(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION MARCH 30-APRIL 1, 2018) — Time to clean the palette with a bit or rhetorical sorbet, the taste of which shall take us away from the bitter aftertaste of politics gone bad. Our bit of whimsical repast serves up another of THE PLANET‘s Top Ten lists. Since music hath charms to sooth the savage angel, we present our list of Top Ten Greatest Rock-Pop Albums.  The only annotation required is to share one rule: No artist or band can be named more than once. We define a Top album this way: You love every cut on both sides.

  1. Rubber Soul by The Beatles — This linchpin album came after the early boy-meets (loses)-girl songs of the group’s first outings, works that have not been equalled for their infetious buoyancy. Rubber Soul offers the listener an intimacy with John, Paul, George, and Ringo not before heard or after. The string-drag on the acoustic tunes makes it sound like McCartney and Lennon are playing in your living room. This is THE PLANET’s “desert isle” album.
  2. Tommy by The WhoPete Townsend‘s towering rock opera did the nearly impossible by filling two albums (four sides) with zero filler or throwaway.
  3. Innervisions by Stevie Wonder — This soul-pop-rock-balladine dazzles in every aspect, with Stevie’s full musicianship — singer, songwriter, instruments, studio whiz — on irridescent display.
  4. Aqualung by Jethro TullIan Anderson‘s take on the well-intended hypocrisy of organized religion is brought to life by a band as tight as Scrooge‘s purse strings, pre-intervention.
  5. Led Zeppelin I by Led Zeppelin — The eponymous album by this explosive supergroup defined emotive hard rock at a time long before its subsequent degradation into death metal, speed metal, and the rest of the loud, nihilistic junk to follow. Page’s guitar. Plant’s vocals.
  6. Smokin‘ by Humble Pie — This album features driving songs delivered by rock’s greatest voice, Steve Marriott. Pay attention also to Jerry Shirley‘s outstanding drumming. Cymbals, high-hat, and splashes never sounded as sparkly.
  7. Diamond Dogs by David BowieGeorge Orwell‘s chilling and prophetic vision of dystopia inspired Bowie to his creative heights.
  8. Alone Together by Dave Mason — You probably have never heard of it, but one listen will convince you.
  9. Living in the Material World by George Harrison — We had a hard time selecting between this one by the former Beatle and his epic triple-disc All Things Must Pass. THE PLANET passed on the latter because of the third “jam” disc, which should have been cut. Material World includes songs Harrison wrote with his former mates from Liverpool but couldn’t squeeze into an album. “Don’t Let Me Wait Too Long” rivals “Something” and “Here Comes the Sun.”
  10. Between the Butons by The Rolling Stones — Like Rubber Soul, this is the band’s transition album as Mick, Keith, and the “bruffers” moved from raw Chicago blues to straight rock. Not a bad track on it.

We might be so bold as to add these albums, any of which could make the 10 list: I Stand Alone, Al Cooper; Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys; Axis: Bold As Love by Jimi Hendrix; American Beauty, The Grateful Dead; Horizontal, The Bee Gees; Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath, Black Sabbath; Anything by The Beatles; Where’s the Money?, Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks; Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd.

There she be. THE PLANET‘s next Top Ten shall be movies. Meantime, let us know which 10 albums you would pick for the island. Which ones have we left out?

Have a great weekend everybody.


“Without music, life would be a mistake”Friedrich Nietzsche



The Usual Disclaimer.



  1. CosbiesLadies
    March 29, 2018 at 9:07 pm #

    All great Dan, you missed one though?

  2. Mike Ward
    March 30, 2018 at 5:28 am #

    Good stuff, Dan. And a couple homework assignments for me to look up on Spotify.

    • danvalenti
      March 30, 2018 at 7:08 am #

      I love your intrepid attitude, MW. Which ones were new to you?

      • Mike Ward
        March 30, 2018 at 9:35 am #

        Never listened to the full albums Innervisions, Smokin’, Living in the Material World or Between the Butons. And I’m completely new to Dave Mason. I’m starting with Stevie!

        • danvalenti
          March 30, 2018 at 2:07 pm #

          Yes! Start with INNERVISIONS. It’s breathtaking.

  3. Bull Durham
    March 30, 2018 at 5:33 am #

    A very good list, Dan. It’s always too tempting to put Sgt. Pepper’s at the top of any Beatles list, but I find that Rubber Soul and Revolver were albums that changed rock and roll and helped it to move more easily into the Sgt. Pepper era. And I love that you chose, our of all of the Beatles’ single-days, a Harrison album, as he was so underappreciated during the Fab Four days.

    • danvalenti
      March 30, 2018 at 7:07 am #

      Agree about George. H e did the best post-Beatle work of the Fabs. Paul’s best was “Band on the Run” album. Also, let’s mention the all-time Beatles’bootleg album, “Sleet Golf.”

      • Mr. G
        March 30, 2018 at 10:17 am #

        Oh Dan…I love George Harrison; truly amazing guitarist. But I think John Lennon’s post Beatles career/work surpassed George’s. Shaved Fish, in fact, would be on my top 10 even including the Ono track.

    • h
      March 30, 2018 at 7:50 am #

      Crosby Stills Nash Young

  4. Harrison
    March 30, 2018 at 6:03 am #

    White Album for the Beatles. But what I’d like to know is where’s Frank?

  5. Steven Dean
    March 30, 2018 at 6:37 am #

    Is Paul dead?

    • Paul
      March 30, 2018 at 5:17 pm #

      Steven, that’s funny, I not sure if anyone besides me got that.

  6. Bowlee and Lebo
    March 30, 2018 at 7:00 am #

    great list, DV. I could gladly take these to a desert isle… I might want The Byrds, early, first or second album.

    • Cos
      March 30, 2018 at 6:16 pm #

      There is a season.

  7. mi
    March 30, 2018 at 7:21 am #

    Give me Springsteen!

  8. amandaWell
    March 30, 2018 at 7:40 am #

    Uh,Michael Jackson?

  9. Cosbies
    March 30, 2018 at 7:53 am #

    Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass,Santana,Percy Faith,Deep Purple,Ted Nugentamd, and of course, you have to have Garth Brooks.

  10. LoneGunMan
    March 30, 2018 at 9:25 am #

    Humble Pie got recognition. Very pleased, Steve Marriott is absolutely one of the best blues/rock singers ever; and highly underrated.

    • danvalenti
      March 30, 2018 at 2:07 pm #

      One of the era’s most underrated bands.

  11. Mr. G
    March 30, 2018 at 10:35 am #

    Are You Experienced? – Hendrix
    Get Yer YaYas out – Stones (closest to a live experience of any live album ever)
    Fillmore East – Allman Brothers with Duane
    Freak Out – Zappa
    London Calling – The Clash
    Talking Heads 77
    John Lee Hooker Live at Cafe au Go-Go
    Sex Machine – James Brown
    Sly & The Family Stone Greatest Hits (my replacement for your Humble Pie album. Like them, but they don’t make the cut)
    Sam Cooke & Bumps Blackwell Orchestra.

    IF a Beatles album were in my top 25 it would be Rubber Soul. I love Tomme, but like Quadrophenia better. LOVE Bowie but would probably choose Ziggy or his live double album. Zepplin…you bring I, I’ll bring II and everyone will be happy. Dave Mason would certainly be in my second 10, and he plays around here from time to time; at least annually in Norfolk. Still a great show. I am a Stones guy, but wanted to play by your rules. Otherwise Exile and Beggar’s Banquet woulda been on the list. Thanks.

    • danvalenti
      March 30, 2018 at 2:05 pm #

      Good list, G. From Zappa, I would take WAKA JAWAKA. John Lee Hooker, ENDLESS BOOGIE. James Brown GREATEST HITS. Best live album for THE PLANET: Tie between Humble Pie LIVE AT THE FILLMORE and The Who LIVE AT LEEDS.

  12. CosbiesLadies
    March 30, 2018 at 10:37 am #

    In the Eagle today Amanduh Drain was trying to give credit to igor Greenwald and Dennis Powell for trying to put together an Independent board to oversee the Pittsfeld Police Department, nowhere in her article was it mentioned Mr. Gaetani’s petition to the Ity Council Tuesday night while she Was There,trying to do just that.

    When Gaetani killed the sewer project, Drane never mentioned his name as the orchestrated of the demise of that sewer project also.

    You can read the real story of those two proposed petitions in todays Pittsfield Gazette.

    Clearly, those who depend on their news solely from the Berkshire Eagle are being kept in the dark and are not even aware of it.

    Gaetani does not need the Eagle because he has a terrific Show, the Gaetani Pittsfield News Hour and he is a writer of Commentary’s, Letters to the Editor and appearances at all City Council Meetings and Boards.The fact that we are aware that the Eagle bias newspaper we should all cancel our subscriptions to this Rag as there are other sources for news, when you can’t get the real story from a local newspaper, it’s time to penalize them in any way we can.

    • 12 Gauge
      March 30, 2018 at 4:13 pm #

      But you would have to admit that she can chew gum like a pro.

    • EddieP
      March 31, 2018 at 5:38 am #

      You can include Dick Lindsay as one that will omit certain facts when writing a story. Compare iBerkshires and see the difference.

      • Dick Flimsy
        March 31, 2018 at 7:55 pm #


  13. Bill Q
    March 30, 2018 at 12:14 pm #

    Trump and republicans keep ragging on the Health Care and they really haven’t improved anything, the public will wake up when they realize we have a con man and the fellow repuklicans are con men for the rich and well to do,bottom line his days are,let’s hope he doesn’t get us into a War before he’s ousted..

    • Steven Dean
      March 30, 2018 at 2:37 pm #

      Don’t talk that way about YOUR President

  14. Harrison
    March 30, 2018 at 12:19 pm #

    Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks, I always compared them to a local favorite back in the day, Good Friend Coyote. Both outstanding.

  15. gocometti
    March 30, 2018 at 1:14 pm #

    My greatest thrill was getting onstage with Humble Pie in a small theater in Atomwa, Iowa during my days in graduate school..Steve Marriott performed just weeks before he tragically died in a house fire. He was the absolute best.

    • Bill Q
      March 30, 2018 at 2:01 pm #


    • danvalenti
      March 30, 2018 at 2:01 pm #

      Marriott was one of rock’s tragic figures, ultimately, not only because of his death at home in a fire. After the Pie’s demise following the SMOKIN, album, he got ripped off by his managers. Then legal problems prevented him from even performing live. Yours is a great story.

  16. Bill Q
    March 30, 2018 at 2:03 pm #

    Atomwa IA what a loser.

  17. Steven Dean
    March 30, 2018 at 2:36 pm #

    More fake news about YOUR President

    • dusty
      March 30, 2018 at 3:30 pm #

      Elect a clown…expect a circus…. true dat

  18. Bill Q
    March 30, 2018 at 3:45 pm #

    I spoke to Gaetani this morning and of course we talked politics and asked him is there any way to get rid of the Mayor and the seven City Councilors who are rubber stamps for her? He stated indeed there is, but it won’t be easy. He said the key to getting rid of the dead wood lies solely on the shoulders of the 21,000 registered voters who didn’t vote in the last election.

    Gaetani stated that if a non-establishment candidate for Mayor surfaces, or one of four Councilors,Mazzeo,Connell overs or Morandi were to run for Mayor, the twenty one thousand usual non-voters imdeed,might come out in droves to vote out the entrenched buffoons that are in office now.

    He claims that Secretary Tired, as he calls her,is already burnt toast and is a lame duck already. He said says she doesn’t have a single accomplishment to show for, he said he defeated her badly on the sewer project and soon will also dump the water project. He said that Krol who carried water for Tyer thinks he can be Mayot,buthe himselr is tied to Tyer’s failures and he himself is a buffoon and easily beatable.

    I asked the Wiz if he is thinking about public office in 20-20 ,he states that he is very busy with several projects he is working on, but says he always keeps an open mind.

    Gaetani says he gets his greatest thrills when he can save the taxpayer’s hard earned dollars.He stated to date,he has save the taxpayers 175 mil and soon another 75 mil for a total of 250 million.

    I asked him what he thought his greatest accomplishment? He is very proud of the fact the residents are drinking the water from the Krofta Engineering Corp.

  19. Make Pittsfield Great Again
    March 30, 2018 at 6:59 pm #

    Greatest rock star…..

    • Mr. Fritz
      March 30, 2018 at 7:08 pm #

      Loved it!

  20. Kleptocrat
    March 30, 2018 at 8:55 pm #

    He did invent water.

  21. The school committee
    March 31, 2018 at 2:46 am #

    Have Mrs Amuso explain why they gave Eberwien Superintendant status for everyone in the 1st street building.and along with that came the cash.

  22. H
    March 31, 2018 at 3:50 am #

    Amuso was the downfall of the City as it lies today,she was talking cuts but actually was the Chief proponent for the spending on both sides of the aisle as S C or C C. Member Then she gets out.

  23. dusty
    March 31, 2018 at 6:08 am #

    So I just came back from the Ashuleot Trail where I thought I would try to limber up the old bones. Entered at the first mall entrance. Within the first 100 yards I saw probably at dozen large dog turds, most barely off the trail but at least 3 right on the trail.
    Gauging by the size of the stool matter I would guess the dispenser was rather large.

    And I would like to take this moment to nominate the owner of this dog for ASSHOLE OF THE YEAR award. Besides adults many children walk and ride their bicycles on this wonderful trail and to desecrate it in this manner is unconscionable.

    • Thomas More
      March 31, 2018 at 8:13 am #

      that’s lanesborough for you

      • dusty
        March 31, 2018 at 8:21 am #

        Not sure what the dog or owners residency is. But if there were a camera set up on the shed at the beginning it would probably pick up the perp. Gauging by the varying stages of decay it is a regular ritual..perhaps daily. If they could get the owner and dog in the act and put the picture on facebook that would be great.

    • The school committee
      March 31, 2018 at 5:12 pm #

      No dogs 30 day suspention.Bikers and dog owners are the most annoying people on earth.Dog owners are regressives and biker are democrats.Normal people just walk without the stupid dogs that dog owners think its 2nd amendment right to let their dog shit anywhere.

  24. mi
    March 31, 2018 at 6:23 am #

    We have dogs on my street that do business right in front of the houses, in the gutter,and on you’re front lawn, no problem.

  25. U
    March 31, 2018 at 6:24 am #

    Will Hess Forest be open this year?

    • danvalenti
      March 31, 2018 at 6:59 am #

      Yes, and looking lovelier than ever.

      • Cos
        March 31, 2018 at 3:03 pm #

        Amd of course the Chicken Joint,another tired priority.

  26. Sonny
    March 31, 2018 at 12:02 pm #

    Dan V I would add Deep Purple’s Machine Head + how bout Grand Funks Closer to Home back in the day of buying Lp’s at New WaveMusic

  27. The school committee
    March 31, 2018 at 5:17 pm #

    Doors,Fleetwood ,Beatles,Van Morrison,Bruce,Simon and Garfunkle,BeeGees,Mike Jackson,MoodyBlues,Freddy Mercury

  28. U
    March 31, 2018 at 5:58 pm #

    Average White Band. Black Sabbath?

  29. gocometti
    March 31, 2018 at 6:26 pm #

    Yes Attumwa Iowa….where men are men and sheep are nervous.

  30. Jonathan Melle
    March 31, 2018 at 6:51 pm #

    March 31, 2018

    Re: Boston Globe’s myopic editorial is right on target!

    Politics is often a top-down process decided by oligarchs heavily influenced by the vested and special interests. That is why so many people do not participate in their government or vote in their “elections”. If you stand in the way of politicians and their agenda-influenced interests, you will face reprisals. So why bother to have a voice in our so-called democracy?

    Beacon Hill politics are politics at its worst and politics of the banal! The Boston Globe’s myopic editorial is right on target! The Speaker of the House and State Senate President have near total dictatorial powers. The Legislators are more like bureaucrats who get rewarded for following orders without conscience. If you don’t follow the “Speaker for Life” and Senate President, you will lose! To illustrate, the first item and vote on legislation of the state Legislature last year (2017) was a vote for a second pay raise that largely increased the pay and benefits of the Speaker of the House and State Senate President!

    People who work on Beacon Hill fear reprisals from people like Stan Rosenberg, who is facing an ongoing ethics investigation for his husband’s alleged criminal behavior. The political system is rigged with a one-party dominance from a majority of Legislators who run in non-competitive “elections” and often vote unanimously in favor of bills to further their political careers.

    The reason why I write that the Globe’s editorial is myopic is because the same goes on the local and public school system level of Massachusetts government. Most of Massachusetts’ government is ran by incumbents, career political hacks, connected insiders, and Good Old Boys!

    – Jonathan Melle

    “[Beacon Hill] Lawmakers collectively have made the Senate presidency — and the House speakership — such powerful positions that they’re ripe for abuse. Over many years, lawmakers have elected, and then reelected, leaders who punish dissent. They’ve let leadership tell them how to vote, forfeiting their independence in order to be team players. An improbable number of votes are unanimous. Protected by uncompetitive elections, the overwhelmingly Democratic Legislature has turned Beacon Hill into something that looks more like hierarchical law firm than a deliberative body.”

    – By The Boston Globe Editorial Idiots, “Fear on Beacon Hill set stage for abuse”, March 31, 2018

    • Pat
      April 1, 2018 at 5:43 am #

      Very true Jonathan and as we all know lawyers are not to be trusted so running Massachusetts like a hierarchical law firm has been a disaster for the state.

  31. Unwanted Carl
    March 31, 2018 at 9:01 pm #

    Trump announced he will resign.

    • Steven Dean
      April 1, 2018 at 4:34 pm #

      Fake news

  32. The school committee
    April 1, 2018 at 12:36 am #

    I have to wonder how Tricia Farley Bouvier feels about her yes vote to put the failing General Electric in Boston at such a high cost.

    • dusty
      April 1, 2018 at 2:30 am #

      She has felt pretty smug ever since Pittsfield groomed her and sent her to do her lap dog service in Boston. Like many politicians she is in way over her head but it is no problem because she only needs to follow orders. Should have gone with the Tin Man and Scarecrow to see Oz about getting some integrity.

  33. The school committee
    April 1, 2018 at 1:10 am #

    Best jobs in Ma.are the state college system that is considered the royal flush of employment along with the state prison system,then it Court employment of any kind as probation job is at 90k and court officers at 75k and you must be connected.Then it state highway where laborers are at 60k with lots of ot.
    In Pittsfield its the schools as Community School Coordinators 75k with lots of time on their hands as summer time Crosby coordinator get paid to be at Crosby and he work a second job at a golf course.Mccandless needs to step in and have him pay back money

    • 12 Gauge
      April 1, 2018 at 4:38 am #

      Your in charge Democrats hard at work.

  34. Pat
    April 1, 2018 at 5:45 am #

    I just read that Massachusetts has one of the highest rates of opioid deaths in the country.

  35. HarlanRinkleNutts
    April 1, 2018 at 5:54 am #

    Pittsfield has to many liquor joints.

  36. Pat
    April 1, 2018 at 5:57 am #

    Has anyone seen the new Roseanne Barr show? I watched both episodes last night. It is hilarious. It had extremely high ratings for its opening 2 shows.

    Loved the line where the Laurie Metcalf character enters Roseanne’s home and says “Hey Deplorable.” The Laurie character is a liberal while Roseanne is a Trump supporter. Laurie also sports the obligatory “Nasty Woman” t-shirt and pussyhat in her opening scene. Extremely funny show that makes fun of politics at a time when we really need it.

    • dusty
      April 1, 2018 at 7:21 am #

      Good point Pat. All the late night shows are making fun of politics too. Enjoy!

      • Pat
        April 1, 2018 at 7:44 am #

        No Dusty all the late night shows are making fun of just President Trump. The left is off limits for the most part since Hollywood is made up of Progressives with very few exceptions. Progressives really can’t laugh at themselves. They take their mission of big government control far too seriously.

        This is what makes the Roseanne Barr show unique. It’s not politically correct at all.

        • dusty
          April 1, 2018 at 9:29 am #

          Huh? Fox news at night makes fun of progressives all day and night. Have you ever seen Tucker Carlson? He ridicules them relentlessly. All their panels do as well. They are the best name callers ever (even though they sound very fourth grade if you know what I mean)

          • Pat
            April 1, 2018 at 10:16 am #

            I’m talking about the mainstream media never making fun of the left. Shows like Saturday Night Live and NBC, ABC, MSNBC and CNN and all of Hollywood portrays the left as needing to be taken completely seriously. They very seldom make jokes about the left.

          • Mr. G
            April 1, 2018 at 7:58 pm #

            Fox IS mainstream media. Saying everyone else is…is good marketing. You are now part of an “outsider” club.

  37. The school committee
    April 1, 2018 at 6:11 am #

    Every small city other than Boston in Massachusetts is failing and high in poverty.It is also true that almost every small city in the country is failing in much the same way as ma. Cities.GE is also failing because of the bad Karma of Jack Welch and his world pollution he spread around the country.And all the conservatives that took over the democratic party in ma.wanted GE to be the cornerstone of the Boston miracle…..its about corporations in ma. Not people.

    • Pat
      April 1, 2018 at 6:35 am #

      Sorry School Committee, but you can’t blame the death of small cities across Massachusetts on conservatives. What conservatives? If you are talking about Charlie Baker, the most popular governor in the country, who also happens to be one of the very few Republicans in the state, you couldn’t be more wrong. Massachusetts is ruled exclusively by Progressives. Charlie Baker is better than a Progressive, but is still not conservative or independent enough for me.

      I didn’t hear you complaining about the demise of small cities across the state during the reign of Deval Patrick which is when these cities including our own really staring going downhill.

      The solution for all of these problems is less government radicalism and more government practicality. Less government and more creative solutions to our problems of fewer jobs and lots of people hooked on illegal substances. Adding pot to the mix hasn’t helped the problem of keeping people alert enough to do their jobs and think logically. Stopping the drugs coming from Mexico and stopping doctors giving opioids to patients is a start to the huge problem of thousands of Americans being destroyed daily by drugs which is bad for families and leads to poverty. Build that wall President Trump!!!!

      • dusty
        April 1, 2018 at 7:24 am #

        Build that wall….because high tech drug dealers will never figger out how to get their drugs around it…or under it..or over it or through another border. It will be the bestest wall evah I tell ya

        • Pat
          April 1, 2018 at 7:41 am #

          So we should just sit back and let them invade the country Dusty with no opposition from us because gosh maybe we are just too stoned to care.

          • dusty
            April 1, 2018 at 9:32 am #

            No Pat…we should spend $25 billion on a wall…just to shut some people up. It would be a total waste of money but at least we would not have to listen to the endless whining about it…so that might make it worth it.

          • Bill DeWhal
            April 1, 2018 at 4:00 pm #

            Build the dang wall already.

  38. HarlanRinkleNutts
    April 1, 2018 at 6:49 am #

    As soon as Trump gets us into War,Ma. Will be a boom state with military gizmoes that it will produce.

    • Pat
      April 1, 2018 at 7:40 am #

      Last I heard President Trump is having an historic meeting with the North Korean leader doing just what Progressives SAY they want him to do. Trump respects the military, but would not go to war unless seriously provoked.

  39. Cosbies
    April 1, 2018 at 7:42 am #

    Everyone lies around Trump,accept Putin, who tells the truth.

    • Pat
      April 1, 2018 at 7:49 am #

      Obama seemed to treat Putin with way more respect than I was comfortable with, but Progressives were terrified of offending anyone so did nothing as Putin went wild with power. God forbid we went to war while Progressives were in charge. It would spoil their image as the doves of peace. So there was no way Progressives could be seen as aggressive toward another country. They left that inevitable task to the Republicans who they knew they could then blame for being war mongers when Russia was out of control like it is now thanks to lack of intervention by the Obama administration.

      • dusty
        April 1, 2018 at 9:35 am #

        I hope he does not start a war because I guarantee you Syria, Russia, Iran, and North Korea will band together to fight us. and China make jump on the hog-pile as well. Many countries hate us and would be happy to see us get our asses kicked.

        We would not have a chance in hell.

        • Steven Dean
          April 1, 2018 at 4:32 pm #

          You are a fool. Fight wouldn’t even be close. They would be humiliated

          • Diet Red
            April 1, 2018 at 4:50 pm #

            Liberals hate America.

  40. Cosbies
    April 1, 2018 at 8:34 am #

    Agree Obama was a pussy with Putin, but never this friendly. Russia is the Enemy,Period.

  41. Cosbies
    April 1, 2018 at 8:34 am #

    Happy Easter!

    • dusty
      April 1, 2018 at 10:37 am #

      It’s Easter?

  42. CosbiesLadies
    April 1, 2018 at 10:08 am #

    I couldn’t believe the speaker at the City Council Meeting, believe his name is Mrs Herzog, anyway, the fear and comparison to Flint Michigan type water to Pittsdield was absurd,and this speakerwanted to go forward with the spending while chastising the Council Members who shot it down. Thanks to Mr Gaetani, who was at the meeting, the first words thai came out of his talk was he disagreed what had just been stated. First of all, the current levels are meeting standards, second of all, the Flint situation doesn’t compare to ours here? Thank you again to Gaetani for being at these meetings and debating inaccurate info by someone who clearly doesn’t understand,clearly.

  43. Unwanted Carl
    April 1, 2018 at 10:39 am #

    Gaetani would make a great City Coumcilor and even Greater Mayor. Like his seven percent reduction in all departments.

    • Diet Red
      April 1, 2018 at 5:31 pm #

      He can watch 60 minutes in half an hour.

  44. u
    April 1, 2018 at 10:52 am #

    Are there any moral or ethical standards concerning the appointments of certain individual- individuals on the Mayoral appointment of someone who fathered a child and has escondido responsibility?

  45. Bill Q
    April 1, 2018 at 11:31 am #

    Looks like the G Man will revise his petition to recommend a Police Oversight-Advisory Committee as the simple six Councilors voted to file, that effort. Major nit- picking by Councilor Krol on the wording.

    The petition should also state that the Mayor accept citizens who aren’t tied into her campaign and should be totally representative of the Community. Adminstrationshould be aware that Gaeani is still on the prowl.

  46. The school committee
    April 1, 2018 at 5:41 pm #

    Pat small cities failed under Patrick and Baker and will continue to fail under Baker Trump. .Inspite of the conservatives pro business pro military that took over the democratic party under Clinton ,Bush.You and Sean Hannity base Ma. Politics on the fact that conservatives wanted to block the marriage between a man and a man.The ma supreme court simply said there was nothing in the constitution that prevented it so blocking was unconstitutional, something you believe in.They informed legislators they would or could amendit to make it illegal for men to enter the business of marriage.Conservatives chose not to amend the constitution and Fox Fake information went crazy saying Judges were for gay marriage.They never ruled on gay marrage they ruled iit was not in the constitution targeting gays

    • Steven Dean
      April 2, 2018 at 2:17 am #

      Jesus get a clue

  47. €£¥
    April 1, 2018 at 5:54 pm #

    Happy Easta.

  48. Demid
    April 2, 2018 at 1:01 pm #

    Are you at all into Ska music? If so, Sublime is a staple of California beach culture! A little different from the list, but also quite interesting.