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D.A.’s OFFICE IDENTIFIES FENN STREET MURDER VICTIM … INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING … THE PLANET: YOU CAN BOOK IT … plus … PICKLE BALL

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

ADD 1, 6-13 — The victim in the June 11 suspected homicide was Ryan P. Babcock (6/22/1985) of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, the Berkshire County District Attorney’s office announced.

At approximately 4:30 pm, Pittsfield Police responded to the 500 block of Fenn Street for a report of a male party suffering from possible gunshot wounds. Upon arrival, the officer observed an unresponsive adult male in the driver’s seat of a vehicle suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The officer immediately called for assistance. Paramedics administered life saving measures; however, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation into the suspected homicide remains active.

The silence from the corner office has been noticeable. The mayor and his cohorts possess magical thinking when it comes to this kind of news about their city. They think if they don’t acknowledge how bad things are, it’s the same as murder not happening in the first place. Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski will be relieved, however, to note that Maypo issues a proclamation regarding “Openly Gay” Electromagnetic Awareness.

What astounding cluelessness.

Have a great weekend, everybody.

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(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY JUNE 10, 2024) — Shameless plug time.

THE PLANET‘s book career is in full swing. We share this in response to an inquiry about the availability of one of our past titles. Most of my books are still available online. Simply search by name or title.

Books are back in the saddle again for us. The blog has always been in the back seat.

We write this blog for several purposes. First, it serves as a daily writing exercise, much like a gym workout. Second, it’s an intellectual puzzle that keeps mind and brain in top shape. Third, it’s a public service, and it’s in that role where we–readers and THE PLANET together–meet on common ground irrespective of political positions or points of view. Agree or disagree. Both possess equal value.

Speaking of books, in 2022, we wrote a textbook on how to write,Write It Real: A Practical Guide for the Prose Writer. Its audience consisted primarily of college English departments. It’s still a kick to know that “I am taught” in various writing classrooms.

In 2023, we had two books out. This year, it will be at least two, including a college textbook titled Verse or Adverse: How to Read and Enjoy Poetry. We discovered that college textbooks for core subjects can be lucrative for authors. Textbooks go for crazy prices to a built-in and well-defined campus market. When adopted for classes, they lead to bulk sales. Royalty rates can top those in the general markets, and royalty checks come as well-earned kisses in the (e)mail.

Later this year, THE PLANET will have the third textbook in our “Communication Trilogy.” This one deal with speaking, “Fearless Public Speaking: Taming the Terror of Talk.”

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Updated cover for Write It Real.

In the hopper, a book on film director Stanley Kubrick (Kubrick’s Full Metal Straightjacket: The Siege of Gunnery Sgt. Hartman) set for early 2025 publication) and a philosophical tome tentatively titled The God Who Wasn’t There.

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Before we go, a comment on the new pickle ball courts at Springside Park.

THE PLANET has no problem with them. As we understand it, pickle ball resides in the intersection of Ping Pong and tennis. Little movement is required, the ball moves slowly, and the paddles feature large faces. Who wouldn’t be able to do it? At least the city had the good sense to locate the courts near the softball complex on Benedict Road and not in heart of the park near the play area.

It’s a sport for seniors and old people (not the same), and if you’ve got the moves, you can excel. One of THE PLANET‘s besties, Jerry Packard, will probably be the city’s top 70+ pickle baller if he’s still playing. Jerry was a seriously competitive and able Ping Ponger who had THE PLANET in his pocket (though caroms was another story!), and now that he’s back in the Berkshires, it’s light out when he steps on the court.

He also has a mean Jolly Pink football!

To Jerry: Duah, Red!

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What you wish to do, that do not do. What you do not wish to do, that you should do” — Lao Tse.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
4 days ago

June 10, 2024

Please write a book about Pittsfield politics, author and blogger Dan Valenti. I would love to read about you extensive knowledge of how generations of state and local career politicians put the once promising small city in the heart of the Berkshires into the ditch.

Chapter One. Downtown Pittsfield: From a bustling business district to Social Services Alley.

Chapter Two. From GE factories to the heavily indebted and polluted PEDA debacle.

Chapter Three. All in the Family: The Good Old Boys club of fools with the nicknames of Barstool, Aberration, Rolodex, Mayor Montello, Gated Community, and Openly-Gay and Voltron the Porkchop, along with Luciforo, GE Lobbyist Larkin, Chrome Dome, Paul Marxism, Country Buffet, The Dumpster, and so on.

Chapter Four. From the impoverished inner-city to the elitist Gated Community west of Berkshire Community College: How the ruling elite are disconnected from the people they only do DISSERVICES to.

Chapter Five. Boston’s elitist snobs make a mockery of Pittsfield with all of their inequitable financial shell games, especially via the multi-billion-dollar state lottery SCAM that is wrong on more levels than the floors in the tallest building in the world.

Chapter Six. Why the fictional Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski hate FREE CASH and Kufflink’s Slush Funds, along with his cooked books when they fork over their hard-earned tax dollars to Pittsfield City Hall.

Chapter Seven. Pittsfield’s Level 5 public school district eats up most of the excessively high city operating budget, but it is really all about the annual tens of millions of dollars the city receives in state aid funding instead of quality public education for the city’s youth.

Chapter Eight. The two political factions in Pittsfield politics serve the same Democratic Party bosses in Boston, which is the worst of both worlds.

Chapter Nine. Cancer cluster neighborhoods, Allendale Elementary School abutting Hill 78’s capped “leaky” landfill, and 21st Century Pittsfield is GE’s toxic waste dump with Lee (Massachusetts) next in line in return for 30 pieces of silver.

Chapter Ten. Over 50 years of huge losses in population and living wage jobs in Pittsfield, while city spending has excessively increased because city taxpayers don’t matter to the Suits, who are enriching themselves at the city’s public trough, while little old ladies pay an average of over $5,000 per fiscal year each in property taxes and fees.

Chapter Eleven. Since at least 1980, violent crime in Pittsfield has more than doubled the statewide average, along with the recent occurrences of daily shootings, over 1,000 gang members living in Pittsfield’s distressed inner-city, and the only economic growth in Pittsfield is in the city’s large underclass population.

Chapter Twelve. The two-Petes city government: A story of the 90-day grace period openly-gay Mayor and Voltron the Porkchop City Council President leading Pittsfield’s downward spiral..

Jon Melle

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
3 days ago

A happy good morning to all after a nice Celtics victory last night. The pickle ball field was put in the only spot in Springside that I personally would agree with, however the ARPA money should not have been used!! The ARPA money should have been used only for the water/sewer department!
I hope everyone is feeling very prideful here in bitchfield after the weekend events. One question that know one can answer for me is when is the mayor getting b-slapped by the courts?

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  danvalenti
3 days ago

Is it true that the FEDs will audit and review all ARPA expenditures?

Ghost of Pearl Bergoff
Ghost of Pearl Bergoff
Reply to  Gobsig
3 days ago

I hope so

snark shark
snark shark
Reply to  Ghost of Pearl Bergoff
2 days ago

There will be NO forensic audit of any accounts in Pittsfield for the last 25 years per order of the mayor and city council president. Everything is just fine and there is no reason to even look for possible better ways to do things. As long as they take in more money from the taxpayers than they give away to millionaires everything is cool. As a once revered president says, “losers and suckers”. If you choose to stay you are agreeing to be fleeced. Your choice.

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  Gobsig
2 days ago

Never in liberal looney land…the big guy has your back as long as he gets his 10%

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  Gobsig
20 hours ago

Only in states run by Republicans, the looney limousine left of the B(G)ay State will be left alone

SmartGuy
SmartGuy
3 days ago

Meanwhile, this is what they teach at the vaunted elite Williams College:

Can the good professor tell us wtf this even means?

“Rank open professor in Queer of Color Critique, additional interest in Disability Studies/Crip Theory, and/or Feminist Technoscience Studies, and/or Migration”

Reference – https://www.berkshirejobs.com/public/employer/2800/Williams-College/job/23815/Williamstown/Rank-open-professor-in-Queer-of-Color-Critique-additional-interest-in-Disability-Studies-Crip-Theory-and-or-Feminist-Technoscience-Studies-and-or-Migration.html

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  SmartGuy
3 days ago

With a degree in Women’s Studies, with a focus on Queer of Color Critique, one saying comes to mind from the movie Caddyshack, “The world needs ditch diggers too,” Judge Smails.

If the person is black, it’s possible for them to get hired into a (D)idn’t (E)arn (I)t Office, with a worthless degree like that.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  SmartGuy
3 days ago

It means they will hire an LGBTQXYZ person who checks the right boxes, to teach these kids a bunch of bull shit, kind of like the language justice bull shit.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  SmartGuy
3 days ago

Williams went woke, now It’s a joke.

Arap Pahoe
Arap Pahoe
3 days ago

On the pickle ball. We have to be real as One Pittsfield. Hundreds of thousands for these Courts and do you think the majority will use these courts? Ninety Five percent of the population won’t use them. Good Luck on the Books !

AWAY
AWAY
Reply to  Arap Pahoe
3 days ago

Right on target, Arap. Just one miscalculation. You mentioned 95% of the population will not use these courts. In my opinion it will be 99.9% of the population that will not use these courts. The courts and the money are designed for the overweight elderly. In the meantime, we ruin parks that were willed and designed for healthy children play.

Granny
Granny
Reply to  AWAY
2 days ago

Dear Mr AWAY: Young man, you have a very poor understanding of pickle ball! The sport was designed in the 1960’s for families with teens and preteens. Also, if any overweight people play pickle ball they don’t stay overweight for long! That $$ was well-spent stewarding a portion of the city’s elderly population as they ride slowly into the sunset over Honwee Mt.

Pickle Elbowistis
Pickle Elbowistis
Reply to  Granny
2 days ago

Why are all the best T times already all booked up?

Simplee Closer
Simplee Closer
Reply to  AWAY
2 days ago

Maybe they’ll bus kids in summer or housing elderly to play. Stay with the five percent.

Shakes Their Head
Shakes Their Head
Reply to  Arap Pahoe
1 day ago

95% of the population won’t use the jail. Should it close?

ComeOnMan!
ComeOnMan!
Reply to  Shakes Their Head
4 hours ago

This is a most stupid and irrelevant comment.

Jerry Packard
Jerry Packard
3 days ago

Thanks, Dan. Yes, I’ll be playing in a seniors mixed doubles tournament at the Benedict Rd pickleball complex in July. It’s a great sport for seniors who have slowed down but want to stay active as the years pass. A lot of broken wrists due to falls, though.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  danvalenti
3 days ago

Any chance of you playing a match against lumpy Marchetti? Donations going to charity could be solicited.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  Gobsig
3 days ago

Dan, you and Tony take on Pete White and Marchetti. I will donate 500 to the prize pool for starters, winning team picks the charity.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  Jerry Packard
3 days ago

That’s why Pete White won’t play. He needs nimble wrists.

Ghost of Pearl Bergoff
Ghost of Pearl Bergoff
Reply to  Jerry Packard
3 days ago

We used to play Pickleball in P.E. at the middle school level. There was nothing slow about the pace either. Maybe compared to tennis, and there is less grunting, but it’s actually a pretty fun game. At least the space didn’t go to rainbows and bums.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  Ghost of Pearl Bergoff
3 days ago

Real men don’t play pickleball.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
2 days ago

Real men, have a “pickle”

Oxenhatter
Oxenhatter
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 days ago

Silly boy. And I do mean ‘boy.’

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Oxenhatter
1 day ago

Tat’s wacist!!!

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Oxenhatter
1 day ago

And which of the 33 LGBTXYZ…..”genders”, do You think you are? What’s Your “pronoun”, so we won’t offend you.

As a leftist, maybe You identify as a Jackass!!!

Simplee Closer
Simplee Closer
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 days ago

There’s no brine ing in pickle ball.

Ghost of Pearl Bergoff
Ghost of Pearl Bergoff
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
2 days ago

Love the implication

Oxenhatter
Oxenhatter
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
2 days ago

Well<I> you </I> don’t play, that’s for sure.

The Melting Tarmac
The Melting Tarmac
Reply to  Jerry Packard
3 days ago

Is it fair now if the west side does not have pickle ball courts? Better get on it before Shirley and other folk bring it up first. Kinda racists if ya ask me. Blatant even.

I heard that the five year plan is to have pickle ball courts in what is now the middle of North street. (which is going to be changed to Condo city as soon as the rest of all those old brick buildings on both sides get their taxpayer funded moneys and are converted to “affordable housing” aka “condominiums for the well to do.) The whole center is going to be a green-space with parks and brick walkways. Kinda like they do in Europe ya know.

Oh yah, I did hear that. Read it as well. Why would anyone make that up out of whole cloth?

C. Trzcinka
C. Trzcinka
3 days ago

Here’s a comment on the story today in the Eagle: I ran a crane in the steel yard of the “Tank Shop” from Sept 1973 to Aug 1974. It was a well-paying, somewhat dangerous and very-cold-in-the-winter job. My Dad worked in building 42 for most of his work life. I am surprised it has taken this long to knock it down and my sympathies are with the guys in the article. The selling of GE transformer in 1987 was a terrible decision by Jack Welch who refocused GE on finance. We know now this was a step in the direction of destroying a core competency of GE and trying to compete in finance which is dominated by much more competent players. When Welch shut GE transformer down, there were only three competitors in the world. GE could have easily competed with robotics and better systems. Instead, the idiot became bewitched by finance — which I know is bewitching. I’m a senior finance professor at IU and we have 5,400 finance majors here. But GE couldn’t stand up to Goldman, Morgan, Deutchesbank, etc. Pittsfield was crushed by this decision which we now know -and should have known in 1987- was a bad one. Robotics probably would have reduced employment from the 10,000 it was back then but the jobs would have paid very well. Jack Welch destroyed Pittsfield and needs to be remembered for doing so. Capitalism is better than all other ways of allocating resources but it still has huge costs for the places that lose.
I spent 20 yrs in Buffalo which is another, similar story…

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
Reply to  C. Trzcinka
3 days ago

June 10, 2024

America’s RUST BELT; America’s Trailer Parks; America’s Strip Malls; America’s Economic Inequality; America’s Financial, Corporate, and Ruling Elites (and GREEDY lobbyists); America’s Offshoring of factories; America’s military industrial complex; America’s Coastal Elites supporting Joe Biden; Middle America supporting Donald Trump; America Politically Divided regions are the worst since The Civil War; America’s impoverished inner-cities; Rural America’s Poverty; America’s Strip Clubs, Casinos, Lotteries, Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana; America’s War on Drugs; America’s War on Poverty; America’s Supply Side Economics; America’s income gains go the the super wealthy while the average working-class employee makes a whole $5 per week more than their grandparents did 50 years ago; and America’s 1990’s to early-2000’s CEO “Neutron” Jack Welch who made GE a financial company that collapsed into excessive debt less than one decade after he retired in 2001.

I would like to know what C. Trzcinka thinks of Joe Biden’s job growth numbers that include one-half of new jobs going to illegal immigrants in America, please.

I believe that job growth with a growing underclass defeats the purpose.

I would like to know if C. Trzcinka believes that the mid-2020’s U.S. economy is similar to the mid- to late-late 1970’s economy, please, specifically STAGFLATION.

I see that Gold prices are at an all time high similar to what happened 45 to 50 years ago in the U.S.A.

Jon Melle

Pussinboots
Pussinboots
Reply to  C. Trzcinka
21 hours ago

Yeah, Jack Welch screwed this city and Schenectady NY too.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  C. Trzcinka
17 hours ago

Mt Welch is behind Morningside School.

Mts Devillars and Doyle will be erupting in Lee Ma soon…..

Downtown Dweller
Downtown Dweller
Reply to  Mad Trapper
14 hours ago

I thought MT Welch was behind Allendale

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Downtown Dweller
9 hours ago

One of the schools…….

Pat
Pat
3 days ago

The Cuban missile crisis reenactment of the Cold War era is happening again as Russia is sending combat vessels including a nuclear-powered submarine to Cuba in the next few days. The Battle cruiser is carrying 160 hypersonic missiles and is meant to intimidate the United States. Putin is doing this after Biden is having Ukraine shooting American missiles into Russia. Biden says not to worry because the missiles aren’t aiming for Moscow or the interior of Russia, but only just over the border. Is anyone feeling confident about what Biden is doing?

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
3 days ago

Congratulations and best of luck on your latest book project. I like the topic too, “Fearless of Public Speaking: Taming the Terror of Talk.” I was always lucky to be able to conquer that fear.

This topic has many meanings in today’s world. The one you right about Dan and the other one that occurs on a daily basis. The fear of speaking out and getting cancelled by the woke left.

Speak out about the democRATS trying like hell to normalize mental health issues and/or abnormal sexual behaviors, and you get called a “homophobe,” “racist,” or my favorite, “he has toxic masculinity,” translation: he’s a normal, red-blooded, heterosexual, white male.

I’ll leave my pontificating on this subject alone and leave you two exhibits to prove my point.

From Bitchfield’s PRIDE fest, I present you:

Vuronika Baked – Berkshire Pride parade Saturday, June 8, 2024 – Berkshire Eagle (smugmug.com)

Echo Phoenix – Berkshire Pride parade Saturday, June 8, 2024 – Berkshire Eagle (smugmug.com)

****Keep in mind, these are the type of people Snark, Azzhatter, TSC, JM, and Mr. Worldwide, keep in good company.

In other words, they are all China Joe Xiden’s Ukraine and Illegal Aliens First supporters!! democRATS

Pothole
Pothole
3 days ago

We just took a ride down Downing industrial Park to look around, the B bus has least 75 sitting there during working hours. How many drivers drive at any given time during the day? Why on earth would there be so many buses at the hub crazy

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  Pothole
3 days ago

A total waste of tax dollars, multipy that across all 50 states, and therein lies the problem with government, in a nut shell.

Lifting all Boats
Lifting all Boats
Reply to  Pothole
2 days ago

Being used to house homeless folk. Kind of a woke folk trailer park because the hotel contracts are up. They are only allowed to drive them during the day to go for free food and medical and they must remove all drug paraphernalia at the end of each day.

EddieP
EddieP
Reply to  Pothole
2 days ago

Lack of drivers. Routes being cut or eliminated. I drove transit for 30 years and we most always had a need for drivers.

ComeOnMan!
ComeOnMan!
3 days ago

How come the nations’ capital has completely gone to shit, with carjackings, murders, rapes, robberies, through the roof, and now Layfayette Square and its’ statue is desecrated and the government let the left wing terrorist sympathizers do it. Why?

In Da Know
In Da Know
Reply to  ComeOnMan!
2 days ago

They’re just tourists visiting the capital, just like Jan 6 Rube

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  ComeOnMan!
2 days ago

Trump and MAGA did it, just ask the TDS crowd, TSC,Snark,etc. If he didn’t do it he was still responsible

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  ComeOnMan!
2 days ago

Because leftist protestors are “mostly peaceful”.

Remember the summer of love 2020, and the BLM/Antifa riots, er protests……….

snark shark
snark shark
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 days ago

It has been that way ever since Jan 6th when it went all MAGA.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  snark shark
2 days ago

Guess you missed this bit of news yesterday. I’m sure it wasn’t covered on MSDNC or any other MSM outlets.

For your entertainment and in the hopes, you’ll stop the “insurrection” nonsense.

https://nypost.com/2024/06/10/us-news/nancy-pelosi-says-i-take-responsibility-for-not-having-national-guard-at-the-capitol-on-jan-6-video-shows/

snark shark
snark shark
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
22 hours ago

She is now admitting that she felt strongly that Donald Trump would try to overthrow democracy in America. She was hoping he wouldn’t do it but she was wrong.

And the national guard better be ready the next time because he will have a better plan. He is pretty much telling the whole world he plans to pull a Putin in America. He is not playing around this time. And I don’t know why you think this will be good for you. But you can’t fix stupid. People have tried but to no avail.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  snark shark
18 hours ago

I think with this foolish post, you have now OVERTAKEN TSC for having the worst case of TDS on The Planet.

TDS = A$$clown

Seeing as you are now the numero uno TDS sufferer here, this means you are now the number one A$$clown.

Congrats Snark. You have really lowered the bar this time.

Now, go put on your makeup, thong, wig, dress, and down a few Budlights, you are ready for the PRIDE parade.

**Snark really out did himself. Check out his photo:

Echo Phoenix – Berkshire Pride parade Saturday, June 8, 2024 – Berkshire Eagle (smugmug.com)

BTW-Snark’s PRIDE name is “Echo Phoenix.”

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  snark shark
17 hours ago

The TDS is strong in this one!!!

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  snark shark
1 day ago

Mz Pelousey planned the J6 chaos. She needs a gibbet with her cohorts.

Pat
Pat
2 days ago

The God Who Wasn’t There sounds intriguing and the book on Stanley Kubrick. Can’t wait to read both of those books!

snark shark
snark shark
Reply to  Pat
2 days ago

And you will not be finding God in Gaza these days either. Pretty sure he is not ever going back to his place of birth either. Satan lives there now.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  snark shark
2 days ago

I have no idea what Dan’s book is about. Just that it’s about God. Titles don’t always give away the content of a book so I’ll wait until I read it until I can say I know what it’s about. If Jerusalem is housing Satan as you claim, Satan must also live in Gaza because that is where Hamas is located.

In Da Know
In Da Know
Reply to  Pat
1 day ago

His new book is about how Great Hitler was, how he was just misunderstood. He wrote a preview column on Memorial day weekend.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Pat
1 day ago

Evil lurks everywhere to tempt Man. But God will always be with you too. Your choice who to follow.

Simplee Closer
Simplee Closer
Reply to  snark shark
2 days ago

There was a City Councilor who didn’t know Casella didn’t charge for yard waste distribution,so on the new contract why aren’t they continuing free yard waste disposal,so much for the 80 thousand in savings if we have to pay for yard waste removal ?

A clearly nervous speaker being rushed along at the open Mike portion at city council. Rattling a couple comments in between against the Council and chiding Mar- Chetti on his savings on the toters as the only thing he could save taxpayers and very seriously doubt that will-be a savings at all in the end.

The school committee
The school committee
2 days ago

You are a liberal if you are left of Hitler now.Trump is a crazy old man.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  The school committee
9 hours ago

You’ve been left of Chairman Mao since Dan started The Planet.

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
2 days ago

Predictable Pittsfield politics always increases its municipal budget annual spending level by at least 5 percent every fiscal year going back over 40 years now.

https://www.iberkshires.com/story/75628/Big-Votes-Await-Pittsfield-City-Council.html

Poor fictional Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski working-class family who pays Pittsfield City Hall their hard-earned tax dollars in return for….

Jon Melle

Paul
Paul
1 day ago

Dan, as a professional writer you should better than to cover subjects that you know nothing about. That subject is pickleball. Your take on this sport is not even close to being true.

Simplee Closer
Simplee Closer
Reply to  Paul
1 day ago

Jerry West dead at 86. A true legend and great gentleman.

Whome Feeled
Whome Feeled
Reply to  Paul
1 day ago

Congrats to Mayor Marchetti’s proclamation Electromagnet Sensitivity Day at the Meeting last night.

snark shark
snark shark
Reply to  Paul
1 day ago

Well let’s hope you do not take on professional writing. And get a proof reader.

Basic Bizness
Basic Bizness
Reply to  Paul
1 day ago

If he Kliff plays Dan then they’ll have to lower the net. Winner gets a box of Grecian and some Geretil.

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
20 hours ago

Unfortunately Dan, as you are busy taking care of your business, he snakes of bitchfield continue to slither and strangle the Kapanski’s. Seems $216 million is not enough and they are crying over a measly $200,000 that wasn’t granted to them. I found it maddening that on iberkshires just under the bitchfield’s article of “cutting” $200,000 and having a total budget of $216 million for 40,000 citizens, was North Adams $49 million dollar budget for 20,000 citizens. Does anyone else see an issue?

Krime Izup
Krime Izup
Reply to  danvalenti
9 hours ago

Check out the procedure with the toters that was ventured at city clowncil. They want to educate you while the contract is already approved. Kudos to Deb at open Mike. Straight Shooter saying same old council and Mayor. Pittsfield? It’s all about volume and numbers which like we hand the distribution of salt? Who is privy to the tonnage by the way? YOU will not save anything with the new system. Mar chetti did have a proclamation making Electromagnetic Sensitivity Day official.

AWAY
AWAY
8 hours ago

I have all Dan’s books, but this one I may pass on. I love it when Dan writes about sports and past jocks. Dan is in the rarified company of Roger O’Gara and Howard Herman in his knowledge and writings about Pittsfield sports. It was a different Pittsfield era. Now tennis and ping pong are as popular as football and basketball was in the past. It is hard to understand how the latest nonsense called pickle ball is popular to some people. My goodness, pickle ball, of all the nonsense. this one takes the cake.

JohnnyTwoCents
JohnnyTwoCents
4 hours ago

Another shooting, another homicide, not a peep from Pete, just as Dan wrote. And just a week or so after the chief’s coronation, and all the talk about how safe Pittsfied is. Going to get hot next week going into summer. Get ready.