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RICHMOND SCHOOL FOLLOWUP: CLEARLY, SOMETHING HAPPENED, BUT WHAT? PIECING TOGETHER THE CLUES

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

[ED. NOTE: In the following column, THE PLANET uses aliases for the actual names of the students involved. We do have the identities of these students, but we have decided to withhold them].

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(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY NOV. 24, 2021) — Clearly, SOMETHING happened at Richmond Consolidated School to send bucolic Richmond into a frenzy. But what, exactly?

We may never know, exactly, but THE PLANET‘s investigation turned up enough of the pieces for us to reasonably surmise.

Investigative journalists almost never look for “the smoking gun” for the simple reason that it’s almost never there. The better analogy is the 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle. Answers arrive piecemeal, in bits and bytes. Each piece of information must be compared with each of the others until a picture begins to emerge. Clearly, investigation journalism, like all detective work, involves induction more than deduction. It involves the assembly of pieces (clues) to reach a conclusion that stands beyond a reasonable doubt.

That’s what THE PLANET has faced with the Richmond matter. We have heard from both constituencies, those making serious allegations and those who have refuted those characterizations of what occurred.

Events only unfold place once, in real time. Everything after that deals with recollections, replays, and reconstructions of the past, giving rise to lying, manipulation, faulty memory, and all sorts of noise to intrude. The good investigator goes into a situation in neutral, pulls together as much factual evidence as possible, along with testimony of witnesses and interested observers, to arrive at conclusions. He or she goes where the evidence takes them. Those conclusions may be right or wrong.

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As readers will recall, the referred-to incidents at Richmond CS include:

  • The actions and reactions of students in 7th grade during which led to English teacher Rachel Kanz being contacted physically and injured
  • The claim by a girl in the same 7th grade of a sexual assault
  • The claim that this assault was told to staff and administration but not reported by them in accordance with the law

These are the charges, but what actually happened to cause the tense atmosphere and low morale that pervades in a school that has for so long had a sterling reputation for quality education?

THE “ASSAULT” ON RACHEL KANZ

Didn’t happen, at least not as initially conveyed. She was, however, in the wrong place at the wrong time and did get hit physically.

In early October, a 7th grade male student (let’s call him Natan) shot a rubber band into the face of a male classmate we shall call Jules. The projectile hit Jules in the forehead, causing him to bolt out of his seat and attempt to retaliate. Sources say Kanz — a 6th, 7th, and 8th grade English teacher — wasn’t in the room at the time but heard the commotion. Sources say Roger Kohler — a 6th, 7th, and 8th grade math teacher — was presiding over the class.

As Kanz entered the room to see what was going on, the seething Jules, who was rushing to get at his attacker, knocked into Kanz, sending her hard into a wall, injuring her arm. It appears that Jules, described as “an often-picked-on” 200-pounder, did not intend to hit the teacher.

Kanz went to see the school nurse. The injury to her arm was evident but did not appear to be serious, sources say. Kanz then left for a previously scheduled and approved early exit that afternoon, sources say. This supports what we heard from administrative sources, that Kanz did not “leave to go to the hospital” but to attend to personal business. Sources say she had cleared this with the administration, who had arranged for a substitute to cover her classes. The next day, Kanz did see a doctor to examine her. THE PLANET doesn’t know the results of that examination. Sources also say that later in the day, the day Jules plowed into her, Kanz attended a party. That, together with the fact that she did not see a doctor until the day after, suggests that the injury was minor.

We have requested comments from Kanz, but she has not gotten back to us.

Our verdict: Kanz was not “assaulted.” She was in the way. This does not excuse Jules’ behavior. Who knows what he would have done had he caught up with his tormentor?

THE CONTEXT FOR JULES’ BEHAVIOR

Jules left Stearns school in Pittsfield after 5th grade via school choice. He entered Richmond CS to begin middle school, sixth grade. All of us who have been through the educational gauntlet know that even under the best circumstances, coming into middle school as the “newbie” is bad enough. It doesn’t help that Jules, at least according to multiple sources, took his emotional problems from Stearns to Richmond. This begs the question: Why did this student leave Stearns, one of Pittsfield best schools? Was he “asked” to leave?

Sources say since he’s been at Richmond, he has been a troublemaker. One parent said, “There’s no question, yeah, he’s been a bully.” A staffer backed up this claim. For example, sources say he’s written a racial epithet using the word “nigger” in the boy’s bathroom and during art class wrote an anti-Semitic slur on a cup or mug. Over the summer, however, things began to spiral out-of-control. Sources say Jules shared with a group on Snapchat a photo of a naked girl of about middle-school age. The girl’s face was blurred, and it’s not known if the photo was of a Richmond girl or not. The photo did circulate to his classmates, however, causing some upset.

When school began in September, Jules became the target of a concerted bullying effort by some of his classmates. Apparently, according to one parent, “the kids decided to bully the bully.” This has included shunning, taunting, staring, and online harassment. The effects on Jules of this retaliatory bullying — the anti-bullying bullying, if you will — was cumulative, according to staff, and has been building up all semester, leading to “the final straw” after Nathan hit Jules in the face with a rubber band and the boy lost his cool.

For their actions, principal Dan Weston suspended Jules for 10 days. Meanwhile, staff overheard girls from the 7th grade class talking among themselves, saying “[When he gets back] Let’s do everything we can to frame [Jules].” On the very day Jules came back after serving his 10-day suspension, a girl in the class claimed Jules sexually harassed her.

THE SEXUAL HARASSMENT CLAIM

School sources say this was a false claim instigated by several 7th grade girls. The complainant claimed that on the first day after Jude returned to class after serving his 10-day suspension, he touched her inappropriately on the thigh. The girl, we’ll call her Laura, said she reported it to Cindy Bartlett, then the paraprofessional for 7th grade (Bartlett is now para for 5th grade). It was claimed that Bartlett told the girl not to go forward with the complaint.

Further investigation by THE PLANET strongly indicates that this is not what happened.

Actually, it appears that Bartlett had learned of the girls’ plan to frame Jude, and after Laura made her claim of improper contact, Bartlett told the girls “You report fact. You don’t report gossip of fantasy.”

In short, it appears that there was in fact no inappropriate behavior in that one case. Cristina Lenfest, the school nurse, did not report the incident simply because the incident never occurred. How does one “report” something that didn’t happen?

That said, have there been other harassment complaints? Have the school been completely transparent on every serious charge of misbehavior?

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In the final analysis, THE PLANET’s best guess at this point, barring the introduction of other information, the tempest at Richmond Consolidated Schools will be confined to a teapot not because of any official coverup but simply because of the storm’s makeup. It doesn’t appear to have enough truth to sustain continuance.

Here are the factors of this odd storm:

  • The school admits a troubled young man who transferred out of Stearns school in Pittsfield.
  • The 12-going-on-13-year-old boy perpetrates a series of bullying actions that were clearly a cry for help.
  • His 7th grade classmates decide to bully the bully.
  • The exacerbated tensions + the retaliatory actions of classmates boil over into the “Kanz incident.”
  • A girl makes a false claim of sexual harassment.
  • The situation becomes a conflagration after being fanned by outside parties.

There have been separate meetings, gatherings that may have legal consequences, in recent days. Last Tuesday (Nov. 16), a group of parents had a Zoom meeting to discuss the situation. Some parents later complained that the group included parties who do not have children at Richmond and thus “no skin in the game.” In the same week, the school and their attorney, Fred Dupre, met with parents and their attorney, Alan Righi.

Has all the information emerged? Will there be future bombshells?

THE PLANET remains open to any new information.

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“One and one and one is three” – The Beatles, “Come Together” from the album Abbey Road.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
3 days ago

I am not surprised by Matt Kerwood and Mayor Linda Tyer successfully persuaded the majority rubberstamp City Council to raise the municipal tax rate by the predictable 5 percent margin tonight (Tuesday, 23-November-2021) and using $1.5 million instead of $2.5 million in “Free Cash” to offset the tax hike on Pittsfield taxpayers. It is always “Business as usual” in Pittsfield politics. Matt Kerwood and Mayor Linda Tyer are sitting on tens of millions of dollars in Biden Bucks and Slush Funds, but it is not even rational anymore in Pittsfield politics. Mayor Linda Tyer and CPA Barry Clairmont are multimillionaires who live an elitist Gated Community within feet of the Hancock border where they park their Lexus luxury cars at night, Matt Kerwood is a career Public Payroll Patriot who shuffles millions of dollars around city accounts to build his excessive Slush Funds, the City Council are mostly politically-connected hacks who are in the Lovely Linda’s proverbial pocket, and the School Committee are glorified defenders of Pittsfield’s indefensible Level 5 public schools. Trippy Country Buffet went from working for Godfather Jimmy Ruberto to working for Boston’s State House Dictators. Chrome Dome Adam Hinds lives in a $690,000 home in Amherst, Massachusetts, which is NOT in his Berkshire-based State Senate legislative district. PAC Man Richie Neal only represents K Street lobbyist firms, especially from the insurance industry. Maryland Ed Markey is still promising to save the world from global warming with all of his hot air speeches. Elizabeth Warren is always promising to fight for Main Street, but Wall Street is still winning. Joe Biden is in Nantucket this Thanksgiving holiday long weekend, which is as far away from Pittsfield as one can be while still vacationing in Massachusetts. Joke: Perhaps Joe Biden is the Man from Nantucket with a….

Herculean Ephort
Herculean Ephort
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
2 days ago

Have you ever noticed that the so called free cash (which isn’t free by the way) is almost always the same amount? So in my opinion someone has to be calculating the numbers or making sure something isn’t spent and delayed, for that to happen. Which is ILLEGAL in my humble opinion.

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
Reply to  Herculean Ephort
2 days ago

It is called CREATIVE ACCOUNTING by Kufflinks!

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
3 days ago

So, like I said, after throwing Cindy Bartlett under the bus for days, there is no evidence she told a girl not to report a sexual assault. Let’s hope the Richmond Rabble Rousers fill this edition of the blog with apologies.

JoeFriday
JoeFriday
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
2 days ago

When the phone doesn’t ring, you’ll know it’s the Richmond Rabble Rousers not getting back to you with their apologies.

JoeFriday
JoeFriday
3 days ago

There is no evidence Jules was the bully and in thia case Dan he was clearly the victim. I wish he got a hold of Nathan and knocked him into next month. He was the victim here of an assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and the victim of a would be filing a false report. One felony, one misdemeanor. Why he left Stearns is conjecture at this point. Sounds like the ole picking on the fat kid. And the facts show Cindy did nothing wrong.

Bleak House
Bleak House
Reply to  JoeFriday
2 days ago

Do you have kids in this school? Did you witness any of these events? How could you possibly know what happened or didn’t happen?

All this online anonymous speculation, innuendo, and supposition is stupid and reckless.

JoeFriday
JoeFriday
Reply to  Bleak House
2 days ago

Yes it is, and has been for days here, as I have written; just the facts please. But it looks like Danno got to the bottom of it, and as Hillary would say, it’s a nothing burger.

Bleak House
Bleak House
Reply to  JoeFriday
2 days ago

The only people who know whether anyone got to the bottom of anything are the parties involved.

And guess what? Nothing that happens at the Richmond Consolidated School changes your life in any way whatsoever.

JoeFriday
JoeFriday
Reply to  Bleak House
1 day ago

How do you know? Maybe I work there. Maybe I am Dan The Man.

Hated Taxpayer
Hated Taxpayer
Reply to  JoeFriday
1 day ago

Don’t believe a word bleak house says. He is a convicted felon

JoeKapanski
JoeKapanski
Reply to  JoeFriday
2 days ago

Speaking of picking on the fat kid, back in the day, say mid 1970’s, there was a fat kid in my neighborhood who heard a rumor that if he showed up at Crosby Junior High fat, some kids would squish him between the doors. So, he ran around the block, literally, all summer long before he entered Junior High. When he was tired, he would come back and hang out with us on the street corner, and when he caught his breath, he would be off to the races again. By the time school started, he was fit and trim. True story, (as Lyin’ Biden would say after telling another tall tale.)

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  JoeKapanski
1 day ago

Trump tried and failed to overthrow the United States Goverment

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
3 days ago

Ugg, what I read above is that there was a concerted effort to falsely accuse a boy of mass sexual assault. If anyone knew that was going on then that is a crime that needs to be reported too.
Nothing said here makes me feel better except knowing Kanz wasn’t badly hurt.
Why was only one boy expelled?
Kanz is a great teacher and if she ran into another teachers’ room – out of her classroom — due to an incident — then that description is missing the point. Why did she fly in there when Kohler, a man, could have broken up the fight? How crazy was it?
I stick with my assessment of a scary school community that you don’t want your kids near.

Last edited 3 days ago by Kermit Frog
JoeFriday
JoeFriday
3 days ago

What does this case have in common with Rittenhouse, Furgeson, and Russia Hoax? All were based on lies, mistruths and half truths. Just the facts ma’am!

SallySays
SallySays
Reply to  JoeFriday
2 days ago

They can’t handle the truth.

Thomas More
Thomas More
3 days ago

Perhaps one of the reasons Jules left Stearns after 5th grade is because Stearns doesn’t have a sixth grade, Thankfully Bartlett Orchards has been exonerated. The first of this series referred to Cindy as Cindy Bartlett of Bartlett Orchards. At the time I thought for sure that business was somehow involved.

SallySays
SallySays
Reply to  Thomas More
2 days ago

Why?

Shirleyknutz
Shirleyknutz
3 days ago

There are still many questions that are left hanging in the wind. Did the boy who assaulted with a rubber band get suspended? How about the girls who fabricated a story? If this Pittsfield boy has been picked on all year what has the school been doing? Is DCF involved? Has anyone called the police on the naked picture? Why didn’t the school come together to discuss all this earlier before it blew up on Social Media? And why are lawyers involved? Many, many unanswered questions.

laughingstock
laughingstock
Reply to  danvalenti
2 days ago

Back in the day, if boys got suspended for shooting each other with rubber bands it would be an a girls school. Meanwhile, just a bit further south, causing a fake racial hatecrime and filing a false police report results in no punishment at all.

LegalEagle
LegalEagle
Reply to  laughingstock
2 days ago

Why were the girls who conspired to fake a sexual assault not suspended? Seriously what kind of message does that send?

JoeKapanski
JoeKapanski
Reply to  danvalenti
2 days ago

I went to catholic school Dan and nothing like that went on, at all, for the most part. Nuns were very abusive, and I recall the entire class being spanked with a yardstick once for something minor. I did get caught putting tacks on some girls chairs and for punishment, the nuns laid out tacks all over two chairs in front of entire class, and made me and my cohort sit on them, via brute force of the nuns, in front of entire class. And one kid got ink all over his hands from playing with a pen, and he was literally, shoved in the metal waste bin in the corner of class, and made to stay there.

Hell Toupee
Hell Toupee
Reply to  JoeKapanski
1 day ago

Nuns get PMS too.

Oppenheimer Ace
Oppenheimer Ace
Reply to  danvalenti
1 day ago

The G-man never took any crap.

The City I Hate
The City I Hate
Reply to  danvalenti
13 hours ago

“handcuffs” I’m glad I didn’t go to school with you. As for ordinary school yard fist fights, even Opie, sheriff Taylor’s son, got into fist fights. Back in the day, getting a black eye was depicted as a normal part of boyhood. While you’re right about the FBI, NSA, CIA, KGB, and worst of all, DSS/DCF and the NAACP, coming down on you like a ton of bricks for an ordinary fist fight, which to my knowledge every kid who got into an ordinary fist fight survived, physically and emotionally. Now I can’t be sure about the FBI, NSA, CIA, or the KGB on ordinary fist fights, but I have no doubt that DSS/DCF would use an ordinary fist fight as an excuse to remove children from their parent’s custody, and then place those same children into DCF certified foster homes were they’re very likely to get abused, neglected, molested, raped, shot and murdered.

Mass.gov Dec. 2017 – Bump Audit Finds Massachusetts DCF Failed to Report Rapes, Abuse, and Other Crimes Against Children in DCF Custody. DCF Does Not Report Incidents of Abuse, Neglect, Gunshot wounds, Death, Rape, and/or Sexual Abuse, of Children in its care.

Hell Toupee
Hell Toupee
Reply to  laughingstock
1 day ago

He was told that they were low on elastic bands and they needed to stretch what they had.

The City I Hate
The City I Hate
3 days ago

The school, the police and the court should document the fact that this disturbed young 12/13 year old mean Richmond? girl has maliciously made false allegations of a sexual nature. The fact that she tells lies should follow her into her adult life, because I doubt she done making up lies. Maybe next time she’ll add a fabricated kidnap lie to her fabricated sex crime lie. Even at her young age this girl obviously understands the power of her fabricated crime of a sexual nature lie. Also, where did the troubled 200 pound bully, a product of the Pittsfield School system, get his fleshy paws on photos of a naked young girl? Is the child in the photos from Pittsfield or Richmond? She may actually be a victim.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  The City I Hate
2 days ago

It sounds like her Mother is grooming her to be a proud member of

Young Sluts of America

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 day ago

Every statement you make is not positive about women or minorities.FOX media has chemically changed your life

levitan
levitan
Reply to  The school committee
1 day ago

“Without chemicals he speaks”

Hell Toupee
Hell Toupee
Reply to  The school committee
1 day ago

Says the saloonatic

Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
3 days ago

Doesn’t surprise me that Alan Righi is representing the misguided parents. He is a hack. If he smells a dime he will chase it down. Talk about an ambulance chaser.

JoePesci
JoePesci
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
2 days ago

I once saw a lawyer in the Highand, back in the 90”s, shake out a quarter for a lunch tip at the counter, and then shake out a dime, reluctantly, to go with the quarter. 35 cent tip. I thought to myself, wow. Big spender. Doesn’t make all us lawyers cheapskates though.

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
3 days ago

Someone so young weaponizing phony sexual assault claims is disturbing. Keep an eye on these girls down the line because that sort of thing can cause permanent damage to innocent persons.

Babbling Brooke
Babbling Brooke
Reply to  fizzlehead
3 days ago

Cannot understand the guest on the radio today. Sounds like a harmonica.

Paul
Paul
3 days ago

Seems like all this could have been avoided if the administration had just been forthcoming in the first place.

JoeKapanski
JoeKapanski
Reply to  Paul
2 days ago

Forthcoming to who? Every time there is an “incident” they need to do a email blast to the world? I don’t think so. There is more dirty laundry in the Pissfield School department that never sees the light of day than you could shake a stick at, and they broadcast none of it. Nothing to see here, move along now.

JoeKapanski
JoeKapanski
Reply to  danvalenti
2 days ago

Dan, you did a great expose on the PPS, within the confines of the information you had. Often times, that is enough to get somebody to com forward, and from there, it snowballs. Unfortunately though, the iron curtain still seems to exist for the most part in Pissfield. The end result was the Richmond story it seems, while Pissfield skates.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  danvalenti
1 day ago

Leadership in Pittsfield gave the Hancock Shaker Village 500k,Museum,600k,and brewery 150k….not 1 person hired.The 16 million biotechnology building had 9 cars parked there Wed….Joke

Lenny
Lenny
2 days ago

This “story” can’t hold a candle to the daily goings-on in the Pittsfield schools!

Morningsidemess
Morningsidemess
Reply to  Lenny
2 days ago

I would like to know more involving why Principal Monica Zanin of Morningside Elementary allowed her students and staff to not comply with the districts covid safety plan. She, among others, did not have mask compliance. Now we have an entire grade shut down due to her lack of leadership and turning a blind eye. Jumpin’ Joe better intervene there.

Babbling Brooke
Babbling Brooke
Reply to  Morningsidemess
2 days ago

Best principal there was Tom Simon who was railroaded out of the district.

Shittsfield
Shittsfield
Reply to  Lenny
2 days ago

That’s right. Three columns, or is it four, on this little podunk school for what amounts to horseplay Hundreds of anonymous comments disparaging everybody from current principal, former principals, school nurse, teachers, Cindy Bartlett, and who knows who else. In the meanwhile, Pissfield schools, who spend over 70 freaking million per year and are a failure as an institution, have guns and real crimes and you all got your panties in a bunch over a country bumpkin school based on a bunch of bs.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  Shittsfield
2 days ago

Who else? I think you forgot the lunch lady Shits.

annulgas
annulgas
Reply to  Lenny
2 days ago

I agree. Let’s get back to Pittsfield’s embedded problems. For instance, Pittsfield’s city council just voted in favor of Mayor Tyers huge tax increase while at the same time giving $140,000 to her new friends opening a micro brewery. How does she do this with a straight face?

https://www.iberkshires.com/story/66579/Pittsfield-Board-OKs-Brewery-for-140K-in-Economic-Development-Funds.html

Tax&Spend
Tax&Spend
Reply to  annulgas
2 days ago

She doesn’t have a straight face, therefore it’s easy. One of the lions, either Tax or Spend, knocked it out of alignment years ago, when she was a tax and spend councilor.

Tax&Spend
Tax&Spend
Reply to  danvalenti
2 days ago

Yes Dan, I recall you naming them, and that’s where I got my handle. I think you should have been given some kind of award for that. In fact, perhpas that is why they removed them, due to their notoriety thanks to you. And that was before cancel cutlure caused the removal of statues of several important people who made America great. I wonder when the left will want to blow up the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
Reply to  annulgas
2 days ago

Maybe Mayor Tyer can give Helen Moonbeam and Earl Dumpter Persip some extra cash to pay for emotional counseling. They both stated last night that they feel they are have been “bullied” by us taxpayers!! What a unfiggin believable comment by both of them. So tired of this racist crap. If a person can’t handle the public life then don’t run for office! Just wish Benoit had knocked out Persip and we could be rid of both of these babies! Boo hoo!

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  Merry & Bright
2 days ago

Moon has always been a victim and always will be. It is in her DNA.

Nobody likes me and by the way is there any compensation due me? Huh? Is there?

Johnny99
Johnny99
Reply to  Fizzlehead
2 days ago

Compensation? I will give her $500 if she will produce a police report documenting her arrest at gunpoint. Anyone want to add to the kitty?

Shittsfield
Shittsfield
Reply to  Johnny99
1 day ago

I’ll match your offer so $500 more.

Tax&Spend
Tax&Spend
Reply to  Shittsfield
1 day ago

I kick with a hundred more. If my taxes weren’t so high I’d put up 200.

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
Reply to  Merry & Bright
2 days ago

Another idiotic comment from Persip last night was that taxpayers should not be having to go into their savings account to pay their cell phone bill! Hate to have to break this news to this jackass, but I am willing to bet that there is a very large percentage of Pittsfield residents that don’t have a savings account!

Shirleyknutz
Shirleyknutz
Reply to  Merry & Bright
2 days ago

Nor pay for a government Obama phone

CruzWasTheFireStarter
CruzWasTheFireStarter
2 days ago

“Some parents later complained that the group included parties who do not have children at Richmond and thus “no skin in the game.” This is indeed true. This mainly stems from one former parent who was fired from the town of Richmond for theft. He will not rest in his vicious attacks against the pillars of that town including Cindy Bartlett who is a Richmond staple.

Herculean Ephort
Herculean Ephort
Reply to  CruzWasTheFireStarter
2 days ago

Pete White stated we can’t keep racing the revenue through the the property tax increases,to much of a burden. Yet when Persip said free cash vs forty lousy dollars is a no-brainer White said Nothing?

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  Herculean Ephort
2 days ago

AND Pete White could find no budget cuts. (cuz he did not even look) The city must spend a quarter million on plants and related botanical decor. Kufflinks says this information is top secret and do not even bother asking who the vendors are.

Kufflinks also said do not ask how much money is being doled out in tax breaks for special interest properties because it is embarrassing to have to speak to the fact that every senior citizen and others have to pay more out of their own pocket to make up for these wealthy parasites.

I am in total favor of boycotting any business that is in this category. Enough is enough already.

Herculean Ephort
Herculean Ephort
Reply to  CruzWasTheFireStarter
2 days ago

Cute pic Dan. Luv it.

UrMom
UrMom
Reply to  CruzWasTheFireStarter
21 hours ago

what on earth is wrong with you. Is this what scorched earth policy means? He is a child.

CruzWasTheFireStarter
CruzWasTheFireStarter
Reply to  UrMom
15 hours ago

Facts are facts. They ALL are children here that you Richmond Ramblers are attacking and making up despicable accusations.

The City I Hate
The City I Hate
2 days ago

I wanted to puke as I watched that BS from those schitty clowncilors [Tuesday] night. Every time gimpy white opens his gob it’s proof that he has a lifetime bus pass on the short bus. And, it was torture to listen to the whining BIG RACIST DUMP persip as he whined about being bullied over giving the taxpayers some of their own money they’re been OVERTAXED out of. The Dumpster Earl obviously has never reconciled with his Kunta Kinte roots. From his choice of a WT wife, his $420,000 WT home in WT’s neighborhood, far from his ghetto roots, all are proof of this. OMG, then, as if the SHIT from those two idiots wasn’t bad enough. I felt like I was being assaulted when that rabid mongrel, HANDGUN moon, started growling and snarling, as if taxpayers were trying to take her dog bone away from her. But then, it was as if they all went out and smoked some crack, because suddenly they all got happy when the topic turned to giving away $140,000 to two New Yorkers. In closing, on the eve of Thanksgiving, may I say I am thankful I’m not any of them.

Shirleyknutz
Shirleyknutz
2 days ago

Just read an article about Elm st being created to slow down traffic and create a traffic jam. Aren’t these the same people that complain about idling cars and pollution? Don’t they also realize people will start flying down the side streets? Who are these idiots? BTW I would like to see all the accident reports from that intersection. I have been going that way for 60+ years and never an issue until the other day when I was almost sideswiped!! These leaders should all be canned!, btw where did the bike lane go? And why ramps? When did this get discussed and what committee

Joetaxpayer
Joetaxpayer
Reply to  Shirleyknutz
1 day ago

Couldn’t agree more! Under there dumbass logic Dalton Ave should be one lane and of course Merrill road should be one lane. All extra lanes should be for bicycles, scooters and hobos. Pittsfield is slowly killing itself. Mayor Moron, please resign.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
2 days ago

Well, it’s been all day now and I haven’t read one single apology here to Cindy Bartlett from any of the Richmond Rabble Rousers who flew off the handle and wanted her burned at the stake for something she didn’t do, based on mistruths, half truths, rumor, social media nonsense, innuendo and conjecture. I will give until sundown tomorrow for all handles that owe Cindy an apology to post, and then I will be naming names.

Why Wait
Why Wait
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
2 days ago

The Richmond Rabble Rousers are Craig Swinson and Kathy Nagy Lloyd.
UrMom and Momma Bear

RNtoo
RNtoo
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
1 day ago

Yeah and I’m waiting for the DA who killed the anti bullying program for the schools to take ownership for this crap in her own town.

Been There Done That
Been There Done That
Reply to  RNtoo
1 day ago

And Richmond called on the previous DAs office many times to come in and speak because they were having issues. It’s nothing new there, just the DA is new – the one who eliminated the department and replaced it with a director who just shows his face at meetings for her.

RNtoo
RNtoo
Reply to  Been There Done That
1 day ago

That’s BS, they and Lenox “didn’t have a problem.”

Oh my Jesus
Oh my Jesus
2 days ago

~ love
Just for one day.

Pat
Pat
2 days ago

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
Reply to  Pat
1 day ago

Happy Turkey Day

Johnny99
Johnny99
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
1 day ago

Same to you Johnathan and all my fellow Planeteers. And thanks be to Dan for hosting this forum. Let’s enjoy a holiday while we can because the lefty loons want to flush Thanksgiving down the toilet along with Columbus Day and Christmas will be next.

Oppenheimer Ace
Oppenheimer Ace
Reply to  danvalenti
1 day ago

THank you also and your beautiful lady! Keep them talking Turkey.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
1 day ago

Okay. Seeing that sundown came with no apologies to Cindy Bartlett, here is who owes
Cindy Bartlett an apology -Mad Dad, who started this rumor ball rolling, and UrMom. Plenty of others made more blanket assertions but these two are the ones that owe Cindy an apology.