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COUNCIL PUSHES BACK ON 100GATE … CLAIRMONT-BIANCHI EXCHANGE SHOWS ILL-PREPARED, DEFENSIVE, OUTMANNED MAYOR

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary ——– 000 ——– LATE NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Before THE PLANET gets into our regular coverage, we present the news that Josh Cutler resigned Wednesday from the Human Rights Commission. The HRC, launched with the mayor dragged into its activation kicking and screaming, has been among the most dysfunctional of [...]

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EMOTION RECOLLECTED IN TRANQUILITY: POETRY WEEKEND, AGAIN, AND AN INVITATION

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News & Commentary (Most of the Time but Sometimes Poetry and Such) (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEEKEND EDITION, OCT. 17-19, 2014) — Sure, there’s lots of news swirling around THE PLANET. Some involves new wrinkles on familiar topics (100gate, the insurance switch) and some of it is new (developments at Berkshire [...]

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COUNCIL’S ‘MAGICAL’ MEETING FEATURES FIREWORKS ON HEALTH INSURANCE SWITCH, ’100GATE’

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THURSDAY, OCT. 16, 2014) — One councilor dubbed Tuesday’s meeting as “magical.” Another talked of “fireworks.” THE PLANET shall not give a play-by-play or blow-by-blow. There was a lot of noise but, in the end, not much thunder. 100gate proceeds untouched by council hands, [...]

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!PLANET EXCLUSIVE! WE HAVE A COPY OF THE MAYOR’S ETHICS DISCLOSURE ON ’100GATE’ … plus … THE FIRST STEP ON A LONG JOURNEY: ADDRESSING THE CITY’S GANG PROBLEM

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY, OCT. 15, 2014) — Here is a copy of the disclosure form that the mayor filed with city clerk Linda Tyer. He filled it out in response to questions made by THE PLANET first and later, city councilors, most notably councilor-at-large Barry Clairmont. [...]

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HEALTH INSURANCE SWITCH, ’100GATE’, AND THE MAYOR’s DICTATORIAL POWER GRAB: A COUNCIL AGENDA & ANTI-DEMOCRACY

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, TUESDAY, OCT. 14, 2014) — Tonight, our Right Honorable Good Friends on the Pittsfield city council gather. Hip boots, gas masks, and clothes pins have been ordered. Three of the mayor’s favorite pet projects are up for … what? Discussion, debate, and deliberation — words [...]

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THE WONDERMENT OF A LEAF

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NOT JUST NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FROM THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEEKEND EDITION, STANZAS FOR OCT. 10-12, 2014) ——– 000 ——– THE WONDERMENT OF A LEAF   I A flow of evanescent tide, Blue by no purpose or design But by the way the wide expanse With vicissitude combines Detaches the [...]

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