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CLAIRMONT REVEALS SHOCKING MAYORAL BEHAVIOR DURING PHONE ENCOUNTER WITH MAYOR … SECOND COUNCILOR BACKS CLAIM … LOTHROP ON BIANCHI: ‘HE CAN’T TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR HIS OWN DECEIT’

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THURSDAY, OCT. 23, 2014) — We call today’s edition of THE PLANET “Believe It or Not,” although with the current Pittsfield mayor, the show would be better titled, “Believe It or Else.” After numerous and credible complaints of the mayor’s abusive behavior, it was [...]

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THIS ‘N THAT: BERKSHIRE WORKS UPDATE … MORE ON CUTLER RESIGNATION … plus … SABOURIN ‘GETS OUTTA DODGE’

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY, OCT. 22, 2014) — Today, THE PLANET shares exclusive information and news on three cases that have roiled the body politick of what has become a city of foul politics. First, as a preamble, let us tell you that we intend to feature [...]

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CLAIRMONT’s GRILLING OF TES: RARE AND WELL DONE

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary Part 2 of 2 (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, TUESDAY, OCT. 21, 2014) — THE PLANET resumes its account of the exchange between councilor-at-large Barry Clairmont and the mayor with a general observation. In this age of political correctness, sweeping generalizations are seen as indictments to be avoided, lest [...]

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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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