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LETTERS: ‘City Screws Honest Taxpayer’ … PLANET Rocks With ‘Steaming Excellence’ … plus … LEFTOVERS FROM A DOG-AND-PONY-SHOW

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION, MAY 27-29, 2016) — THE PLANET begins today with two letters to the editor. The first nicely sums up the cost of the city council’s foolish vote to approve (7-2) five more years of tax breaks for The Beacon Cinema. The [...]

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PLANET CLARIFIES LOCKED BASEBALL FIELDS AT DEMING … A DAY OF SANDLOT FUN IS TO COME!

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2016) — Not long ago, THE PLANET spurred quite a discussion after our column of the days and plays of yesteryear (“The Battle for Pittsfield Was Lost on Its Empty Playing Fields,” May 10). The column had followed a breakfast with the [...]

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CRIME, PUN-ISHMENT, and THE APPLICATION OF ‘THE BIC FACTOR’

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2016) — THE PLANET found ourselves in beautiful downtown Pittsfield last night and thus, taking advantage of our misfortune, turned lemons into Jolt! cola. We popped in for the beginning of the city council meeting. We heard a few comments from [...]

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‘PRESS CONFERENCE’-cum-COMMUNITY FREE-FOR-ALL HITS ITS MARK — WHATEVER THE MARK WAS

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2016) — By Pittsfield standards, the gathering yesterday at city hall hit its mark — whatever the mark might have been. Was it intended to be press conference? A community forum? A show of force? A message of solidarity? All of [...]

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PLANET THUNDERS, AND MAYOR CALLS A PRESS CONFERENCE … or … FALLOUT FROM A FIRESTORM

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY, MAY 23, 2016) — THE PLANET woke up a sleeping giant this weekend. We drew a near record number of hits, stirred a deep public discussion on crime, and forced the corner office into keeping a campaign promise because of the heavy flack [...]

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THE LOVELY LINDA BLOWS IT ON BEACON AND CRIME RESPONSE; ARE YOU GETTING THAT SINKING FEELING, THAT SHE’S IN WAY OVER HER HEAD?

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION, MAY 20-22, 2016) – Mayor Tyer, you wanted it. Well, sister, you got it. You got to be mayor. You said you were ready. You campaigned for the corner office with crime one of your major platform planks. So tell THE [...]

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