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INDEPENDENT (NON-SCANLON) ARPA AUDIT, GENERAL AUDIT A MUST FOR MAYOR-ELECT MARCHETTI

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY NOV. 13, 2023) — Memo to mayor-elect Marchetti: incorporate Best Practices early into your administration.

Specifically, beg, borrow, or steal one of John Krol’s best ideas from the now-mercifully-ended campaign.

Take his plans for (a) general audit, (b) ARPA audit, (c) to be done by an outside, independent company with no ties to the city of Pittsfield, a firm that has never done work for the city. No Scanlon for this one, please.

You need to do this for one simple reason, one that THE PLANET learned from CEOs in all sorts of businesses: As an incoming newbie, a new CEO must have a clear, honest picture of the company’s finances. A verified financial grasp is a necessary condition for good management, for all that you do will be predicated upon either the health or sickness of the balance sheet.

The audit is required for two reasons:

  1. To acquire an accurate picture of debt and outlays
  2. To determine whether or not all expenditures were reasonable and necessary.

———- ooo ———-

Even more specifically, the highly suspicious ARPA handouts represent low-hanging fruit of these audit efforts.

PETER, GO AFTER THE ARPA WASTE. They are taxpayer dollars, and there’s reasonable suspicion of  “funny business” in some of the transactions.

As you know from the campaign, people suspect fraud, waste, and abuse attached to the ARPA Star Chamber (the secret meetings). An honest and complete audit is the only way to either prove those suspicions false or true. Of the ARPA money  awarded two grants in particular require a closer look.

  • The Cultural Competency Coach took family and friends on extended vacation allegedly on the ARPA grift money she received. The Berkshire Eagle even ran a huge story with photos of the African trip. $500,000 ARPA money received.
  • The Berkshire Black Economic Council (BBEC) received an even larger amount of money. They have hosted numerous functions for “young black business minded people,” except very few young, professionally dressed, business minded people show up to these events.
    • The BBEC also pitched funding for a marijuana spa in South County, in an area not zoned for business.
    • The BBEC also pitched awarding the ARPA money that they were awarded to help “Vibe Up” North Street. What ever happened to that idea? The Eagle even ran a story to hype it up. To date, no vibing going on. What does that even mean?
    • And about BBEC president A.J. Enchill, a member of the mayor’s secret ARPA Star Chamber having his organization receive three quarters of a million dollars? What is the legality? Is it a conflict of interest?

$750,000 ARPA money received.

There is never a better time for wiping the slate clean when one administration succeeds another. Those first 100 days, in particular, the so-called honeymoon period, must be used by mayor Peter Marchetti to finance these two audits.

Otherwise, he begins with a dark cloud hovering of Allen Street.

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To oppose corruption in government is the highest obligation of patriotism” — G. Edward Griffin.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
6 months ago

Mayor Peter Marchetti is another provincial puppet in predictable Pittsfield politics. From my understanding, since Proposition 2.5 was passed and became state law in the early-1980’s, municipalities such as Pittsfield has increased municipal and public education district spending by 5 percent per fiscal year over the past 40 years now. Municipal financial management in cities such as Pittsfield is like playing a financial shell game on a Monopoly board game. Audit(s) are only a piece on the board game.

What a Mayor of Pittsfield wants is financial stability for his/her administration. It is NOT about the taxpayers. The most predictable piece of Pittsfield politics is its annual spending over the past 40 years. Mayor Peter Marchetti will be playing the same old game with our taxpayer dollars!

John Williams
John Williams
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
6 months ago

Jon,

How are they “our” tax dollars? You live in NH, correct? I don’t believe you pay any taxes or ever paid any taxes in Pittsfield. Go back to NH and stay there!

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  John Williams
6 months ago

He is right though and taxpayers need to start questioning where their money is going and being spent on

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  ShirleyKnutz
6 months ago

Exactly

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
6 months ago

I have a feeling with the Cultural Competency Coach being pictured front and center with the gavel man during the mayoral election on the front page of the Eagle tells me an audit is a no go.

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  Optimus Prime
6 months ago

Funny how nothing was reported. that I could find, on the question of residency. I can only assume people voted stating that all the department heads have to live in the city limits

JoeKapanski
JoeKapanski
Reply to  ShirleyKnutz
6 months ago

The question concerned only fire and police and public works heads and it overwhelming passed.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  ShirleyKnutz
6 months ago

It was, if I remember correct, a non-binding question. That’s the most this Council will ever give you when it comes to referendums.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Charles Kronick
6 months ago

How about recall votes, are they binding, and how do they get on the ballot?

Might be needed when Misses Marchetti deals with the mess at the COOP.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  Mad Trapper
6 months ago

I believe that someone has to be in office for at 6 months before a recall petition can be started

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Gobsig
6 months ago

We had an opportunity for a reform mayor. There was a well publicized primary. There was no natural disaster to interfere with it. There was not even a thunderstorm. The majority voted Krol and Marchetti. And then everyone got to thinking that it was a Marchetti Krol race when the real decision had been resolved months prior. Both have a strong background on City Council and their records and policies are self-evident.

So, starting out with a recall without a complaint of non-compliance with Charter or MGL is poorly conceived.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Charles Kronick
6 months ago

They should have been recalled when councilers along with Flat Tyer as mayor.

Pittsfield’s future is swirling down the toilet……

Heh Heh
Heh Heh
6 months ago

My guess is that in order to have the financial backing and gosib support to run for mayor he had to write in blood that he would fight tooth and nail AGAINST anything resembling an independent audit of any city financial documents, in any department, on any city or city employee computer or any shredded receptacle.

But, that Waconah park rehab should seriously be dropped off the radar completely. Any fool knowing anything about this city’s realistic ability to pay for such a white elephant at this abysmal time of inflation and with so much city debt already would red ink this project first thing. Tyer should do it herself today if she had one brain cell left. This is a no brainer that no financial adviser on the planet earth would encourage.

Hopefully some of the citys smarter business folk will rise up and speak to this because it is unlikely to benefit anyone not involved in building it out or getting kickbacks.
The city does not have 40 million to toss around but if it did I would think there are much much more pressing issues than this silly adventure.

Magic
Magic
Reply to  Heh Heh
6 months ago

I agree, the city does not have 40 million to pay for this, however, it does not need to cost 40 million and yes it should be saved, there has to be a better way to keep this historical venue.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  Magic
6 months ago

Why have no images of the rusted beams been published?

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Gobsig
6 months ago

Why don’t we just fix the rusted grand stand?

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  The school committee
6 months ago

Boring.

Read Infinite Jest by Foster Wallace. The first couple of hundred pages are fine. Choose any. All great things are things of great entertainment.

Last edited 6 months ago by Charles Kronick
Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Charles Kronick
6 months ago

That would be David Foster Wallace. And all 1100 pages are remarkable.

Last edited 6 months ago by Kindergarden
Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Kindergarden
6 months ago

Remarkably prescient.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Charles Kronick
6 months ago

It has nothing to do with prescience. Those are simply facts.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Kindergarden
6 months ago

YAUG? Quebecois Liberation Front? The Northeast occupied landfill? Fun With Teeth? Electrostatic dermal sanitation?

Last edited 6 months ago by Charles Kronick
Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Charles Kronick
6 months ago

Oh, ok. Right. Sorry.

Last edited 6 months ago by Kindergarden
ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
6 months ago

Dan you forget Marchetti is part of the whole corrupt B!tchville’s government. His win made sure The Bitch Is Back!!. The taxpayer is the main losers in this election unfortunately the only recourse is to get out, sell to some of these city folk thinking they have a bargain and buying up all the real estate.

WTF
WTF
Reply to  ShirleyKnutz
6 months ago

What you are saying is excellent advice and should be taken seriously. Let the vultures finish off the carcass and you can read about it from a place far away people. Cut your losses as so many others have done and continue to do. The smart money says abandon ship as the water is coming into the hold as we speak.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  WTF
6 months ago

I’ll add get out of the mASSachusetts liberal hellhole.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Mad Trapper
6 months ago

WTF and Trap want everyone else to move to Saratoga and Clifton Park so they can snap up their properties at the fire sale.

WTF
WTF
Reply to  Kindergarden
6 months ago

Speaking of milltown, why do they not talk the mayor into selling them Waconah park cheap and they can fix it up and charge people whatever they want for whatever they use it for. They got Bousquets and the camp resort and gym and yada yada so this seems like a perfect fit for them and their bottomless funding sources. But the city needs to say no that they are not going to fix it up with all new utilities and such BEFORE they give it to them cheap.

This would be a win/win for both milltown and the taxpayers would it not?

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  WTF
6 months ago

Not a bad idea; but if you’re using it for pickleball and gym equipment etc., there’s hardly room for the baseball/football stadium.

Flogging Molly
Flogging Molly
Reply to  WTF
6 months ago

Cause yeah we should put more into the hands of Milltown Capital so when it’s smoke and mirrors gets revealed like phony Allen Harris we can have some more black holes.

pothole
pothole
Reply to  Flogging Molly
6 months ago

What exactly do you mean by “phony Allen Harris?”

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  WTF
6 months ago

Great idea

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  WTF
6 months ago

Believe me they wouldn’t have to talk the mayor into giving them the park if they wanted it. She and others have their heads so far up their behinds, it isn’t funny.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  WTF
6 months ago

No rent.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Kindergarden
6 months ago

Saratoga has alot of crime.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Kindergarden
6 months ago

New York is a liberal hellhole too.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mad Trapper
6 months ago

“NEW – NY Gov. Hochul is “collecting data” from “surveillance efforts” on social media to combat “hate speech” for your safety.”

-Forbes

H.L. Mencken
H.L. Mencken
Reply to  Mad Trapper
6 months ago

You are going to die in Pittsfield and all your moronic and idiotic posts supporting a piece of garbage like Trump will not change that.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  H.L. Mencken
6 months ago

“You are going to die in Pittsfield…”

Only if I get shot while passing through the Berkshires version of “Dodge City”.

You keep voting for anti-American leftist/liberals. You deserve The Pitt’s corrupt handlers, crooks on Beacon Hill scamming mASSachusetts, and the criminals infesting 1600 Pa Ave DC.

Benign Numine
Benign Numine
Reply to  Mad Trapper
6 months ago

Dodge is safer

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

Yes,many here need Mississippi for their mental health and live in that hell hole of bribery ang crime.

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

Beacon Hill liberals are the criminal elite, and You vote for them.

mASSachusetts, closed down Your alma mata, Belchertown State. So now you just have a bottle in front of You, to go with Your frontal lobotomy.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Mad Trapper
6 months ago

For record, Liberals are fine. They are the challenge to conservatism which combined with orthodoxy (think OId Democrat Party prior to WWII), is trouble. Your beef is with progressives. They have always been a problem. They pursue power and have historically sought to abuse the power of the State, either in Constitutional acts to general law, to realize private agenda that reflect ideologically driven social models.

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The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Charles Kronick
6 months ago

We are a very conservative country.Trump the conservative was not leaving the White House under any conditions.Who you voting for in this conservative American?It going to be Trump for you fascist Americans

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  The school committee
6 months ago

TSC: I believe that anyone who calls his brother a fascist is the fascist.

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

^^^ product of PPS!!!

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Charles Kronick
6 months ago

“For record, Liberals are fine.”

If you are gleefully and mindlessly, riding the bus down to the Highway to Hell.

Even RFK Jr. has bailed out on their corrupt elections.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Mad Trapper
6 months ago

Probably we are talking apples and oranges. Phil Ochs “Love me love me, I’m a Liberal!”

The definition got merged into progressivism which is the zealot asteroid broken off the Liberal planet..

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Mad Trapper
6 months ago

RFK Jr. never had a clue.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Kindergarden
6 months ago

Why is Traitor Joe and the leftist/liberals/socialist/progressive coalition afraid to have an open primary , and allow their Demented One to debate RFK Jr.?

Joe might get lost in space?

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2023-2024 DNC primary Selection, is more crooked/corrupted, than when the DNC pushed the H-Beast upon America (2015-2016) and screwed over opposing candidates (e.g. Sanders). Bernie a socialist, might have been left enough, but was not corrupt enough for them!

P.S. They found evidence the bus loads of THE FIB agents and Antifa arriving in DC morning of 1/6/2021. Chris Wray has been squirming and lying to Congress all week!

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2023/11/chris-wray-gets-caught-rep-higgins-releases-photo/

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2023/11/your-day-is-coming-director-wray-huge-gop/

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Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
6 months ago

Current Mayor Barry will never allow Peter the Bitch to do that. We all know that Mayor Barry was coaching Bowtie Kerwood the financial guru of Bitchfield for eight years. If an outside firm even attempted to ask Bowtie a question his answers would be uhm, or ahh or I left on my desk, just don’t remember which desk.

MayorBarry
MayorBarry
Reply to  Merry & Bright
6 months ago

Read my post in the weekend column in reply to Mellie posting the Eagles’ editorial on state of city if you want to know how I feel

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
Reply to  MayorBarry
6 months ago

Mayor Barry, I did read it. Did you and Mayor Linda have a domestic dispute before you posted? All you did it cut up your wife’s mayorship through the whole post. Why didn’t you advise her along the way if this is how you really feel?

J T S Brown
J T S Brown
Reply to  Merry & Bright
6 months ago

Junk

Blue Moon
Blue Moon
Reply to  Merry & Bright
6 months ago

Obviously Mayor Linda has outlived her usefulness to Mayor Barry, so that marriage of convenience will be ending in the near future. Also, Mayor Linda seems to have developed a nice relationship with the Governor and other folks out Boston way, and, hence, Mayor Barry’s usefulness to her has also diminished significantly. I’d give the marriage an over/under of 6 months. Cheers!

Linduh
Linduh
Reply to  Merry & Bright
6 months ago

The mayor just started a new diet. The poor woman can’t even take an aspirin unless it has mayonnaise on it!

MayorBarry
MayorBarry
Reply to  Merry & Bright
6 months ago

Because I am not Mayor Barry.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  MayorBarry
6 months ago

That’s what I thought too

H.L. Mencken
H.L. Mencken
Reply to  Charles Kronick
6 months ago

So, you transferred to Williams College because you had no chance of getting admitted out of high school, and you pissed away years of your life accomplishing jack shit on the City Council? Great work, Charlie.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  H.L. Mencken
6 months ago

?
Would you risk your reputation on that?

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Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Charles Kronick
6 months ago

“Would you risk your reputation on that?”

Referring to your weird idea of transferring. You are the second very weird obsessive person to collide with me in as many days.

Where did you even get that idea?

Last edited 6 months ago by Charles Kronick
Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Charles Kronick
6 months ago

It’s a common strategy.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Kindergarden
6 months ago

Never needed it. But I had rather gone to U Wisconsin Madison. Forget why, but best degrees and value are State Schools. Most business leaders, and leaders in general, are State U grads.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Charles Kronick
6 months ago

Yes, my son double-majored there.

Benign Numine
Benign Numine
Reply to  Charles Kronick
6 months ago

The best corporate crooks are ivy League

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Benign Numine
6 months ago

That’s a fact.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  H.L. Mencken
6 months ago

Interesting thought, though pissing away time. Some people piss away time envying other people’s pursuits. It’s called vicarious living. Such as what some do here under somewhat pretentious nomikers.

Some people piss away their time on masters that provide only the germ of ability. Those who don’t piss away their time are the ones who think, observe, and strive to do.

I don’t see it in you, sorry.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Charles Kronick
6 months ago

Ouch! You guys…

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Kindergarden
6 months ago

She likes her hamburger raw too.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  H.L. Mencken
6 months ago

Easy now…

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  H.L. Mencken
6 months ago

Oh, you gotta be Mt Holyoke. Bryn Mawr?

Pat
Pat
6 months ago

Whatever happened with the vote on the ballot about the police chief and other personnel having to live in Pittsfield? I don’t remember seeing the results of that vote?

Lenny
Lenny
Reply to  Pat
6 months ago

Read JoeKarpanski’s note, above.

Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
Reply to  Lenny
6 months ago

You expect Pat to read?

JoeKapanski
JoeKapanski
6 months ago

Yea but use can’t touch dis cuz they be black

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  JoeKapanski
6 months ago

The people in leadership position’s are more afraid of being called a racist than they are afraid of the taxpayers who elected them to do their jobs and do what is in the taxpayers best interest.

Chelsea Grammer
Chelsea Grammer
Reply to  Optimus Prime
6 months ago

Optimus needs to attend apostrophe school.

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  Chelsea Grammer
6 months ago

Your right, but I just got home yesterday after a 5 day stay in the critical care unit at BMC. So bear with me. Lately it is hard to just even post, never mind worry about punctuation.

Chelsea Grammer
Chelsea Grammer
Reply to  Optimus Prime
6 months ago

Oh, ok, you get a pass.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  danvalenti
6 months ago

Thank goodness there’s no colon school. But Marchetti’s working on it.

Heh Heh
Heh Heh
Reply to  Gobsig
6 months ago

Anal Fissure school……….Pete is an lab instructor

Chelsea Grammer
Chelsea Grammer
Reply to  danvalenti
6 months ago

Comma spice – is that like Ginger spice?

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Chelsea Grammer
6 months ago

Comma spice is sprinkled like salt and pepper to make the prose look fancy.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Charles Kronick
6 months ago

I will accept that. What Dan meant, however, was ‘comma splice.’

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Kindergarden
6 months ago

Thank you, but I like comma spice, and Dan doesn’t say otherwise.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  danvalenti
6 months ago

Careful, talking about semicolons will get Trapper all excited.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Kindergarden
6 months ago

You’re just an irritable colon.

Call Misses Marchetti for help.

Last edited 6 months ago by Mad Trapper
Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Mad Trapper
6 months ago

He’s a liberal semicolon.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Charles Kronick
6 months ago

I just listened to the Republican leader so many of you admire for his racist ideology.He needs your mental health advice.This 78 year old racist leader wants you to keep him out of prison.This idiot tells this group he stands between you and your prison cell.I know this because I watch FOX to see how desperate things are….LOL

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

POTUS Trump is not a Republican/RINO.

That’s why they and the leftist/liberals fear him so much.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Mad Trapper
6 months ago

You need to wash your hands! TSC has TruDS-varK (Trump Derangement Syndrome variant Krol virus.) New variants are spontaneous.

It is a highly progressive disease left untreated gets progressively worse and ultimately treatable. You are at risk. It is highly communicable and spreads orally.

Last edited 6 months ago by Charles Kronick
Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Mad Trapper
6 months ago

Unfortunately he is a Republican.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Kindergarden
6 months ago

He’s a Constitutionalist. Not a RINO/Uniparty swamp creature, in league with the leftists.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Mad Trapper
6 months ago

Trump is a bona fide GOP Republican, running on the Republican ticket, and he is the solitary reason for the current mess in the Republican party.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Kindergarden
6 months ago

The mess is due to RINOs/ i.e. Jackasses/Uniparty in disguise, infesting the GOP.

Liberals will just screw Americans over with a grin on their face. RINOs will stab you in the back when you least expect it, then play dumb.

RINOs all need to be “primaried”/purged before the general elections.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Kindergarden
6 months ago

“We’re on the road to Ripon — or at least we need to be.

In 1854, appalled by the Kansas-Nebraska Act and the Whig Party’s endless appetite for compromise with slavery and the Democratic Party, a group of activists met at a schoolhouse in Ripon, Wisconsin, to form a new political party that would actually stand for something. The new Republican Party ran its first presidential candidate, the explorer and army officer John C. Fremont, in 1856 under the slogan, “Free speech, free press, free men, free labor, free territory, and Fremont.”

We’re there again. The Republican Party is useless to the point of insult, a capitulationist entity that exists to overspend borrowed money and agree with Democrats, or at least not disagree with them too much.

We keep chasing out the elected officials who make it too obvious. But every effort to replace an Adam Kinzinger or a Liz Cheney just leads to the emergence of a new zombie who steps forward to take their places.”

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Mad Trapper
6 months ago

why don’t you speak for yourself.

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  The school committee
6 months ago

I just listened to Joe and couldn’t understand a single word he mumbled.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Optimus Prime
6 months ago

“and couldn’t understand a single word he mumbled.”

Neither did Joe.

H.L. Mencken
H.L. Mencken
Reply to  Mad Trapper
6 months ago

Joe defeated Trump. And spare us your bull about the election being rigged. Only morons believe that.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  H.L. Mencken
6 months ago

Maybe, but how do you know?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  H.L. Mencken
6 months ago

Only morons believe the gibberish Traitor Joe manages to mumble forth.

IM-POTUS Biden was Selecected, 80 million votes my ass!

The only “insurrection” occurred Nov 3-4th 2020.

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Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  H.L. Mencken
6 months ago

I want reparations from every Moron who voted for Biden.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Mad Trapper
6 months ago

Me too. Put me down for 15%.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Optimus Prime
6 months ago

The markets understand.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  The school committee
6 months ago

I seriously hope not.

“We’re now abolishing fossil fuels starting with every NG stove”

PTSRRRRRRRRRRUUUUUUHHHHHHHH

Last edited 6 months ago by Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  The school committee
6 months ago

wash wash wash

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Charles Kronick
6 months ago

It’ll never have hemorhoids, it’s the perfect colon.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  danvalenti
6 months ago

If you watch ward 4 councilor you’ll see he graduated from coma school.

H.L. Mencken
H.L. Mencken
Reply to  Optimus Prime
6 months ago

One does not add an apostrophe to make a word plural. And the Pittsfield Public school failure is made plain. Learn how to write.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  H.L. Mencken
6 months ago

DIE/CRT is much more important than learning reading, writing, and math. Liberals say so, so it must be true to the sheeple.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  H.L. Mencken
6 months ago

Thank you.

JoeKapanski
JoeKapanski
Reply to  danvalenti
6 months ago

Use can spell it how’s u want and we dont need no stinking’ commas or dose apostrophes either cuz it be Ebonics and weze be gettin’ diplomas in some der states soon weather weze can pass da test or not. It’s all in the name of equity. Use white folk is dam fools.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  JoeKapanski
6 months ago

I didn’t want to believe that Pitt Everyman citizen JoeKapanski seethed such affect, but I guess on this blogsite ya gets what ya pays for.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  danvalenti
6 months ago

Leftists/Liberals champion “free speech”, as long it supports their agendas, anything otherwise is racist and hate speech.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Mad Trapper
6 months ago

And you, Trapper, support free speech as long as you agree with it.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Kindergarden
6 months ago

I even support Your right, to drivel on, and on, and on,………

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  danvalenti
6 months ago

‘Privileged’ free speech, as I notice with the number of my posts that end up on the cutting room floor.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Kindergarden
6 months ago

How was that “free speech” thing working on social media fall of 2020? Twitter, Facebook,……..all censored by the Swamp Creatures You support and idolize.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  JoeKapanski
6 months ago

Sorry, JoeKapanski, not that you care, but you have just lost all my credibility and respect as Everyman spokesman with your AAVE tirade.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Kindergarden
6 months ago

Have can Joe lose that, as You have neither credibility nor respect?

Chelsea Grammer
Chelsea Grammer
Reply to  JoeKapanski
6 months ago

they be black > dey be black

get your pronouns right

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
6 months ago

I have that audit on the table. It will stay there unless people demand it go live.

Last edited 6 months ago by Charles Kronick
Jon Melle
Jon Melle
Reply to  Charles Kronick
6 months ago

Please explain how Mayor Peter Marchetti will earn a city salary of $115,725 per fiscal year 2024, collect city perks, someday retire with a city public pension plus perks in the 6-figures for life, collect a large Social Security check for life, and collect his 35-year bank pension for life, while the bedraggled taxpayers pound sand. Thank you, Charles Ivar Kronick, for watching out for us commoners.

Ghost of Pearl Bergoff
Ghost of Pearl Bergoff
Reply to  Jon Melle
6 months ago

You don’t live in Pittsfield, hell you’d be in Belchertown locked up if the nuthouse never closed. Don’t worry about the commoners

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Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Ghost of Pearl Bergoff
6 months ago

A lot of people on this board do not live in Pittsfield. But I can say this for them, this place sure does leave an impression.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Charles Kronick
6 months ago

Not an impression, It’s more like stepping on a steaming turd when you have to travel through it.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Jon Melle
6 months ago

Marchetti deserves every penny.

J T S Brown
J T S Brown
Reply to  Kindergarden
6 months ago

He doesn’t deserve anything but what the previous administration and city council he led and directed. He is not for the taxpayer other than the decades of regular tax and spend services which include crime, water,trash pick up and roads. From what Ive seen from him as President of the City Council was a complete and abject failure on the basic principles for what most of our tax monies major proportions goes to. All of these items are failing, including Schools.

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  Kindergarden
6 months ago

How can you say that? He hasn’t even taken up residence in the corner office yet. Let’s see how it is going after his first term to see if he’s earned every penny.

WTF
WTF
Reply to  Optimus Prime
6 months ago

He just had eight years as council VP. I think we can surmise from that total lack of effort that the city is in for another four year plummet in livability. His words are meaningless today as he stood by totally impotent when he had the chance to prove himself. He will be the useful idiot to the special interests but other than that and his puppet awards he is just a warm body.

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  WTF
6 months ago

I agree 100 % with your post. I was referring to somebody who said, gavel man earned every penny without working for it yet.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Optimus Prime
6 months ago

Well, what I mean is that complaining about what people feel is his excess compensation flies in the face of the fact that he has earned all those salaries, pensions etc.

snark shark
snark shark
Reply to  Kindergarden
6 months ago

Earned it by just showing up? Earned it by following Mama duck mayor around in a duckling line with the other councilors for eight (8) years? Earned it by being terrified to speak up when the mayor was spending taxpayer money like a drunken hotel heiress?

I don’t think so sir. This may be a game to him and his council friends but it is not funny to the taxpayers they have so little regard for.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Kindergarden
6 months ago

I like your logic. It is the ‘anti-shouldinating” logic. It’s wrong and shouldn’t happen! Well, my friends, it happened. Therefore, it should have.

Shouldinators are compulsive mustibators. (Courtesy Dr. Ellis.)

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Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Charles Kronick
6 months ago

Very nice.

Eye Roll
Eye Roll
Reply to  Kindergarden
6 months ago

(e_e)

H.L. Mencken
H.L. Mencken
Reply to  Kindergarden
6 months ago

Marchetti is an obese hack who hates women. And, learn how to spell “Kindergarten,” moron.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  H.L. Mencken
6 months ago

I imagine, when pushed to do so, that you are obese. Hack – that goes without saying. Why compare yourself to a minor syndicated name when there are the great ones which solid minds aspire?

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Charles Kronick
6 months ago

I am with Chaz here.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  H.L. Mencken
6 months ago

He thinks he’s a “Woman”!

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  H.L. Mencken
6 months ago

You ass. I chose that name and its spelling intentionally.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Kindergarden
6 months ago

You went to all the best Scohols!

Flogging Molly
Flogging Molly
Reply to  Jon Melle
6 months ago

Tell us about your VA benefits you get if that’s even true. You’re nuttier than grandma’s fruitcake.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Flogging Molly
6 months ago

Just a guess, but it probably is none of your business.

MayorBarry
MayorBarry
Reply to  Jon Melle
6 months ago

Let’s hope his spokesperson won’t have a mop head like Biden’s Binder Lady. It’s awful watching her utter another lie.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  MayorBarry
6 months ago

MSNBC hired his last spox, “Little Red Lying Hood” aka Jen Psaki. Her time telling only fibs and lies while at the White House, made her quite qualified.

H.L. Mencken
H.L. Mencken
Reply to  Jon Melle
6 months ago

State law. Explain how Melle, who’s been malingering about PTSD for years while he can b.s. his way into a psycho pension and milk the taxpayers out of money. All the while embarking on some pathetic Captain Ahab quest about Nuciforo ruining his life. Jom lies about his disability, posts pathetic word salads about Pittsfield politics, and does nothing except embarrass himself in the process. My father served in the Army in the 1960s and you are an abject disgrace to the uniform.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  H.L. Mencken
6 months ago

“My father served in the Army in the 1960s and you are an abject disgrace to the uniform.”

Vicarious service?

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Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  H.L. Mencken
6 months ago

How does Your father have anything to do with Melle?

My Father was 8th Air Corps in Britain. Does that qualify me to denigrate John too?

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Mad Trapper
6 months ago

My father in law, who served in Vosges mountains of France which was 100% impassable, spoke of US deserters. They were common and everyone knew that at some point on the front, people simply could break down. Some lost their minds and were walking back home to Wisconsin. Others just had too much. All catastrophes and crises are unique.

“We just let them go. The MP would eventually pick them up.”

Only someone who never served, and certainly never served in action with draftees, speaks like that about soldiers.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Charles Kronick
6 months ago

My Dad was one of those. Shot a few Nazis, got lost, and luckily ended up PTSD back home.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  H.L. Mencken
6 months ago

Leave Jon alone. He can’t help it.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Kindergarden
6 months ago

Careful she has a virus too. Different one, the symptoms are very close and transmission the same.

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J T S Brown
J T S Brown
Reply to  Charles Kronick
6 months ago

It will be status quo from the get go. Special Interest always takes front and center, after he’s done taking care of them there won’t be any money left to do anything maybe a couple subtle changes. Your taxes will go up.

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
Reply to  J T S Brown
6 months ago

Sarcasm: I heard a rumor that Mayor Peter Marchetti’s first order of business in early-2024 in Pittsfield politics is to call for all politicians who make over their municipalities median income to donate the rest of their public pay plus perks back to the government’s General Fund to show the taxpayers that they understand their financial struggles. Mayor Peter Marchetti will be the first politician to do this, and then he will say to all of the other politicians to follow his lead by example. Mayor Peter Marchetti said that he will donate his entire future 6-figure city public pension plus perks to the General Fund because he will also collect his Social Security monthly checks and his 35-year bank pension. Mayor Peter Marchetti said he wants to show the taxpayers that he is out for their best interest. Mayor Peter Marchetti also said that he is going to paste wings on Pigs so that they will fly all around Pittsfield!

Marky
Marky
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
6 months ago

He’s on a beach actively not reading this right now.

Yang Sea
Yang Sea
Reply to  J T S Brown
6 months ago

Marketty say bird in bush is worth two in hand.

Marky
Marky
Reply to  J T S Brown
6 months ago

When the phone doesn’t ring it’ll be the Status Quo.

Ghost of Joe Ryan
Ghost of Joe Ryan
6 months ago

Sorry Dan, Marchetti switching it up on auditors or having any kind of meaningful oversight of the city’s finances is as likely as Marchetti conducting an independent audit of the city’s voting processes and procedures. Not going to happen. Marchetti has benefited from the corruption, he sure as hell ain’t going to try to bring any of it to light. Plus, Barry won’t let him, even if he wanted to.

Cy Young
Cy Young
6 months ago

Ole’ Shirley had about 550 thousand reasons to throw her weight behind Peter. Afterall Peter is the head of the super secret, sacred body that decided where to send along the $40 million in ARPA blood money. Since the money wasn’t used to help taxpayers at all, it sure had to be used for something. $40 million can buy a lot of people who otherwise would have no use for the fat gavelmeister. Peter won’t touch a real audit of the ARPA fund with a ten million foot pole. He especially won’t do it on vacation in Florida. Get used to it Pittsfield, the mayor will be sure maximizing unchecked vacation time.

WTF
WTF
Reply to  Cy Young
6 months ago

Is his other brother Pete sunning with him? Are they going over the details of how they can raise the taxes on the elderly? So much fun.

Is Pete W. going around to local restaurants with his mouth open and pointing to his tongue?

John Dutton
John Dutton
6 months ago

As the great Led Zepplin song goes “The song Remains the same”
that will be it for this City nothing, nada will change things will only deteriorate. Krol it would have been worse and that’s saying something. The problem with politics is that nobody wants to run for office especially in this city. It’s all about revenge politics not what i can do for the good of the city but how can i stick it to the other side. This creates this pool of malcontents.

The city departments including the sheriffs office all the way down to the DPW are full of family members, cousins , old high school buds, friends. This is one part of this puzzle that is the Pittsfield. This isn’t going to change anytime soon so until it does this will be the result just look around.

Marky
Marky
Reply to  John Dutton
6 months ago

Bingo. The real entrenched dirtiness is in the departments. Politicians are interchangeable.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Marky
6 months ago

Sound just like Washington DC, but there it is the various departments and the politicians who are dirty.

WTF
WTF
Reply to  John Dutton
6 months ago

And every year a hundred more Pittsfield residents and their families see that unchangeable handwriting on the wall and venture to other places. It is a big move and not for everyone but with the super low bar in Pittsfield it is an option all should look at. Especially if you love your family and want the best for them.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  WTF
6 months ago

House rich and credit poor. Those are the ones left to fight.

Tony B
Tony B
6 months ago

So basically. You take issue with those funds going to BIPOC businesses and individuals. Got it. Should have expected as much from this blog.
This whole ARPA audit business is just TIRED now. You’re trying to make something into a big deal that’s just not. No story. Move on. And I very much doubt the Mayor elect is going to be taking advice from the Planet.

JoeKapanski
JoeKapanski
Reply to  Tony B
6 months ago

Listen Tony,t he whole ARPA thing was totally uncalled for from the get go, from the feds, and then to piss it away on these discriminatory programs is total bullshit.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  JoeKapanski
6 months ago

No cred.

Fred Rutherford
Fred Rutherford
6 months ago

Marchetti reminds me of my son Clarence. Fine boy. People call him Lumpy. Perfect nickname for the mayor elect.

Fred Rutherford
Fred Rutherford
Reply to  danvalenti
6 months ago

Her married name is Amuso. Mama Cass Costa is her good friend.

Peet
Peet
6 months ago

All of this hot water is making me thirsty. They’re being racist again tonight.

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The school committee
The school committee
6 months ago

My 240 dollar Pittsfield water bill for 2 people went to 1,100 under Tyer and Marchetti.Retired and poor in Pittsfield is is a financial death sentence for elderly homeowners.Mayor Pete Marchetti can make a difference right away.Freeze hiring and let attrition work over time.Cut taxes for the retired poor people.Do not waste another dollar at the King Street dump wetland of wahconah park.If you build a new Stadium put it at the GE tumbleweed ugly area of the Biotechnology desert wasteland.It looks like a bombed out Berlin down there.Please put more benches all the way down North Street with angle free parking and a 20mph speed limit.Consolidate schools as the Catholic church consolidated.Sweep streets and paint lines.Fix things and light up the down town.Freeze wages for 5 years on people making over 70 k.Pete has 4 years but we will know in 4 weeks where this is going

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

Keep on voting for Liberals TSC. They’ve run the city, state and country to ruin.

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

The Republican give tax breaks to corporations and wealthy people.Tax cuts are not ideas.Fascism is the only idea that conservatives have .You guys like bribery of the Supreme Court and Republicans

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

The corrupt USA legislators, are sending BILLIONS of American tax dollars, to a corrupt politician friend of the Bidens (Zelensky), in Ukraine.

This is to persecute a war to hide the Biden crime families illegal business practices in Ukraine. The soldiers include Azov SS/Nazi detachment in Mariupol.

Biden has also recently donated 80 BILLION to Iran, to support terrorists/Hamas, and a war in Israel.

Hamas is also currently using the BILLIONS of dollars of weapons Biden gifted the Taliban in Afghanistan, when he ran away stranding Americans there, to commit atrocities on non-Muslim civilians (Jihad).

Last edited 6 months ago by Mad Trapper
Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Mad Trapper
6 months ago

Your exaggerations are towing the FOX line.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Kindergarden
6 months ago

Refute the TRUTH posted above. The installed Biden regime has been an unmitigated disaster for Americans and America.

A single thing Biden has done for, rather than to Americans, name it?

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Mad Trapper
6 months ago

I won’t repeat myself.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Kindergarden
6 months ago

You do that involuntarily , like a cuckoo clock.

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

Faster than a speeding sloth

Dumber than a box of rocks

Able to trip going up stairs three times, in a single flight.

It’s a bird brain!

It’s insane!

It’s Joe Biden!

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Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Mad Trapper
6 months ago

The liberals ain’t the problem.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Kindergarden
6 months ago

It’s the rigged Selections now.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Mad Trapper
6 months ago

Yeah, ‘we lost, so it must have been rigged.’

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Kindergarden
6 months ago

They have the videos of the busloads, of THE FIB and Antifa showing up J6 in DC on their way to instigate things.

Chris Wray has been squirming, and lying to Congress all week.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvlMw3BeYtQ

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2023/11/your-day-is-coming-director-wray-huge-gop/

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  The school committee
6 months ago

Dumpster diver as said the people want the new stadium. I’d like to see it voted on and I have have a feeling the majority of taxpayers don’t want it. They are looking to use Covid cash which means they will use it if they get their way.

WTF
WTF
Reply to  Optimus Prime
6 months ago

That ridiculous statement, based on polling a bunch of people they knew were all for it, says all you need to know about Mr Dumpster. He might as well as wear a Tee shirt that says, “I am in their pocket all the way. I say the things they tell me to say. I am the obedient one.”

In a way I feel sorry for some of these councilors. They allow themselves to become useful idiot bobbleheads in servitude to other people. And they do this knowing how much it would bother them if their own children allowed themselves to be used like this. Sad to see people sell themselves so cheaply and embarrassingly.

Marky
Marky
Reply to  The school committee
6 months ago

Do you have a meter?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Marky
6 months ago

TSC has been on Severe eee for decades now.

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Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Mad Trapper
6 months ago

I have witnessed the High EEE in public comments actually. I think I head on a few meetings ago during a floor debate too.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Charles Kronick
6 months ago

*heard one a few…

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  Mad Trapper
6 months ago

I just heard what appears to be a high pitched, purple-haired woman screeching.

Never mind, it was just Kindergarden getting elevated to “High” on the Liberal Meter.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
6 months ago

A position I occupy with great pride.

WTF
WTF
Reply to  The school committee
6 months ago

It reads of a major conflict of interest for Pete White, Marchettis best friend and confident as well as campaign cheerleader, to become City council president isn’t it? I mean isn’t Council president job to counter balance the mayor for the people rather than being his hand maiden?

Can someone please get the job description of the council president and illustrate how it works with the mayoral position? (supposed to work) I am pretty sure they are two separate branches of government and not supposed to be holding hands while dancing down the yellow brick road on the way to the land of OZ.

Help me out here Charles please. Help the Petes understand how government is supposed to work in the real world.

Peet
Peet
Reply to  WTF
6 months ago

Someone tell WTF, the Pete’s already know that supposed to, is like, just a recommendation, definitely not protocol. Their game will not work if they do what they’re supposed to.

Do as you ought, not as you please.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  WTF
6 months ago

No help, no hope. The rules have the Council electing the President. And there is no restriction on elected officials changing hats. Friends are not legal relationships and impossible to define. (Who’s your best friend, and how can you be so sure?)

I had petitioned for term limits. Draft 1 was 1 term to set the philosophy of good governance. Formal request is for term limits 2 terms no more than 8 years consecutive and cooling off period of 1 year for elected office at the limit.

Keep your eye on it for 2024 Charter Review. Better yet, organize a citizen charter review.

Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
Reply to  WTF
6 months ago

There is NOTHING in the charter that says they need to be at odds. Gerry Lee and Jim Ruberto got along just fine and were on the same side of the fence.

Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
Reply to  danvalenti
6 months ago

I don’t think you would feel that way if the Council and the Mayor were both conservative branches at the same time. In fact I think almost everyone on this board would be ecstatic at the thought of it. Your issues is when the Mayor is liberal and the council is liberal, you pain them as rubber stamps and non-functioning. You all would LOVE a rubber stamp conservative Council with a conservative Mayor. Then you would think government was functioning as intended. Can you guys please just admit that?

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  danvalenti
6 months ago

When Trump – conservative – got his GOP congress -conservative – he found that they were completely useless and had to walk away from them and shelve his proposals for reform. They were interested in battling their opponents across the aisle and politicking. Thank Heavens for balanced power but too bad for lack of shared Common Sense (hard to find in a group >5)

It’s not about ideology or platform. It’s about Common Sense. Conservatives are sometimes wrong. Liberals are sometimes correct.

Benigno Numine
Benigno Numine
Reply to  Charles Kronick
6 months ago

Liberals are symbolism over substance. Conservatives might occasionally be wrong and liberals are very rarely correct

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Benigno Numine
6 months ago

Don’t confuse idealism with symbolism. Liberals and conservatives are wrong equally often.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Charles Kronick
6 months ago

The Congress elected 2016 was largely RINOs, like: Paul Ryan (SOTH), Graham, McConnell, Romney et al, who did little for Americans/America.

Instead they let the H-Beast/DNC/DOJ/and THE FIB continue the “Russian collusion illusion”, when in fact those accusers were guilty and should have been investigated/prosecuted.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Mad Trapper
6 months ago

You believe everything Trump tells you?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Kindergarden
6 months ago

I believe my eyes and ears.

You believe Karine Jean-Pierre and Jen Psaki

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Mad Trapper
6 months ago

The problem is, your eyes have blinders and your ears have earplugs.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Kindergarden
6 months ago

Are You deaf/dumb (literally)/blind, or head in the sand?

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Charles Kronick
6 months ago

As pablum as that is, it’s probably right.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Kindergarden
6 months ago

Good pablum.

Benigno Numine
Benigno Numine
Reply to  danvalenti
6 months ago

The ideology is the problem

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Benigno Numine
6 months ago

The ideology is not the problem. You are making a logical error. Cities are Democratic because they are big, and they have huge problems because they are big. They don’t have huge problems because they are Democratic.

You would have us believe that a Republican administration would solve Pittsfield’s problems. Do you believe that is true?

Benign Numine
Benign Numine
Reply to  Kindergarden
6 months ago

Yes, but it would take time to fix decades of democrat mess

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Benign Numine
6 months ago

The thousand-mile journey begins with a single step. I have no problem with a GOP administration, but I can’t help you there. You guys have got to do the work.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Kindergarden
6 months ago

Good arg

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  danvalenti
6 months ago

I tend to believe it is not the ideology.

Benigno Numine
Benigno Numine
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
6 months ago

If you can name a city run by liberals that isn’t a shithole please do so

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Benigno Numine
6 months ago

There really is no cause-effect there. Name a city run by conservatives that isn’t a shithole.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Kindergarden
6 months ago

Casper WO, Boise ID…….

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Mad Trapper
6 months ago

San Diego, Santa Clara, San Jose…

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Kindergarden
6 months ago

Chicago, Baltimore, NYC, SF, Seattle, Portland OR, St Louis MO, Atlanta, Newark, Hartford, Boston, LA,…….

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Mad Trapper
6 months ago

All big cities, genius.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Kindergarden
6 months ago

All run by liberal socialists.

Last I checked my IQ, it was 142.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Mad Trapper
6 months ago

Wow. Impressive.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
6 months ago

Oh well, they do have a proximity problem.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Benigno Numine
6 months ago

Unions?

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Charles Kronick
6 months ago

Maybe weigh total mass of social workers. Make a social worker metric for municipal comparisons.

A Good Pinko is
A Good Pinko is
Reply to  danvalenti
6 months ago

no can do without statistics and graphs

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Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Benigno Numine
6 months ago

Austin. Atlanta. Raleigh. Silver Spring.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
6 months ago

There is NOTHING in the charter that says they need to be at odds”

Balance in power is by definition ‘at odds’. You are correct that the Charter is inadequate for the needs of this City (or any city for that matter.) The Executive and legislative branches are not balanced.

She Secrumbs
She Secrumbs
Reply to  Charles Kronick
6 months ago

Never mind who’s what? Dump the Wahconah Park idea unless the portion for the city is less than a quarter.Stabilize the taxes. Dump two schools Mimimum. Increases the insurance co pays. Dumpi stranded for Council members. A forensic audit first and foremost.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  She Secrumbs
6 months ago

Ah, ‘who’s what” – very good. My thoughts too.

The World is a big place, but if you are incurably provincial, even Berkshire County seems to be the center of the Universe.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  danvalenti
6 months ago

Be that as it may the percentage of @55 holes is roughly the same in most places.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Gobsig
6 months ago

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Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Gobsig
6 months ago

This is true.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  danvalenti
6 months ago

OMG the Pitt is no more provincial than any city of its size except maybe in California.

WTF
WTF
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
6 months ago

They do not need to be at odds. But the council is there to challenge and question dubious mayoral adventures.

Your example of Lee and Ruberto only makes my point. Taxes really started to take off when Ruberto came on the scene and Lee played the puppet and went along with the pillaging. Thank you for bringing that up.

She Secrumbs
She Secrumbs
Reply to  WTF
6 months ago

So it looks like the consultants for the water sold the city of Pittsfield or Billy goods and part of the treatment process isn’t working down at the plant and I agree with the water wizard tonight they have been negligent with the results of what’s going on down there and they should give the money back tens of millions of dollars.I believe the water whiz asked Mrs. Guille to take this on personally and contact the person that’s in charge

She Secrumbs
She Secrumbs
Reply to  WTF
6 months ago

Looks like the E P A out of some sort of miracle has rectified the phosphorous problems at the failing sewer plant. Did they lower the limits? Who knows.Looks like it had change orders and the compliance was miraculously lowered after million spent on new construction for phosphorus limits. Can you SAY Musical Chairs? With your tax dollars?

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  She Secrumbs
6 months ago

Yes, that is a miracle of government. Same one that will eliminate PCB’s from the Housy and make them disappear from the dumping grounds in Lee.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  WTF
6 months ago

Pillaging Pete ah yes

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
Reply to  WTF
6 months ago

Pete White is – Sarcasm – humble to say that he will be the next President of the City Council, but he likes the sound of “Pete and Re-Pete” just as much as the way this sounds: “Pittsfield politics”! (Pete & Pete: Pittsfield politics = PPPp.)

Cy Atica
Cy Atica
Reply to  WTF
6 months ago

It will be a historically compliant city council for Mayor Pete. Expect some type of solid waste reform to pass with flying colors early in 2024.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  The school committee
6 months ago

Keep voting for democrats

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Gobsig
6 months ago

Do the work.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  The school committee
6 months ago

You’re convincing me.

Disgusted with humanity
Disgusted with humanity
6 months ago

You people are disgusting

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Disgusted with humanity
6 months ago

Why? It’s just a conversation.

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
6 months ago

Sarcasm: I am announcing my campaign for Mayor of Pittsfield politics in far Western Massachusetts in 2027 from my residence in Amherst, NH, which is a lot closer than Naples, Florida. My promises to Pittsfield voters are to always raise your taxes and fees, to steal your taxpayer dollars via creative accounting schemes, and to vote myself huge city public pay raises and perks so that in the 2030’s and beyond, I will retire with as much of your money – my loot – as possible. Please vote for “Jon Melle” for Mayor in 2027!

She Secrumbs
She Secrumbs
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
6 months ago

I hope this isn’t true. I heard the mayor is going to hire rubber neck for something.

She Secrumbs
She Secrumbs
Reply to  She Secrumbs
6 months ago

He was interviewing some cutie pie this morning. I don’t think she liked it to much when his spit came up.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  She Secrumbs
6 months ago

Cutie Pie in your eyes.

MayorBarry
MayorBarry
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
6 months ago

Money doesn’t buy happiness, Johnathan. What would you wish for if you had one wish to improve your life, big time?

Hung Wang
Hung Wang
Reply to  MayorBarry
6 months ago

Better to be rich and unhappy than poor and unhappy

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
Reply to  Hung Wang
6 months ago

My one big wish may sound silly. It is to live in a world whereby everyone has a chance to live a happy and healthy life.

I watched Elizabeth Mitchell (Banks)’s Press Your Life on ABC prime-time tonight (Tuesday, 11/14/2023). Erin from Pittsfield, Massachusetts was a contestant on the TV show. Elizabeth and Erin talked about Pittsfield during a segment of the game-show. I thought it was cool.

My older brother graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1992 with Elizabeth Mitchell (Banks), along with Dr. Kim Cobb who is a climate scientist who is interviewed on BBC News, and along with Alec MacGIllis who is a journalist at the Washington Post and other area newspapers and he is an author of political books. I always tell my brother that the PHS Class of 1992 is the most impressive one.

I graduated from PHS the following year in the Class of 1993. My 30-year PHS Class Reunion is next week on Friday, 11/24/2023, at the GEAA, but I won’t be attending because of Nuciforo’s 27.5-years-long persecution of me and my dad in Pittsfield politics. I send my love all of my PHS classmates. I am sad that around 10 of my PHS classmates have passed away over the past 30 years. I heard that a table is set up in their honor at everyone of my PHS class reunions. The PHS Class of 1993 is the sweetest one.

I played Trivia tonight at Uno with my dad, Bob, and a friend. We had fun. Life is short. Please take some time to enjoy it.

Mississippi Jack Crock
Mississippi Jack Crock
Reply to  danvalenti
6 months ago

He should wish for a color TV. Oh lord, won’t you buy me a color TV…
Good wishing bring good things.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  danvalenti
6 months ago

Work hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
6 months ago

“live in a world whereby everyone has a chance to live a happy and healthy life.”

The U S of A.

A Good Pinko is
A Good Pinko is
Reply to  Kindergarden
6 months ago

cant live a happy andhealthy life just choose one

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Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  MayorBarry
6 months ago

Money sure as shit buys happiness.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Kindergarden
6 months ago

Like 30 pieces of silver does

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
6 months ago

Ok, you have my vote.

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
Reply to  Kindergarden
6 months ago

My best friend from PHS emailed me: “Sorry to hear about you choosing not to sttend the hs reunion. You will be missed!“. My reply is that I will miss attending my PHS 1993 classmates, too. What Nuciforo’s persecution of me in Pittsfield politics over the past 27.5 years did to me and my dad, Bob, was very painful. The things – whisper campaigns – that they said about me in Pittsfield are one-sided, half-truths vicious rumors. The way some people look at me in Pittsfield is very abusive and hurtful. When I was a then young man living in Pittsfield 2 decades ago, Nuciforo blacklisted me from employment. When I had a Facebook account years ago, people unfriended me when I wrote about what I heard what was said about me by the Nuciforo network in Pittsfield. Some people wrote that I am a messed up person. Others wrote that I am a horrible person. I canceled my Facebook account years ago. What I think of Nuciforo is akin to when I have acid reflux or when I have to vomit. If you were in my – Jon Melle’s – shoes, would you go back to Pittsfield to be persecuted by the Nuciforo network? I send my 1993 PHS classmates my love from Amherst, NH, when they meet for the 30-year PHS class reunion next week on Friday, 11/24/2023, at the GEAA. I wish they understood what happened to me in Pittsfield politics in the decades since we graduated from PHS together in 1993. It is a lot to take in – even for yours truly!

Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
6 months ago

What did they say about you?

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
6 months ago

Take a deep breath, start on Cymbalta, rid yourself of the past and go to the reunion.

Nuciforo is not totally evil. He was very good to my parents.

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ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
6 months ago

Looking into the new year I do not foresee one of the main culprits in the excessive budget and giveaways to be a person asking for an independent audit. I do see the GOBSIGS increase their power by changing the charter to lessen the taxpayers ability to be part of the government they fund. I also see the Old Civic Authority crowd drooling over the rebuild of Wahconah Park. Of course it won’t match the required sizes and spaces to host anything but baseball 20 days a year, anything to spend money and pay their union sponsors. I also envision more destruction and city money going towards Springside for the “childrens bike park”. I foresee more ARPA money being spent in secret without anyone aware of where the money goes as the city raises our sewer and water tax due to the increasing cost of the new plant that arpa could have paid for. I see another vault of taxpayer money being thrown at the level 5 schools with no accountability. Of course Rumpass’s maze will continue to grow with roundabouts and bumps in the road while ignoring the potholes and decaying streets. Boy it just seems like De Je Vue for another year….groundhog day over and over again.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  danvalenti
6 months ago

It’s actually quite a bit worse than that. You’ll never know what to see.

Moonlight Ladies
Moonlight Ladies
Reply to  danvalenti
6 months ago

Anyone who believed Marchetti was going to care about your concerns more than the last mayor got a rude awakening last night. Peter’s first act as mayor elect was to skip the city council meeting.

Giusta Poser
Giusta Poser
Reply to  Moonlight Ladies
6 months ago

The current one hasn’t showed up in almost 8 years.

She Secrumbs
She Secrumbs
Reply to  danvalenti
6 months ago

Yes it’s clear to me. The Gob will solidify their treacherous power by changing prerogatives into the charter for one. Any and all tax revenue will be spent on the Sigs.But most importantly this council will have zero pushback. You know it and we know it.

Cy Atica
Cy Atica
Reply to  She Secrumbs
6 months ago

The meetings will end early. That’s good news for the reporters and Councilor Amuso.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  ShirleyKnutz
6 months ago

it’s presque vu all over again.

Joetaxpayer
Joetaxpayer
Reply to  ShirleyKnutz
6 months ago

I agree about Wahconah Park, would have to spend 150 million to keep up MLB outrageous standards. Has to be built as a Concert and Entertainment venue. Grandstand area needs to be enlarged. Pittsfield should also get 1$ per ticket under 10$ , 2$ anything over to help with the maintenance budget.

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
6 months ago

First, want to thank Councilor Kronick for ONCE AGAIN going to bat for the residents of California Avenue pertaining to the narrowing and basically ruining lawns and driveways. One comment was made last night by Councilor Persip which made my blood boil. He stated that residents were complaining about slowing vehicles down. NOT ONE of the approximately 20 residents that attended the neighborhood meeting set up by Councilor Kronick stated that! We all stated that the speeding had increased. Did not appreciate him stating that misinformation especially while laughing. Not funny Earl, maybe if you had stopped wandering away from the crowd and stuck around you would have heard the correct information.

Karen
Karen
Reply to  Merry & Bright
6 months ago

At large councilors are useless.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Merry & Bright
6 months ago

Been an honor and a what a long strange trip.

Giusta Poser
Giusta Poser
Reply to  Charles Kronick
6 months ago

Grateful Dead?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Merry & Bright
6 months ago

Dats Wacist!

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Mad Trapper
6 months ago

Not at all.

Earl Parsnip
Earl Parsnip
Reply to  Merry & Bright
6 months ago

Persip gives buffoons a bad name

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Merry & Bright
6 months ago

What matters though – Councilor Persip did agree to request Free Cash to redo Cali, he did say it was a disaster, and he is separately trying to put a stopper on the ‘road diet’ designing.

Give me a call MB – we have work to do.

Giusta Poser
Giusta Poser
Reply to  Charles Kronick
6 months ago

Persip seemed to understand what Ricky Rollers was explainimg about the w- s plant. 99.99999999999 did not.

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
Reply to  Charles Kronick
6 months ago

Yes, Charles he did say it as a disaster, now all the residents have to wait 6 to 7 months to fix this disaster. The project started in August, as you well know, many residents were calling City Hall, Morales and the Mayor since August trying to rectify this “disaster”. All of these attempts were ignored, and our voices were not heard. If it was not for you scheduling the neighborhood meeting none of us would have heard from the City Administration. Many of us feel that Marchetti and Persip showed because of the election, with their promise to repair in the spring. If the Administration had listened to the residents and especially you, we would not have had to wait, it could have been rectified in August and would not be costing the city more money. Hopefully in the future the Mayor and Public Works department will not ignore taxpayers. Many residents’ driveways and lawns have been dug up and repaired three times and they still are not correct. How much extra money has this cost the city? Once again thank you for all your help.

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
Reply to  Merry & Bright
6 months ago

The taxpayers paid to have approximately repave the end of driveways for approximately 140 driveways between California Avenue, Partridge Road and Oak Hill Road, many of these driveways have been repaved 3 times. Imagine the potholes they could finally repair on the streets of Bitchfield with all that extra asphalt. Wonder how much over budget the road work paving budget is this year? The contracted corporation doing the work seems to have unlimited budget to a point of a free for all. Once again there is absolutely no oversite from this administration.

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
Reply to  Merry & Bright
6 months ago

Meant to say approximately 140 driveways.

Empty Set
Empty Set
Reply to  Charles Kronick
6 months ago

What about Cloverdale street in west Pittsfield. Some of the better houses got curbing but other less fancy ones down the road did not. And the roadside drops off into an eight inch ditch where the blacktop ends. Good luck if you veer off cuz yer gonna bust something for sure.

Pretty sure those ditches, which will become running water ditches will undermine the road in short fashion. Who is the councilor out that way? Does he know why some houses got curbing and others did not?

Pen$ion Paddin' Pete
Pen$ion Paddin' Pete
6 months ago

Hey Dan Valenti! While Mr. Marchetti is vacationin’, some questions he should answer upon his return:

  1. Bianchi promised a job in the finance department to make his two years pen$ion
  2. Allison Johnson (Krol’s ex) promised a job and get a pen$ion adding to her time working in Downing’s office
  3. Finalizing the elimination of the police chief residency requirement, the deal he made with out-of-town-Dawley to secure police support
  4. Prioritize a beautiful new police station to further add to the massively increased spending for PD, also securing the police vote
Empty Set
Empty Set