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TROUBLE IN PARADISE: PITTSFIELD OFFERS SEVERAL CASES IN POINT WITH FIRES, SHOOTiNGS, RUN-OVERS, & RESIGNATIONS

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION DEC. 9-11, 2016) — The fire that torched the Tahiti Takeout building culminated a tough week at the Pittsfield eatery. Earlier, sources say, two of the chefs got into an argument. A knife was pulled, and one of the cooks came out [...]

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WITHER NEWSPAPERS? … ‘LAST TANGO’ GETS ALL PCd UP … THE PITTSFIELD TRAGEDY THAT NEVER WAS

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, 75th ANNIVERSARY OF PEARL HARBOR ATTACK) — For the first century, newspapers in America were essentially political screeds. This included emptying both chambers upon adversaries who were lied about, libeled, and labeled. The notion of objective “news” taking precedence over commentary and pamphleteering came in [...]

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‘FORBES’ LAYS IT OUT FOR TAXPAYERS ON DREARY PUBLIC PENSION SITUATION

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY DEC. 5, 2016) — Here’s some Christmas cheer from Forbes magazine, one you can be sure Pittsfield treasurer Matt “Kufflinks” Kerwood will conveniently miss. He’s another of the thousands who don’t read PLANET VALENTI! From Forbes: “Massachusetts now has a $67 billion budget shortfall, [...]

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FROM ‘JEKYLL EAGLE’ TO ‘HYDE BORING BROADSHEET’: LOCAL DAILY TAKES ONE STEP FORWARD, TWO STEPS BACK; IN PITTSFIELD, THAT’s CALLED PROGRESS

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION, DEC. 2-4, 2016) — As readers of this board know, THE PLANET has been more than eager to serve as ombudsman ex-officio for The Berkshire Eagle. We have been occasionally on hand to point out the paper’s flaws, motivated by a [...]

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REVISIONIST HISTORY GOOD FOR A CHEAP PHOTO OP BUT NOT FOR THE COUNTRY

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY NOV. 30, 2016) — Some “famous” actress you’ve never heard of says Thanksgiving was founded on a massacre and that the Dakota Access Pipeline is the result of nasty white, European-descent males inflicting their evil on helpless women, children, native Americans, minorities, transgendered gay [...]

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BCC PRESIDENT, PLANET ADDRESS CAMPUS ON POST-ELECTION RESPONSE

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY NOV. 28, 2016) — THE PLANET had inquiries here and elsewhere about the actions at Berkshire Community College following the win by Donald Trump in the Nov. 9 presidential election. What, if anything, did the campus do? The queries came following news reports [...]

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