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THE SAGA OF HARRY CHANDLER: FOUGHT, SOUGHT, AND CAUGHT

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY JULY 17, 2019) — Let’s see. There’s Spud Chandler, former flinger for the New York Yankees; Albert “Happy” Chandler, former commissioner of baseball; Gene Chandler, the Duke of Earl; Don Chandler, punter extraordinaire for the New York Football Giants; and Raymond Chandler, writer […]

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PITTSFIELD’s MAYORAL RACE: THE DABBLERS, THE DILLITANTES, AND THE REAL DEAL

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY JULY 15, 2019) — Open season during a campaign year falls between early April and late July, when nomination papers can be had for the asking. The meaning of this civic ink-blot test clarifies when papers have to be filed on deadline, determining […]

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OBSERVATIONS AMID THE BLACKFLIES

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION JULY 12-14, 2019) — Time to clean out the notebook. Strike Three — Ball Four created a sensation. Foul Ball described a bag job. The author of those two books, our good friend Jim Bouton, passed away. We met the news with sadness […]

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ANOTHER ACCUSER FADES FROM THE PERIPHERY

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY JULY 10, 2019) — If you’re a woman and you’ve just got a book published, you might think — as did E. Jean Carroll — that the best way to get some cheapo publicity is to accuse the President of the United States […]

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FOR TRUMP, THAT WAS THE WEEK THAT WAS

BY DANA VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY JULY 8, 2019) — That was some last week in June for the Prez. Not even THE PLANET had it as good. You can already start talking about a legacy for President Donald Trump. Talk about a winning week. First, 20 of the […]

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PUTIN NAILS IT IN TAKE ON THE FAILURE OF ‘LIBERALISM’

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION JULY 5-7, 2019) — Russian president Vladimir Putin, the best politician on the planet (to say nothing of THE PLANET), showed why again at the G-20, sharing his analysis for the fate of liberalism in the west. From there, he made […]

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