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TEXAS VOTING BILL : VOTER SUPPRESSION or SAFEGUARDING ELECTIONS? IT’s THE LATTER

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION JUNE 18-20, 2021) — “Voter suppression” or “Safeguarding elections?”

THE PLANET speaks of efforts to tighten security at ballot boxes in state legislatures. In the Democratically controlled federal government, the House has been crafting a measure that would expand voter participation, where the question is “Voting enhancement” or “Electoral Corruption?”

This weekend’s case in point: the Lone Star State.

In Texas, the legislature introduced and passed a law meant to do one or the other alternative in our first question. THE PLANET thinks it’s the latter.

What do you think?

What did the measure do?

Here’s a quick overview:

  • The bill eliminates the 2020 practice instituted in the name of COVID to send absentee ballots to ALL registered voters, whether they requested them or not. Comment: If you wanted to insure electoral fraud, you would flood the electorate with blank ballots. Doing so would make it child’s play for political camps to harvest blanks, send in phony votes, and thereby hijack the results. Oversight simply cannot handle such a crush, when “voter participating” mysteriously registers at all-time highs for no apparent reason. You will notice that in discussing the results of the 2020 presidential election, stories that defend the integrity of the result phrase it carefully. They say something like “No evidence has been uncovered of voting fraud.” That’s different from certifying no fraud.
  • The law bans the use of tents, garages, mobile homes, lean-tos, or any temporary structure as a polling station. Incredibly, that’s what happened in many states including Texas in 2020. When Bubba Gene can get the OK to receive cast ballots in his outhouse, you’re inviting trouble.
  • The measure tightens ID requirements for voters who cast ballots by mail. These days, you need a picture ID to do most anything of importance and much of what is trivial. It seems to be a minimum but essential safeguard to make sure the person sending in or casting the ballot is the person to whom to ballot was sent or is the person who shows up at the poll. Dead men tell not tales, but in 2020, they often went to the polls. In the mails, the term “dead letter office” took on an entirely new meaning.
  • The law allows greater access to poll watchers, giving them greater freedom to monitor the results.

The Texas legislature “passed” these sensible and modest reforms — 18-13 in the 31-member Senate, 83-67 in the house. Why the quotation marks encasing “passed?” Enough House Democrats walked out of the vote to preclude a quorum. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will have to call the legislature back into session, which he will do, and require the House to submit a legal vote, which it will. The bill will become law in time for the next electoral round.

In Washington, the jokes — check that, the “wokes” — screamed that the bill was “an assault on democracy,” a move to “deny the franchise to black, brown, and of-color voters.” Democrats followed the talking points in strict do-as-you’re-told-or-else fashion. President Joe Biden, allowed for the moment to emerge from hiding by VP Kamala Harris and his other handlers, piped in as well.

Syracuse Joe called the measure “wrong and un-American.”

Actually, what’s more “un-American?” For Washington to step all over states’ rights or to oppose cleaning up what has become an annual exercise in voting corruption, or to allow loosening of voting safeguards that permit wide scale fraud?

Incidentally, the Texas statehouse is part-time. Legislators makes $1,200 a year. Law prohibits anyone, including party bosses and chairs, from making more than $45,340 over a two-year term.

Compare that to the robber barons in the Massachusetts State House, who make getting elected to a do-nothing-but-rubber-stamp job as lucrative as bank robbery. Think of the near-six-figures pulled down by the likes of the local statehouse delegation, and then monitor the rise in your blood pressure.

C’mon down, Berkshire County state reps!

  • Sen. Adam Hines — Nickname, “Chrome Dome” … Notable Achievement: First vote as senator grants himself a pay raise.
  • Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier — Nickname “Country-Buffet” … Notable Achievement: Eating herself into office.
  • Rep. Paul Mark — Nickname: So obscure and inconsequential he doesn’t have one … Notable achievement: Many years in office, not one accomplishment.
  • Rep. John Barrett III — Nickname, “Der Wunderbarrett” … Notable Achievement: Ditched the Dreaded Private Sector a century ago and never looked back.
  • Rep. Smitty Pignatelli — Nickname, “Smitten” … Notable Achievement: Rode the old man’s coattails into this lifetime cushy gig.

Have a great weekend, everybody.

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LOVE TO ALL.

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BAIZUO
BAIZUO
3 months ago

The baizuo posters will disagree.

BAIYOU
BAIYOU
Reply to  BAIZUO
3 months ago

Not necessarily. Think about the posters pasted to the Texas border wall. There is no disagreement there.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
3 months ago

I loved your weekend column, blogger Dan Valenti. I love the Berkshire delegations nicknames, too. Adams Hinds is known as “Chrome Dome”, who purchased a $690,000 home in Amherst, Massachusetts, which is outside of his State Senate legislative district. Could the average Western Massachusetts resident spend nearly $700,000 on a new home? Adam Hinds votes to raise state taxes on Beacon Hill, but he also votes himself huge legislative pay raises, too. Tricia Farley Bouvier is “Trippy Country Buffet” because she defends the Berkshire Museum selling off tens of millions of dollars in historic artwork, but got upset that the Old Country Buffet in Pittsfield (Massachusetts) closed its doors. Pittsfield Representative Trippy Country Buffet represents Pittsfield on Beacon Hill, but sent her own children to upper class Lenox public schools. She also publishes op-eds from Boston to Pittsfield arguing to raise state taxes, especially on the wealthy, while voting herself huge legislative pay raises. William Smitty Pignatelli is “Smitten” with being a 2-decade-long and counting career politician in Boston. Pignatelli voted for two Speakers (Tom Finneran and Sal DiMasi) of the Boston State House who are now convicted Felons! Pignatelli openly supports and votes for closed door state government that shuts out the people he supposedly represents from knowing about Beacon Hill legislative business negotiations. Of course, Pignatelli voted himself huge pay raises like the rest of the corrupt Salons in Boston. Paul Mark is “Paul Marx” because he only wants big government for his own personal benefit. Of course, “Paul Marx” voted himself huge legislative pay raises like the rest of the parasites in Boston. John Barrett III is known as “the Mayor”, and he tells it like it is about state government budgets, public finances, taxes, and the flawed public education funding formula that screws low to moderate income public school districts in Massachusetts out of millions of dollars in state education funding dollars. Barrett is the only state delegate to Boston who did not vote himself a huge legislative pay raise, but that may only be because he wasn’t in office yet in early-2017 like the rest of them. Barrett knows what it is like to be shafted by Boston’s top down politicians and bureaucrats, but my dad says that he fights the good fights on Beacon Hill. Let us not forget about Western Massachusetts Congressional delegates! 1,000-year-long U.S. House of Representative Richard Neal is known as “the PAC Man” because he is too closely connected to K Street corporate lobbyist groups, especially in the financial sector, who donate millions of dollars into his campaign coffers every year for the past 1,000 years! Then there is U.S. Senator Ed Markey, who really lives in an upper class suburb in Chevy Chase, Maryland where he blows a lot of hot air about saving the world from global warming and the utopian $100 trillion Green New Deal that will never happen down in the Swamp in our lifetimes. Then there is U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren or “the Professor”, who has been on both sides of the Haves versus the Have Nots class warfare phony debate where the billionaires always win no matter what happens in the U.S. economy, while the rest of us fall farther behind while hoping to win the proverbial lottery jackpot. Then there is Vice President Kamala Harris, who is called “Chameleon Harris” because she changes her political positions more that Mitt Romney and John Kerry combined. She called Joe Biden a racist to his face on national TV, but now she is his loyal Vice President. Then there is President Joe Biden, who spends trillions of U.S. taxpayers like it is Monopoly money, while inflation is at decades high (1992 for core inflation, and 2008 for overall inflation). Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden published a book this year of 2021 where he wrote that he used to smoke crack cocaine every 15 minutes and would drown himself in alcohol while spending his money on strippers and sex workers. Hunter Biden has at least 5 children by at least 3 women. Hunter Biden is being investigated for money laundering from his past business dealings with adversarial countries that include both Russia and China when his old man was the Vice President under President Barack Obama. The Biden “Crime” Family are all worth tens of millions of dollars each, but no one really knows how they all became so fabulously wealthy. I don’t believe the Biden “Crime” Family worries about rising inflation, and/or Hunter Biden’s published book detailing all of his “bad boy behaviors” that put millions of dollars more into his bank account.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
3 months ago

Don’t forget about Hunter Biden constantly calling his lawyer the “N” word in what we are supposed to believe is done with affection? If Donald Trump’s son used that so-called term of endearment at any time, the media would go into hysteria for months about the racism of the Trump family. Crickets from the media on this issue.

Let’s reimagine our politicians. They shouldn’t be living like kings and queens while telling us to lessen our carbon footprints by living simply and, oh, by the way we’re all a bunch of evil racists too as far as they are concerned.

Ramblings etc
Ramblings etc
Reply to  Pat
3 months ago

You mean kings and queens with gold toilets? Like Donald?

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Ramblings etc
3 months ago

Despite his wealth, Donald Trump is FOR the people of this country, not against them. He wants us to keep our freedoms and not be lorded over by big government.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Pat
2 months ago

TRUMP wants to take away heathcare of 31,000,000 Americans.People go through Trumps wall with a acetylene torch.

Last edited 2 months ago by The school committee
Ham Anex
Ham Anex
Reply to  Ramblings etc
3 months ago

King Biden wears gold diapers.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
3 months ago

Well said Jonathan. The salaries of Massachusetts politicians are shameful. They don’t even represent we the people. They just call us racists and run off giggling to their giant mansions.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  Pat
3 months ago

I agree 100%. Can anybody name any legislation that Farley-Country-Buffet (D), has ever authored to help bring relief to taxpayers and justify her inflated salary?

I cannot think of one. I know she wants to give illegals driver’s licenses and unionize parents who adopt children. That’s all I can think of. Both are about as useless as she is.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
3 months ago

Hello Patrick Fennell,

We all know how the Biden “Crime” Family made all of their tens of millions of dollars each! His name is Hunter Biden and he went to China and took home $224 million while his dad was the Vice President. I was being sarcastic by writing that we all don’t know how Joe Biden and his “crime” family are all worth tens of millions of dollars. Joe Biden approved Putin’s oil and gas pipeline overseas, but he shutdown the oil and gas pipelines in the U.S.A., which caused many thousands of American workers to lose their jobs during the K-shaped recovery/recession. Billionaire John Forbes Kerry invested millions of dollars in the oil and gas business, but in March – or only 3 months ago – he was told by the Biden administration to sell his greenhouse emitting investments. Ed Markey of Chevy Chase Maryland told Massachusetts voters last year in 2020 that he is going to save the world from global warming with his $100 trillion Green New Deal legislation that he knows will never pass in the Swamp. It is all a big joke to China, Russia, Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, John Kerry, Ed Markey, and the rest of the phony Swamp creatures!

Best wishes,

Jonathan Melle

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
2 months ago

What are Trumps investments?

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
2 months ago

Tricia never wrote a piece of legislation. She co-signs others.

atonofground
atonofground
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
3 months ago

Excellent FINALLY, Jon ! You forgot one. The “leader” of Pistown,who has done absolutely zip in the city.. what City,take a guess?

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  atonofground
3 months ago

The Lovely Linda & her millionaire Accountant husband Barry live in a near $1 million gated community very close to the Pittsfield/Hancock border.

Annulgas
Annulgas
3 months ago

Lots of smart people down in Texas. Especially Governor Abbott who has instituted a new law that will take effect Sept. 1st allowing folk to carry handguns without any training or license. They are also pushing to allow the use of silencers.
And I guess it is OK in Texas cuz everyone grows up with guns and are just responsible sort of folk who would not use them in a negative fashion. Can’t even find one case where a Texan shot someone without good reason so we will chalk this move up to good solid reasoning. The police must be loving this new legislation knowing that every call they respond to may involve a responsible person with a gun.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Annulgas
3 months ago

With Biden/Harris flooding Texas with illegal immigrants, many of them gang members, I think you would want lots of protection for yourself and your friends and family too. We saw how many families have been shot to death in their cars by gang members and these are the same people illegally entering Texas. Good for Governor Abbott for wanting to continue building a wall in Texas. If Biden/Harris don’t give a darn about the safety of the people of Texas, somebody has to be concerned about it.

Fake News Freddie Fraudhofer
Fake News Freddie Fraudhofer
Reply to  Annulgas
3 months ago

Very interesting but stupid.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Annulgas
3 months ago

Yea, it’s not like mASSachusetts and the PITTSfield wild west show ,with shot spotters ringing like the phone for Dominos take out.

What guns did You grow up with Annulgas? Did you start hunting deer as a teenager?

Disappointed you “valid for life” mASSachusetts FID card is worthless, and you now have to pay for a civil right?

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Annulgas
2 months ago

They are now letting 10 year olds drive a car.

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
3 months ago

I have always wondered why Massachusetts doesn’t make the voters show a valid picture ID when voting. The arguments I hear are nonsensical and only are ones given by people who I feel are rigging the system. I think after this past election and the fraud that is being discovered voters should have to put their finger print on the paper ballot they use as well as a signature. Let’s make sure our voting system is the safest and one that accurately reflects the voters wishes.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  Shirleyknuts
3 months ago

Because it would be racist for black and brown people. You know, black and brown people cannot: (1) legally drive, (2) open a bank account, (3) go to college, (4) apply for a loan, (5) travel on an airplane or abroad, (6) buy cigarettes or alcohol if they appear young, (7) purchase a home, (8) purchase a vehicle, (9) sign any legal document needing ID, (10) apply for any job, (11) join the military, etc……

Yeah, I can see how requiring an ID is racist to vote. America is so racist…….

Last edited 3 months ago by Markus Aurelius
J2S
J2S
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
3 months ago

The ones who think keeping the black/brown vote is wayyyyyy more important than protecting the elections are the problems.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  J2S
3 months ago

The ‘protecting the elections’ issue is a straw man.

Ebonics
Ebonics
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

Does the strawman vote count.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  J2S
2 months ago

FOX Viewer

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
2 months ago

Trump is a racist.America is trying not to be.White supremacist vote Trump.KKK vote Trump.Skinheads vote Trump…..Republicans are unwoke and stuck in the immiral Republicans party

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Shirleyknuts
3 months ago

The problem with the fingerprint is that the ballot is then no longer secret.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
3 months ago

Can we explain it for You?

Fingerprint to ID eligible VOTERS, that you did vote/were eligible to vote, not on the ballot itself. Compare the # of votes with eligible voters/voted. You can still vote for Micky Mouse.

Ballots remain confidential.

Last edited 3 months ago by Mad Trapper
kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Mad Trapper
3 months ago

It would work if it were as you say.

But it’s not.

To quote my cited message: “voters should have to put their finger print on the paper ballot they use as well as a signature.” So it was ‘on the ballot itself’, contrary to your claim.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
3 months ago

D-ems don’t want that

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

Love republicans…we watch Fox media

Pat
Pat
3 months ago

There is nothing wrong and everything is right about the Texas voting bill and the far left knows it. They are trying to spread their “truth is a lie” fairy dust over the people of this country.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Pat
2 months ago

You like their energy plan Pat Texas does energy because their is stealing.

Pat
Pat
3 months ago

So smart of Texas Governor Abbott to strengthen gun laws and continuing the building of the wall in Texas since Biden/Harris have no concern for the safety of the people of Texas as they flood it with gang members.

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  Pat
3 months ago

Actually your governor Abbott just made it legal for all gang members to own and carry handguns in Texas. And they were not unhappy about that. They appreciate their being able to defend themselves against the police.

Maybe we can petition the mayor of Pittsfield to make the same liberal rules for us. No reason our own home grown gang bangers should have to face off against the police unarmed. Right Pat?

North Street Nomad
North Street Nomad
Reply to  Annulgas
3 months ago

Felons can not own guns.

Tony Clifton
Tony Clifton
Reply to  North Street Nomad
3 months ago

And nether can canines. Everyone knows that.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Tony Clifton
3 months ago

Felons do have firearms. But they have them, just like the car hood cowboy.

Meanwhile, lawful citizens are treated like criminals……to jump through ditches and hoops…..to have a right

Last edited 3 months ago by Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  danvalenti
3 months ago

mASSachusetts gun laws make it easy for criminals, since only other criminals, are able to get guns readily.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  danvalenti
3 months ago

Indeed. Given the choice between an unserialized stolen gun and a store bought one that has his name and address attached to it, which would a felon want?

Ever heard an honest man say, “Not my gun”?

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  levitan
3 months ago

I have not done a lot of research but my thinking is that whichever one is fired in your direction, legal or not, will be disturbing. In fact, I read about a guy who got shot with a legally registered gun and the bastard died. Not suppose to happen, I know, but he did.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Annulgas
3 months ago

John Kerry, of gun control and “Swiftboat” fame, shot himself in the foot.

Debatable weather self inflicted or accident

Last edited 3 months ago by Mad Trapper
kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Mad Trapper
3 months ago

Debatable weather is an abomination. We have a right to more accurate forecasts. And, yes Trapper, we should not have to pay for that right. Kerry had the guts to fight in VN.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
3 months ago

Kerry, after discharge, was aligned with Hanoi Jane and the NVM. Through his compatriots under the boat.

I was glad to be a bit too young for draft 60-70s, but was well aware of dirty $#!t going on. Nixon was not good, but Clintons and Sotero are very bad.

If you did service, as You claim, Kerry should make your blood boil.

Johnatollalh Kerry is a good friend of Iran

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Mad Trapper
3 months ago

I am very proud of the role Kerry played when he came home from VN.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

Kerry is the WORST POLITICIAN/CREEP/LIAR/FRAUD.

Ask any Vet.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

I’m a Vet and I say no.

Sgt. Bazooka
Sgt. Bazooka
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

You were probably a cook

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Sgt. Bazooka
2 months ago

I was, and am, a very good cook, and you are a kook.

Ham Anex
Ham Anex
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

You would be.

Acute Angina
Acute Angina
Reply to  Annulgas
3 months ago

Made up story

levitan
levitan
Reply to  Annulgas
2 months ago

Do less thinking and do some research. Thinking is creative and is the fruit of dull labor.

Liberals Lie
Liberals Lie
Reply to  Annulgas
3 months ago

Utterly false. Prohibited persons, by federal or state law, or those under medical order are not conferred any rights to carry

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Liberals Lie
3 months ago

I hope that’s true — it’s the way it should be.

Texas Wranger
Texas Wranger
Reply to  Pat
3 months ago

Texas is now the easy gun state. Anyone can carry. And I think everyone does….have a gun.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
3 months ago

The Electoral Corruption side wants to avoid voter fraud as we all do. The Voting Enhancement side wants to make our election turnout percentage be as high as possible, as we all do. These are the motivations. Unfortunately, the opposite sides impute negative motivations to the other side. The Electoral Corruption side says the Voting Enhancement side is motivated by wanting to cheat in the election. The Voting Enhancement side says the Electoral Corruption side is motivated by wanting to decrease voter turnout. I’ll leave it at that.

I own a 9mm and a .380. Concealed carry with no training or license is a bad idea. That allows any screwball to concealed carry, and too many of those folks have itchy trigger fingers.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
3 months ago

It’s a right so any State mandated firearms training should be free, any permit for a right should be free to.

Should there be a permit? How about a permit to vote too. Take a course, get fingerprinted, and show your voter ID at the polls………but that’s RACIST!!!

BTW, one of the only organizations that sponsors firearms training is the NRA.

Good ole days you were trained by your Pa or Uncles, who were Veterans, and life long hunters and sportsmen……….kids hunted on the way to, and the way home from school.

The students checked their guns with the principal, or locked them in the car/truck.

We never learned to ride on car hoods firing at random throughout the cities and towns. Why is that? I guess Dad forgot to teach me that.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  danvalenti
3 months ago

Yes Dan same here. When we were little children we knew what guns were, and we’d get a big can of Whoop Azz if we touched one.

Most of us kids got a slingshot first, then a BB gun/air rifle. A .22 was a reward at Christmas or Birthday, for growing up responsible and trustworthy. Those two values are severely lacking today, children never learn right from wrong.

An analogy would be a puppy, that grows up to be a dog that craps on the carpets; it’s not the dogs fault.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Mad Trapper
3 months ago

Literally thousands of organizations sponsor firearms training, not just the NRA.

I don’t believe that a license to drive a car or a permit to carry a gun should be free. But I do believe that registering to vote should be free: you shouldn’t have to pay to vote.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  kltpzyxm
3 months ago

Trapper, take a course as a prerequisite to vote? Why?

As a veteran, I can confirm that shooting requires training but voting does not.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
3 months ago

Did you vote for D-ementia? Buyer’s remorse , yet? But it’s a RIGHT, just like to bear arms………..

I can out shoot my best friend, who was trained as Marine scout/sniper, he was in RECON. My Dad and Uncles trained me, all vets.

What weapon(s) did You qualify with (M14 M16)? As an: expert, sharpshooter, or marksman?

Last edited 3 months ago by Mad Trapper
kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Mad Trapper
3 months ago

I don’t get your point.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
3 months ago

Whats YOUR training experience, if any with firearms?

You claim to be military trained, how so?

You claim need for firearms training. “1000s of organizations” other than NRA, name 10 in mASShole.

The analogy is voting.

Why is one RIGHT, different than the others?

If we lose the 2nd amendment , all others will follow.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  danvalenti
3 months ago

Dear Dan.

I’ll let the troll slide in the above.

I’ve got to play with my Hawkens soon, open invite for both to do some MLer shooting. We’ll see, though opens , if someone is full of manure

Let the troll list the 10,000 places in USA that have firearms training besides NRA? I only asked for 10……????

God bless THE PLANET, and you all, have a great weekend!

best regards.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Mad Trapper
3 months ago

my Dad, a US Army sharpshooter who served in WWII Europe, taught me to shoot. I qualified on the M-16 during 4 years active duty and 2 years reserve. I qualified to own and shoot my 9mm through my local police department training. Most police departments in this country and other affiliated organizations give firearms training and training for concealed carry. Just Google it or call your local police dept.

It’s simple: you need to be trained for firearms because they require skill. You were trained by your family.

You don’t need to be trained to vote.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

How many rounds down range? Total?

You don’t get good until about 5000 rounds in various situations. Each rifle.

I got good with a 44 pistole, flip woodchucks at 75 yds.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

yup, just “google it”

You need to watch this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uo0KjdDJr1c&t=1s

Dan, you need to see this. It’s precious.

Last edited 2 months ago by Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  danvalenti
3 months ago

Since Dan’s robot blocked me,

what are they? KP or latrine?

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Mad Trapper
3 months ago

I qualified on the M-16, as a marksman (57/60). So I wasn’t that good a shot, but at least I had the guts to serve.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
3 months ago

If you’re eyes suck I can’t denigrate your shooting with opens.

How were you at 100- vs 500-yds?

What guts? Nam? Do any grunt service overseas? Or a poser/stateside warrior?

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Mad Trapper
3 months ago

Nam. Who’s the poser?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

Service record stumpy, You opened the door……

Still an open invite for MLer/BP rifles…………50 54 and 58 , the 58 hurts a bit with 525gr bullets

Last edited 2 months ago by Mad Trapper
Acute Angina
Acute Angina
Reply to  Mad Trapper
3 months ago

He doesn’t know which end of the gun the round exits

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
3 months ago

Does the bill of rights, cover transportation/cars kltpzyxm? It does cover right to bear arms. Why pay for a right?

Maybe You should have to pay for a permit (it’s close to that now) for FREEDOM OF SPEECH. Why not pay/permit for that RIGHT too? No internet blogs for kltpzyxm until paying for a permit…….

I’m not O.K. with Jim Crow laws, but last election was so fraudulent the stench will never leave the Democrat Party, or the RINOs who let it happen.

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  Mad Trapper
3 months ago

It says right in the Bible that God put the aminals on earth for us humans to kill and eat. And that worked fine up until the 21st century when along come big government and makes us pay for hunting licenses. So much for the Bible huh?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Annulgas
3 months ago

You liberals have left God, the teachings of Jesus, and the Bible long ago.

I have hunted, fished and raised animals. You ever been a farmer? raised animals , or is Stop and Shop/Price Chopper your garden/ranch?

As a LIFELONG sportsman, I support the conservation of natural resources: fur, fish and game.

I have done so. My sportsman licenses and federal taxes on sporting goods, over many decades sportsmen have supported conservation, and acquired land here in mASSachsetts that all are free to enjoy. I am sorry those funds have been pilfered at both State and Federal levels.

If you want to get into a discussion, about GOD GIVEN natural rights, from which the Magna Carta and Our Constitution/Bill of Rights are based on, lets go.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Mad Trapper
3 months ago

Yes, I left God, Jesus (but not His teachings), and the Bible (but not its message) a long time ago, thank goodness.

The Magna Carta, our Constitution and the Bill of Rights are based on a rationalist philosophy that argues that the rights come from God, but they’re not from God — they get their authority from the argumentation of the proponents.

God did not wave a magic ward and grant those rights. I wish He did, because then God could wave the magic wand and get rid of narrow-mindedness.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
3 months ago

God help You.

You are an Atheist or Satanist. Others and myself, believe in the 1 God Jehovah.

We are here by Gods, and only Gods will.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  danvalenti
3 months ago

I don’t think it’s so funny.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

yes.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

Lucid, but from what are the CS arguments fundamental principles, and what are the necessary proofs?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Annulgas
3 months ago

P.S.

What happens when “big government” charges You to fart?

Will You go away

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Mad Trapper
3 months ago

I’m not sure what points you are trying to make.

“Does the bill of rights, cover transportation/cars?”

No.

“It does cover right to bear arms.”

Yes.

“Maybe You should have to pay for a permit (it’s close to that now) for FREEDOM OF SPEECH. Why not pay/permit for that RIGHT
too? No internet blogs for kltpzyxm until paying for a permit…….”
?? of course not.

I’m all in favor of your theory that you shouldn’t have to pay for a right (driving, carrying a gun, freedom of speech, etc.). But practically speaking, making some of those free now (driving, registering to concealed carry), in retrospect, would be almost impossible.

But there’s no reason to start charging people to vote.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
3 months ago

You don’t need to charge, just make sure 1 citizen/1vote.

Last election cats, dead, criminal aliens voted…….yes a citizen got an absentee/mail in ballot, for his cat

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
Reply to  kltpzyxm
3 months ago

From my understanding of American law driving is a privilege not a right but again neither is healthcare and look where we are now

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
3 months ago

So why charge firearms owners?

Maybe a new charge for due process? Is that 4th or 5th amendment?I t’s in the works!!! FBI/DOJ are working on it.

Many jailed US citizens, that the Capitol Police let in,1/06/20201 still incarcerated without due process…..

Not rioters, let in by Capitol Police, under madame Pelousey.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
3 months ago

I NEVER wanted a fee too VOTE, but You are OK with other fees for RIGHTS, enumerated in US Constitution in his thread.

GOT THAT???>?>YET???

Last edited 3 months ago by Mad Trapper
kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Mad Trapper
3 months ago

Yes, I get it. I agree. Yes, I do believe it’s ok to pay an administrative fee to register your gun, but not to vote.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

Well , register a gun , was first step in elimination of the Jewish race. Ask, Adolph Hitler.

Current nazis in charge are following Adolph’s lead.

Rights Baby!
Rights Baby!
Reply to  kltpzyxm
3 months ago

You clearly do not understand rights v privileges. Until you understand that, it’s not useful to even read what you write.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Rights Baby!
3 months ago

Ok.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
3 months ago

List 10 organizations here in the mASShole that sponsor firearms training?

I’m waiting……..

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Mad Trapper
3 months ago

I could do that research and find 10, but when I said thousands I was talking about the whole country. It is certainly tougher to find them in Massachusetts.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

10? let’s see 3?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

name 3 then, poser

Temps Rizing
Temps Rizing
Reply to  Mad Trapper
3 months ago

I believe Audie Murphy sponsored a team. 57/60 is the best I’ve ever.heard. Mayhem weekend prediction here”

Acute Angina
Acute Angina
Reply to  kltpzyxm
3 months ago

Name some of the organizations that sponsor firearms training.

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  Acute Angina
2 months ago

There was a guy riding on the hood of a car last week demonstrating how to shoot while moving laterally with your target. Shortly afterwards he demonstrated how to kill a fly that had landed on his hand.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Mad Trapper
3 months ago

Taking a course, getting fingerprinted, and showing your ID at the polls is not racist, but it does reduce voter turnout.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
3 months ago

Explain your statement.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Mad Trapper
3 months ago

I just mean that taking a course, getting fingerprinted, and showing your ID as a prerequisite to voting reduces voter turnout, that’s all. If some people say that is racist, then I believe they are mistaken. We want to increase voter turnout, that’s all.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
3 months ago

Reducing the number of criminal/illegal/duplicated votes is the goal.

I support voter turnout, of LEGAL voters.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Mad Trapper
3 months ago

Not a problem.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
3 months ago

Not what liberals have done/advocating/ or endorse.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Mad Trapper
3 months ago

Liberals support the turnout of legal voters, and do not support illegal voters.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

81 million for Chi-Com Joe? Do the math……

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  Mad Trapper
3 months ago

“We never learned to ride on car hoods firing at random throughout the cities and towns. Why is that? I guess Dad forgot to teach me that.”
Well the Pittsfield cowboy (emphasis on boy)who road on the car popping caps accidently shot himself in the hand after his ride. Guess his Pa left out the safety part when he got schooled.
Is he now back out on the Pittsfield streets with a new gun and some food stamps? Will the mayor find him an apartment? Will the DA give him a big hug and apologize for inconveniencing him at the police station?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Annulgas
3 months ago

ROFL!!!

90% chance the shooter don’t know who, or which of many, his absentee “Pa” might be. It gets really confusing next weekend, it’s Fathers DAY!!!

DA Harrington will turn the feral beasts loose for more mayhem, unless you are a white male, then the crucifixes will be erected!!!!

Last edited 3 months ago by Mad Trapper
kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Mad Trapper
3 months ago

I’m happy to hear you’re rolling on the floor laughing, because your tropes targeting the black community are making the rest of us cry.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
3 months ago

kltpzyxm,

I’ve worked with GOOD PEOPLE from ALL over the world. White, black ,yellow, browm, mixed,,,,,good and bad

I have not mentioned RACE!!! blacks, negroes, ………YOU did.

YOU PLAYED THE RACIST CARD AGAIN!!!! Because I did not agree with YOU.

ADMIT IT, I’M WAITING…….

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Mad Trapper
3 months ago

Your tropes target the black community.

When you say “90% chance the shooter don’t know who, or which of many, his absentee “Pa” might be”

and

“DA Harrington will turn the feral beasts loose”

Everyone knows what you are implying.

Johnny99
Johnny99
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

It’s almost all younger black males or mixed race males in Pittsfield.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

racist rant, by a racist

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
3 months ago

And who have you worked with, as friends and colleagues ?

I have worked and collaborated on with: Most every type of “American” race color mixture and creed, AND…..English, German, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, French, Italian, Greek, Iranian, Egyptian, Somalian ,Nationalist and Commie Chinese, Japanese,Venuzalian (sp?) …

I NEVER had a beef with any. The most devout religious man was from Somalia, he prayed every dawn and dusk to Allah, we respected that. He did not seem to have a outward hatred for Christians, not bore us I’ll will.

YOU???

Last edited 3 months ago by Mad Trapper
kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Mad Trapper
3 months ago

I have no hatred of Christians, and do not bear them ill will

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
3 months ago

Where is “BLACK” /race mentioned? White trash is just as bad as any.

But you “woke jokes”………

I’m targeting no good POS like You, who stir up racial division

Your implication, and racial profiling is telling.

You are a brainwashed “woke joke”.

Have fun , but not with me

Last edited 3 months ago by Mad Trapper
kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Mad Trapper
3 months ago

The meaning of your tropes is crystal clear even if you don’t explicitly say it. Sorry to make you so angry, but I don’t think it is me who is stirring up racial division.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

woke joke You are.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  danvalenti
3 months ago

Some of us would suspect a conspiracy in such a commission.

Last edited 3 months ago by levitan
kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  levitan
3 months ago

I wouldn’t blame you!

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  danvalenti
3 months ago

Yes, it would.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  kltpzyxm
3 months ago

What the hell are you talking about?
When did Trap even mention “targeting the black community?”
I agree with Trap, I think you are a troll!

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
2 months ago

Good observation.

kltpzyxm is here as an agitator.

I have no ill will, to any race creed or color.

I do with baiters and posers.

Acute Angina
Acute Angina
Reply to  kltpzyxm
3 months ago

The courts give wrist slaps to those who carry illegally. That’s the problem.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Acute Angina
3 months ago

Yes, I agree, that is a problem.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

So a guy, who got a “life long permit”, from mASS, who is a hunter, is same as………..

cowboy/hoodrider shoot up everywhere, cause i”m a minority and it’s O.K., DA Harrington said so…………

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Acute Angina
2 months ago

Dumb ass, It’s the criminals. Not legal gun owners.

Ramblings etc
Ramblings etc
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

Something tells me that if they did a deep dive background check on you they would take away all your gun rights, your drivers license and make you wear an ankle bracelet. Your temperament and braggadocio suggest section 12 issues unless of course you just drink too much on the computer.
But I am not a doctor and will leave that up to the properly trained clinical types,(for now). And have a happy June umpteenth….whatever…

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Ramblings etc
2 months ago

They’d find out I’m a genius. And a Renaissance Man. I can do trades and intellectual work. I’m happy on a farm or teaching College students

Acute Angina
Acute Angina
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

?????

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Acute Angina
2 months ago

Exactly AA,
The one year mandatory jail sentence isn’t enforced as they plead it down to dangerous weapons charges instead.

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

Those are girly man guns

Hendrix
Hendrix
3 months ago

Was listening about downtown today on the local radio station and I think it now makes even less sense then it did before. Apparently North St has been a thru way lately? Now they want to make it a destination? Can someone explain to me what on North St is a destination that warrants one confusing lane of traffic? Back when North St actually was somewhat of a destination they managed with multiple lanes of traffic.

Then it was stated that if it didn’t work they could always go back to the way it was. What kind of brilliant transportation planning is that?

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  Hendrix
3 months ago

it is a destination for the people who live in the condos. Condos are the long term buildout for North street. The road below is going to be mostly parking for them one day not too far off.

Shenanigans
Shenanigans
Reply to  Annulgas
3 months ago

Surveillance on the door at HON

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  danvalenti
3 months ago

I really want to hear 200 hours debate someone, and explain his wonderful traffic debacle, and how he swindled the taxpayers to get the loot to concoct it

Last edited 3 months ago by Mad Trapper
Ramblings etc
Ramblings etc
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

Is it possible that someone just came to him (possibly the mayor or her handlers) and told him they needed another white elephant project to scatter excess taxpayer cash on? Cuz this seems to be a thing in Pittsfield with the examples too numerous to mention.
And though it never happens around here in some other places there are funds skimmed off the top for administrative fees or consultant fees and stuff like that. So thank god we live in a place where that does not happen.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Hendrix
3 months ago

I remember when there were open (not vacant) stores and movie theaters lining the whole of North street, and the stores stayed open late every Thursday evening. There were no bike paths, or assinine parking schemes concocted by morons.

North street was vibrant and dynamic back then.

Last edited 3 months ago by Mad Trapper
Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  Mad Trapper
3 months ago

Jesus Mad, you probably remember when there were horseys and buggies sloshing through the muddy ruts on North street you old fart. Remember this??

On September 3, 1902, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt and several other prominent politicians came within inches of being killed by a speeding trolley car in Pittsfield, MA. The president, riding in a horse-drawn carriage, was on his way to deliver a speech when the accident occurred. The carriage was knocked about 40 feet upon impact

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Annulgas
3 months ago

I remember when Americans were proud of being Americans, no matter color, race, or creed. MLK had it right, not BLM.

I’ll remember people like You, trying to change that.

P.S. I also learned to respect my elders. I bet you are a Miley Cyrus fan!!!

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

At first I did not like Miley because I felt she was a bad influence on young people. But truth be told, there IS a lot to like about her now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOwblaKmyVw

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
Reply to  Annulgas
3 months ago

First death of a secret service agent, another first for this vibrant and dynamic city

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Annulgas
3 months ago

Horses/ old farts made more sense/smarter than yourself.

Smelt better too!

atonofground
atonofground
Reply to  Mad Trapper
3 months ago

Well,they blame it G E leaving. But here’s a question trap? They say the Arts was the only way to save the City? I say it has ruined it. No one I know has ever been to any of the Arts venues? And Arts is not an economic engine. Ever.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  atonofground
3 months ago

Pittsfield officials/Doyle/PEDA/EPA/DeVillar has pissed away any promise the city once had.

If they held GEs/Welch feet to the fire, they would have got a real cleanup, not sweep under the rug problems and toxins.

Even without new industry, a real cleanup would have been an industry in itself, employing thousands, on GEs dime.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Mad Trapper
3 months ago

I totally agree with you.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Mad Trapper
3 months ago

Those were great days. Thursday nights checkin’ out North St. Upstreet was vibrant and dynamic then. The folks putting in bike paths and parking schemes are not morons or evil, they are just trying to restore some of our former glory.

Liberals Lie
Liberals Lie
Reply to  kltpzyxm
3 months ago

You are clearly full of it. It was NEVER called upstreet. And when people said “upper north” that was by the hospital.

The arts downtown is a complete failure as they need CONSTANT tax payer money and/or not for profit status to stay afloat.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Liberals Lie
3 months ago

Pittsfield’s best days are ahead of her.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Liberals Lie
3 months ago

Sorry, dude, that’s what we all called it.

Liberals Lie
Liberals Lie
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

You are lying. Maybe you called it that made up bull$hit when you were told to by the office of cultural dev but nobody called it that.

Downtown Dweller
Downtown Dweller
Reply to  Liberals Lie
2 months ago

I remember when it was referred to as “upstreet” (not upper North St.) Upstreet was the shopping/restaurant/movies area of North St. Not sure when it stopped but people would talk of going upstreet on Thursdays because that’s when the people who worked for GE reportedly got paid. The buses even ran later on Thursdays to accommodate people going shopping or eating out. North St was a destination then. Not so much now.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Downtown Dweller
2 months ago

Thank you. Even now there is a literary journal called Upstreet loosely based on 1950s and 1960s North St.

Ham Anex
Ham Anex
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

Now it’s upper U.S

J2S
J2S
3 months ago

See, if black, brown and other minorities can create go fund me campaigns, they can surely get an ID……

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  J2S
3 months ago

TFB will give them all ID for free, if you are a criminal alien………

atonofground
atonofground
Reply to  Mad Trapper
3 months ago

T F B would love to raise the gasoline tax And thank Biden for the spike increase in three dolllars a gallon. Trump in 2024.

atonofground
atonofground
Reply to  Mad Trapper
3 months ago

I had to laugh at t f b ( the f in bullshitter) blaming the Verizon tower on city leaders? Did she realize she threw the Clowncil and Mayor under the bus with that one? Where the hell was she? She’s ripe for the picking,where are candidates?

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
Reply to  atonofground
3 months ago

She’s unbeatable, she has a very large D next to her name

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  atonofground
2 months ago

Wonder if TFB is mad enough to force the mayor and council to do a forensic audit. Just the fact that they are panicking about the prospect of one tells you something.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  J2S
3 months ago

And what about the ones who do not create go fund me campaigns?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  kltpzyxm
3 months ago

If T-buffet can get/wants IDs for criminal aliens, she should go to bat for CITIZENS OF MASSACHUSETTS, and get them voter IDs.

atonofground
atonofground
Reply to  Mad Trapper
3 months ago

And I’d like a gun ( for protection) and I want it now. Texas is promoting easy gun apps,,why not crime central Pittsfield Massachusetts?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  atonofground
3 months ago

aky tfb? when dunkin is closed

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  atonofground
3 months ago

That is a tall order for Massachusetts. If you move to Texas or Florida you would have no problem.

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

If you were a combat surgeon in Afghanistan there are going to be plenty of job openings for you in Texas later this year. (also if you are a body bag vendor)

J2S
J2S
Reply to  kltpzyxm
3 months ago

You know damn well there is ways to get id’s as people need and use them just about everyday. There is pretty much nothing you can do without one in today’s world. The government starts tracking you pretty much from the day you are born.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  J2S
3 months ago

Yes there are ways to get IDs. A large number of US citizens actually do not have IDs.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

So what is stopping them from getting an id? Don’t know how to obtain one?

Acute Angina
Acute Angina
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

According to who? You like to make stuff up. Are you a pot head? No judgement but you sound like a pot lover.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Acute Angina
2 months ago

No, I don’t make stuff up.

colBatGuano
colBatGuano
3 months ago

It may effect the latter but it was motivated by the former.

Liberals Lie
Liberals Lie
3 months ago

We should make a list of weird crap people now say;

“A self-identified highly-sensitive person to begin with, now I had a child who was a bull in a china shop.”

“Juneteenth”

“How to tell if you’re autosexual: When you’re sexually attracted to yourself.”

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Liberals Lie
3 months ago

All just D-mentia Biden or the rest too?

Ebonics
Ebonics
Reply to  Liberals Lie
3 months ago

They got a problem w/ “nine” ?

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Liberals Lie
3 months ago

To you, Juneteenth is ‘weird crap’.

Liberals Lie
Liberals Lie
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

It’s complete and utter bs.
It’s a fanciful make believe event that really had no impact on slavery, it was just one more state not recognizing slavery.
Why not recognize December 6, 1865?
The day Delaware Joe’s state stopped recognizing slavery? Or the date of the Emancipation Proclamation? Or June 10, 1866 when the Choctaw Indians released the last remaining slaves from the Nations?

Next you’re going to tell me Kwanzaa is a legitimate thing and not another manufactured holiday.

Ham Anex
Ham Anex
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

Does Juneteenth have anything to do with leave it to beaver?

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

You folks are terribly insensitive to the plight of African Americans in the country.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Liberals Lie
2 months ago

June 19th 1865 did NOT mark the end of slavery in the U.S.
The Indian tribes of what’s now Oklahoma all practiced slavery and didn’t pass legislation free their slaves until the middle of 1866.
Of course the fact that the Chickasaw, Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw and Seminole Indians were enthusiastic slaveholders (they owned over 10,000 slaves) doesn’t fit with Leftist
narratives.

J2S
J2S
3 months ago

“How dumb can people be?”
Clearly some politicians and activists said that getting some form of an ID to vote was way to hard to procure for those who wish to vote once to often and our political left took it as a challenge they could meet and surpass all expectations on, why you don’t
need ID or shouldn’t need one.

Enforcement
Enforcement
Reply to  J2S
3 months ago

Beholding a valid ID, on your person/public places/law, any dayum way.

Last edited 3 months ago by Enforcement
J2S
J2S
3 months ago

The nature of the far left is that it frames all of these debates on voter ID’s in such a way that there’s no escape from the pre-ordained conclusion they seek. By forcing the jargon of the wokesters on all of us, they attempt to force us to accept the same narrow view of it as they see it as. At some point, you just have to refuse to be silenced by their threats. But it’s not easy when you know any resistance will be taken as proof of guilt of Racism or any other Ism etc…

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  J2S
3 months ago

You just have to have conversations. Wokester jargon is not necessary. I’d say the left does not have a monopoly on narrow views. There’s more than enough narrow views to go around.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

I’ve tried to have conversations on topics with others including family members and it usually goes sideways because,I won’t submit to how they see things and they expect me to see them the same way, when I don’t. Conversations are when two or more get to speak on an issue. It’s almost like they can’t wait to use the the new descriptions or lingo they see or hear in said conversations. The “stop talking while I interrupt you,” doesn’t work for me.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  J2S
2 months ago

Both sides are guilty of this.

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
3 months ago

Off subject. Unfrigginbelievable. So the City Clownsil and the Mayor once again find an excuse for not holding an in-person meeting. Back to ZOOM. The elevator at City Hall is broke, AGAIN! You mean to tell me that this meeting could not be held at another public building? Like the new taxpayers paid for Taconic High School? But then again the air conditioner is broken at this new multi million dollar school. Maybe they could hold the meeting outside at the new one day old, now broken splash pad at Clapp Park. But the Administration plans to spend some more monies re-designing North Street AGAIN. Another issue that has baffled me is the four apartments proposed for the Tyler Street Firehouse, by one of the Mayor’s personal friends. Since around 2015, many other folks have tried to purchase this building unsuccessfully as they wanted to renovate that building only to be ignored by the Mayor and her Administration. One proposal was to turn the building into a nice pub with an emergency responder theme. These folks tried and tried to get an answer from this Administration, they attended Clownsil meetings asking why they had not been responded to, why their bids had been ignored and of course received NO answers from this Administration. These actions confirm the fact that if you are not part of the Tyer Clique, you might as well forget even trying. Heard Tyer on a radio show earlier this week answering call-in questions and all I can say is WOW, what a arrogant condescending witch with a B. She blatantly sounded like taxpayers have NO right to question her. Hope there is a City left by the time her term ends.

atonofground
atonofground
Reply to  Merry & Bright
3 months ago

Jon is right. There are bad intentions on a lot of street corners in the City.
Streets Again Please?

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Merry & Bright
3 months ago

MB,
If this is the proposal you’re talking about back aways,the city claims the financial $ wasn’t there. I couldn’t find anything else on it. Maybe I missed it? Although you are right about the current atmosphere of friends doing business with this administration.

https://www.berkshireeagle.com/news/local/city-of-pittsfield-looking-for-proposals-for-reuse-of-tyler-street-fire-station/article_a74be6a6-7a86-5893-82f7-0964067e9f23.html

J2S
J2S
Reply to  acheshirecat
2 months ago

Thanks Cat.

Annalprobe
Annalprobe
Reply to  Merry & Bright
2 months ago

And is it true that her friends that will be building out the apartments will be getting tax breaks on the project? And is it true that she knew these guys wanted to make apartments there all along and is why she disrespected the pub people? I hope the pub people make a huge legal stink about this and can find a reputable media source to publicize it.

As far as the elevator goes,,,were the stairs broken too? Did a couple of steps cave in or suntin? Let’s face it, these people are just mailing it in much like they have been for a long time.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Annalprobe
2 months ago

Sounds like there might have been a chance if the developer didn’t run for mayor. Sour Grapes on the administration’s part?

Downtown Dweller
Downtown Dweller
Reply to  Merry & Bright
2 months ago

I thought the pub idea was interesting and would tie in with the history of the building. Not sure why more apartments are being built since St. Mary’s just down the street is being converted to apartments and just down the street from there, new apartments are being built.

Pointstoponder
Pointstoponder
Reply to  Downtown Dweller
2 months ago

As more transients move into the city, and more handouts become available, the apartments will of course fill up. Will it be a good thing in the end? One question is, is the city attracting the kind of people who are going to make the city more desirable over all? Or will the quality of life in Pittsfield continue to spiral downhill? Personally, I would never raise a family here if I had a choice.
When the mayor moved to the woodlands bordering her city she did so for a reason. And part of it was panic. No way in hell she stays here once her term is up because she knows from the inside out how low her city has sunk because she had a hand in its further demise.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
3 months ago

Hello Patrick Fennell,

The government is just another PREDATORY industry that only does DISSERVICES TO the American people instead of investing in the American people for socioeconomic and financial equity and justice – or a strong middle class and democracy. Both the Republican and Democratic Party are PREDATORY! They pretend to fight each other on the public stage, but behind the scenes they work together to screw over 98 percent of the U.S. population. The billionaires, Wall Street, corporate elites, ruling elites always win, while the rest of the American people always lose with very few exceptions.

Joe Biden and his “crime” family made tens of millions from Hunter Biden’s alleged money laundering schemes with China when Joe Biden was the Vice President. Hunter Biden also did business in Ukraine and Russia. Joe Biden is killing the U.S. energy business, while Russia and China are still building oil and gas pipelines and burning coal. U.S. inflation has risen to decades highs (1992 for core inflation, and 2008 for overall inflation), which is worse than any federal tax the Biden administration could place on the working class. Joe Biden has billionaire John Forbes Kerry as his climate czar. John Kerry had millions of dollars in personal investments in the oil and gas industry prior to him selling his greenhouse emitting energy stocks this March of 2021 – or only 3 short months ago. While Biden and Kerry are both very wealthy themselves, they killed tens of thousands of energy jobs that American workers depended on to provide for themselves and their families. The fact is that the U.S.A. is still the number two polluter of greenhouse gases in the world behind. If you put the U.S.A. and China together, we/they account for a little less than 50 percent of the world’s entire greenhouse gas emissions that is causing global warming.

Sometimes I think about how nice it would be for me and my family to be politically connected and wealthy like the ruling elites in the Swamp, but I also have to be able to sleep at night with a clean and good conscience. I don’t want to be associated with the PREDATORY government that is screwing over hundreds of millions of American people. I want to be a good man/person in the limited time I exist on Earth. I want to speak out about career politicians such as Smitty Pignatelli who openly supports and votes for shutting the people of Massachusetts out of Beacon Hill’s corrupt sausage making. I want to speak out about retired state Legislators such as Dan Bosley, Peter Larkin, and Stan Rosenberg who all collect their taxpayer-funded public pensions and perks, while making 6-figure lobbyist salaries each on Beacon Hill’s Statehouse. I want to speak out about PAC Man Richie Neal only representing K Street corporate lobbyist firms, which have nothing at all to do with the people who live in his Western Massachusetts Congressional District. I want to speak out about Hunter Biden’s business dealings with adversarial foreign countries like Russia and China that made his dad, Joe Biden, and the rest of his “crime” family all worth tens of millions of dollars each.

To be clear, the government is PREDATORY, and the ruling elites only do DISSERVICES against the American people in return for money and power so they can sit on their fat ASSES as lifetime career politicians!

Best wishes,

Jonathan Melle

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
2 months ago

And the funny thing is that you and your family voted for these people when you lived in Pittsfield. That is what good brainwashed Berkshire County people do because “that is the way “! I hope everyone enjoys Juneteenth and that you don’t feel discombobulated seeing how things shutdown without warning

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
2 months ago

You voted for Biden, you nitwit!
You’re part of the problem!!

Liberals Lie
Liberals Lie
Reply to  Bethany Trudeau
2 months ago

Has Bump been paying her taxes or has she been lying?

Stepping down
Stepping down
Reply to  Liberals Lie
2 months ago

Apparently she did a fine job. Too fine of a job in someone’s opinion.

James
James
2 months ago

This case sure sounds like there is plenty of evidence to bring charges. What gives?

Police say he was high when he crashed his truck in Great Barrington. Now, they can’t prove it.

David Ruddy’s truck after the 2019 crash in which he struck John Wiltshire, who says he suffered lasting injuries. Police say Ruddy was high from inhaling canned air fumes, but they don’t have enough evidence to prosecute him on an OUI drug charge.
PHOTO PROVIDED BY GREAT BARRINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT
GREAT BARRINGTON — Police say a town man was high from inhaling from a can of computer duster when he crashed his pickup truck into another vehicle, causing what the other driver says are lasting injuries.
There isn’t enough evidence to prove it in court, pointing to the larger challenge of keeping drugged drivers off roads.
Prosecutors on April 1 dropped an operating-under-the-influence-of-a-drug charge against David Ruddy, 37, citing a lack of sufficient evidence, according to Berkshire District Attorney’s Office public information officer Andrew McKeever. Police also had charged Ruddy with negligent driving in the Oct. 27, 2019, accident, for which he received six months’ probation, according to court records. At the time of the crash, he was on probation for a domestic assault.
Ruddy rear-ended an SUV driven by John Wiltshire, of Sheffield, as he waited at the light in front of the police station on Route 7. Station surveillance video shows Ruddy’s truck plowing into Wiltshire’s vehicle and pushing it approximately 50 feet forward, into the intersection.

John Wiltshire says the force of the crash broke his headrest, and gave him a brain injury and lasting neurological problems. 
Police say Ruddy made no effort to slow or stop; the force of the crash broke Wiltshire’s headrest and resulted in injuries that include brain damage that has led to memory and other problems, according to Wiltshire.
Responders took Ruddy to a hospital; the severity of his injuries was not made public.
After the crash, police say, a can of Staples Computer Duster fell out of Ruddy’s truck; inside, a bag with five more cans sat on the passenger seat.
Wiltshire, who said he is preparing a civil lawsuit against Ruddy, is frustrated by the dropped charge.
“It made me angry,” Wiltshire said. “I might have had my children in the back seat, and they could have been killed.”
Ruddy could not be reached for comment.

Without rapid, specific tests for marijuana and other drugs, or metrics akin to those for alcohol, it is hard to prove in court that a driver was stoned or under the influence.

An arrest can’t be made on suspicion alone; an OUI drug charge typically won’t stick unless intoxication is “clear and obvious,” said town Police Chief Paul Storti.
“We can suspect it, but if we can’t prove it, it’s just a waste of the court’s time and energy,” he added. “Sometimes we win them and sometimes we don’t.”
There is one thing that can help, and even it isn’t foolproof.
Storti said legalization of pot in the state prompted his department, under former Police Chief William Walsh, to send Officer Christopher Peebles to train as a Drug Recognition Expert officer. The training teaches a 12-step protocol that involves observations, blood pressure, pulse and pupil tests. It ends with blood and urine analysis.
Last year, the department also had written a proposal to the town to ask for some of the community impact fees from pot stores to pay for another officer’s training. Town officials declined, Storti said.
Yet, testimony from Drug Recognition Expert officers won’t necessarily make a case airtight, since several studies have debunked the 12-step evaluation procedures as unscientific and unreliable.
In 2019, a Berkshire County judge considered those studies, in part, when she tossed testimony from the county’s first DRE officer in an OUI drug case.
Other studies indicate reliability if a DRE is well-trained, and Gov. Charlie Baker, for instance has tried to boost the number of DRE officers statewide.
Others see a threat. The American Civil Liberties Union and defense attorneys raise concerns about convicting the innocent using a protocol with questionable reliability, even if all 12 steps are completed.
“Any time an expert testifies in court, juries and judges tend to give that expert a lot of credence and authority,” said Joseph Zlatnik, a Pittsfield attorney who represented the defendant in that 2019 Berkshire case in which the judge threw out the drug expert testimony.
Zlatnik explained that the final evaluation step involving blood and urine samples is most important, and that the DRE officer did not perform those with his client.
In the Ruddy case, Great Barrington Officer Samuel Stolzar’s report says he and another officer immediately were on the scene outside the police station. Stolzar said that Ruddy’s behavior was consistent with inhaling gas from canned dusters.
He formed the opinion based on a number of factors, including Ruddy’s short-lived disorientation, witnesses who said Ruddy was semiconscious and Ruddy’s quick return to coherence, since the high from “huffing” compressed air fumes — it’s a dangerous practice — is short-lived.

Try Again
Try Again
Reply to  James
2 months ago

This is the perfect example of the way the seagull turns a story & the prosecutor is a whole LIAR, inept & the defense is providing false, inaccurate information – further endangering [to misinform] the public.

Driving to endanger (regardless of intoxication) is a CRIME IN MASSACHUSETTS (revenge porn is NOT) and the crime is compounded, in this case, by SERIOUS BODILY INJURY.

In fact, in order to obtain a conviction for driving to endanger, the Commonwealth must prove only three elements:

1. That you were operating a motor vehicle [check],

2. In a place where the public has a right of access or the public has access as licensees or invitees [check],

3. And that the operation was in a reckless or negligent manner so as to endanger the lives or safety of the public [check].

NOTE: I Motioned to remove [that lawyer] from my case because he is hand in hand with Judge[s].

Yet again, rights were violated in Berkshire District Court.

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Try Again
Try Again
Reply to  James
2 months ago

Ruddy was on probation at the time when driving to endanger caused serious bodily injury. The question is, did he have a suspended sentence, and if so what was the outcome?

Try Again
Try Again
Reply to  James
2 months ago

Why would the police even make this claim about a man if they can not prove it – that is the real problem.

HIPAA
HIPAA
Reply to  James
2 months ago

What about the blood test from the hospital, since he was brought there, post-accident, blood would be drawn in order to test for substances – because the hospital tested him. What about informed consent. Also, did Ruddy have a suspended sentence per his probation – that is usually how it works. Were substance abuse treatment mandated?

The burden of proof is easier in a civil case – Wiltshire will not lose, it is on video.

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LegalEagle
LegalEagle
Reply to  HIPAA
2 months ago

I blame:

  1. the legislators for not doing anything about drugged driving to the point where we have a state police officer killed on the Pike by a high driver and it can’t be proven in court
  2. The DA for not having the chops to take this case on based on the officer’s testimony and make a point to the legislators to step the heck up
  3. Anyone who voted for more drugs in communities where crimes due to drugs can’t be proven
  4. The beagle for not pointing any of this out to the public
Keep Trying
Keep Trying
2 months ago

Listen, a probationer has limited rights. Probation Officer has the right to test on the spot, there’s a slip saying so, he signed it. Probation Officer has the means, expensive testing kits, instant read urinalysis drug test at the Court like everyone who is on probation does. Furthermore, the hospital is literally >5 minutes, away from this place of incident/INJURY! (hospital was involved). Informed consent comes in conjunction with holding a valid MA driver’s license. That’s no different than – failure to enforce the law. Plus, isn’t there a clause, about buying MULTIPLE CANS AT ONE TIME OF THAT KNOW ABUSABLE SUBSTANCE? Sorry – bullshit.

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Imperfect
Imperfect
2 months ago

Blame me for what I did do, not for what I didn’t do.

Joetaxpayer
Joetaxpayer
2 months ago

Happy JuneNineteenth Kamela ! Enjoy your day off.

Auto Phil
Auto Phil
2 months ago

I hate when I come to this blog seeing what I hope is a robust dialogue and instead find 100 posts arguing about who is the biggest racist and who has the bigger gun.

Grow up people. There are plenty of other sites to tit-for-tat the incessant, irrelevant banter.

I agree about Texas and the election, Dan.

And North Street is a complete waste of money. I imagine you could count on one hand how many true cyclists ride down North St. on any given day. And that would be a good day.

Why would any city redesign an entire commercial thoroughfare to accommodate a handful of people that might use bicycle lanes 6 months out of the year. It is asinine. And avid cyclist is perfectly capable of riding with traffic like in any other normal town.

Pittsfield deserves everything Pittsfield gets.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

I agree; I think it starts when people start calling each other names rather than engaging in dialog.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

Dan, you do good work. Especially your writing, which is unparalleled. Though I do, of course, often disagree with what you say.

Pointstoponder
Pointstoponder
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

Dan you should be proud of this site. Who else does this with such success?

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Auto Phil
2 months ago

They are doing it for the grant money $238,826 was the first grant amount and second grant of $162,880 over $400 ‘g’s. For North St. alone. How much of the money will actually be spent for the projects and will any of that money be used somewhere else? More to it than biking I believe.

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
Reply to  J2S
2 months ago

And who was really having an issue with north street? The 2 bicyclist that bike down North St and don’t know the rules of the road that is taught when you are in elementary school? Total waste of money that could have been used more productively or not used and keep our taxes lower

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Auto Phil
2 months ago

Because eventually the far leftists want us all on bicycles since they want to get rid of motor vehicles. It’s all about saving the climate. We must sacrifice our way of life while China single-handedly pollutes the planet.

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kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Pat
2 months ago

Leftists don’t want us all on bicycles and don’t want to get rid of motor vehicles. 

Liberals Lie
Liberals Lie
2 months ago

How many accounts is Barry going to make up and post under? Come on fat boy stop being a coward.

How’s Barry’s lawsuit against Mazzeo’s doing?

May Teenth
May Teenth
Reply to  Liberals Lie
2 months ago

Why wasn’t tired at the Juneteenth ceremony?

Sweep Em
Sweep Em
Reply to  Liberals Lie
2 months ago

I’ve never seen so much dust in the roads and especially lawns when mowing blowing right in the cars that go by,don’t put your windows down! Lawn mowing should not be allowed in the roads with the blades running. Going to B C C a skunk in the road on upper west street, no one reports it,homeowners? Been there for ten days eight hundred block? Common man,it’s right in front of your million dollar home and driveway,and it’s ripe?….No wonder the Mayor lives in the outskirts,no debris or stinking street sweepers blowing crap from the roads where she lives. Yes,I’ve called public works,no answer?

North Street Nomad
North Street Nomad
Reply to  Liberals Lie
2 months ago

Is Barry still riding around at 3 am with his halfwit side kick Shawshank?

Liberals Lie
Liberals Lie
2 months ago

More shootings today. Confirmed by PPD, shots fired today on Appleton Ave & Dawes, around 6:15pm.

Sweep Em
Sweep Em
Reply to  Liberals Lie
2 months ago

Texas requires No License to carry a weapon.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Sweep Em
2 months ago

right you are

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Sweep Em
2 months ago

I’m sure all PITTSfield shooters, have gun owner paper work, and are properly trained.

Now who trains them? They seem to be poor marks”things”.

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Liberals Lie
2 months ago

Right near where I was born.

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
Reply to  Liberals Lie
2 months ago

Those weren’t fireworks or the posse celebrating

Debate Team
Debate Team
2 months ago

Massachusetts

Any substance having the property of releasing toxic vapors

● Intentionally smell or inhale

● Possess, buy, or sell to aid someone to violate law

● Sell glue to minor

Cause intoxication, excitement, exhilaration, stupefaction, or dulling of the brain or nervous system

Inhaling anesthesia for medical or dental purposes

Use, sale, possession with intent to sell: Fine up to $200, up to 6 month in prison, or both.

I’m surprised in quantity such as the example – this could be open container/posession – that is a lot of cans of duster in any dynamic, it does not make sense.

Way Fair
Way Fair
2 months ago

Class A Medical space available on the Berkshire Medical Center North Adams Campus at 77 Hospital Ave. Suites from ~925 SF to ~14,500 SF. Total space available is ~25,859 SF. Any healthcare related uses are permitted which include but aren’t limited to: Physical Therapy, Family Practice, Educational/Training, Mental Health, Outpatient Services, Home Health Services, Elderly Services, etc.

The building features modern appeal, handicap accessibility, elevators, modern HVAC, flexible layout options, free parking, bus line drop off, and much more.

Building Management & Leasing Contact:

Craig Barnum 413-358-3238 craigbarnum@gmail.com

Way Fair
Way Fair
2 months ago

“We’re going to do 10 really nice, modern, unique, residences. They are not traditional built-for-the-masses residences. These are going to have all the utility and modern elements but have the uniqueness of space that you can’t find anywhere else,” said Craig Barnum of CT Management Group in December when describing the project.

https://www.iberkshires.com/story/57489/CT-Management-Finishing-Renovation-of-Former-Holy-Family-Church.html

Pointstoponder
Pointstoponder
Reply to  Way Fair
2 months ago

Did he describe any lucrative tax breaks they might be getting? And does anyone know exactly (besides Kerwood, Barry and the mayor) how much of the new investment actually TAKES OFF THE TAX ROLLS??? And I ask because as the mayor well knows, the rest of us have to subsidize these builders for years going on.

Data/Scattered
Data/Scattered
Reply to  Pointstoponder
2 months ago
Way Fair
Way Fair
2 months ago

“This circumstance is a multi-faceted situation and we are working with all parties to resolve it,” said Craig Barnum of CT Management Group, which oversees the residential space above the store and is affiliated with Scarafoni Associates, the landlord of the business.

https://www.berkshireeagle.com/archives/owner-of-planned-vape-shop-to-move-amid-outcry-from-north-adams-neighbors/article_e3a2a98e-988a-5795-97a0-5b4935382f50.html

Way Fair
Way Fair
2 months ago

SHEFFIELD — A local developer is adding a new chapter to a historic property in downtown Sheffield.
Last year, Egremont native and resident Craig Barnum purchased 113-117 Main St. and 0 Depot St. in Sheffield as CMB Block LLC for $325,000 from Mary N. Bartholomew and Kathleen M. McCormick, co-trustees of Dana A. Bartholomew Revocable Trust.

https://berkshirerecord.net/developer-adapts-repurposes-historic-sheffield-property/

Way Fair
Way Fair
2 months ago

GOODWILL

“I like being a resource for businesses and
organizations who need space but don’t want
to own a building,” Barnum said. “I can move
more quickly and be more fl exible with the
purchase of a property, and can often get a
better price.”
Over the course of a few months Barnum
and Twiggs worked out a lease arrangement,
and in early February Barnum completed his
purchase of the property for $1.2 million
from Cegam LLC, with fi nancing provided
by Lee Bank.
“We worked hard at it and got all our
ducks in a row,” said Twiggs. “It was a
perfect arrangement for Craig and …..

Berkshire Trade & Commerce

Way Fair
Way Fair
2 months ago

For more information, please call Craig Barnum, CTMG, 413-358-3238 or Roberta McCulloch-Dews, Director of Administrative Services, Mayor’s Office, 413-499-9322.

https://www.cityofpittsfield.org/press_detail_T32_R140.php

Double Dog
Double Dog
2 months ago

Someone ask for disclosure regarding familial relationships. One exists.

Holdings LLC.
Holdings LLC.
2 months ago

What’s the plan Mayor ? The future of shooting gallery “treatment”?

Craig Barnum (real estate typhoon) is working to bring new tenants – and needed healthcare services – to the Northern Berkshire
Ambulatory Care Center. He purchased the 50,000-square-foot medical building last August.

Look in a mirror
Look in a mirror
2 months ago

“The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office reaffirms our commitment to making long-lasting and formidable changes to eliminate bias at every stage of the criminal justice system.”

LegalEagle
LegalEagle
Reply to  Look in a mirror
2 months ago

Yes because that sure is the problem around here. Can they name any examples of bias in the criminal justice system in the last 30 years? Where’s the proof?

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
2 months ago

Regarding firearms training, you can get it in most localities in the US, through sporting goods stores or sportman’s clubs or police departments. When I applied for an ownership card I took a firearms safety course through a local police station (not Massachusetts). 
I filled out an application at the local police station the first time I wanted one, and then to renew it I went through the local police station and sent them a check ($35). You can get an application at most sporting goods stores. Probably the easiest way to get trained and certified is to talk to the local shooters anywhere in the US and they will tell you where to get the application and who does the training. Very often it is local shooters who are certified to provide such training. Those folks may well be NRA members, but you don’t have to go through the NRA to get certified as trained or for concealed carry classes and permits.

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  kltpzyxm
2 months ago

I took my first gun course from locally famous game warden Milton Perkins who some of you may be familiar with. Back in the 60s.

acheshirecat
acheshirecat
Reply to  Annulgas
2 months ago

Took my first gun course at Camp Russel in the early 1970’s. Could you imagine the uproar if the same course was offered to today’s youth?

He ain't heavy, he's my [nepotism]
He ain't heavy, he's my [nepotism]
2 months ago

The historic mill is home to some 40 businesses and will welcome a new one this fall.

https://www.iberkshires.com/story/59370/Wayfair-Finalizes-Lease-For-Clocktower-Building.html

Tyer/Barnum – Massa/Lacky

Pita Free
Pita Free
Reply to  He ain't heavy, he's my [nepotism]
2 months ago

Hey gang bangers, where you want to go? Free methadone,free welfare,light sentences( you will go free)

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
2 months ago

Hello Rinaldo,

Below, there is a letter in today’s New Hampshire Sunday Union Leader about fatherlessness and how it impacts the children who grow up in New Hampshire. I thought you would find it interesting because for years you wrote and spoke out about the issue in Massachusetts. I learned a lot from your fathers’ rights legal essays.

My thoughts on the issue is that it costs a lot of time and money to be married and have children. The average home where I live in Southern New Hampshire is over $400,000 and up. The average home in nearby Boston’s wealthy suburbs are all over $1,000,000. How in the hell does the average working stiff afford to get married and have children and buy a home in a nice community where the streets are safe and the public schools are well performing? I know I could not afford it all in the area where I live!

Someone like me who is moderate income would take a huge financial risk if I got married, nonetheless had children. For me, it would be like putting all of my proverbial eggs in one basket. It would only work if the woman I married also put all of her proverbial eggs in one basket with me. Then, if we stayed married for the next 30 to 40 years left in my life – I am almost 46 years old – we may be able to live a financially secure life together. BUT, BUT, BUT…., if the woman I married decided to leave me, I would be drowning in debts for at least the next 20 years of my life, which would make me almost 66 years old, which is my retirement age and supposed Golden Years of financial security. I would be starting from scratch in my mid-60’s in the year 2041.

If I was married and had children around 15 to 20 years ago, I would be taking extreme financial risks with my life. It would only work if I had outside family financial support, the woman I would have married invested her time and money with me, and our would be children were well taken care by us. If by now – I am turning 46 next month – it did NOT work out that way, I would live the rest of my life in debts and would have little to no chance of ever being financially secure for the rest of my life.

The other issue is that our ruling elites stopped investing in the people, such as myself, since the time I was born in 1975. Instead, people such as myself are seen by big business and big government as costs to be controlled in their billion dollar and trillion dollar yearly budgets. They take my money, but they don’t invest in my financial well being like they did post-World War 2 when the American middle class actually grew in size; now only the underclass is growing in size in the U.S.A. In 2021, we are in a K-shaped economic recovery for Wall Street and the Swamp (as well as the political parasites in Beacon Hill’s Statehouse), but the rest of us are in a K-shaped economic recession where Main Street is at rock bottom. Today, things are worse for someone like me than ever before post-World War 2 America.

In closing Rinaldo, it is nearly impossible for someone like me to survive in the 2021 American economy if I got married, nonetheless had children 15 to 20 years ago. The ruling elites all know this, and they are still NOT investing in the American people, leaving the rest of us to be fed to the proverbial wolves of working poor and underclass lives of economic and financial pain and misery.

Best wishes,

Jonathan A. Melle

Letter: Children raised without fathers endure disparities | Letters to the Editor | unionleader.com

The school committee
The school committee
2 months ago

39 days until Trump is President again according to Trump.No mental illness here.

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
2 months ago

Happy Father’s Day every father and father to be

kltpzyxm
kltpzyxm
Reply to  Shirleyknuts
2 months ago

Thanks.