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REPUBLIC’S ‘CURBSIDE COUP’ SUGGESTS MAYOR HAS LOST CONTROL OF CITY GOVERNMENT

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THURSDAY MAY 24, 2018) — First, THE PLANET‘s congratulations to the Italian fraternal organizations who spoke out against the Pittsfield School Committee’s utterly ridiculous vote (in January) to kick Christopher Columbus out of Oct. 12 in favor of “Indigenous People’s Day.” The committee voted unilaterally, […]

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BUDGET BUSTERS, PILOTs, SHOOTINGS, & NEWS TOP PLANET ROUNDUP

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY MAY 22-23, 2018) — Some observations from THE PLANET while whittling down a Cohiba Blue Dot: Watching a City Council budget hearing can be likened to yet another viewing of a Three Stooges short. You’ve seen “Shivery Sherlocks” 37 times, you know all the gags, you […]

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DRIVING PITTSFIELD … or … THE ROAD(S) TO NOWHERE

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION, MAY 18-20, 2018) — You take the high road, and we’ll take the low. But what ‘ere ye do, lad and lass, make sure those roads dunna go through Pittsfield — Old Scottish Proverb. THE PLANET has heard TONS of reports, feedback, […]

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CITY TAXPAYERS PAY HIGHEST TAXES FOR THIRD-WORLD SERVICES … ‘C’MON DOWN, GARBAGE PICK-UP, PARKING, AND CATV

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY MAY 16, 2018) — Since the exodus of GE, Pittsfield has led the league in the number of useless traffic light, bad pizza joints (Papa Joe’s on Newell Street the grand exception for its crown-jewel repastes), and mercenary politicians. There are numerous other […]

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DEMS’ ‘JOBS GUARANTEE’ A (NOT SO) CHEAP ELECTION PLOY

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY MAY 14, 2018) — A job is work done for hire that a person does for someone else (including corporations, because under the law, they, too, are people) in exchange for an agreed-upon compensation called wages or pay.  Wages can be barter or […]

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MASSACHUSETTS’ DISCRIMINATORY ‘EQUITY’ LAW SIGNALS A POT OF TROUBLE

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION MAY 11-13, 2018) — Do you belong to a group officially designated as a “minority?” Do you have a past conviction for drugs? Do you live in a low-rent neighborhood with high arrest rates for doping? Have you been previously jailed? […]

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