
James
Reply to  RNtoo
24 days ago

Harrington has hired a drug activist as campaign treasurer. He is pushing shoot up rooms and government supplied heroin in Pittsfield. We are going to keep our drug addicts happy if she has her way. You are going to pay for it. It’s tit for tat for the people who ran her campaign.

Apply Within
Apply Within
24 days ago

Assistant District Attorney

J2S
J2S
24 days ago

Breaking: Some kind of explosion in Adams. Daughter just texted me. Waiting for more information.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  J2S
24 days ago

Apkins I’m told. S

J2S
J2S
Reply to  J2S
24 days ago

In NA. Scrap yard

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  J2S
24 days ago

Let us know. Apkins?

KayDesea
KayDesea
Reply to  Mad Trapper
24 days ago

It stinks

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Mad Trapper
24 days ago

Trap,
Daughter didn’t know everything about it because it was ongoing and fast at the time and was doing her best to inform me. She was driving by the area at the time.

https://www.iberkshires.com/story/65001/Firefighters-Battling-Massive-Blaze-at-North-Adams-
Scrapyard.html

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  J2S
24 days ago

FDs complaining no water available at the site, yet the river is within feet. WTF dumb are they?

The school committee
The school committee
24 days ago

Ma. audit tells you that the people in charge at Barc took almost 800k to travel the world.This tells you exactly what will be found in a Pittsfield budget audit.Lets get this audit approved and lets get it done.

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

How much did Hunter get when he went to China with papa Joe?

Change Bukitts
Change Bukitts
Reply to  Mad Trapper
24 days ago

Was there ever any audits on the cops on top. Wonder if coal knows anything?

KayDesea
KayDesea
Reply to  The school committee
24 days ago

Let’s see all the audit on these administrative trips all over the country

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

How much loot, did Hunter take in with papa Joe, when they went to China with emperor Barry running things?

Cider Grandparenzts
Cider Grandparenzts
Reply to  Mad Trapper
24 days ago

Yen? I mean when?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mad Trapper
24 days ago

1.5 Bil TSC? Where did that go? Hunters nose ain’t that big

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
Reply to  The school committee
23 days ago

Reason to drain the swamp TSC, way to become a trumpster

Ron Kitterman
Ron Kitterman
23 days ago

 to Peter White –” Go sell your crazy some place else we’re all stocked up here “ from As Good AS it Gets