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NEW SCHOOL PROJECT COATED IN UNAFFORDABLE WHITEWASH, PART 2

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary ED. NOTE: Before breaking into Part 2 of the school building whitewash, THE PLANET breaks some news. We have confirmed that Ward 4 Chris Connell today will file a petition with the council asking the mayor to rescind his administrative order on restructuring public works and utilities. [...]

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NEW SCHOOL PROJECT COATED IN UNAFFORDABLE WHITEWASH, PT. 1

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary First of Two Parts (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, TUESDAY, JAN. 20, 2015) — We start with a bit of dialog by way of making our point. ——– 000 ——– WILLIAM OF BASKERVILLE: It seems that we are in a labyrinth. ADGO: But how will be get out, master? [...]

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FREE SPEECH MUST BE ABSOLUTE, OR IT ISN’T FREE … plus … SIX SIGMA or SICK STIGMA?

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEEKEND EDITION, JAN. 16-18, 2015) — Free speech. It is one of the cornerstone rights that made and makes America. But in this country and around the world, in the name of “the war against terrorism,” the assault continues against this precious commodity. THE [...]

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CITIZENS AND TAXPAYERS: YOU WANT A VOTE ON THE THS BUILDING PROJECT? HERE’S HOW YOU GET IT

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THURSDAY, JAN. 15, 2015) — We have been asked about how to force a vote on the building of a new Taconic High School. It’s a reasonable question, given that the project is being advertised at $115 million and will in all likelihood come [...]

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IN THE ABSTRACT, SIX SIGMA WORKS, BUT CAN IT WORK IN PITTSFIELD’s LETHALLY SATURATED POLITICS? … PETITION ALSO GUTS ITSELF WITH PERSONNEL EXEMPTION

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY, JAN. 14, 2015) — The Pittsfield city council passed Kathy Amuso‘s petition to hire a Six Sigma quality consultant by a 7-4 vote. Voting against the measure were Tony Simonelli, Chris Connell, Barry Clairmont, and Kevin Morandi. Pittsfield city clerk Linda Tyer sent [...]

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JIGGLING PROTEST, BUT WHY NOT HERE? … ELM STREET POLLUTION: IS THE FULL EXTENT KNOWN? … SIX SIGMA PETITION ON MAYOR’s HANDS

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY, JAN. 12, 2015) — We’ve seen all kinds of protests last year and already this, after shootings, prior to war, and during looting. Here’s a protest that you may have missed that THE PLANET wishes to share with you, courtesy of The Associated Press: [...]

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