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NEEDLESS WATER UPGRADE OF NEARS $80 MILLION: FOLLOW THE MONEY

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY First in a Series (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY FEB. 5, 2018) — Congratulations to our Philadelphia Eagles on an exciting Super Bowl win. THE PLANET only wishes we could say the same for the bedraggled citizens of Pittsfield, who face the gauntlet of an ill-conceived and unnecessary multimillion-dollar plan to “upgrade” the […]

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PLANET PLAYS WITH THE HOUSE MONEY IN SUPER BOWL LII

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION FEB. 2-4, 2018) — For The Weekend Edition, we get away from Pittsfield’s politics, the kind on full display at a revelatory meeting of the city council’s finance committee over what may well be the last straw that sinks the city […]

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LATEST CITY HIRE TO ADD NEW JOBS: A CON JOB AND A SNOW JOB

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY JAN. 31, 2018) — So, Pittsfield has yet another economic development “expert” who’s going to be the “quarterback” of mayor Linda “The Lounger” Tyer‘s “Red Carpet” plan for stirring up new business in the moribund city. Stop THE PLANET if you’ve heard this […]

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AS CHICKEN BONE TUCKS TAIL RE: PLANET’s DEBATE CHALLENGE, N.A. COUNCIL MOVES TO STIFLE RELEVANT FREE SPEECH

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY JAN. 29, 2018) — As most of you know, in our last column, THE PLANET issued a public debate challenge to North Adams city council president Keith “Chicken Bone” Bona. The topic: His move to acquire the unilateral power to bar citizens from attending an […]

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IN NORTH ADAMS, BONEHEAD BONA CRAPS ON THE FIRST AMENDMENT; PLANET THROWS DOWN THE GAUNTLET, ISSUING DEBATE CHALLENGE

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION JAN. 26-28, 2018) — The U.S. Constitution, one of the most seminal foundational documents ever drafted, has been amended 27 times. The first revision stands by far as the most important. The freedoms articulated by the First Amendment spell out what […]

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FUNDING DEAL: D.C. FOOLS LET THE GAMES CONTINUE

BY DANVALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY JAN. 24, 2018) — THE PLANET extends congratulations to all involved in negotiating a bipartisan agreement to end the federal government shutdown. The temporary funding measure expires on Feb. 8, four days at The New England Patriots Invitational — what used to be called The Super Bowl. The […]

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