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WHY DID TFB SPONSOR A BILL TO PUNISH PITTSFIELD? THE BOSSES ORDERED IT … SENDING STOOGES TO BOSTON INSTEAD OF REPS EXACTS A HEAVY COST ON WE THE PEOPLE

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY AUG. 17, 2016) — Tricia Farley-Bouvier, from whereof dost thou cometh? This is the question of most everyone outside the Kool-Aid drinkers of the local Democrat Party. They know the answer. THE PLANET, alone among local media, knows as well. Everyone else wonders why TFB [...]

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ANATOMY OF A POLEMICAL BESTING: SWEET PETE V. THE PLANET

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY Second of Two Parts (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, TUESDAY AUG. 16, 2016) — As promised, THE PLANET presents verse and chapter of the debate we picked with our Right Honorable Good Friend Sweet Pete White on the nature and meaning of “democracy.” Sweet Pete led with his chin [...]

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CALL IT WHAT YOU WILL, BUT THE TOTALITARIAN DEMOCRATS DIDN’T CONDUCT A DEBATE … IT WAS A PEP-RALLY FOR THEIR TWO ‘CHOSEN ONES’

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY First of Two Parts (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MODAY AUG. 15, 2016) — Last week, the Berkshire Brigades (The BBs), which bills itself as “the countywide Democratic Party Organization” (don’t you love them capitals?) held a pep rally smeared in the gauche lipstick of a “debate.” The disguise [...]

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DOWNTOWN PARKING IS NOT AND SHOULD NOT BE BRAIN SURGERY OR ROCKET SCIENCE, BUT IN PITTSFIELD, IT IS AND HAS BEEN SO FOR DECADES

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION AUG. 12-14, 2016) — Going back to our days in talk radio, three topics always light up the lines: trash collection, cable TV service, and parking. Our column yesterday on Pittsfield’s latest attempt to address parking drew an unusually large number [...]

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FREE VS. FEES: DOWNTOWN PITTSFIELD INC., CITY IN CAHOOTS TO PUNISH CITIZENS, VISITORS FOR ‘PRIILEGE’ OF PARKING IN CENTER CITY

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THURSDAY AUG. 11, 2016) — THE PLANET and Beacon Cinema owner Richard Stanley agree: It’s an incredibly dumb idea to charge for parking in downtown Pittsfield. Stanely has strongly opposed to the idea, although official Pittsfield seems hell bent for leather to implement a consultant’s [...]

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DIGGING UP THE DIRT AT THS BUILDING SITE … WHAT NASTY STUFF IS UNDER THOSE HUGE, TARP-COVERED ‘HILL 78s’ BEHIND SCHOOL, THE ONES THEY DON’T WANT YOU TO SEE?

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY AUG. 10, 2016) — What was and still is buried in the dirt at the building site of the new Taconic High School? THE PLANET alone has not been afraid to explore, and we have been on top of this story since we first broke [...]

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