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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION JUNE 28-30, 2019) — The time has come again for THE PLANET to dish some “inside baseball.”

This site has grown beyond our expectations. It has done so for one reason: content. Over the years, we have covered and uncovered stories local media didn’t dare touch. On the stories they did report, we have provided unique takes and insights based on a career in the business and the information from key sources in many different areas of public and private life. We have offered ideas as a stimulus to the discussion, debate, and deliberation required for the democratic process to have a chance of succeeding.

We have resisted offers to go “commercial” through advertising, paid subscriptions, or a combination of both. First, THE PLANET was not designed to be a revenue center. Second, it would taint the coverage. We know, having experienced first hand how commercial media works. Actually, we’re in it as a public service, the way someone might run for office or volunteer to deliver meals to the elderly.

One of THE PLANET‘s earliest decisions concerned comments. Would we allow them or not? Our consultants argued both sides, and well. It was an easy choice, though. Over the years, our readers, listeners, and viewers have come to know our support of First Amendment freedoms. We take free speech seriously, so THE PLANET decided to allow public feedback.

That being said, freedom to comment — as we’ve noted before — comes as a privilege not a right. This privilege has to be earned. The vast majority of readers “get it.” Commentators generally keep in good taste, advance the discussion, and contribute positively (even the negative comments, when presented right, make addition by subtraction). Then there’s tiny population of idiots: They are a cancerous presence, because their instability draws others as bad or worse.

The problem has defeated nearly all other local media, with the online Eagle and iBerkshires not allowing feedback and local radio limiting talk to mind-numbing puff-‘n-stuff. THE PLANET, alone, provides the last refuge for those who cherish a public hashing out. We have done this by monitoring carefully what gets placed or attempts to get placed here. Our new algorithmic security system — a robotic Horace Greeley, as one wag put it — has worked flawlessly, greatly limiting the nut-jobs while boosting readership. The malcontents and kooks have a much harder time, and it’s going to stay that way. Fortunately, they are tiny in number and less-than-zero in effect.

It’s going to stay that way.

With that, the floor once more is yours.

Have a great weekend, everybody.

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“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Johnny99
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Johnny99

Dan,

Enjoy the weekend amongst the tourists if you’re back in the saddle. And thank you again for the opportunity you give us Kapanskis’ to vent about GOBSIGs et al.

CC The Maze Sun
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CC The Maze Sun

“Now that she’s back in the atmosphere With drops of Jupiter in her hair, hey, hey, hey She acts like summer and walks like rain Reminds me that there’s a time to change, hey, hey, hey Since the return from her stay on the moon She listens like spring and she talks like June, hey, hey, hey Hey, hey, hey But tell me, did you sail across the sun? Did you make it to the Milky Way to see the lights all faded And that heaven is overrated? Tell me, did you fall for a shooting star– One without a permanent scar? And did you miss me while you were looking for yourself out there? Now that she’s back from that soul vacation Tracing her way through the constellation, hey, hey, hey (mmm) She checks out Mozart while she does tae-bo Reminds me that… Read more »

Auto Phil
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Auto Phil

I’ll second the thanks and the gratitude. For us normal folk, this blog is like a country club compared to other trash can public posting forums!

Generally, you do not have to argue with stupid on this blog. It’s quite satisfying.

Mr. Fritz
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Mr. Fritz

Ditto the above comments. Thank you Dan!

Mr. Fritz
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Mr. Fritz

Biden in last night’s debate, “My first priority as president would be to defeat Trump.”
Waaat?!
Hang it up Uncle Joe……you are senile!

Mad Trapper
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Mad Trapper

I saw Kamala Harris play the race card on foul mouth/pervert Joe!!!

She claimed she was in the 2nd “integrated” class at Berkley HS, to much applause to the left winged Parrots in the audience. She talked about being “bussed”.

Problem is, Kamala was born in 1964, and the 1st integrated class was in 1963. Did she attend as an infant? Or is Kamala playing the race card on creepy Uncle Joe?

Here is the 1963 yearbook. See any students of African decent? A few? A dozen or more?

https://archive.org/details/ollapodridaunse_68/page/n1

Liberal Politician and honesty, oxymorons

Pat
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Pat

Sadly, Joe Biden was not the only one suffering from thinking impairment. All the Democrat candidates have a thinking problem regardless of their age.

Mad Trapper
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Mad Trapper

Or they just outright lie like Sen. Harris

Link to 63 Berkley yearbook, Kamala born 1963

https://archive.org/details/ollapodridaunse_68/page/n1

Mad Trapper
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Mad Trapper

Whoops, Kamala is a 64 model.

She said she was 2nd integrated class at Berkley. HS and was “bussed”. 1964?

But that would make her 1 yr old? And the 63 yearbook has many Americans of African dissent.

Mr. G
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Mr. G

C’mon now people. Our current office holder has proven beyond the shadow of a doubt that honesty is a completely unnecessary trait in a president. Or a press secretary for that matter.

Pat
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Pat

All the Dem candidates say free healthcare for the illegal immigrants pouring into the country. Do you think that will be an incentive for more to come here? Along with drivers licenses, free college, and a basic income? Who wouldn’t want to come here by the millions? That means that the far left socialist utopia will fail much more quickly.

Mad Trapper
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Mad Trapper

Pat,

If you had rats/mice/vermin in your kitchen, would you leave the cheese out?

Mad Trapper
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Mad Trapper

Hi Dan,

My sincere thanks to You and the Planet.

I understand your need to moderate comments and not let this become a Topix circus.

I am just skeptical of robotic algorithms. Google, facebook, twitter, youtube , et al ….use algorithms to censor rather than moderate websites. That is AL-Gore-Rythms, with a left winged bias. Algorithms are as good/bad as the people who made them.

My posts seem to get held up ~ 50% of the time here, if I come back later or the next day they show up.

Anyway thanks for the news, and a place to make comments.

Best regards, MT

Tom Betit
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Tom Betit

Amen!

Spider
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Spider

First, thank you Dan for allowing our feedback.

Second, I agree with those who compared the request for bocce courts with pickle ball. The first group were taxpaying residents. The second group (for the most part) are not.

They bring none of their own money to the table and to my knowledge do not have a fundraiser going on.

This whole thing is outrageous! And while I support Mazzeo, she is dead wrong in her strong support for them. This could hurt her. She certainly won’t be getting votes from them. So what is her reason?

ProxyDate
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ProxyDate

They don’t bring votes ( although some do) but they bring money. My sources say this all started over a dinner with some well heeled snowbirds.
A number of them who actually do vote in two places, it’s a joke to them.
This is Mazzeo’s biggest problem, she lives in a bubble with some vary rarified air.
Pickleball is important to the rich white folks who summer in the Berkshires

doomiedodger
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doomiedodger

Thank you Dan. Can’t put a price on the value of your site. I am sure it has at least slowed down the political malfeasance we battle every day and caused great anxiety in the bars that formulate Pittsfield policy. Buckets of kudos.

Jonathan Melle
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Jonathan Melle

PEDA turns 21 years old this summer. I wonder how the next 21 years will go?

Mr. Fritz
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Mr. Fritz

Billboard on Merrill Road promoting our fair city – with a giant group photo of our city officials/city employees. Why waste money like this?
Maybe I’ll run a billboard directly across from the city billboard with a giant photo of my extended family, whose taxes pay for city salaries, perks and promotional billboards. Not to mention new schools, new poop plants and home improvement handouts.

Johnny99
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Johnny99

Fair point. How much did the city pay to display it’s “diversity” – how much did the photographer make, did it go out to bid, what employees were chosen and how and why were they? Could it help Tyer win re-election? and regardless, city charter should be changed to one mayoral term. Period.

Johnny Absurdo
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Johnny Absurdo

Fix the potholes, line the crosswalks and pick up the trash on the streets. Billboards will not fool people with eyes that can see, or asses that can feel the bump bump bump.

Jonathan Melle
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Jonathan Melle

The Berkshire Mall turns 31 this summer. It is competing with PEDA for wasted space!

GHOST RIDER
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GHOST RIDER

……………….along with North St, Tyler St, et ux. You are too kind, Jon!

ProxyDate
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ProxyDate

DD214 Jon. You’ve claimed you’re a disabled veteran, implying your disability is service related. Time to fess up.

Jonathan Melle
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Jonathan Melle

@ProxyDate. I am a 100% service connected disabled Veteran who served our country honorably in the U.S. Army from October 1999 – the first week of July of 2001. I am proud of my military service, and I am grateful for the benefits and compensation I receive from the VA. I would like you to know that I tried to find a living wage job as an Army Veteran. Indeed, I walked the streets of Pittsfield (Mass) for over one year of my adult life many years ago without any success. I moved away from Pittsfield to Southern NH to live with my family in the Spring of 2004. During the Summer and Fall of 2008, the VA granted me service connection after over 7 years of denials. At that point, I was on food stamps, medicaid, and state/Social Security disability. In late-January of… Read more »

ProxyDate
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ProxyDate

Ok I just read parts of that, have you ever been in a mental institution?

Jonathan Melle
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Jonathan Melle

No. I have not been an inpatient in a mental institution, yet anyway. People don’t realize what I have been through in my life. My oldest brother died in a car accident when I was nearly 15 years old. My mom had cancer twice (1990, 2006). My dad was a Pittsfield area politician and community activist, which led me to be persecuted and bullied for years by his political enemies in Pittsfield. I was blacklisted from employment as a then young adult by the Good Old Boys who run Pittsfield politics. They even tried to jail me when I was 22 years old by making false and hypocritical accusations against me to the Pittsfield Police Department. I have been the target of vicious rumors, including about my mental health. I have been at risk of being homeless in my adult life. I have been… Read more »

Johnny2Shoes
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Johnny2Shoes

Jonathan,

It sounds as though you’ve been through much and I wish you well in the second half of your life. Don’t let those issues of the past be part your future. God Speed. Again thanks for your service to our country.

GHOST RIDER
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GHOST RIDER

Saw this; just passing it on. Probably an immediate “NO,” ‘cuz it puts several useless employees out of a job!!!!

https://www.facebook.com/LuxuryLifestyle.HD1/videos/218816909056075/

GHOST RIDER
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GHOST RIDER

More food for thought; not advocating or deriding; just tossing it out there!

Magoo
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Magoo

I think the AlCore rhythms are upset with me !
Hopefully my replies will get posted
Thanks for starting this site, and exposure of
Much information which would be kept secret

Pat
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Pat

Free healthcare for LIFE for illegal immigrants!! All the Democrat candidates are for this. Add in all the other freebies and illegal immigrants will be doing as well or better than American citizens who have lived here all their lives. Obtaining Drivers Licenses are easy for illegals and grueling for American citizens.

Basic income will favor illegal immigrants while middle class Americans will continue to struggle. Middle America doesn’t want freebies from the government, we want jobs. We want to keep our freedom and not be dependent on big daddy government.

Johnny2Shoes
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Johnny2Shoes

For the last 40 to 50 years of elections that come 2 & 4 years apart we have heard the same old about if only elected I (we) will fix the education, healthcare, tax, race relations etc.. and here we are with the 2020 elections upon us and they are rehashing these same issues again. It seems they don’t want to fix these issues because they wouldn’t have much to run on and they always come up with with issues that aren’t or shouldn’t be issues, but make them crisis issues to scare and whip up and divide the people. Freebies is the buzz issue promoted this cycle. Go figure with the world in disarray.

The school committee
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The school committee

Pat,Why is raising SS by 25 % insane when Trup dropped taxes on the rich by 100 %

X-Lachs Lounge
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X-Lachs Lounge

Lower taxes leads to more economic activity. Lower taxes bring more money into the treasury.

Johnny99
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Johnny99

Why should the rich pay a higher tax rate than someone making 20,000? Should be flat tax across the board and if you dont work you don’t eat – no food stamp card, no free card, free heat, free apartments, free phones, free cash. Get a job all you layabouts.

Johnny2Shoes
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Johnny2Shoes

Unfortunately the free for me type of people with the help of politicians have turned what you stated into a lifestyle of living. Years ago people were very quiet about getting assistance and now it is so different. I see people whip out plastic cards funded by the taxpayers and issued by the government like they have gotten them from working and good credit scores. I have no problem with people in real need for some help, but not to make it permanent for those able bodied who can work.

Mr. Fritz
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Mr. Fritz

I agree totally, 99.
Flat tax! Why punish the successful members of society?
Too much welfare/ public assistance fraud in this city. Followed a young, able – looking couple out of Price Chopper who paid for their cartload of groceries with an EBT card, and they were driving a brand new minivan. Think I’m going to start writing down plate numbers & reporting some of this fraud to the state.

The school committee
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The school committee

5% interest on 1 k in a savings bank is not equal to 5% Interest on 1,000,000 in a savings bank. By your standards they would be equal.

Trump Train
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Trump Train

5% is equal. As President Obama said, you have to have some skin in the game. At least five percent of 1,000 is making a contribution.

The flat tax is a fair tax. Just like a sales tax or social security. A graduated tax is also one of the key planks in the communist manifesto…look it up.

Wilson
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Wilson

The wealthy usually pay a much lower rate since they don’t get money from “income” but from investments. Meanwhile payroll taxes, sales taxes, and property taxes make it harder for the lower classes to survive, literally. I don’t think the government should get more from the rich, but the they need to spend more rather than hoarding money. Not sure how to do it, but there must be something they want, like if they pay for public schools they can decide which teachers are hired or something

Johnny2Shoes
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Johnny2Shoes

I found it interesting that during both democratic debates the candidates pandered to people who can’t or aren’t supposed to vote in the upcoming presidential election more than the citizens of this country who can vote.

The school committee
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The school committee

What citizens who vote dont want affordable healthcare?

Johnny2Shoes
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Johnny2Shoes

This should be the democrat presidential candidates entrance tune that should be playing as they take the stage.

http://www.metrolyrics.com/free-ride-lyrics-edgar-winter-group.html

Pat
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Pat

Love it. Perfect song for the Dem’s agenda.

Canem Bonum
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Canem Bonum

Agree with your assessment, D.V. 100%

Johnny2Shoes
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Johnny2Shoes

Sanders Care? Not even in his home state of VT. If this is so great will they give themselves a way out like they did with O Care, so they can keep their taxpayer funded caddie insurance plans?

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/editorials/bernie-sanders-own-state-showed-medicare-for-all-wont-work

Johnny2Shoes
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Johnny2Shoes

Democrat candidates aren’t talking about interest from school loan debt being used to fund O Care.

https://100percentfedup.com/why-arent-democrats-talking-about-how-student-loan-interest-is-funding-obamacare/

Jonathan Melle
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Jonathan Melle

Do you know where your state reps were last Thursday night (6/27/2019)? They were all attending future candidate for Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey’s NoHo (or Northampton) fundraiser where suggested contributions range from $75 to $1,000.

If you don’t believe me, please click on the following link.

https://www.politico.com/f/?id=0000016b-9749-d5f3-a1ef-97eb328e0000

State lawmakers listed on the fundraiser invitation included Sen. Adam Hinds, Rep. John Barrett III, Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, Rep. Paul Mark, Rep. Smitty Pignatelli; and other attendees included District Attorney Andrea Harrington.

Maura Healey is a high-profile foe of President Donald Trump’s administration, which means she will use anti-Trump sentiments to propel her to high political office.

– Jonathan Melle

Ozias Vincelette
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Ozias Vincelette

Hi Jonathan. First let me say I enjoy your posts. Sometimes the contents are sad. They are well reasoned and thoughtful.
I knew your father back in the day. Please give him my regards. I remember him as a good fellow. Finally, I find it a pathetic that someone would ask if you had been in a mental institution. You do not have to respond to such a personal question. None of his business!
Refreshing to see someone using his real name on this site.

CC The Maze Sun
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CC The Maze Sun

Trump (the fake character) lifts the ban on Huawei, the back room deals have been made. A couple trillion in the bank account and all is well. Huawei will be the one to deliver 5G radiation to your neighborhood. Cha Ching!

The Game goes on. And on and on.

Pluto is out. Nine is in. A real Game changer.

CC The Maze Sun
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CC The Maze Sun

“The beat goes on, the beat goes on
Drums keep pounding
A rhythm to the brain
La de da de de, la de da de da”
– Sunny and Share

Kermit Frog
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Kermit Frog

Did any one else read the Hinds PR piece in the Berkshire Edg? Holy crap was that depressing. Accomplishments are the flyer (train to nowhere), the schools (!!?) and Carvers $1500 a month apartments for GD engineers. It sounds like more ‘cult speak’ and it is clear the concerns of people on this board don’t even get a mention or passing thought.

Johnny Absurdo
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Johnny Absurdo

Exactly where is this please?

Kermit Frog
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Kermit Frog
James
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James

Someone should ask that milksop Hinds what the “criminal justice reform work” he thinks is so important. No really, give us bullet points.

Johnny99
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Johnny99

Another daily bites the dust. But it won’t happen here because the Eagle’s stellar journalism will save them, so says Rutberg. Seriously? Thanks to The Planet, we won’t become a news desert when The Eagle folds up shop.

https://www.10tv.com/article/youngstown-vindicator-cease-publication-after-150-years-2019-jun

ProxyDate
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ProxyDate

How soon before the Eagle goes? Any over/under

ProxyDate
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ProxyDate

Dan,

Have you heard anything about Stop and Shop closing?
Seems after the strike the numbers for the Dan Fox Drive store are extremely low.
My sources say that if it doesn’t turn around by fall they plan to shutter the store.

Johnny99
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Johnny99

I don’t know but I can tell ya it’s never crowded when I’m there and they hardly have any cashiers – do it yourself – and now Panera Bread is getting like that. One person waiting on 20 people one at a time last week during lunch rush while two customers each Fidel farted at computer kiosks. I walked out and had a scrumptious breakfast at Joann’s Elm St Luncheonette instead. Mc Donals will be next with that nonsense

Pat
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Pat

Many on this site agree that Pittsfield mismanages its money whether giving too much money to the schools or tax breaks to people who do not need them. How can these same people think it’s good that the far left will be mismanaging money across the country if any of these socialist candidates are elected for president? Free healthcare for life, basic income, and free college for illegal immigrants and all at taxpayer expense. That is unsustainable and will encourage millions more to illegally enter our country. Not to mention turning our country into Venezuela very quickly.

Johnny Absurdo
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Johnny Absurdo

Trump is turning our country into an embarrassment. Only one at the G20 not in favor of making the world a better place environmentally. Is the whole rest of the world wrong and Trump right? I doubt it.

The school committee
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The school committee

Pat,Bernie Sanders is a Socialist.There are no other socialists running for President agaist the right wing stealing from our economy President….nothing new for republicans

Pat
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Pat

They are ALL far left socialists on the Dem side.

Johnny2Shoes
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Johnny2Shoes

What irks me the most is how citizens of the US such as our vets who risk life and limb are treated. Every penny Illegal immigrants receive takes away from our vets receiving even more money than they get for their own and family’s healthcare, education, etc… We need to take care of our own first and then do what we can do for others with what is left with the money.

The school committee
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The school committee

If you like Puttins Russia the Russia that was destroyed by Reagan and the big-partisan house in the eighties and want them to emerge stronger that ever then Vote Trump

Trump Derangement Syndrome
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Trump Derangement Syndrome

Thanks for sharing your delusion.

Sunny T
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Sunny T

It’s been a privilege to be part of the Planet readership. If people don’t like it,don’t read it and stop complaining about it.

MoonRivors
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MoonRivors

Why doesn’t the City Council ask the drivers or salt accountants where and why all the salt was used for? You know, like when the City had the workers from the Water Plants?

Mr. Connell, it isn’t the cost of the salt,it’s how much you use and the amount of plowing being done.

Last winter sets the Taxpayers up to an any cost goes,because it was a mild weather winter,yet, the biggest overage ever. And Mazze was right,where’s the numbers? The Commmisioner and evidentially the finance director or Mayor didn’t have it either.

She me advice,get it (the number) and tell us what we spent an extra Million or two on.

Johnny99
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Johnny99

Dan,

Appreciate your comments and insights on the Tanglewood concerts. Were you at Woodstock- seriously asking?

C. Trzcinka
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C. Trzcinka

Thanks for running this site for free. If you ever want to add advertising, I would certainly not mind a few ads.

I also was not at Woodstock. My Dad would not let me take the family car there but my friend Paul had access to one. However, he had to mow the lawn so we decided not to go. So we missed one of the great cultural events in the 20th century because of mowing the lawn.

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