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‘TAX CUT? HA! YOU DOAN’ GET A STINKING TAX CUT’ … or … CREATIVE-CLOUDY BOOKKEEPING OFFERS FAKE CARROT TO TAXPAYERS

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION, NOV. 16-18, 2018) — A tax cut for Pittsfield? Of course, it all depends on how you define it. By the strictest definition, Mayor Linda Tyer can truthfully lay claim to being the first mayor in 25 years to offer a […]

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‘MEDICARE FOR ALL’ PLAN IS A FIRST-RATE SCAM

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY NOV. 14, 2018) — Under Bernie Sanders’s Medicare for All proposal was the political fashion trend that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a self-proclaimed Democrat socialist, rode to victory in November on what has to be one of the most naïve votes in recent memory.  Ocasio-Cortez, […]

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ON PUBLIC SAFETY, SYRACUSE ZIGS FOR A SCORE WHILE PITTSFIELD ZAGS TO TAKE A SACK

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY, NOV. 12, 2018) — Last year, Ben Walsh ran as an independent in the Syracuse, NY mayoral election, one that’s run along party lines. Walsh gave traditional party politics the heave-ho. The wise guys didn’t think he could win. Walsh won. Walsh’s victory […]

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CRIME AND PUNISHMENT: ‘LAW ENFORCEMENT,’ ‘POLICING’ TWO DIFFERENT THINGS

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION NOV. 9-11, 2018) — Law enforcement and policing are two related but different activities. Ideally, they work together in a complementary, apolitical fashion. In practicality, that is often not the case. Where Berkshire County proceeds with respect to this “similar difference” […]

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O, BLISS AND GEORGEOSITY: ELECTION DAY IS OVER … YOUR EXPLANATIONS, PLEASE, THEN WE ARE DONE WITH IT

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY NOV. 7, 2018) — Let us all call twilight hours down from the good Lord’s throne. Election Day is ovah! That means all those blighty lawn signs and other campaign-related flotsam can join hands with George Jetsam and make its way with Astro’s […]

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LAST PITCH: D.A. CANDIDATES IN THEIR OWN WORDS … ELECTION DAY IS TODAY

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY-TUESDAY NOV. 5-6, 2018) — OK, here’s the deal. You vote or don’t vote today. The latter option, unfortunately, may apply to most of the electorate. Either way, you have a choice for district attorney, one that Berkshire County must live with for six […]

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