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TAX CLASSIFICATION HEARING: A PUBLIC EXECUTION TOMORROW NIGHT… MAYOR FASHIONS THE NOOSE, COUNCIL PULLS THE LEVER

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY, NOV. 19, 2014) — Tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in council chambers, citizens and taxpayers receive their annual slap in the face from the mayor and the city council. THE PLANET refers to the annual “assume the position” exercise known as a tax [...]

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PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION: LADY McBIANCHI AND THE MARCH OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERS

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary This just in: The City of Pittsfield has scheduled a tax classification hearing for 7 p.m. Thursday in city council chambers. Hang on to your wallets: Homeowners, the mayor wants to hike your taxes to $18.06/thousand. Business owners, you get it twice as bad. The mayor wants [...]

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POETRY WEEKEND: A TALE OF LADY McBIANCHI … plus … BLISSFUL PERCY SHELLEY and a PLANET POEM

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEEKEND EDITION, NOV. 14-16, 2014) — Welcome to Poetry Weekend, our respite from the skullduggery of local, state, national, and world politics. This is a time, also, for you to comment on any topic under the sun, the moon, the stars, and whatever lid [...]

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DEANGELO WAS AT HELM WHEN KOLBOURNE SCHOOL CLOSED AFTER 65 YEARS FOR WHAT STATE CALLED ‘FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES’ … IS THAT WHY TES GAVE HIM A LIFE RAFT? … BW CASE STRONGLY SUGGEST THE SHEFFIELD SHUFFLER IS A LIAR

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THURSDAY, NOV. 13, 2014) — The Kolbourne School operated in good health for almost all of its 65 years, the final 44 of them in New Marlborough in glorious south county.  On June 30, 2012, though, the school closed its doors for good. The [...]

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BUMBLING HRC RIDES AGAIN — A TALE OF INEPTNESS, POLITICAL MUCK … plus … TES NAMES NEW VA DIRECTOR, sans RINGING ENDORSEMENT

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY, NOV. 12, 2014) —  Of all the underwhelming, useless boards, committees, and commissions in the city of Pittsfield, you would be hard pressed to find a more worthless one than the Human Rights Commission. The HRC was born bad. It’s a pity, because [...]

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ON VETERAN’S DAY, MAYOR OF PITTSFIELD ACCUSED OF CORRUPTION IN NEW CHARGES FILED WITH STATE

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, TUESDAY, NOV. 11, 2014) — First off, a salute to all veterans on this Armistice Day. THE PLANET shall not mention at cliched’ length the debt we owe to those who served. Suffice it to say that the men and women of the armed [...]

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