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GARBAGE IN, GARBAGE OUT — BUT TOTERS FOR PITTSFIELD? TRASHY IDEA ALL THE WAY

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY DEC. 13, 2017) — Recently, THE PLANET watched a WWII propaganda film made in the early 40s in which Ward Bond (Maj. Seth Adams of Wagon Train) and Robert Young (Father Knows Best, Marcus Welby M.D.) play Nazis. They were as convincing as The Suits in the City of Pittsfield telling […]

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‘HALF EMPTY’ OR ‘HALF-FULL?’ THE PLANET HAS THE ANSWER

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY DEC. 11, 2017) —  After a trip shopping, the passenger in my car wanted a swig from THE PLANET‘s electrolyte-laced water. She took the bottle, and said, “It’s half full.”  She was correct? Is the glass (the can, the memory stick, the bleachers, […]

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THE ROSENBERG FALLOUT: PLANET SOURCES PREDICT LINDA FORREY AS NEW SENATE PRESIDENT … BUT IT MAY TAKE A WHILE

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION, DEC. 8-10, 2017) — The piranhas sense the bull being tossed into the river. The feeding frenzy has begun. Since Statehouse Democrats in Boston forced chamber president Stan Rosenberg to “temporarily” step down, Beacon Hill has undergone an unprecedented battle for a leadership […]

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BEACON HILL LEADER IN THE HOTS … STOP US IF YOU’VE HEARD THIS ONE BEFORE

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY DEC. 6, 2018) — What passes for the leadership at the Statehouse finds itself in the boiling cauldron. Stop THE PLANET if you’ve heard this one before. We’ve lost count. How many House speakers on Beacon Hill had to leave their positions because of charges, indictments, […]

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TAX CUT BILL GIVES BREAKS TO COMPANIES AND, CONTRARY TO UNPOPULAR BELIEF, ALSO TO THE ‘LITTLE GUYS’

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY DEC. 4,  2017) — The U.S. Senate did what most citizens in Pittsfield desperately need and for which many folks clamor in vain: They cut taxes, for corporations, small businesses, and the middle class. Like everything else these days, the action gets explained in […]

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ELECTRIC CHANGES: WHY BELIEVE THE CITY? … ‘HURRAH’ & ‘BAH! TO ‘THE BB’ … TRASHCAN & KUFFLINKS DO IT AGAIN: TAX HIKE TO CLOBBER PITTSFIELD HOMEOWNERS WITH 500% HIKE

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION, DEC. 1-3, 2017) — Welcome to December, month of the crab, month of the sister. With so many follies bespotting the city of Pittsfield, once again THE PLANET must telescope several items each worthy of its own full-length treatment. Such is […]

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