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CENTRAL BERKSHIRE RESPECTS DEMOCRATIC PROCESS, UNLIKE PITTSFIELD … plus … BEACON HILL HACKS APPROVE HUGE PAY RAISE FOR THEMSELVES

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY FEB. 8, 2017) — In some places, citizens get a say in important financial matters. Not in Pittsfield. When The Suits rigged the game to approve a $121 million new Taconic High School, a key part of the scheme included blocking citizens from […]

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THE GREATEST GAME OF ALL TIME, EVER, ANY SPORT … SUPERPATRIOTS DO IT AGAIN!

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, TUESDAY FEB. 7, 2017) — Super Bowl LI was the ultimate game, played in the ultimate fashion, to serve up the ultimate in moral justice. And just like that, Tom Brady became the first QB ever to win the Big One five times. Ditto […]

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IN HIS 2ND WEEK< TRUMP 'DAZZLES THE ASS OFF THE UNIVERSE'

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY FEB. 6, 2017) — President Donald Trump continues to “dazzle the ass off the universe,” to use the great phrase of poet E. E. Cummings. In his second week in office, Trump kept up a frenetic pace of change never before seen in Washington. […]

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GIVING THE NEEDLE TO A CITY THAT RICHLY DESERVES IT

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, SUPER BOWL WEEKEND, FEB. 3-5, 2017) — Just what the city of Pittsfield needs: A central location that will attract hordes of junkies and drug dealers. That’s what the city will get when it establishes its needle exchange program. Little wonder why neither the mayor, […]

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COST OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS IS BAD ENOUGH; QUALITY IN THE CLASSROOM IS EVEN WORSE … A SOLUTION? A CHARTER SCHOOL FOR THE PITTS

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THURSDAY FEB. 2, 2017) — With the discussion on how to save the city money, there’s no question about it: If the city is serious about it this time around, the coin has to come out of the Pittsfield School Department, which currently hogs […]

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METHUSELAH & CASE: ‘PITTSFIELD PRODUCING “pittsfield”‘

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY FEB. 1, 2017) — Welcome to February, month of the sister. The flurries drift down like flakes in a snowglobe, the crystals mount, and Pittsfield keeps producing more “pittsfield.” THE PLANET explains later, as if you don’t already know. Pittsfield Producing ‘pittsfield’ 1 […]

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