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TEACHERS UNION BANS COVERAGE OF ‘PUBLIC’ MAYORAL FORUM … DECISION SMACKS OF TOTALITARIANISM

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY OCT. 24, 2023) — Picklefield, founded in 1761, made history Thursday. For the first time in its political history, there were not one but two mayoral debates on the same day, both of which were not televised or taped for broadcast.

Suppose they had a war an no one came. Suppose they ordered a clamp down on the free exchange of information? Suppose they censored the press?

Yeah, that’s where we are.

At the Berkshire Eagle, Thursday’s first head-to-head between John Krol and Peter Marchetti took place. As it did before, the Boring Broadsheet did not allow the public to attend, taped the event, but didn’t broadcast it. Instead, it chopped it up into segments to present piecemeal, edited and slanted.

Why is that?

One of THE PLANET‘s newsroom spies says it was “to cut Krol to bits and to edit Marchetti into some form of [competence].”

What does it say about the ethical integrity of a newspaper run by an ex-jurist who doesn’t know a blasted thing about the news business. A “free-em” ex-judge who runs his rag as an ideologist for and from the Loon Left?

Could that be why circulation continues to plunge?

———- ooo ———-

Later that day, at 6 p.m. in the PHS library, Marchetti and Krol met again, this time sponsored by the United Educators of Pittsfield. Fine and dandy … except that the teachers union barred TV cameras and videotaping.

The teachers (average compensation of $83,823) took a page out of the North Korean playbook, banning broadcast or taped coverage.

When asked by THE PLANET to explain the decision, Melissa Campbell, president of the United Educators of Pittsfield, said this:

First – the UEP did not hold this event as a “debate”.  Both candidates wanted to meet with educators to hear their concerns and questions.  We held a question and answer session for our members.  The UEP EBoard felt that this forum was for educators.   We wanted to ensure that members felt comfortable asking questions and airing their concerns.
When asked, we did allow members of the public to attend.  In addition, we invited a representative from the Berkshire Eagle to report on the session, which gave the public a general sense of issues discussed.   
We were clear from the beginning that this was not a formal debate and that it was an informal meet and greet with a question and answer session.  There have been plenty of public debates held between the 2 candidates and any of those forums could have asked education questions.  
I hope this explains our position.  I will be out of town tomorrow and will not be accessing email.  I am also copying the UEP EBoard members on my reply as any decision that is made is a collective one.  
———- ooo ———-

Campbell’s parsing is academic hooey. She admits her event wasn’t for the unwashed general public but “for educators.” Why should Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski matter? They only pay for the whole failing shebang, an enterprise that consumes nearly 75% of every Kapanski dollar and each year delivers a steadily more inferior product.

Campbell digs herself deeper into the muck by mentioning the assurance that  the BB will “report on the event” to give the Kapanskis “a general sense of issues discussed.”

Point, match, and game, Marchetti.

In her invitation letter to the candidates, Campbell confesses that the union had to bribe “friendly” members to attend! Campbell writes, “[the forum] will NOT be televised as members have felt uncomfortable in the past with asking questions if they thought they would be on TV. … We are offering a couple raffle incentives to encourage participation by the educators in the UEP.”

Pathetic.

Here’s the cc: list for Capmbell’s response to THE PLANET:

Cynthia Graumann <cynthiagrauman@gmail.com>, Gigi Hawkins <gigiuep@gmail.com>, Andy Mickle <revere639@yahoo.com>, Joe Maffuccio <jmaffucciouep@gmail.com>, Emily Pink <epinkuep@gmail.com>, Justin Bolio <jboliouep@gmail.com>, Paula Marinaro <pbrund@hotmail.com>, jeanne lemmond <jlemmonduep@gmail.com>, Mia Albano <mlalbanouep@gmail.com>

———- ooo ———-

What a difference between how Krol and Marchetti responded to the UEP ban.

In an email Krol sent to Campbell, he expressed his disdain of  the union decision to bar cameras.

He wrote:

This is very disappointing that there will be no video or recording of this debate. I can’t imagine that every single teacher and/or concerned parent or community member who is interested in these issues will be able to make it to the debate in person.

I hope the executive committee will reconsider this approach. We should be sharing these issues and the candidates’ position on them with the entire community, as at the very least with your members who will not be able to be there that evening.

It’s clear: Krol wanted transparency.

THE PLANET asked Marchetti if he knew about the union’s blackout of the event.

“I knew of the rules [of] the debate via the emails I received,” he said.  “I am no longer President of the PCTV board and have not participated in any conversations regarding any debates. I think you need to ask the UEP why they decided not to broadcast.”

This “meh,” lukewarm response shows or at the least suggests that Marchetti wasn’t fazed by the blackout.

We did ask PCTV why it did  not cover the PHS debate.

“No request for coverage, live or otherwise, was received by PCTV from the organizers of this event,” Shawn Serre said. “There was no contact or role in the decision from either of the two mayoral campaigns.”

Why wouldn’t PCTV want to initiate coverage, THE PLANET asked, for an important public event held in a public space?

“While we’re not specifically a news outlet,” Serre said, “we always encourage organizations to work with us on getting important programming on PCTV.  With enough notice, we or our volunteer members are often able to provide this type of coverage.  I can’t speak to the decision in this case, that would be a question for the organizers.”

THE PLANET finds the PCTV stance ironic, given its stated mission: “Everyone in our area should have access to shared media experiences which inform, educate, engage, and entertain; foster civic and community engagement; and promote transparency in local government.”

Right.

———- ooo ———-

Among the UEP, Team Marchetti, and PCTV, this potato was hot enough to keep in the air and off the air at the same time. David Blaine would love an illusion that tricky.

THE PLANET can understand why Team Marchetti would want to protect their guy. Krol is better at these things than Pete. We also have sympathy for Serre’s comment on the volunteer nature of PCTV broadcasts. This leaves the UEP.

The union, much practiced in the shell game from draconian contracts that bleed the bloody taxes out of the Kapanskis, loves playing “Now You See It, Now You Don’t.”

In the case of the totalitarian, Fifth Column tactics the UEP used at the mayoral forum, emphasis is on “Now You Don’t.”

Seig Heil.

———————————————————————

If a forum is held and it’s not broadcast, does anyone know of it?” — Sir Donald Turpentine, Knight of the Bath.”

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Dave Bubriski
Dave Bubriski
1 month ago

Seeing as the event was held on public school grounds I don’t see how a member of the public wouldn’t be legally allowed to video tape the event. If the union rented a private venue I think they could impose whatever restrictions they wanted.

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Is there some sort of paper trail for this event? Did the school committee approve the use of the library ?

Craig C Gaetani
Craig C Gaetani
1 month ago

No matter how you look at it the individuals who pay all the bills the taxpayers should be the first to know about what was said and not said at any forum where by the two mayoral candidates are questioned by the city’s largest gobsig network the UEP. Perhaps they were looking to raise the average salary from 83000+ dollars to something higher even though their over all rating for performance is at level 5 the lowest grade they could attain. This shutting out of the taxpayers is an outright disgrace
When the teachers are crying out for raises in the next budget session we all must remember what we saw here in this blog. Many people in this community are not aware what we pay school teachers and when they find out perhaps they will come forward at election time and say NO More to raises
Raises are for excellence in product production and it is very evident that the UEP is not putting out that kind of product. We need everyone who is not a gobsig to come out in force in the coming election and make it clear that we the taxpayers aren’t going to take this BS any longer. Please everyone the election is the only place we can level the playing field
Get out there and let’s level this playing field.

H.L. Mencken
H.L. Mencken
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Gaetani is an unstable, violent, and dishonest man. It is simply disgusting that you’ve endorsed him.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Violent? Hahaha. “Mnchken” lives one sheltered life.

You can say the other stuff about anyone. That’s the new FBI motto: “Show me the man, I’ll find the crime.”

Last edited 1 month ago by Charles Kronick
Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  H.L. Mencken
1 month ago

Mad Dog Meltdown Marchetti is the unstable one with the terrible tantrum temper. Give me a break. There are seven current councilors who have serious passive aggressive tendencies and contempt for the little guy.

Last edited 1 month ago by Gobsig
Ron Kitterman
Ron Kitterman
Reply to  H.L. Mencken
1 month ago

Violent lol He might be a lot of things but that’s by far not one of them.

H.L. Mencken
H.L. Mencken
Reply to  Ron Kitterman
1 month ago

Yeah, he was only convicted of threatening to shoot someone.

https://www.masslive.com/news/2017/10/pittsfield_city_council_candid.html

Tt2
Tt2
Reply to  Craig C Gaetani
1 month ago

Saw your billboard looks great and best wishes my friend

Craig C Gaetani
Craig C Gaetani
Reply to  Tt2
1 month ago

Thank you Tt2

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Craig C Gaetani
1 month ago

Would you entertain a blimp, mon ami? You can do geo-tracking with AI drone technology. It could circle around Commish Morales and declare alternatively: “Ward 6 Vote Gaetani!” and “The Commish is a Fink!”

Last edited 1 month ago by Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Tt2
1 month ago

The typography is perfecto! Sophisticated, erudite, and balance of scale. In short, monumental.

The finest I’ve seen in billboards to date, in Pittsfield anyway.

Purdy Purdy
Purdy Purdy
Reply to  Tt2
1 month ago

I find is despicable you would defame a disabled veteran because of being mean and violent which he is not. Craig overcame some serious crap over in Viet Nam like tens of thousands did and landed on his feet. All political candidates in the arena are fair game but there’s a special place in hell when you take it there H L.

And to Stooge,as a Veteran you should be ashamed of the way you cow-tow to the phonies you support, and the bias part against a Veteran especially.

Empty Set
Empty Set
Reply to  Purdy Purdy
1 month ago

I agree. What a shameful loss of self respect to volunteer to be a useful idiot for the puppet kingdom. I feel a little sorry for him because he may not even realize his position in the administration.

Tt2
Tt2
Reply to  Purdy Purdy
1 month ago

He was a great teacher at Pittsfield High School, helped design and build the water system, and has stood up to the bully city clown show and mayors.

H.L. Mencken
H.L. Mencken
Reply to  Purdy Purdy
1 month ago

Guess again:

“Gaetani, who frequently touts his credentials as a military veteran and an engineer who designed wastewater treatment plants for Pittsfield, has a recent history of criminal convictions involving threats and erratic behavior.

In May, Gaetani was convicted of threatening to shoot a city employee during a phone call during his unsuccessful run for mayor in 2015, the Eagle reported. Gaetani had called the fire department to ask about removing junk vehicles from his property; unsatisfied with the employee’s response, he allegedly threatened to fire her once he was elected mayor, burn her house down and come to her office with a gun.

Gaetani received a six month suspended sentence in the case.”

https://www.masslive.com/news/2017/10/pittsfield_city_council_candid.html

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
1 month ago

Level 5 public schools, a corrupt public school teachers’ union, a top-heavy and bureaucratic overpaid public school administration, Pittsfield politics always picking insider candidates for the Superintendent position, declining student enrollment over the years, over 650 students who choice out to neighboring public school districts, and John Krol and Peter Marchetti attending a meet and greet informal discussion on the academic views of teachers that was not televised to voters. Unfortunately, it all equals a majority of Pittsfield’s $205.6 million fiscal year 2024 operating budget that leaves common taxpayers seeing a lot of red ink.

Outfox
Outfox
1 month ago

What questions are so sensitive in education that a person can only ask it in the presence of other educators???
Trans stuff? DEI? Money stuff that we’re going to find out about anyway?
More importantly what are the answers given by the two candidates to the mystery questions?
Let’s hope somebody leaks some cell phone footage of this deba…er, meet and greet before election day.
Both candidates should have spoken with one another about how having a secret meeting with the most powerful Union in the city would look to the Kapanskis, who are funding all the assistant principals and assistapnt to the assistant principals and assistant to the assistant of the assistant principal,
and agreed not to attend unless it was open to the rest of us taxpayers.
A united front from John and Pete would have been one hell of an impressive thing to see.

We're not there yet
We're not there yet
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Mock trial

Purdy Purdy
Purdy Purdy
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Yeah.Informational? Now that’s marginalizing the voter!

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Outfox
1 month ago

“Both candidates should have spoken with one another about how having a secret meeting with the most powerful Union in the city would look to the Kapanskis”

Outfox – you always find the core issue.

Last edited 1 month ago by Charles Kronick
snark shark
snark shark
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

but then he caved?

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

And yet…

Wilson
Wilson
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

John the Con wants transparency. C’mon now.

snark shark
snark shark
1 month ago

This probably was not a quasi private meeting, put on by the cities largest union and largest voting block, cornering two political rivals and forcing them to outbid each other into making promises for monetary largess.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  snark shark
1 month ago

I don’t often agree with you Snark, but this time you hit the nail on the head.

A “political shakedown” by the UEP.

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  snark shark
1 month ago

Outbidding one another for votes from the union using taxpayers money to do the bidding? Union has them in a bidding war with no concern for the taxpayers. What a racket!

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  Optimus Prime
1 month ago

Speaking of taxpayers, remember when Flat Tyer used ARPA money to hire “social media influencers” from NYC to promote Picklefield?

I think it only cost a mere $75,000.

Any results of this program Flat or Pete? I mean real, tangible, results. Not just buzzwords and catch phrases.

Did it bring in whatever crowd it was supposed to attract? I believe you championed this program also.

Well championed is to generous of a term for you Pete. It’d mean you’d actually have to make a decision and take a side on an issue.

Let’s say you waved the pom-poms for Flat Tyer when she championed the program.

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
1 month ago

If there was positive results they would still be talking about it. Cricket’s so far on well it went.

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
1 month ago

I hope that wasn’t done. Seems not to fit in to the rules of how the city could spend the ARPA dollars

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  ShirleyKnutz
1 month ago

I was wrong, it wasn’t just $75,000 dollars. This is Picklefield after all. It was $300,000 to $350,000 of ARPA (taxpayer) money “well spent.”

Flat?

Pete?

Care to comment…

Pittsfield used ARPA funds to host social media influencers. City leaders say it’s paying off | Central Berkshires | berkshireeagle.com

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
1 month ago

Do you think the educators came up with ideas on how to save taxpayers money while raising the schools from level 5?? Do you think they talked about closing Mercer and Allendale? or Williams? Crosby or Stearns??? Maybe they talked about increasing class size as well to 25 students in a class, or 20 instead of the current 10-15. Did they talk about how the student population has decreased by close to 20% while the budget tripled??? Lots of questions from the Kapanski’s that we are asking ourselves in the blackedout Mayoral debates we are having…..wait neither candidate came to the Kapanski’s debate, what does that say???

Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
1 month ago

It’s Game, Set, Match.

Last edited 1 month ago by Mr. Worldwide
ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
1 month ago

See you are planning on taking another stroll at City Hall on election day

The Written Word
The Written Word
1 month ago

Q: What does it say about the ethical integrity of a newspaper run by an ex-jurist who doesn’t know a blasted thing about the news business. A “free-em” ex-judge who runs his rag as an ideologist for and from the Loon Left?

A: Rutberg is the FREEMAN.

You know why?

Carte Blanche – complete freedom to act as one wishes or thinks best.

Dan you said he has the right. You’re mistaken.

Show me the jurist oath.

Bobby
Bobby
1 month ago

Marchetti gets all the questions in advance to review and prep. The debates are either not aired or heavily edited to his advantage.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Bobby
1 month ago

Kind of like the fixed D-Rat presidential primary debates of 2016/2020.

What’s good for the goose (DNC), is good for the gander (PISSfield Democrats).

Why do you think Kennedy is running Independent? He’d shred hiden Biden in a debate.

Biden/DNC is hoping RFK Jr, will get shot like his uncles, they won’t provide him/a canidate security, first time that’s happened in history.

In Da Know
In Da Know
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Rube, get a life ROTFL

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  In Da Know
1 month ago

Keeping those sheep happy there perv?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  In Da Know
1 month ago

Know Nothing, how’s it feel to be a far Leftist Liberal, decrepit of: morals, scruples, conscience , and integrity?

Profound linguistic bombastic
Profound linguistic bombastic
Reply to  In Da Know
1 month ago

Deep.

Teacha Teacha
Teacha Teacha
1 month ago

ridiculous. if the teachers didn’t want to be seen or heard, then point the cameras just on Krol and Marchetti.

Joe Mac
Joe Mac
Reply to  Teacha Teacha
1 month ago

Or they could have offered anonymous written questions. Melissa Campbell’s response manages to make the event appear even shadier. She’s their best and brightest?

Jumpin Joe Curtis
Jumpin Joe Curtis
Reply to  Joe Mac
1 month ago

She’s the only one willing to deal with the nonsense for a nice 5 figure stipend as president. She’s probably getting at least 15-20 grand extra based on union/district size. Don’t be fooled, she’s raking in the dough

Can’t be any shadier than Brendan Sheran either. Moved right on up Eberweins back end into a cush consultant position

Next
Next
Reply to  Jumpin Joe Curtis
1 month ago

Shearn or Sheran.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
1 month ago

The Left Winged Parrot is covering for the “hiden like Biden candidates”, and their string pullers.

The teachers union has an agenda, and it’s not to help Pittsfield residents, or even students, given to Piss Poor Schools system.

Political tentacles are controlling PCTV. Much like the whole MSM.

It smells as bad, as the two bad choices, that were Selected, for voters.

Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Seems to me the voters selected them. Karen was in the race. She just didn’t run a campaign that was attractive enough to get her through to the next round.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
1 month ago

How did stuck in a Rut’s propaganda machine, er “newspaper” cover the “primary”?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Concerning rigged elections………..H-Beast came a long way in 2016, along with the DNC in rigging elections, with the fake Russian “collusion” hoax. Democrats/MSM ran with that one for whole time POTUS Trump was in office…….

Back in 2006, as a Senator she said this, concerning elections overseas:

“In the audio, Clinton is heard saying, “I do not think we should have pushed for an election in the Palestinian territories. I think that was a big mistake. And if we were going to push for an election, then we should have made sure that we did something to determine who was going to win.” – H Clinton 2006
-TGP 10/23/2023

Clinton is devoid of morals, scruples, conscience, and integrity.

https://observer.com/2016/10/2006-audio-emerges-of-hillary-clinton-proposing-rigging-palestine-election/

“On September 5, 2006, Eli Chomsky was an editor and staff writer for the Jewish Press, and Hillary Clinton was running for a shoo-in re-election as a U.S. senator. Her trip making the rounds of editorial boards brought her to Brooklyn to meet the editorial board of the Jewish Press.
The tape was never released and has only been heard by the small handful of Jewish Press staffers in the room. According to Chomsky, his old-school audiocassette is the only existent copy and no one has heard it since 2006, until today when he played it for the Observer…………..”

-Observer 10/28/2016

$2.00
$2.00
1 month ago

Hey Jimmy, gimme a cheese w/ nothing.

Scarecrow & Mrs. Cing
Scarecrow & Mrs. Cing
1 month ago

Can The Planet identify the casual connection between Rutberg & Carver.

snark shark
snark shark
Reply to  Scarecrow & Mrs. Cing
1 month ago

Lotsa eagle negs right there man

Cowardly
Cowardly
Reply to  snark shark
1 month ago

& RLI

Scarecrow & Mrs. Cing
Scarecrow & Mrs. Cing
Reply to  snark shark
1 month ago

& Berkshire Waldorf
&
GHV

Jumpin Joe Curtis
Jumpin Joe Curtis
1 month ago

You want to fix the schools? Castrate the UEP. Like most districts it’s run by whiny Karens where nothing will ever be good enough. If they can’t live off an average $80k+ a year in the Berkshires, they need better financial literacy and are clearly living beyond their means. Get a job elsewhere. The whole “other districts pay more” is a load of garbage as it’s highly based on cost of living (in which they get annual increases, on top of salary increases) you’re not paying $2000/mo for a studio apartment like people out east.

The unions do more to protect the mediocre teachers than anything. I’ve worked as an educator for decades in public, private and charter schools. MANY top level teachers secretly aren’t even MTA/UEP members. They aren’t worried about losing their jobs either.

And for the record Krol is simply ENDORSING the end of MCAS. That’s up to DESE and he has little to no voice in the matter.

I was disgusted that the public has essentially zero access to this “debate/meet and greet/communist elephant circle”. The UEP should be absolutely ashamed of themselves, Gutless and powerful.

Simple Pump
Simple Pump
Reply to  Jumpin Joe Curtis
1 month ago

Did you hear the bird running for city council. She claims to be an elder millennial? She says we not need to focus so much on downtown but we need to focus on schools? No specifics.I cannot believe what we have today running the city today. This is just one example.

Craig C Gaetani
Craig C Gaetani
Reply to  Simple Pump
1 month ago

Sp your talking about Dina guiel lampiasi. You ought to hear the whole interview. She doesn’t have one specific thought.ALLL SHE CARES ABOUT IS TO SATISFY THE GOBSIGS. THE BOTTOM OF THE BARRELL COUNCILOR

Jumpin Joe Curtis
Jumpin Joe Curtis
Reply to  Simple Pump
1 month ago

I didn’t hear anything. I wasn’t there, I stupidly assumed it would be broadcast somewhere. Can you elaborate more so I don’t vote for this person?

Bill Puddy
Bill Puddy
1 month ago

Not a big question which candidate is in the UEP’s pocket!

They are wearing his shirt to the Q&A
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Jumpin Joe Curtis
Jumpin Joe Curtis
Reply to  Bill Puddy
1 month ago

Is that not Bev Krol?

Simple Pump
Simple Pump
Reply to  Jumpin Joe Curtis
1 month ago

That’s Bev.

Jumpin Joe Curtis
Jumpin Joe Curtis
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

makes sense she’d have his shirt on then. Any good mom would

In The know
In The know
Reply to  Jumpin Joe Curtis
1 month ago

And is John related to the black woman to the far left? With a Krol shirt on too? Was his wife there with a Krol shirt? There were 15 members of the audience with Krol shirts, were they all related to him? They were handing them out in the parking lot.
I know, I was there.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  In The know
1 month ago

That mean you are neither a CPA nor a lawyer. Good.

Purdy Purdy
Purdy Purdy
Reply to  Jumpin Joe Curtis
1 month ago

Well it’s not going to say Lumpy?

Purdy Purdy
Purdy Purdy
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

She is a very nice lady Daniel. You’re correct.

Dave Bubriski
Dave Bubriski
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Agree, she’s a wonderful woman.

Duh
Duh
Reply to  Bill Puddy
1 month ago

this pic was taken by one of the green shirt wearing Marchetti supporters who were lined up on the other side of the room.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Duh
1 month ago

I’d be weirded out by all that.

Herbie
Herbie
Reply to  Bill Puddy
1 month ago

Wanna be a dentist

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  Herbie
1 month ago

Like Yankum Sacsausage?

BBE,Y,R,W,CC what color do I need to be to matter
BBE,Y,R,W,CC what color do I need to be to matter
1 month ago

Still axin who is black?

There’s no shaded skinnded ppl on the BBEC page, aren’t some blacks, shaded skinnded? Or no?

Verb's the word
Verb's the word
1 month ago

LMNOP
LMNOPOOP

LMNOFXU

HIJK

8 9 10

MENS NOTHING

YOU can fill out a check ✔️ an balance it latte

#
#
1 month ago

You’re so much whiter than me.

WordPress
WordPress
1 month ago

I said what I said

Wilson
Wilson
1 month ago

This comment from Police Report from a previous post should not be missed:

Police Report

 18 hours ago
This blog or message board comment section has become a bit disappointing. I have tried to stay out of it but it’s gotten a more and more distressing.
I would like to address two main issues as they have appeared in the last month.
John Krol
I’ve known his immediate family, some of his relatives, his ex-family, and have met him a few times.
I will not be voting for him. There are too many open questions that are half answered for him to be a serious candidate in my eyes.
He’s support for Andrea Harrington shows he’s not serious about issues but is following either the money or letting his little head think for his big one.
In 20+ years in law enforcement I’ve dealt with violent criminals and petit crooks, I know when someone isn’t telling the truth and John Krol is not telling the truth. He either knows more than he’s saying or he’s trying to cover something else up. I personally find him untrustworthy and I will not vote for him and suggest others do not either.

Sunflower
Sunflower
Reply to  Wilson
1 month ago

Since Police Report is in the know, maybe they can explain that for well over a week there are BIG chunks of information missing from the Daily Pittsfield Police Log. It is blatant where you can see that they have cut the information, and on many occasions the cut of information is hours long. What is the city trying to hide from us. Is acting Chief Dawley demanding this cut of information? Is Mayor Tyer asking for the deletion? Is there no police coverage during these lapses? Are the police officers having a nap? Are the police officers at a meeting? One lapse started before midnight and lasted until 5a.m. the next day. Was there no coverage for this shift? Seems really strange that someone in the PPD is being told to cut information. Between this lapse of information and the constant issue of ambulances being “not available” and having to wait for municipal help from local towns, where are our taxes going? Is this just another secret of this administration?

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Sunflower
1 month ago

“Fringe Event”

Read the paper
Read the paper
Reply to  Sunflower
1 month ago

They have been cleared of any wrongdoing.

Tt2
Tt2
Reply to  Sunflower
1 month ago

The city pays Zero dollars for the 2 ambulance services that respond to 911 calls. The problem is lack of staff, low pay and burn out.

Lenny
Lenny
Reply to  Wilson
1 month ago

Couldn’t agree more. Glad you reposted PR’s comments.

John Dutton
John Dutton
Reply to  Wilson
1 month ago

Let’s really hope that either one of these clowns will hold PPD accountable. Let’s start with the complete waste of overtime that I’m sure you were not part of (sarcasm) Why is it we need Patrol officers 5 at a time guarding holes and directing traffic. Waste of time. Maybe do some real Police work. Hold workshops that teaches the officers how to write a correct police report., ones that can actually be used in court.

I sit in court three times a week and i can tell you it’s worse than ever. Unprepared prosecutors, horribly written Police reports, etc I believe that the DA’s office hasn’t won a single first count in Superior court yet well maybe one. It goes right along with their abysmal superior court record. We still have panhandler’s on every corner, we still have the Parks filled with misfits, we still have petty theft at record numbers, We still have Zero officers on foot patrol in downtown, we still have ZERO help for the druggies..I thought Clown shoes Shagrue had the magic potion.

This goes right along the people running this city. We need a complete clean sweep of all these worthless all talk no action puppets.Wake up Pittsfield.

Now we have Sticky fingers Krol and Beer gut Pete these two are going to start to be fiscally responsible. Yeah ok!

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  John Dutton
1 month ago

If you’re sitting in court three times a week and you don’t work for any part of the court system, it sounds like Tim Shugrue is doing a good job to me. You got caught.

Either that, or you have some odd stalking issue w/a court employee, which will all but assuredly get you a meeting with one of Shugrue’s employees in the future.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
1 month ago

A reporter maybe? Stenographer? The bailiff? Maybe a judge. Yes! That’s it! A judge.

“Hold workshops that teaches the officers how to write a correct police report., ones that can actually be used in court”

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Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  John Dutton
1 month ago

“I sit in court three times a week and i can tell you it’s worse than ever. Unprepared prosecutors, horribly written Police reports, etc I believe that the DA’s office hasn’t won a single first count in Superior court yet well maybe one. It goes right along with their abysmal superior court record”

Judge John Dutton. I feel your pain. It’s just like being a college professor.

Wasn't me
Wasn't me
Reply to  Wilson
1 month ago

Just Pittsfield PD or locally

Pam the Panhandler
Pam the Panhandler
Reply to  Wilson
1 month ago

So you and Spaulding are voting for Lumpy?

Joe Mac
Joe Mac
Reply to  Wilson
1 month ago

People don’t like change and LE is no different. Status quo is a nice thing if you work for the city.

King Kone
King Kone
1 month ago

Newsflash! Seven families just filed school choice paperwork after reading Melissa Campbell’s response to the Planet.

The school committee
The school committee
1 month ago

Krol took the cash.Krol will spend my cash fast because 40 million on a new Stadium in a swamp for a 40 game wood bat league is plain stupid.Allendale school is on a toxic swamp.Wahconah park is a baseball field.Pittsfields John Krol will fix the baseball field.Both should be closed.

Simple Pump
Simple Pump
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

You can’t FIX stupid.

Outfox
Outfox
Reply to  Simple Pump
1 month ago

Not even with duct tape?

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Outfox
1 month ago

No sadly not even duct tape, which is now Gorilla Tape. Stupid just doesn’t endure.

Empty Set
Empty Set
Reply to  Simple Pump
1 month ago

But you can make a lot of money pretending to do so

Simple Pump
Simple Pump
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

I don’t know who made who look dumber on the stooge show today? Dan you gotta watch this one.

Simple Pump
Simple Pump
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

Please do not Talk about transparency anymore as it relates to the taxpayers and the Kopanski’s. Of course the two mayor candidates are going to agree to this kind of a debate in private,and then there’s the cover-up by Pctv ( nobody asked).

Why do you think all the candidates say they’re for the schools funding?Well for one it’s state mandated funding so we have to fund it. If a candidate comes out and says you’re gonna cut school funding you can’t be able to anyway. And ifyou want to get elected you gotta go with the grain.

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  Simple Pump
1 month ago

We need to stop behaving stupidly and face our indolence that normalizes the parasites we elect now feeding in political office or wanting to feed in office.Whether it’s feeding on other people’s money, narcissistic supply or both, it’s a bad deal for
the rest of us.

Simple Pump
Simple Pump
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

I have to laugh when some say hey Bob Dylan,Willie Nelson came to Wahconah Park.sic. I mean when tens of million are scraped from our coffer barrells,our kids won’t see these two guys anyway,they’ll be dead.

snark shark
snark shark
Reply to  Simple Pump
1 month ago

Are dead people still people?

Are the Walking Dead still considered people or just dead? And what exactly is dead?

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  snark shark
1 month ago

they vote every election

Empty Set
Empty Set
Reply to  ShirleyKnutz
1 month ago

Wow, I hope those poll workers are nice to them when they come through. I would be too embarrassed to show up if I were dead. What if I ran into a neighbor or family member and my clothes and hair were mussed up?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Empty Set
1 month ago

Somehow, mail-ins get free postage/”2AM deliveries” to the polling place, from the cemeteries.

Last edited 1 month ago by Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  snark shark
1 month ago

Liberal “voters”

In The know
In The know
Reply to  snark shark
1 month ago

Dead is Krol’s hopes of ever becoming mayor of Pittsfield.

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

One of your best responses ever TSC, though both candidates are planning on spending millions at Wahconah Park when all it needs are some supports underneath and some boards replaced, probably $30 thousand not 30 million.

Empty Set
Empty Set
Reply to  ShirleyKnutz
1 month ago

What is the kickback percentage on 40 million and is it payable up front or does it go in to a trust fund?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Empty Set
1 month ago

10% for “The Big Guy”

snark shark
snark shark
1 month ago

Will the election be postponed if World War 3 breaks out in the next 7-10 days?

John Dutton
John Dutton
Reply to  snark shark
1 month ago

Krol could only hope it’s his only shot.

Purdy Purdy
Purdy Purdy
Reply to  John Dutton
1 month ago

Yeah but we can’t let Marchetti slip in the back door.

annal fissure
annal fissure
Reply to  Purdy Purdy
1 month ago

thought that was his specialty

Tt2
Tt2
Reply to  Purdy Purdy
1 month ago

He likes it in the back door

Name*
Name*
Reply to  snark shark
1 month ago

Trick or treat

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  snark shark
1 month ago

‘Fraid not. Not even WWIII & WWIV (scheduled for 2050) combined will stop this election.

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snark shark
snark shark
Reply to  Charles Kronick
1 month ago

So which one of these two asshats would make the best wartime mayor? Keep in mind that I and perhaps others, will not be paying property taxes during any world wars.

Would either one of them even be running if there was not a mega million dollar pot of cash to oversee? I think not. I think that is the only reason either of them are running. If the city was cash poor these two would be nowhere to be seen. It is NOT about the city. It is NOT about the people. It IS about the cash cow that needs milking and both these guys would like to work on this farm for the next four years.

Wipum Out
Wipum Out
Reply to  Charles Kronick
1 month ago

Exactly. It’s in the arpa contract. Hidden in a mayonnaise jar on Kufflinks back porch.

Outfox
Outfox
1 month ago

Here’s how Pittsfield politics works:
We vote for one candidate or the other but Meredith Nilan wins.

Wasn't me
Wasn't me
Reply to  Outfox
1 month ago

Lmao

Last edited 1 month ago by Wasn't me
Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Outfox
1 month ago

Another one!

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Charles Kronick
1 month ago

That’s one I wished I could have written!

Purdy Purdy
Purdy Purdy
Reply to  Charles Kronick
1 month ago

If I’m driving down my street and hit something I know what it is ? Period.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Purdy Purdy
1 month ago

Deer. Always a deer.

Pam the Panhandler
Pam the Panhandler
Reply to  Charles Kronick
1 month ago

Pctv is interviewing the G man . The interview is excellent has asked Gaetani about thirty questions with direct full answers unlike his opponent who had a giggling session with Oh substantive answers all show

Empty Set
Empty Set
Reply to  Pam the Panhandler
1 month ago

I am hoping that after Craig gets in as ward councilor that his fellow councilors will elect him council president. Pete White has been promised the position but even he knows it is over his head and, well, he just is not presidential enough in any sense of the word. He is Pete White after all.

Jeanna Ellis
Jeanna Ellis
Reply to  Pam the Panhandler
1 month ago

Donald Trump did not have one substantive answer since the day he was hatched but HE got himself elected by being connected and making all kinds of false ridiculous promises. So she is not out of it yet.

Pam the Panhandler
Pam the Panhandler
Reply to  Charles Kronick
1 month ago

I heard Rhonda Serre this morning on 95.9 something going on there man?Couldn’t understand a word she said, she’s definitely a gobsig nonprofit flag waiver. Vote Tony. The theme of all these candidates is the question will you be able to get along with your fellow councils?

A counselor represents his her ward and there should be collegial debate but I think this has been stretched enough. If there’s differences of opinion the approach Charles Kronick takes is the best one argue the point at any cost even if offends your fellow council.

Personally I think these council are lazy.

Wipum Out
Wipum Out
Reply to  Charles Kronick
1 month ago

Especially if it looked you right in the eye from a windshield.

Purdy Purdy
Purdy Purdy
Reply to  Outfox
1 month ago

Be careful The little guy might get the a judge after you.

Outfox
Outfox
Reply to  Purdy Purdy
1 month ago

That would indicate they’re paying attention to this blog, which they claim not to be,. Not to mention the last time a judge tried to censor this blog it didn’t work.

Big Ben
Big Ben
Reply to  Outfox
1 month ago

There is a fair sized thumbs down group over at the clock tower and they follow this closely. Not as big as the Marchetti thumbs downers but they can slant a comments impact.

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
1 month ago

It seems Pittsfield is not immune to voter interference. First the missing ARPA $$ in March, then the “Router # switch” and now the illegal closed debate. I think both candidates should withdraw and let Karen take the reigns of the city

Lenny
Lenny
1 month ago

Different management styles of the 2 mayoral candidates? Indeed!
Krol, who hasn’t managed anything successfully including his own family, will hire consultants to fix the city’s problems. Just what we need, more consultants when the occupant of the corner office has no clue how to solve problems and doesn’t want any heat over choices made. Marchetti has stated he will take a hands-on approach to improving issues facing the city, participating in ride-alongs with DPW, etc. Right now we have a hands-off mayor, Tyer, who has been rarely seen in four years.

Krol, who has allegedly embezzled funds ten times from a charity, wants city audits which I find absolutely ironic. The message is – don’t look at my own personal & business history but look over here at the city’s finances. Give me a break. He’s unemployed and salivating over a four-year gig which means an exorbitant steady income and opportunity for a pension.

snark shark
snark shark
Reply to  Lenny
1 month ago

Will both of these candidates be working from home like Tyer does?

In The know
In The know
Reply to  snark shark
1 month ago

One will be working in the office, who knows what Krol will be doing? Podcasts from his mom’s…I mean future ex-wife’s basement.

Wipum Out
Wipum Out
Reply to  snark shark
1 month ago

All they need is a computer and a glass of wine and a quality bathrobe.

Outfox
Outfox
1 month ago

Plot twist!
Bob Heck, in a comment on JK’s Facebook post telling people they have to show up in person for the UEP debate— and John says in his post that it is a debate—wrote: “We were asked by the union not to broadcast it. The union said they didn’t want anybody videotaping” and in a second comment Bob Heck writes”we have to respect the hosts wishes in this case.” And yes, he forgot the apostrophe.
So when Shawn Serre says that there was no request for coverage received by PCTV he is doing that that thing that’s so popular with city employees these days and overlooks the part where there was a clear request not to broadcast it or videotape it.
Ain’t semantics great?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Look who voted for this one!!!

https://www.wwlp.com/news/state-politics/massachusetts-gun-bill-how-your-representative-voted/

“The bill passed by a vote of 120-38. All favorable votes were from Democrats, while all Republicans voted “no,” along with a handful of Democrats and the chamber’s one independent member.
Here is how western Massachusetts representatives voted:
Voting YES

  • Rep. John Barrett (D-North Adams)
  • Rep. Natalie Blais (D-Sunderland)
  • Rep. Dan Carey (D-Easthampton)
  • Rep. Mindy Domb (D-Amherst)
  • Rep. Patricia Duffy (D-Holyoke)
  • Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier (D-Pittsfield)
  • Rep. Michael Finn (D-West Springfield)
  • Rep. Carlos Gonzalez (D-Springfield)
  • Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli (D-Lenox)
  • Rep. Angelo Puppolo (D-Springfield)
  • Rep. Orlando Ramos (D-Springfield)
  • Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa (D-Northampton)
  • Rep. Bud Williams (D-Springfield)”

Smitty came into the Ma House with an “A” NRA rating, guess he’s Flunking now.

Tell them how you feel.

https://www.goal.org/MA-Legislator-Contact-Info

GOAL recommends the following means of communicating with your legislators – best practices listed first.

  1. Meet face to face – at their office, or better, look for opportunities to meet up when they are in “the district”.
  2. Phone call – you probably won’t reach them directly, so leave a concise & polite message with their aide.
  3. Write a letter – see guidelines below.
  4. EMail – at this time email is the least effective means of communicating with elected officials as they are often bulk deleted without being read.”

LEO (Massachusetts Chiefs of Police) is against House bill 4067

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZDmYmLBmWA&t=11s

“Mark Leahy, the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Associaition, testified at the House Committee hearing about HD.4607 and the Mass Chiefs Association’s opinion on the bill. “

GOAL at the hearing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jY58vCTY2zQ&t=80s

“On October 10th, 2023 the House Committees on the Judiciary and Ways and Means head a joint hearing on HD.4607, An Act Modernizing Firearm Laws. GOAL’s Jim Wallace, Jon Green and Mike Harris testified before the Committee about the short notice of the hearing and the egregious content of the bill.”

Sunflower
Sunflower
1 month ago

Suggest that folks watch the 3rd video segment of the Berkshire Eagle mayoral debate. You can watch Marchetti have a complete “hissy fit” in his monotone voice. First of all, why would a Senior Vice President of a bank admit on tape that auditors find incorrect issues year after year at his bank! Glad I don’t have my money in his bank. He also admitted to forgetting about the ARPA money issue because his mind was on his campaign. He also was trying to say that he was not a supporter of Linda Tyer for the past 8 years, come on Peter, do you think we are that stupid, you NEVER voted against Linda Tyer in 8 years.

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  Sunflower
1 month ago

“People who lie and assume the rest of us are to stupid to notice.”
Unfortunately, they are correct in their assumption. How do you think we got here?
And it’s not so much a matter of stupidity, it’s a matter of too few people devoting enough time, effort and attention to see the lies through the propaganda along with too few people even having the ability to see through the propaganda having never been taught, by design, the learned skill of critical thought and
analysis.

Pam the Panhandler
Pam the Panhandler
Reply to  Sunflower
1 month ago

Low energy Pete.

Pam the Panhandler
Pam the Panhandler
Reply to  Pam the Panhandler
1 month ago

They want to narrow roads so we can have what they call a prison city,look it up. It’s supposed to curb accidents a they want you to walk to everything part of the carbon footprint. It won’t be long until we look like a Brooklyn neighborhood.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Pam the Panhandler
1 month ago

Brooklyn is actually really cool and good.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Charles Kronick
1 month ago

Streets are plenty wide, lots of traffic, stores everywhere, rents much better than in Manhattan.

Wipum Out
Wipum Out
Reply to  Sunflower
1 month ago

Alex Blumin and Ricardo going at it at City hall today.

CPA
CPA
Reply to  Sunflower
1 month ago

Auditors do find mistakes every year everywhere..that is what they are paid to do. It is called oversight and is considered an invaluable tool for any legitimate business.
A real concern is why, if he has them at his bank is he so against a forensic audit by an independent firm for the city he works for?????? Makes no sense. Raises red flags. If I was desiring to become mayor of a city with a 200 million dollar plus budget I would insist on a clean audit BEFORE I got there. Especially if I had been city council president during the previous administration because it would make me look good that everything checked out. I cannot think of one good reason to fight it can you?

Wipum Out
Wipum Out
Reply to  Sunflower
1 month ago

I really don’t know the attraction to Krol is for mayor,but I never could figure out the attraction to Marchetti? Both substandard in my playbook.

Fix My Front End
Fix My Front End
1 month ago

Careful under the Hubbard ave railroad bridge. Morrales manhole is sinking ever deeper and will take out your sway bar in a heartbeat. Scheduled to be repaired on July 4th 2034 in the year of our lord.

Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
1 month ago

Another pleads guilty.

4 down, 15 to go. Dominos are falling.

Trump co-defendant Jenna Ellis pleads guilty in Georgia election case (msn.com)

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
1 month ago

Plea-bargain guilty, you mean. RICO in the hands of the Mafia is like the Genie in the hands of the villian.

The pleadeal is how the government voids the 5 Amendment and adopts the old British tyrants’ prosecutorial method of ‘pressing the truth’ or ‘laying on bricks’. Lie the man down, add bricks until he confesses.

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Ron Kitterman
Ron Kitterman
1 month ago

unbelievable ! When I went to school a 100 yrs ago they use to have mock elections. The results wouldn’t be public till after the election but usually would mirror the same result. Guess the indoctrination camps and the unions would disagree with that now Nothing but early voting works for the progressives.

Wipum Out
Wipum Out
Reply to  Ron Kitterman
1 month ago

Congratulations to Ricardo Morales’s on Trisha Farley Bouvier’s presentation for Latino on the Hill Award.. Bringing bird scooters put him over the top.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  Wipum Out
1 month ago

oh my

Wipum Out
Wipum Out
Reply to  Ron Kitterman
1 month ago

Other characteristics that couldd have been noted.. The bike lane project, The plunger row, Beautiful Tamarac Road funding,Dan Casey swamp, Pecks Road one laner, West Street death row, 60+ accidents last winter, rework sidewalk repair,sochol road,big bad bird scooters,no helmet required, toter presentation debacle, walk lanes for sochols delay.

back me up
back me up
1 month ago

major traffic clusterfuck in coltsville

Martin T
Martin T
1 month ago

I had to laugh at Marchetti’s feigned offense at Krol’s use of “boots on the ground” when just a few weeks ago he gave Pittsfield liberals a loose stool over his “war on drugs” talk. They even called him in for a do over, such was the shame.

https://www.iberkshires.com/story/73433/Pittsfield-Mayoral-Candidates-Talk-Safety-Policing-at-NAACP-Debate.html

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Gobsig
Gobsig
1 month ago

The fat ass twins giving Morales an award. This is the Bizzaro world

Wipum Out
Wipum Out
Reply to  Gobsig
1 month ago

Suprised the Council didn’t give him a standing ovation

The school committee
The school committee
1 month ago

Marchetti will win easily.Krol can only win if he cuts the City budget by freezing pickleball spending and a 50 million dollar new stadium.Consolidating schools is a start to a quality system.