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PLANET HITS 2,300; SPECIAL EDITION, ‘JUST BECAUSE’

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY SEPT. 28, 2021) — This is the 2,300 column since THE PLANET began 11 years ago.

Nice round number, and for the occasion, we present this special edition.

We call it:

JUST BECAUSE

Enjoy. Remember. Ponder.

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“You can’t go broke taking a profit” — Sir Donald Turpentine, Knight of the Bath.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Halloween, 1948, PIttsfield, Mass.

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Gobsig
Gobsig
20 days ago

Today at Taconic high
https://youtu.be/rUnSG20kDtw

Wilson
Wilson
Reply to  Gobsig
20 days ago

looks like it will cost taxpayers 6-figures in healthcare and disability for that fall the bouncer took

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  Wilson
20 days ago

How much will it cost the city (or state) if they help someone inject heroin into themselves and then they go out and get in a car wreck or jump off a building?

Grey Airea
Grey Airea
Reply to  Fizzlehead
20 days ago

Don’t know fritz. But it sure as hell didn’t work.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  Fizzlehead
19 days ago

We need safe spaces where people can stab, shoot and beat each other..

Outfox
Outfox
Reply to  Fizzlehead
19 days ago

Probably the same amount that it costs the city every time someone leaves one of the federally and state regulated safe consumption sites that we already have here in town.
They are called bars, and people are leaving them impaired day and night with no blow back to the city so…

Don
Don
Reply to  Gobsig
20 days ago

New building same animals

laughingstock
laughingstock
Reply to  Gobsig
20 days ago

How do you expect them to act in a community where drug dealers and embezzlers get a free pass from the DA?

More Resources
More Resources
Reply to  Gobsig
19 days ago

Hardly anything.

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
20 days ago

I was born in mid-1975, so I never experienced old school Pittsfield like my parents and grandparents. I have heard stories and saw old photos of post World War 2 Pittsfield. Congressman Silvio Conte brought home pork for the working class in Pittsfield back in the old days. In 2021, K Street PAC Man Richie Neal, Chrome Dome Adam Hinds of Amherst (Massachusetts), Trippy Country Buffet, and Level 5 Linda Gated Community Tyer are totally disconnected from inner city Pittsfield and the distressed families who live in daily fear of daily shootings, violent crimes, gangs, drugs, prostitution, and multigenerational poverty. GE’s industrial heyday in Pittsfield is a distant memory, while GE left the area and made Pittsfield into its dump. Jimmy Ruberto once called Pittsfield the best city, but now he lives in Naples Florida with summer condo in upscale Lenox. Pittsfield politics is corrupt with an incestuous-like group of political insider hacks taxing the proverbial Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski out of the Pittsfield’s ever shrinking middle class. Nightmarish 2021 dystopian Pittsfield reminds me of Pottersville in the 1946 Christmas movie classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” and Biff’s casino magnate city in “Back to the Future Part 2”.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
20 days ago

In all those pictures, might have missed one, but I only noticed two foreign cars.

Says a lot about the state of America now.

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

American corporations designed their way out of the industry always believing in cheap oil and gasoline powered wheels.Japan and Germany knew what we did not know. Hint electricity will turn wheels and solar will heat homes.Who will lead the CLOWN party out of the 1950s?A party confident in their ignorance because Dumb Don will whisper to them that ignorance is good.

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

You’ll be buying solar panels from China TSC. That make you all warm, green, and fuzzy.

Traitor Joe Stolen just handed Afghanistan and 85 billion in weapons to our terrorist enemies in a humiliating fashion. Now these terrorists control a country that has the most mineral deposits needed for your “green deal”, and China is moving in to harvest them.

Concerning US industry, it was the corporate leaders and Democrat supported corrupt union bosses that sold out the USA workers/people.

BTW, what did Goobberment Motors do with the bailout money Sotero gave them? They built a new factory quick! In Brazil…..

“Union Sundown” – B. Dylan

Well, my shoes, they comes from Singapore
My flashlight’s from Taiwan
My tablecloth’s from Malayisia
My belt buckle’s from the Amazon
You know, this shirt I wear comes from the Philippines
And the car I drive is a Chevrolet
It was put together down in Argentina
By a guy making thirty cents a day.

Well, it’s sundown on the union
And what’s made in the USA
Sure was a good idea
‘Til greed got in the way.

Well, this silk dress is from Hong Kong
And the pearls are from Japan
Well, the dog collar’s from India
And the flower pot’s from Pakistan
All the furniture it said “Made in Brazil”
Where a woman, she slaved for sure
Bringing home thirty cents a day to a family of twelve
You know, that’s a lot of money to her.

Well, it’s sundown on the union
And what’s made in the USA
Sure was a good idea
‘Til greed got in the way.

Well, you know, lots of people complaining that there is no work
I say, “Why you say that for
When nothing you got is US made ?”
They don’t make nothing here no more
You know, capitalism is above the law
It say, “it don’t count ‘less it sells”
When it costs too much to build it at home
You just build it cheaper someplace else.

Well, it’s sundown on the union
And what’s made in the USA
Sure was a good idea
‘Til greed got in the way.
Well, the job that you used to have
They gave it to somebody down in El Salvador
The unions are big business, friend
And they’re going out like a dinosaur
They used to grow food in Kansas
Now they want to grow it on the moon and eat it raw
I can see the day coming when even your home garden
Is gonna be against the law.

Well, it’s sundown on the union
And what’s made in the USA
Sure was a good idea
‘Til greed got in the way.

Democracy don’t rule the world
You’d better get that in your head
This world is ruled by violence
But I guess that’s better left unsaid
From Broadway to the Milky Way
That’s a lot of territory indeed
And a man’s gonna do what he has to do
When he’s got a hungry mouth to feed.

Well, it’s sundown on the union
And what’s made in the USA
Sure was a good idea
‘Til greed got in the way.

Last edited 20 days ago by Mad Trapper
12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  The school committee
19 days ago

Let us know how heating your home with solar works out this winter.

Acute Angina
Acute Angina
Reply to  The school committee
19 days ago

How will the electricity be produced for your electric car. Do you seriously think we can produce the juice. You’re crazy. Take your meds.

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  Mad Trapper
20 days ago

What is says is that Japan builds better cars than we do and for a better price. The downside of unions.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Annulgas
20 days ago

In Japan the upper management does not rape the companies dry of money with outlandish salaries. That’s what happened in the USA. GE is another prime example.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mad Trapper
20 days ago

And off source parts to 3rd world so the can claim Made in Japan.

The Japs and Germans have factories here in the USA. It’s not that American workers can’t build good stuff, it’s that “American” corporations won’t let them.

A spin off of this is we no longer have a skilled workforce. GE had some of the best machinists in the world right here in Pittsfield. All that knowledge is gone now.

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
20 days ago

Somehow back in time a carousel was a good thing in Pittsfield. Now, if the special interests cannot make money off it the city will not give it any help. If it was donated to Milltown or one of the other super influencers the mayor would rain money on it.
Quarter million for a dog park and the city picks up the tabs for poop bags and picks up the shit but no can do when it comes to the carousel (even though this one…. REALLY IS FOR THE CHILDREN)

Paul
Paul
Reply to  Fizzlehead
20 days ago

The Mayor would be on board if the carousel was selling all of its best hand carved horses.

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  Paul
20 days ago

I remember her sitting in one of Stanleys new theater seats promoting his business. Did you ever see her sitting on one of the carousels hand carved, with love, horses made to bring happiness to children? Did downtown inc get behind them and feather their bed to make things easier? Did they get a Covid bundle.

Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
Reply to  Fizzlehead
20 days ago

The carousel was a dumb idea right from the start. Shulman writes those back in the day stories for the Eagle and he is the one behind it. Kids don’t even know what a carousel is nor do they care. If it isn’t electronic and they cant hold it in their hand and push buttons they aren’t interested. It was doomed to fail from the start.

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
19 days ago

The special interests would like to thank you for your post. Or maybe you represent them.
Bikes are not electronic either but the mayor says the new Mountain bike thingy is for the kids. She has put a half billion dollars into the parks and I assume she is at least saying that was for the kids.
(not sure why I am even addressing your post. it was beyond stupid)

The school committee
The school committee
20 days ago

Could the mayor sweep the streets,paint the lines in the road and hire maintaince workers to help the overworked guys we have…..There needs to be a sidewalk replacement program Barry.Ward 3 needs sidewalks replaced.

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
20 days ago

Congratulations on making it to 2300 Dan! Here’s to another 2300! Unfortunately I am pretty sure the city will continue to give you all the material you need without doing investigative reporting. And with the local what should be the paper not doing their job we need the 4th estate in some format and you fit the bill. Good Luck and Thanks!

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  Shirleyknuts
19 days ago

It really is and has been awesome. You can be very proud of it Dan. Without the Planet we would not know who was screwing us. We can’t stop it but at least we know who the players are. Many of them anyway.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
20 days ago

I like picture number one; “We will not tolerate mediocrity” sign held by women protesting something at Park Square. Dan do you remember the reason for the protest?

Red Alef
Red Alef
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
20 days ago

The Ward Two candidate was on pctv today and the host asked him about a new police station and he answered no. Don’t think the host like his answer replying how bad of condition it is in? Ask the question,don’t throw the candidate under the bus because you might be or are a pro Tyer puppet

Grey Airea
Grey Airea
Reply to  Red Alef
20 days ago

A question was asked by Chris last night about the feed at Hubbard School and cost to maintain? The answer,not much. As in one dollar or five dollars or three hundred thousand? Not much? Aside. Local politics wether pro incumbent and,or puppets-candidates,eventually get sucked in or have no say, 8- 3 Votes have been like this for years. Committees generally are stacked with hand picked mayoral likes. Like the man from Mensa said many years ago,the voter votes, not the taxpayer,how true. Now there is a new position for the homeless eight – ninety g ‘ quarterback’ it’s called. Who’s calling the plays?

Grey Airea
Grey Airea
Reply to  danvalenti
20 days ago

Well said Dan. A true gentleman.He would agree, a politician isn’t for the people but for the agenda to get elected,whatever they’re in it for. A could name a handful that were generally interested in the people,one in particular was Chuck,and maybe one other was old school Ray Crow of ward two back in the sixties. There were others few and far between. Mayors,forget about it.

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  Grey Airea
19 days ago

While voting is foundational to democracy in many cases, it most often is NOT in Pittsfield. The deck is stacked before the polls open and even when your candidate wins you quite often find out too late that you voted for a wolf in sheep’s clothing. All to often I have found out that the candidate I thought was going to represent the people was actually part of the cabal of special interests. It is a charade. A make believe drama where you pretty much know 95% of the time who will win just by looking at who is backing them. And if it is heavy money from special interests that guy or girl is NOT going to represent you. These days, after the election is over, many of them are not even pretending. And they know who they are. And so do we.

charles ivar kronick
charles ivar kronick
Reply to  Fizzlehead
19 days ago

Which is your ward?

Agent 86
Agent 86
Reply to  charles ivar kronick
19 days ago

Fizzlehead is in the psych ward

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  Agent 86
19 days ago

and you know that because your bed is right next to mine

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Fizzlehead
19 days ago

Moved out of the rubber room suite?

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  charles ivar kronick
19 days ago

Talking about the city as a whole from the mayor to the council president to those on the lopside of most 9-3 votes going back 30 years.
I see zero chance of the power hold changing this time around. The grip is too tight. One, two or three new people, assuming they were really not special interests reps, would not change any final votes or special interest policy.
And with that covid windfall lying there for the taking, you can bet they will leave no room for error.

PEDA
PEDA
20 days ago

I’ve talked to reps from two very well established Fortune 500 companies that looked at Pittsfield. Their reasons why they aren’t coming here, the “red carpet” team is boorish and stacked with good old boy buffoons.
They aren’t even subtle in their approach to TIFs and incentives. One of the lawyers for one of the companies had to remind Coakley that what he was actually suggesting in one of the meetings was against the law.
He was looking for a “guarantee of support” for the Mayor at the next election.
When the reps from a city ask companies to do things that are illegal, the smart ones run.

Wayfair moved here in spite of the moves by Tyer and Coakley. It was a done deal based on the tax incentives from Boston.

Jumpin Joe Curtis
Jumpin Joe Curtis
Reply to  PEDA
19 days ago

Which means she’s running again

Lord help save is from her and low info voters

Lenny
Lenny
Reply to  PEDA
19 days ago

Which is why Mr. Spacely Space Sprockets has a Marchetti sign on his lawn.

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
20 days ago

Dan, thanks for all the memories. These pictures show how GREAT Pittsfield was, yet it makes one feel really angry at what Pittsfield has allowed to become. Thanks also for all the behind the scenes work you have done and are still doing to make this blog one of the only places people can voice their opinions and also learn what is REALLY going on in Pittsfield. Thanks again!

Once again I unfortunately found myself watching our down right pathetic City Council meeting last night. Have to stop doing this to myself, it is really bad for your health! Want to again thank Kevin Morandi and Chris Connell for once again trying to speak for the taxpayers. The rest of the councilors should be totally ashamed of their lack of involvement in their job. Evidently Moon and Caccamo no longer feel a need to attend and represent their Ward. Yuki has only spoken once in almost two years and that was to promote her bar. Worst of all is it blows my mind how Pee Pee Petie sat back and allowed Deanna Ruffer, wearing her horse blanket, be down right belligerent to Chris Connell. There was absolutely no need for her shear bitchiness towards him and I feel it is the President of the Council’s duty to address her behavior. He seems to have no problem scolding taxpayers when they try to speak at open mic. Morales was also very snarky with Morandi. Then again their boss has the same behavior when she has anyone question her. Also, as I watched Kerwood dressed as a maitre d, trying to answer questions the only words that ever come out of his mouth are ahh and umm. Why does he not know the answers? It is also very obvious how both Kerwood and Ruffer had to keep looking back at Tyer before they answer a question. What are they afraid of? Might as well do away with the City Council, they have not accomplished one thing in two years! Tyer, Ruffer & Kerwood would never last in the private sector.

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

Thanks Dan.

Downtown Dweller
Downtown Dweller
Reply to  Merry & Bright
19 days ago

I’ve noticed how the mayor and Ms Ruffer would become indignant that someone would question them/the processes taking place. Did like how Mr Connell called out Ms Ruffer for rolling her eyes at him.

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  Downtown Dweller
19 days ago

Remember when Tyer was campaigning against Bianchi? She said SHE was going to be the open and honest one. Now she does not return calls to Joe regular guy and the front door to city hall is locked up tight. Her subserviant council president (isn’t that kind of pathetic? He is a grown man for gods sake) tries to keep public input to an absolute minimum and she seems to edit and co write media releases. Is that democracy? Is that what we thought we were getting when we elected these people?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Fizzlehead
19 days ago

Grown men have a pair. Did you mean eunch?

J2S
J2S
20 days ago

Congrats Dan! No small feat and thanks for doing what you do to keep us informed on what we aren’t informed about from others on the happenings around here. Amazing how a one man band can accomplish what it took Tommy Dorsey and band to accomplish as a whole.

Last edited 20 days ago by J2S
Auto Phil
Auto Phil
20 days ago

So at least two Taconic High Staff injured when they tried to break up a teenage fist fight yesterday. The video posted online shows quite a low intensity un-brawl between females, but perhaps you had to be there.

The truth is, kids have been fighting in high schools since the dawn of time. It’s not new, it’s not uncommon. But now, everything gets recorded. The lasting impression seems much more impactful than the actual event.

Charles Ivar Kronick
Charles Ivar Kronick
19 days ago

Onwards to 1,000,000 editions!

levitan
levitan
Reply to  danvalenti
19 days ago

Viva La Gonzo!

LegalEagle
LegalEagle
19 days ago

Why is the DA standing in front of a fire truck to announce a crime task force that DA Capeless created over a decade ago? How many human trafficking cases are we looking at that need more resources? More stupid optics and a “special unit” with prosecutors who can’t successfully prosecute a case.
https://www.berkshireeagle.com/news/local/berkshire-district-attorney-backs-new-violent-crimes-section/article_1394ded4-2145-11ec-b90c-3bbe7d8498b4.html

RNtoo
RNtoo
Reply to  LegalEagle
19 days ago

IDK but apparently she thinks it’s funny.

Wakeupcandvote
Wakeupcandvote
Reply to  RNtoo
19 days ago

She’s laughing at the low info voters who gave her a job with a salary beyond her wildest dreams.

gotcha22
gotcha22
Reply to  Wakeupcandvote
19 days ago

She’s laughing at the lefty media.

Nipples Harrington
Nipples Harrington
Reply to  LegalEagle
19 days ago

The lies keep coming from her.
“The unit held its first meeting last month, said state police Detective Lt. Ryan Dickinson of the Berkshire Detective Unit. The task force is a long-standing collaborative of officers from local police departments who work in tandem with state and federal authorities. “

It couldn’t have held its first meeting if it’s a long standing collaborative. What it is is that she fired all the real victims advocates, renamed the unit Capeless established, now is saying she needs more money.

She doesn’t even know the difference between a fire engine and a police cruiser.

LegalEagle
LegalEagle
Reply to  Nipples Harrington
19 days ago

The press relase says it has “since blossomed” but then goes on to describe the victims which are of course those of violent crimes. They will get back to us in 6 months, though. I’m sure she will be really busy not properly trying cases and infuriating judges.

After The Fact
After The Fact
Reply to  Nipples Harrington
19 days ago

Eagle publishes this bs to cover for some kind of sanctions – people in the article got investigated by oversight & this article is the public notice with all the facts removed. They always change the names & the town so no one can get to the bottom of the conspiracy to opress victims in Berkshire County. More money than they already have that they ….. this is so stupid to even discuss.

This hinsdale bs originates from an incident Sheffield when Susan Rathbun responded to disabled person abuse.

The question is “why did the fiscal contract between MASSACHUSETTS OFFICE FOR VICTIM ASSISTANCE & BDAO end July 2021?” MALFEASANCE

Please explain why & now needing money ?

PLEASE STEP DOWN

gotcha22
gotcha22
Reply to  LegalEagle
19 days ago

You really need to lower your expectations of both the DA and our local media.

We The People
We The People
Reply to  LegalEagle
19 days ago

Hahahaaa huge inappropriate smile – silly goosey pie

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  LegalEagle
19 days ago

If anybody decides to run against Wrong Way, she just provides excellent debate material. She’s writing a lot of checks that she better be ready to cash.

In addition to her office’s abysmal trial record, she also stated in this article, there have been “a lot of cases” of gender based violence that could have been prosecuted over the years but weren’t because of lack of resources and attention.

When will Wrong Way start providing these case numbers to verify the “lot of cases.” And if there truly were “a lot of cases,” and with today’s technology (DNA), why not announce indictments on those offenders for those violent “gender based” crimes, instead of a photo-op? I seem to remember Capeless and Caccaviello’s Office prosecuting men who brutal beat/murdered their significant others to the fullest extent of the law.

I seem to remember a black female at Simon’s Rock College trying to frame a couple of white men, for committing a Jussie Smollett. Wrong Way wanted to frame any white male she could. And you bet your a*** she had those state troopers looking under every leaf and dust bunny to fram…I mean find them. Of course it was a hoax and nothing happened to her.

A white guy burning hay bails that were in support of Xiden/Harris, gets sent to jail. I do remember reading that Farley-Country-Buffet (D) even shed a few tears after hearing about it.

Last edited 19 days ago by Markus Aurelius
LegalEagle
LegalEagle
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
19 days ago

A lot of phantom cases at Wiliams turned out to be a complete lie. How dangerous is it that you can lie about what didn’t happen in the past to get into such an important position and then continue lying to keep it? Harrington is all policy, and “focus” but never any content and no one holds her to it.This “unit” to focus more on domestic violence is a nice head fake to avoid doing something about the rampant opioid dealing resulting in deaths and other harm – families destroyed, other crimes and general lawlessness. That is what is harming people here and ruining Pittsfield.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  LegalEagle
18 days ago

She’s just following in Lie-awatha Warren’s footsteps. Lizzy lied her way to a Harvard job and US Senate job. Other than lie and cackle like a crow, what has Lizzy ever done to help the working tax-payer? The lazy, welfare, rats need not respond. She loves you.

School Resource Officer
School Resource Officer
Reply to  LegalEagle
19 days ago

Rathbun left Sheffield Police Department – DPPC failed investigation.

Ponzifield
Ponzifield
19 days ago

Longtime homeless shelter president accused of stealing housing funds to amass a real estate empire

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/09/29/metro/longtime-homeless-shelter-president-charged-with-stealing-housing-funds-amass-real-estate-empire/

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  Ponzifield
19 days ago

So if I am the mayor of Pittsfield, I read this and think, “maybe my city should do a forensic audit just to make sure we are doing the best we can for our taxpayers.”

OR, maybe I think, “sure hope nobody does a forensic audit in my backyard.”

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
19 days ago

So in the new Price Chopper flyer that came out today the front page is listing deli turkey for 7.99 a pound. And farm raised salmon is also 7.99 a pound. Interesting.

Joetaxpayer
Joetaxpayer
19 days ago

Let me get this straight. Tax payers are going to pay junkies to boot up! AWESOME sign me up

RNtoo
RNtoo
Reply to  Joetaxpayer
19 days ago

They think it’s an easy answer. Why fund more treatment? Why not just allow people to remain hooked instead of doing the hard work of getting treatment? It’s another Wrong Way.

Check please
Check please
Reply to  RNtoo
19 days ago

Brein Center is a human trafficking scam

laughingstock
laughingstock
Reply to  Check please
18 days ago

You can’t even spell Brien, Durk. Go back to your cave.

Urban slang
Urban slang
Reply to  laughingstock
18 days ago

True. I\E x /C. Thank you.

Check Please

Last edited 18 days ago by Urban slang
Joetaxpayer
Joetaxpayer
Reply to  RNtoo
18 days ago

RN, how about wasting the same money on rehab. All of the junkies, stealing ,loitering should be round up and sentenced to rehab. Let them get straighten out.Win Win.

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  Joetaxpayer
19 days ago

Wouldn’t it make more sense to pay people to NOT shoot up?
Guess not. We need the administrative costs and nepotismal job creation.

RNtoo
RNtoo
Reply to  Annulgas
19 days ago

Sadly, politicians hop on things that are emotionally driven. Money is always the easy way out. Getting people to work the problem is harder. Investing the time to make change is hardest. Injection sites are an expensive short term bandaid that will create a whole bunch of new problems that are only being spoken about on this blog.

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  danvalenti
19 days ago

Do they really, “throw money at a problem” or do they think, “this is an opportunity to create a feel good solution and graft all kinds of money from the funding?

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
Reply to  Fizzlehead
18 days ago

Fizzle are you feeling ok? Sounds like with this response you agree government is never the solution. Thanks for finally arriving to the solution, get government out of everything…especially our wallets

I'm running for DA
I'm running for DA
Reply to  RNtoo
19 days ago

Opiate deaths rose 40 some % since THEY took initiative- the addicts should “work the program” and ax they selves, “is this serving me?”…. looking at the obits or uh “DATA”, one would have to conclude THEY BE MAKING THE PROBLEM WORSE/NOT BETTER. Where’s the $110k MOVA grant – the one to fund the victim Investigations? It’s been DENIED to BERKSHIRE COUNTY VICTIMS? Please find out WHY.

Pat
Pat
19 days ago

Thank you to Planet Valenti for reaching 2300. All were great. Thanks Dan!!!

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Reply to  Pat
19 days ago

Seconds Dan,congrats and another thank You! When Dan dies he’s coming back as a transparent glass. Aside….Dan maybe it was or wasn’t mentioned but the photo friztz is referring to has all woman. I really didn’t see that at first look.

Milt Plum
Milt Plum
Reply to  Pat
19 days ago

He doesn’t look a day over 1900.

Todd SJ
Todd SJ
Reply to  Milt Plum
19 days ago

Yup. Came from Windsor to the city to purchase something,didn’t like where I was seeing the lanes all over the place and the dead beats in your city and drove right through to Marshalls in south county instead. They have some good clothing there.

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  Todd SJ
19 days ago

Dead beats? What was the city council doing on North street?

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  Fizzlehead
18 days ago

Prolly at Yukis deadbeat hangout

Pat
Pat
19 days ago

Wow! All of those cars on North Street is unbelievable. Today seems like a ghost town on North Street compared to those days. It must not have been easy to find your car in those days because so many of them looked the same. You couldn’t push a button to make your car start beeping like crazy so you could find it in that sea of cars.

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More Resources
Reply to  Pat
19 days ago

Stooge shouldn’t be so bias when asking questions to any candidate for politics. While Talking about advocating for a new police station and Councilor to be Kronick’ who answered no,Stooge told him to look inside before making a decision? Stooge you’re out of bounds there In My Opinion. Stooge should also realize it may be his show but is not his station nor it his license.

Awful Enertainent
Awful Enertainent
Reply to  More Resources
19 days ago

And it looks like Stooge fumbled on this interview as a puppet,bootlicking,blabber mouthed all over the red dent world,We Know!!!!!!! Get some new material for crying out loud and stop embarrassing yourself.

Charles Ivar Kronick
Charles Ivar Kronick
Reply to  More Resources
19 days ago

MR: Comparing Bill Sturgeon to a different radio-man, I’ll take Bill any day anytime. What you saw on WTBR (9/29) was one hour unredacted. He asked some difficult questions, and I wouldn’t change a thing in my answers..

He’s wise to the issues and I believe that he really loves this city. Otherwise, it was the shortest hour of my life.

(Begging Dan’s permission: here’s the show:
WTBR-FM’s ‘Morning Drive’ – 9/29/2021 (pittsfieldtv.net))

Last edited 19 days ago by Charles Ivar Kronick
Clev Trev
Clev Trev
Reply to  danvalenti
18 days ago

Charles you will be banging your head against the wall if you try to lone wolf it. Ask Chris or Kevin. Better yet,get in touch with MelMaz if you can.

charles ivar kronick
charles ivar kronick
Reply to  Clev Trev
18 days ago

Thanks CT: I will not be lone wolfing anything. The People are the government, and my knowledge and support lies with them – not those ‘above.’ I’m more confident today, one month to go before election day, than I was when I began that my seat can make a difference.

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  Pat
19 days ago

But obviously it was a poor concept because there were no bike lanes and cones. Can you just imagine how upset the business owners must have been? Thank god mayor Tyer has fixed that little problem.

D Greah
D Greah
Reply to  Annulgas
19 days ago

Opioddicts can ride their there bikes to get there grey fix,then goe to get there honey hole treatment all in one stop. Let’s think about manufacturing the opioids right here at the BIC sight.

Joe Blow
Joe Blow
19 days ago

Has everyone seen the fight at Taconic? Out of control….

https://youtu.be/rUnSG20kDtw

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  Joe Blow
19 days ago

Just read Joe Curtis interview with WAMC . Here is a partial selection but overall he seems much more upset that someone filmed it and it got out to the public…………….

I was at the school committee meeting last evening. I assured all of our families that this is not the typical student experience at Taconic. This is a small group of students that are having difficulty reintegrating into the school setting, often bringing problems that exist out in the community into the school day. But this is not the typical experience. And as I pledged the other evening on video, certainly last night at the school committee, these kinds of acts will be dealt with swiftly and with accountable consequences. And we will insist on, when the consequence has been served, and the student reintegrates into the back into the school – or students, and this is for any occurrence, not just this recent one – that a restorative plan will be put in place where they have to make right with what happened and the people involved. And that often occurs through mediation, conversations and such, and it’s very individualized depending on the situation.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Annulgas
18 days ago

I agree, Analgas – Curtis more upset with and quite adamant about punishing the “filmer” – who I applaud for getting the word out that Taconic is NOT a safe, well-run school. Parents need to know about the lack of discipline. These brawlers need an alternative school setting where they will be away from the students who are actually in school to LEARN.

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

I’m just glad someone got it on tape. This stuff has been going on for awhile. Why no resource officer on site? No discipline in the PPS.

Carbide
Carbide
19 days ago

DA has a way with words – just reading that; my mind goes bullshit.

# 1 Andrea Harrington, never touch a victim, and don’t even say the word “touch”.

She blows at her job – is someone forcing her ? Or it’s a choice she makes ?

From the sEagle –
“””Harrington said the task force focuses on major drug-trafficking operations, and the “violent crime section” broadens the task force’s scope to “touch some of our most vulnerable victims.”””

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PolicerReportWhereareyou
PolicerReportWhereareyou
Reply to  Carbide
18 days ago

Violent crime section is something Harrington learned on LA law.

I'm running for DA
I'm running for DA
19 days ago

I’ll be the one to tell ya’s… low level drug trafficking is the one that needs to be prosecuted. They don’t all have a brick kilo in their ass, all they need to destroy the world is a bag $12.00 or a bundle $100.00. It’s extremely stupid to think – let’s wait for the big bust & meanwhile people are DYING & DESTROYING THE LIVES OF THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS & PUBLIC SAFETY. Ya dumb

RNtoo
RNtoo
Reply to  I'm running for DA
18 days ago

Will the DA be prosecuting the dealers that flock to the “Consumption” site neighborhoods to sell drugs? What is someone dies, will she prosecute that dealer? Why does an f’&*ing nurse have to come up with the kind of basic public health questions our elected officials should require before jumping on this bandwagon?

laughingstock
laughingstock
Reply to  RNtoo
18 days ago

I have a close family member in treatment only because of the consequences they face if they don’t complete the program. Andrea Harrington takes away those consequences. Does she ever even talk to real people who are not “Activists” for drug use?

Shady
Shady
19 days ago

Will the real slim DA please step down, please step down.

laughingstock
laughingstock
Reply to  Shady
18 days ago

Harrington on the record refusing to prosecute crimes. And how exactly does not prosecuting drug possession promote public safety?

DA Andrea Harrington  @harringtonforda
4h
@stephenHRNRP making a compelling case for why @CountyBerkshire does not prosecute simple possession of drugs. This policy promotes equity & fairness while supporting public safety. @DrugPolicyOrg @fjp_org @DARollins @CvRose3 #mapoli

Joetaxpayer
Joetaxpayer
19 days ago

Eagles climate change propaganda makes me laugh. There will always be fluctuation in the weather. Extreme weather will always occur. Planet earth is a pimple on the universe. That being said, it doesn’t mean that we should pollute our planet. Common sense should prevail, green deal is a bad deal. I’m sure China is hoping we enact this boondoggle.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Joetaxpayer
19 days ago

Chi-Coms will make all the solar panels and windmills with slave labor, and charge those Americans that work big bucks.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
19 days ago

After 169 years, S + W and 750 jobs, leaving Springfield Ma because of gun grabbing D-s in Basstun Nasty two schitts.

https://www.marketwatch.com/press-release/smith-wesson-to-relocate-headquarters-to-tennessee-2021-09-30

Last edited 19 days ago by Mad Trapper
Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Mad Trapper
18 days ago

A damn shame.
We have, like you said, the legislative idiots in Boston to blame for this tragedy. May they prosper in the great red state of TN!

Joetaxpayer
Joetaxpayer
Reply to  Mad Trapper
18 days ago

Good for them, time to give the MassHoles a kiss goodbye!

LegalEagle
LegalEagle
18 days ago

What authority does the superintendent have to suspend students for “up to 5 days” or punish them in any way for publicizing a video of a school fight? How is sharing information a heinous act? Will he also be preventing the school paper from reporting on it? This guy is a total moron.

“Well, I clarify the expectations in my letter and video overview that any student that films such a heinous act, and then certainly publicizes it in social media and other locations will face initially up to five days suspension.”
Pittsfield Public Schools Superintendent Joseph Curtis
https://www.wamc.org/news/2021-09-30/pittsfield-public-schools-superintendent-details-altercation-at-city-high-school

Clev Trev
Clev Trev
Reply to  LegalEagle
18 days ago

Back in my day settled matters after school.

Clev Trev
Clev Trev
Reply to  LegalEagle
18 days ago

Best fights I’ve seen were at st blows parking lot Hess vs saurbrun,lasted about twenty minutes to a bloody draw. Another one was gogan vs rathbun And hall kicking the crap out of some punk at the boys club.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  LegalEagle
18 days ago

“This guy is a total moron.”

Morons are highly regarded in searches for new PPS administration.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  LegalEagle
18 days ago

Spot on. Total moron.
Pull your kids out of the PPS!

laughingstock
laughingstock
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
18 days ago

I guess under his logic the George Floyd video would result in punishment.

Don
Don
18 days ago

Will the supervised injection site be located in the former Jim’s House of Shoes building?

gotcha22
gotcha22
Reply to  Don
18 days ago

Andrea’s House of Smack?

Joetaxpayer
Joetaxpayer
18 days ago

Just wondering why I was waiting in traffic. Why does the Elm St. convenient store have no mark spacing for cars.Also no handicapped spaces. Who the fudge does that guy know! Must be nice.