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LATEST GUN MASSACRE SHOULD CLAIM PROFESSIONAL LIVES AT THE FBI

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY FEB. 19. 2018) — “I was five, and you were six. / We rode on horses made of sticks. … / Bang, bang. You shot me down. / Bang, bang. I hit the ground. / Bang, bang. That awful sound. / Bang, bang, […]

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PLANET PARSING OF SEWER-UPGRADE ISSUE YIELDS RESULTS … PLUS, SOURCES SPEAK OF A TYER !BOMBSHELL!, AN ACTION THAT MAY BE MUNICIPALLY TREASONOUS

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION FEB. 16-18, 2018) — As an uninterested observer might expect, city council president Peter Marchetti came up small Tuesday night when the problematic water-sewer upgrade came before the august body of Our Right Honorable Good Friends. There are plenty of uninterested […]

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EPA LETTER TO MARCHETTI A TEST IN COURAGE FOR COUNCIL PRESIDENT

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY FEB. 14, 2014) — First things first. Remember on this day that you can’t spell “Valentine” without “Valenti.” THE PLANET puts it directly to city council president Peter Marchetti: Opportunity knocks. Are you going to answer? On Feb 12, Marchetti received a letter from the […]

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CITY BLEW IT ONCE ON WATER; WILL IT BLOW IT AGAIN?

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY Third in a Series (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY FEB. 12, 2018) — When the EPA hit Pittsfield with stricter water standards in 2008, the city, to its credit, fought back. There’s some point in the drive for cleaner air, water, and soil that beyond which becomes too […]

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ADD IT ALL UP, AND WATER-SEWER BORROWING WILL PUSH CITY DEBT SERVICE TO NEARLY $1 BILLION (WITH A ‘B’)

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION, FEB. 9-12, 2018) — Let’s keep it simple. Pittsfield’s two rival political machines, The Suits and The Swells, have alternated for more than a generation to drive the city to the brink of ruin. Linda Tyer‘s administration inherited a mess that […]

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MAYOR’S SECRETIVE STRATEGY ON WATER BORROWING REVEALS MUCH

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY Part Two of a Series (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY FEB. 7, 2018) — In considering the Administration’s request to further plunge the city’s indebtedness by a mere $80 million, it’s important to note how mayor Linda Tyer first attempted to scuttle a proper procedural process. Prior to […]

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