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SBNC SUBCOMMITTEE MEETING ARRANGED SO THAT ‘WE THE PEOPLE’ WILL BE (ONCE AGAIN) LEFT OUT

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEEKEND EDITION, DEC. 19-21, 2014) — You blinked and therefore missed the announcement of a meeting regarding the building of a new Taconic High School. The city of Pittsfield and the School Building Needs Commission (SBNC) wants you, The Little Guy, to participate fully in [...]

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FRANCIS LIKES UP TO HIS NAMESAKE, SAYS ANIMALS GO TO HEAVEN … plus … BILL COSBY IS INNOCENT

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THURSDAY, DEC. 18, 2014, 2014) — You gotta love it. Pope Francis was recently asked during audience to comfort a little boy who had just lost his beloved dog. In St. Peter’s Square, Francis told the lad that “paradise is open the all God’s creatures.” [...]

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POINTING OUT THE HARD TRUTH IS NOT ‘BEING NEGATIVE’ … plus … MORE TURMOIL AT R.S.V.P.

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17, 2014) — Let’s scan some of the routine, daily happenings in Podunk Paradise: A police stand-off on Stoddard Avenue involving a 20-year-old young man with a gun, threatening his mama because she wouldn’t let him have the car. A Bronx man accused [...]

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GONE WITH THE WIND(BAGS): FATEFUL FLICKERS FOR A FAILURE

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, TUESDAY, DEC. 16, 2014) — When Mayor Dan Bianchi began the arduous task of trying to sell — who, exactly, since it was a Done Deal? — the questionable move of transporting city hall offices to 100 North St., he used as an example [...]

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JUVENILE COURT EXPANSION A SAD SIGN OF THE TIMES FOR PITTSFIELD’S UNRAVELING DOWNTOWN

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY, DEC. 15, 2014) — It can never be good when the hottest expanding business in a city’s downtown is the criminal courts. Nonetheless, that appears to be the case in orphaned Pittsfield, Mass. THE PLANET says orphaned, because The Land of Benigno Numine [...]

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DISSECTION OF A POLITICAL BROUHAHA: WAS COUNCIL’S INACTION OF MAYOR’S ORDER AN INNOCENT MISTAKE OR DELIBERATE POLITICS-AS-USUAL? PLANET HAS A LIVE TV DEBATE IN THE WORKS

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEEKEND EDITION, DEC. 12-14, 2014) — In trying to dissect the issues involved in the automatic enactment of the mayor’s administrative order to undo “The Barrett Reforms” of public works and return DPW pretty much to the same setup it had prior to Der [...]

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