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CHUCK GARIVALTIS, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS, INCLUDING BASEBALL, BUT ESPECIALLY POLITICS AND PUBLIC SERVICE

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION JULY 22-4, 2022) — As some Tanglewood the weekend away and other simply tangle, THE PLANET wishes to share a response we received from a correspondent wanting to know who “Chuck Garivaltis” is and is he a man “I should know.”

We were glad to respond, since he represents the edge of a stalwart generation of adults that led Pittsfield into a phase of salubriousness that, today in this Era of Zombies and Dead on North (DON) seems like from a galaxy long, long ago and far, far away. In this time of DON, people like Chuck — who were adults even in youth and knew the only way through adversity wasn’t by playing victim but by hard work, determination, and persistence — serve as a vanishing breed of honesty, decency, and goodness.

THE PLANET answered this great question thusly (slightly edited):

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Chuck IS a guy you should know. He is now the elder statesman of Pittsfield politics, now that men like Arlos, Remo, and Sam Landa  have passed.

I’ve known Chuck for a long while. He’s had a varied background. In high school and college, he was a sports star but NOT a jock (a vital distinction). THE PLANET still has him as the greatest hitter of baseballs ever to come from Berkshire County, and we’ve had a bunch of major leaguers. He still hold hitting records that stand to this day in the famous AABA baseball tournament, an event that has played host to a great number of future big leaguers.
Chuck was signed by the N.Y.-S.F. Giants and played two years in their system with Double AA Springfield. He attended Colgate with his Pittsfield buddy Larry Bossidy, who went on to become a business superstar. At Colgate,  Chuck was a two-way football player and on the baseball team. As a defensive back, he famously brought down a barreling Jimmy Brown, Syracuse star and future NFL All-World, in a solo tackle immortalized in a photo. In November 2020, when the Cleveland Browns hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football, we found ourselves in Cleveland. In the press room before the game, we had Brown autograph a copy of his biography for Chuck. When I showed Brown a copy of that photo, he remembered the play — and Chuck! A week later, over breakfast, I presented the book to Chuck as a gift.
After he quit baseball, he took a job as an executive at cosmetics giant Revlon at its Chicago HQ. He was establishing himself as a rising young executive when his father died. Chuck dropped his career, everything, and came back to run the family business, the old Pickwick Hotel on the great West Street enclave that the Pittsfield literally destroyed after they sucked for federal demolition money. They called it “urban renewal.” It was actually “urban destruction.” This was late 60s/early 70s.
“Renewal” took the Pickwick, the magnificent train station, and every building from West Street beginning at Park Square down to the Salvation Army. Disaster. Chuck then got into real estate and did well for himself.
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During that time, however, he also gave back, much more than he received. He served on the council, the school committee, and the parks commission. He ran for mayor in the early 70s, a great advocate for the city. When Gov. Mike Dukakis ran for president against Bush the 1st, Chuck was Duke’s Western Massachusetts coordinator and adviser.
But this doesn’t begin to describe this man. He was (and is) that rarity. A man of intelligence, with awesome political instincts, and most importantly a good heart, a do-anything-for-anybody man and not because he wants something in return but because it’s the right thing to do. There are so many stories.
To this day, Chuck and I meet periodically for breakfast at our secret location in South County, and we talk. I have learned so much from that guy, both directly and indirectly.
Chuck is 87 and still going strong, although during the past two years, he had some health issues. As usual, he’s willed himself back to health.
Men and women like Chuck Garivaltis made Pittsfield a great small city back in the day. For those of us who love Pittsfield and The Berkshires, who were around during the last phase of its glory then past the glowing embers and into what is now unstopped (and perhaps unstoppable) free fall, it’s like we’re not just in another city but on an alien world in some unrecognizable, foreign solar system.
We’ve seen Pittsfield go from Prosperity, Safety, Good Government, and Caring Neighborhoods in grandparents’ day and through my childhood (the space of my conscious life) to what it became, now about 40 years in the running, a land of DON and the walking dead. That’s where you exist, in 2022, stranded on the Island of Broken Toys along with anyone else who shows intelligence, who’s not content to play “The Queen Has No Clothes,” and who wants to declare to the elements of corruption: “Leave us alone.” What other option do Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski have?
THAT’s who Chuck Garivaltis is. Have a great weekend, everybody.

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“Politics is the art of the possible”Otto von Bismarck.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Thomas More
Thomas More
26 days ago

Chuck is 87 and will be 88 on September 25.

Harris Poal
Harris Poal
Reply to  Thomas More
26 days ago

I don’t know him has he been recognized for anything other than sports here in Pittsville any proclamation awards recognitions Pittsfield needs heroes very few heroes here maybe Mr. Garivaltis could fill the bill

Pittsfield Plummett
Pittsfield Plummett
Reply to  danvalenti
25 days ago

Tyer is going to rebuild and reinvent historic Waconah Park. She is also wanting to rename stuff. If she does not name the new park after herself or her husband perhap she could name it after Chuck.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Pittsfield Plummett
25 days ago

She should, re-Tyer ASAP

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  Pittsfield Plummett
25 days ago

When I think of Clapp park it reminds me of Linda.

Pittsfield Plummett
Pittsfield Plummett
Reply to  Gobsig
25 days ago

When I think of Enron I think about Pittsfield

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Pittsfield Plummett
25 days ago

You nailed it.

Last edited 25 days ago by Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Charles Kronick
24 days ago

Really this is on point for me. No one wants to appear the fool when the rest are voting with the smartest one in the room. Meanwhile, we bank on hypothetical future values turning a blind eye to taxation based on now inflated home values and unfunded debt. That’s the Enron Culture.

Chuck Garivaltis
Chuck Garivaltis
Reply to  Gobsig
24 days ago

Oh, my, Gobsig, I think I have one better. I started going to Clapp Park when I was 6 years of age. I remember Donnie Troy, Art Ditmar. Rit Arpante, Cy Gorman, Fred Broaderick. Great athletes who were Clapp Park kids. Hanging around the park is how we learned our skills. There were park leagues and the city champion received a team bus trip to Fenway Park or Yankee Stadium to see a game. They were one day trips. After the game the bus returned to Pittsfield.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  Chuck Garivaltis
23 days ago

What about Frank the horse?

Chuck Garivaltis
Chuck Garivaltis
Reply to  Pittsfield Plummett
24 days ago

Thanks, Plummett, Not important to me. Hopefully it will be after a Pittsfield personality who brings pride to our city. That does not always happen. UI know, I’ve been here for 87 years.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  danvalenti
25 days ago

Tyer was give the keys to the city but now it’s time to change the locks

Chuck Garivaltis
Chuck Garivaltis
Reply to  danvalenti
24 days ago

Thanks, Harris and Dan. I have 3 great names for this kind of recognition. They are: Larry Bossidy, Don Morehead, and Ray Woitkowski.These 3 were good enough to play anyplace in America. At any level, too.

Thomas More
Thomas More
Reply to  danvalenti
23 days ago

you and chuck are not talking about the same donny. chuck’s donny was a hellova football and baseball player. your donny was……well

Chuck Garivaltis
Chuck Garivaltis
Reply to  Thomas More
24 days ago

Right on target, Thomas. Did we attend Pomeroy Jr. High together?

Thomas More
Thomas More
Reply to  Chuck Garivaltis
23 days ago

yes

JoeKapanski
JoeKapanski
26 days ago

Dan, nice reply, and I extend my hat to Chuck for a life well lived, and may he have many more years of the good life. As to The Pitts, I am afraid we are done for, at least for the rest of our lives- bums on every corner, illegals everywhere, people that can’t speak English playing soccer in the parks, shootings out of control, taxes through the roof, and for all intents and purpose, and absent mayor, and useless council.

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
Reply to  JoeKapanski
26 days ago

Thank you, Chuck Garivaltis, along with all of the legendary leaders of old school Pittsfield politics of long-ago generations. I am sorry that Chuck Garivaltis lived to see the provincial one (Democrat) party state and local corrupt system of failed government in Pittsfield and beyond in 2022. The most important quality about Chuck Garivaltis is that he is a decent and good man.

Chuck Garivaltis
Chuck Garivaltis
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
24 days ago

Thanks, Jonathon, But it is my guess I have seen Pittsfield’s best days.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
25 days ago

Biden’s got the Kung Flu. Malarkey and Lieawatha Warren were on the same plane.

“Kamala Harris Smiles and Giggles While Talking About Joe Biden Getting COVID (Video)”
https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/07/kamala-harris-smiles-giggles-talking-joe-biden-getting-covid-video/

You voted for this, Democrats.

Last edited 25 days ago by Mad Trapper
Pittsfield Plummett
Pittsfield Plummett
Reply to  Mad Trapper
25 days ago

When Donald got the Kung Fu he left the hospital and had his security people drive him around Washington DC in a limo while he grinned and waved out the window like an incredible fool. The whole world was laughing, and some, like myself, still are.

Get Over It
Get Over It
Reply to  Pittsfield Plummett
25 days ago

Not as much as they are laughing at Sleepy Joe

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Pittsfield Plummett
25 days ago

If you recall President Trump did that to counter the evil media who were saying he was at death’s door. There was no drooling or concern from the media when President Trump got COVID. They didn’t care if he lived or died, but they did want to spread their malicious message.

The Biden administration has no interest in where Biden got COVID. He could have brought back a new strain from the Arab world. It’s amazing their lack of wanting to know how it happened when Americans were subjected to unbelievable scrutiny when we got the virus.

Pittsfield Plummett
Pittsfield Plummett
Reply to  Pat
25 days ago

I recall watching on Tv last night how Trump led the Oath keepers into Washington to take over our government. Didja see that Pat? Or did you obey Fox news and refuse to watch it?

Biden Brain Fog
Biden Brain Fog
Reply to  Pittsfield Plummett
25 days ago

You have the fog

Biden Brain Fog
Biden Brain Fog
Reply to  Pat
25 days ago

He got it sniffing women’s hair!

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Pittsfield Plummett
25 days ago

I never got jabbed, so I’m less likely to get sick, or die.

Pittsfield Plummett
Pittsfield Plummett
Reply to  Mad Trapper
25 days ago

Seriously? You don’t think you are sick?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Pittsfield Plummett
25 days ago

Not mentaly, as You have been,…… since infacancy/birth.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Pittsfield Plummett
25 days ago

When they gonna ban , bicycles?

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Mad Trapper
25 days ago

I’m not worried about any politician who get COVID because, unlike our relatives, they will receive only the best treatment with complete access to any drug they need.

Do bees Grey
Do bees Grey
Reply to  Pat
25 days ago

Yes Pat. And don’t forget. You pay for it.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Pat
25 days ago

they need remdesivirBy Maggie Fox, CNN, kills ya in two weeks.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mad Trapper
25 days ago

they need remdesivir “By Maggie Fox, CNN”, kills ya in two weeks.

meam while thosannds died,ivermectrin was available…

Pittsfield Plummett
Pittsfield Plummett
Reply to  Mad Trapper
25 days ago

but a lot of horses lived

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Pittsfield Plummett
25 days ago

You are a horse’s rectum, QED.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Mad Trapper
25 days ago

They gave my mother Remdesivir. It did nothing to help her.

Pittsfield Plummett
Pittsfield Plummett
Reply to  Pat
25 days ago

Trump and his family sure did so you are probably right about the others.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Pat
25 days ago

ivermectin. zinc, Vits A and D

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Pat
25 days ago

I’ve got qeuercetin, zinc, Vits A and D and multivamins

Biden Brain Fog
Biden Brain Fog
Reply to  Mad Trapper
25 days ago

He’s got the fog

Magic
Magic
25 days ago

Thank you Chuck. Hoping you are doing well.
Thank you Dan for his story.

Do bees Grey
Do bees Grey
Reply to  Magic
25 days ago

No no no. They should name the Park after the G Man. After all,it is under water.

Chuck Garivaltis
Chuck Garivaltis
Reply to  Magic
24 days ago

Thanks, Majic, I’m doing okay and soon hope to breakfast with Dan.

Bethany Trudeau
Bethany Trudeau
25 days ago

https://berkshireeagle-ma.newsmemory.com?selDate=20220722&goTo=A01&artid=1

Official vagina inspector for girls who just graduated 8th grade.

The City I Hate
The City I Hate
25 days ago

They just don’t make men like they used to. I grew up when men/male daddies got up every day and went to work so they could take care of their families. They fixed everything that needed fixing around the house. They changed the oil in the car. They changed flat tires. They cut and stacked cords of wood for the fireplace. They replaced the broken window when a baseball somehow went through it. They cleaned the pool and threw you in. They weren’t whiners, and they didn’t want you to be a whiner. After an 8–10-hour workday daddies came home, dragged out the lawnmower and cut the grass and then showered in time for family dinner, which was served, on the table, every day between 5-7, depending on what time daddy would be home from work. Everyone was expected to sit down to dinner together. Daddies always had the answers to help you with your homework. Daddies took you fishing and put the yucky squirming worm on the hook for you and took the trashing fishy off the hook for you and assured you the fish would be ok when he threw it back into the water to swim away. Real men/daddies changed your baby brother’s cloth diapers and played board games with you, read to you, and played catch. Real men/daddies took you out for cherry vanilla ice cream at Howard Johnson’s and bought you saltwater taffy. Real men/daddies took you to the racetrack and let you pick the horse of your choice from the racing form, placed the bet for you, and gave you your winnings. They just don’t make men like they used to.

The City I Hate
The City I Hate
Reply to  danvalenti
25 days ago

Some of us were lucky enough to have real men in our lives. They did the right thing for the right reason. You could always count on them.

Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
Reply to  danvalenti
25 days ago

First, Chuck IS/WAS A JOCK. Second, all you both want to do is go back to the 1950’s. Get over it.

Cilli Clowncil
Cilli Clowncil
Reply to  danvalenti
25 days ago

Ask Chuck if he was known as the fifth ………

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  Cilli Clowncil
25 days ago

Do you mean Doyle and Smith? They each could handle a fifth and a case!

Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
Reply to  danvalenti
25 days ago

Lets just agree to disagree. Its clear Chuck is a hero of yours, which you are entitled to have.

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  danvalenti
25 days ago

Smart? His post proves you can be educated and still be an idiot.

Chuck Garivaltis
Chuck Garivaltis
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
25 days ago

No, no, Mr. Worldwide. I was a jock. Those happy days are long gone. Now I wear jockey shorts. So I go on to other interests. Dan mentioned them.
My time with Gov. Dukakis was meant to represent Pittsfield and help my hometown as well as to help Mike attain highter office. Certainly, my time on the school committee, city council, and parks commission was for the purpose of representing my hometown of Pittfield, Mass. All this was not going back to the 1950’s, but wanting to represent my hometown from the middle 1900’s to the 2000’s. It was a great tme putting together a baseball team under the tuteledge of Jim Boutin. There were so many good times bringing glory to Pittfield. That was my goal. I think I accomplished it.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  Chuck Garivaltis
25 days ago

Did you put that helmet on Dukakis?

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
24 days ago

Mr. Worldwide, how about telling all of us about how much you have contributed to the City in the past. You are always critical of everyone else, let’s hear all about your accomplishments.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  Merry & Bright
24 days ago

His heroes are real “tough guys,” You know, guys who can suppress crime and prostitution in the Cumby’s parking lot at 3AM.

Or guys who feel they got f**ked by their employer in regards to pay, so they take matter into their own hands. They steal from their employers and/or clients, to make up the difference in pay.

Mr. W doesn’t have time for sports and guys like that. He only recognizes real tough guys.

Pittsfield Plummett
Pittsfield Plummett
Reply to  The City I Hate
25 days ago

there is a guy who stands at the Walmart intersection with his girlfriend begging for handouts (almost every day for a coupla years now) Hope he is not a daddy cuz he be setting a bad example for his kid. Lotsa bad daddy beggars in Pittsfield now. They have more than enough to sponsor their own football team if the mayor would build them a new field to play on. Please mayor? A new ball field for the begging brigade? Judging by the ever increasing numbers we may have enough to start a whole league by this time next year. PCTV could televise the games and people could come here on the trains from NYC and Boston to watch…OMG, can you say “economic engine”? The Mill Town Beggars has a nice ring to it huh?

The City I Hate
The City I Hate
Reply to  Pittsfield Plummett
25 days ago

There actually is a family of beggars in the Coltsville area, a male, a female and some very young children who need money for rent, food and gas. The male looks strong enough to go to work. He’s certainly healthy enough to stand at the edge of parking lots for hours and beg for handouts. I’ve seen the female, who may be expecting another mouth to feed, rocking one of the children and dancing/frolicking with the children while the male plays music. Apparently, there aren’t any ditches to dig and section 8, SNAP, WIC, food pantries, free diapers, free breakfast/lunch programs, free health care, free daycare, free cell phones, free scooters just aren’t enough to raise a family on. On several of my trips to Europe I’ve encountered many women begging in the streets. A lot of these women have something swaddled in their arm or onto their breast? I’ve never heard a single cry from these swaddled bundles. I had to catch a very early flight one time and on my way to the airport I witnessed several vans dropping off groups of women with their swaddled bundles all over the city. These women squat on the sidewalks and board the trains begging for money all day long.

Pittsfield Plummett
Pittsfield Plummett
Reply to  The City I Hate
25 days ago

I have nothing against buskers. That guy has something to offer for his gift. I even gave him a couple bucks my own self because his music touched my soul. If he sold tickets to listen to his music I would buy one.
But I give nothing to those who sit or stand daily with their hand out. I imagine the guy with the artificial leg gets a nice disability check for around two grand a month and may make that much or more begging. All tax free. He is probably smarter than I am.

Biden Brain Fog
Biden Brain Fog
Reply to  Pittsfield Plummett
25 days ago

That’s easy to believe

levitan
levitan
Reply to  The City I Hate
25 days ago

Hezbollah deploys beggars throughout Europe to raise cash. At least used to. Makes me wonder about a suspicion been carrying some time

JoeKapanski
JoeKapanski
Reply to  Pittsfield Plummett
25 days ago

If Tyer had any balls at all, she would come out publicly, with a press conference, imploring all citizens to ignore all these layabouts. There are freebies galore out there and as long as people continue to give these panhandlers handouts, they shall remain.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  JoeKapanski
25 days ago

All her ARPA giveaways will draw more hobosexuals to Pittsfield.

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  Pittsfield Plummett
25 days ago

That kid to daddy: hey daddy, check out all the “ now hiring signs all around us”. Daddy: shut up kid and beg.

Cilli Clowncil
Cilli Clowncil
Reply to  The City I Hate
25 days ago

I think she was talking about Ward Cleaver damn who by the way who is accused of being hard on the beaver the night before during breakfast by his wife.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  The City I Hate
24 days ago

We can make it like they used to”

Al A. Bye
Al A. Bye
25 days ago

Anyone out begging today is really in danger.

Last edited 25 days ago by Al A. Bye
Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Al A. Bye
25 days ago

I’d really want to fill my old fire extinguisters with piss 1/2 way at 150 psi, and cool them down.

Pittsfield Plummett
Pittsfield Plummett
Reply to  Al A. Bye
25 days ago

In danger of what? Becoming wealthy?

Joetaxpayer
Joetaxpayer
Reply to  Pittsfield Plummett
25 days ago

True. Pittsfield should invest in some signage at the panhandlers hotspots, instructing motorists not to give any money to them. They can give there money to local charities and homeless shelters instead. They are hurting the panhandlers, many who are addicted to drugs and alcohol. I have seen this signs in Saratoga and Holyoke. It couldn’t hurt.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Pittsfield Plummett
25 days ago

cool YOU down

I’ll do a few refills, just for YOU!!!!

Last edited 25 days ago by Mad Trapper
juicylucy
juicylucy
25 days ago

Remo,

the pinnacle of corruption.

PuppetSperay
PuppetSperay
Reply to  juicylucy
25 days ago

Wowzer. Julie Boyd was picked over G Wiz and Chuck for grand parade marshal.

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
25 days ago

Dan,
Beautiful write up on CG! Imagine what it would be like here in Pittsfield right now if we had a few more CG’s types with the same morals, values and thinking I enjoy reading every post he makes on any subject on here. I just wish the younger people would listen twice as much as they speak when it comes to people who have been there and done that.

Cilli Clowncil
Cilli Clowncil
Reply to  Optimus Prime
25 days ago

Really you want to be mid eighties living in a shit-hole.

Chuck Garivaltis
Chuck Garivaltis
Reply to  Cilli Clowncil
24 days ago

No, no Cilus. That’s not what Optimus meant. By the way, there’s nothing wrong with being in the mid-80’s of age. We’re still breathing.

Gobsig
Gobsig
25 days ago

The smart money says Alf’s signs went missing because people really didn’t want them on their property.

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  Gobsig
25 days ago

I’ve heard some people that did have up his signs made them disappear themselves because of the stunt he pulled using a woman’s death and blaming Bowler for it.

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
25 days ago

So far current da wrong way has pretty much stayed behind the scenes while Maura has been stumping in the Berkshires for governor. Was it Maura who told her to back off because she didn’t want to be seen with the da or did Wrong Way not want it to be seen as piggybacking off Maura’s campaign ? Harrington was seen, but not heard so far at the events.

Yuseless
Yuseless
Reply to  Optimus Prime
25 days ago

Word is Harrington is still trying to get a job lined up.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  Yuseless
23 days ago

Welcome to Wal-Mart

The school committee
The school committee
25 days ago

Don Trump was trying to save America from?????????

Melania
Melania
Reply to  The school committee
24 days ago

Himself

Pat
Pat
Reply to  The school committee
24 days ago

Trump was trying to save America from the Communists and globalists because we see the damage they are doing to our country. Crime is skyrocketing thanks to the far left’s go-easy on the criminals policies and globalist/Communist George Soros has been spreading go-easy on the criminals District Attorneys across the country to soften us up for a takeover by the Commies and the globalists. Crime is just the tip of the iceberg with all of the other damage they are doing to our country.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  The school committee
24 days ago

From the Communists and Globalists spreading crime, inflation, and government control over the people of this country for an eventual takeover by these dangerous people.

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

Democracy is under attack….wake up Pat

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  The school committee
23 days ago

“Democracy” is the most misused word in the modern lexicon. We live in a constitutional republic the founders made it very clear they thought democracy was a terrible form of government and went to great lengths to differentiate what they
created from a democracy.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Optimus Prime
23 days ago

Still a democracy.

Biden Brain Fog
Biden Brain Fog
Reply to  The school committee
24 days ago

Your brain fog

laughingstock
laughingstock
24 days ago

Harrington has a follower on twitter who likes all her posts named Liberty Lover.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  laughingstock
24 days ago

It amazes me that these people think they are fighting for freedom when they are actually putting the government noose tighter and tighter around us. “Abortion is about Freedom” these misguided women scream across the country while at the same time they are part of an agenda that wants to strip us of gun rights, make us all dependent on big government for our every need, and get rid of any speech that disagrees with their agenda. It just shows how these people just aren’t that smart and/or they are extremely brainwashed.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  laughingstock
24 days ago

There are 3 reasons why these people think they are fighting for freedom with this far left Communist/Globalist agenda. They are stupid, brainwashed, or they know exactly what is happening and they are in it for the money, getting it and/or keeping their money under threats from the far left to stay quiet and keep voting Democrat.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  laughingstock
24 days ago

Women were also fooled and/or used in the 1960’s during the so-called sexual revolution. Women should be free to have sex with anyone at any time was the message, but in order to do that, people like Hugh Hefner and the other promoters of women’s sexual freedom knew that abortion on demand would be very necessary because these men didn’t want offspring from every woman they had sex with. The Playboy Mansion was a revolving door of women being used for sex while being told it was actually giving them sexual freedom.

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Pat
24 days ago

Pat, will you be voting for Donald Trump if he runs in 2024? Do you still feel strongly that he is a great leader and savior for America?

Pat
Pat
Reply to  fizzlehead
24 days ago

I’ll vote for anybody who runs against Joe Biden who is NOT a far leftist. I’d vote for Joe Manchin because that guy is a very intelligent ADULT.

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

You must be at the top of the wealth pyramid Pat

Biden Brain Fog
Biden Brain Fog
Reply to  The school committee
23 days ago

Not after Bidenflation kicked in.
# brain fog

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Biden Brain Fog
23 days ago

The wealthy win both ways…..you still defending the weak poor powerless wealthy

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  The school committee
23 days ago

You sound like your at the top of the crazy pyramid with most of your posts.

Biden Brain Fog
Biden Brain Fog
Reply to  fizzlehead
23 days ago

I’ll be voting for a green new deal lunatic so we can live in the green New Stone Age.

The Squadron
The Squadron
24 days ago

NEWSBREAK: District Attorney Andrea Harrington-backed DA Marilyn Mosby and her policies have been overwhelmingly rejected by Maryland voters. Harrington made what happens in MD relevant to the Bekshhas when she tweeted:

“Seeing the justice system used against @MarilynMosbyEsq is scary for those of us taking on the status quo.”

Anyone paying attention is still shaking their heads that Harrington used the power of her position to champion someone who was indicted by federal prosecutors and then implied that they were corrupt. What was overlooked in this story locally is that Mosby was indicted by a Biden appointed African American US Attorney.

Berkshire County voters face the same dilemma that those in Baltimore did: Do we vote the District Attorney out because she is inept or because she is so untrustworthy?

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  danvalenti
24 days ago

She’s as transparent as a pane of glass. If the person is black and criminally charged in a crime, in DA Wrong Way’s world, the criminal justice system is out to get them regardless of the facts and circumstances.

She has a proven track record to: Marilyn Mosby, LaQuan Johnson, JC Chadwell, black female (racial hoax Simon Rock). Plus, let’s not forget these two Harrington nuggets:

*A white guy (Lonnie Durfee) recklessly burned haybales and was punished to the fullest extent of the law. Durfee was given 2 years in jail.

*Armed, career felon, David Moody (black male) was offered a gift of 3.5 years in jail for multiple felony charges, to include felon in possession of a firearm. He was facing a minimum-mandatory 12.5 years in jail.

As they say, the proof is in the pudding.

Last edited 24 days ago by Markus Aurelius
Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
24 days ago

Yes! A criminal is a criminal no matter what they look like, but progressive da’s like Harrington and activists want you to believe otherwise.

Teedoff
Teedoff
Reply to  Optimus Prime
24 days ago

There are all kinds of criminals. Career ones, accidental ones, inept ones, ones with a record, young ones, old ones, remorseful ones, those under stress, those who didn’t hurt anyone, ones who helped, ones who didn’t, ones who are sick…All of these things are relevant but NOT race!

gotcha22
gotcha22
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
24 days ago

Ironically, in her three short years in office, DA Harrington created racism in the Berkshire County justice system.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  gotcha22
24 days ago

It goes to show that the money George Soros put towards a$$-clowns like DA Wrong Way, is doing it’s intended purpose. Creating unsafe areas and racial division.

Soros just needed morally bankrupt people like Harrington, Mosby, Gascon, and Boudin, to help “spread the message.”

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Yusless
Yusless
Reply to  The Squadron
24 days ago

Laquan Johnson had his murder charge dismissed under Andrea Harrington. Andrea Harrington allowed Laquan Johnson to plead guilty to a drive-by shootting and got probation.
Laquan Johnson is being held without bail on a murder charge.

In Andrea Harrington’s Berkshire Colunty repeat criminals go free to kill.

How many people with lengthy rap sheets are allowed to plead down charges or go free under Andrea Harrington? Too bad for victims and their loved ones, we don’t have a database like this one in Baltimore.

In Marilyn Mosby’s Baltimore, Repeat Criminals Go Free to Kill
A majority of the city’s murders since 2015 were committed by suspects who should have been in prison.By Sean Kennedy
July 22, 2022 6:09 pm ET

Baltimore isn’t the country’s murder capital—that distinction belongs to St. Louis—but it’s close. Charm City has recorded more than 2,500 homicides since 2015. Many of these killings could have been prevented, my analysis of court records and police data suggests, if the justice system had worked as intended.
Look no further than the case of Deonte Walker, convicted of the January 2020 murder of Justin Antonio Johnson. Less than three years before the killing, Mr. Walker was charged with at least 10 counts, and possibly more. (Under a 2020 Maryland law, criminal charges that don’t result in a conviction are suppressed from the state’s judiciary case search tool.) The office of State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby cut him a deal in exchange for a guilty plea to two charges: robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.
Although Mr. Walker faced a maximum sentence of 15 years for each count, he received only two years and was freed months before he killed Johnson. He was found guilty in December 2021 of second-degree murder and firearms offenses and sentenced to 50 years in prison.

Baltimore’s murders are typically committed by criminals with lengthy rap sheets, who often serve minimal time or are released early. These repeat offenders should be locked up but aren’t, thanks to the dereliction of progressive prosecutors like Ms. Mosby.
Using a database of homicide defendants provided by the transparency nonprofit Baltimore Witness, I analyzed the criminal histories of 110 suspects charged with homicide in Baltimore between January 2019 and July 2020. My analysis indicates that the majority of the city’s murders didn’t have to happen.
Ninety of the defendants whose histories I examined had previously been convicted of an offense carrying a sentence of three or more years in prison. Most didn’t serve anywhere near that time. They were back on the street when the homicides they are charged with were committed, but they should have been behind bars.
More than half (77) of the 110 homicide defendants whose cases I examined were previously convicted of serious crimes under Ms. Mosby. At least 61 of those 77 were convicted of an offense whose eligible jail term, if served in full, would have made it impossible for them to commit their alleged homicides.
Ms. Mosby, who decries mass incarceration and decriminalized a slew of quality-of-life crimes by fiat in 2020, makes frequent use of a loophole in state sentencing rules to keep criminals out of prison. Under a “binding plea agreement,” Maryland prosecutors can deem a sentence “compliant” if it falls short of the guidelines range, or even the statutory mandatory minimum term. All that needs to happen is for the prosecutor and defense counsel to agree to the plea before taking it to the judge.
At that point, the judge retains veto power only. If the judge accepts the defendant’s guilty plea, the agreed-on sentence can’t be altered. By dropping charges that carry hefty prison sentences, prosecutors like Ms. Mosby can cut offenders loose without running afoul of the rules at all.
Baltimore’s police department is overwhelmed. It’s been able to solve and arrest a suspect in only 1 of 3 killings since 2015. But most suspected killers are well known to law enforcement—more than 80% of identified suspects have criminal arrest records, a quarter were on parole or probation at the time of the murder, and in 2019 13% were suspects in prior homicides.
In last week’s Democratic primary, Baltimore’s voters delivered their own verdict on Ms. Mosby, who is currently under federal indictment for perjury. With a few ballots left to count, Democrats rejected Ms. Mosby and her policies by a 2 to 1 margin. Her likely successor, Ivan Bates, has promised to reverse most of Ms. Mosby’s policies and tackle the city’s violence by jailing more gun and repeat offenders.
That change is welcome, but it will come too late for Justin Antonio Johnson, and for too many Baltimore murder victims who might be alive if their killers had served the prison sentences they earned.
Mr. Kennedy is a visiting fellow at the Maryland Public Institute and author of the recent study “Baltimore’s Preventable Murders: The Role of Prior Convictions and Sentencing in Future Homicides.”

Pat
Pat
24 days ago

Another political stunt by Gavin Newsom allowing private citizens to sue anyone who manufactures, sells, transports or distributes illegal “assault weapons and ghost guns” while his far left District Attorneys in California have been allowing dangerous criminals to go free to continue their killing spree.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  Pat
24 days ago

Exactly, just a political stunt. So, when a vibrant, dynamic, citizen, like LaQuan Johnson, shoots and kills one of my family members, what would I sue him for?

His Mr.T gold jewelry starter kit? His EBT card? The opportunity to support his 6 illegitimate kids?

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
24 days ago

We should sue these far left District Attorneys and judges, even governors, who are destroying the justice system in this country.

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

With the justice system destroyed in this country, how could we sue them. They are the system.

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Pat
24 days ago

but he did not start, promote or exacerbate any insurrections on the capitol building on Jan 6th or even the day after. It was somebody else though I cannot remember the name. Perhaps yo do though.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  fizzlehead
23 days ago

Pelousey

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Mad Trapper
23 days ago

And Schumer since they both knew about potential threats for January 6th, but Nance and Schumer sat on that information to cause all kinds of trouble. The public doesn’t know that since we’re only getting a one sided trial from this January 6th Committee.

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Pat
23 days ago

One sided? Cheney and Kinsinger are the two smartest republicans in the country. And Mark Meadows, Trumps hand picked Chief of Staff, did not want to put any others on the panel. Hardly one sided. What was one sided was all the Trumpalites who stormed the capital on Trumps command. They were ALL Trumps followers and kool-aid drinkers.

(no thumbs down please)

thank you ahead of time

Breaking News
Breaking News
24 days ago

The Lenox vice principal left because he was having an affair with a parent. She works in another school district.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  Breaking News
24 days ago

He ain’t the first school
Administrator to leave for similar reasons, in these parts. Just saying, but I ain’t naming names. It happens.

The school committee
The school committee
24 days ago

Planetvalenti is locked in to FOX mainstream fascism following order from the misinformation corporate elite lying to the little people of FOX Nation….

levitan
levitan
Reply to  danvalenti
23 days ago

Another J6 prisoner committed suicide. That’s fascism for U. A gulag in D.C.

Fascism How-to
Step 1: entrapment
Step 2: imprison mass, no trial, no formal charges. Indefinite/permanent
Step 3: slander the victims
Step 4: forget about them and wait for them to die

Relevant report from APMRF regarding defensive act taken against zombie wearing Easter Bunny costume head wandering North St. Indigenous zombie club unavailable. Evasive action taken.

Biden Brain Fog
Biden Brain Fog
Reply to  The school committee
24 days ago

You got the fog bad bubba.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  The school committee
23 days ago

Dan,do you believe the Trump lie?

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

Good point about which one.The one that resulted in 1/6/2021….

Ozias Vincelette
Ozias Vincelette
Reply to  The school committee
23 days ago

Who tells the truth? What is truth?

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Ozias Vincelette
23 days ago

We know the truth of the election.There are 56 cases where the evidence of democrats stealing the election were brought to court…..Oh boy,not you too Chuck

Ozias Vincelette
Ozias Vincelette
Reply to  The school committee
23 days ago

That is your truth. Other people have their own truth. Tough to value your truth when you hide behind a pseudonym.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Ozias Vincelette
23 days ago

Seems to me that we argue about some truths, and agree on many more others.

TSC: we could agree that courts, with all their variabilities, are not arbiters of Truth. They do have some authority on quality most of the time.

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Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  danvalenti
22 days ago

Moore vs Harper. It”s to my point. Are state courts compliant with the Constitution when they arbitrate state elections? Some say “no”

Last edited 22 days ago by Charles Kronick
The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Ozias Vincelette
22 days ago

Pittsfield is not a place to use your name when making opinions.Likely to cost a job or family a job….thats why most people sit in silence.

James
James
24 days ago

How is Andrea Harrington’s campaign a “grassroots campaign” across Berkshire County when 80%-90% or more of her campaign contributions are from outside the county? Does she know what it means?

Wikipedia

A grassroots movement is one that uses the people in a given district, region or community as the basis for a political or economic movement. Grassroots movements and organizations use collective action from the local level to effect change at the local, regional, national or international level.

Dam The Damned
Dam The Damned
Reply to  James
24 days ago

Well the C G that has made an impression over the years is to be complimented the last few years fighting for us citizens,.No not Charlie G but Craig G the wizard, for saving tens of millions with a quality product in the eighties right through to today. How do we know,the water is perfect” and meets every standard for forty plus years.He says save tens again? I believe him. Let the co builder in the plant. See if he can help.

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  James
23 days ago

Well, she can’t run on saying the money is not coming from a grass roots campaign because she would have to admit not many from her own community wants her to remain in the position after the results of her justice reform experiment have shown to be a disaster.She as usual is once again trying to bs the people.
Nothing new since taking office for her.

Last edited 23 days ago by Optimus Prime
Yuseless
Yuseless
Reply to  Optimus Prime
23 days ago

One of Harrington’s many bs lies is that before she arrived police and prosecutors did nothing but focus on minor crimes.

Yuseless
Yuseless
Reply to  Yuseless
23 days ago

So to summarize…Andrea Harrington supported LA DA Gascon, currently under second recall.
Harrington supported San Francisco DA Boudin, recalled.
Harrington supported Baltimore DA Marilyn Mosby, defeated in election this week.
All these Harrington supported DAs have sat by and watched as violence and crime have increased during their tenures. Several have no prior experience as prosecutors. The majority prefer to ignore some criminal laws entirely. Our turn to vote Harrington out is just weeks away!!

Uh oh
Uh oh
24 days ago

Tyer pissing away taxpayer money AGAIN!

This is Helen Moon’s husband. People that trademarked a long standing public term then sued people.
F*** Tyer, handgun moon, and the city giving out taxpayer money to friends and family.

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fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Uh oh
23 days ago

She might argue that that is not taxpayer money once she gets her hands on it. She seems absolutely giddy and delirious when she comes up with another huge dole out to one of her “buddies.” Probably wears a Santa Claus suit around her house.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Uh oh
23 days ago

Ten minutes on the Us trademark patent website tells you that Fire Cider is the weakest trade term, not likely guaranteed. You cannot trademark a term that is currently in use. Trademarks, like copyrights, are protections not licenses. They exist with or without fed. recognition.

More to point, why did the City give them tax benefits if they had $100,000 to blow on such a ridiculous and irresponsible lawsuit?

I’m wondering what brand damage happened when they declared war on the fire cider industry.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
23 days ago

Who is going to buy their bonds?

Especially gov bonds contingent on the US dollar and economy? Would they accept US dollars?

China has been trying to do this for decades. Russia India Brazil south Africa combined still likely lack the stability to suggest hoarding their script.

S. Africa, russia are rich in gold and diamonds but are they willing flood the markets on that device? Their value is dependent on artificially restricted supply. China has the best leverage: cheap crap and human organs exports. Not sure if even their citizens would tolerate a global status.

Ask more questions: economists are terrible at predicting unwanted consequences of big ideas. Their predictions may be worse than Putin’s.

Last edited 23 days ago by Charles Kronick
fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Charles Kronick
23 days ago

The city of Pittsfield gets all its financial advice from the Barry/Kerwood team and it may take a thousand years to pay off the interest on loans taken for shit the city never needed.

Private Sect
Private Sect
Reply to  fizzlehead
23 days ago

Co founder viet vets group here, Williams College MCLA grad And bcc Grad jJoined the military under General Westmoreland and Colin Powell General Abrams, help save the city of Pittsfield hundred million plus dollars working for Krofta Water As co-designer builder and many plants around the U S and World as well. Formally taught at Pittsfield high school and at the Lenox Institute, taught science,chemistry physics and biology. Taught Catechism at the former Saint Marks school. Has personally met and worked with President Lyndon Johnson,Gonenor Michael Dukakis and Senator John Kerry.., continues to persevere at the city Council meetings on behalf of the tax and rate payers,just to name a few accomplishments. He was also an accomplished musician as a drummer and was in many marching bands here in the city as a youth. C G has accomplished a few things. He’s known affectionately on here as The Wiz.

This is my new name
This is my new name
23 days ago

It’s Sunday and not a peep or a promotion in the local media about the fabulous Third Thursday hosted last week.

Could it be because no one even cares anymore? Perhaps because (I hear) it’s become the most boring, overrated city-hosted event imaginable?

Moving it to The Common was a nail in the coffin. For a city so hellbent on downtown revitalization, I wonder whose bright idea it was to relocate the one and only event that brought hoards of people downtown away from North St.

Actually, never mind. The City of Pittsfield doesn’t give a rats ass about its downtown anymore.

I wonder how many dorks waited at the train station to video the train from NYC arriving. A train. Arriving at a train station. Oh the wonder.

Private Sect
Private Sect
Reply to  This is my new name
23 days ago

Possible catastrophe at Onota lake. Pray for the youngster.

Uh Oh
Uh Oh
Reply to  This is my new name
23 days ago

Just an FYI the NYC flyer or whatever it’s called had 9 passengers this last trip.
All you have to do it look up purchasing seats an 15 min before the trip to see how many people are on the train. No great fanfare about that.