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At a forum on June 21, 2016 in Becket, when moderator Smitty Pignatelli asked whether Wal-Mart should be coming to the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority (PEDA), Adam Hinds said (in an effort to not spoil an endorsement from the Mayor of Pittsfield), “It’s up to them.”   I understand that Wal-Mart is standing outside its Pittsfield store getting signatures for the new Super Wal-Mart.  (They don’t explain the new Wal-Mart will be at PEDA, but that’s another conversation.)   While I certainly can understand the case for a Super Wal-Mart, and I can see why Adam Hinds is unwilling to ruffle the Read more…


This article ran in the Pittsfield Gazette, a Pittsfield weekly, on August 4, 2016   PEDA’S FAILURE—the COST OF NOT FOLLOWING THE FORT DEVENS MODEL I have had numerous successes in the City of Pittsfield.  But a long time ago, starting around 2004, I failed to stir the Pittsfield City Counsel to take control of the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority (PEDA) and put it on a new course.  As I began writing this column, literally 11 years ago to the day, my piece “Reformed PEDA Key to City,” was published in the Berkshire Eagle (July 24, 2005).   You can read Read more…


While Del Gallo favors voluntary spending limits, his opponents do not.  None have agreed to voluntary spending limits. This letter to agree to voluntary spending limits was sent to his two Democratic opponents very early on in the process. Apart from being sent to them personally, the letter was published in a modified form as an “open letter” both in the Berkshire Eagle and the Berkshire Courier. In the Berkshire Eagle, it ran as “Rinaldo Del Gallo, III: Open challenges to candidates for state Senate,” published June 22, 2016.  It provided yet an additional 10 days to agree to spending Read more…


Editorial: Imagine there are no campaign war chests The Greenfield Recorder Thursday, July 07, 2016 It’s way too early to say who we might favor to replace state Sen. Ben Downing for the seat that represents western Franklin County. But we do like the idea floated recently by one of the declared candidates for the seat that represents Conway, Shelburne, Buckland, Charlemont, Hawley, Heath, Rowe and Monroe as well as cities and towns in Berkshire, Hampshire and Hampden counties. Democrat Rinaldo Del Gallo has called on his two fellow hopefuls in the September primary to agree to a voluntary limit Read more…


What is shared parenting? It is simple, really. “Shared parenting,” as the name suggest, is a simple legal presumption that there will be joint physical and joint legal custody after divorce, or in the case of out-of-wedlock children, after the break-up. “Joint physical” means roughly equal—as much as practicable. It is just that—a presumption. It could be rebutted by evidence that a parent is unfit or any other evidence under the sun that would suggest that joint physical and joint legal custody is unworkable or impracticable. Shared parenting does NOT mean that custody arrangements would be automatic, or that case-by-case determinations would end, or that violent people would still get custody of their children. In fact, that could be written right into the legislation to assuage any fears (not that it really needed to be, because it is inherent in the nature of the legislation).


Del Gallo supports a Single Payer system and it is a key component of his campaign. According to Massachusetts Nurses Association, “The Massachusetts Health Care Trust bill would create a Single Payer Health Care System for Massachusetts, guaranteeing first rate health care coverage for every resident of the state, while saving money for state and local government, businesses, and residents.” As a Bernie Sanders progressive, Del Gallo believes in Medicare for all. And if it is not enacted at the federal level, Del Gallo would enact it at the state level. Under our current system, there are too much administrative costs. Read more…


Rinaldo Del Gallo supports Senator Ben Downing’s bill, S. 574 “An Act Relative to Equitable Health Care Pricing,” which aims to limit the disparities in the amount commercial insurers can pay different hospitals for the same procedure. According to MassLive.com, “Brooke Thurston, a spokeswoman for Steward Health Care, which oversees nine Massachusetts hospitals, said in a statement, “High priced hospitals are paid nearly double that of low priced hospitals for the same services, yet both provide virtually the same quality of care. This disparity among providers has worsened since it was first documented in 2010.”  This does not seem fair to Read more…


Rinaldo Del Gallo’s efforts to ban Styrofoam and single use plastic bags garnered tremendous media attention including radio, print and television. His efforts have been chronicled at the website https://berkshiregreen.wordpress.com/. Del Gallo has written a number of columns on the subject published in the Berkshire Eagle such as “Styrofoam must go,” “Dispensing Myths about Styrofoam,” and “End blight of Styrofoam/single use plastic bags.” Del Gallo also wrote a column, “My Styrofoam ban experience” that was published in the Greenfield Recorder. After a three year effort, Del Gallo was able to get Styrofoam banned in Pittsfield, which you can read about Read more…


As does Bernie Sanders, Rinaldo Del Gallo believes in putting a price on carbon. What is a carbon pricing?  Wikipedia has a reasonable definition: Carbon pricing — the method favored by many economists for reducing global-warming emissions — charges those who emit carbon dioxide (CO2) for their emissions. That charge, called a carbon price, is the amount that must be paid for the right to emit one tonne of CO2 into the atmosphere. Carbon pricing usually takes the form either of a carbon tax or a requirement to purchase permits to emit, generally known as cap-and-trade, but also called “allowances”. Read more…


From my many conversations, I see that there is great confusion out there regarding “the pipeline”.  Let me clarify names and pipelines. Kinder Morgan describes itself as “the largest energy infrastructure company in North America”. They have pipelines that transport, among other things, crude oil and natural gas as well as other products. Kinder Morgan has a subsidiary company, the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company. It gets more complicated—we are not just talking about one pipeline when we talk about “the pipeline”. In the Berkshires, there are two pipelines of concern, both of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company. For this reason, Read more…

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