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I heard a very disturbing comment at the council meeting last night. Unfortunately for lisa blackmner it was caught on tape. When the final open Forum speaker was walking to the mic she was overheard saying "Retard" in reference to him
I am calling for her immediate resignayion. Editor no matter how we differ on issues this behavior is unacceptable and she should be ashamed of herself. I am sure she is sorry.....sorry she got caught. Check out the tape. Hear is a story for you
With the money saved on power...would it be possible to finally have the library and steeples "spot lit" in the evenings (say 6PM-11PM or so)? Would it be possible to have the solar array company install solar spotlights on the steeples and library? Adams city hall looks amazing lit up at night. Our steeples and library deserve the same notice and treatment.
Editor: I do not believe the utilities are against solar projects; WMECo, for example, has invested a great deal of money into them. However, there apparently have been delays in getting arrays hooked in. Let's remember, the utilities have been socked by earthquakes, tornadoes and storms over the past year. It may be just a matter of priorities. But we'll find out.
My wife and I heard the same background comment and thought we must have been mistaken. It sounded like Councilor Blackmere but we could not be sure. That type of comment is unacceptable from anyone, much less an elected official who knows they are being broadcast. People have lost their jobs for less. If that's her opinion of the people she represents then she should step down.
I too heard her make that comment and I am glad that someone else did too. I was watching w/ my husband last night and had to ask him if she just referred to the gentleman as a "retard" as he was approaching the microphone and he said yes I think she did. I believe I then heard Mrs. Kirsch agree with her. Play the tape!!
I think by the same standard, Mr. Cardimino should either issue a formal apology or face litigation, as he ended his usual ranting with personal attacks on the woman who is charged with theft from the skating rink. She has not been convicted, she has not gone to trial, and he essentially said she was and then went on to claim she is getting unemployment, and said, "Who said crime doesn't pay?" If I were her attorney, I'd sue him immediately. Whether she ends up being found guilty or not, it was highly inappropriate for him to say what he said during a public meeting. This is exactly why the likes of him and Trottier should be muffled. They add nothing.
Wow A home within 2 blocks of a school in a noce area of town could not sell for the price of $ 29900. Granted it needs work but really $29900 and it would not sell. So now they are going to sell to the city for $12500. WOW That tells a lot about the value of homes in Norht Adams. This is a city moving forward ???
The mayor is passing the parking meter issue on to someone who does not exist yet ??? Is the city ever going to have a leader ????
Talk about passing on . The B Y O B gets passed again. Give it to John and get it done.
Totally agree with (Fact), so tired of her unprofessionalism, rude comments, and sighs. Apparently, she doesn't care that she is miked. She needs to resign in the best interest of the city, as she is disgrace as a councilor. Ms. Blackmer is not working in good faith, nor in the best interest of the citizens of N.A.
Councilor Blackmere has a tendency to mutter things under her breathe often at the meetings. I watch them at home and with the new microphone set up, she can be heard and understood very clearly, even if the camera isnt on her. It is a sad state of affairs when a concerned citizen gets up to speak during their alloted segment and derogatory mutterings are said outloud by some of our public representatives (it is not just Mrs Blackmere that says things. Go to NBCTC and listen for yourself. Isnt technology great...
It was Marie Harpin that agreed with her. Kirsch isn't in the seat next to Blackmer, Harpin is. Harpin should be double ashamed: she spent her career supposedly helping the mentally handicapped. Not so much, I guess. Blackmer should be ashamed of herself. It was very clear on the tape.
Fact I agree with you. My If this is true then councilor Blackmer should resign immeditely. If the mayor and council president allows this then they should also resign. This not only shows her feelings about anyone that dares to speak but also her lack of feelings for people that are mentality challenged. This is an embarrassment for the whole city.
Nope Bob C. does not owe anyone anything. It was reported that the woman admitted to taking $ 5000 dollars. That sir makes her a thief any way you put it. Bob did not steel anything. The only thing he is guilty of is telling the truth.
Sorry, Dope, but as the editor pointed out, no such article exists. She is ALLEGED to have stolen the money, and until and unless she is convicted, she is innocent... maybe you forgot the whole "innocent until proven guilty" part of our legal system. And my point is it's none of his or anyone else's business if she gets unemployment - the council doesn't regulate that, the city doesn't regulate it - it's a state issue. His comment about "who says crime doesn't pay" was classless and only proves he does nothing but tear people down to make himself feel good. Sad, very sad. It does not belong on the council floor. And I do hope her attorney was watching. He can bring his headphones to his lawsuit.
Editor I am sorry she admitted to taking $ 500 not $ 5000 . If I took $ 5.00 from your wallet and the next week handed you back the same amount what would call me ?? I am sure the thought of calling me a thief would never cross your mind. Bull .
Didn't Cardimino say after he lost miserably in the election the people don't want to hear him and he wasn't coming to meetings anymore? He's either a liar or lost his short term memory.
If Blackmer did say that she should issue an apology but it's not illegal and a resignation is not necessary. The voters can decide that at the next election. When long time North Adams city councilor Louis Sinclitico called a city hall worker a Jew during a meeting he was ousted at the next election.
Just called N B C T C for a copy of the tape for the council meeting. Guess What ?? It seems they only have about 3/4 of the meeting on tape. I was told that something happened to the equipment and it stopped working during the last part of the meeting. O.K WOW !!! What a coincidence ??? Lucky for someone.
Attn Citizens of North Adams. Did anyone tape the or DVR the full council meeting last night? If so please post to you tube so we can prove to the world what was said. If you do please post here to let us know
1. Why has this relevant artical already been removed form top headlines of home page? 2. North Adams has the most comical form of city government in the area. 3. Blackmere has been a joke for sometime and her on air antics have been rude to say the least. Thank you citizens of North Adams for creating this mess - at least those of you who feel that we are on the road to change. We should all be proud of this great city we are creating. JB3 in 2014! Time for serious change!
Political arrogance at it's finest. Step down Ms. Blackmere, all these viewers can't be wrong in what they heard. I know what I heard. Anyone having a copy please bring it forward it is worth it's weight in gold. And, thank you Ms. Daniels for attempting to bury the story.
Ms. Daniels why isn't this article on the top. The wild oats article has zero comments. And, the Nuciforo bus tour is old news with very few comments. You buried this under more articles, in an effort to hide it. You mean to tell us with 24 comments, and a recent article from todays stories it is not a top read news item? Plz?
We don't need your bull, our cow died.
Editor: The articles drop as new ones are loaded. That's the way the website works, like it's always worked. The story appears under most comments. It will no doubt rise to the top of the most viewed, which has nothing to do with comments.
Soap, your comments regarding Mr. Cardimino are all washed up, and way off base. Isn't one able to change his/ her mind. In your lifetime, have you ever changed your mind? I realized that his voice does matter and is important as a tax payer of this trouble little city. Didn't Council President Bloom first state he would not seek re-election. He indeed changed his mind, didn't he? That his one's god given right, as an American. So, please try and respect the rights of others opinions.
Looks like a win win situation for the city. I only wish they could stay away from the airport, and Mr. Chenials property as I would hate to see the beautification of the land/ Mountain area compromised. How about putting more panels all over the roof tops of city buildings, such as other schools. Or possibly reaching out to the public for use of land in remote areas. The trade off could be reduced rates of kilo watt hours to those who lease out land, with a 7 year opt out such as the language stated for the city just a thought.
Tammy apparently doesn't want us kids talking about Blackmer's slur anymore. Now SHE is taking the position that Mike Chalifoux, who said publically on Slngshot last night he would swear to it in a court of law, that he heard Lisa use that term, that mike could not have heard it because she didn't hear it. The arrogance is unreal
Editor: No, I asked how he could hear it when nobody else did. And anymore comments along this line will and are being deleted. This article is about the solar array so let's keep to the topic at hand.
Should I go on attack, stay strictly on track,
Or launch mindless tirade in verse?
For to flaunt all this "dumb"-ness reveals mental numbness
That just gets increasingly worse.
O little town of Tunnelville, where the reptiles slither and slide...
Should such exist, as integrity, the snakes would have nowhere to hide.
All the facets to be discussed of the undisputably dropdead NET LOSER PROPERTIES of solar generated electricity, yet the forum gets sidetracked -- hijacked by pettiness.
Wading through the less-than-informed (like ignorant?) reporting on such projects as these, it has never been made clear (deliberately?) upon whom the actual costs of the subsidization fall that makes this whole dog and pony show possible.
It is, of course, and should be clear: It is Jane and Joe Taxpayer-Ratepayer -- nation wide.
Does this project qualify as cogeneration? If so, how is the power generated and fed into the grid credited to little NAdams? Unless the status has changed since the last time I looked, cogens are PAID for their generated power according to AVOIDED COSTS of the utility, not at the prevailing consumer rates. 7½¢/kWh is, when all is figured in, about HALF the rate paid by the average household in NoBerk. Did the reporter mean to state that 7½¢/kWh is the rate RECEIVED by the city for solar power produced -- during bright daylight hours, of course.
Show the public the fee structures! How in the world can valid assessments be made without accurate information?
Reporting painfully incomplete (or maybe just deliberately misleading?) information has become prevalent; it is, when taken in by the ignorant, perhaps worse than NO reporting.
At least the well meaning (given the benefit of the doubt) tree hugger opportunists are making a buck -- at our expense.ZNW9