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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Suzanne Bump. Susan Windham-Bannister. Massachusetts State Government politics. Tyler Fairbank. Dan Bosley.

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Labor Secretary Suzanne Bump
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"Labor Secretary Speaks to Jobs, Defends Casinos"
By Jen Thomas, -iBerkshires Staff-, March 25, 2008

HANCOCK - Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Suzanne Bump on Monday touted the Patrick administration's "multipronged" efforts to boost the state's economy

Speaking to the New England Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions at Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, Bump said Gov. Deval Patrick and his administration are primarily concerned with supporting businesses, not controlling them.

"The governor starts with one very simple premise, and that is his understanding that government does not create jobs. You create jobs. But it is the role of government to support you in that task and to ensure that the current prosperity that he wants to bring is shared across the commonwealth," Bump said to the small group of trade association members. "He also knows that there is no one simple right way to do this, so his efforts have been multipronged."

Defending Patrick's casino gambling proposal (which was defeated in the House of Representatives last week) and his life sciences initiative, Bump's speech outlined some of the administration's goals and priorities, especially for the travel, tourism and recreational sectors.

"There's a big distinction between slot machines at race tracks and a destination resort casino. What the governor wanted to do was build on the very successful leisure and tourism industry we already have in the commonwealth," she said, noting that in 2006, 21 million tourists visited the state and tourism brought in $14 million to the economy that year.

Bump said the tourism industry - along with the creative economy - is a sector of the economy that is of particular interest to the governor. A lack of skilled workers for the state's 90,000 job vacancies is a real concern, considering that 125,000 residents are unemployed.

"There's a skills mismatch," she said.

To counter that problem, Bump suggested that her department intends to keep working on solutions that include the promotion of the state's 37 regional career centers, hosting job fairs and supporting the H2B visa program for seasonal or temporary workers.

But it's the "inevitability of casino gaming in Massachusetts" that had Bump excited.

"It was a proposal that I don't think was well appreciated by a number of members of the Legislature who felt that, because they had voted on slots at the tracks, they had already considered what the destination resort casinos would be," she said. "The governor wanted to take all the possibilities that we have for tourism development and work that into a proposal for destination resort casinos. These were not going to be facilities that were going to put slot machines into a cinderblock building that you could throw up in a few weeks time."

"The governor had in mind a much grander vision of restaurants and entertainment venues and golf and other recreational facilities," she said.

During a question-and-answer session after her speech, Bump said the Legislature voted down the casino proposal because lawmakers felt the governor's numbers about projected revenue didn't add up and because they were concerned about "changing the cultural atmosphere of the state."

(Among those voting against the bill was Rep. Daniel E. Bosley, D-North Adams, a harsh critic of casino gambling and House chairman of the Joint Committee on Economic Development that recommended against the measure.)

"Since we're talking about destination resort casinos that we envisioned tying in with cultural attractions and creating a family atmosphere and encouraging more people to come to the state and limiting the number to three, the governor didn't feel this was going to have a deleterious effect on the culture of the commonwealth," she said.

While Bump did admit that some studies have shown that small businesses are negatively impacted by casinos, she said the public's desire for more leisure activities would help boost the economy overall.

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Reader's Comments:

Secretary of Labor, Suzanne Bump referred to the 125,000 unemployed in Massachusetts; and the quality of graduates from famous institutions like Harvard and MIT,that can't find the right kind of jobs. But many of the State's unemployed
lost their jobs in textile factory closings; and may not have the educational skills for Bio Science positions; but casino gaming does not even require a high school diploma, while providing a living wage, family health insurance and 401k plans.

The Governor's proposal was referring to 3 casinos with an average of 6,700 jobs each. Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun employ in excess of 20,000 for 2 properties. The top 3 Atlantic City casinos, in a very competitive market and with the closest major population an hour away; would have paid Massachusetts over $500 million in casino taxes, at the proposed tax rate of 27%. Patrick only projected $400 million, and these 3 locations would have effectively been monopolies.

Today casino in Atlantic City spend $1.5 billion at Atlantic County businesses, and the industry is responsible for over 60,000 jobs for residents of 6 South Jersey counties; that had seen their glass factories close (like the MA experience with the textile industry), and the resort city had seen its once famous Boardwalk hotels closed or converted to subsidized housing.

Certainly the Life Science industry will do a lot to keep college graduates from leaving the State. But the State is gambling $1 billion to attract this new industry, while gaming companies would probably bid over $1 billion to get the 3 casino licenses. This year, two race tracks in Indiana, just paid license fees of $500 million, for the right to add 2,000 slots to each of their tracks; and in addition, pay a tax rate on slot win, that escalates from 41% to 51%.

Doesn't Massachusetts need to attract an industry, like gaming, to give those under or un-employed Palmer and Holyoke textile workers, or New Bedford fishermen a new place to earn a living.

Doesn't Massachusetts need both Life Science and gaming? Any problems from gaming already exist in Massachusetts; with the most successful State Lottery, the 2 largest casinos in the US, within 2 hours of Boston and a recently expanded Rhode Island race track with slot machines. Why not bring most of that $1.1 billion back from CT and RI, while adding thousands of new jobs, billions in construction, millions in new taxes and a major new tourist attraction that will draw visitors from NY, CT, VT, NH and overseas. Massachusetts attracted 21 million visitors Statewide. Atlantic City a community of 40,000 attracted 34 million in2007.

from: Steve Norton, on: 03-26-2008.

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"Bump looks to address job losses in Berkshires"
2/19/2007
By: Karen Honikel
(Capital News 9 out of Albany, NY covering the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts)

Governor Deval Patrick's new Executive Director of Workforce Development isn't wasting any time getting down to business.

Former State Representative Suzanne Bump is working to introduce herself to the local business communities and let them know she will make sure the Berkshires are not forgotten on Beacon Hill. She says a major concern right now is addressing the loss of jobs in the Berkshires.

Currently the Berkshires have the highest rate of job loss in Massachusetts. Bump says this can be changed with the right policies in place. She says she will be meeting with the Governor once a week to work on bringing skilled workers and higher paying jobs into the area.

Bump says a key part to local job growth and development will be finding a way to keep the younger workers in the Berkshires.

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"Report: Pittsfield jobless rate up"
By Tony Dobrowolski, Berkshire Eagle Staff
Friday, October 31, 2008

PITTSFIELD — The unemployment rate in the metropolitan Pittsfield area has increased almost a full percentage point over the last 12 months, according to the latest state figures.

The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development said the rate rose from 4 percent in September 2007 to 4.9 percent last month.

That growth included a jump of half a percentage point in just one month, skipping from 4.4 percent to 4.9 percent from August to September.

Gains 'here and there'

Linnea Walsh, the director of communications for the Department of Workforce Development, said the end of the tourist season in the Berkshires has contributed to the most recent figures, adding that there have been some modest employment gains "here and there."

Heather P. Boulger, executive director of the Berkshire County Regional Employment Board, said she is not surprised that the unemployment rate has gone up because companies are facing tough economic times.

Restructuring and reorganizing

"Many companies in Berkshire County have hiring freezes, which are causing an increase in people collecting unemployment insurance," she said. "A lot of companies are restructuring and reorganizing to make sure that they have their most critical workers to thrive. It's bad, but not as bad as it could be."

The unemployment rates in the North Adams and Great Barrington metropolitan areas have also increased over the past 12 months. In the North Adams area, which includes Adams, Clarksburg, Florida, Monroe, and Williamstown, the unemployment rate rose from 5.2 percent to 5.7 percent between September 2007 and last month.

In the Great Barrington area, which includes 13 South County towns, the unemployment rate increased from 3.2 percent to 3.8 percent in the 12 months that ended in September.

To cope with the ebbing economic tide, the Berkshire County Regional Employment Board has set up a "rapid response" strategy, offering free, confidential layoff aversion and tax incentive programs to help firms prevent layoffs and company closings.

The Pittsfield metropolitan area includes 14 communities located mostly in Central Berkshire. In Pittsfield, the unemployment rate was 5.4 percent in September, with 1,230 of the city's 22,844-member labor force out of work.

'Result of difficult times'

According to Boulger, the county's labor force also decreased slightly during the 12 months that ended in September.

"That's a result of the difficult economic times," she said. "Usually, the labor force is growing."

Pittsfield's unemployment rate is slightly higher than the state September average of 5.3 percent, but far below the national average, which was unchanged at 6.1 percent last month. Adams (6.6 percent), Hinsdale and North Adams ( both at 6.3 percent), have unemployment rates that are higher than the national average, according to the September statistics.

"North Adams traditionally has been higher than the state average," Boulger said. "I think it's due to the small concentration of companies in North Berkshire. You have the hospital and two colleges, but the other companies are smaller manufacturers or nonprofits involved with the creative economy. When funding begins to dwindle, their funding is impacted more than the other ones."

A loss of wealth

The state's 2008 unemployment rate has averaged 4.8 percent through September, higher than the 4.5 percent rate recorded for the same time period in 2007, reflecting the impact of the national economic slowdown.

Michael Supranowicz, the president and CEO of the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, said the fall of the stock market has created a loss of wealth.

"The number of older people (in the Berkshires) is much higher than in the rest of the state, not just retired people, an older market," Supranowicz said. "When you tighten your belts, there's less money, and less of a marketplace."

'We're in the in-between mode'

According to Supranowicz, fewer county residents are employed in the travel and tourism industry.

"Part of that is because we're in the in-between mode between summer and winter," he said. "Jiminy Peak isn't open yet. So people who move from one tourism job to another are unemployed right now. But part of it is the tightening of the belt."
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To reach Tony Dobrowolski: TDobrowolski@berkshireeagle.com (413) 496-6224.
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Berkshire County Employment Outlook
Tyler Fairbank
Article Launched: 9/21/2006

“So where are all the jobs anyway?” We keep hearing that there are all these jobs in the Berkshires, but where are they? I was shocked when I learned that at any point there are over 2,000 job vacancies in the county. I was even more shocked to hear that by comparison, the job vacancy rate in the Berkshires is about twice the state average and that this has been the case for many years. I was further shocked to see that these were not all low level jobs, but in fact they are all over the map; from entry level to executive, from tourism to manufacturing, from sales to administrative, from IT to finance, and just about everything in between. I have lived in the Berkshires for most of my life and I simply did not know. The notion that there are no career opportunities is actually a myth and this publication has been created to make more visible what is a seemingly invisible job market in the Berkshires.

One year ago, the Berkshire Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) was formed to coordinate, lead and facilitate the many economic development activities in the Berkshires. Creating a plan to grow our economy, attracting investment and recruiting business has been a major focus of the BEDC. I found myself giving people the very data you will find in this edition of Berkshire Employment Outlook, only to see them as stunned as I was. As we assembled a team to take on the workforce challenge, it became increasingly obvious that we needed to get this information into the hands of our community so everyone could see the Berkshires from this new perspective.

So here it is, the data, and for many a new perspective, and perhaps a new hope. It is not to say that we are not without our challenges. The Berkshires are experiencing a continued population loss, an aging workforce and too many young people leaving the area. Some may say that these trends and a large job vacancy rate are a problem, but we feel this is an opportunity. Hey - we've got jobs!

The Berkshires are on the edge of a new era. The investments being made in our community are substantial, too many to list here, perhaps in a future edition we will inventory them. But the momentum is building and there are tremendous opportunities for those who want to seek them out. Enjoy the little - or not so little - surprises you find in this premiere edition of Berkshire Employment Outlook.

Warm Wishes,
Tyler Fairbank
President, Berkshire Economic Development Corp.

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Susan Windham-Bannister, future life sciences/biotech CEO for the commonwealth’s “Massachusetts Life Sciences Center”, which is a new quasi-public agency that began in 2006. The state government is going to pay her $285,000 per year, not including benefits, to run the agency. Right now, she is a V.P. at Abt Bio-Pharma Solutions Inc. in Lexington, Mass. She works in the commercialization department.

Source: Boston Herald, late-May, 2008.

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Worcester Business Journal
WELL APPOINTED
"Life Sciences Head To Market Commonwealth: Windham-Bannister brings little lab time, but a wealth of public policy experience, to new post"
By Eileen Kennedy, Worcester Business Journal Staff, Sunday, June 22, 2008

At first blush, Gov. Deval Patrick’s appointment of Susan Windham-Bannister to head the state’s Life Sciences Center might seem a little unusual.

After all, as head of the center she will be put in charge of the state’s recently passed $1 billion life sciences initiative. And although she’s worked within the biotechnology industry for years, she’s never been the one handling the test tubes and pipettes.

In other words, she’s not a scientist. She’s a marketer and an administrator.

Message In A Test Tube

But that doesn’t seem to concern local and state biotechnology officials. And perhaps, her role at the helm of the Life Sciences Center has more to do with marketing the state as the spot to be for biotech than it does actual science.

“I don’t know her personally, but I’m highly impressed with her credentials,” said Kevin O’Sullivan, president and CEO of Worcester’s Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives. “When you make an appointment like that it takes politics totally out of it because the decision was based on competence and experience.”

However, Windham-Bannister is not entirely without political connections — she was a member of Gov. Patrick’s transition team, according to her resume.

Officially, Windham-Bannister’s new job begins in mid-July, but she stepped onto an international stage last week when she attended the largest annual biotech convention in San Diego along with Gov. Deval Patrick and many other state officials.

Prior to leaving for the convention, Windham-Bannister said she sees the conference as a great way to showcase — and market — what the state already has in the works.

“We’re going to demonstrate that the state is really at the leading edge. We’re going to reaffirm our commitment to the industry and demonstrate the leadership the state is already showing,” she said.

Windham-Bannister’s experience includes her most recent stint at Abt Bio-Pharma Solutions Inc., a Cambridge-based consulting company that helps pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, and diagnostics companies. She served as vice president of the company’s strategic business planning and marketing services, where she focused on competitive strategy for companies and nonprofits such as Blue Cross and Blue Shield. She plans to leave that post for her new job with the Life Sciences Center.

The center’s original leader, Aaron D’Elia, was a budget aide appointed by former Gov. Mitt Romney in the waning days of his administration. D’Elia did not have any science experience. He stepped down in June 2007 and the search began for a permanent head with a science background.

Well-Connected

Windham-Bannister’s connections are a big factor in why she is the right pick, according to some in the industry.

“It was a vital position to fill and as someone who knows the industry and is well-connected, (Windham-Bannister) will be able to make a real impact,” said James M. Connolly, a partner in Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP’s health industries division. Connolly and another partner, Gerald J. McDougall, just published a report about the state’s biotech super cluster. The latest report points to the importance of state funding to grow the biotech industry here, because federal National Institutes of Health funding has been flat for several years now.

Windham-Bannister said she plans to reach out to many at biotech companies and in academia to find ways to collaborate in making the Bay State’s biotech industry stronger.

“We will be traveling all across the state to learn about the process from end-to-end and where there may be gaps or unmet needs,” she said, adding that Worcester area officials can expect her to spend time getting to know them and what exists in the area.

After all, the law provides $90 million to the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester toward an “advanced therapeutics cluster” that includes stem cell biology, RNAi therapeutics and gene therapies centers. The school itself will provide another $175 million for the academic cluster. The newly passed law also provides $8.2 million to establish a stem cell registry and bank at UMass Worcester, and another $12 million in matching grant funds for research.

Windham-Bannister holds a Ph.D. from Brandeis University’s Florence Heller School of advanced studies in public policy. She also earned a B.S. from Wellesley College.

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"Governor Patrick Takes All Questions"
By Tammy Daniels -iBerkshires Staff- August 06, 2008

GREAT BARRINGTON — Gov. Deval Patrick called for a change in federal leadership that would be more involved with domestic policy, straightforwardly sidestepped a question on decriminalizing marijuana and applauded the interest of the area's youth in taking on civic responsibilities.

"We need a change at the federal level. We need federal leadership involved in domestic policy," said Patrick in response to a question by Barbara Dean of Great Barrington on whether the governors should band together to force an end to the Iraq War — and pour the millions being spent on it into domestic concerns. "This is not about being partisan. It's not about being a Republican. This is about being engaged in policy."

While not agreeing with her that it was up to the governors, he said, "as your governor ... this was the wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time ... I'd think that even if we were flush on the domestic side."

It was all part of the governor's town meeting series, designed to help him discern his constituents' concerns and needs. This was the ninth of 10 town meetings and the only one in Berkshire County this summer. Among those in attendance were town officials, Pittsfield Mayor James Ruberto and Workforce Development Secretary Suzanne Bump.

Some 200 people ranged chairs and blankets around the gazebo's grassy lawn, seeking shade under the trees as the sun slowly slipped below the mountains. With jazzy music playing over the loudspeakers, it was more like a picnic.

But Patrick was only lightly grilled as people, some of whom traveled hours to the South Berkshire town to speak with him, lobbed questions about policies, platforms and the joys of being a governor.

"I wanted an unfiltered relationship with residents, with voters, to find out what you like, what you don't like," said Patrick. "And you need to hear directly from me what we are working on. ... I'm not interested in abstract reasons, I'm interested in how policy touches people."

Marie-France Chocot, visiting from Paris, was impressed that the governor really seemed to want to follow up on residents' questions and by the general lack of political partisanship at the meeting. (While Patrick stated as fact that he was "enthusiastically supporting" Barack Obama and commented on the Democratic primaries, he neither made nor encouraged any overt partisan comments.)

"Like in a good family, you put the question up and they try to find answers," she said through friend and translator Donald B. Easum.

Easum, of New York City, spent nearly 30 years in the U.S. Foreign Service, including as ambassador in the late 1970s to Nigeria, where he met a young Patrick. Their families have been friends since, said Easum.

The town hall meetings, during which citizens can ask unvetted questions about anything, was prompted by a press conference that failed to transmit a breakthrough in the movement of the much-vaunted life science bill.

"We called a press conference at Massachusetts General Hospital to dispel the notion of bickering between myself and the Speaker [Salvatore DiMasi]," said the governor. Legislative leaders and life science experts were on hand with "lots and lots" of television cameras and newspaper reporters. Yet, the governor's new haircut became the story — not the more significant and costly life science bill.

That sent Patrick on the road, in a way, to tell the state's citizens directly what's going on. A mission that would be easier, he noted, if "there weren't so many cameras here recording every mistake I make."

The governor was far from being ill at ease as he paced through the crowd, greeting people by name and joking with questioners.

"Awesome opportunity you've created for everyone and a lot different than what I've seen go on politically around here, which is longer than you might assume," said Jules Jenssen, youth operational board coordinator for the Railroad Street Youth Project. Jenssen urged the governor to explain his Statewide Youth Council, to which Patrick readily agreed.

Ari, of Great Barrington, was more interested in discovering the governor's views on pot, the subject of a petition to decriminalize it to some extent that will be on the November ballot. (The state's district attorneys oppose the initiative.)

"I don't actually have to have an opinion on everything," Patrick responded to laughter. "So I'm going to dodge your first question." He agreed with part of Ari's stance, that first-time nonviolent offenders shouldn't be languishing in jail.

His off-hand description of the petition as "a local grassroots movement" brought more laughter, which it took the governor a second to catch on to. "Sorry, I walked right into that," he grinned.
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Editor's note: Information about the marijuana ballot initiative in this story contained errors and has been corrected.
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"State council got lost in the shuffle: Governor's office intends to revive planning group"
By Todd Wallack, (Boston) Globe Staff, August 29, 2008

It just might be the sleepiest offshoot of state government: the Massachusetts Quasi-Public Corporation Planning Council.

No one can even remember when the 15-year-old planning council last met, despite a law requiring monthly meetings.

"It just died," said Robert Crowley, president of the Massachusetts Technology Development Corp., and one of the council's members. As best he can recall, the board hasn't met since 1996.

The planning council is supposed to ensure "regular communication and coordination" between an assortment of quasi-public agencies, corporations established and backed by the government.

In this case, they are all involved in economic development. For instance, the state set up the technology development corporation about 30 years ago to provide venture capital funding for young companies.

Lawmakers have also tried to use the council to keep tabs on its member agencies. Since 1998, council participants have been required to provide data to the state's economic development agency detailing their investments and other aid they provided to companies and individuals. The development agency, in turn, is supposed to compile the data in an annual report for the Legislature and the state's secretary of administration and finance.

But Kofi Jones, a spokeswoman for the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, which oversees the council, said she couldn't find any annual reports on file. And like Crowley, she wasn't sure when the board held its last meeting.

The lapse illustrates how state agencies can lose track of the sprawling list of committees and reports ordered by lawmakers and the governor. For example, Jones estimated the state's undersecretary of business development alone is required to sit on about 24 boards.

"I wouldn't be surprised if there are other committees or commissions that have not met or performed their statutory obligations," said Representative Michael Rodrigues, a Westport Democrat who cosponsored legislation two years ago updating the rules governing the council.

Indeed, some government watchdogs argue there are too many commissions, boards, task forces, and councils.

"We've gotten so prolific with boards and commissions that we're chasing process more than actual decisions," said Jim Stergios, executive director of the Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, a Boston research group. "We've got layer upon layer of process throughout our agencies. Then we layer upon those layers many quasi-public agencies. And then we layer, upon those, coordinating councils."

Regardless, the Patrick administration says it is working to get the quasi-public council back on track. Jones said it is now scheduled to meet Oct. 1, and will issue an annual report by year's end.

Representative Daniel Bosley, who cochairs the Legislature's Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, said it didn't surprise him that the council had fallen through the cracks. Bosley, a North Adams Democrat and an advisory member to the council, said the state economic development agency is "stretched very thin" and has a lot of responsibilities. "I don't think the coordinating council has been a priority," said Bosley.

In its original iteration, the council consisted of 10 quasi-governmental agencies, including the Massachusetts Centers of Excellence and the Massachusetts Microelectronics Center. But the law has been periodically updated over the years, as different quasi-public agencies are started or eliminated.

In its latest form, the board is supposed to consist of representatives from 18 quasi-public corporations and government agencies, including the Commonwealth Corp. and the Massachusetts Community Development Finance Corp.

The board members are not paid extra money to serve on the council, Jones said.

"I think it's a good idea," said Rodrigues, who guessed that quasi-public agencies spend hundreds of millions of dollars in state money a year. "We have so many of these quasi-publics out there that we want to ensure that they are doing what we are envisioning them to do."

Rodrigues said he is pleased the Patrick administration plans to make sure the council starts meeting again.

Even without the council, however, Crowley said he was already informally meeting with some other quasi-public groups that focus on economic development.

"I think the administration has done a decent job of getting people to talk," Crowley said.
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Todd Wallack can be reached at twallack@globe.com.
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Governor Deval Patrick thanked Eli Broad yesterday after he announced a $400 million gift to the Broad Institute. (Erik Jacobs for the Boston Globe) 9/4/2008.
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"Brigades again go to Granite State"
The Berkshire Eagle - Letters
Monday, September 15, 2008

Four years ago, a few Berkshire residents banded together and formed Berkshire Brigades, the countywide Democratic organization. At the time we coordinated efforts with Kerry headquarters to make a real contribution to his campaign. And we did!

This year we're doing the same for Obama, and because Obama will win Massachusetts, once again we are devoting our time and resources to campaign outside the state, mostly in nearby Keene, New Hampshire.

We can always use more volunteers. So, if you want to turn this country around, now is the time to help. Or if you are retired or have extra time, weekdays are good, too. We have less than two months to change the world. Call Marge Cohan at (413) 822-6218 or e-mail victory2008@berkshirebrigades.org to sign up today.

Berkshire Brigades is hosting a Big Berkshire Democratic Victory Rally at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Pittsfield on Sunday, Oct. 5, from 5 to 7 p. m. Labor Secretary Suzanne Bump and others will speak. Join us there and in New Hampshire. Help us help Obama turn this country around.

LEE HARRISON
Williamstown, Massachusetts
The writer is chairman of Berkshire Brigades and member of the Democratic State Committee.

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"Census help wanted in Berkshires"
By Benning W. De La Mater, Berkshire Eagle Staff, Friday, January 09, 2009

PITTSFIELD — The federal government is looking for hundreds of good workers to help take a head count.

Timothy J. Goggins, a representative with the U.S. Census Bureau, announced Thursday that the agency will be hiring "a few hundred locals" in the coming months to help complete Census 2010.

The jobs will include roughly 20 full-time, managerial slots and hundreds of part-time positions. Work is scheduled to begin in March and will run through late fall of 2010. Salaries have yet to be determined, but should be competitive with average office salaries.

Goggins said there are civil service-like tests being held across the county currently and in the coming weeks. Competence and accuracy are the only prerequisites.

"This info and its uses are astounding for its importance to the growth and future of our country," he said. "Our governmental structure is based on this data."

Those interested in the jobs should call (866) 861-2010 to find out dates and locations for the tests, which require four hours of time.

The Census, a decennial population count mandated by the U.S. Constitution, is due to the president by Dec. 31, 2010.

Its results determine the number of representatives in Congress, electoral votes and government funding for municipalities. Goggins said businesses also use Census numbers to determine areas for growth.

Regional Census offices are currently being set up in Pittsfield, Springfield and Worcester. Goggins said a Pittsfield location is currently being scouted.

The announcement of new jobs, although temporary, is welcomed as the county braces for a jump in the 5.3 percent unemployment rate as a result of December layoffs at Sabic and KB Toys.

Goggins said Census jobs, some of which will last 20 months, benefit a resume.

"HR administrators love to see the Census on a resume because we're about accuracy," he said. "We focus on details."

The first wave of work will be cross-checking current addresses with the Census database to make sure new development is accounted for and structures that no longer exist are erased.

Census questionnaires will then be sent out. After that, workers will be physically dispatched to locations around the county to help take the head count.

Goggins said for the first time in history, Census employees in the field will be given handheld computers that will input information directly into the main database, making it easier to formulate the tally.

"We can't do this work without people," he said. "We still have to do the face-to-face stuff to get accurate numbers. The quality of the people who work these jobs is related to the quality of the Census."
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To reach Benning W. De La Mater: bdelamater@berkshireeagle.com, or (413) 496-6243.
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"Berkshire unemployment rises"
By Tony Dobrowolski, Berkshire Eagle Staff, Wednesday, January 28, 2009

PITTSFIELD — Berkshire County's unemployment rate rose from 5.2 percent in November to 6.7 percent in December, and is now higher than the state rate of 6.5 percent, according to figures released today by the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

The leisure and hospitality sector was among the heaviest hit in the Berkshires, the report said, while manufacturing, informational services, and professional services remained unchanged from 12 months ago. Financial and educational/health sectors saw slight increases.

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"Berkshire County unemployment rate soars"
By Tony Dobrowolski, Berkshire Eagle Staff, Wednesday, January 28, 2009

PITTSFIELD — Berkshire County's unemployment rate reached its highest level in 13 years in December, jumping to 6.7 percent from 5.2 percent in one month.

The county is now outpacing the state, whose jobless rate was 6.5 percent last month, according to data released on Tuesday by the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. The state's seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate was 5.5 percent in November.

Last month's unemployment rate is the county's highest since it hit 6.3 percent in 1995, said Heather P. Boulger, executive director of the Berkshire County Regional Employment Board.

Rate is significant

Boulger referred to the increase in the county's December unemployment rate as significant, but said it wasn't unexpected considering the current economic climate.

"We're not immune to what's happening in the nation," she said.

Nor is the rest of Massachusetts.

The unemployment rates were higher in 21 of the state's 22 metropolitan areas, including Pittsfield, in December. Only Amherst experienced a slight drop.

Unemployment in the Pittsfield metropolitan area jumped from 5.1 percent in November to 6.6 percent last month. In the North Adams area, it rose from 6.4 percent to 8 percent. In Great Barrington, the jobless rate increased from 4.3 percent to 5.9 percent.

The numbers represent a sharp spike from a year earlier, when the jobless rate was 3.8 percent in Pittsfield, 5.3 percent in North Adams and 3.2 percent in Great Barrington.

Losses in leisure

In the leisure and hospitality industry, the number of employed in the Pittsfield metropolitan area dropped half a percentage point, from 4.8 percent to 4.3 percent from November to December as people appeared to cut back on social activities.

"People are tightening their belts," Boulger said. "They're not going out as much as they used to, or they're not visiting friends."

In the goods producing sector — which includes all non-manufactured items — the number of employed dropped from 5 percent in November to 4.9 percent in December. Sector-by-sector numbers for the North Adams and Great Barrington areas were not available.

Boulger said the goods producing sector was affected by the layoffs at KB Toys, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in December with the intention of liquidating the entire 86-year-old toy company, which maintains its corporate headquarters in Pittsfield.

"That's going to continue to go up unless local companies hire more people," Boulger said.

As of last week, slightly less than 100 of the 225 full-time employees at KB's headquarters were still on the job. KB is expected to have 90 employees remaining at its headquarters at the beginning of February, 30 by the start of March, and just 12 by April.

The number of employed in Pittsfield's manufacturing sector was 3.4 percent in December, which is the same level it has been since September. According to Boulger, employment manufacturing levels are down in most regions of the state.

"There's a steady flow of products underway," Boulger said, referring to the steadiness in the Berkshire manufacturing figures.

"They've also invested in training," she said. "Other than that, I don't know (why). I'm surprised to see that it wasn't down."
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"Berkshire unemployment rate hits 8.3%"
By Tony Dobrowolski, Berkshire Eagle Staff, Wednesday, March 11, 2009

PITTSFIELD — Berkshire County's unemployment rate soared in January, jumping to 8.3 percent, the highest level since 1993.

The county's unemployment rate jumped 1.6 percentage points from December, when it was 6.7 percent, according to figures released on Tuesday by the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. December's unemployment rate had increased 1.5 percent from November, when it was 5.2 percent. January's numbers are not seasonally adjusted.

Heather P. Boulger, executive director of the Berkshire County Regional Employment Board, said the new number is reminiscent of General Electric's departure from Pittsfield in the early 1990s, when thousands were thrown out of work. Unemployment rose to more than 10 percent before settling back to 8.6 percent in 1993.

January's increase marked the second straight month that the county's unemployment rate is higher than the state's, which jumped from 6.5 percent in December to 8.1 percent in January, while the national unemployment rate jumped from 7.2 percent to 7.6 percent.

In January 2008, the state unemployment rate was 4.6 percent versus 4.9 percent nationally. The number of county workers who were unemployed jumped from 3,884 to 6,035 in 12 months.

Unemployment in the Berkshires reached 10.7 percent in 1991 when GE completed the five-year shutdown of its transformer plant, and 10.9 percent in 1992 when the industrial giant sold its aerospace division to Martin Marietta. The rate was 8.6 percent in 1993.

Although the economic recession is the main culprit in the current spike in the county's unemployment rate, Boulger said she didn't know how much higher the rate can go.

"I wish I did, but I don't have that crystal ball," she said. "I'm hoping that with the manufacturing industry actually adding jobs in January, it will stop the spiral trend."

"But it's a guessing game," she added. "I'm optimistic that we're going through the toughest part. I hope it won't go as low as it did in the early 1990s."

David M. Rooney, the president of the Berkshire Economic Development Corporation, had not seen the latest numbers on Tuesday but said he believes the increase in the county's unemployment rate reflects the full impact of Pittsfield-based KB Toys' decision to close its operations. KB filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last December with the intent of liquidating the company.

The county's labor force increased over the last 12 months, from 71,857 workers in January 2008 to 72,338 in January 2009.

"Maybe fewer people are retiring, that's one of my guesses," Boulger said. "They're staying in the workforce longer."

The number of county residents employed in the manufacturing sector rose slightly from 3.2 percent to 3.3 percent between December and January.

The number of county residents in the service producing and private services sectors also dropped almost a percentage point, according to Boulger. She believes that KB Toys is included in the private services sector.

Among the county's metropolitan and labor market areas, unemployment is highest in North Adams, where it jumped from 7.8 percent in December to 9.6 percent. The unemployment rate in the North Adams area, which also includes part of Vermont, was 6.7 percent in January 2008.

In the Pittsfield area, the unemployment rate increased from 6.5 percent to 8.2 percent between December and January, while it rose from 5.8 percent to 7.6 percent in the Great Barrington area. The unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in the Pittsfield area and 4.8 percent in Great Barrington in January 2008, respectively.

In the city of Pittsfield, the unemployment rate rose from 6.7 percent to 8.5 percent between December and January, while it jumped from 9.0 percent to 10.7 percent in the city of North Adams.

The national unemployment rate is 8.1 percent.
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Historical rates
Here's a look at Berkshire County's unemployment rates in the early 1990s, when General Electric was shutting down, and the latest monthly statistic from January:
1991: 10.7 percent.
1992: 10.9 percent
1993: 8.6 percent
January: 8.3 percent
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NEW IDEAS: Massachusetts Biotechnology Council President Robert Coughlin has a new strategic plan that focuses on promoting innovation over manufacturing.
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"Massachusetts biotech chief: Forget luring plants"
Change in drug plans
By Christine McConville, Tuesday, April 14, 2009, - www.bostonherald.com - Local Politics

Let’s forget about luring biotechnology manufacturers to Massachusetts and celebrate our culture of innovation instead, Massachusetts Biotechnology Council President Robert Coughlin will tell council members today at the group’s annual meeting.

“People aren’t coming here to open manufacturing plants,” Coughlin told the Herald yesterday. “They’re coming here from around the world to meet up with thought leaders.”

At a time of epic economic upheaval, Coughlin’s 2015 strategic plan calls on the state’s 400 biotechnology companies to promote what Massachusetts is - and not what it could become - as the industry plots its next seven years.

It’s a markedly different message from 2003, when the council released its last strategic plan. Back then, the council urged the state to make regulatory changes to help the industry grow.

Now, instead of championing water and sewer line improvements, the council is calling for a dose of reality and greater access to capital, despite the state’s recent billion-dollar initiative to promote the industry.

There are some 40,000 people working in biotechnology in Massachusetts and many of them are working at companies with shaky financial underpinnings, the MBC’s 2015 report says.

Nearly 50 percent of the public biotech companies in Massachusetts are operating with less than a year’s worth of cash, according to the report.

And some 40 private Massachusetts biotechs haven’t received any financing in more than three years, the report adds.

Even though Bay State biotechs face a cash crunch, there’s still increasing national and international competition for their jobs and future growth potential.

While the report identifies Boston, San Diego and San Francisco as leading world biotechnology clusters, it places Philadelphia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom in a not-so-distant second tier.

The report identifies North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park, Ireland, Washington, D.C., and Canada as specialty areas for manufacturing and clinical trials. And it lists China, India and Singapore as emerging international competitors.

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"Biotech notes steady growth in Massachusetts: But early forecasts unlikely to be met"
By Todd Wallack, Boston Globe Staff, April 15, 2009

The state's biotechnology industry has grown significantly in recent years, though somewhat slower than hoped, according to a study released yesterday by the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council.

Massachusetts has more than 40,000 biotech jobs, according to the council's 2015 Strategic Plan, up from about 30,000 in 2002. Another council report seven years ago predicted the industry could employ 60,000 by 2010 under the right conditions. But that is unlikely now, given the lagging economy.

"We've not had the right conditions," said Terry Hisey, vice chairman and US life sciences leader for Deloitte LLP, the New York auditing and consulting powerhouse that helped prepare the latest study. Hisey said the global credit crunch has made it difficult for many firms to raise money from venture capitalists and other investors.

Nevertheless, Hisey said, Massachusetts has maintained its spot as having one of the world's top biotech clusters, and the industry is helping to fuel economic growth. The number of biotech companies in the state has increased from about 280 seven years ago to 400, he said.

"Massachusetts is creating jobs, importing jobs, growing talent - important talent - all the things that are necessary for the viral growth of the industry," Hisey said. "People should be encouraged by the growth and the increase in numbers."

To continue expanding the industry, the report recommends the state continue to promote collaboration and innovation, improve access to capital, provide services to help companies become more efficient, assist companies in attracting, developing, and retaining workers, and step up biotech's public marketing and advocacy work. The report comes less than a year after Governor Deval L. Patrick signed a $1 billion life sciences initiative to help create jobs in the life sciences, including biotechnology.

The council released the report, coauthored by LEK Consulting in Boston, at its annual meeting yesterday. The report is available online at www.massbio.org.
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"Investing dropoff hurting biotechs: Dwindling cash puts jobs at risk"
By Scott Kirsner, Boston Globe Correspondent, May 9, 2009

Three years after Altus Pharmaceuticals Inc. went public and raised $105 million in a single day, the Cambridge biotechnology company is running out of money, and its stock, which once traded for more than $25 a share, closed at 40 cents yesterday.

With the economy lagging, investors have become wary of the risks associated with innovative but small drugmakers like Altus, which can spend a decade or more working on experimental treatments that often don't make it to market. That's left some biotechs starving for cash.

In an effort to survive, Altus in January shed 75 percent of its workforce - 107 employees - and narrowed its focus to a single drug, an injectable human growth hormone.

"We thought that was our best shot," said chief executive Georges Gemayel.

The dropoff in biotech investing could hit Massachusetts particularly hard. Governor Deval Patrick, who championed a $1 billion life sciences initiative approved by the Legislature last year, has made the industry a key part of his economic development plans. By most rankings, the state's cluster of biotechnology companies is second in size only to the San Diego area.

"Biotech is the antithesis of what the global market is looking for," said Steve Holtzman, chief executive of Infinity Pharmaceuticals Inc., another Cambridge biotech. "The market is looking for safe, secure, liquid assets."

Holtzman knows firsthand how fickle investors are these days - Infinity's stock recently lost almost one-third of its value after it abruptly halted a test of a key cancer drug it was working on when researchers found a higher-than-expected death rate among patients.

A recent report from the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council found the number of biotechs in the state increased to about 400 over the past seven years, and the number of employees increased from 30,000 to 40,000. But the report also warned that half of the state's publicly traded biotechs are in danger of running out of cash before the end of the year, and that one-third to one-half will probably be forced to raise more money in 2009 so they can continue to operate.

"We were in a very permissive financial environment with cheap money and easy credit, and we're now in a very stringent financial environment that makes biotech companies extremely difficult to finance," said Rich Aldrich, a Boston biotech investor who was involved with one of the industry's biggest recent scores - the IPO and eventual sale in 2008 of Sirtris Pharmaceuticals Inc., based in Cambridge, to GlaxoSmithKline plc, headquartered in the United Kingdom, for $720 million.

But lately, the venture capitalists who often bankroll private companies have been holding on to their money. Investments in New England biotechs during the first quarter of 2009 were down about $92 million from the same period last year, from $241 million to $149 million, according to Thomson Reuters. One reason is that some of Boston's biggest biotech venture capital firms have been having their own financing problems. For instance, Waltham-based Atlas Venture earlier this year collected a smaller pool of money than it had hoped for, and Oxford BioScience Partners of Boston recently suspended efforts to raise a new investment fund because of a dearth of investors. Oxford managing partner Jonathan Fleming said it's an "absolutely horrible" time for venture capitalists to raise money from pension funds, wealthy individuals, and university endowments.

Also, the large pharmaceutical companies that fund smaller biotech firms, buy them outright, or collaborate on sales and marketing are consumed by a wave of consolidation. For instance, Merck & Co. and Schering-Plough Corp. are planning to merge, as are Pfizer Inc. and Wyeth.

Big drug companies are "our customers," said Michael Gilman, chief executive of Stromedix Inc., a Cambridge biotech developing drugs to combat organ failure. "And to the extent that there are fewer customers, that's going to make things hard."

Because of its volatile nature, the biotech industry has traditionally been roiled by booms and busts. "In 1999 and 2000, you had the genomics bubble, when huge amounts of money were going into biotech," said Gilman. "The fundamentals of the business were no different then, but today, no one wants to put in a nickel. People were just jazzed about it then, and they're pessimistic about it now."

About the only good news biotech executives can point to are two governmental funding initiatives that could benefit Massachusetts over the long term. As part of this year's economic stimulus package, the federal government will increase funding to the National Institutes of Health by $10 billion. Boston academic institutions and hospitals tend to receive a disproportionate chunk of NIH research funding.

"That could counter some of the current mopeyness," said Gilman. "But that funding will be felt first in the academic sector - they'll get a boost pretty quickly. It'll take years for it to start to trickle into the start-up community."

In addition, the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center - which is charged with overseeing the state's life sciences initiative - has doled out about $42 million to research facilities, scientists, and private companies. Late last month, it announced a new batch of loans to seven early-stage companies, totaling $3.4 million.

And even in stressful economic times, some entrepreneurs and investors hope to find bargains amidst the products cast off by companies trying to stay afloat.

When Altus was in the midst of its layoffs earlier this year, it essentially abandoned an experimental drug called Trizytek, intended to treat enzyme deficiencies that often plague people with cystic fibrosis or chronic pancreatitis. A new Cambridge startup founded by Alex Margolin, formerly chief scientific officer at Altus, acquired Trizytek without making any up-front cash payments. That company, Alnara Pharmaceuticals Inc., had earlier raised $20 million from investors, and hired several people who lost their jobs at Altus.

Margolin estimated Altus had invested about $150 million in the drug, which he anticipates will win FDA approval. "The ending hasn't been written yet," he said. "But we hope it will be a Hollywood ending."
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"Labor secretary speaking in Taunton"
By Gerry Tuoti, Staff Writer, Taunton Daily Gazette - tauntongazette.com - GateHouse News Service, May 14, 2009

Taunton, Massachusetts — Suzanne Bump, secretary of labor and workforce development, will moderate a community forum Monday on choices and priorities facing Massachusetts in the current economic climate.

The forum will be held at 6 p.m. Monday (5/18/2009) at East Taunton Elementary School, 58 Stevens St.

Gov. Deval Patrick launched the statewide series of 36 public meetings to give people an opportunity to discuss the budget decisions, reform proposals and revenue packages being debated on Beacon Hill.

Dates, times, locations and administration hosts for other forums can be found at www.mass.gov/governor/forum. Summaries of the forums, along with videos and questions, will be posted there as well.

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"Report: Massachusetts loses thousands of industrial jobs"
The Associated Press - September 14, 2009

BOSTON -- The economic downturn has cost Massachusetts more than 25,000 manufacturing jobs.

That figure comes from the annual Massachusetts Manufacturers Register, which reports that industrial employment fell 6.4 percent in the Bay State during a 24-month period between July 2007 and July 2009.

Massachusetts remains home to more than 9,100 manufacturers employing about 373,000 workers, with electronics continuing to be the top industrial sector.

The state directories are published by Evanston-Ill.-based Manufacturers' News Inc. Publisher Tom Dubin says an educated work force and strong biotechnology industry should help lay the groundwork for a recovery in Massachusetts.

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"State collected incorrect tax from employers, report says"
The Boston Globe (Online), By Kay Lazar, November 17, 2009

A program that helps 34,000 laid-off Massachusetts workers pay for health insurance would not be on the verge of insolvency if the state had collected the correct tax from employers who fund the program, according to a report released today.

The Medical Security Trust Fund, the pool of money that pays for health insurance for the unemployed, will run out of money in December without emergency measures, according to state officials.

But if the fees on employers had kept pace with inflation -- something required by the 1988 law that created the program -- the Medical Security Trust Fund would not be going broke, according to the report from the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, an independent think tank.

"We would likely be able to provide health insurance to our currently unemployed workers without running into deficit,” said center executive director Noah Berger.

Businesses pay $16.80 per employee, per year into the Trust Fund, a tax that hasn’t been raised since 1990. If that fee had been correctly tied to inflation, the report said, that amount would have been $56.41 this year. That would have meant an additional $67 million more for the fund, just in 2008, the report added.

But Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Suzanne Bump, whose agency oversees the program and its trust fund, said in an interview that the state has followed the law which, she said, only requires it to maintain "adequate" reserves.

She said that the fees it charged would have been sufficient had the recession not dragged on for so long, and Congress had not repeatedly extended unemployment benefits. Those extensions have drained about $60 million from the Medical Security Trust Fund since July 2008, according to the state.

"This is something that the three-member board that sets the yearly rates could not have foreseen a year ago when they set those rates," Bump said.

That board's annual meeting is scheduled for Nov. 30, she said, to again review the issue of raising fees on employers and also to consider a number of other emergency proposals to keep the program afloat, including imposing higher costs on the unemployed.

Governor Patrick has also requested a $30 million cash infusion from the Legislature that would keep health insurance benefits flowing to thousands of residents for the next several months. State lawmakers are scheduled to vote on Patrick's request tomorrow to transfer the money from the state's General Fund.

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"She's angling for auditor post"
By David Pepose, Berkshire Eagle Staff, April 13, 2010

PITTSFIELD -- As the race for the state auditor's office begins to heat up, Great Barrington resident and former state Labor Secretary Suzanne Bump made a personal appeal to residents at a Berkshire County campaign stop on Monday.

"Our veteran auditor's retirement... allows us to think about what we're looking for from the auditor's office in the 21st century," Bump said. Talking about residents' crisis of faith in government and the economy, she said that "the auditor gets to provide that level of oversight in terms of the financial accounting."

The event at Zucchini's Restaurant in Pittsfield drew more than a dozen people, including veteran politicians U.S. Rep. John W. Olver, D-Amherst, and state Rep. Daniel E. Bosley, D-North Adams. The primaries for the position will be held in September, with the final vote taking place in November.

Bump served as the state's Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development from 2007 through the end of 2009. She is one of several Democrats running for the office previously held by 23-year-veteran A. Joseph DeNucci, including Worcester County Sheriff Guy Glodis and former Clinton administration assistant Michael E. Lake.

The role of the auditor, Bump explained, is to look at the financial records of state agencies and quasi-public entities -- including regional transportation and housing authorities -- to make certain that they are spending their funding legally and efficiently.

The auditor's office is an executive branch position meant to act as a government watchdog against wasteful or corrupt spending, and is tasked with delivering their reports to the public, the governor and appropriate legislators for correction.

In addition to financial audits, Bump also promoted the idea of "performance auditing," which would focus on procedure and eliminating bureaucracy.

"That really lets you work with the nuts and bolts of state government and making sure tax dollars are being used effectively and efficiently," she said. "That's where the real opportunity for change is."

According to state documents, DeNucci was paid more than $130,000 in 2008. Each term as state auditor lasts four years.

Near the end of the event, Bosley and Olver both spoke on Bump's behalf. "I've gone through 24 budgets on a state level... we need to do a better job at it," said Bosley. As the state grapples with more than $1 billion in budgetary shortfall, "we either have to cut or do things differently," he added. "I wish to do things differently."

Bump said her priorities included streamlining the state's health care system.

"That whole system of access is extremely complex," she said. "The question we have is, how can we reduce some of these barriers and simplify access?"

Concluding her campaign stop, Bump implored her supporters to work toward more accountable and efficient government spending. "These are not just my goals -- they're our goals," Bump concluded. "And by owning these goals, we can make this campaign happen."
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"Bump: Tax flap is 'behind us'"
By Trevor Jones, Berkshire Eagle Staff, October 16, 2010

PITTSFIELD -- Suzanne Bump, the Democratic candidate for state auditor, says she is moving on from recent questions about the dual-residency tax breaks she received in the past, accepting the decision by Boston officials to keep nearly $6,000 she returned to the city last week.

A Boston Globe article last week reported that Bump and her husband, Paul F. McDevitt, had received personal property tax exemptions for their primary residence in Great Barrington and their condo in Boston. Bump sent a check for $5,875 to the city later that week in case they did not meet the exemption status, funds the city's assessing department deemed were owed because the couple did not meet the appropriate criteria.

"It is now behind us," Bump said on Friday in a meeting with The Eagle editorial board. "Our primary residence is Great Barrington; I've always been clear about that."

Bump said she and McDevitt were granted tax exempt status from Boston after filling out a two-question request form sent to her by the city in 2007, which asked if the couple occupied the house and if they mailed their income tax forms from there -- questions they both answered affirmatively.

Bump said she fully accepts the city of Boston's decision to accept the returned funds, adding that she was "surprised and embarrassed" by the revelation because she "thought we were doing something appropriate."

Bump, a former state representative from Braintree and state Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, also weighed in on prosecutors' call on Thursday for legislators to create a more balanced approach to funding public defendants and the state's district attorney's offices. Since 2002, the overall district attorneys' budgets have been reduced by 24 percent, while the Committee for Public Counsel Services has seen its budget rise by more than 230 percent.

Bump said the auditor's office could play a role in determining a legislative course of action by looking at the dynamics behind the rise in public defendant funding and by finding any potential abuses. By providing reliable data, she added, decisions can be made that won't rely solely on the political weight of either side.

Bump said her primary focus, if elected, would be to look at the state's health care services in order to find savings. She said she would use performance analysis to look at the structural issues facing the delivery of services, adding "government has to figure out how to work smarter. We have to figure out how to work more effectively and efficiently to save taxpayers' dollars."

Bump also criticized her Republican opponent, Mary Z. Connaughton, saying she has no priorities and questioned her proposal to look at the costs of legislation proposed on Beacon Hill. Bump said legislative bills can change so much and so frequently before a final version, scoring them would be futile.

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"Bump campaign aides nab jobs"
By Steve LeBlanc, Associated Press, December 8, 2010

BOSTON -- Massachusetts Auditor-elect Suzanne Bump on Tuesday named her campaign manager and a campaign donor, both of whom also worked for her when she was state labor secretary, to key posts in her office.

Bump, whose primary residence is in Great Barrington, said that she is appointing former Commissioner of the Division of Occupational Safety Laura Marlin as her first deputy auditor. Marlin served as Bump's campaign manager and donated $275 to her campaign.

Bump said she is also naming Gerald McDonough, general counsel for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, as her deputy auditor for policy and legal issues. McDonough donated $500, the maximum allowed by law, to Bump's campaign in 2009 and again in 2010, according to an Associated Press review of campaign finance records.

The campaign finance records show that out of nearly 2,000 individual donations to Bump this year, fewer than 200 were for the maximum amount of $500.

In a statement, Bump praised Marlin's and McDonough's skills.

"Both Laura Marlin and Gerald McDonough are accomplished professionals with a passion for public service that matches my own," Bump said. "They will be enormously helpful to me as I pursue my mission of making government work better."

Marlin served as commissioner of the Division of Occupational Safety from May 2007 through May 2010. The job included overseeing the agency and administering the state's workplace safety and health, asbestos, lead and wage-related programs.
Marlin had previously served as deputy chief of staff to former Attorney General Thomas Reilly and as an assistant attorney general prosecuting cases involving computer crimes, fraud, embezzlement and public corruption, according to Bump.

Bump said that as general counsel for the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, McDonough helped the new Massachusetts Department of Transportation navigate through complex labor issues.

McDonough has also been a partner at the Boston law firm Holtz & Reed LLP and was general counsel and deputy treasurer for former state treasurer Shannon O'Brien.

During the campaign for auditor, O'Brien supported Bump and criticized her Republican opponent Mary Connaughton. O'Brien and Bump are both Democrats.

Bump served as Gov. Deval Patrick's former labor secretary from 2007 to 2009.

Bump also announced Tuesday that she's launching a nationwide search for another top position, deputy auditor for audit operations. She said the deputy auditor will play a key role in her management team, "overseeing and managing all aspects of the audit operations, with an emphasis on expanding the scope of performance audits to evaluate the success or failure of government operations."

She said she's looking for "an outstanding CPA with government auditing and leadership experience" and is working with local and national groups, including the National State Auditors Association to help recruit candidates.

During the campaign, Bump came under fire for receiving twin tax breaks on two properties.

She said assessors told her she was allowed to claim tax exemptions in Great Barrington and Boston. After the Boston Globe questioned the propriety of the tax breaks, Bump paid nearly $6,000 to Boston.

Bump's husband Paul McDevitt also continued to accept contracts from joint labor, management trust funds even while Bump was serving as labor secretary. Bump denied any conflict of interest, saying the contracts were with joint labor and management trust funds.

Bump is scheduled to be sworn in on Jan. 19, 2011.

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"GE Healthcare life sciences division’s moving in: Company says life sciences unit will bring ‘new jobs and economic activity’"
By Chris Cassidy, The Boston Herald, August 14, 2014

GE Healthcare will relocate its American headquarters for its life sciences division to Massachusetts — a major move expected to create hundreds of jobs, coming on the heels of similar arrivals in redent years by Sanofi-­Aventis and Pfizer.

“GE is not a leader here — they’re following the other large firms here in order to be close to where the action is,” said Barry Bluestone of North­eastern University, who co-­wrote a report last year on the Bay State’s life sciences industry. “It continues quite a trend.”

The company’s current life sciences headquarters in Piscataway, N.J., employs about 400 people, and a spokesman would not say which area of the state it is considering.

“A project is currently underway to create a new U.S. headquarters in Massachusetts for the life sciences division of GE Healthcare,” said GE Healthcare spokesman Benjamin Fox. “More specific details will be available once they are finalized. Once completed, the new U.S. life sciences headquarters will create a significant number of new jobs and economic activity in Massachusetts.”

Gov. Deval Patrick has made promoting the life sciences industry in the state a focus over the years. Bluestone said that, coupled with an influx of smaller, highly specialized firms, has been a magnet drawing larger companies.

“Even with the billions of dollars they spend on research, the large firms aren’t sure they’ll come up with a big breakthrough in life sciences technology,” said Bluestone. “Therefore, they want to be near small firms on the cutting edge.”

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center CEO Susan Windham-Bannister told the Herald the organization had been in discussions with GE Healthcare over the past two years about a move.

“We’re talking about a company that’s more diversified, has a big imaging­ component to it, and a big bioinformatics component,” she said. “This is a different kind of company. We’re really excited about that. They’ve certainly had a modest presence in Massachusetts, but for them to make this decision is big.”

The 2013 report for the Boston Foundation, conducted by Bluestone and Alan Clayton-Matthews of Northeastern, found the state’s life sciences industry growing at a faster pace than any other­ industry in Massachusetts — and cre­ating more jobs than in any other­ state since 2008.

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Outrage swells in Congress!

Outrage swells in Congress!
Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., left, and the committee's ranking Republican Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., listen during a hearing on modernizing insurance regulations, Tuesday, March 17, 2009, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh). - http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/20090318/pl_politico/30833

Beacon Hill's $pecial Interest Tax Raisers & $PENDERS!

Beacon Hill's $pecial Interest Tax Raisers & $PENDERS!
Photo Gallery: www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/03/15/St_Patricks_Day_Boston/

The path away from Wall Street ...

The path away from Wall Street ...
...Employers in the finance sector - traditionally a prime landing spot for college seniors, particularly in the Northeast - expect to have 71 percent fewer jobs to offer this year's (2009) graduates.

Economic collapse puts graduates on unforeseen paths: Enrollment in public service jobs rising...

Economic collapse puts graduates on unforeseen paths: Enrollment in public service jobs rising...
www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/03/14/economic_collapse_puts_graduates_on_unforeseen_paths/

Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis

Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis
Should he be fired? As Bank of America's Stock Plummets, CEO Resists Some Calls That He Step Down.

Hookers for Jesus

Hookers for Jesus
Annie Lobert is the founder of "Hookers for Jesus" - www.hookersforjesus.net/home.cfm - Saving Sin City: Las Vegas, Nevada?

Forever personalized stamped envelope

Forever personalized stamped envelope
The Forever stamp will continue to cover the price of a first-class letter. The USPS will also introduce Forever personalized, stamped envelopes. The envelopes will be preprinted with a Forever stamp, the sender's name and return address, and an optional personal message.

Purple Heart

Purple Heart
First issued in 2003, the Purple heart stamp will continue to honor the men and women wounded while serving in the US military. The Purple Heart stamp covers the cost of 44 cents for first-class, one-ounce mail.

Dolphin

Dolphin
The bottlenose is just one of the new animals set to appear on the price-change stamps. It will serve as a 64-cent stamp for odd shaped envelopes.

2009 price-change stamps

2009 price-change stamps
www.boston.com/business/gallery/2009pircechangestamps/ -&- www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2009/02/27/new_stamps_set_for_rate_increase_in_may/

Red Sox v Yankees

Red Sox v Yankees
Go Red Sox!

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama
AP photo v Shepard Fairey

Rush Limbaugh lackeys

Rush Limbaugh lackeys
Posted by Dan Wasserman of the Boston Globe on March 3, 2009.

Honest Abe

Honest Abe
A 2007 US Penny

Dog race

Dog race
Sledding for dogs

The Capital of the Constitution State

The Capital of the Constitution State
Hartford, once the wealthiest city in the United States but now the poorest in Connecticut, is facing an uphill battle.

Brady, Bundchen married

Brady, Bundchen married
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and model Gisele Bundchen wed Feb. 26, 2009 in a Catholic ceremony in Los Angeles. www.boston.com/ae/celebrity/gallery/tom_gisele/

Mayor Jimmy Ruberto

Mayor Jimmy Ruberto
Tanked Pittsfield's local economy while helping his fellow insider political hacks and business campaign contributors!

Journalist Andrew Manuse

Journalist Andrew Manuse
www.manuse.com

New Hampshire Supreme Court Building

New Hampshire Supreme Court Building
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Hampshire_Supreme_Court

Economic State of the Union

Economic State of the Union
A look at some of the economic conditions the Obama administration faces and what resources have already been pledged to help. 2/24/2009

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama
The president addresses the nation's governors during a dinner in the State Dinning Room, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari).

The Oscars - 2/22/2009.

The Oscars - 2/22/2009.
Hugh Jackman and Beyoncé Knowles teamed up for a musical medley during the show.

The 81st Academy Awards - Oscars - 2009

The 81st Academy Awards - Oscars - 2009
Hugh Jackman pulled actress Anne Hathaway on stage to accompany him during his opening musical number.

Rachel Maddow

Rachel Maddow
A Progressive News Commentator

$500,000 per year

$500,000 per year
That is chump change for the corporate elite!

THE CORPORATE ELITE...

THE CORPORATE ELITE...
Jeffrey R. Immelt, chairman and chief executive of General Electric

The Presidents' Club

The Presidents' Club
Bush, Obama, Bush Jr, Clinton & Carter.

5 Presidents: Bush, Obama, Bush Jr, Clinton, & Carter!

5 Presidents: Bush, Obama, Bush Jr, Clinton, & Carter!
White House Event: January 7, 2009.

Bank Bailout!

Bank Bailout!
v taxpayer

Actress Elizabeth Banks

Actress Elizabeth Banks
She will present an award to her hometown (Pittsfield) at the Massachusetts State House next month (1/2009). She recently starred in "W" and "Zack and Miri Make a Porno," and just signed a $1 million annual contract to be a spokesmodel for Paris.

Joanna Lipper

Joanna Lipper
Her award-winning 1999 documentary, "Growing Up Fast," about teenaged mothers in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Happy Holidays...

Happy Holidays...
...from "Star Wars"

Massachusetts "poor" economy

Massachusetts "poor" economy
Massachusetts is one of the wealthiest states, but it is also very inequitable. For example, it boasts the nation's most lucrative lottery, which is just a system of regressive taxation so that the corporate elite get to pay less in taxes!

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon
Hollywood Actress

Peter G. Arlos.

Peter G. Arlos.
Arlos is shown in his Pittsfield office in early 2000.

Turnpike OK's hefty toll hikes

Turnpike OK's hefty toll hikes
Big Dig - East-west commuters take hit; Fees at tunnels would double. 11/15/2008.

The Pink Panther 2

The Pink Panther 2
Starring Steve Martin

Police ABUSE

Police ABUSE
I was a victim of Manchester Police Officer John Cunningham's ILLEGAL USES of FORCE! John Cunningham was reprimanded by the Chief of Police for disrespecting me. John Cunningham yelled at a witness: "I don't care if he (Jonathan Melle) is disabled!"

Barack Obama

Barack Obama
The 44th US President!

Vote

Vote
Elections

The Bailout & the economic stimulus check

The Bailout & the economic stimulus check
A political cartoon by Dan Wasserman

A rainbow over Boston

A rainbow over Boston
"Rainbows galore" 10/2/2008

Our nation's leaders!

Our nation's leaders!
President Bush with both John McCain & Barack Obama - 9/25/2008.

Massachusetts & Big Dig: Big hike in tolls for Pike looming (9/26/2008).

Massachusetts & Big Dig: Big hike in tolls for Pike looming (9/26/2008).
$5 rise at tunnels is one possibility $1 jump posed for elsewhere.

Mary E Carey

Mary E Carey
My FAVORITE Journalist EVER!

9/11/2008 - A Show of Unity!

9/11/2008 - A Show of Unity!
John McCain and Barack Obama appeared together at ground zero in New York City - September 11, 2008.

John McCain...

John McCain...
...has all but abandoned the positions on taxes, torture and immigration. (A cartoon by Dan Wasserman. September 2008).

Dan Wasserman

Dan Wasserman
The deregulated chickens come home to roost... in all our pocketbooks. September 2008.

Sarah Palin's phobia

Sarah Palin's phobia
A scripted candidate! (A cartoon by Dan Wasserman).

Dan Wasserman

Dan Wasserman
Family FInances - September, 2008.

Mark E. Roy

Mark E. Roy
Ward 1 Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

Theodore “Ted” L. Gatsas

Theodore “Ted” L. Gatsas
Ward 2 Alderman (& NH State Senator) for Manchester, NH (2008).

Peter M. Sullivan

Peter M. Sullivan
Ward 3 (downtown) Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

Jim Roy

Jim Roy
Ward 4 Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

Ed Osborne

Ed Osborne
Ward 5 Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

Real R. Pinard

Real R. Pinard
Ward 6 Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

William P. Shea

William P. Shea
Ward 7 Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

Betsi DeVries

Betsi DeVries
Ward 8 Alder-woman (& NH State Senator) for Manchester, NH (2008).

Michael Garrity

Michael Garrity
Ward 9 Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

George Smith

George Smith
Ward 10 Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

Russ Ouellette

Russ Ouellette
Ward 11 Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

Kelleigh (Domaingue) Murphy

Kelleigh (Domaingue) Murphy
Ward 12 Alder-woman for Manchester, NH (2008).

“Mike” Lopez

“Mike” Lopez
At-Large Alderman for Manchester, NH. (2008).

Daniel P. O’Neil

Daniel P. O’Neil
At-Large Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

Sarah Palin for Vice President.

Sarah Palin for Vice President.
Republican John McCain made the surprise pick of Alaska's governor Sarah Palin as his running mate today, August 29, 2008.

U.S. Representative John Olver, D-Amherst, Massachusetts.

U.S. Representative John Olver, D-Amherst, Massachusetts.
Congressman Olver said the country has spent well over a half-trillion dollars on the war in Iraq while the situation in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate. 8/25/08.

Ed O'Reilly for US Senate in Massachusetts!

Ed O'Reilly for US Senate in Massachusetts!
John Kerry's 9/2008 challenger in the Democratic Primary.

Shays' Rebellion

Shays' Rebellion
In a tax revolt, Massachusetts farmers fought back during Shays' Rebellion in the mid-1780s after The American Revolutionary War.

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore
Actress. "The Big Lebowski" is one of my favorite movies. I also like "The Fugitive", too.

Rinaldo Del Gallo III & "Superman"

Rinaldo Del Gallo III & "Superman"
Go to: http://www.berkshirefatherhood.com/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=699&cntnt01returnid=69

"Income chasm widening in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts"

"Income chasm widening in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts"
The gap between rich and poor has widened substantially in Massachusetts over the past two decades. (8/15/2008).

Dan "Bureaucrat" Bosley

Dan "Bureaucrat" Bosley
"The Bosley Amendment": To create tax loopholes for the wealthiest corporate interests in Massachusetts!

John Edwards and...

John Edwards and...
...Rielle Hunter. WHO CARES?!

Rep. Edward J. Markey

Rep. Edward J. Markey
He wants online-privacy legislation. Some Web Firms Say They Track Behavior Without Explicit Consent.

Cindy Sheehan

Cindy Sheehan
She gained fame with her antiwar vigil outside the Bush ranch.

Olympics kick off in Beijing

Olympics kick off in Beijing
Go USA!

Exxon Mobil 2Q profit sets US record, shares fall

Exxon Mobil 2Q profit sets US record, shares fall
In this May 1, 2008, file photo, a customer pumps gas at an Exxon station in Middleton, Mass. Exxon Mobil Corp. reported second-quarter earnings of $11.68 billion Thursday, July 31, the biggest quarterly profit ever by any U.S. corporation, but the results were well short of Wall Street expectations and its shares fell as markets opened. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole, File) 7/31/2008.

Onota Lake 'Sea Serpent'

Onota Lake 'Sea Serpent'
Some kind of monster on Onota Lake. Five-year-old Tyler Smith rides a 'sea serpent' on Onota Lake in Pittsfield, Mass. The 'monster,' fashioned by Smith's grandfather, first appeared over July 4 weekend. (Photo courtesy of Ron Smith). 7/30/2008.

Al Gore, Jr.

Al Gore, Jr.
Al Gore issues challenge on energy

The Norman Rockwell Museum

The Norman Rockwell Museum
Stockbridge, Massachusetts

"Big Dig"

"Big Dig"
Boston's financially wasteful pork barrel project!

"Big Dig"

"Big Dig"
Boston's pork barrel public works project cost 50 times more than the original price!

Mary E Carey

Mary E Carey
My favorite journalist EVER!

U.S. Rep. John Olver, state Sen. Stan Rosenberg and Selectwomen Stephanie O'Keeffe and Alisa Brewer

U.S. Rep. John Olver, state Sen. Stan Rosenberg and Selectwomen Stephanie O'Keeffe and Alisa Brewer
Note: Photo from Mary E Carey's Blog.

Tanglewood

Tanglewood
Boston Symphony Orchestra music director James Levine.

Google

Google
Chagall

Jimmy Ruberto

Jimmy Ruberto
Faces multiple persecutions under the Massachusetts "Ethics" conflict of interest laws.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama
Obama vows $500m in faith-based aid.

John McCain

John McCain
He is with his wife, Cindy, who were both met by Colombian President Alvaro Uribe (right) upon arriving in Cartagena.

Daniel Duquette

Daniel Duquette
Sold Mayor James M. Ruberto of Pittsfield two tickets to the 2004 World Series at face value.

Hillary & Barack in Unity, NH - 6/27/2008

Hillary & Barack in Unity, NH - 6/27/2008
Clinton tells Obama, crowd in Unity, N.H.: 'We are one party'

John Forbes Kerry

John Forbes Kerry
Wanna-be Prez?

WALL-E

WALL-E
"out of this World"

Crisis in the Congo - Ben Affleck

Crisis in the Congo - Ben Affleck
http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/popup?id=5057139&contentIndex=1&page=1&start=false - http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/story?id=5234555&page=1

Jeanne Shaheen

Jeanne Shaheen
NH's Democratic returning candidate for U.S. Senate

"Wall-E"

"Wall-E"
a cool robot

Ed O'Reilly

Ed O'Reilly
www.edoreilly.com

Go Celtics!

Go Celtics!
World Champions - 2008

Go Red Sox!

Go Red Sox!
J.D. Drew gets the same welcome whenever he visits the City of Brotherly Love: "Booooooo!"; Drew has been vilified in Philadelphia since refusing to sign with the Phillies after they drafted him in 1997...

Joe Kelly Levasseur & Joe Briggs

Joe Kelly Levasseur & Joe Briggs
www.2joes.org

NH Union Leader

NH Union Leader
Editorial Cartoon

Celtics - World Champions!

Celtics - World Champions!
www.boston.com/sports/basketball/celtics/gallery/06_18_08_front_pages/ - www.boston.com/sports/basketball/celtics/gallery/06_17_08_finals_game_6/ - www.boston.com/sports/basketball/celtics/gallery/06_17_08_celebration/ - www.boston.com/sports/basketball/celtics/gallery/06_15_08_celtics_championships/

"The Nation"

"The Nation"
A "Liberal" weekly political news magazine. Katrina vanden Heuvel.

TV - PBS: NOW

TV - PBS: NOW
http://www.pbs.org/now

The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone
List of Twilight Zone episodes - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Twilight_Zone_episodes

Equality for ALL Marriages

Equality for ALL Marriages
I, Jonathan Melle, am a supporter of same sex marriages.

Kobe Bryant leads his time to a Game 5 victory.

Kobe Bryant leads his time to a Game 5 victory.
L.A. Lakers holds on for the win to force Game 6 at Boston

Mohawk Trail

Mohawk Trail
The 'Hail to the Sunrise' statue in Charlemont is a well-known and easily recognized landmark on the Mohawk Trail. The trail once boasted several souvenir shops, some with motels and restaurants. Now only four remain. (Caroline Bonnivier / Berkshire Eagle Staff).

NASA - June 14, 2008

NASA - June 14, 2008
Space Shuttle Discovery returns to Earth.

Go Celtics! Game # 4 of the 2008 NBA Finals.

Go Celtics! Game # 4 of the 2008 NBA Finals.
Boston took a 20-second timeout, and the Celtics ran off four more points (including this incredible Erving-esque layup from Ray Allen) to build the lead to five points with just 2:10 remaining. Reeling, the Lakers took a full timeout to try to regain their momentum.

Sal DiMasi

Sal DiMasi
Speaker of the Massachusetts State House of Representatives

Kelly Ayotte - Attorney General of New Hampshire

Kelly Ayotte - Attorney General of New Hampshire
http://doj.nh.gov/

John Kerry

John Kerry
He does not like grassroots democracy & being challenged in the 2008 Massachusetts Democratic Party Primary for re-election.

Tim Murray

Tim Murray
Corrupt Lt. Gov. of Massachusetts, 2007 - 2013.

North Adams, Massachusetts

North Adams, Massachusetts
downtown

Howie Carr

Howie Carr
Political Satirist on Massachusetts Corruption/Politics

Polar Bear

Polar Bear
Global Warming

Elizabeth Warren - Web-Site Links

Elizabeth Warren - Web-Site Links
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Warren & http://www.creditslips.org/creditslips/WarrenAuthor.html

Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren
Consumer Crusader

Leon Powe

Leon Powe
Celtics forward Leon Powe finished a fast break with a dunk.

Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett
Kevin Garnett reacted during the game.

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo
Rajon Rondo finished a first half fast break with a dunk.

Teamwork

Teamwork
Los Angeles Lakers teammates help Pau Gasol (16) from the floor in the second quarter.

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant took a shot in the first half of Game 2.

Kendrick Perkins

Kendrick Perkins
Kendrick Perkins (right) backed down Lamar Odom (left) during first half action.

Go Celtics!

Go Celtics!
The Boston Symphony Orchestra performed the national anthem prior to Game 2.

K.G.!

K.G.!
Garnett reacted to a hard dunk in the first quarter.

Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce
Paul Pierce reacted after hitting a three upon his return to the game since leaving with an injury.

Go Celtics!

Go Celtics!
Kobe Bryant (left) and Paul Pierce (right) squared off in the second half of the game.

James Taylor

James Taylor
Sings National Anthem at Celtics Game.

John Forbes Kerry & Deval Patrick

John Forbes Kerry & Deval Patrick
Attended Celtics Game.

Greats of the NBA: Dr. J, Bill Russell, & Kareem!

Greats of the NBA: Dr. J, Bill Russell, & Kareem!
Attend Game 1 of the 2008 NBA Finals.

Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis
The actor (left) and his date were in the crowd before the Celtics game.

John Kerry

John Kerry
Golddigger attends Celtics game

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton
Ends her 2008 bid for Democratic Party nomination

Nonnie Burnes

Nonnie Burnes
Massachusetts Insurance Commish & former Judge

Jones Library

Jones Library
Amherst, Massachusetts

Barack Obama & Hillary Clinton

Barack Obama & Hillary Clinton
2008 Democratic Primary

"US vs Exxon and Halliburton"

"US vs Exxon and Halliburton"
U.S. Senator John Sununu took more than $220,000 from big oil.

Jeanne Shaheen

Jeanne Shaheen
4- U.S. Senate - 2008

William Pignatelli

William Pignatelli
Hack Rep. "Smitty" with Lynne Blake

Ben Bernanke

Ben Bernanke
Federal Reserve Chairman

Gazettenet.com

Gazettenet.com
www.gazettenet.com/beta/

Boys' & Girls' Club

Boys' & Girls' Club
Melville Street, Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Denis Guyer

Denis Guyer
Dalton State Representative

The Berkshire Eagle

The Berkshire Eagle
Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Carmen Massimiano

Carmen Massimiano
Williams College - May 2008

Larry Bird & Magic Johnson

Larry Bird & Magic Johnson
www.boston.com/lifestyle/gallery/when_the_celtics_were_cool/

Regressive Taxation! via State Lotteries

Regressive Taxation! via State Lotteries
New Massachusetts state lottery game hits $600 million in sales!

Andrea Nuciforo

Andrea Nuciforo
"Luciforo"

John Barrett III

John Barrett III
Long-time Mayor of North Adams Massachusetts

Shine On

Shine On

Elmo

Elmo
cool!

Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce
Paul Pierce kissed the Eastern Conference trophy. 5/30/2008. AP Photo.

Kevin Garnett & Richard Hamilton

Kevin Garnett & Richard Hamilton
Kevin Garnett (left) talked to Pistons guard Richard Hamilton (right) after the Celtics' victory in Game 6. 5/30/2008. Reuters Photo.

Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce
Paul Pierce showed his team colors as the Celtics closed out the Pistons in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals. 5/30/2008. Globe Staff Photo / Jim Davis.

Joseph Kelly Levasseur

Joseph Kelly Levasseur
One of my favorite politicians!

Mary E Carey

Mary E Carey
In the Big Apple: NYC! She is the coolest!

Guyer & Kerry

Guyer & Kerry
My 2nd least favorite picture EVER!

Mary Carey

Mary Carey
My favorite journalist EVER!

Nuciforo & Ruberto

Nuciforo & Ruberto
My least favorite picture EVER!

Jeanne Shaheen

Jeanne Shaheen
U.S. Senate - 2008

NH Fisher Cats

NH Fisher Cats
AA Baseball - Toronto Blue Jays affiliate

Manchester, NH

Manchester, NH
Police Patch

Michael Briggs

Michael Briggs
#83 - We will never forget

Michael "Stix" Addison

Michael "Stix" Addison
http://unionleader.com/channel.aspx/News?channel=2af17ff4-f73b-4c44-9f51-092e828e1131

Charlie Gibson

Charlie Gibson
ABC News anchor

Scott McClellan

Scott McClellan
http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/m/scott_mcclellan/index.html?inline=nyt-per

Boise, Idaho

Boise, Idaho
Downtown Boise Idaho

John Forbes Kerry

John Forbes Kerry
Legislative Hearing in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, BCC, on Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson
My favorite classical U.S. President!

NH Governor John Lynch

NH Governor John Lynch
Higher Taxes, Higher Tolls

Paul Hodes

Paul Hodes
My favorite Congressman!

Portland Sea Dogs

Portland Sea Dogs
AA Red Sox

New York

New York
Magnet

Massachusetts

Massachusetts
Magnet

New Hampshire

New Hampshire
Magnet

New Hampshire

New Hampshire
Button

Carmen Massimiano

Carmen Massimiano
"Luciforo" tried to send me to Carmen's Jail during the Spring & Summer of 1998.

Kay Khan - Massachusetts State Representative

Kay Khan - Massachusetts State Representative
www.openmass.org/members/show/174

Luciforo

Luciforo
Andrea F Nuciforo II

B-Eagle

B-Eagle
Pittsfield's monopoly/only daily newspaper

Jon Lester - Go Red Sox!

Jon Lester - Go Red Sox!
A Red Sox No Hitter on 5/19/2008!

Go Red Sox!

Go Red Sox!
Dustin Pedroia & Manny Ramirez

U.S. Flag

U.S. Flag
God Bless America!

Jonathan Melle's Blog

Jonathan Melle's Blog
Hello, Everyone!

Molly Bish

Molly Bish
We will never forget!

Go Celtics!

Go Celtics!
Celtics guard Rajon Rondo listens to some advice from Celtics head coach Doc Rivers in the first half.

Go Celtics!

Go Celtics!
Celtics forward Kevin Garnett and Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace embrace at the end of the game.

Go Red Sox!

Go Red Sox!
Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon calls for the ball as he charges toward first base. Papelbon made the out en route to picking up his 14th save of the season.

Go Red Sox!

Go Red Sox!
Red Sox starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka throws to Royals David DeJesus during the first inning.

Go Red Sox!

Go Red Sox!
Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka delivers a pitch to Royals second baseman Mark Grudzielanek during the second inning.

Go Red Sox!

Go Red Sox!
Red Sox right fielder J.D. Drew is welcomed to home plate by teammates Mike Lowell (left), Kevin Youkilis (2nd left) and Manny Ramirez after he hit a grand slam in the second inning.

Go Red Sox!

Go Red Sox!
Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell crosses the plate after hitting a grand slam during the sixth inning. Teammates Manny Ramirez and Jacoby Ellsbury scored on the play. The Red Sox went on to win 11-8 to complete a four-game sweep and perfect homestand.

JD Drew - Go Red Sox

JD Drew - Go Red Sox
www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/gallery/05_22_08_sox_royals/

Thank you for serving; God Bless America!

Thank you for serving; God Bless America!
Master Sgt. Kara B. Stackpole, of Westfield, holds her daughter, Samantha, upon her return today to Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee. She is one of the 38 members of the 439th Aeromedical Staging Squadron who returned after a 4-month deployment in Iraq. Photo by Dave Roback / The Republican.

Kathi-Anne Reinstein

Kathi-Anne Reinstein
www.openmass.org/members/show/175

Ted Kennedy

Ted Kennedy
Tragic diagnosis: Get well Senator!

Google doodle - Jonathan Melle Internet search

Google doodle - Jonathan Melle Internet search
http://blogsearch.google.com/blogsearch?hl=en&q=jonathan+melle+blogurl:http://jonathanmelleonpolitics.blogspot.com/&ie=UTF-8

John Forbes Kerry

John Forbes Kerry
Billionaire U.S. Senator gives address to MCLA graduates in North Adams, Massachusetts in mid-May 2008

Andrea Nuciforo

Andrea Nuciforo
"Luciforo"

A Red Sox Fan in Paris, France

A Red Sox Fan in Paris, France
Go Red Sox!

Rinaldo Del Gallo III

Rinaldo Del Gallo III
Interviewed on local TV

Andrea Nuciforo

Andrea Nuciforo
Luciforo!

John Adams

John Adams
#2 U.S. President

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
I stood under a tree on the afternoon of May 9, 2008, on the foregrounds of the NH State House - www.websitetoolbox.com/tool/post/nhinsider/vpost?id=2967773

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
Inside the front lobby of the NH State House

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
Bill Clinton campaign memorabilia

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
Liberty Bell & NH State House

Jon Keller

Jon Keller
Boston based political analyst

Jon Keller

Jon Keller
Boston based political analyst

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
Franklin Pierce Statue #14 U.S. President

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
NH State House

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
Stop the War NOW!

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
"Mr. Melle, tear down this Blog!"

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
I stood next to a JFK photo

Jonathan Levine, Publisher

Jonathan Levine, Publisher
The Pittsfield Gazette Online

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
I made rabbit ears with John & George

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
I made antenna ears with John & George

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
I impersonated Howard Dean

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
mock-voting

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
pretty ladies -/- Go to: http://www.wgir.com/cc-common/cc_photopop20.html?eventID=28541&pagecontent=&pagenum=4 - Go to: http://current.com/items/88807921_veterans_should_come_first_not_last# - http://www.mcam23.com/cgi-bin/cutter.cgi?c_function=STREAM?c_feature=EDIT?dir_catagory=10MorningRadio?dir_folder=2JoesClips?dir_file=JonathanMelle-090308? -

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
Go Red Sox! Me at Fenway Park

Mary E. Carey

Mary E. Carey
My favorite journalist! Her voice sings for the Voiceless. -/- Go to: http://aboutamherst.blogspot.com/search?q=melle -/- Go to: http://ongeicocaveman.blogspot.com/search?q=melle

Velvet Jesus

Velvet Jesus
Mary Carey blogs about my political writings. This is a picture of Jesus from her childhood home in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. -//- "How Can I Keep From Singing" : My life goes on in endless song / Above Earth's lamentations, / I hear the real, though far-off hymn / That hails a new creation. / / Through all the tumult and the strife / I hear its music ringing, / It sounds an echo in my soul. / How can I keep from singing? / / Whey tyrants tremble in their fear / And hear their death knell ringing, / When friends rejoice both far and near / How can I keep from singing? / / In prison cell and dungeon vile / Our thoughts to them are winging / When friends by shame are undefiled / How can I keep from singing?

www.truthdig.com

www.truthdig.com
www.truthdig.com

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
Concord NH

The Huffington Post

The Huffington Post
http://fundrace.huffingtonpost.com/neighbors.php?type=loc&newest=1&addr=&zip=01201&search=Search

Barack Obama

Barack Obama
smiles & beer

Jonathan Lothrop

Jonathan Lothrop
A Pittsfield City Councilor

Michael L. Ward

Michael L. Ward
A Pittsfield City Councilor

Peter Marchetti - Pittsfield's City Councilor at Large

Peter Marchetti - Pittsfield's City Councilor at Large
Pete always sides with the wealthy's political interests.

Gerald Lee - Pittsfield's City Council Prez

Gerald Lee - Pittsfield's City Council Prez
Gerald Lee told me that I am a Social Problem; Lee executes a top-down system of governance.

Matt Kerwood - Pittsfield's Councilor at Large

Matt Kerwood - Pittsfield's Councilor at Large
Kerwood poured coffee drinks for Jane Swift

Louis Costi

Louis Costi
Pittsfield City Councilor

Lewis Markham

Lewis Markham
Pittsfield City Councilor

Kevin Sherman - Pittsfield City Councilor

Kevin Sherman - Pittsfield City Councilor
Sherman ran for Southern Berkshire State Rep against Smitty Pignatelli; Sherman is a good guy.

Anthony Maffuccio

Anthony Maffuccio
Pittsfield City Councilor

Linda Tyer

Linda Tyer
Pittsfield City Councilor

Daniel Bianchi

Daniel Bianchi
A Pittsfield City Councilor

The Democratic Donkey

The Democratic Donkey
Democratic Party Symbol

Paramount

Paramount
What is Paramount to you?

NH's Congresswoman

NH's Congresswoman
Carol Shea-Porter, Democrat

Sam Adams Beer

Sam Adams Beer
Boston Lager

Ratatouille

Ratatouille
Disney Animation

Ruberto Details Plans for Success - January 07, 2008

Ruberto Details Plans for Success - January 07, 2008
"Luciforo" swears in Mayor Ruberto. Pittsfield Politics at its very worst: 2 INSIDER POWERBROKERS! Where is Carmen Massimiano? He must be off to the side.

Abe

Abe
Lincoln

Optimus Prime

Optimus Prime
Leader of the Autobots

Optimus Prime

Optimus Prime
1984 Autobot Transformer Leader

Cleanup Agreements - GE & Pittsfield's PCBs toxic waste sites

Cleanup Agreements - GE & Pittsfield's PCBs toxic waste sites
www.epa.gov/region1/ge/cleanupagreement.html

GE/Housatonic River Site: Introduction

GE/Housatonic River Site: Introduction
www.epa.gov/region1/ge/

GE/Housatonic River Site - Reports

GE/Housatonic River Site - Reports
www.epa.gov/region1/ge/thesite/opca-reports.html

US EPA - Contact - Pittsfield's PCBs toxic waste sites

US EPA - Contact -  Pittsfield's PCBs toxic waste sites
www.epa.gov/region1/ge/contactinfo.html

GE Corporate Logo - Pittsfield's PCBs toxic waste sites

GE Corporate Logo - Pittsfield's PCBs toxic waste sites
www.epa.gov/region1/ge/index.html

Commonwealth Connector

Commonwealth Connector
Commonwealth Care

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Healthcare Reform

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Healthcare Reform

Network Health Forward - A Commonwealth Care Plan

Network Health Forward - A Commonwealth Care Plan
Massachusetts Health Reform

Network Health Together: A MassHealth Plan - Commonwealth Care

Network Health Together: A MassHealth Plan - Commonwealth Care
Massachusetts Health Reform

www.network-health.org

www.network-health.org
Massachusetts Health Reform

Neighborhood Health Plan - Commonwealth Care

Neighborhood Health Plan - Commonwealth Care
Massachusetts Health Reform

Fallon Community Health Plan - Commonwealth Care

Fallon Community Health Plan - Commonwealth Care
Massachusetts Health Reform

BMC HealthNet Plan

BMC HealthNet Plan
Massachusetts Health Reform

Massachusetts Health Reform

Massachusetts Health Reform
Eligibility Chart: 2007

Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare

Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare
Massachusetts Health Reform

Business Peaks

Business Peaks
Voodoo Economics

Laffer Curve - Corporate Elite

Laffer Curve - Corporate Elite
Reagonomics: Supply Side

Corporate Elite Propaganda

Corporate Elite Propaganda
Mock Liberal Democratic Socialism Thinking

Real Estate Blues

Real Estate Blues
www.boston.com/bostonglobe/magazine/2008/0316/

PEACE

PEACE
End ALL Wars!

Freedom of Speech

Freedom of Speech
Norman Rockwell's World War II artwork depicting America's values

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln
A young Abe Lincoln

RACHEL KAPRIELIAN

RACHEL KAPRIELIAN
www.openmass.org/members/show/218 - www.rachelkaprielian.com

Jennifer M. Callahan - Massachusetts State Representative

Jennifer M. Callahan - Massachusetts State Representative
www.openmass.org/members/show/164 - www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2008/05/04/legislator_describes_threat_as_unnerving/

Human Rights for ALL Peoples!

Human Rights for ALL Peoples!
My #1 Political Belief!

Anne Frank

Anne Frank
Amsterdam, Netherlands, Europe

A young woman Hillary supporter

A young woman Hillary supporter
This excellent picture captures a youth's excitement

Hillary Clinton with Natalie Portman

Hillary Clinton with Natalie Portman
My favorite Actress!

Alan Chartock

Alan Chartock
WAMC public radio in Albany, NY; Political columnist who writes about Berkshire County area politics; Strong supporter for Human Rights for ALL Peoples

OpenCongress.Org

OpenCongress.Org
This web-site uses some of my Blog postings

OpenMass.org

OpenMass.org
This web-site uses some of my blog postings!

Shannon O'Brien

Shannon O'Brien
One of my favorite politicians! She stands for the People first!

The Massachusetts State House

The Massachusetts State House
"The Almighty Golden Dome" - www.masslegislature.tv -

Sara Hathaway

Sara Hathaway
Former Mayor of Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr.

Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr.
A corrupt Pol who tried to put me in Jail

Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr.

Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr.
Another view of Pittsfield's inbred, multigenerational political prince. Luciforo!

Luciforo

Luciforo
Nuciforo's nickname

"Andy" Nuciforo

"Andy" Nuciforo
Luciforo!

Carmen C. Massimiano, Jr., Berkshire County Sheriff (Jailer)

Carmen C. Massimiano, Jr., Berkshire County Sheriff (Jailer)
Nuciforo's henchman! Nuciforo tried to send me to Carmen's Jail

Andrea Nuciforo Jr

Andrea Nuciforo Jr
Shhh! Luciforo's other job is working as a private attorney defending wealthy Boston-area corporate insurance companies

Berkshire County Sheriff (Jailer) Carmen C. Massimiano, Jr.

Berkshire County Sheriff (Jailer) Carmen C. Massimiano, Jr.
Nuciforo tried to send me to Carmen's Jail! Carmen sits with the Congressman, John Olver

Congressman John Olver

Congressman John Olver
Nuciforo's envy

The Dome of the U.S. Capitol

The Dome of the U.S. Capitol
Our Beacon of American Democracy

Nuciforo's architect

Nuciforo's architect
Mary O'Brien in red with scarf

Sara Hathaway (www.brynmawr.edu)

Sara Hathaway (www.brynmawr.edu)
Former-Mayor of Pittsfield, Massachusetts; Nuciforo intimidated her, along with another woman, from running in a democratic state election in the Spring of 2006!

Andrea F. Nuciforo II

Andrea F. Nuciforo II
Pittsfield Politics

Berkshire County Republican Association

Berkshire County Republican Association
Go to: www.fcgop.blogspot.com

Denis Guyer

Denis Guyer
Dalton State Representative

John Forbes Kerry & Denis Guyer

John Forbes Kerry & Denis Guyer
U.S. Senator & State Representative

John Kerry

John Kerry
Endorses Barack Obama for Prez then visits Berkshire County

Dan Bosley

Dan Bosley
A Bureaucrat impostering as a Legislator!

Ben Downing

Ben Downing
Berkshire State Senator

Christopher N Speranzo

Christopher N Speranzo
Pittsfield's ANOINTED State Representative

Peter J. Larkin

Peter J. Larkin
Corrupt Lobbyist

GE - Peter Larkin's best friend!

GE - Peter Larkin's best friend!
GE's FRAUDULENT Consent Decree with Pittsfield, Massachusetts, will end up KILLING many innocent school children & other local residents!

GE's CEO Jack Welch

GE's CEO Jack Welch
The Corporate System's Corporate Elite's King

Economics: Where Supply meets Demand

Economics: Where Supply meets Demand
Equilibrium

GE & Pittsfield, Massachusetts

GE & Pittsfield, Massachusetts
In 2007, GE sold its Plastics Division to a Saudi company. Now all that is left over by GE are its toxic PCB pollutants that cause cancer in many Pittsfield residents.

Mayor James M Ruberto

Mayor James M Ruberto
A small-time pol chooses to serve the corporate elite & other elites over the people.

Governor Deval Patrick

Governor Deval Patrick
Deval shakes hands with Mayors in Berkshire County

Deval Patrick

Deval Patrick
Governor of Massachusetts

Pittsfield High School

Pittsfield High School
Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Sara Hathaway

Sara Hathaway
Pittsfield's former Mayor

Rinaldo Del Gallo III

Rinaldo Del Gallo III
Pittsfield Attorney focusing on Father's Rights Probate Court Legal Issues, & Local Politician and Political Observer

Rinaldo Del Gallo III

Rinaldo Del Gallo III
Very Intelligent Political Activists in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Rinaldo Del Gallo, III, Esq. is the spokesperson of the Berkshire Fatherhood Coalition. He has been practicing family law and has been a member of the Massachusetts bar since 1996.

Mayor Ed Reilly

Mayor Ed Reilly
He supports Mayor Ruberto & works as a municipal Attorney. As Mayor, he backed Bill Weld for Governor in 1994, despite being a Democrat. He was joined by Carmen Massimiano & John Barrett III, the long-standing Mayor of North Adams.

Manchester, NH Mayor Frank Guinta

Manchester, NH Mayor Frank Guinta
Cuts Dental Care for Public School Children-in-Need

Manchester, NH City Hall

Manchester, NH City Hall
My new hometown - view from Hanover St. intersection with Elm St.

Manchester NH City Democrats

Manchester NH City Democrats
Go Dems!

2008 Democratic Candidates for U.S. Prez

2008 Democratic Candidates for U.S. Prez
Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich, John Edwards

NH State House Dome

NH State House Dome
Concord, NH

Donna Walto

Donna Walto
Pittsfield Politician -- She strongly opposes Mayor Jim Ruberto's elitist tenure.

Elmo

Elmo
Who doesn't LOVE Elmo?

Hillary Clinton for U.S. President!

Hillary Clinton for U.S. President!
Hillary is for Children. She is my choice in 2008.

The White House in 1800

The White House in 1800
Home of our Presidents of the United States

John Adams

John Adams
2nd President of the USA

Hillary Clinton stands with John Edwards and Joe Biden

Hillary Clinton stands with John Edwards and Joe Biden
Hillary is my choice for U.S. President!

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton
Former President Bill Clinton speaks at the Radisson in Manchester NH 11/16/2007

Barack Obama

Barack Obama
U.S. Senator & Candidate for President

Pittsfield's 3 Women City Councillors - 2004

Pittsfield's 3 Women City Councillors - 2004
Linda Tyer, Pam Malumphy, Tricia Farley-Bouvier

Wahconah Park in Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Wahconah Park in Pittsfield, Massachusetts
My friend Brian Merzbach reviews baseball parks around the nation.

The Corporate Elite: Rational Incentives for only the wealthy

The Corporate Elite: Rational Incentives for only the wealthy
The Elites double their $ every 6 to 8 years, while the "have-nots" double their $ every generation (or 24 years). Good bye Middle Class!

George Will

George Will
The human satellite voice for the Corporate Elite

Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren
The Anti-George Will; Harvard Law School Professor; The Corporate Elite's Worst Nightmare

The Flag of The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

The Flag of The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
I was born and raised in Pittsfield, Massachusetts

State Senator Stan Rosenberg

State Senator Stan Rosenberg
Democratic State Senator from Amherst, Massachusetts -/- Anti-Stan Rosenberg Blog: rosenbergwatch.blogspot.com

Ellen Story

Ellen Story
Amherst Massachusetts' State Representative

Teen Pregnancy in Pittsfield, Mass.

Teen Pregnancy in Pittsfield, Mass.
Books are being written on Pittsfield's high teen pregancy rates! What some intellectuals do NOT understand about the issue is that TEEN PREGNANCIES in Pittsfield double the statewide average by design - Perverse Incentives!

NH Governor John Lynch

NH Governor John Lynch
Supports $30 Scratch Tickets and other forms of regressive taxation. Another Pol that only serves his Corporate Elite Masters instead of the People!

U.S. Congresswoman Carol Shea Porter

U.S. Congresswoman Carol Shea Porter
The first woman whom the People of New Hampshire have voted in to serve in U.S. Congress

U.S. Congressman Paul Hodes

U.S. Congressman Paul Hodes
A good man who wants to bring progressive changes to Capitol Hill!

Paul Hodes for U.S. Congress

Paul Hodes for U.S. Congress
New Hampshire's finest!

Darth Vader

Darth Vader
Star Wars

Dick Cheney & George W. Bush

Dick Cheney & George W. Bush
The Gruesome Two-some! Stop the Neo-Cons' fascism! End the Iraq War NOW!

WAROPOLY

WAROPOLY
The Inequity of Globalism

Bushopoly!

Bushopoly!
The Corporate Elite have redesigned "The System" to enrich themselves at the expense of the people, masses, have-nots, poor & middle-class families

George W. Bush with Karl Rove

George W. Bush with Karl Rove
Rove was a political strategist with extraordinary influence within the Bush II White House

2008's Republican Prez-field

2008's Republican Prez-field
John McCain, Alan Keyes, Rudy Guiliani, Duncan Hunter, Mike Huckabee, WILLARD Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson, Ron Paul

Fall in New England

Fall in New England
Autumn is my favorite season

Picturing America

Picturing America
picturingamerica.neh.gov

Winter Weather Map

Winter Weather Map
3:45PM EST 3-Dec-07

Norman Rockwell Painting

Norman Rockwell Painting
Thanksgiving

Norman Rockwell Painting

Norman Rockwell Painting
Depiction of American Values in mid-20th Century America

Larry Bird #33

Larry Bird #33
My favorite basketball player of my childhood

Boston Celtics Basketball - 2007-2008

Boston Celtics Basketball - 2007-2008
Kevin Garnett hugs James Posey

Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce
All heart! Awesome basketball star for The Boston Celtics.

Tom Brady

Tom Brady
Go Patriots!

Rupert Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch
Owner of Fox News - CORPORATE ELITE!

George Stephanopolous

George Stephanopolous
A Corporate Elite Political News Analyst

Robert Redford

Robert Redford
Starred in the movie "Lions for Lambs"

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep
Plays a jaded journalist with integrity in the movie "Lions for Lambs"

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise plays the Neo-Con D.C. Pol purely indoctrinated by the Corporate Elite's political agenda in the Middle East

CHARLIZE THERON

CHARLIZE THERON
"I want to say I've never been surrounded by so many fake breasts, but I went to the Academy Awards."

Amherst Town Library

Amherst Town Library
Amherst, NH - www.amherstlibrary.org

Manchester NH Library

Manchester NH Library
I use the library's automated timed 1-hour-per-day Internet computers to post on my Blog - www.manchester.lib.nh.us

Manchester NH's Palace Theater

Manchester NH's Palace Theater
Manchester NH decided to restore its Palace Theater

Pittsfield's Palace Theater

Pittsfield's Palace Theater
Pittsfield tore down this landmark on North Street in favor of a parking lot

Pleasant Street Theater

Pleasant Street Theater
Amherst, Massachusetts

William "Shitty" Pignatelli

William "Shitty" Pignatelli
A top down & banal State House Pol from Lenox Massachusetts -- A GOOD MAN!

The CIA & Mind Control

The CIA & Mind Control
Did the CIA murder people by proxy assassins?

Skull & Bones

Skull & Bones
Yale's Elite

ImpeachBush.org

ImpeachBush.org
I believe President Bush should be IMPEACHED because he is waging an illegal and immoral war against Iraq!

Bob Feuer drumming for U.S. Congress v John Olver in 2008

Bob Feuer drumming for U.S. Congress v John Olver in 2008
www.blog.bobfeuer.us

Abe Lincoln

Abe Lincoln
The 16th President of the USA

Power

Power
Peace

Global Warming Mock Giant Thermometer

Global Warming Mock Giant Thermometer
A member of Green Peace activist sets up a giant thermometer as a symbol of global warming during their campaign in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007. World leaders launch marathon negotiations Monday on how to fight global warming, which left unchecked could cause devastating sea level rises, send millions further into poverty and lead to the mass extinction of plants and animals.

combat global warming...

combat global warming...
...or risk economic and environmental disaster caused by rising temperatures

www.climatecrisiscoalition.org

www.climatecrisiscoalition.org
P.O. Box 125, South Lee, MA 01260, (413) 243-5665, tstokes@kyotoandbeyond.org, www.kyotoandbeyond.org

3 Democratic presidentional candidates

3 Democratic presidentional candidates
Democratic presidential candidates former senator John Edwards (from right) and Senators Joe Biden and Chris Dodd before the National Public Radio debate yesterday (12/4/2007).

The UN Seal

The UN Seal
An archaic & bureaucratic post WW2 top-down, non-democratic institution that also stands for some good governance values

Superman

Superman
One of my favorite childhood heroes and movies

Web-Site on toxic toys

Web-Site on toxic toys
www.healthytoys.org

Batman

Batman
One of my favorite super-heroes

Deval Patrick & Denis Guyer

Deval Patrick & Denis Guyer
Massachusetts' Governor stands with Dalton's State Rep. Denis E. Guyer.

Bill Cosby & Denis Guyer

Bill Cosby & Denis Guyer
TV Star Bill Cosby stands with Denis E. Guyer

Denis Guyer with his supporters

Denis Guyer with his supporters
Dalton State Representative

Denis Guyer goes to college

Denis Guyer goes to college
Dalton State Representative

Peter Marchetti

Peter Marchetti
He is my second cousin. Pete Marchetti favors MONEY, not fairness!

Matt Barron & Denis Guyer with couple

Matt Barron & Denis Guyer with couple
Matt Barron plays DIRTY politics against his opponents!

Nat Karns

Nat Karns
Top-Down Executive Director of the ELITIST Berkshire Regional Planning Commission

Human Rights for All Peoples & people

Human Rights for All Peoples & people
Stop Anti-Semitism

Massachusetts State Treasurer Tim Cahill

Massachusetts State Treasurer Tim Cahill
State House, Room 227, Boston, MA 02133, 617-367-6900, www.mass.gov/treasury/

Massachusetts State Attorney General Martha Coakley

Massachusetts State Attorney General Martha Coakley
1350 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01103, 413-784-1240 / McCormick Building, One Asburton Place, Boston, MA 02108, 617-727-4765 / marthacoakley.com / www.ago.state.ma.us

Bush v. Gore: December 12, 2007, was the seventh anniversary, the 5-4 Supreme Court decision...

Bush v. Gore: December 12, 2007, was the seventh anniversary, the 5-4 Supreme Court decision...
www.takebackthecourt.org - A political billboard near my downtown apartment in Manchester, NH

Marc Murgo

Marc Murgo
An old friend of mine from Pittsfield

Downtown Manchester, NH

Downtown Manchester, NH
www.newhampshire.com/nh-towns/manchester.aspx

Marisa Tomei

Marisa Tomei
Movie Actress

Massachusetts Coalition for Healthy Communities (MCHC)

Massachusetts Coalition for Healthy Communities (MCHC)
www.masschc.org/issue.php

Mike Firestone & Anna Weisfeiler

Mike Firestone & Anna Weisfeiler
Mike Firestone works in Manchester NH for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign

James Pindell

James Pindell
Covers NH Primary Politcs for The Boston Globe

U.S. History - Declaration

U.S. History - Declaration
A 19th century engraving shows Benjamin Franklin, left, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Philip Livingston and Roger Sherman at work on the Declaration of Independence.

Boston Globe Photos of the Week - www.boston.com/bostonglobe/gallery/

Boston Globe Photos of the Week - www.boston.com/bostonglobe/gallery/
Sybregje Palenstijn (left), who plays Sarah Godbertson at Plimouth Plantation, taught visitors how to roast a turkey on a spit. The plantation often sees a large influx of visitors during the holiday season.

Chris Hodgkins

Chris Hodgkins
Another special interest Berkshire Pol who could not hold his "WATER" on Beacon Hill's State House!

The Big Dig - 15 tons of concrete fell from a tunnel ceiling onto Milena Del Valle's car.

The Big Dig - 15 tons of concrete fell from a tunnel ceiling onto Milena Del Valle's car.
Most of Boston's Big Dig highway remains closed, after a woman was crushed when 15 tons of concrete fell from a tunnel ceiling onto her car. (ABC News)

Jane Swift

Jane Swift
Former Acting Governor of Massachusetts & Berkshire State Senator

Paul Cellucci

Paul Cellucci
Former Massachusetts Governor

William Floyd Weld

William Floyd Weld
$80 Million Trust Fund Former Governor of Massachusetts

Mike Dukakis

Mike Dukakis
Former Governor of Massachusetts

Mary E. Carey

Mary E. Carey
Amherst, Massachusetts, Journalist and Blogger

Caveman

Caveman
www.ongeicocaveman.blogspot.com

Peter G. Arlos

Peter G. Arlos
"The biggest challenge Pittsfield faces is putting its fiscal house in order. The problem is that doing so requires structural changes in local government, many of which I have advocated for years, but which officials do not have the will to implement. Fiscal responsibility requires more than shifting funds from one department to another. Raising taxes and fees and cutting services are not the answer. Structural changes in the way services are delivered and greater productivity are the answer, and without these changes the city's fiscal crisis will not be solved."

James M. Ruberto

James M. Ruberto
"Pittsfield's biggest challenge is to find common ground for a better future. The city is at a crossroads. On one hand, our quality of life is challenged. On the other hand, some important building blocks are in place that could be a strong foundation for our community. Pittsfield needs to unite for the good of its future. The city needs an experienced businessman and a consensus builder who will invite the people to hold him accountable."

Matt Kerwood

Matt Kerwood
Pittsfield's Councilor-At-Large. Go to: extras.berkshireeagle.com/NeBe/profiles/12.htm

Gerald M. Lee

Gerald M. Lee
Pittsfield's City Council Prez. Top-down governance of the first order!

Mary Carey

Mary Carey
Mary with student

Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox
Jonathan Papelbon celebrates with Jason Varitek

Free Bernard Baran!

Free Bernard Baran!
www.freebaran.org

Political Intelligence

Political Intelligence
Capitol Hill

Sherwood Guernsey II

Sherwood Guernsey II
Wealthy Williamstown Political Activist & Pittsfield Attorney

Mary Carey 2

Mary Carey 2
California Pol & porn star

Pittsfield's Good Old Boy Network - Political Machine!

Pittsfield's Good Old Boy Network - Political Machine!
Andy "Luciforo" swears in Jimmy Ruberto for the returning Mayor's 3rd term

Berkshire Grown

Berkshire Grown
www.berkshiregrown.org

Rambo

Rambo

The Mount was built in 1902 & was home to Edith Wharton (1862-1937) from 1903 to 1908.

The Mount was built in 1902 & was home to Edith Wharton (1862-1937) from 1903 to 1908.
The Mount, the historic home in Lenox of famed American novelist Edith Wharton, is facing foreclosure.