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THE PLANET’S FEARLESS ELECTION ROUNDUP, PT. 2: CLERK, SCHOOL COMMITTEE

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

Part Two of Two

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, COLUMBUS DAYOCT. 11, 2021) — Today THE PLANET celebrates Columbus Day, not Indigestible People’s Day, an apt time to conclude our Fearless Election Roundup (FER). Our FER will never be politically correct, only correct politically.

On the hot seat:  city clerk and school committee.

 

CITY CLERK 

Generally, THE PLANET hates unopposed races, but with incumbent Michele Benjamin, we have few concerns. Benjamin has proven and effective, reliable clerk, on top of the office and responsive to requests. We especially appreciate welcoming manner and that of her staff, Heather Brazeau, assistant clerk; associate clerks Doreen Jamross and Ashley Gangell; and Sabrina Gogan, licensing board clerk.

What does the clerk’s office do? Not many people know. From the city’s website:

Perhaps more than any other public official, the City Clerk symbolizes the stability and continuity of local government.  The official duties and responsibilities of the City Clerk are established by Massachusetts General Laws and the Code of the City of Pittsfield.  The City Clerk issues licenses and permits,  collects birth, marriage, and death records, serves as recording officer, and is the custodian of valuable municipal records.  As Chief Election Official, the City Clerk supervises elections, voter registration, and conducts the annual city census, and is a member of the Board of Registrars.  The City Clerk provides staff assistance to the City Council including agenda preparation, recording minutes, and archiving petitions, orders, and ordinances.  The City Clerk acts as the hub of government for the general public, all city departments, and numerous federal, state, and local agencies.

Michele M. Benjamin michelecetti@gmail.com

94 Barker Road

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SCHOOL COMMITTEE

School committee has typically been a Soviet Block election, the six elected members seeking “reelection” with zero challengers or at best, a token candidate. This yearthe situation’s a little better, with nine candidates, five of whom are challengers.

School Committee candidates, moderators during recent debate (Photo: news kudos.com)

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE PLANET needs not employ too many photons detailing the dreadful performance of this committee. Besides hiring a series of “safe” superintendents — afraid of true change, worried more about image and compensation than performance, caving to the latest “progressive” policies — the school committee uncritically raising department salaries, approve top-loaded staffing, creating fake positions such as the “Cain’t Tuch Dis” Cultural Proficiency Coach, and other sins of omission and commission.

For a department that consumes between 70 and 75% of the $179 million city budget ($125-$134 million), you’d think this committee would take its responsibilities seriously. That’s not the case with the current lineup. Consequently, teachers are leaving in droves, kids have taken over the classrooms, violent altercations are the norm, and suicide-risk assessments of students are almost as common as math classes.

Of the nine candidates, four are incumbents: Mark Brazeau, Bill Cameron, Dan Elias, and Alison McGee. Challengers number five: Sara Hathaway, Kate Lauzon, Karen Murray, Vicky Smith, and Bill Tyer. Two current members, Kathy “Lady Boots” Yon and Nyanna “Enos” Slaughter, won’t be coming back, deciding not to press their luck. This guarantees the next committee will improve. Yon as chair did nothing but set back the cause of reform, and Slaughter, the mayor’s replacement after Dennis Powell resigned, proved to be woefully in over her head.

The only incumbent worthy of a vote is Cameron. He’s generally proven to be one of those rare insiders who actually thinks for himself. Brazeau had timed out, Elias seems to running on fumes, and McGee proved her lack of integrity by selling out to the Bike Mafia. With functionaries such as McGee, one sign never fails that she’s bad news: “It’s for The Children.”

THE PLANET notes with great interest Hathaway’s name, and we’re glad to see it. Her mayoral experience coupled with time in the classroom, she makes her the ideal SC candidate — on paper at least. We loved two things about Hathaway as mayor. First, she was a policy wonk. Second, she had Moxie, a cute little saint who would accompany Sara when she did “The Dan Valenti Show” on WBRK.

Lauzon earned her spot by virtue of lots of public-service involvement, especially with Tyler Street. Tyer, as we said on a previous post, has never NOT been involved in efforts to make a difference through involvement in campaigns and volunteer work. Murray and Smith have one great thing going for them. They’re not incumbents. That in itself is worth a vote.

Mark Brazeau mbrazeau0608@gmail.com 

33 Melrose Avenue

William J. Cameron williamcamerone@hotmail.com

1016 West Street

Daniel C. Elias delias@pittsfield.net

201 Mohegan Street

Sara L. Hathaway Hathawayforpittsfield@yahoo.com     

Sara Hathaway (PLANET file photo)

17 Walnut Street

Katie E. Lauzon edukate4pittsfield@gmail.com

197 Second Street, 1

Alison McGee aamcgee@gmail.com

979 North Street

Karen Reis Kaveney Murray karenkaveney@gmail.com

177 Burke Avenue Ext.

Vicky M. Smith Vicky.smith4550@gmail.com

1218 West Street

Bill Tyer billtyer@mail.com

17 Richardson Street

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In the weeks ahead, we’ll check in on the campain (no, not a typo!) and supply FER updates. Sometime before Election Day, we’ll present our endorsements.

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“Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river”Nikita Khrushchev.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Economic Injun
Economic Injun
8 days ago

Tyer is the only non gobsig.

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
8 days ago

Pittsfield’s “Level 5” School Committee has 6 seats plus Mayor Linda Tyer that takes in many millions of dollars in state administered federal funding, but no one knows where the money actual goes – meaning it’s millions in funding is all really a “Cash Cow” for Pittsfield politics instead of for public education.

What is worse is that everyone – faculty, staff, including former Pittsfield Superintendent Jason “Jake” McCandless who now works in Williamstown, and over 650 students – all choose to bolt from the Pittsfield public school district faster than the Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt can run the 100 meter dash. Retired Superintendent Bill Cameron knows all about Pittsfield’s failing public schools, but he always votes for business as usual, which has long been Pittsfield politics’ sarcastic tagline.

Sara Hathaway, along with 5 other women teachers, received an unspecified cash settlement from the Pittsfield public school district’s insurance policy for age discrimination in the Spring of 2015 – or 6.5 years ago when Dan Bianchi was the Mayor. I must give due credit to Sara Hathaway for her rightfully opposing Pittsfield politics’ worst snake oil salesman Jimmy Ruberto since 2001 – or for the past 20 years. Sara Hathaway was right about him long before most people learned the hard way. I wonder how many votes she will receive for School Committee in the November election? I also wonder how she would work with Mayor Linda Tyer, seeing how they are on opposing sides of Pittsfield politics?

Annulgas
Annulgas
8 days ago

The Pittsfield school committee should be disbanded entirely. Their record over the last 30 years is nothing short of abysmal. They have done much more harm than good and should be peer reviewed by a very outside non partisan group from Japan or Hong Kong. Firstly though, a forensic audit of their finances should be undertaken and made public.

The whole school system reeks of cash cow syndrome with educating children a far distant concern. And it is not going to change which is why cognizant parents harboring hope for their children opt out of the system.

The school committee
The school committee
8 days ago

Trumps Iowa speech Saturday was a revolutionary speech telling his cult that they could not wait 4 years for him to come back to save our country…….how does this board understand this statement?I’m guessing you are good with these overthrow speeches….

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
Reply to  The school committee
8 days ago

TSC – Could you stop thinking aboutTrump for just a minute and tell us all just one thing that Biden has done positive for the USA? Even the media is stating he is failing in all aspects. You must have inside information on just one thing he had done correctly. Thanks.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Merry & Bright
7 days ago

He ended a twenty year war,has fought against Fox anti vaccine politics so that democrats do succeed at ending the pandemic and has a 250 billion dollar a year infastructure bill ready to go as soon as tomorrow.Employing millions and redoing hard prjects.While we are doing these positive things Trump is advocating chaos and the end of democracy using the ignorant as covid victims and domestic terrorist.

Ham Anex
Ham Anex
Reply to  The school committee
6 days ago

Tell us more about fox anti vaccination policies

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Merry & Bright
7 days ago

Trump has the freedom to lie and those lies are for the small thinkers.He never conceded and that was so un-American….Ignorance is the key to Trumps extreme power.For those that thought America was an educated patriotic exceptional place we find ourself where Germans found themselves facing fear of others and Trump preaches himself as savior and the limited poor uneducated Christians are following him in what they believe is a fight against the devil…..

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Hated Taxpayer
Hated Taxpayer
Reply to  The school committee
8 days ago

You need to stop the hate speech. It’s old

Agent 86
Agent 86
Reply to  The school committee
8 days ago

Seeing a post from TSC is like getting a bonus track on a Yoko Ono album

J2S
J2S
Reply to  The school committee
8 days ago

I can’t believe you are still full pants off pleasuring your self over what Biden and company is doing to this country in a short ten months.

Joetaxpayer
Joetaxpayer
Reply to  The school committee
7 days ago

TSC, want a cracker! TSC want a cracker! Does TSC want a cracker! Yeah, sucks keep hear the same crap over and over. Please stop.

Lenny
Lenny
8 days ago

Dan, I thought the Berkshire Beagle announced several months ago that Allison McGee (along with Kathy Yon) would not be running for re-election to the school committee? Is she really on the ballot, and was that announcement bogus, in order to get rid of the heat she generated by her conflict of interest in pushing the bike park at Springside?

Chrissy Clombeah
Chrissy Clombeah
Reply to  danvalenti
8 days ago

Maybe that’s fibber Magee Dan. Oh,and happy not from around here day. Hey,I gotta swell idea, chane Columbus Ave to wrong way st.

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
Reply to  danvalenti
7 days ago

….along with Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Micky Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Mighty Mouse, Tony the Tiger, Lucky Charms, the 7 Dwarfs, Underdog, and Roger Rabbit – all of whom would do a better job on the Pittsfield School Committee than the current roster of Old Hat candidates.

Pat
Pat
8 days ago

Whatever happened to Parent Teacher Associations across the country instead of these school committees/school boards? PTA’s are being given less and less power across the country and don’t even exist in some places. In Virginia, this PTA had all kinds of tricks played on it to give them less power. PTA members complained that the PTA appears to funnel parents into roles as servants for teachers and administrators, rather than the reverse.

With all that is happening with CRT (Critical Race Theory) across the country and parent involvement in their children’s education being called terrorist activity, it’s no wonder that Progressives want the PTA to be completely disbanded or neutered.
https://www.dailywire.com/news/state-pta-threatens-to-disband-tj-pta-after-its-asian-parents-reject-anti-merit-policies

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Pat
8 days ago

Parents under the Biden administration are now considered a potential terrorizing threat to the school committee’s across the country for wanting input on their children’s current indoctrination curriculum they don’t want for their children. Garland has the FBI on the case. And Garland has a son in law who is making bank off the materials for the CRT curriculums across the country his company provides. I don’t much care for Mitch McConnell , but he definitely helped the country with not letting Garland become a sitting Supreme Court justice for life.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  J2S
7 days ago

Can you even imagine this guy on the Supreme Court if he would treat parents this way? Best thing that ever happened is keeping him far way from the Supreme Court. Unfortunately we have him as Attorney General and that is bad too. This is what we would see in Nazi Germany where anyone who questioned the Nazi party was a target, but it’s happening here in America. Don’t question what is being taught in these government run schools. People need to wake up to the control that these far left Progressives want over all Americans.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Pat
7 days ago

Pat, I can’t picture him in his current position never mind sitting on the high court. The progressives still think he should be seated and the reason is very clear and was clear why. This is why the same people want to pack the court.

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

Trump said as dictator he won’t allow black history to be taught to anyone he knows that racist love his Republican hate.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
8 days ago

Happy COLUMBUS day! Just remember, your Marxist/communist school committee voted to rename our holiday over the objections of a large group of people in support of Columbus. Throw the incumbents out!

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
7 days ago

They could have renamed Columbus Day “Sex Workers Day”

Hated Taxpayer
Hated Taxpayer
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
7 days ago

I am part Indian and I support Columbus Day

Acute Angina
Acute Angina
Reply to  Hated Taxpayer
7 days ago

Are the politicians that screw us sex workers?

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
Reply to  Acute Angina
7 days ago

Hunter Biden screwed sex workers

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
7 days ago

WE are in a very dangerous time as Trump lied all Saturday night in his babbling crazy illness of his mind speech.He spoke to his anti vaccine crowd in whisper that they adore about how the evil democrats will not be allowed to take their country away.Democrat are now not Ameticans.Obama was not legitimate and Biden was not legitimate and the democratic system of voting is not legitimate as Putin is using Americas ignorant to do away with America……Authoritarianism will come for their guns.

Hung Wang
Hung Wang
Reply to  The school committee
7 days ago

TSC’s right hand is in sex worker union

Pointstoponder
Pointstoponder
Reply to  Acute Angina
7 days ago

Maybe, but not in a good way.

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
Reply to  Hated Taxpayer
7 days ago

Just don’t name it Angelo Stracuzzi Day, please

Tangelo Excuseme
Tangelo Excuseme
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
7 days ago

Tell ‘‘em Angelo sent ya

Tangelo Excuseme
Tangelo Excuseme
Reply to  Hated Taxpayer
7 days ago

Linda is the daughter of chief throwing bull

Bleak House
Bleak House
Reply to  Hated Taxpayer
6 days ago

No, you’re not. Why do you mock the claims of indigenous people? It is rather pathetic that you’d poke fun at them.

Hated Taxpayer
Hated Taxpayer
Reply to  Bleak House
6 days ago

Sure I am. I have as much Indian blood as Elizabeth Warren. You cannot prove otherwise. I fully support Columbus Day.

Joetaxpayer
Joetaxpayer
7 days ago

Happy Columbus Day everyone! Enjoy your day , may you have many more.

Hated Taxpayer
Hated Taxpayer
Reply to  Joetaxpayer
7 days ago

Christopher Columbus is the only illegal immigrant liberals hate

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Joetaxpayer
7 days ago

Minorities threw Trump out of office and put in a people agenda.

Hated Taxpayer
Hated Taxpayer
Reply to  The school committee
7 days ago

I stand with John Gruden. Totally agree with him

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Hated Taxpayer
6 days ago

He quit but he’s still the coach

Agent 86
Agent 86
Reply to  The school committee
7 days ago

Let’s Go Brandon

Hell Toupee
Hell Toupee
Reply to  The school committee
7 days ago
Ham Anex
Ham Anex
Reply to  The school committee
6 days ago

Yeah, but not for American people. The people of China, Russia and the third world are the ones

Welcome Home
Welcome Home
7 days ago
Al Davis Skeletons
Al Davis Skeletons
Reply to  Welcome Home
7 days ago

Adios Jon Gruden.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  danvalenti
6 days ago

Trump /Fox canceled vaccines masks and and a 250 billion dollar infastrucure bill.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  danvalenti
6 days ago

His ignorance cost him 25 million.He thought he was the boss over his minorities. He had no respect but he demanded respect.

Ham Anex
Ham Anex
Reply to  danvalenti
6 days ago

But not for democrats

Bleak House
Bleak House
Reply to  danvalenti
6 days ago

Oh come on, Dan. Gruden deserved to get sh*tcanned for all the stupid misogynistic, racist, and bigoted garbage he spewed.

He owes Dungy for his Super Bowl ring anyway.

Hated Taxpayer
Hated Taxpayer
Reply to  Bleak House
6 days ago

You are wrong again. Nothing Gruden stated was factually inaccurate

Hated Taxpayer
Hated Taxpayer
Reply to  Bleak House
6 days ago

Nope. Nothing Gruden stated was factually inaccurate

Bleak House
Bleak House
Reply to  Hated Taxpayer
5 days ago

Nonsense. Mocking the lips of an African American is racist garbage.

There’s a reason why the Bucs are removing Gruden from their RIng of Honor.

You don’t have a clue.

Hated Taxpayer
Hated Taxpayer
Reply to  danvalenti
5 days ago

Well put Dan. It was a private communication that hurt nobody. The reader of the email was not offended

Bleak House
Bleak House
Reply to  danvalenti
5 days ago

You may want to read Gruden’s emails again.

Hated Taxpayer
Hated Taxpayer
Reply to  Bleak House
5 days ago

Again. And pay attention. Nothing Gruden stated is factually inaccurate. Nothing.

Bleak House
Bleak House
Reply to  Hated Taxpayer
5 days ago

Just the racism, misogyny, and homophobia. But, it’s football, right? So, it doesn’t matter because Gruden won a Super Bowl with a team put together by a black man.

Goodness, your posts are mendacious and shallow.

Hated Taxpayer
Hated Taxpayer
Reply to  Bleak House
5 days ago

For the last time and if this is over your head that is sad. Nothing Grufen said is factually inaccurate

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
7 days ago
Pointstoponder
Pointstoponder
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
7 days ago

There is a large block of union voters who are told how to vote. These mindless puppetts are tools used to keep the special interests in control. The downward spiral will continue BUT the bottom is coming in to view. Rock bottom. The point of no return.

Chesty Puller
Chesty Puller
Reply to  Pointstoponder
7 days ago

Ok Karen…..

Ham Anex
Ham Anex
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
6 days ago

Translation: he’s relying on low information voters.

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
7 days ago
Outfox
Outfox
7 days ago

Funny how local progressives calling for this day to be renamed refuse to address the problem of our state seal.
Funny how Helen Moon isn’t demanding that we change the name of Columbus Ave to Indigenous Ave. …yet.
Funny how today is also national coming out day and our progressive DA hasn’t used the power of her office to apologize for the railroading and death of Bernie Baran, and the decades of harm that caused to our local gay community
Progressives can’t cherry-pick if we chop down their cherry tree!

Pointstoponder
Pointstoponder
Reply to  Outfox
7 days ago

Pittsfield should have a Bernie Baran Day to remind us of the colossal failure of our own local justice system. And though this colossal failure has been largely covered up or buried, it did happen and we should be forever reminded in hopes that local power brokers never again are allowed to run amok.

Oh wait, it is happening as we speak…

TheRocky Colovee
TheRocky Colovee
Reply to  Pointstoponder
7 days ago

One hundred years ago Columbus Day the Cleveland Indians won the World Series.

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  TheRocky Colovee
7 days ago

and somebody should probably get a hold of that trophy bury it at Little Big Horn. And they should make John Gruden watch.
By the way, how in the hell does Notre Dame get to call themselves the Fighting Irish”? This seems to suggest that Irish people like to go around starting shit and as one who has some Irish DNA I am deeply offended. Where can I apply for reparations?

Giust Sayin
Giust Sayin
Reply to  Annulgas
6 days ago

Actually that is spot on a g. You must have pulled that one out of your ass.

Han Anex
Han Anex
Reply to  Annulgas
6 days ago

In your case it should be the Farting Irish

Bethany Trudeau
Bethany Trudeau
Reply to  Pointstoponder
7 days ago

Bee’s Day. I agree. Poor guy.

Outfox
Outfox
Reply to  Bethany Trudeau
7 days ago

Wonder if Pete Marchetti will help us put together the first annual Bernie Baran memorial gay pride parade?

Giust Sayin
Giust Sayin
Reply to  Outfox
6 days ago

Poor Baran.Railroaded at worst. This was the start of the Harrington era and l——q

Bethany Trudeau
Bethany Trudeau
Reply to  Outfox
6 days ago

Let’s reach out

Bethany Trudeau
Bethany Trudeau
Reply to  Outfox
6 days ago

We’re queer, We’re here…. stacked red stilettos for A MIlee, eh’emm.

Tangelo Excuseme
Tangelo Excuseme
Reply to  Outfox
6 days ago

Tell ‘‘em Carmen sent ya

We The People
We The People
Reply to  Pointstoponder
7 days ago

Anyone can see how unsafe it is to seek redress under Capefear.

Bethany Trudeau
Bethany Trudeau
Reply to  We The People
6 days ago

Pretty sure we know who the phobe is is

Ham Anex
Ham Anex
Reply to  Outfox
6 days ago

Squiggy Roberto already tried to do that.

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
7 days ago

Waiting to hear one of the candidates for school committee state they want to close a school and pare down the administration. They could sprinkle in they will sell the administrative office, maybe to Milltown and a bike shop. They could move into PHS to save more money.

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  Shirleyknuts
7 days ago

Will the new “affordable” apartments at the old fire station be extended into the Dairy Cone property? Will they be grabbing that next?

Chief I Smell BS
Chief I Smell BS
7 days ago

White man still appropriating Native American culture and making them “ride in the back of the bus.”
Two years ago before this was hip and trendy these breeding Karens with kids that are the opposite of color didn’t give a crap about Native Americans.

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TheRocky Colovee
TheRocky Colovee
Reply to  Chief I Smell BS
7 days ago

What happened to that dude who used to run these pow wows,a friend of the Stephen town giant.

Two Cents
Two Cents
Reply to  TheRocky Colovee
6 days ago

Fidel moved back West

Ham Anex
Ham Anex
Reply to  Chief I Smell BS
6 days ago

Was Liz Warren there?

Pat
Pat
7 days ago

Nance Pelosi crowing that they will take items out of the expensive bills so they don’t cost so much, but don’t worry we will still get the transformation of America. Because it’s not just the amount of these bills that is so insane, but what is in them. Total control over the people of this country by big government and Nance and her wealthy globalist buddies couldn’t be happier about how they will boss all of us around while they get wealthier and wealthier from all of that tax money and the investments they are making on their transformative infrastructure in these bills.

We The People
We The People
Reply to  Pat
7 days ago

In the end, we die. Everyone.

Ham Anex
Ham Anex
Reply to  We The People
6 days ago

But not so for federal programs

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Pat
7 days ago

There is a saying from one of our founding fathers which says that a government which is big enough to provide everything you NEED, is by design powerful enough to take EVERYTHING you HAVE. That
includes your freedom.

We The People
We The People
Reply to  J2S
6 days ago

Everything anyone needs to know in a nutshell. You said it J2S.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  J2S
6 days ago

Pelosi will have a very prosperous holiday season with every expensive gift she ever wanted now that pesky Trump is out of the way so she and her globalist best buddies can live in the style they have become accustomed to for the rest of their lives. Americans will get their scraps while fighting for the few remaining items in the stores. Yeah, you’ll get some childcare and all the pot you need, but the far left politicians will be living large thanks to all the lies they told the American public. Did you see Nancy covetously eyeing that expensive looking bowl when she visited with the Pope? The Vatican better check to make sure she didn’t make off with it since she has shown herself to be very greedy.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  J2S
6 days ago

Hopefully someday soon there will be karmic justice for Nancy and her globalist pals for all of the lies they have told to Americans.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
7 days ago

There is NO vaccine mandate on paper. Resist companies trying to impose a mandate that has no requirements and no timeframe.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/10/bidens-called-vaccine-mandate-jeopardizes-millions-jobs-doesnt-exist-mirage/

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
6 days ago

It was written on the Zig Zag rolling papers they all use in the White House. Joe and company should have used his bong this time instead.

Ham Anex
Ham Anex
Reply to  J2S
6 days ago

TSC saw it when he was zooming with Jeffrey Tubin.

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
6 days ago

WAMC has an interesting interview with the DA. Says she is going to do better.

Giust Sayin
Giust Sayin
Reply to  Fizzlehead
6 days ago

Enter. You can’t get any worse.

The Siren
The Siren
Reply to  Fizzlehead
6 days ago

She cannot do any worse. Again,this hysteria about hate and anti Jew, Gay, Black is just that,hysteria. The people against these groups are fruitcakes,period. And what about the people that are handicapped or not pleasant to look at,or are classified as unintelligent or dirt bags just on appearance? Where are their advocates. Where do you think bullying comes from. Kids don’t fit in,they look weird or dress weird? We need to stop judging other people because of what they look like for one. It’s how they act that really matters.

We The People
We The People
Reply to  The Siren
6 days ago

Abuse & victimization leads to handicap unpleasant ugly dirt bags. Literally they create monsters with their ineptitude in the BDAO.

We The People
We The People
Reply to  Fizzlehead
6 days ago

Holy shakey voice. Where was she on the night of the 21st ?

Ham Anex
Ham Anex
Reply to  Fizzlehead
6 days ago

She can’t be worse

laughingstock
laughingstock
Reply to  Ham Anex
6 days ago

Holy moly Batman, who would say something so dumb? “My first priority is taking care of the staff here in the district attorney’s office,” said Harrington.

LegalEagle
LegalEagle
Reply to  laughingstock
6 days ago

The best thing to happen to Harrington is covid. She’s been able to hide but not anymore. Plea tracker – what a crock. Harrington and her band are terrified of trial. That puts every defense attorney in the drivers seat and they know it. What a ruin she has made of justice for victims in Berkshire County. PS Our cops are still racially biased according to Harrington. How can any self respecting cop allow themselves to be photographed with this imbecile?

BJ4Andy
BJ4Andy
Reply to  laughingstock
6 days ago

By that she means special jobs for Andy

No news
No news
Reply to  BJ4Andy
6 days ago

Maybe Josh is the new Andy.

Ham Anex
Ham Anex
Reply to  laughingstock
6 days ago

I meant she can’t do a more horrible job than she’s already doing

Name Withheld
Name Withheld
Reply to  Fizzlehead
6 days ago

Never underestimate Wrong Ways ability to screw things up.
I know of a family in Berkshire County, they have had a complaint into her office about their 13 year old daughter who was “allegedly” raped by a law enforcement officer from Berkshire county.
They turned over hundreds of text messages, he sent pictures of his penis, he sent pictures of himself masturbating, he “allegedly” coerced this girl into sending nude pictures and videos, and eventually met her for sex a number of times.
She’s yet to do a god damn thing.
So when she says she supports victims and those who have been trafficked or coerced for sex, she’s lying. She’s horrible, Andrea Harrington re-victimizes victims because she just doesn’t care.

Beentheredonethat
Beentheredonethat
Reply to  Name Withheld
6 days ago

I guarantee if there was a complaint to the police in the town where this happened, it would be properly investigated and the department of children and families would have to be notified by law. These cases take lots of time and often are not what they appear. And if the alleged perpetrators was a cop, it would get extra attention to assure a thorough investigation. Harrington has absolutely nothing to do with it, unless and until police file charges. Incompetence may reign supreme in her office, or not, but the cops will properly investigate.

Name Withheld
Name Withheld
Reply to  Beentheredonethat
6 days ago

It was brought to the investigative unit in her office. It’s been two years. The evidence was PERFECTLY clear.
If it takes her office now almost three years to seek an indictment on a sexual predator, she’s doing it wrong.
A family member was told from one of the investigating officers that they delay is with the DA and them not getting the direction and instruction they need.
This guy groomed this girl from 11 years old. I’m sure he’s doing it to or has done it to other girls. Harrington is just making more victims while she goes on trips and tries to figure out her own legal problems.

Beentheredonethat
Beentheredonethat
Reply to  Name Withheld
6 days ago

The police do not need the DAs permission to make an arrest or file charges. Period. She can certainly have them dropped but they don’t legally need her blessing, thank God. Not even the state police.

Name Withheld
Name Withheld
Reply to  Beentheredonethat
6 days ago

I mean the police in her DA’s office. Her investigators are handling this and unless she gives the OK, nothing happens. Her budget, her investigation. Seems like you just love sticking up for her.

LegalEagle
LegalEagle
Reply to  Fizzlehead
6 days ago

According to the Andrea Harrington School of Law, all members of the Charles Manson family are not responsible for murder, except for Charlie himself. The “Studies are clear.” Just like the evidence shows injection sites work. The only thing clear is Harrington is 100% full of BS.
“The studies are clear that most young adults will grow out of criminal behavior by their mid-twenties and the vast majority of these crimes are low-level offenses,” Harrington said. “The decision-making part of a child’s brain is not fully developed until the age of 25. With appropriate interventions instead of aggressive prosecution, we, as a community, can help make the next generation safer and healthier.”
https://www.mass.gov/news/berkshire-district-attorney-harrington-launches-new-juvenile-justice-initiative

Last edited 6 days ago by LegalEagle
Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  LegalEagle
6 days ago

but if they are it was not their fault

Fishstory
Fishstory
Reply to  Fizzlehead
6 days ago

Not better than nothing. We would literally be better off with no DA given the damage she has caused. Anyone can beat her.

RNtoo
RNtoo
6 days ago

What is the age of a gang member you ask? That would be 17-18. Thanks to DA Andrea Harrington those “kids” shooting up and shooting around Pittsfield will go to juvenile court and be treated with kid gloves. What would you do if you ran a drug operation? Move to Pittsfield! It’s open season for drug dealing and crime here. Did you know you voted for that?
https://www.berkshireeagle.com/statehouse/bills-raise-age-juvenile-court-mass/article_13b9bf2a-2b99-11ec-b0f9-efb21c73f91e.html

Outfox
Outfox
Reply to  danvalenti
6 days ago

NO.
The real reason Pittsfield became a drug trafficking hotspot goes back to when Hillcrest had a contract with New York State to take their overflow drug users and sellers and rehabilitate ’em out here in the sticks.
This coincided with the DUI law in Mass. that said if you got three DUIs, you automatically go to jail.
The rehabilitated folks from New York finish the program here, and happen to notice that accessing the social safety net here, as compared to New York where one will stand in line for hours and hours if not days, here it’s like “I Dream of Jeannie”: cross your arms and blink, there’s your food stamps! Cross your arms and blink, there’s some cash twice a month!
Same rehabilitated folks just spent 28 days in treatment with locals, and had likely heard something like: “I’d love to keep partying but I have these two DUIs. If only there were a substance that would be delivered to the house on demand so I’m not driving around drunk all the time”.
It was a perfect storm of legislation and contracts, and people with some hardcore contacts in the big city, and Pittsfield was the unintended consequence.
Now just for fun, go back and look at when Sarah Hathaway was mayor and decided to start shutting off street lights to save the city money. How many of the street lights shut off were real close to a some of the popular watering holes, thereby theoretically increasing the risk of drunk or buzzed driving accidents and catching charges?
So this one little municipal cost-saving measure ADDED to the local demand for something that would let people keep partying but not put them behind the wheel after drinking.
Really, just a shit ton of unintended consequences is what got us to where we are today in terms of the prevalence of the drug trade here.

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
Reply to  Outfox
6 days ago

That is part of the story but there is a lot more that caused this city to become a drug/gang hotbed. It’s not as simple as what you have stated.

Outfox
Outfox
Reply to  Shirleyknuts
5 days ago

No it is definitely not that simple. There are many pieces to the story.
We were, and are, economically vulnerable.
Then our fearless? Peeerless? Yeah, let’s go with peerless, leadership DOUBLES DOWN on crime by building an expensive new jail and while that *does* relieve economic distress for the few, the brave, the hand-picked grads of SJHS, what our peerless leaders neglect to inform the Kapanskis is that in order to maintain, due to mandatory minimums meaning we can’t keep recycling the same guys through there for 6 to 9 months every couple of years, we’re gonna need more criminals.
What to do, what to do?
Welp.
As usual Pittsfield is a little late to the prison building boom party, and while top LE across the country is now speaking out against mandatory minimums, we have the Capeless Crusader who, whether he agrees with them or not, has literally painted himself into the corner with the construction of this new prison here, and basically tells us to get rid of mandatory minimums ,we will have to pry them from his cold dead hands.
And the Berkshire county voters go, “Hold my beer.”
And here we are.
And we are still praying for sheetrock but it does feel like we’re praying for it a lot less frequently now.

Last edited 5 days ago by Outfox
JoeKapanski
JoeKapanski
Reply to  Outfox
6 days ago

You mean the mayor Hideaway that said the shootings on north street were an aberration?

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
6 days ago

Baker is an idiot. Still issuing executive orders despite fact that covid emergency is over. His vaccine mandates are causing staffing shortages, and now he wants school kids covid tested even though kids are the least vulnerable to the virus.

Let’s get rid of this RINO – Geoff Diehl for Guv!

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/10/massachusetts-governor-activates-national-guard-test-school-children-covid/

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
6 days ago
Fishstory
Fishstory
6 days ago

Maybe WAMC’s Josh Landes could act like a real journalist for 30 seconds and call some victim’s family members and a few constiuents? Nah, just record what the DA says and put it on the air. What a complete hack.

No news
No news
Reply to  danvalenti
6 days ago

Chartock can barely gum his food.

Hoyt Clagwell
Hoyt Clagwell
6 days ago

Click the thumbs up button if you’d like to vote for TSC for buffoon of the year.

Last edited 6 days ago by Hoyt Clagwell
Timothy Kushi
Timothy Kushi
1 day ago

Sara Hathaway has my vote for any office she ever runs in ever!