Jonathan Melle

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Alderman Peter Sullivan shouts to silence Citizens' public participation!

January 20, 2009

When the Board of Mayor & Aldermen all voted to file my complaint against Alderman Peter Sullivan last month, the outcome was Mr. Sullivan continuing his mean-spirited and harassing behaviors to intimidate Citizens such as myself from participating in government.

Alderman Peter Sullivan most recently posted a damaging Blog article against me whereby he labeled me as “the accused felon” who praises Joe Kelly Levasseur. I have copied a printout of Mr. Sullivan’s Blog posting for each of your review.

Please note that I am INNOCENT of the seven (7) false criminal charges made against me for my upcoming trial by jury (on March 30, 2009). I am a victim of police brutality and lies!

Alderman Peter Sullivan has sent me harassing emails, made false complaints against me to the police, and posted many negative Blog postings against me.

Moreover, Mr. Sullivan has abused his power against an Asian-American Laundry Lady. Swore at his constituents, voted for Saturday parking fees, and proposed a totalitarian-like anonymous hotline where a secret bureaucracy may punish people without open due process of law.

Alderman Peter Sullivan already uses my seven (7) false criminal charges against me. Mr. Sullivan has no regard for open due process of law. I have not yet had my day in court.

Alderman Peter Sullivan is slandering, harassing and intimidating Citizens from participating in government. He is breaking laws and abusing his power.

Alderman Peter Sullivan is putting both himself and the city government at great risks of legal liabilities. If find it totally unacceptable for Mr. Sullivan to harass Citizens while the City Government sits by in silence. At least MCAM reprimanded Mr. Sullivan for ripping up my newspaper 2.5-months ago. It is wrong that the Mayor & Board of Aldermen wont do the same as MCAM and take legal action against Alderman Peter Sullivan’s bullying behaviors against his constituents and people of Manchester, NH.

Mayor Frank Guinta is similar to Alderman Peter Sullivan for asking me to give up my 3 minutes of free speech at the 1/20/2009 Board of Mayor & Aldermen Public Participation meeting. I saw that Alderwoman Kelleigh Murphy wanted to speak about Guinta’s censorship of my right to free speech, and the Mayor ignored her!

I have spoken out many times before against Mayor Frank Guinta because I believe that he is the worst Mayor in the history of the World! Local taxes and fees have risen far above inflation, the city’s one-time and emergency accounts are all greatly diminished, all of the public schools are now labeled deficient, and the Mayor’s flawed tax cap proposal would gut the city’s funding towards public safety (police, fire) and lead to increased crime and tragedies, while he still wont disclose the outside lobbyists PAC dollars and institutions funding his conflicting NH Advantage Coalition group.

If Mayor Frank Guinta tried to silence my right to speak against the harassing actions of my Ward 3 Alderman, Peter Sullivan, because I oppose his failed and unaccountable “leadership”, then he has shown himself to be a leader of men, not of laws and their institutions. This is the same Frank Guinta who has publicly stated he wants to run for higher office and make a career out of politics in the New Hampshire Republican Party. Frank Guinta would be a big government Pol who serves special interests, suppresses freedom, and covertly supports fascist, top-down leaders like the infamous US Senator Joseph McCarthy!

I have a right to free speech and I proudly submit my comments to the news media for publication. I will always speak my good conscience for as long as I shall live. Lastly, I am happy to be moving out of Manchester to neighboring Amherst NH by the end of next month. I am tired of being beaten up by abusive and lying police officers, John Cunningham, harassed by my downtown Alderman, Peter Sullivan, and censored by my career politician Mayor, Frank Guinta!

In Dissent!,
Jonathan A. Melle

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Ward 3 Alderman Peter Sullivan
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"Tempers run high in aldermanic chamber"
By SCOTT BROOKS, New Hampshire Union Leader Staff, January 21, 2009

MANCHESTER – A routine city meeting devolved into a shouting match last night when two political rivals from Ward 3 confronted each other in the aldermanic chambers.

Alderman Peter Sullivan and former Alderman Joe Kelly Levasseur hurled a series of allegations at each other in front of a roomful of city officials and a set of local-access TV cameras.

The confrontation took place at the tail end of the public-comment session before last night's board meeting.

Board members shifted in their chairs, and at one point, several of Sullivan's colleagues got up and left the room.

Afterward, the fire chief wedged himself between Sullivan and Levaseeur as they argued in the back of the aldermanic chambers.

"I was trying to keep them apart," Chief James Burkush said.

Eventually, Levasseur left the chambers, and Sullivan returned to his seat.

The dispute between Sullivan and Levasseur has a long history. Sullivan claims Levasseur has repeatedly harassed him, bombarding his e-mail inbox with angry or threatening messages. Recently, he said, he turned the e-mails over to the police department.

Levasseur, a pizzeria owner and former Ward 3 alderman, has berated Sullivan on his public-access TV show and written unflattering items about Sullivan in his political column, which runs in the Manchester Express.

The two have repeatedly butted heads over the past year, but never in such a public forum.

Their kerfuffle in the aldermanic chambers was preceded by an uncomfortable exchange between Sullivan and Jonathan Melle, a downtown resident who frequently speaks during the board's public sessions. Melle started to criticize Sullivan last night, but Sullivan interrupted him. Guinta warned Melle about attacking an alderman, and when Melle continued to rail about Sullivan, the mayor told Melle he would have to leave the room.

"It's everybody's right to come before this chamber and express their opinion," Guinta later said. But, he said, "I think the decorum of this chamber requires your comments not be antagonizing or attacking any one member of this board."

Later, Levasseur had his turn at the microphone and proceeded to accuse Sullivan of "attacking his constituents." The meeting then took a bizarre turn, as Sullivan -- who, as an alderman, is not supposed to speak during the public-comment session -- left his chair and took a seat in front of the board, saying, "I'd like to speak as a citizen, not as an alderman."

Sullivan told the board the e-mails he has received from Levasseur are "the most foul, repugnant e-mails I've ever received.

"I'm not going to stand for this any longer," he said.

Guinta, as he always does at the end of a public-participation session, said he would take all comments under advisement.

CORRECTION: When first posted, the headline to this story identified Levasseur as an alderman. The story was correct.

READERS' COMMENTS:

The alderman from Ward 3 really needs to show a thick skin. The problem is, when someone like Levasseur constantly berates you over and over again, at some point, something has to give. I watched the 2 Joes show last night and did not feel that Levasseur really did anything wrong other than point out some facts. I think the Melle guy clearly went way above and beyond what is acceptable but at the same time, it seems like Melle tried to have the issue resolved but the Aldermen refused to do anything about it. Sullivan should be brought before the conduct committee for his behavior as a sitting alderman and his blogs. At the same time Levasseur and Melle should take their case to court if they feel they have one.
Airing out the problems in the aldermanic chambers is inappropriate and all 3 need to have this entire dispute resolved before it continues.
- Jeff, Manchester

I have to say that I do enjoy the 2Joe's and rhetoric of both fellows. It is politics and it is interesting and entertaining. Peter Sullivan clearly took the bait. He's the elected official and should behave that way. I have liked him in other forums. I hope that Joe Kelly continues to keep our elected official's feet to the fire. I'm glad that someone is out there pounding the pavement on our behalf!
- Mark L, Manchester

How unprofessional, and disrespective of everyone who was in that room. Shows me exactly who not to vote for, it was like two little boys fighting in a school yard. Both need to grow up, the Mayor should have had them tossed out, or atleast put them in a corner until they cooled off.
- Pat, Manchester, NH

How is it that ANYONE takes ANYTHING that Joe Kelly says as newsworthy?

He's a cipher on the pettiest of all issues in Manchester, and should be ignored.
- Kris, Concord, NH

Thankyou guys for the great entertainment! There should be more of these characters in Manchester!
- Wendy T.R., Manchester

My guess is that someone forgot to put valium in the drinking water .
- Lew, Manchester

I have been involved in government for nearly thirty years on the State, City and Town levels of governent. This type of childishness is what serious public servants do not need. It gives us all a bad name. Levassaeur should not be allowed to carry on his theatrics in the chamber and Sullivan should grow a thiker skin which is what it takes to survive in the public sector. Grow up.
- Paul, Manchester

Jeff,Manchester, You are right on tarket in regards to Beaudry ! If more people watched the school board meetings, the more they would understand why Kathy called him what he is ! yes it was wrong to say it to him in a public forum, but he has a way of getting under your skin ! And as far as Lavasseur goes, he is the biggest joke in Manchester ! He ran a whole 1/2 hour show on the Kelley/Beaudry incident. Defending Beaudry and slamming Kathy. I don't recall Lavasseur having a show when it came time for the tax payers of Manchester to foot the legal bill (WELL over 100,000.00 )that Beaudry created ! How soon we forget....
- John, Manchester

Petty, yes... Childish, yes... entertaining, of course... but seriously, the city of Manchester has some big issues they are facing right now. Focusing on the ridiculous squabbles between two grown, intelligent men who have chosen to publicly humiliate one another is a waste of our local governments (and local papers) time and energy. I like the Thunderdome idea, perhaps a Super Bowl Halftime show entitled "Pizza vs Peter".
- Rachel, Bedford

The other antagonist is on the school board. His name is Beaudry. This guy runs every board meeting. There isn't an issue he won't comment on and there is nothing this guy won't do to let others speak during the meetings. They should not call it school committee meetings, they should call it the Beaudry meeting. The guy answers his own questions. Maybe he likes to hear himself talk. Maybe he goes home and watches the meetings to listen to himself. Kathy Kelly said what others are probably thinking and it is about time somebody on that board tell Mr. Beadury the way it is. Maybe Beaudry, Levasseur and Sullivan (ald. Sullivan) can get their own TV show and call it Friday Night Fights.
- Jeff, Manchester

Ted, what are you talking about! Free staters are socialist?? Free staters are as socialist as Obama is a Republican. Stop making yourself look silly.
- Don Rubby, Exeter, NH

kudos to the UL; nice use of the word 'kerfuffle'.

Thank God for Joe Levasseur, I've had enough of this 'hope and change' nonsense. I say we put him and Sullivan in a cage with a couple of chainsaws and let them settle this thing 'Thundedome' style.
Whoever lives gets to rule ward 3 like some post-apocalyptic despot.

Of course, Sullivan doesn't have the secret recipe to Joe's 'world famous' seasoned french fries so I'm going to have to pull for Levasseur.
- Mark, Manch-vegas

Joe Kelly Levasseur is a poster child example of why lawyers have the horrible reputation they do. Joe - either run for office or shut up!
- Frank, Manchester

Joe Kelly Levasseur is the court jester, but the jester serves an important function of using the absurd to make points that others ignore. He's a little kooky, but he has always been committed to make Manchester, and particularly the downtown area, a better place.

Peter Sullivan, on the other hand, has been an alderman and state rep for years, and I still can't identify one accomplishment he's had.
- Glen, Manchester

Really? Manch- get your act together! You look like fools. Joe Kelly is an embarrassment! Mr Mayor, show some leadership and put this insult to your city in his place.

Why would anyone run for local office and then have to deal with this meathead?!
- Chris, Nashua, NH

This is as much Sullivan's fault as anyones. He should have known better than to get in a screaming match with Levasser in the chambers. How highly inappropriate and disappointing.
- Frank, Manchester

Jack is right, Levasseur sold out to the FreeStaters. Everyone should do their homework on this group. They are dangerous zelots who want to install their brand of socialism in our city. These people are hungry for power and Joe knows that. They welcome all facist thinking dum dums who will blindly follow them. Find out all you can before its too late!
- Ted, Manchester

I wasn't able to watch the BMA meeting last night and am curious why MCTV is still running replays of the 1/13 meeting after the 1/20 has occured. Can MCTV be a little more up to speed please. MCTV's webiste also features a schedule from 1/5 only through today so if you want to know what you could have watched 2 weeks ago that's great but don;t expect to be able to know what you could watch tomorrow.

I do not think that MCTV should be editing any of the televised meetings at all. Kathleen Kelly's swearing at a fellow school board member last week should have been included in the replay so that Manchester residents can see what actually happened.

I hope the entire public comment portion of last night's meeting won't be edited and will be replayed in its entirety.
- Mike, Manchester

This is GREAT,, keep it up! As long as the aldermen are fighting with their constituents, they can't build anymore baseball parks! Joe Kelly .. you go guy.. and Sully,, yes.. you the man! The funny part is, I like both of them.. they have some passion.. O'Neil never gets upset, he is too busy winking. And Lopez does not look at the public speaker, he has his mirror in front of him. Maybe Guinta can do a Jerry Springer [former Democratic mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio] and we can get some real nasty stuff going on... can't wait until one of the aldermen is accused of being the father of someone's baby.. yes we can .. hope and change.. !!
- tom, manchester, nh

Joe Kelly Levasseur should stay out of politics and stick to the one thing he has mastered, french fries! He has the best french fries and steak and chesse subs in the City. I wish he would stay open later on the weekends.
- Peter, Manchester

Joe Levasseur has over-stayed his welcome. He is right on par with the free-staters who have infested our city.
Maybe he should stop running his mouth and causing problems, or try to become part of the solution. Oh, that's right, that means he would actually have to be elected by people who think he has something worthy to offer other than pizza.
- Jack, Manchester

First of all, Why is Joe Levasseur going to these meetings trying to antagonize people...yet again? Second, why is Mr. Sullivan even responding. These two need to work out their differences in an adult like manner. If I am correct, both of these guys are lawyers and they should learn how to behave in public. Maybe it is time for the overseers of Lawyers in NH to get involved and tell both of them they need to have better public behavior.
- Jeff, Manchester

Sullivan, Levasseur, and Mele three apostles of acrimony using public forums to vent their childish behavior for their personal self serving goals, They are not satisfied with having turned the Manchester Express into supermarket checkout rag, now they want to do the same with City Government forums, what's, next? The use of the Union Leader to spread their garbage, I certainly hope that we will not have to read their kiddy diatribes in the Leader.
- Richard L. Fortin, Manchester

Guinta later said; "I think the decorum of this chamber requires your comments not be antagonizing or attacking any one member of this board." Very well said. I missed this one, had another meeting to be at. Which gets back to one school board member using a cuss word on public television directed to another committee member. Thankfully Mr. Sullivan of MCTV was able to edit out that one word. Let's focus on the tasks at hand shall we, our upcoming budget of 2009 and the tax cap question please.
- Robert M Tarr, Manchester

Looks like Sullivan took the bait from Manchester's own "Rush Limbaugh". Sounds like Sullivan needs to learn a little more self composure.

Can the UL articulate what was the content of the "attacks"? Was it personal? Was it voting records? Was it political?

Having recently moved from ward 3 to Pembroke, I really do miss the "take themselves to serious" crowd.
- Scott, Pembroke
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Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta
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"City Hall: Speak up, but do it in a proper, adult manner"
By SCOTT BROOKS, New Hampshire Union Leader Staff, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009

Officials in Manchester continue to grapple with questions over censorship.

The issue has arisen twice in the past two weeks, most recently when a Ward 3 resident sat before the aldermen in City Hall and made a series of accusations about Alderman Peter Sullivan.

The episode sparked a debate about whether the board has the right to silence a member of the public who says objectionable things. Mayor Frank Guinta says it does.

"It's the people's chamber," Guinta said during the Tuesday night meeting. "You have the right to speak. But we just ask people to express reasonableness and decorum when they make their comments."

Aldermen also argued over whether it's OK for the board to strike a person's comments from the public record. Mike Garrity, the Ward 9 alderman, made just such a motion Tuesday, and though it initially passed, Garrity wound up withdrawing the motion after several of his colleagues called it inappropriate.

"Whatever's said in City Hall should be in the record, no matter what it is," Alderman Ed Osborne said.

Censorship has been a hot topic in city government this month. Just two weeks ago, the folks at Manchester Community Television made waves when they edited a broadcast of a school board meeting so viewers wouldn't hear Committeeman At-Large Kathleen Kelley use a foul word.

The board's vice chairman, Katherine Labanaris, suggested MCTV blew the call, saying, "It's extremely important that the record be exact."

The resident who sparked the controversy in City Hall last week was no stranger to the aldermen. Jonathan Melle, a downtown resident who maintains a blog about Manchester government, is one of several people who routinely sign up to speak during the public-comment sessions that precede each board meeting.

Melle has been critical of Sullivan before. This time, he chastised the Ward 3 alderman for "harassing" him and for referring to him in an unflattering way on a blog.

Sullivan interjected, and Guinta warned Melle to stop his attack. When Melle persisted, Guinta said, "I'd ask you to please leave the chamber."

The mayor's actions didn't sit well with some aldermen.

"Everybody has a right to come in here and speak," Alderman Kelleigh Murphy said. "It's called freedom of speech."

Several board members said they, too, have been scolded and slimed during public-comment sessions. Alderman Mark Roy said he's heard things that "turned my stomach" and "made my blood boil."

And yet, he said, "I honestly believe that anyone that sits in that chair has their three minutes to say what they like."

The city charter requires the aldermen to provide a "period of public comment" at least once a month. Board rules, however, are silent on what a person can or can't say during those sessions.

The issue was the subject of some discussion in the City Solicitor's Office last week.

"I guess we would think that it is a bad idea to remove things from the record," Deputy City Solicitor Tom Arnold said. "I'm not saying that it couldn't done. I'm just saying, practice-wise, it is probably a bad idea."

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MUD WRESTLING: Those who sat in the aldermanic chambers that Tuesday know the meeting only got zanier from there. In a matter of minutes, board members were filing out of the room as Sullivan and former Alderman Joe Kelly Levasseur let fly with a barrage of allegations against each other.

Sullivan blames Levasseur for provoking him, but he concedes he probably shouldn't have responded the way he did.

"You know," Sullivan said, "there's an old saying that says when you get in a mud wrestling contest with a pig, you're not going to win, because you're going to get dirty, and the pig's going to enjoy it.

"I think that's what happened (Tuesday) night. I got dirty, and the pig enjoyed it."

Levasseur maintains he kept his cool and never raised his voice. He called Sullivan a "short-fuse, short-temper guy."

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CRACKED: Levasseur clearly got under Sullivan's collar. At one point, while the former alderman and restaurateur was addressing the board, Sullivan stormed out of the chambers. Witnesses heard a clatter from behind the door.

"You can hear him slamming stuff in the back room," Levasseur said, still speaking into the microphone.

The ruckus was of just enough concern to Acting City Clerk Matt Normand that he later went to check the room for signs of damage.

He found a hairline crack on the wall near one of the windows, which one clerical worker described as about a foot long.

A maintenance man quickly patched it up.

Normand said there's no way of knowing what caused the damage or whether it was freshly made.

Sullivan said any suggestion that he damaged the wall is "absolute nonsense."

"Was I upset? Yeah," he said. "But I'm not going to go and punch the walls."

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IN CHECK: Superintendent Tom Brennan is watching the bottom line.

Approaching his first budget season, Brennan instructed all principals to keep their budget proposals at current funding levels -- no higher. Those proposals are already in, he said.

As for the rest of the budget, he said, "Our intentions are to produce a budget that is as close to level funding as possible and still meet the needs of our students."

The superintendent is planning to unveil his proposal Feb. 2.

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REELECTED: State Rep. Will Infantine will return as chairman of the Manchester Republican Committee. Infantine was reelected last Wednesday in a landslide victory over frequent GOP candidate Bob Tarr.

Also returning are First Vice Chairman Keith Murphy, Second Vice Chairman Jean Esslinger and Treasurer Bryan Bernier. Win Hutchinson will serve as secretary.

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THEN AGAIN: Doubts have surfaced about a proposal to merge the city's Building and Planning departments.

Aldermen raised several concerns about the plan last week. One board member, Bill Shea, said it wasn't clear a consolidation would improve city services. Alderman At-Large Mike Lopez questioned whether the will exists to go through with the plan.

The aldermen's concerns prompted both department heads to ask whether it wouldn't be better to drop the idea, for the time being, at least.

"If there's no will to do this, we're fine with this staying as separate departments," Interim Planning Director Pam Goucher said at a Human Resources and Insurance Committee meeting Tuesday.

For now, the proposal remains under review.
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Read Scott Brooks' coverage of Manchester City Hall during the week in the New Hampshire Union Leader. Email him at sbrooks@unionleader.com.
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Readers' COMMENTS:

PEG (Public Access TV) should not be censored - ever... Unless there is an obvious violation of the law (murder, child molestation etc), PATV is unedited.

Slander? These are PUBLIC people, not private individuals. Have a fun time trying to prove slander on a public official or person!

Of course MCTV is not the official record of the meeting and no one should think that is the case. MCTV only video's the meeting(s) and then apparently cuts out the parts they don't want the public to see/hear...
- Peter, Manchester

The official record of official city/town meeting's is held by the clerk. That would be the City Clerk's many jobs Peter. PEG access tv's job is not to be the public record. PEG access tv is a service to the community, NOT the official record keeper.
- Judith, Manchester

Freedom of speech is a right until it becomes slanderous. I don't know what Melle and Sullivan have going on but it should not be aired out in city hall. Between Sullivan, Melle and Levasseur none of them seem to have the best interest of the city. They each carry their own personal agenda. I agree with the Mayor that there was no place for the comments of Jonathan Melle in the aldermanic chambers. The public speaking session is for the public to discuss city business or issues involving city matters, not personal vendettas. I also agreed with the rest of the board who decided not to edit the minutes of the meeting. The words were spoken and should be recorded as such. Maybe it is time for the three participants to sit down, iron out their differences and stop thei childish antics.
- Mike, Manchester

If you don't have the stomach to be criticized, don't run for office.
- Kevin C, Nashua

Congrats to those who will help the GOP in this years elections. As a candidate, I often heard people saying they wanted the GOP to get back to it's principals and reach out to everyone throughout the city. Hopefully that will happen, otherwise we will continue to go down the wrong road. Thanks goes to the people who voted for me and believed in my abilities. I will always support the citizens of Manchester and continue to do my best to represent them when questions and issues arise in our city. On to planning for my second run for Alderman of Ward 5. See you on the campaign trail everyone.
- Robert M Tarr, Manchester

Joe Levasseur, Peter Sullivan, Jennifer Peabody, Peter Leonard.......all elected officials from Ward 3 over the past several years. When will the voters in this ward get it right???
- Len B, Manchester

Public Access Television (PATV) should NEVER be censored. Since it is not over the 'airwaves' and on cable only - PATV is not regulated by the FCC. In some stations, complete nudity and 'naughty' words are used in the show. The only thing the station managers do is show those shows late at night. It is kind of like PATV 101 that every novice manager/producer understands.... except here in Manchester!

But, this is not the first Time MCTV management has censored the public - there was a case a few years ago in Manchester about this and MCTV management lost big time. This IS the first time that a public official has been censored by MCTV, however.
- Peter, Manchester

No one yelled bomb... didn't swear ... wasn't upset at the system just a man who took issue with an alderman.

But keep it in the record! That record would include that he was removed for being inappropriated.

What if someone does something that later warrants court action? There will be no record.
- Sharon, Manchester

Really Mr. Brooks, was this all there was to write about this week? More garbage regarding the Sullivan/Levasseur/Melee soap opera? Enough is enough. Stop giving it space in the paper.

I don't blame Guinta for putting an end to this garbage. It has gone on for MONTHS and all these loons do is constantly fight in public and private forumes and the last thing I think we need is to constantly give these men a platform at City Hall. The Union Leader makes it seem like the mayor asked the guy to leave after he just made some disagreeing statements a single time about an alderman. This has been going on at every board meeting and it needs to stop. Sure, free speech is one thing, but that doesn't mean you can swear at someone in a public meeting, scream, yell, ect EVERY month!

In reference to- "Everybody has a right to come in here and speak," Alderman Kelleigh Murphy said. "It's called freedom of speech." There might be free speech, but you can't go on a plane and yell "bomb!" Or come into a public forum and swear, yell, scream, or make a mockery of the system. In my opinion, these individuals have taken advangtage of the public forum and don't deserve to take part in it anymore if they are just going to use it for a personal hatred of eachother.
- Jake Thompson, Manchester, NH

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MANCHESTER EXPRESS: January 26 - February 1, 2009, Volume 4, No. 5
"under ‘Attack’: Battle between alderman, two constituents, erupts at City Hall meeting"
By ANDREW J. MANUSE, amanuse@manchexpress.com,

A complaint against a downtown aldermen at a City Hall hearing erupted into a three-way hissy fit that continued after the meeting.

Jonathan Melle, a downtown Manchester resident with a long history of publishing critical blog posts about public officials in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, told aldermen last week in public session that his Ward 3 Alderman Peter Sullivan ripped up his newspaper, sent him harassing emails and posted damaging blog articles about him on a Blogspot site, called “The Truth About Joe Kelly Levasseur.”

Melle spoke during a public comment period at the aldermanic meeting last Tuesday. During his speech, Sullivan called a point of order, saying Melle had made accusation against him. Mayor Frank Guinta then advised Melle to refrain from mentioning an alderman by name in a disparaging manner and to use proper decorum.

Melle, who at first calmly expressed himself, grew agitated after several similar interruptions from Sullivan and Guinta. At one point, Guinta called Melle’s comments “salacious.”

Yet, Sullivan admitted to creating the blog about Levasseur in an interview with the Express, which was Melle’s main point of contention. Melle was also upset that the board had not reprimanded Sullivan for ripping up his newspaper. The Board of Trustees at Manchester Community Access Media had issued a letter of reprimand to Sullivan about the incident. The Ward 3 resident pressed on, saying that it was his First Amendment right to complain about his alderman.

“People in government shouldn’t harass citizens while the city government sits by in silence,” Melle said. “You guys should stand up for what is right. We are a nation of laws, not of men. We stand up for justice.”

Melle submitted a copy of Sullivan’s blog, “The Truth About Joe Kelly Levasseur,” to the board, in which Sullivan had written an article, “Joe Kelly Levasseur has accused felon as his sidekick.” In that article, Sullivan wrote that Melle is facing trial in Hillsborough County Superior Court for allegedly attempting to run down a Manchester police officer. In that same article, Sullivan said, “The accused felon has high praise for Joe Kelly Levasseur.”

During his speech last week, Melle said that the language implies that he is guilty, and he asserted that he is innocent and still awaiting his day in court.

Then, Aldermen Mike Garrity and Jim Roy motioned to strike Melle’s comments from the public record, and Mayor Guinta ruled that the motion had passed.

Garrity, explaining the motion later in an interview, said Melle’s conflict with Sullivan is personal in nature and should not be addressed during a public forum. Roy said the record should be struck because Melle disobeyed the mayor’s ruling to respect decorum. Alderman Ted Gatsas, who left the room during the incident, agreed with the sentiment, he said in an interview.

Alderman Mike Lopez called for a roll call vote, and asked for a discussion on the matter.

“We have many people come here and they have used your name, my name and probably every other alderman here,” Lopez said to Guinta. “It is a public hearing for an individual to come and express his concerns in the community. I don’t think we have to interrupt the individual. Give him his three minutes like we have always done, in courtesy.”

Several aldermen, including Kelleigh Murphy, Betsi DeVries, Mark Roy, Real Pinard and Russ Ouellette, supported Lopez’s points. Alderman Ed Osborne said the testimony should be left on the record simply so that it could be used as evidence in court, if the altercation makes its way to a civil proceeding. After the discussion, Garrity withdrew his motion.

The drama continued, however. According to what he said in an interview with the Express, Melle left the chamber and went to Levasseur’s nearby restaurant, “Joe Kelly’s,” to explain what had happened. Then, Levasseur, who is also an attorney, Express columnist and former alderman, walked into the aldermanic chambers to make his own public comments. (For the record, Levasseur is not Melle’s attorney in his criminal trial. Thomas Ficarra is representing Melle in the case.)

Starting in a respectful tone, Levasseur said he understood what it was like to have someone come in and criticize your actions.

“It is a very uncomfortable feeling,” he said. “As a former alderman, I know where you sit.”

Continuing, Levasseur said Sullivan had published several false statements about him on the Blogspot site about him. Among those accusations was an item about Levasseur “screaming” at former Mayor Robert Baines and his wife, citing a story the Union Leader later had to retract because it was actually a different alderman who had yelled at the mayor. He also said Sullivan had posted an item on DemocraticUnderground.com that told people to boycott Levasseur’s restaurant.

“Levasseur is own (sic) of the most foul and repulsive right wing politicians in New Hampshire,” Sullivan wrote on the blog.

Levasseur, sticking up for Melle, also said Sullivan had also gone after other constituents in his ward.

“We all know about the Chinese laundry lady,” he said.

Levasseur referred to Young Heekim, owner of North End Laundry & Dry Cleaners on Elm Street, who alleged that Sullivan tried to block her request for a commercial parking sign after she closed up her business for the day with Sullivan’s laundry inside. Sullivan has denied those allegations, and the sign request has since been granted.

During Levasseur’s testimony, Sullivan interrupted several times, speaking directly to Levasseur. When Levasseur responded directly to Sullivan, Sullivan called a point of order. Levasseur asked what the point of order was for, since Sullivan had been having a direct conversation with him against the rules of decorum, then called Sullivan a “nut.”

Soon after, Sullivan left the public hearing room and went into the private aldermanic suite. Loud bangs were heard while he was in the back room as Levasseur continued.

“This is a guy who has been attacking us viciously,” Levasseur said. “You can hear him slamming stuff in the back room. This short-fuse, short-tempered guy is out of control.”

Sullivan then came out of the room and asked to speak as a private resident, not as an alderman. During his speech, Sullivan noted that since his election, Levasseur has sent him “70 to 80 e-mails” that were “the most foul, repugnant messages you have ever seen.” He went on to describe some of those e-mails to the board, and was interrupted once by Mayor Guinta when he said Levasseur has “taken advantage of an individual with a demonstrable mental illness and has used him for his own personal political agenda,” referring to Melle, who was honorably discharged from the military due to a mental disability.

After the meeting, several alderman and other public officials noted a crack in one of the walls inside the aldermanic suite. When asked by the Express about the crack, Acting City Clerk Matt Normand said it did not exist before last Tuesday’s meeting and that he had asked a custodian to repair it on Wednesday.

When asked about the crack, Sullivan denied that he had caused it.

“That crack was there before; it was not mine,” Sullivan said. “And if you print that you will be taken to task for it.

“I don’t know if it’s Lopez or Mark Roy or any of those assholes [who told the Express about the crack], Sullivan continued. “They have their own agenda, they want Pat Long elected.”

Neither alderman mentioned by Sullivan told the Express about the crack.

When asked about it, Lopez said everyone heard a bang when Sullivan went into the back room. He said he hadn’t noticed the crack before Tuesday. (Sullivan said the bang was him slamming a door.)

Commenting on the meeting, Lopez said people should be able to voice their opinion in a gentlemanly way. He said a person has “free speech” rights to come in and express their opinion, and that people come in and chastise aldermen all the time.

“If the mayor would have let the guys speak and go home, everything would have been fine,” Lopez said.

“Sullivan stormed out of the room and came back and said he wanted to speak as a private citizen, which is unheard of, because he’s not a private citizen, he’s an alderman,” Lopez continued. “A lot of it didn’t make sense and everyone was getting irritated by that point.”

Melle said he has had a problem with Sullivan since he tore up his newspaper.

Levasseur said that the spat between him and Sullivan has been going on since he revealed that Jennifer Peabody did not live in the ward that she was elected to represent for the school board. Peabody resigned from the board last year after officials discovered the allegations were true. Sullivan backed Peabody during the affair.

Sullivan contends that the fight is due to emails Levasseur has been sending to him.

“He has attacked my wife, personal friends, family members, he has questioned my integrity, my mental stability and my professional competence,” Sullivan said in an interview. “This is a guy who has some serious personal issues he has to work through if he expects to be part of the public discussion here in Manchester.”

Sullivan said he created the Web site, “The Truth About Joe Kelly Levasseur,” because Levasseur is a political rival. He said Levasseur “has fashioned himself as an opinion maker in Manchester” and has demonstrated “a lack of credibility” that has to be pointed out.

After the Express pointed out that a few of Sullivan’s posts on the blog were inaccurate last Wednesday evening, Sullivan removed all of them on Thursday, Jan 22. In their place, he posted a new item, called “Mud Wrestling with a Pig.”

“There’s an old adage that says you should never get into a mud wrestling contest with a pig. You end up getting dirty, and the pig enjoys it,” he states on the blog. “That’s the situation one finds themself in when dealing with an individual like Joe Kelly Levasseur.”

In an interview, Levasseur acknowledged that he had sent “vitriolic” e-mails to Sullivan, but said they were sent directly to Sullivan and were never meant for public consumption. Levasseur said his e-mails were written in response to public comments Sullivan made on the Internet about him and in-kind vitriolic emails that Sullivan sent to him first. Sullivan has forwarded some of Levasseur’s e-mails to others, including this newspaper.

“I felt I had the right to send him e-mails saying I didn’t agree with his politics,” Levasseur said in an interview. “Some of those e-mails between him and I might have gotten a little — well, we definitely didn’t pull any punches — but I felt [since he is] alderman of the ward, I had the right to criticize him and his votes.

“I’m OK with an alderman attacking my show [on MCAM] or me personally or things that he doesn’t like about me, but it really got out of hand when he went on a blog and requested that people boycott my restaurant,” Levasseur added. “He’s made allegations that are completely inaccurate. He’s told me that he is manic depressive. I think he should get a job, get a life, stop picking on his constituents and double up on his medication.”

Sullivan, responding directly to the above quotation in an interview, said Levasseur should talk.

“I’ve been treated for depression and have made no secret of that. The people with mental illness should be able to obtain the help they need without the fear of being ridiculed and hassled by people like Joe Kelly Levasseur,” he said. “For him to think that is a relevant topic of discussion shows a lack of understanding about mental health issues and a lack of maturity.”

When asked why it was OK for him to point out Melle’s mental illness, he replied:

“Melle’s mental illness is only relevant in that it affects his conduct with other people.”

On Friday, Sullivan pointed out that Melle has created a Web site on Blogspot, called, “The Truth About Manchester NH Pol Peter Sullivan!” in defense of Levasseur. The site directly quotes articles written by and about Peter Sullivan.

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50th Anniversary - 2009
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Columbus Avenue in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Pittsfield Politics: Capitanio, Mazzeo agree on budget cuts, public safety

Pittsfield Politics: Capitanio, Mazzeo agree on budget cuts, public safety
Paul Capitanio, left, speaks during Monday night's Ward 3 City Council debate with fellow candidate Melissa Mazzeo at Pittsfield Community Television's studio. The special election (3/31/2009) will be held a week from today (3/24/2009). The local issues ranged from economic development and cleaning up blighted areas in Ward 3 to public education and the continued remediation of PCB's.

Red Sox v Yankees

Red Sox v Yankees
Go Red Sox!

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.