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WITH POTHOLES LOOMING, CALL GOES OUT FOR ‘THE BIG RED MAGIC POTHOLE MACHINE,’ BUT WHAT SWAIL SELECTS IS A LOTTA BULL (AN ALLEGORY)

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, TUESDAY, FEB. 24, 2015) — With the impending lunar surface that comprises the mileage of Pittsfield roads, side streets, and byways about to get more pothole ravaged with March looming, THE PLANET has heard you. Unlike the buffoons running city government, THE PLANET cares about [...]

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‘COLLINGWOOD’S COLONS’ DEFECATE ON CITY STREETS, BUT THE BIG ENCHILADA IS THE COUNCIL’s UPCOMING DECISION ON $130MM THS BOONDOGGLE

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY, FEB. 23, 2015) — There has been speculation culminating in a warning about the recent uproar over poor performance by Pittsfield’s Public Services Department led by commissioner Bruce “Colon” Collingwood and Highway Division head Kevin Swail (rhymes with “fail.”). The line of thinking warns citizens not [...]

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!!UPDATE!! SNOWGATE: THE SITUATION IS GETTING ‘CURIOUSER and CURIOUSER’

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary ——– 000 ——– THE PLANET will let this column suffice for THE WEEKEND EDITION. The information about Snowgate will be allowed to simmer in advance of the city council meeting, where and when, if our Right Honorable Good Friends do their job, citizens and taxpayers will get [...]

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WHEN WINTER BRINGS A SNOW JOB INSTEAD OF SNOW HANDLING, THE WHITE STUFF PILES HIGHER THAN THE S**T

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY, FEB. 18, 2015) — The winter of 2015 didn’t roll in until about mid-January. Prior to then, The Berkshires — particularly Pittsfield, the county seat — received a handful of nuisance snowfalls with temperatures seasonal or warmer. That all changed when the Polar [...]

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: HOLD MAYOR ‘PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE’ FOR SNOW HAZARDS … THS PROJECT CONCERNS … PUBLIC MURAL DEFACED … plus … SEN. DOWNING’s OFFICE EXPLAINS WHY ELECTRIC RATES ARE SO HIGH

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, TUESDAY, FEB. 17, 2015) — First, THE PLANET has some interesting letters to share from the mailbag. These were sent to us via e-mail, not posted, but for sharing, which we do in our periodic “Letters to the Editor” feature. ——– 000 ——– Hold [...]

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FEELING PRESIDENTIAL ON THIS HOLIDAY MONDAY, WHILE THE ‘LITTLE SCHOLARS’ GO ASTRAY

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY, FEB 16, 2015) — Hey, guess what. THE PLANET has President’s Day reserved in celebration, holiday style. Whenever we fire up a new column blank, we are sorely tempted to peel off ribbons of commentary of a multitude of issues. For example, why [...]

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