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THINK MIDDLE SCHOOL INCIDENTS ARE BEING EXAGGERATED? HOLD ON AND READ THIS … or … MEET THE POSTER BOY FOR ‘RESTORATIVE JUSTICE’

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY MAY 20, 2019) — Progressives in Berkshire County have infected the criminal justice system with a notion euphemistically called “restorative justice.” It might better be called, “Give the minority criminal carte blanche.” Today we reprint an item first published in The Hartford Courant […]

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‘SITUATIONS’ AT REID CONTINUE TO PUT EDUCATION IN ‘IMPOSSIBLE’ SITUATION

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION MAY 17-9, 2019) — What’s going on at Reid and Herberg Middle Schools, Reid especially? The school has 546 students and 54 teachers for a 10:1 ratio. Average teacher’s salary in Pittsfield is $76,981 plus bennies, putting it third in the […]

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WILL THE REAL MAYORAL CANDIATES PLEASE STAND UP?

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY MAY 15, 2019) — What makes for a viable mayoral candidate in Pittsfield. It’s an interesting question, given that each cycle produces two types of contenders: legitimate and disingenuous. It makes the selection easy. THE LEGITIMATE There are two legitimate candidates in this […]

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BOOKER ‘CAN’T STAY AWAY’ FROM PUSHING MORE GUN LAWS, EVEN THOUGH MORE WILL DIE

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY MAY 13, 2019) — “I can’t stay away from this.” That’s how Sen. Corey Booker, D-N.J., justified his recent call for draconian new anti-gun legislation. As if words on paper — “laws” in their most elemental sense — can affect the human heart. […]

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MORE TRASH TRAVAILS: PROPOSED COVANTA DEAL RAISES QUESTIONS

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION MAY 10-12, 2019) — News that Covanta, which operates the city’s trash facility on Hubbard Avenue, plans to sell out has raised eyebrows, especially given that the firm received $562,000 of GE settlement money for capital repairs. Three years ago Covanta […]

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TRUMP 2020: ‘IT’S NOT GOING TO BE CLOSE’ — A PLANET GUEST COLUMN

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MAY 8, 2019) — THE PLANET presents a guest column by a media colleague. Besides the practicality of giving us a “day off,” the column also presents a pragmatic look at the 2020 presidential election. We welcome your comments. ———- ooo ———- BY HUGH HEWITT Special […]

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