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WHEW! BARBALUNGA V. BOWLER: ‘MOST VIEWED’ VIDEO ON YOUTUBE; SHERIFF HEAVYWEIGHTS SHAKE, RATTLE, AND ROLL; PLANET WAKES UP A SLEEPY ELECTORATE

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY AUG. 10, 2022) — Whew.

Raucous it was.

As of 9:49 p.m. Tuesday night, THE PLANET-sponsored sheriffs’ debate had 1,152 views on YouTube (don’t have Facebook numbers yet). When it comes times for an Emmy, we shall consider sending a Native American woman to accept on our behalf. We have Sen. Elizabeth Warren in mind. Keep in mind it was posted roughly at the same time the night before, and that probably a dozen of the 20-24 hours were sleep/wake up time, when “normal” people, wherever they might be, are trying to get out of a nightmare or preparing their Pop Tarts in the microwave.


If you haven’t seen this debate yet, go to our YouTube channel. On the YouTube search window, simply type in “A PLANET VALENTI PRODUCTION” and it will come up, usually as the first video.


THE PLANET‘s debate was between incumbent Pudge Bowler and challenger Alf Barbalunga, in case you hadn’t heard. Both are known political entities, each with big-time support, each spending what will be north of a hundred Gs to get a position due for a big state pay raise in the not too distant future. Egos, bragging rights, hides on the walls, and $Money$ — a lot’s at stake.

Given how much of an issue public safety has become throughout the county, especially in the Third World city of Pittsfield, THE PLANET did something we had never done before: We decided to up the ante and sponsor a debate. We moderated  countless of these on radio, TV, and the internet for other organizations — public, private, and commercial — but never had we assumed the additional roles of backer, organizer, producer, and director. That’s a whole other deal. We learned much, especially what’s involved in dealing with two opposition camps that HATE each other (not a word we use lightly).

The job of organizer and sponsor involves a combination of phone calls; resources human, technical, and monetary; a million texts and emails; in-person meetings; negotiations; running Dr. Kissinger-like shuttle diplomacy; hunting down a venue; sending press invitations; issuing press releases; doing a sound and video pre-check; and 1,001 things I can’t recall at the moment.

And guess what? We’d do it again in a heartbeat.

As producer, we set it up under our own rules, not the straight jackets that get put on the center chair by your typical sponsoring organizations, God bless ’em.

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Fortunately, our event was a smashing success.  How do I know? Several indicators:

  • Record amount of traffic on THE PLANET (readership and comments).
  • YouTube and Facebook viewings.
  • The now-famous handshake photo, taken by master photog Ben Garver of the Berkshire Eagle. It should get a Pulitzer.
  • Team Alf’s feedback: “[Y]ou did deliver on what you promised, and we recognize and appreciate that.”
  • Team Pudge’s feedback: a well-intended emotional “protect my man” from the sheriff’s sister (campaign manager) and his wife.
  • Press coverage, especially the outstanding work of the Berkshire Eagle‘s best reporter, Amanda Burke. Note to Kevin Moran and publisher Fred Rutberg (who by the way in the same edition had an excellent column about his connection to legendary NFL ref Art McNally): Give Amanda an immediate raise … before we hire her away. She’s a keeper.
  • Anecdotal feedback. Seems that everyone has either viewed our video, read about the 15-rounder, or heard about the furor, or seen Garver’s photo.

Even if our efforts had flopped, it would have still left us with the priceless fulfillment that comes from giving something your best shot, as the ballplayers say, “leaving it all out on the field.”

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Of course, moderating a debate (to say nothing of producing it) is as thankless a task as one would want, short of being the equipment manager for Kamikaze pilots. You’re a sitting duck for them “shoot the messenger” types who can’t handle the results of your efforts (not the effort itself). If that moderator is a Big Boy, he accepts the slings and arrows at face value and moves on from there. Simple as that. Campaigns need to be managed by people who won’t get emotional or reactive. Much better to remain cool and objective, especially if they truly want to help their client. The candidates can’t do their best unless they have that steady hand, especially during turbulence.

On that score, Team Alf scored a knockout. Their boy got equal reception from THE PLANET‘s hot seat (some thought more). Brandon Mauer, who heads Barbalunga’s managerial team, attended the debate and understood the nature of such beasts. Donna Mattoon, Pudge’s sister who also serves as his manager, did not attend, yet she led a barrage against us. That did a disservice to her brother, who we thought defended himself well against Barbalunga’s relentless assault on the issues.

Being both family and #1 political adviser generally doesn’t work, not in a campaign such as this one. Pudge did himself well in the debate, but his sister’s reaction wasn’t a good look for him. Bowler’s a Man’s Man and doesn’t need skirts offered to hide him. Donna can wear protective-sister hat and campaign-manager hat, but not at the same time. Not with this debate. Bowler’s first time around, he faced former state rep. Dan Bosley. It wasn’t much of a contest, and the debates were lame snooze-fests. Pudge’s second time, did he even have opposition. He’d never been in a REAL, Major League Debate. Funny. He knew the score. His sister didn’t.

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Fact is, this forum was a tremendous public service. Until Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. Election Day, it will allow the electorate the chance to see more of the “real persons” behind the tame, mealy-mouthed postures candidates far too often assume on the stump and in those typical “suck-up” style forums that simply have Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski rolling their eyes. No wonder most don’t vote.

Such forums are little more than “video-graphic campaign literature” — podiums, pre-screened questions, non-answers, artificial time limits, and an overall stiffness. Formalism at its worst. When THE PLANET doesn’t follow that template. We break the mold and do it in a way that produces better results. If we are charged with trying to wake-up a somnambulist voting public, we plead guilty.

As a moderator, we would probably be one of the last people you would ask about who “won” or “lost.” Assuming you’ve never done sit in the middle hot seat, you have no idea what it’s like. It’s kinda like trying to thread a needle in a hurricane. Lots going on that viewers don’t know.

Whew.

Until the next one.

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“Remember to look up at the stars and now down at your feet”Stephen Hawking.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
3 months ago

I should have run for Berkshire County Sheriff too so I could attack Tom Bowler too in hopes of me winning the plum position that pays over $200,000 in public pay plus perks. If I won, I would get to play Pittsfield politics while “Rome continues to burn” over the next 6 years, but I could blame Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington for it all too. 12 years ago, Dan Bosley’s failed run for Berkshire County Sheriff was sarcastically described as Boss Hogg wanting to double his state pension. I read on a blog that Dan Bosley collects up to two state pensions plus public perks on top of his 6-figure salary as a Greedy registered lobbyist on Beacon Hill. It pays well to be a politically connected Democrat in Massachusetts politics whether you are Tom Bowler, Alf Barbalunga, or Boss Hogg. All three of these do-nothing corrupt career politicians belong in the public payroll patriots’ Hall of Shame!

Get Over It
Get Over It
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
3 months ago

99.9999% of Pittsfield residents dont know or care who you are.

Milt Plum
Milt Plum
Reply to  Get Over It
3 months ago

If anyone missed the debate here it is.

https://youtu.be/1rOybip5AIo

levitan
levitan
Reply to  Get Over It
3 months ago

I call this response out as uncalled for.

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
Reply to  levitan
3 months ago

I betcha y’all didn’t know that the 4 families who run Pittsfield politics pays me a lotta money to give them my advice on government. I am kinda a big deal in Palookaville. I attend secret society meetings in Naples, Florida with the Godfather of Rolodexes. I get invited to elite parties in an exclusive Gated Community neighborhood with a few feet of the Hancock border. I take a certain State Representative who likes to eat out to the Country Buffet. I shine Chrome Dome’s jewelry and big bald head. I play PAC Man with the corporate owned Congressman from Springfield. I have dinner out with Chevy Chase along with the Senator from Maryland who promised us all he will save the world with the Green New Deal. I play financial shell games with the Senator who has a plan to make the Swamp work for Main Street, but somehow Wall Street always wins. I even lend the Prez $10 trillion to spend so that big government will solve all of our problems. I am a legend in my own mind!

Alfalfa
Alfalfa
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
3 months ago

I can sell you head wax for Hinds at a discount.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  Alfalfa
3 months ago

What a great idea! Wax heads of Berkshire Brigade types. I would go to library, set a study at desk, put my wax head of TFB in front and write memos

Trump Will Be Indicted
Trump Will Be Indicted
Reply to  Get Over It
3 months ago

Just like you.

Get Over It
Get Over It
Reply to  Trump Will Be Indicted
3 months ago

Please enlighten me what i will be indicted for?

levitan
levitan
Reply to  Get Over It
3 months ago

The goal is make you FEAR that you will be indicted.

Get Over It
Get Over It
Reply to  levitan
3 months ago

Oh i do not fear them one bit. I laugh at them

levitan
levitan
Reply to  Get Over It
3 months ago

Safe to say, the target of a criminal or a thug is always one who fears.

Mr. X
Mr. X
3 months ago

Thanks DV for organizing the debate. Alf bragged about his boy Brandon Mauer with experience as a state trooper. I believe he “retired” very early on a disability pension from the state with less than 10 years experience.

Rapp Ituppp
Rapp Ituppp
Reply to  Mr. X
3 months ago

I have a debate was average at best neither candidate presented themselves to someone who really cares about the community I mean what do they do over there? Sounds like a country club all the way around. At One debate Barby says he’s wanted not to run for sheriff but rather have some kind of Governors appointment. At this debate he’s wanted to be a sheriff since he’s like a little kid? As far as the forum itself it was good exchange and appropriately moderated and give Valenti an A+.

Alfalfa
Alfalfa
Reply to  Rapp Ituppp
3 months ago

Buford T Justus?

GOB School
GOB School
Reply to  Mr. X
3 months ago

He seems to be a GOB intern waiting for his position.

Uh Oh
Uh Oh
Reply to  Mr. X
3 months ago

That’s 10 more years in law enforcement than you.

Mr. X
Mr. X
Reply to  Uh Oh
3 months ago

How do you know? 10 years or less is not much experience at anything

Rapey Ralf
Rapey Ralf
Reply to  Mr. X
3 months ago

It’s like the guy said, it’s more years than you have by 10. Stick to what you know grandpa, which ain’t much.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  Mr. X
3 months ago

What a thing to say. Michelangelo carved the Pieta at the tender age of 20?

Universal fact: it takes 10,000 hours to become a master in a discipline (outside of instruction) Doesn’t matter what – music, art, math, science, etc. Probably even applies to being a sheriff.

J Monahan
J Monahan
3 months ago

I was leaning towards voting for Alf until I did some fact Checking.. Alf misrepresented some facts and then claimed that Jack obrien was his idol and that he wouldn’t be where he was if it wasn’t for Jack… Mr Obrien was in Fact Convicted and sentenced to Prison for Corruption The Malfeasance was Spelled out for all to see.. Talk about boss hogg omg.. The 2014 Conviction was Hovever overturned in 2016 as the appeals court Ruled that Prosecutors failed to prove that the scheme to favor politically connected job candidates was a federal Crime..Although Obriens Actions were distasteful and may be against Massachusetts Personell Laws The prosecutors Failed to prove they violated Federal Law.. Where there’s Smoke there’s ..You lost My Vote Alf.. Brandon M You Are a good Guy Distance yourself from Alf And Keep him at Arms Length.. You have a Bright Future Don’t Sully Your Reputation by associating With A Wannabe Top Cop…

J Stoutman
J Stoutman
Reply to  J Monahan
3 months ago

Yeah, I read the same article, cause I remembered Obrien being found guilty. I don’t know why Alf is backing up Obrien, but he knows the guy, maybe he’s a good guy like Bowler. Guess patronage isn’t illegal. I assume the Sheriff will use Obrien’s case as his defense if he gets charged with patronage abuse, hiring from PPD and putting them in as Captains before they retire with a pension according to recent Facebook posts, giving out grant jobs to friends according to the Sheriff (not sure if anyone caught it, but that Second Street 2nd chances grant wasn’t issued until this year when BCC got it during the winter, so what does the Sheriff do switch grants at will to pay the Special Sheriff and why is he suddenly off payroll when the Second Street 2nd chances program just another $700,000 grant from Tyer and has the program actually done anything yet other than spend and collect grant money, cause there’s nothing in the Eagle yet about it?) Recent Facebook posts by people upset with the Sheriff name patronage hires, Alf calls out one during the debate, but nowhere is it proven that Alf was the benefit of illegal patronage, or that Obrien didn’t do good work as Alf claims in the debate, the point was Obrien was doing what most government officials do and showing favoritism when handing out jobs, just like the Sheriff. The Sheriff said during the debate he is building a dynasty, those were his words in the heat of the moment, one could argue that’s what Obrien did. Maybe Obrien is worse than the Sheriff, but Alf started as a corrections officer like hundreds of other people and left the department in order to have career advancement, I don’t know why you’d back the Sheriff when he acts more like Obrien than Alf does. Alf at worst is like the cop he called out during the debate, and at best just a regular Joe who got caught up in someone else’s patronage scandal when he was basically still a kid. That was what 20 years ago or more? The Sheriff is still handing out patronage jobs in present time.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  J Stoutman
3 months ago

Alf’s granny has returned with more bs….

JoeFriday
JoeFriday
Reply to  J Stoutman
3 months ago

Please name names of patronage jobs given out rather than refer to nefarious web sites. In other words, just the facts man. Who was given plumb jobs? How much do they get paid? Are they unqualified, etteffingcetera. Why isn’t Barbalungea all over this if true????

Been there, Done that
Been there, Done that
Reply to  JoeFriday
3 months ago

Alfs father is a retired, respected Judge. That’s how Alf got every position he’s had, I don’t say job because he’s never worked a day in his life. He is a joke in the court system. Pompous, rude & arrogant. What OBrien did for him is well publicized, Alf has no business being a Chief of Probation, especially following one of the greats, Paul Collins. He is loyal to OBrien because he gave him the title (again, not job, that would mean he actually works). Let’s all remember the wonderful lies that Harrington spewed while running the first time. They are cut from the same cloth and if elected, Alf will disappoint just as much, if not more. He can say whatever he wants when he has no record to run on. Let us also remember that most of the hires that Alf complains about were hired by his cousin, Carmey Massimiano! If people think they want change – think Tyer & Harrington and how that has worked out for us. Alf is one of them. Vote Tom Bowler!!!

JoeFriday
JoeFriday
Reply to  Been there, Done that
3 months ago

Everybody knows all that. Stoutman is claiming Bowler is handing out patronage jobs. I want some facts on that or I want Bowler to set the record straight.

J Stoutman
J Stoutman
Reply to  JoeFriday
3 months ago

Im bad with names, but if people want to go through Facebook posts they are there. One story told was about a job Bowler created for a k-9 handler, there was an employee with excellent k-9 handling skills and he put in for the promotion. Instead the sheriff brought a friend in from PPD to take the job, then a few years later when he retired, the employee stepped forward and asked again about filling the role and was told it wasn’t needed, the role was being removed. It’s a clear pattern if what employees post on FB is true, and at the tine I looked the names up on payroll and they were real. Im not saying they weren’t good employees but they were direct hires from PPD bypassed others waiting for promotions and some retired shortly after (you need 3 years and a certain age to get pension I believe).

J Monahan
J Monahan
Reply to  JoeFriday
3 months ago

He was… Read the Boston Newspapers Investigate Reports Also Read the Court Transcripts.. The Jack Obrien Scandal Made the Sopranos look like amateurs…Alf may have had a no show Job in Northern Berkshire Probation and at least one Judge went on Record as saying he Should have been Terminated..

J Monahan
J Monahan
Reply to  J Stoutman
3 months ago

Mr. Stoutman. Jack Obrien is Crooked period. What Bowler Did was When Assembling his Management Team He hired People That he Could Trust And yes Some People that he worked with Who were I might add highly Educated in Their Field..I just read yet another Newspaper Article regarding Candidates inner Circles.Barbalunga had Cliff Nilan at his press release when he announce his Candidacy.. Cliff was involved in a bad Scandal where he may have nefariously Protected a Bank Colleague who he was supposed to be administering Probation to. They Were both Removed from the Board of Greylock Bank due to this insidious Issue.of which I will be Kind and not mention the horrible Particulars.If I were Alf I would have Asked Cliff to sit in the back at least. If I’m not mistaken I believe The Berkshire Eagle even mentioned one or two Ex Jail employee’s in attendance one of whom may have gotten caught up with Bringing illegal Controlled Substances into the Jail.. In hindsight who can blame The Sheriff for hiring people of Trust And Integrity To His Management Team..

J Stoutman
J Stoutman
Reply to  J Monahan
3 months ago

If you go back on Facebook to July there were 4 or 5 names on there, some worked awhile then retired, sure I get he trusts them, but did he need more Captains? Jail is mostly empty, down from 400 or something to 150 or less. I don’t think it’s about trust, a neighbor of mine said the other night she isn’t voting for Bowler cause she knows too many people who got jobs at the jail they weren’t qualified for because they had connections. The Sheriff said he is building a dynasty. He spends money however he wants aa long as no laws are broken. He as much said it during the debate. You got to respect him for being honest, like DeSantis, that guy is a menace to democracy but neither is hiding who he is or what he’s doing. If he turns the US into a dictatorship some day don’t be surprised, and if Bowler gets elected and keeps handing friends $90k jobs or more, remember that’s your hard earned taxes he is spending.

Uh Oh
Uh Oh
Reply to  J Stoutman
3 months ago

Ya made the claim, back it up or you are full of it. Don’t try and pan off by saying “it was on Facebook” or I “saw it someplace” post the names.
It’s up to Alf to release the report. If Alf has nothing to hide, he’ll release his discipline report.

Alfalfa
Alfalfa
Reply to  J Monahan
3 months ago

Good advice.

Berkshire Hope
Berkshire Hope
3 months ago

Great job on moderating Dan the debate Dan . People need to realize that debates are healthy for tax payer , ( not the personal stuff, mud slinging ) and allow a process that we get answers .. 22 million dollar budget needs review , tax payers to have insight .. Any institution without oversight is doomed by corruption .. We should thank Alf for running and allowing some knowledge to what is going on at the Jail .. The personal things said about him are Disgusting , Ignorant, and wrong .. We should be grateful for his efforts to challenge incumbent.. Easy to get comfortable when no one runs against status quo .. Thank you Alf for your efforts , and taking these personal attacks in stride , and trying to bring up what is going on at an institution with a budget as (22 million ) big as the sheriff department..

Run wid it
Run wid it
3 months ago

Listen, if I were camp-man, don’t matter which camp, I’d say, run the presidents press suffering succotash!!! on the concept of

“Open Relationships”

Problem solved.

Everybody can rest assured… unless, in the event of illegal trade, then, I’d advise you, don’t run that.

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Run wid it
3 months ago

Words of wisdom. Post of the day.

Run wid it
Run wid it
Reply to  fizzlehead
3 months ago

Indiscernible?

In response to marital infidelity – it is a non-issue.
However,
If an officer is trading in humans – it’s an issue.
A Federal one.

Word

AverageJoe
AverageJoe
3 months ago

Debate was a draw, which makes it a win for Barbalunga, since he is not the incumbent. The reality is they both want the job to boost their pensions and unless you work there, or do time there, who gets the job doesn’t matter to the Average Joe.. The choice is clear though – a genuine, down to earth, competent good guy, or an egocentric GOBSIG blowhard related to Carm. Bowler should challenge Barbalunga to one of these per week, to be broadcast, because the more people see these two, together, duking it out, the more the Average Joe will readily discern which one is real, and which one is phony.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  AverageJoe
3 months ago

Doesn’t a draw work for incumbents? I thought the underdog needs to excel

Pittsfield Pl;ummett
Pittsfield Pl;ummett
Reply to  danvalenti
3 months ago

Looks to me like the challenger IS bombing.

Hell Toupee
Hell Toupee
Reply to  danvalenti
3 months ago

With Alf it’s mainly dink

AverageJoe
AverageJoe
Reply to  levitan
3 months ago

Lemme put it this way. If I fought Muhammad Ali to a draw, that’s a win for me.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  AverageJoe
3 months ago

But you don’t get the title.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
3 months ago

Dan, if you do another (and you did well my man), put them like you did Bianchi and Tyer, face to face, in chairs, nothing in between, and by the way, the best way to cook a Pop Tart is in a toaster, until crisp. Wash it down with warm coffee or chocolate milk on the rocks. Assuming you can afford milk at 6 bucks a gallon. But you can buy stale Pop Tarts at Big Lots on the cheap.

JoeFriday
JoeFriday
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
3 months ago

And that way Dan won’t catch a punch if one goes after the other because a real punch may fly in the next 15 rounder.

Lolita
Lolita
3 months ago

Thank you for hosting the debate. Bowlers entire family and campaign behave like bully’s and then cry victim, I wonder if at he campaign meetings the teach gaslighting.

Again, thank you for doing this.

Alfalfa
Alfalfa
Reply to  Lolita
3 months ago

Lolita? Must be Alf’s friend;)

J Stoutman
J Stoutman
Reply to  Alfalfa
3 months ago

Multiple people I’ve talked to are shocked by how Bowler’s supporters are behaving on Facebook, and this site, spreading rumors and lies and even attacking Alf’s supporters. If the Pope endorsed Alf, Bowler’s fans would claim the Pope was his cousin, or he made a donation to the Vatican, or he hired a guy in a suit to play the Pope. It may cost candidates both votes. I don’t see a lot of concern for the truth, actually. Notice that almost all letters in the Eagle for Bowler are from high paid Bowler employees who donated to his campaign. Bowler is building a dynasty, and the dynasty is in defense mode.

JoeFriday
JoeFriday
Reply to  J Stoutman
3 months ago

You gonna put up some facts about Bowler giving out patronage jobs, or do you not have any?

J Stoutman
J Stoutman
Reply to  JoeFriday
3 months ago

Alfie named one during the debate, Strait or Strite was the one there, hired on as Captain, there’s a list on Facebook but you gotta dig for it

JoeFriday
JoeFriday
Reply to  J Stoutman
3 months ago

I don’t do Facebook and I don’t have a horse in this race, but since your making the assertion, you ought put up or shut up. Apparently you know your way round Facebook and are backing Alffie Boy so where’s the beef?????

Bundle, Bundle, Bundle and Save
Bundle, Bundle, Bundle and Save
Reply to  JoeFriday
3 months ago

To clarify – there are NO horses, repeat no horses.

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Bundle, Bundle, Bundle and Save
3 months ago

Whadda about a horses ass? Are there any horses asses? Just to clarify.

Been there, Done that
Been there, Done that
Reply to  J Stoutman
3 months ago

Alf complained that former police officers with no experience were hired by the Sheriff. Call me crazy but isn’t a former police officer a good person to have at the jail?

Total Truth 2
Total Truth 2
Reply to  Been there, Done that
3 months ago

If they worked in the jail that would be great. They are out running around doing who knows what. It is the same thing when Dwyne left PPD with the dog went to the Sheriffs Dept as a Capt making $100 grand a year. He was never in the jail but out teaching other K9 officers. Waste of our tax dollars esp out of state trips

MrsMiaWallace
MrsMiaWallace
Reply to  J Stoutman
3 months ago

You fool.
Those of us who work in the criminal justice system and are familiar with both men know that Alf has more nerve than brains. He is an unserious spoiled brat who has been handed everything without working a day in his life. While Bowler is not perfect, he’s done a great job, much better than Carm the bully. I personally know someone who worked with his wife and told me Mrs. Carm would routinely come to work bruised and battered. While Alf’s dad was a great judge, he used all his political power to protect Alf from his own poor choices and bad behavior and to get Alf jobs, including his current position, he did not deserve. He is the worst combination of arrogance, ignorance, and entitlement. How do I know this? A front-row seat where I watched Alf grow from a dumb kid to a political hack. What more proof of his corrupt GOB is there than the probation scandal? The Globe actually called Alf out by name! Rather than being grateful for his undeserved six-figure job in a court that meets only two days a week, he feels he deserves more simply because of who he is.
He makes my skin crawl.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  MrsMiaWallace
3 months ago

Ditto!

JoeFriday
JoeFriday
Reply to  MrsMiaWallace
3 months ago

Where is the report MIa? Can you post a link?

Total Truth 2
Total Truth 2
Reply to  MrsMiaWallace
3 months ago

Everyone make mistakes when there young and dumb. I believe he has come along way as a professional and a person. If he is going to rain in the spending of 22 million a year he has got my vote

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Lolita
3 months ago

Bowler is a great leader of our jail.He is a excellent citizen of our City.He has respect for others.He is mature and smart….Its not easy to to listen to a fool make accusations.He will grin and bear it.Tom Bowler solved the jails previous problem of CARM….Thank you Sherrif Bowler for removing that egotistical and creepy carm.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  The school committee
3 months ago

Can’t believe I’m saying this…..but for once I agree with School Committee!

Hell Toupee
Hell Toupee
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
3 months ago

He can be ok if he takes the meds

Two Cents
Two Cents
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
3 months ago

Ditto!

J Stoutman
J Stoutman
Reply to  The school committee
3 months ago

I won’t defend carmen we agree there

Total Truth 2
Total Truth 2
Reply to  The school committee
3 months ago

He started out with the best foot foward but like most got wrapped up in promoting favorites ie Strucuzzi all the way to Capt because her wife was a rank now retired. Hiring X PPD at $100 grand a year not even working in the jail.

J Monahan
J Monahan
Reply to  Lolita
3 months ago

Bully ? I believe that Alf Played the Role of the Bully even attempting to hurl Insults at the Sheriff’s Wife who I Might add Was Sitting By her Husband’s Side At The Table.. Thankfully The Sheriff Stopped Alf in his Tracks..

j monahan
j monahan
Reply to  J Monahan
3 months ago

I’d like to add that in Alfs Press Release he vowed to never engage in personal and petty attacks on his opponent and right out of the Gate he attempts to blame the Sheriffs office for the Death of a female in Chicopee who incidentally was sent there by Alfs team in southern Berkshire Court.. this Was nothing more than Shameful on Alfs Part..

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
Reply to  J Monahan
3 months ago

Alf has been trained well by his father the “famous judge”. Same arrogant egotistical attitude, feels woman should be put in their place and only called upon when needed. Look how he berated his wife in front of a crowd of people at his announcement. Here she is trying to get there during a storm with HIS kids. Real classy husband and father! During the debate, the fact that he addressed his conversation in an accusatory way at Tom’s wife, shows his lack of respect for woman. He was not debating Tom’s wife and Dan,you should have spoken up and told him so. Tom’s wife should not have been dragged into this debate. I give Tom all the credit in the world for not standing up and cold cocking Alf into the floor.

JoeFriday
JoeFriday
Reply to  Merry & Bright
3 months ago

Got any facts about Barbalunga berating his wife in public? We’re you present and a witness to this? If so, tell us specifics. If not, stop the rumor, etc. just the facts, man.

The school committee
The school committee
3 months ago

Any News On Trump

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  danvalenti
3 months ago

Howie Carr supports the white supremacist leader Trump ,right?Howie gave Trump a pass on his terrorist attack of our country.White supremacist support Trumps criminal life and his anti democratic war on non Trumps.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  The school committee
3 months ago

Ahhh, School Committee, you’ve gone off the rails again!

Hell Toupee
Hell Toupee
Reply to  The school committee
3 months ago

I think it’s nice that Jones 2 lets you post as part of your therapy. Now be a good boy and take your meds.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Hell Toupee
3 months ago

Are you a white supremacist?admit it and have an honest debate on the scum trump…..this board is not honest with who Trump is..Russian TV supports Don the asset tonight

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ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  The school committee
3 months ago

Are you a black racist? Let’s keep calling each other names that works great in discourse. Why don’t you ask where are the 30 million pages that Obama took when he left office? Are they going to raid all his houses? Or the Hilary debacle? Have they gone after her? Why not? I seriously think you just throw this garbage out so you can get a response but I say “C’mon man” you can do better!

Hell Toupee
Hell Toupee
Reply to  The school committee
3 months ago

You have no idea what you’re talking about.

Ham Anex
Ham Anex
Reply to  Hell Toupee
3 months ago

Are you Black? Do you live on the west side?

Get Over It
Get Over It
Reply to  The school committee
3 months ago

Yes he is coming for you.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Get Over It
3 months ago

Hes coming in Putins name to destroy America

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

Biden and the DNC beat him to it. America has been a banana republic since Nov 2020, full speed on the highway to hell.

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

You Rush Sean Alex Glenn Tucker and stupid Don…Real ignorance of history.Miller Stone Bannon Manifort Flynn Don Jr….This is a SPED class of politicians

Get Over It
Get Over It
Reply to  The school committee
3 months ago

Fuel leaf window run. See i can put random words together to form a sentence juts like you.

Get Over It
Get Over It
Reply to  danvalenti
3 months ago

I almost fell off my chair Dan. Thanks for that!

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  danvalenti
3 months ago

Actually, it is the start of a Dick and Jane book

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

Biden makes a turnip look smart

Hell Toupee
Hell Toupee
Reply to  The school committee
3 months ago

He better hurry because Biden has us all but buried.

Get Over It
Get Over It
Reply to  The school committee
3 months ago

At this point i would welcome Putin instead of the current admin. At least Putin has his head on and has some values.

Dementia Joe
Dementia Joe
Reply to  The school committee
3 months ago

Biden’s energy policies made Russia great again

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

They found pictures of Hunter smoking crack with Russian and Chinese Hookers, along with another copy of Hunter’s laptop from hell, in Trump’s safe.

The FBI has already been sitting on those since before the 2020 elections.

Shoulda been a lawyer
Shoulda been a lawyer
Reply to  Mad Trapper
3 months ago

Smoking crack is not illegal.

Possession, sale & trafficking crack is illegal.

I never watched law & order otherwise I’d be qualified to run for DA.

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Berkshire Hope
Berkshire Hope
3 months ago

Watch out Alf! Here comes the Sopranos !! Here comes the threats from the bullies when they are proven wrong ! Interesting SHAGRUE BOWLER , two important positions in community , both law enforcement related , acting like gangsters by issuing threats .. All because you want to make IMPROVEMENTS in community , educate public , have honest debates on issues .. PEOPLE , wake up to this stuff , it’s REAL , personal threats , threats on children , safety at home ? Disgusting that these two power hungry men associate with violence , threats , and intimidation.. Not to mention corruption in how they raise money (Much More to come ) .. Alf stand tall , do what’s right , educate hard working people to their right to know what is happening with tax dollars .. Organized Crime right here in Berkshire County ( doesn’t sound right ) , it’s real , much more coming in this slime ball mentality , threaten a good man because he runs for office .. Pathetic , illegal , ABSOLUTELY TRUTH .. Stay tuned for reinforcement on how this stuff is Truly happening here .. pigs live with pigs ( simple concept ) .

Alfalfa
Alfalfa
Reply to  Berkshire Hope
3 months ago

Why is it that everyone who has an Alf sign also has a Harrington sign? Some people must love losers:(

J Stoutman
J Stoutman
Reply to  Alfalfa
3 months ago

Actually i saw at least 3 yards with Alf and Shugrue signs in one trip today, ive only seen one harrington sign period, where are they?

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  J Stoutman
3 months ago

I saw one and it has a red line going through the letter “a”. Why?

Flogging Molly
Flogging Molly
Reply to  Berkshire Hope
3 months ago

How many aliases do you have on here Alf?

Alfalfa
Alfalfa
Reply to  Flogging Molly
3 months ago

Alf is too dumb and too lazy to go through the trouble

Beach Bum
Beach Bum
Reply to  Berkshire Hope
3 months ago

So very true! It’s the Mazzeo mafia.

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Berkshire Hope
Berkshire Hope
Reply to  Beach Bum
3 months ago

It’s unreal , they should stick to food , thanks to uneducated , unemployed , pretentious leach , wanna be politician ( not to help others so she can look at herself ) , wife of one of owners it’s pathetic .. But Timmy Sniff Shagrue , Pudge the ghost are in the pocket book .. Is that who we want running law enforcement , legal matters ? Sopranos ! But at least sopranos were fun to watch !

Alfalfa
Alfalfa
Reply to  Berkshire Hope
3 months ago

Harrington and Alfie in office reminds me of Bevis and Butthead.

Been there, Done that
Been there, Done that
Reply to  Alfalfa
3 months ago

Please don’t insult B & B!

J Stoutman
J Stoutman
Reply to  Been there, Done that
3 months ago

he he he

MrsMiaWallace
MrsMiaWallace
Reply to  Berkshire Hope
3 months ago

Put up or shut up.

Capt M. Taylor ABC ARMY
Capt M. Taylor ABC ARMY
Reply to  Berkshire Hope
3 months ago

Organized crime in this city died with Remo. RIP

JoeFriday
JoeFriday
Reply to  Berkshire Hope
3 months ago

Just the facts, man. Any fool can rant and rave. Where’s the beef?

Richard Arnold
Richard Arnold
3 months ago

I am so glad the way you did the debate by having each person to ask the other one questions . I belive they as questions that no other hosts would have ask. In the bast they were only polite questions and never got to the meat of the issue. Thank Danger

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
3 months ago

The mayor had her media outlets put out this story about how well the North street refuckification is working out. Claims it is reducing accidents and people wuv wuv wuv it. Some councilors (the ones not terrified of her) say their feedback is in stark contrast to her report.
Either way, I have read nothing about the recent accidents on North street that people witnessed with their own eyes. Like in Russia we only get to read what they want us to read. Pittsfield may become communist before the rest of the country. Dynamic and innovative. Oligarchs are compiling their portfolios, buying up the assets, controlling the flow of info. Next big financial outlay, right next to the pickle ball courts, is going to be a 400,000 sq. ft. chess hall complete with real ivory pieces and a life like mural of Bobby Fischer.

Herb Pease
Herb Pease
Reply to  fizzlehead
3 months ago

I’ve been living in Pittsfield for a long time and I’ve never seen an accident on north street

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Herb Pease
3 months ago

Thank you for your input Barry

Beach Bum
Beach Bum
3 months ago

I heard Bobby Sullivan wants to moderate the next debate? Beer pong and a drink after each question. Is he still Shugrue’s team leader 1 ?

Cole Transporter
Cole Transporter
Reply to  Beach Bum
3 months ago

Who is this Gable guy in the Alf camp? Looks like humptyb to dumbty

Sum all Potateos
Sum all Potateos
Reply to  danvalenti
3 months ago

Yes. Pat Gable is a local attorney.

Two Cents
Two Cents
Reply to  Sum all Potateos
3 months ago

He used to very involved in local politics back in the day. More of a behind the scenes, spokesperson kind of guy

bobby Beer Pong and drinks
bobby Beer Pong and drinks
Reply to  Beach Bum
3 months ago

What about Beer Pong and a drink before, AND after each question? You got something against that? What about Beer Pong and a drink during each question, and after each question? Why do you hate Beer Pong and a drink before and during each question so much? Why are you such a hater? And why does there even have to be a debate? Can’t there just be BEER PONG and DRINKS?

levitan
levitan
Reply to  danvalenti
3 months ago

The Board has convened, invented beer and the Nation, and approves.

Sam
Sam
Reply to  levitan
3 months ago

I will bring my cousin from Boston.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  bobby Beer Pong and drinks
3 months ago

Yes. Is good. Approve.

He's right on
He's right on
Reply to  levitan
3 months ago

Nation was founded upon beer & pong.

Rule 5
Rule 5
Reply to  bobby Beer Pong and drinks
3 months ago

Beer made Budweiser but it wouldn’t make Alf wiser.

Joejoe
Joejoe
Reply to  Beach Bum
3 months ago

At least he isn’t drinking the progressive kool aid. At least he can prosecute a case! This DA’s office has to go!!!! Submit a public records request and ask how many peopyare held for murder. Ask for 2005 and now 2022. Andrea has failed us!!

Pat
Pat
3 months ago

It turns out that President Trump doesn’t have the warrant to ransack his property. They shoved it in front of somebody’s face and took it back. Will they be doctoring it before showing it to the public. The FBI under these far leftists is so brazen that they don’t care that Americans know this was a political hit job. Hours spent in Trump’s offices? Doing what? Apparently not caring what they grabbed. Just a fishing expedition. Going through Melania’s dainties. Then this supposedly former FBI person has the nerve to say that “yeah, I’ve seen them hide stuff in women’s clothing and even in the freezer”. Yeah maybe in drug raids on a drug house NOT in the house of the former President of the United States. So Shameful.

JoePesci
JoePesci
Reply to  Pat
3 months ago

Police don’t give the warrant away. It has to be returned to the court listing property taken. They also do not allow lawyers or other interested person such as the target of warrant, follow the, around while executing the warrant, like a puppy dog. This is all common sense and well known to any lawyer.

Pat
Pat
3 months ago

So shameful of the FBI to go through Melania’s dainties like they were ransacking the home of a drug dealer and NOT a former President of the United States. They were on a fishing expedition and briefly waved the warrant and then took it back. Why so long in his offices? Planting evidence or putting in bugs like they bugged his White House offices? Maybe planning to doctor this documentation and use it against him if he is elected for a 2nd term. They then have all the time in the world to doctor the documents.

Mc Donald Trump
Mc Donald Trump
Reply to  Pat
3 months ago

Looks like an FBI panty raid if you ask me.

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Mc Donald Trump
3 months ago

At least they did not grab anybody by the pussy like the Donald claims they let him do.

Herb Pease
Herb Pease
Reply to  fizzlehead
3 months ago

Did they digitally penetrate anyone like Biden did to Tara Reide?

levitan
levitan
Reply to  Herb Pease
3 months ago

Rape in a public space – and concluded it with insults.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  Pat
3 months ago

The problem is not that you ask the question that is unlikely, but that no one can actually answer it with a ‘No”. In 1985, the answer would be a confident ‘no.’

J Stoutman
J Stoutman
Reply to  Pat
3 months ago

The guy is a lifelong criminal, sexual predator and sociopathic liar who kept classified documents illegally at his resort and is friends with Putin, if Alf was 1% of that people on this site would back an investigation. No need to fake anything, if Obama did what Trump did he would have been sent to Guantanamo or worse.

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  J Stoutman
3 months ago

He did worse actually millions worse

Pat
Pat
Reply to  J Stoutman
3 months ago

Obama took tons of classified info when he left the White House, but was never raided. Trying to make this about Trump being a criminal just shows how radicalized the far left has become. The FBI can’t just raid the home of a former president and keep silent on the matter. The FBI can’t raid the home of a former president for political reasons. That’s what happens in Russia. Biden going after a potential political rival has crossed the line using the FBI and other agencies and trying to say that Republicans are becoming violent over this incident shows what they are up to. It’s not just Trump they want to take down.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  J Stoutman
3 months ago

Some logical problems here. If Z, then A is true thus B also D too which happens if A andD when there is D&B proving C and F, G, and sometimes X (which is another story altogether.)

I think, we call this in satire 102 “logic salad.” It was a yes or no question.

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Rule 5
Rule 5
Reply to  Pat
3 months ago

It was a panty raid

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Rule 5
3 months ago

God only knows what they were up to during all that time spent in his home. There is video of the whole event which the FBI is desperately trying to get back. House staff were told to shut off all security cameras, but they defied the order and kept them on. Good for them.

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Pat
3 months ago

I wonder if they would have even had to go there if Trump did not steal government documents. He took them because Putin told him to and refused to return them three months after they asked him politely. What did he think was going to happen when he stole government documents?

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  fizzlehead
3 months ago

Same thing that happened to Hilary and Obama….But who says he took items all accounts say Trump was being cooperative with the archive department. Please open your eyes and know this was a Pelosi hit. She knows she is losing her power and needed to jab at Trump one more time while she and her son Paulie ran to Asia to secure more illegally begotten money for her son.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  ShirleyKnutz
3 months ago

There was an FBI informant working in Trump’s home. Maybe it was someone in the Secret Service who told the FBI that Trump was hiding stuff. This just shows they have been spying on him constantly. Just like they bugged his campaign headquarters. The FBI needs a real cleanup, especially at the top, of all of the corruption.

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Pat
3 months ago

That informant was his wife. She has had it up to her ears with his shit.

Herb Pease
Herb Pease
Reply to  fizzlehead
3 months ago

Here is proof we don’t need anymore pot shops around here.

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Pat
3 months ago

Rumor is that they were looking for Jeffrey Epstein who is in fact not dead but hiding. Probably with one of his friends and Donald and he were very close.

Erica
Erica
3 months ago

What is the connection between Jack Quinn & Ellen Deibert ?

Alfalfa
Alfalfa
3 months ago

Alf said Bowler wouldn’t let employees form a union. Alf is dumb! Employees have the right to form a union. Bowler’s or Alf’s opinion have no legal standing. It’s the law.

J Stoutman
J Stoutman
Reply to  Alfalfa
3 months ago

Bowler wrote in the Eagle there were 3 unions, he said in debate there is one, either Bowler is confused or Bowler didn’t write his letter, I think it’s the latter.

Henry Torrico
Henry Torrico
Reply to  J Stoutman
3 months ago

He said one Union two associations.

Uh Oh
Uh Oh
3 months ago

Vibrant and dynamic! Fake bike lane surveys, and armed robbery with violence at Walmart with a high speed chase, and actors getting assaulted in the park. Where is the commander when you need him? Is cumbies even safe anymore at 3 a.m.?

PITTSFIELD — Actors rehearsing for an annual Shakespeare performance were harassed three times in the past week during rehearsals at Pittsfield’s The Common, prompting them to seek help from police.

Shakespeare in the Park will still take place in free performances at The Common, starting at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The first incident happened Aug. 3 around 6 p.m., when a group of “male and females” on bikes with backpacks started fights with Shakespeare in the Park staff, according to Pittsfield Police Department report logs.

There was another incident Monday, when one member of the group showed up with his dog around 6:30 p.m., leading to the cast and staff retreating into the Zion Lutheran Church on First Street at the edge of The Common — and again calling Pittsfield police. There was no physical altercation.

And again on Tuesday, the same group member started to circle the Shakespeare in the Park company members around 8 p.m.

Spada said Lt. Jeffrey Bradford talked to the unidentified person and his mother Tuesday about his presence there.

Performances of “The Comedy of Errors” start Thursday as planned. Spada said the company has been in close contact with Pittsfield police to shape a safety plan.

“We’re feeling confident towards the event. There will be a police presence, so everyone can feel safe during the show just like there has been in other events this summer like Third Thursdays,” he said.

Shittsfield
Shittsfield
Reply to  danvalenti
3 months ago

Yea Dan, and what could go wrong with the police hiring a social worker? Between the million plus pissed away on the crime analyst and now this, hell the police could have actually made a difference with that kind of money. Add in the money pissed away on the shit spotter and the new hires they can’t keep, and pretty soon your talking real money.

But Notreally
But Notreally
Reply to  Uh Oh
3 months ago

Mooralez did a report stating that the theater troup loved being harassed and were able to incorporate it into their show. The report showed that the harrassment caused less accidents and induced more people to want to be there. Mooralez is even thinking of hosting auditions for thugs to harrass the venue at future rehearsals due to its overwhelming popularity.

Extras
Extras
Reply to  danvalenti
3 months ago

Do they get complementary detail due to the circumstances?

Pittsfieldwood
Pittsfieldwood
Reply to  Uh Oh
3 months ago

Actors rehearsing for the NETFLIX how to hide the next scandal exploitation. Starring, someone without citizenship.

SallySays
SallySays
3 months ago

I just woke up and read about EAPS. Who knew? In the name of Equitable Approaches Public Safety, I propose Fat Tyer, Bowler, the chief, and maybe even Bloated Barbalunga all donate a few pounds to Harrington in the name of equity. God knows they all got plenty to spare and Harrington looks like she could blow away with a strong wind. EAPS. It’s all about equal outcomes! Wake up!

JoeKapanski
JoeKapanski
Reply to  SallySays
3 months ago

So it’s one thing if they were bloated to begin with but how do all these hard working politicians put on so much weight if they are so busy working for us Kapanskis? And let’s not forget my favorite- FarAway Farley

Tax&Spend
Tax&Spend
Reply to  SallySays
3 months ago

The answer my friend, is blowing in the wind, it’s Hardly Harrington. Shugrue is as bloated as the rest of em.

Glucose Ersville
Glucose Ersville
Reply to  SallySays
3 months ago

Flats is as wide as the podium. She could donate first.

Jak Laylaine
Jak Laylaine
Reply to  Glucose Ersville
3 months ago

There’s no getting past big hips.

What a thought!
What a thought!
Reply to  SallySays
3 months ago

And whose idea was it?

The school committee
The school committee
3 months ago

Why won’t Tyer sweep the roads.It is a safety issue and a common sense maintenance issue.Paint lines is also a safety issue.

OnceUponATime
OnceUponATime
Reply to  The school committee
3 months ago

If she gave two shits about safety she would eliminate the disastrous north st experiment. Now they have stupid poles between bike lane and travel lane. Between that and the bums everywhere, the street is an abomination and symbolic of the city as a hole. Just drove through there, then down to CVS. Saw baggers on every corner and a couple tourists looking forlornly with hands to glass into defunct carasoul. My God, what the hell happened to Pittsfield?

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  The school committee
3 months ago

Does she even spend time in Pittsfield during the summer? What? How much vacation did you says she gets? Really? And can also just take off anytime she wants for no reason? Wow!

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  fizzlehead
3 months ago

As Barabalungea said at forum, elected officials can never work a day, come and go as they please. This would include Tyer. They both outta know.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
3 months ago

Would Alf show his sic hours and vacation accumulation hours and dates he was out.

Been there Done that
Been there Done that
Reply to  The school committee
3 months ago

Probably easier to say when he was in

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  fizzlehead
3 months ago

The mayor like all administrators never have vacation hours deducted or the sick time…..Its a huge bonus for retirement

I Love That Guy
I Love That Guy
3 months ago

I think it’s about time that Berkshire County leaders admit they are committing fraudulent malpractice by leading, luring, citizens to believe they know how to rehabilitate people.

STOP KILLING MY FRIENDS WITH YOUR MALPRACTICE & LIES.

HOW MANY OF OUR MEN & WOMEN … how many of the reported overdose deaths are people who were involved in so-called treatment or have spent the past several years in the “PROGRAMMING” ?

Brein Center is a lie. Programming is a lie.

I am sick SICK of seeing >30 year olds in the obituary. Nobody is recovering. Name ONE !

If you do not know how to HELP someone, STOP saying you DO !

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  I Love That Guy
3 months ago

How about some personal responsibility pal???? Whether it’s the likes of MIggy assaulting cop with a knife, or a drug user overdosing, ultimately the responsibility lies with the individual, as Dan has said many times here.

Love
Love
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
3 months ago

Pal, thank you.

Correct. I agree.

And the SYSTEM FAILED, the proof is in the paper.

is it clear that the programs and treatment DO NOT LIVE UP TO THE CONTRACT and what ever funds paid to rehabilitate these people for <10 years, was paid for a PUBLIC SERVICE that ended in the death of numerous young people. This amounts to false claims. False claims. Healthcare discrimination.

The question is,
Why are reciditive addicts out on the streets alone?

Put them in a hospital. The shit is crazy. Literally crazy.

Plumb Crazy

Okay re: Miguel Estrella; for Protective Custody the police don’t need proof beyond a shadow of a doubt, or a hearing, nor a Warrant the police could hold him solely on disturbing the peace. And release him 24 hours or sober. I have no idea i need to Learn the Laws. Read the Policy.

I believe it’s MGL c 111 s

General Laws
Incapacitated persons placed into protective custody without consent for transport to appropriate emergency medical treatment
Section 9A. For purposes of this section, ”incapacitated” shall mean the condition of a person who, by reason of the consumption of a controlled substance or toxic vapor or other substance other than alcohol is: (i) unconscious; (ii) in need of medical attention; (iii) likely to suffer or cause physical harm or damage property; or (iv) disorderly.

Any person who is incapacitated may be placed into protective custody by a police officer without the person’s consent for the purpose of immediately transporting the person to an acute care hospital or satellite emergency facility as defined in section 51.5 of chapter 111 or otherwise immediately obtaining appropriate emergency medical treatment. For the purposes of this section, to determine whether or not a person is incapacitated, a police officer may request the person to submit to reasonable tests of coordination, coherency of speech and breath. A police officer may place the person into protective custody when such tests or other information or observations indicate that the person is incapacitated. Whenever a police officer places into protective custody a person under the age of 18 in accordance with this section, the police officer shall notify the parent or guardian of that person forthwith.

A person may not be held in protective custody against the person’s will beyond the time required to complete the person’s immediate transport to an acute care hospital or satellite emergency facility as defined in section 51.5 of chapter 111, or to otherwise immediately obtain appropriate emergency medical treatment.

A police officer acting in accordance with this section may use such force as is reasonably necessary to carry out the officer’s authorized responsibilities. If the police officer reasonably believes that there may be a risk to the safety of the incapacitated person, the safety of the officer or the safety of other persons present, the police officer may search the person and the immediate surroundings of the person placed into protective custody but only to the extent necessary to discover and seize any items or weapons which may pose a danger. Any item taken shall be inventoried and, unless the item is contraband or otherwise unlawfully possessed, shall be returned to the person when the person is no longer incapacitated.

A person placed under protective custody in accordance with this section shall not be considered to have been arrested or to have been charged with any crime. An entry of custody shall be made indicating the date, time, place of custody, the name of the assisting officer and the name of the officer in charge. No such entry shall be treated as an arrest or criminal record for any purpose.

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Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  I Love That Guy
3 months ago

You can only help those who help themselves first.

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Optimus Prime
3 months ago

Like the mayor, who helps herself until it hurts

levitan
levitan
Reply to  I Love That Guy
3 months ago

I believe that drug addiction was much lower when consumption was considered a crime as well as selling, and using drugs was taboo.

Lose the disease definition, treat it as a crime as it participates in criminal gangs, and teach in schools that drugs == death.

Who's Who Around Here
Who's Who Around Here
3 months ago

Mr. Michael Quinn and Ms. Ellen Deibert

Where does Jack Quinn fit into this relationship?

Pat
Pat
3 months ago

See how Christopher Wray is making this Trump raid all about Republicans. He refused to say anything about the Trump raid, but has plenty to say about Republicans becoming dangerous after the raid on Trump. This is how they are trying to go after Republicans. They want to make us very angry it seems so they can portray themselves as the good guys and Republicans as evil. What the far left is doing is very dangerous and not what America is all about.
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/fbi-director-wray-pushes-back-threats-following-unprecedented-raid-trump-deplorable-dangerous

Bundle, Bundle, Bundle and Save
Bundle, Bundle, Bundle and Save
3 months ago

I’m gathering the Neurologist is his SISTER-IN-LAW…. ?

Quinn was in the medical records office during my neuro appointment. Just remembered.

JAIL PERSONNEL AND MEDICAL PERSONNEL SHOULD BE SEPARATED THIS IS

T H E

P R O B L E M

They fucked up our lives & they did it on purpose.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
3 months ago

Dan, I think you did a great job. Finally got a chance to watch the video.

Both parties knew going into the debate how you planned to conduct it. You had no control what Barbalunga or Bowler was going to say or ask. If either party wanted softball-type questions, they could do a Zoom debate with Helen “Handgun” Moon and the NAACP. The problem with that though, both candidates are YT’s. Not much of a choice for the low hanging fruit crowd. Right Handgun?

I do agree with others that Barbalunga bringing Bowler’s wife into the mix, was a punch below the belt.

Barbalunga not saying who he is backing in the DA race should be a huge red flag for people. In the words of the late mob boss, Carmine Lupertazzi Sr, “He’s indecisive. I wouldn’t be proud to call him my son.”

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
3 months ago

Ricky’s Rumpus…I cut and paste a section of the article, as well as the article below. A couple of things stuck out to me about the survey about Rumpus on NON. First, the report was prepared by “transportation and engineering consultants.” In other words, friends, family, and co-workers, of Linda “Flat” and Barry Tyer. No names were given, Second, what’s the name of this report/study and where can I view it? Third, how much tax money was paid in “consulting fees?”

And finally, the bulk of this study was conducted over ONE DAY. Again, ONE DAY. So, when and if Ricky Rumpus ever provides the “consulting fee,” remember this especially if the consulting fee was more than $500. And even that amount is being generous to Rumpus.

“The survey included a 40-person survey which councilors pushed the commissioners to expand. Morales said the results of the one-day survey, taken on North Street in June, turned up 24 people who said they liked the bike lanes, nine people who were neutral on the lanes and four people who disliked them.”

The city just released a report on the safety of the North Street bike lanes. Here’s what it found | Central Berkshires | berkshireeagle.com

**In the article, there are two great photos of Pittsfield’s finest: Linda “Flat” Tyer and the myth, the legend, the Birdman himself, Ricky Rumpus.

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fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
3 months ago

The title of the report was SILLY SPIN. It is what this corner office excels at. She is talking down to the people because she really believes they are stupid and beneath her. When she was told she would be in control of 40 plus million dollars her God complex began to grow even larger and now she cannot find a hat big enough for her head.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
3 months ago
Free Bird
Free Bird
3 months ago

Off topic but does it seem odd that people in the local obituaries are getting younger and younger? Does one have to be a “conspiracy theorist” to think this isn’t natural?

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  Free Bird
3 months ago

Google it. The mortality rate has been increasing through country for years. Has lots to do with people eating too damn much, and doing too many drugs, and drinking too much. In other words, personal responsibility.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
3 months ago

How many received the covid shot?

Morbid Health Class
Morbid Health Class
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
3 months ago

How many learned to shoot up at school.

Erica
Erica
Reply to  Free Bird
3 months ago

How many were involved in mandated treatment?

Free Bird
Free Bird
Reply to  Erica
3 months ago

One individual who died recently was a 29 year old health care worker. I’m guessing he was mandated to get the boosters.

Incompetent assholes
Incompetent assholes
Reply to  Free Bird
3 months ago

A young person working at the hospital pharmacy?

Free Bird
Free Bird
Reply to  Incompetent assholes
3 months ago

Correct.

Fat Tyer
Fat Tyer
Reply to  Free Bird
3 months ago

Drugs. Died suddenly or unexpectedly is code word for drug overdose

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Fat Tyer
3 months ago

Not always true. “Died unexpectedly or suddenly” is often suicide, or covid vaccine heart attack, blood clots etc. 67% of deaths in San Diego attributed to covid vaccine effects.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
3 months ago

I agree with Mr Fritz. Died suddenly or unexpected in an obituary, is code for suicide or drug overdose.

Most who die young from an illness, will usually have “battled xxx for many years.”

Been there, Done that
Been there, Done that
Reply to  Fat Tyer
3 months ago

Or they really died suddenly or unexpectedly

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
3 months ago

Off topic. In the past two weeks there have been multiple horrendous accidents with injuries on Pittsfield Streets. Most have been roll overs, at least two on Merrill Road, a couple on South Street, First Street and just another one on East Street by Silver Lake. As Flat Tyer’s Administration spends time testing our crap for COVID and also studying bike lane accidents on Vibrant and Dynamic North Street, can’t help but wonder if it dawns on Mikey Wynn and Officer Maddelena the Head of Traffic that there is a huge uptick on motor vehicle accidents in the rest the City? Why is there no enforcement of traffic rules? Is it because the cops have given up due to the DA not prosecuting? The streets are so unsafe in Pittsfield between potholes that are not repaired STILL and the complete lack of traffic enforcement. Wonder if the new Social Workers being hired by Flat Tyer will help stop the speeders and traffic law breakers? Meanwhile the police department is down almost 25 officers. Keep paying your taxes and try to be safe out there folks.

Marcus Aurelius
Marcus Aurelius
Reply to  Merry & Bright
3 months ago

M/B I would imagine it would have a lot to do with DA Wrong Way not prosecuting crimes. Plus, if you were PPD, why put much effort into looking further into a situation. Only to have the county’s top prosecutor lose a slam dunk, gun/drug possession case?

Say what you want about Downing, Capeless, or Caccaviello, those three would NEVER have lost that case, much less even tried it. A first year prosecutor tries those types of cases.

Not to mention, what happens if your a white male cop and things go bad for you and you have to shoot a POC? You’ll get chief race-baiter NAACP Dennis Powell making false allegations before knowing the facts. Helen “Handgun” Moon making repeated calls to “defund the police” and posting lies on social media about her time getting “arrested by YT.”

Vote Tim Shugrue.

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TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  Marcus Aurelius
3 months ago

Markus, I aint woke enough apparently to know what YT is. Can you enlighten me?

Capt M. Taylor ABC ARMY
Capt M. Taylor ABC ARMY
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
3 months ago

sound it out

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  Capt M. Taylor ABC ARMY
3 months ago

Thank you.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
3 months ago

Helen Moon repeatedly posts the term on social media.

It’s slang for “whitey.” No different than if I called her “fortune cookie.”

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Merry & Bright
3 months ago

There were also several school bus accidents that you never read about in the paper. You would think that would be news worthy but I guess, In Pittsfield, if you are told not to print something you BETTER NOT PRINT IT!

You can't get there from here
You can't get there from here
3 months ago

What is the relationship between Fredric Rutberg and JP Morgan?

George 1984
George 1984
3 months ago

Floyd The Machine

Inside Her
Inside Her
3 months ago

This just in Andrea Harrington has been violating campaign laws and state ethics laws in grand fashion this week.

In the office, in no uncertain terms, if “I (she) loses her job, all of you (staff) are going to lose their jobs!”
“Tim will fire every one of you as fast as he can find replacements, none of your jobs are safe if I (she) lose my job!!”
“If you want to keep your job and working on our mission, you better make sure you, and anyone you know, votes for me!”

There are also a number of people that have been coming in and meeting with her privately. People I’ve never seen before and I’m 99% they are people working on her campaign. She’s done no work, just worked with her campaign consultants.

Marcus Aurelius
Marcus Aurelius
Reply to  Inside Her
3 months ago

Why should DA Andrea “Wrong Way” Harrington do any work? It’s not like gun violence, violent crimes, and drug OD’s, are on the rise in the land of “vibrant and dynamic” Pittsfield.

Any chance Wrong Way could get Shirley to use any of her $1,200,000 ARPA money to address violent crimes being committed by young POC? Shirley does have an all-access pass in the DA’s Office.

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Been there, Done that
Been there, Done that
Reply to  Inside Her
3 months ago

She fired 2/3 of the previous office so she knows that much. She’s desperate. A lot of the people she kept were traitors, played both sides of the campaign. Loyal to no one. They all got promoted by her, they are now her top prosecutors and advocates, they keep their heads down and do what they are told. But Karma is a *****!!!!

Capt M. Taylor ABC ARMY
Capt M. Taylor ABC ARMY
Reply to  Inside Her
3 months ago

I wonder if that includes Mouthpiece McKeever. Can’t choose who to shill for this time around, Andy. Enjoy the job hunt

Inside Her
Inside Her
Reply to  Capt M. Taylor ABC ARMY
3 months ago

No he’s her office play toy. What she’s not doing at home she’s doing in the office with Andy.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  Inside Her
3 months ago

No way. First John Krol, now Andy…..

She must “love them long time.”

Ball's in your Court
Ball's in your Court
3 months ago

How many Mortgages were with families who posted bond for a berkshire county defendant?

Fat Tyer
Fat Tyer
3 months ago

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Ridiculous Joke
Ridiculous Joke
Reply to  Fat Tyer
3 months ago

Situation normal. State created danger. Who paid for the billboard.

Capt M. Taylor ABC ARMY
Capt M. Taylor ABC ARMY
Reply to  Fat Tyer
3 months ago

The irony of that sign is hopefully lost on no one. Prayers for all involved

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
3 months ago

Thank God Merrick Garland was not appointed to the Supreme Court!!
He’s as corrupt as they come!

Get Over It
Get Over It
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
3 months ago

He makes Boss Hogg look like St. Peter

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
3 months ago

He spoke like a robot and then his phony concern about the integrity of the FBI without any mention of the problems in the FBI and the 4 year long witch hunt of President Trump. He seems like a puppet for the evil doings of the Bidens, the Clintons, and the Obamas and the Pelosis. All 4 of these couples are power and money mad and are using this guy to do their dirty work. They are so close to their goal of turning us Communist and they want nobody to stand in the way.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
3 months ago

Merrick is not to be trusted. He is doing the dirty bidding of the deep state. The deep state is so close to controlling this country with their Communist agenda and nobody can be allowed to stand in their way.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Pat
3 months ago

Trump loves you Pat.Your brainwashing needs counciling….good luck,I feel so sorry for you.You need it.

Alfalfa
Alfalfa
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
3 months ago

He’s Harrington without the nipples

Ineffective Assistance
Ineffective Assistance
3 months ago

Laws are in place for those who do not take personal responsibility.
If there’s no law enforcement what is personal responsibility.
Let’s just give em more drugs.

Tell me it’s not human trafficking because it is.

Logistics

It’s called involuntary enslavement at that point.

Cerebrospinal fluid
Cerebrospinal fluid
3 months ago

One time I needed a lifeflight but I got an ambulance. Is it cuz I’m black?

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
3 months ago

Took 24 minutes to get from Park Square to 510 North Street around 4 p.m. today. North Street was at a complete stop, mainly because of a camp bus in front of the YMCA. Meanwhile, F***ing Morales was cruising his bike up and down the bike lanes. Hope he got his daily high watching us taxpayers stuck in traffic. People that were already parked on North Street could not even move out of the parking spot. Way to kill business Tyer & Morales.

Alfie
Alfie
3 months ago

Why Alf is not fit to pick up dog crap on North Street

Jason Cutlet’s take on Alf
“I understand that this is long, but please read it in full. It’s important to me. Thank you, Jay.

I would like to take a minute to address some comments that were made about me, in my absence, during the Sheriff’s debate on Monday night:

As many of you know, I have spent most of my adult life in the field of corrections. I love what I do, the people I work alongside of and the clients that we serve. I have a passion that has only intensified over the years, and while advancement has always been a personal goal, I’ve always understood the value of working hard for what I’ve had in every position I’ve held.

I grew up on the city’s Westside. Life came with its occasional struggles but remembering where I’ve come from and comparing that to what I’ve been able to accomplish, has made my journey that much more fulfilling. I’m not ashamed to have paid my own way through college working entry-level jobs, or to have embraced even the smallest milestones of my career, as they’ve come and gone.

Just as we were raised to do, Brie and I take great pride in teaching our own children the importance of hard work, dedication, and the philosophy that “you don’t always get a trophy, just for showing up.” There are times that being a person of color may have made the path harder, but it certainly shouldn’t entitle me to shortcuts or handouts. I am capable and proud of what I bring to the table.

After several years of working in case management, I expressed interest last Fall, when discussions began about potential grant funding to implement a reentry program on Second Street. Knowing that it would give me an opportunity to return to a position that was more immersive in the community and realizing that I could build my skillset by taking on a director position, I accepted when one was offered to me.

Building a program from the ground up has been an exhausting endeavor; one filled with long workdays, unforeseen hurdles, and many overwhelming moments. With the help and understanding of my family and colleagues and recognizing the community’s need for this program to succeed, I am proud to say that I have persisted through the challenges. This “new” program, nearly a year in the making, held its first major event on Monday, with participation exceeding even our highest expectations. I can appreciate that because it’s what I’ve worked so hard for.

I don’t say any of this to pat myself on the back. However, it was incredibly disheartening and outrageously offensive when my name was brought into the debate Monday night, and candidate Alf Barbalunga insinuated that I’m only where I am today because of the color of my skin. To imply that my role was some sort of pity offering or a political stunt was not only offensive to the Sheriff, but also to my family and me, and questioning the authenticity of what I’ve worked for my entire life was unnecessary and cruel.

It had been brought to my attention, even before the debate, that Alf has been telling other community members that I’m only in the role I am today, because I’m a black man who is (in his words) “being used.” Please, let it be known, this is hardly the case. Before an Executive Leader’s role can be filled, it must become available. I’m grateful for this promotion as I wait for the opportunity of the next one.

I’d like to ask, respectfully, that moving forward, people allow me, and other local people of color, to speak for ourselves. By believing you know our struggles, our intentions, and our interpretation of things, you are stripping us of our own voices and implying that we are not capable of acquiring things through our own character and hard work. Truly embracing diversity, as a white male, shouldn’t mean being the loudest one in the room.

What you may also find, in talking to my many childhood friends, still residing in the Westside, is that we are a strong, determined, and passionate bunch. We look out for each other and when we want things, we go after them with tenacity and punch. Please be careful in assuming you know what’s best for us.

As for me, I am not “struggling” to climb the ladder, as Alf stated in his comments during the debate. My family has always been content working for what we have, supporting each other through that hard work, and enjoying the fruits of our labor. Money may pay the bills, but we are wealthy in ways that no paycheck can compare to.

In closing, I’ll leave you with this: I have known Alf, and each member of his campaign team for many years. I have always treated each of them with an utmost respect and kindness and have remained cordial during this whole campaign. I was extremely hurt and disappointed that this team used their platform to disrespect me and my family and use me as a political pawn. As I’m sure his team will see this, I am asking respectfully that you please leave my name, and my position, out of this. Thank you.“

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Alfie
3 months ago

Very wise and sensible words from a man who clearly does his job well and knows how. I hold high regard for those who personally invest their labor, thought, and time in the fulfillment of their visions. It is too easy to propose a solution and let others carry them out.

Thank you for sharing!

J Stoutman
J Stoutman
Reply to  Alfie
3 months ago

Pretty sure it was the Sheriff who brought up his name in the debate. Alf just said there were no minorities on the Sheriff’s executive leadership team (those being the ones making way over $100,000 a year and the Sheriff said his name. Too bad this guy had to be dragged into it.

Been there, Done that
Been there, Done that
Reply to  Alfie
3 months ago

You are a class act Jason. Unfortunately some of those campaigning against your boss, are not.

The school committee
The school committee
3 months ago

Trump stole nuclear files.

Good Boy
Good Boy
3 months ago

All you need to know about the D.A.’s support

“Data from the office shows that when it comes to the money game, Pittsfield appears to be a stronghold for Shugrue. More than 230 residents of the county’s largest city have donated money to the Shugrue campaign. Seventeen Pittsfielders have contributed to Harrington’s campaign.“