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SCHOOL ENROLLMENT DROPS BELOW 6,000, YET DEPARTMENT WANTS TO “STUDY WHY” … FEWER PUPILS + NEW $130MM SCHOOL DOESN’T ADD UP

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY, NOV. 24, 2014) — It’s interesting that since THE PLANET has been pounding on the millions of dollars Pittsfield loses each year to school choice, The Boring Broadsheet has taken up the cause. We are glad for it. Our love of communication, our love [...]

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POETRY WEEKEND: THE BLISS OF VERSE … plus … GOVERNMENT HOSTILITY TO ITS CITIZENS MAKES PITTSFIELD A NASTY PLACE IN WHICH TO LIVE

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEEKEND EDITION, NOV. 21-23, 2014) — Taking time this weekend to remember the events of Nov. 22, 1963 in Dallas, THE PLANET is pleased to present Poetry Weekend (P.W.). This is our chance to share a great poem or two with you, allow you [...]

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ELECTRIC RATE HIKE + PITTSFIELD’S LOOMING TAX INCREASES WILL SPELL DOOM FOR HOMES AND BUSINESSES … BUT WHAT DOES THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL CARE?

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THURSDAY, NOV. 20, 2014) — THE PLANET calls your attention to the “pure coincidence” involving The Suits’ decision to release information on Western Massachusetts Electric Company‘s upcoming rate increase of 29%. That’s a whopper, to be sure, and it not only riled but sent [...]

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TAX CLASSIFICATION HEARING: A PUBLIC EXECUTION TOMORROW NIGHT… MAYOR FASHIONS THE NOOSE, COUNCIL PULLS THE LEVER

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY, NOV. 19, 2014) — Tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in council chambers, citizens and taxpayers receive their annual slap in the face from the mayor and the city council. THE PLANET refers to the annual “assume the position” exercise known as a tax [...]

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PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION: LADY McBIANCHI AND THE MARCH OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERS

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary This just in: The City of Pittsfield has scheduled a tax classification hearing for 7 p.m. Thursday in city council chambers. Hang on to your wallets: Homeowners, the mayor wants to hike your taxes to $18.06/thousand. Business owners, you get it twice as bad. The mayor wants [...]

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POETRY WEEKEND: A TALE OF LADY McBIANCHI … plus … BLISSFUL PERCY SHELLEY and a PLANET POEM

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEEKEND EDITION, NOV. 14-16, 2014) — Welcome to Poetry Weekend, our respite from the skullduggery of local, state, national, and world politics. This is a time, also, for you to comment on any topic under the sun, the moon, the stars, and whatever lid [...]

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