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YOU’LL BE FLOORED BY THE TRUE STORY BEHIND SHINY, NEW CITY HALL DECKS … or ‘LADY McBETH PRESENTS “SLIP-SLIDING AWAY” ‘

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY, SEPT. 15, 2014) — The transcript reads as follows: THE PLANET: Mr. Chairman, point of order. CHAIR: Proceed. PLANET: We request the floor. CHAIR: Chair acknowledges THE PLANET. We give THE PLANET the floor. ——– 000 ——– Well, it sort of went that [...]

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RAY RICE ‘ELEVATOR LOGIC’ REVEALS A SORRY CONFLUENCE OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS, CULTURE DIVIDE, and GENDER WAR … or … NEVER GIVE A SAGA AN EVEN BREAK

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEEKEND EDITION, SEPT. 12-14, 2014) — The new Batmobile from Batman v Superman has been unveiled. A Real Housewives of New Jersey couple are headed for prison and have put their mansion up for sale. Britney has signed up for Tinder All that, and the Ray [...]

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NEW DPI DIRECTOR ‘PROUD OF OUR DOWNTOWN’ or ‘UH, OH; HERE WE GO AGAIN’ … BOILERPLATE AND ‘STATUS QUO’ WILL NOT GET THE JOB DONE

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THURSDAY, SEPT. 11, 2014) — The city has hired a new director for Downtown Pittsfield Inc. Her name is Kristine Hurley, who has been DPI’s manager for the past three years. Hurley spoke of her appointment — announced when DPI issued a prepared statement [...]

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WELCOME TO TES’ WATER WORLD: WATER DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEE SPEAKS OUT AGAINST ‘BULLYING’ … MAYOR’S BROW-BEATING STYLE TRICKLES DOWN

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 10, 2014) — Water, water everywhere, and not a drop for taxpayers. We might call this the latest episode in “TES: Water on the Brain.” (An aside: If you see The Worried Man, a.k.a., The MOP [The Mayor of Pittsfield] today, ask him how well the robocalls [...]

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MAYOR CONTINUES DAMAGE CONTROL ON ’100GATE’ … OUT OF THE BLUE, A GRIEVANCE FILED OVER ‘SICK BUILDING’ … HEARING IS HELD, LIGHTNING QUICK, BEFORE (uh) IMPARTIAL ‘JEDGE’

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary ——– 000 ——– !NEWS FLASH!— THE PLANET breaks into its usual coverage to share with you two thing we have learned about fired city veteran’s agent Rosanne Frieri. First, the city tried to reach a settlement with her. That failed. Second, Frieri is filing a lawsuit stemming [...]

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THE TRAGEDY OF GEN Y GOES MUCH DEEPER THAN YOU THINK … ‘ALL HAIL, THE NATIONAL SECURITY STATE’

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEEKEND EDITION, SEPT. 5-7, 2014) — One of the courses on The Old Professor‘s class schedule is “Tumultuous Decade: America in the 1960s.” Do we like it? Why, sir or madam, we have fallen in love with it. Imagine THE PLANET‘s delight to be [...]

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