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!!PLANET EXCLUSIVE!! … RACE FOR SHERIFF HEATS UP … BOWLER, BARBALUNGA EXCHANGE SALVOS … THE PLANET BRINGS YOU UP TO SPEED

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

First in a Series

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY JUNE 20, 2022) — The two most significant local elections in the Berkshires this year will both take place on Sept. 6., the Democrat prelims.

In November, good time to book that trip to Tobago. Nothing of worth on the ballot for precious your time. Those races, as they pertain locally, have already been decided by the party bosses. Moreover, remember. You live in the Berkshires. Boston doesn’t know we exist except for the BSO and the freebies and junkets larded out to the Big Shots for them to enjoy the South County trinkets.

  • Incumbent Andrea Harrington v. challenger Tim Shugrue for district attorney.
  • Two-term incumbent Tom Bowler v. challenger Alf Barbalunga for sheriff.

Those two public safety position, possess countywide powers, which alone should address  critics who contend that the sheriff’s post involves “simply” running the local hoosegow. They make it sound like the job of sheriff Andy Taylor running his two-cell lockup in Mayberry, NC. THE PLANET will seek from both camps a response to that criticism, which we hope to present Wednesday.

Today, we again focus on sheriff, wanting to keep you informed and get you up to date on information from and about the two camps.

Today, THE PLANET presents “Duel of the Statements.” (CUE DRAMATIC MUSIC)

The duel actually began early this month, when Bowler announced for a third term. Barbalunga, in declaration last week, blasted Bowler’s tenure, saying he’s already been on the job too long to be looking to extend his reign to 18 years.

THE PLANET first gives you Bowler’s declaration statement from early this month. Through a cross-up in communication, we missed it first time around.

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STATEMENT FROM SHERIFF BOWLER

Sheriff Thomas N. Bowler, who was sworn in for his first term in 2011 and was re-elected in 2016, has announced that he will seek a third term in office.

“I’m surrounded by an incredible staff who share the same vision and passion that I have,” Bowler said. “Together, we’ve achieved many advancements at the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction that are increasing the inmates’ chances of being successful when they’re released.”

Bowler pointed to a number of programs and initiatives launched by his administration that provide opportunities for inmates to address the issues that put them behind bars, and to leave the jail with more effective tools to lead better and more productive lives. They include many educational and work training programs, medical and mental health services, and programs that help them reconnect with their families and be better fathers for those who have children.

“A full 90 percent of the inmate population comes in with a substance use disorder, and 80 percent of them also have a mental health issue,” he continued. “We deal successfully with a whole host of challenges. If they come back, we start all over again because that’s our job. We give the inmates every opportunity to succeed, and we hope they choose to be successful.”

Since 2011, fiscal responsibility has been among the Sheriff’s top priorities. “Out of respect for our taxpayers, we have operated within the parameters of our budget since Day 1,” Bowler said. “This is the only jail in the state that can make this claim. Taxpayers should be proud.”

During his first two terms as Sheriff, Bowler has introduced many new initiatives. Among his proudest is the aquaponics greenhouse, launched in 2020, where inmates grow lettuce and other leafy vegetables to eat at the jail and donate to the public. The program, which has a STEM curriculum, grows 2,400 heads of lettuce at a time, of which 250 heads a week are consumed at the jail. More than 200,000 heads of lettuce have so far been donated to community programs in all Berkshire cities and towns.

Another initiative, Medically Tailored Meals, is a collaboration among Berkshire Health Systems, Fallon Health, Mass Health, CHP and the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction. The medical and insurance components of the collaboration identify community residents with chronic disease who may not be able to eat the nutritious meals that keep them well. Under the supervision of a nutritionist, inmates at the jail prepare meals tailored for people with chronic illness, package and freeze them. Other jail employees deliver them weekly.

“The inmates have learned a great deal from this program, and it’s a way for them to give back to the community, which is important,” the sheriff said.

“2nd Street,” a new non-profit formed in collaboration with the Sheriff’s administration, will soon open at the site of the previous jail on Second Street and offer a full range of programs for released inmates and community residents. Service providers will be available for help finding housing or a job, how to establish sound finances, continued mental health counseling, educational opportunities and more. According to the Sheriff, this one-stop location for necessary services will help inmates and others in need to get re-established in the community. 2nd Street will be funded with a grant from Pittsfield AARPA funds.

In addition to GED classes and other educational programs, Sheriff Bowler has established partnerships with Williams College, in which a college professor and nine students come to the jail one night a week for classes, as well as programs with Berkshire Community College, which previously offered a landscaping program for inmates, and more recently, a welding program that provides basic certification in welding.

The COVID-19 pandemic was a true test for the sheriff’s office. While many businesses and services necessarily shut down or moved to remote work, the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office answered the call every single day by reporting to work. Sheriff Bowler’s proactive approach toward cleaning, sanitizing, masking, social distancing and encouraging vaccinations resulted in a remarkable 18-month period of inmates remaining COVID free. “It’s a testament to the employees’ dedication that from the onset of the pandemic in March, 2020, through September, 2021, not a single inmate was diagnosed with COVID-19,” Bowler said.

Prior to the pandemic, the Sheriff’s Office sponsored work release programs at such local businesses as LTI Smartglass, Unistress, SAMCO Industries, construction companies, and more. “Many inmates were offered jobs after their release and are still working there,” the sheriff said. “In fact, several former inmates are now in a supervisory capacity in those businesses.”

“The inmates participating in all of these opportunities are far better positioned with the skills needed to get a job when they are released,” he continued. “The whole point is to build a safer, stronger and healthier community. We are not done yet.”

Under Sheriff Bowler’s leadership, the facility has become a licensed treatment facility with the state Department of Public Health. As such, they provide all major medical treatments for inmates with addiction, including vivitrol, suboxone, and methadone, as well as counseling and therapy treatment.

In terms of fiscal programs, the jail’s enrollment in the Green Energy Program seven years ago has so far reduced energy bills by around 50 percent. The ultimate savings for such programs is 60 percent. “We’ll get there,” Bowler said.

The Sheriff’s Office continues to be a resource to all of Berkshire County and its public safety needs. Sheriff deputies are assigned to the Berkshire County Law Enforcement Task Force, the FBI Western Mass. Division, the Underwater Search and Rescue Team, the Berkshire Special Response Team and more. The Sheriff Office’s Command Center is available and responds to all major crimes in the county, and Bowler said he remains fully committed to supporting all law enforcement needs in the Berkshires. “Our motto is: we never say no, we just go,” he said.

Under Sheriff Bowler’s leadership, the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office has obtained accreditations from the American Correctional Association, (ACA) the National Commission on Correctional Health Care, (NCCHC), and the PREA Commission for prison rape elimination. These elite organizations confirm that the Sheriff’s Office operates at a very high level, having earned the triple crown of accreditations.

“I love going to work every day, and I know there is more that we can accomplish,” he said. “I thank every employee at the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction who always dedicate themselves to do the best job possible.”

Due to the high COVID-19 transmission rate in Berkshire County, Sheriff Bowler has postponed any public gathering for supporters until it is safer to do so.

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Next, we share Bowler’s response to the criticisms leveled at him by Barbalunga during the latter’s June 15 kick off: (ED. NOTE: The paragraph glitches are THE PLANET’s issue, not the campaign. We were not able to iron it out as of press time):\

Statement from Sheriff Bowler in Response to Alf Barbalunga’s Campaign Announcement.

I welcome Alf Barbalunga to the race for Sheriff of Berkshire County. Contested races always bring issues forward, and that’s very good for the voters. It is his right to express opinions about how I have managed the Sheriff’s Office. However, facts are facts. Out of respect for my entire staff and their excellent work at the jail, I will strongly contest any statement that is not true.
In his first press conference to announce his campaign, Alf said he would “pull the curtain back” on the office’s finances. He said: “Most people can’t tell you the first thing about where the money’s been spent. I believe it’s on purpose. It’s a glaring transparency issue.”
The truth is, anyone can see the jail’s budget and I hope Alf will take a look – especially since he is running for Sheriff. It is available online through the state Comptroller’s Office, which uses a platform called CTHRU (great name!) According to the state, this is “an innovative open records platform that offers transparency into the finances of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. CTHRU provides users with an intuitive experience for exploring how and where our tax dollars are utilized.”
This site documents every last cent paid out of my budget, the line item it came from, and the vendor who received payment. There is no “curtain to pull back.” This site has already done it for the taxpayers.
It’s also important to note that the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction is the only jail in the state to operate within the parameters of our budget. This has been my practice since taking office in 2011. Taxpayers should be proud.
It is unfortunate that a candidate for this office makes careless claims about a “glaring transparency issue,” that he states is done “on purpose,” without knowing how easy it is to find the answers to all of his questions. The tagline to my campaign has always been: Experience. Integrity. The integrity part truly matters to me.
Use the link below to view our full budget.
Thank You.
Sheriff Tom Bowler

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Barbalunga wasted no time returning serve:

Campaign Statement from Alf Barbalunga

I read Tom Bowler and his leadership team’s Facebook response to my initial press conference, when I announced my official candidacy for Berkshire County Sheriff. I have five takeaways, and I will always try to keep content as short as possible:

1] Every time Tom Bowler and his leadership team are talking about our candidacy, I will thank them. Additionally, at least 10% of the audience at the press conference supporting our campaign kick-off announcement, were active sheriff employees. I would like to acknowledge their bravery and thank them as well.

2] The Berkshire County taxpayers and voters just had a win today. We compelled Tom and his leadership team to furnish a link for interested individuals to peruse his budget. I am not aware of any other time in the 12 years he has been in office, he has done this, are you? Oddly, you will not find this link “of transparency” on his own official Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office website.

Additionally, this link provides a line item of expenses but doesn’t provide an easy framework for taxpayers to view the budget and how their money is being spent, including an additional $5 million in the budget since 2011, with a dramatically reduced incarcerated population, including absolutely no women to now provide care and custody for.

It illustrates to us how dissociated he appears to be with the Berkshire County community at-large (AKA, us normal people) by producing a response with a government link, only when pressured to do so, rather than hosting annual budget meetings, tours, etc., for public involvement. We’re looking forward to our first debate so we can start to dig in about how he is spending our money and discuss these expenditures before a live audience.

3] In case you missed this: https://www.berkshireeagle.com/…/article_3b2e23be-bb56… . Two months ago, this article detailed that a recent American and Civil Liberties Union poll found that only 10% of people in Berkshire County had ever heard of Tom Bowler’s and/or what his office provides to Berkshire County citizens, even after 12 years of service. That does not seem to point to the transparency that Tom Bowler and his leadership team are now touting.

4] Perhaps most importantly, regarding the inequity with Berkshire County incarcerated women being ripped out of their community and their support networks, Tom Bowler and his leadership team were completely silent. We will have a lot more to say as this campaign proceeds, about when that decision was made, why that decision was made, and who ultimately influenced that decision, and why that decision was absolutely not in the best interest of Berkshire County citizens at any level.

5] Tom Bowler informed us his other 13 Sheriff colleagues across the Commonwealth cannot manage their budgets effectively. For the record, I do not personally know that to be an accurate statement.

It’s time for a change Berkshire County!

Respectfully,

Alf Barbalunga and his team

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There. You are now caught up on this important campaign.

Only THE PLANET gives you such coverage. Other media present statements boiled down to the nub and hide commentary through editing tricks and selectivity. We give you commentary, as you well know, but in covering campaigns, especially races this significant, we feel it’s important to hear candidates in their own words. That’s why we sometimes present statements, unedited, as received.

THE PLANET welcome your comments.

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Freedom for the wolves has often meant death to the sheep” — Isaiah Berlin.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Hell Toupee
Hell Toupee
13 days ago

Buffoonbalunga is a joke, and a bad one at that.

Pittsfield Plummett
Pittsfield Plummett
Reply to  Hell Toupee
13 days ago

Campaign manager put out a statement recently that signaled desperation. Seems like they are going to run a dirty campaign because they can’t find any real weakness s. If Alf allows that to happen it will say more about him than his opponent.

Mr. X
Mr. X
Reply to  Pittsfield Plummett
12 days ago

I believe the CM has “retired” on full disability from Mass. State Police when in his late 20’s to early 30’s. His mom worked at the jail for many years under Carmen.

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
13 days ago

My understanding of the Berkshire County jail on Cheshire Road in Pittsfield is that it is full of out-of-state gang members, which makes it a dangerous place for local men only inmates to serve their time, but I have heard of much worse stories about jails and prisons than the one in my native hometown of Pittsfield. I do NOT believe for one second that gang members are taking $20 per hour jobs in the beautiful Berkshires because gang members make a lot more money in their violent criminal enterprises. GET REAL & WAKE UP Pittsfield politics about violent crime in Berkshire County! One only has to Google “Is Pittsfield a safe community from violent crime” to read “Relative to Massachusetts, Pittsfield has a crime rate that is 97% higher than of the state’s cities and towns of all sizes; North Adams is 1% higher than Pittsfield”. I wish I could write more about this issue on this blog, but I will keep it brief by writing that both challenger Alf Barbalunga and Sheriff Tom Bowler are misguided with their campaign writings. As for the respective Berkshire County D.A. campaign, challenger Tim Shugrue is running a negative campaign against Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington with his false promises to fight violent crime in Pittsfield and beyond that I have heard from state and local corrupt career politicians my entire adult life of 47-years of age next month of July 2022. If I still lived in my native Berkshire County, I would vote for Alf & Andrea – the A Team over the T team.

Yusless
Yusless
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
12 days ago

Alf and Andrea are the Z team.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
12 days ago
the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
12 days ago

Alf,ridiculous as he has zero shot of winning.If I were his advisor I would tell him to run on the 30 year promise to turn the 2nd street property over to Pittfield for the new police station that’s 15years late

Ashley Acerbic
Ashley Acerbic
Reply to  the school committee
12 days ago

Are you saying Pittsfield does not own the 2nd street jail? What is it being used for now and are the Pittsfield taxpayers paying for its upkeep and heat? Might make a great money laundering project.

JoeKapanski
JoeKapanski
Reply to  the school committee
11 days ago

That building should have been sold to highest bidder or blown up and turned into a park. What’s ridiculous is us Kapanskis still paying for it.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
12 days ago

Crazy meet Melle’! How do you know they are false promises from Tim Shugrue wanting to change the direction of the way law enforcement is coming out of the DA’s office without him being elected yet? The real negative is currently in the office already and she has proven it many times. If Tim doesn’t work out we can vote again.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
12 days ago

Oh, and yes the criminal element will always exist, but it is what you do with it on the law enforcement end of it starting with the DA. Letting them off to walk or reduced sentences puts them back on the streets with the new criminal activity which increases the amount of criminals that the police have to deal with. Twice the problem now.

Tim Shoeglue
Tim Shoeglue
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
12 days ago

Just telling the truth about Harrington is negative as she has done little if anything that could be considered positive.

Why Lettuce
Why Lettuce
13 days ago

Lacks Nutrients.

Uh Oh
Uh Oh
12 days ago

Alf is the Clifford Nilan of this race. Never met a patronage job he didn’t like. Say no to Alf

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  Uh Oh
12 days ago

Barbalubga is the quintessential GOBSIG candidate. The fact that Cliffy is in his corner, confirms it!

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
11 days ago

What is the truth about Alf and Merideath, the night she nearly killed the guy?

He didn’t say don’t drive?

Yusless
Yusless
12 days ago

10% of the audience at the press conference supporting our campaign kick-off announcement, were active sheriff employees.

There were 10 people there. And it’s the one who serves eviction notices.

Shut up, Alf, ya muppet.

Copythepressrelease
Copythepressrelease
Reply to  danvalenti
12 days ago

So who are Alf’s four supporters?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Copythepressrelease
12 days ago

janitors?

Hoyt Clagwell
Hoyt Clagwell
Reply to  Copythepressrelease
12 days ago

Bike, champion, Hanes and jockey.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Hoyt Clagwell
12 days ago

Now that’s funny!

Lenny
Lenny
12 days ago

I think Sheriff Bowler is doing a great job.
Alf did not do a great job on the school committee.

I take issue with Alf’s statements #3 & #4.
#3 – Sheriff Bowler doesn’t spend time blowing his own horn & searching for photo ops like Trisha F-B. He gets the job done without a lot of publicity.
#4 – Keeping the female perps out of the county prison is a wise move – they should be in a separate facility to avoid sexual issues. So what if they are housed out-of-town!

Vote for Sheriff Bowler!

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Lenny
12 days ago

Re-elect NOBODY!!!

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

Trump should be housed there

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

They should reopen Belchertown State just for You

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  the school committee
12 days ago

I hear you shower there

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  12 Gauge
11 days ago

It don’t shower/bathe at all. I can smell It from south county

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mad Trapper
11 days ago

It is TSC

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  the school committee
12 days ago

Who is Mr. Neiss and Mr. Epps?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Lenny
12 days ago

Was Alf part of the Merideath Nilan scam?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mad Trapper
12 days ago

And Shugrue?

The City I Hate
The City I Hate
Reply to  Lenny
12 days ago

I believe it was about 15 years ago that one of Berkshire County jail guard perps got caught having sex with female inmates. But I digress, when Bowler first ran for the job of sheriff the current sheriff at the time was under a cloud of suspicion after being exposed as an alleged pedophile who got away with his alleged crimes of pedophilia for decades. This cloud of suspicion was rumored to reach all the way back to the steamy summer days when the sheriff was a camp counselor involved with young boys at the Camp Russell. And curiously enough, I knew a young male who was rumored to have been victimized by his probation officer, a probation officer who was the same camp counselor rumored to have an unnatural sexual attraction to young boys, and the same camp counselor/probation officer who became Berkshire county’s longest reigning sheriff despite decades of sordid rumors of his alleged unnatural sexual appetite for young males. So, at the time Bowler chose to run against Berkshire County’s longing reigning unindicted alleged pervert, Bowler was the lesser of the two evils.

Last edited 12 days ago by The City I Hate
Two Cents
Two Cents
Reply to  The City I Hate
11 days ago

And is this time

The City I Hate
The City I Hate
Reply to  Two Cents
11 days ago

My comment was edited and modified by the Planet.

Capt. M. Taylor ABC Army
Capt. M. Taylor ABC Army
Reply to  The City I Hate
11 days ago

Tell ’em Angelo supported him!

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
12 days ago

Fizzy, diesel shortage due to Biden, ready for food shortages/increases?

Got a garden? ……….

Hoyt Clagwell
Hoyt Clagwell
Reply to  Mad Trapper
12 days ago

Fizzy will just take out his fishing rod. He’s known to be a master baiter.

Get Over It
Get Over It
Reply to  Hoyt Clagwell
11 days ago

I thought he was a cunning linquist?

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  Mad Trapper
12 days ago

Obviously you didn’t read the Eagle aka hate rag, misinformation nation newspaper! The reason for inflation, empty store shel, increased violence is the mean Republicans are blocking all his bills he is trying to pass in Congress! You can’t make this up, the people of Berkshire County, aka the Democrat Party, don’t know that Congress and the Presidency are currently being run by a bunch of inept Democrats? The Democrats control the government and for the last two years they have been in charge they have destroyed the strongest country on earth. I have wondered how 30% of the populace can state that Biden is doing a great job, now I know, they are brainwashed and can’t see or think for themselves. We are definitely living in a very strange time. I still want to know if you spread misinformation you are shut down, how is the Eagle still in business with all their lies, oops I mean misinformation that they spread.

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Mad Trapper
11 days ago

Actually I like to forage for food in the woodlands. I have an old Indian recipe for acorn stew that is a hit at all the family picnics. If I liked you I would give you the recipe but you are persona non grata when it comes to such altruism on my part.

Also, only my parrot gets to call me Fizzy so please respect the honorary club to which you do NOT belong. I hope I only have to say this once big fella.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  fizzlehead
11 days ago

Why do you forage the effluent from P sewage treatment facility?

Do the tampons and rubbers make it through the digester? Fizzy snacks…..?

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Mad Trapper
11 days ago

Dan should start enforcing the age limit on here. No posters under ten years old.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  fizzlehead
11 days ago

How is he foraging at Woods pond?

Gay frogs there?

Last edited 11 days ago by Mad Trapper
Far Left
Far Left
Reply to  Mad Trapper
11 days ago

Is Woods Pond gay?

Scooter Libby
Scooter Libby
12 days ago

Scooter Down!!!! First foul week of summer vacation, kid gets hit by a car while riding the wrong way down the street into oncoming traffic.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Scooter Libby
12 days ago

LAWsuit Linda!!!!

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Scooter Libby
11 days ago

Drivers Ed classes from Wrong Way’s school of driving?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
12 days ago

Juneteenth!!!

Liberal Utopia!!!

https://heyjackass.com/

Last edited 12 days ago by Mad Trapper
Fred Rutherford
Fred Rutherford
Reply to  Mad Trapper
12 days ago

June Cleaver?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Fred Rutherford
12 days ago

Save a tree, eat a beaver!

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  Mad Trapper
12 days ago

Said Dina Guil-Lampalousi-Brown-Smith-Wilmer-Hutchins, Pittsfield’s infamous conflict of interest city councilor.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mad Trapper
11 days ago

liberals, did ya open the link? have fun…..

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
12 days ago

When they ask about “gun control” send them here, perhaps most “gun controlled” place in the USA…Mayor “Beetlejuice” runs it….formerly Rahm Emanluel….he worked for Barry Sotero….

https://heyjackass.com/

June to Date
Shot & Killed: 42
Shot & Wounded: 193
Total Shot: 235
Total Homicides: 45

Last edited 12 days ago by Mad Trapper
Pittsfield Plummett
Pittsfield Plummett
Reply to  Mad Trapper
12 days ago

That is very sad MT. In Ulvalde, Tex. a few weeks ago, a bunch of grade schoolers were murdered in cold blood while a bunch of guys with guns stood out in the hallway contemplating the situation. Texas has the most liberal gun laws in the country. Basically anyone over 18 with a pulse can legally own and open carry a gun in Texas. Lotsa crazies in Texas. With that equation you got yourself a perpetually hot LZ.
I have been to Texas a couple of times a while back but not going back there any time soon. Pittsfield does not have the liberal gun laws that Texas has but may still have as many guns per capital legally and otherwise. Is Pittsfield an embryonic Texas? Will Tyler st be like the streets of Laredo in another year or two? Or will someone fix up the street and make everyone want to be nice to each other?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Pittsfield Plummett
11 days ago

Cops had “ASSault” rifles and armor 10 minutes after it started. Just outside the classroom doors, they never tried to open,…..

Cops took an hour to do something, while they ASSalted parents trying to save their kids.

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  Pittsfield Plummett
11 days ago

Massachusetts has the strictest gun laws in the nation. I’d sooner take my chances in Texas than Pittsfield Mass.

Two Cents
Two Cents
Reply to  12 Gauge
11 days ago

The left seems to think that criminals buy their guns at Walmart and Dick’s sporting goods

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Pittsfield Plummett
11 days ago

Cops had ASSault weapons and armor shields 10 min after the start .

The Cops stopped/ASSaluted parents trying to save their children.

The Cops waited an hour after damage was done.

Blame the gun, Democrats.

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  Mad Trapper
11 days ago

They have very strict gun laws but they don’t enforce them because it’s racist to enforce laws.

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  12 Gauge
11 days ago

If you flew a helicopter over the west side of town, hanging a huge magnet on a rope about rooftop level, you would find about 500 guns on the magnet when you landed.

the school committee
the school committee
12 days ago

Mayor Tyer would you stop letting utilities dig up our roads and not check to see if they put them back in perfect condition.So so many depressions in the streets.Sweep the streets all summer.Get pick up Trucks to stop going 65 in a 35 on Williams and Elm.Police have never pulled over a pickup truck,NEVER

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
12 days ago

My response to Tim Shugrue promising to fight violent crime in Pittsfield/Berkshires is that countless state and local provincial politicians have made the same/similar campaign promises for decades without success. Most of Pittsfield’s violent crime comes from out-of-state gang members. Do NOT walk the inner-city streets of dangerous downtown(s) Pittsfield (or North Adams) after hours. The local residents are stuck in the proverbial ditch of low to moderate wage jobs, social services, and social insurance disability benefits. They are unable to afford to move away from Pittsfield or North Adams, but they are NOT the violent criminals Tim Shugrue is blaming Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington for failing to prosecute. The fact of the matter is that D.A. Andrea Harrington prosecutes violent crimes that occur in Berkshire County, which are mostly committed by out-of-state gang members. Both Alf Barbalunga and Berkshire County Sheriff Tom Bowler are NOT addressing the over 1,000 gang members who now call Pittsfield home, in addition to the thousands of gang members who visit Pittsfield to sell drugs and commit their violent crimes. Pittsfield’s population is a little above 40,000 people, which means that there are way too many gangs who are committing violent crimes there. It wasn’t always as bad in Pittsfield as it is now.

Copythepressrelease
Copythepressrelease
11 days ago

Isn’t it ironic that Andrea Harrington who has failed to effectively prosecute drug dealers for the past three plus years is warning us about fentanyl in the drug supply??
https://www.mass.gov/news/berkshire-district-attorneys-office-cautions-public-about-increased-fentanyl-in-drug-supply

Cop
Cop
Reply to  Copythepressrelease
11 days ago

Actually now I think about it. Politicians make statements. Real prosecutors take action. Not ironic, Harrington is doing what she’s always done.

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fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Copythepressrelease
11 days ago

the really bad politicians seem to come alive at election time. They become vibrant and dynamic (like mayor Tyer did) until the election is over. Then they would rather the public did not see why they really ran for office.
Right Petes?

Scape Goad
Scape Goad
Reply to  Copythepressrelease
11 days ago

Not prosecuting destroys families & that’s the end goal here.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
11 days ago

This fellow will have his voter registration reinstated,I mean drivers license reinstated because his lawyer will say , he needs it to get his wife to the hospital when she’s due and the powers to be will agree.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2022/06/20/seven-time-deported-illegal-alien-charged-shooting-police-drunk-driving-chase/

Fufund Up
Fufund Up
Reply to  J2S
11 days ago

Property tax up over 7% and water quarterly has doubled with another increase in July. Let the G man into the plant ASAP.recall Persip herringbone,obviate,white Marchetti,Kavey,g lampylousy,conant,sherman

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
11 days ago

FTFB!!

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mad Trapper
11 days ago

Maybe besides FJB/FTyer signs at 4th parade, we also need FTFB signs…….

Lenny
Lenny
Reply to  Mad Trapper
11 days ago

Yes! I’m bringing a wagon full of signs! She’s spent her state rep career supporting illegals and supporting tax increases for citizens!

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  Lenny
11 days ago

Don’t forget pay raises for herself too.

Tricia Farley-Country Buffett (D) has to be the most useless politician in MA. Over a decade in office with zero meaningful bills to help the taxpayers of Pittsfield.

Instead, she focused her attention on getting illegals DL’s, under the guise of “now they can work” and “it’s safe, Chief Wynn even agreed.” These people can’t legally work in the US without a valid I-9 form and the only thing Chief Wynn knows about illegal aliens, was probably from an out of area training seminar he attended.

Oh, I almost forgot. Trish was also in favor of taxing commuters who used the turnpike with a gas-tax/usage fee. This would have just added to the cost of traveling to Boston or the eastern part of the state, from where Trish (allegedly) represents.

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The City I Hate
The City I Hate
11 days ago

Did Bowler really win an election? My guess is that it was more a case of ‘voluntarily’ passing the torch to the lesser evil, in exchange for aborting the release of secret files on the long sordid history of an illustrious alleged pedophile who got away with his crimes. The usual specious excuses were paraded out, e.g., health issues, spending more time with the family, enjoying his Retirment, to explain the departure of the career sheriff with a dark cloud over his head. Also, puzzling was the fact that when the long-time illustrious dignitary passed, there was no official obituary listing the conquests of the honored deceased.

Does Berkshire County have its own version of the secret Boy Scout ‘perversion files’ which showed that locals helped cover up abuse/molestation/rape of children for decades?

‘Again and again, decade after decade, an array of authorities — police chiefs, prosecutors, pastors and local Boy Scout leaders among them — quietly shielded scoutmasters and others accused of molesting children, a newly opened trove of confidential papers show.’

Or was there a bonfire after Bowler ‘won’ the election?

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Polo
Polo
11 days ago

Well than who is the Chief Probation Officer

the school committee
the school committee
11 days ago

It is of the utmost importance that Ward Councilors fix Ward issues.You are to fix potholes,sidewalks,tree limbs,clean the streets and take care of all Ward residents problems.Take the call and return the call…get answers.Its hard work so please do it.

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Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
11 days ago

Just finished reading the Berkshire Beagle’s article pertaining to the most recent shooting of a juvenile on Tyler Street last week. Seems strange yet TOTALLY NORMAL that there was a complete lack of comment from Flat Tyer, MIA Chief Mikey Wynn and Wrong Way DA Harrington, then again did the reporter not bother to ask, which goes along with the downward slide of the Eagle? This lack of comment totally verifies the fact that these do nothings could care less about the safety of the streets of Pittsfield. All three should be ashamed of themselves, but their egos are too damn big to think that far.

the school committee
the school committee
11 days ago

Terror Republican candidates for office are selling the idea that they will bust into homes a shoot the opposing candidates.The republicans are now pushing terrorist actions.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
11 days ago

Dear Dan

I’m confused why would Planet sort of endorsed, Al?,

Without an explaination as to why when pictured with Merideath,. The night she creamed a guy out walking his dog?

It was another coverup.

Nothing to see here move on …. like 11/3-4/2020

Far Left
Far Left
Reply to  Mad Trapper
11 days ago

Yes! Get Real Mad Trappy! How’s that Stop the Steal going?

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
11 days ago

Better check your sensors Dan, sent some things in 14 hours ago and they still have not landed in the planet. I don’t think I stated anything inappropriately. I only said the Hate Rag eagle should be shut down for spreading misinformation, government is bloated and over spending and for TDS I asked him who Mr. Neiss is and Mr. Epps and why aren’t the criminal comedic capital insurrectionist down in the gallows with the rest of the lot, give them 2 years down there and they won’t be breaking in again!