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VETERANS’ DAY SPECIAL: GUEST COLUMNIST FINDS PITTSFIELD CONNECTION IN WWI FRENCH CEMETERY FRANCE

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OS SOLITUDE, VETERAN’S DAY WEEKEND EDITION, 2021) — THE PLANET is pleased to present this guest column by a former Pittsfield resident who now lives in France.

If affords a look at a cemetery that honors the dead from World War I, located in Suresnes, France. The cemetery holds the remains from a veteran from Pittsfield.

Our annual Veteran’s Day column is the one time we do not run ads.

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BY SCOTT BARKER

SPECIAL TO THE PLANET

The Suresnes (France) American Cemetery holds war dead from World War I. The numbers seem to shift, but there are 1,565 headstones, and 974 missing in action, lost, or buried at sea are commemorated. It also has the distinction of holding 24 (23?) World War II dead — all unknowns. It is one of the few if not only U.S. military cemeteries overseas to hold men and women from both wars. I live down the hill, across the river from Paris and the Bois de Boulogne.

The cemetery did hold known WWII dead for a short time after the war, but all were repatriated.

Unknown numbers might change, because Congress regularly has remains disinterred and sent back to the United States for DNA analysis at the request of the family. Sometimes they can sometimes determine identities with the latest technology.

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The cemetery, a healthy climb up the hill, sits just below and abutting Forteresse Du Mont-Valérien, which has been a French fort for more than 150 years and the site of about 1,000 executions of French Resistance members during the Nazi occupation. President De Gaulle dedicated the Mémorial de la France combattante there in June 1960.

In September, I attended a theatrical presentation held in la clairière (clearing) inside the fort, the very site of the executions. An actor/director did a performance of Charles Peguy’s Notre Jeunesse, after which young people read letters from eight of the men executed there.

Shortly after I arrived in France, I went up and had a nice long chat with the cemetery superintendent, retired USAF airman Keith Stadler. He told me that more than half buried there died of the Spanish Flu. Stadler also serves as director of the other area U.S. cemetery/memorial, the Lafayette Escadrille Memorial, a short train-then-bus ride from here. I was able to get a personal tour (you just have to ask) of the crypt, where 48 flyboys are interred.

I was up at the cemetery one day and met Sandrine, a French woman who works there. I said that from the gravestones I passed on my way to the visitors center, I could see that men from Massachusetts were buried there. She said, yes, Massachusetts is well represented (106 buried or commemorated), especially for its size. 

She printed out a list, and I discovered a Pittsfield man: James Michael Morrison (plot B, row 16, headstone 8). Born in Pittsfield on December 31, 1895, he died in Suresnes of wounds suffered in the Aisne-Marne campaign on Aug. 10, 1918.

Later I found Albert Fred Jordan, born in Shelburne, VT, but who lived in Pittsfield for two-and-a-half years. He died of pneumonia at sea and was buried there. He is commemorated on the Wall of the Missing inside the chapel.

At 5 p.m. that day, Sandrine afforded me the honor of folding the US flags that fly there.

Veterans Day 2021

I thank the Genealogy Trails History Group, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, Genealogy and History Volunteers dedicated to free genealogy, for information on the two men: https://genealogytrails.com/mass/berkshire/mil-ww1-casualties.html.

Morrison, James Michael: died 10 Aug., 1918 [at Suresnes], of wounds received in action, Aisne-Marne offensive.
Enl. 25 March, 1918, Co. F, 39lh Inf., 4lh Div.
Overseas 10 May, 1918.
Born 31 Dec, 1895, at Pittsfield, son of William and Mary A. (Fahey) Morrison (both born in Ireland); brother of Grace M., John W., William, and Francis. Married Mary A. Wier. 

Child: Grace M.
Electric-welder.

Jordan, Albert Fred, Corporal: died 3 Oct., 1918, at sea, of disease.
Ent. 26 Feb., 1918, 151st D. B.; trans. 21 March, 1918, to Co. B, 2d Heavy Bn., Tank Corps; to Co. B, 302d Tank Bn., Tank Corps.
Corporal 1 Aug., 1918.
Overseas 25 Sept., 1918.
Born June, 1888, at Shelburne, Vt., son of George and Florence Louise Jordan; brother of Gilbert LeRoy of Schroon Lake and Ernest C. (sergeant, 328th Inf. Band, 82d Div.).
Automobile mechanic. Resident in Massachusetts two and one-half years.

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Scott Barker is a Pittsfield kid: Pontoosuc Elementary, North Junior High (Did Mr. Reid ever smile?), Joey for a year (“You idiot, you don’t wear the tie outside of school”), and PHS. He has traveled to Europe many times and finally said, Why not move there? So he did.

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THE PLANET thanks Scott Barker for this column, and we salute all veterans on this day, past, present, and future.

Lest we forget.

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“The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.” – Douglas MacArthur

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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The City I Hate
The City I Hate
15 days ago

When you see millions of the mouthless dead
Across your dreams in pale battalions go,
Say not soft things as other men have said.
That you’ll remember. For you need not so.
Give them not praise. For, deaf, how should they
know
It is not curses heaped on each gashed head?
Nor tears. Their blind eyes see not your tears flow.
Nor honour. It is easy to be dead.
Say only this, “They are dead.” Then add thereto,
“Yet many a better one has died before.”
Then, scanning all the o’ercrowded mass, should you
Perceive one face that you loved heretofore,
It is a spook, None wears the face you knew.
Great death has made all his for evermore.

Charles Hamilton Sorley – 1895-1915
Died 13 October 1915
(aged 20)
Hulluch, Lens,
France

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
15 days ago

This is the first Veterans Day in decades where the USA is not in a major war. I am thankful for peace and my fellow Veterans who have achieved it in the Fall of 2021. I want the VA to do their best to help my fellow Veterans. I feel like my Veteran Peers and the VA staff are part of my extended family. I am grateful for the country we live in where Veterans are honored and we are supportive of each other in our civilian lives. God Bless America.

Lenny
Lenny
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
15 days ago

A big shoutout to the Trump administration for four years of peace, and the improvements made to Veterans programs/healthcare services.

Love
Love
15 days ago

Love

Paul
Paul
15 days ago

I recently visited Normandy and the American cemetery at Omaha Beach. It was an extremely sobering experience.

Sean Sullivan
Sean Sullivan
Reply to  Paul
15 days ago

Talk about college aged men leaving their safe space! Today’s college kids couldnt carry the jock straps of these men.

Paul
Paul
Reply to  Sean Sullivan
12 days ago

I stood on Omaha Beach and looked up at the cliffs our men scaled and the massive size of the beach and found it to be overwhelming.
There are 9600 graves in that cemetery up above and most died where I was standing and climbing the cliffs I was looking at in one day. It’s was a lot to process.

P T M
P T M
Reply to  Paul
14 days ago

Time to pay our Police in this city. Or we won’t have any. Dispatch to

Darrell Vandeusen
Darrell Vandeusen
15 days ago

The DA is a failure. Listen I was called to court on a docket for heroin that I had 0 involvement with- the DA is a fraud. I have DATA I HAVE IT

ANDREA HARRINGTON IS A FFFFFFFfffffff LIAR !!!

YOU CALL THE WRONG PERSON & SOMEONE

UHHHHH

D I E D

YOU INEPT IDIOT GO GO GO GO GO GO GO AWAY

https://www.wwlp.com/news/i-team/dramatic-rise-in-opioid-related-deaths-in-berkshire-county-da-blames-tainted-drugs/

Fishstory
Fishstory
Reply to  Darrell Vandeusen
14 days ago

I doubt she even knows your case. Pure incompetence and blind ambition, a danger to all.

That Person
That Person
Reply to  Fishstory
13 days ago

Wrong, the DA does know. She corresponded via Messanger.

Juan Gonzalez
Juan Gonzalez
Reply to  Darrell Vandeusen
13 days ago

What do you mean she called the wrong person and someone died, can you elaborate?

Chuck Vincelette
Chuck Vincelette
15 days ago

Interesting article Dan. Thanks for bringing it to light.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  Chuck Vincelette
13 days ago

Chuck for mayor

Chaz Pringle to Vrabel
Chaz Pringle to Vrabel
14 days ago

https://youtu.be/y2bVIBwpCTA

1 more chance 87 is getting close; no cigar quite yet

Annulgas
Annulgas
14 days ago

It really hurts when you think of all the death and suffering these men and woman have done fighting for our country and democratic governement and yet we still wind up with people like Tyer in government. It is not what we all fought and died for is it?

Joetaxpayer
Joetaxpayer
Reply to  Annulgas
14 days ago

Agree, Tyler is a pimple. Biden is a massive tumor.

P T M
P T M
Reply to  Joetaxpayer
14 days ago

Water contingencies. Millions.

P T M
P T M
Reply to  Annulgas
14 days ago

How dare you criticize the best city mayor here in thirty some years.You guys are jealous because she is a wealthy women who happens to raise taxes like any other mayor in this city has done for fifty years. In n y state you could be paying three times property tax.

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
Reply to  P T M
14 days ago

That is true. Mayor Linda Tyer’s annual 5% municipal budget spending hike is business as usual in Pittsfield politics going back decades. The only problem I have with it now – at the next City Council meeting on 11/23 – is that Mayor Linda Tyer is literally sitting on tens of millions of dollars in Biden Bucks along with Matt Kerwood’s excessive multimillion dollar slush funds. I asked my parents if Mayor Linda Tyer should be living in a millionaires only gated community, and they agreed with me that it sends an elitist message to the people and taxpayers of Pittsfield Massachusetts. I read that Mayor Linda Tyer even drives a Lexus luxury automobile around Pittsfield. She won the proverbial lottery by marrying her third husband, multimillionaire CPA Barry Clairmont – three times was a charm for the Lovely Linda! The irony is that Pittsfield’s inner city public schools are still rated Level 5 by the state, every year the FBI ranks Pittsfield as one of the top 10 cities in Massachusetts for violent crime, PEDA is a 23-year-old heavily indebted vacant polluted failure, there are little to no living wage jobs for the average working class family in Pittsfield but plenty of lottery tickets (which is really a voluntary state tax on the poor and financially illiterate), nearly 80% of Pittsfield voters don’t bother to vote anymore in local elections, and Mayor Linda Tyer is (possibly illegally) shutting out the public from seeing her administration’s spending of Pittsfield’s Biden Bucks over the next 5 years. While Linda Tyer is rich and powerful, Pittsfield is still in the proverbial ditch with Pittsfield politics always leading the way down!

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  P T M
14 days ago

and why did you say she was so petrified to do a totally independent forensic audit? Please repeat, I could not hear you. Say what?

Also curious, was she wealthy like you say before she became mayor or did that occur in the course of her term and if so how?

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  P T M
13 days ago

What a buffoon

Joetaxpayer
Joetaxpayer
Reply to  P T M
13 days ago

First off we don’t live in NY because the taxes are high and NY sucks. Second, with all of the State and Fed Covid relief money going to Pittsfield on top of the pot tax money, why raise taxes. The government can never have enough of our money to waste. Time to lay them off and down size.

Shirleyknutz
Shirleyknutz
14 days ago

I want to thank all the citizens of America who have joined our military and fought for our freedoms. I also send prayers out to all who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. I hope I am honoring them in how I live as a citizen in this great country. Hopefully the country will remember how great the freedoms are and will fight any challengers that come along fighting to take these precious rights away.

The City I Hate
The City I Hate
14 days ago

Mental Cases

Who are these? Why sit they here in twilight?
Wherefore rock they, purgatorial shadows,
Drooping tongues from jaws that slob their relish,
Baring teeth that leer like skulls’ tongues wicked?
Stroke on stroke of pain, -but what slow panic,
Gouged these chasms round their fretted sockets?
Ever from their hair and through their hand palms
Misery swelters. Surely we have perished
Sleeping, and walk hell, but who these hellish?

-These are men whose minds the Dead have ravished.
Memory fingers in their hair of murders,
Multitudinous murders they once witnessed.
Wading sloughs of flesh these helpless wander,
Treading blood from lungs that had loved laughter.
Always they must see these things and hear them,
Batter of guns and shatter of flying muscles,
Carnage incomparable and human squander
Rucked too thick for these men’s extrication.

Therefore still their eyeballs shrink tormented
Back into their brains, because on their sense
Sunlight seems a bloodsmear, night comes blood-black,
Dawn breaks open like a wound that bleeds afresh
-Thus their heads wear this hilarious, hideous
Awful falseness of set-smiling corpses.
Thus their hands are plucking at each other,
Picking at the rope-knouts of their scourging,
Snatching after us who smote them, brother,
Pawing us who dealt them war and madness.

-Wilfred Owen
Killed in action 4 November 1918

“SHALL LIFE RENEW THESE BODIES? OF A TRUTH ALL DEATH WILL HE ANNUL” WO

Anthem for Doomed Youth

What passing-bells for these who die as
cattle?
Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.
No mockeries now for them, no prayers nor
bells,
Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,-
The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells,
And bugles calling for them from sad shires.

What candles may be held to speed them all?
Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes
Shall shine the holy glimmers of goodbyes.
The pallor of girls’ brows shall be their pall,
Their flowers are the tenderness of patient
minds,
And each slow dusk a drawing down of blinds.

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  danvalenti
14 days ago

I agree, deep, awesome

levitan
levitan
14 days ago

scratch

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levitan
levitan
14 days ago

-A subtle depiction of the horror.

Different war, but I suppose it would resonate with those still living who saw the mass death in the fields.

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Annulgas
Annulgas
14 days ago

Here is a typical Berkshire Eagle headline designed to obfuscate reality and run cover for the mayors cluelessness.
RISING PROPERTY VALUES COULD RAISE CITY’S FORTUNES (Tuesday Nov 9 Sec A3)
So your first perception is that something good is happening in Pittsfield and to you. But when you read further you find out that no such thing is occurring at all. In fact your taxes are going up and going up big time.
And my point of the post is that the local newspaper is constantly slanting the reality that this mayor has had her hand deep into your wallet from day one. And everything else she has done is wunnerful wunnerful. Can anyone find one Eagle column in the last five years that has taken this mayor to task or has she done everything perfect as the Eagle would like you to be stupid enough to believe?
So is this newspaper you friend? Do they really care about you, the customer, the citizen?

Joetaxpayer
Joetaxpayer
Reply to  danvalenti
13 days ago

Dan, couldn’t agree more. 30 years ago on my street every house had a green box out front. Now there’s only a few. The paper is only a shell of it’s former self. They don’t report the news anymore, they spin it , to there narrative.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Annulgas
13 days ago

No need to raise tax rates, just raise property values.

Sneaky way around Prop 2 1/2

Assasher
Assasher
Reply to  Annulgas
13 days ago

This has the stink of little Eddie Munster all over it. I mean Kufflinks. He’s manipulating the values behind the scenes, I hear tell he told the head assessor to uses two years worth of sales, disqualify the low end arms length by saying the included personal property. That pushed the COD of sales up up up!
All the low cost sales were out, all the expensive ones were in, they shifted the tax burdens from developers to single family home owners.

Fire Marshall Bill
Fire Marshall Bill
Reply to  Assasher
13 days ago

Sometimes the developer first burns down real estate & entrap an elderly man. Keeps costs down.

Eyes wide shut
Eyes wide shut
Reply to  Annulgas
13 days ago

Iceberg and Saveless have a master plan.

Name Withheld
Name Withheld
14 days ago

Incompetent DA Andrea Harrington does it again! All you have to do to get away with a crime is get the witnesses to not show up.
It’s like Andrea Harrington doesn’t know the legal system and what material witnesses are.

PITTSFIELD — A woman who prosecutors had accused of trying to kill her 5-month-old child had all charges against her dropped earlier this month after witnesses failed to show up in court.

Lynn M. Tobler, 39, of Pittsfield, had been charged with assault with intent to murder in connection with the incident at her home in March 2020. The case was prosecuted by the Child Abuse Unit in the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office.

Tobler maintained her innocence throughout the ordeal, her attorney said.

But despite numerous attempts, authorities were unable to serve a summons to what prosecutors called a “critical essential witness.” Other witnesses were summonsed but declined to show up in Berkshire Superior Court on Nov. 1, the day the trial was scheduled to begin.

“The commonwealth is not ready for trial,” said Assistant District Attorney Stephanie Ilberg-Lamm, prompting the dismissal by Judge John Agostini.“

LegalEagle
LegalEagle
Reply to  Name Withheld
14 days ago

Unbelievable. These bumbling doofuses would be funny if it weren’t so serious. If they aren’t outgunned by the defense it’s overly lenient plea bargains or they can’t get out of their own way. We pay them to do a job it’s clear they can’t do. Harrington should step aside.

Been There Done That
Been There Done That
Reply to  Name Withheld
13 days ago

Employees of this office spent the COVID year having fun and getting paid for it. They didn’t even try to hide it, spending time at malls, etc. It is imperative that advocates and ADAs stay in touch with victims and witnesses while a case is pending. That’s one of the basics of victim advocacy. If Harrington wasn’t so busy out being a politician and getting her picture taken she would know this. A good percentage of these prosecutors live in Springfield and work from home too. Since her latest crusade is to get defendants records “expunged” maybe this is her way of having less of those to do. If she never convicts them they won’t have a record to worry about. She is an embarrassment.

Malfeasance
Malfeasance
Reply to  Been There Done That
13 days ago

Expungement can not un-do what happened to us.

Shirleyknutz
Shirleyknutz
Reply to  Been There Done That
13 days ago

Courts should not have closed. All businesses should have stayed open and society would not be the freak show it is currently

Name Withheld
Name Withheld
Reply to  danvalenti
13 days ago

Andrea is a power bottom, that is for sure.

Been There Done That
Been There Done That
Reply to  danvalenti
13 days ago

I’m sure she’ll let us know

The City I Hate
The City I Hate
14 days ago

Suicide In The Trenches

I knew a simple soldier boy
Who grinned at life in empty joy,
Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,
And whistled early with the lark.

In winter trenches, cowed and glum,
With crumps and lice and lack of rum,
He put a bullet through his brain.
No one spoke of him again.

You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
Sneak home and pray you’ll never know
The hell where youth and laughter go.

-Siegfried Sassoon
Soldier, war poet, diarist,
memoirist, journalist
Died 1 September 1967
(aged 80)

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  The City I Hate
13 days ago

WOW…

Lenny
Lenny
14 days ago

Thanks to Mr. Stern for his letter to the editor in today’s Beagle, “Pittsfield’s Masking Directive.” Well done Mr. Stern.
The Pittsfield Board of Health should rescind this useless directive and leave local business owners alone. No more mask rules – follow the science! Let people make their own decisions!

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Lenny
14 days ago

Let all non maskers enjoy supporting local businesses that want you walking around in their stores in this never ending pandemic.Businesses are free to choose and advertise that as a way to make money.
I also think you can advertise masking is required in our business and see who will do better. Common sense is still alive but ignorance is advertising itself like never before.

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  The school committee
13 days ago

Just came from stop and shop…seen at least 7 people without masks just near the front of the store

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

Wearing the masks available to filter a virus, is like putting up a chain link fence around your yard, to keep mosquitos in/out.

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

Here is some great advertisement for the maskless.They simply want to share.

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

Unlike You, I wash my hands frequently whenever out in public or after using the toilet, bathe regularly, and wear clean clothes.

Joetaxpayer
Joetaxpayer
Reply to  The school committee
13 days ago

Follow the science. There was a study on the effectiveness of masks. The conclusion was they were 10% effective. If you want to breath in your exhaust and eventually hurt your own respiratory health, go for it. I’m not wearing one. You shouldn’t care what I do. I definitely don’t care what you do. Live and let live.

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

Why can’t you just do what you want at home.Why can’t you put a mask on to pay a cashier who has to deal will the rest of the maskless morons all day.No wonder people dont want jobs that requires interacting with Qanons all day.

Joetaxpayer
Joetaxpayer
Reply to  The school committee
13 days ago

Masks don’t work. But if they make you feel safe wear one. Don’t tell others what to do.

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

© Mad Trapper 2021
 
Ha ha ha, I don’t believe it
Da, da, ah, ah don’t touch it
Hey, CDC, hey, Fauci, tell them who we are…

Well, we’re big leftist liars
We spread fear and fire
And we’re hated everywhere we go…(That sounds like us)
We sing about Covid and we sing about death
At ten million dollars a show…(Right)
We fake all kinds of kills that give us all kind of thrills
But the kill we’ve never known
Is the kill that’ll getcha when you get your puncture
With the needle of the Fauci Jab

(Fauci Jab…) Wanna see my picture on the needle
(Jab…) Wanna buy five needles for my mother…(Yes)
(Jab…) Wanna see my smilin’ face
On the needle  of the Fauci Jab…(That’s a very very good idea)

I got a freaky ole lady name a Covid Kity
Who’ll infect you when she sneeze
I got my poor ole grey haired daddy
Drivin’ this new disease
Now it’s all designed to take our freedom
But our freedom won’t really be blown
Like the blow that’ll gitcha when you get your puncture
On the arm with the Fauci Jab

(Fauci Jab…) Wanna see our pictures on the needle (Jab…) Wanna buy five needles for our mothers…(Yeah)
(Jab…) Wanna see my smilin face
On the cover of  the Fauci Jab

[Talking]
Hey, I know how
Mask and roll…

[Instrumental]

Ah, that’s beautiful
 
We got a lot of little stupid liberal sheeples
Who do anything we say
We got a lying CDC Guru
Who’s leading us astray
Pfizers got all the friends that money can buy
They’ll screw you to the bone
And we keep gettin’ sicker but we can’t get our picture
On the cover of the Fauci Jab

(Fauci Jab…) Wanna see my picture on the needle
(Jab…) Wanna buy five needles for my mother…(Wa wa)
(Jab…) Wanna see my smilin’ face
On the needle of the Fauci Jab
On the needle of the Jab’…
(Jab…) Wanna see my picture on the needle

[Talking]
I don’t know why we ain’t on the cover, baby…

(Jab…) Wanna buy five needles for my mother

[Talking]
We’re beautiful subjects…

(Jab…) Wanna see my smilin’ face

[Talking]
I ain’t kiddin’, we would make a beautiful corpses…

On the cover of the Fauci Jab…

[Talking]
Fresh shot, right up front, man…
I can see it now, we’ll have immunity…
Smilin’, man…
Ahh, beautiful…

Lenny
Lenny
Reply to  Lenny
14 days ago

And in related news, on Friday the U.S. Appeals Court for the Fifth Circuit upheld its decision to halt Biden’s vax mandate for businesses with 100 employees or more due to “grave statutory and constitutional “ issues with the mandate. The court said the mandate “exposes petitioners to severe financial risk” and “threatens to decimate their workforces and business prospects.”
Hooray!

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Lenny
14 days ago

Great news! This Biden administration is corrupt to the core and we all have to stand up against their tyranny. This Build Back Better bill must not pass in its present form or at all. It’s full of control, control, and more control over the American people. Everything from spying on your bank accounts to using climate change as an excuse to change our entire way of living that will favor the rich and decimate the middle class.

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

How much FOX are you watching Dan?You buying their nonsense now.

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  danvalenti
13 days ago

TSC doesn’t watch FOX either. He’s into the Cartoon Network.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  12 Gauge
13 days ago

Loony Tunes!!!

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  The school committee
13 days ago

Could you give some examples of the nonsense you heard on FOX and who said it?

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  12 Gauge
13 days ago

Let us start with Tucker Carlson, Putins main propaganda feed in America. He gets a check deposited in an offshore account once a month from the Kremlin.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  fizzlehead
13 days ago

Question was what, not who.

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  fizzlehead
13 days ago

What did he say ? When did he say it?

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

Here’s some CNN TSC:

1) Single vaccine shot provides strong protection for those who’ve had Covid-19

2) People vaccinated against Covid-19 can go indoors and outdoors without masks, CDC says

3) CDC updates guidance, recommends vaccinated should wear masks indoors

4) Vaccine protection wanes over time, CDC says

5) J + J recipients should get second dose as soon as available

6) 3 doses of Covid-19 vaccine needed for full protection, Fauci says

7) Immunocompromised may need a 4th Covid-19 shot, CDC says.

8) Vaccinated people dying from Covid-19 doesn’t mean the vaccine is ineffective

Meanwhile……….Lasting immunity found after recovery from COVID-19.
https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/lasting-immunity-found-after-recovery-covid-19

CNN didn’t cover that…

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

Trump is still illegally representing himself as the President of the United States Goverment by sending a republican as ambassador to the Serb Kosivo conflict.

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

Traitor Joseph Stolen is the illegitimate installed and Selected D-stooge.

He’s selling Americans out as his handlers instruct. Jill has to help him when he gets befuddled, and can’t understand his instructions, and/or gets lost.

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

Putin loves your thinking

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  danvalenti
13 days ago

TSC knows what Putin tame thinks

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

I think your TDS is terminal.

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  The school committee
13 days ago

Who did he send?

Hated Taxpayer
Hated Taxpayer
Reply to  Lenny
13 days ago

Bam done. Thank god. Businesses have stopped the mask requirements too. They just look the other way

Mask requirements are go into be jokes like the old blue laws

laughingstock
laughingstock
14 days ago

Letter: Doesn’t the DA have more important things to do?
To the editor: It was surprising to see the Berkshire district attorney attending the morning groundbreaking ceremony for the Eagle Mill redevelopment in Lee.
I am not sure what role she plays in getting the much-needed reconstruction started and completed. Given the recent news of her department making a sophomoric legal error in withholding evidence from the defense (“October Mountain shooting trial pushed to March amid concerns over credibility of prosecution witness,” Eagle, Nov. 8), one would think that she would be at her office teaching her assistants legal protocol. Apparently, publicity is much more important.
J.A. Beacco Jr., Lee

LegalEagle
LegalEagle
Reply to  laughingstock
13 days ago

Andrea Harrington’s office can’t secure an oui conviction with twice the legal limit and over two dozen open containers in evidence.
The public has been mislead.
If the Berkshire bar cared anything about jusitice they would start a recall effort.

Been There Done That
Been There Done That
Reply to  LegalEagle
13 days ago

They won’t, their clients are making out on her incompetence. She’s dangerous.

The school committee
The school committee
14 days ago

Pittsfield.ma should be cutting taxes.The fake proposal to raise taxes was just a ploy not to cut them.Tax rates mean nothing when housing sales have sky rocketed…..those sold home a now paying record taxes…..There is plenty of cash.A 5% cut is in order.

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

A tax cut is in order because Pittsfield has not failed.Look at Lynn and Framingham that lost GE and GM….They have failed.

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

I read many journalist .

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  danvalenti
13 days ago

We listen to TSC, it’s great but for entertainment purposes only, just like Rachel Maddow.

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  The school committee
13 days ago

Pittsfield is the poster child for failure. Schools, roads, clandestine government. High taxation merely to provide money to spend on special interests. Senior citizens on fixed incomes being intentionally driven into elderly housing or run out of town entirely.
Can you imagine having a mayor who is actually gleeful to be able to raise taxes on people who can ill afford it during a time of historic inflation???? This is not what leaders are suppose to do. She has no idea what her main job function is suppose to be.

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  The school committee
13 days ago

How much are the millionaires getting in tax breaks for their “new business’s?” Like Bousquets etc? Probably the reason we will all pay more is to cover for the revenue lost from their not paying fair share. Of course it is.

" " Properties LLC
" " Properties LLC
Reply to  fizzlehead
13 days ago

The developers, not the Kapansi’s, bought the real estate in the first place.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  " " Properties LLC
13 days ago

Nache and John Kaminski, and the Watrobas, got screwed by the city without grease.

Lenny
Lenny
Reply to  fizzlehead
13 days ago

I support Milltown & am thankful they are investing in Pittsfield. They’ve saved Bousquet and Berkshire West from catapulting into the abyss.

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Lenny
13 days ago

You are supporting them buddy because you are paying their taxes for them. Me to, only I do not support that cuz they gots much more money than I will ever dream of having.

Shirleyknutz
Shirleyknutz
Reply to  The school committee
13 days ago

Got to love all the Democrats running our city, eh TSC? Seems like they only want our hard earned money to spend so they can stay in power, but you are well educated and can see this, right?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
13 days ago

I’m a proud member of the LGBFJB community!

Gas’s Izhi
Gas’s Izhi
Reply to  Mad Trapper
13 days ago

What’s the F fruitcake?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Gas’s Izhi
13 days ago

LET’S GO BRANDON!!! FJB!!!

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Mad Trapper
13 days ago

I am picturing your family members being invited to Thanksgiving dinner at your house are asking, “is Mad trapper gonna be there?” And then saying, “no thanks I gotta clip my finger nails that day”. “Sorry, I don’t think my car is going to start that day.” Sorry, I have to check under my bed for lint that day.”

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  fizzlehead
13 days ago

I’m picturing your family watching CNN all day, eating pre-made microwaveable tofukey meals, and sharing stories about teaching CRT and gender fulidity to the youngsters.

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Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  Mad Trapper
12 days ago

And don’t forget talking about “how safe” Pittsfield is, on his 3AM Cumby’s trips.

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

OK,Trapper just does not like knowing things.He like all conservatives are afraid of stuff.

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

I forgot more than you’ll ever learn

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Gas’s Izhi
13 days ago

Lets Go Brandon!!! F Joe Biden!!!

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

We know.

Hoyt Clagwell
Hoyt Clagwell
Reply to  The school committee
13 days ago

Let’s go Chapman

The City I Hate
The City I Hate
13 days ago

Bluebird

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too tough for him
I say, stay in there, I’m not going
to let anybody see
you.
there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I pour whiskey on him and inhale
cigarette smoke
and the whores and bartenders
and the grocery clerks
never know that
he’s
in there.

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too tough for him,
I say,
stay down, do you want to mess
me up?
you want to screw up the
works?
you want to blow my book sales in
Europe?
there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too clever, I only let him out
at night sometimes
when everybody’s a sleep
I say, I know you’re there,
so don’t be
sad.
then I put him back,
but he’s singing a little
in there, I haven’t quite let him
die
and we sleep together like
that
with our
secret pact
and it’s nice enough to
make a man
weep, but I don’t
weep, do
you?

-Charles Bukowski
born – August 16, 1920
died -March 9, 1994
(aged 73)

poet Bukowski a “laureate of American lowlife”

Wake up
Wake up
13 days ago

In case no one knows

Local restaurants sell drugs out the back door.

The county officials apparently make more money perpetuating addiction than they do from correcting the problem.

https://www.wwlp.com/news/i-team/dramatic-rise-in-opioid-related-deaths-in-berkshire-county-da-blames-tainted-drugs/

https://www.zoominfo.com/p/Jennifer-Vrabel/3293866600

Is there a conflict of interest between justice officials & health care officials?

Emphatically yes.

Joetaxpayer
Joetaxpayer
Reply to  Wake up
13 days ago

Let’s see give thousands of dollars to every American. Open up our boarders for the free flow of drugs and wonder why junkies are dying. Seems pretty simple to me.

Kookie For Yuki
Kookie For Yuki
Reply to  Wake up
13 days ago

Meth bar, it’s got that name for a reason

Hoyt Clagwell
Hoyt Clagwell
Reply to  Kookie For Yuki
13 days ago

Are they a gay bar now ?

Mel Antijon
Mel Antijon
Reply to  Wake up
13 days ago

Inflation-thirty year high. Pittsfield taxes highest in history.

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Wake up
13 days ago

somebody be turning a blind eye to this…maybe getting a kickback

Adapt and Repurpose
Adapt and Repurpose
13 days ago

They own medical buildings. This looks like a good place for the da’s new agenda – look Andrea, they’ve got just what you need.

https://www.apartmentlist.com/ma/north-adams/77-hospital-avenue-109–1

Pat
Pat
13 days ago

John Kerry insists that in 9 years we will be done with coal in this country and exclusively using windmills and solar to meet the energy needs of this country even though this plan has failed miserably in other countries. Other countries, like India, are refusing to say getting rid of coal. They know that’s a dumb idea. They are saying phasing out of coal. Greta Thunberg (How dare you) and AOC are saying that’s horrible and all coal needs to go in 9 years. Just as they are getting rid of oil so that prices are skyrocketing.
https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/almost-200-countries-join-climate-deal-kerry-india

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Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  Pat
12 days ago

I remember sitting in a college class in the 1990’s and the prof told the class that oil would be dried up by 2020.

Climate change is good for those looking to change their bank accounts. Take a look at the smog in China everyday. But I’m made to believe the plastic container holding my six-pack of beer, will kill all living creatures in the ocean…..

Next

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Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
12 days ago

USA was energy independent and an exporter of oil , 2020.

2021. My oil bill is up ~75%, gasoline is up ~ 100%, Biden is shutting down USA energy and jobs. But, with Johnatollah Kerry, doing the evil, USA now buying from Iran.

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Pat
Pat
Reply to  Mad Trapper
12 days ago

Not to mention the huge incentives they want to give to the wealthy if they buy electric cars. The wealthy can bring down their tax rate if they buy electric cars. Meanwhile, the poor and middle class will be saddled with high gas prices since they can’t afford very expensive electric cars. Instead the far left wants to put most people on public transportation except for the wealthy who will have their electric cars.

Sullied Engdoor
Sullied Engdoor
Reply to  Mad Trapper
12 days ago

Home getting 500 g fromtheA Erica. rescue Plan? Thought it was good for Capital projects,not free bank loans?..

One millionit free cash toward the tax rate would be a reduction of 10 cents. Or nothing. Yet this mayor seems to think she has done every one a big favor in not increasing it? Wake Up Taxpayers!,,,,Twxes are going up 200 dollars either way.

Sullied Engdoor
Sullied Engdoor
Reply to  Mad Trapper
12 days ago

Keys stuck sorry Dan.

Sullied Engdoor
Sullied Engdoor
Reply to  Mad Trapper
12 days ago

TRAP. Our bills up!

Sullied Engdoor
Sullied Engdoor
Reply to  Mad Trapper
12 days ago

J To.ah pays for his bills from his yacht docked In Rhodesia Island savings.

Stephand Fielgood
Stephand Fielgood
Reply to  Mad Trapper
12 days ago

Just heard this Mr. Carchedi fellow for the at home apr project funds, say lumber prices were down?Is that true. Looking at it since Covid thought they were way up?

The school committee
The school committee
12 days ago

Americas economy is on fire like never before.We are doing fantastic.Economies here always do better under democrats. Fact…prove me wrong

The Fasillytater
The Fasillytater
Reply to  The school committee
12 days ago

False economy. What good is economy when inflation up? you pay double. Same as tax rate with property assessments.Shell Games.

the 5th Dentist
the 5th Dentist
Reply to  The school committee
12 days ago

Two Words, One Name Jimmy Carter I do believe it was double digit inflation and unemployment. There’s a popular double whammy.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  The school committee
12 days ago

Seriously? Perhaps you need your head examined. Seriously!

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

On fire like the Hindenberg.

Biden did that!

Joetaxpayer
Joetaxpayer
Reply to  The school committee
12 days ago

Stop watching CNN and the View. Also put down the pipe.