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PV-TV TONIGHT! LIVE AND IN PERSON! … CALL OUT THE PHILOSOPHERS, COUNCILORS

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THURSDAY, DEC. 11 [ONLY A LITTLER LATER THAN NORMAL], 2014) — Yes, there will be PV-TV tonight. Tune in at 7 p.m., won’t you, as THE PLANET parades before four hot TV cameras, live, without a duke of an idea of what he will [...]

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THE PLANET MOURNS THE LOSS OF A FRIEND … SOX NAMED TOPPS ‘ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR’ … FLAT-ROOF DESIGN IS FLAT-HEADED … plus … ‘MAJOR GAFFE’ AT LAST NIGHT’s COUNCIL MEETING?

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, DATE, 2014) — THE PLANET was saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend Laura Valenti. Laura, a great booster for the city and particularly its downtown, came into our sphere in the 28 years (1980-2008) we ran our businesses from suites [...]

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AFFIRMATIVE ACTION POLICY: NOBLE INTENTIONS IGNORE PAINFUL REALITIES … POLICY LIKELY TO REPLACE DISCRIMINATION WITH MORE OF SAME

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, TUESDAY, DEC. 9, 2014) — As the recent national events has shown, America is still incapable of having an intelligent discussion on race. Too many people are unwilling or unable to drop the pretexts and prejudices that preclude the neutral approach to interpersonal relations that [...]

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POLICE ADVISORY COMMISSION PRESS POLICY ‘MEANT TO STIFLE INFORMATION’

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary ——– 000 ——– BULLETIN! Allow THE PLANET to break into this story at a little before 6 p.m. Monday Dec. 8. Speaking of break, we shall break the story that Jon Lester has opted not to re-rsign with the Boston Red Sox in favor of the pitch [...]

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DISSA AND DATA: THE PLANET ON STUFF THAT SHOULD (AND SHOULDN’T) MATTA

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THURSDAY, DEC. 4, WORKING TO WEEKEND EDITION, DEC. 5-7, 2014) — Emptying out the grab bag, otherwise known as this writer’s notebook, one finds all sorts of interesting items. Hypen Happy — State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier has hired a new legislative aide, Lisa Fletcher-Udel. [...]

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STYLE OVER SUBSTANCE IS OK FOR CROWNING MISS AMERICA BUT NOT WHEN TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ARE ON THE LINE FOR BEDRAGGLED PITTSFIELD TAXPAYERS

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, DATE, 2014) — Style over substance? Looks over actuality? If you’re designing The Generalissimo‘s next dress uniform, yes. If you’re judging beauty pageants, by all means. If you’re worried about a municipal budget, not on your life. Though this seems obvious, ’tis a pity [...]

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