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PITTSFELD’S DEGREES OF SEPARATION ARE WAFER THIN

DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE WEDNESDAY APRIL 25, 2018) — The degrees of separation exist in Pittsfield on a series of membranes so thin as to make manhole covers out of communion wafers. This rarified region occupies a Don Knotts level of thin. Take just about any issue in the […]

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WATER TREATMENT UPGRADE BACK BEFORE THE COUNCIL, BUT WHERE??

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE MONDAY APRIL 23, 2018) — Two meetings set, one for tonight and the other tomorrow, may well determine the economic fate of the city of Pittsfield. The correct vote won’t prevent eventual receivership (assuming the current spending problem is not addressed in municipal budgets), […]

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SOCIAL MEDIA HYSTERIA PREVENTS RATIONAL CONVERSATION OF RACE

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION APRIL 20-22, 2018) — Inability to let go of the past freezes a person into a lingering immaturity of perpetual pain, blame, and victimhood. It works that way for nations, too, as well as races. Daily we see this being played […]

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R.I.P., GUNNY … COMEY COMES OUT … & … TRUMP’S FOLLY

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE WEDNESDAY APRIL 18, 2018) — While wondering when spring takes off its winter clothing, we present three items on today’s edition of  THE PLANET, noting in the process the call for all to avoid catty sniping and the “did-to/did-not” of the sandbox. Keep it as […]

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TRUMP’S SYRIAN BLUNDER AIN’T NO ‘MISSION ACCOMPLISHED’

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE MONDAY APRIL 16, 2018) — Trump blundered. That’s the two-word synopsis of his decision to send 105 missiles against three sites in Syria, a strike responding to Syrian president Assad’s use of chemical weapons. How different from the President’s prior views of the country, […]

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CITY’s WATER WOES KEEP DRIP, DRIP, DRIPPING … EPA THREATENS ACTION … WILL COUNCIL’S ‘FANTASTIC FOUR’ STICK TO THEIR GUNS? THE HEAT IS ON

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION, APRIL 13-18, 2018) — The recent vote of the Pittsfield City Council to defeat the Tyer Administration’s proposal to borrow nearly $80 million to pay for unfunded mandates ordered by the federal government’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the city’s waste […]

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