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MARY JANE, MUNCHIES, AND FOOD IN THE SCHOOLS

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY JAN. 16, 2019) — Yet another company looking to sell dope to dopes has applied to operate in Pittsfield. The growing number of would-bes includes Tenesel Wellness, Pure Botanicals, and Berkshire Roots. There may be others, but forgive THE PLANET for losing track. Sometimes […]

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‘CITIZEN TRUMP’ AND THE FBI: SOME LIKE IT HOT

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY JAN. 14, 2019) — Is Donald Trump a traitor? That’s the question at the heart of the FBI probe into the President, an inquiry taken over by Robert Mueller. It’s a large question, as outsized as Trump himself. Short answer, based on the […]

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BRIC-A-BRAC ON A DIVISIONAL WEEKEND

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION JAN. 11-13, 2019) — Before we open up to open comments, allow THE PLANET to share a few random observations. It’s Not My Fault, Mommy! — To say that Mayor Tyer came to office inheriting the problems of her predecessor — to […]

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WHAT MAKES FOR A HEALTHY, GROWING CITY? A CHECKLIST FOR URBAN SUCCESS

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY JAN. 9, 2019) — Cities, like people, have temperatures, pulses, and vitals. No case is hopeless, and no run of health immune. THE PLANET recalls a meeting with Jim Shulman when he was building his carousel. He recommended a book whose title escapes […]

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OCASIO-CORTEZ TAX PLAN FOLLY AT ITS NAIVE WORST

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY JAN. 7, 2019) — If the Democrats hope to pry the White House from the clutching, begrudging hands of President Donald Trump in 2020, party leaders better hope that newbies such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez do not gain traction that makes them the […]

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NEW D.A. TAKES OFFICE; NOW ITS TIME TO DELIVER … AND SHE BETTER AFTER ALL THE CAMPAIGN PROMISES

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, The Weekend Edition Jan. 4-6, 2019) — On Tuesday, Andrea Harrington was sworn in as Berkshire County District Attorney. Took the solemn oath. Pledged. Pinky promised. Triple-dog-dared. You know, what politicians secretly call “lying.” THE PLANET need not remind anyone. ———- ooo ———- Harrington […]

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