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FROM THE MAILBAG: FILTERS & THE MEMORY HOLE, COUNCIL SPIES ON THE JOB, GOING GLOBAL, CELTICS @ 18 AND COUNTING

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY JUNE 24, 2024) — As you might guess, THE PLANET receives a bunch of private queries. Most we answer privately, but some are worth sharing. With that, let’s attack a mailbag’s quartet.

By the way, the DEAR PLANET salutation is house style. The letters have been edited lightly and slightly only as needed for mechanics and clarity.

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Dear PLANET,

What happens to comments that go to trash?

Thanks,

Herbie

DEAR HERBIE,

Trashed comments get emptied into cybernetic nonexistence.

Actually, THE PLANET recently tweaked the filters that patrol content. We’ll skip the technical mumbo. Our Army of Robots, who patrol all incoming, now place certain comments into, to borrow from 1984, a “memory hole.”

On a popular blog such as this, a huge, almost indescribable amount of “stuff” gets sent to us besides your comments. This includes:

  • Blocked IPs
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  • Failed log-in attempts
  • spam and other junk
  • advertisers wanting to place ads
  • grifts, come-ons, and scams.

Contributors on the “flag list” get thrown into the memory hole. They range from a person’s obsession with Adolph Hitler t0 propaganda from Iraq.

Solid contributors — irrespective of political persuasion or any other delimiter — can feel confident that THE PLANET still remains committed to free speech, free of both ads and subscription costs.

THE PLANET alone remains the Voice of the Little Guy in The Berkshires.

We are the genuine article. Accept no other.

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Dear PLANET

Why [do you] not attend council meeting[s] any more?

Love what you do and hope you keep on doping it [doing it]. You’re all we got.

Bartender

DEAR BARTENDER

The simple answer is time. Don’t have the time to waste. We do have our spies, of course, who attend and report back on every meeting. Most of the time our Right Honorable Good Friends on the dais they remain below our radar. Too predictable, too vanilla, too vacuous, too “nothing,” too rubber stamping, and too “meh.”

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DEAR PLANET

Love your local stuff, but would you [consider] more national and intl [content]? Takes me away from the mess that Pete and Pete have made of Pittsfield. Thanks,

FITZIE

DEAR FITZIE

While the thrust of THE PLANET is local and regional, as you know, we do take on national and international topics. With the presidential campaign heating up and the conventions nearing, we’ll be doing more national columns. Global comes into play as well. There are enough hot spots (and still heating up) to warrant the occasional trip abroad — Russia and Ukraine, Israel and Muslims, the recent Russia-North Korea pact, the headlong, dazzling advance of China. The presidential election and international issues are deeply intertwined. Under Biden’s watch, China is eating our lunch, Russia is acting like it’s a superpower again, Israel takes our money but defies our wishes, and North Korea’s talk is increasingly belligerent. Under Trump, China and the U.S. were on equal footing, Russia knew not to mess with us, and with North Korea, the U.S. had face-to-face dialogue and diplomacy. In short, to your question, yes.

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DEAR PLANET

You called it man. Remember last October? You told me the Celtics would go coast-to-coast and [hang up] Banner #18. I said Miami had their number and the Celts would choke in the semis or Finals. They didn’t, and I owe you a dinner!

oRIoN

DEAR oRIoN

The Boston Celtics are once more The Boston Celtics! World Champs for the 18th time, and, for a blip in time, all is right with the world. Cousy to Russell to Heinson, Havlicek to Cowens to White, Bird to McHale to Parish, Brown to Tatum to Porzingis — the beat goes on, the baton gets passed. Oh, and I’ll make sure I order large when we meet for chow.

I won’t rub it in, but I will enjoy the swill. Let’s see. Think I’ll go for the Chateau Latour. Fullbottle.

 

“And that’s the way it is, Monday, June 24, 2024. This is Walter Cronkite, CBS News. Good night.”

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Achievement is the fruit of determination” — Sir Donald Turpentine, Knight of the Bath.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
1 month ago

In Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, etc., one sees authoritarian dictators for life.

In free nations, one sees corrupt career politicians for life.

In Pittsfield politics, one sees a postindustrial small city that makes taxpayers pay excessive municipal taxes and fees in return for….the 2 Petes’ One Pittsfield tagline….Tricia Country Buffet and Paul Marxism….and a downward spiral.

Anyways, Thursday night’s debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump should be interesting.

snark shark
snark shark
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
1 month ago

I will not be watching such a debate. It is highly predictable that it will be nothing more than vacuous blithering and have nothing to do realistically with what either of them will try or be able to do for the country. You will learn more if you watch a rerun of Gilligan’s Island in black and white. This “debate” should be sub-titled FOR IDIOTS ONLY and those who do watch will probably be too embarrassed afterwards to admit it.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  snark shark
1 month ago

I actually liked that post!

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  snark shark
1 month ago

I actually liked that post!

Dan, posting robot is fubar

Pat
Pat
Reply to  snark shark
1 month ago

Is it really even a debate? If mikes are muted by CNN as they please then where is the debate? A real debate is a back and forth that includes interrupting and responding immediately to what is being said. Joe can’t think that fast so that’s why there will not be an actual debate, but just each candidate answering their own questions. If we see Trump’s lips moving but no sound, we will know that CNN doesn’t like what he is saying. They will use the excuse that “his time was up”.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  snark shark
1 month ago

“…what either of them will try or be able to do for the country…”

– Snarky

Biden has done to the USA, not for the USA.

Want a list of the 3 1/2 years of devastation?

Go to the grocery store, the cart is the most expensive thing to dive these days.

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Trap,
The fact that the polls show an inexplicably ‘tight’ race for President, after the terrible mismanagement under Biden, is demonstrative of the liberal progressive hive mind and social group thing to the point where ‘feelings’ trump reality.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Optimus Prime
1 month ago

Polls are MSM bullshit.

This election ,will tell if America survives as a Constitutional Republic, or goes into a NWO/third world chaos. Want that?

We are already halfway there ,with the Biden steal of 2020, and 3 1/2 years of NWO , not America first policies.,

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  Optimus Prime
29 days ago

I saw a post of Twitter (X) that showed Trump call Paul Ryan a weak RINO and would now shill for Xiden now that Ryan is a Fox News executive “bored” member.

Lo and behold, the very next day on Fox News, Xiden had “closed the gap to within 2% points.”

Imagine that.

Polls are trustworthy these days, as it is when Tricia Farley-Country Buffet (D-illegal aliens) tried to bullsh!t everyone by telling us giving illegal aliens DL’s was “not for voting purposes, but to alleviate their fear of police when they drive their kids to the Dr’s office.”

You’re now single Trish and there are a lot of single Haitian men.

Why not invite a few to live with you? You and Gov Healey ask us to invite them in our homes. Lead by example.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
1 month ago

Yes,Trump ,if elected will be the first elected dictator of America’s first Russian style Oligarchy with fake elections and lifelong presidential unlimited terms ending the American dream of freedom for all.White power is back.Here we come 1950

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

Biden, was the first SELECTed dictator/dickhead.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

The cuukoo clock chimes again…..

The school committee
The school committee
1 month ago

So we spend 900 billion per year on the military and people actually think Russia with their tiny economy was never afraid of America until Putins great friend Trump was elected with help from Russia…lol,can’t make this stuff up.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

Steele dossier and HBeast Clinton/DNC ring a bell?

The main thing missing from the Durham report, was the place to build the gibbets for their public hangings. That would take a LOT of rope and not cheap Chinese stuff Biden Junta might have imported with Jim and Hunter’s help.

What Biden administration/Junta has done with our nations sovereignty and borders deserves a whole new set of gallows.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
1 month ago

What sort of Kangaroo show will CNN be hosting, with a unheard of rules/format, and far left moderators?

I know their “news” is a little left of Chairman Mao.

Concerning watching the slow Joe show, is it being broadcast? Or do you need to pay to play?

I just do free TV.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Trump will always pre teach you what to think and FOX will be on clean up for the sleepy viewers of the numb skulls watching a traitor ask to be your president.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

Eating the old laughy taffy gummies now?

Bearded Wonder
Bearded Wonder
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Accident at death alley West near The Church Sunday morning around five a m, Listed as vehicle towed? No name or citation?

Sub N Beef
Sub N Beef
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

The muted mic is long overdue you gotta admit.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Sub N Beef
1 month ago

Not with CNN in charge of the mute button. CNN could easily mute Biden if he starts getting confused.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Sub N Beef
1 month ago

They are having two commercial breaks.

Depends adult diapers is the biggest sponsor, featuring all the times of Joe Biden crapping his pants in public.

Oxenhatter
Oxenhatter
Reply to  Sub N Beef
1 month ago

Yes, a mutable mic is good because many of the candidates just keep talking when it’s not their turn.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Oxenhatter
1 month ago

With only 2 candidates on stage I don’t think talking over each other would be a huge issue and debates should be messy anyway which does include getting passionate about a subject and interrupting. Otherwise we will just get Biden reading a script because CNN will undoubtedly give him the questions beforehand so he will know what to expect. This debate will be very watered down so Joe can handle it. Expect CNN to double down on using the term “convicted felon” when they refer to Trump.

snark shark
snark shark
Reply to  Pat
29 days ago

Would it be a huge issue if one candidate started rambling about everything under the moon, ignoring the question, talking about Hillary and space lasers and could not be shut up for the full hour?

Oxenhatter
Oxenhatter
Reply to  Pat
29 days ago

Of all the debates over the past 30 years or so, one of the most irritating things is people talking way over their time slot and no one ever does anything about it. I’ve always thought the mics should be cut off when their allocated time is up, so those idiot candidates will learn they can’t just blah blah blah when their time is up.

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Sarcasm: When I need money to pay my cable bill, I ask Pittsfield’s Pot King Luciforo for one of his 30 pieces of silver. When Nuciforo declines to offer me a piece of silver, then I ask the glorified double dipper, Smitty Pignatelli, for a few extra dollars. When Smitty declines, I ask Kufflinks for a slice of dough from one of his secretive Slush Funds. When Kufflinks declines, I watch TV by peeking into the window of one of the three greedy lobbyists: Dan Bosley, Peter Larkin or Stan Rosenberg. When they shut their shades, then I go over PAC Man Richie Neal’s home and watch Joe Biden and Donald Trump debate about their time in The White House.

Oxenhatter
Oxenhatter
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

It is on CNN, PBS and CSPAN.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Oxenhatter
1 month ago

So You need to pay. PMS broadcast out of Albany don’t get to most of Berksires.

acheshirecat
acheshirecat
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

You can watch it on ABC too.

Oxenhatter
Oxenhatter
Reply to  Mad Trapper
29 days ago

The networks are also broadcasting it.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Biden- “Vote for me because I’m not Trump”

What do you stand for?

Biden- “Not being Trump”

What’s your name?

Biden- “Not Trump”

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

When you have people stooping over like they’re dropping a deuce and calling it, “doing the Biden,” then you know the show is over.

snark shark
snark shark
Reply to  Optimus Prime
29 days ago

One of Trumps sons pooped in the Capitol building during his insurrection. There are pictures of it and it has been DNA tested. Trump has it mounted on a wall at Mara Largo right next to another brown trout he caught in Lake Eire.

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  snark shark
29 days ago

You are going TSC level crazy with the TDS.

snark shark
snark shark
Reply to  Mad Trapper
29 days ago

“Not trump” works for me. Always has and always will. Which is why I have zero reason to watch any debates.

And what about you MT? No way in hell you are influenced by anything Biden says. You will vote for trump if he makes Putin his vice presidential candidate. Watch the Gilligan reruns and you won’t bust an old molar gnashing your teeth.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  snark shark
29 days ago

Look who Biden had Selected as VP.

Her qualifications are, can suck a golf ball through 50′ of garden hose, then swallow it!!!!

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
1 month ago

I didn’t watch most of Celtics finals. I was happy to learn the Coach is a good Christian by his words and actions.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

I missed seeing Bill coach or play. But our high school in 74, took a bus to Boston and we got to see Jo Jo, Havlicek, Silas , Cowens et al…. they won championship that year too.

Kind of disappointed in the coach then, Heinsohn. He was a turn coat who rooted for the Lakers the next decade, as a paid announcer during the Larry Bird era.

Last edited 1 month ago by Mad Trapper
Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  Mad Trapper
29 days ago

Jo Jo white had a good game in the 7 th and final game in the win over the Lakers in that 74 series.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
1 month ago

As the world inches closer to WWIII, it’s good to see the liberal snowflakes in Williamstown are gathering for a good cause. A woman’s right to kill babies.

I guess we all missed that clause that Thomas Jefferson; late one night, wrote into the 10th Amendment that a woman can abort their babies as a form of birth control and/or to launch their career.

It looks like the Planet’s very own, “grab them by the (expletive),” JM, even made his way from his home in NH to this rally.

JM is the one holding the “grab him” sign. He even has his personal security detail standing to the left of him, dressed in all black, with the Dutchboy haircut. This is out of precaution for any attacks that Andy “Luciforo” Nuciforo, might have preplanned. Luckily, nothing happened. Spike did her job.

Photos: People protest nearly two years after the overturning of Roe v. Wade in Williamstown | Multimedia | berkshireeagle.com

With all that estrogen and rage there, I surprised there wasn’t a Ukraine or PRIDE flag displayed.

Did you also take notice of the LACK OF COLOR there?

Last edited 1 month ago by Markus Aurelius
Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
1 month ago

I love babies, puppies, kittens….

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
29 days ago

Are you stunad or what?

Have you not been paying attention to what’s going on in the world or did Trump’s guy talk from almost 10 years ago, still trigger you that much?

When you were growing up, didn’t you and your friends talk about the hot girls or guys (if that’s your thing) in school? Don’t be a hypocrite.

Now, visit a red state and watch the TV ads flood the air about Xiden “saving a woman’s right to abortion.”

First off, there is no “right” to an abortion.

Second, abortion is KILLING A BABY. What do you not understand?

Very simple math JM

democRATS support abortion = killing babies.

snark shark
snark shark
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
29 days ago

Let’s leave the baby killing to those folks in Gaza huh? Apparently it is a god given right over there and if you kill enough you may get yerself a medal (with appropriate clusters) And it is OK with Biden, so there ya go.

Richard Arnold
Richard Arnold
1 month ago

why aren’t the news media in Pittsfield reporting about the immigrants? Are they working? Are we still supporting them in hotels and giving them money?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Richard Arnold
1 month ago

Wait for the crime reports. D-Healey, TFB et al ….won’t be able to ignore those

Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
Reply to  Richard Arnold
1 month ago

Because there is nothing to report.

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

Is that like reporting the vaccine was 100% effective and safe?

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

Murders, rapes, assaults……..nothing to see here – the MSM

But it started over 3 years ago under Joe Biden’s selected Junta

snark shark
snark shark
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
1 month ago

They could report that Pittsfield property taxes have gone up in the area of five million dollars to support immigrants’ food supply, children education in Pittsfield schools, housing, clothing, phones, transportation etc. And there is no end in sight people. Your taxes are supporting people who you will never even know and came here from half way around the world, and that money is coming from your own children’s college fund, food for your family, repairs you would like to do on your home. Wait till you see what is coming down the pike as immigrant support escalates. No one thought to allow them in in moderation so that they could be assimilated without draining much needed resources from those who have worked and contributed all along.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  snark shark
29 days ago

Good post Snark. I don’t agree with you often, but I do here.

Now, I’ll end the pleasantries by stating YOU VOTE(D) AND SUPPORT THIS!!

Say what you will about MAGA, but at least our mantra is America First and taking care of taxpaying Americans.

Besides the $80,000,000,000 billion reasons democRATS favor Ukraine and the $1,000,000,000+ billion reasons they support illegal aliens over Americans, can you name me one policy Biden has implemented that has actually helped Americans?

I can’t think of any.

Free Bird
Free Bird
1 month ago

With the debate being hosted by CNN I expect the questions will come from the DNC survey that was sent out to voters which don’t mention inflation, endless wars, or open borders. Instead Biden will be given softball questions while Trump is asked about his DEI and climate initiatives.

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  Free Bird
1 month ago

What about inflation, food prices, gas prices, 10+ million illegal aliens, the debacle in Afghanistan, mumbo jumbo gibberish, home prices, taking foreign money, influence petaling, supporting illegals and not Americans. That’s  the question’s the CNN ( DNC) crew won’t ask of Biden.

acheshirecat
acheshirecat
Reply to  Free Bird
1 month ago

Biden will most likely get the questions before hand. Remember the CNN debate between Trump and Hillary Clinton, Donna Brazile “leaked” the questions to Hillary.

snark shark
snark shark
Reply to  danvalenti
29 days ago

Not likely Trump will respond to any of the actual questions asked anyway. He is usually off the rails and going sideways right out of the gate. Watch any of the old debates for clarification. Tell me you have not seen this.

News Sleet
News Sleet
Reply to  danvalenti
29 days ago

Trump should play low key.

snark shark
snark shark
Reply to  Free Bird
29 days ago

Mr free Bird I see you are getting out ahead of it with excuses just in case Trump makes a total ass of himself, as predicted in that same survey you mentioned.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Dan, the Blog is Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

If you can SEE the format panel you can edit a post, if not better be sure BEFORE you post.

Got to knock your robots with a wrench a few times…….

snark shark
snark shark
1 month ago

Speaking of housing in Pittsfield. There was just a facebook listing for an apartment on ORCHARD STREET and it was over $1650 with no utilities, no pets, off street parking first and last months rent. So if ORCHARD STREET (not known as a desirable area) is getting that kind of money, how in the hell is anybody not getting executive salary supposed to live in Pittsfield? The special interest investor groups are driving more and more lower income people onto the streets to add to the burgeoning homeless population that needs taking care of. And some of them are getting tax breaks in the process.

Set up to fail like so much other Pittsfield misdirection.

Get out while you can.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  snark shark
28 days ago

Bidenomics Snarky.

YOU voted for it!!!

Oxenhatter
Oxenhatter
1 month ago

It is absolutely fascinating to watch the reaction of this blog’s posters to the upcoming debate. It is interesting to see how they rationalize their truth denial as debate time approaches.

Since Trump will perform poorly compared with Biden, their first task is to manage expectations, so they need to give excuses for why Trump will lose and Biden will do well.

And the excuses are: Biden will be high on meds; it will not be a real debate because the mics will be controlled; Biden will have a podium to lean on; CNN questions will be biased in favor of Biden; the race is “inexplicably ‘tight’”; it will be a ‘Kangaroo show’ hosted by CNN; “CNN could easily mute Biden if he starts getting confused”; “Biden will be given softball questions while Trump is asked about his DEI and climate initiatives”; “CNN has done its best to tilt this debate Joe’s way. Biased panel, podiums so Joe will have something to lean on, mics shut off to limit actual debate, and more”; “CNN is a leftist’s haven/safety net”; Soros is providing the debate questions via the DNC…etc etc.

Instead, why don’t you all tell us why Trump will do well and Biden will lose? The answer is, because it ain’t gonna happen.

Oxenhatter
Oxenhatter
Reply to  danvalenti
29 days ago

Happy to do so. And if Trump wins or does better than expected, that’s what my reaction will be. I’m predicting that Trump will fare poorly, but we won’t know for sure until the event itself.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Oxenhatter
27 days ago

Why won’t Joe, submit to a drug test pre-debate?

Trump will.

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  Oxenhatter
29 days ago

Trump will perform poorly?
You know this for a fact or just hoping? Tell us how Biden wins the debate like you asked posters how Trump wins.

Oxenhatter
Oxenhatter
Reply to  Optimus Prime
29 days ago

Optimus, I am predicting it as a fact. Biden wins because he knows the issues, remains focused and tells the truth. He’s also taking the time to prepare, and supports a woman’s right to choose, which is what the majority wants. Talk to me Friday morning.

The school committee
The school committee
1 month ago

TRUMP negotiated the rules of the debate.You fools really dont know.Wake up

Jo Sloient
Jo Sloient
Reply to  danvalenti
29 days ago

Trumpt says border disaster and inflation,he wins.Joe,inflation going down why are prices still sky high?

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  danvalenti
29 days ago

Beating a TDS person over the head with facts won’t change his TDS one bit. But, hey I give you credit for not giving up trying to cure him.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  The school committee
29 days ago

Wrong again!!!

Jen Bergeron
Jen Bergeron
29 days ago

There was an overdose at all town on Tyler street.
A man walked in to use the bathroom, locked the men’s room door and shot up. Cops were called and he had to get two narcans to revive him.

Joetaxpayer
Joetaxpayer
Reply to  Jen Bergeron
29 days ago

Unfortunately, happening all over the Downtown area. Pearl homeless Shelter averaging one a day. Was twice a day at the old St. Joe shelter. I guess trending in the right direction. It’s definitely Happening Downtown, Mayor Pete.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Joetaxpayer
28 days ago

Happening in PITTSfield Public Library.

Now a flop house for the needy, addicted, and homeless.

At least most flop upstairs, away from the young kids.

Many needy, homeless use but don’t abuse the place, don’t blame them.

Last edited 28 days ago by Mad Trapper
News Sleet
News Sleet
Reply to  Jen Bergeron
29 days ago

Crime is here. Gangs are here.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  News Sleet
28 days ago

Since the last millennium.

News Sleet
News Sleet
Reply to  Jen Bergeron
29 days ago

Pittsfield is one big overdose. Brien Center loves it.

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
29 days ago

June 25, 2024

Why did State Rep. Smitty Pignatelli – along with State Reps. Tricia Farley-Bouvier & John Barrett III – recently and successfully vote down giving at risk homeless Veterans priority to Emergency Shelter in Massachusetts, but then he writes and publishes a letter saying he has appreciation and respect for Veterans?

Jon Melle

100% service connected permanently and totally disabled Veteran
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Letter: “Sturgeon is perfect pick to lead Fourth of July Parade”
The Berkshire Eagle, June 25, 2024

To the editor: When I first heard the news that my friend “Wild” Bill Sturgeon was being named the grand marshal of the Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade, I yelled out a big “yes.” (“Pittsfield: Sturgeon named parade marshal,” Eagle, June 19.)

I couldn’t think of a more deserving choice than Bill. He’s done so much not only for the Berkshires but for America in his commitment to service. It also came as no surprise to me that his first thought was for the veterans, especially his friends who never made it home from Vietnam. He and I have had many conversations over the years about showing appreciation and respect to those who came before us and remembering the sacrifice that so many have made to preserve our freedoms who are forever young in our hearts and memories.

This will be my last official march after 22 years as state representative, and just knowing that my friend will be leading the way will make it even more special. Thank you, Pittsfield Parade Committee, and congratulations to Bill for your friendship to me and so many others.

Happy Fourth to all.

William “Smitty” Pignatelli, Lenox

The writer is the state representative for the 3rd Berkshire District.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
28 days ago

They , all of them, are afraid, You might move back, and get all those free benefits, John.

Better for CRIMINAL ALIENS. Ask Gov Healey……

Last edited 28 days ago by Mad Trapper