'Systemic Corruption' in Mass. Probation Dept. - Berkshire Eagle Editorial

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HellerCarbonCapN TradeLLC

Alexandria, VA

#1 Nov 20, 2010
Funny how FOR YEARS no one at The Berkshire Eagle ever happened to notice what was going on in local probation departments regarding Alfred E. Barbalunga, presently Great Barrington District Court's chief probation officer.
Mr. Barbalunga's father, Alfred A. Barbalunga, was for decades a fixture in Berkshire County's judicial (and political) circles as a judge in Pittsfield District Court.
Mr. Barbalunga the younger was one of the prime examples of blatant nepotism and patronage cited in last summer's Boston Globe Spotlight series which has now led to the Independent Counsel's investigation and just-issued report.
The Spotlight series reported that Mr. Barbalunga was known to be 'attendance-challenged' at his job as chief of North Adams' Probation Department, and that after multiple complaints were filed about his extensive work absences, was subsequently transferred to South County's Great Barrington District Court simultaneous with having his salary doubled.
Are readers to believe that no one at The Eagle was ever aware of this glaring example of "abuse and systemic corruption" before it broke in the pages of The Boston Globe?
HellerCarbonCapN TradeLLC

Alexandria, VA

#2 Nov 20, 2010
Yeah, right; this is the same Berkshire Eagle that admits it had knowledge since at least last January 2010 of disgraced Greylock Federal Credit Union CEO Angelo Stracuzzi's criminal misbehaviors in Biddeford, Maine.
Somehow The Eagle 'forgot' to report on this locally relevant matter until late May 2010 and even then not until after The Boston Globe Spotlight Team had filed a series of reports on abuse and corruption in the Mass. Probation Department that was supposed to oversee Mr. Stracuzzi's probation.
bizzaro world

Albany, NY

#3 Nov 20, 2010
HellerCarbonCapNTradeLLC wrote:
Yeah, right; this is the same Berkshire Eagle that admits it had knowledge since at least last January 2010 of disgraced Greylock Federal Credit Union CEO Angelo Stracuzzi's criminal misbehaviors in Biddeford, Maine.
Somehow The Eagle 'forgot' to report on this locally relevant matter until late May 2010 and even then not until after The Boston Globe Spotlight Team had filed a series of reports on abuse and corruption in the Mass. Probation Department that was supposed to oversee Mr. Stracuzzi's probation.
In defense of the Berkshire Eagle I do not believe they have ever made any claims that they would investigate anything or anyone. The fact that they do occasionally go after the poorer class who are not politically connected or wealthy does not violate an oath they never took. Besides, they are not the only news agency in the country that bends, slants and misrepresents the truth....so just back off buddy.
Crap

Springfield, MA

#4 Nov 20, 2010
The Eagle sucks and so does Heller. Both are sources of misinformation and slanted half-truths.
Jimmy

Clifton Park, NY

#5 Nov 21, 2010
Angello likes the little pee,pee's fresh from Maine.
HellerCarbonCapN TradeLLC

Alexandria, VA

#6 Nov 21, 2010
Crap wrote:
The Eagle sucks and so does Heller. Both are sources of misinformation and slanted half-truths.
Please specify the alleged "misinformation and slanted half-truths" to which you refer.

You think The Berkshire Eagle has reported the whole story on Angelo Stracuzzi's Maine 'activities'?
Heller is Full of Crap

Holyoke, MA

#7 Nov 22, 2010
HellerCarbonCapNTradeLLC wrote:
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Please specify the alleged "misinformation and slanted half-truths" to which you refer.
You think The Berkshire Eagle has reported the whole story on Angelo Stracuzzi's Maine 'activities'?
Nope, that's why they are a source of misinformation and half-truths, just like you.
the city I hate

Presque Isle, ME

#8 Jul 25, 2014
Well at least John O'Brien was finally tried and found guilty. So there's that. On the other hand, the Berserkshires are a dark mysterious place, full of dark mysterious mysteries.
are you kidding

Pittsfield, MA

#9 Jul 26, 2014
You speak as if this is all a news flash. Pittsfield has been corrupt forever. The part that is new is the massive amounts of drugs. This town has always been a who you know place.
Darky From The Bush

Pittsfield, MA

#10 Jul 26, 2014
Clickclick click clickclickclick click!!!!!
Praxis33

United States

#11 Jul 28, 2014
the city I hate wrote:
Well at least John O'Brien was finally tried and found guilty. So there's that. On the other hand, the Berserkshires are a dark mysterious place, full of dark mysterious mysteries.
So you want to tag team John O'brien? His member is a few inches longer than your 1 incher. Have him take the front door and you the back or your mother. Grab something big and slam it home into your mothers back door brown hole and she will never know what hit her. No stop being so pitiful and satisfy your mother, even if it mean bringing John in on the action.

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