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NOT A CENT OF ARPA $$ FOR THE KAPANSKIS, COUNCIL DECREES, WHILE MAYOR, RUFFER SET FOR GIVEAWAY BONANZA FOR THE ‘GIMME GROUPS’

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION MARCH 18-20, 2022) — On Monday, THE PLANET reported on the four 6-4 votes by our Right Honorable Good Friend on the Pittsfield city council not to support a plan presented by Charles Ivar Kronick along with Ken Warren, Karen Kalinowsky, and Tony Maffuccio to use $5 million of the $40 million in ARPA grant money to offset the ruinous double-digit rate increase on water and sewer backed by the Tyer Administration.

The wise guys had told THE PLANET  the day before the meeting on the impending 6-4 vote, naming the enabling six: Sherman, Conant, Lampiasi, Marchetti, White, and Persip. Amazingly, our predictor was so Nostradamus that they even called Kavey’s absence. That would support the notion that Kavey ducked the meeting , chickening out (not to mix metaphorical animals) so he wouldn’t have to vote either way.

The mitigating plan by Kronick et al would have reduced the rate hikes for FY22 and FY23 from Tyer’s 12% and 10% to 3% both years. It would have save precious dollars for the battered, beleaguered, and baffled Mary Jane and Joe Kapanskis.

This tells you all you need to know about the word “cahoots” when it comes to the mayor and her council lap dogs.

How screwed up is this city? It can’t even agree on the size of the ARPA grant. Is it $40 million, $41 million, or $43 million? All three figures have been used. Ah, but what a few millions with the spendthrifts in city government who are “representative” in name only? Chump change. That’s what it is, with the Kapanskis as the biggest chumps. The fact that this royal screwing took place in a near-empty chamber tells you all you need to know about another thing plaguing the city: Apathy, with otherwise good citizens going through the “why bothers?” after realizing the level of arrogance on the council dais and in the corner office. As it has been for more than a generation now, in Pittsfield, the leaders “know better” than you do. Your role is to shut up and cough up.

So where will the $40 million be spent?

C’mon down, Deanna Ruffer and Gina Armstrong. Ruffer resigned as city OCD director. Armstrong did the same as director of public health. Voila! Like magic, two new gigs opened up for them as mayor Linda Tyer put the two in charge of deciding who gets what of the $40 million windfall, which will be given in two doses of $20 million each this year and next. Funny how these things work. Appointed, not elected.

The good part is that the ladies can get paid, act as kingmakers, an still accrue more time for dem lucrative city bennies. Tough work, but somebody’s gotta do it. Public service and public servants, at their best!

The mayor and the two gentlewomen have pretended for the public that “they will not have autonomy to decide where the funds will go. That will be a shared responsibility.” Technically, that might be true. Practically, however, it just might be a different story. You may be shocked to know that things like have been known to happen in the merry ol’ land of Benigno Numine.

As mayor of Munchkin Land, Tyer gave the gals an advisory board of nine people, not one of the a Kapanski:

  • Brett Westbrook, executive director of Head Start.
  • A. J. Enchilli, Berkshire Black Economic council.
  • Rev. Joel Huntington, recently retired pastor of the South Congregational Church.
  • Sheila Irvin, a teacher in the Pittsfield Public School system.
  • Dr. Alan Kulberg, M.D, of Berkshire Health Systems.
  • Peter Marchetti, the man who need no introduction.
  • Ellen Speak, president and CEO of Hancock Shaker Village.
  • Kaman Taliaferro, local chapter NAACP.
  • Dubois Thomas, executive director of Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity.

No doubt, a good gathering of decent do-gooders, but who will likely present requests that will be graded and shaded for certain minority subpopulations. THE PLANET just hopes these good people have waders, because the spit’s going to be knee deep from all the please, pleas, cajoling, hand-outs unfolding from the “gimme groups.”

Below, THE PLANET shares the city’s language on how the money should be spent. Be on the lookout for this line: “Building the power and voice of lower-income people and people of color so that all residents share in the future of our community.”

Do we have to draw you a map? If you’re a Kapanski, you’re screwed.

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For comic gold, here’s the official language about ARPA money taken direct from the city’s website:

Over the next two years, Pittsfield will receive about $40 million in federal funding through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). This funding can be used to:

1. Respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
2. Address the negative economic impacts the community has experienced as a result of COVID-19.


3. Provide assistance in disproportionately impacted neighborhoods (for Pittsfield this is defined as the
Morningside and Westside neighborhoods).
4. Provide premium pay to low income employees who are doing or did essential work – working in
businesses considered high risk, worked with the public, and/or distributed goods – during the
COVID-19 public health emergency.


5. To offset reductions in local government revenue due to COVID-19.
6. Invest in water and/or sewer infrastructure.
7. Invest in broadband infrastructure.

The funds cannot be used for:

  • Tax reductions or cuts
  • Pension fund payments/deposits
  • Legal settlements
  • To meet federal grant match requirements
  • Roads and bridges

The Treasury Department and the Massachusetts departments of Revenue and Administration and Finance have and will continue to provide guidance and monitor municipal use of and reporting about these funds.

Guiding Principle

When invested in people and places through shared community engagement, the American Rescue Plan provides an once-in-a-lifetime infusion of funds that can transform Pittsfield into a city:

  • of social and economic resiliency for everyone, especially for people who have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by racial inequity and generational poverty,
  • where people are able to live up to their greatest potential, achieve prosperity, and experience health, well-being and joy.

In keeping with this Guiding Principle, the following goals have been established.
Goals

  1. Striving toward ensuring city residents have a comfortable, safe and dignified place to call home.
  2. Creating safe & healthy neighborhoods supported by quality infrastructure, access to affordable childcare and opportunities for job training and financial security.
  1. Enhancing community access to public health, mental and behavioral health, and youth services.
  2. Strengthening and engaging community partners to increase community access to services, housing resources and economic opportunities.
  3. Supporting creativity, the expression of culture, and artistic excellence so that everyone has access to the arts and an opportunity for self-expression.
  4. Building the power and voice of lower-income people and people of color so that all residents share in the future of our community.

The City sought input from the public about how these funds should be used through four community forums. Please click here to view input from these forums.

For more information or questions about ARPA, please email arpa@cityofpittsfield.org.

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One last idle thought: How much of this money do you think the Kapanskis will get for being pounded by COVID, inflation, and huge increases in assessments, fees, rates, and taxes?

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“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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J2S
J2S
10 months ago

All the lower income sections of the city are being snapped up by a few who push “Market Rate” housing and are getting $$ and the minority communities will pay big time. A win win because this administration looks like it is helping and these people buy it.

The Downtown Umbrella guy
The Downtown Umbrella guy
Reply to  J2S
10 months ago

How about when MillTown buys houses just to knock them down? Sometimes its just a vacant lot (winter & curtis) other times it’s a faux memorial to some kids who’s dad couldnt be bothered to maintain smoke detectors.

Inspector Cluck
Inspector Cluck
Reply to  The Downtown Umbrella guy
10 months ago

Did they remove the asbestos before tearing them down?

Moot
Moot
Reply to  Inspector Cluck
10 months ago

Not required to follow health and safety rules. No certificate of occupancy required. Commercial property listed as residential to save tax and insurance.

BlackLiesMatter
BlackLiesMatter
10 months ago

Total bullshit. How about your guiding principal be public safety, period, in all its forms – safe schools, parks, roads, bridges, and police and fire protection. Let’s start with a new police station
FLT.

The Squadron
The Squadron
10 months ago

District Attorney Harrington’s response to widespread criticism here and everywhere is to post this on social media:

“If you want to make everyone happy, don’t be a leader, sell ice cream.” – Nick Saban

It pains us to say the quote is not from the Alabama football coach but tech biz visionary Steve Jobs.Never mind.

Far more painful closer to home is this list, which I think we all agree could go on and on and on.

Leaders don’t race blame without evidence
Leaders don’t let offenders go free based on politics
Leaders don’t lock people up because of their politics
Leaders don’t promise one thing – no cash bail – and deliver another – overuse of dangerousness hearings
Leaders never blame colleagues
Leaders don’t inflate their experience
Leaders don’t undermine the decision making of other leaders
Leaders don’t flout the law or violate ethics
Leaders don’t baselessly back indicted friends
Leaders don’t dismiss criticism from employees
Leaders don’t deny their obvious limitations
Leaders don’t confuse having a position of authority with being a leader.
Leaders don’t call themselves leaders. 

Laughingstock
Laughingstock
Reply to  The Squadron
10 months ago

Truth.

GudDeGawde
GudDeGawde
10 months ago

I think the payoff was already made like business recieiving hundreds of thousands,right Yuki? Some businesses that were going down the drain got money before the Covid hit and some businesses didn’t get anything. The majority of the money should be spent on capital projects. And those projects should be voted on if one or two projects are in the tens of millions or whatever. And that includes the water rates and plant future updates,and why don’t they look at the old contract for the water sewer. I know you can’t put money into it for whatever reason from our poor (arpa) but being it was an extreme pandemic,change the freaking charter ie revisit it at least, do some work Mayor.

My name is Earl
My name is Earl
Reply to  GudDeGawde
10 months ago

I’m sure everyones favorite trans DJ will get some money again. Gotta keep that economy rolling as much as our eyes

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
10 months ago

Governor Charlie Baker says that Beacon Hill lawmakers are sitting on Billions of dollars in state government surplus cash and Biden Buck$. In Pittsfield politics, Mayor Linda Tyer is sitting on tens of millions of dollars in $lu$h Fund$ and Biden Buck$. YET, YET, YET, Mayor Linda Tyer and 6 rubber stampers on the City Council recently voted to hike the city’s water and sewer fees by double digits. It is NOT even rational anymore! The WORST is YET, YET, YET, to come: Mayor Linda Tyer’s fiscal year 2023 municipal budget proposal in the Spring of 2022, which will cause even more financial pain for the proverbial Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski family!

GudDeGawde
GudDeGawde
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
10 months ago

My post is still in the bin.

Ass Backwards
Ass Backwards
10 months ago

My guess is that the mayor knows exactly where this money is going and has for some time. Her little “helpers” are for show and may be tossed a bone here and there for their cooperation. Happiest recipients will be those already in the housing/apartment business. Hancock shaker Village may also get their usual take of the Pittsfield pie. Various consultants are also counting their blessings I am sure.

I sure hope no one gets stupit and asks for a forensic audit to see where this money is really needed. Please, if anyone is thinking about it do not bring it up.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
10 months ago

The whole 40 Mil , should go to fixing water/sewer, the roads/bridges, and infrastructure.

NOTHING for Tyers cohorts and cronies, aka Diana et al……

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mad Trapper
10 months ago

And there is lots left for sec 8 and the bums on EVERY corner, bums now thank’s Charlie Baker You useless RINO!!!, that’s not local tax money….

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GudDeGawde
GudDeGawde
Reply to  Mad Trapper
10 months ago

Excellent. Capital projects.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
10 months ago

I’ll add on Hunter’s laptop scenes of child rape, prostitution, incest, extortion, rape, selling America to highest bidders, Chi-Com hookers/agents………..NYT missed all that!

Biden “familiy” values the liberals voted for…..

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J2S
J2S
Reply to  Mad Trapper
10 months ago

They didn’t miss it , they hid it.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  J2S
10 months ago

Just like the SELLection 11/3/2020

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Mad Trapper
10 months ago

Didn’t Kamala just say the other day that, “This is what people voted for, so you’d better like it” She was being a real smart aleck, but many voters do now have voters remorse.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Pat
10 months ago

She is only useful as semen dumpster. Ask Joe Brown of SF…..

When they asked Biden, about Kamala, going to Ukraine, Zelinsky said I need ammunition, not a BLOW JOB!!!

  • satire
Last edited 10 months ago by Mad Trapper
Hell Toupee
Hell Toupee
Reply to  Mad Trapper
10 months ago

Is there a local place where both might be available?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mad Trapper
10 months ago

These are the same people who said the 2020 election was fair and Trump was involved in “collusion”……

https://nypost.com/2022/03/18/intelligence-experts-refuse-to-apologize-for-smearing-hunter-biden-story/

“They are the supposed nonpartisan group of top spies looking out for the best interest of the nation.
But the 51 former “intelligence” officials who cast doubt on The Post’s Hunter Biden laptop stories in a public letter really were just desperate to get Joe Biden elected president. And more than a year later, even after their Deep State sabotage has been shown again and again to be a lie, they refuse to own up to how they undermined an election……”

https://nypost.com/2022/03/18/kevin-mccarthy-vows-to-remove-adam-schiff-from-committee/

““The Democrats have politicized our intelligence committee. You’ve watched it year after year since Adam Schiff has become chair,” McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters. “No, he doesn’t warn us about Ukraine or Afghanistan or what’s happening around the world. He tells you about politics.

“But the worst part of it is, you cannot trust what he tells you, that he lies to us,” he continued. “Just watch what has happened. Two years ago, Schiff stated the emails found from Hunter Biden were all [a] smear on Joe Biden [that] comes from the Kremlin. That’s what the head of the Intel [Committee] said.”

Al A. Bye
Al A. Bye
10 months ago

What happened to the illegal pot grower who blew himself up two weeks ago? Was he given a pass because he’s a Millionaire?

Louie
Louie
Reply to  Al A. Bye
10 months ago

He is talking to Sullivan about his issues.

Ham Anex
Ham Anex
Reply to  Al A. Bye
10 months ago

Now he’s making cheese and it blew up De Brie was everywhere.

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
10 months ago

Hello Patrick Fennell,

Last Autumn 2021, U.S. President Joe Biden threatened China with WW3 for China’s threat to invade Taiwan. Last month of February 2022, Putin invaded Ukraine. Today, 3/18/2022, Biden spoke with Xi warning him not to support Putin or China will face consequences for undermining U.S. sanctions against Russia. What would Biden do? He could send Hunter Biden to China to smoke more crack cocaine and pay sex workers like he (Hunter) did when his father (Joe) was the Vice President. Xi made no assurances to Joe Biden today. I don’t think that Putin and Xi take Joe Biden seriously.

As for the Massachusetts State and Local politicians sitting on huge sums of government cash, I agree with you that they will take care of themselves, their lobbyist pals, and mock this week’s (March 13th – 19th, 2022) Sunshine Week’s push to open the governments’ (cooked) books to the public. The ARPA funds are supposed to have 5-year spending plans in place by now in Pittsfield and on Beacon Hill. Instead, there are no 5-year spending plans, while the people/taxpayers are needlessly struggling to stay financially afloat during the Covid-19 pandemic because the career politicians have done little to nothing for one year and counting.  I have never witnessed anything this corrupt in my lifetime of nearly 47 years (this Summer of 2022).

Best wishes,

Jonathan A. Melle

Ham Anex
Ham Anex
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
10 months ago

Patrick Fennell rocks

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
10 months ago

Pittsfield: Leadership event to recognize HELEN Moon
The Berkshire Eagle, By Jeannie Maschino, March 18, 2022

Former Pittsfield City Councilor Helen Moon is one of nine women from across the Commonwealth being recognized at the second annual “Unbossed: Celebrating Bold Leadership” event held by Lt. Gov. candidate and state Rep. Tami Gouveia at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 20, 2022, via Zoom.

The event, inspired by Shirley Chisholm, is part of a continued effort by Gouveia to empower and lift up the voices of women and genderqueer leaders who lead in their communities.

Helen Moon, a critical care nurse, is the development and communications coordinator of the Elizabeth Freeman Center and an active member of the NAACP Berkshire County Branch, Berkshire Immigrant Center, Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, Invest in Pittsfield, and, most recently, Progressive Massachusetts. 

The event will be emceed by At-Large Boston City Councilor Julia Mejia, and will feature a slate of trailblazing activists and artists.

To register, visit tinyurl.com/27uss3a3.

Al A. Bye
Al A. Bye
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
10 months ago

I hope Helen Moon does the right thing and brings these resources to get us a new DA.

Ham Anex
Ham Anex
Reply to  Al A. Bye
10 months ago

Do not accept Moon as your nurse if you are hospitalized

Laughingstock
Laughingstock
Reply to  Ham Anex
10 months ago

Do not let Andrea Harrington represent you in court.

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Ham Anex
10 months ago

Well, not if you are a cop

ICU
ICU
Reply to  Ham Anex
10 months ago

What year did she begin nursing. Remember when Ed McCormick was the emergency guy

ICU
ICU
Reply to  Ham Anex
10 months ago

If you’re not in a coma this advice is on point.

We The People
We The People
Reply to  Al A. Bye
10 months ago

Officials get awarded for their role in cover-ups.

Hell Toupee
Hell Toupee
Reply to  danvalenti
10 months ago

Gender beer for councillors who’d rather be at a bar.

My name is Earl
My name is Earl
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
10 months ago

If she’s a leader, than I am an 80 year old asian woman who identifies as a 7 year old burrito

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  My name is Earl
10 months ago

She’s just following the “Progressive Playbook.” I got my hand on a copy of the sh!trag. Here are a few examples of both the playbook and facts on Helen “Handgun” Moon, and her “leadership” abilities:

(1) Did not have a black friend, or ever post anything remotely close to promoting the black race, prior to entering politics, and/or the George Floyd tragic event?

Handgun: (Check)-Grew up in the middle class. Attended college and associated mostly with white men and women, prior to becoming “oppressed” by the white man. You even married a YT, right Handgun?

(2) To try and impress “newly made” black friends, or we will refer to them as “people of color,” or “POC,” for our younger, texting, crowd-lol, lmao. Even if you make up a fabrication or heck, even lie-lol, make up a story of how “the evil white man, or “YT,” oppressed you, or prevented you from working or earning something on your own merit, or accomplishment.

Handgun: (Check)-Sent out a social media post reporting she had been taken out at gunpoint by two white men (of course), blood thirsty, Boston cops, simply for being an Asian female, or “POC.” Helen even took the story to a better level, when she also mentioned that she was arrested and tossed in the clink for a couple of days, only to be released when the police report was “lost.” Of course, remember who arrested her. They, or YT, “lost” the paperwork.

Handgun has been offered money to produce this “police report,” documenting her arrest. To date, nada.

Helen’s “leadership” just shines through to me…..

Bojack
Bojack
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
10 months ago

They overlooked some outstanding genderqueer candidates in Pittsfield.

Gobsig
Gobsig
10 months ago

Stop complaining. It’s Linda’s slush fund to spend as she wishes.

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  Gobsig
10 months ago

That is the read I get. Pretending all these other people are involved is bullshit, typical Tyer smoke and mirrors stuff. And Barry knows it.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
10 months ago

Why aren’t Liberals/Democrats, demanding Bidens impeachment, as EVERYTHING on his Son’s laptop was true about the Biden crime family?

FBI had the laptop a year before 2020 election, you trust them?

MSM had the news fall 2020, you trust them?

I’m disgusted………..

https://nypost.com/2022/03/17/the-times-finally-admits-hunter-bidens-laptop-is-real/?utm_medium=gab

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Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mad Trapper
10 months ago

And God help America if the laughing hyena that’s #2 gets installed…..

Twent Tesix
Twent Tesix
Reply to  Mad Trapper
10 months ago

Very aggressive panhandlers out there. Get a job.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mad Trapper
10 months ago

“Psaki Spars with New York Post Reporter Asking About Hunter’s Laptop From Hell and Biden Crime Family’s Deals with Russian Oligarchs”
“White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Friday snapped at a New York Post reporter for asking real questions about the Biden crime family.
The New York Post’s Steven Nelson asked Psaki a series of questions about ‘presidential conflicts of interest’ related to Hunter Biden’s payments from Russian oligarchs.”

Liberals?

This ain’t the “collusion illusion” you tried to frame Trump with for 6 years. It’s the REAL DEAL! Dirty Demented Biden and family……

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  Mad Trapper
10 months ago

Stay in that tunnel dude. Don’t let reality cloud your mission.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Fizzlehead
10 months ago

You still got the Biden/Harris stickers on your car?

Shirleyknutz
Shirleyknutz
Reply to  Mad Trapper
10 months ago

Heck he still has gore and Hillary stickers, probably Wallace as well

Hell Toupee
Hell Toupee
Reply to  Mad Trapper
10 months ago

Fizzy has Biden / Harris tatts on his butt cheeKs

Last edited 10 months ago by Hell Toupee
Hoyt Clagwell
Hoyt Clagwell
Reply to  Fizzlehead
10 months ago

Bubba, yous talkin crazy

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

He sat on the board for 80k per month.Ivanka,Don jr,Jr, Girlfriend,Eric and Eric wife and his son in law were employed by Dopey Trump in the White House….what a joke

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

I have been watching the media report on this story daily for 3 years.You should turn on FOX for its 24/7 coverage of this exact story.Republican Senator Ron Johnson and Trumper who recently visited Moscow held hearings on the Bidens and Burisma and found little to say except his investigation was disbanded so please shout his findings

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Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
10 months ago

O’Biden’s nominee for SCJ supports CRT, the 1619 Project and BLM. She was selected because of her race & gender and far-left beliefs.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2022/03/18/pollak-we-cannot-have-a-supreme-court-justice-who-thinks-constitution-is-racist/

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
10 months ago

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has been ordered to pay more than $300,000 in legal fees and expenses to a former employee who the campaign’s lawyers said had violated the terms of a nondisclosure agreement when she accused Trump of forcibly kissing her in 2016.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  fizzlehead
10 months ago

Biden extorted Ukraine to fire prosecutor investigating Burisma/Hunter.

He just gave Ukraine 14 billion in hush money disguised as “military aid”.

Last edited 10 months ago by Mad Trapper
Dementia Joe
Dementia Joe
Reply to  fizzlehead
10 months ago

But joe Biden put his fingers in Tara Reade’s vagina.

Last edited 10 months ago by Dementia Joe
Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Dementia Joe
10 months ago

The Russians did it!
 

Last edited 10 months ago by Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Dementia Joe
10 months ago

Hunter put his……..in children, it’s all on the laptop the FBI sat on for years…….

I won’t post pictures….that’s the kid Joe’s proud of.

Shirleyknutz
Shirleyknutz
10 months ago

According to the Treasury the ARPA money should be used on water and sewer projects. If that money went to those projects what would have the tax increase for water and sewer been? If the city leaders really cared about families and the elders they would have made sure to use these funds directly to the sewer and water projects. The only reason they would not do this would be that they wanted to pay their friends so they will get money in their coffers. Also it is clear that they do not care about the citizens of Pittsfield who struggle everyday to make a living and survive in the Pitts!! All I can say is Shame on Them and hopefully the higher power they pray to can forgive them

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
10 months ago

“The way that I pursue public life is that no one is entitled to anything, and I will work hard, as I always have, on behalf of the people that I represent.” – North Adams Massachusetts State Representative John Barrett III

I understand the context of Representative Barrett’s quote that he is not entitled to be reelected to Beacon Hill in 2022. He is saying that he will earn the public’s vote by working hard on behalf of the people he represents in his Northern Berkshire County state legislative district.

I am thankful but doubtful that Representative Barrett believes that he works hard in Boston. However, Beacon Hill lawmakers hardly work. I read the Boston newspapers, and they say that in the weeks when the State Legislature meets, they only work three days per week (Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday) for less than a few hours. They take months off at a time with full public pay and perks. To illustrate, they will “work” from January 1st, 2022, to July 31st, 2022. Then, from August 1st, 2022, to December 31st, 2022, they will not meet in formal state legislative session in Boston, but they will still be paid their 6-figure public pay and perks for doing nothing for five months in 2022.

I wish to say to Representative Barrett that the people he represents are entitled to public safety, public health, public assistance, disability rights, equal rights, Civil Rights, and Human Rights. I wish to say to Representative Barrett that most of the benefits of big government and big business goes to the ELITES, while the people feel lucky to cut even and perhaps save a few “Biden Buck$” or they fall into our country’s ever-growing larger huge underclass. I would call that a rigged system of entitlements for the ELITES, while the rest of us have to pound sand. Please note, I understand that is not the context of Representative Barrett’s quote, but it is the truth.

Jonathan A. Melle

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
10 months ago

March 19, 2022

Hello Erin Leahy at Act on Mass,

Thank you for your weekly Saturday Scoop political emails about Beacon Hill politics. My response to this week’s (3/19/2022) political email is that the Massachusetts State Legislature does many DISSERVICES to the people and taxpayers of Massachusetts. Public Education is underfunded by the state government by billions of dollars per year. It has been that way for many years/decades. Public Education in Massachusetts means great inequality is public school districts from the wealthy suburbs around Boston to the Level 5 public schools in Pittsfield for many years now. The best way to further public education is to keep the career politicians as far away from public education as legally possible, including the state administered federal funding of public education by staying on top of the issue and calling out state lawmakers for always systemically underfunding public education in Massachusetts.

Last Spring of 2021, the Boston Globe published a news article that said that Beacon Hill gives away $17.8 billion per year in state tax breaks to their politically connected big businesses via the greedy registered lobbyist such as retired State Representative Daniel Bosley, who collects his state pension(s) and other public perks on top of his 6-figure lobbyist salary. The state budget is less than $50 billion per fiscal year in Massachusetts. That means that for one dollar that the state spends, Beacon Hill is giving their politically connected big businesses somewhere around 35-cents in state tax breaks. To put it another way, the people and taxpayers only receive somewhere around 65-cents back on their tax dollars. Then there is all of the state’s voluntary regressive tax schemes, such as the state lottery and casino gambling, along with the so-called sin taxes on alcohol, marijuana and tobacco, and so on. The state takes in billions of dollars from regressive taxation. That means that the people and taxpayers may receive around 50-cents back on their tax dollars from Beacon Hill lawmakers.

It goes over the heads of a lot of financially illiterate and uneducated people and taxpayers, but my hope is for advocacy groups such as Act on Mass to let the people and taxpayers know that Beacon Hill is doing many DISSERVICES against them. Please tell Beacon Hill’s career politicians to please STOP taking advantage of the people and taxpayers that they are supposed to be representing in Massachusetts State Government.

Best wishes,

Jonathan A. Melle

Bojack
Bojack
10 months ago

Is anyone else unsure about this power and voice building? Who would the city hire for that?

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
10 months ago

What exactly did Helen Moon do in Pittsfield politics to be honored this Sunday, March 20th, 2022, at 4pm? She served for 4 years (2018 – 2021) on the Pittsfield City Council representing Ward 1. She worked for Berkshire D.A. Andrea Harrington, but they had a falling out. She works as a Nurse for BHS. She volunteers with local progressive organizations. Kenny Warren succeeded her as the Ward 1 City Councilor in 2022. It sounds to me like she is a young woman nearing middle age who is part of the in crowd in state and local politics. But is being popular with the politically connected career politicians necessarily a good thing? Not always.

I like it when Citizens defend ALL of the People from career politicians and the corrupt government when the system mostly does DISSERVICES against the public good. I like it when career politicians will take both praises and criticisms from the people and taxpayers they represent in government instead of blocking political emails like Trippy Country Buffet, Shitty Pigpen and Paul Marxism do to me. What I like the most is when a Citizen and/or Politicians speaks his or her conscience instead of being a rubber stamp for the powerful and the Almighty Dollar.

I have not always practice what I am writing about in politics because I feel that I need to survive first, and that standing up to career politicians has threatened my survival at times during my life of nearly 47 years (this Summer of 2022). I wish I could be a political leader with lofty ideals and actions, but I have been, and I am still unable to live up to my ideals in politics and government. I don’t want to be a career politician who only cares about money and power for several decades of my adult life. I don’t want to play that game at the expense of the people and taxpayers who I would have to lie to and do DISSERVICES against so I could enrich myself and my campaign donors at the public trough.

Perhaps that is one of the reasons why Helen Moon stepped down from her post she held for 4 years in Pittsfield politics. The progressives in Massachusetts want to recognize her time in public life. Helen Moon may go back into politics in the future for her progressive ideals instead of wanting to feed her ego with status, money and power. I am not as strong as Helen Moon. I have ideals, but I also have ambition, which keeps me happy to only be a Citizen who writes and blogs to defend the people and taxpayers.

Jonathan A. Melle

Twent Tesix
Twent Tesix
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
10 months ago

Well,she certainly didn’t win it for the condition of Oak hell and Partridge road.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
10 months ago

Can you ever add to the discussion Jon? What is this garble?

Can I petition the secret squad to review JM’s latest post, for numerous Planet violations: off topIc, brevity, to name a couple?
Respectfully, MA

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
10 months ago

Yes, I agree with Marcus.
I thought Marxist Melle was 1) limited to one post per day, 2) asked not to post pen pal letters, and 3) asked to keep remarks brief.

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
10 months ago

Mr. Fritz loves Donald Trump and his alt right websites. M.A. is a Veteran I admire and am thankful for his service. I respect both of you for your beliefs and that you are annoyed by my writings, beliefs and blog posts.

The school committee
The school committee
10 months ago

Almost every Mayor in Ma.has made a a statement about how to spend the democrats infusion of cash into the economy and the have said when the money is gone not one penny should be wasted or diverted .Those Mayor’s want it to matter and also stated that not one resident should be questioning the Biden dollars.They feel the community of residents have the final say…….Business will come to Pittsfield like a dog in heat to get their piece of the 40,000,000 .Watch Tyer because she made a statement that in the end its hers to authorize…..Pittsfield is now going to turn our 125 million Taconic into a Vocational school which plummeted the studen population from 950 student to 690 students.We now have 1500 high school kids in 1/2 a million squar feet of brick and mortar.Waste,waste,waste.Taconic is down 260 students in 3 years.The schools will never consolidate.PHS is falling apart with the indoor climate being extremely UNhealthy and soon taxpayers will be asked to throw more millions down the drain……We only want to see our city have a 5 year plan on closing a high school.PHS is not the future

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Al A. Bye
Al A. Bye
10 months ago

Better stay off the roads next week when Wrong Way Harrington brings her mentor US Atty “Road Rage” Rachael Rollins out to stump for her. Will Rollins bring her scammer friend Monica Gannon-Grant, the openly racist bully Rollins gave a $6k grant in confiscated drug money to with no strings attached or oversight that Monica spent on a vacation to Maryland? Rollins threated to make up a charge against a reporter, threatened a woman in traffic, doesn’t prosecute crimes, and constantly uses race to deflect whenever she is caught Such lovely women in leadership role models. So much pride for women’s history month.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  Al A. Bye
10 months ago

Wouldn’t it be great it Road Rage took questions and that was asked of her? Her feelings towards Monica Gannon-Grant and the how she swindled Road Rage.

What is it with progressives and driving? Road Rage, Wrong Way, Ricky’s Rumpus, and the illegal aliens champion, Tricia Farley-Country Buffet (D), and her quest to get illegals DL’s so they “feel safe from police while traveling.”

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
10 months ago

Road rage driving on Pittsfield’s POTHOLES now playing at Beacon Cinema. Show your automobile alignment bill for 50% off your movie ticket, popcorn, soda, and parking ticket.

laughingstock
laughingstock
Reply to  Al A. Bye
10 months ago

Maura Healey had the power to investigate and stop Monica Cannon-Grant whenever she felt like it. Her office is in charge of monitoring non-profits for compliance and did nothing as Violence In Boston grew to a multi-million dollar organization that this huckster used as her personal slush fund to defraud the community. Red flags everywhere but Healey ignored them because she feared the political consequences of going after a loud black woman with a microphone.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  danvalenti
10 months ago

And FUGLY!

Al A. Bye
Al A. Bye
Reply to  danvalenti
10 months ago

We have a DA who took a public stance attacking federal prosecutors in support of another DA who stole covid relief funds and attacked a local judge and tried to give a cwof to a woman who stole from a museum. How do you even explain this, Dan why would anyone listen to a word she says?

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Pat
Pat
10 months ago

Biden biking and having a good time on the beach while the world is on the brink of catastrophe. Shouldn’t he be huddling with his advisors all weekend? We know the headlines would be so different if President Trump was golfing while the Ukraine war raged on.
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-goes-for-bike-ride-at-the-beach-as-ukraine-president-warns-of-third-world-war

Wholly Crime.
Wholly Crime.
Reply to  Pat
10 months ago

When do the mayor and d a talk on pctv about the umpteenth crime wave surge and what to do about it. Third Thursday revival not a good idea. And mosquitos unless treated in our water will be worst ever. Pollen will be up 250 percent this year also. Hang on to your noses peeps.